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many have come to know it as Messianic age. This is a time for unprecedented time of peace andprosperity. Christ will rule with an iron scepter, and lion will lie down with the lamb, swords willbe beaten into plowshares, and no one will train for war (Ps. 2:9, 72:3; Is. 2:4, 65:25; 9:13-15;Joel 3:18;Amos 9:13-15).The earth that had been almost destroyed, will flourish at this time, and those who haveendured the great Tribulation period will live together with the resurrected saints. Not only willthe earth flourish, there will be a great population expansion during this time.Worship will be8
pure, and there will be one universal language (Zep. 3:9).PreterismThere is yet another view that needs to mention here, because it will help disrepute theclaims that the church has replaced Israel that so many believers have come to believe.--------------------------------6Hindson, 204This view is called Preterism. This view states that everything has already had been fulfilled inthe first century. The Scriptural verse that supports this view are found in repeated phrasessuchas, “the time is near” (1Pet. 4:7), and Jesus words when He said, “This generation will notpass away until all these things have taken place” (Matt. 24:34).…preterists believe that all end-times predictions were ultimately fulfilled in thedestruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. It was at this point that Israel ceased to be a distinctnation and the Old Testament Judaism came to an end. In their view, the Lord returned atthis time, judged Israel, defeated Satan, and established his permanent presence in theworld through the church. Therefore, according to preterists, there is no future return ofthe Lord to look forward to. There are no future battles for him to fight. He has alreadyreturned and has already won.7Moreover, Christians who first endure persecution before the conversion of Constantinein A.D. 313 were now the ones who were persecuting the Jews for their unbelief in Jesus. Jewswere either massacred or exile if they refused to convert to Christianity.Because of this, Christians will say that they are no longer under the old covenant butunder the new covenant, which is the Blood of Christ. However, the new covenant does notreplace the old covenant, but rather it is a fulfillment of Israel.Relationship between Israel and the ChurchIn Genesis twelve, God called Abraham and made a covenant with him that included athree-fold plan: land, seed, and blessing. God then expands these covenants with three other9
covenants, and they are: “the Land of Israel Covenant (Deut. 30:1-10, the Davidic Covenant (2Sam. 7:4-17, and the New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-34).”8God had promised to the children of Israel that God will bring them back “to the land that----------------------------------------7Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy,Across the Spectrum, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009),319.

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Term
Fall
Professor
EdHindson
Tags
The Bible, Christian eschatology

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