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Matthew 16:27-28 - Don Preston Review #22

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.

Today we will be going a little off the beaten path. A discussion of the dating of the book of Revelation is always important. There can be no denial of that for those who hold to the Preterist opinion. I will recommend a book  from an orthodox preterist, Kenneth Gentry, entitled Before Jerusalem Fell. This is a well written book that contains a lot of scholarly information (it was a thesis paper). So be careful if you're expecting easy reading.

@1:45: Mr Preston did try to link the parallels to the book of Revelation. That session and my rejection of that parallel can be found here.

@2:20: It is important to fill in some gaps here. Mr Preston is right to say that right now the popular opinion is that Revelation was written around 90 A.D. But this has not been the opinion throughout church history. For a full discussion of that one would want to turn to Mr Gentry's book and I might take the time to do such a thing in the future.

@4:20: "This generation." There have been strong arguments made that this means "this type of people" but the argument is unable to sustain itself from Biblical evidence. There is no doubt the phrase could mean that. But it would likely be the first and only time in Scripture where it does mean that. The safety is to take it as a sure time-text.

@5:00: Moving to Thessalonians is helpful. There are some great insights here that help us understand Paul's mindset as he is writing some of the toughest eschatological passages outside of Revelation (1 Thess 4-5, 2 Thess 1-2). Paul is certainly affirming the prediction of what Jesus Christ proclaimed would happen. His use of similar language indicates to me he sought to link his teaching to Christ's teaching.

@6:02: This again is relevant and useful stuff. The symbolism behind the word Babylon is important. More will be stated in the future as we progress through Chilton's commentary.

@8:55: Remember that I'm not in disagreement that Matthew and Revelation are linked. But I'm against the large purpose and finality that Mr Preston places on it. I don't believe that Scripture is teaching in either of these passages a final judgment. Instead, I see Jesus Christ fulfilling the work of a prophet and predicting judgment upon the covenant people as a type of fulfillment of "the Day of the Lord". The greater "Day of the Lord" remains to come.

BBC: Genesis 2:18-20

BBC: Genesis 2:18-20

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