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Without turning this forum into a 'hill of foreskins' (Joshua 5:3), I believe we can still have fun with this 'sensitive' topic.

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  • The falling away

    2 Thessalonians 2
    2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. [NIV: "already come"]
    3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition[.]



    It seems to me like it is extremely difficult to view this passage as referring to A.D. 70 (regardless of whether you accept the NIV translation, which does make a preterist view easier). He specifically states that the day shall not come until there is a "falling away." The epistles clearly show that the churches were being misled by false doctrine and sin even while the apostles were around. However, this level of chaos apparently did not constitute the "falling away," because Paul states that the falling away had not happened.

    Anyone who has read the "church fathers" basically 100-400s, however, and compared them with the Bible, could easily see how the later heresies might qualify as a major falling away.


    4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
    5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things.
    6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.


    I've always felt that calling Titus the man of sin was a bit hokey. But this passage clearly would preclude identifying the Jewish priests as the man of sin, because the Jewish priests were around when this epistle was written. And Jesus and everyone else had already identified them as being sinful, so there was no further revelation required to identify them as sons of perdition.

    Further, it is totally unclear to me who would be "taken out of the way" under the preterist view.

    Finally, if this verse does not refer to A.D. 70, then that means the "temple" either refers to the church (as in historicism) or to a rebuilt temple (as in dispensationalism). I would lean toward the church, given that elsewhere Paul explicitly refers to the church as the temple of God.


    8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
    9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
    10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.


    I don't think Titus or Vespasian created any substantial number of signs and lying wonders. In addition, it is unclear to me how they were even judged in any major way.

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    Not that I agree with the preterist view here, nor that I believe these accounts to be true, but I remember reading literature describing Vespasian as a miracle worker and describing some of the things he did, but I can't remember which ancient author it was from (maybe Josephus?). Whether that isolated written legend constitutes "all power and signs and lying wonders" is of course debatable.
    "I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole, it was like... we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment." - Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State (source).

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    • #3
      I'm a little confused about how the NIV translation "already come" would be all that helpful to the preterist position as Thessalonians was written well before 70 AD (probably in the early 50s).
      "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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        @KingsGambit

        Calling it "not at hand" makes it sound like it will be more than just 15-18 years in the future.


        @seanD

        All I can find is that Vespasian healed two people (at one time).

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