1. If the early church were preterists, why were they in Jerusalem for so long? In other words, God told them to be his witnesses throughout the world, but according to Acts, they were in Jerusalem for quite awhile. There was no spreading out until the Lord brought persecution. If they thought that judgment would come upon the city within their particular generation (a sine qua non for preterists), why were they in Jerusalem at all? Why not base out of a different city that wouldn't be destroyed? The entire church would have been eradicated from the earth. Either they were extremely foolish, or they weren't preterists.