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Friday, October 19, 2012

Pre-Trib Rapture - A Staged Event

By Dave MacPherson
 
     Can pretrib rapturists find support for their view in the stages of a Jewish wedding, as some assert?
      Every encyclopedia I checked (including the Jewish Encyclopedia) states that there are two stages in such a wedding: the "kiddushin" (betrothal) and the "nissuin" (marriage).
      Although some pretrib leaders find proof for their rapture view in Jewish wedding stages, there is widespread disagreement among them over how many stages there are.
      In his comprehensive book "The End Times Passover," media figure Joe Ortiz refers to John Walvoord's book "The Rapture Question" which accepts R. C. H. Lenski's view that a Hebrew marriage has three stages.
      Charles Monk sees 5 "customs" (stages).
      Arnold Fruchtenbaum has found 6 "steps" (stages) that Thomas Ice has appropriated.
      The ReturnToGod.com site observes 12 "steps" (stages).
      Not to be outdone, Renald Showers actually sees 17 "customs" (stages).
(Think of all the work to boil down 17 or even 5 stages into a two-stage second coming!)
      An internet blog titled "For the Love of Truth" is representative of not a few that reveal that it's dangerous as well as unscriptural to base a pretrib rapture outlook on Jewish traditions. In an article titled "Jewish Wedding and Rapture" the same blog has some startling information:
      It says: "Jewish Wedding traditions being discussed are the rabbinic teachings found within the Talmud and Kabbalah." (Not only are these sources occultic and anti-Biblical but the Talmud is filled with lies and blasphemy about Jesus that are as irrational as they are totally evil!)
      It reveals that certain pretrib leaders "have taken snippets of the various Jewish wedding traditions" and "rearranged and reinvented the content and events and then made the declaration that the Jewish wedding tradition is really the story of Christ and the rapture...."
      It also states that "the seven blessings [during the ceremony] obviously have nothing to do with Jesus Christ or His return," adding that "Nowhere does the Bible tell us to interpret scripture by looking to man's traditions."
      Incidentally, it's well-known that pretrib rapture defenders claim that certain Bible passages are on "church" ground while other passages are on "Jewish" ground and that we should always maintain the Darby-approved "church/Israel separation" principle. However, with impunity they can jettison that principle in the twinkling of an eye if they need support for their 182-year-old novelty from occultic Jewish traditions or from Lev. 23's Jewish feasts!
      Since far too many pretrib leaders seem to be "stagestruck," and since their strickenness has rubbed off on me, I hereby share a personal "revelation" I've had lately that I've titled "The Seven-Stage Coming (I Thess. 4)" which proves that pretribs should be looking for a seven-stage coming and not just a measly two-stage coming:
    

1 - The Lord descends.
2 - The shout.
3 - The archangel's voice.
4 - The trumpet of God.
5 - The dead rise.
6 - The caught up (rapture).
7 - The meeting in the air.
    

     Yes, seven stages. And isn't 7 supposed to be a perfect number?
      Something else. Have you noticed the unnatural language pretribs like to use? If a friend visits me, goes away for a month, and then comes back and visits me again, he never says: "I'm back for the SECOND stage of my one visit." But pretribs use wording like this when they place SEVERAL YEARS between their two stages!
      During their short history pretrib promoters have disagreed on many things in addition to the number of stages in a Jewish wedding. They have also disagreed on which Jewish feast is symbolic of a pretrib rapture, and disagreed on which symbol in the book of Revelation is the best "pretrib" symbol. (For 30 years Darby's basis for a pretrib rapture was Rev. 12:5's "man child" that is caught up!).

     Finally, it's apparent that pretrib teachers are experts in arithmetic - the MULTIPLYING of stages which has caused a lot of DIVIDING among Christians!


     For 300 pages of the most accurate documentation anywhere on the long covered up but now revealed history of the pretrib rapture view, I invite you to obtain Dave MacPherson's book "The Rapture Plot" at Armageddon Books and other online stores. Google "Scholars Weigh My Research" to see how eminent scholars have evaluated his discoveries. Also Google "Pretrib Rapture Secrets," "Pretrib Rapture Secrecy" and "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty."


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The True Enemies of the World are the Mammonites!


For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows, (1Timothy 6:10).

In my efforts to bring forth truth as to what is truly happening to the world, I have found myself pointing out various culprits (such as Zionists, Illuminati, Freemasons, Bilderbergs, Jesuits  and other clandestine forces that are the vogue (especially) of pundits. One of the main problems is those who always have defense responses against identifying these rogues, who come up with some rationale explanations. For the most part, they instantly lump one as being a “conspiracy fanatic” and more often of being an “Anti-Semite.”

In order to overcome being branded as either a conspiracy fanatic and or an anti-Semite, I felt the need to zoom in on that one undeniable characteristic trait that is inherent in these culprits is their “love of money!”
It can be argued by members of the Illuminati, Freemasons, Jesuits, et al that their purpose is honorable, well-intended to help their respective communities and constituents, and even for the overall good of humanity. Zionism (the philosophical and political claim that the Hebrew people throughout the world have the right to return to what they consider to be their homeland), is a well-intended goal, one that is supported by over 70 million Christians throughout the world, especially in the United States. To question this ideology will quickly subject a person to be branded as being “Anti-Semitic”

However, when we zoom in and clearly identify the true enemy, by pointing out their true characteristics, no one can deny that the motivating force behind these people is their love of money, better labeled Mammon as we see in the Bible. This is the reason I coined the phrase “Mammonites” when addressing their crimes against humanity. Who are The Mammonites?
 The Bible says we cannot serve both God and Mammon." Mammon is "the love of money."

 1. Matthew 6:24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

2. Luke 16:9
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

3. Luke 16:11
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

4. Luke 16:13
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. W.E. Vine’s Greek Dictionary defines this word Mammon:
 “Mammon: Greek=mamonas, a common Aramaic word for "riches," akin to a Hebrew word signifying "to be firm, steadfast" (whence "Amen"), hence, "that which is to be trusted;" Gesenius regards it as derived from a Hebrew word signifying "treasure" (Gen. 43:23); it is personified in Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:9,11,13.”

While the ancient Greeks understood that “mammon” could be trusted to secure them peace, provisions and prosperity, throughout the word of God we are told that temporal and worldly riches are not the goal of God’s disciples. We are told to store our treasures in Heaven. What are these treasures? The Bible clearly tells us that:

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other, (Galatians 5:22-26).”  Who are these that manifest the above mentioned qualities? Jesus tells us explicitly, that “You will know my children by their fruit, (Matthew 7:16).
Therefore, any individual person, group (Christian or otherwise) who practices a life that goes against what God’s words tell us above, is the enemy of mankind. Those whose involvement entails the search and activity to gain riches and treasure for himself and his cohorts, are the true enemies of God!

Jesus’ last message to us focused in on this, making it the most important task ahead for all believers:

“ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

28 Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom, Matthew 16:24-28).

Anyone doing otherwise than what Jesus Christ expects from His faithful believers and followers, is a “Mammonite” and I will always challenge you and your true purpose in life, especially if it tries to usurp the Glory of Jesus Christ!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism (or, Armageddonism and Politics)

                                       by Dave MacPherson

    As always, we are excited whenever prolific research and eschatology writer extraordinaire, Dave MacPherson, submits articles to be published in our blog. Known as the top expert on the origins of the "Pre-Tribulation to Heaven" mythology, our dear friend and fellow servant sent us this article to comment on today's "end times" hysteria that has taken over the mission of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Both Dave and I agree that (on the Internet, at least) Christians have become more absorbed with political and supernatural trivia (such as UFO's, Nephilim, New World Order conspiracies, and other demonic anomalies), which are stifling the great commission to preach and practice the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Both of us also agree that one of the prime culprits is the injection of the premillennial dispensational doctrine concocted by ersatz theologians John Nelson Darby and C.I. Scofield, who gleaned the Rapture myth from the Irvingites of England in the mid 1800's. Following are his most recent comments on this topic: 

    First , let's get something straight. Many American evangelicals are not looking for the "world's end" or "judgment day" or an "Antichrist" or even the "second coming."
    Although these phrases are in their theology books, the same books emphasize what they are waiting (and would almost die) for: the "any-moment pretribulation rapture" - a sudden coming of Christ occurring not only BEFORE the final second coming but (most importantly) even BEFORE the apocalyptic "great tribulation" (a.k.a. "Antichrist's reign of terror") preceding the second coming!
    So what's been the appeal of the 182-year-old pretrib rapture view? Although it was dreamed up and first publicly aired in Britain in 1830 (and made history by promising Christians an unheard of lift-off from earth before the horrors of Antichrist's reign), it wasn't fully accepted and merchandised in America until almost a century later.
    Hal Lindsey, the big rapture guru of the late 20th century, ended his bestselling book "The Late Great Planet Earth" with the word "MARANATHA" which pretribulation rapturists know is a code word for their rapture. And the same literal removal from earth at any moment lurks in Lindsey's other writings.
   Tim LaHaye, the current rapture tycoon whose "Left Behind" bonanza has left even Lindsey behind, knows how to milk the rapturized masses. After his 1992 pro-rapture book "No Fear of the Storm" was published, it was revealed that he had sloppily omitted 49 words when airing the pretrib originator's brief handwritten "revelation" account (the same 49 words Thomas Ice had somehow omitted when he had reproduced it three years earlier!).
    After sales slowed down, it was re-issued as "Rapture Under Attack" and later on as "The Rapture" (with the same 49 missing words!). But not even these title changes seemed to help things, and merchandiser LaHaye knew it was time to come up with some other titles that could further his rapture obsession. And Jerry Falwell never seemed to miss an opportunity, when
preaching, to remind his audience that he most certainly believed in the "pretribulational rapture" view. I can almost believe that the middle name of many Christian Right leaders is "Rapture"!
    When checking pre-19th century prophetic development, one finds that "dispensational" thinking as well as Christian Zionistic roots had been in existence long before the emergence of pretribulation rapturism. Even the prophetic word "rapture" had been in print well before the 19th century - but always in reference to only an after-the-tribulation coming and never to a
pretribulation coming which was never a part of any organized church or any official Christian theology before 1830!
    Many are still unaware that the pretrib rapture idea was first publicly aired in the fall of 1830 in "The Morning Watch" (hereafter: TMW), a little-known quarterly journal published by the Irvingites (followers of famed London preacher Edward Irving) from 1829 to 1833 in Britain. Not only was this innovative publication years ahead of John Darby and his Plymouth Brethren colleagues, rapturally speaking, but in it we find shocking militancy that has been observed recently in Christian Zionist preachers like John Hagee, Jerry Falwell, Tim LaHaye, Hal Lindsey, Jan Markell etc.
    As early as the September 1830 issue of TMW (pp. 510-514) a writer declared that only worthy Christians (which he labeled "Philadelphia") would be raptured before "the great tribulation" and less worthy ones (labeled "Laodicea") would be left on earth. The September 1832 issue of the same journal (pp. 6-7) saw "Jews" as well as the less worthy Christians left behind.
    But the March 1833 issue (p. 147) said that only "the Jews" would be excluded from the rapture. So within a short period of time the Irvingites, while following the same Scriptures, revealed their innate anti-Jewishness by switching from a "church/church" dichotomy to a "church/Israel" dichotomy after convincing themselves that only "the Jews" would deserve a future tribulation!
    After their adoption of an escapist view that no leading Greek scholar had ever taught before 1830, the same early pretrib rapturists, feeling superior, began exhibiting some vices that often come to powerless persons who suddenly obtain power - vices like pride, hatred and persecution of others, playing God, and so on.
    Sounding like Hagee and other warlike warmongers, TMW expressed even more delusional, rapture-inspired fantasies: The September 1830 issue (p. 514), looking ahead to the hoped for "great escape," declared that the raptured believers would then collectively become "the victorious ministerer of the great tribulation" upon those left behind!
    In March of 1832 the same Irvingite journal (p. 3) taught that the "vials" of wrath in the book of Revelation "shall be poured out by the risen [raptured] saints"! And TMW in September 1832 (p. 27) went even further and announced that the collective group of raptured ones will "wield the thunders of its power against the dragon [Satan] and his angels, and cast them down from heaven"!
    Note that these fanatics were more than willing to be the "chosen ones" to pour out tribulation and wrath on those not worthy to be "chosen": the Jews. (I'm glad to report that Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina is now the only North American institution that contains a complete set of every issue of "The Morning Watch." I recently gave SEBTS my vast collection of rare historical material including those issues and Robert Norton's valuable 1861 book on the Irvingites, a copy of which I found while researching throughout Britain.)
    We've just had a glimpse of vengeful and power-crazy fanaticism within the very earliest pretrib rapture group. But where in the Bible did those deluded Britishers find support for such "rapture rage"? And where are the followers of Christ commanded to pick up a sword and conquer or convert non-believers with it - or even support such sword-bearers? Why have so many
    Christian Zionists, who seemingly give more attention to governments than to their Gospel, turned the Great Commission into the Great Commotion?
    Many of the above historical details are in my 300-page book "The Rapture Plot," the most complete and documented history of the 182-year-old pretribulation rapture merchandised today by Hagee, LaHaye, Ice, Strandberg, Lindsey, Swaggart, Van Impe, Markell, etc. for their pet agendas - an escapist view still held by Americans and others who have had little persecution!
    To see my web articles, Google or Yahoo "Pretrib Rapture Diehards,"
"X-Raying Margaret," ""Edward Irving is Unnerving," "The Unoriginal
John Darby," "Famous Rapture Watchers," "Thomas Ice (Bloopers),"
"Pretrib Expert John Walvoord Melts Ice," "Pretrib Rapture Secrets,"
"The Rapture Index (Mad Theology)," "Wily Jeffrey," "Pretrib Rapture
Secrecy," "Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Pretrib Hypocrisy,"
"Pretrib Rapture Politics," "Christ's return is NOT imminent," "Islam
will purify Jews and Christians" and "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty."
BTW, my book "The Rapture Plot" is available at online bookstores
like Armageddon Books.
    Do Hagee and his fellow preachers really love Jewish persons as much as they say they do? Then why do they pervert Scripture to try to get themselves raptured off earth before their future and final "tribulation" instead of wanting to remain on earth during that period to minister love to ALL of earth's citizens including Jews and Muslims?
    Hagee stated on July 19, 2006 that "The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God's plan for both Israel and the West...." Which Bible verse inspired him to utter this - the one that says "Love ye your enemies" or the one saying "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"?
    It would appear that Hagee and other pretribulation rapture traffickers and Christian Zionists are trying to identify with the predicted group whose love will "wax cold" (a la Matthew 24:12) during what Hagee etc. see in the future as earth's darkest days!

[What They Are Saying About ... THE RAPTURE PLOT by Dave MacPherson:
 
Gary DeMar (President American Vision): "A majority of prophecy writers and speakers teach that the church will be raptured before a future tribulational period. But did you know that prior to about 1830 no such doctrine existed. No one in all of church history ever taught pretribulational rapture. Dave MacPherson does the work of a journalistic private investigator to uncover the truth....The Rapture Plot is the never-before-told true story of the plot - how plagiarism and subtle document changes created the 'mother of all revisionisms.' A fascinating piece of detective work." Robert H. Gundry (Professor Westmont College): "As usual MacPherson out hustles his opponents in research on primary sources. C. S. Lovett (President Personal Christianity): You don't read very much of Dave MacPherson's work before you realize he is a dedicated researcher. Because his work has been so honest and open his latest work The Rapture Plot has produced many red faces among some of the most recognized rapture writers of our time. When their work is compared to his it is embarrassing for them to see how shallow their research is." R. J. Rushdoony (President Chalcedon): "Dave MacPherson has been responsible for major change in the eschatology of evangelical churches by his devastating studies of some of the central aspects thereof. In The Rapture Plot MacPherson tells us of the strange tale of 'rapture' writings, revisions, cover-ups, alterations and confusions. No one has equaled MacPherson in his research on the 'pretrib rapture.' Attempts to discredit his work have failed...." About the Author: Born 1932 of Scotch/English descent Dave MacPherson is a natural for British historical research. His calling was journalism. Receiving a BA in English in 1955 he spent 26 years as a newsman reporting and filming many notable events persons presidents and dignitaries.]