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Matthew 16:27-28 - Don Preston Review #13

27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.  -  Matthew 16:27-28

Note: Don Preston is a full preterist and therefore his teaching cannot receive full or blind acceptance. His many videos on YouTube are worthy of listening and interacting with in a timeline manner.

I truly am thankful to get away from the book of Daniel. My Greek is significantly better than my Hebrew. So I'll enjoy this brief time in Mark.

@0:58: This postponement idea many sound silly to some people. In fact it might even sound silly to individuals who hold to a futurist and premillennial view. But the truth is that both views are built significantly on how someone reads the book of Daniel. Daniel's seventy weeks, "seven year tribulation" and abomination of desolation emphasis are almost necessary to maintain a future reading of Revelation and the Olivet Discourse.

@2:20: For those who care to investigate the Greek, the word εἴδω (eidō 1492) is used in the aorist sense to describe the "seeing". Truly, the aorist tense cannot be applied specifically to any English tense. But the power of Mr Preston's argument comes on the verb associated with the coming kingdom. The word ἔρχομαι (erchomai 2064) is used in the perfect tense. This means the event has been accomplished and the effects carry over such that it does not need to be repeated. To provide a practical example of this we can look a 1 Cor 15:1-4. The verbs for died and buried are aorist. They certainly happened and are past tense. But they don't communicate residual effect. However, the verb raised is in the perfect. It communicates that He was raised and remains raised to this day never to be raised again! An incredible insight derived from the Greek tense. But now back to Mark.

It is essential at this point to discuss that full preterism rejects any future coming of Jesus Christ. This is heresy. And they build their argument off language like this. I completely agree with Mr Preston that this verse describes Jesus coming in judgment on Israel in A.D. 70 and that judgment will never be repeated. But that does not grant us the freedom to deny that Jesus Christ will never return again.

@3:18: The comment about the Transfiguration is beneficial. They didn't see a peek of the coming. They were to witness the permanent establishment of the glorious Messianic kingdom of Jesus Christ. As a practical application, it is this very truth that empowers the Apostles and church to be so successful against both Jewish and Roman persecution.

This is one of those places where the relevance of eschatology comes to full light. Are we living in the fully inaugurated kingdom of the reigning Jesus Christ? In my opinion the answer is yes. But we still wait for all the authority Christ has to be given over to the Father after Christ defeats death (1 Cor 15:24-28).

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