October 23, 2014
These "gentlemen" are unable to grasp a very simple concept relative to the nature of the scope of a prophecy — i.e. what all is entailed within the fulfillment of the prophecy itself, its range, and specified results. Most everyone else gets it, but so as to lay it more plainly, here is a precisely stated, formally valid syllogism:
Major Premise: If it is the case that it is the case that there is a prophecy in the New Testament that teaches that an action or state entailed in the fulfillment of the prophecy is an ongoing action or state, then it must be the case that the ongoing nature of the action or state is part of that prophecy and its fulfillment.
Minor Premise: It is the case that there is a prophecy in the New Testament that teaches that an action or state entailed in the fulfillment of the prophecy is an ongoing action or state.
Conclusion: It therefore must be the case that the ongoing nature of the action or state is part of that prophecy and its fulfillment.
Revelation 22:2-5 — "In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: for they need neither lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever."
Note the following questions:
(1) In view of the fact that these Hyper-Preteristic brethren (i.e. Baisden and his cohorts) claim that this prophecy was completely and totally fulfilled in A.D. 70 at the destruction of Jerusalem, then was the city described here limited in duration to A.D. 70 or is it ongoing in duration, according to the prophecy?
(2) Did the tree of life, so described above, only exist in A.D. 70 at the destruction of Jerusalem?
(3) Did it cease putting out his healing fruit every month, as of the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70?
(4) Did the curse that is no longer said to exist in the prophecy come back into existence or does it continue to not exist?
(5) Is the throne of God and of the Lamb currently in the heavenly city described in Revelation 21-22?
(6) Do the servants of God currently see His face and have His name written in their foreheads?
(7) Are they currently serving Him this side of the A.D. 70 event?
(8) Is there no night currently in the heavenly city? Does that state of affairs continue?
(9) Is God currently giving them whatever light Baisden and company believe them to be receiving as per this text?
(10) Are they currently reigning? Will there ever be an end to their reign? What of those who fall away from the faith?
Now, brethren, I know the questions are silly, but they make the point that their silliness is due to the absurd and asinine doctrine taught by Baisden, Preston, Klaft, Neubauer, and Bell on the subject of prophecy. These questions show the vapid nature of their doctrinal system.