I posted this a little over a year ago at Terry's other group, Covenant Talk. I did a quick editing job so the timing will make sense.
My story is similar but still a little different. I was a futurist for over 20 years, started out a pretribber, and before my paradigm shift, I was a posttrib dispie. A friend of mine that created the Bible Fulfilled Prophecy group here at Facebook, Steve Mullican, we use to attend the same church down in Texas. We've been friends for close to 20 years, and we lost touch of each other about the mid 90's, and just reconnected about two and a half years ago. I was anti preterist till a little over two years ago.
I had a discussion board on the Aimoo network, and invited my friend Steve to join the group. I had a eschatolgy category that was totally dispie. He posted some things in there that had preteristic overtones, and at that time I was somewhat bothered by what he posted. This too, was a little over a couple of years ago, and I suggested we have a talk on the phone. I said Bro, the stuff you're posting seems to be preterist, saying all this stuff was fulfilled, and telling me about Matthew 24:34 and "this generation". I said, Man, you've got to be kidding, so you believe Jesus already came back? He said yes, and I had to hear how he was going to wiggle out of this one.
When I asked him how he reached this conclusion, he said Bryan, you're reading someone elses mail. What in the world was he talking about? He was very patient when he explained time statements and audience relevance to me, and he demonstrated it by the scriptures. I couldn't believe it, scriptures I've read over and over again, had a whole new light when those two principles were applied. We talked more and more on the phone, he was sending me links in my e-mail, and invited me to Paltalk where I could hear others discuss fulfilled eschatology.
I'll be honest, it wasn't an easy transition, after being indoctrinated with dispensationalism for over 20 years. I started out as a partial preterist for a few months because I still believed there was a possibility Jesus could come back one more time, and I also had a problem with the resurrection. Then the Pastor that owned the Paltalk room, talked to me over an hour on the phone and answered all my questions, and shortly after that, I became a full preterist. Now I'm very comfortable with my paradigm shift after numerous hours of bible reading and studying, and other books I've read like Matthew 24 Fulfilled, Last Day's Madness, The Parousia, a book that I really treasure, and the book I'm reading now, Behind the Veil of Moses.
All my friends here at Facebook and Paltalk have also assisted in the knowledge that I've achieved in such a short amount of time. The bible makes so much more sense to me, and the message of fulfilled eschatology has caused a renewed zeal for God, the bible, and also for studying. Without trying to be tacky or prideful, I can honestly say that, I'm proud to be preterist. I thank the Lord foremost, for opening my eyes to see, and my heart that was opened to receive this message. I also thank all of you for your posts, blogs, and teachings that have helped me a long the way on my journey. Lord bless ya'll, and thanks for taking the time to read my testimony.
Here is my story. One day while I was at work for some strange reason all I could think about all day was the rapture as we have all been traditionally taught. As I was thinking about the rapture I started remembering all the fun I had as a kid when school was out in the summer time. My brother and I spent most of our summer on our grandfathers farm. In those days we would go out into the field and picking fresh tomato that we would eat with a little dash of salt. Boy did that taste good. Like all farms in those days my grandfather had pigs, chicken, and chick, ducks, cows, and a horse. Every kid should spend some time on a farm at lest once in their life time.
The more I thought about my good old days of childhood. The sadder I became. I thought about all the kids that would never spend time on a farm, learn how to drive a car, or go out on that first date. How unfair it was of God to take away kids in the rapture before they had the chance to experience the joys of li…
Hi this is James Burks. I am deaf since born by German measles. I born
and raised up in Orlando. Now, living in PA and married to beautiful
deaf lady. We have 2 wonderful kids (they are not deaf).
first learn about Bible, God, and Jesus when I was about 7 years old
via interpreter in a Baptist church. I visited there several times then
stop. I did not go there until I was about 10 years old.
that there was a deaf ministry under First Baptist Church of Pine hills
(now changed to FBC of Central Fla). That is where I came to understood
about salvation but not that moment....roughly 11 years later.
understood about born again. That changed my life completed. Before I
born again, I was drug-addicted and I even almost die from overdose of
LSD. From point of born again to 2000's, I was somewhat frustration with
eschatology. It always bother me. It was not make any sense to me.
I enrolled Deaf Bible College to earned THG degree and become pastor i…
Hi, my name is Jean-Pierre Côté
Born in 1957 in Montreal, Canada Raised as a Catholic (nominal), I became an evangelical Christian in 1984.
Studied in bible colleges and seminary, I was a music director in a Pentecostal church, prison ministry, mid week bible study leader, evangelist, substitute preacher, etc. Became a 4 pt Calvinist then a 5 point Calvinist.
This rocked my church life, they kicked me out. Went to Baptist & Brethren churches to finally have a house church with about 18 members. Today I do not attend any regular local church but I visit my brothers and sister now and then.
About ten years ago, I bought a couple of books which seemed interesting. Apocalypse Conspiracy and End Times Madness.
They slowly worked their way in my understanding until I started to dive directly in the study of Preterism.
After reading a good sample of all the different positions within Preterism, I have come to hold A Full Preterist view. This answers more questions than…