The Bible Teaching Ministry of David Hocking
“The Word of our God shall stand forever” Isaiah 40:8


Matthew 16:27-28 says: “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He shall reward every man according to his work: Verily I say unto you. There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom.”

There are Bible teachers and preachers who argue that this so-called “time text” proves without question that the coming of the Son of man had to occur before those listening to Yeshua on this occasion would die. They often are called “preterists,” a Latin word meaning “past.” They believe that all the prophecies of Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21 were fulfilled in 70 AD. This view also requires the belief that the entire book of Revelation in the New Testament was written before 70 AD. Preterists believe that the promise of our Lord’s Second Coming began to be fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. One of the leading proponents of preterism is R. C. Sproul. In his book “THE LAST DAYS ACCORDING TO JESUS” he suggests that “Jesus returned spiritually through the acts of the Roman army who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD. They also believe that the 1000 years of our Lord’s reign on the earth described in Revelation 20 is simply allegorical and refers to the triumph of the gospel in this present age.

However, after reading Matthew 16:27-28, we notice the beginning of Matthew 17:1. There are no chapter divisions in the original Greek text. Verse one of chapter 17 begins with the conjunction “and” and undeniably connects what was just said by our Lord with what follows. The ones who saw the glory of the Lord were the three men of Matthew 17:1ff. There were “some” (not “all”) who were listening to Yeshua that day who would not die until they saw the glory and majesty of our Lord. Peter, James, and John are the “some.”

Peter makes it clear in II Peter 1;16-18 that this, in fact, is what happened: “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount.”

Case closed! The Bible makes it clear – the “some” of Matthew 16:28 refers to Peter, James, and John in Matthew 17, the ones who “saw” His glory revealed. It was but a taste of what is still coming – THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST IN POWER AND GREAT GLORY!

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