Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Preterism Killer (Mt. 24:14)

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This is the link to the actual post below, which was copied from their. This is one of hundreds of insights from the book Raptureless by Jonathan Welton

The Preterism Killer (Mt. 24:14).

 

I have had multiple people tell me that they haven’t taken the time to read Raptureless, but they “know what they think of preterism.”

Typically, the opinion is that some of Matthew 24 did happen in 70AD (which I agree with), BUT SOME of Matthew 24 didn’t happen in 70AD…… (I don’t agree with this).

One-Third of Raptureless is dedicated to going through Matthew 24 verse-by-verse and demonstrating that each and every verse has already been fulfilled.

The verse that holds so many people back is Matthew 24:14. “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Most Evangelical programs have used this verse as a major catalyst to drive fundraisers for missions work. Personally, based on this verse, I used to think that once we showed the Jesus Film to the last tribe of pygmies, then finally the rapture would come.

I have come to understand that Jesus is not talking about the End of the world in Matthew 24:14, He is speaking of the End of the Old Covenant world. So Jesus declares that the “whole world” will be preached to, but the word for “world” is “Oikoumene” in the Greek, which means a localized area, not “Kosmos” which would have meant the whole planet.

Oikoumene is the same Greek word used in Luke 2:1: “Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.”

The apostle Paul used this same word later to confirm four times that the gospel had reached the whole civilized world as Jesus predicted (see Rom. 1:8; 10:18; Col 1:5–6,23).

So yes, Matthew 24:14 has already been fulfilled.

Now before your fundraising program begins to fall apart, let me say, this is actually WAY BETTER NEWS!

The old idea of preaching to the whole world so that the rapture can finally come has created a program that is a mile wide and one inch deep. Yet if we can understand that our mission is actually to bring heaven into the earth, we can realize that we have a lot more work ahead of us than to simply preaching salvation. We are called to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom! We must be focused on “Discipling the Nations”!!!

If you have held back on believing that Matthew 24 is fulfilled because of verse 14, please give it another chance. It’s important that we get these things right because it shapes the foundation of our worldview

Blessings!


Forgiveness

Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. (John 20:23)

I have heard some say that this is speaking of the ability for believers to have the power/authority to either permit someone to be forgiven or remain under judgment for their sins. With the context being that the believer is representing God’s position to the sinners. This has never set well with me for a few reasons but the greatest of all is sin towards God has been forgiven through the blood of Jesus. It is true that many have not received forgiveness and therefore it is not beneficial to them, but none the less God has forgiven us of all sin.

What I have come to understand is in this saying Jesus is telling people that they need to forgive others so that they can be free from the power of the trespass against them to have influence in their lives. If we retain the sins of those who have trespassed against us, this lack of forgiving has the ability to manifest negatively in many ways in the believer’s life. I have heard testimony after testimony of when someone has forgiven someone else in their past about something that hurt them, how physical healing afterward has taken place. In forgiving others it is also easier to receive forgiveness from God and to believe it is so, which empowers us to live free from guilt, shame, condemnation and negative judgment. I have also seen people who struggle with addiction and other personality disorders, who upon forgiving people for the offenses committed against them, have received total healing and deliverance from these circumstances.

Forgiveness, or the remission of sin, is not something that actually takes place only on an intellectual level. Meaning that even if a person is aware of what happened and knows they are harboring ill will because of a circumstance, there is more than just saying someone is forgiven for the trespass, in order for it to truly be an act of forgiving and receive the benefits of forgiving others. Forgiveness must come from the heart, out of a genuine compassion for the other person, realizing the fact that in most cases they are just acting out of their hurts as well. Though it is also totally possible for one to feel trespassed against merely out of their own delusion, with the supposed offender being totally innocent.

Regardless of the source it is necessary to forgive others out of the same motivation as God, who has forgiven us, in order to truly experience the benefits of living a life free from the bondage of an unforgiving heart. Jesus is a prime example of this in that no matter how much he went through during his ministry, and especially just prior to going to the cross, he always had compassion towards those who persecuted him because he understood the influence in their lives which was driving this distorted perception of themselves. Stephen also in his last statement as he was being stoned to death, cried out for our Father to not hold this sin against them.

The ability to truly forgive someone, to separate a person’s value and identity from their actions, is an inherited trait from our Father. I believe this is why unforgiveness is so destructive because it enforces the perverted belief we have about ourselves causing us to have a corrupt perception of our values and identity. I truly believe that we can only experience the fullness of our relationship with God once we are totally free from the bondage of unforgiveness.