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1- Whose Foundation Is It?

Is God’s Word Taking a Back Seat to Scofield’s?

By Kathy Beardsley edited by John Beardsley – April 30, 2016 /Revised August 2018 (All Bible verse references are from the King James Version)

In this case—concerning the rapture and tribulation, is it man’s theory or Biblical truth?

Theory: philosophy, concept, system, scheme, idea, notion. [uncertainty of man’s private interpretation]

Belief: confidence, trust, credence, certainty, acceptance. [one-hundred percent certainty of God’s Word]

The watchman issues the warning. Whether you decide to heed that warning or ignore it is your decision. But I plead with you to heed the warning. Willful ignorance will do nothing but hold you captive to a blind faith on this subject, and make you a participant in spreading the error.

Ezekiel 33:3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”

The message to the people of Israel was basically, if the watchman sees danger coming and warns the people, their blood is not on his head if they ignore the warning. Likewise, if the watchman sees the danger coming but does not warn the people, their blood will be on his head. Both the watchman and the people are warned of the consequence should they choose to ignore the coming danger. This is a lesson we can learn from and as Christians should practice, both in heeding and doing. Many say we (any Bible believing Christian) have no right to expose error, dishonest character, and so forth because it is unloving. On the contrary, it is the most loving thing we can do. Every Christian should earnestly contend for their faith! In order to build and stand on a solid foundation, one must first use the proper material capable of bearing the weight it was professed to hold.

What I have learned through many hours of studying God’s Word, and doing my homework (earnestly taking into consideration both sides of the argument) is that some scholars, teachers, etc., two of which make up the bulk of chapters two and three, back up their claims with years of researching public and private records. They thoroughly document the sources of their material which include, but is not limited to, court records, newspaper articles, family records and so on. They also give evidence of others who have simply reproduced work previously printed with intentional omissions, yet tout it as their own hard work and study to bring forth what they claim is fact.

The truth is “the rapture” was a created event to take place prior to “the tribulation” which is a created title of a seven-year period, but also referred to (erroneously) as Daniel’s seventieth week. All of this is explained in greater detail starting with ch. 4. It was necessary to create these things in order to build the foundation of the pretribulation “doctrine”—a foundation that has been built upon by some who know the true origin of the theory, and by others who have believed without question the interpreted notes of a man whose character was as deceptive as the forgeries he committed.

John Nelson Darby and Cyrus Ingerson Scofield are the two earlier most recognized names in connection with this doctrine, but they are not the originators. Rather they have believed and adopted this theory and successfully propagated it to their followers (Scofield more so than Darby) who in turn have passed it on and so forth.

What would you say if you found out these men grafted in ideas foreign to scriptures with the intention of building their own egos and prestige? Their mishandling of God’s Word became the best and fastest way to spread their private interpretation, and for Scofield held a higher priority for financial gain (Romans 16:17, 18). For example: Just prior to the release of Scofield’s Bible, and in reference to it, Scofield writes a letter to his daughter Helene, whom since her childhood, had very little contact with stating;

“When I get rich I am going to have 3 homes—one in a winter apartment on Washington Heights, N.Y. City, one at Crestwood, one at Sorrento, Italy.J. M. Canfield, The Incredible Scofield and His Book pg. 278.

This quote raises the question of where Scofield’s priorities were—did he care more about spreading the gospel, or making a profit from it? Supported by public documentation (which you will read in detail later), his life appears to be filled with lies and cover-ups.

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

On the day Jesus died on the cross a New Covenant was put in place. From that day forward, what used to be done during the Old Covenant days is no longer necessary today. Because of this, Darby and Scofield, or anyone else, cannot claim they have been moved by the Holy Ghost to speak prophecy directly given to them by Him. Therefore, their interpretation of prophecy cannot be trusted. A person would think that would end the controversy of privately interpreted prophecy, especially where Scofield is concerned. If only that were the case.

Darby’s and Scofield’s purpose of introducing their belief of dispensationalism and pretribulationism into their Bible versions was to influence conclusions that likely would not have been reached otherwise. Revelation 22:18, 19 is very clear about adding to and taking away from God’s word: 18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Darby’s choice was accomplished by writing his own new translation of the Bible, which was published in 1890, wherein he adds and subtracts to the text causing it to read with his belief imbedded into it. Unless the reader is paying attention, he or she may skip right over it. Revelation 7:14 is a key example: And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (KJV) Within the text, Darby adds the word the before great tribulation. That one change may seem insignificant but it makes a world of difference for the support of the pretrib theory! I have witnessed more times than I can count the reading of this verse from several other translations in which the word the does not appear in the verse but when read aloud the is almost always inserted.

If you are wondering why this is so important consider the following: God’s Word never uses or defines tribulation as a title of a specific number of years—it is only ever defined as affliction, persecution and troubles. This is why these words are not capitalized in the verse; they are adjectives not nouns. By inserting the before great tribulation the meaning changes from great persecution to a specific period of time the early pretribbers entitled The Great Tribulation. We cannot allow ourselves to be blinded from the true context of God’s Word. Darby not only inserted a word, he inserted a false doctrine.

Also, in keeping with the context of the surrounding verses, great tribulation in Rev. 7:14 is not referring to one specific event at the end of time, but rather it is speaking of all who have died for their faith in the one true God since time began and up to the point that we are all together with Him. Verse nine verifies this because of the number of people—a great multitude which no man could number. These are people who have died through the ages in Christ, and not because of end-time judgment or wrath. We can and do number ourselves through a census and even though some countries do not count their people, there is a general estimate. If the multitude came from the pretrib’s three-and-a-half year great tribulation, the number would be significantly lower since by this time the population would have been reduced because of the rapture. Reduce the number again because as their theory goes, only those left behind who do not take the mark of the Antichrist will be saved and martyred for their faith. For these reasons alone it is mathematically impossible for the great multitude which no man can number to come from the three-and-a-half year great tribulation.

The context of Rev. 7:9 to the end of the chapter is simply a description of the innumerable multitude crying with a loud voice unto the Lamb followed by the angels, elders, and four beasts praising God, and ending with the answer to the question of who the multitude is and what they get to enjoy for eternity.

Mr. Dave MacPherson is one of the men who provides quite an exhaustive breakdown and history of how the pretribulation theory began. In chapter two, you will be privy to his condensed version of the details he compiled which includes corresponding dates and key documentation. John Darby has for many years been given the credit for the pretribulation theory, but as you will discover in Mr. MacPherson’s exposé, it is credit undeserved (not that a deception is anything to boast about). For the full history, see Mr. MacPherson’s book The Rapture PlotAside from the pretrib theory, Darby held to more grievous errors which noted Pastor Charles H. Spurgeon thought it important enough to publish.

For readers not familiar with Pastor Spurgeon, here is a link to part of his biography An interview by Mr. Grant was published in Spurgeon’s June 1869 issue of The Sword and the Trowel vol. 2 concerning The Darby Brethren.
(Linked here: In that interview, Darby’s denial of the atonement on the cross, what some of his fellow brethren thought of him, among other things is revealed. The interview is very enlightening and provides a better understanding of Darby’s almost narcissistic character. Following, are just a couple examples of Darby’s mishandling of God’s Word.

Darby’s new translation: Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

KJV  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

Darby’s new translation: John 7:16 Jesus therefore answered and said, My doctrine is not mine, but that of him that has sent me. 17 If any one desire to practise his will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is of God, or that I speak from myself.”

KJV 16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.17
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself

Aside from the obvious number of added words, there is a big difference between If any one desire to practise his will,” and If any man will do his will.”

Darby omits verses such as: Acts 8:37 and Matthew 23:14

Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God.”

Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.”

Charles H. Spurgeon’s opinion of the Darby Bible speaks volumes—”a faulty and pitiable translation of the sacred book.” The Sword and the Trowel 2:287, 5:196, note 144. Spurgeon also states:

We don’t even mention the other renderings in his new Bible, just as serious and erroneous… much less notice the transposition of tenses and prepositions, or the awkward English diction throughout. Suffice it to say, that some renderings are good, and some of the notes are good; but taken as a whole, with a great display of learning, the ignorance of the results of modern criticism is almost incredible. And the fatal upsetting of vital doctrines condemns the work as more calculated to promote scepticism than true religion–the most sacred subjects being handled with irreverent familiarity. ‘Darbyism and Its New Bible,’ The Sword and the Trowel (London, W. Macintosh, 1874) p. 18.

2 Corinthians 4:2 “But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

2 Peter 2:18 “For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.”

Because John N. Darby and C. I. Scofield did not renounce the things listed in 2 Cor. 4:2, they cannot claim manifestation of the truth or that they commended themselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

What you will read as you continue is the result of their actions. They are guilty of ensnaring those who were clean escaped from their example of living in error. If you just cannot or do not want to believe this, the proof is easily found in the biographical history of these men’s lives.

Next Chapter: 2 – A Brief History of Pretrib Beginnings

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