One might well ask: "Why care about prophecy and history?"
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
Those who diligently make plans are those who:
- Know somewhat about how things work (The Word of God is the single, best explanation of what is really going on here in life).
- Know that there is reasonable expectation that those plans can be fulfilled. (That God does not oppose the plans).
If anyone should be diligently making plans, it should be those who know God's ways and believe that there remain no Bible-mandated cataclysms to prevent those plans; that God is for us, not against us, He is for our success, and not working to overthrow & replace all our best efforts to serve Him on behalf of humanity. Our Bible-inspired efforts to make the world a better place are not in vain. We can leave the people around us a legacy that blesses in life and guides to Salvation in Christ for generations. Long after his death, the stirring legacy of Martin Luther King played a part in convincing me that only Christianity taught in a major-league way a loving concern for the peace of ALL people, not just those inside the chosen group - this, to me, was evident token of divine involvement.
So who will diligently make plans?
Who will be leaders, guides?
A qualified guide must know something more about the path ahead than those who follow his lead. Otherwise, there is no benefit.
- Those who guide into next week must know something more about next week than those who follow.
- Those who guide into next month, next year with their 5-years' plans, must know something more about the future than those who follow.
- Those who have more accrurate insight into the future are the best suited to lead others there.
1Ch 12:32a KJV And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do...
Preterist Christianity should offer a better insight into the future than any other. Preterist Christians, like some from Israel's tribe of Issachar "which were men who had understanding of the times", should be the natural choice for advising the leadership role regarding the future.
By better understanding where we have been in the past,
we offer a better understanding of where we are now.
By better understanding where we are now,
we offer a better insight of where we are going.
So how do we get there from here?
I am persuaded that Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, knows better than anyone else knows how things really work - how to cooperate with God and successfully "work the system" in which the Father has set us.
The personal teachings of Jesus are recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. Among which are these,
John 13:20"I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me,."John 20:21-22Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."NIV
And so, by receiving the instruction of those sent by Jesus we are receiving further instruction by Jesus, the Son of God about how to get with the program and successfully "work the system" in which our Heavenly Father has placed us. Among those sent by Jesus was Peter. And Peter had this to say of Paul's instruction:
Peter 3:15-16our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand , which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures,NIV
So we now have Jesus claiming as His own all the instruction of His immediate disciples and Paul's, i.e. the New Testament.
The New Testament communicates the principles by which we can apply the wisdom and the power of God to the situation in which we find ourselves and successfully guide our own lives into God's exceedingly great & precious Promises. The New Testament principles are timeless. Being faithful in this, we can become examples to many, successfully guide many, even humanity itself, into God's best future for all.
Further, since Preterist Christian teaching effectively draws the connections between God's prophesied judgments/promises and God's historical fulfillments, we can learn how God intends to respond to certain human behaviors - avoiding the consequences of repeating history's errors while actively emulating its successes. We can more safely guide into the future. We can prove to be the better choice for leadership into God's blessings for Humanity. We can & should lay the theological groundwork for the diligent plans that lead to plenty for everybody to the glory of God in Christ, the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
1 Timothy 4:9-129 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10(and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men , and especially of those who believe.11 Command and teach these things.
Now the just shall live by faith
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty.