The “Mark Dilemma” for Futurists

The Orange Mailman

The Preterist position has one great strength in its favor: the gospel of Mark’s version of the Olivet Discourse. Here is a summation of the last two posts on Preterism. While standing at the temple, Jesus tells the crowds and disciples that the temple will be destroyed. The crowds ask him when this will happen and Jesus gives an answer concerning Jerusalem’s desolation, the destruction of the temple, and the eventual end of the times of the Gentiles, all while standing at the temple. This answer is recorded in Luke 21. Later that evening, four disciples come to Jesus privately while on the Mount of Olives and ask Him for further clarification concerning these things, the sign of His coming, and the end of the age. Jesus addresses their questions by focusing on characteristics until the end of the age, giving them the specific sign of the abomination of desolation…

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