Saturday, March 27, 2010
Pre-Trib Rapture's Missing Lines
By Dave MacPherson
R. A. Huebner, fanatical follower of John Darby, noticed that several lines in Margaret Macdonald's 1830 pretrib account (such as "The trial of the Church is from Antichrist") were omitted when Robert Norton reproduced it a second time. In order to keep crediting Darby with pretrib, Huebner asserted that Margaret taught only a posttrib coming, her "Antichrist" statement being proof of it.
In order to falsely claim this, Huebner ignored her MAIN POINT in lines 58-63: "one taken and the other left" BEFORE the revealing of Antichrist. He also suppressed the truth that she saw a pretrib coming of only PART of the church (partial rapturism) and that leading partial rapturists like Govett and Pember, after seeing a rapture of PART of the church, refer to the other PART left on earth as simply the "church"! (Google "X-Raying Margaret" and see MacPherson's "The Rapture Plot" for a full analysis of her account.)
Actually, when Norton aired his abridgement of her account later on he kept intact her main point and also the essence of the omitted lines with different wording.
The only change comes when a few misguided pretribs deviously change factual info about Margaret on Wikipedia - which should be called Wicked-pedia since anyone with any ulterior motive can insert lie after lie therein!
HERE'S THE BIG POINT BEING MADE HERE: If Margaret did initially teach posttrib in the lines later omitted, then the removal of those partial rapturistic lines (combined with her pretrib main point) would have her teaching a pretrib rapture of ALL of the church!
By asserting that Margaret was initially posttrib, Huebner was inadvertently giving the impression that she (and the Irvingites she inspired) later changed to a pretrib rapture of ALL of the church long before Darby did since Darby didn't clearly eliminate all of the partial rapturism from his own system until the 1870s!
(BTW, a facsimile copy of Margaret's 1830 handwritten pretrib revelation has been discovered in the British Library in London - and Joe Ortiz' "End Times Passover" blog (Mar. 9, 2010) is the first time a portion of the handwriting has ever been publicly aired!)
By seeing something sinister in the later missing lines in Margaret's history-making revelation, and talking ignorantly about them on Wicked-pedia, pretrib critics are only drawing attention to the innovative Irvingites and their female inspiration as well as to Darby's long hidden plagiarism of them!
Thank you brother Dave, for providing our audience this important update. We recognize that those of us who believe the church is being duped by the Pre-Tribulation Rapture are a minority and that we will come under much criticism. But we must continue to reach out and warn our brothers and sister that true Christians will suffer great tribulation
What can we say about those who not only distort the truth, but in essence distort the word of God? What type of action should those who are faithful undertake with those who continue to distort God's word?
Well, we can only continue to speak forth God's truth. We will be chastised, castigated and attacked moreso as the Day draws nigh, and we also know that God's children of promise will be subjected to much tribulation; sadly, this persecution will come from those who truly believe they are the chosen ones, that they are God's elect, that they are special in God's eye, those who will proclaim they prophesied God's word, when in fact the Holy Spirit was not working through them whatsoever; as it speaks of in John 16:1-4:
All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.
But the faithful servant who is willing to boldy speak God's truth, even if it means choosing death rather than the big lie, it is they who will at least be able to look Jesus in the face when He returns, and hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant, you were faithful in a few things, I will place you in charge of many."
As for the others, who continue in their Pre-Tribulation Rapture folly, they need to re-examine their doctrine or they could well suffer grave consequences, and maybe even run over by a horse!
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