When Shall These Things Be?; A Reformed Response to Hyper-Preterism
Very well done in response to one of the most bazaar interpretations of scripture in modern times. Some chapters are better than others, but overall this is an excellent book.
December 31, 2011
An excellent expose of an Internet theological movement. Hyper-preterism teaches that every prophecy in the Bible has been fulfilled and that the Second Coming of Christ occurred when the Temple was destroyed in AD 70. The earth we live on now will continue on forever and ever without sin finally being wiped away. This strange view has hundreds of followers, though it is fragmenting into several smaller, warring factions. This book explains the problems with the view showing that it is contradictory to both Scripture and historic Christian orthodoxy. Very helpful. I highly recommend it.
January 17, 2010
This is an excellent expose of a growing (though fragmenting) cult-like movement. The previous reviewer mistakenly says that Jesus says all prophecy has been fulfilled. He is referring to Luke 21:22, which is widely misinterpreted by hyper-preterists and yet serves as the foundation of their system. Note that the verse has Jesus stating (in or around AD 30) that "all things which are written" will be fulfilled in Jerusalem's destruction. Not one book of the NT was written by AD 30. This verse is referring to OT prophecy (and only those prophecies that deal with Jerusalem's destruction, at that). As is usual in abberant movements, a system is built on one verse and that one verse is misinterpreted. If you want to learn about the wholesale errors of this erroneous and dangerous movement, read this book. Hyper-preterists believe the Church has been mistaken for 2000 years about the Second Coming of Christ, for it actually occurred in AD 70 (though no one back then noticed it or reported it). Strange stuff.
May 6, 2009
I own this book and read it last year. If you are a preterist, it won't take long to see how many times Keith starts contradicting himself. If you aren't a preterist, it won't take you long to figure out Keith is on a witch hunt. As far as the term "Hyper-Preterist" goes, that's like calling someone a hyper-Christian. In response to the back cover of Mathison's book: "Full Preterists, contending that all biblical prophecy was fulfilled in the first century..." is actually what Jesus said. But Keith omits those verses. On pages 47-49, Keith is more concerned with what the Heidelberg Catechism, The Apostles Creed and the Westminster divines said that what Scripture teaches. Most of his opinions are based on a dislike for the viewpoint and not Eisogesis of Scripture. He makes catty references intended to demean his opposers. Ex. page 4 "Space limitations prohibit a complete survey of the great body of Hyper-preterist writings (most of which are Internet Studies)..." As if because it's on the internet it must be from some Wacko Unibomber. Mathison has volumes of information on the internet himself, does that un-qualify him? On page 249, Keith writes: "Indeed, in his writing John points to the consummation at the end of time, not to a.d. 70." Yet, Keith neglects to look up the meaning of the word which isn't translated "cosmos", yet "an era or specific time period". Consummaton is translated as a fulfillment, not annihilation. A third grader could understand that Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies written of Him. If we are still waiting on the consummation, then none of have Salvation yet. I tried to read through this and made it almost to the end, but his illogical use of common sense and what a Preterist believes just turned me off. He never really answers any questions of what the "end" will be like, no more than LeHay, Jeffries and Van Impe attempt to do. He just tears down other Christians. Not my cup of tea. Save your money and buy it used.
January 13, 2009