Prison Minister asks — ‘Which One is it… Preterism or Futurism?’
LOS ANGELES, May 4, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — In what can be called a real challenge to one’s faith, outspoken prison minister and author Marty Angelo is asking Christians to dig in their Bibles to come up with their own understanding of eschatology (the study of end-times).
Many people in today’s Christian generation believe end-time teachers and preachers (whether preterists or futurists) without making sure themselves exactly what the Bible teaches.
“There is a tendency today for a futurist to change in the middle of their end-time beliefs to preterism.” Angelo recently remarked in a radio interview, “When a futurist converts to preterism it can be a very rewarding yet frustrating time. The excitement of knowing one does not have to wait for a ‘second coming of Jesus’ to happen is a thrilling revelation. However, there is also a big frustrating problem lurking right around the corner.
“What the converted futurist (who now considers himself a preterist) can find hard to understand is that Jesus Christ was ‘actually’ already living in him while he was still a futurist. However, what he once believed as a futurist is now changed as he starts to now believe that Jesus Christ, who he was taught was coming in the future, already came in AD 70. This can now pose a big dilemma. “Jesus Christ was just as much alive in the futurist while the futurist was still a futurist as He was prior to AD 70 living within His first followers and also when He appeared in the clouds with His angels in AD 70.”
Marty Angelo is no newcomer to controversy. He has worked in full-time ministry for over 30 years working in prisons and rehabs. He has spoken out numerous times; either in defense of other authors, such as James Fry, reaching out to hundreds of troubled celebrities and or holding doomsday television evangelist Harold Camping accountable for his false end-time teachings. Angelo is right in the middle of another battle again trying to help point both futurists and preterists to understanding what eschatology is all about.
To read Angelo’s entire article entitled: “Which is it: Preterism or Futurism” please see: martyangelo.com/what_is.htm.
Angelo’s latest book, “Vision of New Jerusalem: Now!” is available through online bookseller, Amazon.com or through www.oncelifematters.com.