Pastor Jim McClarty of Grace Christian Assembly debated ideas in an interview with Gary DeMar and Jay Rogers (available on YouTube) on Bible prophecy and eschatology. Pastor McClarty makes legitimate arguments against the postmillennial view, and in return, Gary DeMar is responds to McClarty in this episode of “The Gary DeMar Show.”
Many end times “prophets” seek to pull out individual verses from the Bible and base all their eschatology on that one verse, ignoring the historical and biblical context. Gary DeMar discusses the errors in this way of interpreting the Bible and how to avoid it.
"The Early Church and the End of the World" by Gary DeMar and Francis Gumerlock asks this fundamental question: "What did the earliest of the early Christian writers actually believe about prophetic events?" We can only answer this question by studying what they wrote. Unfortunately, we do not have a complete record of the period. Many of their surviving works are only fragments of larger works no longer available to us. To make an historical investigation even more difficult, there are translation issues. Many of the works of those who wrote just before the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and beyond have not been translated into English.
The following is a response to a critic of preterism named Darrell Myatt. While I’ve answered many of the objections he raises, I wanted to discuss his opening statement about the origin of preterism. Futurists, mostly dispensational premillennialists, claim that their position has historical pedigree. The majority of the early church fathers are said to have been premillennialists. A study of the history of the period will show that this is a gross overstatement, a point Frank Gumerlock and I make in our book "The Early Church and the End of the World."
The prophecies in the Word of God make sense and speak for themselves. Gary reviews Old and New Testament prophecies that show how the destruction of Jerusalem was the focus of their message. Most of Revelation does not relate future events, but instead the events of the first century in the Roman Empire.
Most Christians don’t learn the competing view-points of Christian eschatology. Do you know what preterism is? How about partial-preterism? Gary answers Christian scholar Daryl Myers’ preterism misinterpretations. It is good to know your terms, types, and answer a man accurately.
What dispensationalists think preterists believe usually is not true. There are several misconceptions about preterism that are commonly spread by dispensational scholars. Gary tackles the subject to give you a better understanding of how preterism is supported by Bible prophecy.
In the Preterist view, God has canceled every covenant with Israel. There is no future or significance for the Jewish people or Israel as a nation. There is no fulfillment of the Davidic covenant. There is no reign of Messiah from a throne in Jerusalem. All of God’s promises to Israel have been nullified. Israel has been replaced by the church.
Gary counters more dispensationalism with Bible-based facts. The New Testament lays out a “soon” judgement of Israel, and how it was fulfilled was through the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Dr. Heidler interprets Preterism as replacement theology, but as Gary explains, there’s not a replacement at all.
Gary debates the dispensational views of Bible prophecy. Dispensational scholars have said the burden of proof is on the preterists, but as Gary demonstrates, it’s quite the other way around.
Most of you don’t get to see the many encouraging emails I get on a daily basis. I tend to comment on the negative ones. (They’re much more fun.) I’m a “the glass-is-half-empty” kind of guy. That way I’m not disappointed if things turn sour. It’s what I expect. The following email was sent to me yesterday. It details how American Vision’s books and articles are having an impact on people around the world. (I’ve been invited to speak to 300 pastors in Kenya.) This is why AV does what it does. Eschatology is a big-issue topic. It comes up everywhere I speak.
“What do you say in response to all of the people saying that you are secretly a friend to hyperpreterists?” — Question submitted by Aduro in The Christian Worldview Forum I am a very visible friend to a number of hyperpreterists. There is nothing secret about it. I am also friends with dispensationalists. I count […]
John MacArthur is preaching series on eschatology that is being broadcast on WLQV, a Detroit, Michigan, radio station this week. Some of this material was published in his 1999 book The Second Coming: Signs of Christ’s Return and the End of the Age. Using a debater’s trick, MacArthur begins his analysis of non-dispensational eschatology by attacking full-preterism. Full-preterists believe that all the New Testament prophetic passages were fulfilled in A.D. 70. Thus, there is no future bodily return of Christ.
In 1988, John MacArthur wrote The Gospel According to Jesus, a controversial book in certain circles because he relied heavily on the views of Calvinistic writers to deal with the lordship salvation controversy. My respect for MacArthur grew because he was not afraid to take on those in his own dispensational camp who were teaching "defective theology" about discipleship. The book got rave reviews in Reformed circles even though MacArthur remains "a traditional premillennial dispensationalist.
For 20 years I have been debating the topic of eschatology. It started with Dave Hunt (four debates) after the publication of my book The Reduction of Christianity (co-authored with Peter J. Leithart) and has included debates with Thomas Ice (nine debates), Paige Patterson, Robert L. Thomas, Ed Hindson, John Sweigart, Michael Wechsler, and countless radio shows where callers would rapid-fire questions at me challenging my critique of futurism in particular and dispensationalism in particular. Since 1988, there has been a fundamental shift in the study of Bible prophecy. The failure of the 1948 + 40-year generation scenario, made an article of prophetic faith by Hal Lindsey in The Late Great Planet Earth, contributed to the shift when 1988 passed without a blip or a bump.
Paul N. Benware’s revised and expanded edition of Understanding End Times Prophecy includes a chapter on Preterism.