Originally Posted by MichiGator2002
And it is increasingly clear through your deflection that the incongruity does trouble you, actually. And unlike what you call the "Futurists", who have to leave what they don't understand about a mysterious and miraculous future event down to faith, you can't rely on mysteries of faith to explain an absense of fact about our world's most important historical event.
Did anyone read the Gospel and get an impression that Jesus was telling us that, between the two, His second coming would be the more intimate and understated affair?
Law, good catch that the very people referenced in the quote Dreamliner hangs it all on (aside from ignoring plenty of others) don't bother to verify the event he believes they were promised to literally, bodily witness in their lifetimes. I was staring right through that.
Well, of course I'd like to know more than I do. Who wouldn't ? Preterism no doubt leaves questions. Futurism leaves arguably more and more troublesome questions. In brief: if Jesus has not returned, you cannot claim the promises you blithely claim. For starters, Jesus has to return to 'bring salvation.' Further, every 'jot and tittle' of the law remains. And guess what else ? You take a dirt nap when you die.
But to your question about the nature of Jesus' return, this is why you continue to deflect the timing of his return. Get the nature right and you get the timing right. Refuse to reckon with the clear language of scripture, as you do, and you're waiting ... waiting ... waiting ... and then you take a dirt nap.