Lunch Exhortations – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlAh7rrej5Q (Special Music from Meredith Piniella & Ward Fenley) (Testimony & thoughts from Phil Westfall) (Preterist Movement Exhortation from Pastor Michael Miano)
This past Thursday, 9/30, was International Podcast Day, and we had a special guest join us for the Preterist Power Hour – Dr. Don K. Preston, of the Preterist Research Institute (www.eschatology.org) – “Catch the power of that!!!”.
While there was some slight technical issues, we were able to compile the program into one clip (you may notice some slight imperfections), however, you catch watch the video podcast at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujYjRZRtRe4
Much of the discussion was focused on the fact that the “change of the living” cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:15,17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52) is a relational change not a biological change. Don Preston detailed the eschatological hope as “corporate concepts”, focusing in on the ANE honor/shame cultural motif. Don brought up texts such as Daniel 12; Romans 8, and Colossians 2. He also mentioned resources from Jackson. Wu in regards to Honor/Shame motifs.
“While honor and shame are issues common to human society and individual experience, various cultures exhibit different degrees to which these issues are important…If the basic assumption were that prosperity meant divine favor, then the opposite principle of retribution also applied; if fortunes reversed it meant divine disapproval.” – Cultural Background Study Bible
Also mentioned for review were our previous PPH podcasts on 7/22 and 7/29:
It has been a while since I shared an update from The Power of Preterism Network (TPPN), however, each Thursday evening, we offer a Preterist Power Hour on YouTube at 6:30pm ET (more about that below).
A few important resources and announcements to share.
Last night, Ward Fenley, from NCMI Live, had a debate with Mike Blume regarding the “resurrection of the dead”. I plan to watch and review, and also desire to have Ward as a guest on the Preterist Power Hour soon to share some afterthoughts. You can watch the debate for yourself at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4OuUtMbAHs
Tonight, Dr. Don K. Preston, of the Preterist Research Institute, will be joining us, me and my co-host, Edward Howell, on the Preterist Power Hour. At 6:30pm et, Dr. Preston will be sharing new details and studies regarding the “change of the living” in AD 70. This will sure be an edifying conversation. You can tune in by Zoom (or) call, and/or watch on Facebook Live (the videos are later posted to TPPN’s YouTube page).
Lastly, I hope you are ready, excited, and maybe even planning to join us in person (a livestream will be made available) for our upcoming 7th Annual Bible Conference at The Blue Point Bible Church. You will find the promotional graphic attached to this update, however you can also visit the following link (which is currently being updated) to get more information, http://www.bluepointbiblechurch.org/peace/?page_id=2637
We thank you for your continued interest and support in the clarity, healing, and strategy that comes through the power of preterism.
To God be the glory,
Michael Miano Director
For more information about The Power of Preterism Network, consider the following links:
On this week’s Preterist Power Hour, Michael Miano & Edward Howell co-hosted a session outlining their current understanding of the “mark of the beast”. Mentioning an upcoming Futurist presentation regarding the “mark of the beast” happening in the Long Island region, Miano, Howell, and others set out to seek, search, study, and prove the matter according to the Scriptures.
A few important notations from this week’s podcast are as follows:
In Edward’s outline, he mentioned Revelation 13:16-17, as well as marked out the definition of the Greek word, charisma (mark), with the following points, “A stamp, an imprinted mark; of the mark stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the badge of the followers of the antichrist, Revelation 13:16; 14:9,11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4; Acts 17:29
Richard Steckler, a guest on the program, detailed the “symbolic parody” of the marks. We read of God’s “seal of ownership” in the following texts, John 3:33, 6:27, Rom 4:11, 15:28, 1 Cor 9:2, 2 Cor 1:22, Eph 1:13, 4:30, Rev 7:3-8, 2 Tim 2:19
On this past week’s Preterist Power Hour, cohosts Michael Miano & Edward, welcomed a guests named Ivan to join the show. Pastor Miano shared how he had met Ivan, who was a speaker at a recent study group, that he had attended regarding identifying “Mystery Babylon”. Rather than just talk about some of the things he (Ivan) mentioned, especially regarding eschatology/end times, we welcomed him to join us on the show. Highlighting Ivan’s presented, we talked though points from the books of Daniel and Revelation, as well as Matthew 23-24, in regards to “Mystery Babylon”.
On this week’s podcast of the Preterist Power Hour, co-hosts, Michael Miano & Edward Howell, reviewed some presentations from the recent Spirit & Life Lectures. You can watch this week’s podcast at the following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv6mPrW-CdI
While Edward mentioned needing to mark out time to properly view the lectures, Michael Miano was eager to share some of this thoughts regarding John Watson, Scott Klaft, and Mario Beasley Sr.’s presentations.
This next week’s Preterist Power Hour, 8/26, will be canceled. However, we look forward to further reviewing the Spirit & Life Lectures, the following Tuesday, 9/2.
Don’t forget to make your plans to join us for the 7th Annual BPBC Bible Conference – Not One Stone Left: Restored & Complete – this October 8th -10th, 2021. The following link has travel and lodging info, as well as a tentative schedule for the conference (also see attached graphic), http://www.bluepointbiblechurch.org/peace/?page_id=2637
At the beginning of the month of August, a group of Church of Christ preachers who are convinced of Fulfilled Eschatology (i.e., Full Preterism), got together at the Church of Christ Ludington and offered up lectures for the 6th Annual Spirit & Life Lectures.
You can listen to our 2-part review of the lectures on the Preterist Power Hour at the following links:
I enjoyed John Watson’s points about the apostasy that captivated so many in the first century. I also appreciated his bringing up the Apostle Peter’s falling into that camp for a bit (therefore it wasn’t and isn’t too hard to stray cf. Galatians 2:11-13). I was reminded of Dr. Don K. Preston‘s teaching of “Silence of the Church (pt. 1)” where he brought up Matthew 24:10-11.
Also, attaching it to future generations and the ability of error, even in those many refer erroneously to as “church fathers”.
“In my personal experience, allowing people to direct the the direction of the study is how we get distracted in these things”. – Scott Klaft
“Time-limiting-qualifying statements” – true or not?
Scott makes much of his case for preterism based on the “time determines the nature” argument.
The one text – Matthew 5:18
“Let’s establish the historical context before trying to convince people of the implications and the side-subjects, the many different things we might get distracted by. I believe it will make us more successful in effecting Spiritual maturity in the Church and giving increase to the glory of God”. – Scott Klaft I thoroughly enjoyed Scott Klaft‘s presentation and his premise of knowing the times versus being distracted (as demonstrated in Matthew 16:1-3). Scott highlighted the “time-limiting-qualifying statements” as what should be the focus of our study and he makes his for preterism based on the “time determines the nature” argument (which I agree very much with). Scott marked out Matthew 5:18 as the “one text” that should stir all to consider fulfilled bible prophecy (i.e., Full Preterism). Two great points that Scott made that I quote him on are:
“In my personal experience, allowing people to direct the the direction of the study is how we get distracted in these things”
“Let’s establish the historical context before trying to convince people of the implications and the side-subjects, the many different things we might get distracted by. I believe it will make us more successful in effecting Spiritual maturity in the Church and giving increase to the glory of God”
I agree with Mario Watson Beasley Sr. about how simple these things are, and yet the Futurist wants to confuse them. I taught a sermon series a few years back on the “One New Man” that correlates well with what Beasley is saying. Glory to God.
“Saving of the righteous remnant, which would occur at the time of the judgement of Israel, judgement and salvation of Israel go hand in hand”. – Mario Watson Beasley Sr. “At the sound of the last trumpet, the mystery of God was fulfilled. Israel and Gentiles together in the Body of Christ by the Gospel is the mystery of God. The fulfillment of the mystery of God is the Church.” – Mario Watson Beasley Sr.
A great topic indeed, because just as Mario Watson Beasley Sr. marked out, the hope of Israel as outlined by understanding the Gospel and the mystery of God is so simple, but the Futurist wants to confuse the details (to correlate with what Scott Klaft spoke about – they get distracted). Mario brought up many good texts to affirm his points, namely demonstrating, “Saving of the righteous remnant, which would occur at the time of the judgement of Israel, judgement and salvation of Israel go hand in hand”. Mario concluded his message with a great affirmation that we cleave to as Christians, “At the sound of the last trumpet, the mystery of God was fulfilled. Israel and Gentiles together in the Body of Christ by the Gospel is the mystery of God. The fulfillment of the mystery of God is the Church.”
Contrary to popular thought, the devil was not destroyed at the cross (cf. Romans 16:20; Revelation 20:10)
“The Kingdom wasn’t complete TILL he reigned over all nations with the “rod of iron” = the unbendable Gospel. And He had to rule in the midst of His enemies until He could rule over them”. – Brent Bischel
Matthew 5:3 – “the poor in Spirit” = those who want to know more! “One of the ways that I find it easiest to learn about a topic is to study the opposite and compare it to the real thing”. – Steven Baisden Compare and contrast Matthew 5 with Galatians 5. “I want to move into a house fully built, with a roof over my head”. – Steven Baisden “Instead of a restoration movement, the Church should be pleading for the restitution movement”. – Steven Baisden
“I know full well how we are trained, we are trained to emphasize the New Testament teaching, we separate that from the Old, and we don’t see that the New Testament is simply the fulfillment of the old promises. And if our teaching doesn’t square with the Old Testament is it s false doctrine. It is!” – Holger Neubauer
1 Corinthians 15 cf. Hosea 6; 13:14
William Bell on 1 Cor 15. Hosea 6
3 Witnesses – John 20:26-27 (Thomas); Acts 9 (Saul of Tarsus/ Paul); Acts 7 (Stephen) What did they see?
Holger’s last thoughts on baptism, namely bringing us to , led me to write the following on Facebook, “”Water baptism must often-times be assumed into texts, rather than understanding the immersion, to be something beyond the physical experience of a person, which is the true importance and demonstration of being found in Christ.” – Pastor Michael Miano