O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
This is a really good article. Thought I should share it here at DiD:
What is the true strength of covenant eschatology? A lot of people would say the "time-texts" convinced them of preterism. We've all seen people try to fudge them in order avoid the implications for their beliefs. They mean what? Well, anything but what they actually say. We can't have the coming of Christ and the Resurrection fulfilled in the first century! But... but... but...
I think the "time-texts" are sort of like what we call a mud-room here in Montana. The mud-room is that little place right inside the back door where people remove their coats, take off shoes, and prepare to spend some cozy time indoors. The snow melts into little pools of dirty water. The abandoned shoes are chaos. Stuff gets dropped there, for the moment at least. You get your first whiff of what's cooking in the kitchen. It's warm. Time texts get you in the door. But the mud-room is no place to spend all your time indoors. There's more to the house than the mud-room.
After studying the Bible and preaching locally for the last eleven years [I'm new at this, mind you!], I have come to the conclusion that the true strength of preterism is not time-texts. Oh yes, you need a mud-room. You need a place where people can come in out of the cold of futurism. But the true strength of preterism is a lot bigger, thicker, and stouter than merely a hundred (plus) proof texts.
The true strength of preterism is something special. You see, preterism organically follows the entire narrative of Scripture. It explains how and why the apostles and writers of the NT wrote what they did. It predicts the way they argued from the Law and Prophets. Preterism zigs where the Bible zigs; it follows the zags, too. Parables come alive. Ancient prophets make sense. All of Israel's history is illuminated anew in the person and glory of Jesus Christ. Old creation becomes new creation. Resurrection.
Riley's article is just another example of the importance of covenant transition. It's the key to properly understanding Scripture as it was originally intended. Covenant eschatology fits it perfectly. No futurist viewpoint comes close to the fidelity preterism offers in regard to the details, content, and flow of the text. This is what it means to live in the whole house of Scripture. It's all related, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.
That's what they've all been saying if you actually pay attention.