In my current re-reading of the Book of Revelation I developed a curiosity about how much overlap there was with the events of AD70 when Jerusalem was destroyed. I also considered Daniel’s statue alongside the similar Beast of Revelation and therefore thought about the continuation of Rome into our own time (in thought and deed, if not in fact.)
I am not a Historicist, much less a Preterist, but at the same time I am not close-minded about the types and shadows that occur many times in the bible prophecies.
Preterist – endtimes prophecies have already been fulfilled.
Historicist – prophecies are being fulfilled throughout history.
Futurist – prophecies will be fulfilled in the future.
Foreshadowing and Fulfillment
What happened once will happen again, in a very similar way. This is not just coincidence, but God’s foreknowledge of the way humanity thinks and acts, and his intervention in the nations.
Then a couple of days after my thought process, Mike of “On Point Preparedness” uploaded a video called “I‘m Not A Preterist, But…” covering some of the same ground. So that got my attention.
In the video he looks at what he calls “types and shadows” or the typology of the bible. That is, he is comparing some of today’s events both to bible prophecies about the endtimes and actual historical events – for instance, the revolt of the Judean Zealots in Israel from 66-70 AD.
Here is a short rundown of the main points of his talk:
- The current “great rebellion” is prophecy being fulfilled?
- 2 Thess 2, the “great rebellion” before the Man of Lawlessness?
- The Revolt in Judea, Jewish-Roman war of AD70, a type and shadow
- Similar events will happen again on a wider scale in this age
- Typologies occur throughout scripture (gives examples)
- Wikipedia article about the great rebellions throughout history –
- The first one is the Jewish/Roman Great Revolt AD 66-73
- Crisis began with discontent over Roman taxes on Jews, protest marches
- Escalated to Jewish rebels attacking the Roman military
- Historian Josephus (Book 18) records the events
- Three Jewish sects, Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes – then Zealots
- Essenes were into Gnosticism and what we would call “new-age” beliefs
- Fourth Jewish sect – political, wanted liberty and freedom from Roman oppression
- Leader called Judas of Galilee opposed taxation, exhorted nation to assert their liberty
- Said God would not be with them if they did not, forced compliance with rioters
- Similar tactics today, encouraging pastors to accept violent rebellion
- Some Christians claim God only raises up good rulers……
- …………therefore tyrants are not of God and must be opposed.
- (Josephus blamed this fourth sect entirely for what befell the Jews)
- Jeremiah 27 shows tyrannical rulers rose up because of Israel’s sins
- In AD70 the Romans tried to negotiate a settlement with the Jews, but they refused
- (He refutes the Preterist viewpoint here)
- Another author says the rebellion of Thessalonians can be political or religious
- A religious ‘falling away’ caused Israel’s downfall in the Jewish Revolt
- We have similar situation today – rebellion
- (The horrors of the Jewish Rebellion outlined by Josephus)
- Josephus says the rebels refused every Roman attempt to negotiate, thus
- Bringing untold miseries upon the people in Jerusalem
- Comparisons with Jeremiah 27 and Zedekiah/Nebuchadnezzar
- God provides good kings during times of obedience, but
- ………….. uses tyrants to bring about his correction and punishment
- This was the case in Jerusalem in those years
- Readings and parallels from Jeremiah
- Authorities set in place by God, not surpassing his authority but used by Him
- America and the world is due for punishment
- Natural disasters, war, but also by oppressive rulers
- The Jews had crucified Jesus, defiled their Temple
- AD70 was a judgement upon them. Jesus warned of it.
- Comparisons with Germany before the war. Rebellion, discontent.
- Some say it’s a sin not to rebel against the Government
- Bible commands obedience, UNLESS Christians are forced to SIN
- Sin would be idolatry, murder, theft etc.
- Inflation, masks, vaccinations are not SINS against God
- You are not being FORCED to sin against God
- Attitude of Jesus towards Roman taxation was to respect it
- Today’s protests and riots are about “freedom”, “rights given by God”
- Compared to Israel
- Even those who condemn violent protests are contributing to the spirit of it
- Comparisons with Jews in the Jewish Revolt
- Global rebellion a result of God punishing the nations
- It’s going to get worse
- Misguided [false] Christians are leading this revolt
- Satan uses the flesh in all these typologies, happening again today.
Mike does realise that many Christians, even though joining in the protests, do not support violence or civil war. Nonetheless, a recent religious survey found that 30% of Republicans DO, and are prepared to take up arms to achieve what they see as liberty from oppression and evil rulers.
This video could be hard-hitting for some, and might anger others, but I believe it’s correct and necessary.
I also have come to the conviction, after much prayer in these past weeks and months, that a new Civil War is coming which will most likely begin in America where the protests are greatest.
Divisions will come, but for Christians those divisions should not be based upon political goals, or even personal “liberty” whatever that entails, but dividing off from what is not biblical and heeding what is to come in the prophetic scriptures.
Mark 12: 13-17
And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denariusd and let me look at it.” And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.