Middleism...
Stephen Whitsett BA
Giving an orthodox apologetic answer for Preterism / Dispensationalism
Zechariah
1Behold, a day is coming for the LORD, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.. This was literally fulfilled 70 AD as Josephus records the events down to the last detail as happening.

all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped.
3Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle… When the Lord fought for his people please tell me at what time did they ever lose?
1Behold, a day is coming for the LORD….
4On that day…are not the same day as evidenced by what is written about these two separate days..

 As these two verses are taken literally we establish this is not a “story” or parable or speaking in riddles the details are presented as what is happening as part of the events.

 As Preterist now apply the following to 70 AD there is but one verse that speaks against this time frame as 70 AD.
11And it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. Jerusalem shall dwell in security… IF the last decree against Jerusalem was fulfilled in 70 AD then the Lord is promising there will never be another one. for Jerusalem shall dwell in security.

all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped.
3Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle…
it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. Jerusalem shall dwell in security
(Zech 12) 8On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem...(as Zech is speaking of the same day, the coming of the Lord)

 Preterist will try and tell us this is about the church, BUT there was never a decree made by God’s command against the church. NEVER. The decree was against the literal city of Jerusalem so this same literal city will now dwell in security. A prophecy concerning Jerusalem post 70 AD. BUT again history tells us Jerusalem has never dwelt in security since 70 AD or at least until she was rebirthed in 1967.
 Secondly the language used does not call for Jerusalem now to be used as a “metaphor”.
 Verses three and four and following cannot and do not describe the events of 70 AD.

3Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. (Rev 19.9)  What army was sent to defeat the enemies of Jerusalem as Rev 19 describes the enemies being killed and eaten by the birds? Christ and His army.

 Preterist would have you believe these verses are both physical and spiritual at the same time. A real army comes but they are “spiritual” defeated yet the language makes no distinction between what is physical and what is spiritual. We must conclude then all of it is intended to be physical. Applying a hermeneutic that it is both a description of the physical and spiritual does not exist. As the language itself does not employ a “figure of speech” except in its descriptions of what “literally” takes place.

4On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward…. Revelation 13 The great earthquake that comes is literal.

5And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah… the fleeing is a result of the earthquake which splits Jerusalem in two on either side of the city from one sea to the other as the names of the places mark cities on the border to the sea.

Then the LORD my God will come and all the holy ones with him… Rev 19 He returns with His armies following/ Rev 20 Those who are beheaded “come to life” also in 2 Thess 4 ..God will bring with Him…those who have died. This passage can mean no other than the second coming of the Lord.


6On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. 7And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light… His very presence and display alters, brings an end to what we have known to be truth, the sun rises and sets, with Christ return all things are now changed.


8On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter…. Water brings life to a barren and parched land ravaged by war and death, is it literal water that is living? Or the living waters that flow from Christ? Both are true at the same time. With His presence he brings restoration and health to the people as well as the land.

9And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be one and his name one… As the tribes of the whole earth mourn in repentance and recognize he is Lord all nations will know the truth in a physical sense.

10The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain aloft on its site from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses… from the earthquake of Revelation the land is leveled allowing the rivers to flow, but Jerusalem remains on her perch, lifted above the plains.

11And it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. Jerusalem shall dwell in security… which speaks to a Millennium reign of Christ who rule from Jerusalem in a physical kingdom

12And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
13And on that day a great panic from the LORD shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other. 14Even Judah will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. 15And a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps… These verses go back and speak of what transpired prior to his coming “on that day”


16Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. 17And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.18And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain there shall be the plague with which the LORD afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. 19This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths…. The idea is the nations and people will bring their homage to Christ

20And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the LORD.” And the pots in the house of the LORD shall be as the bowls before the altar.

21And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the LORD of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the LORD of hosts on that day.

 Why do we insist there is a “gap” between verses 2 and 3? “11And it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. Jerusalem shall dwell in security.” Demands this is a time following after 70 AD when again Jerusalem is inhabited by His people.
“And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem” There was no plague in 70 AD, none of the nations were defeated and destroyed as we see happens in Revelation 19.
 History becomes the evidence of what did and did not happen. The details of these prophecies were not fulfilled.


Conclusion;
 If the prophecy begins in the physical realm, the language does not change, then what follows is also physical. We know these details were fulfilled in 70 AD, “2For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.”
 So when we add, “it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. Jerusalem shall dwell in security.” We know Jerusalem has a future in which God has not abandoned her, the city he loves.
 What is also true is what we understand from Revelation sheds light on Old Testament prophecy. We can look past and see or not see fulfillment based on what did or did not happen.
 Zechariah is for our future.
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Zech 12
Heaven & Earth Pass away
Passing Away of the Law
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