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Volume 15, Number 35

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In this issue:

The Second Coming of Christ: Did it Already Occur? (Part 2)

Joe R. Price

(We continue with material that first appeared in Guardian of Truth, Oct. 19, 1989. It is available online at

The doctrine which says the personal, second coming of Jesus Christ occurred in 70 A.D. is confusing some brethren, and destroying the faith of others. In our previous article, we saw how this doctrine claims that all the second coming prophecies happened in 70 A.D. While showing that Jesus came in judgment against Jerusalem in 70 A.D., we also noticed three passages which teach us that the personal return of Christ is still future. These passages are Acts 1:9-11, 2 Peter 3:4-11 and 1 Corinthians 15. He will come bringing rest to the righteous and punishment to the wicked (2 Thess. 1:7-10; Matt. 25:31-46). At His return, all mankind will be resurrected to stand before His judgment-seat, and there receive a just sentence for the deeds done in this life (Jno. 5:28-29; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:12-15). This world shall be dissolved in a fiery judgment, and a new order shall be established (2 Pet. 3:10-13). These events did not occur in 70 A.D. It is therefore right to hope for a future return of Jesus Christ. We were not begotten unto a dead hope, but a living one (1 Pet. 1:3-5; cf. 1 Cor. 15:19).

Why has 70 A.D. been made such a focal point in this false doctrine? While several answers could be offered which address this question, I submit that the underlying reason for this doctrinal error rests upon a perverted interpretation of the allegory found in Galatians 4:21-31. In this allegory, the A.D. 70 advocate believes that he finds comfort and support for his doctrine. Instead, he finds a refutation of it!

An Overlapping of the Covenants?

To understand how the allegory of Galatians 4:21-31 fits into the system of Realized Eschatology, consider Max King’s following statement:

Christianity is a fulfillment of the prophecies, types and shadows of the law and not merely a ‘fill-in’ between Judaism and another age to come. Abraham had two sons, and there was no gap between them. They overlapped a little, but Isaac ‘came on’ when Ishmael ‘went out.’ The son born of the spirit was given the place and inheritance of the son born of the flesh. Hence, this simple allegory (Gal. 4:21-31) establishes the ‘Spirit of Prophecy,’ confirming prophecy’s fulfillment in the spiritual seed of Abraham through Christ (Gal. 3:16, 26-29), and beyond the fall of Jerusalem these prophecies cannot be extended.” (The Spirit of Prophecy, Max R. King, p. 239. emp., King’s).

     According to King (and others), this allegory establishes his view of the end times. This doctrine teaches that “out of the decay of Judaism arose the spiritual body of Christianity” (Ibid., p. 200). We are told that this occurred during the forty year period of 30 - 70 A.D. Therefore, an overlapping of the old and new covenants is believed to have occurred, and becomes crucial to this doctrine’s defense. By having us believe that the old and new covenants overlapped from 30-70 AD., this heresy would have us believe that Christians were “given the place and inheritance” of the Jews. These two allegations (an overlapping of the covenants, and Christians being given the inheritance of the Jews) constitute two fatal mistakes in this false doctrine. So then, let us first look at whether or not the old and new covenants overlapped from 30-70 A.D. Then, we will consider the inheritance obtained by Christians.

     God’s word clearly teaches us that the old covenant ceased prior to 70 A.D. To suggest that the covenant remained until 70 A.D. is to deny God’s revealed truth. Consider the following evidence:

     1) Romans 7:1-6 - An overlapping of the covenants would amount to spiritual adultery. It is adultery to be married to another man while one’s husband lives (v. 3). With his death, the wife is “discharged from the law of the husband” (v. 2), and is free to marry another (v. 3). With these truths, Paul illustrates man’s current relationship to the law of Moses:

ye also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that ye should be joined (“married” - KJV) to another, even to him who was raised from the dead,....But now we have been discharged from the law....” (v. 4, 6)

If the old and new covenants overlapped from 30-70 AD., Paul’s illustration would mean nothing! Furthermore, a Jewish Christian would be married to two husbands (covenants) simultaneously, hence, spiritual adultery! More than a decade before 70 A.D., the apostle said, “But now we have been discharged from the law!” There was no overlapping of the covenants!

     2) Colossians 2:13-15 - The focal point in the removal of the old covenant is the cross, not 70 A.D. In this passage, Paul emphasizes the cross as the means whereby one was released from the “bond written in ordinances.” While the old covenant could not forgive (Heb. 10:1-4), the cross triumphs over sin and its cohorts (v. 15). At the cross, three things regarding the old covenant occurred (v. 14): (1) It was blotted out. That is, it was removed, being against or contrary to man’s forgiveness. (2) It was taken out of the way. Again, its removal is stressed. (3) It was nailed to the cross. Triumph over sin occurred at the cross, not 70 A.D.!

     3) 2 Corinthians 3:14 - The old covenant is done away in Christ, not in 70 A.D. Like the Hebrews of Paul’s day, the A.D. 70 advocate fails to perceive that the old covenant was done away in Christ. The old covenant was already done away when Paul wrote this passage! Only minds “hardened” to this truth could miss the apostle’s meaning.

     4) Hebrews 7:11-14 - An overlapping of the covenants would mean two priesthoods were in force at the same time. Under the old covenant, the Levitical priesthood was in force (v. 11). However, Christ is not a priest like Aaron (v. 11), but one who is “after the likeness of Melchizedek” (vs. 15, 3). Because Jesus came from the tribe of Judah and not Levi, He could not serve as a priest while the old law was in force (vs. 13-14; Heb. 8:4). The law had to change to enable Jesus Christ to serve as priest over the house of God (Heb. 7:12, 15-17; 10:21; 3:1; 5:5-6; 6:20). Jesus did not wait until 70 A.D. to become a priest. Neither did He gradually become one. He began serving as High Priest when He sat down at God’s right hand (Heb. 8:1-2). Therefore, since Jesus served as High Priest before 70 A.D., the law was changed before 70 A.D. (Heb. 7:12). (To be continued)  


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

The Holy Spirit (Part 1)

Scripture Reading:  John 16:5-7

1. Short study (overview) of the Holy Spirit to identify key parts of the subject.2. Tremendous amount of confusion and division over the Holy Spirit: Baptism, gift, gifts, anointing, person or force, new birth, His work today, etc., Eph. 4:4; 1 Cor. 14:33.


  A. He is Deity (God), one of the Godhead, Acts 5:3-4 (Heb. 9:14; Psa. 139:7-10)  B. He is a Divine Person, not an Impersonal Force, Acts 1:16; Jno. 14:26; 1 Cor. 2:11; 12:11; Jno. 16:13-15.


  A. He Inspired the OT Prophets of God (1 Pet. 1:10-11) 2 Pet. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16.
  B. He Immersed the Apostles with Himself, Matt. 3:11; Acts 1:2-5; 2:1-4 (Helper, Jno. 14:16-17; 14:26); Acts 1:8 (Jno. 15:26-27):
    1. Revelation, Jno. 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:10.
    2. Inspiration, 1 Cor. 2:13.
    3. Confirmation, 1 Cor. 2:4-5 (Heb. 2:3-4).
  C. He Fell on Cornelius and House to Testify that Gentiles can also be Saved by the Gospel, Acts 15:7-9 (11:15; 10:44-47) (Acts  11:3, 15-18; Joel 2:28--Acts 2:17).
  D. He Gave Miraculous Gifts to Christians to Confirm and Spread Gospel, Heb. 2:3-4; 1 Cor. 12:11.


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

The Holy Spirit (Part 2)

Scripture Reading:  John 16:8-15


  A. He is Using the Word He Gave to Help Accomplish Our Redemption. {Agency}
  1. To convict the world, Jno. 16:8-13; 2 Ths. 2:13-14.
  2. To guide Christians, Rom. 8:14; 1:16. Jas. 1:21-22.
  3. To testify we are God’s children, Rom. 8:16.
  4. Every action of the HS in conviction and conversion is accomplished by the word He revealed (Rom. 1:16; 10:17; Eph. 6:17).
  B. He has Fellowship with Christians, Phil. 2:1 (Eph. 3:17; Jno. 14:23); Eph. 5:15-18; Col. 3:16; 1 Jno. 3:23-24; 4:12-13.


  A. He is not Baptizing People with Himself.
  B. He is not Distributing Miraculous Spiritual Gifts, 1 Cor. 12:11; 13:8-10.
  C. He is not Revealing New Truth, Jno. 16:13 (Jude 3).
  D. He is not Enlightening People Apart from the Word of God, Rom. 1:16 (Psa. 119:105; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; 3:8-9).
  E. He is not Actually/Literally Indwelling People’s Bodies, 1 Cor. 6:19; Rom. 8:9-11 (Jno. 14:23; Col. 1:27); Gal. 2:20.


1. Divine promise of understanding God’s plan of human redemption, Eph. 3:3-5.
2. The work of the Holy Spirit is central to our salvation in Christ.
3. Must know Him to have true faith in God.
4. He is God and as such he demands our loyalty and deserves our praise.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Visiting Heaven?
Joe R. Price

The cover story of the October 15, 2012 issue of Newsweek is “Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife” by neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander. The article (a precursor to his book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife”, to be published October 23, 2012) tells what he believes he experienced as he lay in a meningitis-induced coma. Dr. Alexander believes he must have had a glimpse of heaven since he postulates “there is no scientific explanation for the fact that while (his) body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well”.

     He gives great detail of what he saw and felt: clouds, winged beings, blooming chants, butterflies and a young woman. “Without using any words, she spoke to me. The message went through me like a wind, and I instantly understood that it was true.” Next, she spoke: “The message had three parts, and if I had to translate them into earthly language, I’d say they ran something like this: ‘You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever. You have nothing to fear. There is nothing you can do wrong.’” Fascinating, but false (Matt. 7:21-23; Rev. 21:7-8, 27).

     The doctor thinks he now has proof of heaven. I certainly believe in heaven, but not because of this man’s experience and personal interpretation of it. Our faith in heaven rests upon Bible teaching (Rom. 10:17).

     If Dr. Alexander really visited heaven then he has been allowed to do what the apostle Paul was forbidden to do: speak of his experience. Paul heard “inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” when he “was caught up to the third heaven” (2 Cor. 12:1-4). God did not allow Paul to speak of it, but the doctor can?!

     If heaven is real then so is hell (Mk. 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15). That means you can do something wrong! Life after death is real. Heaven and hell are real. Whatever this man experienced, he did not visit heaven. To go there we must trust and obey Christ (Heb. 5:9).  


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