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Revelation 12:9 answers the first part of your question. "the great dragon .... that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan who leads the whole world astray." Most understand that the devil (Satan) also called the deceiver, is in opposition to God. The beast is a power. See the beasts in Daniel 7 and 8. This beast obtains it's authority from the ...


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J. Stuart Russell was a prominent 19th century preterist whose thought has been recently popularized in some circles through R. C. Sproul's book, The Last Days According to Jesus. Russell addresses these two passages as follows. Verses 29–31 Russell notes that verse 29 begins with the word "immediately" and insists that the text allows no change in "time, ...


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Great question and one I have dealt with as I became a full preterist. I used to believe in ghosts, departed souls and demons impersonating loved ones through palm readers, etc, but that would mean Biblical verses such as 1 John 3:8 (Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan) would be a hollow statement and actually a lie. Jesus said the strong man was ...


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The Preterist Archive gives this answer, among others. The best answer - we believe - is that it was both an office (the "what") and a person (the "one who" or "he"). More specifically, it was the institution of the Jewish priesthood led by Ananus, the high priest. What About Paul's Man of Sin? - Preterist Archive They also say: Josephus also ...


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The dragon was not the same as the beast of Revelation. Rev. 12:9 identifies the dragon as that serpent of old from the garden in Gen. c.3 - the devil, or the Adversary. The word “dragon” is drakon in the Greek (Strong's 1404), and means a huge serpent. It only appears in Revelation. In the OT, it is the serpent in Ex. 7:9-10; the representation of ...


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You will find exactly what you are looking for in Ed Stevens's paper "Introduction to the New Testament Canon" - for the Preterist Bible Project, written April 2011. He covers the "why" of the Preterists position as opposed to the theory of canon formation held by Roman Catholic as well as some Protestants, even evangelical theologians who all hold creeds ...


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Preterist often see a spiritual fulfillment of Ezekiel 37. Preterist Don Preston writes; Paul, who preached nothing but the hope of Israel, wrote to the church at Corinth (comprised of members of the remnant of Israel) and he said, “you are the temple of God, as it is written” (my emphasis). He then quoted– verbatim!!– from Ezekiel 37:26! So, for Paul, ...


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I don't think we can identify for certain who this son of perdition was. However, we can know when he was, and most probably of whom he was - a Zealot. Scholars generally place both letters to the assembly at Thessalonica between 50 - 51 AD.(1) Different speculations have been offered about who the man of sin was, also called the son of perdition (...


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Preterism is a fairly wide position to identify only one view. For example, some believe all prophecy is fulfilled, while others believe only parts are fulfilled historically and some remain. To the OP specifically and 2 Thes. 2:3, the primary interpretation rests on understanding on to what the temple of God refers. Who opposeth and exalteth himself ...


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I haven't look at any full preterist sources, but partial preterists like the theologian John Gill take that this passage as fulfilled, so I suspect anyone who is preterist on this passage will agree to a large extent with following excerpts from John Gill's Exposition: v28. And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, ......


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There are many misconceptions about Revelation which have been ingrained through centuries of casual surface reading, if not outright propaganda. And, this is one of the most misunderstood. The text does not say that the 1,000 years is a reign of Christ. It says that those beheaded for the witness of Christ would reign with Him for a thousand years. These ...


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I am responding to this question primarily because it originated in a Christianity.SE chatroom discussion that I was involved in, which started (more or less) here, and because I was invited by the OP here to respond to the question. This answer is based on the Bible interpretations and doctrines of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), and of the "New Church" or ...


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N.T. Wright addresses this in many places. Here I quote from Jesus and the Victory of God, Vol 2. [Several parables] have commonly been read as referring to the 'second coming' of Jesus. I shall argue, however, that their primary reference at least is to the events which are predicted in Matthew 24 and its parallels: that is, the fate of Jesus and ...


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I'm not sure if this is helpful or not, but there is no evidence of condemnation from the Catholic Church in a council of Preterism. Lists like this one or this one, and books dedicated to the subject, like this one, this one, and this classic make no mention of it. The Catholic Encyclopedia makes no mention of this doctrine either. My understanding ...


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