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Futurist Big Mistake about 1948
The Old Testament prophet prophesied about Israel being restored after they came out of Babylon 70 years after 586 B.C. not 2000 AD and counting as futurist say. This proves that the Preterist view is the only view that makes sense. Daniel’s along with John’s vision completed all scripture for the end of the world of the Old Covenant age.All of these OT Prophets lived before the Babylonians destroyed the Jerusalem Temple in 586 B.C.. Judah's leading citizens were exiled to Babylonia far to the northeast, leaving only a remnant in the country. The Babylonian exile was one of the great crises in Israel's history. People questioned how God could permit the brutal destruction of Jerusalem and the loss of Israel's homeland. Nevertheless, the prophet Ezekiel told the exiles that even though Israel seemed as lifeless as a field of dry bones, God would revitalize the people and take them home again (Ezekiel 37:1-14).
A turning point came when Cyrus, king of Persia, conquered Babylonia. In 538 B.C., Cyrus declared that the exiles, now known as Judeans or Jews, could return to their country. Some of the exiles chose to remain in Babylonia, but others returned and began the slow task of reconstruction. Urged on by prophets such as Haggai and Zechariah, whose writings appear in the Old Testament, the people eventually established a new temple and rebuilt Jerusalem. The scribes Ezra and Nehemiah called for renewed commitment to the laws and traditions of Israel that were being assembled into the form in which we now have them in the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). Together, the temple and the law became the two institutions that gave the people their distinct identity while living under Persian domination.
A significant change began when Alexander the Great swept down from Macedonia and Greece to conquer Palestine in 330 B.C. Alexander envisioned a grand world city in which people would not belong primarily to a given tribe or local community, but to the Greek Empire. The new vision of one world city differed significantly from the conviction that Israel was God's chosen people. Some of the Jewish people liked the new vision and began adopting Greek customs, but others rebelled and insisted that to do so would be to commit apostasy. The governor of that region tried to suppress the revolt by forbidding observance of Israel's law and by turning the Jerusalem temple into a shrine that he dedicated to Zeus in 167 B.C. A group of Jews led by Judah Maccabee successfully recaptured the temple and purified it in 164 B.C. Soon they regained control of the country and set up their own government, the first independent government since Jerusalem had been conquered by the Babylonians four hundred years earlier.
This Jewish kingdom endured for a century. In 63 B.C. a Roman general conquered Jerusalem and brought Jewish independence to an end. The Romans eventually designated a man named Herod to rule Palestine. An ambitious and masterful politician, Herod accommodated devout Jews by transforming the modest Jerusalem temple that had been rebuilt after the exile into an imposing structure of gleaming white limestone adorned with gold. At the same time he built cities named for Caesar Augustus that contained stadiums, theaters, and temples to the emperor.
Jer 1-25 recounts Jeremiah's prophetic words and actions. Jeremiah prophesied in and around Jerusalem before the city fell in 587 BC. While he is still a young man, God calls Jeremiah to prophesy. Jeremiah condemns those who trust the Temple to deliver them from judgment against their sins (7:1-15). Jeremiah compares God's dealings with his people to a potter molding the clay. After smashing a jar to portend destruction, he is arrested (18:1--20:6). Poignant laments appear in this section (e.g., 20:7-12).
Jer 26-45 contain memoirs of Jeremiah's life. The scribe Baruch reads Jeremiah's prophecies in the Temple, but the king burns the scroll. Later Jeremiah wears a yoke on his neck to show people they should submit to Babylon. Eventually he is arrested. When the Babylonians capture Jerusalem, Jeremiah remains in Judah for a time before being taken to Egypt.
Jer 46-51 concludes with oracles against foreign nations and another account of the fall of Jerusalem.
Isa 1-39 contains oracles by Isaiah and narratives about his life. Isaiah lived in and around Jerusalem during the late seventh century BC, when the Assyrians were conquering the northern part of the country. The first part of the book summarizes the prophet's message (Isa 1-5). He condemns Israel's injustice and misguided trust in ritual, and calls the people to repent. He compares the sins of Judah to fine vineyard producing only wild grapes. Isaiah is called by God through a vision of the heavenly throne room. He tells King Ahaz not to fear pressure from Israel and Syria for they will fall to the Assyrians (Isa 6-8). Isaiah promises that God will raise up a righteous king and judge the nations that oppose Israel (Isa 9-35). God delivers Jerusalem from the Assyrians and heals King Hezekiah of an illness, although Hezekiah's naive trust in the Babylonians portended the future fall of Jerusalem.
Isaiah 40-66 offers encouragement to those living at the end of the exile. Those who have gone into exile can take comfort (40:1) for their time of servitude will end when the Persian king Cyrus conquers the nations (45:1). God is Lord over all.
Post-exilic prophecies concerning the restoration of Israel, a triumphant king humbly riding a donkey, and God's final victory.
God's anointed leaders are like
two olive trees
Zechariah prophesied in Jerusalem about 520-518 BC, not long after some Jews had returned from exile in Babylon. He was a contemporary of Haggai.
Zech 1-8 consists of visions of Jerusalem's restoration. A vision of a divine horeseman announces that God will unsettle the nations and restore Jerusalem. Another vision first depicted Joshua the high priest dressed in filthy clothing, which represented Israel's guilt. But Joshua was then given fine clothing, symbolizing restoration. According to Zechariah, God would send a Davidic servant known as the "Branch," who would usher peace and prosperity so that people would invite each other to sit under their vines and fig trees. The visions depicted the community's leaders, Joshua the priest and Zerubbabel the governor, as olive trees, since they were the anointed of the Lord.
Zech 9-14 contains oracles about the coming day of the Lord's victory. These oracles differ in tone and content from the visions. They announce the coming of God the warrior and a king who will bring peace. Faithless leaders among the people are rebuked. The book culminates with an oracle concerning the day when the Lord will triumph over Israel's adversaries, and all who remain will worship God in Jerusalem.
Ezek 1-32 contains warnings of judgment. Ezekiel is a priest who is among those taken into exile in 597 BC, a decade before the Babylonians destroy Jerusalem. His prophecies are given from Babylonia. The first part of the book contains oracles and actions of Ezekiel from his call in 593 BC until the fall of Jerusalem in 587. Ezekiel begins to prophesy after a vision in which he saw God's throne chariot and was given a scroll to eat (Ezek 1-3). He has visions of idolatrous worship in the Temple and of God's glory departing from Jerusalem (Ezek 8-11). He calls people to turn from sin. When his wife dies he bears it silently, as the people will have to bear the loss of Jerusalem.
Ezek 33-45 contains promises of restoration. After the fall of Jerusalem in 587 BC, the prophet promises that God will shepherd his people (Ezek 34) and restore them, like dry bones coming back to life (Ezek 37). A vision of a restored city and sanctuary concludes the book.
Hosea prophesied in the northern kingdom of Israel in the eight century BC. He was a contemporary of Amos.
God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute to dramatize how Israel has become faithless by worshiping other gods. Their children are named "Jezreel" (which was a battlefield), "Not Pitied," and "Not my people" to show how God will judge Israel. Yet there is hope that God will restore the people, so that "Jezreel" will become a sown field and the other children will be called "Pitied" and "My People" (Hos 1-3). Oracles of judgment and hope appear throughout the remainder of the book.
Book of a southern prophet which foretells the fall of Jerusalem and calls the people to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.
Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God
Micah prophesied in the southern kingdom of Judah. He lived in the late eighth century BC when the Assyrians were conquering the northern kingdom. He was a contemporary of Isaiah.
Micah declares that God will judge Samaria and Jerusalem because of unjust social practices, false teachers, and corrupt leaders. Yet he also offers hope that God will preserve a remnant of the people. Like Isaiah, Micah envisioned a time when people would beat their swords into plowshares. In the new era of peace, people would be able to sit under their own vines and fig trees without fear. One oracle promises that from Bethlehem will come a future ruler of Israel. The prophet denounces dishonesty and violence. God does not seek burnt offerings for sins, but that people do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God (6:6-8). Micah concludes with a vision of restoration.
Mic 6:6 - To do justice
Short prophetic book urging those who returned from exile to rebuild the Temple.
The temple was in ruins-Haggai
Haggai prophesied in Jerusalem about 520-515 BC, not long after some Jews had returned from exile in Babylon. He was a contemporary of Zechariah.
Haggai chides the people for allowing the Temple to remain in ruins while they themselves live in paneled houses. He warns that prosperity will not return until the Temple has been rebuilt (Hag 1). Urging the governor and high priest to pursue the work, Haggai declares that God will shake the heavens and earth, bringing the wealth of the nations to Jerusalem. The new Temple will be more splendid than the old one.
A short prophetic book which condemns corrupt priests and promises that Elijah will return before the great day of the LORD.
The Lord's messenger is like a refiner's fire
Malachi prophesied in Jerusalem, probably in the fifth century BC.
Malachi first tells of God's love for Israel, then condemns the priests who have been unfaithful in their service and the people who have been unfaithful in marriage (Mal 1-2). The prophet announces that God will send a messenger to purify the people. God promises to receive those who repent and to spare those who serve him. Elijah is the one whom God will send to reconcile parents and children before the day of the Lord (4:5-6). The New Testament applies this promise to John the Baptist (Luke 1:17).
Mal 4:5-6 - Coming of Elijah
Abraham and Sarah
Israel's Exodus from Egypt
Reign of David Begins
Kingdom Divides into North and South
Fall of Northern Kingdom
Fall of Southern Kingdom
Some exiles return from Babylonia
Birth of Jesus
Jesus' death and resurrection
Is this a missing link in favor for Preterism? I've never read anything about it before. For the last month or so something in my mind keep coming back about all the scriptures from the old prophets futurist were throwing at me at another forum, and I thought that what they meant for Israel in 1948 was really the temple restored just after Israel came out of Babylon. As you have noticed most of these OT Prophets lived either before the Babylonian captivity, during or short after. Keep in mind that Daniel was there at the time and prophecy and vision was sealed up unto the time of end when John saw it open again, and then the end came in 70 AD., therefore no more prophecy about any future thing after 70 AD. in the scripture. Not to say that God will not reveal future things because I believe He does through the Holy Spirit.
Herod’s Temple being twice the size as Solomon’s Temple, was a fulfillment of the latter house being greater then the former house.
"The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,' says the LORD of hosts. "And in this place I will give peace,' says the LORD of hosts."
It was this place that Jesus came and brought peace through His blood.
What happened in 1948 with Israel becoming a nation was most likely Christian futurist World leaders in our time believing that scripture must still be fulfilled. This just goes to show man can make things happen according to what they believe. They could make everything according to their view of end-times happen
The way I see it. it is that the futurist are responsible for what happens over in Israel today if Israel becomes a Nuclear wasteland. We still have to lot of work to do before it is to late but just think what would happen if Christianity embraced full Preterism.