The highlighted portion of John's post is the source of my frustration. I joined this forum (and a few others) not to debate, but to be a source of encouragement and help. My expectation with other members is to do the same.
There are some people who have legitimate questions regarding eschatology that should be answered, but it is impossible to get a SOUND answer on this forum because of the many various systems of interpretation present.
The frustration comes out because our side has taken great pains to show the many problems with preterism, partial-preterism, a-millenialism, etc., and in great detail. Our posts are not given any SERIOUS examination, but are blithely dismissed by a misappropriated verse, some undocumented historical reference that is questionable, or some ad hominem against a mythiical "inventor" of the futurist viewpoint.
I have given suggestions for reading and study, only to be told that after "trying" to read a little bit, it seemed to confusing, so they ditched it. Well, that attitude does not demonstrate any serious consideration from the other side. I HAVE seriously considered the other side, and find it full of holes, which we routinely point out. That is why I reject the opposing view point - it raises more questions than it answers.
There are some aspects about eschatalogy within the futurist point of view that we COULD have good discussions on, but anytime somebody starts a thread on end times events, the preterists high-jack the thread, and off we go again.
That is exactly why some of us have loudly protested the inclusion of professed preterists (or partial preterists) on the forum, since the vast majority of us are futurist in our beliefs. All they do is stir up strife and confusion, all in the name of trying to "teach" the Scriptures, and the rest of us are not allowed to have a rational DISCUSSION of varying aspects of a system that we can largely agree on.
Yes, frustrating indeed.
In your list of "systems" which you say contain holes you did not list pre-trib. I assume that is because you "believe" that their is no possibility that your interpretations can be wrong in any fashion. I assume this because you insist that all other ideas be banned from the forum. I am not perfect in my wisdom and no one else on this forum is either. I do not enter into the eschatology debates because I don't think I will have all the answers while my mind still occupies this mortal flesh. This world is what it is because men who could get along with each other would rather fight about their petty little differences, which in the eternal scheme of things don't amount to a hill of beans.