Take Heed What You Read ” by Arthur W. Pink: A MAJOR WARNING TO THE CHURCH!

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by Arthur W. Pink

“Take heed what ye hear” (Mark 4:24): the word “hear” obviously includes what is read, for that which is written or printed is addressed to the ears of our intellect. Few people today realize the urgent need for “taking heed” unto what they read. Just as the natural food which is eaten either helps or hinders the body, so the mental food we receive either benefits or injures the mind, and that, in turn, affects the heart. Now just as it is harmful to listen to the rubbish and poison which is being served from the great majority of present-day pulpits, so it is exceedingly injurious to the soul to read most of what is now being published. “Take heed what ye hear” and read. But let us seek to be more specific.

00032The only thing which is really worth calling “religion” is the life of God in the soul-commenced, carried on, and consummated solely by the Holy Spirit. Hence, whatever does not bear the impress of the Spirit’s unction should be rejected by the saint: for not only can unctionless messages do us no good, but what proceeds not from the Spirit is of the flesh. Here, then, is the test which God’s children ought to apply unto all they hear, and here is the balance in which they should weigh all that they read. True, there are varying degrees of the Spirit’s unction: as it is in the natural so it is in the spiritual—there will be a varying amount of depositation from the faintest moisture of dew to the copious shower. As there had to be “salt” in every sacrifice (Lev. 2:13), so every discourse or article proceeding from the Spirit’s aid is “seasoned with salt” (Col. 4:6). But O how very much today is devoid of spiritual savour and flavour!

Some of God’s dear people may suppose that it would be presumptuous to set themselves up as judges of what they hear or read, but that is a serious mistake, being both a false humility and a shirking of duty. The Apostle rebuked the Hebrews because their senses (spiritual faculties) were not developed so as to discern between good and evil (Heb. 5:13). With as much reason might it be termed pride for any one to pass judgment upon the groceries or meats purchased from the stores. Others may ask, “But how are simple and unlearned souls to distinguish between the different religious publications of the day?” Very simply: in sampling your natural food how do you determine whether or not it be seasoned? By your natural taste, of course. So it is spiritually: the “new man” has a palate too! If the God of creation has given us natural palates for the purpose of distinguishing between wholesome and unwholesome food, the God of grace has furnished His people with a capacity, a spiritual sense, to distinguish between nutritious and innutritious soul food.

“For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat” (Job 34:3). Does

This proves my point.
This proves my point.

yours, my reader? Are you as careful about what you take into your mind as what you take into your stomach? You certainly ought to be, for the former is even more important than the latter. If you eat some material food which is injurious, you can take a purgative and get rid of the same; but if you have devoured mental food which is injurious, it stays with you! “For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth food.” Again, we ask, Does yours, dear reader? Are you learning to distinguish between “letter” and “spirit,” between the “form” and the “Power,” between that which is of the earth and that which is from Heaven, between that which is lifeless and unctionless and that which is instinct with the breath of God? If the answer be No, then you are greatly the loser.

How many of God’s dear children listen to the automaton “letter” preachers of today, and yet find nothing suited to the needs of their poor souls! And how many are subscribing for one magazine after another, hoping to find that which will the better furnish them to fight the good fight of faith, only to be disappointed? What they hear and what they read does not penetrate and grip: it has no power: it neither breaks down nor lifts up: it produces neither godly sorrow nor godly joy. The messages they hear or read fall upon their ear like an idle or twice-told tale: it completely fails to reach their case or minister to their needs. They are no better off after hearing a hundred such “sermons” or reading through a hundred such periodicals than they were at the beginning: they are no farther from the world and no nearer unto God.

adorning-the-doctrine-of-godIt is often a long time before God’s children are able to account for this. They blame themselves: they are exceedingly loath to say, “This message is not of God.” They are afraid to act in the spiritual as they do in the natural, and condemn and discard that which is worthless. While they feel a lack of power in the sermons they hear or the articles they read, and while their souls steadily get dried up like a potsherd, they are slow to realize that this is the inevitable effect of the unctionless preaching they listen to or the unctionless matter they read, and that such dryness and leanness of soul is inevitable by their association with unhumbled and empty professors. But in due time God opens their eyes, and they see through the flimsy vail and discover that both the sermons they hear and the literature they read are only the product of a dead profession.

Ah, it is a great thing when once the Holy Spirit teaches a soul that itavoiding-religious-confusion is power which is lacking from the lifeless preaching and lifeless articles of dead professors. It is power which the renewed soul seeks: a message which has power to search his conscience, to pierce him to the quick, to write it upon his heart; a message which has power to bring him to his knees in broken-hearted confession to God; a message which has power to make him feel that he is “vile”; a message which has power to drive him to Christ, for the binding up of his wounds, for Him to pour in “oil and wine,” and send him on his way rejoicing. Yes, what the renewed soul longs for (though at first he knows it not) is that Divine message which comes to him “not in word only, but also in power” (1 Thess. 1:5).

Sooner or later, every member of the Body of Christ comes to value “power,” and to count as worthless whatever lacks it. It is by Divine power he is taught in his own soul, by which he is made to feel acutely his sinnership, his carnality, his beggarliness. It is Divine power working in his heart—the same power which brought Christ again from the dead (Eph. 1:19, 20)—which draws his affections unto things above and makes his soul pant after God “as the hart panteth after the water brooks” (Psa. 42:1). It is this Divine power working in him which reveals to his burdened spirit the Throne of Grace, and causes him to implore mercy and to seek grace “to help in time of need.” It is this Divine power working in him which makes him cry “Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness” (Psa. 119:35, 36).

They who are partakers of this Divine power (and they are few inb9901 number) can never be satisfied with a powerless ministry, either oral or written. “They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh” (Rom. 8:5), and are charmed with oratorical eloquence, catchy sayings, witty allusions, and jocular interspersions: on just such “husks” do the religious “swine” feed; but the penitent prodigal can find no nutriment therein! Men “of the world”—and they may be graduates from some “Bible Institute” or possessors of a diploma from some seminary, now styling themselves “preachers of the Gospel”—will speak of the things of the world (varnishing it over by denominating them “signs of the times”) and “the world heareth them” (1 John 4:5). But those who are seeking to “work out their own salvation with fear and trembling” obtain no help therefrom, yea, they perceive clearly that such sermons and periodicals are “broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jer. 2:13).

“Take heed what ye hear” and read! More than forty years ago the saintly Adolph Saphir wrote, “I think the fewer books we read the better: it is like times of cholera, when we should only drink filtered water.” What would he say if he were on earth today and glanced over the deadly poison sent forth by the heterodox and the lifeless rubbish put out by the orthodox? Christian reader, if you value the health of your soul, cease hearing and quit reading all that is lifeless, unctionless, powerless, no matter what prominent or popular name be attached thereto. Life is too short to waste valuable time on that which profits not. Ninety-nine out of every hundred of the religious books, booklets, and magazines now being published are not worth the paper on which they are printed.

doctrinemongersTo turn away from the lifeless preachers and publishers of the day may involve a real cross. Your motives will be misconstrued, your words perverted, and your actions misinterpreted. The sharp arrows of false report will be directed against you: you will be called proud and self-righteous because you refuse to fellowship empty professors. You will be termed censorious and bitter if you condemn in plain speech the subtle delusions of Satan. You will be dubbed narrow-minded and uncharitable because you refuse to join in singing the praises of the “great” and “popular” men of the day. More and more you will be made to painfully realize that the path which leadeth unto Life is “narrow” and that FEW there be that find it. The Lord be pleased to grant unto each of us the hearing ear and obedient heart: “Take heed what ye hear” and read!”

Look Pink said it clearly but if the Church of his day didn’t get it then what makes us believe we all of a sudden have “Pulled our collective heads out?”……well I seriously doubt we have at least “collectively” speaking, BUT the few are better than nothing I always say!

“I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” [2 Corinthians 11:3-4] The deception that is infiltrating the modern church is NOT obvious to anyone because we all have a part in its inception and have a vested interest in its growth. This is precisely the nature of what true deception is and what Paul referred to in 2 Cor. 11:3-4 and is why so many are deceived by the gospels real message. As Paul said, “you put up with it easily enough.” Why Study Prophecy? God intends that we have a working understanding of the contents and roots of the prophetic Words of God and than and ONLY then will that word have a bearing upon our practical decisions in life. Can the Bible be Trusted? Do we simply not accept what is recorded by this source as being accurate and applicable to our current-day lives or are we just numb to the leading of his voice? Wake Up…. is the call of God within his own body! Satan’s primary tactic in opposing God is not to foster atheismdoctrine but rather religion; not to prove there is no God but to be worshipped as the true God through what SEEMS to us to be truth. Satan is not an initiator but an imitator, he CANNOT CREATE ANYTHING he simply uses what we in the body of Christ create with our God given creation tools…..OUR BIG FAT MOUTHS. God has an only begotten Son – the Lord Jesus, and so has Satan – “the son of Perdition”SITTING ON A THRONE IN A RELIGOUS INSTITUTION CREATING HAVOK WORLDWIDE ON A DAILY BASIS…and the true Church sits by saying ….Glory be to God! Instead of calling a spade a spade and an Antichrist an Antichrist. (2 Thess. 2:3). There is a Holy Trinity, and there is likewise a Tri-unity of deception rooted in the world system consisting of Satanic spirits, The Antichrist spirit, and Religious institutions on EVERY LEVEL and Denomination pretending to be truth bearers (Rev. 20:10). As there is a “mystery of godliness (1 Tim. 3:6), so also is there a “mystery of iniquity” (2 Thess. 2:7). We are told that God by His angels “seals” His servants in their foreheads or thoughts (Rev. 7:3), so also, we learn that Satan by his agents sets a mark in the foreheads, or the thoughts of his devotees (Rev. 13:16). Are we not told that “the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:10), then by extension Satan also provides his false “deep things” which are very, very close in reflection to Gods truth but slightly twisted enough to bring us low and deceive our thought processes so we can’t see the forest for the trees. Did Christ perform miracles, so also can Satan perform false signs to perpetrate a greater plan (2 Thess. 2:9). Is Christ seated upon the throne of true believers hearts, then in like manner can Satan be enthroned in the minds of his children AS WELL AS THE DECEIVED CHURCH! (Rev. 2:13 – Gr.). Has Christ a Church, then Satan has his “synagogue” of religious traitors NESTED WITHIN GOD’S TRUE CHURCH (Rev. 2:9). Is Christ the Light of the world, then so is Satan himself “transformed [ BY OUR MISGUIDED BELIEFS ] into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). Did Christ appoint “apostles,” then Satan has his apostles, too (2 Cor. 11:13). Satan is the arch-counterfeiter, on a level far surpassing any human being; Satan can out deceive any man or woman on the planet BUT HE MUST HAVE US TO MAKE THE DECEPTIONS WORK. The Devil is now at work in the same field in which the Lord sowed the good seed, THAT’S THE POINT. He is seeking to prevent the growth of the wheat by another WEED, or tares, which closely resemble the wheat in every appearance but the result. In a word, by a process of imitation he is aiming to neutralize the Work of Christ. Satan has “Bad News” that’s pretending to be “Good News”. So closely does the plan of Satan resemble that which it parodies, that multitudes of the unsaved are deceived to believe that this counterfeit is of God and the Church instead of defeating it, finds itself trying to defend what is indefensible. Though few seem to realize it, Satan has been in the “another set of facts” business for a long time. He still asks modern man the same dumb question he offered Eve, “Did God really say?” traffic-011And we still attempt to “blame God for saying what he said the way he said it as not quite what he meant when men printed it.”(Gen. 3) His real goal then has always been to produce with the Churches help a true counterfeit “Good News” cover for the real “Bad News”, using nice looking manhole covers of heavenly appearance over the Pit of Hell beneath it. Why? Because In order “to mislead, if it were possible, even God’s own people” it must be a good deception; the evil one has inspired false prophets to preach error for centuries. To be effective, it often is truly seductive: evil will appear harmless or even good. A sugar-coated “Bad News” is much easier to swallow than the facts as they are. It is very attractive to accept the blessings without the hardness of the cross; to choose our own path over what GOD DEMANDS “the way, the truth, and the life”, to say, “My will be done.” “Woe unto them [Demons or Ministers ] who call evil, good, and good, evil” [Isaiah 5:20] The story that Satan is telling is not a “system of revolutionary principles”, nor is it totally a program of “anarchy against faith” as some think in the church. It does not promote strife and war openly, but aims at peace and unity at any cost all the while causing more harm than good while thinking the opposite is true. Satan seeks not to set the mother against her daughter nor the father against his son, but rather fosters the fraternal spirit of false “brotherhood.”which is really a unity of godlessness which keeps the “Shell of religion alive” but has an inward rottenness of putrid self hatred and barrenness of truth. It does not seek at first to drag down the natural man since this is the result of birth into sin, but rather to improve and uplift him despite his true condition. It advocates education and cultivation to lost ideals and appeals to “the best that is within us; which is a lie since as we are all without good of any kind until the Holy Spirit cleans our heart up.” Deception aims to make this world appear as such a comfortable and congenial habitat that Christ’s absence from it will not be felt and God will not be needed. It endeavors to occupy man so much with this world that he has no time or inclination to think of the world to come. It propagates the principles of self-sacrifice, charity and benevolence, and teaches us to live for the good of others, and to be kind to all. It appeals strongly to the carnal mind and is popular with the masses, because it ignores the solemn facts that by nature man is a fallen creature, alienated from the life of God, and dead in trespasses and sins, and that his only hope lies in being born again. The opposite to the Gospel of the Anointed Jesus is simply preaching salvation by works alone, faith in the bible is NOT appreciated nor is it needed to make the world better. It inculcates justification before God on thestrong-delusions ground of human merits. Its sacramental phrase is “Be good and do good”; but it fails to recognize that in the flesh there dwells no good thing. It announces salvation by character lack, which reverses the order of God’s Word – character by, as the fruit of, salvation. Its various ramifications and organizations are manifold. Temperance, Reform Movements, “Christian Socialist Leagues,” Ethical Culture Societies, “Peace Congresses” are all employed (perhaps unconsciously) in proclaiming this deception of Satan’s – salvation by works. The pledge-card of dead religion is substituted for true life of God; social purity before men for individual regeneration, and phoney politics and philosophy, for true doctrine and godliness before God the final judge of us all. The watering of the “old Life” is considered more “practical” than the creation by God of a “new man in Christ Jesus”; while universal peace is always attempted apart from the return of the Prince who has the only true Peace. Prophecy Fulfilled in the minds of these religious demons that always seem to make the Antichrist religion look good or simply defer the real dangers into the future, New doctrines instead of building upon the already solid doctrinal views established by Christ 2000 years ago, new revelations that do not resemble the true Jesus of Scripture to those who see the truth and “new gospels” are springing up almost daily in the world but we sit here worried about the economy instead of trusting God who controls everthing. Some have been with us for some time now and Satan simply adds a new twist so the Church will go down a another rabbit hole of misdirection. Many have been previously debunked, yet some people tenaciously hang on to them dispite the facts. And it’s going to get much worse. The Bible clearly warns that in the last days strange doctrines will come forth – introducing another Jesus, another Spirit, another gospel (Matt. 24:4-5; 2 Tim. 3:1-5). The coming of the lawless one is in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.[1 Thessalonians 2:9-10] I believe the True Church to be for the most part free of this problem but there are those within the body of the true, who propagate deception by second hand means, thinking that by parroting the “heresy hunters” without forethought that the gospel is being helped. These people are sadly mistaken and being led by the Doctrinal nose by trusting every word of the modern “witch hunters” as teachers of truth. Even a simple overview of what has taken place in “the Church” during the last 25 years will reveal a fierce undermining of the faith. Precisely as the Bible warns (Mt. 7:21-23; 24:4,11,24; 2 Thes 2:3; etc.) Today’s most effective enemies of Cross are those who claim to be Christian teachers and call mankind not just to any old false religion but to a counterfeit powerless Christianity, devoid of pure love and acceptence and filled with insurmountable rules that God did not put in stone. In some respects, believers of Paul’s day “had it easy” compared to this generation. In those days the opposition to truth was in the secular world around them – it had not yet until the 4th century infiltrated the Church under the guise of a more enlightened or advanced Christianity. While there were pressing pagan influences as well as some heretical teachings and practices here and there, they weren’t subjected to anything like the flood of false garbage beliefs, teachings, and practices surging in on the tidal wave of today’s Christian media. wolf2“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” [Matthew 7:15-20] False prophets won’t come to you saying that they are deceiving you, they will tell you that everyone else is wrong to defer their deception cloked in truth. They will sound good and will claim they are telling the truth. So, rather than judging them by their Imediate words, we are instructed to judge the messenger by their Longterm fruit. Within most mainline churches today, and even many evangelical churches, rather than demanding objective truth about the world around them, too many people are willing to believe whatever seems to agree with their preconceived attitudes toward the world which are usually wrong. The belief is that the ends justify the means, like Christians who think “Pease at any cost” is o.k. which is not true on any level of logic. Hence, we see militia groups abounding, claiming a Christian heritage yet spreading hate towards Jews. Other Christian churches are populated with people who justify violence toward abortion mills and homosexual groups. In many Christian churches you find those who view drinking alcohol or “a little wine” (1 Tim. 5:23) as a sin, its one EXTREAM or the other instead of the truth in the middle. And in nearly all Christian churches the congregation rushes to accept misleading facts concerning smoking because they all smoke and want to justify their sin of polluting their temples that God entrusted them with. The popular church of the 21st Century pretends to adhere to the truth, yet quietly undermines it’s power to change lives so that no one can surpass their holiness. Experience and emotion have become the “Idols” to replace the Word of God as the basis of their faith. Any time we make emotional “religious experiences” or various signs and wonders the criterion of our faith, we open the floodgates of filth to every sort of delusion because If experience or emotion becomes the standard of our faith, then we must accept the validity of any experience from which someone gains a “religious” sensation, thus any faith in anything can be accepted which is “ONE WORLD RELIGION” at its worst, its the ancient “ritual prostitution at pagan temples” made to look godly; its the frenzied worship of Bacchus; the Moslem dervishes and followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini and his successors.

There is ONLY ONE Jesus!
There is ONLY ONE Jesus!

In fact, all religious experiences must be tested for agreement with Scripture before they can be accepted as genuinely from God, this is why MOST people leave denominations in favor of more freedom to think for ones self.

Scripture is the objective criterion which permits us to separate true experiences of God from delusions of the evil one, without it we are lost. All of our religious experiences must be verified as deception free by Scripture; Scripture is not proved by them. They perish because they refused to love the truth. [2 Thessalonians 2:10] Without a love for truth and a mental storehouse filled with God’s Word, people cannot discern error….period! Many are drawn to the self-focused empowerment of goddess-philosophy, christian cults, and psychological-spiritual imitations. You can clearly see this operating today in “multiculturalism” and “political correctness” where we are told to embrace, accept and tolerate things the Bible clearly condemns. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.[Colossians 2:8] what-is-truthThe average American Christian defines God as Love, a word which is understood from a “feelings” humanistic and temporal viewpoint and not from a biblical perspective of a balence between his Judgment of Sin and his mercy to the Sinner. This definition does not cause any problems to a sinful lifestyle, for the concept of tolerant love does not include the reality of a HOLY God, a JUST God, and a TRUE God. The Love of God is also Just, which is not concerned with our comfort and feelings, but with what is Right. The Love of God is HOLY, which is destructive to sinful living and the carnal nature and is not tolerant toward rebellion and willful ignorance. The question is, do you KNOW God in Christ Jesus … as He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures, not IN your Church dogmas?

Don't be hardheaded!
Don't be hard headed!

“though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.” Hebrews 5:12-6:3

SECRET RAPTURE…… DOCTRINE or FULL BLOWN HOAX ? YOU DECIDE!

I cannot speak for the entire Church but I for one am completely fed up with this “Secret Rapture” crap….wrapped in a doctrinal blanket of accept it or else. This is the single most dangerous doctrinal gymnastics I’ve ever BEEN PARTY TOO! I have personally taught this heresy for almost 40 years until God opened my eyes to its tainted history of invention.

Secret Rapture?8

The secret rapture is something different from the true biblical event referred to as “the catching away, resurrection, coming of Jesus, second coming, return of Jesus, end of the world, or day of Christ.” The rapture theory says Jesus will return suddenly at any moment and secretly take away the Christians leaving behind everyone else to wonder what happened to them. I don’t know where you would find a scriptural basis for such doctrine. It makes a good story line for a novel, but is not scriptural. The bible very plainly speaks of the return of Jesus but never mentions it will be secret in ANY way, that’s why they found it necessary too SPLIT the coming into two separate parts which is why I call it “Doctrinal Gymnastics”.

The Return of Jesus is at no point to be a Secret

In Matthew 24:3 the apostles ask Jesus, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus answering them speaks of different things and then in verse 29 he answers their question about his return.10

Matthew 24:29-31

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, (these events could hardly be kept secret) and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30. And then shall appear (for everyone to see) the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see (no secret) 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 (this is the catching away) from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” This is a description of the return of Jesus spoken by Jesus himself. He spoke very plainly and easy to understand. His return will not be a secret. What would the tribes of the earth in verse 30 be mourning about if they didn’t know what had happened–that Jesus had returned and they missed it.14

THE SECRET RAPTURE – IS IT SCRIPTURAL?

9ALL over the world today there is an awakening to the near return of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a growing interest in the signs of the times. As Bible believing Christians we rejoice at this phenomenon, yet sad to say, in almost every case the doctrine of the Lord’s return has been mixed in with the teaching that He will return first secretly and ‘rapture’ or take away His Church. Although Church History will show that such a theory has only come into prominence over the last one hundred and fifty years, today it is spreading like wildfire, in books, and even films, and accounts for the teaching in 90% of Full Gospel and Fundamentalist Churches and Bible Colleges, world-wide. This being the case it is our duty as students of God’s prophetic Word to examine this doctrine of the Secret Rapture, and ask ourselves -‘Is it Scriptural?’

THE ORIGINS

2When we remember that the Secret Rapture theory was virtually unheard of and untaught until around 1830, it is essential to examine its origins first. Such a teaching was unknown to the early Church Fathers e.g. Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Tertullian, who were convinced that the Christian Church would pass through great tribulation at the hands of the antichrist system before the return of the Lord. Furthermore the Rapture theory was not taught by the great stalwarts of the Reformed Faith – Huss, Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Knox, Cranmer or even by the Wesley brothers in the 18th Century. Whence came this teaching therefore and where did this novel. idea arise?

At the time of the Reformation, the first Protestants widely believed and taught that the Papacy was antichrist, and the Roman Church the Harlot System of Revelation 17. It therefore became necessary for certain Romish theologians to take the pressure off the Pope by inventing a new school of prophetic interpretation now known as Futurism. It was a Jesuit priest named Ribera (1537-1591) who first taught that the events prophesied in the books of Daniel and Revelation would not be fulfilled until three and a half years at the end of the age when an individual world dictator called Anti-Christ would arise. Thus Ribera laid the foundation of a system of prophetic interpretation of which the Secret Rapture has now become an integral part. 3

Nevertheless in spite of the efforts of false prophets like Ribera and Cardinal Bellarmine it was not for another two and a half centuries that the Jesuit fables began to gain acceptance by Evangelical Christians. In the early 19th Century Futurism entered the bloodstream of Protestant prophetic teaching by three main roads:

(a) A Chilean Jesuit priest, Emmanuel Lacunza wrote a book entitled ‘The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty’, and in its pages taught the novel notion that Christ returns not once, but twice, and at the ‘first stage’ of His return He ‘raptures‘ His Church so they can escape the reign of the ‘future antichrist‘. In order to avoid any taint of Romanism, Lacunza published his book under the assumed name of Rabbi Ben Ezra, a supposedly converted Jew. Lacunza’s book found its way to the library of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and there in 1826 Dr Maitland, the Archbishop’s librarian came upon it and read it and soon after began to issue a series of parnphlets giving the Jesuit, Futurist view of prophecy. The idea soon found acceptance in the Anglo-Catholic Ritualist movement in the National Church of England, and soon it tainted the very heart of Protestantism. 7

(b) The Secret Rapture doctrine was given a second door of entrance at this time by the ministry of one, Edward Irving, founder of the so-called ‘Catholic Apostolic Church’. It was in Irving’s London church, in 1830, that a young girl named Margaret McDonald gave an ecstatic prophecy in which she claimed there would be a special secret coming of the Lord to ‘rapture’ those awaiting His return. From then until his death in 1834 Irving devoted his considerable talent as a preacher to spreading the theory of the ‘secret rapture’.

(c) However, it was necessary for Jesuitry to have a third door of entrance to the Reforrned fold and this they gained via a sincere Christian, J. N. Darby, generally regarded as the founder of the ‘Brethren’. As an Anglican curate Darby attended a number of mysteriously organised meetings on Bible Prophecy at Powerscourt in Ireland, and at these gatherings he learned about the ‘secret rapture’. He carried the teaching into the Brethren and hence into the heart of Evangelicalism. With a new veneer of being scriptural the teaching spread and was later popularised in the notes of the Schofield Reference Bible.

5So today the three measures of Roman leaven have corrupted the Prophetic teaching of almost all the Fundamentalist world. Well might we say of the ‘secret rapture’, can any good thing come out of Rome?

THE PROOF TEXTS EXAMINED

While the Romanist origin of any doctrine is always sufficient to make it suspect, our Final court of appeal must be to the Holy Scriptures, and so we find it necessary to examine some of the favourite ‘Proof Texts’ which are quoted by the Rapturists and see just what they really teach.

9683(A) Coming as a Thief

Our blessed Lord said: ‘But know this, that if the good man of the house, had known in what hour the thief would come he would have watched and not have suffered the house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not your Lord will corne.’ Matt. 24:43-44; Luke 12:39-40.

The Rapturists tell us that this shows the secret nature of the Lord’s ‘coming for’ the saints, but does it? The only secrecy implied in the texts is in relation to the day and hour of Christ’s coming and there is nothing to indicate that the coming itself is a secret. In fact we are told:

‘The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a SHOUT, with the VOICE of an Archangel and the TRUMP of God.’ I Thess. 4:16. Nothing quiet about that, is there?

Again they refer us to the words: ‘I will come on thee as a thief in the night and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.’ Rev. 3:3. Or again:

‘Behold I come as a thief, blessed is he that watcheth.’ Rev. 16:15.

However, in both instances just quoted, the secrecy is in connection with the timing not the nature of the event, and it is exactly the same in the other ‘thief text‘.

‘The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night’ II Peter 3:10

Here again it is the element of surprise that leads to the use of the thief as a symbol. Peter himself finishes this very same ‘thief text’ by saying that at the time of the Lord’s coming:

‘The heavens shall pass away with a GREAT NOISE’

Not much secrecy about that is there? After all did not Paul tell his readers:

‘But ye brethren ARE NOT in darkness that, that day shall overtake you as a thief.’ I Thess. 5:4.

You see, as Christians, they were studying the signs of the times as we should be doing and were ready for Christ’s return. He will only come as a thief for those who are not prepared for Him.

Furthermore the very concept of a ‘thief’ must be called into question for, at the time when our Lord and the Apostles spoke, a thief was much more likely to be a bandit or leader of a gang of robbers who swept down on his victims in swift, sudden, but open and daring raids, and he was not a sneak thief or burglar, as we have today.

afi006(B) As in the Days of Noah

The Rapturists would have us believe that the Lord comes secretly to rescue His people before what they call ‘the great tribulation’ or time of trouble begins. To support this idea they quote the Lord Jesus as saying: ‘As the days of Noah were, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be … then shall two be in the field, the one shall be taken, the other left. Watch therefore for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.’ Matt. 24:37-42.

How often we have heard this text used to challenge sinners to come to Christ and of the terrible things that will happen when their Christian friends and relatives have been ‘raptured’. Let us not take the text from its context to make it a pretext. The clear setting and key to the understanding of the verse is: ‘As it was in the days of Noah’, and we all know that then it was the wicked who were taken away and the righteous left to inherit a purified earth. Such a concept of the removal of the wicked is in keeping with the clear teaching given by our Lord in two of His Kingdom Parables. In that of the Wheat and the Tares, we are told that the harvest is the end of the age, when the angels will gather out of the kingdom, the tares which represent the wicked or those who offend. Again in the same thirteenth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, we find the Parable of the Dragnet. In its symbolism it is the bad or evil ones who are removed out of the Kingdom for Jesus says:

‘So shall it be at the end of the world (age), the angels shall come forth and sever the wicked from the just.’ Matt. 13:49.

If a third witness were needed the Old Testament prophet Isaiah tells us:

‘Behold the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate, and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.’

Let me ask you to consider very carefully just who the Lord will ‘rapture’ or remove. Surely it is His intention to give this earth into the possession of the righteous as He said in His Sermon on the Mount. Did not our Lord pray in John 17: 15:

‘I pray NOT that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from evil’?

Surely our Lord promised to be with us not until the ‘secret rapture’ but ‘to the end of the age.’

0260_jesus_loves_you_christian_ani(C) Coming For and With the Saints

Another favourite proof text of the Rapturists is Jude v 14:

‘Behold the Lord cometh, with ten thousands of His Saints.’

Then by coupling this to first Thessalonians 4:16-17 where we are told that the saints will be ‘caught up together … in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air’ they glibly tell us that Christ comes first for His saints, and that He returns with the saints, after either three and a half or seven years – a period of time which they cannot agree on.

Once again we find that all is not as simple as they would have us believe. It is indeed true that at His Coming, the dead in Christ together with the living believers will be translated or caught up to meet the Lord in the air, but there is no Scripture to even suggest that He takes them to Heaven where they remain for a period of time, be it long or short, and then return with Him. Far from it, they meet the Lord in the air as His entourage or glory train, as earthly courtiers would go out to greet their King, as He is on His way back to earth where His feet will stand upon the Mount of Olives as the disciples were told at the time of His Ascension. So let us look at the verse in Jude which refers to coming ‘with the Saints’. The word translated ‘saints’ in our Bible comes from a Greek word HAGIOUS, which means Holy. Since Christ Himself taught that:

‘The Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the Holy (HAGIOUS) angels with Him. Matt. 25:31 It seems more than likely that the word translated saints in Jude refers to angels. Since the verse referred to in Jude speaks of Christ returning with His saints to execute judgement we would do well to examine another similar verse of scripture which tells us the same thing:

‘The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them who know not God, and obey not the Gospel.’ II Thess. 1:7-8.

It seems we need not the Rapturists’ theories, for Scripture interprets itself and one verse can often throw light upon another. Let us also remember that the expression ‘ten thousands of His Saints’ is not only in Jude but in Deuteronomy 33:2:

‘The Lord came from Sinai … with ten thousands of His saints.’

There can therefore be no doubt that these ‘saints’ were angels, a fact attested to by Matthew Henry’s Commentary, and the extra-canonical Book of Enoch. So much for coming ‘for’ and ‘with’ the saints.

NEVER let the facts get in the way of your Doctrines!
NEVER let the facts get in the way of your Doctrines!

(D) The Time Gap and the Greek Wording

Let us look again briefly at I Thess. 4 for here we are clearly told that at the moment the living saints are caught up to meet the Lord the righteous dead are also resurrected. Now if the Futurists and Rapturists are correct and there is indeed a time gap before the Lord returns, or the Day of the Lord occurs, there is surely a grave discrepancy for Martha believed that her brother Lazarus would: ‘rise again in the Resurrection at the last day.’ John 11:24. Job, the Old Testament saint also taught that the dead would not rise until ‘the heavens be no more’ Job 14:10-12 or ‘the latter day’ Job 19:25-27.

Be very careful when you cut Scripture it may backfire later!
Be very careful when you cut Scripture it may backfire later!

The order of events in I Thess. 4:16-17 clearly shows what happens at the last day or Day of the Lord is:

a) The trump of God sounds;

b) The dead in Christ are raised:

c) The living saints are translated (not ‘raptured’).

There certainly does not seem to be room left here for a time gap of any length. In spite of this clear sequence of events, in their determination to prove otherwise, the Rapturists will still defend their mistaken concept of a coming in two stages, by appealing to the distinction between the two Greek words used, in connection with the coming. These words are Parousia, which they contend is coming first to rapture the believers and Apokalupsis which they say is open, visible coming back with the saints after a lapse of time. In reality there are actually six Greek words used in connection with the return of the Lord. For the sake of simplicity we shall list these words, with their English rendering and go on to show that the inspired writers of the New Testament used them interchangeably to describe not two distinct and separate comings but one event.

1. Parousia This word emphasises the physical or actual personal presence of the one who comes e.g. ‘Be patient unto the COMING (in person) of the Lord.’ James 5:7.

2. Apokalupsis This word stresses the ‘revealing’ or unveiling of the one who comes e.g. ‘The Lord shall be REVEALED from Heaven.’ II Thess. 1:7.

3. EpiphaneiaThis word is used in the sense of the Glory or Majesty that will be manifested as Christ returns e.g. ‘The APPEARING of our Lord Jesus.’ I Tim. 6:14.

4. HekoThis word is used to emphasise the idea of arrival at a certain point or place e.g. ‘Hold fast till I COME (to you).’ Rev. 2:25.

5. Erchomai This word is used to imply the actual act or event of coming e.g. ‘Occupy till I COME (make the journey).’ Luke 19: 13.

6. Phaneroo This word means to render apparent e.g. ‘When He shall APPEAR we shall be like Him’ I John 32.

It will be Secret ONLY to the Blind of heart and stupid of mind!
It will be Secret ONLY to the Blind of heart and stupid of mind!

Out of these six words, the one most used is Parousia, but never in the sense of anything that is secret. Paul frequently used this word to refer to the physical presence of himself and others at various locations e.g. he spoke of the ‘coming’ (PAROUSIA) of Titus to him from Corinth, II Cor. 7:6, and again in the same Epistle the ‘coming’ (PAROUSIA) of Stephanas etc. I Cor. 16:17. Again when writing to the saints at Philippi, Paul said that he would be ‘coming’ (PAROUSIA) to visit them. Furthermore Paul spoke of the ‘Coming (PAROUSIA) of the Lord and our gathering together to Him.’ II Thess. 2 as an event seen by all after the appearance of antichrist, not in secret before the appearance of antichrist.

Not only Paul but Peter also used these words PAROUSIA and APOKALUPSIS, and actually used them to refer to the same event, the open manifest, coming again of the Lord Jesus. To see this compare I Peter 1:13 to II Peter 3. To confirm that the two words are interchangeable, we find that Matthew in his Gospel referring to the last days says:

‘As the days of Noah were, so shall the coming (PAROUSIA) of the Son of Man be.’ Matt. 24:37.

Yet Luke referring to the same event in his Gospel writes:

‘As it was in the days of Noah … even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man shall be revealed (APOKALUPSIS).’ Luke 17:26-30.

Surely this is proof if it is still required that the idea of two comings is at best a nonsense and at worst a deliberate deception. Before leaving this issue we should also say that the other Greek words listed previously can also be used interchangeably, although implying various shades or degrees of meaning.

1541_skull_sword_righturn_aniEPIPHANEIA is used to refer to the Lord returning to destroy antichrist:

‘with the brightness of His COMING.’ II Thess. 2:8.

Certainly nothing secret about that event. PHANEROO can be found in I Peter 5:4.

When the chief Shepherd shall appear ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.’

Without doubt the crowning glory of the saints at the Lord’s return will be open and for all to see.

ERCHOMAI and HEKO are actually used in the same sentence to describe the same event:

‘For yet a little while and He that shall come (ERCHOMAI) will come (HEKO) and will not tarry.’ Hebrews 10:37.

In the light of these and many other similar verses it is apparent that the original Greek text confounds and refutes the Secret Rapture teaching rather than confirming and sustaining it.

CAN CHRIST COME BACK AT ANY MOMENT?

God's WILL is his word and that is NO secret if you simply read it!
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Frequently coupled with the Secret Rapture doctrine is the equally misguided notion that Christ can come back at any moment, even tonight, as we so often hear well-meaning Evangelists proclaim. Whilst we do not doubt the Lord’s ability, we do believe that God is the author not of confusion, but of a great plan for the ages. This being the case, and although we are well aware that no man knows the exact day and hour of Christ’s return, it is equally certain that a number of prophecies yet await their complete fulfilment and that not until we witness these things come to pass, can we expect the Lord at any moment. It was this very doctrine which had come into the Church at Thessalonica and made it necessary for Paul to write:

‘Now we beseech you brethren by (concerning) the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by (concerning) our gathering together unto Him that ye be not soon shaken in mind or be troubled, neither by spirit nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand (at any moment), let no man deceive you, for that day shall not come except there come, a falling away first and the Man of Sin be revealed.’ II Thess. 2:13.

Now those who believe in the Secret Rapture and that Christ can come at any moment say He will gather the believers before antichrist appears yet the Scripture says the direct opposite.

Again like so much of their teaching it is confusion, confounded, and Scripture stood upon its head.

CONCLUSION: A CALL AND A WARNING!0099

Dear reader, it is our sincere and earnest prayer that this article will convince you of the unscriptural nature of the Secret Rapture doctrine. Instead of preparing God’s people to face the increasingly difficult days ahead, as tribulation intensifies, this doctrine has deluded millions of Christians into a false notion of escapism, and instead of obeying the Lord’s command to resist evil and occupy until He comes, they have been made so Rapture-minded that they no longer even resist the evil, believing not that they will defeat it, but instead be rescued from it.

Let the Christian reader be up and doing in these last days, obeying the great commission given by our Lord in Matthew 10:

‘Go, preach saying the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received. Freely give.’

Let the unconverted reader hear again the words of Jesus to one who was a ruler in Israel:

‘Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God … Ye must be born again.’ John 3 v 3-7.

003Then we will all meet soon at that Great Day, when our Lord translates and resurrects His saints and returns with them to rule and reign upon the Throne of His father David in that great Kingdom that shall never end.

Prophetic HISTORY, the real END TIMES

fixz_our_eyes_on_jesusI had not revealed this before doing this series on The Revelation of Jesus Christ BUT I am an HISTORICIST as far as my interpretation of the Bible’s prophetic revealings! I BELIEVE IN THE ORIGINAL PROTESTANT INTERPRETATION OF OUR FOREFATHERS and the APOSTLES ORIGINAL INTENT IN THEIR WRITINGS but I realize that by taking this stand on Prophetic events,I will NOT BE popular among CERTAIN RELIGIOUS GROUPS in the world today. BUT IF YOU TRULY LOVE GOD AS I DO, THEN YOU WILL HEAR TRUTH and NOT SEE ANYTHING ELSE BUT THE TRUTH….PRAY,SEEK GOD’S FACE AND YOU WILL WITNESS THE TRUTH OF GOD REVEALING “HIMSELF”AS NEVER BEFORE!

There are THREE MAIN INTERPRETATIONS OF PROPHETIC HAPPENINGS: Historicism (The TRUTH)

The Historicist school of prophetic interpretation results in a progressive and continuous fulfillment of prophecy. This continuous fulfillment starts in Daniel’s time (circa 600 BC), continues through John the Revelator’s time (circa 100 A.D.), on to the Second Coming of Jesus. (Froom, v1, p23)

This school of prophetic interpretation is not novel or new. Biblical scholars throughout the centuries, actually from 2 BC to the present, have ascribed to it. Daniel, John the Revelator, Hippolytus, Joachim, Wyclif, Luther, Knox, Newton, and Wesley (Froom, v1., p2) are examples of the prominent people who believed in and used historicist method of prophetic interpretation.

Another source, Seventh-day Adventist Bible Student’s Source Book (BSSB), lists the Waldenses, Hussites, Wyclif, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Melanchthon, John Gill, and the martyrs Cranmer, Tyndale, Latimer, and Ridley as proponents of the historicist school of prophetic interpretation. (BSSB, No. 1258, p. 776.)

Shea, on page 25, states that the historicist declares “that the prophecies of Daniel portray an outline of human and ecclesiastical history and the story of the struggle between good and evil down to the end of time” (Shea 25), while BBSB adds that the book of Revelation also presents in symbols the “entire course of history of the church from the close of the first century to the end of time” (BSSB, No. 1257, p. 775).

This manner of prophetic interpretation, as I stated above, was used from approximately 2 B.C. to the present. Yet, you very seldom hear of the Historicist view of prophetic interpretation. What you mostly hear about is Futurism or Preterism. How did they evolve?

Evolution of Futurism and Preterism

Quite simply, the two alternative methods of prophetic interpretation were developed during the Roman Catholic Counter Reformation to oppose the historicist’s interpretation that the Antichrist was the Roman Catholic church.

The virtually unanimous interpretation of the papacy as the Antichrist of prophecy, by all Protestant groups in all lands, led Roman Catholic leaders to attempt to divert the accusing finger and to direct Protestant attention away from the medieval Catholic system. In this they were highly successful. Francisco Ribera and Luis de Alcazar, both 16th-century Spanish Jesuits, rose to meet the challenge by introducing plausible counterinterpretations of prophecy. (The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 4 [4BC], 42.)

These two opposing views, as will be seen below, confused the Protestant prophetic interpretation of Daniel and Revelation. (4BC 42)

Now to look at those two opposing, mutually exclusive views.

Futurism

Futurism, developed by Francisco Riberia (1537-1591), owes its existence to the Counter Reformation. During the Protestant Reformation, the reformers, using Historicism, concluded that the system, as best represented by the Pope, of the Roman Catholic Church was the Beast of Revelation 13. Shea states:

The futurist interpretation of apocalyptic [prophecies] poses a … problem. It also leaves most of the history of the Christian era unaddressed by God except in general spiritual terms. After this lengthy historical and prophetic vacuum, futurists then see the prophetic voice again taking up a concern for the last seven years of earth’s history. (Shea 57.)

Futurism claims that most of the prophecies of the Apocalypse were fulfilled to ancient Rome. The rest is restricted to a literal Antichrist who will reign for 3½ literal years. Futurism further claims that the Antichrist will be an individual and not a system. This method of prophetic interpretation has a few prophetic events happening early in the Christian dispensation, a large gap of no prophetic interest, and a literal close of 3½ years instead of hundreds of centuries. (You will recognize this scenario as the current Dispensationalist view.)

Besides the short-term results of reducing the pressure being felt by the Papacy, Futurism has had an unexpected long-term result. Historicists believe that the 70-week prophecy and the 2300-day prophecy have a common beginning. Therefore, there are 1810 days (years) remaining after the 70 weeks have ended. By splitting the 70 weeks into two parts (69 weeks and one week), Futurism diverts attention away from the relationship between the 70 weeks and the 2300 days. This separation hides the significant events of 1844. Froom sums up this process: “Accordingly, confusion of the Historical School of interpretation, and its final breakdown, is now definitely under way.” (Froom3:658.)

Synopsis of Futurism

Since the Antichrist is in the future, it could not be the Papacy.

Summary of the Fallacies of Futurism

Futurism is designed to relieve pressure on Rome.

Futurism violates the principle of consistent prophetic symbolism.

Futurism makes prophetic time meaningless.

Futurism removes application from historical verification.

Futurism creates an arbitrary gap which is an unjustifiable device.

Futurism ignores the view of the early church.

Futurism cannot be correct if Preterism is correct. (Froom2:803-805.)

Preterism

Preterists are committed to the view that the majority of the prophecies of the book of Daniel have already been fulfilled and therefore no significance for the present day. (Shea 25.)

The Preterist view of prophetic interpretation was developed by Luis de Alcazar (1554-1613), also as part of the Counter Reformation. It was developed to take the heat off the Pope, who was feeling some discomfort from the Reformers’ talk that the Papacy was the Antichrist.

The preterist view of apocalyptic prophecies and their time elements essentially leaves the whole Christian era, with the exception of a very small initial fraction, without any direct historical or prophetic evaluation by God upon the course of that history. (Shea 56.)

Preterism claims that the apocalyptic prophecies, especially those dealing with the Antichrist, were fulfilled before the Papacy ever ruled Rome. Since they were already fulfilled, the prophecies could not apply to the Papacy. The Preterist view ignores the fact that within the Old Testament itself is the foundation of prophetic interpretation and this foundation produces a broader view of God’s interaction with human history.

Synopsis of Preterism

Since the Antichrist had been fulfilled in the past, it could not be the Papacy.

Summary of the Fallacies of Preterism

Preterism is an expedient designed to shield Rome.

Preterism violates the principle of consistent symbolism.

Preterism glorifies the Papacy by ignoring the actualities.

Preterism denies the elemental principle of Bible prophecy.

Preterism, like futurism, leaves an explained gap.

Preterism offers no adequate fulfillments.

Preterism cannot be correct if Futurism is correct. (Froom2:803-805.)

Conclusion

Froom sums up this entire discussion quite well:

The Preterist finds only the contemporary meaning [at the time of the writer] of the Revelation as applicable to the early church, and the Futurist sees the prophecy as projected into a remote age to come, but the Historicist sees that the Revelation had its function first in counseling and encouraging the early Christians in the vicissitudes through which they were passing, while at the same time extending its prophetic pictures beyond their range of vision to the final victory. Otherwise its portrayal of the Second Advent, the judgment, and the kingdom of God have no meaning for our day. (Froom v.1, p.89.)


HISTORICISM

Now if we list and develop the above characteristics of antichrist, the following becomes readily apparent:

1. It will rise to be a great power after the fall of the pagan Roman empire (after 476 A.D.).
2. It will be a geographically small nation (a little horn).
3. It will rule over many people, nations, and tongues (it will be universal).
4. It will be headquartered in the city of seven hills, Rome.
5. It will be a religio-political entity — a political city-state ruled by a priest-king.
6. Its priest-king will make great and blasphemous claims.
7. It will claim authority over all kings.
8. It will claim its power to change the holy times and laws of God as its mark of authority.
9. It will be an apostate church, that makes the nations drink her cup of apostate doctrine.
10. It will be a “mother” church, with apostate daughters coming from her.
11. It will be a persecuting power, killing the faithful saints of Jesus Christ as heretics.
12. It will hold power and authority for 1260 years following the fall of pagan Rome.
13. It will suffer a deadly wound that will end 1260 years of dominance and persecution.
14. It will be revived after the deadly wound, and all the world will wonder at it’s revival.

In this the “Historical” interpretation, the antichrist was clearly not merely a single individual, it was a system of apostasy and persecution that would hold sway for over twelve centuries. The inevitable conclusion of those who studied these prophesies in scripture, before and during the Protestant Reformation, was that there was only one entity that fit all the above characteristics: the papal dynasty of the Roman Catholic Church. Is it any wonder that the Catholic Church was so violently opposed to the scriptures being available for everyone to read for themselves? There was such a stir created during the reformation that the (CLICK) Fifth Lateran Council (1512-17 A.D.) resorted to strictly forbidding anyone to publish a book without prior censorship, and also prohibited anyone from preaching on the subject of antichrist:

SESSION 10, 4 May 1515, On censorship of books:

… “some printers have the boldness to print and sell to the public, in different parts of the world, books — some translated into Latin from Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and Chaldean as well as some issued directly in Latin or a vernacular language — containing errors opposed to the faith as well as pernicious views contrary to the Christian religion and to the reputation of prominent persons of rank. The readers are not edified. Indeed, they lapse into very great errors not only in the realm of faith but also in that of life and morals. This has often given rise to various scandals, as experience has taught, and there is daily the fear that even greater scandals are developing.” …

… “We therefore establish and ordain that henceforth, for all future time, no one may dare to print or have printed any book or other writing of whatever kind in Rome or in any other cities and dioceses, without the book or writings having first been closely examined, at Rome by our vicar and the master of the sacred palace, in other cities and dioceses by the bishop or some other person who knows about the printing of books and writings of this kind and who has been delegated to this office by the bishop in question, and also by the inquisitor of heresy for the city or diocese where the said printing is to take place, and unless the books or writings have been approved by a warrant signed in their own hand, which must be given, under pain of excommunication, freely and without delay.”
“In addition to the printed books being seized and publicly burnt, payment of a hundred ducats to the fabric of the basilica of the prince of the apostles in Rome, without hope of relief, and suspension for a whole year from the possibility of engaging in printing, there is to be imposed upon anyone presuming to act otherwise the sentence of excommunication.” …

SESSION 11, 19 December 1516, On how to preach:

… “We command all who undertake this task of preaching, or will later undertake it, to preach and expound the gospel truth and holy scripture in accordance with the exposition, interpretation and commentaries that the church or long use has approved and has accepted for teaching until now, and will accept in the future, without any addition contrary to its true meaning or in conflict with it. They are always to insist on the meanings which are in harmony with the words of sacred scripture and with the interpretations, properly and wisely understood, of the doctors mentioned above. They are in no way to presume to preach or declare a fixed time for future evils, the coming of antichrist or the precise day of judgment; for Truth says, it is not for us to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. Let it be known that those who have hitherto dared to declare such things are liars, and that because of them not a little authority has been taken away from those who preach the truth.” …

But the Catholic Church eventually came to the conclusion that it would not be able to ban or burn all the Bibles, heretical books, and heretics that possessed or preached from them. This oppressive and crude tactic merely confirmed their identification as the harlot persecuting church of prophecy. A new and more subtle approach was needed in order to effectively counter the application of apocalyptic prophecy to the Catholic Church.

One major identifying characteristic the Catholic Church needed to deal with was the time period of 1260 years that the Antichrist power was to rule, according to Protestantism’s Historicist interpretation. There simply is only one entity on earth that has ruled for this length of time after the fall of pagan Rome, and that is the Roman Catholic Church, A new “interpretation” would have to be found that deflected attention away from the twelve century papal rule of the middle ages.

ANTICHRIST IS MOVED EITHER FORWARD OR BACKWARD IN TIME Ribera’s Futurism Puts the Antichrist Into A Future Three and One-half Literal Years.
Alcazar’s Preterism Identifies the Antichrist as Nero.
Both of Them Put Antichrist Outside the Middle Ages and the Reformation Period,
Identified by Protestant Historicists as Antichrist’s Reign of 1260 Prophetic Years.

Now the truly amazing part of all this is that the Futurist theory dominates Protestant teaching today. About all you hear or read about today is the yet-to-appear antichrist, who will be unveiled in the last 3 1/2 years of Daniel’s 70th week, when he declares himself to be God in a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem. That scenario, as you can now see, is directly traceable back to the pen of the Jesuit Francisco Ribera. Note what one Protestant writer had to say over one hundred years ago:

Next we come to consider the time of the rise of the Futurist system as we now have it, and the occasion which led to it.
So great a hold did the conviction that the Papacy was the Antichrist gain upon the minds of men, that Rome at last saw she must bestir herself, and try, by putting forth other systems of interpretation, to counteract the identification of the Papacy with the Antichrist.
Accordingly, towards the close of the century of the Reformation, two of her most learned doctors set themselves to the task, each endeavouring by different means to accomplish the same end, namely, that of diverting men’s minds from perceiving the fulfilment of the prophecies of the Antichrist in the Papal system. The Jesuit Alcasar devoted himself to bring into prominence the Preterist method of interpretation, which we have already briefly noticed, and thus endeavoured to show that the prophecies of Antichrist were fulfilled before the Popes ever ruled in Rome, and therefore could not apply to the Papacy. On the other hand the Jesuit Ribera tried to set aside the application of these prophecies to the Papal Power by bringing out the Futurist system, which asserts that these prophecies refer properly not to the career of the Papacy, but to that of some future supernatural individual, who is yet to appear, and to continue in power for three and a half years. Thus, as Alford says, the Jesuit Ribera, about
A.D. 1580, may be regarded as the Founder of the Futurist system in modern times.
It is a matter for deep regret that those who hold and advocate the Futurist system at the present day, Protestants as they are for the most part, are thus really playing into the hands of Rome, and helping to screen the Papacy from detection as the Antichrist. It has been well said that “Futurism tends to obliterate the brand put by the Holy Spirit upon Popery.” More especially is this to be deplored at a time when the Papal Antichrist seems to be making an expiring effort to regain his former hold on men’s minds. Now once again, as at the Reformation, it is especially necessary that his true character should be recognized, by all who would be faithful to “the testimony of Jesus.”

From Daniel and the Revelation: The Chart of Prophecy and Our Place In It, A Study of the Historical and Futurist Interpretation, by Joseph Tanner, published in London by Hodder and Stoughton, 1898, pages 16,17.

In what could only be described as a stunning reversal, Protestants have over time actually become the papacy’s greatest ally by spreading its Jesuit spawned propaganda. What irony that Protestants, who originally broke away from what they clearly recognized to be the harlot antichrist led church of prophecy, now champion the Futurist interpretation from high profile global ministries. Futurism has without doubt, been successful beyond the wildest dreams of its Jesuit authors. The same can be said for the Preterist interpretation of Luis De Alcazar, although to a lesser degree.

As you can see,the deception the church has been under for the better part of its History is immense in its scope and diabolical in its inception! The church had better wake up before its too late because we have WASTED CENTURIES on false doctrines created by Religious Demons to STUNT the Growth of God’s Churches and delay the day of his return,till we all come in UNITY OF THE FAITH!

I was a STRONG BELIEVER IN THE “Left Behind”Dispensationl Viewpoint for over 30 Years until God began DIS-PROVING MY LONG HELD FALSE VEIWPOINTS one at a time.

Rev 1:3 “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

1Ti 4:16 “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

2Ti 2:15-16 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”

the_big_lieThe following article is by a man whom I personally love to hear speak and who’s book “End Time Delusions” changed my viewpoint on the Bible’s Prophetic Outlook:

Modern Christianity has largely forgotten the importance of the Protestant Reformation, which took place during the 1500s. “The sixteenth century presents the spectacle of a stormy sunrise after a dismal night. Europe awoke from long sleep of superstition. The dead arose. The witnesses to truth who had been silenced and slain stood up once more and renewed their testimony. The martyred confessors reappeared in the Reformers. There was a cleansing of the spiritual sanctuary. Civil and religious liberty were inaugurated. The discovery of printing and revival of learning accelerated the movement. There was progress everywhere. Columbus struck across the ocean and opened a new hemisphere to view. Rome was shaken on her seven hills, and lost one-half of her dominions. Protestant nations were created. The modern world was called into existence.”1

For almost a thousand years, Europe had been ruled by the iron hand of Rome. Only a few Bibles existed then, and Christianity was largely permeated with superstition. Faith in Jesus Christ, heartfelt appreciation for His love, and a simple trust in His death on the cross, were almost unknown. The New Testament truth about grace, full forgiveness, and the free gift of eternal life to believers in the Son of God (Romans 6:23), had been buried under a mass of tradition. Then Martin Luther arose like a lion in Germany. After a period of tremendous personal struggle, Martin Luther began teaching justification by faith in Jesus Christ (being declared “just” by God), rather than through reliance on “creature merits,” or any human works (Romans 1:16; 3:26, 28; 5:1).

pic10Luther’s Discovery Eventually, Martin Luther turned to the prophecies. By candlelight, he read about the “little horn,” the “man of sin,” and “the beast,” and he was shocked as the Holy Spirit spoke to his heart. Finally, he saw the truth and said to himself, “Why, these prophecies apply to the Roman Catholic Church!” As he wrestled with this new insight, the voice of God echoed loudly in his soul, saying, “Preach the word!” (2 Timothy 4:2). And so, at the risk of losing his life, Martin Luther preached publicly and in print to an astonished people that Papal Rome was indeed the Antichrist of Bible prophecy. Because of this dual message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ apart from works and of Papal Rome being the Antichrist, the river of history literally changed its course. Hundreds of thousands of people in Europe and in England left the Catholic Church.

“‘There are two great truths that stand out in the preaching that brought about the Protestant Reformation,’ American Bible Commentator, Ralph Woodrow, reminds us, ‘The just shall live by faith, not by the works of Romanism and the Papacy is the Antichrist of Scripture.’ It was a message for Christ and against Antichrist. The entire Reformation rests upon this twofold testimony.’”2 It has been said that the Reformation first discovered Jesus Christ, and then, in the blazing light of Christ, it discovered the Antichrist. This mighty, Spirit-filled movement, for Christ and against the Antichrist, shook the world.H. Grattan Guinness wrote these memorable words: “From the first, and throughout, that movement [the Reformation] was energized and guided by the prophetic word. Luther never felt strong and free to war against the Papal apostasy till he recognized the pope as Antichrist. It was then that he burned the Papal bull. Knox’s first sermon, the sermon that launched him on his mission as a reformer, was on the prophecies concerning the Papacy. The reformers embodied their interpretations of prophecy in their confessions of faith, and Calvin in his ‘Institutes.’ All of the reformers were unanimous in the matter, even the mild and cautious Melanchthon was as assured of the antipapal meaning of these prophecies as was Luther himself. And their interpretation of these prophecies determined their reforming action. It led them to protest against Rome with extraordinary strength and undaunted courage. It nerved them to resist the claims of the apostate Church to the utmost. It made them martyrs; it sustained them at the stake. And the views of the Reformers were shared by thousands, by hundreds of thousands. They were adopted by princes and peoples. Under their influence nations abjured their allegiance to the false priest of Rome.

“In the reaction that followed, all the powers of hell seemed to be let loose upon the adherents of the Reformation. War followed war: tortures, burnings, and massacres were multiplied. Yet the Reformation stood undefeated and unconquerable. God’s word upheld it, and the energies of His Almighty Spirit. It was the work of Christ as truly as the founding of the Church eighteen centuries ago; and the revelation of the future which He gave from heaven—that prophetic book with which the Scripture closes—was one of the mightiest instruments employed in its accomplishment.”3

f_bibledevilsm_172c42dA Counter-Reformation In 1545, the Catholic Church convened one of its most famous councils in history, which took place north of Rome in a city called Trent. The Council of Trent actually continued for three sessions, ending in 1563. One of the main purposes of this Council was for Catholics to plan a counterattack against Martin Luther and the Protestants. Thus the Council of Trent became a center for Rome’s Counter-Reformation. Up to this point, Rome’s main method of attack had been largely frontal—the open burning of Bibles and of heretics. Yet this warfare only confirmed in the minds of Protestants the conviction that Papal Rome was indeed the Beast which would “make war with the saints” (Revelation 13:7). Therefore a new tactic was needed, something less obvious. This is where the Jesuits come in.

On August 15, 1534, Ignatius Loyola (in the title picture) founded a secretive Catholic order called the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. The Jesuits definitely have a dark history of intrigue and sedition, that’s why they were expelled from Portugal (1759), France (1764), Spain (1767), Naples (1767), and Russia (1820). “Jesuit priests have been known throughout history as the most wicked political arm of the Roman Catholic Church. Edmond Paris, in his scholarly work, The Secret History of the Jesuits, reveals and documents much of this information.”4 At the Council of Trent, the Catholic Church gave the Jesuits the specific assignment of destroying Protestantism and bringing people back to the Mother Church. This was to be done not only through the Inquisition and through torture, but also through theology.

The Jesuit Commission At the Council of Trent, the Jesuits were commissioned by the Pope to develop a new interpretation of Scripture that would counteract the Protestant application of the Bible’s Antichrist prophecies to the Roman Catholic Church. Francisco Ribera (1537-1591), a brilliant Jesuit priest and doctor of theology from Spain, basically said, “Here am I, send me.” Like Martin Luther, Francisco Ribera also read by candlelight the prophecies about the Antichrist, the little horn, that man of sin, and the Beast. But because of his dedication and allegiance to the Pope, he came to conclusions vastly different from those of the Protestants. “Why, these prophecies don’t apply to the Catholic Church at all!” Ribera said. Then to whom do they apply? Ribera proclaimed, “To only one sinister man who will rise up at the end of time!” “Fantastic!” was the reply from Rome, and this viewpoint was quickly adopted as the official Roman Catholic position on the Antichrist.

“In 1590, Ribera published a commentary on the Revelation as a counter-interpretation to the prevailing view among Protestants which identified the Papacy with the Antichrist. Ribera applied all of Revelation but the earliest chapters to the end time rather than to the history of the Church. Antichrist would be a single evil person who would be received by the Jews and would rebuild Jerusalem.”5 “Ribera denied the Protestant Scriptural Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2) as seated in the church of God—asserted by Augustine, Jerome, Luther and many reformers. He set on an infidel Antichrist, outside the church of God.”6 “The result of his work [Ribera’s] was a twisting and maligning of prophetic truth.”7

Following close behind Francisco Ribera was another brilliant Jesuit scholar, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) of Rome. Between 1581 and 1593, Cardinal Bellarmine published his “Polemic Lectures Concerning the Disputed Points of the Christian Belief Against the Heretics of This Time.” In these lectures, he agreed with Ribera. “The futurist teachings of Ribera were further popularized by an Italian cardinal and the most renowned of all Jesuit controversialists. His writings claimed that Paul, Daniel, and John had nothing whatsoever to say about the Papal power. The futurists’ school won general acceptance among Catholics. They were taught that Antichrist was a single individual who would not rule until the very end of time.”8 Through the work of these two tricky Jesuit scholars, we might say that a brand new baby was born into the world. Protestant historians have given this baby a name—Jesuit Futurism. In fact, Francisco Ribera has been called the Father of Futurism.

Defining the Issue Before we go much farther, let’s define some terms. Historicism is the belief that Biblical prophecies about the little horn, the man of sin, the Antichrist, the Beast, and the Babylonian Harlot of Revelation 17, all apply to the developing history of Christianity and to the ongoing struggle between Jesus Christ and Satan within the Christian Church, culminating at the end of time. Historicism sees these prophecies as having a direct application to Papal Rome as a system whose doctrines are actually a denial of the New Testament message of free salvation by grace through simple faith in Jesus Christ, apart from works. Historicism was the primary prophetic viewpoint of the Protestant Reformers. In direct opposition to Historicism, and rising up as a razor-sharp counterattack on Protestantism, was that of the Jesuits with their viewpoint of Futurism, which basically says, “The Antichrist prophecies have nothing to do with the history of Papal Rome, rather, they apply to only one sinister man who comes at the end.”

Thus Jesuit Futurism sweeps 1,500 years of prophetic history under the proverbial rug by inserting its infamous GAP. This theory teaches that when Rome fell, prophecy stopped, only to continue again right around the time of the Rapture, thus the “gap” was created. The ten horns, the little horn, the Beast, and the Antichrist have nothing to do with Christians until this “last-day Antichrist” should appear. According to this viewpoint, there were no prophecies being fulfilled during the Dark Ages!

Inroads in Protestantism For almost 300 years after the Council of Trent, Jesuit Futurism remained largely inside the realm of Catholicism, but the plan of the Jesuits was that these theological tenets be adopted by Protestants. This adoption process actually began in the early 1800s in England, and from there it spread to America. The story of how this happened is both fascinating and tragic. As I briefly share some of the highlights, I want to clarify that I am not judging the genuineness of these Christian men. They may have been sincere, yet at the same time deceived in some areas of their theological understanding.

“The Futurism of Ribera never posed a positive threat to the Protestants for three centuries. It was virtually confined to the Roman Church. But early in the nineteenth century it sprang forth with vehemence and latched on to Protestants of the Established Church of England.”9 Dr. Samuel Roffey Maitland (1792-1866), a lawyer and Bible scholar, became a librarian to the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is very likely that one day he discovered Ribera’s commentary in the library. In any event, in 1826 he published a widely-read book attacking the Reformation and supporting Ribera’s idea of a future one-man Antichrist. For the next ten years, in tract after tract, he continued his anti-Reformation rhetoric. As a result of his zeal and strong attacks against the Reformation in England, the Protestantism of that very nation which produced the King James Bible (1611) received a crushing blow.After Dr. Maitland came James H. Todd, a professor of Hebrew at the University of Dublin. Todd accepted the futuristic ideas of Maitland, publishing his own supportive pamphlets and books. Then came John Henry Newman (1801-1890), a member of the Church of England and a leader of the famous Oxford Movement (1833-1845). In 1850, Newman wrote his “Letter on Anglican Difficulties,” revealing that one of the goals in the Oxford Movement was to finally absorb “the various English denominations and parties” back into the Church of Rome. After publishing a pamphlet endorsing Todd’s futurism about a one-man Antichrist, Newman soon became a full Roman Catholic, and later even a highly honored Cardinal. Through the influence of Maitland, Todd, Newman, and others, a definite “Romeward movement was already arising, destined to sweep away the old Protestant landmarks, as with a flood.”10

Then came the much-respected Scottish Presbyterian minister, Edward Irving (1792-1834), the acknowledged forerunner of both the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Irving pastored the large Chalcedonian Chapel in London with over 1,000 members. When Irving turned to the prophecies, he eventually accepted the one-man Antichrist idea of Todd, Maitland, Bellarmine, and Ribera, yet he went a step further. Somewhere around 1830, Edward Irving began to teach the unique idea of a two-phase return of Christ, the first phase being a secret rapture prior to the rise of the Antichrist. Where he got this idea is a matter of much dispute. Journalist Dave MacPherson believes Irving accepted it is a result of a prophetic revelation given to a young Scottish girl named Margaret McDonald.11 In any case, the fact is, Irving taught it!In the midst of this growing anti-Protestant climate in England, there arose a man by the name of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882). A brilliant lawyer, pastor, and theologian, he wrote more than 53 books on Bible subjects. A much-respected Christian and a man of deep piety, Darby took a strong stand in favor of the infallibility of the Bible in contrast with the liberalism of his day. He became one of the leaders of a group in Plymouth, England, which became known as the Plymouth Brethren. Darby’s contribution to the development of evangelical theology has been so great that he has been called The Father of Modern Dispensationalism. Yet John Nelson Darby, like Edward Irving, also became a strong promoter of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture followed by a one-man Antichrist. In fact, this teaching has become a hallmark of Dispensationalism.

Dispensationalism is the theory that God deals with mankind in major dispensations or periods. According to Darby, we are now in the “Church Age,” that is, until the Rapture. After the Rapture, then the seven-year period of Daniel 9:27 will supposedly kick in, and this is when the Antichrist will rise up against the Jews. In fact, John Nelson Darby laid much of the foundation for the present popular removal of Daniel’s 70th week away from history and from Jesus Christ in favor of applying it to a future Tribulation after the Rapture. Thus, in spite of all the positives of his ministry, Darby followed Maitland, Todd, Bellarmine, and Ribera by incorporating the teachings of Futurism into his theology. This created a link between John Nelson Darby, the Father of Dispen-sationalism, and the Jesuit Francisco Ribera, the Father of Futurism. Darby visited America six times between 1859-1874, preaching in all of its major cities, during which time he definitely planted the seeds of Futurism in American soil. The child of the Jesuits was growing up.

fortune_cookie_message082407aFuturism in America One of the most important figures in this whole drama is Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (1843-1921), a Kansas lawyer who was greatly influenced by the writings of Darby. In 1909, Scofield published the first edition of his famous Scofield Reference Bible. In the early 1900s, this Bible became so popular in American Protestant Bible schools that it was necessary to print literally millions of copies. Yet, in the much-respected footnotes of this very Bible, Scofield injected large doses of the fluid of Futurism also found in the writings of Darby, Todd, Maitland, Bellarmine, and Ribera. Through the Scofield Bible, the Jesuit child reached young adulthood. The doctrine of an Antichrist still to come was becoming firmly established inside 20th-century American Protestantism.

The Moody Bible Institute and the Dallas Theological Seminary have strongly supported the teachings of John Nelson Darby, and this has continued to fuel Futurism’s growth. Then in the 1970s, Pastor Hal Lindsey, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, released his blockbuster book The Late Great Planet Earth. This 177-page, easy-to-read volume brought Futurism to the masses of American Christianity, and beyond. The New York Times labeled it “The number one best-seller of the decade.” Over 30 million copies have been sold, and it has been translated into over 30 languages. Through The Late Great Planet Earth, Jesuit Futurism took a strong hold over the Protestant Christian world.

Left Behind Now we have Left Behind. In the 1990s, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins took the future one-man Antichrist idea of Hal Lindsey, Scofield, Darby, Irving, Newman, Todd, Maitland, Bellarmine, and Ribera, and turned it into “The most successful Christian-fiction series ever” (Publishers Weekly). Hal Lindsey’s book, The Late Great Planet Earth, was largely theological, which limited its appeal, while Left Behind is a sequence of highly imaginative novels, “overflowing with suspense, action, and adventure,” a “Christian thriller,” with a “label its creators could never have predicted: blockbuster success” (Entertainment Weekly). The much-respected television ministries of Jack Van Impe, Peter and Paul Lalonde, and Pastor John Hagee, have all worked together to produce LEFT BEHIND: The Movie. The entire project has even caught the attention of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, resulting in an interview of LaHaye and Jenkins on Larry King Live. The Left Behind books have been made available on displays at WalMart, Fry’s Electronics, and inside countless other stores.

Again, let me clarify, I am not judging the genuineness of the authors of Left Behind and the leaders of these television ministries. They may be sincere, and have their own walk with God. But they are deceived into wrong ideas concerning Bible prophecy. God may even use Left Behind to influence people for Jesus Christ. But, in the full light of Scripture, prophecy, and the Protestant Reformation, something is terribly wrong. Left Behind is now teaching much of the same Jesuit Futurism as Francisco Ribera, which is hiding the real truth about the Antichrist. Through Left Behind, the floodgates of Futurism have been opened, unleashing a massive tidal wave of false prophecy which is now sweeping over America. Sadly, it is a false “idea whose time has come.”

The Prophetic Foundation As we have already seen, the theological foundation for the entire Left Behind series is the application of the “seven years” of Daniel 9:27 to a future period of Tribulation. Are you ready for this? Guess who was one of the very first scholars to slice Daniel’s 70th week away from the first 69 weeks, sliding it down to the end of time? It was Francisco Ribera! “Ribera’s primary apparatus was the seventy weeks. He taught that Daniel’s 70th week was still in the future. . . It was as though God put a giant rubber band on this Messianic time measure. Does this supposition sound familiar? This is exactly the scenario used by Hal Lindsey and a multitude of other current prophecy teachers.”12

When most Christians look at the last 1,500 years, how much fulfilled prophecy do they see? None, zero, because almost everything is now being applied to a future time period after the Rapture. As we have seen, this GAP idea originated with the Jesuits, and its insertion into the majority of 21st century prophetic teaching is now blinding millions of hearts and eyes to what has gone before, and to what is happening right now inside the Church. “It is this GAP theory that permeates Futurism’s interpretation of all apocalyptic prophecy.”13 In love and in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, someone should publicly appeal to the major prophetic television ministries of today to re-evaluate their positions. Hopefully, like noble ships with a new command from their captain, they will yet change their course.Jesuit Futurism has almost completely changed the beliefs of Protestant Historicism. “The proper eschatological term for the view most taught today is Futurism, which fuels the confusion of Dispensationalism. The futuristic school of Bible prophecy came from the Roman Catholic Church, specifically her Jesuit theologians. . . However the alternative has been believed for centuries. It is known as Historicism.”14 “It is a matter for deep regret that those who hold and advocate the Futurist system at the present day, Protestants as they are for the most part, are thus really playing into the hands of Rome, and helping to screen the Papacy from detection as the Antichrist.”15

0003Who Had It Right? Who had the right theology—those who were burned at the stake for Jesus Christ, or those who lit the fires? Who had the true Bible doctrine—the martyrs or their persecutors? Who had the correct interpretation of the Antichrist—those who died trusting in the blood of Christ, or those who shed the blood of God’s dear saints? Dear friend, Jesuit Futurism is now at war with the Protestant Reformation by denying its power-packed application of prophecy to the Vatican. “The futurist school of Bible prophecy was created for one reason, and one reason only: to counter the Protestant Reformation!”16 In fact, Jesuit Futurism is at war with the prophecies of the Word of God itself! And if that’s not enough, consider this. Jesuit Futurism originated with the Roman Catholic Church, which makes it the very doctrine of the Antichrist! And when Christian ministries and movies like A Thief in the Night, Apocalypse, Revelation, Tribulation, and Left Behind, proclaim an Antichrist who comes only after the Rapture, what are they really doing? I shudder to even say it. Are you ready for this? They are sincerely and yet unknowingly teaching the doctrine of the Antichrist!Now you know why truth has been left behind. You are now able to see The Left Behind deception. I appeal to you in the loving name of Jesus Christ, the Crucified One—Don’t fall for it.

By Steve Wohlberg
Pastor Wohlberg currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas. This article is adapted from his recent books, Truth Left Behind and The Left Behind Deception.