Did the Tribulation and Second Coming Occur in AD 70?

Did Jesus return in AD 70? Many people believe this. It is called full Preterism. Others believe that most of the prophecy in Revelation has been fulfilled, except Christ’s Second Coming.

The early church, before AD the 1400s, except for one ambiguous quote by Eusebius in AD 300, was unanimous that the events around the Second Coming would occur in the future and did not occur in AD 70 when Jerusalem was destroyed. There would have been volumes written if this period was the Tribulation and the Second Coming occurred.

The main reason why preterists believe the way they do is Matthew 16:27–28,  “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Most orthodox evangelical scholars believe that Matthew 16:27–28 most likely predicts what happened at the Mount of Transfiguration spoken of in the following chapter of Matthew 17. For example, the apostle Peter writes about Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration: “For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.” (2 Peter 1:16–18)

Another commonly cited passage used by preterists in support of their case is Matthew 24:33–34: “Even so you too, when you see these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” The generation that experienced the destruction of Jerusalem did not believe they were in the Tribulation. Jesus must have referred to a future generation that would see the signs leading up to and during the coming Tribulation. This future generation would be the one that would not pass away until everything He spoke about would be fulfilled.

Another potential interpretation of “generation” refers to a people group or genealogy. Strong’s Concordance defines it as: “the several ranks of natural descent, the successive members of a genealogy a group of men very like each other in endowments, pursuits, character.” So, this generation could refer to the Israelites or the church.

Another passage preterists use to support their case is when Jesus was on trial at the Sanhedrin after His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus, speaking to Caiaphas, the high priest, states: “From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64b). Preterists say that this scripture was fulfilled in AD 70 and refers to His Second Coming. But the truth is the fulfillment of the first part of this prophecy, at minimum, occurred with the martyrdom of Stephen. Stephen told the Sanhedrin to “look”: “When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God’” (Acts 7:54–56).

As to Jesus “coming on the clouds of heaven” in that Matthew 26:64b prophecy, Jesus did not say that they would necessarily see Him “coming on the clouds of heaven” within their lifetime. In the context of the other verses we quoted, they will later see him coming on the clouds of glory like everyone else at His Second Coming. Like the scripture in Peter above, this “coming” was a foretaste of what was to take place at His return. What Jesus said was, “from now on you will see,” which started with the stoning of Stephen and will end at the Second Coming. Many prophecies in both Old and New Testaments refer to near-term and far-term events, sometimes even in the same verse.

Another hurdle for full preterists is whether Christ’s Second Coming occurred during the lifetime of at least some of Jesus’s twelve apostles. The preterists’ belief in a first-century Second Coming is central to their thesis.

But we see in Jeremiah 14:4 and Revelation 16:18–20 that a massive earthquake will be more extensive than any before Christ’s return with the Mount of Olives split in two. No such split occurred in AD 70 or anytime else in history. In Matthew 24 and Daniel 12, we see the resurrection of the saints (gathering of the elect) happening with Christ coming on the clouds and every eye seeing Him (Revelation 1:7). There will also be the battle of Armageddon as spoken of many times in Revelation and Joel 3:2.

According to Early Church writings, the final nail in the coffin for preterism is that Revelation was written around AD 90 at the end of Emporer Domition’s reign, including Victorinus, Eusebius, Severus, Jerome, and others. Since the fall of Jerusalem occurred in AD 70 the Tribulation did not happen at that time unless Revelation is history and not prophecy. I cover all of this and more in chapter 6 of my book.

Israel and Gaza – Is This The End?

According to the Bible, Israel will survive this recent war with Hamas in Gaza and the potential surrounding areas, which will be discussed later in the article.

Most of us realize that Iran is behind all the mayhem that is occurring in the Middle East. Their goal is the total destruction of the Jews and Israel. After the Gaza invasion, Iran’s state television showed parliament members rising from their seats to chant “Death to Israel.”

The genesis of this war is centered around the Al-Aqsa Compound, which Jews and Christians refer to as the Temple Mount.

Mohammed Deif, the Hamas terror commander in Gaza, said: “Our righteous mujahideen, this is your day to make the enemy understand that his time is over. They attacked and desecrated Al-Aqsa, and we had previously warned them.” The “desecration” occurred when Israeli police stormed and arrested protestors in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Also, according to Al Jazeera TV network on October 2nd, Jews who were heavily protected by Israeli security forces stormed into Al-Aqsa Mosque for the third day in a row and carried out provocative acts. Deif dubbed this Gaza invasion the “Al-Aqsa Storm.”

Why is the location of the Temple Mount so important to Muslims, Jews, and Christians? The gold Dome of the Rock (built by Muslims) in Jerusalem sits on the Al-Aqsa compound/Temple Mount along with the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Dome of the Rock is where Abraham was told to sacrifice Isaac and where the Holy of Holies sat. This is also the site where Muslims believe that Mohammad ascended to heaven on his night journey. It is the third holiest site in Islam behind Mecca and Medina, and the holiest site for Jews. “God forbid that he should have a son” is inscribed within the Dome of the Rock, referring to Jesus. This area is the most contested area in the world and the genesis of a spiritual conflict between the forces of good and evil and what the bible describes as the principalities and powers of spiritual wickedness. It is where the Jews desire to rebuild their temple and where Jesus will return to rule this earth.

Let’s get back to our initial question. Will Israel survive this war even if other Muslim countries get involved? The answer is yes, according to the Bible. But not for long.

Israel will be present toward the end of the Tribulation just before the return of Christ. We know this because there will be a rebuilt temple, according to Daniel the prophet and Jesus the Messiah. The Antichrist will claim to be God in this temple. After this time, Israel will be defeated and scattered throughout the Middle East. This diaspora is seen in many books of the Bible, such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah, Zechariah, and Joel. I write about this in chapters 10 and 11 of my book, When the Perfect Comes.

Joel mentions Lebanon (Tyre and Sidon) and Gaza (Philistia) in an end-time war, the same areas that we see in Psalm 83: “Now what do you have against me, Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done” (Joel 3:4).

In a future newsletter, I will discuss why all this is happening. Is God punishing Israel and this world? The answer may shock you.

Is This the End of the World?

You may not want to read this article because of its disturbing nature. Let me preface it, however, by saying that Jesus called us all to watch for the signs leading up to His return. If we believe He is coming soon we are instructed in the Bible to continue with our lives but to

You may not want to read this article because of its disturbing nature. Let me preface it, however, by saying that Jesus called us all to watch for the signs leading up to His return. If we believe He is coming soon we are instructed in the Bible to continue with our lives but to focus on Him more and more as we see the day approaching. Isaiah 26:3 in the context of the Tribulation says: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

People are asking if this is the Time of the End that the Bible describes because of all the turmoil in this world, specifically in the Middle East. In chapter 8 of my book, When the Perfect Comes, I describe the biblical signs occurring just before Christ returns to earth and what early church and Jewish writings say. When evaluating all of this information, I would say beyond a reasonable doubt that Jesus’s coming is very soon – within the next decade. As always, it is up to you to decide for yourself. This article will summarize why I believe this. I encourage you to send this article to all of your contacts so we can be prepared for what is coming.

Jesus said that no one would know the precise day or hour of His return but He and the Bible gave us a multitude of signs to know the approximate time frame “Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door..” We also have been given what the Apostles passed down to the early church.

Daniel chapter 8 in the Bible describes how Iran will start a Middle Eastern war just before the Tribulation. Daniel says that his vision is about the “Time of the End.” In Daniel’s 8:4, Iran represents a ram that moves west, south, and north. Iran through its proxies has already moved west into Iraq, south into Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel. Iran is also threatening Azerbaijan to the north. Interestingly east of Iran is Afghanistan which they are not threatening.

The early church believed in chiliasm, which states that Christ would come back six thousand years after Adam and reign one thousand years on earth and was an inseparable part of the early church’s eschatology. One of the reasons they believed this timing is that in Genesis, God created for six days and rested on the seventh. If following God’s word, “A day is as a thousand years” (2 Peter 3:8, Psalm 90:12), God will wrestle with man for six thousand years and rest on the seventh when the kingdom of God is set up (the millennium). This idea was suggested in the Bible and early church fathers believed it. There will be six thousand years from Adam until Christ’s return to earth. We are approaching this six-thousand-year period.

An interesting aspect of this six-thousand-year period is that there were four thousand years from Adam to the death of Christ; so we would expect that the millennium will happen two thousand years from the time of Christ’s crucifixion.

Other ancient literature confirms this timing of the final kingdom of God. The apocryphal book of Enoch, although not part of the canon, is quoted in the New Testament in the book of Jude. He says that there will be seven thousand years of history and that the beginning of the eight thousandth year will mark the start of the Eternal State. The Talmud, Jewish literature before Christ, also teaches a six-thousand-year period from creation culminating in their Messiah’s coming, followed by a sabbath rest of one thousand years. The eternal state follows the thousand-year millennium, so there will be six thousand years from the time of Adam to the beginning of the millennium.

Early church father Irenaeus, who traces his discipleship through Polycarp to the Apostle John, believed that the millennium/kingdom of God is the hallowed seventh day, that day of rest for Christians.

The book of Hosea in the Bible reads:

Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. (Hosea 6:1–3)

    Verse One says that Israel will be torn to pieces by the Lord in the Tribulation, but He will heal them at the Second Coming. Jesus will appear “as surely as the sun rises.”  After “two days” (two thousand years from Christ’s death), He will “revive” Christians via the Rapture of the living and resurrection of the dead and we receive our immortal bodies. We then immediately return to earth and fight the battle of Armageddon with Jesus (this day is called the Day of the Lord).

Then right after this Day of the Lord, “on the third day,” the thousand-year millennium begins when Christ restores us to “live in his presence.” In short, six thousand years after Adam and two thousand years from the death of Christ, God will revive us with the resurrection and Rapture. Then, at the beginning of the sabbath (seventh) day, the start of the seven-thousandth year, He will restore us to live in His presence during the millennium. Following these thousand years, He will create a new heaven and new earth where we will spend eternity with the Father and Jesus.

Scholars believe that the death of Jesus occurred around AD 30 to 33. Therefore, if I am correct if Jesus returns in two thousand years after His death, this would occur between the years 2030 and 2033, with the Tribulation occurring during 2023 and 2026.

The book of Revelation says that “the bride [the church] has made herself ready” for Christ’s return. I discuss how to be ready in chapter 14 of my book When the Perfect Comes.

Check out my website, whentheperfectcomes.com for more end-time articles and to purchase the book.

The Church Will Experience The Tribulation.

Not many in the US know that the Church will go through the entire Tribulation period (post-Tribulation Rapture), which occurs at the end of time.

My book covers many scriptures like Acts 3:21 says that Jesus will remain in heaven until the Millennium (the time of restoration of all things). Therefore, He does not leave heaven before the Tribulation and rapture the Church. Also, Hebrews 10:12-13 says that Christ is seated at the right hand of God until the end of the Tribulation (when His enemies are His footstool).

I also cite many Early Church fathers who wrote extensively on the church experiencing the Antichrist and Tribulation. One example is Irenaeus, who was a disciple of Polycarp, who was a disciple of Apostle John, who wrote Revelation. Irenaeus stated: “And they [the ten kings] shall lay Babylon to waste, and burn her with fire, and shall give their kingdom to the beast (the Antichrist) and put the church to flight. After that they shall be destroyed by the coming of our Lord.” Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine did not occur until the 1800’s.

If the Early Church and ancient Jewish writings are correct, the Tribulation could happen in the next three years. The book of Hosea also appears to predict this time period.

The book also discusses, among others, the Pre-Tribulaton Rapture position and, for instance, how Christians living in the Tribulation will be protected from the wrath of God during the Tribulation.

We owe it to ourselves, our families, and our friends to decipher if we will experience the mayhem of the Tribulation and what to do about it – my book “When The Perfect Comes” answers these questions. Jesus told us all to watch and not be deceived in regard to the end-time. Jesus also said that the end of days would be like the days of Noah – people going about their lives as usual, and then the flood came. They didn’t see the signs and perished.

As a retired chiropractor, I have devoted the last 20-plus years to researching and writing about prophecy. With over 500 references, my simplified and condensed book – “When The Perfect Comes” – covers all aspects of prophecy which affect our lives and instructs us on the signs to look for. This is the only prophecy book you need to understand the end-time and what to do about it.

Pride – The Beginning and the End

Pride had its beginning with Satan.

Satan’s said in his heart at the beginning of creation, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.”

Interestingly, one of Satan’s desires was to “sit on the mount of the congregation.” He wants to control the church in his pride.

In my twenty-plus years of research on the end-time, I discovered that pride was the number one sin that arouses God’s anger at the end of time. The proud and the arrogant will be destroyed at Christ’s return.

“In that day you will feel no shame because of all your deeds by which you have rebelled against Me; For then I will remove from your midst your proud, exulting ones, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain.” (Zephaniah 3:11)

I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked, for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless (Isaiah 13:11).

“The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled, and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:11).

Unfortunately, pride is a trait that infiltrates many of us. Apostle Paul struggled with this and was given a “thorn in the flesh” to overcome it. Most of us have to suffer to expel pride and arrogance from our lives. My book has a chapter on the “Day of the Lord,” which describes what happens the day that Christ returns to earth. If we have pride, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to root that out of us.

Let’s humble ourselves and be ready for the return of Jesus. “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:7)

 

Iran Making Peace For War

Iran is unifying, making peace in the Middle East for war against Israel. When speaking to the president of Iran, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, president of Turkey, stated, “The Muslim world must unite against Israel.” https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-738692. This is precisely what is happening in the Middle East.

In another article in the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s defense minister stated, “In his briefing, (Youav) Gallant outlined a clear strategic perception of developments, at the center of which was the Iranian notion of “unification of the arenas.” This phrase, which frequently occurs in statements by Iranian leaders and in pro-Iran regime propaganda, refers to Tehran’s use of the various proxies and franchises that it has assembled around Israel in a single, coordinated effort.” The article further states that because the U.S. is reducing its military in the region, the Gulf states are looking for alternative paths for “peace.” https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-742131 . These paths include China, which is building a military facility in the UAE. China has recently brokered a peace agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, who have in the past been ardent enemies. In addition, Iran and Egypt are restoring relations and will soon open embassies in both countries.

Also, according to the Jerusalem Post, “Israel’s enemies understand that when they attack on multiple fronts, it not only makes it harder for the IDF to respond, it creates an impression within Israel, the region and globally, that the Jewish state could become overwhelmed in chaos from multiple sides.” https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-738901

“All positive developments in the region will lead to the collapse of the Zionist entity,” said Abdollahian (Iran’s foreign minister) in a speech given close to the border. “The Zionists only understand power.” He also stated that the terrorist groups surrounding Israel were in the best position they have ever been and that “Our region is entering a new phase of cooperation.” https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-738901

Armies surround Israel now, which is a prelude to what Jesus mentioned would occur at the end of the Tribulation.

The signs of the Time of the End are all around us. Chapter 8 of my book describes these signs, including Iran’s move on the Middle East.

Depart From Me I Never Knew You

Are we ready for the Second Coming? That is a good question, and the following answers have eternal ramifications. Revelation 19 says the “bride has made herself ready.” What does that mean, and how might we accomplish this? According to Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus says: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” My thirty-five-second video discusses how in context, these people thought they were Christians but had no good spiritual fruit – one being love. From my twenty-plus years of studying and writing about the end-time, I have found two main themes in scripture addressing being ready for Christ’s return – holiness and love.

In chapter 14 of my book When the Perfect Comes, I discuss this and many other issues in preparing for the Tribulation and the most talked about event in the Bible – Christ’s return. There are eight times as many scriptures concerning the Second Coming as the First, and as discussed in chapter 8, the early church and scripture in Hosea seem to point to this occurring within the next decade. I hope you will join me in preparing for this most climactic event in human history. Our temporal choices now affect the glory we share with Christ at His coming and subsequent reign on earth.

Unrest in Israel – rockets fired from Lebanon and Gaza – Time of the End?

Tensions are rising against Israel in the Middle East. According to the Jerusalem Post, Iran’s proxies – Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza – have launched a barrage of rockets into Western Galilee. Israel has responded with their rockets and called up their reserves to defend the country. This is the most significant attack since the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon, amid the Jewish Passover and Muslim Ramadan. Unrest is occurring on the Temple Mount, where the third Jewish Temple will be built, which is the site where Abraham sacrificed Isaac. It is also Islam’s third holiest site, where they say Muhammad had his night vision and ascended to heaven. Located on this site is the gold Dome of the Rock, wherein it is inscribed by Muslims, “God forbid that he should have a son.”

Daniel 8 predicts a Middle Eastern war started by Iran. Iran will head south, where they have already infiltrated Syria, and potentially enter Israel. They will also go west into Iraq, which they have enormous influence already. They go north as well, where they are threatening Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan and Israel are allies, and 40% of Iran’s population is ethnic Azerbaijani who want to secede from Iran. Iran blames Israel And Azerbaijan for their current civil unrest. It is interesting that Daniel 8 does not state that Iran will go east into Afghanistan, with whom they are currently at peace.

With all the other end-time signs converging along with these tensions, we could very well be on the verge of the Tribulation and Christ’s return. This is all documented in chapter 8 of my book. You might consider forwarding this email to friends since Christ called us all to watch the signs leading to the Time of the End.

Is Iran preparing for its pre-Tribulation move on the Middle East?

The ram (Iran) of Daniel 8 will begin its military move in the Middle East just prior to the Tribulation.

Daniel had a vision of a ram beginning a war in the Middle East, according to the angel Gabriel. The ram is signified by the area of Persia which is current-day Iran.

One of the directions that Iran will travel in its conquest will be northward. Countries north of Iran include Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Daniel 8:4 states: “I watched the ram as it charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against it, and none could rescue from its power. It did as it pleased and became great.”

Conflicts with Azerbaijan and Armenia have been occurring for decades. The disputes involve which side owns the rights to the Nagorno-Karabakh area. Armenia currently inhabits this area, but the international community sees Azerbaijan as its rightful owner.

This area north of Iran is important because of the commerce between Iran and Europe. Tasnim, a news agency in Iran, states: “Since the beginning of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, it was feared that as a result of this war, fundamental changes would occur in Iran’s borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan, or at least the geopolitical changes resulting from this war would have many effects on the national interests and security of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Russia has in the past, negotiated peace agreements with Azerbaijan and Armenia. With Russia being bogged down in Ukraine, it does not have the ability to currently influence this dispute.

A Jerusalem Post article states: “Iran is concerned that Azerbaijan wants to launch an attack on Armenia and cut the border between Iran and Armenia, which would disrupt a north-south trade route and ostensibly isolate Iran between Turkey and Azerbaijan by joining a land corridor from Ankara to Baku.”

Iran has moved armored forces to its northern border with Azerbaijan.

It is also interesting to note, as discussed in chapter 8 of my book, that Turkey will make its move on the “New Iran” at the beginning of the Tribulation. This could be in part because of Turkey’s alliance with Azerbaijan.

See: https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/article-720371

The US Will Not Intervene in an Israel/Iran War

Yair Lapid, Israel’s Prime Minister, recently addressed the United Nations General Assembly on September 22, 2022, and spoke about the issue of the US’s support militarily in case of a war in the Middle East with Iran.

Lapid stated: “Alas, the White House perhaps doesn’t want to be dragged into a new Middle East war if pro-Tehran proxies and militias retaliate against an Israeli attack against Iran.”

Lapid made it clear that if Iran developed a nuclear weapon they would use it to destroy Israel. He said that Israel would strike Iran’s nuclear facilities if they acquire a nuclear bomb.

Lapid went on to state: “To be objective, we must say that a US entry into any level of military conflict with Iran at the moment is a disastrous scenario for Washington, whether in terms of timing, consequences or outcome of that conflict and perhaps, a free gift to the US strategic adversaries and an ideal opportunity to respond to US support for Ukraine against Russia.”

As discussed in chapter 8 of my book, Iran will spark the coming Middle East war prior to the Tribulation, and no nation will be able to stop them. With what happened in Afghanistan, Americans are quite leery of another Middle Eastern war and will not stop Iran when they make their move.

See: https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-720074