The Book of Romans vs. Realized Eschatology

Jess Whitlock

After studying Max King’s heretical doctrine of Realized Eschatology, or the A.D. 70 Theory, I soon noted that this error that has become a fixation (hobby horse) with these advocates can be refuted, in part, by every book of the New Testament. Perhaps one of the most damaging books in the New Testament to Kingism is Paul’s treatise to the church at Rome.

Several years ago I noticed one aspect of Kingism that the majority of Kingites seek to avoid. What Max King’s followers do not desire to discuss is the study of the Law of Moses in relation to their mandatory A.D. 70 date. They have actually replaced the cross of Christ with the destruction of Jerusalem, as events of importance. Everything of importance to the Bible believer, they say, centers around A.D. 70 and the destruction of Jerusalem, and not the cross of Christ. Kingites contend that the church did not actually come until A.D. 70. Kingites contend that the Old Law was not taken out of the way at the cross (Col. 2:14), but was delayed until the destruction of the temple structure in Jerusalem. Yet, there is one proposition I cannot (as of this date), find a follower of Max King to affirm:

“The Bible teaches that the Law of Moses remained in effect as God’s acceptable law for the Jews until the destruction of Jerusalem (A.D. 70).”

Affirm: (S) ??

Deny: (S) Jess Whitlock

Where is the follower of Max R. King who will sign in the affirmative? None seem interested in coming to the defense of this indefensible heresy! When you study the book of Romans carefully, you begin to see why such is the case.

Romans 8:1-4 affirms that we are under the law of the spirit of life in Christ. It will not do to say that we are “not under law.” A Christian is a person who must be concerned about law. Most serious students of the Word understand that we are not under the Law of Moses. Most students of the Word realize the Roman correspondence was written circa A.D. 58.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Rom. 10:4). Through His death on the cross, Christ was the end of that Old Law. Having declared that man could only become righteous in God’s sight through faith in Christ, Paul in the following verses enlarges on that thought. Compare the words of Galatians 3:24-25 with Romans 10:4 and you see the futile plight of the would-be defenders of the Max King heresy.

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to Him, who is raised from the dead, that we should b ring forth fruit unto God” (Rom. 7:4). By inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote this 12 years prior to the destruction of Jerusalem. You see the dilemma, don’t you? The Kingites must make these brethren guilty of spiritual adultery, i.e., bigamy! Paul has just illustrated in Romans 7:1-3 that a woman cannot marry another man while her husband liveth without committing adultery. After her husband dies, she is then at liberty to marry another. After having made the illustration, Paul now draws forth an irrefutable conclusion in Romans 7:4ff and Ephesians 2:14-16. You see the grave difficulty presented to the heresy of Kingism.

I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean” (Rom. 14:14). In this context, Paul has been discussing meats (food) that were considered unclean under the Law of Moses. Remember, we are reading a treatise which predates the A.D. 70 destruction of the city of Jerusalem. Paul is “persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of it self.” Now, if the law of Moses was still binding (the contention of Realized Eschatology), that meat would still be considered unclean. The only possible conclusion is that the Law of Moses had been taken out of the way (cf. Col. 2:14). Herein is proof positive that the Old Law was no longer binding in A.D. 58, 12 years before the city of Jerusalem was destroyed.

This is only a small sampling of how the book of Romans rocks “realized eschatology” to its Krumbling knees.

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