PTB2-36: Zealots and the Demonic Veil.

“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent…”

It was such a natural and God given plan of flow that Jesus gave of the kingdom of God within believers IN CHRIST that turned eventually only at the Second Coming into the Forever Kingdom on the New Earth, that Scofield’s theology had to mess with it in order to further the cause of the Zealots of a materialistic kingdom. On the positive side and from the Bible, you can see the natural flow from the church Jesus established by faith in Him to the one body of Christ of Jews and Gentiles in Ephesians to the Eternal Temple on the New Earth as “A Place for His Name”. On the negative side, or anti-Scofieldism side, you can see that a false concept with a false millennium and materialistic kingdom includes a large materialistic temple like that build by David and Solomon, and that materialism, alias World Love with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the Pride of Life, is the seducing spirits that goes with the doctrines of devils of Scofield theology. The rich love Scofield since they love their riches and want to see it restored with a fiction of theology of a kingdom on earth where Israel reigns supreme, a kingdom that Jesus never intended in the teachings He brought to earth from God the Father. On every occasion, Jesus opposed the materialistic kingdom of the Zealots, and it is foolish to think that he has changed His mind because the SBC developed the theology of the Scofield Reference Bible. Can we legitimately say that further than church to one body of Jews and Gentiles to a spiritual temple in the name of God in turn on the new earth becomes the Forever Kingdom?
Dr. Jeffries, a product of Dallas Theological Seminary, and DTC who sold out to Scofieldism, and C.I. Scofield and the Scofield Reference Bible are slicker than a used car salesman in the way they slid quickly between the non-Biblical “rapture” and the so-called philosophical and isogetical “church age” and the Bible Itself, the way they with glib tongues and eloquence slide between exegesis of the Bible and reading meaning into the Bible with isogesis, when they say something strange about Jesus did not mention that church age in Matthew 24 because they were not in the church age To passing on quickly to either quote easy to understand Scriptures on the real Second Coming, each time to get some support from the listeners to were jarred with the extra-biblical words of “rapture” and “church age”. So quickly can they give one sentence of philosophy about those 2 fictions, and then take a real paragraph on the real Bible about the real second coming.
Of course, we believe in the Bible when they quote or read about the real second coming, the real mystery revealed through Paul, hardly any justification to get us to buy a whole philosophical argument imposed artificially on the whole Bible with another non-Biblical word called “dispensations”. For example, they say, Revelation 1-3 about the 7 churches of Asia Minor is less real history of Christianity in the first century churches as it is about a whole age of so many years called the church age dispensation, and so on these propagandists go on breaking the whole book of Revelation down into dispensations–they seldom agree on how many which is understanding as they have no record in the Bible with the word dispensation except one, “In the fulness of time, Jesus was born of a virgin…” Well, we all as Christians and Bible-believers do believe that there was a fulness of time when Jesus came to earth; furthermore this fullness of time Jesus made a full disclosure of eschatology in Matthew 24 when answering the specific questions of the disciples, “When will this be “{the almost immediate destruction of the Temple Jesus had previously mentioned, “and the end of times” was the rest of the question.
This issue is a matter of critical timing for believers, too critical to allow quick change-the-subject after one sentence” debaters like Jeffries, to try to replace a false rapture in history where the great apostasy of all Christians called the Falling Away belongs. See what is happening right now for the majority in his church, they ignore and deny the Falling Away as a possibility in their own lives, that of the church, and that of Christianity! Now that is straining at the twin gnats of rapture and church age, consequently swallowing the camel of the Falling Away, the real Biblical fact that terminates the END with the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from earth. It just is not fair to call themselves southern Baptists in the same category of our famous Bible scholars of the book of Revelation, Dr. Ray Summers and THE MEANING AND MESSAGE OF REVELATION. Of course it is a known fact by the observer of current Baptist history that fundamentalists like Jeffries and DTC took over the SBC by political means with a planned 10-year program to control the Presidents. Likewise that squeaky little debater of Jeffries was politically carried on by the momentum into the former pulpit of our great leader George W. Truett as fundamentalists continued to exercise Convention control under Stanley and Rogers.
Now, the question that begs the issue is WHY. Why would ordinarily good conservative Bible scholars, teachers, and preachers choose to follow the path of something so wrong? First, we must naturally find flaws in their Bible hermeneutics; secondly, they seek profit and notoriety like Scofield did in making so much money out of Oxford Press in writing the Scofield Reference Bible, and coming up with the theosophical dispensations that almost no one had ever heard. Third, they needed to give believers, they thought,, a way out of final tribulation as no Christian wants to live through the final destruction of the old heaven and the old earth, which incidentally is the reason that so many today are willing to believe in a rapture as a means of escape.
Christians, and Bible believers that should know better, are riding the rail of the “Demonic Veil of the Rapture” right to their own destruction. And what is their destruction? that believing in a false rapture, they ignore and deny that reality of the Falling Away while it is happening all around them and in them! Satan is slick and in spite of rapture forbidden in II Timothy in the first century, he has sold leaders that should know better, by way of Scofield and the DTC. to deny the real world about them.

Chapter 1: Demonic Veil of a False Rapture.

Finally after fundamentalists {the Bible Baptists now in control of the SBC} have political, and to a certain extent doctrinal control of the SBC, they are showing their true colors with such fictitious, demonic, and non-biblical words as “rapture”, “millennium”, and “Scofield Notes”. Surely some of you pastors, teachers, and evangelists must see the demand of the present age we are in for some novel, popular, and “itching ears” (II Timothy 4:4,5) teachings and preaching’s; and what better candidates than “rapture” and “millennium”. No where in the Bible will you find those 2 literal words, yet under the disguise of a false literalism, fundamentalists have invented and propagated these two fictious words and philosophies to the extent that now in the popular mind there are hardly any other teachings on eschatology {last things}. For example “left behind”, often ignored as fiction, hides the fact that the simultaneous gathering of the dead in Christ and the live in Christ, occurs with certainty at the end time, at the great Day of the LORD and the Lord, ushering in a new earth where God’ own people will forever live with God and Christ. The obvious success of these Bible Baptists controllers is seen in the realities of the present great apostasy of the 5 stages of the Falling Away as: (1) southern Baptists are now the primary “they” of “they will not endure sound doctrine”; (2) “but out of their own desires” have they replaced spirit driven and Christ driven in church membership in favor of PURPOSE DRIVEN WANTS , for example not only wanting pastors and other Bible teachers that will feed their wants on escape from the reality of the Falling Away and the blood, smoke, and fire just before that Great and Notable Day of the LORD and Lord but also on prosperity, health, and a salvation without a personal cross to bear {just a plain, outright substitution of self for Christ, and comfort for the cross}; (3) “they”–and don’t lose sight of who the they is, the Bible Baptists and fundamentalists that have pulled over themselves the large churches of the SBC with the self-righteous robes of respectable southern Baptist heritage and history {of course, the “they” is largely the church members themselves who have sold out their SBC heritage for a morsel of temporal comfort}–continue to “heap up to themselves teachers with itching ears” with all these novel, new teachings on rapture, left behind, and millennium; (4) every day in this century we see this “they” of Christians and Christianity more and more “turn away from the truth” of the Day of the LORD and Lord, the Second Coming, the gathering of the saints at the end of time, and the new earth; (5) fundamentalists are dragging southern Baptists blindly into they “shall be turned into fables”.
1-1: “Rapture” is a newcomer on the scene, clearly falling into the category of novel and new, “itching ears” Bible teachings.
When I grew up in Houston in Southern Baptist work, you heard about the Second Coming of Christ, nothing about a fictitious rapture; when I took Bible courses at Baylor, Ouachita Baptist, and Seminary, you heard about the Second Coming as the big, end event of last things, called eschatology. When during graduate work in physics and Bible, taking the book of Revelation under Dr. Ray Summers, we read, studied and heard much about Christ and the Second Coming, and I can not recall once hearing about this novel, itching ears doctrine that has come on the scene of American Christianity called a “rapture”, which by the way is a word that you will not even find the whole Bible. And doesn’t it seem somewhat strange to you that such a non-biblical word as “rapture” has come simultaneously from those who are so adamant on a literal Bible, the fundamentalists or before they took over the SBC were known as Bible Baptist. {It is not quite as bad as the unsound doctrine of a few remaining church of christ denominational members holding on to a decaying false doctrine that all is required to be the only Christians or THE only body of Christ is to put a sign out in the front of the church building which says “church of Christ, established in Jerusalem in 1 A.D.}
1-2: This present demonic veil of a fictional “rapture” blinds Christians and church members from seeing the reality of the dominance of “itching ears” Bible teachings and preaching’s in the once biblical conservative SBC.
Some church members now read II Timothy 4:4,5 about the time we are in as part of worldwide Christianity called the great apostasy, or the obvious Falling away, and because of this demonic veil of the rapture can not see any of the 5 stages of the falling away into which the church is obviously now in the fourth stage, “they will turn away from the truth.” (II Timothy 4:5)

  1. The demonic veil of a fictitious rapture prevents gullible church members from seeing the first stage of the Falling Away: what with the past history of their church, what with their famous, and popular preacher, with the number of members on their church roll and even in attendance to hear these unsound doctrines of eschatology, church members can not even buy into the sound doctrine of stage 1 of the Falling Away: “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine” (II Timothy 4:4)
    a. You know it is sort like a community where they recognize worldwide problems in schools, but not their own, in politicians but not their own, in drugs among youth but have ingenious ways to deny that for their own communities. {It is really quite amazing as to how the boomers because of their majority were able to deceive American society, for example on all the improvements they were making in education, when we now know America was actually falling further and further behind most of the world.}
    b. Of course, part of an intolerance {a lack of endurance of sound doctrine} toward sound doctrine is the inability and/or reluctance to know the difference between sound and unsound doctrine. A good for instance is Falwell’s, the great founding father of Bible Baptist, statement shortly before his demise that there were 3 great signs of revival in the United States: (1) Tim Lahaye fictional “Left Behind” books and the movies; (2) the work of Ted Haggard as head of a national evangelistic association and community church organized in Colorado; and (3) the purpose driven books of Rick Warren. Now just imagine a denomination and fundamentalists movement so hidden from spiritual realities as to call signs of revival what in reality is signs of DEMONIC work, or at best if you are trying to be tolerant and kindhearted, half-truth.
    c. The present condition of the Christian church, especially, among the once conservation SBC, is like in Plato where the people lived underground not knowing that their light was reflected and subdued light and thinking it was the real thing; now churches are not only blind to sound doctrine but blind to the fact that they are blind.
    d. Pastors, teachers, and members, you recall how Paul said that the whole generation of Jews during his days had a veil over their eyes in order that they might see the truth in Christ and in the cross of Christ; and just now in our present history and current condition, we as southern Baptists under the control and influence of this fundamentalistically bible Baptists, like Criswell, Adrian Rogers, Charles Stanley, and Tim Lahaye, and Falwell have a veil over our eyes called the rapture that is second only to the veil of the Jews on the cross of Christ.
    1-3: Christian pilgrim, if you have trouble facing up to a present spiritual understanding of “itching ears” Bible teachers and teachings, as clearly stated in II Timothy 4:4,5 then think of them as new and novel, difference from the traditional teachings of the Bible; like for example this invention by Lahaye of a word to replace the gathering up of Christian dead and living at the Second Coming. {In the first place, don’t you think it a little strange that attempts would be made to communicate Bible half truth and doctrine in fictional writings. You know how you tell truth by the company, so why should fiction be used to communicate the greatest event of the future for Christians, the second coming of Christ.}
    (1) That is what Paul said in II Timothy 4:4,5 would happen near the end of the Last Days, the whole Christian motivation in church membership would be dominated by personal desires. In the words of Paul and of the Word of God, the real Bible, “out of their own desires, they will heap up teachers with itching ears.”
    a. The reason Christians lie to themselves about the present falling away condition of their churches is because THEY WANT IT THAT WAY. Who really wants to be present as the condition of the churches, denominations, and their own church gets worse and worse, especially since they can not see it?
    b. Christians falsely want to believe that they will not still be here on earth when times really get bad on earth with the release of Satan from bondage. :{And that brings up another interesting point, do you think Satan, the ruler of this world, is not heavily at work covering up the realities of this world after he is released from bondage. } Even as the current author of “Bad Religion” recognizes a primary cause in the influence of “narcissism”, so we must see in Bible as old as II Timothy 4:4,5 how Christians have in this generation become more motivated by their own “desires” than by Christ and the Holy Spirit. {Sometimes we can easily think that the Holy Spirit has actually been withdrawn from earth now, since we see or feel so little of real spiritual movement and revival in our churches.}
    1-4: As “Satan has gone about as a lion seek whom he may devour”, we will have to admit that he has used very worldly Christians to indoctrinate the church and the world with half-truth and lies like a fictitious rapture.
  3. Way back in Irish Roman Catholic history, Satan used a priest named Darby to postulate a wild total perspective of history, based on a misunderstand that the only 7 times the word “thousand” in used in one chapter of Revelation 20, that is said “one thousand” instead of the literal interpretation of “a thousand” and “the thousand”. A sound theology on eschatology can be no better than its original foundation so that when Darby started all this malarkey now called millennialism”, he stuck Bible Baptists in a mental mode, so that they can not see the reality that Satan was bound at the Coming of the Holy Spirit to earth and released when the Spirit is withdrawn.
    NOTE: The first step of Bible Baptists to take the place of conservative theologians was to propagate half-truth and lies, as Rogers, Criswell, and Stanley did, that any pastor, teacher, or seminary professor, who did not accept this false basis of millineries was a liberal, and now that they are in control of the SBC their second big step is to convince you that the fictitious rapture takes the place of the gathering of Christians at the Second Coming. Already as part of the 5 stages of the Falling Away, you will have to admit that in your churches you hear a lot more about the fictitious rapture than the real gathering of Christians at the Second Coming. Goodness, you hardly hear about the Second Coming at all. You could mark as the history of the last times in your church, a time of intolerance toward sound doctrine, that you no longer hear about 2 major doctrines: (1) the second coming of Christ, and (2) Gods plan for marriage.
  4. Just two solid and real and sound doctrines of the Bible could quickly dissipate all this fiction on fiction of a so-called rapture one thousand years plus before the Second Coming: (1) the last days of the world and the NT started with the life and ministry of Christ and the establishment of the kingdom of God and Christ and runs up through the Falling Away and the release of Satan for a little while, the great battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming which ends the history of this old earth and ushers in the history of a new earth; and (2) the Ascended Christ sent the Holy Spirit to take His place on earth, “restraining” Satan to use the words of II Thessalonians by convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and when the Holy Spirit no longer does that because He has been withdrawn from earth, you can see how this in turn releases Satan to do his worse on sin, unrighteousness, and a lack of judgment awareness. {This makes so much overall Bible sense and consistency, that fundamentalists refuse to accept the simplicity of it! After all, what would be do without all those charts, complicated timelines, messages and class outlines based on the Scofield Notes.}
    1-5: The famous literalism in the Bible of the Day of the LORD and the Lord with the Second Coming and gathering of God’s people to “ever be with the Lord” has been replaced in the sermons of the fundamentalists with a fictious “rapture” that feeds the desire of backslidden church members to be absent from the Falling Away, the release of Satan from bondage, and the blood, fire, and smoke events as the destruction of the old earth ushers in the new earth.
  5. Bible reality, alias sound doctrine on last things, starts with the understanding that the “last days” of the Bible started with the first day of Pentecost after the Ascension of Christ and ends with the Day of the LORD and Lord. (Acts 2:17-21)
  6. Bible reality continues with a recognition that what bound Satan for “a” or “the” thousand years was the Holy Spirit coming to earth after Ascension to “restrain” (II Thessalonians 2:7) Satan for that long period of time called the thousand in Revelation chapter 20, and correlating with the last days of Acts. The Holy Spirit right up to the end of this long, undefined, and unrevealed long period of time, and then in a short time before the end the Holy Spirit is withdrawn from earth.
  7. Since Jesus said no one knows the time of the Day of the LORD and the Second Coming, how in the world do you fiction spreaders of “one” thousand years, where never in the 7 instances is it one, only “a” or “the”, think the risen Christ on the isle of Patmos would have told the Apostle John of the end time in any other words but an very long X marker period of time.
  8. There is a rapture like event at the end of this old earth, which the Bible calls the “gathering of the live and dead saints”’; however never with the use of the word “rapture” or “left behind” or millennium as in the fiction books and movies.
  9. In the manner of Dr. R. G. Lee, scripture after scripture on this gathering of the saints, the end, and the Second Coming could be amassed to show a prima facie case; however you have your Bibles in hand, and anytime you desire doctrine and beliefs based on something other than your personal wants, you can run those references! Yet most of you will not because we are presently deep into the blindness in Christianity called the Falling Away, the 5 stages of II Timothy 4:4,5, with all signs in the churches and in the world indicating that the church is head over heels into the fifth stage of “the turning away from truth”!

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