Was sin taken away at the cross or A.D. 70?

 

The Hyper-Preterists doctrine teaches that the sins of Israel wasn’t taken away at the cross and they were filling up their sins between the cross and A.D. 70, Don K Preston, in one of his many videos on the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24, uses Daniel chapter 9 verse 24 to affirm his claim that sins were not taken away at the cross. On his YouTube channel I will post video #488. In minutes 3 to about 9 is a portion that Preston makes the claim that sin could not have been taken away at the cross because 70 weeks had been determined for all those things in Daniel 24 would be fulfilled and the removal of sins wouldn’t occur until the 70 weeks were over. Here’s what Daniel 9:24 says…

“Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.

If you watch the video notice Preston claims this is talking about Jesus second coming. At minute 2:40 he tells us that over the weeks he has been sharing to us how Daniel chapter 9 is talking about the parable of the return of the absent master, as talked about in Matthew chapter 25. In know what you’re probably thinking and you’re right. Daniel 9:24 is not talking about the return of Christ or the return of the absent master. This is talking about the Coming of Christ, the Messiah. Daniel is prophesying about the first coming of Christ. Jesus is telling a parable of His return, i.e. the second coming. The two events are separate.

Let’s look at Daniel chapter 9 verses 25 through 27…

 

“Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.

“And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”

Daniel is told that Jerusalem will be rebuilt and then Messiah the Prince will come and He will be cut off but not for Himself.  

 

Then is when the prince of the people to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. This prince is Not Christ. The people of Christ were never commanded to destroy any such thing. The Romans were the people of the prince who destroys the city and the temple. The Romans were here during the time of Christ the Messiah and they fulfilled Daniels prophesy of destruction.

Keep in mind, Don K Preston is viewing verse 24 through the closed mind of a hyper preterist who claims Jesus sacrifice on the cross did not take away sins at the cross but about 40 years later in A.D. 70. This claim is based on all the things in verse 24 being fulfilled. And that is ridiculous. God determined 70 weeks for all those things to be fulfilled. God didn’t say 70 weeks would pass before each one of those things would be fulfilled and Daniel didn’t say that either. Jesus put an end to sins at the cross and the new covenant came into the world once those writings of ordinances were taken out of the way at the cross. It took Titus and his army about two years to finally destroy the temple and Jerusalem. And that invasion and war with the Jews by the Romans went on for about two more years. Never the less God’s word was fulfilled and Daniels’s prophesy didn’t fall on the ground. To be fair Don K  Preston uses Isaiah and Jeremiah, I think, to support his claim. But when we can all see Daniel 9:24 is not talking about the second coming of Christ there is really no need to jump around the scriptures trying to make them fit in with it in that context. So can we show that sin was taken away at the cross for the nation of Israel and their Holy City?  Sure we can. We can also show His first coming fulfilled Daniel 9 but also gave the world the same Way to eternal salvation.

First let’s look at Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen

Matthew 28:18-20 is after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. He now has ALL authority, not some, not a little, not partial, but ALL authority. He is the Anointed One and has All authority and He is shown in those verses to be giving His disciples their commission and His command is by the authority of Himself, the Holy Spirit, and the Father. The 6 criteria in Daniel verse 24 were Determined to be fulfilled in 70 weeks and not in one day after 70 weeks. Don K Preston says Jesus is not anointed until A.D. 70. In the hyper preterist doctrine Daniel 9:24 is about the second coming, around 40 years after the resurrection, and they claim that event of His anointing in Daniel 9:24 occurred in A.D. 70! So how could Jesus have all authority if He wasn’t the Anointed One, The Christ, at or before the resurrection? Jesus forgave sins before the resurrection remember!

 

So let’s see other scripture support to affirm sins were done away at the cross and the gospel plan of salvation did not have to wait on the Roman army’s destruction of Jerusalem or the city even though Daniel’s prophesy said their destruction to also be determined within 70 weeks.

Look at Acts chapters 1 and 2. In Acts Chapter 1:1-3 it states…

 

The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,

to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

This records Jesus giving them commands during the 40 days after His resurrection and speaking to them the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. He was put to death, raised from the dead and now giving commands. That affirms He has been anointed by God. Only God can raise the dead after three days and as recorded in Matthew 28 He had told them He has been given all authority. He told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise given to them of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. John 15:26

In verse 6 they ask Jesus “Will you now restore the kingdom to Israel?” Jesus replied to them that it wasn’t for them to know the times or seasons the Father has put under His own authority” and then Jesus told them they would be witnesses to Him in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth! As you know Jesus says in Matthew 24:36 the last question asked by the Apostles “when is the end of the world” or age. Jesus said  “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only”.

Jesus had told them what to watch for as far as what Daniel had spoken of concerning the 70 weeks and the 6 criteria to be met.  Then hyper preterists believe the questions aren’t divided but represent one question. The asked Jesus “When will these things be, what is the sign of your coming, and the end of the age?. Jesus told them what to watch for and even told them to run for the hills when they see armies surrounding the city. But of the day and hour of the end, only the Father knows, not even the angels know.  Hyper preterists like Don K Preston claims he knows and it was September 8th A.D. 70. That question the Apostles asked Jesus is about His second coming and Jesus is saying No One knows. But notice He told them all the world will be told of Jesus through them. And with the scriptures in every nation, the gospel the Apostles preached is indeed being preached in all the world. The Father knows when the time is right but until then the gospel given to the Apostles will be preached.  We go on to Acts chapter 2 we read where the Holy Spirit falls on the Apostles as promised. Peter stands up and begins preaching the first recorded gospel sermon after the ascension of Jesus. When the audience was convicted of their sins they asked “What must we do?”.  Peter responds…  “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Again this verse affirms sins are taken away at the cross and not A.D. 70 which was still years away. Most believe Acts was written in the early to mid-60s A.D.  But even if it was written after A.D. 70 the event of the day of Pentecost was almost 40 years away.  Sins were being forgiven through responding to the gospel of Christ who died and was raised so we could have sins taken away!  And as the Apostle Paul said Romans 1:16…  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

Throughout the book of Acts the gospel is being preached and souls are being saved long before A.D. 70 unlike the hyper preterists doctrine. Don k Preston goes so far as to claim the resurrection and salvation is only concerning the Jews as a corporate body, as in the nation of Israel as a whole. And the hope of a resurrection was to them. That would mean the gospel Paul preached to the Greeks in Athens in Acts chapter 17 was really unnecessary. Paul did preach to the Jews in the synagogue but then went to Areopagus, or “Mars Hill” in the KJV and preached to the gentiles. And not some believed and followed Paul. When Paul mentioned the resurrection of the dead, most couldn’t relate. But some believed. Now if the judgment and resurrection to come only applied to the Jews then there was no point to preach to these heathens and idol worshippers the gospel of Christ and His command to repent. Read chapter 17 of Acts and see how clear it is that the gospel is for the removal of sins and the salvation of all souls long before A.D. 70.

Another example. The church at Ephesus was a mixture of Jews and Greeks like many other churches. Paul writes in Ephesians chapter 1:15-23. Paul doesn’t separate the two groups and has stated we are ALL One in Christ. But states that Christ is over all in this age and age to come. If the gospel saves both Jew and Gentile and the age to come applies to both Jew and Gentile, then how can the resurrection  to come and the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple effect be the resurrection and judgment Paul and the other Apostles had been preaching!? Ephesus was about 25 hundred miles away and would not have effected them mush at all even if any?

Sin is what kills and Christ is the savior. Believe the gospel and repent of your sins and confess Jesus is the son of God and be baptized for the forgiveness of those sins and you will receive eternal life. That was, is, and always will be the gospel’s teaching of when sins were taken away. Jesus sacrifice on the cross ended the old and brought in the new. Not Titus and his army killing and destroying, Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the dead and His commands to us to hear and obey His gospel long before A.D. 70.

One more example. In Acts chapter 10 when Peter was preaching Christ to Cornelius and his household, Gentiles, Paul made this statement to them…

“And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. “To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” 

Peter is preaching remission of sins to the Gentiles the same gospel he preached to the Jews in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost! This is about 40 years before A.D. 70 that the gospel saves though the authority of Christ!

 Don K Preston will try to get Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah and even Josephus to prove sin was taken away in A.D. 70 and Not at the cross. He teaches Jesus wasn’t anointed until A.D.70. He has hundreds of videos on YouTube where he repeats his doctrine over and over and is never satisfied of any one point he tries to make. He references “scholars” and commentaries and does everything but juggle to get his audience to agree with him. But his doctrine is false and only requires a few Bible verses to prove him and his doctrine wrong. Not only wrong but wrong-headed and arrogant. I was listening to a reformed hyper preterists, Samuel M Frost, who stated that he and Don K Preston used to talk about how to infiltrate churches and teach this doctrine of A.D. 70. Peter warned us about those who would privily creep in and savage the church. 2 Peter 2:1 And why would any supposed preacher want to do any doctrinal teaching secretly? That alone would not be something a person of integrity would do anyway! View Don K Preston below in the video.

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