The Growth Of The Church In The First Century

In this 20-minute Bible study, Brian Simmons examines New Testament history to chart the growth of the church from Pentecost until the closing of the canon. While most students consider the growth of the church as an organic body, here the emphasis is placed on the church as an institution. A study of the historical…

What About Jewish National Repentance?

Is Jewish national repentance inseparably connected with Jesus Christ’s second coming? To those who know their Scriptures, the answer is yes! However, Preterists and Hyper-Preterists, in their mania for past fulfillment, lose sight of this important doctrine, claiming that He came in A.D. 70 because the Jews failed to repent.  Huh?  In this 35-minute Bible study…

The Biblical Meaning of “This Generation”

  Hyper-Preterists claim that the New Testament phrase “this generation” always means Christ’s first-century audience.  But does the Bible really support their view?  In this 10-minute Bible study podcast, we give a brief overview of the Scriptural usage of the phrase, and conclude that it is always used in an exclusively Jewish context.  Far from meaning “My…

The Kingdom Was At Hand

 Throughout the years, Bible students have wrestled over statements in the New Testament which represent Christ’s return as being “at hand” in the first century. Liberals and skeptics have claimed that because “Christ never returned when He said He would,” the Bible must be a hoax. During the 1800’s, however, a system of theology named…

What About Jewish National Repentance?

Is Jewish national repentance inseparably connected with Jesus Christ’s second coming? To those who know their Scriptures, the answer is yes! However, Preterists and Hyper-Preterists, in their mania to generalize the teachings of eschatology, lose sight of this important doctrine. In this 35-minute Bible study lesson, Brian Simmons looks at several Old Testament passages which…

“A Little While, and Ye Shall See Me”

  Among the numerous proof-texts put forth by Preterists, John 16: 16 is generally not mentioned. Although one will often hear them tout the phrase “in a little while,” it is usually in connection with Heb. 10: 37. Of course, Hebrews was written sometime prior to Paul’s first imprisonment, and bears the unmistakeable stamp of…

Luke 21: 22 Not a Hyper-Preterist Proof-Text

   Another one of the common proof-texts used by Hyper-Preterists in support of their view that Jesus Christ “returned” in A.D. 70, is Luke 21: 22. Speaking of the siege of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, Jesus says, “For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” This verse…