Dr. Ed Hindson
A Teacher Tailored For Itching Ears
he Dean of Biblical Studies at Liberty University – the late Jerry Falwell’s College – Dr. Ed Hindsonhosts The King Is Coming TV show, and is considered one of the premier defenders of the PreTribulation Rapture doctrine in the nation. Hindson’s foolish doctrinal stance is, unfortunately, being utilized to mold the minds of his hapless students (11,000 students at the school, and an estimated 40,000 receiving instruction off campus), as he fills their heads with nonsensical lectures such as What To Do If You’re Left Behind, and his supposed rock solid “proof” of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture at a recent Steeling the Mind conference.
Along the way, Hindson makes wildly unsubstantiated statements, such as when he flatly stated that Jesusreferred to the church as “the bride.” Actually, He did no such thing, but those who heard such falsehoods never noticed that Ed never quoted a verse to support the statement.
Similarly, Hindson says that Paul called the Pre-Tribulation Rapture the blessed hope – perhaps one of the signature reasons so many caught in the Cult believe such a lie. Anyone conversant in the New Testament (presumably no one who graduated from Liberty University) can tell you the “blessed hope” isChrist Himself:
“…we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world: Looking for thatblessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:12, 13).
There is no reference to Pre-Trib, or even Post-Trib in this verse; only the idea the believer should walk circumspectly in anticipation of coming face to face with the LORD.
Hindson says that “Jesus said” he’d come like a thief to “snatch the church out of the world” – of course, He never said anything of the kind – to say nothing of the fact He specifically prayed the Father not to take the believers out of the world in John 17:15.
“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15).
Ed Hindson says the references to Christ’s coming are related to the Greek word “Parousia” – acknowledging the term is used to describe the LORD’s second coming – but without an ounce of textual support from the Greek, he simply concludes there are “two aspects” to Christ’s “Parousia.”
In a recent video, as Dr. Ed continued to weave his mesmerizing presentation “proving” Pre-Trib, he quoted I Thessalonians 4 as a reference to the “Rapture,” when there is nothing in the verse pointing to a Pre-Tribulational event:
“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…” (I Thessalonians 4:16).
Hindson uses the time tested tactic of rapid fire repetition. For example, in that same video presentation before a large crowd, after reciting the above citation of the Thessalonian letter, before anyone can realize the only phrase relative to timing in the passage is the coinciding of Christ’s return with the “trump of God” (which is identified in the parallel account in I Corinthians 15 as “the last trump”), Ed quickly moves to the classic Rapture Cultassumption that says when Christ returns in the “clouds” in the Thessalonian “Rapture,” He stops in midair, and returns to heaven with the believers – a supposition which is completely absent from the text.
The pernicious professor never mentions the adjacent verse which also tells us He comes in the “clouds” – largely because the deceiver knows thatverse tells us when the LORD’s cloud coming occurs, every eye shall see him – a fact which is grossly inconsistent with a supposedly secret return:
“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” (Revelation 1:7).
It’s only a matter of time before some clever Rapture Cult liar says they’re all “wailing” because they just got “Left Behind,” and can’t find a copy of Hindson’s ridiculous recording What To Do If You Miss The Rapture.
The deceptive Doctor says at the “Rapture” the body will be “resurrected,” but Acts 24:15 – found in theScriptures (as opposed to Hindson’s corrupt curriculum) -- speaks of a resurrection of the dead, clearly communicating there is a resurrection for the just, and a resurrection for the unjust.
“…the law and the prophets…also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust” (Acts 24:14, 15).
Even though Ed Hindson rolls out all kinds of Scriptures with great rapidity, he never finds the time to note how John chapter 6 pins THE resurrection of the just to “the last day” – a fact which is mentioned four times in a single chapter. It’s obvious the false prophet omits this reference because THE resurrecton of the dead in Christ, in a supposedly Pre-Tribulational sequence, cannot coincide with the last day.
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day” (John 6:39).
“…every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40).
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44).
“Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:54).
Anticipating the weakness in his false doctrine, Hindson sidesteps the resurrection which is conclusively stated to occur on the “last day” and, in a transparent effort at misdirection, instead points to what he says are “three signals” which accompany the Pre-Tribulational Rapture – the triumphal shout, the voice of the archangel, and the trumpet of God.
However, the Word of God won’t cooperate with the Scripture twister, as all three of Hindson’s “signals” are found in adjacent texts, and all are Post-Tribulational. For instance, Matthew 24 has the trumpet of God, and that reference plainly says it is heard immediately after the tribulation.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days…he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect….” (Matthew 24:29, 31).
Part of what the Bible calls the “heap” of false teachers hired by the itching ear crowd at Liberty University, hireling Hindson acknowledges that at the time of the supposed PreTribulational Rapture, the dead are RESURRECTED; but then he says the resurrection is “part of the Rapture” – miraculously transforming the resurrection of the just into a PreTrib resurrection of the dead in Christ, then 7 years of death and destruction at the hands of the Antichrist, then another resurrection after that.
The Spirit of the LORD testifies this is a complete fabrication, but it does have a connection with the Scriptures:
“And they shall turn away their [itching] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Timothy 4:4).
In a rare moment of truth, Ed Hindson notes how some of what he calls “the old believers” called it the “translation” of the believers – but that term gave way to the more modern term “Rapture.” In actuality, the Spirit of Antichrist which indwells these modern liars compelled them to stop using the term “translation,” because the Apostle Paul says that God hastranslated us – in the past tense – into the kingdom of God through the finished work of Christ:
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son” (Colossians 1:13).
Resorting to flawed human logic, the false prophet regularly uses circular reasoning, and tells us we supposedly “need the Rapture,” because we have to be taken up in the Rapture to face the judgment seat of Christ, in order to differentiate between Christ’s reckoning of the believers and the great white throne judgment. The fact is, there is no text at all which requires (or even begins to approximate) the judgment of the believers occurs in a PreTribulational setting.
Hindson’s doctrine is not only seriously flawed, his facts are frequently grossly inaccurate. For instance, he says that when the LORD tells us to watch, he adds that the only way to do that is to believe in the PreTribulation Rapture!
“The only way to fulfill the biblical commands to keep watching for Jesus to come is to be watching for him to come before the time of tribulation” (Hindson video).
These are incredibly foolish words coming from an instructor at a Bible college, as any historian familiar with the last two thousand years of Christianity can attest. For those unfamiliar with the system known ashistoricism (a belief which still exists today), for centuries, most Christians expected Christ to return at any time, because they believed they were in the tribulation, and by their approximate reckoning, it was almost over.
The reality is we don’t “need” the Rapture, but the Cult system that sustains this false prophet needsthe PreTribulational Rapture so they can “rotate” physical Israel back into the chosen people role, when that great honour was forfeited at the cross. This Satanic effort to reconfigure non-believers into the chosen of the LORD under Old Covenant principles, is part of the strong delusion of the Antichrist dominion prophesied to occur at the end of the age.
The New Testament plainly tells us that God’s elect are not chosen physically, for the believers are flatly (and repeatedly) stated to be the chosen people.
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you…” (John 15:16).
Thus, the real issue is who are God’s people, and who are not God’s people; and the irrational vehemence with which the Rapture Cult fights to sustain their false doctrine is an indicator the conflict is not about timing at all, but about who the LORD has chosen.
To put it bluntly, Dr. Ed Hindson and the entireRapture Cult are all false prophets on their way to the lake of fire, as they preach and embrace another gospel. With a doctorate and many decades of abiding in the lie of PreTrib, this Bible College Dean is without excuse.
Nevertheless, a Christian who sincerely desires the truth can learn from Dr. Hindson, for he has amassed just about every faulty argument in existence for the Jewish primacy which is the hidden heresy of the Rapture Cult. In his pursuit of the apostasy of PreTrib, Hindson twists everything, including the Scriptural mentions of the bride of Christ. For instance, in his presentation on prophecy, he tells us the LORD arrays the bride in white, “signifying righteousness.” But true statements are few and far between in Hindson’s heresy, and in his description of the bride, the astute observer will note how Hindson has a habit of subtly changing words in the text to make his point. In this case, he slickly transforms the “chaste virgin” into a military force -- with no Scriptural authority at all. Here’s how he does it.
To support PreTrib, Hindson says the LORD has to get the bride of Christ up in heaven before she comes down in the triumphal return. Here’s a quote from a recent Hindson sermon:
“In Revelation 19, that white robed bride of Christ rides out of heaven with her warrior husband in triumph at the second coming”
If you take the time to pull up Revelation 19, you’ll notice the text actually says that Christ returns with the “armies of heaven,” but because those armies are clothed in “white…fine linen,” Hindson assumes this is another reference to the bride, when the text never actually says that. Following the downright bizarre sequence of events of the Rapture Cult, we now have this bridal army coming back to the earth, slaughtering the Beast armies, and then she, as Hindson puts it “goes to the marriage supper that will take place on the earth itself.”
Presumably all that slaughter will help her work up quite the appetite.
Those who are offended at such sarcasm were probably not offended when Hindson brayed like a donkey, and loudly (and abrasively) mocked those who see the bride of Christ in tribulation:
“You don’t abandon your bride! What kind of theology is that? For the same reason, you don’t send the church through the tribulation! You’re gonna beat up the bride?!!Then take her to the marriage in heaven?!!” (Ed Hindson on video)
Hindson’s habit of twisting the Scriptures, and evenreplacing inconvenient words, is found all over his prophetic panorama. On more than once occasion, he has misquoted Christ, where the LORD promises the true believer that He will keep him “from the hour of temptation” (Revelation 3:10). Pouncing on this promise as evidence of PreTrib, Dr. Ed Hindsonhas been repeatedly caught saying that “Jesus promised to deliver us from the hour of trial that is coming upon the whole world” – thus substituting the word “trial” for the Scriptural word temptation – and neither word equivocates with tribulation.
In yet another example of Hindson just inserting the “Rapture” into the text whenever he chooses, he again quotes I Thessalonians 4, but he butchers it beyond belief. For the record, verse 13 says the following:
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have not hope” (I Thessalonians 4:13).
Utilizing a coarsely inaccurate paraphrase, Hindson says the following:
“I don’t want you to grieve like unbelievers who have no hope of resurrection, who have no hope of the Rapture” (Hindson video).
Like all Rapture Cultists, Hindson erroneously teaches the “Rapture” is important because of Christ’s promise that the church is not appointed unto wrath. He assumes the wrath of God is that “trial” which he has just misquoted – but the wrath of God is not exclusive to the tribulation described in Scripture, nor is removal from the earth required to be preserved from it, when it does occur. Regarding the wrath of God, the Scripture says the following:
“The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousnessof men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18).
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).
Verses of this nature clearly indicate the wrath of God has been present against “all unrighteousness,” throughout history. Indeed, the reference in Romans says it was “revealed” as far back as the Apostolic era. However, the Rapture Cult distills the meaning of God’s wrath into a specific time period, in order to provide the fearful malady for which the PreTribulation Rapture is the supposed cure.
One of the Cult’s favourite arguments is to note that the “church” is absent from the book of Revelation after chapter 3 – thus, “proving” the Christians have been removed. Few have noticed that Jezebel and the Synagogue of Satan are also missing after chapter 2, but that doesn’t prove they were Raptured!
Last but hardly least, Hindson says there are 100 prophecies of the first coming, and all of them were literally fulfilled. Wrong again. Zechariah says a fountain will be opened by the house of David in Jerusalem for sin. Isaiah said when Messiah comes, water will break out in the wilderness. Ezekiel said when the Saviour arrives, a new heart will I give you, and a new spirit. In the Gospels, quoting Isaiah, JESUSsaid he set the captives free, yet there are no verses where Christ staged any “literal” jailbreaks.
In conclusion, Dr. Ed Hindson is teaching another gospel and, as previously noted, he has 50,000 students, most of which are studying to go into the ministry. Thus, the impact and the scope of the false doctrine is daunting. But the LORD Himself told us that at the time of the end, many false prophets shall rise, and Dr. Ed Hindson is indeed riding high on the wave of the metaphoric flood coming out of the mouth of the dragon.
-- James Lloyd
The subject of the present essay, Dr. Ed Hindson, was profiled and refuted in an episode of the radio program Another Gospel. The show features the voice of the false prophet in question, establishing the nature of their doctrine. At the conclusion of each program, a Scriptural correction is included.Another Gospel is now on CD, and the two disc set features four of the 30 minute programs. For more on the program featuring Ed Hindson, seeANOTHER GOSPEL.