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

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.

We're still discussing feast days.This have been sufficiently shot down as the "end all" argument that Mr Preston thinks it is. But we'll continue to interact with him as he walks us through some of the Torah Feasts.

@1:50: The advance of "heaven and earth passing away" will be a fascinating discussion. Because in some sense we there is new creation (2 Cor 5:17). And we will have to rectify Paul's statement with Isaiah (Isa 65:17).

@2:28: Finally we get some postmillennial representation in here. Kenneth Gentry and Keith Mathison are both excellent postmillennial resources. Both in fact were heavy influences on me accepting orthodox preterism (partial preterism). But the two do not see eye to eye on God's word. Mr Preston is doing a good job of lumping them together but Ken Gentry is a theonomist and believes the Law of Moses continues still for the believer. But Mr Preston is right, Gentry does agree that the ceremonial part has been fulfilled. But is the ceremonial the "whole law"? I don't think so.

@3:04: Here we have some Greek debate. I hear what Mr Preston is saying. I understand his literal understanding. The words are truly in the present but in the present on what basis? The events established in the past can be spoken of as "about to come" (really just future fulfillment) in the past for Paul. And this is echoed by the fact that Paul says the festivals are "shadows" but the "body" is Christ. And the church now lives in that body. This is why Paul can tell them that they cannot be judged by these things anymore. 

@4:08: First, I am entirely saying the ceremonial law has been done away with. Just like in Colossians, Paul speaks in Romans of the freedom to attribute importance to a day (Rom 14:5-6). This is because the ceremonial law has been abrogated. But not the whole law. Which means we don't make little of Christ's words in Matthew and we don't make less of the final feast days. Those were fulfilled in Christ in His death, judgment, burial and resurrection.

It is quite interesting that Mr Preston is extending the ceremonial law past the life of Jesus since Jesus Himself taught the law to point to Himself (Luke 24:26-27). By focusing them on Christ we do not obliterate the promises for our end. We recognize that the OT prophecies have begun their fulfillment in Christ but He has given us a new covenant (Lord's Supper) and a new sign for the covenant (baptism) to ensure us of the promises contained in His word and the Apostles. 

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