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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Gumerlock's Guesswork On Rapture Origin Has No Lock On Truth But Rather Gums Up Historical Facts! By Dave MacPherson

Rather than trusting what the word of God truly has to say about The Rapture to Heaven mythology, scholars continue to apply their cut and paste technique to the works of earlier theorists whose works failed to convince spirit-filled Disciples to begin with. Hundreds (if not thousands) of ersatz Bible scholars dive deeply into the darkly lit bushels of wheat in hopes to find even one small kernel of corn that will help them make a case for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture to Heaven doctrine.

My dear friend and colleague, Dave MacPherson, has been shredding much of these claims by so many, by digging even deeper and producing substantial evidence (and much logic) to their arguments. But, yet they continue to struggle in their efforts, failing to realize they not only have no lock on truth, they actually gum up the works of those great scholars who went before us, who already provided us with the answers contained in God's words, rather than paying heed to today's guesstimating theorists. Following is a small example of MacPherson's work for those who choose to debate inconsequential data:


     Jesus spoke of those who "compass sea and land to make one proselyte." Likewise there are pretribulationists who compass the globe to find the existence of "pretrib" teaching long before the embarrassing date of 1830. Sometimes even non-pretrib "soldiers of fortune" look for the same evidence, even if it turns out to be ammunition for pretrib rapturists.

Francis Gumerlock, a Latin teacher at (Roman Catholic) Holy Family High School in the Denver area, has been claiming that a certain Brother Dolcino in northern Italy during the Middle Ages taught the pretrib view centuries before Margaret Macdonald did. (For a while Dolcino headed the Apostolic Brethren, a radical non-Catholic Christian sect viewed as "early reformers" which made many enemies; eventually Dolcino was burned at the stake in 1307.)
     Gumerlock presented his claim in an article titled "A Rapture Citation in the Fourteenth Century" which appeared in the July-Sep. 2002 "Bibliotheca Sacra," Dallas Seminary's journal. The same article is also on the web.
     Before he focuses on Dolcino, Gumerlock discusses what he calls "inadequate" pretrib rapture history. In the same BibSac article he spells my name two different ways (also Margaret's two different ways) before he relates that "thirteen-year old" Margaret (she was 15) uttered a prophecy in an "Irvingite meeting" (she actually received her pretrib "revelation" in her home). He even says that crediting John Darby with pretrib "is inadequate because recent scholarship has brought to light examples of pretribulationism in church history between the writing of the New Testament and Darby."
     Interestingly, militant pretrib defender Thomas Ice (in his article yet-another-pre-darby-rapture-statement) reveals that "Gumerlock is very much opposed to pretribulationism..." In light of this, it's amazing that Gumerlock gives his imprimatur to Ice and other pretribs who've claimed to have discovered pretrib teaching in some pre-1830 sources!
     For example, Gumerlock agrees with Grant Jeffrey that Pseudo-Ephraem (whom Jeffrey incorrectly changes to "Ephraem the Syrian"!) taught pretrib in the 4th century. (My "Wily Jeffrey" response to Jeffrey is on Joe Ortiz' "Our Daily Bread" blog, May 8, 2013.) And Gumerlock also endorses John Bray's assertion that 18th century pastor Morgan Edwards was another pretrib. (Ortiz' "End Times Passover" blog of Sept. 20, 2013 has a smashing rebuttal to Bray titled "Morgan Edwards' Rapture View.")
     The oldest known source revealing Dolcino's theology is evidently a text titled "The History of Brother Dolcino." It was composed in manuscript form in 1316 nine years after Dolcino's death by an anonymous person, was recopied in 1551, and reprinted and edited a number of times between the 1600s and 1907, according to Gumerlock. 
     Gumerlock's 2002 BibSac article stated: "Dolcino is known to have written several letters outlining his eschatological teachings, but none are extant." It is noteworthy that this incredible statement by Gumerlock was deliberately omitted by Thomas Ice in the previously mentioned article of his. Evidently Ice doesn't want his readers to know that his much-touted claim for Dolcino rests on no original evidence (!) but only on an anonymous copyist and later centuries of secondhand copying and editing!
     The same history (dated 1316) stated this concerning Dolcino's rapture belief:
     "And that the Antichrist was coming into the world within the bounds of the said three and a half years; and after he had come, then he [Dolcino] and his followers would be transferred into Paradise, in which are Enoch and Elijah. And in this way they will be preserved unharmed from the persecution of Antichrist." (Note that Dolcino's "rapture" was not before Antichrist's arrival but after Antichrist had been on earth an unstated amount of time.)
     Is this really pretrib rapture teaching?
     Gumerlock tells us that in the same "History" (p. 9) Dolcino and his followers believed that the Roman Church was "Babylon" and the "great whore" which had long exhibited "pride, avarice, luxury and many other vices," and that it had already "perished"! 
     Since Gumerlock's "Rapture Citation" (p. 17) says that Dolcino "was clearly influenced by the teachings of Joachim of Fiore" (and his year/day theory which was already a century old), and on p. 8 sees similarities between Dolcino's Antichrist and Pseudo-Ephraem's sermon as well as the treatise of Morgan Edwards (who believed that the papacy had been playing the "Antichrist" role for 1000 years), it is reasonable to conclude that Dolcino believed that most of the tribulation had already happened and that only a tiny portion of it remained - hardly a pretribulation rapture scheme!

Dave MacPherson. What People are saying...

What They Are Saying About ... THE RAPTURE PLOT!
Gary DeMar (President American Vision): "A majority of prophecy writers and speakers teach that the church will be raptured before a future tribulational period. But did you know that prior to about 1830 no such doctrine existed. No one in all of church history ever taught pretribulational rapture. Dave MacPherson does the work of a journalistic private investigator to uncover the truth....The Rapture Plot is the never-before-told true story of the plot - how plagiarism and subtle document changes created the 'mother of all revisionisms.' A fascinating piece of detective work." Robert H. Gundry (Professor Westmont College): "As usual MacPherson out hustles his opponents in research on primary sources. C. S. Lovett (President Personal Christianity): You don't read very much of Dave MacPherson's work before you realize he is a dedicated researcher. Because his work has been so honest and open his latest work The Rapture Plot has produced many red faces among some of the most recognized rapture writers of our time. When their work is compared to his it is embarrassing for them to see how shallow their research is." R. J. Rushdoony (President Chalcedon): "Dave MacPherson has been responsible for major change in the eschatology of evangelical churches by his devastating studies of some of the central aspects thereof. In The Rapture Plot MacPherson tells us of the strange tale of 'rapture' writings, revisions, cover-ups, alterations and confusions. No one has equaled MacPherson in his research on the 'pretrib rapture.' Attempts to discredit his work have failed...."
About the Author: Born 1932 of Scotch/English descent Dave MacPherson is a natural for British historical research. His calling was journalism. Receiving a BA in English in 1955 he spent 26 years as a newsman reporting and filming many notable events persons presidents and dignitaries.



Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Male-Dominated Pretrib Rapture Cabal, by Dave MacPherson




                       






     By now most everyone knows that the famous pretribulation rapture can be traced back to1830 and to a young woman in Scotland named Margaret Macdonald. But how many are aware that this end time belief has been dominated by males during the 184 years of its existence?
     My book "The Rapture Plot" lists several reasons why the male-dominated theological world of 1830 gave her no public credit for her novel prophetic invention:
     She was a female.
     She was young.
     She was uneducated.
     And she had been a Christian only a year.
     A few months after her history making revelation, a journal published by Rev. Edward Irving known as "The Morning Watch" (which had sent writers to interview Margaret in mid-1830) repeated the essence of her new view in its September 1830 issue but gave her no credit - the first instance I've found of plagiarism in pretribulationism's history which has long been riddled with dishonesty!
     Credit for Margaret was still lacking two years later when the same journal talked about recent advancements in theology. It didn't mention her but undoubtedly had her in mind when it stated: 
     "The Spirit of God has caused several young women, in different parts of Great Britain, to condense into a few broken sentences more and deeper theology than even Vaughan, Chalmers, or Irving uttered in their longest sermons; and therefore more than all the rest of the Evangelical pulpits ever put forth in the whole course of their existence."
     In 1833, after he had joined Irving's church in London and then had become disillusioned over the new pretrib rapture that Irving had accepted, British lawyer Robert Baxter left that assembly and wrote a book exposing the same rapture notion, referring to it as "the delusion" that had "first appeared in Scotland" - but again Margaret's name was missing.
     Margaret's pretrib revelation was included in a book in 1840 by Robert Norton M.D. who, by the way, had married her in 1835 and who later became a leading historian in the Irvingite church founded by Irving. Although he didn't reveal Margaret as the pretrib rapture originator in 1840 (since it wasn't customary then to identify the authors of personal revelations while they were living), after Margaret died in 1841 he finally named her as the theory's originator in an 1861 book of his.
     Meanwhile John Darby of the Plymouth Brethren knew that the Irvingites had been teaching the new pretrib doctrine while he had still been clinging to the historical posttribulation view. He also knew that the secretive and non-missionary-minded Irvingites had never wanted to share the new escapist doctrine with outsiders in a big way.
     In an 1834 letter while talking about the new pretrib view that Irving's journal had been teaching, Darby told fellow Brethren that "the thoughts are new," adding that during any teaching of it "it would not be well to have it so clear." In fact he gloated about this in an 1843 letter while telling about hearers who had been accepting the new fly-away belief "without knowing whence it came or how it sprung up all of a sudden"!
     Not one to let a good thing go to waste, Darby decided that he could capitalize on it if the Irvingites weren't going to. So between 1862 and 1877 opportunist Darby spread the "borrowed" pretrib escapism while planting new Brethren assemblies in countries around the world including the US.
     The highlight of my "Rapture Plot" book was my accidental discovery of a well engineered plot in the late 1800s to wrongfully credit John Darby of the Plymouth Brethren as the pretrib rapture originator. This was accomplished after his death by one of his followers who secretly and maliciously made many quiet revisions in early Irvingite and Brethren documents and skillfully covered everything up - a plot that has long been unknown by church historians everywhere!
     We now fast forward to Kansas and a simple gravestone in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Atchison which is etched with "Leontine Cerre Scofield (1848  1936)." Leontine should have been one of the most famous women of all time. But she's still unknown because her husband never referred to her publicly after he became famous.
     He was obsessed with making money, legally and illegally. He stole thousands of dollars from friends and deserted Leontine and his children for several years. His desertion forced her to work for the family's support.
     He claimed he was converted to Christ in 1879. But a year later he was in a St. Louis jail for six months on a forgery conviction. He had stolen his mother-in-law's last $1300 in a real estate scam. On Dec. 8, 1883 Leontine divorced him - and he remarried three months later! 
     As late as 1899, when he preached D. L. Moody's funeral sermon, he was still issuing IOU's to keep  from paying back the thousands of dollars he'd stolen!
     In 1909 he pulled off the biggest coup of his money-obsessed career. He became the biggest trafficker of the pretrib rapture which he featured in a book he put together which brought him a fortune. The Christian Zionism-flavored book that made him wealthy is still a big seller today and is known as the Scofield Reference Bible which states on the title page "Edited by Rev. C. I. Scofield, D.D." (but it doesn't reveal that he added the D.D. himself instead of letting some institution confer it!).
     Although many have lately been abandoning the same 184-year-old British import after finding out the facts about its dishonesty-riddled history (as outlined in web articles like "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty" and "Pretrib Rapture Stealth,"  males still seem to be dominating as writers, publishers, and promoters of it, and there seems to be no end of end time rapture books, videos, and movies.
     If women had had the same opportunities as men after 1830 (when a young lassie came up with the now-famous pretrib interpretation), their basically discerning and honest nature would have exploded this male-dominated theological hoax long before now!


Dave MacPherson. What People are saying about his book, "The Rapture Plot."

What They Are Saying:

Gary DeMar (President American Vision): "A majority of prophecy writers and speakers teach that the church will be raptured before a future tribulational period. But did you know that prior to about 1830 no such doctrine existed. No one in all of church history ever taught pretribulational rapture. Dave MacPherson does the work of a journalistic private investigator to uncover the truth....The Rapture Plot is the never-before-told true story of the plot - how plagiarism and subtle document changes created the 'mother of all revisionisms.' A fascinating piece of detective work." Robert H. Gundry (Professor Westmont College): "As usual MacPherson out hustles his opponents in research on primary sources. C. S. Lovett (President Personal Christianity): You don't read very much of Dave MacPherson's work before you realize he is a dedicated researcher. Because his work has been so honest and open his latest work The Rapture Plot has produced many red faces among some of the most recognized rapture writers of our time. When their work is compared to his it is embarrassing for them to see how shallow their research is." R. J. Rushdoony (President Chalcedon): "Dave MacPherson has been responsible for major change in the eschatology of evangelical churches by his devastating studies of some of the central aspects thereof. In The Rapture Plot MacPherson tells us of the strange tale of 'rapture' writings, revisions, cover-ups, alterations and confusions. No one has equaled MacPherson in his research on the 'pretrib rapture.' Attempts to discredit his work have failed...."



About the Author: Born 1932 of Scotch/English descent Dave MacPherson is a natural for British historical research. His calling was journalism. Receiving a BA in English in 1955 he spent 26 years as a newsman reporting and filming many notable events persons presidents and dignitaries.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

When The Joy of God Seems Far Away, Remember His Promises!

I was asked the other day what preachers, teachers or writers have impacted me the most, my mind rushed with so many names. Classic theologians such as Matthew Henry, Charles Spurgeon, E.W Bullinger and John Bunyan first came to mind, along with more recent men of God such as A.W. Tozer, John Piper and N.T. Wright. Each of these men are or were completely different from each other, but reading their works grabbed me by the nape and drove home a particular message God wanted me to receive.

As I was perusing the Internet recently, I came across a sermon Charles Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day, Morning, September 17th, 1871, by C. H. SPURGEON, At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. I obviously needed to hear this message because like other great works, it drove home a point I need to receive at that precise moment. It dealt with a situation that many servants of God experience, that feeling that our joy in the Lord does not feel as powerful as it was in the past, especially during that season when we first met Jesus and experienced His amazing love, grace and salvation. Maybe it impacted me more so due to the increasing pain of an aging body, but mostly due to the sorrow caused by the feeling of helplessness I'm experiencing in my heart due to the rampant and blatant sinfulness and the moral declination we see growing exponentially throughout the world.

Spurgeon’s sermon drove a spear of God's assurance deeply into my heart that reminded me that when our joy is low, we must needs remember His promises. Following is that sermon; hopefully it will be a source of comfort and edification for you as well.

"Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me when his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; as I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle."-Job 29:2,3,4.
IF Job here refers to the temporal prosperity which he had lost, we cannot condemn him for his complaint, neither can we commend him. It is but the expression of a natural regret, which would be felt by any man who had experienced such great reverses. But there is everywhere in the expressions which he uses such a strain of spirituality, that we are inclined to believe that he had more reference to the condition of his heart than to the state of his property. His soul was depressed; he had lost the light of God's countenance; his inward comforts were declining, his joy in the Lord was at a low ebb, this he regretted far more than anything besides. No doubt he deplored the departure of those prosperous days when, as he words it, his root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon his branch; but, much more did he bemoan that the lamp of the Lord no more shone upon his head, and the secret of God was not upon his tabernacle. As his spiritual regrets are far more instructive to us than his natural ones, we will turn all our attention to them. 
We may, without violence, appropriate Job's words to ourselves; for I fear that many of us can with great propriety take up our wailing and mourn for the days of our espousals, the happy days of our first love. I shall have to trouble you with many divisions this morning; but I shall be brief upon each one, and I hope that our thoughts may be led onward, and rendered practically serviceable to us, by the blessing of God's Spirit.
I. Let us begin by saying, that regrets such as those expressed in the text are and ought to be very BITTER. If it be the loss of spiritual things that we regret, then may we say from the bottom of our hearts, "Oh that I were as in months past."

It is a great thing for a man to be near to God; it is a very choice privilege to be admitted into the inner circle of communion, and to become God's familiar friend. Great as the privilege is, so great is the loss of it. No darkness is so dark as that which falls on eyes accustomed to the light. The poor man who was always poor is scarcely poor, but he who has fallen from the summit of greatness into the depths of poverty is poor indeed. The man who has never enjoyed communion with God knows nothing of what it must be to lose it; but he who has once been pressed upon the Savior's bosom will mourn, as long as he liveth, if he be deprived of the sacred enjoyment. The mercies which Job deplored in our text are no little ones. First, he complains that he had lost the consciousness of divine preservation. He says, "Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me." There are days with Christians when they can see God's hand all around them, checking them in the first approaches of sin, and setting a hedge about all their ways. Their conscience is tender, and the Spirit of God is obeyed by them; they are, therefore, kept in all their ways, the angels of God watching over them, lest they dash their foot against a stone. 
But when they fall into laxity of spirit, and walk at a distance from God, they are not so preserved. Though kept from final and total apostasy, yet they are not kept from very grievous sin; for, like Peter who followed afar off, they may be left to deny their Master, even with oaths and cursings. If we have lost that conscious preservation of God, which once covered us from every fiery dart; if we no longer abide under the shadow of the Almighty, and feel no longer that his truth is our shield and buckler, we have lost a joy worth worlds, and we may well deplore it with anguish of heart.

Job had also lost divine consolation, for he looks back with lamentation to the time when God's candle shone upon his head, when the sun of God's love was as it were in the zenith, and cast no shadow; when he rejoiced without ceasing, and triumphed from morning to night in the God of his salvation. The joy of the Lord is our strength, the joy of the Lord is Israel's excellency; it is the heaven of heaven, it is heaven even upon earth; and, consequently, to lose it, is a calamity indeed. Who that has once been satisfied with favor, and full of the blessing of the Lord, will be content to go into the dry and thirsty land, and live far off from God? Will he not rather cry out with David, "My soul thirsteth for God; when shall I come and appear before God?" Surely his agonising prayer will be, "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free Spirit." Love to God will never be content if his face be hidden. Until the curtain be drawn aside and the King's face be seen through the lattices, the true spouse will spend her life in sighing; mourning like a dove bereaved of its mate.
Moreover, Job deplored the loss of divine illumination. "By his light," he says, "I walked through darkness," that is to say, perplexity ceased to be perplexity; God shed such a light upon the mysteries of providence, that where others missed their path, Job, made wise by heaven, could find it. There have been times when, to our patient faith, all things have been plain. "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine;" but, if we walk far off from God, then, straightway, even the precious truth of God is no more clear to us, and the dealings of God with us in providence appear to be like a maze. He is wise as Solomon who walks with God, but he is a very fool who trusts his own understanding. All the wit that we have gathered by observation and experience will not supply us with sufficiency of common sense, if we turn away from God. Israel, without consulting God, made a league with her enemies; she thought the case most plain when she entered into hasty alliance with the Gibeonites, but she was duped by cunning because she asked not counsel of the Lord. In the simplest business we shall err, if we seek not direction from the Lord; yet, where matters are most complicated, we shall walk wisely, if we wait for a voice from the oracle, and seek the good Shepherd's guidance. We may bitterly lament, therefore, if we have lost the Holy Spirit's light. If now the Lord answereth us not, neither by his word, nor by his providence, if we wander alone, crying Oh that I knew where I might find him, we are in an evil case, and may well sigh for the days, when by his light we walked through darkness.
Moreover, Job had lost divine communion: so it seems, for he mourned the days of his youth, when the secret of God was upon his tabernacle. Who shall tell to another what the secret of God is? Believing hearts know it, but they cannot frame to pronounce aright the words that could explain it, nor can they convey by language what the secret is. The Lord manifests himself unto his people as he doth not unto the world. We could not tell the love passages that there are between believers and their Lord; even when they are set to such sweet music as the Song of Solomon, carnal minds cannot discern their delights. They cannot plough with our heifer, and therefore they read not our riddle. As Paul in heaven saw things which it were unlawful for a man to utter, so the believer sees and enjoys in communion with Christ what it would not only be unlawful but impossible for him to tell to carnal men. Such pearls are not for swine. The spiritual discerneth all things, but he himself is discerned of no man. Now, it is a high privilege, beyond all privileges, to enter into familiar intercourse with the Most High, and the man who has once possessed it, and has lost it, has a bitterer cause for regret than if, being rich, he had lost his wealth; or being famous, he had lost esteem; or being in health, he were suddenly brought to the bed of languishing. No loss can equal the loss of thee, my God! No eclipse is so black as the hiding of thy face! No storm is so fierce as the letting forth of thine indignation! It is grief upon grief to find that thou art not with me as in the days of old. Wherever, then, these regrets do exist, if the men's hearts are as they should be, they are not mere hypocritical or superficial expressions, but they express the bitterest experiences of our human existence. "Oh that I were as in months past" is no sentimental sigh, but the voice of the innermost spirit in anguish, as one who has lost his firstborn.
II. But, secondly, let me remind you that these regrets are NOT INEVITABLE; that is to say, it is not absolutely necessary that a Christian man should ever feel them, or be compelled to express them. It has grown to be a tradition among us, that every Christian must backslide in a measure, and that growth in grace cannot be unbrokenly sustained. It is regarded by many as a law of nature, that our first love must grow cold, and our early zeal must necessarily decline. I do not believe it for a moment. 
"The path of the just is us the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day;" and were we watchful and careful to live near to God, there is no reason why our spiritual life should not continuously make progress both in strength and beauty. There is no inherent necessity in the divine life itself compelling it to decline, for is it not written, "It shall be in him a well of water, springing up unto everlasting life;" "out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." Grace is a living and incorruptible seed that liveth and abideth for ever, and there is nowhere impressed upon the divine life a law of pining and decay. If we do falter and faint in the onward path, it is our sin, and it is doubly sinful to forge excuses for it. It is not to be laid upon the back of some mysterious necessity of the new nature that it should be so, but it is to be brought as a charge against ourselves. Nor do outward circumstances ever furnish a justification to us if we decline in grace; for, under the worst conditions, believers have grown in grace: deprived of the joys of Christian fellowship, and denied the comforts of the means of grace, believers have nevertheless been known to attain to a high-degree of likeness to Christ Jesus: thrown into the midst of wicked companions, and forced to hear, like righteous Lot, the filthy conversation of the ungodly, yet Christian men have shone all the brighter for the surrounding darkness, and have been able to escape from a wicked and perverse generation. Certain is it, that a man may be an eminent Christian, and be among the poorest of the poor: poverty need not, therefore, make us depart from God; and, it is equally certain, that a man may be rich, and for all that may walk with God and be distinguished for great grace. There is no lawful position of which we may say, "It compels a man to decline in grace."
And, brethren, there is no period of our life in which it is necessary for us to go back. The young Christian, with all the strength of his natural passions, can by grace be strong and overcome the Wicked One; the Christian in middle life, surrounded with the world's cares, can prove that "this is the victory which overcometh the world, even our faith." The man immersed in business may still be baptised of the Holy Ghost. Assuredly, old age offers no excuse for decline: "they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to show that the Lord is upright." No, brethren as Christ said to his disciples, when they would fain have sent the multitude away to buy meat, "they need not depart;" so would he say to the whole company of the Lord's people, "ye need not depart;" there is no compulsion for decline in grace." Your sun need not stand still, your moon need not wane. If you cannot add a cubit to your spiritual stature, at any rate, it need not decrease. There are no reasons written in the book of your spiritual nature why you, as a believer, should lose fellowship with God, and, if you do so, take blame and shame to yourself, but do not ascribe it to necessity. 
Do not gratify your corruptions by supposing that they are licensed to prevail occasionally, neither vex your graces by conceiving that they are doomed to inevitable defeat at a certain season. The spirit that is in us lusteth to evil, but the Holy Spirit is able to subdue it, and will subdue it, if we yield ourselves to him.”

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Dr. Mike Stallard, Dean of Baptist Bible Seminary in Pennsylvania, Distorts Pretrib Rapture History by Dave MacPherson

     The "any-moment pretrib rapture" school of interpretation is famous for its crime-honored method of twisting its own relatively short history in order to keep (falsely) crediting John Darby of the Plymouth Brethren as the pretrib originator.
     Dr. Michael Stallard, Dean of Baptist Bible Seminary in Pennsylvania proved that he is one of those "any-momenters" when he reviewed my book "The Rapture Plot," a book privileged to unearth many ancient "rapture" documents in Britain that others, including Stallard, had somehow overlooked.
     Since Stallard unfortunately decided to rely on inaccurate and unrelated secondhand writings when attempting to honor Darby, I'm forced to present this response to his review which can be found online if one Googles "Dr. Mike Stallard's Review of The Rapture Plot":
     My first reaction was one of shock when I discovered four instances of his inexcusable misspelling of the last name of Darby's editor, William Kelly!
     He also increased my temperature by nit-picking and broadbrushing "Margaret MacDonald" as "deluded" (used twice) and by calling my research "vitriolic," "blinded," and "hateful"! Here's what he must have viewed as "hate" in "Plot's" first chapter:
     On p. 9 I quoted a monumental first - the first ever public teaching of futurist pretribism which occurred in Rev. Edward Irving's journal in Sep. 1830 in which a writer stated that the "Philadelphian church" will be "caught up to meet him [Christ]" before "the great tribulation."
     In the Dec. 1830 "Christian Herald" Darby was still a historicist posttrib expecting only "to be caught up to meet him in the air in order to His judging of the nations" (Rev. 19)! In 1832, as a historicist, Darby disagreed with futurist William Burgh and wrote that "Burgh's views divert the attention of Christians from the present antichristian principles...to some supposed or future actings of a personal Antichrist...." In 1837 Darby saw the church "going in with Him to the marriage, to wit, with Jerusalem and the Jews"! Not until 1839 did Darby begin to teach pretrib - and his basis then was Rev. 12:5's "man child" that is caught up before what Darby then viewed as only a 3.5-years-long tribulation (but he was only plagiarizing Irving who, eight year earlier, had been publicly using the same symbol for the same pretrib purpose!).
     Stallard, a stalwart in twisting history, had the audacity to claim that all of the earliest Irvingites (followers of Irving) were historicists (he ignored those who had already changed to futurist pretrib!) and also asserted that Darby was futurist while he was still a historicist posttrib!
     The vast amount of earthshaking facts about pretribism's infancy that pretrib "hired gun" Stallard purposely covered up could fill a book - a book that he knows is titled "The Rapture Plot."
     Stallard refers to "competent scholars" who have disagreed with my pretrib origin thesis. After ignorantly mis-characterizing world class scholar F. F. Bruce (who later on did accept my findings and even wrote a Foreword for one of my writings), he included Darby-idolizer R. A. Huebner and John Bray on his list of "competent" writers. (See "Humbug Huebner"on Joe Ortiz's other blog, also "Is John Bray a PINO?" on Joe Ortiz' blog of 1/23/2014.
     To improve their education, Stallard's students should Google "Pretrib Rapture Pride" (a rare look at "Dr." Thomas Ice, another Darby defender), "Margaret Macdonald's Rapture Chart," "The Unoriginal John Darby," "Morgan Edwards' Rapture View," my article titled "Deceiving and Being Deceived," "Walvoord Melts Ice," "Pretrib Rapture: A Staged Event," "Pretrib Rapture Stealth," "Evangelicals Use Occult Deception" and "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty" (superb "vetting" of those claiming to find pretrib before 1830)! "The Rapture Plot," BTW, is available by calling 800.643.4645.
     Stallard's students will be shocked when they learn why he covered up the hottest part of "The Rapture Plot" - the now-revealed-for-the-first-time revisionism of early 19th century Irvingite and Brethren "rapture" documents resulting in falsely crediting Darby as the pretrib rapture originator!
     Finally, I'm happier being a B.A. (better author) than being a PHD (pretrib history distorter)!


Dave MacPherson. What People are saying

What They Are Saying About ... THE RAPTURE PLOT!

Gary DeMar (President American Vision): "A majority of prophecy writers and speakers teach that the church will be raptured before a future tribulational period. But did you know that prior to about 1830 no such doctrine existed. No one in all of church history ever taught pretribulational rapture. Dave MacPherson does the work of a journalistic private investigator to uncover the truth....The Rapture Plot is the never-before-told true story of the plot - how plagiarism and subtle document changes created the 'mother of all revisionisms.' A fascinating piece of detective work." Robert H. Gundry (Professor Westmont College): "As usual MacPherson out hustles his opponents in research on primary sources. C. S. Lovett (President Personal Christianity): You don't read very much of Dave MacPherson's work before you realize he is a dedicated researcher. Because his work has been so honest and open his latest work The Rapture Plot has produced many red faces among some of the most recognized rapture writers of our time. When their work is compared to his it is embarrassing for them to see how shallow their research is." R. J. Rushdoony (President Chalcedon): "Dave MacPherson has been responsible for major change in the eschatology of evangelical churches by his devastating studies of some of the central aspects thereof. In The Rapture Plot MacPherson tells us of the strange tale of 'rapture' writings, revisions, cover-ups, alterations and confusions. No one has equaled MacPherson in his research on the 'pretrib rapture.' Attempts to discredit his work have failed...."

About the Author: Born 1932 of Scotch/English descent Dave MacPherson is a natural for British historical research. His calling was journalism. Receiving a BA in English in 1955 he spent 26 years as a newsman reporting and filming many notable events persons presidents and dignitaries.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

What If We Have Been Taught Wrongly About Much of the Bible?

 My dear fellow disciple in South Africa, Alf Hutchison, has been anointed by Jesus Christ, for His everlasting glory. Brother Alf has written one of the most succinct articles about Bible knowledge (or lack thereof), and we are proud to post this in our blog. Read! Enjoy! And Learn! 


WHAT IF WE ARE WRONG PART TWELVE  

What if we are wrong about…The Rapture…The Great Tribulation…Once Saved Always Saved …Judgment Day…Heaven and Hell…The return of Jesus The Christ …The Millennium…The Jews being still God’s chosen race…Gays…Daniel 9…Fasting…The Bride…The Bema seat… Death and Sleep

What happens when we die ? 

   Myriads of books have been written on the subject, and I have to be very honest, the subject intrigues me. Go to any funeral service and the odds are that you will hear that the deceased is “Safely in the arms of Jesus”…. “Home at last with the Father”… “Forever in the great mansion in the sky”. Humans somehow need this reassurance that loved ones are no longer in any pain or trauma and that they are, to coin a well beaten phrase, “In a better place”. But what if we are wrong?

   Imagine if you were at a funeral service and the preacher told you that the deceased was ‘asleep’ and would only ‘wake up’ at the resurrection of the dead?...You would probably feel the same way you felt, when you were told that there wasn’t a Father Christmas…but according to Holy Scripture that is what will happen …According to Paul, we will fall asleep and awaken to the trumpet call on the day of the great resurrection…John tells us that no-one has ascended into heaven…JN 3:13 "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

   I find it so sad that Christendom has been duped into believing so many viewpoints on so many important parts of our walk with God…our simple act of ‘sleeping’ in death and our great hope of the resurrection to everlasting life being one of them. ACTS 24:15 "I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. 

So what if there is a difference between dead and sleeping ?  Then what did Jesus mean when He said to the young girl’s family MK 5:39 When He came in, He said to them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping."
And if that young girl was only sleeping, then how do we explain the death of Lazarus…Note carefully what Jesus tells His disciple …
JH 11:11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."
11:12 Then His disciples said, "Lord, if he sleeps he will get well."
11:13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
11:14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead.

A careful look at the time frame surrounding Lazarus’s death will reveal that Lazarus had died and had been in his tomb for three days and Jesus resurrected him early on the fourth day . Could Jesus have done this purposefully to show the disciples that Lazarus was truly deceased,( which he was because he was already smelling ). Or did Jesus do this to show His disciples that He would also die, and like Lazarus be entombed for three full days and three full nights before being resurrected by The Father on the fourth day. Jesus would lie in the Tomb on three Sabbaths days, Passover, Feast of unleavened bread and the normal Sabbath day…Wednesday evening to Saturday evening.

 But what if we are wrong and Jesus did not physically die on Calvary’s cross ?...Then we can throw all we know about Christianity in the rubbish bin, because it would be meaningless and worthless. 1 Cor 15:12  Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
15:13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.
15:14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

 The Resurrection is our great hope; and one of the greatest passages of hope in all the bible; which has unfortunately been twisted to fit man’s agenda and not God’s agenda….1 Thes 4:13  But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of GodAnd the dead in Christ will rise first.
4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
  
In absolute layman’s language …the dead (those who are asleep) are wakened and resurrected to a trumpet call…those who know the Lord will join Him, together with those who are alive, to meet The coming King … not on a donkey this time…but astride a magnificent figurative white horse befitting a King. RV 19:11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. RV 19:16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

 There is no definitive proof that when we die or ‘sleep in Christ’, that we will be in Paradise or in Heaven, there is only speculation surrounding the parable of Lazarus resting in Abraham’s bosom; remembering that it is a parable …But Jesus does definitely promise us …JN 6:54 "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. Let these words of Jesus reverberate in your body, spirit and soul
 I will raise him up at the last day. …to eternal life… We simply cannot have it both ways.

  And Paul tells the congregation at Corinth
1 Cor 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
15:51 Behold, I tell you a mysteryWe shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-
15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpetFor the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, andwe shall be changed.

JN 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Yours In His Name
Alf Hutchison


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Monday, February 10, 2014

Are Christians Prepared for the Return of Jesus Christ?

About two years ago, Joe Ortiz was a guest on the "Alive In Christ" Radio show, hosted by Tony Marino and Lynn Kennedy.

While the show's subject matter that day was "discipleship" Marino was intrigued about Joe's metamorphosis from secular radio talk show host to writing books on theology. He was most curious to also hear what Joe had to say about his belief that Christians are not really prepared for the return of Jesus Christ, which may include great persecution at the hands of anti-Christian forces. Tune in by clicking the link below:

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Is John Bray a PINO (Posttrib In Name Only)? by Dave MacPherson

   
 Florida evangelist John Bray has long called himself a posttrib. But is he a PINO (a posttrib in name only)? I know of no "posttrib" who has done more in recent decades (unwittingly or deliberately) to aid pretrib promoters like Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice who constantly quote Bray against non-pretribs everywhere!
     I first tangled with Bray after he came out in 1982 with a small booklet entitled "The Origin of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Teaching." In it he claimed that an 18th century Jesuit priest named Manuel Lacunza, whose book came out in 1812, was the real pretrib rapture originator and stated that Margaret Macdonald's 1830 account actually taught a posttrib rapture and not a pretrib one! His groundless claim forced me to respond with "The Real Manuel Lacunza" and additional pro-Macdonald support which are still on Google etc.
     After many (including even LaHaye) publicly pooh-poohed his Lacunza thesis, Bray then came back later on with a new "discovery" that a Rev. Morgan Edwards was the real originator in 1788. I replied with a piece titled "Morgan Edwards' Rapture View."
     Well, I was recently shocked to find that Bray is still being taken seriously on the net.
     Concerning Margaret MacDonald, if persons type in her name on Google, they can find Wikipedia and be directed to a piece titled "Margaret McDonald (visionary)." Here are two sentences in it that are blatantly false:
     "Also Darby had already written out his pretribulation rapture views in January 1827, 3 years prior to the 1830 events and any MacDonald utterance. When MacDonald's utterance is read closely, her statements show her to hold a posttribulationist position ("being the fiery trial which is to try us..."). The source for both sentences is: "Bray, John L. (1992) [sic - should be 1982]. The origin of the pre-tribulation rapture teaching."
     Since you're aware of my recent piece titled "Margaret Macdonald's Rapture Chart," which ran on one of Joe Ortiz' blogs, allow me to quote a bit of my book "The Rapture Plot" which discussed Bray's 1982 "pretrib origin" booklet:
     "On page three he admitted that his short work was the result of only two days of research on his part at England's Oxford University. [!]
     "I soon noted his flagrant misspelling: Robert Cameron's last name became 'Aameron.' Charles Erdman's last name was spelled 'Eerdman.' Seven times on page 25 the last name of H. A. Ironside appeared incorrectly as 'Ironsides' [like the TV show!]. If readers aren't aware that Bray has misspelled Cameron, Erdman, and Ironside in the same way in more than one of his booklets, an innocent printer can easily be blamed.
     "In his booklet's 34-page discussion of the pretrib origin, I tallied a total of 69 copying errors, as follows: five when quoting Darby, five when quoting Irving, ten when quoting Margaret, 37 when quoting Lacunza (on whom he majored)...he omitted 23 words from two Lacunza quotes, while on page 16 he omitted 15 words from an Irving quote.
     "Huebner (1973, p. 69), in order to assert that Margaret was a posttrib, isolated five phrases beginning in lines 37, 64, 72, 81, and 91 in her major revelation and then quoted them, in this order, in one paragraph. The same Bray booklet, in order to assert that Margaret was a posttrib (and with no reference to this Huebner work), used the same five phrases in two paragraphs on pages 20 and 21 - but in exactly reverse order! [Just one example of Bray's plagiarism!]
     "For quite some time after his booklet was published, and while I was working on my "Hoax" book, Bray regularly swamped me with individual sheets containing his lengthy, typed after-thoughts, each with an instruction as to where in his booklet it should be inserted. At times I was receiving several a week. It was apparent that he had more time to think about his work after its completion than before its completion!
     "John Bray's 1985 booklet 'The Second Coming of Christ and Related Events' included 12 pages focusing on Lacunza and Margaret. He had 17 errors while copying Lacunza including three errors consisting of nine omitted words. In one Lacunza quote he had seven missing words; his 1982 booklet had featured the same quote with the same omitted words. While copying Margaret's key revelation Bray made 11 errors including four word changes."
     As you know, Thomas Ice (who somehow left out a total of 49 words when he reproduced Margaret's short 1830 account - see "Thomas Ice (Bloopers)" on Google) and other pretrib desperados have long quoted Bray's false statements about Margaret, Darby etc. when trying to distort and destroy the real facts about their own 184-year-old pretrib history. And Bray doesn't seem to mind working with and giving aid to his pretrib "enemies." Speaking of labels, you might be tempted to say that Bray has finally deserted his POST!




















Author Dave MacPherson

What They Are Saying About ... THE RAPTURE PLOT! 

Gary DeMar (President American Vision): "A majority of prophecy writers and speakers teach that the church will be raptured before a future tribulational period. But did you know that prior to about 1830 no such doctrine existed. No one in all of church history ever taught pretribulational rapture. Dave MacPherson does the work of a journalistic private investigator to uncover the truth....The Rapture Plot is the never-before-told true story of the plot - how plagiarism and subtle document changes created the 'mother of all revisionisms.' A fascinating piece of detective work." 

Robert H. Gundry (Professor Westmont College): "As usual MacPherson out hustles his opponents in research on primary sources. 

C. S. Lovett (President Personal Christianity): You don't read very much of Dave MacPherson's work before you realize he is a dedicated researcher. Because his work has been so honest and open his latest work The Rapture Plot has produced many red faces among some of the most recognized rapture writers of our time. When their work is compared to his it is embarrassing for them to see how shallow their research is." 

R. J. Rushdoony (President Chalcedon): "Dave MacPherson has been responsible for major change in the eschatology of evangelical churches by his devastating studies of some of the central aspects thereof. In The Rapture Plot MacPherson tells us of the strange tale of 'rapture' writings, revisions, cover-ups, alterations and confusions. No one has equaled MacPherson in his research on the 'pretrib rapture.' Attempts to discredit his work have failed...." 

About the Author: Born 1932 of Scotch/English descent Dave MacPherson is a natural for British historical research. His calling was journalism. Receiving a BA in English in 1955 he spent 26 years as a newsman reporting and filming many notable events persons presidents and dignitaries.