PRETERISM VS. FUTURISM… WHO GETS ESCHATOLOGY RIGHT?

Noted author, screenwriter, and speaker, Brian Godawa appeared with me today on the Parker J. Cole’s show “Parker’s Comparables”.  We discussed and debated which understanding of eschatology Best fits the prophetic assertions of the Bible. It was a fast 120 minutes exploring the Olivet Discourse, Matthew 24, Jesus’ predictions for what would happen within a generation of his pronouncements and, from my point of view, beyond.


Today was Parker’s birthday and she indicated that our coming together to discuss the topic was our gift to her.  Of course, Brian and I may benefit most by becoming acquainted and by learning about one another’s position. Here is a link to the program. CLICK HERE.

The topic is not often discussed since the Preterist point of view doesn’t get much play in prophecy circles.  Brian is a thoughtful and very well spoken proponent of Preterism.  He is a convert from futurism having determined there are too many flaws in consistently interpreting the scripture from the futurist perspective. His book on the subject is, END TIMES BIBLE PROPHECY.

As for myself, I’ve been a committed futurist since I first learned about Bible prophecy by reading THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH in 1970.

For those that don’t know much about Preterism (the view that almost all New Testament prophecy has already been fulfilled prior to 70 AD), listening to our discussion will get you thoroughly updated on this school of thought.  To be technically accurate, Brian is not an adherent to what is called ‘full Preterism’ which is good because that view is heretical. Brian believes that JESUS will come again and there will be a future Kingdom with JESUS at the head.

The Multi-Talented Brian Godawa

Who is Brian Godawa?  He is a very impressive guy.  Here’s his bio:

Brian Godawa is the screenwriter for the award-winning feature film, To End All Wars, starring Kiefer Sutherland. It was awarded the Commander in Chief Medal of Service, Honor and Pride by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, won the first Heartland Film Festival by storm, and showcased the Cannes Film Festival Cinema for Peace. He also co-wrote Alleged, starring Brian Dennehy as Clarence Darrow and Fred Thompson as William Jennings Bryan. He previously adapted to film the best-selling supernatural thriller novel The Visitation by author Frank Peretti for Ralph Winter (X-Men, Wolverine), and wrote and directed Wall of Separation, a PBS documentary, and Lines That Divide, a documentary on stem cell research.

Mr. Godawa’s scripts have won multiple awards in respected screenplay competitions, and his articles on movies and philosophy have been published around the world. He has traveled around the United States teaching on movies, worldviews, and culture to colleges, churches and community groups. His popular book, Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment (InterVarsity Press) is used as a textbook in schools around the country. His novel series, the saga Chronicles of the Nephilim is in the Top 10 of Biblical Fiction on Amazon and is an imaginative retelling of Biblical stories of the Nephilim giants, the secret plan of the fallen Watchers, and the War of the Seed of the Serpent with the Seed of Eve. Find him at Godawa.com

Parker J. Cole is an author of many novels and brings a message of hope to her audience encouraging others to write and express themselves.  Her regular program is called THE WRITE STUFF. Find Parker at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6065622.Parker_J_Cole.  Parker’s many books are also at Amazon.com


My most pertinent book on the subject is THE REVEALING which is also my most recent book. This book was co written with Gary Huffman.  It focuses on what our life will be like after we are glorified at our future resurrection and rapture.You can find all my books as well as Brians books at Amazon.com.  look up my author page by searching for S DOUGLAS WOODWARD at Amazon.com