Greg Simon "Rev 14:13 - "And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labours, for their deeds follow with them."
Before that point of fulfillment of that part of Revelation, the dead were not yet to rest from their labours. In the sense that they were no longer burdened with life, they were, of course, resting. However in the sense of eternal rest - i.e. 'Heaven', see Hebrews 4 - they had yet to wait. At that point, the dead were raised. After that point, the dead would not have to wait."
"Paul is addressing the 'first resurrection', showing how it is not just the living at the time of Jesus' return who would benefit. Rather, the dead in Jesus had simply been awaiting the time when they would be given access to heaven, and God's presence."
This view is also seen in some of the other Preteristic writings recently found. Charles Julius Guiteau. The Truth; a Companion to the Bible. 1879, the guy who assassinated U.S. President James A. Garfield, said
"Yes, yes, thou Paul, waited only two years for thy "crown." Thou wert executed AD 68, and thy Master came at the destruction of Jerusalem, AD70, and gavest thee thy "crown" (Guiteau, p. 30)
(2 Timothy 4:7-8) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
So I guess this answers the question, that Paul looked toward 70AD and not towards the reward he would receive upon crossing the finish line. Brilliant! 2 Timothy 4:7-8 PROVES BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT 70AD was the furthest from the mind of Paul and PROVES BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT that his crown would follow immediately after his own death. Likewise would follow immediately after the death of the faithful, those looking for his appearing, and being faithful unto the end.
It is so funny to watch Preterist equate history and time with things that are clearly outside of history and time. Like the idea that the dead had to wait for things to naturally and historically occur on earth before they could enter rest is so bizarre.
Here is a post by Ed Stevens making a similar statement.
Here is the original post about Charles Julius Guiteau. This is the guy who assassinated U.S. President James A. Garfield.