Preterists must resort to this kind of "superior" looking down their noses at the futurists to infer fallibility in the futurist doctrine that ain't there... its an old Sith mind trick.
I debated Ken Gentry and Gary DeMar on the old Crosstalk radio show on KBRT (on to different occasions) over the phone and was cut off both times by then host Rich Agozino... which means I was doing pretty good if Agozino (one of them) had to cut me off rather than risk embarrassing his guests or tarnish that which drew their blind faith... Preterism.
For you see, they will rant and rave about figures of speech in part of scripture and then hold to Gospel truth what is obviously a figure of speech. Both Gentry and DeMar balked at
2 Peter 3:8 (KJV)
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Which devastates their arguments based on vague statements in the Bible like "soon, near, at hand..." Soon, near, at hand on whose calendar? To God, Moses led the Jews out of Egypt five days ago.
Anyway this character will rail on about what he found in the playpen to carry on about and draw literal conclusions from passages like "this generation will not pass till all these things are accomplished in Luke 21.
The question is, is this referring to that generation Jesus spoke to? Or to the generation the author of Luke spoke to (Luke and Acts are believed to be Paul's trial documents as investigated and gathered by Dr. Luke while Paul was in prison roughly 66 CE).
This same speech is recorded in Matthew's Gospel which includes a bigger reference to a parabolic figure (the fig tree). Jesus HAD to be speaking prophetically since even 70 CE was 40 years off at the time he was speaking. So the conditions had to include all of what he was referring to and not just a personalized interpretation.
2 Peter 1:20-21 (KJV)
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Hosea 9:10 (KJV)
10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time
: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.
Matthew 24:29-34 (KJV)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
The tender branch is the regathering of the Jews to the Holy Land (Ezekiel 37:1-8) and the putting forth leaves is the futile religious acts and ceremonies (which Christ fulfilled in his ministry and suffering symbolized by the cursing of the fig tree Mark 13:11-23). The first religioius act of mankind was to cover the sin of their nakedness with fig leaves (Genesis 3:7 rule of first mention
When Jesus spoke this the Temple was still standing. How could it become tender (be reinstituted) and carry out Levitical sacrificial law as some sort of sign when there was no break in that sanctuary service from 30CE to 70CE ?