Prophecy In The Rear View Mirror
Sermon shared by James Groce
Summary: Indeed, to hear that "Christ really did come in A.D. 70" reminds one of those against whom Jesus warned us about.............
Audience: Believer adults
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I recently came across a booklet that declared that all prophecy is now only a thing of the past. This booklet stated that the book of Revelation is only a historic account of things long ago fulfilled. We will discuss a few of the points that this booklet in vain tried to make.
Perusing thru the booklet we note the following:
The heart of this error is based around Jesus’ statement that, "this generation shall not pass, till all things be fulfilled" (Mat 24:34). It seems easy enough to claim Jesus was speaking about a first century generation; however, logic ends there when one contemplates the fulfillment of all Bible prophecy.
In order to make 70 AD the magic year, you would have to delete dozens of prophecies that were never fulfilled. When was the Gospel preached to all the nations, when was the Mark of the Beast implemented, what about China’s 200 million man army, when did 100 pound hailstones fall from the sky, and what date was it when the Euphrates River dried up? The questions are endless.
Why did we have the rebirth of Israel? If Jerusalem was forever removed from being the burdensome stone, why has it now returned to that status? When did all the Jews shout, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord," as Jesus said they would?
1) If the Rapture "has already taken place", then the resurrection has already taken place. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15 writes of the day when the final "trumpet" for believers will be blown and mortality will put on immortality. In this passage, he links the Rapture with the resurrection of believers. In other words, when the Rapture takes place, the resurrection occurs.
Those who insist that the events of Matthew 24 are history and say that the "generation that sees these things" was the generation concurrent with Jesus nearly 2,000 years ago, must of necessity show that the resurrection has also taken place. The only way that is possible is to spiritualize the text by saying that the resurrection was a spiritual one and not a physical one. After being so strict in interpretation of Matthew 24:34, and then run rough-shod over many clear statements of scripture.
2) If the Rapture took place in AD 70, then certainly that generation witnessed the fulfillment of "all the things" Jesus addressed in Matthew 24:33.
There are three parallel passages in the Gospels where Jesus lays out for His disciples the signs indicating that the end of the age is at hand. To list the signs:
• A rise in false religion, including an epidemic of persons or systems claiming to be Jesus Himself.
• An unprecedented increase in the number of wars.
• An unprecedented increase in natural disasters, including famines, pestilences, and earthquakes.
• Unprecedented tribulation and mass martyrdom, and universal hatred of Christians.
• Mass betrayal, and General Apostasy.
• The Gospel shall be preached to all nations.
• The Abomination of Desolation will be set up in the reconstructed Tribulation Temple.
• Tribulation so great that there has been none like it before, nor none since; in fact, if the days had not been shortened, no flesh would survive.
• An increase in false signs and lying wonders.
• Immediately after the Tribulation of those days, there will be great atmospheric/astronomic disturbances.
• Coincident with this, the "sign of the Son of Man" will appear in the heavens,
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