Preterists view the time statements found through out the New Testament as proof that Christ said he was coming back soon. There are many such statements: Matthew 24:33-34 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Matthew 10:23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 62And Jesus said, "I am, and you will see the Son of Manseated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven." (in response to the high priest) 1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord…. Revelation 22: 7 Look, I am coming quickly Revelation 22:12 Look I am coming quickly Revelation 22:20 …Surely I am coming soon." Amen. And in Matthew 24 he linked the destruction of the Temple which occurred in 70 AD to the end of the age and his return—all three events happening at the same time. So he has addressed the subject from several angles ( this generation, Thessalonians still being alive, the High Priest seeing him return, the temple being destroyed, the statements of Revelation) all pointing unmistakably to a short period of time. And these aren’t even all the verses assuring his audience it will be a short period of time till his return. There are no verses which say he will return a long time into the future. Yet those who look for a return of Christ in our future usually point to 2 Peter 3:8: But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Their argument is that God’s time table is not man’s time table and what is a short period to God seems like a long period to us. So of course the answer to this riddle is that God and man are not on the same page so to speak. We understand in a limited way what God is saying to us. If this line of thinking is correct then it undermines every tenant of Christianity. Once you establish the principle that God doesn’t speak to us in language we can truly understand then nothing God says to us can be depended on since he might not be on the same page there either. How are we to know if our interpretation of the main points of Christianity are really what God is saying to us or like our not being able to truly comprehend the time statements regarding his return the other statements are also actually different than we understand them to be. This means that maybe we aren’t saved by faith alone—maybe God meant it differently than we understood it. Maybe Christ didn’t rise from the dead—after all maybe he was speaking here in some way different than we normally use such language. One could continue these examples with every thing Christ said, but I’m sure you get the picture. God either speaks to us in language we can rely on or he doesn’t. You can’t cherry pick which time he is speaking to us in the normal use of the language just to make it fit a certain view point such has he is really going to return thousands of years in the future. Hence we can see that changing the timing of Christ’s return from a short period (which would have been 70AD) to a long time in the future is really an assault on every promise we hold on to as Christians. It does nothing less than undermine everything we think we know.