The Birds Of Babylon Part III: Dear Mr. Darby
n the present installment of the Birds of Babylon series, we note how correspondence to John Nelson Darby, who is still widely credited with the dissemination of the prophetic system known as Dispensationalism (commonly called the Rapture system), was addressed as he was repeatedly invited to speak at prophecy conferences in the mid to late 19th century. This series has shown how the modern re-emergence of the phenomena of the prophecy conference is a characteristic of the Dialogue To Consensus, wherein a pre-designated group with variations of opinion, is assembled. The “moderator” in an earlier era (now commonly called the “facilitator”), functions in a Luciferian office and this system, which resembles that of the debate, goes all the back to the Garden of Eden.
In the early 1800’s, prophetic thought was groping for a new plateau as the system known as Historicism – that which interpreted Revelation’s 1,260 tribulational days as years already elapsed – was losing credibility. Simultaneously, European and American missionary groups involved in evangelism to the Jews, were growing in power and influence.
Although Mister Darby looms large in developing the Rapture system, it was previously introduced by a flamboyant preacher named Edward Irving, who brought the idea to Christian theologians at the Albury Conference in England. At the time, Irving was immersed in the theories of Immanuel Lacunza, a Spanish Jesuit, who anticipated the concept of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Irving was also acquainted with the now well known Margaret MaDonald, and their contacts are well documented.
“Some twenty men attended the first conference and in the region of forty attended one or more of those held at Albury. The majority like Lewis Way and Hugh McNeile, were Anglicans, although others were Moravian, Church of Scotland and Nonconformist ministers” (Sizers.org, emphasis mine).
After Albury, later prophecy conferences, notably the Powerscourt Conference in Dublin, were also introducing error, under the rubric of Jewish evangelism as “unfulfilled prophecy.”
The aforementioned Lewis Way who was a significant figure at the Albury Conference, was associated with the London Society for the Promotion of Christianity Among the Jews, also known as the London Jews Society, and the concept of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, which theorized the “Church” was “Raptured” just prior to a supposed seven year period in which the Jews were to be converted, was highly appealing to believers who were under the erroneous impression the Scriptures teach a collective conversion of the Jewish people is still to come. The prophecy conference movement flourished during this period, as the new theology was gradually seeded among a plethora of opinions in a facilitated environment – the quintessential definition of the Satanic system of the Dialectic.
Margaret MacDonald, as a Christian teen with no credentials during a male dominated era when ladies were highly marginalized, was of minimal consequence when her ecstatic utterance introducing what is now called Partial Rapturism occurred – but Irving was being taken seriously. When Irving’s subsequent theological antics discredited him (he veered off into heretical theories concerning the human nature of Christ), the consensus being developed through these conferences allowed the more respectable John Nelson Darby to take the lead in articulating the new theory – and the growing effort towards Jewish evangelism found the Rapture concept too useful to abandon.
Competitive fund raising loomed large, as the Birds of Babylon were spreading throughout the tree of Christianity. Record numbers of paid advertisements by Jewish evangelistic groups in Rapturist dominated British and American publications was the result, even as individual ambition of ministry leaders contributed to the leavening of the Gospel. The Dialectically driven concept of the prophecy conference was pivotal, as Christian minds were being changed through the Dialogue To Consensus.
The separation of the “Church” from “Israel” in the Rapture world was the driving tenet, and the excitement that a “Jewish awakening” was imminent energized the conferences. After the Albury and Powerscourt prophecy conferences in the 1820’s and 1830’s, others soon followed. The enthusiasm jumped the Atlantic, and spread to America, where numerous organizations interested in Jewish evangelism saw the imminent “Rapture” as the key ingredient to supercharge their activities:
“….prophetic conferences were held at Albury each year until 1830, before proliferating, apparently under the increasing influence of J. N. Darby to other venues including the Powerscourt Conferences in Dublin held in the 1830's, to New York in 1868, London in 1873, Chicago in 1875, and culminating in the Bible Conference Movement and the Niagara Conferences of 1883 to 1897. Regular topics covered included speculations on the Second Coming” (Sizers.org, emphasis mine).
All of these conferences utilized the Dialectic model, where those with varying opinions were showcased in a facilitated environment, and the process of the Diaprax (the Praxis of the Dialectic) intensified.
The American church was processed during this period, but the Birds of Babylon came to pre-eminence when Dwight L Moody was converted to the “Israel as the chosen people” apostasy, at the urging of a Darby disciple named Henry Moorehouse. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conference, along with the famed Niagara Bible Conferences in Niagara Falls, introduced the Rapture Cult to broad sectors of American ministry – again featuring disparate views Dialoguing to Consensus, in a facilitated environment.
That these conferences featured varying views is not in dispute. For instance, noted Christian historian Timothy Weber, in his outstanding written output, repeatedly mentions how opposing views were brought together to Dialogue. In the case of the influential D L Moody, Weber writes:
“At the 1886 conference….Moody made it a point to invite men with other perspectives….” (Living In The Shadow Of the Second Coming: American Peremillennialism 1875-1982, Timothy P Weber).
As the 20th century emerged, the British published Scofield Reference Bible served as the handbook for the other gospel for the new Israel-centric, Judaeo-Christianity, and the Birds of Babylon carried it to every branch of the tree. Indeed, as the body of Christ is now up to their collective eyebrows in the prophesied Falling Away, the overwhelming majority is scheduled to reject these words – but they are true.
In conclusion, the prophetic imagery utilized in everything from Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a universal tree with the devilish Birds of Babylon perched throughout, to Christ’s mustard seed parable, wherein the gospel mushrooms into the same apostate tree infested with the fowls, has already been fulfilled.
But God is faithful, and He will always preserve a Remnant who love the truth.
“For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie…because they received not the love of the truth…” (II Thessalonians 2:11, 10).
-- James Lloyd
James Lloyd has written and produced a great deal of content showing the connection between Dispensational thought and the Apostasia. One of his books, which deals with subject matter similar to the present essay is LYING IN LAODICEA: Rapturism Unmasked.