The earth endures forever! ... Ecclesiastes 1:4


How we came to the preterist view
Verses to ponder
"Heavens and Earth"

T. L. Mayle

This poem became a song!

When they proposed the earth revolved around the sun,
And the earth wasn't flat, and that Jesus had come,
It was common belief that those notions were false
And to prove them true, there is always a cost.

When I set out to prove preterism was wrong,
I came to believe it, and it didn't take long.
I came across truth, that for years I had missed.
If you honestly want to know, don't forget this:

If you study the culture, and history too,
If you see the Old as a shadow of the New,
When you look at the typology of the High Priest,
And the forty year Exodus, at the very least,

If you learn the figurative language they all knew,
Stop letting traditions speak louder than truth,
As you perceive passages in covenant light,
And audience relevance takes you out of the fight,

If you let the time statements speak for themselves
And remember the Bible interprets Itself,
If you take out your presuppositions of when,
All the Scriptures you thought were obscure now make sense.

Daniel was given prophecy for a time not near,
And its fulfillment took six hundred years.
When Revelation was written, Jesus stood 'at the door.'
Can the time be 'at hand' two millennia or more?

The law wouldn't pass until all was fulfilled,
And no more unblemished lambs are killed.
If He hasn't returned, then we're still under law
And the strength of the sting of death isn't stalled.

The Gospel was preached to the whole world at that time,
They wouldn't finish going through the cities in Palestine.
Jesus said John the Baptist was 'Elijah to come'
And foretold that John would remain till it's done

When Jesus said 'Some standing here wouldn't die,'
Is 'this generation' every one that goes by?
And 'coming on clouds' was a figure of speech
That meant judgment, and those who had pierced Him did see.

Do you think that the ones standing there were mistaken?
For thinking He was coming in their generation?
Or do you think we're the ones who are misinformed?
Let me ask, do you want to know truth, or conform?

Is it not strange - most adopt the mindset
That now is the time of 'already, but not yet'
It's the only way that they can explain
Because they don't understand the nature of the last things.

What's the nature of the new heavens and new earth?
Perhaps we should see what the old ones were first.
If you understand the nature, you'll understand the time
I know it's a shift of the old paradigm.

It's like telling the Jews who still await their King
That they've missed all the wonderful things God did bring.
Like them, we want something that we can observe,
A visible king on a throne, on the earth.

Remember His Kingdom is not seen with these eyes,
Nor is Living Water that's been realized.
Perhaps you've been drinking with God, Face to face.
There's so much more to discover, in this age of grace!


"Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world...'" - John 18:36

"He answered them and said, 'The kingdom of God does not come with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." - Luke 17:20-21
"Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable."  - I Corinthians 15:50
"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen, for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal."- II Corinthians 4:18

"If I will that he (John) remain till I come, what is that to you?..." - Jesus to Peter in John 21:22