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May 24, 2011 / Daniel

Some thoughts on the Echoes Chart

Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, by Viktor Vasnets...

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Here are some implications that I draw from my chart on Matthew 24.  This chart reveals that the Olivet Discourse was very influential in shaping the eschatological vision of the NT.   This is especially telling when you consider that the most of the NT was written prior to the writing of the gospels.  This means that these echoes come from the memory of Jesus’ own teaching and not just from the evangelists.

This also makes a full-blown preterist reading of the text unlikely, since it is obvious that the early church understood Jesus’ sermon to be about the end of the world, and not just the destruction of the Temple in AD 70.

This also suggests that Matthew 24:29-31 and 1 Thess. 4:13-18 are descriptions of the same event, since Paul is relying on the oral tradition of Jesus’ own teaching about his return.  Paul is not introducing a new concept (i.e. the pre-trib rapture).  He is merely passing on the tradition that came from Jesus’ own mouth.

Thoughts?

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