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- n. One whose chief interest is in the past.
- n. an adherent of preterism; one who believes that the Biblical prophecies of the Apocalypse refer to historical events which have already taken place
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One whose chief interest is in the past; one who regards the past with most pleasure or favor.
- n. One who believes the prophecies of the Apocalypse to have been already fulfilled.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One whose chief interest is in the past; one who has regard principally to the past.
- n. In theology, one who believes that the prophecies of the Apocalypse have already been nearly or entirely fulfilled.
- Relating to the preterists or their views.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a theologian who believes that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) have already been fulfilled
As for Revelation being literally true, look up the "preterist" interpretation.
The latest drivel I read along the preterist path was Andrew Perriman´s "The Coming of the Son of Man".
You don't recognise "this generation will not pass away until these things have taken place" is quite easily explained by the partial preterist position to which I'm partial though not fully convinced since I haven't studied it a ton, which allows for some fulfillments in 70 AD and waits for others at the final Eschaton?
So far as the preterist argument with the words "this generation" in Matt. 24, this can be reconciled any number of ways which includes that Jesus was talking about the generation of the church or the church age.
There are more scriptural references to support a futurist view of eschatology, than a preterist view.
Since you don't do us the favor of proclaiming your church affiliation here, I can only assume that you have been taught some sort of a preterist view of the Revelation.
A preterist is one who believes that most of the prophecies of the Apocalypse have been fulfilled in the past.
Yet another difference that confuses the usual categories of eschatological interpretation is whether the book of Revelation is interpreted in a preterist, historicist, or futurist manner.
I'm riding the preterist train, but it seems clear to me that Matthew, at the very least, understood the prediction in question to refer to the "end", since he refers to the Son of Man carrying out the final judgment immediately before saying that some standing there will not taste death before they see the Son of Man in his kingdom.
You just gotta hop on board the preterist train to realize it.