The main thing that I wanted to get into with:
31 Now is the judging of this world. Now shall the Chief of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I should be exalted out of the earth, shall be drawing all to Myself."
33 Now this He said, signifying by what death He was about to be dying. (John 12:31-33 CLNT)
is whether or not the judging of this world, and the chief of this world being cast out in verse 31 would imply an Ultra -- no temporary Hell whatsoever -- type of Universalism as it leads into the 32nd and 33rd verses, as though had the world not been judged in the Body of Jesus and had the chief of this world not been cast out, then a total conquest over every life would have had to have been much more gradual, but because Jesus was lifted up, then His drawing of all men to Himself can be immediately upon death?
I care more for whether this points to a shaky Biblical bases for "temporary Hell" than about the preterism issue. I can hardly believe that for just a second there that I agreed with Thomas Whittemore on that!! Wow! Lots to think about and pray about along those lines.
As an almost total contradiction to what I wrote two posts ago, could this passage in John 12:31-33 indicate that every calamity that comes against sin since the crucifixion of Christ is something that has flown from the Cross of Christ, directly, so that God can more readily and immediately lay claim to each life at the immediate moment of their death? Romans 6:23?? Would the passage in Job about "if we receive good from God's Hand, shall we not likewise receive evil from His Hand?" be even stronger under grace, so that in our New Testament we can have examples like the Book of Revelation of God coming down upon sin, in this age, in horrendous ways, so that He can forego having to go through all of that later when someone dies?
I guess this sorta takes us back to the suffering question, in the light of, or inspite of, a lovingly passionate, Universally Redemptive, Personal God.
I've received renewed hope by the Concordant Literal's translation of a portion of 1Timothy chapter 1 where this Gospel is called "the evangel of the glory of the happy God," because that ultimately excludes most presentations of the Gospel that wouldn't be discussed here, at these boards, in favorable terms.