Stephen Whitsett BA
Giving an orthodox apologetic answer for Preterism / Dispensationalism
The Principle of “YOU”
The sad mistake of preterism is the declaration the “you” always means it is intended for the person hearing the words alone. I have heard it used so often that the bible was not written to us but for us... IF it is for us it was also written to us. There is no scriptures that states the bible is only for the first century generation as the prophecies concerning Christ spanned over thousand of years but were never intended for fulfillment for the generation who first heard the message, who it was written to!!
IF the warning to flee Jerusalem was for the “you” who heard Jesus speaking then why did every Christian flee?
15“So when YOU see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
It is very clear the warning was not for just those who were the “you”. The “you” is used many times NOT for the person hearing the message but for the ones who would experience the fulfillment. The form of speaking and writing goes all the way back to Mosses.
Duet 28. 49 The LORD will bring a nation against YOU from far away, from the end of the earth, swooping down like the eagle, a nation whose language YOU do not understand, 50a hard-faced nation who shall not respect the old or show mercy to the young. 51It shall eat the offspring of YOUR cattle and the fruit of YOUR ground, until YOU are destroyed; it also shall not leave YOU grain, wine, or oil, the increase of YOUR herds or the young of YOUR flock, until they have caused YOU to perish.
In Deuteronomy 28 the people had not even taken possession of the land, The Lord never brought a nation from far away, against that generation, who heard the words of Moses, as the book of Joshua bears out. The prophecy was not for the “you” who he was speaking to but for a generation afar off.
This same principle is applied to the “we”
2Beloved, WE are God’s children now, and what WE will be has not yet appeared; but WE know that when he appears WE shall be like him, because WE shall see him as he is."
It very clear John included himself in as the “we” who would see Jesus at his return, John living beyond 70 AD never wrote or passed on to any one he “saw” Christ come or appear. Yes he expected to See Christ when he returned there is no reason to believe he would have missed it so if 70 AD comes and goes and John did not see what then do we conclude?
It is well understood the “you” and “we” can be inclusive of a generation and people to come not exclusive to the generation who he was speaking to.
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else,
for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself,
because you who ...” Romans 2.1
As this scriptures and many others we CAN include ourselves as the “you” he was speaking to.
It becomes an unfounded fallacy and a baseless BLANKET STATEMENT, to assume the “you” is not “YOU” who reads the living word. Not a dead end message to a time and place 2000 years ago as it is the living word of God who spoke for Generations who come and follow after..