The Gospel Is At Stake!
Early in 2018, Don Preston and Ed Stevens agreed to a written debate on the topic of the Rapture. However, almost immediately the focus shifted to the Death of Adam when Ed realized that Preston’s whole CBV resurrection view, and all of his argumentation, is based on his belief that the only kind of death Adam died on the day he sinned was spiritual death. And if Adam only died spiritually on that day, then Christ’s substitutionary death to overcome the Death of Adam had to be “spiritual-only” also. That not only downplays the significance of the physical death of Jesus, but totally eliminates Christ’s physical death from His substitutionary atoning death.
That simply cannot be right, since Hebrews 9:22 unequivocally affirms that “without the shedding of Christ’s physical blood there is no forgiveness.” And all of the Old Testament physical animal sacrifices also pointed straight to the substitutionary physical death of Jesus.
Thus, Preston’s “spiritual-only Death of Adam” view is an attack on the physical substitutionary atoning death of Jesus. The gospel is at stake! Our annual “end of the year” report gives the details about this debate, as well as all of our other ministry activities this year. Click here to read the whole report.
What: Prophecy Seminar: What Happened in A.D. 70?
When: Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Where: Fellowship Bible Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
There were three lessons, plus two Q&A sessions: (1) The BIG Picture (overview); (2) The TIME of Fulfillment; and (3) The NATURE of Fulfillment. These sessions provide a great introduction to the Preterist view. So, if you are new to the idea of past fulfillment of endtime prophecy in the first century, this is a great seminar for you and your non-preterist friends to watch. All of the sessions were recorded. Click here to find out how to obtain the DVD’s and MP3’s.
In February 2018 Don Preston and Ed Stevens agreed to debate the rapture. It is a written debate, with each section to be posted on FaceBook as it becomes available. Preston is defending his proposition first, and has already submitted his first two Affirmatives. And Stevens has likewise submitted his first two Negatives. If you wish to follow the progress of the debate, you may join the PRETERIST DEBATE group on FaceBook. Click Here to go to there.
Vancouver Preterist Conference
The conference was hosted by Rod Stokes and the Berean Bible Fellowship on August 23-25 in Maple Ridge, BC Canada (Vancouver area). The theme was Understanding the End Times. There were ten speeches, three Q&A sessions, and three testimonials from new preterists. Here is something for everyone, no matter what your level of understanding. These presentations are especially helpful for anyone new to the Preterist view. And two of the lessons by Ed Stevens will be of special interest to long-time preterists who want to better understand the resurrection issue. The topics and speakers were:
• Understanding the Old Covenant and End Times – Rod Stokes
• Don’t Be Bamboozled (Part 1) – Michael Biehler
• Don’t Be Bamboozled (Part 2) – Michael Biehler
• Timing Is Everything – Parker Voll
• Understanding the End Times (Part 1) – Ken Higgs
• Understanding the End Times (Part 2) – Ken Higgs
• History of Resurrection Views – Ed Stevens
• Key Differences Between CBV & IBV – Ed Stevens
• Theology of the Rapture – Parker Voll
• Preterist Worldview and Afterlife – Ed Stevens
In his first lesson, Stevens gives a historical overview of where the Futurist concept of resurrection came from, as well as how the two major preterist resurrection views were developed in the last 40 years. Then in his second lesson he explains the key differences between the two preterist resurrection views. This is totally new information that was not presented in any of our previous conferences. If you are struggling with the resurrection issue, you will especially want to watch these two lessons.
This conference was NOT live-streamed, but all ten speeches and the three Q&A sessions were recorded, and are available here on DVD (video) and MP3 (audio). For more information, or to order the DVD album, click here. To order the MP3 disc (audio only), click here.
On Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Bel Air, Maryland, Ed Stevens presented two lessons, followed by a Q&A session: (1) When Did Christ Promise to Return? and (2) What Happened in A.D. 70? These sessions provide a great introduction to the Preterist view. If you are new to the idea of past fulfillment in the first century, this is a good set of videos to watch, or to share with your non-preterist friends. The album contains two DVD’s and one CD. The DVD’s have the two lessons and the Q&A session. The CD has the MP3 audio tracks for all three sessions, plus numerous related charts and articles (PDF format), including a free PDF electronic copy of the book, What Happened in A.D. 70? For more info, or to order the DVD album, click here. For the MP3 CD only, click here.
‘What Happened’ Book Reprinted
WHAT HAPPENED IN A.D. 70? By Edward E. Stevens – Now available in its sixth edition, with significant enhancements and a new cover design. It shows the historical fulfillment of the first century Return of Christ. The Matthew 24-Luke 17 chart, list of fulfillments in Josephus, chart on the intensification of the TIME statements in the last NT books, plus the annotated bibliography of preterist writings make this short book “a good basic introduction” to the Full Preterist view (Walt Hibbard). It affirms the completion of all NT books by the time Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70. There are both a printed edition and an electronic edition of the book available. Only 64 pages.
Six New Resources
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