Christ in Prophecy was blessed to have as our special guest, Daymond Duck. Daymond is an expert on Bible prophecy who preaches, teaches, and writes prolifically about the subject, particularly on the Rapture Ready website and in his best-selling book The Book of Revelation: The Smart Guide to the Bible Series. The following are some tough questions concerning issues in Bible prophecy that he deftly answered for our program’s hosts Dr. David Reagan, Col. Tim Moore, and Nathan Jones.
Was all of Bible prophecy fulfilled in AD 70?
Nathan Jones: There’s this really strange view called Preterism that claims that all of Bible prophecy, or at least much of it depending on if whether you are an extreme Preterist or not, was fulfilled in AD 70 when the Romans conquered Jerusalem.
Daymond Duck: A lot of people in West Tennessee would say, “Bologna!” There is no evidence of a seven-year covenant of peace in the Middle East between the Romans and the Jews during the First Century. There was no way at all to track all buying and selling during that time, as Revelation 13 has prophesied. So many events are prophesied in the book of Revelation that have to occur at the end times that clearly did not happen in AD 70.
Dr. Reagan: Extreme Preterists would argue that the return of Jesus Christ occurred in AD 70 but invisibly.
Daymond Duck: They are going to know that’s wrong when Jesus returns, I tell you. Jesus promised to return physically and with a great many signs and noise.
Dr. Reagan: What did the two angels tell the disciples on the Mount of Olives as Jesus ascended into heaven? How was He going to come back? He’s going to come back in the clouds in the same way, and visibly. And yet, Preterists will argue that Jesus came back invisibly, regardless of what the Scriptures clearly teach.
Daymond Duck: The Apostles saw with their own eyes that Jesus went up into the clouds. They could see Him go away. It was visible!
Nathan Jones: Why do some people support the Preterist view? Why would anyone claim that all of Bible prophecy has been completed for some 1,900 years now?
Daymond Duck: Not everybody who calls themselves a Christian is a Christian. Not everyone who claims to know the Scriptures are true prophets, rather quite a number are false prophets, as Jesus also prophesied. The difference between a true prophet and a false prophet is that the true prophet goes by the Word of God. The false prophet says things that contradict the Word of God. A lot of these false prophets use other literature outside of the Bible as well for their interpretations.Daymond Duck: The difference between a true prophet and a false prophet is that the true prophet goes by the Word of God. The false prophet says things that contradict the Word of God. Click To Tweet
Dr. Reagan: Another problem with the Preterist viewpoint is that the whole view depends on one thing, and that is the claim that the book of Revelation was written before AD 70. Preterists claim all end times Bible prophecy concerns events during AD 70. And yet, all of Church history attests to the fact that the book of Revelation was written in AD 95 and not AD 70. The Preterist view cannot exist if the book of Revelation was written in AD 95.
Daymond Duck: That’s right! Revelation is a book of prophecy. It is not a book of history. The Apostle John tells us five times that Revelation is a book of prophecy.
Dr. Reagan: Some Preterists will argue that Revelation is a book of prophecy, but they say the prophecies were about the destruction of the temple in AD 70, therefore the book had to have been written before AD 70, but it wasn’t.
Nathan Jones: No, indeed, Revelation is very well attested by the early Church Fathers to have been written in AD 95.
Daymond Duck: The book of Revelation doesn’t talk about the destruction of the Temple, but it does talk about a rebuilt Temple, so clearly the Temple had already fallen by the time Revelation was written.
Tim Moore: Daymond, I appreciate what you said about false teachers and false prophets coming into the Church. Even in the day and age of John, he wrote about false teachers. Jude also wrote about them when he said to the effect, “I wanted to talk to you about the basics of the faith, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but I must be involved in having you to contend earnestly because you are following after false teachers.” Already in the First Century, these false teachers were leading people astray. Even in our day, too many people have been led astray by crazy ideas such as Preterism with its claim that the Lord has already returned.
Daymond Duck: Yes, I believe God says what He means and He means what He says.
In the fourth part of our interview with Bible prophecy expert Daymond Duck, we will explore whether we are truly living in the season of the Lord’s return or not.
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How old was John when he wrote Revelations? It seems that he would have to be at least 120 years old since he was with Christ and probably around 30 years old.
Eusebius, an Early Church Father, recorded that the Apostle John lived out two more years in Ephesus after his exile at Patmos before he finally was laid to rest at the ripe old age of 99, leaving behind his final message that summed up his life’s theme: “Children, love one another.” Using these historical records that easily confirm the Apostle John’s authorship, along with the records from other Church Fathers such as Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Hippolytus, Clement of Alexandria and Origen, we can deduce that the time the book of Revelation was written lay between A.D. 95-96, when John was an impressive 97 years old!