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The Rebellious world we now live in

October 13, 2018 Leave a comment

An international collusion of corruption

The newsletter is about events that take place in the world that affect us, as a people, and as the church. And there is much to cover, so let me begin with two points that will be the underlying theme of this newsletter.
1. The godless are stirred up
2. Do we recognize evil anymore?
How do we define evil? Evil is void of what is good, but to know what is good one must have some ethical, moral standard to measure it by. That has been erased, now evil can be called good.
There are two influences in the world, and they are clashing. One is truth, one of falsehood, one is moral the other is immoral.
The pervasive attitude is “No one is going to tell me what to do even if it is right, I do what I feel.” That is lawlessness. We have a generation of legalized murderers that want to continually be allowed to do what they want with their bodies, even if it is affecting another body. Once called a baby, something that we all once were to come into this world.
It is openly known how those on the “left” (and some on the right) in our country hate our “current president.” They have has lost power in the government and do not like it. Since the election that have tried every means to regain it and thwart the current administration. What they ignore are the many improvements that have taken place for the citizens of the country.
It’s been said politics is life. Today in America, people’s lives are wrapped up in politics. So we begin with the political drama in this newsletter because it has become front stage for all, even for those disinterested in politics. Bear with me as I run through the events because this has lessons that should be applied to the state of the church.
The godless are stirred, threatened by the restraint of morals, those who have integrity. Consider John James running for a senator in Michigan who speaks of faith and family and that men have responsibilities, who is being viciously attacked from the left. The family meltdown is already at nuclear levels but to speak out on this makes one an enemy.
As an observer I see exaggeration and embellishments everywhere, and let’s not forget lying that has become the majority of speech in our culture. This whole scenario unfolding is like producing a Hollywood movie, but it is real life. It has all the drama and emotion of the big screen. The news makes you think it is impromptu and real. But it’s planned, it’s scripted and you have the actors paid by organizations to be vocal. One of them is by the well – known funder of chaos George Soros. This is not a grass roots rebellion, the majority of people involved are paid to lead it and participate in it.
And the activists that are behind the cameras are more than ready to weaponize the information they are reporting. They don’t report all there is, there is a bias in place by what they eliminate. The result is record ratings covering politics as partisans.
We are watching a revolt taking place from those who don’t just disagree, they exhibit hate and anger. Masked men gather together chanting “no border, no walls, no USA at all.” They want an international government instead of state nations.
Masked men have usually been criminals, unless you are a superhero. They were asked if the president showed up at their protest what they would do, comments like a beat down to a murder came from their lips.
The advances of the globalists are being undone by the current administration but the opposition has not accepted this, they are vigorously fighting.
In life there will probably be more you disagree with than agree. The Bible tells us to love your enemies, it also speaks in the end that the love of many will grow cold.” This is not just being indifferent or not caring, it can mean active hatred. Which is what we are seeing now,
The Bible speaks about hatred as murder in one’s heart.
1 John 3:15-16 “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”
The Father said of his son “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.” This is why Jesus said “He who hates Me hates My Father also.” (John 15:23) Lawlessness and righteousness are clashing. Without defining each we should understand to do good pleases God, lawlessness is considered evil.
John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own.” John 17:14 “the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” “Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. “
If we side with Jesus the world will hate us. The only love I see increasing is the love of self, the love that Jesus said we need to not have, but to instead love others.
The reaction in politic arena was instinctive and we should have expected it. They voiced their decision not only before all the facts were known, but at the announcement of his nomination. This is called prejudice. Since they could not convince by words or reason, they took action.
The law is the great equalizer when applied correctly, and not abused. They overruled the law had and decided a man’s fate, pronouncing him guilty with no regard what he devoted his life to, upholding the law. Which becomes a strange irony when understood.
His accuser[s] was made a representative of all woman and Kavanaugh became a representative of all men. There arguments against what has been the right way was abandoned and they then became incoherent.
How many people have been falsely accused put in jail for years only to be found out later by DNA or some other evidence they were innocent. There should never be a rush to judgment or decisions made without examining evidence. And yes there was corroborating evidence for his innocence.
We are witnessing a social/political revolution led by those who represent the people. Threats continue to be said and eventually they will become reality (it’s not over by a long shot). If you think this was like seeing sharks circling seeing blood in the water wait until the piranha’s come out.
But there is something deeper that we should not overlook. The clash is also between relative and absolute truth. Between objectivity based on facts, not feelings. This is being fought publicly on TV and the Internet, through social media where most young people get their news from.
Whoever speaks the most and the loudest wins
We now live in a culture being steered by information and by social networks, but is it accurate information? Does it have a purpose that may not be altruistic?
It’s well known the liberals/socialists, “the left” (80-90%) have control over these platforms. It is those who have an agenda that allow exaggerations, lies to be consistently spoken to succeed in their goals of defaming the other side. They are very pragmatic in their approach. The majority of news should be scrutinized by each of us but that can’t be done without applying logic and critical thinking. And that is in short supply these days.
The Alphabet channel news, social media have been the carriers of the disease of disinformation. They present their experts (both sides can do this), interviewing political science graduates, activists who are fully dedicated to “the cause.” They have no reason to be fair. Their commentators then convince you what they think is right. When they do not appeal to logic or reason and give no room to think it becomes dangerous. It’s hard to accept the news as being unbiased when you hear the exact same phrases, all regurgitated for all there talking points. It becomes obvious there is more than reporting going on. The untrustworthiness of public figures is at an all-time high, and for good reason, there is lawlessness in the land of law. We can’t lock up corrupt politicians and are willing to keep others that support them employed at high levels. Truly many have lost all sensibility.
What exactly is taking place? They are bringing people into the collective, to think a certain way. There is real brainwashing taking place as they have their soldiers of confrontation repeat the leader’s words before they take action. A tactic we see in the cults.
Group think is certainly promoted by the news, the media repeats the same phases over and over as they too brainwash the masses. And those who do not exercise critical thinking skills or do not have any logic (the majority) are led like sheep to the slaughter.
The alphabet media channels biased reporting on America goes into other countries (through the airports and internet) which then influences the world against us as a policy of “destroy Trump” is openly watched. It’s not to say that we should not air our dirty laundry when necessary, but the idea of “fake news” does ring the bell loudly. When caught they do an insignificant correction to preserve their image as a news company, no apologies to the people’s lives they tried to ruin. That is why the respect for certain media outlets is about as low as it is for criminals.
The attention of the nation has watched how the new Supreme Court nominee was treated. We have watched the darkest of humanity at work, ignoring the right way things should be done.
What have watched a display of relative truth, truth by feelings conflicting with truth by the facts. That is, “I believe it, therefore it is true to me.” This may not be true to you, but you do not matter because my opinion is more important than yours. Besides this being a perfect example of being close minded, this is
called authoritarianism when exercise through government, it shows the worst of humanity in our sordid history.
The fight escalates. Conservatives have awaken, they never defended their position like they are now. No doubt this is going to continue.
We now see the left using subterfuge, assigning their actions to another. They accuse one side of doing is what they themselves are doing, some call this a transference of guilt. Whatever they accuse you of doing to them, is actually what they are doing to you which has been termed Psychological projection.

A dark cloud now hangs over our nation – Social upheaval is in play
A cultural shift has come upon many people. Like a brain amoeba it has infiltrated our thinking. People are possessed with hatred and anger that they cannot control, it has taken over every fiber of their life. They can’t see past the myopic route they have forged out for themselves that is self – destruction. They are carried by the spirit of the age. They can’t see any other view because this is what makes sense to them as they go by their feelings and it has blinded them.
They have a visceral hatred, a prejudice against those who think differently than they do. There are those who are content or happy with their lives. Apparently this cannot be allowed. Most people mind their own business and want to have peace and less conflict in their lives, but these activists cannot let things slide.
Our country has some within its government who are shameless people without integrity who have their conscience seared. In unity they quickly descended past the shadows into the dark and then to a darker place until no light was allowed.
They did not want to hear truth so they can continue accepting and promoting their lies. Soon “The Lie” will be upon them from which there will be no escape. This is just a preview.
Some have compared what is taking place to McCarthyism. What we are seeing is worse, not since than the Salem witch trials have we seen such hysteria. Uncorroborated, unsubstantiated testimonies that should not, nor cannot make one guilty. The Bible speaks against giving false witness; which is another example of lawlessness.
We are watching people being pronounced guilty first without a presumption of innocence that has been with western culture and ingrained in civilization of the ancient world. There are watershed moments in US history, and we have just seen one.
This is a facet of authoritarian regimes (it was seen in the Inquisition). This is not just inside the government it is becoming the thinking among the people, by “group think.” And that is where the real danger is.
A segment of our population is offended by truth tellers, by those who go by standards. It does not matter how unemotional or careful they are telling the truth, or how logical or right, the other side will always find fault. Why? Because there is something more important to them. This has been seen in certain politician’s actions, but it also translates to religion and other areas of life. It’s often the pursuit of money or power, sometimes it is both.
There is a difference from liberal and leftist. The left does not like losing power, they want to take down America, so we become part of the global community, this why they are angered. The left has declared
war on the constitution, this is really a spiritual war. They know if they change or diminish the constitution and we can be steered toward a one world government. Some people want to control others, they punish them to make them as miserable as they are. There are those who want to serve the country and there are others that care about nothing except getting elected, and lying is second nature to them,
James 4:1-2 “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.”
Make no mistake this whole political upheaval was about abortion as much as anything else. Clearly if he was pro – choice we would not have seen this unfold as it did.
You can’t change the facts on abortion 66 million children, a generation the size of some a countries population were prevented from being born.
I do think this will yield something really bad, in fact it already has. I do not think this shift we have seen is temporary but is permanent. Moderation or finding oneself in the middle is no longer an option. You are either for what is right or for lawlessness.
Truth can be found in strange places
No matter what one thinks of Julian Assange he does give us something to consider with facts we may not know: Generation Being Born Now Is The Last To Be Free
Is the information we receive being reshaped? Technological socialism … you don’t think that can take place, it already has. Discussing politics on social media is weighed in the favor of the radicals: say something against their agenda and wrath of the opposition is heard.
Senior Google Scientist Resigns In Protest Over China Censorship Project
How this revolution began and continues
Our universities are breeding revolutionaries,
But it is apparent that it starts when they are young. Consider this news story that is not unique. “Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School will no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of its morning meeting. (Channel 2 Action News)
Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge.” The decision was made “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,” Zelski said. “Teachers and the K-5 leadership team will be working with students to create a school pledge that we can say together at morning meeting.” That pledge, “will focus on students” civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.” The school tells us exactly what this about by using the term global society (this is something we cover on our new age dvd)
After reaction there were new developments, this story has continued to change since it was originally reported. For the latest AJC version, go to: School reverses Pledge of Allegiance policy after criticism
More than likely our children are being reshaped by the University they attend. The left has already altered the college campuses with their revisioning of history, lies and introduced amoral values.
The youth went to college and once learned “how to think,” not they are taught “what to think.” Academia is defined by its professor’s views, not by facts.

There are those went to further their education in our universities, where agitation and insurrection accompanies their education. The division we see in the country has no end because of those who teach our children and our young adults are made into radicals who hate their own country.
I do not see this getting enough attention. Three concerned liberal academics contend that their fields have been infiltrated by radical theories. They used fabricated authors and credentials in 20 absurd “scholarly” papers — three of which were based on rewrites of “Mein Kampf.”
Each of the papers were peer-reviewed and passed before being published. Which speaks about where our education is at the top.
One rewrote a chapter of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, as a Feminist Manifesto, replacing the parts of Hitler’s words with terms as “solidarity allyship”, “neo-liberal feminism” and “’multi-variate matrix of domination.”
“We intentionally made the papers absurd and used faulty methods to see if they could pass scrutiny at the highest level of academia. Concerningly, they did.” (please be aware of the ads on these sites.)
https://thewest.com.au/news/world/fake-academic-scandal-adolf-hitlers-mein-kampf-words-used-in-embarrassingjournal-hoax-ng-b88979974z
https://gellerreport.com/2018/10/mein-kamp-feminists.html/
http://brandsauthority.com/fake-academic-scandal-adolf-hitlers-mein-kampf-words-used-in-embarrassing-journalhoax/
Today’s future
The new socialistic revolution
Facts are not putty that can be reshaped. Most think all revolutionaries are anti – government, they are not. These want to use the government to control the people. Socialism is a disbelief in God and believes in the state. Socialism has been called soft communism. So many have been taught a share all equality is the best form of Government. We had already tax the rich more than any other country, but France. A certain party of politicians on the left want up to half your wages, which would keep the middle class destitute. We already have the top 1-2% paying 50% of the taxes.
Socialism relies on capitalism to fund it. As Margaret Thatcher said The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. If everyone were socialists what would it look like– we would look like the prime example today –Venezuela.
Marxism is the hatred of God, all religion is replaced with humanistic communism, the state becomes the provider. Which Marx will we accept? Karl or Groucho. You may bet your life on it.
We know by the Bible that technology will be used as a certain man becomes president of the world (elected or not?) who will issue an emblem to be put on people (the Bible calls it a mark Rev.13) to have control over the finances of the world, what you can earn and eat. Equitable redistribution, no private
property is the function of the mark of the beast. Where no one buys or sells, all is controlled by centralized governing.
This is the high tech socialism/communism that is forming. Spiritual socialism, religious humanism is the end goal of all this. The Bibles explanation of where we are headed is a political figure is coming will at a certain point become religious as he declares himself to the world to be God. And with his successes they will believe him.
What is our government?
America is an example of freedom, it is different than many other existing governments. What you hear is that we are a democracy, a democratic government. That is incorrect, we are a Republic. The power of government is held by the people. The people give power to leaders they elect to represent them and are to serve their interests for the betterment. The representatives are responsible for helping all the people in the country, not just a few people.
In a Republic the powers of sovereignty are vested in the people. America may be a called by some a democratic republic, having the best of both, but more accurately the United States is a constitutional republic.
But what happens when those elected think they know better than the people? You have certain segment of the government taking control over the people.
Here is where we make a sobering transition from politics to the church … what happens when certain people in the church think they know better than the Bible and try to have governmental control? The NAR whom are self- appointed authoritarian shepherds claim to have the highest tier of governmental authority over the individual churches by claiming their own apostolic and prophetic appointments. They want to bring the church under a centralized government, them. On the contrary the Bible speaks of autonomous local churches.
They separate people from the Bible just as authoritarian politicians separate people from the law and the constitution. In Scripture they are called Nicolaiten’s. Another is the example of Diotrephes of whom John the apostle writes “Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words.” (3 John 9-10)
Does this not sound like what is going on inside and outside the church. Diotrepehes was undermining the ways John taught. John comments v.11 “do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.”
There are Identity politics and there is identity Christianity. I am of so and so … Copeland, Hinn, Meyer, Branham etc. Even if the person is a sound teacher (which the many are not), is your relationship with him greater or more important than with Jesus by the Holy Spirit? I see this all the time, so and so says,… but have you checked it with the Bible?
When conflict arises the path of least resistance is used, compromise. The early church grew by the conflicts she was engaged in, openly debating and speaking out.
Today many pastors, even apologists do not tackle the really important doctrinal issues much less conflicts with sheep (some of which they cause). They sweep things under the rug to keep the peace in the church for a pristine image. On the other side pastors tell sheep not judge and have them feel as if they are questioning God if they do “touch not God’s anointed” they quote.
I remember it was not too long ago the church cared about the infiltration of false teaching and teachers, now, too many Pastors speak as a liberal, and say God will take of it, wait, much like Gamaliel’s advice.
The Lord is shaking the earth. The same that we see going on in the secular word is seen in the church and with those calling themselves the church. Things that we never thought we would see are happening. Look at the Roman Catholic Church who has outlived its priesthood organization by the public exposure of what they have been doing for centuries. They will either change or crumble.
America was founded on Judea Christian value system and was always a light to the nations because of a witness of Christ went out. That light is now hidden under a bushel we have become like the nations. Atheism, occultism is stronger than ever and the gospel is not what many of the churches are exporting.
Why do we keep repeating our mistakes in the church? Because of the leaders who do not lead. So many teachers want you to support them in their preaching the gospel when all they do is teach on giving to support them, they only talk ABOUT the gospel, they rarely give it or do not give it at all. Their focus is on money, on gain. They live in mansions, fly private jets and claim they are examples of Jesus. No they are an examples of being of the world.
Ask yourself did any apostle live in a mansion, did Jesus. Where does it say this? Scripture please. They go back to Abraham as proof. A man God made rich as he began a nation to be a theocracy. Why not Job who was rich and lost it all and by God’s grace was replenished again. Ask yourself why they do not speak things into existence as they teach those who hear their words. They never use this power they claim to have, they only talk about it. They are co-dependents on you to support their lying lavish living lifestyle.
It’s almost like a appointing a pastor who does not believe in the Bible to teach the Bible. Imagine the majority of the people in the church living by the word? And not some man’s distorted word. What kind of change that would bring to the people.
The word of the Lord become more precious as the light of truth fades away in our nation and the world. Let us continue in our faith doing good works as we see the days growing darker and the Lords coming as being nearer.
May you know the grace of the Lord.
Mike

p.s. The Branham book is going to be available very soon. It is titled “A man and his angel” A Biblical examination of William Branham’s Practices and Teachings: A Compendium of the Prophets legacy. It will be available in only pdf as it will be near 1,000 pages.

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Calvinism revealed and refuted line upon line

One of the clearest, and most concise refutations of the heresy of Calvinism I’ve ever found.

By Jim Gordon.

It opens …

Where is the love of God in Calvinism?

Let’s look at the words John Calvin himself:

God – arranges all things – He has decreed that they are so to happen – All events take place by His sovereign appointment. Would this include sin? Does God “will” man to sin? Calvin answers “yes!

Scripture clearly proves that God by His eternal and immutable counsel determined once for all those whom it was His pleasure one day to admit to salvation, and those whom, on the other hand, it was His pleasure to doom to destruction. [Does this contradict the clear statement of Scripture, “The Lord…is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Pet. 3:9)?]

Calvinism-Logo

Those, therefore, whom God passes by He reprobates, and that for no other cause but because He is pleased to exclude them from the inheritance which He predestines to His children. [Are sinners really excluded from heaven and damned in hell merely because such pleases God? What about where the Bible says, “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezek. 33:11)?]

 

Now since the arrangement of all things is in the hand of God – He arranges – that individuals are born, are doomed from the womb to certain death, and are to glorify Him by their destruction. [Where is the love of God in this? Doesn’t this sound contrary to God’s Word?]

Dave MacPherson’s the Rapture plot: weighed and found wanting

February 7, 2018 Leave a comment

by Frank Marotta

Since the early 1970’s, Dave MacPherson has aggressively attacked the pretribulation rapture by attributing its origin to Margaret MacDonald, whom MacPherson considers to be occult influenced. He claims J.N. Darby derived the pretribulation rapture from her and this was done secretly, lest the true origin of the rapture be discovered. MacPherson develops this idea in his books The Incredible Cover-Up and The Great Rapture Hoax. It has been successfully demolished in works by R. A. Huebner, Thomas Ice, and Gerald Stanton, 1 to name a few.

MacPherson’s Seventh Version

MacPherson’s latest book is The Rapture Plot. It claims to reveal “. . . the most astounding historical revisionism of the past century” (p. 138). The plot is that brethren scholar William Kelly used his periodical The Bible Treasury to conceal that J.N. Darby took the pretribulation rapture from the Irvingites. This was accomplished by alleged misrepresentations of Irvingite prophetic views in Kelly’s 1889-1890 articles on the Catholic Apostolic Church. In these same articles Kelly is alleged to have created a smoke screen by emphasizing Irvingite heterodoxy. Then in 1903 (13 years later), having discredited the Irvingites, Kelly was able to credit Mr. Darby with pretribulationism in his article, “The Rapture of the Saints, Who Suggested It, or rather on what Scripture?” This “plot” is considerably more dull than his Margaret MacDonald material and is equally lacking in any substance. That an orthodox Christian such as William Kelly should write articles exposing a contemporary heterodox sect should surprise us no more than a Christian periodical of today printing articles exposing Mormonism. Nor is it shocking that an ardent pretribulationist as Kelly would defend the history and doctrine of the rapture. We fail to see any plot at all.

In our research on Catholic Apostolic and Irvingite works, we have never found a claim that anyone outside their group “stole” their doctrines. Consider the Catholic Apostolic apologist William Bramley-Moore, a contemporary of William Kelly. In his work The Church’s Forgotten Hope, (asignificant work never discussed by MacPherson) Bramley-Moore skips over Margaret MacDonald and credits John Asgill in 1703 as “. . . the only individual who, since the Reformation [until 1830] had given a clarion testimony” to the hope of translation (p. 251)! We will not manufacture a “plot” or “cover-up” regarding the failure of MacPherson and others to credit Asgill. (Asgill taught that individual translation was possible, similar to Enoch or Elijah. His view is distinct from pretribulationism.) More relevant to our discussion, Bramley-Moore never claimed the brethren or anyone else “stole” the Irvingite prophetical views.

Recently, the most extensive critical analysis ever produced on Irvingite doctrine declared that they were still primarily historicist, while Darby and the Brethren had become futurist. Further, Columba G. Flegg notes that the Brethren teaching on the rapture and the present invisible and spiritual nature of the church,

were in sharp contrast to Catholic Apostolic teaching, . . . There were thus very significant differences between the two eschatologies, and attempts to see any direct influence of one upon the other seem unlikely to succeed-they had a number of common roots, but are much more notable for their points of disagreement. Several writers [referring specifically to MacPherson] have attempted to trace Darby’s secret rapture theory to a prophetic statement associated with Irving, but their arguments do not stand up to serious criticism.2

Historical Deficiencies

MacPherson professes to be a historian (p. 233). His work is lacking in historical method. Consider his claim that William Kelly, as editor of Darby’s Collected Writings, manipulated them. Regarding Darby’s Notes on Revelation (1839) MacPherson writes:

We’ve previously noted that a chart (listing no artist or date) accompanying this work shows the church in heaven no later than Revelation 4 -additional manipulation and further contradiction of Darby’s Revelation 12 basis! (p. 152)

I have inspected a xeroxed copy of the 1839 edition of this work published by Central Tract Depot, London. The chart in question is there and shows the church in heaven in Revelation chapter 4! MacPherson’s speculation is without foundation. A true historian would inspect the original source materials before making the claims that MacPherson does. He is governed by an agenda, not a desire for unbiased historical research.

Here are a few of the many deficiencies that I found in The Rapture Plot:

  1. MacPherson states that the key symbol of the pretribulation rapture for Margaret MacDonald is the catching up of the two witnesses of Revelation 11 (p. 47-49). If this is true, one wonders if MacPherson has ever read Revelation 11. Before the witnesses are caught up (verse 12), the beast makes war with them and kills them (verse 7). Thus the two witnesses go through tribulation before they are killed, raised and caught up. So if MacDonald’s teaching is based on this passage, she is certainly posttribulational! Actually, there is no doubt that the woman who said, “The trial of the Church is from Antichrist” was posttribulational.

Morgan Edwards and the Rapture

  1. Recently it has come to light that the 18th century Baptist Morgan Edwards held to a pretribulation rapture (see Pre-Trib PerspectivesSept/Oct 1995). If MacPherson were to regard Morgan Edwards as pretribulational, then both his MacDonald “cover-up” and his Kelly “plot” would be for naught. In The Rapture Plot he recklessly labels Edwards a posttribulational historicist. He writes: “. . . it’s obvious that Edwards interpreted these 1260 days [of Revelation 11] as years” (p.266). This is a blatant falsehood. Edwards wrote in his Two Academical Exercises:

When these witnesses will appear is hard to say; for though their time of prophesying in saccloth [sic] is 1260 days or three years and a half (allowing thirty days to a month) yet they may preach out of sackcloth long before; for the 1260 days refer only to the time that the holy city and the outer court of the temple shall be trodden under the foot of the Gentiles (or Antichrist and his army) viz. 42 months, which make exactly 1260 d

ays, allowing 30 to a month (Rev xi.2). . .” (p. 19)

It is clear from the above that Edwards does not believe the two witnesses had appeared yet. The preaching in sackcloth are 1260 literal days; if they were years (clearly they are not from the context) then they had not as yet begun, which is unlike historicism in any form. The “prophesying out of sackcloth” that Edwards speculates the two witnesses will perform is before Revelation 11:2. Edwards is futurist and literal in his consideration of prophetic time in Revelation 12:7-11 (p. 8), Daniel 8:14 (p. 20), Daniel 12:12,13 (p. 21), Revelation 12:14 (p. 23), and Daniel 12:11 (p. 23).

  1. MacPherson writes on p. 267 of The Rapture Plot:

Edwards’ basis for holding to a rapture three and a half years before the second advent (and a future millennium) may well have been the Revelation 11 witnesses on whom he focused. This chapter has a period of three and a half days (verses 9, 11) that historicism can view as three and a half years. Since the spirits of these dead witnesses conceivably go to be with Christ during the same days, days preceding the final advent-historicist Edwards could see in this symbol a rapture three and a half years before the same advent.

Compare this with Morgan Edwards:

Another event previous to the Millennium will be the appearing of the son of man in the clouds, coming to raise the dead saints and change the living, and to catch them up to himself, and then withdrawing with them, as observed before. This event will come to pass when Antichrist be arrived at Jerusalem in his conquest of the world; and about three years and a half before his killing the witnesses and assumption of godhead. (Edwards, p. 21)

MacPherson’s speculation is without foundation; Edwards distinguishes the saints caught up from the two witnesses, both as to time (the saints caught up three years and a half before the witnesses killed) and identity. Edwards identifies the witnesses as Elijah and the Apostle John (Edwards, pp. 17-19); MacPherson fails to inform his readers of this fact. The catching up of the witnesses is after the three and a half days (verse 12), not before. MacPherson also fails to inform his readers of Morgan Edwards linking the rapture to I Peter 4:17, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (Edwards, p. 7)

  1. MacPherson concludes his section on Morgan Edwards by writing:

Edwards’ scheme of a rapture three and a half years before the end of a 1260-year tribulation has the same tiny gap a futurist would have if he were to teach a rapture three and a half days before the end of a 1260-day tribulation! Since such a futurist view would be seen as a posttrib view, Edwards (who had the same small percentage) should be classified as a historicist posttrib! p268)

There is a footnote attached which states:

Edwards saw a rapture at the extreme end of the tribulation. The mathematics works out as follows: 3.5 years/1260 years = 0.0027 or 0.27% remaining. That means 99.73% of the tribulation was already past before the rapture. Hardly a pretrib rapture! (p. 268)

As already shown, Edwards did not teach anything like a 1260 year tribulation. Nor was he a historicist. Nor was he “posttrib.” But let us apply the same mathematics to some of his alleged pretribulationists. First, consider John Hooper, a contributor to The Morning Watch. MacPherson speaks of “Hooper’s pretrib rapture” (p. 200). He also writes of Hooper as “a historicist who saw the final advent in about 1868, Hooper had 37 remaining years where he could fit in between Revelation 16 and Revelation 19…” (p. 200). Let us perform a calculation: 37 years/1260 years = 0.0294 or 2.94% remaining. That means at least 97.06% of the tribulation was already past before the rapture (assuming Christ could come immediately). Hardly a pretribulational rapture! Perhaps Dave MacPherson will tell us at what number between 97.06% and 99.73% complete we transition from pretribulational to posttribulational. Or perhaps MacPherson could admit Hooper as posttribulational. Next, let us consider the woman whom MacPherson labels as the first pretribulationist: Margaret MacDonald. He wrote on p. 49 of The Great Rapture Hoax:

Margaret, however, had been influenced by historicism and the year-day theory involving 1260 years. . . If only one-tenth of 1260 years remained unfulfilled in her view, she could still believe in a future Antichrist; he would have a total of 126 years in which to do his dirty work.

MacPherson is gracious in allowing 126 years remaining in Margaret’s mind. Especially since she identified Robert Owen, a contemporary, as the Antichrist (The Rapture Plot, p. 53). But applying the same mathematical formula that would mean 90% of the tribulation was complete for her! Applying the same method MacPherson does to Morgan Edwards would make her “hardly pretrib!”

  1. The importance MacPherson places on The Rapture Plot reveals his spiritual condition. He writes on p. 234:

The real test is ahead. If pretrib promoters ignore or twist this book’s documentation, and if their only bottom line is a continuing flow of funds, then I won’t be surprised if God views them collectively as an “Achan” (Josh. 7) and allows a national or even international money collapse!

This statement is incredible. Ignoring The Rapture Plot leads to an international money collapse! This extreme notion indicates the mentality under which MacPherson operates.

It is significant that MacPherson is the lone “historian” who has argued a connection between MacDonald and Darby. Considering that there have been numerous historical examinations of both the Irvingites and the Brethren, yet MacPherson stands alone in exposing the “plot,” is rather a testimony to polemical bias, not the facts. Those anti-pretribulationists who have adopted MacPherson’s revision have done so merely on the basis of his word, not as a result of original research.

Conclusion

Dave MacPherson’s The Rapture Plot is a defective work which distorts history. There is no plot. It misrepresents godly men such as Darby and Kelly. It fails to prove the Irvingites were pretribulational in the 1830s. It is completely inaccurate concerning Morgan Edwards’ teaching. The Rapture Plot has the same character as MacPherson’s previous works. Christians who desire to feed their souls on truth would be well advised to avoid his works. W

Endnotes

1 R.A. Huebner, The Truth of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Recovered (Millington, NJ: Present Truth Publishers, 1976). Huebner, Precious Truths Revived and Defended Through J.N. Darby, Vol. 1 (Morganville, NJ: Present Truth Publishers, 1991). Thomas Ice, “Why the Doctrine of the Pretribulational Rapture Did Not Begin with Margaret MacDonald,” Bibliotheca Sacra (Vol. 147; April-June 1990), pp. 155-68. Gerald Stanton, Kept From The Hour, 4th. edition, (Miami Springs, FL: Schoettle Publishing, 1991).

2 Columba Graham Flegg, ‘Gathered Under Apostles’ A Study of the Catholic Apostolic Church (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992), p. 436.

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Dave MacPherson’s FAKE NEWS about the history of the PreTrib rapture EXPOSED!

January 19, 2018 2 comments

INVENTOR OF FALSE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE HISTORY

Dave MacPherson is an individual who loves to hate pretribulationism. In fact, he has thought up new ways to express his distain for pretribulationism by fabricating a false history of the pre-trib rapture. For the last thirty-plus years, MacPherson has dedicated his life to full time rapture hating in an attempt to participate in anything that he believes will obstruct its spread.

A GREAT CONSPIRACY THEORY?

MacPherson believes that the key elements of the doctrine of the pretribulational rapture originated with a young Scottish girl named Margaret Macdonald in Spring of 1830. This is the thesis put forth in a number of books and publications for over thirty years by MacPherson, a newsman turned rapture researcher. MacPherson’s major book The Rapture Plot(Millennium III Publishers, 1994), is only one of the latest in a series of revisions of his original discourse The Unbelievable Pre-Trib Origin (Heart of America Bible Society, 1973). His books include the following: The Three Rs: Rapture, Revisionism, Robbery (P.O.S.T., 1998), The Great Rapture Hoax (New Puritan Library, 1983), Rapture?(New Puritan Library, 1987), The Incredible Cover-Up (Omega Publications, 1975), The Late Great Pre-Trib Rapture (Heart of America Bible Society, 1974).

Dave MacPherson is convinced that the popular Pre-Trib Rapture teaching of today was really instigated by a teenager in Scotland who lived in the early 1800’s. (Hoax, p. 7.) If Christians had known all along, bemoans MacPherson concerning the historical beginnings of the pretrib rapture, the state of Christianity could have been vastly different today. (Hoax, p. 180). He does not think that this research has been mere historical oversight, but rather a well-orchestrated “cover-up” which has been carefully managed by clever pretrib leaders each step of the way, even alleging that Dallas Seminary was grooming and commissioning Hal Lindsey for the purpose of popularizing the pretrib rapture for the Jesus Movement in the early 70’s. (Incredible Cover-Up, pp, 131-32). Jim McKeever, in the forward of the book, compares this pretrib cover-up to the Watergate cover-up. Before we get into the background of the pretrib rapture lets run a background check on MacPherson.

MACPHERSON’S BACKGROUND
MacPherson has dedicated his life to the cause of disrupting belief in the pretrib rapture, since, according to his interpretation, it has been the cause for great disruption in his own life. Back in 1953 I had a jolting encounter with the Rapture, is the opening sentence in MacPherson’s Rapture Hoax (p. 3). This is a reference to his expulsion from a Christian College in California (BIOLA) for propagating views that conflicted with pretribulationism. He suggests that this experience was so devastating that it accounts for a setback in his Christian life. Because of his discouragement, MacPherson and a friend went out and got drunk in Mexico and passed out. MacPherson says this was a brush with death because of the many dangers that could befall someone in such a condition in Mexico. Later, he was involved in a wreck with a car while riding his motorcycle and almost lost his left arm. But these were not the beginning of his nor his familys troubles because of the pretrib rapture.

Robert L. Sumner has noted that MacPherson has a bad habit of attributing all kinds of personal tragedies to the pre-trib teaching: his mother’s death, his sister’s inability to have more children, his own failure to follow through on his calling as an evangelist, and other matters. (Looking For The Blessed Horrible Holocaust! A book review of The Late Great Pre-Trib Rapture in The Biblical Evangelist (May, 1975), p. 8.) Sumner cites another illustration of how paranoid he has become concerns his conclusion that his lovable dog, Wolf apparently became demon possessed just about the time MacPherson was about to write his first anti-pretribulation book, savagely biting his writing hand several times. (Hope? Or Hoax? The Biblical Evangelist (Feb., 1984), p. 7.)

Trials and tribulation due to the pretrib rapture seems to run in the MacPherson family. Dave’s father, Norman, had planted a church in Long Beach, California and was doing quite well until a group of new people in the church caused a commotion over the timing of the rapture. Norman MacPherson was forced out of this prospering church because he had shifted from the pretrib to the posttrib view of the rapture. Norman S. MacPherson had authored posttrib books, Tell It Like It Will Be (privately printed, 1970), and Triumph Through Tribulation (by the author, 1944). He then started another, less successful church in Long Beach. Dave MacPherson displays a habit of blaming many of the personal tragedies in his life on the pretrib rapture teaching.

In 1983 MacPherson declared, Fifteen years ago I knew nothing about Pre-Trib beginnings. (Hoax, p. 47) He began his quest by writing to his father and received back an answer which indicated a lack of consensus among scholars, so I decided to do some research on my own. (Hoax, p. 47) MacPherson’s investigation gathered steam when he found a rare book in 1971 by Robert Norton, The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets; In the Catholic Apostolic Church(1861). The important part in Norton’s book, claimed MacPherson, is a personal revelation that Margaret Macdonald had in the spring of 1830. (Hoax, p. 47) MacPherson uses this finding to project the notion that the source of the pretrib rapture is of demonic origin through a 15-year-old Scottish lassie.

For MacPherson, his calling in life is a crusade to develop and sharpen his theory and to propagate it around the world. Operating as would any covert agent in hostile, enemy territory, MacPherson has made many trips onto the enemy turf of pretrib colleges and seminaries in order to dispense his material. His campaigns have led him to travel around the country with his message of the hidden story of the genesis of the pretrib rapture, which he believes if people knew, the doctrine would virtually become extinct. This mission has taken him to such places as Dallas Seminary, the great stronghold of the pretribs, where he speaks of distributing literature informing naive pretribers concerning their heritage. (I have retrieved two of his clandestine flyers from library books at the seminary.) As another typical example, he once blitzed a bus of students from Jerry Falwell’s college. John Walvoord has noted:

MacPherson made these charges against pretribulationism and then afterward went to great lengths to find historic verification. . . . Readers will be impressed that as a newsman MacPherson builds a strong case for his position, but will be less impressed when they begin to analyze what he has actually proved. (John F. Walvoord, The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation (Zondervan, 1979), pp. 42-43.)

MacPherson’s Claims

Irvingite Robert Norton included a handwritten account of Margaret Macdonald’s prophecy, which is said by MacPherson to be the fountainhead for J. N. Darby’s development into the pretrib rapture doctrine. MacPherson does not say that Macdonald’s utterance included a clear statement of the pretrib rapture, but that she separated the Rapture from the Second Coming before anyone else did. . (Hoax, p. 121) According to MacPherson, Darby pilfered this two-stage teaching from Macdonald, according to MacPherson, and then developed it systematically, skillfully passing it off as the fruit of his personal Bible study.

Macdonald’s so-called revelation that MacPherson cites to make his case revolves around two key phrases. Margaret dramatically separated the sign of the Son of man from the coming of the Son of man, (Hoax, p. 125) declares MacPherson based upon the phrase now look out for the sign of the Son of man. (Hoax, p. 128) MacPherson argues that she equated the sign with the Rapturea Rapture that would occur before the revealing of Antichrist. (Hoax, p. 129) He bases this on her statement, I saw it was just the Lord himself descending from Heaven with a shout, just the glorified man, even Jesus. (Hoax, p. 126)

MacPherson’s Errors

MacPherson makes at least three major errors in his attempt to argue that Margaret Macdonald originated the basis for the pretrib rapture. First, it is highly doubtful that the Macdonald “prophecy” contains the two-stage coming of Christ, as MacPherson advocates. Therefore, it would be impossible for this source to be the basis for a new idea if it did not contain those elements. MacPherson has misinterpreted Macdonald’s words by equating her use of “sign” with a rapture. Rather, she is saying that only those who are spiritual will see the secret sign of the Son of Man which will precede the single, posttrib second coming of Christ. In other words only those who have the light of the Holy Spirit within them will know when the second coming will take place because this spiritual enlightenment will enable them to have the spiritual perception to see the secret sign (not secret rapture). These are her own words:

. . . all must, as Stephen was, be filled with the Holy Ghost, that they might look up, and see the brightness of the Father’s glory. I saw the error to be, that men think that it will be something seen by the natural eye; but tis spiritual discernment that is needed, the eye of God in his people. . . . Only those who have the light of God within them will see the sign of his appearance. No need to follow them who say, see here, or see there, for his day shall be as the lightning to those in whom the living Christ is. Tis Christ in us that will lift us up–he is the light–tis only those that are alive in him that will be caught up to meet him in the air. I saw that we must be in the Spirit, that we might see spiritual things. John was in the Spirit, when he saw a throne set in Heaven. . . . it is not knowledge about God that it contains, but it is an entering into God . . . I felt that those who were filled with the Spirit could see spiritual things, and feel walking in the midst of them, those who had not the Spirit could see nothing. . . (Hoax, pp. 126-27)

Macdonald is clearly concerned with spiritual insights for the following reasons: 1) Stephen saw into heaven; he was not raptured or taken to heaven. 2) She clearly says that the sign will be seen only by the spiritually enlightened and that it would not be a natural or physical sign, but one perceived by spiritual discernment. 3) She is talking about the sign of his appearance, not an actual appearance. 4) Once a person has been so enlightened, they will have no need for direction from others, they will be guided directly by the living Christ. 5) The whole emphasis is upon seeing: John was in the Spirit, when he saw, those who were filled with the Spirit could see. Posttrib advocate D. H. Kromminga observes that Macdonald’s prophecies made it plain that the return of the Lord depended upon the proper spiritual preparation of His Church. (D. H. Kromminga, The Millennium in the Church: Studies in the History of Christian Chiliasm, (Eerdmans, 1945), p. 250.)

Anti-pretrib rapture advocate, John Bray, agrees that she was only teaching a single coming and not a two-staged event. The only thing new in her revelation itself seems to be that of just Spirit-filled Christian being caught up at the second coming of Christ following heavy trials and tribulation by the Antichrist, notes Bray. (John L. Bray, The Origin of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Teaching (John L. Bray Ministry, n.d.), pp. 21-22) In other words Macdonald appears to be teaching a posttrib, partial rapture. Bray further explains:

It seems to me that Margaret MacDonald was saying that Christians WILL face the temptation of the false Christ (antichrist) and be in “an awfully dangerous situation”, and that only the Spirit IN US will enable us to be kept from being deceived; and that as the Spirit works, so will the antichrist; but the pouring out of the Spirit will “fit us to enter into the marriage supper of the Lamb”, and those filled with the Spirit would be taken while the others would be left. . . . Margaret MacDonald did teach a partial rapture, of course, but this did not necessarily mean that the teaching included a tribulation period FOLLOWING THAT for the other Christians. . . . It would not be right to take for granted that Margaret MacDonald believed in a tribulation period following the appearing of Christ unless she had definitely said so. Rather, it would be more logical to think that her view would have been the same as prevalent among the futurists at that time, that is, tribulation then the second coming. (Bray, Origin, pp. 20-21).

Another point MacPherson makes to support his opinion is that Margaret Macdonald was the first person to teach a coming of Christ that would precede the days of Antichrist. (Cover-Up, pp. 155-56.) This would mean, according to MacPherson, that Macdonald had to be teaching a two-stage coming. However, it is highly questionable, as noted above, that Macdonald was referring to the rapture as MacPherson insists. Also Macdonald was still a historicist; she believed the Church was already in the tribulation and had been for hundreds of years. Therefore, the Antichrist was to be soon revealed, but before the second coming. She said believers needed the spiritual sight, so that they would not be deceived. Otherwise, why would believers, including herself, need to be filled with the Spirit in order to escape the deception which will accompany the fiery trial which is to try us associated with the Antichrist’s arrival? Further, she certainly includes herself as one who needs this special ministry of the Holy Spirit as can be seen from this passage from her “revelation.”

. . . now shall the awful sight of a false Christ be seen on this earth, and nothing but the living Christ in us can detect this awful attempt of the enemy to deceive . . . The Spirit must and will be purged out on the church, that she may be purified and filled with God . . . There will be outward trial too, but ’tis principally temptation. It is brought on by the outpouring of the Spirit, and will just increase in proportion as the Spirit is poured out. The trial of the Church is from the Antichrist. It is by being filled with the Spirit that we shall be kept. I frequently said, Oh be filled with the Spirit–have the light of God in you, that you may detect satan–be full of eyes within–be clay in the hands of the potter–submit to be filled, filled with God. . . . This is what we are at present made to pray much for, that speedily we may all be made ready to meet our Lord in the air–and it will be. Jesus wants his bride. His desire is toward us. (Hoax, pp. 127-28)

Ryrie also notes a further misunderstanding of Macdonald’s “prophecy”: She saw the church (us) being purged by Antichrist. MacPherson reads this as meaning the church will be raptured before Antichrist, ignoring the “us” (pp. 154-55). In reality, she saw the church enduring Antichrist’s persecution of the Tribulation days. (Charles Ryrie, What You Should Know About the Rapture (Moody, 1981), p. 71.)

Further, there is no historical evidence that Macdonald, Edward Irving, or the Irvingites ever held to pretribulationism. So how could non-pretribulationists be the source of pretribulationism? Recently, one of the most extensive critical analysis ever produced on Irvingite doctrine declared that they were still historicist, while Darby and the Brethren had become futurist. Columba G. Flegg notes that the Brethren teaching on the rapture and the present invisible and spiritual nature of the church,

were in sharp contrast to Catholic Apostolic teaching, . . . There were thus very significant differences between the two eschatologies, and attempts to see any direct influence of one upon the other seem unlikely to succeedthey had a number of common roots, but are much more notable for their points of disagreement. Several writers [referring specifically to MacPherson] have attempted to trace Darbys secret rapture theory to a prophetic statement associated with Irving, but their arguments do not stand up to serious criticism. (Columba Graham Flegg, Gathered Under Apostles A Study of the Catholic Apostolic Church (Clarendon Press, 1992), p. 436.)

Second, in spite of MacPherson’s great amount of research and writing he has yet to produce any hard evidence that Darby was influenced by Macdonald’s utterance, regardless of what they meant. MacPherson only assumes the connection. If MacPherson’s suppositional approach were applied to the study of history, then we can make all kinds of connections between people and events. It would mean that you could prove that since Hubert Humphrey had a slick lawyer’s mind, was in Washington D.C. during the early 70’s, and was well-informed, he must have known about the Watergate break-in before it became public. Walvoord observes that,

Readers of MacPherson’s Incredible Cover-Up will undoubtedly be impressed by the many long quotations, most of which are only window dressing for what he is trying to prove. When it gets down to the point of proving that either MacDonald or Irving was pretribulationist, the evidence gets very muddy. The quotations MacPherson cites do not support his conclusion. (Walvoord, The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation, p. 44.)

Throughout MacPherson’s writings, he keeps dumping information about issues, developments, and beliefs from Great Briton during the early 1800’s apparently thinking that he is adding proof for his thesis, that the popular Pre-Trib Rapture teaching of today was really instigated by a teenager in Scotland who lived in the early 1800’s. (Hoax, p. 7.) Much of the information is helpful and interesting, but does not prove his thesis. If his research were represented as a river, it would be a mile wide (amount of information) but only an inch deep (actual proof). Even if Darby developed the pretrib rapture after Macdonald’s utterance, specific proof would be needed to make a link between Macdonald and Darby. Instead MacPherson only offers speculative guesses about how Darby used his training for the law profession to manipulate Christians by hiding the supposed true origins of the pretrib rapture. Perhaps MacPherson is using his investigative, journalism training and experience to publicly smear Darby. This leads to my final point.

Third, Brethren writer, Roy A. Huebner claims and documentshis belief that J. N. Darby first began to believe in the pre-trib rapture and develop his dispensational thinking while convalescing from a riding accident during December 1826 and January 1827. (R. A. Huebner, Precious Truths Revived and Defended Through J. N. Darby, Vol. 1 [Present Truth Publishers, 1991].) If this is true, and there is every reason to believe that it is, then all of the origin-of-the-rapture-conspiracy-theories fall to the ground in a heap of speculative rubble. Darby would have at least a three-year jump on any who would have supposedly influenced his thought, making it impossible for all the influence theories to have any credibility.

Huebner provides clarification and evidence that Darby was not influenced by Margaret Macdonald, Lacunza, Edward Irving, or any of the Irvingites. These are all said by the detractors of Darby and the pre-trib rapture to be bridges that led to Darbys thought. Instead, Huebner demonstrates that Darbys understanding of the pre-trib rapture was the product of the development of his personal interactive thought with the text of Scripture as he, his friends, and dispensationalists have long contended.

Darbys pre-trib and dispensational thoughts, says Huebner, were developed from the following factors: 1) he saw from Isaiah 32 that there was a different dispensation coming . . . that Israel and the Church were distinct (Precious Truths, p. 17). 2) During his convalescence JND learned that he ought daily to expect his Lords return. (Precious Truths, p. 19). 3) In 1827 JND understood the fall of the church. . . the ruin of the Church (Precious Truths, p. 18). 4) Darby also was beginning to see a gap of time between the rapture and the second coming by 1827 (Precious Truths, p. 23). 5) Darby, himself, said in 1857 that he first started understanding things relating to the pre-trib Rapture thirty years ago. With that fixed point of reference, Jan. 31, 1827, declares Huebner, we can see that Darby had already understood those truths upon which the pre-tribulation rapture hinges (Precious Truths, p. 24).

German author Max S. Weremchuk has produced a major new biography on Darby entitled John Nelson Darby: A Biography(Loizeaux Brothers, 1992). He agrees with Huebners conclusions concerning the matter. Having read MacPhersons book . . . says Weremchuk, I find it impossible to make a just comparison between what Miss MacDonald prophesied and what Darby taught. It appears that the wish was the father of the idea (Weremchuk, Darby, p. 242).

When reading Darbys earliest published essay on biblical prophecy (1829), it is clear that while it still has elements of historicism, it also reflects the fact that for Darby, the rapture was to be the churchs focus and hope. Even in this earliest of essays, Darby expounds upon the rapture as the churchs hope.

PRE-DARBY RAPTURES
In addition to the above points, there have been at least three pre-Darby rapture discoveries in the last decade. Evidence of pretribulationism surfaces during the early medieval period in a sermon some attribute to Ephraem the Syrian entitled Sermon on The Last Times, The Antichrist, and The End of the World. The sermon was written some time between the fourth and sixth century. The rapture statement reads as follows:

Why therefore do we not reject every care of earthly actions and prepare ourselves for the meeting of the Lord Christ, so that he may draw us from the confusion, which overwhelms all the world? . . . For all the saints and elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins.

This statement evidences a clear belief that all Christians will escape the tribulation through a gathering to the Lord. How else can this be understood other than as pretribulational? The later second coming of Christ to the earth with the saints is mentioned at the end of the sermon.

Francis Gumerlock, an anti-pretribulationist, claims that someone named Brother Dolcino taught a form of the pre-trib rapture in 1304. The reason that Gumerlock believes that Brother Dolcino and the Apostolic Brethren taught pretribulationism is found the following statement:

Again, [Dolcino believed and preached and taught] that within those three years Dolcino himself and his followers will preach the coming of the Antichrist. And that the Antichrist was coming into this world within the bounds of the said three and a half years; and after he had come, then he [Dolcino] and his followers would be transferred into Paradise, in which are Enoch and Elijah. And in this way they will be preserved unharmed from the persecution of Antichrist. And that then Enoch and Elijah themselves would descend on the earth for the purpose of preaching [against] Antichrist. Then they would be killed by him or by his servants, and thus Antichrist would reign for a long time. But when the Antichrist is dead, Dolcino himself, who then would be the holy pope, and his perserved followers, will descend on the earth, and will preach the right faith of Christ to all, and will convert those who will be living then to the true faith of Jesus Christ. (Gumerlocks translation of the Latin text in Francis Gumerlock, A Rapture Citation in the Fourteenth Century, Bibliotheca Sacra (July-Sept. 2002), pp. 354-55.)

Gumerlock clearly believes that this is a pretrib rapture statement as he concludes:

Two things are fairly certain from The History of Brother Dolcino. First, Dolcino and the Apostolic Brethren believed that the purpose of the rapture was related to the escape of the saints from the end-time tribulation and persecution of the Antichrist. Second, Dolcino and the Apostolic Brethren believed that there would be a significant gap of time between the rapture of the saints to paradise and their subsequent descent to earth. Because of this The History of Brother Dolcino stands as yet another literary witness for the existence of pretribulationism before the nineteenth century. As such, it challenges evangelicals to reevaluate their thinking about the history of the pretribulational rapture, especially those views that place the origin of the teaching or its initial recovery within the last two hundred years. For this fourteenth-century text demonstrates that there were some in the Middle Ages who held a theology of the rapture that includes basic elements in pretribulationalism. (A Rapture Citation, p. 362)

Frank Marotta believes that Thomas Collier in 1674 makes reference to a pretribulational rapture, but rejects the view, (Frank Marotta, Morgan Edwards: An Eighteenth Century Pretribulationist (Present Truth Publishers, 1995), pp. 10-12.) thus showing his awareness that such a view was being taught. One could not have objected to something that did not exist.

Perhaps the clearest reference to a pretrib rapture before Darby comes from Baptist Morgan Edwards (founder of Brown University) in 1742-44 who saw a distinct rapture three and a half years before the start of the millennium. During his student days at Bristol Baptist Seminary in England (1742-44), Morgan Edwards wrote an essay for eschatology class on his views of Bible prophecy. This essay was later published in Philadelphia (1788) under the following title: Two Academical Exercises on Subjects Bearing the following Titles; Millennium, Last-Novelties. The term in the title “Last-Novelties” refers to what we would call today the eternal state; “novelties” refers to the new conditions of the future new heavens and new earth, not that he had a novel view of the Bible. Upon reading the 56-page work, it is evident that Edwards published it with only minor changes from his student days. Thus, it represents a view that he had developed by the early 1740s. Thus, we can date Edwards pretribulationism as originating in the early 1740s. The pretribulationism of Morgan Edwards can be see in the following statement from his book:

II. The distance between the first and second resurrection will be somewhat more than a thousand years.

I say, somewhat more, because the dead saints will be raised, and the living changed at Christ’s “appearing in the air” (I Thes. iv. 17); and this will be about three years and a half before the millennium, as we shall see hereafter: but will he and they abide in the air all that time? No: they will ascend to paradise, or to some one of those many “mansions in the father’s house” (John xiv. 2), and so disappear during the foresaid period of time. The design of this retreat and disappearing will be to judge the risen and changed saints; for “now the time is come that judgment must begin,” and that will be “at the house of God” (I Pet. iv. 17) . . . (p. 7; emphasis added; the spelling of all Edwards quotes have been modernized)

What has Edwards said? Note the following:

He believes that at least 1,003.5 years will transpire between resurrections.

He associates the first resurrection with the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, occurring at least 3.5 years before the start of the millennium (i.e., at least 3.5 years before the second coming of Christ at the start of the millennium).

He associates the meeting of believers with Christ in the air and returning to the Father’s house with John 14:2, as do modern pretribulationists.

He sees believers disappearing during the time of the tribulation, which he goes on to describe in the rest of the section from which the rapture statement is taken.

He, like modern pretribulationists, links the time in heaven, during the tribulation, with the “bema judgment of believers.

It is clear that Edwards believed in a two-staged return of Christ at least 85 years before Darby. Edwards pre-Darby statement is something that MacPherson cannot answer. I am not claiming that Darby was influenced by Morgan Edwards.

Conclusion

F.F. Bruce’s conclusion as to where Darby got the doctrine of the pretrib rapture appears to be correct. It was in the air in the 1820s and 1830s among eager students of unfulfilled prophecy, . . . direct dependence by Darby on Margaret Macdonald is unlikely. (F. F. Bruce, Review of The Unbelievable Pre-Trib Origin in The Evangelical Quarterly, (Jan-Mar, 1975), p. 58.) Dave MacPherson has failed to demonstrate that Macdonald’s prophecy contains latent rapture ideas, nor has he linked Darby to her influence with clear, historical evidence. This is why the doctrine of the pretribulational rapture did not begin with Margaret Macdonald. Perhaps Darby’s training at Dublin accounts for many of his views, especially his views of the nature of the church.

Walvoord concludes, any careful student of Darby soon discovers that he did not get his eschatological views from men, but rather from his doctrine of the church as the body of Christ, a concept no one claims was revealed supernaturally to Irving or Macdonald. Darby’s views undoubtedly were gradually formed, but they were theologically and biblically based rather than derived from Irving’s pre-Pentecostal group. (Walvoord, The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation, p. 47.)

Source: http://www.raptureready.com/dave-macpherson/

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Fundamentalists STAND against the avalanche of APOSTASY

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Latter Times News: Avalanche of Apostasy

Dr. Mike Johnston

I am appealing to Fundamentalists to renew our commitment to Christ and the Word of God given us in the King James Bible. Let me explain my challenge here.

It is painfully obvious the world is in a woeful tailspin of wickedness. Notwithstanding, those of us immersed in the Word of God have much to rejoice over because we have seen this coming for many years. The mystery of iniquity predicted by Paul (2 Thess. 2:7) has now ensnared a new breed of post-Christian modernists who have grown up in a culture where rights outweigh righteousness. You find this crassly evident on the three major arenas confronting all of us: the social front where wickedness is represented as a right; the political front that perpetrates godlessness through vile legislative acts; and the religious front that is so self absorbed it ignores either of the other two fronts. 1

From the Garden of Eden we find the first clear teaching that departing from the Word of God has had devastating results- yea, hath God said (Gen. 3:1)? Those who don’t know the Word of God often find themselves ensnared by pernicious preachers espousing devilish doctrines (2 Pet. 2:2). The Lord Jesus Christ can return any moment to snatch out His church from the earth (John 14:2-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18) thereafter ushering in the 7 year tribulation (aka the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble- Jer. 30:7) which Daniel referred to as a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time (Dan. 12:1) because it is arguably the worst period in the history of the world. God the Spirit has precisely documented all these end times events in the King James Bible- which unlike the modern translations- is not missing vital passages of Scripture we desperately need in these final hours.

Let’s examine the verses predicting the avalanche of apostasy that can be seen blowing through the church like a foul wind.

DECEPTION: Tolerating deception fostered a disdain for truth

Matthew 24:4-5  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  (5)  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Matthew 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Romans 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:10-11  (10)  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  (11)  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12)  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

1 Timothy 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

 

2 Timothy 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

 

2 John 1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.


FALSE SPIRITUALITY

The liberal, lethargic Laodicean Church is a pathetic representation of the vibrant body of believers willing to die defending the great doctrines of the faith for eighteen centuries. So what happened? If you love the Book of Revelation as much as I do, you know chapter 17 pictures a woman riding the beast that Dave Hunt proved without equivocation was the whore of Romanism. But what we don’t find in Scripture is the precise path the church took to get to that frightful place.

 

Satan is subtle and everything he does is to denigrate Christ and deify himself. Since most Christians don’t read the Bible and yet want to appear spiritual, few are willing to oppose what’s passing itself off in the church today as a new move of God. In light of this, the devil is using false signs and wonders as an opportunity to marry the unholy to the holy. It is through the tenets of the charismatic movement Satan has promoted unity above purity. Flowing from Montanus to Azusa to Branham, and on to the neo-Charismatic renewal of today Satan has successfully merged Christians with catholics, cultists (Mormons, Tommy Tenney-TD Jakes style anti-trinitarians), Copelandites, Latter Rainists, and many others who claim a commonality in charismania. And believe me, if you watch “Christian” television, you’ll see the devil’s plan in action.  Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland- ad nauseum- all predict events that never come to pass and those who challenge their false prophecies are often excoriated for causing disharmony in the body. Here’s the warnings:

 

False christs (anointed ones), prophets,  and prosperity preachers

Matthew 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, [1]and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

 

2 Peter 2:1-3  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  (2)  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  (3)  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

 

False signs and wonders

 

2 Thessalonians 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.

[1] This is a common occurrence in scores of “ministries” as well as on most “Christian” television channels today where charlatan prosperity prophets fill the airwaves claiming special anointing from the Lord Jesus and God’s blessing upon all who will honor them by making them rich. Read 2 John 1:10-11 BEFORE you support them.

 

Fake News about the rapture

Dr Mike Johnston

Deceivers are a coagulation of corruption gathering everywhere. Most recognizable and insidious is the lying liberal media hiding behind the First Amendment directed by a cabal of deviants committed to propagating a godless political agenda based on Leviticus 18 values using intimidation and prevarication as their stock in trade to get there. Its deserved title is fake news and more and more American’s like fiddle man Charlie Daniel’s are recognizing it and speaking out against it: “The news is not about news anymore. It’s about protecting some people, destroying others and shoving a socialist agenda down the collective throats of America.”

In all honesty, when the term fake news began appearing in the 2016 presidential election, I wasn’t that surprised. Several years ago, I heard Rush Limbaugh explain the phenomenon to a dismayed caller concerned about the puzzling effectiveness of despicable defamations marshaled against innocent people while casting truth to the wind,

“The evidence is irrelevant; it’s the seriousness of the charge that matters.”

Since the seriousness of an accusation now takes precedence over its truthfulness, by default it enforces it. This not only empowers deceivers with a ready tool for destruction, it renders a defense impossible for honest men. To wit, Mark Twain was correct in lamenting, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.”

Mr. Twain’s axiom is the essence of this chapter highlighting its predictable expectation. For all who think it could never happen to us, it not only can, it already has. A shocking fake news story infiltrated the church some 40 years ago, lacking reliable evidence to support it and yet was believed and ballyhooed simply because of the seriousness of the charge …

“The PreTrib Rapture is a Giant Hoax
that didn’t exist until 1830”

Considering the incalculable number of Christians holding forth the PreTrib rapture as the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13), this is a very serious allegation. I know because I witnessed its damage first hand. However, while I was for a period deceived by this, over time I began spotting inconsistencies in the argument warranting a closer investigation, which ultimately produced the following summary observation:

This 1830 rapture origin allegation is itself a recently concocted giant hoax.

I discovered it originated with a disgruntled and delusional rapture-loathing reporter named Dave MacPherson (DM). I use the word delusional cautiously but purposely. While DM has every right to his opinion. He does not however have the right to invent his own facts when stating it. That isn’t scholarship. It’s scandalous. How his conscience allows him to get away with this is I’m afraid a testimony to Paul’s warning: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2).

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