Preterism It is an ironic development - for me at least - that I have finally become convinced of the Preterist view. I say "ironic" because, years ago, I would argue against the position, even banning the topic for awhile at ABCProphecy, a discussion group I started at Yahoo back in the 90s. And yet there are certain scriptural sticking points that just would never get resolved otherwise. Even Amillennialism had no answer for these. Perhaps the biggest factor that turned me towards Preterism was that my previous belief of Amill - much as I hated to admit it - just had no answer for Christ's many promises to come to His own "soon", or "quickly". And that He had told them at the time of the Transfiguration that some of them would still be alive when He came into His kingdom. Have you ever really thought that about Christ's prophecy to His disciple before the Transfiguration? He clearly said that "some here" (= some who were at that very time listening to Christ's words) would not see death until they see the Kingdom coming in power, Christ coming into His kingdom? When did this happen? "And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power." Mark 9:1 The Bible Gateway, I noticed, try to steer the interpretation with their interposed and (of course) uninspired titles: They have rendered the NKJV of Matt. 16:27 - 17:1 like this: ____________________ 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Jesus Transfigured on the Mount 28 Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom." _____________________ Where did that subtitle "Jesus Transfigured on the Mount" come from? From the editor's presupposition, that is where. By putting that title right between verses 27 and 28 they try to steer the latter verse away toward the subsequent transfiguration account. But does it belong there? No. Not at all. I believe they are sundering what God has put together. Consider how lame a prediction Jesus would be making if the transfiguration was indeed the fulfillment of v. 28: "Some of you disciples will be alive still in a few days." That clearly cannot be the intent of the prophecy. What about the fulfillment at Pentecost? That would still be too soon, merely a matter of weeks. But neither can it be way in the future. All of the disciples Christ was speaking to would have been long-dead. No, the only option IMO would be AD 70. There is more to this than this one proof, but this is all I have time for now. Postscript: I have already been asked now by a number of readers: What type of Preterism do I subscribe to? Well, I don't subscribe to any of them (Partial, Full, Consistent, Hyper, etc.). It is not good to rush to identify with certain groups that, for all I know, have serious heretical beliefs - and such is the case with some who call themselves "preterist". Of course, the same is true for every other "ism". All I know is this: Bible evidence has fully convinced me of the validity of that main issue for which preterism is known - Christ's coming into His Kingdom within the timeframe which He had given His disciples.