“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils…” (I Timothy 4:1)
Scofield being a divorced lawyer with no formal training in the Bible made eschatology in his notes very complicated, because he also was confused. He and his followers today forget that time references like “last days”, “the thousand years”, and “a little while” must remain variables to all but God the Father. The 6 times total in the Bible “a thousand years” or “the thousand years” are only in Revelation 20:1-8, the time variable is always “the” or “a” but never one thousand years. Right here, the millennium movement crashes on truth.
” And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.”
If Scofield had been trained in the Bible, he before publishing the Scofield Reference Bible notes, would have had the respect for God the Father to know that not the Son, not the angels, not Scofield or any man, but only the Father knew the time of the END (last days) and the beginning of “a little season” when Satan is released. Therefore known to man, Jesus, and angels and Holy Spirit and the Bible all time references must remain as variables: (1) The Father will decide when the time is right for the release of Satan, Second Coming and the END, for never forget He to whom “a thousand years is one day and one day as a thousand years” waits patiently “not willing that any should perish”; (2) Only the Father reserves the right to decide when “the gospel is preached (enough) to every nation, and then will the END come”.
From Jr Beck” “ And this is harvesting what field? We can discuss all this until the coming day, instead of jumping on each other maybe we should work the harvest preaching Jesus Christ is the hope and wether it’s pre, post, or right smack in the middle (tribulation) let’s be ready to go with the coming king and take as many with us as possible, Satan is keeping us busy on things that do not save souls!!! If they are not against us then they are for us. May God continue to bless with his abundance.”
Yes, among preacher boys the primary theme has been win souls; yet look at what has happened in the SBC as the Convention was split by warfare with those saying they were most concerned about souls, evangelism and baptism has gone down. History of denominations indicates evangelism goes down in time of war, and when Criswell stated on TV to Bill Moyer “we are going to keep fighting until one side or the other wins”, that was war. The sad fact is that it required the falling away of “seducting spirits and doctrines of devils” to create this bad spirit of warfare in the SBC which continues today; and the feudamentalists of the fundamentalists like Jeffress and the Dallas theological Seminary are using this so called “resurgence” as a white flag to spread Scofield. Check all the books flooding SB bookstores now, and you will see, low it is hard to find a copy of our greatest expert Dr. Ray Summer’s book “Worthy is the Lamb”. We have allowed our Baptist Bible heritage to be replaced with Scofield, a congregationalist and Presbyterian and divorced lawyer.