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Big-time Pretribulationalists are wrong - big time!.
The "coming Great Tribulation" is not intended for Israel. In fact, there is no coming Great Tribulation. And there is no Israel. The Great Tribulation the Lord Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:21 happened some 2000 years ago, and contrary to common belief, it was intended for those Israelites who were "born again," and professed belief in Jesus Christ. If they endured this tribulation to the end, they were saved. Those who fell away, and rejected Christ, going back and trying to live by the Law, etcetera, were lost. Scholars speak of this as the "apostacy," but the correct term is "falling away," as given in the King James Bible.
Another terrible error modern scholars (and others) are guilty of is the story that the "coming Great Tribulation" is punishment God had designed for a future generation of Jews, who must go through it to qualify for the Millennial Kingdom. That is impossible, because of Scriptures such as Ezekiel 18:20,
"The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."A son is the next generation after the father, and grandsons are the generation after that. If the father commits an evil act, the iniquity stops with with him, and goes no further. So the Jews on earth bear no guilt for the sins of the fathers. The truth is, they are not Jews anyway, not in the spiritual sense. All Israel was partially blinded before Christ "came unto His own," (John 1:11). A small remnant made it through the Tribulation, many who didn't were destroyed in the war between Israel and Rome, which ended in AD70, and many were carried away to other nations. The "Jews" we see today are, spiritually Gentiles, who have every opportunity to accept Christ just as other Gentiles, and be saved. Most, however, hate Christ, and pathetically cling to the Law, and Mosaic System, encouraged by the ignorance of evangelical Christians, who should know better, and should be preaching the truth to these lost "Jews."
According to Dr. Thomas Ice, "Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction," (2 Thessalonians 2:3,some modern translation)
He says, "I believe that there is a strong possibility that 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is speaking of the rapture. What do I mean? Some pretribulationists, like myself, think that the Greek noun apostasia, usually translated "apostasy," is a reference to the rapture and should be translated "departure." Thus, this passage would be saying that the day of the Lord will not come until the rapture comes before it. If apostasia is a reference to a physical departure, then 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is strong evidence for pretribulationism." ( He is off, of course. If scholars would learn to forget the Greek, and simply read and believe the KJV, they would be light years ahead with their preaching and teaching.)
Here is how 2 Thessalonians 2:3 should read:
"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;"
The modern translation changes "falling away" to "apostacy," which is wrong, "man of sin," to "man of lawlessness," and "son of perdition," to "son of destruction, all wrong to a greater or lesser extent."
Consider "man of lawlessness." He is good or bad, depending on the law he is supposed to obey or disobey. Some laws are good, some are not so good. The Muslim Koran, for example, contains laws commanding followers to kill people who refuse to believe in "Allah," which is the god of the Muslims. For us Chistians to disobey such a law is not "lawlessness" in the eyes of Scripture.
"Perdition" is the state of being in hell forever as punishment after death. Source: Merriam- Webster's Learner's Dictionary. "Destruction" is not always so final.
But is 2 Thessalonians 2:3 speaking of rapture before Tribulation? Paul writes that "...that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first..." Now, manuscripts written in the Greek language are not necessarily the "Original Writings" just because they're Greek. In fact, there are no manuscripts anywhere, written in Greek or whatever, that can be identified as the Originals. And I'd be willing to bet a week's salary that any Greek manuscript we may find has errors, and is not pure, as much as Bible scholars would like it so to be. And any Modern Bible translated from any extant Greek manuscript should be viewed with suspicion. And here is my guess: The King James Bible, translated 400 years ago, before modern super-intellectualism set in, is the only Bible which, if not entirely error-free, is the best and most accurate Bible on earth today. The falling away took place during or at the end of the Great Tribulation. At the end of this tribulation, those who had endured were saved.
The modern tranlation: The "departure" was something that Paul and his readers clearly had a mutual understanding about. Paul says in verse 5, "Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?" After much spinning and twisting of words, scholars settled on the dubious premise that "departure" meant a departing, as in the Rapture. (That's how they want it to read.) But Paul and his readers had a mutual understanding about "falling away," not departure. Hebrews 6:
v4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, v5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, v6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame."These were the Israelites who, when Christ first came to His own, received Him, but their heart was not in it. Then in the Tribulation, when things got rough, fell away and back into the old ways. They were parmanently lost; the year was AD70, and the judgement upon Jerusalem came immediately afterward.
Matthew 24:29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: v30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. v31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."Here I'm going to make another guess: The sun and moon were darkened on the day Christ was crucified. On that day - or at least in that day - Satan was cast out of heaven. Also, according to Revelation 12, salvation came to many. Who saw the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven? Obviously the "elect." And who were they? Those who made it through the tribulation, who endured to the end. And what happened immediately after that should be easy to figure. Christ gathered His elect from every corner of the earth and heaven, meaning, no doubt, those who had already passed on, and others who were still alive and remained. That was the Rapture.
The people who assembled Greek Lexicons and Dictionaries probably knew very little about the ways of God, and so Bible scholars may have learned Greek, but the Greek language of its own does little to point the way to God. And anyone who looks up a Biblical Word in the Greek to find that word's true meaning obviously doesn't trust his Bible, and is doing his own translating.
Modern translations promote ungodly beliefs.
Consider this verse in the King James Bible (KJV), Luke 2:33 "And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him." Now read that same verse in a new translation such as the NASV: "And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him."
The King James Bible is thought by many modern minded Christian scholars and educators to be too old (four hundred years or more), which was translated into the old and obsolete Shakespearan English, from which modernists are only too eager to deliver us. Topping all that off, the KJV was translated from Greek texts which had been copied and replaced so often that mistakes and copying errors were bound to increase as time went on. These are the problems that prompted scholars to "correct" the KJV with things like the NASV. Question: Is the NASV (or any other new translation) an improved Bible over the KJV? If you believe that, then try to explain why they replaced a perfectly correct verse in Luke 2:33 with a faulty one which must with great effort be explained away? It does not make any sense whatsoever.
This perversion, though obvious, may not cause much damage in the Christian church, because most Christians know Who is the Father of Jesus, there are more verses here and there in new translations which, if believed, cause much more confusion. Romans 11:25 "Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brethren: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in,"
If this was translated from GReek texts, then the Greek texts have been mistranslated. At any rate, there are two glaring errors in new translations such as the RSV. The first is, "a hardening has come upon part of Israel," and the other is, "until the full number of the Gentiles come in," If these "experts" understood the Word of God as well as they propose, they would know that a partial hardening has come upon all of Israel. The other, How does the Bible define "full number?" It does not. There is Scripture that tells us how long Israel was blinded, and it has nothing to do with "full number." HOW LONG HAS ISRAEL BEEN BLINDED? Until the war of AD70 was ended.
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. 11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. 13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
Verses 11,12,13 Describe quite accurately the war between Israel and Rome in AD70. When this event is studied in detail, we learn that the "Tribulation" is not the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, it is rather the time of testing which the professing believers would go through to prove their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Many did fall away and revert back to the Mosaic System and the Law, but these were obsoleted by Christ's sacrifice on the cross and would benefit no one. The fallen Jews, after choosing this erroneous path, were therefore under a terrible curse. Many were killed, and many were carried away into other nations as prisoners of war.
ISLAM COULD BE THE DOWNFALL OF AMERICA
That, coupled with our idiotic national "political correctness" craze.
Secular educators have long ago embraced Islam, and some would even die for it, yet few of them know that it's a false religion concocted by an Ishmaelite 1400 years ago whose "theology" included murder and mayhem. That is taught openly in their "bible," the Koran. But did you also know that many Christian church leaders in this country would welcome Muslims into their churches to preach and teach Islam. That may already be happening, and in fact it may not be too long before it will be a common thing. At the present time there are few voices opposing one of the most despical and dangerous "religions" this country has ever seen. They bury their heads in sand, and refuse to see Islam as anything but a "religion of peace." Our Commander-in-Chief is more concerned with Global Warming than the dangers of Islamic Jihadists attacking schools and churches. They are sworn enemies of America and Christians,
No matter what you've heard American intelligentsia teach, Islam is not "one of the three great abrahamic religions. It is a deadly cult which had it beginning about 600 years after the time of Christ, when an Ishmaelite crawled into a cave on a mountain in Arabia, and supposedly had a rondevoux with the angel Gabriel, who began relaying to him all the verses which would go into a book the Muslims named the "glorious Koran." It is the Islamic "bible," and gives instructions to "believers" in how to live to please their god, "Allah." According to this Koran, what pleases Allah the most is the Islamic effort to convert the whole world to the religion of Islam, and kill all those who refuse.
If you want to learn biblical prophecy, forget virtually everything you have ever learned about prophecy up to now. Then, put the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ above all else. His word must be the first and the last.
Luke 21:20-22 v20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. v21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. v22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.Know to whom He was speaking. It wasn't to us in the twenty-first century. he was speaking to his followers, the Jews of the first century. they would see jerusalem compassed (surrounded) by the roman armies. that happened in and about ad70, some 2000 years ago.
Three facts are given in this passage which ought not to escape your attention:
(1) Anyone in Judaea should get out quickly as soon as they see the Roman armies approaching the City of Jerusalem.
(2) Those would be the days of vengeance.
(3) Most significant of all, no written prophecies would be fulfilled after the days of vengeance, meaning after AD70.
Now you've lost 90 percent of the world's prophecy "experts" who cannot function without their homespun theories requiring future fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies.
THOSE "UNCONDITIONAL" COVENANTS
Many prophecy gurus would almost kill to make you believe that God had made some unconditional covenants with Israel. An unconditional covenant is an agreement that God supposedly made with Israel, obligating Himself to fulfill certain promised blessings no matter whether the people deserved them or not. Can they be proven wrong? Indeed they can. Consider the case in which God promised to restore to the nation the kingdom they had lost a long time ago because of rebellion and disobedience. Christ's first mission, after coming to His people, was to deliver the promised kingdom to Israel. But that was 2000 years ago, and to date, those people are still without a kingdom, because they rejected the King and the offered Kingdom.
Prophecy experts explain that because Israel rejected the kingdom, and even crucified the King, that the kingdom was "postponed" until a future time. But such an explanation defies all logic and common sense; How could God promise a kingdom to His people "unconditionally," obligating Himself to fulfill that promise, and then refuse to deliver that kingdom for one reason or another? That would be gross dishonesty on God's part! The only answer is that God never made an unconditional covenant with Israel. Here is the Bible verse that proves it:
Deuteronomy 7:9-12... v9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; v10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face. v11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. v12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:In verse 9 above, read that God is faithful to keep His covenant and mercy to them that love Him and keep His commandments, even to a thousand generations. In the Bible, a "thousand generations" is an indefinite period of time, and usually translates to eternity, or forever. Remember, however, He keeps His covenant only with them that love Him and keep His covenant. Verse 10 reveals what happens to the people that hate Him. Verse 12 reveals the situation Israel found itself when Christ came to confirm the covenant and mercy which His Father swore to the fathers (ancients) of Israel. That covenant obviously could not have been "unconditional."
Futurists and other supporters of modern, unbelieving Israel inject a great deal of wishful thinking into their prophetic theories.
A FUTURE GENERATION?
-NEXT UPDATE- Prophecy experts teach that a future generation of "faithful Jews" will suffer seven years of unprecedented tribulation for the crimes of rejecting Christ's offer of the kingdom 2000 years ago, and crucifying Him. That will cause them to repent and qualify to enter the "Millennial Kingdom." Isaiah chapter 6 reveals what the scholars have overlooked.
HOW DOES ISLAM, IN A SENSE, COMPARE TO CHRISTIANITY?
Christians have a Bible, which they are supposed to read and follow. If Christians do not obey their Bible, they are reprobate Christians. If they obey only parts of their Bible, they are marginal Christians. Muslims also have their "bible," the "glorious" Koran. If they do not obey their Koran, they are reprobate Muslims. If they obey only parts of the Koran, they are marginal Muslims. Virtually all Muslims in America are marginal Muslims. They pray five times each day, attend services in mosques, but they do not kill "unbelievers." The Koran commands Muslims to kill infidels (those who do not believe in Islam). If he obeys, he is a true Muslim, who practices his religion faithfully, otherwise he is a marginal Muslim.
On the other hand, the Bible commands Christians to "Love thy neighbor; do unto others as you would have them do unto you; turn the other cheek;" and so on. A Christian who does not obey that command is a marginal Christian.
We are blinded. We have a tendency to see everyone as we are. A previous president of ours - good man that he is - once said that Islam is a peaceful religion. That was right after those "peaceful" Muslims stole four of our airplanes, and flew into the World Tower buildings, murdering 3000 Americans. Then they did as much damage as they could to the Pentagon, and also tried for the White House. We call them "Muslim extremists." The irony is that they are not "extremists"; those few that do these things do just what their Koran commands them to do.
Certain politically correct screwballs in our society would like to drop the word, "Muslim" from the moniker, having convinced themselves that the killers were not Muslims; they were only "extremists." (perhaps in need of rehabilitation?) Is there a fool like an American Liberal who thinks he knows everything? Would you believe that even our current president would nearly bow down low, and kiss Muslims on the feet. (There is nothing to be wondered about that; the Pope himself once kissed the Koran. I think you can still find a a picture of that on the internet.
The Koran allows a Muslim to keep his murderous intent hidden — he can walk about incognito, as it were — until such a time as he knows he has a clear advantage over his "infidel" enemy. It's in their bible. One of the Muslim's strongest virtues is his patience.
American society has been infiltrated by hundreds of thousands Muslims. Would anyone care to guess how many are in hiding, waiting to reveal themselves behind AK-47's, RPG's, and homemade bombs when the situation is right? Would you care to be around when that day comes?
WHICH BIBLE PORTRAYS CHRIST AS A DRUNK, LYING IN A GUTTER, AND HANDING OUT BLESSINGS TO ANYONE WHO DOESN'T TRIP OVER HIM?
WHICH BIBLE CONDEMNS THE 12 APOSTLES TO ETERNAL DAMNATION?
CAN YOU MEASURE LIFE'S SPAN WITH A YARDSTICK!
IS CHRIST A "THING?"
There are some important Scripture verses which are not in the Dispensational vocabulary, but they jolly well should be!
Here is one which Premil- Dispensationalists are only too eager to overlook, skip, ignore, or just plain misinterpret. It wrecks the very foundation on which their doctrine of wild, unbridled futurism stands.
"Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;"(Deut. 7:9)Have you ever heard that God made some "unconditional" covenants with Israel? It's hogwash! God never made an unconditional covenant with anyone whom He didn't first prove with a conditional covenant, who didn't prove himself/themselves first. God made a covenant with the old-timers of Israel. He would have kept it to a "thousand generations," which is usually interpreted as "for ever." But it was not unconditional. If they didn't love Him and didn't keep His commandments, the covenant became null and void. Down through history, a large part of Israel was famous for not keeping their end of the deal. At Christ's first advent, Israel was in bad shape. In fact, they were "at death's door," so to speak, hanging on by a thread. Christ, the Deliverer, came to save His people. Although by that time God had virtually kicked His people out (Romans 11:32), Christ came to confirm the covenant to them for about a week of years, and then He would have restored the kingdom to the nation. But they would have none of it. They rejected the Kingdom, and the King.
Now, the big question; did God postpone the Kingdom hoping for another time when perhaps the Jews would be in a better mood, and accept the kingdom? Based on their past performance, that is unlikely. Of course, God can always beat the snot out of His people, and get them to accept His offer of the Kingdom that way --- or is that reasonable? There is the popular prediction of a future seven year "Great Tribulation," a horrible time for the Jews, wherein God will whip them into submission, then the whole nation of Israel will repent and accept Christ. Will that work? Would that be the worst that Jews had ever experienced? The modern Jews say that the Nazi holocaust in the nineteen forty's was the worst thing that could possibly happen to them. And how many Jews were brought to their knees and submitted to Christ during that period? Not many.
Futurists have a serious problem with plain, simple logic. The rejection, and crucifixion of Christ was done some 2000 years ago by a generation of Jews who are long gone. But that "Great Tribulation," and "national repentance," and "national salvation," are still future, so we are told. The current generation of "Jews" were not even born when Christ was rejected and crucified. How is chastising the present-day Jews, or any future generation, going to reform and save those who really were guilty? They've been dead for nearly 2000 years. What to do??
Not to worry! There is another Bible verse which seems "custom-made" for just such situations as this. It too, has been largely ignored by futurists.
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."If the son is not going to be blamed for what his father did, then you can bet your bottom dollar that neither is the grandson, or great grandson, and so on and so on. So, when you hear a Dispensational prophecy guru preach about how the Jews who are guilty of rejecting and crucifying Christ will some day "get theirs," just smile, and walk away. The "Jews" today have problems they don't even realize they have. They don't need Dispys adding to their misery.
There is no future generation of Jews who will go through that fictitious "Tribulation." In fact, there is no future generation of Jews, period.
WAS ANYBODY THERE TO SEE IT?
The Gospel of the Kingdom was already preached in all the world.
The Church went through a tribulation
The Church has already been raptured.
The Great Tribulation occurred.
Old Testament Israelites were resurrected.
Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven.
The blindness of Israel was lifted.
First, find out the exact time of the end, plus or minus 100 years, or less. (Here's a clue: It was the end of the Jewish world, not ours.)
The book of Daniel. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased(Dan. 12:4).
Daniel's book was to remain sealed right up to the time of the end. There is nothing to guess at, or to estimate. Forget Greek and Hebrew dictionaries. These are facts "chiseled in concrete," as it were. Daniel's book was to be shut up, to be sealed, outside the reach of the ordinary reader before the time of the end. The book, no doubt, could be opened and read by anyone, but the reader would have no idea what it all meant. I believe it was supernaturally "sealed." So, the book of Daniel, written long before Christ, lay dormant a long time. For years, no one quoted from it. Read now in the book of Matthew:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)"(Matt. 24:15)
About five hundred years (give or take) after Daniel wrote the book, the Lord Jesus Christ came and quoted from it. So we know that Christ understood the book of Daniel in His day. Someone might say, "Oh sure. Christ understood, because He not only was Man, but also omniscient God, so He could have understood any sealed book, anytime."
True, without a doubt. But notice what He said, and Matthew placed this in parenthesis, "(whoso readeth, let him understand.)" So Christ invited anyone to read the book of Daniel, and promised that whoever reads it will understand it. That must have been the "time of the end." It was a time that was relatively close to the end.
What was supposed to happen when they saw the "abomination of desolation?" That's given in the next few verses of Matthew 24: "verse 16: Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: verse 17: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: verse 18: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. verse 21: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
What is the abomination of desolation? It is anything that is abominable in the sight of God, and is something that causes desolation. It is not a future event, as for example, the future “Antichrist” placing a statue or image of himself in the Temple. That view is derived from a faulty interpretation of Daniel 9:27. The following verse, Daniel 12:11, is where we find the abomination that maketh desolate.
"And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.(Daniel 12:11)
This is not an image of the “Antichrist”; it is much larger, and visible from housetops, and for miles around. It was the Roman army, an army made up of heathen nations which comprised the Roman Empire. They were to desolate the city and temple in the war of AD70. And as they came marching across the land, they appeared quite suddenly; those who spotted them had little time to get themselves out of the city, and out of the country.
When was the daily sacrifice taken away? As soon as this heathen army invaded the holy city, and especially when they entered the grounds of the temple. That war between the Jews and the Romans lasted about three and a half years. It was the worst calamity that ever befell Israel.
What does "set up" mean? I've searched through a number of commentaries and dictionaries, including the old Oxford Dictionary, thinking that "set up" refers to the "abomination" initially arriving at a given place, but that does not fit the context. Instead, I find that "set up" means to be positioned, established, etc, meaning that the abomination had overcome whatever obstacles were in its way, and was now firmly established, or set up. Jerusalem now fully belonged to the Romans. And that was about three and a half years after they entered and attacked the city.
It was at the time of the end when Jesus gave His people the warning to escape that great holocaust, which would come less than a generation later. Actually, it happened 40 years later, in AD70.
GOD KEEPS HIS WORD FOREVER
2Peter 2:1 "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."
The scholars say that God made some unconditional covenants with Israel to restore their kingdom 2000 years ago which must be fulfilled in the future. They say that an unconditional covenant is a promise which God had obligated Himself to fulfill whether Israel deserved it or not.
That kingdom was promised to be delivered when Christ came, but 2000 years had gone by, and Israel still doesn't have it. So, either the covenant was not unconditional, or Israel didn't reject Christ, or somebody lied! My guess is that somebody lied. But who?
The scholars, of course!
Men like Dr.John Darby; Dr.C.I. Scofield; Dr.Charles A. Ryrie; Dr.Thomas Ice; and a host of others have, during the past 200 years, been feeding us nonsense; some innocently, out of ignorance, but I'm not so sure about a few others. They either didn't read their Bible, or they didn't believe it. "Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations"; (Deuteronomy 7:9) Notice that God would have kept his part of the bargain if Israel had kept her part. But they didn't love Him, and didn't keep His commandments. Nevertheless, God did indeed keep his promise to Israel. Only He had to sort out the nation to prove to them who the real Israel was, which took years The Baptism of Fire. And He did fulfill all His promises, and more, to his people. The scary part of all this is that there are many many more lies that scholars have told us --- and they're still telling us.
Who were the Sons of God? Scholars have been struggling with this passage of Scripture for years, but there is no need. All we have to do is read a good Bible (King James) and believe it. Click Here
THE RAPTURE HAPPENED
But it was secret, and happened quick as a wink; only the few faithful of Israel were involved; no one left a written record of it. The great falling away also happened, and so did the resurrection of the 12 tribes of Old Testament Israel. And also, Satan was cast out of heaven at that time.
It was a day when the first tribulation, the testing of the faithful ended, and all those who had endured were finally saved. This is all new to us, because we have been listening to scholars who taught from Scofield's notes instead of the Bible. The day of the rapture, and all of that, was for the Jews. Our day is yet to come, and exactly how it will be is anyone's guess, but it probably won't be like that which the Jews experienced 2000 years ago.
WHAT'S CHRISTIAN ABOUT CHRISTIAN ZIONISM?
There is no Israel on earth today. And there are no Jews either. The Christian New Testament, the KJV, says: "For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all." (Romans 11:32) God concluded all Israel in unbelief, and thereby opened the door of salvation to all people, Jew and Gentile alike. The whole story is a bit complicated and, again, teachers who abide by Scofield's notes cannot grasp it. But God kicked all His (Jewish) people out of their exalted position, and made them "unbelievers," just like everybody else. They could all come back to Him, but only through faith in Jesus Christ. There never would be another way. That was a stumbling block for the pretenders, those Jews who didn't care much for God the Father, and hated God the Son. Many of their descendants are among us today.
MUHAMMAD WAS A MORON!
"Allah" was a figment of Muhammad's twisted mind.
Is the Muslims' "Glorious Koran," the word of Allah?
If it is, Allah is more of an idiot than Muhammad.
The truth is, there is no Allah; he is a figment of Muhammad's imagination.
The Koran was not handed down from heaven to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. If it was not conjured up in Muhammad's own distorted mind, then we can be sure it came to him from that other place down below.
On the one hand, Muhammad would honor Jesus Christ as one of the greatest of all prophets (next to himself of course), but on the other hand he would condemn Jesus to eternal hell-fire for claiming that He was the Son of God. That is a glaring self-contradiction. If Allah were all knowing, as Muhammad claimed, would he have made such a "booboo" in the "Bible" he was inspiring? more
What did John know about the Antichrist that we don't?
"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."(1John 2:18)
John was living in the last time. How did he know that? Because, as he said, there were many Antichrists around. Expressed in our present-day colloquialism, "the place was crawling with antichrists." These were Jews that knew Christ, saw His works and His miracles, heard Him preach, yet despised Him so much they refused to believe that He was the Son of God. They hated Him without a cause. It was obvious that the the last times could not have begun before the time of Christ, nobody knew enough about Christ then to hate Him. The general, widespread hatred of Christ would take place before the falling away, when Jews who had at one time professed faith in Christ, fell away and back into the Mosaic worship system. All Israel had heard of it coming.
"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"(2Thessalonians 2:3);
The "man of sin" was not some charismatic, evil personality which Satan would choose to be his "partner in crime." This son of perdition, this man of sin was Satan himself. "Revealed," in this context, does not mean that he could be seen, but that his presence would be felt and known by all. It was the spirit of iniquity, which was already at work in the children of disobedience. John referred to this antichrist as an impersonal "it." This would happen just before the day of Christ, which technically was the time that Christ would return for His own, rapture them to heaven, then initiate the Roman invasion and destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.
Prophecy Guru's in our times have described the "Antichrist," as being someone with special abilities and intelligence, who will, in the future, come upon the world, pretend to be some kind of saviour of Israel, make a seven year covenant with them to permit Jews to worship in their temple. He will, after three and a half years, sit himself in a "wing of the temple," announce that he is God, and demand that the Jews worship him. This belief is the result of an absurd interpretation of Daniel 9:27.
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."(Daniel 9:27)
The "experts" reveal that they pay little attention to the Bible they read. He who confirms the covenant with many does not make a covenant with many, he confirms the covenant with many. It is speaking of an existing covenant, which "HE" came to confirm. Scripture nowhere speaks of some Antichrist making a covenant with Israel. The Bible is clear, however, that Christ confirmed the covenant which His Father had made with Israel years before:
"Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers"(Romans 15:8):
This same "HE" caused the sacrifice and the oblation to cease in the midst of the week. Prophecy experts, in desperate defense of a bad interpretation, assert that Israel continued sacrifices until the temple was destroyed in AD70. The question is, were those sacrifices of any effect after the cross of Christ? Absolutely not! In vain did the unbelieving Jews try to absolve themselves with slain animals after Christ's final sacrifice of Himself.
"For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself"(Hebrews 9:26).
"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace"(Galatians 5:4).
Attempting to be justified by the Law and animal sacrifices was an exercise in futility.
"...and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."(Daniel 9:27)
Make what desolate? It is generally agreed that "it" was the city of Jerusalem, the land of Judaea, and the temple.
Why make it desolate? For the overspreading of abominations.
v23 And in the latter time of their kingdom [Toward the end of the reign of the four generals of Alexander the Great], when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up [This "king of fierce countenance" is no future "Antichrist"; he was none other than Herod the Great.] v24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power:[Not by his own power, but by the power of Rome.] and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. v25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes;[It was he, Herod, who tried to kill the Child Jesus. He failed, and later died, reportedly of a venereal disease, without anyone laying a hand on him] but he shall be broken without hand"(Daniel 8:23,24,25). The future "Antichrist" is a myth.
HOW TO SPOT THE ANTICHRIST
Some Christians believe that the Antichrist is the Pope of the Catholic Church. No he is not. How do we know? John knew that he was living in the last time. Because there were many antichrists around. 1John 2:18 "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."
But how did he recognize an antichrist? By the fact that this person denied the Father and Son. 1John 2:22 "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son." This person was a liar. But all through history there were people who denied the Father and the Son. What was different about these that gave John a clue that it was the last time? Because these people knew full well who Jesus was, yet chose to deny Him.John 15:22 "If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin." John 15:24 "If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father." Denying Jesus made them liars. That is different from someone today who denies Christ. He is wrong, and in sin, but the denying is out of ignorance. He has never seen Christ, nor heard Him speak, nor saw Him do miracles, so he doesn't really know; he is not a liar.
The Catholic pope is not an antichrist, nor is he THE antichrist. But he is under the influence of the spirit of antichrist, which is the spirit of iniquity, which is the devil, the chief of all antichrists. 1John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." (This verse seems to indicate that Satan had already been cast out of heaven. That he was to come at the last time is also indicated by John 14:30, "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.") 2John 1:7 "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."
MODERN BIBLE TRANSLATIONS MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE NAZI HOLOCAUST!
Modern translations have helped spread the belief among Christians and others that the Jewish race is still a race of God's cherished people, who will someday inherit many special blessings and privileges which have been promised to them by God, and whose nation will be above all other nations in the world. All that is a false belief, which is fostered in part at least by choosing modern translations over the King James Bible. This following verse is a prime example:
"For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all" (Romans 11:32 NASV).
How can this verse be understood? Did God shut up all men in disobedience? Did He imprison all men in some kind of sinful environment, just so the He could show them mercy? Knowing God, that is just too absurd to fathom. The typical commentary offers much incoherent silliness but nothing that makes any sense. After reading all that the scholarly exegetes have to offer, you may be more confused than ever. The reason, of course, is that no one can make heads or tails of the verse itself as it is rendered. How does God "shut up all to disobedience?" And why does He have to do that just to show mercy to everyone? Aren't people capable of disobedience on their own? Can't God find enough disobedient people to show mercy to? As you can see, the verse itself is nonsense. Now read that verse in the King James Bible: "For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all."
Scholars don't seem to grasp the significance of that Scripture, but it means that God was "changing directions," so to speak, and salvation would now be offered to everyone on the same basis. The word "concluded," in this context, means that God made up His mind that all His people, the Jews, were going to be just like the unbelieving Gentiles, all in need of a common salvation, which would be available to all on the same basis; Everyone would be saved in the same way, which is by faith in Jesus Christ. The Jew and his descendants would no longer be in the Family of God from the time of birth, as he had been for hundreds of years. From this point on he and his children would be born sinners, just like the Gentiles.
The first "them all" in verse 32 were Israelites, because the verses just preceding spoke of Israelites. so that "them all" meant all Israelites. God changed all Israelites, the good, the bad, and the ugly, into "unbelievers." This may sound harsh, but it isn't. This opened the way for everyone in the world to come to the Father on the same basis; faith in Jesus Christ. Paul, himself a Jew of all Jews, clearly understood that.
"We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." (Galatians 2:15-16)By this, it would seem that God had cast away His people, but Paul writes, "God forbid!" From the time of Pentecost to the time of the holocaust in AD70, no effort was spared in getting the Gospel of Christ's salvation, and the Gospel of the Kingdom, out to the whole world, and always to the Jew first. "The whole world," by the way was not the entire globe, but the world that was then known, largely where dispersed Jews lived. "And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven"(Act 2:5).
So the "Jew" walking the streets of New York, and of Jerusalem, and every other city of the world, is not the Jew of 2000 years ago. He is a Gentile, nothing more, nothing less. He is not of the generation of those who rejected Christ, those who saw Him, heard His preaching, saw His miracles, and still refused to acknowledge Him. This "Jew" is neither guilty of those crimes of rejecting and crucifying Christ, nor is he still blinded as that condemned generation was, which perished in the Roman holocaust in AD70. He is a Gentile, self-deceived into believing that he is still a member of that special, exalted, race of God's children. Many Christian leaders, especially those of the dispensational persuasion, refuse to preach the truth, either out of ignorance of the Bible, or out of some kind of mysterious hatred of "Jews." And so a deceived people have been wandering all over the world, despised for no reason, seeking rest in works of the Law, instead of rest from the Law, and are perpetually cursed. "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse..."(Galatians 3:10)
Did Jesus preach to spirits in prison?
A difficult passage to understand. (NEW)
Who were the "sons of God?"
Hint: They were neither angels, nor men from the "Godly line of Seth" (NEW)
Are modern pseudo-Jews trying to drag the Church back into the Old ways of worship and belief, and away from Christ? (NEW)
Israel is no longer blinded
The Old Testament reveals when the blindness ended.
Abraham - The True Story
Abraham was not called out of Ur of the Chaldees; he was brought out.
Islam is a dangerous religion.
If a Muslim is faithful to his religion, he must kill non-muslims.
The 144000 Israelites
These were first century Jews.
There is no evidence that John was exiled to Patmos.
What we haven't been told about the "thousand years."
Revelation 12 doesn't happen in the middle of the Tribulation; it's a brief history of Israel.
The Five Covenants
Dispensational scholars weren't entirely honest: there is no such thing as an "unconditional covenant."
Jesus did not Prophesy That
Jesus didn't say that John would live forever.
The Kingdom was set up right on schedule, just as Daniel prophesied.
Baptism Of Fire
All the faithful Jews endured the Baptism of Fire to the end.
This was not a "miniature preview" of the "Millennial Kingdom."
The Days of Vengeance
The days of Vengeance happened 2000 years ago.
When Was Revelation Written?
We have God inspired evidence that Revelation was written BEFORE AD70, not after.
This Dispensationalist could not have calculated the day of the Messiah, as he claimed.
Everlasting and Unconditional
Everlasting doesn't make a covenant unconditional.
Jesus talked about false Christs --- and false teachers.
The First Resurrection
The first Resurrection is not physical, it is spiritual.
Jews Not Guilty
Jews are not still guilty of crucifying Christ.
3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333 The Koran
A faithful Muslim obeys the Koran, and is therefore never to be trusted. We thank God for marginal Muslims.
MacArthur is a die-hard Dispensationalist --- and it shows.
There is no Israel today.
The book of Romans is not about Israel's future restoration; it's about her demise.
Dr. Charles Ryrie
He was another strong Dispensationalist.
Was the Law Sin?
Modern translations produce strange fruit.