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    I used to frequent some webboard filled to the brim with preterists. From what I understand, preterists believe Apocalyptic prophecies have already been fulfilled (at least, that is what the dictionary says).

    One question I have been unable to answer, however, is thus: what is the Catholic Church’s position on preterism? I know about millenarianism (wrong wrong wrong) but not preterism.


    Hmmm…I don’t think I’ve even heard of preterism. Maybe you could give a little synopsis of it. <img decoding=” title=”Confused” />

    Speaking of millenarianism, there’s an article on this site that talks a little bit about that: Daniel, Revelation and the Rapture Myth[/url:ft60fbd5]


    I think the difficulty in nailing this down to any one group is that most probably wouldn’t label themselves in such a way.

    From what I understand Peterism is closely linked with belief in the Rapture and similar heresies.

    In Christ,



    That is the thing. Beyond that tiny little thing in my first post, I do not know what it is.

    “Preterism is the belief that all Bible prophecies, including those concerned with the second coming of Jesus, the resurrection and the judgment, came to complete fulfillment in A.D. 70 at the destruction of Jerusalem.”


    Well, my response to that is why hasn’t the world ended then? Wouldn’t the thousand year reign of Christ be over by now?

    Maybe I just don’t get it. <img decoding=” title=”Confused” />


    The semi-preterist is a person who says that substantially all prophecies have been fulfilled and we are just tapping our toes waiting for Jesus’ Second Coming. This position overlooks what Father William G. Most calls “multiple fulfillment.” There are spot-on fulfillments of Holy Writ. Nero can be written off as THE Antichrist without the insight of multiple fulfillment.

    Multiple fulfillment is God’s way of confirming the times and giving a vivid type of the future, perfect fulfillment. There is nothing new under the Sun…except that future day of God’s wrath, more horrific than has ever been visited upon the Earth. This is called the time of Jacob’s trouble, and is foreshadowed by Daniel in tandem with John’s Apocalypse.

    Some explicit modern fulfillments are Mary’s appearance at Fatima under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary, described by Sister Lucia as clothed with the Sun (per her work with sculptor Father McGlynn) from Apocalypse 12. Chernobyl, the Ukranian nuclear meltdown, is the literal translation of “Wormwood” from the destructive “burning element” John mentions. The revived Roman Empire of Daniel is fulfilled in our time with the European Union, with its Babylon the Whore Euro economic system, and their logo of the woman riding the beast–Europa riding Zeus as a red bull.

    Some secretly semi-preterist Catholic pop theologians are converts who got burned by all the false date setting of their former Christian affiliates. When it didn’t happen as predicted, they became gun-shy about prophecy in general.

    Pray the daily Rosary for peace as Our Lady of the Rosary asked at Fatima, Portugal in 1917.


    Seriously, where do you get all this information? You always seem to spew out a wealth of knowledge about whatever Catholic topic it may be. Whether it’s all true or false, I’m not sure yet, but you sure do know a lot. <img decoding=” title=”Very Happy” />

    Thanks for clarifying preterism.

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