Olivet Discourse Fulfilled


This page serves as an index for any series or posts covering the Olivet Discourse, the message that Jesus shared with His disciples in Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21.

The following series is entitled, “The Olivet Discourse: This Generation Or That Generation?” It’s an in-depth, verse-by-verse study of the Olivet Discourse, examining all three accounts in parallel fashion:

Part 1: Matthew 24:1-3/Mark 13:1-4/Luke 21:5-7
Part 2: Matthew 24:4-14/Mark 13:5-13/Luke 21:8-19
Part 3: Matthew 24:15-28/Mark 13:14-23/Luke 21:20-24
Part 4: Matthew 24:29-34/Mark 13:24-30/Luke 21:25-32
Part 5: Matthew 24:35 and Luke 21:34-36
Part 6: Matthew 24:35-51

This post compares Matthew 22:1-14, Matthew 25:1-13 (a continuation of the Olivet Discourse), and Revelation 19:1-9, showing that in each case the destruction of Jerusalem is followed by Jesus marrying His bride:

A New Testament Pattern: A Wedding Follows Jerusalem’s Demise

This article is an examination of Luke 21:8, where Jesus warned against false prophets prematurely announcing that the end was near. Later in the New Testament, some of Jesus’ disciples who heard this warning made this very announcement. Why is it that they did not become the very false prophets Jesus warned about?

The Implications of Luke 21:8

This article is a focused study on Jesus’ use of the phrase “this generation” in the Olivet Discourse:

Jesus’ Use of “This Generation” in the Olivet Discourse Is No Different Than Anywhere Else

These two posts focus on the question of whether or not Jesus taught (or could have taught) a dual fulfillment for the prophecies contained in the Olivet Discourse:

1. J. Stuart Russell On the Single Fulfillment of Jesus’ Words
2. Matthew 24: Double Fulfillment Is Not Possible

Luke 17 demonstrates the impossibility of separating portions of Matthew 24 by many centuries:

Luke 17 Shows That Matthew 24 Can’t Be Divided

This post demonstrates that the language in Matthew 24 is used repeatedly in I Thessalonians 4-5, and these passages are therefore about the same events and time period:

Comparing Matthew 24 and I Thessalonians 4-5

This post highlights an hour-long video from a 2006 BBC TV series depicting the Roman-Jewish War of 66 – 70 AD:

Video: The 3.5 Year Siege of Jerusalem (66 – 70 AD)

This study on the old and new heavens & earth focuses on Matthew 24:35 as well as Matthew 5:17-18, II Peter 3:7-10, and more:

We Now Live in the New Heavens and the New Earth

This post features a number of quotes from leaders in Church history affirming that the Olivet Discourse was fulfilled in the first century:

Matthew 24 Fulfilled: Quotes From 200 AD – 1868 AD

This article discusses Matthew 24:40, often cited as being about a future “Rapture,” and shows that Jesus was not only talking about a soon-to-come 1st century event, but that it wasn’t going to go well for those who would be “taken”:

Benjamin L. Corey: Jesus Says Those “Left Behind” Are The Lucky Ones (the most ironic thing the movie won’t tell you)

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6 thoughts on “Olivet Discourse Fulfilled

  1. Hello Adam, Great site. I am also a fellow Minneapolotan preterist theologian who has gone down a very similar road to yours both denominationally and theologically. It’s so great to discover another local theologian who sees fulfillment in Scripture! I’d love to “meet” you sometime over phone or email and compare notes. Also, I host a weekly Bible study of folks who also embrace a fulfilled view. Would you care to visit us sometime?? We would be so encouraged! Let’s be in touch: My fulfilled theology site is LivingtheQuestion.org and my email is RileyPowell@post.harvard.edu.

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    • Hi Riley,

      Thank you for dropping by, and for the compliment. It’s great to hear that you’ve also come to see the fulfilled view in Scripture. I’d be glad to compare notes as time allows.

      I would definitely enjoy visiting your weekly study, but I have to let you know that I now live in Bowling Green, Ohio. My wife and I moved here from St. Paul in August, so that she can finish a degree she started here and also to be closer to our families (in Canton, Ohio). I miss the Twin Cities already, though.

      I’m not able to access your site. Perhaps there’s just a temporary issue. I’ll send you an email real quick, and please let me know if you’d like me to remove your email address from appearing in public.

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  2. Hardcore Preterism is irreconcilable though with Matthew 24:36, and Luke 21:35.

    And I have no idea where you see the regeneration of man.

    Preterism certainly has its virtues, mainly that it looks for the obvious rather than coming up with ludicrous cobbled together unscriptural fantasies, but in the end this approach also comes up short – to be honest, woefully short.

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