beforetime, although I disagree with DeMar on some important things, I do like his description of what you said about believers having the Bible in one hand the newspaper in the other. It is definitely "newspaper exegesis."
I see no reason for dividing up the Olivet Discourse and feel that PPs do it out of necessity to uphold their paradigm and not because such a division is naturally found there. The audience is still the same "you" throughout Matthew 24 and 25. And WE are NOT the YE! Matthew 25:31 brings us right back to the similar wording Jesus used in 24:30-31--the time frame being THAT generation in which Jesus and His disciples lived. All of Matthew 24 and 25 fall under the confines of the "THIS generation."
Matthew 24:30-31 "Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven , and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, and THEY will see the Son of Man COMING on the clouds of heaven with POWER and great GLORY. And He will send His ANGELS with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds" ("THIS generation will by no means pass away till ALL THESE THINGS take place"--verse 34, that clearly includes verses 29-31).
Matthew 25:31 When the Son of Man COMES in His GLORY, and all the holy ANGELS with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His GLORY."
Since PPs have an erroneous concept of the nature of the judgment, they stumble over the judgment sections in these passages. In spite of the clear timing, they reject it because it does not fit their preconceived ideas. PPs will never become FPs until they entertain the possibility that they are misunderstanding the natures of the parousia, the resurrection, and the judgment. Interestingly, Paul told the Athenians that God was ABOUT TO JUDGE the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31). Paul stood before Felix and told him that judgment was ABOUT TO COME (Acts 24:25). Felix became so disturbed about the IMPENDING judgment that he sent Paul away. In defending himself before Felix, Paul told him that there was ABOUT TO BE a resurrection of the dead (Acts 24:15). Unless Christians understands that the judgment was not some end of the world event in which all who have ever lived were made to stand physically before God to be judged for their works and that the resurrection was not physical bodies rising out of their physical graves, such passages will remain a mystery to them.
Further difficulties arise for PPs in John 5:28 and 29 because there is a misunderstanding of the meaning of "graves" and of the "dead." It is my contention that the "dead" here is referring to those dead in their trespasses and sins. That is why Jesus said the hour was coming but was also already there. People were already being saved (raised from the death of their trespasses and sins). But that was just the beginning. The hour that was coming was that time Paul spoke of in Romans 13 and which Jesus predicted in Luke 21. Those who has already believed were saved in the sense that their salvation was secured. Nothing could separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus. However, since the high priest (Jesus) had not yet exited the heavenly holy of holies (which He did in AD 70), their salvation was not yet complete in a way that allowed them to enter into the heavenly realm. Thus, though saved, they waited in Hades. Jesus made this clear when He told those already SAVED disciples that when the things He predicted (Luke 21) began to take place, THEY were to lift up THEIR heads and look up because then THEIR salvation drew near. Weren't the already saved? Not in the sense that made them fitted for heaven. Jesus told those very disciples standing right there with Him that although He was going away, He would come again and receive THEM unto Himself that where He was they would be also. This was not possible before He came.
This is the salvation Jesus taught and Paul continued--the High Priest would in that generation exit the heavenly holy of holies, having completed the work of redemption, and return to bring His then fully redeemed people unto Himself that where He was THEY would be also. Notice that Paul told those ALREADY SAVED Roman saints that it was high time for THEM to awake from their sleep because THEIR salvation was NEARER than when they first BELIEVED (Rom. 13:11). They had eternal salvation but not access to heaven! I have yet to get a satisfactory exegesis of this passage from a PP.
Revelaton 20 and 21 clearly fits into the time frame of the vision John was given. He was shown the things which were to SHORTLY take place; the time for their fulfillment was THEN near (Rev. 1:1, 3; 22:6, 10). It was so near that John, unlike Daniel, was told to NOT seal up the words of the prophecy. And it is not without significance that Jesus declared at the end of Chapter 22--"Behold, I am coming SOON!" The PP misunderstands the nature of the 1000 years, the Judgment, and the New Jerusalem and this causes them, again, to ignore or redefine the clear time indicators.
Sadly, most people who attack FP and label it heresy either willfully or ignorantly misinterpret and misrepresent the FP position on these vital doctrines. To understand the resurrection as having a different nature from what is customarily held does not make the FP a denier of the resurrection. It seems to me that we have two approaches. We can hold fast to the majority view of the second coming, the resurrection, and the judgment and accept the FACT that in so doing we must ignore or redefine the clear time statements, OR we can accept the clear time statements and accept the FACT that the majority view of those things does not fit the timing and, therefore, must be reassessed in light of the evidence!