Stephen Whitsett BA
Giving an orthodox apologetic answer for Preterism / Dispensationalism
Passing away of the Law
It is Easier for heaven and earth to pass away…
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Math 5.17-18
Here is our problem; Don Preston says when quoting this scripture.
“Did you notice that Jesus said heaven and earth had to pass away before the law could pass?!?”
Is this really what it means? As many preterist have jumped on this band wagon and accept this is what it means in order to prove the New Heaven and Earth have arrived with the passing of the law (or Old Covenant). Letting scriptures help interpret scripture what do we find:
“But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void”. Math 16.17
When we understand that Jesus is using a hyperbole we then understand that heaven and earth do not have to pass away in order for Christ to fulfill the law NOR will the heaven and earth pass away AFTER the cross. It simply means That the Law (Old Covenant) will be fulfilled at the cross and this fulfilling of the Old Covenant must come to pass, the emphasis is and always has been that ALL of the Old Covenant terms and promises must come to pass before the earth fades away or ends. IN Fact it would be easier (for the world to end) for hell to freeze over than ALL of the terms of the Old Covenant NOT to be completed.
Preterist make two very false claims; That Heaven and Earth is metaphorical language for the “Old Covenant” and the people of the Old Covenant. While there is an “obvious” parallel between the Jewish sacrificial system passing away in 70 AD and a Church age beginning in no place in scriptures does Paul or any writer associate the “Heaven and the Earth” as the Old Covenant. They also deny that the New Testament speaks of the New Heaven and Earth as being a literal recreation of this earth. Since they believe the New Heaven and Earth came in 70 AD it could not have been literal.
“If we understand the "heaven and earth" as literal, physical heaven and earth then this means the Old Law is still in effect. Simply put the argument would go like this: If heaven and earth had to pass before the Old Law could pass; and if heaven and earth refers to literal, physical heaven and earth, then, since literal, physical heaven and earth still exist, [have not passed], it must be true that the Old Law has not passed”. DKP
He creates a false dichotomy based on the false premise.
Revelation 21-22 as well as I Peter both teaches this “heaven and earth” that currently exist is and will be “remade like new” Literally, where there is no sickness, disease, and death. TO claim we currently live IN the New heaven and Earth NOW becomes a false paradigm as we all know sickness, disease, and death still exist. To say we are “spiritually set free from these things” again becomes a false claim as these things ARE literal and never once mentioned as “spiritual problem of the souls”. Nothing has changed for man before or after the cross either in his physical body or in the spiritual realm outside of the born again experience.
In other words sickness, disease, and death have always been the fallen condition of man’s body and nowhere in scriptures does it teach these “sicknesses” is of the soul. OR has history demonstrated anything new “under the sun” since the cross in mans fallen condition.