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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Invention of the ‘Rapture’ idea

Featured Video: Pre-Tribulation Jesuit Rapture debunked (with Kent Hovind)


 Jesuit-Conspiracy-CDPerhaps a short true history of who, how, and when the pre-tribulation rapture doctrines originated would be helpful for you to help those whom you know to be in denial or failing to prepare because of this JESUIT DOCTRINE. Jesuit? Yes, two Jesuit priests laid the foundations of the pre-trib rapture doctrine, largely unknown in the history of the Church, prior to the Reformation. At the time of the Reformation, the vast majority of Protestants were convinced that the Pope was the personification of the antichrist. Most today, now understand the pope to be the ―second beast‖, the ―false prophet‖ of the antichrist prince. However, at the time of the Reformation, it was universally believed by all Protestants, that the Roman Church was the Harlot Religion System of Revelation seventeen. Today there is still good cause to see the Roman Church as the religious component of Babylon. This understanding that the Roman Church is the ―Religious Babylon‖ brought millions of believers out of the Roman Catholic religious system during the Reformation period. Because of how many, during the Reformation, saw the Roman Church as the Babylon harlot of Religion, it became expedient for certain Roman theologians to turn the attention of the people away from the Papacy. Indeed the Jesuits were responsible for the popularization and propagation of the pre-tribulation rapture doctrines. It was two Jesuit priests who rightly deserve the title as the founders of pre-tribulation rapture doctrines. These two Jesuits invented a counter-interpretation to that that was held unanimously by the Christians. In the entire history of the Church prior to the writings of these two Jesuit priests virtually all Christians believed that the eminent Resurrection, Rapture, and Return of the Lord was a single simultaneous event, happening in the twinkling of an eye, on the last day, at the last trump. When is the Last Day? When is the Last Trump? Before we expose the these two Jesuits. The first concept of the rapture, in connection with premillennialism, was expressed by the 17th-century American Puritan father and son Increase and Cotton Mather. They held to the idea that believers would be caught up in the air, followed by judgments on the Earth, and then the millennium.[13][14] The term rapture was used by Philip Doddridge[15] and John Gill[16] in their New Testament commentaries, with the idea that believers would be caught up prior to judgment on the Earth and Jesus' second coming.


The PDF goes much deeper than the movie and exposes the pre-trib doctrine laid by two jesuits who are the foundation of it. PDF by Dr Scott Johnson from www.contendingfortruth.com  DOWNLOAD HERE - http://st4.divshare.com/




Invention of the ‘Rapture’ idea


Rapture-removal is not the historic teaching of the Church. One of the more astonishing facts in the history of eschatological thought, and one that most Christians are unaware of, is that the idea of “a secret pre-tribulation, Rapture removal from the earth of the Church” is a fairly recent theory in Church history. In theological circles, it’s a “Johnny come lately.” Even the historic creeds, conspicuously, don’t mention it. In fact, it was relatively unheard of and never taught until the early 19th century, and it didn’t become widespread until the 20th century. Since then, it has spread like wildfire. But the many failed predictions of its coming have made it an embarrassment.


The first known reference may have appeared in two obscure but contestable sentences from a 4th century A.D., 1500-word sermon written in Latin by someone called “Pseudo-Ephraem.” If so, this idea went essentially unknown and undeveloped for fourteen centuries. According to most researchers, the idea of a Rapture-removal from planet Earth prior to a “great tribulation” period began to surface in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Possible but only slight and vague mentions of it may have been published in the writings of a famous Calvinist theologian Dr. John Gill (1748), an early American Baptist pastor Morgan Edwards (1788), a Jesuit priest Emmanuel Lacunza (1812), and Edward Irving, who translated Lucunza’s book (1826).


Most scholars, however, agree that the secret Rapture theory was launched into prominence around 1830 by a group of people in Scotland who had become known as the Plymouth Brethren. Under the direction of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) and others, they began to hold Prophetic Conferences. Supposedly, during one of those conferences, or from a sick bed during those conferences, a charismatic utterance came forth as a prophetic message from the Lord through a young, fifteen-year-old Scottish girl named Margaret Macdonald. While in a trance, she received a private vision and revelation that only a select group of believers would be removed from the earth before the days of the Antichrist. But she also saw other believers enduring the tribulation¾something most rapturists nowadays do not teach.


Soon thereafter, Darby coupled this highly questionable vision of a secret, pre-tribulation Rapture with another idea originated by the Jesuit priest, Francisco Ribera. In 1585 A.D., Ribera was the first to introduce the idea of interrupting Daniel’s 70-week, end-time prophecy and inserting a “gap” between the 69th and 70th weeks. This was done to deflect apocalyptic heat from the Reformers who were fueling reformation fervor by claiming the Pope was the Antichrist and the Catholic Church the beast of Revelation. Ribera surmised that the first 69 weeks (483 years) concluded at the baptism of Jesus in 27 A.D., but God had extended the 70th week into the future. Therefore, the Pope and the Catholic Church could not be so accused. Darby grabbed hold of Ribera’s severance idea, connected his “Rapture” to the beginning of that final week, and changed that week from a 7-year period of covenantal confirmation to one of tribulation¾big difference! (Notably, the Bible never mentions a future 7-year period of tribulation.) He then introduced this now fully developed, pre-tribulation Rapture view (theory) in Europe and later in America. It was popularized in American by inclusion in the notes of the Scofield Reference Bible in 1917 and by elaborate End Time event charts published in Clarence Larkin’s Dispensational Truth in 1918.


Of course, the relative newness of the “Rapture” theory in Church history (180 some years ago) neither proves nor disproves its biblical correctness. But it certainly shouldn’t be blindly accepted nor excluded from being questioned and tested (1 Thess. 5:21). Ultimately, the truth can only be found in the Scriptures. But what began as a result of one woman’s private vision and charismatic utterance became widely taught, accepted as the truth, and popularized in the thinking of millions. It has become so deeply entrenched that many pastors and Christian leaders assume it is an essential teaching of Church history extending back to apostolic times. It is not. What’s more, it is not believed by the majority in the Church today, and with good reasons.


Sources:


1 Shattering the ‘Left Behind’ Delusion by John Noē (out-of-print)


2 Unraveling the End (future book – est. 2012) by John Noē


3 End Times Fiction by Gary DeMar


4 Last Days Madness by Gary DeMar


5 The Rapture Plot by Dave MacPherson


6 Rapture Fever by Gary North


This post is originally from ( youtube video is not included) - http://prophecyrefi.org/rapture/invention-of-the-rapture-idea/


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Antichrist in the New Testament

By Richard Gunther




In my first article I tried to present the case for the Historicist view of the book of Revelation. I compared the prophecies with history and matched as closely as possible the words of Scripture with the actual events of the past. I leave it to the Reader to make up his or her mind as to whether the Historicist view is the correct interpretation of course.

   The question may now arise as to whether God has said anything else about the Antichrist? Well, yes He has, and you will find it in 2 Thessalonians 2.

   “Now we beseech you brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .  that you be not shaken in mind . . .as that day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there come the falling away first”.

   The expression “the falling away” is straight from the Greek. THE falling away is accurate because the Greek has the definite article here. It is not “A” falling away.

    The words “falling away” come from the Greek “apostasia” from which we get the English word “apostasy”. This word apostasy does not mean ‘a falling away from a religion into atheism.’ It means ‘a falling away by corruption from the truth’. In other words, Paul is here predicting some great event in which many true Christians would become corrupted, perhaps through strange teaching, and lapse into a state of spiritual pollution. The Church, Paul said, was to crumble into a corrupt counterfeit form of its true form before Jesus returned.

    History confirms this prediction exactly. For three hundred years after the Day of Pentecost, and for as long as the Roman Empire made life difficult for Christians, the Church stayed reasonably pure. Perhaps it was because of the opposition which Christians encountered that they hung on to their beliefs, but for whatever reason, there was a thriving Christian community throughout the Roman Empire for the first few centuries. But then, in 313 AD, when the Emperor Constantine was converted, there was a union between Church and State, which opened the way for pagan beliefs to come into the Church.

   This is not the place for a discussion about whether Christians should be in politics, but it ought to be pointed out that Church and State can be joined with great success under some circumstances, and there are many Christians who have maintained their integrity while at the same time holding high offices in the State.

   However, in 313 there was a co-mingling of compromising Church with pagan State and the following things resulted from it:

1.                      The pagan Priest in pagan Rome was called Pontifix Maximus, which means “High Priest”. This title was later transferred to the Pope, who is still called “Pontifix Maximus” even today.

2.                      The name of the mother of Jesus was changed. In Jeremiah 44:17 a pagan goddess is called the “Queen of Heaven”. This name goes back to Judges 2:13 and comes from the Phoenician goddess Ashtaroth. Her name has also been changed to Ashtar, and Ester, and today we know it as Easter. This “Queen of Heaven” was offered cakes, which we now know as Easter buns. But the Roman church gave the name Mary to the Queen of Heaven, making her into a goddess. This suited the pagans, who continued to worship Ashtaroth with cakes, and it suited the corrupted Church because they had now gathered into the fold a large number of ‘converts’.

3.                      Over the years the Roman church also gathered in many other pagan teachings, or invented and elaborated her own. Such corruptions as the Mass, Purgatory, Limbo, Prayers to saints, Penance, Earning salvation through self-immolation, Popery, the Priesthood of only a few select men, Military power, Celibacy, Flagellation, Rosaries, Monks, Nuns and many other abuses of the truth – and these were all brought in under the name of Jesus.

   The result of this contamination by pagan errors was a great apostasy – “the falling away”.

   Paul says in Thessalonians that after this falling away “that man of sin (shall) be revealed, the son of perdition”.

    It was the unanimous opinion of the Christian commentators from the Reformation onwards that Paul’s “man of sin” was identical with the Papacy.

   Incidentally, as a third witness to the accuracy of these predictions, the same sequence of events is outlined in Daniel 7 where the “fourth beast” is foretold, out of whose mouth comes a “little horn” which, Daniel says will “speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High.”

    Why did Paul use the language he did? Why did he not simply spell out what was going to happen, instead of using such veiled language? Because the message had to be hidden from the Romans, to protect the Christians. Paul says, in verse 5 “Remember . . . when I was yet with you, I told you these things.” He did not want to write plainly that the Roman Empire was not going to last for ever, as the Romans believed. Here, in Thessalonians he hints at the fall of the Roman Empire in verse 6, but he does so in such a way as to obscure his meaning from any casual reader.

    The Antichrist is also called the “son of perdition”. Only one other person in the Bible has been given this title – Judas Iscariot. Jesus, in his prayer for the disciples (John 17:12) refers to Judas “None of them is lost, but the son of perdition”. We can therefore expect the “man of sin” to be similar to Judas.

What was Judas like?

1 He was, to all outward appearances, an apostle and a faithful follower of Jesus, but inwardly he was not committed to Jesus, and was always looking for personal gain instead,

2. He lost his place as a bishop for the Early Church because of his transgression (Acts 1:20)

3. While posing as an apostle, he was also a thief. The Bible says he was “a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put in there.”

4. For money he betrayed the Lord.

     The Papacy and Roman church had all these marks too. The Roman church proclaimed itself to be the true church, while at the same time it greedily gathered money which was meant for God’s work. It helped itself to the offerings, often given by the poorest people, and built itself up with fabulous wealth. In the Middle Ages incredible riches poured into the Papal coffers, and went into the swelling pockets of the Popes and cardinals, Bishops and Priests. Huge sums were spent on lavish palaces and grand houses for the leaders of the Roman church, instead of being employed in the welfare of the poor and needy.

      Furthermore, for the love of money, the Popes shamefully betrayed Jesus. They did this by taking money in return for prayers, Masses, special services for the dead, pilgrimages to shrines, holy relics, indulgences for sins and so on.

       A general estimate of the value of the Roman church, even today, including assets and investments, is approximately $2,000,000,000 (2 trillion)

      Paul goes on to describe the “man of sin” (2Thess.2:4)

   “(He) opposes and exalts himself above all that is called a god, or that is worshipped; so that he sits in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

      Futurists tend to take prophetic language literally, so should not come as a surprise to know that many Futurists believe the “Temple” here is the same rock and wood Temple which once stood in Jerusalem. This is why many of these folk are expecting the literal Temple to be rebuilt, so some world-leader can sit in it and show himself that he is God.

   The Temple of God.
   See 1Cor.3:16, 2Cor.6:16 and Eph. 2:20 – 22.

       In these passages the expression “Temple” is used. In Greek the word is ‘naos’, which, according to Baxter’s Lexicon, means “a dwelling, or the dwelling of a deity, or the Holy Place of the Temple in Jerusalem. So, just as we differentiate between the “front porch, the back door, the hallway, the lounge and the kitchen’, the Greek makes a difference between the Temple building and the Holy Place in the Temple. So “naos” does not mean the actual building, or literal Temple – it means the Sanctuary, or special place of Holiness.

        The different words used in the Greek make a lot of sense when read in context. For example, when Jesus said to the Jews “Behold your house is left to you desolate”  he used the word ‘naos’.(Mat.23:38) He could have used the word ‘heiron’ which means the whole Temple building, but he wanted to convey the meaning of the Sanctuary, where the Holy place was, where God was supposed to dwell when the High Priest entered. It was in the ‘naos’ where the curtain or Vail ripped from top to bottom, and it was the ‘naos’ which God left, in order to dwell instead, inside His Church.

         For other verses which use the word ‘naos’ see Mat.23:16, 17, 26:61, 27:5, 40, 51, Mark 14:58, 15:29, 38, Luke 1:9,21, 22, 23:45, John 2:19, 20, 21, Acts 7:48, 17:24, 1Cor.3:16, 17, 6:19, 2Cor.6:16, Eph.2:21, 2Thess. 2:4, Rev. 3:12, 7:15, 11:1, 2, 19, 14:15, 17, 15:5, 6, 8, 21:22, 16:1, 17.

       In every case where the word ‘naos’ is used it means the ‘sanctuary’ or ‘Holy Place’. If ‘Naos meant the old Jewish building, the actual stone and wood Temple, it would make nonsense of most of the references using ‘naos’. For example Eph.2:21 – how could the Church grow into an holy ‘heiron’, that is, an actual sone and wood building? The word used is ‘naos’ because God wants the Church to grow into a ‘Holy Sanctuary’.

        Returning to the subject, let us see what history shows.

   The following is an actual extract from the words used by Pope Boniface VIII in his bull of 1303 entitled “Unum Sanctum”:

       “The Roman Pontiff judges all men, but is judged by no-one . . . we declare, assert, define, and pronounce that to be subject to the Roman Pontiff is to every creature altogether necessary for salvation . . . that which was spoken of Christ “Thou hast subdued all things under his feet” may well seem verified in me . . .  I have the authority of the King of kings. I am all in all and above all, so that God Himself and I, the Vicar of God, have but one consistory, and I am able to do almost all that God can do. What therefore can you make of me but God?”

 (Compare these words with 2Thess.2:4)

       The Roman Empire.

   The King James version says “And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery does already work, only he who now lets (or hinders) will let, until he be taken out of the way”.

      Expanded, this verse could read: “Now you know that the Roman Empire constrains the coming of the Papacy, but the Papacy will come in its correct time. For the spiritual corruption has already begun to work, but it will not come to fruit until the Roman Empire is taken out of the way.”

   The word “let” is an old English word, meaning “to hinder” or “hold back”. Today the word means quite the opposite. Many modern versions of the Bible use the correct word.

        Having identified the coming apostasy and the future rise of the Papacy, Paul goes on to say that something is holding back the appearance of this “man of sin”. The hindrance was the Roman Empire, which had to be destroyed before Satan’s incredible counterfeit, the false Church, could be born. Paul was very careful and very clever in his choice of words. He revealed enough for the alert to understand, but hid the truth well enough to protect the Church from needless harm.

    History’s great Bible students show a perfect fulfilment of Paul’s prophecy:
·        Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 390 AD said “By “the hindrance” Paul means the Roman Empire”.
·        Jerome in 400 AD said “If Saint Paul had written openly and boldly that the man of sin would not come until the Roman Empire was destroyed, a just cause of persecution would then appear to have been afforded against the Church in her infancy”.
·        Elliot, an eminent Protestant historian said “We have the consenting testimony of the early Fathers, from Irenaeus, the disciples of John, to the effect that it (the hindrance) was understood to be the Imperial Power ruling and residing in Rome”. (Horae vol.3 page 101)
·        Bishop Wordsworth in 1850 wrote “The earliest Christian writers declare almost with one voice that HE WHO LETTETH was the heathen Roman Empire”. (Apocalypse page 520)
·        Dr. Smith in his ‘Standard Bible Dictionary’ on page 1483 says “Many of the fathers regarded the Roman Empire as the restraining power”.

    John also writes about the Antichrist.
   See 1 John 218 and 2:22, 4:3 and 2 John 7.
   N 1 John 2:18 we are told that the Antichrist is an apostate Christian. The Antichrist goes out of the Church, or away from true Christian beliefs. The character of the Antichrist is revealed, and the evidence is that he will be someone who calls himself a Christian, but who is not in fact a true Christian.

   For example, the Roman church has long claimed to be faithful to Christ. It carries many crosses, celebrates many festivals. It pronounces many prayers and owns many church buildings. It constantly speaks of giving glory to God and so on, yet it includes Mary in the Godhead and prays to her as well as to God. This breaks the first of the Ten Commandments about idolatry. The Bible says that Jesus alone is the one and only mediator between God and men (1Tim.2:5) but the Roman church includes Mary, (and many saints as well), so what are we to think? Is the Roman church really Christian, or is it a counterfeit, on the same level as a cult?

    Another example is the contradiction by the Roman church of the means to salvation. Is it by Grace we are saved, or by Grace plus payment for prayers, self-immolation, indulgences and so on. There was a time when Pope Leo X used a German priest called Tetzel, who went through Germany selling indulgences for money. Tetzel cried out “He who drops a coin in the box will have his sins forgiven for ever!” It was this selling of indulgences which stirred Martin Luther to write to Pope Leo X naming him as the Antichrist.

   One could also list the many other heretical and unscriptural beliefs and practices which are part of the Roman church system, but that would be too tedious. C.S.Lewis described it as a “jungle” - so overgrown with false teachings that the original true church has disappeared.

   Can the Roman church be changed?

   Yes, of course it can. Any human, of whatever creed, religion, cult or community may become a Christian. But no Roman Catholic can be saved - not as long as he or she holds to the doctrines of the Council of Trent, which were ratified by the Roman church in 1545. These essential doctrines, or statements of belief, have never been rescinded, removed or recanted either by the Papacy or the will of the people within the Roman church. In fact, as the years have gone by, and successive Councils have been held, the doctrines of the Council of Trent have been verified and accepted.

   In essence, these doctrines reveal the apostate Roman Catholic church, the “beast” of Revelation, the ”little horn” of Daniel, the “man of sin” of Thessalonians and the Antichrist. As long as the Roman church continues to reject the Bible doctrines, which are plain to read and easy to understand, it will remain a counterfeit and apostate system.

   Please note, none of the above is a personal attack on any individual Roman Catholic.  God loves all people, and is “not willing that any should perish” but that all should come to repentance and faith in His Son. Jesus died for all people, no matter how wicked or misguided, and his free salvation is available to all to him the right way.
 
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