Thirty Seven or Forty Years?
Is Thirty seven years close enough to forty to be Biblically accurate? Hyper-Preterists claim the Church wondered in the wilderness for 40 years just like the children of Israel did when they left Egypt. They call it the "2nd Exodus". Don K Preston claims in order for us to be able to understand the "truth" we need to think like an ancient Hebrew. It is They who developed the term "2nd Exodus".
Preston and John Watson claim there were forty years after the resurrection of Jesus before Rome destroyed “heaven and earth”, i.e. the Temple. I have asked several times where do they get forty years when everyone else comes out to thirty seven? This is the kind of total nonsense you come across with these guys. The Catholic are the only ones I know of who have actually did a study on this. That doesn't mean they're right it just means they took the time to investigate it. I haven't found a Hyper Preterist yet who investigated this. I do know this from history that Rome surrounded Jerusalem for about four years before they sacked the temple. And the war went on for about two more years. Before I get sidetracked, the reward out of Egypt was the promised land. Only Joshua and Caleb were allowed to enter. Moses himself, a type of Christ, could not enter. After the siege of Jerusalem destruction and famine and starvation and misery was what was to occur. Jesus says of His return in Revelation 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work."
Hyper Preterists claim the coming of Titus and his army was Jesus’s return with His angels for the resurrection and judgment. Jesus had told His disciples when they see the armies surround Jerusalem Flee to the mountains and avoid the judgment to come down on Jerusalem. He didn't tell His disciples I will bring you rewards. No, they had to hide from the Roman armies. And it lasted for years, not one day in the blink of an eye. Most of those Apostles were killed before A.D. 70. And the ones who weren't by secular accounts weren't in Jerusalem at the time.