The fulfillment of prophecies the Little Apocalypse and the Book of Revelation have been impatiently awaited by Christians for the past two… hundred years. Surprised? Shocked? Horrified?
“This futuristic interpretation with its personal Antichrist and three and a half year period of tribulation did not take root in the Protestant Church until the early nineteenth century. The first Protestant to adopt it was S.R. Maitland,” worte Geroge E. Ladd, a premillennialist. William R. Kimball, in his What the Bible Says About the Great Tribulation, concurred,
“The landscape of prophetic interpretation has been cluttered with the verbal litter of dispensationalism in recent years. This dispensationalist school of prophetic interpretation refuses to accept the blatant reality that significant portions of Jesus’ Olivet discourse were directly related to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70.A.D…, and not to a highly speculative, end-time tribulation preceding the second coming.”
Jesus prophesied, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled (Mt. 24:34)! John of Patmos prophesied, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass (Rev. 1:1)!
Is it possible that the Little Apocalypse and Book of Revelation prophesied events that have already been fulfilled almost two thousand years ago? Is it possible that Second Coming of Jesus, or the Parousia (Greek: παρουσία, presence, arrival, or official visit), already occurred in the months and years after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.?
The Next Testament book The Parousia of Jesus Christ illuminates this most important of radical preterist beliefs.