Logic Proves A Pretribulation Rapture
by David J. Stewart
June 2016 | Updated December 2019
1st Thessalonians 4:16-18, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Our text passage of Holy Scriptures above plainly teaches a Rapture. Some critics argue that the word “Rapture” is not found in the Bible, but neither is the word “Bible” found in the Bible! The words “CAUGHT UP” are very plain to understand. The Bible plainly teaches that every believer, “the dead in Christ first” and “then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together WITH THEM in the clouds, to meet the Lord IN THE AIR” (emphasis mine). The dead shall be raised first, but they won't ascend until we are also changed. We're all going up TOGETHER! Amen! I wish it were even so, right now, today!!! So there is no debate whether or not there will be a catching up of the saints, and the word “Rapture” is certainly theologically appropriate to use.
Colonel H. Speed Wilson (1920-2013) wrote a book titled, “Rapture: A Dangerous Deception,” offering $10,000 to anyone who could conclusively show Scriptural evidence for a Rapture. Oh boy! A common claim that I hear from skeptics is that after reading the Bible, they couldn't find any mention of a “7-year Tribulation” or “a Rapture.” Mr. Wilson uses no less than 13 different revisions of the Bible in his unscholarly book. Evidently, Mr. Wilson never read our text passage from 1st Thessalonians 4:16-18. Only a fool would deny the Rapture itself. That is not the debate, the debate is over the TIMING of the Rapture.
The religious debate is over the “TIMING” of the Rapture. It has become a heated debate in recent years, for reasons which I will explain in a moment; but first, I want to teach you LOGICALLY why a PreTribulation Rapture is the only scenario that works theologically. I have listened several times to Pastor Steven Anderson's in-depth teachings on “THE BOOK OF REVELATION” and “AFTER THE TRIBULATION.” I have also listened Dr. Texe Marrs for years bash the Rapture and the Baptist preachers who teach it. Alex Jones is doctrinally deficient (respectfully), not knowing enough Biblically to make a convincing argument. Alex simply promotes the money-making videos of Dr. Marrs and Brother Anderson, all bashing the PreTribulation Rapture.
Here's more Scriptural evidence of a Rapture:
1st Corinthians 15:51-52, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Logic Proves a PreTribulation Rapture
The theological debate is over the “TIMING” of the Rapture. It has always been a heated debate, but especially in recent decades as we are witnessing the development of the New World Order. I'll explain this more in a bit.
Ok, let's begin to show, by logic, that there will be a PreTribulation Rapture. By using logic—the process of elimination and deductive reasoning—any honest Bible student can only conclude a PreTribulation Rapture. You cannot read the Bible like a newspaper or novel and form doctrinal conclusions. That's not how God authored His Word. 2nd Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” That words “rightly divide” comes from the Greek word orthotomeo, which means, “to make a straight cut, that is, (figuratively) to dissect (expound) correctly.” In order to properly understand the Holy Bible, we have to dissect it, cross-referencing Scripture-with-Scripture.
It is true that you won't see a PreTribulation Rapture if you casually read through the Bible as a novel. That is why God commanded us to “study” and to “rightly divide” the word of truth. This is called “deductive reasoning.” It simply means that we look at generally known facts, and from them form more specific conclusions. We know Jesus foretold that the time of His coming would be a mystery (Mark 13:32-37). For example: We know from 1st Thessalonians 4:18 that the teaching of the Rapture is intended to offer “comfort” to believers. Certainly, there would be nothing “comforting” about the Church going into the “Tribulation” period. I've heard some PreWrathers deny a 7-year Tribulation period, but Daniel's 70th week is irrefutably 7-years long. The King James Bible even gives us the number of days of the full Tribulation period (Revelation 11:3; Daniel 12:11-12, et cetera). Only a person illiterate of the Scriptures would deny a 7-year Tribulation period.
The Process of Elimination Indicates a Pretribulation Rapture
As I will show you, there is no way that the Rapture can happen during the middle of the Tribulation period (aka, a PreWrath Rapture, or MidTribulation Rapture), nor at the end of the Tribulation (aka, a PostTribulation Rapture). By eliminating the possibility of a PreWrath Rapture and PostTrib Rapture, there is nothing left except a PreTrib Rapture. Logic that a PreTribulation Rapture is 100% correct. By the way, fundamentalism hasn't changed, apostates are quitting fundamentalism! You can't split fundamentalism! You can quit it! You can leave it! But you can't change it! You can't split it! The historical fundamentalist position on the Rapture is a PreTribulation Rapture!!! Granted, we don't get our doctrines from men as a secondary authority, we get our doctrines from the inspired Word of God, which is the inspired King James Bible!!!
Pastor Jack Hyles Preaches Against “Mid Tribulation Rapture Garbage”!
Respectfully, Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, teaches a PreWrath Rapture (obviously with which I kindly disagree). Pastor Anderson is one of my favorite preachers, despite our numerous doctrinal disagreements (he's right on the Word of God and salvation). The guy has zeal and is fervent about soul-winning, and I love that. We need more preaching preachers like Brother Anderson, who have fire and backbone. As Evangelist Lester Roloff (1914-1982) wisely said: WE NEED PORCUPINE PREACHERS, SO PEOPLE WILL GET THE POINT!
What exactly is a PreWrath Rapture? This is simply the teaching that the saints will be raptured out of the world just prior to God pouring out His wrath upon the wicked world (i.e., the worst events from the book of Revelation). The PreWrath position says that believers will not be raptured BEFORE the Tribulation, but will GO INTO the Tribulation period. Respectfully, Pastor Anderson states in his video (part 2 of 22) that he believes the Rapture will occur 75 days after the Abomination of Desolation. (Kindly, I explain Brother Anderson's 75 day heresy and refute it here.)
The Scriptures warn against setting dates for the Lord's return. Brother Anderson is certainly setting a time for the Rapture, but he still maintains that we don't know when that time will come. Kindly, it is doubletalk. This one point alone invalidates Pastor Anderson's PreWrath position. The Lord said NO ONE, not even the angels in Heaven, know THE TIME of His return. Even the Lord Himself said He didn't know THE TIME. So how can Pastor Anderson teach that the Lord will return 75 days after the Abomination of Desolation? (Look at his chart in the video, which also reads 75 Days) The Abomination of Desolation will be the prophetic event when the Antichrist will claim to be God, and the False Prophet will murder anyone who refuses to worship him as God (Revelation 13:15).
Jesus taught that NO MAN, not even HIMSELF, knows WHEN He will return...
Mark 13:32-37, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
What would be the purpose of “watching” (verse 37) if we know that the Lord cannot return until after the Antichrist is revealed? Some preachers say this is not speaking about the Rapture, because the apostles were not familiar with the “mystery” (1st Corinthians 15:51) of the Rapture, but I find it hard to believe that the Lord didn't know. We know that Jesus didn't know the TIME of His return, because He said so in Mark 32:37. However, do you really think that Jesus didn't know He was coming back? Folks, the Lord knew about the Rapture! What saith the Scripture? ...
John 14:1-2, “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Before I go any further, let me give you 32 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING (scroll down page a bit). One of the easiest ways to disprove Pastor Anderson's PreWrath Rapture is to simply look at the differences I just gave you. For example: The Bible says in Matthew 24:29-30 that the sun and moon shall be darkened AFTER THE TRIBULATION, and then shall the Son of Man (Christ) appear. Pastor Anderson says this is the Rapture, but that is not right. Folks, if this is the Rapture, then what will Christ's Second Coming be like, and when will it occur. I know this stuff gets deep and confusing quickly, but simply examine Matthew 24:29-31 and then ask yourself: Is this talking about the Rapture? If it is dear reader, then prey tell me, when will the Second Coming happen, and what will it be like? This is clear evidence from the Bible that Pastor Anderson is wrong on the timing of the Rapture. ...
“They believe in this fairytale of the PreTribulation
—Pastor Steven Anderson; “After the Tribulation: The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Fraud Exposed”
The Lord gave specific prophetic details in Matthew chapter 24 of the future Tribulation period. Matthew 24:29-31 can only be referring to the Lord's Second Coming, and not the Rapture. The Rapture is not mentioned in Matthew chapter 24 at all. Read it for yourself.
Also, if the Lord cannot return until after the Antichrist claims to be God, then our motivation to serve God faithfully is diminished. 1st John 3:2-3, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” What is that “HOPE”? Why, it is the RAPTURE, for that is when we will see Christ “AS HE IS”!!! I love that: AS HE IS!!!
We Are Commanded to Look for Jesus, Not the Antichrist
There are many reasons why I conclude a PreTribulation Rapture. One is found in Titus 2:13, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” We are commanded to LOOK FOR THAT BLESSED HOPE, AND THE GLORIOUS APPEARING OF THE GREAT GOD AND OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST!!! We are not told to look for the Antichrist! I hear believers continually asking: “Do you think President Donald Trump is the Antichrist?” Does it matter? Who cares? I mean, really? I'm looking for the UPPERTAKER, not the UNDERTAKER! I admit that the whole subject of the Antichrist is intriguing, but dear friends, we are commanded in the Holy Scriptures to LOOK FOR JESUS CHRIST!!! If the Antichrist must appear before Jesus Christ (which is exactly what Pastor Anderson errantly teaches), then we need not LOOK for Christ, because the Antichrist will come before Him. Do you see the flaw in Pastor Anderson's PreWrath theory?
The following statement by Brother Anderson is totally false...
The Rapture simply
cannot happen at any moment!”
—Pastor Steven L. Anderson; After the Tribulation: The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Fraud Exposed (01:27:04 video)
One of the foundational principles of Christianity is that Christ could return AT ANY MOMENT!
Jesus is Not Returning 75 Days After the Antichrist!
From observing the bizarre teachings of PreWrath adherents, we can logic that there WON'T be a PreWrath Rapture. Don't tell me that Jesus is coming to remove the Church from the world 75 days after the Antichrist claims to be God (aka, the prophetic event known as “The Abomination of Desolation” - Daniel 12:11; Matthew 24:15). There are numerous doctrinal problems with a PreWrath Rapture, which we're going to get into. And certainly there is no teaching in the Bible about the Rapture occurring 75 days after The Abomination of Desolation. Kindly, Brother Anderson really stuck his neck out with this strange doctrine. ...
believe that the Great Tribulation will last 75 days!”
—Pastor Steven Anderson: “The Book of Revelation: Chapter 2 of 22”
75 days? Anyone who says that Jesus is not coming at any moment is teaching heresy! One of the distinctives of the Christian faith is the belief that Christ might return at any moment, without signs, suddenly, imminently and assuredly (Luke 13:32-37). Although the Apostles didn't know about the Rapture, because it was still “a mystery” until later revealed by the Apostle Paul (1st Corinthians 15:51-57), Jesus certainly did know, just as He was able to describe vivid details of the Tribulation period in Matthew 24 and Luke 21. Why The PreTribulation Rapture is So Important! Jesus admitted that at the time He DIDN'T know the time of the Rapture, but He had
A PostTribulation Rapture is just as ridiculous. Why would the saints be “CAUGHT UP” (1st Thessalonians 4:17), at the same time they are coming down with the Lord to behold the Battle of Armageddon and Christ setting up His Millennial kingdom (Jude 1:14)? The PostTribulation Rapture theory is nowhere near as popular as the PreWrath theory. They are mere theories, not Biblical. To come to the conclusion of a PreTribulation Rapture doctrine requires a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures (particularly prophecy), so that you can “rightly divide” the Words of God (2nd Timothy 2:15).
A PreWrath Rapture Presents Many Doctrinal Problems
Pastor Steven Anderson teaches that Jesus Christ will Rapture the Church 75-days after The Abomination Of Desolation. The Bible teaches in Matthew 24:15 that as soon as “The Abomination Of Desolation” happens, the inhabitants of Judaea should flee for their lives into the mountains. Christians will be martyred, along with anyone else, who refuses to accept the Mark Of The Beast; but Brother Anderson teaches that the Rapture won't happen for 75-days after the Abomination Of Desolation. I don't think the Antichrist is going to wait 75-days before he starts brutally murdering the Christians. Biblically, every saved person will be Raptured BEFORE the Tribulation.
So, there will only be a world of unsaved people at the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation period. Ah, but then people will begin to be saved through faith in the Gospel (in particular 144,000 Jews, who will become diligent soul-winners), preaching the Gospel to the four corners of the earth. Remember, the Church will be Raptured, but not God's Word in the Holy Bible. So some people will read the incorruptible seed of God's Word and BELIEVE the Gospel, and they will be born-again. Many of them will be martyred during the Tribulation.
Here are numerous problems with a PreWrath Rapture theory:
- An Inconsistency in Daniel's 70th Week - A big flaw in Pastor Anderson's PreWrath theory is that he says only the first 3 1/2 years of Daniel's 70th week are the “Tribulation.” And then he says the last 3 1/2 years are called “Wrath” in the Bible. But if the saints are raptured 75 days into the time of “Wrath,” then wouldn't the remainder of that time in Daniel's 70th week also be a time of Great Tribulation? In other words, why doesn't he consider the time of “wrath” as also being a time of “Tribulation”? What he is saying doesn't make any sense. Brother Anderson only considers the first 3 1/2 years of Daniel's 70th week as a time of “Tribulation.” He calls the last 3 1/2 years “wrath.” He has to teach this way to justify his “AFTER THE TRIBULATION” Rapture theory. That is why it is called “PreWrath Rapture,” because the saints are allegedly removed from the earth just prior to God unleashing His fury and wrath upon the earth. The inconsistency is that Brother Anderson teaches the Tribulation period is only 3 1/2 years in duration, instead of 7-years as the Bible teaches. Jesus called the latter part of Daniel's 70th week in Matthew 24:21—“Great Tribulation.” Brother Anderson's entire theory is based upon Matthew 24:29—the little phrase, “IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS.” It just doesn't make any sense what he is teaching! He downplays the term “Tribulation,” saying that it is not taught in the Bible as a 7-year time period. Yet, again, Jesus Himself referred to the time of wrath (the last 3 1/2 years of Daniel's 70th week) as “Great Tribulation” in Matthew 24:21. When the Bible speaks of “After The Tribulation Of Those Days” in Matthew 24:29, it is speaking of THE GREAT TRIBULATION!!! But Brother Anderson claims this refers to the first 3 1/2 years instead. What confusion the PreWrath Rapture theory causes!
- Matthew 24:29-30 Clearly CANNOT Refer to the Rapture - Biblically, it is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ that follows the time of Great Tribulation (not the Rapture). Yet, according to Pastor Anderson's PreWrath Rapture theory, the saints are caught up just before God's wrath is poured out. This makes no sense, nor agrees with the Scriptures. I encourage you to read Matthew 24 carefully. Carefully consider Matthew 24:29-30, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
If Brother Anderson is correct, then the saints cannot be removed from the world until the sun and moon no longer shine, and the stars fall from heaven. And verse 30 totally dispels a PreWrath Rapture theory. Verse 30 plainly teaches that the entire world will see Jesus Christ come with POWER and GREAT GLORY! All of EARTH'S TRIBES WILL MOURN. My friend, this absolutely cannot be the Rapture!!! I have listed at 32 differences (contrasts) between the Rapture and Christ's Second Coming, please view them. At the Rapture, only the saved will be CAUGHT UP into the air to meet the Lord in the clouds (1st Thessalonians 4:17). The world will not see Jesus Christ at this time.
Pastor Anderson's theory is that the Bible plainly tells us that “After The Tribulation Of Those Days,” the Lord Jesus Christ appears in the clouds of heaven in power and glory with His saints and angels. Clearly, this is NOT the Rapture! This is Jesus Second Coming to the earth!!! Please carefully read the following Bible verses, which is the entire basis of Stephen Anderson's heresy of a PreWrath Rapture. Look at it carefully and you will plainly see that THIS IS NOT THE RAPTURE!!!:
Matthew 24:29-30, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
Folks, the whole earth sees the Lord Jesus Christ at this time, and they mourn. This same event is recorded in Revelation 1:7, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” This is Christ's Second Coming TO THE EARTH. In sharp contrast, the saints are privately caught up into the clouds at the Rapture, to meet the Lord in the air, and Jesus DOES NOT set foot upon the earth at that time. The unsaved world does not witness the Rapture of the Church.
- Where will the humans come from who enter into the Millennium kingdom? - Another problem with a PreWrath Rapture is that, if there are no people saved during the time of God's wrath being poured out (as PreWrath adherents claim), then who will enter into the Millennium? The Bible teaches that during the Millennium—human children will play with snakes and spiders and not be bitten (Isaiah 11:8), and people will again live to be several hundred years old (Isaiah 65:20), and there will be peace (no wars... amen!) amongst humanity as never before (Isaiah 2:4), et cetera. There will be humans during the Millennium! Of course, all of the saints who were raptured prior to the Tribulation will be changed (1st Corinthians 15:52-57), having received our glorified bodies (Philippians 3:21). So where will the humans come from during the Millennium? They will be the people saved during the 7-year Tribulation period (Revelation 7:13-14). A PreWrath Rapture theory does not account for this necessity.
I've heard both Pastor Anderson and Alex Jones teach that no one will be saved during the Tribulation. They both quote the following Scripture in an attempt to prove that the Church will enter into the Tribulation period. Revelation 13:7, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” PreWrathers conclude that if Satan is waging war against the saints, then a PreTribulation Rapture must be false. However, I believe that these “saints,” whom Satan makes war against, are those saints saved during the 7-year Tribulation. PreWrath adherents say these are New Testament saints who have not been raptured yet.
It's really goofy what PreWrath supporters claim, because the very term they call themselves, i.e., “Pre Wrath” indicates that they won't see any violence or Great Tribulation. Yet they believe that Satan will make war with them. What an inconsistency! And here is Scriptural proof that people will be saved during the worst parts of God's wrath being poured out. Revelation 7:14, “And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Even PreWrathers don't believe that God will allow the Church (the redeemed) to go through God's wrath. One main reason why is found in 1st Thessalonians 1:10, ”And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” This Scripture plainly teaches that the Lord will Rapture the Church from God's coming wrath upon the wicked on the earth. As we read in Revelation 7:14, there will be saved people (who robes have been washed in the precious blood of the Lamb), who COME OUT OF “GREAT TRIBULATION.” This seemingly contradicts 1st Thessalonians 1:10. The obvious answer is that millions of people will be saved during the Tribulation period. If you logic through all this, a PreTribulation Rapture is the only logical conclusion that you can make!!!
Again, it is a false teaching that God will rapture the saints after the Tribulation, and then no one will be saved during God's pouring out of wrath on the wicked. This presents a big theological problem, because the Bible teaches that there will be humans living during the 1,000 millennial period, when Christ reigns over the earth from the throne of David. Where do those humans come from? Clearly, they would have to come out of the Tribulation period. This disproves any theory of a PreWrath Rapture, where all the saints are removed and the wicked are all destroyed. Again, only a Pretribulation Rapture makes sense. There will be many people saved during the Tribulation period. There will be 144,000 Jewish soul-winners during the Tribulation period.
- Rapture of Christians Must Come Before Antichrist Revealed. - A PreWrath Rapture theory cannot be correct, because in this false scenario, the Antichrist is revealed while the Church is still present in the world. The following excellent words are from Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980):
Rapture of Christians Must Come Before Antichrist Revealed
“The Antichrist has not made a treaty with Israel as yet. They have not rebuilt their temple nor started their Old Testament worship. Before that can come to pass and the Antichrist be revealed, another miraculous event must occur. That is the rapture of the saints. In II Thessalonians 2:1-8 the Lord gives us clearly the order of events. Some Christians at Thessalonica had been taught that the day of Christ, when He should return to rule on this earth and set up His kingdom, was at hand. Paul wrote to tell them that before the day of Christ's visible return and His glorious reign should begin, other things must happen. There must come a great falling away of Christians, and the Man of Sin must be revealed. If the Antichrist should have any reign at all, he must have his reign before the everlasting kingdom of Christ begins. Check these facts carefully in II Thessalonians 2:1-4:
2nd Thessalonians 2:1-4, 'Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.'
We see that there must come a falling away, then the Man of Sin, then Christ's kingdom on earth, that is, the day of Christ. But then as we read on we find that Christ must call the saved people up into the air to meet Him before the Antichrist, or Man of Sin, can be revealed. Read in the same chapter the following verses, II Thessalonians 2:6-8:
2nd Thessalonians 2:6-8, 'And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.'
There is one person in the world who is hindering the Antichrist. The mystery of iniquity is working. The world is getting ready for his coming, governments are being centralized, wars and troubles are multiplying, and wickedness increases rapidly. But this one Person hinders the Antichrist so that he cannot yet appear. Until He is taken out of this world, the Devil cannot give a world empire into the hands of an Antichrist.”
SOURCE: Dr. John R. Rice, “The Second Coming of Christ in Daniel,” pp. 34-35; ISBN: 0-87398-753-5; Sword of the Lord Publishers, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Amen! We know that Jesus Christ has already been taken out of the world. And we know that the Church is never referred to as “he.” It cannot be a human being, because no one has ever lived that long, nor has that kind of power. 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 teaches that the believer's body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comforts, guides, teaches, rebukes and convicts Christians. When the Church is raptured, and all the saints are gone home to Heaven, the Holy Spirit will be gone from this world. There will be some people saved during the Tribulation, and they will be indwelt by the Holy Spirit, but their number will pale in comparison to the large number of believers who will be taken out of the world at the Rapture.
Whereas the world and even most of the churches are being deceived presently by the Devil, Christians such as myself have not been deceived. We see through the Devil's deceptions of modern Bible revisions, the heresy of Zionism, the satanic perversion of the Gospel in the heresy of Lordship Salvation, the lying mainstream newsmedia, amoral Hollywood, apostate ecumenism and neo-evangelicalism, Ultra-Dispensationalism, the bogus official story of the 9/11 WTC attacks, the fraudulent Federal Reserve Banking System, the New World Order agenda of the United Nations, the Illuminati (Luciferians who do Satan's bidding in the world), et cetera.
The following faithful men of God all concluded a PreTribulation Rapture (please take a look at their deductions)...
Evangelist John R. Rice Teaches The Truth That The “Rapture” Happens Before The Tribulation
Not Wrath, But Rapture
(by Dr. Harry A. Ironside)
A Biblical PreTrib Rapture
Pastor Lee Roberson Taught a PreTribulation Rapture
(from the book 'Some Golden Daybreak')
Pastor Curtis Hutson Gives Six Reasons for a PreTribulation Rapture
Were these men all ignorant of the truth? I think not! Please read the preceding articles, considering the LOGIC that each preacher uses to conclude a PreTribulation Rapture of the Church. Here are some of my own observations from the Holy Scriptures:
32 Differences Between the Rapture and the Second Coming!
Deductive Reasoning Proves a PreTribulation Rapture
As we defined earlier Deductive Reasoning is examining general facts to make more specific conclusions. Here are a few such conclusions from the inspired Words of God:
- Two Classes Of Resurrected Saints (by Pastor Harry Ironside).Here's some powerful Bible commentary concerning the doctrine of the Rapture by one of my preacher heroes, Dr. Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951). The following observation is brilliant by Dr. Ironside. The Bible makes a distinction between saints resurrected BEFORE the Tribulation at the Rapture, and the saints later resurrected AFTER the Tribulation (i.e., the saints who are martyred during the Tribulation Period). Clearly, the saints present during the Tribulation period are in a different class than the saints taken up at the Rapture. This is further conclusive evidence of a PREtribulation Rapture:
Revelation 20:4, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
The first part of Revelation 20:4 is a fulfillment of 1st Corinthians 6:2, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” The Apostle John sees these saints, who were taken at the PreTribulation Rapture, judging the world as God promised. Yet, John also sees a second group of saints, those who are martyred (murdered for Christ) during the Tribulation, who will reign with Christ during the millennium period. This is clearly a different class of believers than those mentioned in the first part of the verse. This plainly evidences that the Rapture will happen BEFORE the Tribulation. To read Dr. Ironside's entire exegesis, please read his sermon, “Not Wrath, But Rapture!”
TWO CLASSES OF RESURRECTED SAINTS...
Those who are martyred under the beast and the anti-Christ in that day will be raised from the dead when the Lord descends to take the kingdom, and will thus form the last cohort of the first resurrection. Notice the order indicated in Revelation 20:4-6. First, John says, “I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them.” These are undoubtedly identified with the saints who are raised at the Rapture before the Tribulation. Then John mentions another class...
“And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands, and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
These are the martyrs of the tribulation period. They have their part in the heavenly side of the kingdom. As to the unsaved, we are told in verse 5. “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” Verse 6 includes the entire company who have part in the various cohorts of the first resurrection. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection; on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”
It is plain then that there will be saints on the earth during the great tribulation, but they are not members of the body of Christ, as that body is now constituted by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They will be individual believers, as in Old Testament times, and will through grace be enabled to witness for Christ in that day of great distress. They will share in the kingdom and enjoy the blessing of the Lord in a wonderful way, but they are not included in the body of Christ that occupies a distinct place through all the ages to come.
SOURCE: Dr. Harry Ironside, “Not Wrath, But Rapture”
Mark 13:32-37, “ But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
It wasn't the unsaved world who asked Jesus when the world will end; but rather, it was His disciples, Peter, James, Andrew and John. Jesus told them what He told everybody... WATCH! Watch because you don't know WHEN I am coming back!!! Some theologians say that the preceding passage of Scripture has nothing to do with the Rapture, but it absolutely must! The reason why is because from the event of The Abomination of Desolation (Matthew 24:15), it will be exactly 3 1/2 years until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to the earth. Anyone knowledgeable of the Scriptures will know exactly “when” Jesus is coming back!!! Jesus said that even the angels don't know when He's returning. Clearly, this must refer to a secret PreTribulation Rapture. (Please read the excellent comments in this article by Dr. Henry H. Halley concerning Matthew 24-25, Mark 13 and Luke 21.)
There is a Deeper Agenda Behind the Attack Against a PreTribulation Rapture
The religious debate is over the TIMING of the Rapture. It has always been a heated debate, but especially in recent decades. In particular, Dr. Texe Marrs, Pastor Steven Anderson, and Radio Host Alex Jones, have relentlessly attacked the PreTribulation Rapture doctrine. There is a deeper reason for their attack, which is their rejection of Dispensationalism.
Dr. Cyrus Scofield has been both praised and demonized for his popular Scofield Reference Bible, which teaches Dispensationalism. What in the world is that big word? Dr. Philip Mauro, a critic of Mr. Scofield and his Zionist teachings, defines Dispensationalism as:
“A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect to some specific revelation of the Will of God”
SOURCE: Dr. Philip Mauro, “The Gospel of the Kingdom” (1927)
I strongly recommend taking the time to read Dr. Mauro's book, “The Gospel of the Kingdom.” But if not, I'll give you the basic premise of what he teaches. Dr. Mauro contends that Mr. Scofield wrongly added to the Words of God, fabricating an elaborate system known as “Dispensationalism” with the hidden agenda to indoctrinate pastors and churches with theological and political Zionism. Whereas the Word of God teaches that the Gospel is the basis of the Kingdom of God, Zionism teaches that restoring Israel on earth is the Kingdom of God. In Zionism, all the blessings go the the Jews, and who cares if they believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ or not. If you're a biological Jew, you're The Master Race! That is what Mr. Cyrus I. Scofield taught! I disagree with Mr. Scofield and I personally don't recommend the Scofield Reference Bible. Certainly, there is much good in the Scofield Reference Bible, and I wouldn't reprove anyone for using it, but I wouldn't use it. That's just me.
In the Word of God, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God was “AT HAND” when He exclaimed in Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Clearly, the Kingdom of God has nothing to do with Israel being The Master Race! The Holy Bible promotes the Gospel of the Kingdom, not the postponed Kingdom of Israel.
I fully agree with Dr. Philip Mauro's (1859-1952) book “The Gospel of the Kingdom” (a different source than the previous link). The previous link contains a link to a rebuttal by Pastor I.M. Haldeman (1884-1933) of the First Baptist Church of New York. Pastor Haldeman's book has a critical spirit, almost hateful, against Mr. Mauro for telling what he believes to be the truth. In sharp contrast, I perceived a humble spirit of a truth-seeker in Philip Mauro's book exposing Mr. C. I. Scofield (a former attorney). Philip Mauro was also a Christian attorney, who apologetically with humility exposes Mr. Scofield as a Zionist infiltrator into the churches—a wolf in sheep's clothing—who fabricated the unbiblical system of Dispensationalism as a vehicle by wherewith to indoctrinate the churches with the heresy of Zionism. It has worked very effectively! Most of America's churches over the past century (including most Baptist churches) are pro-Zionist, supporting criminals, homosexuals and ungodly reprobates in the name of Zionism.
Please read Mr. Mauro's book. Read Mr. Haldeman's also if you'd like. Read them both! You decide whose telling the truth! I love the simplicity of Philip Mauro's argument. He simply defends the Scriptures, teaching the beauty of having just two main divisions in God's workings with mankind: The Old Testament and the New Testament. There's nothing in the Holy Bible about 7 dispensations of time!!! I am not 100% against every preacher who teaches Dispensationalism, unless (like Dr. Peter Ruckman) he starts teaching that people in the Old Testament were saved differently than saints in the New Testament. Dr. Ruckman teaches that people were saved in the Old Testament by BOTH works and faith, but today only by faith, and then in the Tribulation by BOTH works and faith again. That is 100% satanic heresy! As Philip Mauro correctly teaches, people have always been saved the same way—by grace through faith in Jesus Christ!!!
Dispensationalism simply refers to the teaching that God dealt with humanity in different ways during different time periods. Specifically, Mr. Scofield teaches 7 dispensations (innocence, conscience, human government, promise, law, grace and Millennium). These are all covered in the book by Dr. Mauro. I agree with the following statement by Dr. Mauro. Acts 10:43, “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” People in the Old Testament were saved the same as we are today, that is, by grace through faith in the Messiah.
Attorney Philip Mauro states (with whom I fully agree):
Then further we are told, in the words of a prominent dispensationalist, that each of these seven distinct periods of time has "a character exclusively its own," being "wholly complete and sufficient in itself," that it "is in no wise exchangeable for the others, and cannot be commingled." That is to say, each "dispensation" has its own peculiar and distinguishing characteristics, insomuch that, when one succeeds another, there is a complete and radical change in the character and principles of God's dealings with the world. So say the dispensationalists; but I find in the Scriptures no evidence to support the statement. On the contrary, I find that, in every age and era, God has accepted those who believed Him and refused those who disbelieved Him. Salvation has always been "by grace, through faith," and upon the ground of the sacrifice of Christ, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Adam and Eve and Abel and Enoch and Noah and Abraham and David were one and all saved precisely as we are.
. . . THE Bible distinguishes--not seven dispensations, each having a character exclusively its own, but two great eras of God's dealings with mankind; the first of which was preparatory to the second, and the second of which is the completion of the first. Their scriptural designations are:
First: The Old Covenant; or the Law and the Prophets; or simply, the Law.
Second: The New Covenant; or the Kingdom of God; or simply, the Gospel.
This division is not man-made, artificial, conjectural; for it comes to us plainly marked in the structure of the Bible itself, which is composed of two grand divisions, the Old Testament, and the New Testament. (And it should be noted that the word "Testament" is one of the renderings of a Greek word that is sometimes, as in Hebrews 8:6-10, and should be always, translated "Covenant").
Furthermore those two grand divisions of the Bible are clearly marked and separated, the one from the other, by the long stretch of time that intervened between them, there being a period of four hundred years between the last Book of the Old Testament and the first events (Luke 1) recorded in the New. GOD HAS SPOKEN: TO THE FATHERS—TO US.
This scriptural division of God's dealings with men into two great eras is referred to in a number of passages. I have already cited Luke 16:16, "The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the Kingdom of God is preached," and John 1:17, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." Another passage that clearly distinguishes them and also sheds light upon the whole subject is Hebrews 1:1, 2, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son."
Dispensationalism simply refers to the teaching that God dealt with humanity in different ways during different time periods. Again, specifically, Mr. Scofield teaches 7 dispensations (innocence, conscience, human government, promise, law, grace and Millennium).
Attorney Philip Mauro further states (with whom I fully agree):
THE words of our chapter heading are the first words of the Gospel by Mark. They are enlightening words; and indeed they are quite sufficient in themselves to answer a question that confronts us at this point: When did the Gospel era begin? It is exceedingly important that we should have the right answer to that question; and we know where to seek it.
We have seen that the Bible distinguishes two great eras, and those two eras are closely related, the one to the other, though there are marked differences between them; the first being variously designated as, "the old covenant," "the law and the prophets," or simply "the law"; and the second being variously designated as, "the new covenant," "the kingdom of God," or simply "the gospel." Our Scripture tells us we are now at the "beginning" of something; and that that something is "the gospel of Jesus Christ." Could we have a plainer answer to our question?
Jesus continually taught that the Kingdom of God was “AT HAND,” not postponed until a future day when the nation of Israel would be established as “THE MASTER RACE.” Biblically, I am compelled to agree With Philip Mauro. There is no Scriptural evidence to support Mr. Scofield's dispensational heresy:
I have carefully examined the notes of the "Scofield Bible" in quest of the explanation of this. I find on one hand that no Scripture is cited to support the editor's view; for there is not one word in the Bible to the effect that the Kingdom announced by the Lord has been "postponed" or is "in abeyance." The Lord's own statement, from first to last, never modified, but proclaimed with ever increasing emphasis, was that the Kingdom was "at hand."
Both Dr. Texe Marrs and Pastor Steven Anderson reject and refute Dispensationalism. I agree with them for the most part. I say “for the most part” because the words “Rapture” and “Trinity” aren't in the Bible (nor is the word “Bible”), but they are perfectly appropriate to use. I would not argue with anyone who contends that those words are not found in the Holy Bible, because they would be 100% correct. Likewise, I cannot argue with anyone who contends against Dispensationalism, because it is simply not taught in the Holy Bible. It is an organized theological system intended (allegedly) to help Christians better understand the Bible. Unfortunately, from my own research it is very clear that there was a dark agenda behind the creation of the system of Dispensationalism, which is to earnestly promote the unbiblical heresy of ZIONISM!!!
Check and you will see that I speak THE TRUTH—Those who embrace Dispensationalism are nearly always radical pro-Zionists; and those who reject Dispensationalism are not! I am 100% against the satanic heresy of Zionism! Why? It is because God plainly tells us in Luke 21:24 that Jerusalem shall be TRODDEN DOWN by the Gentiles until the Times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Luke 21:24, “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Zionists have perverted the Scriptures, in an attempt to trick Christians to support the present state of Israel (since 1948). Hence, most Christians and churches ignorantly and fully support Marxist, Communist, homosexual, ungodly, unsaved, reprobate, Christ-rejecting, blaspheming, Israel—no matter what evils they commit, while always siding against the Arab peoples. This is sinful. As Christians we ought not be respecters of persons.
Dispensationalism is not based upon the Holy Bible; but rather, it was contrived by the Luciferian's behind the New World Order, as an agenda to infiltrate and corrupt the churches to support theological (heresy) and political Zionism. Here's an MP3 presentation by Dr. Texe Marrs, where he is clearly biased against a PreTribulation Rapture (calling it “a failed doctrine”) because of his hatred against Zionism. Since C.I. Scofield's Dispensationalism (taught in the Scofield Reference Bible) also included a PreTribulation Rapture, they reject it! With the population explosion in the world in these end times, the past century has witnessed the organization of theology. Unfortunately, much of it has been done by occultists to deceive the churches. Alice A. Bailey foretold that their Theosophist Luciferian doctrines would be taught via the churches, once they have been transformed. It's happening now!
Alice Bailey said that churches should maintain a basic statement of faith, while teaching New Age doctrines from the pulpit. Miss Bailey also foretold that the world's youth would grow tired of organized religion, and seek spirituality instead. Thus, beware of churches that promote spirituality (i.e., “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” - 2nd Timothy 3:5) without Biblical theology (i.e., teaching sound doctrine; such as, the deity of Christ, Godhead, virgin birth, Jesus' sinless life, Christ's death on the cross for our sins, bodily resurrection, Jesus' literal blood sprinkled on the heavenly Mercy Seat, et cetera).
The average believer today is so woefully
ignorant of THE TRUTH, and worse, they couldn't care less about the things I
am sharing with you. Something is very wrong when Christians are foolishly
supporting the New World Order! If your church uses the modern corrupt
Alexandrian based revisions, you are supporting the New World Order. If your
church supports Zionism, you are supporting the New World Order. If your
church teaches Lordship Salvation, you are supporting the New World Order.
If your church supports the mainstream newsmedia, you are supporting the New
World Order. If your church believes Islam was behind the WTC 9/11 attacks,
you are supporting the New World Order. Satan has infiltrated most churches.
What Dr. Jack Hyles Taught About Dispensationalism
I love Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001)! He's my Christian hero of the faith. Yet, contrary to the accusation by some, I do not worship Brother Hyles. When he is wrong, I expose him just like anybody else (Lord knows that my toes are regularly stepped on listening to Dr. Hyles' MP3 sermons). In Dr. Hyles' excellent book on “Meet The Holy Spirit,” in chapter 20 on “The Holy Spirit And The Opposite Sex,” he teaches about the “Shekinah Glory,” which is satanic heresy! SHE-kinah refers to the female aspect of God. Biblically, God is only masculine [i.e., God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Who is referred to in John 16:13 with the masculine pronoun “he”)]. Where did Dr. Hyles' get that heresy from? No doubt, he got it from the Scofield Bible. Dr. Hyles didn't believe in a female aspect of God. Although he did liken a family to the Godhead—where a Father represents God the Father, and a child represents the Son of God, and a mother represents the Holy Spirit in the home. This is perfectly acceptable doctrine in my opinion, and a great illustration. Brother Hyles was simply emphasizing the tremendous power of influence that a woman has in the home, nothing more.
Unfortunately, the “Shekinah Glory” has been adopted by many Baptist preachers to symbolize God's presence over the mercy seat, in the holy of holies (in the Old Testament tabernacle). But the word “Shekinah” is not Biblical, and it definitely has its origin in Jewish Kabbalist occultism. Many preachers, due to their biased prejudice toward Zionism, have just concluded that the term “Shekinah Glory” is Okay to use, because they say so. But it would be like borrowing the term “Investigative Judgment” from the Seventh-day Adventists to symbolize the Judgment Seat of Christ, which would be a gross perversion of the Scriptures.
“Shekinah is derived from Jewish mysticism known as Cabalah/Kabbalah. The Talmud is a book that basically blasphemes the Bible and is not connected with Judaism that follows the Torah and not Christianity in any way, shape, or form. This is Gnosticism.”
SOURCE: Shekinah Hoax
I love Brother Hyles dearly, but he admitted himself that he made doctrinal errors at times. That is to be expected in 55 years of preaching, having preached several tens-of-thousands of sermons! No preacher is perfect in his doctrines. I have tremendous admiration for Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980), who was 31 years older than Dr. Hyles. These two men of God traveled America, preaching 2,200 meetings together. Albeit, I disagree with Dr. Rice that dinosaurs lived with man. I also disagree with Brother Rice that it is a sin for a cultured white woman to marry an unrefined negro. The Bible says marriage is honorable in all (Hebrews 13:5). I disagree With Dr. Rueben A. Torrey that the Antichrist will be the literal offspring of a woman's virgin birth by Satan. Jesus is the only virgin birth in history! We read in Daniel 11:38 about the Antichrist's “fathers” (i.e., human ancestors).
I also disagree with sincere preachers who teach that literal demons had carnal knowledge with human women, that produced physical giants in the Old Testament. In Genesis 6:4, it simply states that there were “giants in the earth,” but this had absolutely nothing to do with the intermarriage between the righteous and the wicked. There is a fine line between faith and foolishness! This is why the Word of God ought to be our only authority. I do agree with 99% of what Dr. Hyles preaches, but he taught us preacher boys to be loyal to truth, principle and right, and not to convenience, expedience or prejudice.
I do not believe any of the criticisms against Mr. Scofield's personal life, as they are irrelevant to his Zionist teachings (and none of our business). Mr. Scofield was a sinner, just like you, me and everyone else. My beef is with Scofield's Reference Bible which effectively paved the way theologically for acceptance in the churches of modern Israel. The problem is that many of Mr. Scofield's teachings aren't Biblical. Romans 3:4a, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar.”
Both Atty. Mauro and Dr. Hyles disagreed at times with Dr. Scofield. In particular, Dr. Hyles disagreed with Scofield's differentiating between a dispensation of LAW verses a dispensation of GRACE. Both Atty. Mauro and Dr. Hyles made the same declaration that there has always been only one plan of salvation, which is by God's grace through faith. Scofield's dispensational teachings are dangerous, as evidenced by Dr. Peter Ruckman's multiple plans of salvation hypothesis. Dr. Hyles terms Scofield's radical unbiblical theology as “Ultra-Dispensationalism” and rightfully exposes it as heresy!!!
There are many different theological aspects to Dispensationalism. Few preachers agree on this issue. I have prayerfully and carefully examined the subject. Some preachers believe that the 7 churches of Asia Minor (which today is the country of Turkey) in Revelation 2-3 have a dual fulfillment in prophecy, referring to ages of history. Dr. Hyles rejected these teachings, correctly pointing out that the Bible does not teach that these are ages of history. Again, Dr. Hyles terms these teachings as “Ultra-Dispensationalism.”
So it is evident that Dr. Hyles was aware of some major doctrinal flaws with Dr. Scofield's teachings in the Scofield Bible, yet he was sincerely misled concerning the SHE-kinah glory. As I mentioned earlier, I personally don't prefer the Scofield Reference Bible, but I don't criticize those who do. You just need to be aware that Mr. Scofield had an agenda, which is to promote Zionism (i.e., the wrongful acceptance of present-day MANMADE Israel as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy). True Israel will be restored BY GOD, when Jesus Christ returns at His Second Coming. At that time, a remnant of believing Jews will embrace the Lord Jesus Christ as their true Messiah.
One thing I have learned about Brother Hyles is that he honed his doctrines as he learned from attending preaching conferences. Even preachers need preaching! When preachers preach to each other, they hone (perfect) their doctrines. Thus, with all of today's online preaching, believers can learn at an exponential rate. The problem is that very few believers have the character to listen to preaching. There is no reason for any Christian to remain ignorant of the truth who has access to the internet. Granted, there is much heresy and deception on the internet, but if you always stick to what the Bible says you cannot go astray.
The word “dispensation” is found in the King James Bible 4 times. It is the Greek word, oikonomia, which means “administration (of a household or estate).” It has no inference to dispensational time periods. The bottom line is that Mr. Scofield's Dispensational teachings cannot be substantiated with the Scriptures. At best Scofield's teachings are a far stretch of the imagination, and a total exploitation of the Holy Bible. I see Dispensationalism and Ultra-Dispensationalism as basically the same thing, just as I see Calvinism and Hyper-Calvinism as the same thing. The only real difference is that there are some Dispensational teachings that do not contradict the Bible, but then there are some that totally contradict the Bible.
The PreTribulation Rapture is rejected by many
preachers because it was included in Mr. Scofield's corrupt Reference Bible.
Some critics claim that Theologian John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) invented
the PreTribulation Rapture, but he only popularized it. Biblically, I have shared with you some compelling logical
conclusions for a PreTribulation Rapture of the Church. And make sure you
read the additional webpages I've provided, by clicking on the hyperlinks on this page, to
examine the conclusions of many faithful men of God. Not all of Dr. Cyrus
Scofield's teachings were heresy, but the entire purpose behind the Scofield
Reference Bible was to promote Zionism in the churches, which effectively is
equal to promoting the New World Order.
Wasn't Dr. Harry Ironside a Staunch Dispensationalist?
Yes and no! One of my favorite preachers is Dr. Harry Ironside (1876-1951), who affirmed Dispensationalism to all of Moody Bible Institute's students. I have read Dr. Ironside's books and AGREE 99% WITH HIS TEACHINGS!!! I have no problem with the Dispensational system as taught by Dr. Ironside. However, Brother Ironside did not believe in two plans of salvation as Mr. Scofield taught. So, Dr. Ironside was no Ultra-Dispensationalist. I have no problem with Dr. Ironside's teachings per se, so long as you admit that Dispensationalism is not inspired, and you don't glorify modern-day heathen Israel as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Again, God plainly tells us in Luke 21:24 that Jerusalem shall be TRODDEN DOWN by the Gentiles until the Times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. There is no divine Biblical promise at this present time to protect Israel from Gentile invasion and destruction.
"No one was ever saved in any dispensation excepting by grace. Neither sacrificial observances, nor ritual service, nor works of law ever had any part in justifying the ungodly. Nor were any sinners ever saved by grace until they repented. Repentance is not opposed to grace; it is the recognition of the need of grace. ‘They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick’" (Dr. Harry Ironside; “Except Ye Repent,” p. 10)
But please listen to me carefully, Dr. Ironside wrote his books before the present-day apostate nation of Israel was formed in May of 1948. When Dr. Ironside correctly teaches that the nation of Israel will be restored, he only does so with the correct understanding that it will be God, and not man, that does it. In his excellent book, “The Lamp Of Prophecy” (written in 1940, eight years before Illuminati Israel was formed by evil men), Dr. Ironside stated concerning the future restoration of Israel (he had no idea that a fraudulent state of Israel would form in 1948):
“That is, GOD will exercise judgment. He will clear the land by judgment and restore the faithful remnant to Himself in that day. For with the restoration of the people to the land, a new covenant will be confirmed to Israel. The Blood of this covenant has already been shed. Our blessed Lord held the communion cup in His hand and said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood."
This is the basis of all blessing both for Jew and Gentile. In this age all who believe are united in the one body of CHRIST. After the church age ends, GOD will take up the nation of Israel again and the New Covenant as such will be made with them. We come under the blessings of it because it is a covenant of pure grace, but you could hardly speak of the New Covenant being made with us, inasmuch as the Old Covenant was never made with us. The Old Covenant was made between GOD and Israel at Mount Sinai, which covenant they broke.”
SOURCE: Pastor Harry Ironside, “The Lamp of Prophecy,” Chapter 6 - “Will Israel Be Restored?”
None of this happened in 1948 when Israel was made a secular state! Notice carefully all of the things that Dr. Ironside says, which clearly DID NOT HAPPEN IN 1948 WHEN PRESENT-DAY ISRAEL WAS FORMED!!! 1948 was not the end of the Church age! Dr. Ironside clearly teaches that saved Jews and Gentiles are UNITED in Jesus Christ! Modern Israel is a cesspool of homosexuality, atheism, ungodly reprobates, arrogant pride, idolatry, blasphemers and non-Christians). Dr. Ironside teaches that the restoration of Israel will be the restoration of THE FAITHFUL REMNANT! That didn't happen in 1948, nor has it yet! And no new covenant between God and that faithful remnant has happened as of yet (that new covenant is the Gospel). Present-day Israel is still in unbelief.
Clearly, manmade present-day Israel is a satanic counterfeit, and not the restoration of the true nation of Israel. So Dr. Harry Ironside WAS NOT A ZIONIST!!! Princeton University defines “Zionism” as, “A policy for establishing and developing a national homeland for Jews in Palestine.” This is man's policy, not God's. God's policy is the inspired Word of God, His promise (i.e., to restore the true nation of Israel), in His time (i.e., when Jesus Christ returns after the 7-year Tribulation period). Today's Zionists worship the wicked state of Israel. Dr. J. Vernon McGee has it 100% correct concerning Israel today! Present-day Israel is not the fulfillment of Bible prophecy!
Personally, I have no problems with Dispensationalism as taught by Dr. Harry Ironside, but I detest Scofield's Ultra-Dispensational heresy!!! Albeit, when push comes to shove, Dispensationalism is extraneous to the Scriptures. As taught by Pastor Harry Ironside, I don't see any harm from the structured theology of Dispensationalism. However, there is a dark agenda at work. History bears witness that the wealthy Rothschilds knew as early as the late 19th century that they were going to invade Palestine and give the land back to the Jews. The Rothschilds bought up much land prior to World War II in Palestine. The number of 6,000,000 Holocaust Jews was already being circulated in the late 1930's. World Wars I and II were planned way back in the 19th century, evidenced by Albert Pike's Masonic writings. World War III has also been planned. Read the preceding link, containing creepy quotes from Grandmaster Albert Pike, who died in 1891.
Dr. Scofield's Reference Bible and structured system of Dispensationalism laid the groundwork to brainwash the churches to support modern-day apostate Israel. I do see potential GREAT HARM with Dr. Scofield's Reference Bible (especially in lieu of the rebirth of a manmade Christless Israel), and there is a dark underlying agenda of promoting Zionism. Man made the state of Israel in 1948, and not God!!! THEREFORE, I MUST IN GOOD CONSCIENCE REJECT DISPENSATIONALISM THAT SUPPORTS ZIONISM!!! What a satanic deception!!! And again, furthermore, Dispensationalism didn't exist prior to Mr. Cyrus Scofield, which is another very good reason to reject it. As I said, I don't see any harm in the bulk of the teachings. However, there are many heresies that accompany Dispensationalism, and a very dark agenda of tricking the churches to support the Devil's New World Order!!! Boy, the Devil sure is a clever liar and deceiver. Remember, Revelation 12:9 tells us that the Devil is deceiving the WHOLE WORLD!!! Have you been deceived?
As with all of Satan's deceptions, he places his lies between truths to hide them, which is exactly what Dispensationalism is all about. The satanic fraud of present-day Zionism is hidden amongst the truth that God is going to keep His promise to restore the nation of Israel when Jesus Christ returns at His Second Coming.
Logic Proves a Pretribulation Rapture
If you believe the Holy Bible, then you should have no doubts about the Rapture itself, based upon 1st Corinthians 15:52-57 and 1st Thessalonians 4:17-18. THIS IS FACTUAL SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE THAT THERE WILL BE RAPTURE. If you are still struggling with the doctrine of the Rapture itself, then you don't believe the Word of God. Granted, the word “Rapture” is not found in the Bible, but the concept most certainly is. Notice that I said the Rapture, and not the timing of the Rapture. The timing of the Rapture is debatable, although I personally think it is very clear to see in the Scriptures if rightly divided. Albeit, we have black and white, crystal clear, evidence that there will be a Rapture (1st Corinthians 15:52-57; 1st Thessalonians 4:17-18).
Please read my observance of 32 Differences Between the Rapture and the Second Coming!
The bottom line is that as believers we have
no need of Dispensational teaching, unless you are a Zionist. If you are
a Zionist, then your whole House of Cards crumbles without
Dispensationalism. Of course it does, which is why they contrived it in the first place—to deceive
the churches to support Zionism at all cost. This has been an interesting
article. It took me longer than usual to write it, because I wanted to
research the matter well before writing a position paper on doctrine. It
matters that I am telling the truth. I am fully convinced that
Philip Mauro is telling the truth in his well-written book. I wouldn't
even bother with Pastor Haldeman's book, because he continually bashes Mr.
Mauro with a hateful spirit. Haldeman's rebuttal book is intended to
discredit Attorney Mauro and smear his good work. These two authors write with
drastically different spirits. I enjoyed reading Mauro's book, as I could
tell that he was like me, a truth-teller. The fact remains that there is no
Scriptural support for Dispensationalism, therefore it should be rejected by
all men of faith. Satan is always trying to creep into the churches, to
corrupt people (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15; Matthew 7:15).
Lame Arguments Discredit the Truth
A preacher's weakest argument is his doctrinal opponent's strongest argument! For example: A lot of PreTribbers try to use Revelation 4:1 as Biblical evidence of a PreTrib Rapture, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” That is junk theology. Pastor Anderson literally quotes numerous Baptist preachers using Revelation 4:1 to prove a PreTrib Rapture, and I don't blame him, because this Scripture has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Rapture. The apostle John is getting a tour of Heaven from the Lord Himself!
I also agree with Pastors' Steven Anderson
and Roger Jimenez that the PreTrib Rapture often makes Christians
lazy and indifferent, thinking they will simply be raptured out, so
why care? I know that is true, because I have met such sorry
believers, who were lacking any interest or concern about the New
World Order. They refuse to lift a finger to fight against
communism. They don't care, because they know they'll be raptured
out! Albeit, just because some believers are backslidden and
immature, doesn't mean that a PreTrib Rapture is not accurate. The
Bible teaches a PreTribulation return of Christ (Rapture) FOR
the saints; and then Christ will come 7 years later WITH
the saints (Revelation 1:7). Every Christian should be concerned
about world government, a cashless society, tyranny, injustice and
the things going on in our world. The primary purpose of my website
ministry is to proclaim THE TRUTH!
The Word of God Teaches a PreTribulation Rapture!
May I humbly make the important observation that the greatest men of God of the past 150 years all believed in a PRETRIBULATION RAPTURE! Harry A. Ironside, John R. Rice, Jack Hyles, Bob Jones Sr., Lee Roberson, Oliver B. Greene, R.A. Torrey, Dwight Moody, Lester Roloff, Harold Sightler, Curtis Hutson, J. Frank Norris, Monroe Parker, Billy Sunday, W.A. Criswell, Charles C. Ryrie, Mark G. Cambron, Raymond Barber and others all concluded and taught a Pretribulation Rapture of the saints!!! Amen! Were all these men of God wrong on the Bible? I think not!
By simple logic, we have ruled out a PreWrath and PostTribulation Rapture, because there are way too many doctrinal complications for either theory to work. A PreTribulation Rapture is the only scenario that makes sense prophetically.
We have also seen from using deductive reasoning, that literally dozens of specific conclusions can be made Scripturally to suggest a PreTribulation timing of the Rapture. If you “study” and “rightly divide” (dissect) the Words of God (2nd Timothy 2:15), then you can only conclude a PreTribulation Rapture!!! It is okay to properly divide, but never to wrest (twist), God's Words (2nd Peter 3:16-17). The PreTribulation Rapture is a triumphant Biblical doctrine!!!
A PreTribulation Rapture is Biblical
Eschatology - Part 1
Part 2 (Dr. Ralph Yankee Arnold)
Signs Of The Tribulation - Part 1
Part 2 (Dr. Ralph Yankee Arnold)
Titus 2:13, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
If you believe in a PREWRATH Rapture, you are LOOKING FOR THE ANTICHRIST!
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The Dechristianization Of Our Nation
(by Pastor Steven Anderson)
The Sins Of Christian America
The Destruction Of Jerusalem
(very needful MP3 sermons by Pastor Chuck Baldwin)
“God gives us FREEDOM so we can use it for HIS GLORY, and if we're not going to use it for His glory, guess what, He might take it away from us!” —Pastor Steven L. Anderson; YouTube: “The Dechristianization Of Our Nation” | MP3
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