Andrew Fuller’s Preteristic (Historical Fulfillment) View of Luke 21

The preteristic view of the judgment that Jesus predicted is otherwise known as historical fulfillment. I ran across this statement by Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) English Particular Baptist this morning in my reading:

“Previously to the destruction of Jerusalem, our Lord foretold that there should be great earthquakes in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences, and fearful sights, and great signs from heaven.—Luke xxi. 11. And it is said by Josephus that a comet, like a flaming sword, was seen for a long time over that devoted city, a little before its destruction by the Romans.” (Andrew Fuller, Expository Discourses on the Book of Genesis)

It is clear from this statement that Fuller held that the judgment predicted by Jesus in Luke 21 was fulfilled in the first century as Jesus predicted. This of course does not mean that that event does not ready the world for a final judgment, but understanding what the text meant in judgment upon the original audience gives power to all of the implications for the future judgment. Accurate exegesis of the original intent of the text in the first century leads to the most appropriate applications for all time.