The Machiavellian Machinations Of Chuck Missler
istorically closely associated with Calvary Chapel, former electronics executive Chuck Missler is one of the most talented public speakers we’ve ever seen. Gifted with lightning fast speech, an exemplary vocabulary, and the ability to paint compelling word-pictures which captivate audiences small and great, Missler has built a substantial empire – consisting of media outlets, educational institutions, and prophecy outreaches encircling the globe.
However, Chuck Missler is intellectually corrupt, and Spiritually deceived, and he is using his God given abilities, albeit inadvertently, to advance the Strong Delusion of false doctrine.
Chuck Missler’s ministry creation, functioning under the umbrella term Koinonia House, masks a Jewish Supremacism that is bone chilling to the true believer, for this false prophet’s theological output would justify the Antichrist state of Israel ruling the world – complete with an invisible Jesus – and using the time tested treachery of The Rapture Cult, any and all who get in the way of Missler’s Twist on “God’s Plan for Israel,“ will be justifiably brushed aside.
An earlier examination of Chuck Missler’s dissimulations (found in the book The Rapture Cult by the present author) demonstrated his oratorical dishonesty related to his rapid fire verbal citations of early Christian sources – historic Christian figures who supposedly taught the pre-tribulation Rapture. In that lengthy effort, a composite of Missler’s audio presentations, in which he cited alleged pre-tribbers throughout history, was compiled, and the net result was that every single individual mentioned was laboriously researched to determine that person’s actual belief.
This process included quotes from the relevant figures, conclusively proving that not one of them ever believed (or even encountered) the idea of pretribulationism -– even though Missler directly or indirectly stated they were all early pre-tribulationists.
Now, Chuck Missler is being more careful in the way he phrases his citations, in order to provide plausible deniability. He also, as we shall see, has escalated his prevarications in numerous notable instances.
For example, several years ago, the late Grant Jeffrey touted the supposed discovery of a very early writing which sounded like a straightforward reference to the Rapture, creating quite the stir. The ancient quote included the following phrase:
"For all the saints and elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins" (Pseudo-Ephraem, Sermon At The End Of The World).
Scholars have widely identified this writing as that of an unknown author dubbed “Pseudo-Ephraem,” as internal evidence in the body of the text suggests it was not penned by the 4th century AD figureEphraem the Syrian, but by a forger several centuries later who used his name – in the 7th or 8thcentury AD. Further, the balance of the writing shows the author expected Christ to return in a post-tribulational setting, but hardly anyone ever sees the entire essay by Pseudo-Ephraem. Indeed, the genuine Ephraem’s writings also demonstrate a definitive post-tribulational outlook, as well.
Like the Internet hoaxers of our time, there are many documents which the scholars reject as authentic. Virtually all Rapture Cultists, includingGrant Jeffrey, recognized the “pseudo” authorship, but continued to tout the writing as an early reference to pre-trib. However, when the rest of the essay is read, it is obvious the document’s reference to “gathering” the saints prior to the tribulation speaks of a re-commitment, or renewal of the faith, as opposed to an evacuation.
It should also be noted that when we look at phrases which speak of being “gathered,” there is a tendency (especially among Rapturists) to perceive such phrases in a literal sense. However, the Scriptures also use such words, but they are in a metaphoric application.
“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat….” (Joel 3:2).
There is simply no way “all nations” would ever fit, logistically speaking, into a single valley – so it is self evident this “gathering” is in a figurative sense. There are many similar examples, such as when John the Baptist tells us Jesus will “baptize His followers with fire,” and “gather” his wheat from the threshing floor:
“…he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12).
Chuck Missler simply ignores such things, and has now even mis-identified the quote as that of Ephraem the Syrian, as opposed to the forger. This is not an inadvertent oversight, but an intentional deception, for in a recent video presentation, as Chuck read the quote, onscreen graphics not only failed to attribute the citation to Pseudo-Ephraem, the graphics claimed it as a direct quote from Ephraem the Syrian – even providing the dating of Ephraem’s life – dates which are disconnected from the quote by hundreds of years!
This is not the exception in Chuck Missler’s distortion of the facts, it’s the rule.
This is all the more egregious for, in one of Missler’s many videos in which he mesmerizes his audience, he exhorts his listeners to be precise – advice which Missler himself is unwilling to follow, as evidenced by the facts. Emphatically addressing what he called “the need for precision”among the believers, Missler pointed to Christ’s questioning of the Pharisees concerning His identity as the son of David – a crucial identifier of the Messiah.
In fact, Missler repeatedly speaks of the importance of precision in his presentation – yet he misstates Scripture, gets crucial dates wildly wrong, and ascribes doctrine and beliefs to historical figures (even misidentifying entire theological systems), that are grossly inaccurate.
This hypocrisy is widespread in other areas as well, for it plays well to the audience to urge precision, and other high minded tenets -- but he doesn’t follow his own advice. For instance, Chuck also speaks favorably of the principle known as expositional consistency – the idea that threads of thought, or symbols of prophecy, should be consistent in their application.
“Thats just giving you a fancy label to the fact the Holy Spirit uses idioms consistently, the rock, the stone the builders rejected….” (Chuck Missler, End Times Scenario video, Koinonia House).
Thus, if Christ is seen as the “rock” in one passage, and the “stone” the builders rejected in another, a third verse with the same idiom should also have application to the LORD. Once again, Chuck Missler abandons his own rules when it suits him – or when the rule doesn’t quite fit his faulty view of prophecy. An excellent case in point is found in the prophecies concerning trumpets, or the truncated version of the same word, the “trump” of God.
Because the “trumpet” blows in a key verse which Missler claims is the Pre Tribulation Rapture, he is forced to claim other tribulational trumpets can’t be the right “kind” of trumpets!
“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” (I Corinthians 15:52).
Thus, because the Scripture describing Christ’s return and His raising of the dead (something called the resurrection the last time we looked), the adjacent fact that tells us it is the “last trumpet,” points us directly to the idea of multiple trumpets, presumably in some kind of sequence, and this so called “Rapture” coincides with the “last” one.
It’s obvious there are seven sequential trumpets during the chaotic events described in Revelation, and the last one is at the end – conclusively pinning the trumpet which blows as the dead are raised (quite late in the game in any perspective) – and it is certainly not pre-tribulational.
Thus, Chuck abandons his own concept ofexpositional consistency, because the Scriptures inconveniently contradicted his Pre-Trib rapture scenario. In this regard, he said the following:
“The word trump of God only appears twice in the Bible. It occurs at Sinai when the law was given and here. These aren't the trumpet judgments of Revelation. It isn't the shofar or the silver trumpets of the temple, neither one, something very distinctive. It’s the trump of God of the arkangel” (Chuck Missler, End Times Scenario video, Koinonia House, emphasis mine).
Part of Chuck Missler’s appeal is related to the fashion in which he disseminates data. As a former corporate administrative official, he revels in the role of prophetic executive, and his output is laced with business concepts. Calling one writing an Intelligence Review, and another Strategic Trends, he is fond of telling how JESUS called together Peter, James, John, and Andrew, for what Chuck terms a “confidential briefing.”
This marketing ploy sidesteps the Spirit of God, and relies instead upon research which impacts the intellect. While Jesus thanks the Father for hiding the truth “from the wise and prudent” (Matthew 11:25), Missler focuses on studying the world, and chasing after the knowledge which is available via outlets such as Koinonia House. In hype reminiscent of Madison Avenue style marketing, he writes the following:
“Perspective is our most valuable asset! Details are easily acquired when you know which questions are relevant. Trends are everything! We need to understand the trends underway to make intelligent decisions” (Missler, Koinonia House International, online).
This sounds more like a stockbroker than a prophecy teacher but, by utilizing such language, Missler the executive subtly flatters his listeners as they sense they themselves are being “briefed” by a high level thinker. This arrogance of intellect is woven into the very fabric of every aspect of Chuck Missler’s ministry.
To a certain extent, this is unavoidable, for Chuck Missler is brilliant – but such men are commonly deceived, demonstrating that flesh and blood (where intellect is found), does not reveal the truth of God – as this is found in the realm of the Spirit.
“Blessed art thou….for flesh and blood hath not revealed [the truth of Christ] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 16:17).
It is revealing that Missler’s doctrinal disinformation is always in support of the Rapture Cult doctrine – the crown jewel of the Antichrist Jewish Supremacism destined to overtake the entire world. In this regard, anything and everything that favors pre-trib is brought to bear, whereas information that points in the other direction is vilified.
A classic example of this Cultspeak is in the brazenly dishonest attempt to colour competitive theologies with anti-Semitic crayons. Cultists have been engaged in this vile methodology for years, and it’s a tactic they inherited from the Christ-rejecting Jews themselves -- and it’s despicable. For instance, Missler blames anti-Semitism on those who disagree with his version of pre-millennialism!
In this regard, he references the Scriptural concept that says Christ is reigning now, is
“….a disease that infected the church since the first century. The church became very anti-semitic, and out of that came a view point that is known as amillennialism ….[which is] a denial that the millennium is serious….” (Missler, ibid).
Having been repeatedly – and inaccurately – labeled an anti-semite (because I know and speak what the Scriptures declare concerning how the born again believers are now the chosen people), I resent the vicious smear campaign put forth by those who suggest that racism is inherent in this perspective. Further, by slandering (and libeling) believers who see the kingdom of God in a Scripturally defined Spiritual sense, Chuck Missler shows himself to be among the slimiest practitioners of such carnal weapons of warfare.
Missler tars and feathers all sorts of individual beliefs which contradict his own Cult originated worldview. Incredibly, anyone who has ever questioned the identity of Israel, and juxtaposed it with the identity of Judah, is fair game for such deceivers.
“When people start quarreling with is it a Jew, is it Israeli, is there a difference there, those are people that you'll discover are antisemitic in their roots”(Missler, ibid).
At Christian Media, we’ve repeatedly lamented how Rapture Cult teachers routinely refer to the so called “144,000 Jews” of Revelation – when the text plainly speaks of 144,000 “of all the tribes of the children of Israel” (Revelation 7:4) – including 12,000 of the tribe of Judah. Indeed, this lack of precision is found in other ministries closely aligned with Chuck Missler – such as Compass International, which books Missler every year at a key prophecy conference.
A recent Compass article, penned by Rapture Cultist Bill Perkins, included the following statement, concerning evangelism after the supposed pre-tribulational Rapture:
“And the astonishing purveyors of the Gospel will be none other than Jews! 144,000 Jews will be given instant Holy Spirit illumination” (Compass, Spring 2011).
Thus, if I follow Chuck Missler’s repeated admonitions which emphasize “the need for precision” in studying the Scriptures, and note how God Himself split the house of Israel into the two houses of Israel and Judah (Jeremiah 13:11, Zechariah 8:13, Ezekiel 37:19, etc), I must have a concealed anti-Semitic streak!
Speaking of Missler’s pronouncements on “the need for precision,” for many years he has enunciated grossly inaccurate statements which tend to serve his own agenda. In this regard, one of his favorite tactics has spread among others who propagate the other gospel of the Rapture Cult.
The particularly pernicious argument in question seeks to take what is usually called the doctrine of imminency, and equate it with the pre-tribulation Rapture. Further, in an effort to try to legitimatize the doctrine through distorted citations down through history, Missler carefully slants his comments to imply that any historical Christian figure who expected the LORD at any time, must have been a Rapturist!
Literate Christians know that a large body of Protestant Christian writers and preachers embraced historicism for many centuries. This is the eschatological system which equates prophetic days with past years – so the 1,260 days of tribulation in Revelation were counted as 1,260 years, which were believed to be almost completed.
Dozens of such historicist adherents saw the office of Pope as the Antichrist, and virtually all of them saw the 1,260 years as being near completion in their day. Thus, as they believed the tribulation was almost over, they had an imminent expectation of Christ’s return.
Chuck Missler is notorious for taking citations from such authors, showing they had an imminent expectation of Christ’s return, and then claiming that proves this person was pre-tribulationist in outlook at that point in time – thereby trying to show the Rapture Cult was not a relatively recent development.
Utilizing such author’s quotes in such an intentionally deceptive way is decidedly diabolical, but it demonstrates the intellectual dishonesty of Chuck Missler, as he is chief among those who practice such tactics.
Now multiply this fraud by the number of prophecy figures in ministry who have received training via Chuck Missler’s “confidential briefings,”and you have an exponential expansion of radio hosts, newsletter writers, and church preachers regurgitating inaccurate lists of leaders throughout the age, who supposedly taught pre-trib.
To make matters worse, as the Falling Away favors the state sponsored incorporated tombs with accredited 501(c)(3) status, those who know the truth are diminishing in numbers, because of the cumulative economic clout of this cloud of false witnesses.
Anecdotally speaking, since we regularly encounter the evangelical priestcraft of the Rapture Cult, we frequently recognize false statements being put forth that originated with Chuck Missler, so his work is a veritable fountainhead of false prophecy.
One of the more popular arguments in favor of the Jewish Supremacism of Chuck Missler is related to the typology found in the Jewish tradition of betrothal and marriage. Steadily moving closer to the Hebrew Roots movement, Missler places great emphasis on Jewish tradition, as he sees it as a similitude of his Rapture Cult doctrine, so he spends a considerable amount of time on the subject.
By tying in John 14, and how Christ tells the disciples about the “many mansions” in the Father’s house (and how the LORD told the disciples He was preparing a place for His followers), Missler deftly shifts from Scripture to alleged traditions of the Jews concerning marriage.
Chuck tells us the betrothal starts with a payment price as a token of the engagement, after which the groom supposedly leaves to build a new room in his Father’s house. Although he offers no documentation to sustain the assertion, we’re then told the bride prepares for the groom’s imminent return, which usually occurred suddenly, with no warning.
When the groom abruptly returns for his bride, there is a celebration, and the subsequent wedding. In his video on the subject, as Missler speaks about similitudes and promises kept by the groom (which supposedly mirror the Pre-Tribulation Rapture), he carefully inserts graphics onscreen that, once again, intentionally mislead.
“Don’t confuse the wedding with the marriage supper - cause we've got some bizarre observations to share as we go forward in this, so the marriage fulfilled, we are following that, the covenant was established, according to Paul in I Corinthians 11, the purchase price was paid for by our Lord on the cross…the bride then is set apart, we are set apart…” (Chuck Missler, End Times Scenario II video).
As Chuck says these words, verbally indicating the Jewish marriage ceremonial practice somehow demonstrates the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the graphics on the screen read
“Ephesians 5:25-27, I Corinthians 1:2, 6:11; Hebrews 10:10, 13:12”
This gives the impression these verses support his contention. However, the graphics only list the verses, but when you look up these passages, they say nothing at all about the supposed Rapture, the timing of Christ’s return, or anything even remotely related to the doctrine! For the record, the Ephesians passage speaks of Christ loving the church, and presenting it to himself without spot or wrinkle, and the I Corinthians passage mentions believers who are “sanctified in Christ Jesus.”
I Corinthians 6:11 also speaks of being washed in the blood, as does both Hebrews 10 and 13. In other words, these passages have no relationship to Jewish customs, any “secret” coming of Christ, or anything at all connected to the idea that Jewish “tradition” anticipates the order of events!
In this ill conceived effort to dazzle the audience with rapid fire non-citations, Chuck Missler would do well to remember the Jewish leaders who originated the very customs he is extolling were categorically rebuked for relying upon their traditions, rather than the Scriptures.
“But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matthew 15:2,3).
Although there is much more which could be said, a couple of closing thoughts concerning Chuck Missler are in order. One of the most basic principles of the Gospel is related to the unchanging nature of God. When we truly understand the Gospel, we can not only anticipate what kind of shifts will occur among the false prophets, we understand why certain changes in perspective continue to occur.
In this regard, Missler is now quietly shifting towards a newer understanding, which moves the supposed identity of the Antichrist from its traditional Roman roots, towards the more recent concept of an Islamic Antichrist.
This writer predicts that Chuck Missler will eventually embrace that point of view, for it is consistent with the Jewish Supremacist version of end time’s events. Further, if the LORD allows him to continue in his Strong Delusion, we look for him to move deeper and deeper into the Israel First worldview, in which the political state of Israel, which is actually the Little Horn power seen in Daniel, is destined to rise to unprecedented heights of power in our time.
This will occur in a union of physical Israel with the global “Church” of Jesus Christ, at the expense of militant, state sponsored Islam. We have previously examined the Islamic Antichrist scenario, and found it to be Scripturally flawed; but as the massive clash between Islam and Tel Aviv isdestined to shake the Earth, this move on the part of Chuck Missler is predictable.
There is a great deal more concerning the Machiavellian Machinations of Mr. Missler, but anyone who continues to be led by this man, in the light of the facts stated herein, will openly demonstrate they have not received the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
----- James Lloyd
The James Lloyd book which features lengthy quotes from Chuck Missler, offered side by side with actual citations from the party in question (which contradict Missler’s fraudulent representations), is THE RAPTURE CULT.