63. When will ALL THINGS be fulfilled?

Jesus words are what we should rely on rather than the opinions of men....

ALL THINGS WRITTEN refers to the promises in the scriptures of a Messiah ...a savior for mankind who was to come. BUT this phrase also refers to other associated events which the scriptures promised would happen at the time of Messiah's coming. Firstly there was to be tribulation...followed by the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple...followed by judgment of the wicked. And if we look at both Isaiah and Daniel and Jesus (Mat 24:31 and Luke 21:28) these events were also to include the resurrection and the reward of the saints.

Luke 21:20  "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.  21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.  22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.     NKJV
The things written refers clearly to the OLD TESTAMENT scriptures. THESE days does not refer to us almost 2000 years later. The temple was destroyed as was Jerusalem in AD 70 and the "you" generation Jesus addressed right then and there SAW this unfold in their lifetime.
Luke 24:44   Then He said to them, "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me."  45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.    NKJV
ALL THINGS WRITTEN CONCERNING ME being fulfilled means that ALL the prophecies of the Old Covenant regarding Jesus would be fulfilled. Brethren, this cannot exclude the battle of Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 as some claim because it concerns Jesus. Please note that this battle is also referred to in Rev 20 and is sometimes known as Armageddon which Jesus (in Rev 22) said would be happening SOON and was at hand (in the first century). Surely 2000 years later we can agree that this cannot still be a 'future event'? This must also then have been prophetically fulfilled in AD 70 before THAT generation who lived on earth when Jesus ministered had passed away because it comes before the resurrection and judgment BOTH of which are 'CONCERNING JESUS'. (Jesus being the 'first fruits' of the resurrection and the JUDGE of all the Earth  Gen 18:25, Jn 5:22)
Brethren let us be clear. According to the scriptures Jesus work was completed BEFORE that generation passed away. "It is FINISHED". After the assention Jesus was then seated on the throne next to the Father (i.e. His place of REST) while His enemies were crushed. (Rom 16:20)
Acts 3:24 Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these daysNKJV
In light of the above passage we can see that the apostle Peter tells us that Ezekiel's prophecies SPOKE about the same LAST DAYS...just as Joel did in Acts 2:17...the time when Messiah would come and the New Covenant of grace He would bring to Israel and the Gentiles would be instituted. This passage makes it clear that Ezekiel and Zechariah as prophets ALSO spoke of THESE same days....and NONE of them was speaking about events another 2000 years or so ahead after AD 33. (1 Pet 1:10-12, Dan 12:8-10)...because they were ALL TO BE FULFILLED in THESE DAYS.
(For some historical context please realise that Ezekiel prophecied in approx 590BC ....BEFORE Jerusalem and the SECOND temple were rebuilt in AD 515 BC during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. Brethren, the prophecies regarding the future restoration of Israel and the new temple which some believe is still to happen in our future, have been prophetically FULFILLED in history past!....AND they have also been spiritually fulfilled in the coming of Christ and the New Covenant as well) 
Yet some claim that this and other prophecies are still to be fulfilled and this more than 2000 years later?....contrary to Jesus words (Mat 24:34) and the book of Revelations emphatic didactic time constraints?
(Those proposing this interpretation of some Old Covenant prophecies however usually link these prophecies to issues which very few born again Christians who know the scriptures would in anyway consider acceptable ...
ie that the Old Covenant which Christ made obsolete and which has vanished should be restored with Israel after Christ has previously fulfilled it?
ie that sacrifices should be recommenced after Jesus came as the once for all sacrifice?
ie that the temple should be rebuilt when Jesus himself and the church are the fulfillment of the temple? (1 Pet 2:4-9)
ie that Jerusalem will be restored as a physical centre of worship for the world contrary to Jesus very clear words in John 4:21?)
God had forecast in the scriptures that Israel would reject her Messiah...and the consequential destruction and judgment were forecast as far back as Deuteronomy 28 when the Law was first given. The coming day of judgment was then confirmed by many of the prophets thoughout the centuries.
Luke 21:32 (and Mat 24:34 and Mark 13:40)   Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.  33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.     NKJV
'All things' in this context refers specifically to the great tribulation (vs12), the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple (vs20), the return of Christ on the clouds (vs27), THAT Day (of the Lord) (vs34)... and the resurrection (Mat 24:31) ...and the judgment (vs36).
It was the generation that KILLED the Messiah and said..."his blood be on us and our children" ....that would be judged. The word THIS generation specifically refers to the HEARERS right then and there......and it is not 'THAT' (generation) which would have been used if it were to apply to some future generation. The time frame of 40 years for 'this generation' expired in AD73. Those who choose to believe that the book of Revelations was written after AD 95 have no events they can point to which come close to the events Jesus said would SOON come to pass (many times in Rev 1 and Rev 22)...and which history independently records DID happen in AD 70. It seems clear that a person must choose if they are a late date believer or a believer in Jesus and the scriptures.
Note that Irenaeus who most late date believers quote as the 'authorative' church source for support of an AD 95 date of writing of the book of Revelations, made an ambiguous statement which has clearly been misunderstood. This same so called 'authoritive source' also claimed that Jesus lived for 50 years and ministered for 15 years which also is patently wrong according to the scriptures and all other historical records. Refer to Kenneth Gentry's 400 page book on the dating of the Book of Revelations for a powerful proof of a pre AD70 date. And why should Irenaeus be believed rather than JESUS own words? (other than by those who do not believe in God) ...and rather than the FACTUAL independant Roman historical records preserved for our confirmation and verification.
Note Jesus said 'Heaven and earth will pass away ..but my words would not pass away'. Yet many today would rather doubt Jesus words and believe men.  
Luke 24:44   Then He said to them, "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me."  45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.    NKJV
Brethren, Jesus coming on the clouds in glory was something most of the prophets wrote about ....as was the Day of the Lord, the tribulation, the resurrection and the judgement. Jesus said ALL things written about Him would be fulfilled...INCLUDING the fact that the timing was SOON! 
AND THE WAR OF GOG AND MAGOG in Ezekiel is also something that 'the Prophets wrote concerning Jesus'. We should believe Jesus words rather than nebulous, convoluted and contradictory interpretations of those seeking to write the restoration of Judaism back into the bible as a future event. Ezekiel 37:1-14 speaks of the resurrection... which the scripture tells us HAS happened. (Mat 27:50-52)
Jesus is the FULFILLMENT and END of the Law.... The end is NOT that the Law should be reinstated after Jesus perfect work ... as those pushing this view seem to believe.
Those who say there are prophecies about Jesus still to be fulfilled after the end of that generation and that these somehow now apply to us today as Gentiles who have NEVER been 'under the Law' (and this some 2000 years later).... are saying that JESUS and the apostles GOT IT WRONG! (perhaps demonstrating that they need to have their understanding opened so that they too can comprehend the scriptures? as vs 45)
Jesus quoted from and refers readers to Daniel 12:1-3 in Matthew 24..... but few read to the END of Daniel about the timing of these events.
Dan 12:6   "How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be?
7 Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished. 8 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, "My lord, what shall be the end of these things?" 
9 And he said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.    NKJV
It is important to note that this scripture says that ALL that was revealed to Daniel would be fulfilled and finished when the power of the holy people (Israel) was destroyed. Brethren this happened when the temple which represented Israel's covenant relationship with God...the physical place where God dwelt in their midst... was destroyed. The sacrifices ceased...and the priesthood was destroyed...and Israel was cast out of its promised land.  Sacrifices were made OBSOLETE (Heb 8:13) ...and the whole system of the Law vanished when the temple was destroyed. The OLD covenant can NEVER be 'restored' because Jesus sacrifice on the cross has FULFILLED it. (once for ALL) (the Lamb that God himself provided)
Brethren the '70 weeks' prophecy of Daniel is NOT 70 weeks plus 2000 years as many today are teaching. This interpretation makes a mockery of the scriptures.
Dan 9:24  "Seventy weeks are determined 
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins... NKJV
Brethren Jesus CAME first as a MAN in the 69th week as prophecied......and was killed as the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE within the 70th week (Dan 9:26-27) ....and shortly after that the abolition of the Old Covenant was DEMONSTRATED in AD 70 at the end of the 70th week with the destruction of Jerusalem and Israel.
Jerusalem and ISRAEL .... ie YOUR people ... were the ones to be judged for rejecting Jesus. This is the whole focus of Daniel 7-12. These prophecies have NO RELEVANCE to the church age. (other than that they were to announce the end the Old Covenant and usher in the New Covenant which is NEVER ENDING)
The judgment on Old Covenant Israelites...Dan 7:10, Dan 12:2-3
The NEW everlasting kingdom Jesus would usher in... Dan 7:13-14
The rejection of the gospel by godless Israel ...and the persecution of the early church saints...Dan 7:25-26
The destruction of Jerusalem and godless Israel... Dan 8:24, Dan 9:26, Dan 10:10, Dan 12:7
The desolation of the temple ...Dan 8:11-14, 9:26-27, Dan 12:1
In the Book of Revelations the words which were sealed to Daniel in his vision (Dan 12:4) were UNSEALED for John by Jesus (Rev 5:9)....and as we look back over history from the vantage of 2000 years later we should now be able to see that ALL THESE THINGS WERE INDEED FULFILLED (Dan 12:7) in AD 70.
The book of Revelations is FULL of quotes from the judgments which the prophets of the OLD COVENANT said were coming UPON ISRAEL. Many of them are the same scriptures Jesus quoted and said would be fulfilled within the lifetime of the very generation who heard his words and rejected Him and then killed Him. Most of what Jesus spoke of as events surrounding the END times came from what the prophets had already told Israel! ...and the apostles quotes all came from the same source ... which according to Jesus and the prophets and apostles were all to be fulfilled in AD 70. AND on top of this we have history verifying this though Josephus and other secular sources.
Rev 10:7  But in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.  NKJV
The apostles ALL wrote between AD 55 and AD 65 to warn of the IMMINENT return of Jesus...and quoted these same prophets.
Scripturally there is only ONE viable interpretation which is that the wrath of God was poured out on Jerusalem which WAS the destruction of Babylon the harlot city of Revelations and the associated ABOLISHMENT of the Old Covenant including the temple and the sacrificial worship system. The IMMINENT time frame for His coming as spoken of by Jesus and the apostles and prophets was thereby actually fulfilled in AD 70.
Historically there has not been and neither can there ever be a future repetition of ALL of these events as were so accurately prophecied by the prophets (Dan 12:1) and Jesus in the scripture below.
Matt 24:21   For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. NKJV
If you disagree then...
You open yourself to legitimate claims by the sceptics (and even some supposed believers) that Jesus could not be God because He 'got it wrong'. Did He make prophecies which were not fulfilled?... CERTAINLY NOT!
You are doubting that Jesus as God IS now the One who rules this world in HIS Kingdom (especially if you believe He is still waiting to win a future final victory over Satan in the battle of Armageddon ... one which scriptures below tell us He won at the CROSS and then saw his enemies mopped up in the judgment demonstrated in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70)
When was Satan bound in chains...and when was he destroyed (along with his works)
Many believe that Satan is not yet bound as that happens only at the beginning of the milleneum... some time in the future.
Rev 20:1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished.   NKJV
But Jesus told us that Satan was BOUND when He came to preach the Gospel... (Mat 12:28-29, Luke 10:18-19, Acts 26:17-18, Jude 6, 2 Pet 2:4)
Matt 12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.  29 Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. NKJV
The proof that the devil was bound was that Gentiles were being saved
Acts 26:17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,  18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.' NKJV
Many will say that the devil is still at work today deceiving the nations
BUT the scriptures tell us that Satan was destroyed by the work of the cross
John 12:31-32  Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.  32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.    NKJV
1 Cor 2:8 ...which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  NKJV
Heb 2:14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. NKJV
Some ask why if Satan was destroyed are people then not all coming to Christ? ... but Jesus tells us this would be the case.
John 3:19   And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  NKJV
2 Tim 1:9  ... given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, NKJV
Death HAS BEEN abolished for the believer (John 11:25-26)
Note that the apostles taught the early church that a further and final judgment on Satan was to be served on the devil shortly after the cross ...this happened in AD 70 with the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. This event destroyed harlotrous Israel and the evil rulers who killed Jesus ...and brought the Law of Moses to an end. (ie no more temple, no more sacrifices, no more priesthood of man). Judaism which had become SATANS tool was decimated.
When the Law was abolished SIN, which brought DEATH, was ended!
1 John 3:8 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. NKJV
Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. NKJV
Paul wrote this in approx AD 55 of something that was still about to happen ...SHORTLY....not 2000 plus years later! This refers to the promise of a seed, (Jesus) which God gave Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This seed they were told would be bruised (on the cross) but would then crush the serpent.  
This happened when the devil's minions ..the Jews ...were mopped up (ie smashed / judged) by God who used the Roman armies to fulfill His purposes. Note The word 'NOW' does not allow us to stretch the time out for a 2000 year time delay.
John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this worldnow shall the prince of this world be cast out. KJV
Heb 10:12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.    NKJV
Brethren we know that Satan was BOUND when Jesus commenced His ministry  ... this is described in Revelations also as something that ocurred at the beginning of the '1000' year period.
Rev 20:2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. NKJV
Revelations which was written on approx AD 65 tells us of what was to happen next....and 'SOON' and of that which was 'at hand'.
Satan was JUDGED at the cross and cast into the Lake of Fire in AD 70 with his minions. This event ocurred at the end of the "1000 year" period. AFTER THIS Revelations tells us that the resurrection and the "White throne judgment' are to take place. Daniel tells us that the resurrection and the judgment were to ocurr before AD 70...and Jesus said these events were to ocurr before AD 73 (this generation)....and these events were also all to be done at the time of the temple and Jerusalem being destroyed (as promised by many of the prophets). Amazingly this is historically verified for us by an independent secular Roman source!
Rev 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.   NKJV
Brethren THIS is what AD 70 was all about....smashing the enemies of Christ. The battle was won in the heavenly realm at the cross in AD 33 ... but in AD 70 it was won on the earth when Satan and his minions were smashed.
Col 2:14 And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. NKJV
This PUBLIC SPECTACLE is recorded graphically for all to see on the Arch of Titus in Rome TODAY. God preserved this for US.
This timing is also confirmed in the Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah  25-29. IN THAT DAY (27:1)...the day when the Jerusalem and the temple are destroyed (25:12)...the day of great tribulation (26:17)...which is also the day of the vindication of the martyrs (26:21)...and the resurrection of the dead (26:19)
Isa 27:1   In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong,
Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
Leviathan that twisted serpent;
And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.   NKJV
Tie this to Gen 3:15....and Romans 16:20 ...and then consider AD 70 as recorded by Josephus...it is mind blowing to most who read it.
Revelations chapter 22 (which follows AFTER Rev 20 and the war of Gog and Magog.. or Armageddon) contains powerful literal didactic TIME CONSTRAINTS ....i.e. vs 6 'things which must shortly take place' ... vs7 'I am coming quickly'... vs10 'the time is at hand' ... vs12 'I am coming quickly' ... vs20 'surely I am coming quickly'. Brethren, this was written to seven real churches in Asia to warn them of the of real danger coming soon to THEM in approx AD65. 
These phrases do not allow for a delay of 1000 years ...let alone up to 2000 years between Rev 20:1 and Rev 20:10 as some, who refuse to accept what these scriptures emphatically state, still choose to believe.
Taking away ...or even trying to explain away ... words like 'I am coming QUICKLY'...'things which must SOON take place' ... 'the time is AT HAND' ...from the book of Revelation as MANY 'prophecy teachers' are doing when they apply this prophecy to the church today almost 2000 years later surely constitutes 'TAKING AWAY WORDS from the book of this prophecy'....and this comes at a great risk. (Rev 22:19)
Why is there still sin in the WORLD if Satan has been cast into the Lake of Fire?   ... and ...
What is the New Jerusalem if it is not heaven?
Brethren the continuation of SIN in the 'nations' of the world that live OUTSIDE of the kingdom is taught in the scriptures ...even AFTER the devil is cast into the lake of fire. Jesus tells us that it is because we as humans want to reserve our right to do evil (John 3:19-20)
Rev 20:10  The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.  NKJV
Then we go to the New Covenant...where the New Jerusalem... and the kingdom of God are no longer restricted to Israel.
Rev 11:15  Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying,"The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms  of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"  NKJV
This is the event prophecied by Daniel 7:13-14, Isaiah and Jesus Mat 24:30...Jesus NOW rules the world!
In this NEW JERUSALEM... the heavenly city (WHICH IS THE NEW COVENANT  .. Gal 4:22-26, Heb 12:22-24)... will be all those from EVERY NATION who are part of the 'bride of Christ'....those who are God's people and have become 'children of God' by faith. 
But note that this CANNOT BE a physical 'HEAVEN' where we will dwell eternally with God 'like the angels' according to the scriptures. If one believes that this is referring to heaven and the time after the final resurrection and judgment ...then they must explain "what are sinners doing living on earth with us at the same time?"
These verses tell us that there are still people around living 'outside' who are excluded from the kingdom BY their own sinful choices...
Rev 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices A LIE. N
Rev 21:27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. NKJV
In the INVISIBLE kingdom are ONLY those who are born again by the spirit of God ... those who have been transformed by the indwelling Spirit ...where ever and when ever this happens. If you decide you do not want to follow Jesus...or believe in Him ...then you will NEVER enter the kingdom of heaven. If you want to reserve your rights to do life your own (sinful) way...God reserves the right to determine who is allowed into HIS HOUSE.
Rev 21:1  Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed awayAlso there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." 
5 Then He who sat on the throne said,"Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." 
6 And He said to me,"It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." NKJV
Unbelievers, those who would rather continue in SIN (John 3:19-20) ... and all liars are excluded..... and continue to live on the 'outside' of the New Jerusalem.
Also excluded are the following ...
the COWARDLY... those in false religions who are too afraid to investigate TRUTH
the ABOMINABLE.... those who do heinious deeds
the MURDERERS... those who persecute and kill christians and do not cherish the LIFE of others
the SEXUALLY IMMORAL... yes those of deviant sexual persuasions who seek to corrupt others The world legal systems are free to condone what ever behavior they choose...BUT it is what God defines as immorality that determines your access to the kingdom.
the IDOLATERS...those who would rather serve other so-called gods (including Atheism and secular Humanism)
the LIARS... those who deny that Jesus is the Son of God and that God is a Father (1 John 2:22)
These passages confirm that 'sin and sinners' still continue to exist in the world AFTER the new Jerusalem or New Covenant comes into force!
Brethren, the seven churches were almost all instructed to OVERCOME false teaching/doctrine of some sort in their midst (Rev 2-3)...from the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, the synagogue of Satan, the doctrine of Balaam, the false teaching and seduction of Jezebel, self righteousness and luke-warmness, etc
Jesus is TRUTH and wants His bride free of heresy and lies and all false doctrine.
Jesus tells us that it is the OVERCOMERS (those of the seven early churches named in Rev 2-3) who are God's sons and who would inherit ALL things (Rev 21 vs 7), ...those that did not overcome deception remained OUTSIDE the kingdom....they were relying on their own choices to achieve access rather than Christ's work for them.
Brethren, the fate of the unsaved is that they PERISH....and are then disposed of...symbolically in the lake of fire. (a bit like cremation of bodies...disposing of that which can no longer fulfill its purpose). 
Brethren, the new heavens and new earth are the New Covenant, the bride is the church, the tabernacle of God being with men is a great promise of the the new Covenant...we do not have to go and worship God in a temple in Jerusalem...WE are the temple ... the Law which bought death and pain is gone. The 'former things' having passed away refers to the Mosaic Law being obsolete and vanishing (Is 42:5:9, Heb 8:13). The statement 'also there was no sea' refers to the fact that the nations and peoples no longer being divided (Rev 17:15, Gen 11:4-9, Eph 2:14) ... we are now all one in Christ.
The new covenant is a place of TRUTH only..... Jesus warns the seven churches to avoid deceivers and tells them to overcome deception and heresies ... this should be our passion today.
Rev 2:2  "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars NKJV
JESUS is the fulfillment of the SON OF David
Many still think that there will be a physical descendant of David ruling over the world from Israel in the future....
But the Old testament tells us that Messiah would be David's seed
Ps 89:35 Once I have sworn by My holiness;
I will not lie to David: 
36 His seed shall endure forever,
And his throne as the sun before Me; 
37 It shall be established forever like the moon,
Even like the faithful witness in the sky." NKJV
Isa 9:6   For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called 
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
7 Of the increase of His government and peace 
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice 
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.   NKJV
The angel promised Mary that her child would be the long awaited 'Son of David'
Luke 1:31   And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."   NKJV
Jesus told them HE was the one who would usher in the new kingdom
Matt 10:7   And as you go, preach, saying,'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'  NKJV
And in the New Testament Jesus indicates that these prophecies WERE to be fulfilled in a way they were not anticipating
Matt 22:41  While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?"
They said to Him, "The Son of David." 
43 He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying:  
44'The LORD said to my Lord,
"Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"'?  
45 If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his Son?"  46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore. NKJV
The multitudes were expecting a 'warrior or worldly leader as material and national saviour'
Matt 21:9 (Quoting Ps 118:26)  
Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
"Hosanna  to the Son of David!
'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' 
Hosanna  in the highest!" NKJV
These prophecies ACCORDING to Jesus were NEVER about David descendant ruling over a physical or worldly empire...but about the Messiah ruling over 'the Kingdom of God'   ... one set up by God Himself at the time of the Roman empire (Dan 2:44)
The apostles also preached it this way... 
Acts 2:25   For David says concerning Him:
'I foresaw the LORD always before my face,
For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. 
26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. 
27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption
28 You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.'   
29 "Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,   31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. 
34 "For David  did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:
'The LORD said to my Lord,
'Sit at My right hand, 
35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."'   
36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." NKJV
And the first church council at Jerusalem confirmed this understanding also ...
Acts 15:14 Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: 
16'After! this I will return 
And will rebuild the tabernacle of David , which has fallen down;
I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will set it up; 
17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD,
Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,
Says the LORD who does all these things.'   
18 "Known to God from eternity are all His works.  NKJV
The Gospel going out to the Gentiles is the sign that the tabernacle (ie the HOUSE or family line) of David is NOW again RULING over Israel ('the Israel of God' and not 'natural Israel according to the flesh'  ..  Rom 9-11). It is NOT a physical rule which revolves around obedience to laws but a realm where God rules in the hearts of His children....it is about His new heavenly spiritual and eternal and universal kingdom where Christ NOW reigns. (Dan 7:13-14) (John 4:24)
Please note that this scripture has NOTHING to do with musical instruments being played in church as some claim today. The temple in Jerusalem was the physical fulfillment of the tabernacle. David's fallen tabernacle refers to the promised future DESCENDANT of David's family line ruling over Israel...and Christ will rule on this throne ETERNALLY! (Dan 7:13-14)
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." NKJV
Rev 22:16  "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David , the Bright and Morning Star."   NKJV
Rev 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying,"The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"  NKJV
Brethren Jesus has fulfilled ALL the prophecies given to David....and the destruction of harlotrous Jerusalem and the physical temple and THE GOSPEL TO GOING TO THE GENTILES...were the signs to Israel to confirm this.
Jesus NOW rules over His eternal and world-wide kingdom!
So what happened to the rapture?
The rapture theory (which I had passionately held to for over 30 years) got blown out of the water as I learned how to read the scriptures properly. Scripture must interpret scripture...not the speculations of our modern Greek mindset.
Firstly, the early church demonstrated that they knew what Jesus meant in the verses which are interpreted to refer to the 'rapture'
History records that when the tribulation came the church was NOT 'caught up'  and taken away. All those that fled to Pella just as Jesus had told them to do (Luke 21:20).... were all saved. Those that hung around waiting for a 'rapture' all got killed.
Secondly, the timing of the Tribulation in Matthew, Mark and Luke are ALL said to be 'Before THIS generation would pass away'
How could an event promised to happen prior to AD73 be in any way relevant to us today?
The timing is also confirmed to have happened during the tribulation between AD66 and AD70 by independent historical records... just as Jesus said it would.
The book of Revelations ALSO confirms that ALL the events it described were to have happened SOON, QUICKLY, SHORTLY ...and to be AT HAND in AD 66 (Not 2000 or so years later)
Thirdly, Jesus said the tribulation would never be repeated to the same scale (Mat 24:21: Dan 12:1)
Yes, there have been times where many Jews and Christians have been killed (Islamic invasions of the Middle East and Europe and even today ...even genocide of Christian nations such as the Armenians have occurred....and yet no group has ever been 'raptured'. NB In many of these historic events there were prophecies given to those involved warning them to flee.
Fourthly, the primary scripture describing this so-called special and separate event is almost identical to the description Jesus used of HIS COMING in AD70 in Matthew chapter 24 -25 ...a detailed comparison shows how the supposed 'rapture text' lines up with these passages ... both in context and detail.
1 Thess 4:13-5:6
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, 
(#1 This refers to those killed in the TRIBULATION that the Thessalonian church was experiencing at that very time ... 2 Thes 1:4&7, the same tribulation Jesus had promised Mat 24:29...and Dan 12:1...to their generation)
13b lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
(#2 The hope of Israel was the resurrection which Jesus spoke of Mat 24:31 quoting Daniel 12:2-3 which would follow the great tribulation...ie resurrection of the Old Testament saints and reward of eternal life Act 24:14-15, Mat 25:34 & 46 which was promised to Israel)
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
(#3 Their concern was not for the Jews under the Law who died and would be resurrected...but their own brethren who were being killed in their persecution by the Jews. Note that their fate under the New Covenant is different. They ARE with Jesus the moment they die... and would be with Him at His return.)
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, 
(#4 This is not a new teaching by Paul or a different event being described or one which Jesus did not teach on ...it is Paul quoting JESUS 'by the word of the Lord'....where did Jesus EVER teach a separate coming for a rapture?)
14b that we who are alive and remain
(#5 Paul expected the believing Jews among them ...the 'we' hearing his words ..the same people as Jesus adressed as 'you' in his teaching in the Mt Olivet discourse...to be alive and remain until the return of Christ as Mat 24:34) 
14c until the coming of the Lord
(#6 Brethren, check every scripture on this topic and you will find that JESUS only ever taught about ONE remaining 'Coming of the Lord' which was to happen in the lifetime of His heareres in AD 33...and it was all from the Law and prophets ... Mat 24:27-30, 37, 44, 25:6, 13, 31 and Acts 3:21-24) 
14d  will by no means precede those who are asleep
(#7 The event comprises 'the dead' Israelites who had died in faith being gathered from the grave (sheol) as descibed in Mat 24:31...but the believing Gentiles who were martyred in the interim would not be left behind...they would be brought there WITH Jesus).
16 For the Lord Himself
(#8 it is Jesus as the Son of Man..ie the LORD who is coming as the LORD of Dan 7:13-14 and Mat 24:27)
16b will descend from heaven
(#9  coming on the clouds of heaven Mat 24:30)
16c with a shout, with the voice of an archangel
(#10 send forth His angels Mat 24:31),
16d   and with the trumpet of God
(#11 great sound of a trumpet Mat 24:31).
16e  And the dead in Christ will rise first
(#12 The elect who were gathered were the dead Israelites from throughout history who had died in faith...these would be raised first before they were gathered Mat 24:31...those who have fallen asleep in Christ (ie Gentiles under New Covenant) would be there too as they were already UNITED with Jesus)
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together
(#13 'caught up together' is part of being gathered together Mat 24:31. Some teach that this will be a physical event BUT Paul himself only EVER used this phrase to describe a SPIRITUAL experience he had with Jesus (2 Cor 12:2&4). Paul PHYSICALLY REMAINED on earth after this event! John uses similar terminology in Rev 1:10... "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day". This speaks of the spiritual event which happened to living SAVED Israelites who continued living under the Law until AD 70...the Law of sin and death was removed from them when the temple was destroyed...and they received eternal life and the fullness of their salvation when the 'veil' was removed. They then no longer served a shadow but encountered the reality in Christ Himself ...and they were brought up into the throne room of Grace. This is a "transition" event from the Old to the New Covenant which will never be repeated.)
17b  to with them in the clouds
(#14 meeting in the clouds links this to Dan 7:13 and the Son of Man in Mat 24:30)
17b  to meet the Lord in the air
(#15 'the air' brethren is the SPIRIT REALM...Eph 2:2 // Mark 4:15 'the birds of the air' refers to Satan's work in the spiritual realm). 
17c  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
(#16 For the Jewish believers they would from that time onwards never be separated from Jesus ...ie sin would no longer result in spiritual death (John 10:27-30, Rom 8:38...and John 14:3 and John 17:24)
18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
(The Jews who believed would receive eternal life...never again to be separated from God... this was a great comfort to all. AND ALL believers who had died were then with Christ also...No believer would be fogotten. How could a rapture be of comfort to you if others you loved were being 'left behind' to face horrific tribulation?)
Chapter 5:1 But concerning the times and the seasons
(#17 The times and seasons are like the leaves on the fig tree which Jesus used as an illustration Mat 24:32),
1b  brethren, you have no need that I should write to you
(#18 because you know what I told you that Jesus had said about this...and you have heard this from others too..."Watch and stay alert").
2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord
(#19 the day of promised judgment which is preceded by the coming of Mat 24:27)
2b so comes as a thief in the night
(#20 the coming is linked to the thief Mat 24:43).
3 For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them
(#21 just as Jesus illustrated in Mat 24:38-42),
3b  as labor pains upon a pregnant woman
(#22 this links to Mat 24:19 and John 16:21).
3c  And they shall not escape
(#23 This links to Mat 24:39 to 41...about being 'taken' ...this is not speaking of being 'raptured' but of those who were to be JUDGED).
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober NKJV
(#24 This links to Jesus warnings of Mat 24:39-42 and Mat 25:5 & 13) 
The word used for 'meet' the Lord is the word used to describe the elders and people of the city going out to meet a new ambassador or govenor...and then returning with him so that He can rule over their city. It is not used to describe the situation where people go out to meet someone and leave with Him! (Luke 19:11-27... the judgment came on 'those enemies of mine who did not want me to reign over them'...THAT generation) 
In the light of all these similarities and the word specifically used above, there is no possibility that Jesus was speaking of a different secret return or coming to the one Paul referred to...especially as Paul specifically refutes this interpretation in his introduction to this passage.
(Brethren, note that those in Mat 24:39 who were taken away, were the same ones taken by the flood waters and drowned....and in the same way those in Mat 24:40 and 41 who were also 'taken' were the ones KILLED....there has not been any group in history who have been 'raptured' away out of tribulation. Those who did not flee to the mountains of Pella as instructed were in the same way the ones KILLED in history!)
Jesus commands his disciples to FLEE persecution.... not to wait around like sheep for the slaughter.
Matt 10:23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another.    NKJV
Please note that those who were watching for the sign of the abomination of desolation (the Roman armies surrounding Jerusalem Luke 21:20) were the ones who history records as fleeing the city and being saved. The others who did not watch ...and did not flee (maybe because they were hoping to be "raptured")... were the ones taken!
For those who are concerned that the 'preterist' view contradicts the 'Apostles Creed'
Please note that the apostles creed is correct as it matches what the apostles wrote PRIOR to AD 70 when the cannon of the scripture was effectively CLOSED.
The Apostolic Creed states...
"I believe in God the Father Almighty; Maker of Heaven and Earth; and in Jesus Christ His only (begotten) Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven; and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen." 
The apostles creed is based on the New Testament scripure AT THAT time it was written. This should not preclude the fulfillment of the prophecies and promises of Jesus about His imminent return and the destruction of the temple and the judgment that would come before that very generation who condemned Him had passed away which as we now know was FACTUALLY FULFILLED in AD 70. 

The Westminster Confession tell us what takes priority concerning perceived differences between the creed and bible

10. The highest judge that can settle any religious controversy is none other than the Holy Spirit speaking through the Bible. We’re to trust His judgment fully. Statements by church councils, opinions of ancient writers, human teachings, and private revelations – all these should be judged by this Highest Judge.

Brethren, the scriptures speak of Jesus coming on the clouds in judgment as a 'SECOND coming. There is no suggestion in the scriptures that there is to be a third coming which many now suggest we should believe is still to happen in our future today almost 2000 years later. However, the scriptures which speak of Jesus coming again are ALL emphatically described as relating to event in the first century which were to be fulfilled in AD 70.  This INCLUDED the coming of Christ on clouds and the resurrection and the judgment of Israel which are all integrated events. Examine all the scriptures for yourself...NONE of them give any indication of a latter coming.
Other problem areas with the Creed are...
Firstly, Your bible tells you in historical narrative that the (first) resurrection of the dead HAPPENED 3 days after Jesus death at the time of His resurrection (Mat 27:51-53). For those who believe that the prophetic and apocalyptic language of Revelations 20 where it speaks of the 'milleneum' is referring to a literal 1000 years, ... they are then forced to accept that this view requires that the final (or second) resurrection and white throne judgment would have had to occur in AD 1033. In AD 2017 when we are clearly still "here" surely we can admit this interpretation did not happen?
Secondly, Jesus makes unbreakable promises to New Covenant BELIEVERS which the Creeds simply appear unable to absorb in regard to us ALREADY having ETERNAL LIFE, NEVER DYING ...and NEVER BEING JUDGED AGAIN.
John 5:24  "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment , but has passed from death into life. NKJV
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"  NKJV
Thirdly, The independent secular HISTORICAL RECORDS of the first century historians (Josephus, Tacitus, etc) along with church fathers historical records and comments on the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple shows the prophecies of Jesus were fulfilled. Josephus particularly as a JEW who defected to the Romans describes this in terms of prophecy FULFILLED. Jesus said His return would happen at the SAME TIME.
Yet an out of date creed is still quoted in many churches....effectively denying that Jesus did what and WHEN He promised He would!
Read the HISTORY brethren ...Jesus got it right.
THE REVELATION OF JESUS was fulfilled in AD 70 and the fulfillment of His prophecies proved He was GOD.
(This answer alone explains the EXPLOSIVE growth of the incredibly persecuted church which occurred throughout the Roman Empire at that time. The scattered Jews who had opposed the gospel would all have been 'speachless'... and the Gentiles believers would have been LOUDLY proclaiming the incredible DIVINE intervention which ALL knew had occurred in their own life time)
... this is exactly what Jesus promised to the persecuted Philadelphian church...
Rev 3:9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie — indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. NKJV
Do you believe that Jesus fulfilled this promise to the Philadelphian church?
This event was like the devastation which resulted after the nuclear bombs landed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War Two ... all dispute and debate was over ...'Give me the surrender forms to sign please'. 
'Your God is God Almighty and I submit to His authority'
...and even Gentiles would have responded like Nebuchadnezzar after his encounter with the only true God in Daniel 4:34-37.
Dan 4:34   And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom is from generation to generation. 
35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven 
And among the inhabitants of the earth.
No one can restrain His hand 
Or say to Him,"What have You done?"    NKJV
Have you done what Nebuchadnezzar did yet? ...and surrendered your life to the Only True God?
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