A Book Published in 1993 by Canon Press, Moscow Idaho
The modern revival of preterism represents an interesting and important paradigm shift in eschatology... I commend this volume as a fine introduction to some of the most fascinating and important elements of preterist interpretation and hope that it will stimulate serious, scholarly research and discussion into the questions that remain in doubt. Foreword by R.C. Sproul, p. vii.
First, the authors are committed to the principle of sola et tota Scriptura, that is, only Scripture and all of Scripture. Only Scripture, and Scripture in its entirety, is authoritative in matters of belief and practice. Introduction by T.J. Morin, p. 2.
So then, the heavens and earth are a figure for the kingdoms of heaven and earth. The new heavens and the new earth are a figure for the glorious and ever-increasing reign of our Lord Jesus Christ. "Biblical Pictures of the New Cosmos" by Doug Wilson, p. 29.
The topic of this symposium is preterism, and the issue with which this paper deals is the timing of the fulfillment of the events described in Matthew 24 and the other apocalyptic accounts in the gospels. The thesis is that a proper reading of Matthew 24, in the context of the rest of Scripture, requires the conclusion that the events there prophesied by Jesus Christ came to pass shortly after His death and resurrection, and within the lifetime of His contemporaries. In other words, the Bible teaches that the doctrines of the end of the age, the great tribulation, and the Lord's Second Coming are not matters of eschatology, but matters of history...
It is important that this gap in our knowledge be filled in. The misinterpretation of Scripture on this point is not a harmless error, for it leads to a false assumption: that the church of today stands in the same relation to the Lord's return as did the church at the time of the apostles. "Apocalypse Then: The Historical Doctrines of Matthew 24" by Gregory C. Dickison, p, 63, 76.
John's gospel teaches us that the disciples, even after witnessing Christ's resurrection, did not understand the Old Testament prophecy regarding His resurrection. The passing of the prophesied event did not clear up the confusion about the prophecy. Consider also that the Incarnation, one of the most thoroughly prophesied events in history. Volumes have been written on the many Old Testament predictions of Christ's coming. But when Christ did come, very few people knew that biblical prophecy had been fulfilled. Those who were the most familiar with the Scriptures were expecially misled about the coming of the Messiah. When their precious Messiah came, they crucified Him.
It is certainly true that the meaning of Old Testament prophecies were made more clear after Christ's coming. The reason for this is not simply that the event came, but that further revelation came with it. This is the implication of 1 Peter 1:10-12, where we read that the prophets of old looked forward to the sufferings of Christ. Long ago they understood that Christ would suffer, but the time and the circumstances was not revealed until the first century. Clarification of the Old Testament prophet's message came in the first century only because new revelation came at that time.
In the case of the Olivet Discourse and John's Apocalypse, the fulfillment of these prophecies was not accompanied by further revelation. Unless further divine revelation comes, we won't ever be able to understand Matthew 24 or Revelation any better than we can today. The mere passing of time does not affect our understanding of biblical prophecy. "A Reasonable Look at Revelation" by Chris Schlect, pp. 82-83.