Q. Mike, can you give me any information on Preterist. Is it true that they believe that all prophecy was fulfilled at the destruction of Jerusalem.
“Preterist” is a word that comes from the Latin word meaning “beyond” or “past.” The “Preterist” view of the book of Revelation is that most of, if not all, of the book has been fulfilled. The “Preterist” position is that Revelation reveals what was to happen to the church in the early centuries, but not necessarily what is going to happen in the future. The true “Preterist” position sees everything in the book of Revelation as something in the past.
There is a group which split away from the mainline church a number of years ago under the teaching of Max King and a doctrine that has come to be called the “70 A.D. theory” among our brethren, that taught the Second Coming had already occurred. According to this teaching (also called “Realized Eschatology”) we are not to expect the return of the Lord as promised. It’s already happened. They teach that the Second Coming happened when Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D.
I’ve never heard them referred to as “Preterist Eschatologists” before, but that would be a good name for them.