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Matt 24 - a partial preterist view of Olivet Discourse

explanation of Matthew 24 as fulfilled in AD70 (vs. the 'Left Behind' stuff)

Mark Olivero

on 26 October 2013

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Transcript of Matt 24 - a partial preterist view of Olivet Discourse

back story
a basic overview
2nd Temple
Jesus decreed the destruction of the 2nd Temple and its city.
a generation later it happened just as he said.

The rest of the NT and early history prove his words to be TRUE.

example > Eusebius (AD263-339), the Father of
Church History.
an view
believes the 2nd Advent, Resurrection, final judgment,
Lamb's Supper and New Heaven/Earth are future

Partial Preterists see Full Pretertism as heretical
a rapture view
Partial Preterist View teaches that a rapture happens in
conjunction with the 2nd Advent
(not 7 years beforehand)

The Rapture, 7 Year Tribulation, a 3rd Temple or Anti-Christ are
NOT mentioned in the Olivet Prophecy
its facts confirmed by 1st Century sources like Acts, rest of NT, Josephus, Tacitus, Seutonius. also see Talmud
By cleansing the
Jesus signals its removal due to corrupt leadership.
The widow giving the last of her living/money to the
is the final blow that brings Jesus to decree

the END of
that system.
Just like these letters spell 'back story' when in proper sequence, likewise the events...
Jesus teaching in the
the week before the Cross establishes his authority over the Temple.

His "woes" on its leaders
seals its fate.
Partial Preterist interpretation of the Olivet Prophecy
1st HALF - Matt 24:1-35 refers to events of AD70
2nd HALF - Matt 24:36-25:46 refers to the 2nd Advent
'your house
to the Olivet Prophecy
Jesus goes on to talk about judgment to come on Jerusalem during the disciple's generation.

Jesus goes on to answer the disciple's concerns about the demise of the 2nd Temple, the one in front of them, not a 3rd temple 2,000+ yrs later.
"No stone will be left on another"
The evidence of Jesus'
1st century prophecy is
To see "y" something is said or done

we need to see its back story.
let's first see
now let's look at some
note: Partial Preterists see Dispensational, Futurist, Historicist or Idealist views as incorrect, but still within orthodoxy
The Dispensational view of Matt 24 does not appear in any church Creed or Statement of Faith before the 1800s.

...of desolation
Yes, the
1st half of the Olivet
has settled Jesus' authority
as prophet, high priest, Sovereign and Messiah
(not at some still unknown point in the future)
He was talking about
STONES of the 2nd Temple

NOT stones of a 3rd temple in our future.
Jesus said
in the 1830s
see his 'Theophania' and 'Proof of the Gospel'

most Partial Preterists also do not see biblical evidence for an 7 Year Tribulation
(Matt 24-25, Mark 13 or Luke 21)
...before Matt 24 show the Olivet Prophecy is about...
...the demise of the 2nd
, not a....
...supposed 3rd temple in the future.
like the
High Priest in
Lev 14 Jesus declares
The Olivet Prophecy has a back story.
by James Christensen
'The Widow's Mite'
not at some unknown future time
she is not a symbol of giving,
but a symptom of corrupt religious power
The Olivet's fulfillment
(1st half)
confirms the
of Jesus and the
of Christianity from the 1st century onward.
Why does it matter?
John MacArthur wrote:
'It’s fine to have strong opinions on these matters...
'But given the mystery that surrounds so much of the prophetic revelation about the future, these are not matters on which we should be quarrelsome and quickly contentious.'
Sounds convincing, but show me more.
Even though I'm not from Missouri, can you show me more?
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George Holford wrote this short, but convincing explanation of
the Olivet Prophecy's
1st century proofs

first pub. in 1805
based on 1st century sources

he titled his book,
"The Destruction of Jerusalem,
An Absolute and Irresistible
Proof of the
Divine Origin of
the Olivet Prophecy
{1st half}
is one of the most powerful predictions in history.
In his book "Why I Am Not A Christian" Bertrand Russell, an atheist Jew, sites the unfulfilled Olivet Prophecy as a major reason the claims of Jesus failed to persuade him. Oddly enough Futurists side with the assertion that Matt 24 is unfulfilled. When we give up the Olivet to critics of Christianity we hand over one of the plainest proofs of Jesus' authority and a vivid entry point to hearing the Gospel.

The more we see the Supremacy of Christ the more will enjoy the Sufficiency of Christ.

The fulfilled part of the Olivet Prophecy (Matt 24:1-35) should not be missed any more than the Cross or the Resurrection. The Cross is a clear witness to the Supremacy of Christ, now. The Resurrection is a clear witness to the Supremacy of Jesus, now. The Olivet (fulfilled 1st half) is a bold witness to the Supremacy of Jesus, now not future.

He told his disciples he was going die on a cross and he did. He told his disciples he would rise again and he did. He told his disciples that the Temple would cease to be within a generation and it did. In the Olivet Jesus spoke with specific details and "these things" happens.

It is convincing proof for the S u p r e m a c y of Christ
The authority of Jesus' words

Jesus said,
"Heaven and earth [the physical universe] will pass
away, but my words will never pass away."
(Matt 24:35)

He predict the Fall of Jerusalem in great detail.

It happened as he said.
Matt 24:1 thru 35
To put it another way, Matt 24:1-35 predicts the Fall of Jerusalem as a direct result of Jesus' decrees of judgment in the previous chapters, Matt 21-23.
Matt 21-23 shows cause Matt 24 shows effect
Jesus said Jerusalem would Fall - in great detail
If his predictions failed then his authority isn't valid.
If his predictions came to pass then his authority is confirmed
Matt 24
(1st half)
fulfilled proves this
here's a quick look at a few key specifics
a closer look
negative proof

the Olivet is
the 70th week
of Daniel 9
positive proof

time factors
of the Olivet
(1st half)
in the 1st century
when these things Jesus answered... the Temple ...this generation end of the age

stones false christs the end wars persecution gospel...world abomination

the end Judea house top Sabbath great tribulation eagles sign of Son of Man

tribes...mourn these things this generation KoG at hand days of vengeance
movies, tapes
In 1707 Isaac Watts wrote that the 6 promises of Daniel 9:24

"fulfilled in their proper seasons, by the death of
Christ, his atonement for sin and

the destruction of
Jerusalem and the temple
some time after."

(from A Short View of the Whole Scripture History)

> a literal reading of Daniel 9:24-27 won't allow for a gap.
- more info at
, click on 'last things' tab
this means that the greatest...
murder of Messiah

man's anger on him

this abomination

was the cause of
the desolation
"His blood be one us..."

Jesus predicted, "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near."
Luke 21:20
, it
did occur

in the 1st
athiest Bertrand Russell
Francisco Ribera
jesuit Futurist
Manuel Lacunza
jesuit Futurist
Cardinal Bellermino
jesuit Futurist
- removed the
Old Covenant
- removed

blood sacrifices
- removed the
ravenous Temple
- removed the
Mosaic system
the Crucified Christ was
the Abomination whose
temporal consequences
for all of these to pass away
one generation
was indeed a
desolation, but it made way for the nations to see
the fullness of God's grace
thru Jesus Messiah
warning: graphic video
...and the abomination whose eternal consequences sealed
divine forgiveness for all men
In this sense the Cross is a
beautiful abomination
The Crucifixion is an
indelible stain on humanity's claim of
, but it is also the mark of
divine mercy
for mankind.

'these things' (24:2 & 3)
The disciples ask about the 2nd Temple's demise, not a futuristic Left Behind scenario.
Neither Jesus nor they thot of or spoke of a 3rd temple.

'age' (24:3)
The disciples were not yet aware of the Church Age. They refer to the end of the Mosaic age.

'Jesus answered' (24:4)
Jesus did not ignore their questions about their present. He did not do a bait n switch by setting up a present concern and then give a far, far away futuristic Left Behind scenario.

'when' (24:3)
Every context has an original historical setting. The setting of Matt 24 is the 1st century or else the answer Jesus gave would be a non sequitor.

'the Temple' (24:1)
The 2nd Temple also called Herod's Temple is in view in this prophecy not a 3rd one. To posit a 3rd temple in Matt 24 is 'Ice-egesis' - reading into the text.
time factor =1st century
time factor =1st century
time factor =1st century
time factor =1st century
time factor =1st century

'this generation' (24:34)
Jesus did not say 'that generation' as if referring to a future one. Neither does 'generation' refer to race. Never in Matthew does 'generation' mean race.
time factor = 1st century

'stone' (24:1-3)
In the Olivet Jesus is describing conditions leading up to the demolition of the stone building that is the 2nd Temple. If he is instead telling about a 3rd temple, then those very same stones would have to be place again. See also Luke 19:44, 21:5-6 and Mark 13:1-2.
time factor =1st century
(24:) oikomene, Luke 2:1, 'world' taxed.
This Bible became the most influential "text" for teaching Dispensationalism.
a short video intro to the PreTrib view
The city of Dallas became the Mecca of Dispensationalism. Many other schools have followed the DTS model.

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'false christs' (24: 4-5, 23-26)
In the NT we read of many false Christs and false teachings in the 1st Century:
Matt 7;15, 10:16-23, Acts 8, 13, 16, 20, Phil 3:18-21, Col 2:8, 2nd Cor 11, Gal 1, 2, 1st Tim 1:19-20, 2 Tim 2:16-18, 2nd Peter 1:3-4, Jude, 1st John 2, 4, Rev 2-3
time factor =1st century
time factor =1st century
'the end' (24:3,6,13-14)
The end of what? the world? time? man's age? Neither the disciples nor Jesus have those things in mind for they understood that Messiah's arrival meant the end of the Old Covenant, end of the Mosaic era. See Heb 1:2 'last days' & 1st Cor 10:11 "end of the ages has come"

'wars and rumors of wars' (24:6-7)
During the 1st Century when Jesus spoke this the Mediterranean region was experiencing the Pax Romana (Roman Peace) which lasted about 200 years. Not long after Jesus said this regional revolts flared up across the empire for several decades.
time factor =1st century
Lacunza, a Jesuit priest, used a false author name as though he was a Spanish Jew converted to Christianity.
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