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Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 11:47 PM

Fulfilled prophecy

More gleanings from Mark -

One of the members of my church is very convinced postmil and partial preterist (not to be confused with a full preterist position).

But anyway, I was reading something today in the Gospel of Mark that made me seriously consider what he was saying. Here it is -

Mark 13 begins -
13:1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down. 3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5 And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
Now, the text in the ESV actually doesn't read like that, because it includes a paragraph heading breaking verse 3 from the rest of the text. But when we read it together, it flows so clearly. When is the destruction of the temple? When the signs come, wars and rumors of wars, birth pains. And continuing on, Christ continues his discourse-

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24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

And all of this is in the context of the destruction of the temple. Makes me seriously consider what my friend was talking about! And as I continued to read, I was surprised again.

In Mark 14, Jesus has been captured and is being interrogated by the high priest.
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” [7] 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
And verse 62 blew me out of the water, because after reading Mark, I remembered the close parallel with chapter 13:26
26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
Crazy huh? I can really see how people would make the argument that this prophecy has already been fulfilled. Makes me really wonder just how much prophecy has been fulfilled. After all, in the OT, a great deal of their prophecy was fulfilled during their lives, why not the same case with those who lived during Christ's times?

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