While studying the book of Revelation for the past nine months, I felt that much of the prophecy warned of events that have already been fulfilled—
- The Kingdom of God established
- The temple in Jerusalem destroyed (Read an eyewitness account here.)
- The Fall of the Roman Empire
The destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD fulfilled many literal details prophesied in Matthew 24 and Revelation. If you followed my answers to the study questions, you saw where I pointed out my thoughts.
I mentioned “my thoughts” to our group leader. She said that according to the official stance of Bible Study Fellowship International, Bible prophecies, specifically the prophecies in Revelation, also apply to future fulfillment. So, specific prophetic details fulfilled with amazing accuracy in 70 AD will be fulfilled AGAIN in the future.
The idea of dual fulfillment wasn’t new to me. I assumed it was true and never questioned it until this study. If Biblical prophecies can be fulfilled more than once, how do we determine when they will be? Wouldn’t that require more assumptions?
I asked a pastor friend of mine,
“Do you believe some or all Biblical Prophecies have more than one fulfillment?”
He responded with the following:
I agree with scholars who believe prophecy has one fulfillment. I believe this to be true because when the Lord speaks, He doesn’t lay out blanket statements. He is speaking directly to a specific group of people. Throughout history in the Bible, I do not see a case for dual prophecy as it is being taught today. I do understand the concept of history repeating itself as well as prophetic cycles. And when I say, I don’t see a case, I mean it’s very hard to find it taught that way in the word of God.
I believe it’s hard for many people to believe or even comprehend that so much of Biblical prophecy has been fulfilled. If we come to that point, then we end up having to accept responsibility for the Great Commission. I don’t believe as a whole, the body of Christ has come to a place where they are ready to accept the responsibility of not only bringing Heaven to earth but releasing heaven on earth. I believe the early church was so effective because they were fully invested in the moment, in life, in culture. We have to get back to that point where we aren’t living for the future. We must believe that Jesus in us is the solution for the present as well as the future. I also believe eschatology, as it’s being taught today, is more of a hindrance than an encouragement.
We have to get back to that point where we aren’t living for the future. We must believe that Jesus in us is the solution for the present as well as the future. I also believe eschatology, as it’s being taught today, is more of a hindrance than an encouragement.
I also believe eschatology, as it’s being taught today, is more of a hindrance than an encouragement. ~ Jacob Martin, Pastor