Are you a person who is concerned with getting to the heart of the truth on difficult biblical passages such as those concerning eschatology?
A few years ago, I produced a video (now on DVD) that explores the preterist view of the book of Revelation. This presentation continues to have a shelf life in that more and more people are turning to this view as they see false predictions related to the dispensationalist view of the End Times fall flat.
The Beast of Revelation: Identified is the best primer on the preterist view available on DVD.
People who like to debate eschatology are those who have their minds made up and are passionate about a particular view. People who don’t like these arguments are usually those with an untenable view or one they find impossible to articulate. Even so, no two “experts” have the same view on the Book of Revelation. That doesn’t mean, however, that there is not a consistently correct view that may be understood. It just means that we need to work harder at it.
The heretical view of preterism can be distinguished from partial preterism in that the latter suggests that many of the prophecies of scripture are fulfilled, but obviously some have yet to come. When I speak off preterism, I am speaking of the “partial” preterist view. Futurism is the “end-times” view of prophecy, while preterism is literally the “before-times” view.
A quick web search will give you the basics. Beware though that some of the information is written by “full” or “consistent” preterists, a view that is seriously deficient in many respects, the main heresy being the denial of the Second Coming of Jesus. The partial preterist view is orthodox in terms of looking with a joyful hope in the bodily Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
John Calvin wrote a preterist commentary on Daniel. I post this at my Daniel website.
Most theologians until the rise of dispensationalism (1800s and 1900s) held a preterist view of Matthew 24 — the so-called Olivet Discourse. R.C. Sproul in his book, The Last Days According to Jesus, outlines this viewpoint.
Preterism has always been a minority view of the church in interpreting the book of Revelation — there are some ancient writers who refer to Nero as the “beast of Revelation 13” but it is only in a cursory manner. The fully developed preterist view did not come until after the Reformation when the Bible proliferated in the 1500s and afterward.
I find this strange because Revelation is the “capstone” of other biblical prophecies found in Daniel and Matthew 24. It is inconsistent to interpret Daniel and the Olivet Discourse as having taken place by the time of AD 70, but then place events that are described in Revelation in similar language at the end of human history. A correct view will interpret scripture with similar passages of scripture.
With regards to the book of Revelation, the modern primers on preterism are the writings of David Chilton and Ken Gentry. They draw most of their material from several authors of the late 1800s. You can get the PDF files of all their books for FREE at: http://freebooks.com/