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DISTINCTLY FULLPRET POSITIONS IN THIS ARTICLE:

  • The Cross insufficient for salvation

  • Salvation / Atonement didn't come until AD70

  • The way into the Holy of Holies closed until AD70

  • Jesus was "behind the veil" apart from believers until AD70

  • AD70 Dispensationalism - They hoped for salvation; we don't

 



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Progressive Full Preterism

This classification is a holding pen for reconsideration of works previously labeled as "Hyper Preterism".  Includes the works of nominal Full Preterists who have in actuality do not hold to the heretical dispensationalism of the teaching that "ALL Bible prophecy was fulfilled by AD70" -- Many mistakenly self-apply the label "Full Preterist" (Including "Postmillennial Paradise Preterists" such as David Chilton; or, "Immortal Body at Death" Preterists such as Arthur Melanson and Idealist/Eclectic Preterists such as Patrick Stone).
 

The "Immortal Body at Death" View of Full Preterism, in general, is under reconsideration for classification.  To be determined - this question: If the judgment and resurrection are said to be ongoing through the Christian Age, then doesn't that make "The Resurrection" unfulfilled in AD70?  If IBD can answer "yes" to that question, then perhaps it is not Hyper Preterism.

The view that the "Second Coming was in AD70" is also under review.  Orthodox commentators such as Hammond and Lightfoot taught as much -- yet while acknowledging a future coming to themselves.   The doctrine that the second and ONLY coming was in AD70 is heretical.

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The Appearing of the High Priest

By Arthur Melanson


When did our High Priest come out from the Holy of Holies to present Himself to the people? [TD: unquestionably Pentecost] This question seems to be ignored by many Christians. It is of vital importance, however, because unless our High Priest appears who can be saved?

The example is set in the Old Testament. Every year on the Day of Atonement the high priest would enter in to the Presence behind the veil in the Holiest of all. “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 23:27,28)

The High Priest must come out from the Holy of Holies to present Himself to the people so they know the blood of the sacrifice atoned for their sins. If the High Priest does not appear the people have no assurance of salvation. No appearance, no forgiveness.

Jesus Christ is our High Priest. “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:19, 20) It is obvious by these verses that He did enter the Presence behind the veil. And the Christians of that generation waited!

Salvation didn’t come at the cross. It didn’t come at Pentecost. It didn’t come at the ascension. According to the pattern of the Old Testament, forgiveness of sins came when the high priest came out from the Presence behind the veil.

Jesus, representing us, was in the Presence of God at the time of the writing of Hebrews. All of that generation knew it would take the return of Jesus to complete the work of atonement. Thus they spoke of this redemptive work as a hope.

“. . . but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” (Hebrews 3:6) Hope is something we wait for that we do not yet have. Salvation was still a hope in that day.

Their Christian hope rested on the oath and promise of God. They also knew their High Priest would return before that generation passed away. Jesus emphasized this in His teaching. So they waited in eager anticipation for the finished work of salvation, or atonement. Peter wrote of these things: “. . . who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:5)

If Christ didn’t return, as some Christians would have us believe, then no one can truly say he has salvation. If Christ hasn’t come out from the Presence behind the veil, then the work of atonement is an unfinished work.

The good news is Jesus did return! (The good news, or Gospel, is not preached correctly unless the Second Coming of Christ is included.) Back now to our original question. When did our High Priest come out of the Holy of Holies to present Himself to the people? He returned in A.D. 70 at the fall of Jerusalem, in that generation—just as He promised He would.

 

Rev. Arthur Melanson is host of the Joy of the Lord Christian talk radio program aired over WTMR Camden/Philadelphia each weekday morning at 10:00 – 11:00.

 

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Date:
11 Jun 2004
Time:
09:23:11
 
Question: When did our High Priest come out from the Holy of Holies to present Himself to the people?

Answer: With the giving of the Holy Spirit.   We could not enter into the holiest of all (Hebrews 10:19-22) without Him.   They certainly didn't have to wait until ad70 to enter, and we certainly didn't enter then!!


 
Date:
21 Jun 2004
Time:
10:11:23

Comments

Walter, where do Heb 9:25-26 and Rev 11:8-9 conflict. Heb says He died once, Rev says that He was crucifed in the same city (spiritually called Sodom and Egypt) Jerusalem, regards, Tim Terry


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