Dating 1 thessalonians
When Peter says the “end of all things is AT HAND”, he is using the Greek word EGGIZO for “at hand.” It is a perfect tense verb which means that the end of all things HAD ARRIVED by the time that Peter originally penned those words.
It had arrived (perfect tense) and was imminent as to it’s fulfillment.
Clearly, Christ asserts to his beloved apostles that His return would somehow interrupt the persecution that they would be suffering at that time. In Matthew 16: 27-28, Christ is again speaking to the twelve this time in the area of Caesarea Philippi.
Peter has just made his statement as to the identity of Christ. As Christ continues to speak to the twelve (and not to anyone else in a supposed futuristic context), He says: “For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward everyman according to his works.
21: 22 for it’s historical and “past” significance), is at hand, Mr.
Seraiah fails to take into account the Greek text of this passage.
He is instructing them on the finer points of evangelizing the land of Palestine, specifically Judea.
As they go He tells them that they can expect to be persecuted for what they teach about Him.
His thesis is to present Preterism (which he wants to have called “Pantelism”- the end of everything) within the least favorable light possible.As they are fleeing from their persecutors Christ comforts them with a promise.As they run for their lives, they can be assured that they will not have gone over all the towns in the land of Israel before He comes back.But when it comes to subjects like, The Second Coming, the “Rapture”, the meaning of the Mark of the Beast, the identity of antichrist, and so forth, it seems as though believers begin the process of “circling the wagons” as soon as the first arrow of disagreement is fired.
The book we have under review is entitled, “The End of All Things”, and it’s author is C. For a book that espouses the still-yet-future-to-us Second Coming (for Seraiah, that would be a “third coming”), the title of his book is an unfortunate choice for him to make. “But the end of all things is at hand: Be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer.” The New Testament documents are virtually loaded with statements that are known as statem,ents of imminency . When Peter says that the end of all things (see Lk.
It is a title that separates the reader from the historical and biblical narrative of the first century parousia of Christ, thereby readying the reader to embrace the theory of an “advent” of Christ that is still off somewhere in the future. Seraiah refers to this second coming as a final advent.