BioMember of FIEC churches since 1957 - the year of my conversion & baptism.
Married to Ann.
FIEC is the UK equivalent of IFB, with a doctrinal basis that insists onfundamentals, but allows divergence on other matters.
A good question, Ronda. I can only speak for myself, as everyone "knows" what Preterists believe and can choose what to argue against. I prefer to think in terms of Covenant Theology - see my sermon in the everlasting covenants thread. Those prophesies and promises will all be gloriously fulfilled in the NH&NE. Jesus' saving work, shedding his blood of the New Covenant, secured all the covenant promises to Israel. He confirmed the covenant with Israel during his earthly ministry and by the Apostolic Gospel. See Peter's sermon in Acts 3. Many thousands of Jews believed and became true children of Abraham and of God, by faith in Christ. Down the ages countless folk of Abraham's descent have trusted Christ, but have been disowned by their communities. In glory, in the NH&NE, Abraham's seed including all nations on earth, will enjoy the covenant promises for all eternity.
Please read the parable I quoted - the husbandmen. That isn't a coming for resurrection, nor "rapture." And the kingdom marriage in Mat. 22 & the kingdom parable in Luke 19. And consider the possibility that they relate to AD 70.
Thank you for all your prayers & expressions of love & concern. His widow, Trixie, will be lost without him after 54 years of marriage. Their sons, Richard & Andrew, are very supportive. They live nearby.
Or is the "1/2" coming in the clouds his veiled coming in AD 70? Mark 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
David's son reported a slight improvement in his basic condition - breathing easier & both eyes opening, but now the hospital considers that there is no hope of any normal life. At best he will be bed-ridden & totally dependent for everything. They expect his heart to give out, so will give basic care but not medical treatment. Please continue to pray for his salvation, as presumably his mind is active. Dying is still living.
This was discussed in this thread. We do look for Jesus to return at the end of the present Gospel age of grace, when he will raise & judge the dead & bring about a NH&NE. 2 Peter 3 OT prophecy focuses on Jesus & his saving work, the new covenant including all nations, & the eternal blessing for all God's redeemed people in Abraham's Seed - Christ. See Hebrews. I do not hold to the version of preterism that ends all prophecy in AD 70. added: I do not know of an acceptable term for what I believe - "partial preterism" doesn't define it,; "Covenant theology" should be clear but many of you call it heresy, presumably because of your reading of dispy sources that redefine what others believe so that they can refute their own misunderstandings. The old covenant Scriptures are concerned with the outworking of the covenant promises to Abraham in the people of Israel, with many aspects of that outworking being examples & shadows, pictures, of the fulfilment in & through Christ & his saving life & work. Many aspects of OT prophecy are of immediate concern to those to whom the prophecy was addressed, NOT of the events leading up to Jesus' return. They may apply down the ages as appropriate - he that hath an ear, let him hear.... The covenant relationship of God with his people is summed by the expression "I will be their God & they will be my people" that occurs in various wording throughout the Scriptures. That relationship was secured at Calvary. The OC laws & rituals were examples of the God's holy requirements that were fulfilled by Jesus in his life & death & resurrection. He is reigning from his heavenly throne, & during the present "millennium" saving sinners who enter heaven at death & will be raised at his return to enjoy the eternal NH&NE. The war against Satan has been won, but his captives are being freed in time, so that our condition by nature as rebel sinners is transformed by saving grace. We still live in a rebel world until we die. Aspects of "partial preterism" include the OT focus on Jesus & his redeemed people, the end of the OC & the securing of the NC at Calvary, the absolute end of all the God-ordained manifestations of the OC - obedience to the Law, the sacrificial system, priesthood, etc. Christ confirmed the covenant, & the Holy Spirit applies it. AD 70 brought that absolute end. Revelation is concerned with the events leading up to the destruction, but includes warnings & encouragements that apply throughout the Gospel age. I won't quarrel with those who see the Papacy as the great enemy of believers. "PP" therefore does not look for prophecy fulfilment during the present Gospel Age of Grace, but looks to Jesus' return, which brings about the absolute perfection of all prophecy. Jesus had many warnings for those who rejected him, but once "this generation" had passed, believers are encouraged to faithful living - not knowing the time of Jesus' coming.
Some will take Scriptures like "not braiding the hair" & the other negatives of 1 Peter 3:3 & make them into commands, after all, long hair is Scriptural. The positives of v.4 are more important. 1 Cor. 11:1-16 presents a challenge to interpreters. Modest dress & hair style are appropriate for Christian women. And I would recommend legal marriage. You are clearly fully committed to each other. Then there can be no criticism, & you will be a godly example in this perverse age. Far too many live together, have children, & then separate with resultant problems, especially for the children, & especially if their parents take on new partners. May God guide you. As you draw near to him, you will be drawn nearer to each other.
I don't think it will be profitable for the forum to continue this exchange - I did not start the thread. But I think you will find that the Israelis are winning 100-fold in "the constant harassment, kidnappings, murders and rocket attacks." Being opposed to Israel's actions with regard to settlement expansion, destruction of Palestinian property, restriction of water supply, etc, is not antisemitic, it is a concern for justice. Michah 6:8 Edit to add: Letter from Congress Member Betty McCollum regarding the Israeli Border Police murder of 2 Palestinian teenagers.
Note the Government response in full. Note too - "Back to schools in Palestine after 3 months of annual summer vacation, back to completely or partially destroyed Schools but not spirits, will and determination...10s of Palestinian schools in Gaza were completely or partially destroyed by Zionist occupation forces airstrikes and shells during the Zionist criminal war on Gaza last summer, 27 August 2015."