The Man of Perdition; Titus

I reject as doctrine from Hell the idea that the Second Coming of Christ has passed. The Full Preterists hold to that soul destroying doctrine. Some would label me a partial Preterist, meaning that for me, most was fulfilled in 70 AD, but not everything. Romans 11 coupled with Luke 21:24 is just now being fulfilled. And Christ's Second Coming is future but soon. Come Lord Jesus!
The following is not a test of faith. But I have always said that 70 AD fulfilled 2 Thess. chapter 2. I have always said that the beasts and especially the ones who abused the woman, Israel, were Caezars. Certainly Nero, whose head was injured, (he died by cutting his throat), was the wounded beast, and the three that followed, Vespasian, and his son Titus and Domitian did persecute the early church and they destroyed ancient Israel. It was God's will, but the evil that it took was assigned to these emperors of the Flavian dynesty.  

Titus Destroys the Temple and kills millions of Hebrews. 

In 168 B.C. Antiochus Epiphanies sacrificed a PIG and set up an IDOL of a foreign god in the Temple (1 Macc 1:59; 2 Macc 6:1-2; Wars 1.1.2) This is the original abomination that causes desolation of Dan 11:31.  TITUS DID THE SAME THING in A.D. 70 when Titus’ army worshiped the ensigns (foreign idols of Rome and Caesar) in the Temple (Wars 6.6.1) and sacrificed a PIG there as part of suovetaurilia. Not only did Titus mimic Antiochus Epiphanies’ original abomination that causes desolation, Titus also shares all of Antiochus Epiphanies’ epithets. Antiochus Epiphanies is the original “Lawless One” having been given this title in the second century B.C. (Psalms of Solomon 17:9-16).  Antiochus Epiphanies is also called “the man, the sinner” (1 Macc 2:48, 62), and the “Little Horn” (Dan 8).  Having mimicked (and even exceeded) Antiochus Epiphanies, Titus is ALSO called “the Lawless One” (2 Thess 2), “Man of Sin” (2 Thess 2) and “Little Horn” (Dan 7).  Titus represents an antitypical return of Antiochus Epiphanies, the quintessential historical Jewish nemesis. 
Josephus says that Titus entered the Holy of Holies with his generals in A.D. 70. 1  Shortly thereafter, Titus was worshipped in the Temple in A.D. 70 as was customary of someone declared imperator in fulfillment of 2 Thessalonians 2:4: “He sets Himself up in God’s Temple displaying himself as a god.”  Josephus writes, “And now the Romans . . . brought their ensigns to the temple and set them over against its eastern gate; and there did they offer sacrifices to them, and there did they make Titus imperator.”2 A metallic image of Vespasian and Titus was also worshipped at that time.  The image of Vespasian and Titus was found on the ensign called the numina legionum which was a large coin-shaped bust or image of the emperor and his favorites (i.e. Titus) held aloft on a pole. 

Gary here: It was God's will that the temple be destroyed as the New Covenant temple is of lively stones, the elect. But Titus was harshly judged for his evil deed. Pigs are permitted as food in the New Covenant, but were not permitted as sacrifice in the Old Covenant. Titus made Himself God in the Old Covenant Temple. Hebrews chapters 7 and 8 predicted the destruction of the temple as did Christ. The book of Revelation, in chapters 12, 13 and 17 do speak to this period of time, and the beasts. Some say Vespasian and Titus were a two headed beast, as John predicted the rise of the dual emperors, in the book of Revelation!  Please note that though I share this Preterist interpretation, which is likely correct, this does not mean that I support full Preterism, the teaching that the Second Coming has taken place. That must be rejected because it simply is not true! 
From a Preterist. I repeat, full Preterism is false religion because Christ has not yet returned. But this analysis could be helpful to believers:

In Revelation 13:3, the beast receives a “fatal wound.”   As implied by the term “fatal,” the beast, of course, dies as a result of this injury to its sixth head.  The sixth head of the beast is the sixth Caesar, Nero.  After Nero committed suicide, Rome fell under the weight of civil war.  Peace and order began to be restored approximately a year later with the rise of Vespasian, the tenth Caesar.  Vespasian, the tenth Caesar, may also be said to be the tenth horn.  Because the beast died with Nero and did not resurrect until the rise of the Flavian Dynasty beginning with Vespasian, the three Caesars that reigned in the year of Rome’s civil war between Nero’s death and Vespasian’s ascension (when the beast is considered dead) are not considered heads of the beast since the beast’s wounded head did not heal until Vespasian rose to power.  Therefore, Vespasian in a way might also be the seventh head of the beast.  He is the seventh head because he is the next head of the beast after Nero.  He may also be the tenth horn because he is also the tenth Caesar.  Therefore, the tenth Caesar, Vespasian, might be said to be both the seventh head and the tenth horn of the beast in fulfillment of v. 1: “And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.  He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.”

Though Vespasian could be the seventh head of the beast, it should be stated that it is perhaps even more likely that Vespasian is actually the new healed sixth head of the beast.  Soon we shall unmask the Jewish and Hellenistic names of the two ancient beasts depicted by John in this chapter.  As stated above, according to ancient tradition this seven-headed sea monster was known to regenerate severed heads so that two new heads would grow back in the place of the old wounded head.  As briefly mentioned above, the fact that two heads grew back in the place of the severed sixth head of Revelation 13:3 is implied in Revelation 17:11 where the seven-headed beast of Revelation 13 is later said to have eight heads.  Thus the severed sixth head representing Nero likely grew back into a bifurcated new sixth and seventh head representing Vespasian and Titus which would make the old seventh head, Domitian, the new eighth head (Revelation 17:11).


Gary here: The above interpretation sounds accurate but I don't make it a test of faith. But clearly, the events surrounding 70 AD relate to Jesus warning the disciples that on day they would have to flee Judea! Josephus the historian wrote that the Christians fled Judea before its destruction, and found safety in Pella, Jordan.
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While most was accomplished regarding the nation of Israel's destruction in 70 AD, not all prophesy was fulfilled then. Yes, the Christians fled Judea as Christ warned they must. They went to Pella Jordan as recorded by historian Josephus. But Christ did not return in 70 AD. The elect Gentiles were not all saved by 70 AD. And the natural branches were not grafted in as we see in Rom 11. So the preterists get a few things right, like General Titus being the man of perdition. But by denying the future Second Coming they are lost. Partial preterism is true. Full preterism is spiritual death.

See also:

Christ and His Ministry Fulfillment of Daniel's 70 Weeks

Summary of Crucial Christian Doctrine

Luther and Menno, Failure of Protestantism

My Christian View of Israel's Purpose

Charles Spurgeon Prince of Law Preaching

What Is Unbelief?

Covenant Theology


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