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I. Faulty Assumptions
II. The time frame
for the END and return of Christ was the first century.
Fulfillment of Prophecy in the First Century
The End is Not Near because the "end of the age" happened nearly
2000 years ago. For centuries many have believed the end is near because
they have based their understanding of Bible prophecy on what appears to
be faulty assumptions.
I. Faulty Assumptions:
1. The words "you," "we," and "us" in the New Testament refer to YOU who
reading the passage.
To understand the New Testament as Jesus and the disciples understood
it, "you " is the person being addressed, and "us " and "we " involves
the person speaking and the group being addressed. It can be determined
from the context. Besides the gospels and Revelation, the New Testament
is a collection of letters from people in the first century to others in
the first century. This should be considered to determine who is meant
by "you," "us" and "we."
2. The "end" is the end of the world.
The "end" does not mean the end of the world. What is the "end" of?
The "end" was defined by Jesus. The disciples asked Jesus about the destruction
of the temple building: "when will these things be, what will be the sign
of your coming, and the END of the AGE? " (Mt.24:3) Jesus replied, "Such
thing must happen, but the END is still to come."(Mt.24:6) "but he who
stands firm to the END will be saved."(Mt.24:13) "and then the END will
come." Since the question was asked about the end of the AGE, the END in
Jesus' response would most reasonably refer to the END in the question.
That was the end of the AGE. An AGE is defined as a period of history marked
by some major event. The first century certainly qualifies. Jesus and His
Apostles understood the "end" to be the end of the AGE in which they lived.
(Mt.24:3; 1Cor.10:11; Heb.9:26) Today we live in what they understood as
the AGE to come. (Mt.10:29,30; 12:32)
3. The world must come to an "end."
Jesus never said the world would be destroyed. He did say the temple
would be torn down(Mt.24:2), Jerusalem would be laid desolate (Lk.21:20)
and Judea would suffer great distress. He warned them that when THEY see
the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place, those in JUDEA
should flee, and when THEY see JERUSALEM surrounded by armies, they would
know its desolation is near. Those in JUDEA should flee. (Mt.24:16ff; Mk.13ff;
Lk.21:21ff) These things happened during the Jewish Wars which lasted from
A.D.66 through A.D.73.
4. The "world" in the Bible means the entire world today in the 20th
The "world" in the New Testament does not refer to our 20th century
definition of the word today. It does not mean the world as WE know it.
It means "world," as those in the first century understood it. Usually
the Greek is more accurately translated as the "inhabited earth" or "habitable
earth," which always meant the known world of the Roman Empire in the first
century. So when Caesar Augustus took a census of the "world", he meant
the Roman Empire.
5. The gospel must be preached throughout the whole world before the
This statement is a distortion of biblical intent. Since the "world"
in the first century was understood to be the extents of the Roman Empire
(habitable earth), the gospel was preached to the whole world in the first
century. The Bible remains consistent with this understanding. The gospel
was preached throughout the "world" after Paul's missionary journeys. Paul
said so. (Ro.1:8, 16:25-27, Col.1:23)
6. Within the parameters set forth in the Bible, the only possible time
of the second coming of Christ is in our future.
This is simply not accurate. If Jesus said he would come again after
His resurrection, then He could return again any time from His resurrection
onward. Precisely, A.D.30 onward.
7. The second coming of Christ has not happened, and by this we know
the end has not yet come.
This logic is based on the faulty assumption that all history is known
to us. Tremendous volumes of ancient history were destroyed with the Alexandrian
Library in A.D.391. The official history written by historians in the first
century was only that which was approved by Caesar. The history written
of the decades of the 70's and 80's is missing. If Christ came the second
time in the late first century and gathered up His elect, then none of
those who understood what happened were left to record the event.
II. "Time statements" show the time frame
for the end of the age and the second coming was the first century.
The last day, the day of visitation, the end, the end of the age, and the
last hour are always associated with the second coming of Christ, which
the New Testament consistently says would happen in the first century in
the generation of the Apostles. These are the "time statements." Though
no one knew the day or hour, the disciples did know a time frame. See A
Christian Dilemma: time statements for a partial list of the time statements.
III. Historic Fulfillment of Prophecy in the
Discover how all prophecy was historically fulfilled in the first century.
PROPHECY PARADOX: The Case for a First Century End Time presents
a literal case for the complete fulfillment of Bible prophecy by the end
of the first century. This book is documented from original sources. Every
sign Jesus predicted leading to the end of the age and His second coming
is historically documented in His generation. This book is unique in that
the second coming is shown to be a literal event which occurred in A.D.79
instead of A.D. 70. Read
the historic fulfillment of prophecy This site reviews PROPHECY
PARADOX: The Case for a First Century End Time.
Second Coming: This list of New Testament verses shows consistent biblical
intent that first century Christians would live to see both a literal and
visible return of Christ to gather His elect.
Christianity: New evidence is turning up that Jesus did indeed return
for His elect, in power and glory during the first century. In our attempt
to place the second coming of our Lord in OUR future, rather than the generation
of the Apostles, are we creatively altering the Bible to suit our own preference?
The Seven Year
Tribulation Theory: True or False? A reevaluation of the Seven Year
Tribulation Theory: Numerous difficulties pose questions to its credibility.
for Tough Christians If Jesus preached He would return a second time
in the first century, perhaps we should consider He was right.
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