Strong Delusion

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the rapture doctrine sweeps across America in the most
unprecedented fashion in modern history, very few realize
that the spiritual trap has been set, the snare has snapped
shut, and the prophesied Strong Delusion is
already upon us. I'm speaking of the false doctrine of
dispensationalism, and the marketing tool of that
ungodly system - the pre-tribulation rapture.

With
the release of the Left Behind book and movie
series, the Satanic doctrine of demons has now come to
fruition and borne the fruit of its devilish design. While
most Christians that have been programmed by the rapture
cult continue to "heap to themselves teachers, having
itching ears" 1. and defend the system because
they want it to be true, others simply dismiss the
issue as having any importance. `What does it matter?'
they reason--`as long as we truly love the Lord, it's just
an unimportant issue of timing.'

The
latter group will never know why it matters, because
they've already chosen to close their minds to a study of
the issue on that basis. The truth is, this issue has enormous
implications for the hearts and souls of end time
believers. Indeed, I can categorically state that if you
continue in the pre-tribulation rapture delusion and refuse
to hear the truth of the matter, you are on extremely
dangerous ground in your supposed relationship to the Lord
Jesus Christ. If
you will continue to read this essay, you will hear the
truth of the matter.

Fortunately,
a very few courageous souls have taken the Word of God to
heart and determined that they will indeed "study to show
(themselves) approved." 2.

Would
I Lie To You?

One of the difficulties in
arriving at the truth of this matter is the way in which we
perceive the vessel that brings us the information.
For instance, I just cited scripture that speaks of
those that have "itching ears" and how they will seek to
validate their existing belief by surrounding themselves
with teachers that will tell them what they want to hear.
That very verse categorically proves that there are
"teachers" within the "church" that are,
indeed willing to lie in order to preserve their
position.

If
you are a believer in the pre-tribulation rapture, I also
intentionally insulted you by referring to "the
rapture cult." While rapturists find the term offensive
and routinely suggest we should be more loving and
diplomatic, they simply do not understand the present
situation. The Lord led me to dub the doctrine as cultic.
If I've upset you with that characterization, I do not
apologize. What I'm trying to do is get your attention.
If I've angered you, I have a better chance of breaking
through the conditioning so that you will listen to
the warning that I have for all pre-tribulationists. That
warning is very simple. You are in deadly peril.

Actually,
the subjectivity aspect of this issue is much larger than
just the rapture. The very nature of "delusion" in a
spiritual context is associated with the way we receive and
process information. We tend to reason that the great
pastors, book authors, and media ministry figures that we
admire would never actually lie to us. Of course,
this phenomenon of a predisposition towards credibility
itself runs counter to the prophetic expectations that are
explicitly stated in the scriptures.

The
Bible plainly tells us that in the last days there will be deception
on a wholesale level. When Jesus was asked
about the conditions that would characterize the end times,
his vivid description focused heavily on deception.
He further stated that it would be the individuals that are
saying that Jesus is Lord that will be the
ones that "shall deceive many." 3.

This
point cannot be emphasized enough. Jesus Christ
himself stated that "many shall come in my name,
saying I am Christ." 4. At the risk of
being redundant, although commonly misinterpreted as
referring to false messianic figures, Jesus said those that
declare that He is the Christ will be the ones that
will "deceive many." This plainly tells us that it will
be the "Christian" pastors and teachers, declaring that
Jesus is the true Christ, that will be the source of
the great deception of the end times.

Because
of this stern warning, you should be extremely wary of what
I have to say to you. At the same time, you should be just
as careful concerning what your own leadership is teaching
you. This is why the scriptures are so important.
The Word of God is the final authority on all these issues.
The "scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness." 5.

On
another level, that very same chapter of II Timothy
tells that the ones that will deceive us are themselves
deceived
. The text states that these leaders "shall
become worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
6. This principle would also seem to apply to
those last days "teachers" that will encourage people to
"be turned unto fables." 7.

Because
the Bible tells us it will be the professing "Christian"
teachers that will deceive the people, 8. it is
more than appropriate that we closely examine their
teaching in the light of scripture. Thus, even though the Bereans
greatly loved Paul and Silas when they went
there to preach, "they searched the scriptures daily" in
order to see "whether those things were so." 9.
They were considered "noble" because they did just that.

Furthermore,
because Jesus Christ vehemently warned us about
"false prophets," it is relevant to look at the accuracy
of the information the various teachers bring us. The
scriptures say "Ye shall know them by their fruits." 10.
Thus, my abrasive "attitude" doesn't make or break the
issue either way. What is important is if we find a
consistent pattern of deceit and distortion of
the data in the rapture proponent's books, videos, and
speeches (i.e. the fruits of their labor), then we have a
powerful indicator that the Spirit of truth is not
leading them.

History
Repeats Itself

While
rapture teachers commonly say a study of the historic belief
of the church is irrelevant, the truth is rapture teachers
have been widely exposed as having "revised" the
historical documentation that surrounds the origin of the
doctrine. In other words, our research clearly demonstrates
that rapturist oriented writers, pastors, and teachers have
almost universally sought to cover up the true
history of the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine. Thus, it
comes as no surprise that modern pre-tribulationists seek to
downplay the importance of the history of the doctrine.

The
plain truth is, a significant number of dispensational
writers, seminarians, and media communicators have been
exposed for repeated instances of plagiarism,
intentional misquoting of historical authorities, and blatantly
lying
concerning the way this doctrine came into the
modern church.

While
this factor alone certainly does not prove the efficacy of
the church's historic post-tribulationist position, it is
a powerful indicator that something is seriously wrong
within the rapture cult. Furthermore, because pre-trib
proponents now have an enormous financial, theological, and
political commitment to the doctrine, they are in a very
difficult position if they wish to change course.

Rapture
oriented teachers don't like to address this aspect of
their predicament because they don't want to undermine
their own argument that the difference between pre-trib and
post-trib is only one of timing. That is yet another
lie. Once the bulwark of pre-trib is broken through,
pre-trib pastors know the entire foundation of
dispensational thought is threatened. Novices don't
understand that dispensationalism falsely teaches
that the Jews are the chosen people, and as
such they are still the center of God's redemptive
plan. The truth is, "there is no difference between the
Jew and the Greek" 11. in Christ Jesus - and
prophetic fulfillment is never going to go back to a
pre-eminence of one group based on racial background. 

Most
rapturists cannot seem to fathom the fact that Jesus prophesied
to the Jews, "the kingdom of God shall be taken
from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the
fruits thereof." 12. If the believers in Christ
have become, as Peter said, "a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, an holy nation...," 13. then
the CHRISTIANS are now at the forefront of the Lord's
great plan of salvation.

The
rapture cult seeks to characterize anyone that teaches what
I've just put forth as somehow involved in the Catholic
oriented "replacement theology," or even worse as
anti-Semitic. For example, Hal Lindsey (who is
considered one of the premier rapture teachers) has
repeatedly accused post-tribulationists as somehow having
complicity in the holocaust!

In
his rapturist oriented Road To Holocaust, Lindsey
states that "...anti-Jewish policies can be traced to the
attitudes of the Church that began in the fourth century."
14. By describing basic New Testament doctrines
under sub-chapter headings like "A Major Root Of
Anti-Semitism," Lindsey deftly tries to show that all
historic interpretations other than
pre-tribulationism are anti-Semitic!

Indeed,
in another section of this work, Hal Lindsey has a heading
referring to the 2nd century Bible translator Origin
- yet here he brazenly connects 18 centuries of
Christian history with, once again, the Nazis! Lindsey calls
it "The Trail from Origen to Auschwitz."
Elaborately teaching that Christians that believe that the
church has become synonymous with Israel, this vicious
liar
has now firmly implied that anyone that opposes
the rapture cult system is somehow anti-Semitic:

"Using
this method of prophetic interpretation, Church theologians
began to develop the idea that the Israelites had
permanently forfeited all their covenants by rejecting Jesus
as the Messiah....the most serious consequence was that the
protections provided by the clear Scriptural warnings of God
against those who would harm His covenant people were
snatched away." 15.

 He
goes on to plainly state that Adolph Hitler
was the result of Christians holding the historic view that
the Church has inherited the promises to Israel! This is a
deplorable tactic, yet so-called "reputable" rapture
cult leaders never oppose such incredibly false assertions.

In
essays in the Christian Media newspaper and in
several books, I have described the tendency of rapture cult
leaders to malign and smear Christians that believe them to
be in error. Because Hal Lindsey wrote the hugely successful
rapturist oriented Late Great Planet Earth, and he is
one of the worst offenders when it comes to plagiarism,
16. I have examined his work in print on more
than one occasion.

A
couple of years ago, a caller to Lindsey's national radio
show asked him about those that have examined his repeated
plagiaristic thefts and distortions of fact. Following is a
transcript of what was said on national radio:

Caller:
I wanted to know, Hal, if you'd heard of James Lloyd from
Christian Media? 

Hal:
No, I haven't

Caller:
Well, he's putting out - promoting some books by Dave
MacPherson [a Post-Tribulationist writer], and he's
picking on Chuck Missler and calling them dishonest
'pensationalists [the ignorant caller's own `word'].

Hal:
Yeah, I know. These are just-these books are so poor that
you won't find most bookstores even handling them.

Cliff:
[Hal's co-host] Actually, some of them aren't even
books, Hal. They're just manuscripts that they're trying
to get published and aren't able to.

Hal:
Right. I looked at a manuscript and it was so bad that, you
know, I don't know that any publisher would even take it
in, okay?
Caller: Yeah, and I noticed even not only from the
church father's quotations, but they'll even use their
popular misconception from Paul's era and they try to use
the error to correct the Apostle....

Hal:
I know.

Caller:
...on the timing of the tribulation.

Hal:
Right. You see, this is someone who's trying to grind an
axe - can get so far out in their almost insanity of
wanting to disprove it that they'll start getting loose
and fast and loose with quotes. But thanks for your call.

In
this transparent effort to marginalize his critics and
deflect a thorough analysis of his false doctrine, Lindsey
has actually claimed the fashion in which a book is bound
has some correlation to its spiritual integrity! He's
claiming that "these books," evidently referring to my
material, "aren't even books," because they examine
Lindsey's lies! This is a brazen effort to malign our
efforts to tell people the truth about this doctrine and the
leaders that propagate it.

Think
about this for a moment. When Hal Lindsey says
"most bookstores" won't even carry "these books,"
he is attempting to equate commercial marketing success with
scriptural truth. In my particular case, I've deliberately
chosen to bypass the Christian bookstores with my books and
distribute them directly via mail and the Internet. Yet
Lindsey says this demonstrates that the material is so poor
that "most bookstores" won't handle them! 

I'd
call this "bad fruit" from the best selling rapture
writer in American history. Unfortunately, when it comes to
dishonesty in the rapture cult, Hal Lindsey is the rule --
not the exception.


Dr
Randall Price And The Pre-Trib Research Center


 
Many
are unaware of the clashes that have been occurring on radio
and in print as the cult leaders continue to propagate their
doctrine utilizing deception and distortion of the
Scriptures. For example, a couple of years ago, I clashed
with a high profile rapture scholar named Dr. J
Randall Price
on a national Christian television
network. We were booked on the same show and I had occasion
to speak with Dr. Price before we were interviewed.

I
knew that he is one of the key leaders of a group known as The
Pre-Trib Research Center, a loose association of pre-tribulationists
that are seeking new ways to promote the rapture doctrine. I
pointedly told him I have no respect for his group and have
a particular dislike for the head of the organization Dr.
Tim LaHaye
. Price said LaHaye, who is the author of the
huge literary hit Left Behind, was "a
wonderful man."

I
responded that he's been proven to be dishonest in his
books defending the rapture. He changes crucial historical
dates that are already well established, misspells names of
key individuals in the history of the doctrine, and
seriously misquotes other authors - all in an effort to
deceitfully prop up the faulty pre-tribulation rapture
doctrine. 17. Price responded that "Well,
everyone knows that Tim is not a scholar." By this, I
presume he meant that all the rapturists at the Pre-Trib
Research Center (PTRC) know that Tim is not a scholar. 

Yet
a few months later, I received a mailing from J R
Church's
rapturist oriented ministry that was heavily
promoting the Left Behind book that was
written by the "noted scholar" Dr. Tim LaHaye!
Apparently, when you've made $10 million dollars on a
fictional novel, you're entitled to deceitfully claim
you're a scholar!

During
that conversation with Dr. Price, I asked him when the PTRC
was going to stop promoting the erroneous idea that the text
in Matthew 24 concerning "one shall be taken, and the
other left" 18. is a prediction of the rapture.
I pointed out that Jesus clearly said the ones that were
"taken" were destroyed - not evacuated. This passage
is, of course, the signature text for the entire Left
Behind premise. For those that are unfamiliar with
the true meaning of the passage, Jesus said his
second coming would be "as the days of Noah were." 19.

The
text is simply saying that the return of Christ will be
analogous to the days of Noah. In the story, the majority of
the world's people were completely unaware that
there was a terrible destruction coming, and so "they knew
not
until the flood came, and took
them all away." 20. Thus, when "two women
shall be grinding at the mill (and) the one shall be taken
and the other left," 21. the question is, who knew
not the disaster was coming? The lost. So who got taken
away? The ones that were destroyed. The one that is "left
behind" is actually the one that is preserved.

Dr.
Randall Price
conceded that this text is not
describing any pre-tribulation rapture
. He further
stated that since the Pre-Trib Research Center
leaders have also acknowledged this fact, that I "should
not use this scripture" to attack the pre-trib position
anymore because they all know it doesn't teach
the rapture. Furthermore, Dr. John F Walvoord,
the Chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary (where
Price, Lindsey, et al got their degrees) and a key member of
the PTRC has categorically stated that Matthew 24's
allusion to the "two in the field, the one shall be
taken" does not refer to any theoretical
pre-tribulation rapture. Yet 2 years later, when the $17
million Left Behind movie based on the rapture
was released, we find one of the few Bible verses even
quoted in the film to support the pre-tribulation rapture
was this very passage!

Since
Dr. Tim LaHaye is the founder of the Pre-Trib
Research Center, is the writer of the Left Behind
book, and the scholars around him in the PTRC have plainly
told him this text is not teaching the "rapture," he has
now been proven to have deceitfully manipulated the Bible by
intentionally misquoting a primary passage. And he's not
the only one.

Hal
Lindsey, Chuck Missler, Grant Jeffrey, J
R Church, John Hagee, Chuck Smith, and 
tens of thousands of other pastors, writers,
and teachers around the country continue to teach a plainly
unscriptural premise. Do you really believe they don't
know any better?

No Judgment On America?

Another
blind guide is the rapture cult writer Arno Froese of
the widely read Midnight Call Magazine. In
addition to his influential prophecy periodical, Froese
sponsors annual prophecy conferences featuring prophetic
celebrities that are equally void of any spiritual
discernment. In what can only be described as a gross
indifference to the truth, writing in the September 1994
issue of  The
Midnight Call, Froese attacks those that think America
is under the judgment of God with the following statement:

"In
recent years, the theory has been popularized that because
America has forgotten God, he will send severe judgments
upon this country. A number of false prophets have arisen
and claimed certain visions from God giving dates &
detailed descriptions about that coming destruction. What is
the truth of this matter? It is a great error to assume that
America will be judged because she has forgotten God."

A
real prophet of The Lord, Jeremiah, was also faced
with false prophets like Arno Froese that
predicted peace & safety:

"Behold,
the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword,
neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured
peace in this place. Then the Lord said unto me, The
prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither
have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they
prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing
of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Therefore thus
saith the Lord concerning the prophets that prophesy in my
name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine
shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those
prophets be consumed." 22.

Grant
Jeffrey: The Greedy Profit Of Pre-Tribulationism

Another
individual that regularly demonstrates the true nature of
the spirit behind the rapture cult is Canadian writer Grant
Jeffrey. Another PTRC figure, I have clashed more
than once with this deceiver. The author of many best
selling books promoting the rapture, Jeffrey has a lucrative
non-profit, state licensed "ministry" in the United
States.

Several
years ago, I had occasion to discuss the pre-tribulation
rapture doctrine with Mr. Jeffrey. I asked him to consider
the following scenario: He wakes up one day and there are
100 million dead in North America alone. The emergency radio
bands are warning all survivors not to leave their homes and
the world leader that has emerged after a sudden overnight
nuclear war has declared global martial law. The tribulation
has begun, and he has survived the initial destruction that
has destroyed so many lives.

The
one question I asked was "What is your responsibility
or liability to the thousands of surviving Christians that
took your advice and failed to prepare in any
way, because they were counting on the pre-tribulation
rapture that you espoused in 8 books, several videos, and
hundreds of broadcast interviews?"

Grant
Jeffrey's answer may be paraphrased as "I would have no
responsibility whatsoever."

The
Bible says otherwise. In the well known passage known as
the `Watchman Of Ezekiel' verses, God says to the prophet:

 "Son
of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto
them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of
the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their
watchman; If, when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he
blow the trumpet, and warn the people, Then whosoever
heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not
warning, if the sword come, and take him away, his blood
shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the
trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him.
But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

But
if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the
trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come,
and take away any person from among them, he is taken away
in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at the
watchman's hand." 23.

This
verse plainly states that every prophecy teacher in the
world that is not sounding the alarm that the church is
about to enter the tribulation is going to be held
accountable by God. Woe unto every one of these blind
guides. 

This
was not my first exposure to Grant Jeffrey, as we had
previously written about him when he was publicly caught
misquoting from ancient authors in an effort to support the
pre-tribulation doctrine. While space doesn't permit a
thorough re-telling of that particular episode, the bottom
line is Jeffrey (and many other rapture writers) have a
nasty habit of quoting some early writer on the subject of
prophecy, and then cutting off the quote just when the
statement shows the writer was post-tribulationist.
Grant Jeffrey and others then assert that the ancient
authority believed in the pre-tribulation rapture!

The
interesting thing about this practice is that virtually anyone
can prove the rapture writers are intentional liars
with just a bit of research. Thus, those that continue in
error will be without excuse. 

Some
time after my conversation with Grant Jeffrey, I had
another encounter with the clever Canadian.  On very short notice, I was scheduled to substitute host for
a radio talk show host that had already scheduled Grant
Jeffrey as a guest. Thus the stage was set for a rather
interesting radio interview.

For
the first 15 minutes of the interview, I politely allowed
Jeffrey to pitch his new video. About 20 minutes into the
interview, I cordially stated that there had been some
disagreement with my guest in the past, so perhaps we could
discuss his position on the rapture. 

Without
any provocation of any kind from me, Jeffrey attacked the
post-tribulationists and said that we were guilty of
"low blows" in our tactics. I responded by citing
several well known facts of junior pastors getting fired for
questioning the doctrine, students being denied college
credit at seminaries because they took a post-tribulationist
posture, and other similar episodes of rapturist
institutions suppressing and punishing those willing
to tell the truth. 

Grant
got very defensive, and quickly realized he was in a public
forum, live on a national radio interview,
with someone who not only knew the truth about the lack of
scriptural support for pre-trib, but was fully aware of his
guest's repeated lies on the subject. Jeffrey muttered
that he `wouldn't put up with this,' & hung up the
phone less than 1/2 an hour into a 2 hour interview! To put
it bluntly, he turned tail and ran when confronted with a
man with a Bible.

I
then found myself live on the air without a guest (& no
prepared program), so I commented on Jeffrey's apparent
unwillingness to even discuss the issue. This episode would
not surprise anyone that is experienced in dealing with the
rapture cult because it is well known in certain circles
that they prefer to espouse a Christian charity and unity to
your face, and then seek to launch attacks at a later time
behind your back. They don't like face to face
confrontation. In short, I consider the entire collection
of rapture cult leaders to be a pack of lying thieving
cowards. But the Grant Jeffrey story didn't end there.

About
10 minutes after Jeffrey abandoned the interview because he
couldn't defend his own dishonest behavior in front of
someone that knows the truth, the radio network went to a
commercial. A network rep then came on the phone line and
told me they would have someone else finish the show! After
the commercial, yet another substitute host came on the air,
and presto - Grant Jeffrey was back as a
guest! In short, the radio network kicked the host (me)
off the air for asking Biblically based questions of the
guest!

Then,
for the next 90 minutes, Jeffrey was able to accuse me of
having "a root of bitterness" because I politely
confronted him concerning his false doctrine. If the Bible
actually taught pre-tribulationism, one might think this was
a perfect opportunity for one of the leading teachers to
defend it. Instead, Grant Jeffrey followed the time honored
tactic of avoiding a direct scriptural challenge - and
instead neutralized the truth through political maneuvering.
This type of suppression of opposing views by the cult has
now been occurring for about 100 years, and is widely
documented in several books, articles, and tapes. 24.


The
Bible Predicts The Great Falling Away - The Rapture Cult

 The
Apostle Paul was also faced with false prophets that had
sought to confuse the simple truth that Jesus is only coming
one more time, and that event will be His 2nd
coming. In the book of Thessalonians, it is clear
there was already some confusion over the very same
subject: the timing of the return of Jesus Christ.
Thus, in the 2nd letter to the Thessalonians, we
have a priceless text that states quite plainly the learned
Apostle's understanding of the chronological events
surrounding the return of Jesus. In chapter two, Paul writes

"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
the Lord is at hand." 25.

 Paul
plainly states that he is going to address the "coming"
of Christ, and our "gathering" unto him. While he
doesn't specifically say that "gathering" coincides
with his "coming," it is readily presumed because Jesus
himself has already stated in Matthew that when
"...they shall see the son of man coming in the
clouds of heaven....he shall send his angels with a great
sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together
his elect...." 26. The return of Christ
is clearly linked with the gathering of his elect.
There is no hint whatsoever of a secret or invisible coming
here. The Apostle then zeros in on the sequence of events.
He writes

"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...." 27.

 The
key words here are "that day." What day is he
referring to? The day of the Lord, which he just mentioned
in the previous verse - the day of Christ's coming
and our gathering unto him.
Paul categorically
states that two things will happen before the return of
Christ occurs. There will be a great "falling away,"
and the son of perdition (the Antichrist) will be revealed.

Now
the question should already be evident. If the coming of
Christ is the time when he gathers (read "raptures") His
believers, but that day "shall not come" until the Antichrist
emerges, how can there be a pre-tribulation rapture before
the Antichrist shows up? The entire rest of the chapter
continues with several other chronological statements, but
they all continue in sequence after this revealing of
the Antichrist.

Because
these verses completely corner the dispensationalists (rapturists)
with very plain language that precludes any pre-tribulation
rapture, they have 2 choices open to them. They can read the
text for what it plainly states, and realize that they
should conform their interpretation to what the Bible is
telling them, or they can cling to the interpretation and
try to find a way around the plain sense of this particular
Scripture. Most have chosen the 2nd option.

For
example, Chuck Smith, a highly revered rapture
teacher that has anchored the entire Calvary Chapel
denomination to the doctrinal scheme, commonly teaches that
the great "falling away" is actually the rapture itself!

Even
before looking at the Greek of the text, it should be
apparent that no-one is going to "fall" into heaven!
Unless, of course, "Heaven" is actually down below.
How many of you have ever fallen upward? The plain
and obvious meaning of being "raptured" (or resurrected)
is to rise up to meet him in the air. In fact,
in the resurrection passage from the earlier letter
to these same Thessalonians, Paul wrote that "we shall be
caught up together with them in the
clouds..." 28. How then can we "fall away,"
in an upward direction, to the clouds? Obviously, this is a
ridiculous assertion, but it shows the lengths that deceived
leaders will go to defend what they want to believe.

Reverting
to the underlying Greek word is also a futile exercise -
although the cult continues to twist the words anyway they
can. The Greek word used here for "falling away" is Apostasia. 
Significantly, this is a word that has such
widespread understanding of its meaning that the Greek
word has actually become an English word. The American
Heritage Dictionary, for example, renders it as
"apostasy n. pl. An abandonment of one's religious
faith." 29. A related English word, apostate,
is rendered as "one who forsakes his faith
or principles." 30.

In
fact, in the only other verse where this word
"apostasia" is used in the New Testament, that very word
forsake is used in the King James Version
of the Bible. It's found in Acts 21:21 where the Jews are
attacking the Apostle Paul. They raged that Paul "...teachest
all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake
Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their
children, neither to walk after the customs." 31.
In the book of Acts and the present text in Thessalonians,
the meaning is clear.

Paul
says "that day [the return of Christ] shall not come,
except there come a falling away first [a forsaking of the
faith], and that man of sin be revealed...." 32.
It doesn't get much plainer - the events that precede
the return of Jesus Christ are the departure from the
faith, and the revealing of the Antichrist. There is no
pre-tribulation rapture - at least not in this chapter.


A
Seamless Cultural Conditioning

 Calculating
church climbers long ago determined the best way to continue
their control of the church through their doctrine of demons
is to condition the kids at a tender age. Essentially, I'm
saying that, like the communists, they're after your
children
. Back in the late 1960's and early 1970's,
large numbers of baby boomer Christians were converted in
laid back cultural settings characterized by Christian rock
music, long hair, and surfer sandals ala Love Song, Daniel
Amos, Larry "I wish We'd All Been Ready" Norman,
and hundreds of other Maranatha bands that have now
grown into middle age pastors. These minions of
pre-tribulationism now promote the unscriptural scenario in
homegrown churches around the country. In short, the error
is firmly ingrained in American society. 

Now
the marketeers want the next wave, so we recently saw the
release of the best-selling Left Behind: The Kids Version.
Christian retailers are overflowing with rapture oriented
videos, CD's, and other `Christianized' trinkets
apparently aimed at the notorious Generation X and even their
kids. Thus, we now have a younger, hipper, Bible translation
called WWJD -- an acronym for "What Would Jesus
Do?" 

This
"New Living Translation" is put out by Christian
product marketers including jeweler Bob Siemon who comes out
of the Southern California rapture cult. Interestingly, this
is building on the WWJD bracelet for kids which
originated in the Eastern US with another Christian youth
group. While the idea of asking yourself what would Jesus do
is a laudable one, another Madison Avenue motto masquerading
as the Bible is not.

The
truth is, the cash registers are crankin' at the cult as the
fraud of the century
continues its commercial march
to power. At the top of this hideous dung heap is Cloud
Ten Pictures who has just released their million dollar
feature Left Behind. This gar�bage is already on
video (it debuted at #1 on the video charts), and because
it's the worst piece of pseudo-biblical trash ever released,
it's destined to make lots of' dough. This guaranteed
success is predicated on the spiritual reality that the
millions of suckers with itching ears will line up to shell
out their hard earned cash to anyone that will tell them
what they want to hear.

Not
to be outdone, even the legal shysters have gotten into the
act. In Southern California, an enterprising Christian
attorney (an oxymoron if there ever was one) is marketing a
legal document called The Rapture Amendment. The
equivalent of a "Christianized" will, this is a 10 page
legal amendment to your will that you can `leave behind'
when you get "raptured." It's being pitched as a perfect
way to legally transfer your money after you've been
caught up -- don't laugh, this clown is getting $37.50 for
10 sheets of paper.

Then
there's the vendor that brings us The Rapture Button.
This clever little cash cow consists of a cheesy little
up-arrow on a pin that is to be worn on your shirt, but the
button comes attached to a card with in�structions that
tell the buttonee to be sure and "tell them it
signifies an event that could occur at any time," even
as it quotes I Thessalonians 4:16 out of context. In
short, it's instilling false doctrine under the simplest
of pretenses.

The
Rapture Button is just the latest gimmick in a series of
promotional products, known in the business world as premiums,
that continue to inculcate doctrine in a low profile
fashion. For instance, there are literally dozens of T Shirt
vendors that regularly reinforce the rapture perspective
with new product offerings. A good example is one by Solid
Light Productions in Ohio with a T Shirt emblazoned with
a banner that reads Enjoy The Ride - wrapped around
an image of a teenager's tennis shows swooping upwards
towards the heavens (so much for "falling away" into
glory). 

In
addition to T Shirts (and sweat shirts), the rapture motif
has now emerged in posters, CD's and cassettes, greeting
cards, books, magazines, comics, bumper stickers, and
evangelical tracts. Now, with the release of the $17 million
dollar feature motion picture Left Behind, even
Hollywood has embraced the seductive doctrine. If you think
I'm exaggerating the impact of such social conditioning,
consider the following. As I write these words, the Left
Behind
video has just become the number one home
video for 4 weeks in a row according to sales figures from
the Internet mail order giant Amazon.com. To put it bluntly,
this thing is huge

More
Dishonesty In Dispensationalism

Recently
"Chaplain" Tom Cole, who hosts a nationally
syndicated radio program called the Chaplain's Hour,
publicly demonstrated that he not only doesn't understand
the Bible, he is just like most other rapture oriented
"Christian" leaders. In short, he's just another liar
masquerading as a man of God.

In
this particularly example of dispensational duplicity,
newsletter writer Darryl Eberhardt, who was a member
of Cole's militia group, bears witness that in July of 1999
Cole privately and emphati�cally promised him he would not
promote the pre-tribulation rapture on the air.

The
promise came shortly after Cole had Dr. David Wolfe
on as a guest. Wolfe, the host of his own rapture cult radio
show, is a notorious liar that has been repeatedly humili�ated
in public because of his apparent propensity to forget what
he said a week previ�ously. A couple of years ago, Christian
Media
wrote about how Wolf would make a typical
rapturist statement like "Matthew was written for the
Jews," on his broadcast, and then a week later earnestly
deny to on-air callers that he ever said such a thing!

Dr.
Wolfe continued this pattern so many times that Christian
Media
eventually produced a radio special where we
actually played clips of Wolfe's own taped statements back
to back in order to demonstrate the incredibly brazen nature
of his lies. Later, a transcript of many of Dr. Wolfe's
obviously untrue statements was included in the James
Lloyd book The Rapture Cult: Dishonesty In
Dispensationalism
.

When
Darryl Eberhardt heard Dr. Wolfe being interviewed on Cole's
program, being acquainted with the truth about Wolfe, he
called Cole in an effort to save him from further
embarrassment as many Shortwave listeners are already aware
of the truth about David Wolfe. Cole thanked
Eberhardt for the cautionary note and specifically stated he
would not have Wolfe on his program in the future.

Then
on August 8, 1999, Cole reneged on his promise and brought
on Dr. Wolfe again. During that program, Wolfe denounced me
(James Lloyd) as a malicious false prophet.
This is predictable for I have done great damage to Wolfe's
"ministry" by publicly exposing his willingness to
issue bald faced lies to promote the rapture.

On
that program, Cole and Wolfe took an on-air phone call from
a rapturist listener who proceeded to pitch the now
discredited theory that Ephraim the Syrian, a
4th century pastor, had written about the pre-tribulation
rapture 1,600 years ago. The caller read a
section from an ancient writing that he specifically stated
was authored by Ephraim the Syrian. Because this
particular quote is frequently read out of context, it
sounds like a genuine reference to pre-trib from the 4th
century. As usual, the truth is decidedly different.

Actually,
later in the very same document the caller was
reading from, the author clearly states that Christ comes
for his church after the tribulation. Predictably,
that portion of the ancient writing wasn't read. Not
only that, but the document in question was not even written
by Ephraim the Syrian! Students and scholars fluent in
church history call this work Pseudo-�Ephraim
because it is believed to be a forgery from the 7th
century, written by an unknown author that put Ephraim's
name on it!

The
revealing thing is that the Pseudo-Ephraim essay is examined
at some length in the James Lloyd book The Rapture
Cult
-
the same book that Dr. Wolfe has obviously
read as his radio statements demonstrate. So let's get this
straight. Dr. David Wolfe takes a caller on a radio show
that is reading from a work Wolfe knows is a forgery.
The caller misidentifies the author, and Wolfe knows
that also. The caller was quoting from a Chuck Missler
published writing that only quoted 2 lines (out of context)
and completely omitted the portion of Pseudo-Ephraim
that plainly states the Antichrist will persecute the church
during the tribulation. 

The
Missler published writing the caller is reading from also misidentifies
the document as having been written by Ephraim
the Syrian from the 4th century - as
opposed to Pseudo-Ephraim from the 7th century.
The caller obviously does not have the entire Pseudo-Ephraim
document in his possession, so he thinks he's accurately
representing the teachings of Ephraim. Wolfe knows all of
this, yet he never corrects the caller. Instead, he
takes the opportunity to deliberately distort the facts, and
agrees with the uneducated caller that this ancient writing
from "Ephraim the Syrian" proves the pre-tribulation
rapture!

Meanwhile,
the foolish Chaplain Cole also says nothing to
contradict the lies being broadcast on his own show. This
places the "Chaplain" in a very awkward position.
Either Cole is simply ignorant of the truth of the Pseudo-Ephraim
writing, which makes him look rather stupid since he's the
"Bible teacher" propagating the false doctrine he
apparently knows very little about, or he's just as
dishonest as Wolfe. Thus, Chaplain Tom Cole now joins
the long and illustrious list of liars that seem to
think the truth is something to be manipulated when it comes
to Bible prophecy.

As
of this writing, the misidentified Pseudo-Ephraim document
continues to be re-quoted in literally dozens of
newsletters, newspapers, and magazines that all simply reprint
the earlier misidentification. The real culprit is Grant
Jeffrey
, by way of Chuck Missler, by way of Hal
Lindsey
, ad infinitum. 

I've
personally received about a dozen newsletters from writers
that have never even read the entire Pseudo-Ephraim
document
- all thinking they're going to correct me
on the rapture. Obviously, I have a copy of the entire
writing, so I've embarrassed more than one would-be
prophecy teacher or writer (sometimes on the air) with the
truth of the matter. In almost every case, the writer of the
newsletter has no idea they are printing patently inaccurate
information. Sadly, most of them don't really care to
correct or retract their previous disinformation -- even
when they're confronted with the truth. The point is, the
error has now been compounded many times over, and it is now
virtually impossible to track down every instance of the
disinformation being distributed.

For
those serious students of Bible prophecy that actually do
care about the truth, an entire transcript of
Pseudo-Ephraim, including a substantial examination of the
internal statements of the document, appears in Dr.
Robert Gundry's
book, First The Antichrist.
33 You may also care to review several works by
the greatest living authority on Pseudo-Ephraim and Ephraim
the Syrian - a scholar named Paul Alexander. Also,
the Christian Media tape exposé on Dr. David
Wolfe entitled Wolfe In Sheep's Clothing refers to
this aspect of the present work.

Disinformation
In The Anecdotal Data

 One
of the most common tactics utilized by the spirit of the age
in the Strong Delusion is to distort or
misrepresent what is actually being taught by anyone that
opposes the apostasy being perpetrated by the rapture cult. Christian
Media
(the newspaper) and our sister publication The
Apocalypse Chronicles
have both been repeatedly attacked
by rapturists that regularly misrepresent what we
actually teach.

Considering
the fact that we are consistently accused of unfairly
criticizing these "nice" rapture cult folks,
perhaps some of their followers should review the distorted
statements that regular spew out of their own ranks. Most
people have no idea of what it's like to be reviled by the
cult on a daily basis, to say nothing of having your own
statements twisted beyond recognition.

For
example, a magazine put out by Perry Stone Jr with
the title The Rapture Revelation attacks post-tribulationists
as "scoffers.......who almost mock the idea of Christ's
return." Stone even labels his slick 4 color article
with the blaring headline "The Anti-Rapture
Church." Stone goes on to say "Why would anyone be
so blatantly against preaching on the coming of
Christ?" 

Of
course, any semi-literate person with a shred of genuine
synaptic activity knows post-tribulationists never
preach "against" the coming of Christ! This is
simply a rapture cult form of distortion of the views of
those that can plainly see the scriptures never teach a pre-tribulational
return of Christ.

We
believe HE IS COMING BACK for His remnant church just
as He said He would - "immediately after the
tribulation of those days" (See Matthew 24 for details).
Stone is just another liar trying to protect the lucrative
`goose that laid the golden rapture egg' by inaccurately
stating the teachings of those that would expose his false
prophetic interpretive system. The fact is, their
protestations notwithstanding, this distortion of the debate
is the norm among the rapture cult.

As
a case in point, another current cult voice is a publisher
called Present Truth Publishers. This is a group that
is dedicated to practically deifying John Darby, the
Irishman who introduced pre-trib to America in the l9th
century. They've released a piece of propaganda that makes
the audacious claim that the post-tribulationist
"theory leads to fundamental evil." When a serious
and scholarly group like this tells the public the view
that was held by the Christian church for 18 centuries
"leads to fundamental evil," how can we have
fellowship with lying reprobates like that?

Speaking
of John Darby, because he was the British based
theologian who introduced the pre-tribulation rapture
doctrine to America during a series of high profile speaking
tours, his prophetic history has been widely misquoted and
distorted for about 150 years. This is because the cult
wants to portray him as the individual who
"rediscovered" the doctrine that they claim had been
"lost" since the time of the disciples.

To
this end, the idea is to keep pushing Darby's first
mention of pre-tribulationism to an earlier
date in order to show he didn't receive it from the
occultists that first espoused the doctrine to him. Because
it is now firmly documented that the pre-tribulation rapture
doctrine was first uttered by the famous Scottish girl in a
trance in 1830, the cult continually misquotes the
dates of Darby's written documentation in order to show he
had taught pre-tribulationism before Margaret
MacDonald
first conjured it up in her occultic group
in Scotland.

Here
is an example of how the tactic works. Writing in the
rapture cult magazine God's News Behind The News,
published by Dr. Joe Van Koevering and Dr. Ray
Brubaker, literary criminals Dr. Tim LaHaye and Jerry
Jenkins
of Left Behind fame write the following:

"Darby
claimed he got the inspiration for his understanding of a
pre-Trib rapture in 1828...." 34.

 The
record shows that in 1829, Darby wrote an essay
called Reflections. This later became part of a
compendium of his articles known as Collected Writings.
In that 1829 work, we see that "Darby still had a
post-tribulational outlook....[and] the only coming Darby
looked for in 1829 was the Revelation 19 coming [the 2nd
coming after the tribulation]" 35.

In
fact, the following year, Darby wrote another piece
entitled "On `Days' Signifying `Years' in Prophetic
Language." This 1830 publication taught the historicist
view that says the 1,260 days of the two witnesses of
Revelation were actually the previous 1,260 years.
Because the historicist position states that this 1,260
"year" period is actually the prophesied time of the
great tribulation, Darby could not have held to a pre-tribulational
rapture since at that time (1830) he believed the
tribulation was almost over.

Four
years later, in an 1834 writing entitled "The
Dispensation of the Kingdom of Heaven," Darby wrote
that "the saints....will be raised with Jesus at His second
coming
." 36. In that work there is no
pre-tribulational rapture at all - only the plain post-tribulational
statement that the believers will be "raised" when Jesus
returns at "His second coming."

Yet
less than 6 months ago, Tim LaHaye categorically
stated that John Darby got "his understanding of a
pre-Trib rapture in 1828."  

The
reason Tim LaHaye, Grant Jeffrey, Chuck
Smith
, and all the other rapture liars keep
trying to push the date back is because it has been firmly
established that Margaret MacDonald's pre-tribulational
teaching occurred in 1830. Because people in her
group were practicing levitation and her
credentials are sorely lacking as a legitimate source of
Holy Spirit inspired prophetic truth, the cult historians
keep changing the dates in order to make it look like
the more respectable John Darby actually
introduced the doctrine. 

After
all, if everyone knew the doctrine was first brought forth
in a spiritualist séance-like setting, many so-called
Christians would be far more cautious about embracing the
teaching. Thus, the incredible cover-up that
began with Darby's primary biographer back in the early
1900's continues to this very day. 37.

Another
liar of like kind is a Carolina cultist named Joseph
Chambers
. This crafty old fraud writes "There has
been such an attack on those that look for the Rapture that
many Christians will not open their mouth about this
hope." Writing in his prophecy newspaper, Chambers then
goes on to posit that Biblical post-tribulationists
"have forsaken the Biblical hope of the rapture."
He then states that this view of scripture will cause
post-tribulationist Christians to "miss the Rapture and
find out that fleeing from God's judgment on this earth is
impossible."

This
is simply an indefensible series of gross
misrepresentations. For the record, we have never
"forsaken" the hope of the return of Jesus
Christ
in glory. We believe Jesus will return
physically to raise "the dead in Christ." I've
never heard of a post-tribulationist (and I'm well read on
the subject) that believed he could "flee" (or
escape) from "God's judgment on this earth."

The
great irony of this situation is that this rapture cult
teacher accuses us of teaching the very thing he promotes!
Chamber claims pre-tribbers can escape the
tribulation through the fictional pre-tribulational rapture
doctrine, but he tells us that we'll soon learn that
"fleeing from God's judgment on this earth is
impossible!" Amazing!


The
Blasphemy Of The Holy Spirit

 One
of our readers sent in a revealing correspondence that is
sharply indicative of just how important this issue actually
is. In Lansing Michigan, Mount Hope Church recently
gave away theatre style tickets for a presentation called What
To Do If You Miss The Rapture featuring the church's
pastor - a man named Dave Williams.

A
local Christian in his area then wrote to Pastor Williams
and challenged his teaching of false doctrine and the pastor
responded in writing. In his letter, Williams has apparently
blasphemed the Holy Spirit by saying those who teach
the post tribulationist view have given heed to
"seducing spirits and doctrines of demons."
Unfortunately, the only good thing about this statement is
that it demonstrates that we both can't be right.

Either
Williams is teaching "doctrines of demons" with his
pre-tribulationist system, or we are with the post-tribulational
view. In other words, this is anything but a
minor, unimportant issue. Yet rapturists routinely try
to present the idea that this is a just a disagreement over
timing and the issue is unimportant.

My
Bible tells me that Jesus Christ taught that the only
unpardonable sin is "blasphemy against the Holy Ghost." 38.
The occasion of this statement was when the Pharisees attributed
the works of God to the Devil
. They said "This
fellow doth not cast out devils but by Beelzebub, the prince
of the devils." 39. Jesus told them "all
manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but
the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto
men." 40.

To
put it another way, in his written letter defending the
pre-tribulation rapture, Pastor Williams has plainly stated
that he believes that post-tribulationists are moving in the
power of Satan. I say the same thing to the rapture
cult: "Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart, ye do
always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do
ye." 41. Since only one of us can be right,
apparently one of us has committed the unpardonable sin.
Would it not then be a prudent move to seriously study this
issue?


An
Appalling Ignorance

 Because
even Pastor Williams himself has apparently recognized the
importance of the issue, one would think he would be
diligent enough to at least try and get his facts straight.
The balance of his correspondence defending the rapture
demonstrates that his total ignorance of the subject
is downright embarrassing. His letter attacks what he refers
to as the "disciples" of writer Dave MacPherson
-- whose name he misspells.

Believers
knowledgeable in prophecy know that Dave MacPherson
is the author of numerous books that chronicle the early
history of the doctrine from its 19th century
inception.

Incredibly,
Pastor Williams writes that MacPherson "...has
been called into question by his colleagues for his
statement that the rapture came through Jan Darby, who got
it from a girl who was speaking in tongues and giving an
interpretation. This is, of course, utter nonsense."

He
is, "of course," clumsily referring to the previously
mentioned early rapture proponent John Nelson Darby.
The historical record actually shows that Darby received the
doctrine through another British pastor named Edward
Irving
. MacPherson's writings show that Darby got the
doctrine from an exposure to Irving - who received the
doctrine from the 15 year old Scottish girl named Margaret
MacDonald
.

Williams'
letter is historically inaccurate in almost every statement.
The "girl" in question spread the new teaching to
Irving, not "Jan" Darby - and she was most
definitely not "speaking in
tongues." In short, he is either intentionally
misrepresenting the impeccable historical work done by Dave
MacPherson, or he is completely ignorant of the subject that
he is teaching on.

For
the record, there is no "girl" by the name of "Jan
Darby." There was an Irish preacher named John Darby
that was pivotal in the dissemination of the doctrine, but
Pastor Williams doesn't seem to place any importance on
accuracy. Because this man is asking anyone who will listen
to him to follow his interpretation of Bible prophecy, I can
only hope that this degree of ineptitude in his handling of
the facts does not inspire confidence in his doctrinal
stance. In short, Pastor Dave Williams is an
abominable liar, and his fruit is so bad it stinks.

This
moron then goes on to say in writing, that
"all true theologians and true Bible
scholars who once held to the post-tribulation theory, have
now changed their view�point." 42. The
sheer stupidity of this statement is beyond comprehension,
but such is the state of those who refuse to hear the truth.

We
have a scripture for Mr. Williams. II Peter refers to
certain scoffers who are "willingly.... Ignorant" of
the truth during the last days. 43. Peter also
wrote that the Lord knows how to "reserve the unjust unto
the day of judgment to be punished..." 44. 
Perhaps if Mr. Williams is still alive once it
becomes obvious that the prophesied tribulation period has
begun, he'll remember what he taught at his church
presentation of What To Do If You Miss The Rapture.
Of course at that point, he would do well to avoid contact
with any of his attendees who have survived the first wave
of tribulational events, but have made no preparations
because they were foolish enough to listen to him. Chances
are they'll be in a bad mood.

 The ignorance of Pastor Williams is not the exception -
it's the rule. For example, I have another letter from an
author named D. H. Babies that calls himself "a
qualified theologian" that makes statements just as stupid
as Pastor Dave Williams. This pompous ass, who claims to
have "two earned doctorates" cannot even spell
Thessalonians!  He writes "Please read I Thessolonians 4:13-17 [sic] which
proves the rapture."

In
reality, a thorough review of that passage provides no time
element whatsoever that can demonstrate the passage is
referring to the theoretical pre-tribulation rapture. The
truth is, the passage plainly speaks of Christ returning
from heaven at the 2nd coming, and tells us He
will descend "with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ
shall rise...." 45.

Since
Christ tells us that dead Christians will be raised
"at the last day" FOUR TIMES in John, 46.
how can "the dead in Christ rise" seven years before
the last day if this passage is the "pre-tribulation
rapture?" In fact, the corollary passage in I
Corinthians tells us that when "the trump of God"
blows as Christ returns, it will be "at the last
trump..." 47. If you look for "the last
trump" you'll find it in Revelation 11:15 - at
the very end of the tribulation. There is much more
to I Thessalonians 4; however, no part of it teaches
pre-tribulationism.

Dr.
Babies then goes on to commit the time honored tactic of
the rapture cult: putting forth the proposition that the
rapture was taught by great church leaders throughout the
ages. He writes "Great Bible scholars throughout history
have always believed the rapture: Luther, Calvin, Edwards,
Whitefield, Wesley, Finney, Torrey...." 48.

This
apparent pathological liar never offers any
quotations because there aren't any. Even though it
is incumbent on the one making the assertion to document his
conclusion, Dr. Babies has failed to offer one quote.
Nevertheless, I will offer a citation or two to refute his
audacious assertions.

Martin
Luther
is well known for his virulent anti-Semitism.
"What then shall we Christians do with this damned
rejected race of Jews?...First, to set fire to their
synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt
whatever will not burn..." 49. This hideous
statement is not exactly what one would expect from a
dispensationalist (rapturist) that believes the Jews are still
God's chosen people! Indeed, even after the protestant
reformation, Luther still largely held to Catholic thought.
A key biographer of Luther writes that concerning "....purgatory,
Luther accepted that souls were suffering there and had to
be helped through prayers, fasting, and alms." 50.
 

Because
the anti-Semitic 16th century reformer followed
Catholicism's version of millennialism as well as the
thoroughly unbiblical intermediate place of torment known as
"purgatory," it is obvious that Martin Luther
never heard of a pre-tribulation rapture. 

Moving
to the 2nd name on the rapturist deceiver's
list we find John Calvin, another giant of the
Protestant Reformation. In Calvin's Institutes,
written in 1535, he writes that in spite of "...those who
rage against us with dungeon, whip, torture, fire and
sword...we shall continue like sheep to be led to the
slaughter, then we shall possess our souls in patience,
waiting for the mighty hand of God, which, when the time is
fulfilled, will appear armed to deliver us from our tribulation
and to punish the proud and spiteful." 51.  There isn't even a hint of pre-tribulationism in any John
Calvin writing.

In
the early 18th century, Jonathan Edwards
wrote Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God. Since we
distribute this pivotal work and I've read it from start
to finish, I can categorically say that in this writing Jonathan
Edwards never addressed the subject of Bible prophecy.
He never wrote about the millennial reign of Christ, and he
never wrote a word about the chronological order of
Christ's return. Focusing on repentance, he did
write that God "...is angrier with many who are now in the
congregations of our churches, many who seem to be at ease,
than He is with many of those who are now in the flames of
hell." 52.

The
fact is, no preacher before 1830 ever
heard of a pre-tribulation rapture. Thus Martin Luther, John
Calvin, Jonathan Edwards et al could never have believed in
"the rapture" because it was never conceived of before
that time. Indeed, this man's statement is so far off base
that it's difficult not to laugh - yet most
"Christians" refuse to "study to show thyself
approved," 53. so they're cowed by this
lunatic's degrees and the hot air of his rhetoric.

Indeed,
if I were in the rapture cult's position and attempting to
prove such a point, it would be a simple matter to provide a
quote from the prolific Martin Luther's writings, or John
Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion that
show a 15th, or 16th century
discussion of the rapture. These classic works are in every
seminary library, but to the best of my knowledge, no
rapture teacher, cult writer, or other communicator has ever
even attempted to quote Luther, Calvin, Edwards,
& others from their era trying to show they held to a
pre-tribulational rapture. This is simply because no
Christian writer during the first 18 centuries of the
Christian church ever heard of the doctrine.

But
this particular seminary trained rapture deceiver with the
advanced degrees goes well beyond the sin of pride (to say
nothing of his inability to even spell books of the Bible)
and bearing a false witness of history. The next portion of
his letter indicates he has the same reprobate mind
as the Michigan pastor who slanders people whose names and
gender he can't even accurately reproduce!

Dr.
Babies
goes on to write "Please be cautious of frauds
such as Dave MacPherson and Robert Gentry." There has
never been any evidence whatsoever that Dave MacPherson has
ever committed any "fraud," yet this liar
just swipes away with no facts at all to support his
malicious statements. The truth is, when it comes to
scholarship, his letter plainly indicates that Dr. Babies is
not fit to tie Dave MacPherson's shoelaces.

But
the second name in his correspondence is most intriguing. He
also speaks of another "fraud" whom he names "Robert
Gentry." There is no known or published prophecy author
named Robert Gentry. Since the writer indicates
he's read our material, we know who he means -
but it is clear that in addition to an inability to spell,
he can't even seem to get his opponent's names right.

Christian
Media
distributes a book written by a brilliant
post-tribulationist named Dr. Robert Gundry.
He's a professor of New Testament at a California college.
Then we've also written about a prominent preterist
writer named Dr. Kenneth Gentry. He's a
pastor, lecturer, and published author. So apparently the
babbling Dr. Babies has confused the two writers and combined
their names. In other words, he may not know who
he's talking about, but he's sure the guy is a fraud.
Such is the incredibly sloppy state of scholarship at the
rapture cult.

Would
you trust your family's life and fate to a man like
that? That's exactly what every rapturist has done, for
these deceivers are virtually all the same. God will hold
them accountable, but don't let them take you with
them to their unpleasant eternal reward.

Following
The Son Of The Father Of Lies

 In
this essay, I've chosen to focus on the writings and
statements of rapture cult proponents. In other works, such
as The Rapture Cult: Dishonesty In Dispensationalism,
I've devoted considerably more effort to the
scriptural
record that militates against
pre-tribulationism. After reading this article, I can safely
predict that critics will say `he attacks the teachers
because he doesn't have any scripture to back up is
position.'

The
truth is, I'd rather focus on the scriptural
statements -- for that is what truly decides any
controversy. I am, however, forced to respond to the
historical inaccuracies put forth by the rapture cult.
The fact is, in every interaction we clearly best them with scripture,
so they attempt to use the historical record to
support their false doctrine. 

When
we respond and prove the historical record shows no
pre-tribulationism until the 19th century, they
commonly accuse us of arguing from history instead of
scripture! I would thus emphatically urge all readers to get
more information-such as any of the post-tribulationist
materials advertised in this issue of
Christian Media.

I
will address one more section of scripture with the brief
space I have left. In the signature passage that describes
the strong delusion, Paul writes that
there will be a great "falling away" from the truth just
before the revealing of the Antichrist.

Most
Christians have been taught that this doesn't apply to
them because they believe they won't be here to see the
Antichrist; therefore they don't see that the strong
delusion
that the Bible says will come in the last
days could be aimed at the believers. Indeed,
they've been taught the "strong delusion" is for the
Jews after the "rapture" occurs.

I
would ask the following questions. Because the overwhelming
majority of Jews have steadfastly rejected Jesus Christ for
the last 2,000 years, are they not already lost? How then
can they be subject to the great "falling away" from
the truth when they've never held the truth in the first
place?

The
fact is, Jesus himself told the Christians to
"take heed that no man deceive you." 54.
He said that if he did not shorten the days "even the very
elect would be deceived," and the entire New
Testament tells us the "elect" are the Christians.
55. Who does the devil want the most to deceive
- the ones he already has (the Jews), or the
ones he hopes to get? (the Christians) The truth is, the
Bible plainly tells us Satan already has control of the Jews
because they've rejected Christ. It is the believers
that Satan hopes to lure into following his false Christ. In
short, the target of the strong delusion is the Christians.

One
final point bears mentioning. This same text in II
Thessalonians show us that it is actually God
that will allow Satan to manifest the last day's
strong delusion. The verse tells us that "for this cause
God shall send them strong delusion, that they should
believe the lie..." 56. What cause is
that? The previous verse provides the answer.

It
says that God sends a strong delusion "because
they received not the love of the truth.
" 57.
Do you understand the enormous importance of what this
actually says? The meaning is clear. The people that are
deceived are deceived because they don't really love
the truth. I believe I've shown that substantial
numbers of prophecy teachers, writers, pastors, and other
communicators in the rapture cult are willing to twist the
truth because they love their doctrine more than they
love the truth
.

This
means that II Thessalonians chapter 2 is describing a
significant group of Christians that will be
around in the last generation. They will be here when
"the man of sin [is] revealed." 58. According
to verse two, they will be deceived concerning the timing
of the return of Christ because Paul says "Let no man
deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come,
except...." 59. They've been warned
that the return of Christ will not come until a great
"falling away" occurs. That falling away from the truth
is a result of the great deception which will be
specifically targeted at the believers ("we beseech you, brethren....")
These "brethren" are to be caught in a "strong
delusion" that deceives them because they "received not
the love of the truth." 60.

Other
writings from Paul also warn about following "Jewish
fables." 61. 
If the fictional number one
"Christian" film Left Behind that promotes this
unscriptural drivel is not a fable, then what is? In II
Timothy, Paul says in the last days the Christians will
"heap to themselves teachers, having itching
ears." 62. 
As I stated previously, these "itching ears"
demonstrate there will be plenty of teachers that
will tell them what they want to hear. What the church wants
to hear is that they will not have to endure great
tribulation. The truth is, it is about to occur and vast
numbers of "Christians" are about to be swept away by
the Antichrist, and sadly, they will "believe the
lie."

This
may be your last warning. Drop everything and study this as
if your life depends upon it. The truth is, it does.

James Lloyd

Copyright © 2002 Christian Media Network

See Also

The Rapture Cult

Lying In Laodicea

Invisible Scripture

The Reckoning

The Rapture Plot

The Thief Of Sardis

FOOTNOTES

1.    
II Timothy 4:3

2.     II Timothy 2:15

3.     Matthew 24:5

4.     Matthew 24:5

5.     II Timothy 3:16 

6.     II Timothy 3:13

7.     II Timothy 3:4

8.     Luke 21:8, Matt 24:5

9.     Acts 17:11

10.    
Matthew 7:16

11.    
Rom 10:12

12.    
Matthew 21:43

13.    
I Peter 2:9

14.    
Road To Holocaust, Hal Lindsey, Bantam Books, 1989,
page 7

15.    
Road, page 7, 8

16.    
See the ad for 3 R's: Rapture, Revisionism, &
Robbery in this issue of CM

17.    
see The Rapture Plot by Dave MacPherson available
from CM

18.    
Matthew 24:40

19.    
Matthew 24:37

20.    
Matthew 24:39

21.    
Matthew 24:41

22.    
Jeremiah 14:13‑15 KJV

23.    
Ezekiel 33:2-6

24.    
See Thief In The Light from Christian Media, The 3
R's: Rapture, Revisionism, & Robbery by Dave
MacPherson, and The Rapture Cult by the present author. 

25.    
II Thessalonians 2:1,2 

26.    
Matthew 24:30-31

27.    
II Thessalonians 2:3

28.    
I Thessalonians 4:17

29.    
American Heritage Dictionary, Houghton-Mifflin, 1978

30.    
ibid

31.    
Acts 21:21

32.    
II Thessalonians 2:3 

33.    
Available from CM

34.    
Rapture Under Attack, page 4, God's News, V22 #4
Jul/Aug 2000, emphasis mine

35.    
The Rapture Plot, Dave MacPherson, page 98

36.    
Rapture Plot, page 111,emphasis mine

37.    
See The Rapture Plot

38.    
Matthew 12:31

39.    
Matthew 12:24

40.    
Matthew 12:31

41.    
Acts 7:51

42.    
Dave Williams letter on church letterhead

43.    
II Peter 3:5

44.    
II Peter 2:9

45.    
I Thessalonians 4:16

46.    
John 6:39,40,44,54 

47.    
I Corinthians 15:52

48.    
Dr Babies letter to James Lloyd on file

49.    
A tract of Luther from 1543, cited in A Legacy of
Hate by David A Rausch, on page 29.

50.    
Luther And His Times, E G Schwiebert, Concordia
Publishing, page 383

51.    
Institutes Of The Christian Religion, John Calvin,
cited in Calvin, A Life, by Emanuel Stickelberger, John Knox
Press, page 37

52.    
Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God, Jonathan
Edwards, pages 21

53.    
II Timothy 2:15

54.    
Matthew 24:4

55.    
Luke 18:7, Rom 8:33, Rom 11:7; II Peter 1:10 says
"make your...election sure." If the "elect" are Jews
as the cult teaches, how do you "make sure" you're
born a Jew?

56.    
II Thessalonians 2:11

57.    
II Thessalonians 2:10 

58.    
II Thessalonians 2:3

59.    
II Thessalonians 2:3

60.    
II Thessalonians 2:10

61.    
Titus 1:14

62.    
II Timothy 4:3

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