Corpus Christi, Texas (PressExposure) September 06, 2006 -- A new movement has risen to challenge current views of the end time. With websites, articles, books and audio CDs & DVD tapes proliferating daily, the pendulum is gaining momentum for a huge swing in the opposite direction on the timing of Jesus' second coming and the last days. If you have been swept up in the never ending maize of failed futuristic prophetic speculations, it's time to take a fresh look at the scriptures. Jesus promised that he would return in the first century.
Some scholars, honest in their approach, yet misguided in their opinion, (C.S. Lewis, Albert Schweitzer & Rudolph Bultman, etc), believed the only rational answer for the Bible's imminent first century emphasis was that Jesus and his apostles were mistaken or outright lied about the timing of his return. The apostles taught very clearly that "they" were in the last days and Jesus' coming was "at hand" "shortly to come to pass" and would happen within the generation that was alive when he was on earth, (Matthew 24:34), --even before some died who stood in his presence. Attributing error to Jesus and his apostles is a hard sell to some very serious minded evangelists and Bible students of today from all religious backgrounds. While this movement gained early notoriety from ministers in the churches of Christ, adherents now come from all religious organizations from Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Pentecostal to name a few. They are called Preterists, a name representing those who believe that all prophecy was fulfilled in the past.
Some prefer the name Covenant Eschatology which emphasizes that the second coming is about the end of the Old Covenant age versus the destruction of the material world as we know it. In either case, it means they believe and teach that Christ's second coming occurred in the first century, in connection with the event known as the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, when all things written were said to be fulfilled, (Luke 21:20-22).
William Bell will speak on three of 14 topics, including The Importance of Deuteronomy 32, The Hymanaean Heresy, and The Timing of the Resurrection. The conference will be held at: Holiday Inn Airport, 5549 Leopard St., Corpus Christi, TX, September 29, 30. 2006.