Apostolic Preterist

How I became a Preterist


I was raised in a UPC church and was taught the pre-trib rapture doctrine and believed it whole heartily for 15 years. I began listening to a preacher who was teaching that most of bible prophecy had already been fulfilled. I didn't even want to hear what he had to say, but my aunt was persistent that if I listened to him I would not be able scripturally to prove him wrong. After many years of hearing him and other preachers who believed that Jesus had already came I decided to pray.

The main scriptures that kept going over and over in my mind were the following. Matt 16:28"Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom." Matthew 10:23 "When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."Matthew 24:34 "Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened." Mark 14:62 "Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" 62And Jesus said, "I am; and you (speaking to the high priest) shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN." Jesus was very clear that the high priest would be alive along with some of his disciples when he came in the clouds bringing his kingdom. It was very clear that in the new testament Jesus and the disciples were preaching that Jesus was coming in the clouds with his kingdom in their lifetime. I had always overlooked all the first century time statements and put them off until my generation thousands of years later. Jesus was letting them know that he was coming in the clouds which was in no way meant to be literal. In the old testament when Babylon, Jerusalem, Egypt and many more countries were sinning and displeasing him. He would send a prophet to warn them of their upcoming doom if they didn't repent. The prophets would say he was coming in the clouds meaning God and the sun, moon and stars would fall, but it was never literal. Clouds represented his presence coming in judgment. Read my article on it and my article on what the sun, moon and stars represented. After Jesus gave them one generation to repent in 30 A.D he came in judgment against those who didn't accept his new covenant. The same way he came in the old testament stirring up another nation to destroy Jerusalem this time using the Romans in 70 A.D. His presence also came for his people who accepted his new covenant. Now his church is Jew and Gentile in one body. Now they were restored back to spiritual life.

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