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Heaven Hope and Purpose
If all scripture was fulfilled in AD 70, do we today have a resurrection to which we can attain? IF so, which verses point to this resurrection?
John 11:25-26. Jesus is the resurrection. If you are in Christ, you are in resurrection. Revelation 22:2, the leaves of the tree of life are available for the healing of the nations after the emptying of Hades, judgement, and coming of the Lord of Revelation 20.
This is a question that has been debated for ages, but here is our take on the issue. We believe that Hades existed for a period of time, but its purpose has been fulfilled and it has since been destroyed. Upon death, we either enter into the presence of the Father or depart from His presence, depending on if we obeyed the gospel and how faithful and active we were.
Our purpose now is the same as it was in the days of the first century church as they awaited the coming of Jesus: preach the gospel to the lost, bring back the wayward, take care of the needy, etc. Here is the difference between us and that first century church in waiting: we are no longer waiting and watching, but now confidently affirming that God has kept His word. Our goal remains to preach the kingdom of Jesus.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:4-7).
The hope of the Christian is to spend eternity in the presence of the Father in heaven. Preterism in no way, shape, or form denies this or detracts from this. The preterist teaches when the temple fell, Hades was abolished too, and that the way into heaven was then opened. Thus, for the preterist, hope is more hopeful since they don’t have to wait around in Hades for heaven like others do.
It is often argues by opponents of preterism that if Jesus destroyed spiritual death in A.D. 70 then it is impossible for any to die spiritually today, thus all go to heaven. While Jesus most certainly did defeat spiritual death then, the victory belongs only to those who are in Christ. Grace, mercy, forgiveness of sin, life, and all spiritual blessings are found only in Christ Jesus. Thus, the only ones going heaven are those found to be clothed with Christ, the ones for whom death has been defeated.