Do Hyper Preterists Know It All?
Yes, the title is sarcastic and it’s meant to be a little bombastic. And so is the way of every Hyper-preterist’s article or video I’ve ever seen. They will say such hateful things about a person then add “I say this with all kindness and love”. Hyper preterists have all the answers and everyone who questions them or points out their fatal doctrinal flaws they will smirk and tell you how much Hebrew or Greek you never learned and they are smarter for using Youngs Literal Translation to help with Greek or Hebrew words they don’t speak or read or use either. But then go back to KJV or another translation that fits their doctrine rather than remaining consistent with trusted translations. For example, 1 Timothy 4 verse 1 in the NKJV says this;
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
The YLT of the same verse reads this way;
I do fully testify, then, before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is about to judge living and dead at his manifestation and his reign --
The time statement of “about to” means everything to the Hyper-preterists and the certainty of “who will” means very little. The YLT was first published in 1862 by Robert Young was famously self taught in ancient languages among those were ancient Hebrew and Greek. Many people claim his translation is the most strictly literal translated to English Bible. If you read it you can see it chops the English language to shreds and is simply too difficult to read. And that’s why it’s one of the least used English translations in my opinion. William Bell got upset with me on his You Tube channel when I pointed out that no other translation to English that I could find translated mello in 1 Timothy 4:1 as “about to come”. The others, more trustworthy define it as it should be with the context of the verse as “Will” and not “about to”. Go to Blue Letter Bible or Bible Hub and look through all the English translations for yourselves. Why should any of us rely on Young’s Literal Translation while every other scholar and translator never translated the Greek word “mello” in that verse that way?
Seriously, the Hyper preterists on You Tube are some of the most bombastic, hyper sensitive, narcissistic, Bible twisting un-scholarly scholars you will ever encounter. I have watched a few videos by hyper preterist anti church of Christ preacher, John Watson, lately and he’s a rock in your shoe if he’s anything other than an egotistical know it all who is leading people away fro m Christ. Unlike most of the other colleagues of his, he actually violates his own inconsistent doctrine and claims Christians should observe the Lord’s Super even though we are told to observe it to “proclaim the Lord’s death till He Comes”. 1 Corinthians 11:24 Why is that a contradiction with Watson’s doctrine? Well he along with the other hyper preterists claim the resurrection of all the dead, judgement of all men both good and evil all took place when the Lord came in A.D. 70.
Here's one of their tricks in how they do that. I had heard about this from other people as concerned as I am about this doctrine but saw for myself over time what they meant when they said these guys will find anyone calling themselves a “scholar” who will twist the Greek meanings of words to fit their crazy doctrine. My next question was why? Why would a person who wants to follow Christ want to make the Bible say He has already come and judged the nations and melted the elements with fervent heat and brought Heaven to earth where there is no more sin and no more death? Well Don K Preston answered that one for me some months ago. It is clear to me these men were about to leave the faith entirely but wanted some reason to remain. Actually, they left the faith and deny they have. Preston claims the reason Muslims, Jews, atheists, agnostics, and whatever theology other than Christianity one belongs to, the reason they don’t believe is Jesus didn’t come within a generation of His death. Preston says now that he and his colleagues have come along, they have no reason to not believe. He says they can believe because Revelation 20-22 has been fulfilled completely and this world as it is will never end. The no more sin parts, the no more death parts, the rebellion by Satan and his followers is over. Revelation 20 when all the books were opened and all the dead standing before the Lord and the Book Of Life was opened and death and hades gave up their dead and they were judged and death and hades was cast into the lake of fire and anyone not found written in the book of life were cast into the lake of fire, That’s fulfilled and according to Don K Preston and other hyper preterists if it’s not fulfilled that’s what keeps people in non belief. Which leads me to the reason they are hyperpreterists in the first place, their own very weak faith. They don’t believe in a future resurrection and judgement and never really did. To them the Bible is nothing more than a tool for mental gymnastics and exercise. That explains why Preston brags about having an honorary PhD from an unaccredited seminary and likes for people to call him “Doctor” Preston. He’s no doctor folks anymore than Bill Brockbrader is a Navy SEAL. Really, people who don’t earn their degrees but yet lay claim on it really gets under my skin, if you haven’t noticed already. To me they are similar to the stolen valor guys. But presenting yourself as a scholarly teacher and representative of Christ and hold out a fake diploma at the same time is really disgusting.
John Watson’s video of 12-7-2021 is a prime example of the narcissism and arrogance these people exert on the weak. They talk down to other’s opinion and literally mock and ridicule centuries of scholarship and the tradition Paul the Apostle himself laid for us. In this video of 12-7-2021 at about minute 5:40 Watson claims the Law of Moses was Not nailed to the cross. He goes to Colossians 2:14 and begins explaining why it doesn’t mean what it says and why centuries of Christians have got it wrong. Here’s the verse.
Col. 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Watson says he used to preach that as if it was talking about thew law and he would stop there with no understanding of what it really meant. If you watch the video and have the temperament I do don’t scream at the TV or pone, it’s the way all of these hyper preterists communicate. Sarcasm, ridicule, and deception. He claims at about 6:30 that the handwriting of requirements against us was the ten commandments and that’s what all church of Christ preachers teach, and that those commandments were not against us but for us. I can understand how he was confused. He didn’t realize there was a whole bunch Moses was given later that was hand written law from God which was found to be against us. Jesus brought up one of those things in Matthew 5. It is concerning divorce. God didn’t write that law with his own finger as part of the ten commandments, Moses wrote it and God allowed it. It wasn’t meant to be from the beginning, but it came to be part of the law of Moses. It was Indeed nailed to the cross! It wasn’t in effect until A.D. 70, or part of Christian life anymore. Read Matthew 5 and compare and contrast how the handwriting was to our good as Watson says.