Jesus, the Tribulation and End of the Exile

Discussion in 'The Gospels & Acts' started by arapahoepark, May 15, 2013.

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  1. arapahoepark

    arapahoepark Puritan Board Graduate

  2. arapahoepark

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  3. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    I haven't read much of the review.

    I would do some research on the author and where he's coming from theologically. "Insights" from sources external to the Bible have to be taken to the touchstone of Scripture.

    Some preterism is wholly heretical, although all Reformed scholars, even the least preterist, recognise that some predicted events happened in the first century.

    A book that points out the errors and gives some insight on orthodox and heretical preterism is "When Shall These Things Be?" (P & R), and you'd be better reading that than anything else first.

    Richard Pratt -in his chapter - points out that the Exile was, in a sense, extended, because of the lack of repentance by the OT Church. Thus you had 70 years Exile followed by the Seventy times Seven, in respone to Daniel's prayer regarding what Jeremiah had predicted about the length of the Exile.

    Gentile domination of Israel by Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome continued, and was called "The Times of the Gentiles". The glory of Solomon's Temple and the visible and temporal glories of the Davidic and Solomonic "Greater Israel" never returned with the return from Babylon.

    To all intents and purposes the "Times of the Gentiles" has continued until today, in that the Israel of God, the Visible Church, is still dominated by unbelievers, along with the world around us.

    The "Exile" continues but a Light has dawned that will grow brighter and brighter until the darkness has been thoroughly dispelled.

  4. arapahoepark

    arapahoepark Puritan Board Graduate

    Guess I am just wanting to know how entrenched the exile-restoration themes are in the New Testament without going NT Wright's way of overplaying it. I've been looking up more and Craig Evans has good stuff along with other orthodox scholars.
  5. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    I believe that amils believe that the "Times of the Gentiles" continues until the Eschaton, but I'm a postmil not an amil. On some of these intricate eschatalogical Qs we shouldn't' seek to know too much and should be open to other possibilities, realising that in this instance we really do "look through a glass darkly".

    Maybe one reason the Lord presents this eschatalogical material in the way He does is that He wants us to have some idea of the future course of the Church and to nurture our faith and hope in His providence. while not being able to "chart future history".

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