It is a credit to the author’s writing and organizational ability that this book is quite persuasive; and, because it is so persuasive, it will probably be the most alarming and most depressing eschatological exegesis that most Christians will ever read. For the author’s position is what’s known as “hyper-preterism,” which is the belief that:
A) There will be no future Second Coming of Jesus Christ; B) All of that “Second Coming” stuff already happened, only in “spiritual” or allegorical fashion, in 70 AD; C) This present world is now the “Kingdom on Earth” of which Christ foretold; D) This present world will last forever and ever; and E) There will be no physical resurrection of the Saints.
And this author, John Noe, is very effective in his elucidation of Scripture. Again, what Noe has to say, and how he convincingly explains it, makes this work quite alarming and depressing stuff for anyone with some semblance of just how evil is this present world in these (sorry, Mr. Noe) Last Days, especially in the ultra-occult governmental “high places” of which Paul spoke. Preterists like Noe, or anyone else expressing such obvious glee over the idea that this present world will last forever and ever, and that it’s up to pitiful human beings to “postmillenially” “perfect” this world—what this ought to tell readers who are not brainwashed by the modern media propaganda machine is that Noe, and anyone of his ilk, must necessarily have led very quiet, very comfortable, very insular lives; in short, it helps to be a preterist when you’ve led a cushy life mostly void of any serious adversity. Is it any wonder preterists are mostly numbered in America and in these modern technologically-inclined times? For anyone else with more than half a brain who is a Christian, we recognize the fact that, if these are the days of “the Kingdom” then something is drastically wrong, because Satan’s binding, everlasting chain is WA-A-AY too long. Noe must have no concept of the true nature of contemporary events. Blissfully and ignorantly believing that “every day in every way things are getting better and better,” preterists go through life with blinders on, whistling through graveyards, oblivious of the intensifying genocides, the intensifying satanic ritual abuses of children and government complicity thereof, the intensifying and murderous oppression of usury over all the world now, the intensifying global pandemics due to intensifying anti-scriptural vaccinations and intensifying food adulteration, the intensifying corporate totalitarianism, entire desert eco-systems being polluted with deadly radiation for centuries to come via U.S. depleted uranium shells, the intensifying and U.S.-sponsored global narcotics smuggling trade, etc., etc.
Truly, it must be really nice and cozy to be a preterist.
Sadly, another thing of which Noe apparently has no concept is the factual origin of his doctrine. For nowhere does Noe ‘fess up to the fact that the doctrine of preterism was first invented way back in the days of the blood-soaked Counter-Reformation Era by a Jesuit priest named Luis De Alcazar in an effort to distract Christians from focusing on the Papacy as the real system of Antichrist: such was their gall that even as these Jesuits and their Papacy were reeling with drunkenness from imbibing on the blood of the Saints, and still doing so obviously, did this Satanic system in the midst of all that Beastly behavior seek to shift the burden of evil away from themselves and onto long gone dead guys like Nero. Tragically, most evangelicals are oblivious of this history; tragically, Noe is apparently oblivious as to the Beastly origins of the system he is espousing. Either that or he’s a Jesuit himself.
The way that Noe can get away with allegorizing so much Scripture for so long in this work is by playing a little game of Orwellian semantics-smithing: He coins a term he calls “apocalyptic language” which is to designate the figurative language an Old Testament prophet used when prophesying; Noe maintains that all of Jesus’s prophesies about the “End Times” were likewise spoken in “apocalyptic language” and not to be taken literally.
Noe’s argument is rather convincing when you read it. But then, one thing I’ve noticed after reading about twenty-some-odd other books on eschatology: They’re all convincing, until you read the next guy’s book which completely blows apart the last book you just read, but then you read another book which completely devastates that book, and so on, and so on. I’m pretty sure God designed it that way, and I’m pretty sure Jesus Himself told us the reason why (Mt. 24:36). Nevertheless, you get these guys like Noe, who just seem to know it all, they’ve really got it all down, until we read the next cogent book on eschatology which will surely and completely refute him. And so it goes…
What obviously very well educated guys like Noe invariably lose grasp of when wrestling for so long over the minutest details of eschatological doctrines are the simple, straightforward, and purely rational arguments which in fact dynamite the whole elaborate structure they’ve spent so much time in designing.
For preterism can be refuted by a most basic line of questioning: Simply ask any preterist Christian whether or not God needs any secular source to accomplish anything. They must of course answer “No.” Then, ask them to show you IN SCRIPTURE where it is recorded that the Romans invaded Israel in 70 AD. They’ll hem and they’ll haw and they’ll answer that that history is not recorded in the Bible, but that we “know it happened” because “Josephus and other historians” recorded it for us. At this juncture, ask them the obvious question of whether or not “Joseph and other historians” are in fact SECULAR sources. Now, at this point, your preterist friend will be more than mildly peeved: he sees the trap closing around him, exposing the fallaciousness of his position, but his sinful fleshly nature may not be able to humbly admit it. If he doesn’t admit it, here’s where and how you may justifiably rebuke him: Ask him what kind of a heretical bogus doctrine it is that holds that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, though it be the culmination of all God’s Plan for the world, can only be proven through secular worldly sources. At this final humbling point where reality should be starting to set in, your preterist buddy will likely pull one of those Jackie Gleason jibber-jabber routines (“Homina-homina-homina-!”).
So be it. We need to wake people up and rescue them from heresy when it is apparent. And heresy is all too apparent in John Noe’s bogus “sure-fire” “retro-eschatology.”
Rating: Don’t Bother