Question: Please take me off your mailing list. I suspect that a good friend of mine (— ——) put me on the mailing list. I have studied prophecy for over 20 years, exposing myself to a multitude of counselors, as Scripture encourages, and have found the preterist view to be more scriptural. Mr. Hunt appears to think that anyone who does not share his premillenial eschatology is a borderline heretic. I am beginning to be annoyed by this arrogance.
Response: If we have ever given the impression that it is heresy not to believe “premillennial eschatology,” it was not intended. As for the preterist position that the Olivet discourse (Mt 24-25) and Revelation 1-20:6 were all fulfilled in A.D. 70 (Nero was the Antichrist, etc.), that is easily refuted.
In Matthew:24:21 Christ declares that the “great tribulation” of which He speaks will be the worst that “ever shall be.” Inasmuch as the persecution of both Jews and Christians under Hitler, Stalin, Mao and others since the 1940s has been far worse than that suffered by the Jews in A.D. 70, this verse was not fulfilled then.
Christ then warns (v 22) that “except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved.” Obviously this was not fulfilled in A.D. 70, for there was no danger at that time that all flesh would be wiped out. Its fulfillment can only be future. Verses 27-31 present further events which clearly did not happen in A.D. 70: the coming of Christ like lightning across the sky; the appearance of “the sign of the Son of man in heaven and His visible “coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory”; and His angels gathering “together his elect from the four winds....” Since these events have not happened, they must yet be future. I would respectfully offer this as solid evidence for the futurist position.