The Challenge Of Christ


In John 10:37 through 38 Jesus said this;

If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; “but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.

Don K Preston goes off on a tangent every once in a while about those verses and calls them the challenge of Christ. He says if Jesus did not do what the Father sent Him to do Jesus would be a liar. Well, yeah but since Jesus told us He did do what the Father sent Him to do He’s not a liar. But in their obsession with A.D. 70 being the fulfillment of all things, Preston claims that if Jesus hasn’t already come in The Judgment of all people, and the Resurrection of all the dead and Destruction of Hades hasn’t already been fulfilled then Jesus hasn’t done what the Father sent Him to do.  And he claims the challenge of Christ is why Muslims, Atheists, Jews, and others do not believe in Jesus and His gospel. And he has stated this challenge has been a problem for the Church for almost 2 thousand years.

The problem is not the challenge, the problem is Hyper Preterists trying to make their doctrine fit into the challenge. He bounces all around the book of John but conveniently leaves out John 17 specifically verses 4 through 5

I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was”.

Jesus is praying to the Father when He said those words in chapter 17. Notice Jesus “I have Finished the work you have given me to do”. Did you catch the power of that Don? “Did you catch the power of this” is one of Don’s catch phrases he hopes will make him famous.

One of Preston’s affirmation scriptures of Jesus came in the final judgment in A.D. 70 is Isaiah 19. In verse one Isaiah writes;

Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud,
And will come into Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence,
And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst

Assyria was going to come against Egypt if you go on to chapter 20 verse 4 Isaiah writes;

 “so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt”.

So we see that was a fulfillment of 19 verse one that says “Behold the Lord rides on a swift cloud”.

So therefore Jesus rode on a swift cloud, every eye saw Him, the voices of the grave heard Him and came out of the graves and every person was judged and death and hades were cast into the lake of fire and the sheep and goats were divided to the right and left, ALL the things Jesus said He would do was fulfilled by Titus and the Romans in A.D. 70. But as the king of Assyria represented the Lord, Titus and his army represents Jesus and His angels.

In the Old Testament we see the “day of the Lord” is used many times. And it usually meant judgment and vengeance and wrath. But look at the Joel 2:31 prophecy;

The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.

Yes that is the prophecy Peter quotes as being fulfilled on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:20 when he told the audience this is that which the prophet Joel prophesied that God would pour out His Spirit on all flesh and he would show wonders and young men would dream dreams and young women would prophesy and added that whoever called on the name of the Lord would be saved. The day of Pentecost saw the fulfillment of Joel 2. Peter plainly said “this is what was spoken of by the prophet Joel” in verse 16.

Don K Preston however claims it wasn’t until Jerusalem was sacked and the temple destroyed that all who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved was fulfilled because Jesus said it would be. Yes Jesus said that, but Jesus had already stated He did what the Father sent Him to do. So there is a way both statements can be true and we all still look forward to the resurrection and judgment as promised. Every eye will see Him means Every, not some, not just the Jews, but Every eye. Is that literal? I don’t know, but it does mean All of us from Adam to Moses, to you and me and our descendants until the time God has determined. Look at John 5:25 through 30. I’ve mentioned this before but as Preston does I will do and repeat and repeat until I get an “Amen”.

Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, “and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice “and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Jesus at the first of this says “the hour now is” that all who hear Him will live because He has authority to judge  because He is the Son of Man. Being the Son of Man He also has a physical body and He knows the will be a resurrection of the dead also and He tells them do not marvel but all in the graves will one day will hear His voice and come forth. Those who have done good to life, and those who have done evil do condemnation. Jesus Himself knew He would be resurrected because He came to do the Fathers will!

Did All in the graves come forth when the Jewish temple fell? Did you, me, or anyone we know come forth in A.D.70? Does “All” mean “All” or does it mean just the Jews of the time? Preston says the judgment was for corporate Israel. He and William Bell, his side kick, claim the body in 1 Corinthians 15 is the nation of Israel and if it wasn’t Christ failed in doing all the things the Father sent Him to do. But what did Jesus say again in John 17? “I have finished the work you have given me to do”.

The Old Testament is pointing to Christ and His coming. From Genesis 3 to Malachi the law and the prophets pointed to the coming of the “Anointed One”, the Christ. Types and shadows, All the way back to Adam we’re told he was a type of Christ. Romans 5:14 The law written was to one day bring all to Christ.  Galatians 3:24 through 25. There’s not much about His second coming in the Old Testament but there is a lot about His coming. 

Even His birth was prophesied. Malachi chapters 3:1 and 4:5 tell of Christ’s coming and even the coming of John the Baptist who was to prepare the way in the spirit of Elijah. But there’s little about His second advent since His first hadn’t arrived yet. He came bring the New and better Covenant written about in the book of Hebrews chapter 7:22, 8:6, 12:24 which is the same covenant Galatians tells us about. And as we see through those books that the new covenant was here before A.D. 70.


We see then why Jesus didn’t say “believe me for the works I do now and those works I’ll do when I return”. And in Jesus’s prayer in John 17 we see He didn’t ask God to allow Him to leave and come again to finish the works He gave Him to do. He said in His prayer “I have Finished the works you gave me to do”. The challenge of Christ in John chapter 10 has been accepted and the word of God has plainly shown Don K Preston and William Bell and all who follow this relatively new doctrine that Christ fulfilled the challenge. His own very words to His Father meet the challenge.

Also, Preston goes to Matthew 17 and uses it to claim Jesus didn’t fulfill the law and the prophets until heaven and earth passed away in A.D. 70. How you might ask? First, I’ll post the relevant verses. Matthew 5:17 through 20

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven“. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.


I want you to notice those verses closely. The A.D. 70 doctrine teaches the law of Moses was still in  effect until A.D. 70 because “all wasn’t fulfilled”. But All was fulfilled and Jesus said He didn’t come to destroy but to fulfill. He said He came to fulfill the law and the prophets! He didn’t mention leaving and coming back in the form of Titus to fulfill them! And as was already pointed out He said to the Father “I have finished the work you sent me to do”. So how do the hyper preterists miss this so bad? They claim “Heaven and earth” is the Temple in Jerusalem. And they claim it didn’t pass away until A.D. 70. Jesus didn’t say anything about the temple at that time and if heaven and earth means Temple in Jerusalem then Genesis 1 verse 1 would mean “In the beginning God created the Temple in Jerusalem”. The Temple was the dwelling place of God and in that sense it is where Heaven and Earth would “meet”. Either way Jesus said He came to fulfill the law and the prophets and He did just that about 40 years before the temple at Jerusalem was destroyed. Talk about choking on a gnat. Jesus was living under the Law. Anyone living had to obey the Law or else they would not be part of the kingdom of heaven. The Apostles lived under the Law of Moses or else they too would not have belonged to God and His kingdom. Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law and now it’s His kingdom we’re under and the Apostles taught us how to belong to the kingdom of heaven. If you’ll notice Jesus was telling all of them unless their righteousness exceeded that of the Pharisees they would not enter or be in the kingdom of heaven. Were they in competition? No, but the Pharisees taught the Law but didn’t live it. Jesus even later commanded the people in Matthew 23 this; “Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.” See, they sat at Moses seat and read the Law to the people and even added burdens to the Law themselves, but did not do them themselves. Christ fulfilled that Law and after the cross none of them had to worry about disobeying God by living under the new and better covenant. As Paul said circumcision benefits you nothing. That’s a jot or a tittle yet Paul was teaching that part of the law wasn’t beneficial to anyone since Christ came and fulfilled it. Don K Preston says it was still in effect until the Temple was destroyed. He’s wrong. Jesus said not one jot or tittle would be taken away until all was fulfilled. Circumcision was a jot or tittle and Paul taught against it’s necessity and Paul was chosen by Christ to teach His gospel long before A.D.70


There is a lot of scriptures that prove Don K Preston doesn’t know what he’s talking about concerning the challenge of Christ. But just two verses such as John 17: 4 through 5 is all anyone needs to show the challenge from the hyper preterists is not a serious one. And unlike what Preston claims, this is NOT the main thing which keeps people in unbelief. There’s Lots of things that keep people in unbelief, selfishness, lustfulness, tradition, false doctrine, a hard heart and many things. But the challenge of Christ to those who saw Him perform miracles and raise the dead and resurrect the third day and fulfill the promise of the Comforter, that is not what keeps people from believing the gospel and certainly hasn’t been for 2,000 years. What does the book of John say in chapter 20:30 through 31?

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Those verses are as much a fatal flaw in Don K Preston’s claim as John 17:4 through 5. In my opinion the weakness is in the doctrine that makes the claim of A.D. 70 being the Fulfillment of Christ to do the Father’s will and if it wasn’t then Jesus lied. When people go to twisting scripture to make a doctrine fit, they are trying to save themselves anyway and not listening to Christ or the Apostles. The Temple being destroyed is more than a simple footnote in history. After all Jesus did say not one stone would be left standing of it and the surrounding buildings. However it’s destruction isn’t the time of the “Anointing of Christ” as Preston claims. And it wasn’t what the Father sent Him to do when He came! He did all the things the Father sent Him to do as He said He did. Remember before He ascended His command to His Apostles was this. And this is challenging enough because as we know history has proven they had a difficult job and that job is still going on today. Don K Preston’s “Challenge of Christ” is a task of his own making and exposes his own weaknesses.

Matthew 28:18 through 20

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. 

Below is a YouTube clip of this article read by my daughter Briget Neeley.

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