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4 – Rightly Defining the Truth

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)


A very important fact I ask you to keep in mind before you read further. Jesus (the groom) returns for his bride—his whole bride (the church), one time! Ask yourself, when have you ever seen a groom come for part of his bride and return for the rest of her later? Never? Neither have I. But that is exactly what Scofield—this theory, convinces you to believe if you take to heart any of what he says as truth.

“…I have suffered so much myself by a misplaced confidence in the erudition [knowledge; education; intellect] of writers; I have so often embraced errors which it has cost me more labor to unlearn than to learn;…” Noah Webster

According to Strong’s Dictionary

tribulation/great tribulation: 06869 צרה tsarah tsaw-raw’ from 06862; n f;

AV-trouble 44, distress 8, affliction 7, adversity 5, anguish 5, tribulation 3, adversary 1; 73

  1. straits, distress, trouble

NOT titles of 7 or 3½ year periods.

dispensation: 3622 οἰκονομία oikonomia oy-kon-om-ee’-ah from 3623; n f; TDNT-5:151,674; {See TDNT 539} AV-dispensation 4, stewardship 3; 7

1) the management of a household or of household affairs

1a) specifically, the management, oversight, administration, of other’s property

1b) the office of a manager or overseer, stewardship

1c) administration, dispensation

NOT a description of ages. In fact, dispensation is used only four times in the whole Bible, 1 Cor. 9:17; Eph. 1:10; 3:2; Col. 1:25 and all four are in the Greek oikonomia. It is never defined in relation to a period of time in any way, shape, or form. But, Scofield thought it should be otherwise as you’ll see below.

Pg 5 Scofield Study Bible: Genesis 1:28 note 4 and 5

4Dispensation (1:28, heading [Scofield added]) A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect of obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God. Seven such dispensations are distinguished in Scripture. See note 5.

5And God blessed them (1:28) The first Dispensation: Innocency. Man was created in innocency, placed in a perfect environment, subjected to an absolutely simple test, and warned of the consequence of disobedience. The woman fell through pride; the man, deliberately (1 Tim. 2:14). God restored His sinning creatures, but the dispensation of innocency ended in the judgment of the Expulsion (Gen. 3:24). See, for the other dispensations: Conscience (Gen. 3:23); Human Government (Gen. 8:20); Promise (Gen. 12:1); Law (Ex. 19:8); Grace (John 1:17); Kingdom (Eph. 1:10).

Revelation 1:20 note 3:

3churches (1:20) …”(4) prophetic, as disclosing seven phases of the spiritual history of the church from, say, A.D. 96 to the end…”

Note 4 clearly shows Scofield defining dispensation incorrectly according to the true definition I showed you above it. By doing so, it allows him to create the seven periods of time, which he names. Naturally he cannot stop there because he has to couple that with his dual prophecy scenario and create a prophetic history to coincide with the physical in order to make it plausible. Hence, the seven church ages are born.

Notice after all the matter-of-fact statements about the dispensational times, Scofield guesses at the end of note 3 as to when they start. One would think if there are parallel prophecies that began in A.D 96, and has continued since, he would have seen evidence of more than one of them being fulfilled by the time he wrote his notes.

Concerning John’s visions of the seven churches: The following paragraphs are taken from the Oxford Sunday School Teacher’s Edition Bible (KJV before the revised KJV was printed).

“These predictions have long been fulfilled; but much of the book is still a mystery, though generally regarded as prophetic of the history of the Church from the close of the first century to the end of time. By some the major part is considered to have had its fulfillment in the early ages of the Church; by others to have been gradually realized by successive religious revivals and persecutions; by others it is regarded as a picture of the historical epochs of the world and the church.”

Concerning the book of Revelation: [brackets mine]

“The whole of this book is a reflex of the prophetic visions of the Old Testament. It contains pictures of that heavenly form of worship divinely manifested to Moses (of which the Tabernacle ritual was only a pattern), reproduced, and further developed, by its fulfillment in the Atonement of Christ; while it also repeats the mysterious predictions, uttered by Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, portraying the philosophy of history, the recurrence of its cycles, and the supremacy over all other powers of the kingdom of Christ. It is, therefore, full of references and allusions to the writings of Moses and the prophets, too numerous to be tabulated, and often allusive rather than literal; but the marginal references will better aid the reader in working out the connection between this Revelation, which closes Holy Scripture, and the inspirations vouchsafed to the earlier dispensation [management, economy], which prepared the way for the fulness of the glory of Christ.”

Unfortunately, it has been my experience when talking with a person who believes in the rapture, etc., regarding the truth of a definition and how it originated, that they aren’t interested in hearing it. It is often said, “Well that’s the way we’ve always been taught,” or “what makes you think you know more than the scholars and theologians who have degrees on the subject?” I’m wondering where it is written that a degree must be earned in order to study and learn the truth? Are they not mere men? Are not the teachers they learned from also mere men? Just as all of us are, they too are susceptible to being deceived into believing a false doctrine. The guilty ones are those who know it’s false and teach it anyway.

If you are saved then this verse applies to you. 1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” I’m quoting this verse for the purpose of emphasizing that more study of God’s Word alone and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you in understanding is what’s needed. Studying Scofield’s notes (as if they are inspired by God) has led far too many astray.

Whether it is for gain, and or notoriety, making merchandise of God’s Word is an easy source of income for the guilty teachers I spoke of above. Regurgitating the same material under new titles, plagiarizing from each other, and puffing themselves up for the number of followers is like a competition to see who can outdo everyone else. The guilty teachers are easy enough to pick out of a crowd. Their character speaks volumes. They tend to be arrogant, at minimum slightly less than dishonest (as was shown in ch. 2), and lash out at anyone they deem as threatening to their livelihood. They will often retaliate by trying to discredit their opponents and labeling them as haters of truth. As you read in previous chapters both Darby and Scofield are guilty of more than one of these. 2 Cor. 11:13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

THE CORRECT DEFINITION/TEACHING MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!

The following (true) definitions are those NOT taught. These are necessary to show how they have been redefined to manipulate the meaning of Scripture and make erroneous connections so that dual prophecy scenarios sound like truth. For example: the difference between the words “caught up” (in the Bible) which speaks for itself is in the Greek harpazo, and “rapture” – raptus, rapio, rapere (not in the Bible) is neither Greek nor Hebrew, but Latin. Caught up is not defined the same as rapture yet the two are made to be synonymous.

American Dictionary of the English Language – Noah Webster 1828

Latin = Rapture = raptus; rapio

Extreme joy or pleasure; seizure by violence; violence of a pleasing passion; carried away [with emotion.]

Latin = Rap = v. t. To seize and bear away, as the mind or thoughts; to transport out of one’s self; to affect with ecstasy or rapture; as rapt into admiration

Latin = Rapt = v. t. To transport or ravish [Not legitimate or in use]

Rapt = n. An ecstasy; a trance

Notre Dame Dictionary:

Rapture = insania -ae f. [madness, frenzy, senseless excess, extravagance; poetical rapture or inspiration].

Oxford Exhaustive Dictionary ©2013:

Rapture: Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈraptʃə/, U.S. /ˈræp(t)ʃər/

Forms: see rapt v. and -ure suffix1.

Etymology: 1. Compare post-classical Latin raptura poaching, rape (8th cent. in British sources) and Middle 

French rapture abduction (late 15th cent. in an apparently isolated attestation). Compare capture n. Compare earlier rapt n. and raption n.

With sense 4a compare the note at rapt adj.

4a. The act of conveying a person from one place to another, esp. to heaven; the fact of being so conveyed. Obs. [obsolete] [bold mine]

In Christian eschatology (see sense 4b) after the use of classical Latin rapere rape.2 in the Vulgate (1 Thessalonians 4:17), where it translates ancient Greek ἁρπάζειν to snatch away, to seize (see harpy n.).

The above definition makes it abundantly clear that rapere is the root origin for rape not rapture. This is how 1 Thess. 4:17 was erroneously translated in the (Latin) Vulgate. Any and all Bible versions adopting that definition are also in error. Rapere is often used interchangeably with raptus and rapio as the pretrib proof to define rapture. We as Christians should be appalled to use that term to describe our meeting with Jesus in the clouds. Perhaps that is why for many generations the word rapture has been obsolete in reference to end-time eschatology. That is until Scofield gave it new life.

I have heard several Rapturists use the argument that the word “Trinity” is not in the Bible either but that it is implied in phrases such as “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”; “Let us make man in our image” and so forth—this implication IS clear! The definition for rapture however, is misconstrued to mean caught up and therefore, a false implication is applied and erroneously assigned to certain verses.

The word rapture used to be an everyday word uttered to describe an emotion of excitement, pleasure, great joy, etc. Over time it has been equated to mean caught up. You may ask, what difference does it make whether the word(s) rapture or caught up is used when referring to Jesus’ return? It makes a great deal of difference when foreign doctrine is being taught as truth. My question is, why is it necessary to replace simple wording with something else? Maybe to confuse the facts to make it easier to indoctrinate potential followers?

People were just as apt to redefine words for various reasons in the past as they are now but it does not change the origin, or etymology of the word. Based on the etymology, it is a fact that rapture in any form of the word is not defined as caught up. There are plenty of examples of words that have taken on new definitions over time. Below are a few of those examples:–take into consideration that most people today more commonly know a word by the use of it in everyday language rather than the use of a dictionary.

Gay: originally “a happy, merry countenance.” Now, a homosexual.

Christian: originally “one who follows Jesus Christ” of the Bible. Now, a generic term for almost anyone considered religious.

Conviction: originally (concerning spiritual matters) the state of being convinced or convicted by conscience; the state of being sensible of guilt; by conviction, a sinner is brought to repentance. Now, too often these days the word conviction is used in a sentence similar to “that’s just your conviction,” meaning “that’s just your opinion or perception of the truth.”

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “if you believe something long enough it becomes the truth.” In this case, it is not only the long-term belief, but the rapture theory has been the only scenario taught in fundamental Christian Universities and churches, thereby reproducing a new generation of believers to propagate the teaching.

If you are teaching a doctrine because that’s what you were taught even though it is proven to be in error, are you absolutely sure others will find truth from what you’re teaching them?

We have all taken assessment tests at school which are administered to ascertain our level of understanding. Besides spelling, knowing parts of speech, etc., in the English portion, there is a section for a group of words similar to the key word called synonyms with one word being an antonym. The instructions were to circle the word that did not fit with the rest of the group. The groups of words I’m showing you are categorized to define the main word, except these groups of words do not contain any that are out of place with the rest. Rapturists like to take carried away from the group defining rapture in Latin and make it synonymous with the group defining caught up in the Greek. How many times have you heard someone say “I guess I just got carried away?” Would you believe they were meaning caught up in the air or carried away with their emotions?

So why did the word rapture get chosen to define this event? It is an added event by the first pretribulationists that had to be given its own time frame, therefore a new name was necessary to describe it. Caught up means caught up, and there is no reason to use another word for it. The common denominator (translated word) for gather, caught up, and reap used in Matthew 24:31, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, and Revelation 14:15 is HARVEST—all of which refer to one event taking place at the end (consummation) of the world; the “Second Coming.” 1 Thess. 4:16, 17 is one of the key passages Scofield proof-texted to support the pretib theory. 16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

The theory is: Jesus returns in the clouds and goes no further because we meet him in the air. Therefore, this has to be the rapture, then He physically returns to earth again after seven years to rule for a thousand years with the saints at his side; so this has to be the Second Coming followed by the final judgment—the battle of Armageddon. Actually, it is the battle at Armageddon because it is a place, not a title of a war.

God’s word says: The Second Coming is the harvest. Matthew 13:30; 13:39; Mark 4:29; Revelation 14:15, the last day/the day of the Lord/the day of judgment 2 Peter 2:9; John 12:48; Romans 2:5; Jude 1:6; Revelation 6:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10. Jesus returns in the clouds, retrieves the saints just before God the Father’s wrath is poured out 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 11:18; 15:1, 7; 16:1 and the judgment of separating the godly from the ungodly/sheep from the goats/the believers from the unbelievers/wheat from the tares, etc., is carried out Matthew 13:30, 47-50; 25:32, 33.

But Rapturists/pre; mid; posttribbers don’t quote Rev. 14:14, 15 which also speaks of Jesus (Son of man) coming in the clouds and reaping his saints. 14And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Both descriptions, by Paul in the book of Thessalonians and by John in the book of Revelation, are of the Second Coming. Paul is more straight-forward while John is figuratively speaking; much like the parable Jesus told his disciples: Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.”

Jesus’ Second Coming—the correct definition!

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

“Appear the second time.” Since we are intended to know Jesus will return a second time, does it not make sense that if it was supposed to be a two-phase event that a clear detail like that would also be made known? Know too, that His appearing and coming are one and the same. More on this in chapter 8 “What is the Blessed Hope?” Revelation 14:16 “And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. 17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.”

Verse 16 shows quite clearly that the harvest has taken place (was reaped; past tense) then the wrath begins (the third woe that cometh quickly).

The only verses you will see the definition for “harvest” with the following meanings are:

  1. The gathering of men into the kingdom of God. (Going into all the world and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ).
  2. Referring to the time of reaping; the final judgment when the righteous are gathered into the kingdom and the wicked are cast into Hell forever.

Definition 1:

Matthew 9:37 “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

Luke 10:2 “Therefore he said unto them, the harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

John 4:35 “Say ye not, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already for harvest.”

Definition 2:

Matthew 13:30 “Let both grow until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” 39 “The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world: and the reapers are the angels.” (the word “end” in this verse is translated “consummation.”)

Mark 4:29 “But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle because the harvest is come.”

Revelation 14:15 “And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”

AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” [written by Paul approximately A.D. 52]

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” [written by Peter approximately A.D. 63]

These are the only two verses that speak of the “day of the Lord” described by the phrase “as a thief in the night” followed by complete destruction. Paul is describing one detail of the Second Advent/Coming, and Peter is describing another, but they are both speaking of the same thing. Concerning Matthew chapter 24, Scofield claims there are two separate events happening because Mark and Luke have different details. He is doing the same here for his interpretation of “as a thief in the night”. The fact that one person writes a different detail the other one or two people didn’t, doesn’t mean the first person is writing about a separate event or subject.

If all the verses containing the phrase “as a thief in the night” is supposed to be exclusive to a secret rapture which is only seen by believers, followed with seven years of tribulation, then why do these same verses speak of sudden destruction that cannot be escaped, etc.? They certainly are not describing the rapture and the Second Coming in the same verse. Scofield planted his dual prophecy scenario into his notes to allow for the fulfillment of past prophesies in biblical history, but also to indoctrinate his readers to his belief of a future prophecy in which Jesus will make a two-phase return.

Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”

Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

Luke 12:39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” [Luke started writing his book a year earlier than Matthew, but as you see, they are sounding (figuratively speaking) the same trumpet of warning to watch]

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

All of these verses warn of being “unexpectedly” caught off guard for lack of watching. Neither secrecy nor only a certain group of people being able to see what is taking place is referred to. The parable of the ten virgins is one example that all will see.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”

The five who were ready [representing the saved] were taken into the marriage; the five who were not [representing the unsaved] were shut out. This parable goes hand-in-hand with the others concerning the separation of the saved from the unsaved—wheat and the tares, the sheep and the goats, the fish in the net. They are all symbolically speaking of the one-time separation at the Second Coming.

This is reinforced with Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

They knew not because they were indulging in their sin-filled lives too much to heed Noah’s warning. But notice it says until the flood came and took them all away.” They ignored the warning because of their carrying on, but they saw the flood waters coming when it was too late to do anything about it. So shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Christ’s return will be seen by all—some will be ready; some won’t.

Acts 1:11 “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

Rev. 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

The reaping (catching up) at the harvest takes place just before the wrath, on the same day. Contrary to the pretrib teaching that “the tribulation” is God’s wrath, these verses clearly show God’s wrath is the last seven plagues at the end of everything. Revelation 15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.”

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”

This is a picture of the third woe (God’s wrath) that comes quickly after the harvest.

Remember 2 Peter 3:10 “that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.” Not secretly, but unexpectedly.

So, when do you suppose would be a time for such an unexpected event to occur? Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” My guess would be when all is well or peaceful. 1 Thess. 5:2, 3 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, [unsaved] as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” The last thing expected is judgment during peace because people would be happy-go-lucky and not looking for it. As in the days of Noah and Lot; they ate, drank, and made merry, oblivious to the coming destruction (such an hour they thought not, and were destroyed).

Some people understandably confused by all of this, believe the rapture and the Second Coming to be the same thing. Not so! As I have presented, the rapture does not exist and is definitely not another name for the Second Coming. This is made clear by the parable of the harvest. This example lacks nothing to define or clarify. Simply read it for what it says. Matthew 13:37 “He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Another example of the pretrib theory doing an injustice to Scripture is, twisting the phrase (in conjunction to the theory) Let both grow together until the harvest—referring to the saved (those who reject the mark) and unsaved during the seven-year tribulation period after the rapture and culminating with the Second Coming’s harvest. The theory is, only the Christians ready at that time will be raptured and therefore, don’t enter into the equation—that way the rapture can be separate from the harvest. I have heard more than one view. Some say there won’t be anyone getting saved during the tribulation, and others say there will. So, the gathering and separating doesn’t apply to some Christians, but does to others. God’s Word does not support any of this.

How do Rapturists reconcile the verse above with verses 37-43? The angels are the reapers and when they are given the command (vs. 41) they will gather all that offend (unsaved) first, and cast them into the fiery furnace (Hell). Revelation 11:18 says: And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. The unsaved dead are the tares to be first separated, and then judged; the unsaved living are destroyed in the wrath. All who are in Christ are not judged/punished, but caught up to Jesus at the Second Coming to be judged/rewarded according to what they’ve done for Christ’s sake while on this earth.

Following, are the only verses in which the word end pertaining to our future is defined as consummation.

Matthew 13:39 “The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,”

Matthew 24:3 “And he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of the coming, and of the end of the world?”

Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

Hebrews 9:26 “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”

Everywhere else in which the word end is used in the Bible, is as a generality of the term or utter destruction in reference to that particular time, event or future prophecy for those living then and NOT our future prophecy. It is important to keep the distinction separate when applying the proper time-frame to the corresponding events.

Matthew 24:1-31 is commonly known as the Olivet discourse. In A.D. 33, Jesus is foretelling the destruction of the temple (by Titus; thirty seven years in their future; A.D. 70) in verses 1 and 2, then in verse 3 his disciples are asking when shall these things be, what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus describes in detail the things they need to watch for (concerning Titus) in verses 4-21, followed by a couple exhortations to heed, and a reminder of already being told these things before. Jesus continues to describe the sign of his coming in verses 27-28, and the end of the world in 29-31.

Verse 15 is the verification to the latter part of Daniel 9:26 concerning Titus. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)More detail later on the abomination of desolation (as recorded by Josephus).

It is easy to see that the verses correspond with the questions asked to the answers Jesus gives, with the exception being the first question when shall these things be? Jesus does not answer with a direct number, but rather he tells them in verses 32-34 what to watch for through the parable of the fig tree. He chooses first to forewarn the people of what to expect over the next thirty seven years, (though, the exact number of years was unknown to them). The two questions concerning the sign of his coming and of the end of the world are answered in verses 27-31.

It is important to note that the word end in verse three is translated from “sunteleia” soon-tel’-i-ah meaning consummation, the end of the world. The same word in verses 6, 13, and 14 is translated from “telos” tel’-os meaning termination, the limit at which a thing ceases to be (always of the end of some act or state, but not of the end of a period of time.) Strong’s Concordance # 4930 and #5056.

Because the word end in verse 14 does not mean “end of the world” at this point, it is in error to say this is when the alleged “rapture” occurs and the “great tribulation” begins (SRB notes pg. 1033). The first line on the same page of his notes, Scofield quotes the last two questions of verse three changing “end of the world,” to “end of the age” to make it fit with his dispensational teaching.

Also, according to the Strong’s Concordance, immediately in verse 29 is not indicative of an action, but rather it is simply used as a primary article meaning: but, moreover, and, etc.

The Second Coming is not until verse 30 and 31. It is after the signs of the sun, moon, stars, and powers of the heavens being shaken, that the Son of man in heaven appears. That is when the saints will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air.

Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things” [vs 4-21] be fulfilled.” Strong’s Concordance: #Matt. 24:34 “This generation” = the persons then living contemporary with Christ. 35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour [Heaven and earth passing away, not the rapture] knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

The fig tree parable was a simple analogy for the apostles to know the approximate timing of things. When ye shall see all these things [verses 4-21], know that it [complete and utter destruction by Titus] is near…,” and This generation shall not pass, till all these things [verses 4-21] be fulfilled.” Done!

Because of Scofield’s dual prophecy scenario:

The first few verses of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 is commonly cited to support the view that the early Christians not only believed in the rapture, but were looking for the rapture to occur at any moment. 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?”

Matthew 4:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” In verse 25 of Matt. 4, Jesus is reminding his disciples that he has told them this before. If he had to remind his own disciples about false Christs, prophets, etc., and to beware of their deception, it makes perfect sense that they in turn would be warning others as well. The closer they got to A.D. 70 the worse things became.

Paul was simply following Jesus’ example; pleading with his brethren, because they have gathered unto Jesus who came into their midst at one time or another, not to be soon shaken in mind etc. This was at a time only sixteen years prior to Titus destroying the temple—tensions were mounting. The number of false Christs, and prophets showing great signs and wonders was probably growing because it was lucrative. Remember Paul being angry with the people because the false prophets charged for their services. But, they did not know then, any more than we do now, what the day or the hour of Jesus’ return would be, but they were encouraged to live as if it were at any moment. I can only imagine that while he was telling them, Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” that he was frustrated because of their lack of discernment when it came to false teachers and their doctrine. I share that frustration when it comes to Scofield’s notes and this false doctrine.

Matthew 16:12 Then understood they [disciples] how that he [Jesus] bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”

They redefined God’s Word to suit their own purpose as have so many pastors, elders, teachers, leaders since.

BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN

C. I. Scofield, among others is no different than the Pharisees and Sadducees who drew rebuke from Jesus for mishandling the scriptures. Jesus told his disciples to beware of their doctrine; how much more should we beware of Scofield’s erroneous private interpretation?

Also like the Pharisees and Sadducees, Scofield and the current well-known pretrib propagators have reaped generations of devotion, misguided reverence, and for those still living, millions of dollars which perhaps has given them that sense of arrogance discussed earlier. This pride may make these men believe they are untouchable and likewise, make their followers believe it as well. I say this because it seems from my own observations over the years that for many, there seems to be an unwritten rule in which a person is forbidden to question or oppose well-known scholars, theologians and such. Whatever happened to, be as the Bereans, searching the scriptures daily to see if these things are so Acts 17:11? If any man accepting the responsibility of teaching God’s Word refuses to be questioned or be held accountable for his teaching, then he is either, not trustworthy, completely drawn in to the web of deceit, or just plain prideful.

Sadly, Scofield has so deluded his followers, they read the alleged supporting Scriptures with deceptive assurance that they are rightly dividing the word of truth.

The pretrib inventors and propagators have grasped at many straws (picking and manipulating verses to serve their purpose) to piece the rapture theory together, and frankly, it is partly because of a continuous push by past and current prominent teachers to accept this theory along with a lack of study on the people’s part that so many fall prey. Add to that the marketing of pretrib through books and movies such as the acclaimed Left Behind series which does nothing other than evoke emotions of panic or mockery, or, desensitized people simply blow it off as just another disaster story.

In reference to the book of Daniel and its counterpart—Revelation, I have heard it said more than once that it was in the 1800s when knowledge and understanding of these two books gained momentum. Apparently it is not well known that the 1800s is when the pretrib inventors conceived the theory (as noted in ch. 2) for the rapture and gave Daniel’s prophesied seventieth week the title The Tribulation (coincidentally, this is also when Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, and the Seventh Day Adventists among others were born). So it was not knowledge and understanding that was gaining ground but rather, deception—false teaching, that spread like wildfire in the discontented hearts of people looking for a blessed hope that would take them out of the path of persecution. It has been a fire burning ever since, kindled by new generations of believers who accept the teaching without rightly dividing the word of truth for themselves, or searching the scriptures daily (minus Scofield’s notes, or teachings rooted in them) to see if these things are so.

Character matters! Scofield was labeled a “shyster” and “a peer among scalawags” in a newspaper article because of his documented lack of character. He had no formal theological training, yet he assigned himself the title of “D.D.” If we as Christians are to be a testimony to others, what does this say about Scofield? John Darby had just as critical characterization of him.

Despite the preponderance of evidence showing their personal lives to be a deluge of various deceptions, people choose to overlook their ‘indiscretions’, or deny them altogether while at the same time accept whole-heartedly their interpretation of doctrine. What’s wrong with this picture?

 Next Chapter: 5 – From My Own Study of Scofield’s Notes

 

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