Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Poisoning the well

We need to understand the ORIGIN and REASON

some views of Bible prophecy exist today.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Reformation leaders were

calling the Roman Catholic hierarchy the “Whore of Babylon”

of Rev 17. To stop it, the Roman Catholic Church began a

counter-reformation, during which two Jesuit priests were

commissioned to develop doctrines that would derail the

reformation, and they almost succeeded.


Developed and popularized by Fr. Ribera, a Jesuit. His view

claimed that Revelation would not be fulfilled until the end of

the Christian Era. Ribera taught a rebuilt Babylon, a rebuilt

temple in Jerusalem, the restoration of animal sacrifices and

a future Antichrist.

Sound familiar? It should, Ribera is the father of

futurist (i.e., dispensational) eschatology.

Created for the same reason by Alcazar, another Jesuit,

who claimed the Olivet Discourse and the book of Revelation

were fulfilled by the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD!

Preterism, as this view is called, supports “Replacement

Theology” (the idea that God broke covenant with the physical

Seed of Abraham after the Cross and the Church is the only

Israel of this era). Despite the evidence of their own eyes (the

new nation of Israel chock full of returned Jews), this dubious

view is still accepted by many evangelical churches.

Both of the above views

were initiated by Jesuits to derail the Reformation,

nevertheless, both views are now considered

acceptable doctrine by most Protestant churches.

Problem is, both go directly against

Scripture and history!

Born in Chile, but sails to Spain to become Jesuit priest. In

1765, all Jesuits including Lacunza, are expelled from Spain

because of their cruelty. Though not implicated, de Lacunza

immigrates to Imola, Italy where he then claims to be a

converted Jew named Rabbi Juan Josafat Ben Ezra.

Based on the earlier views of Ribera, in 1785 de Lacunza

writes “The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty.” From

Daniel 12:11 and 12:12, de Lacunza then theorizes a 45-day

mini-tribulation to take place at the end of the Christian Era.

Manuel de Lacunza y Diaz’s book is

published in Spain in 1821.

Founder of the Irvingite cult.

Translates Lacunza’s book

into English.

Publishes Lacunza’s view

in his Irvingite periodical,

“The Morning Watch”

Darby, the founder of Plymouth Brethren, goes to Irvingite meetings

where he hears Lacunza’s views. Darby then falls off his horse and

lands on his head. While recovering, Darby decides that Lacunza’s,

mini ) 45-day ) tribulation is wrong so he modifies it by adding

Daniel’s 70th Week!!!

1. And thus Darby invents a “Seven-Year-Great-Tribulation” to take

place at the end of the Christian era.

2. To make his new concept fit reality, he then theorizes a “2000 year

gap” between the 69th and 70th weeks.

Both concepts were unsupportable creative theology!

But knowing Irvingites to be cultish, the Plymouth Brethren now hide

the origin of the view, claiming it to be their own. Darby then travels

to the United States where he meets the distinguished Dr. C. I. Scofield

(of Scofield Bible fame).

A sickly, 15 year old Scottish girl, Christian for only a

year, claims to have a“secret rapture” vision. Also said

to have been in the occult, including a documented



Robert Norton, an Irvingite evangelist, meets Margaret

Macdonald. Norton is captivated by her “secret rapture”

vision so he spreads it all over England.

And that’s how all the doctrinal pieces came together,

but how is the enemy going to spread this

fabrication throughout the Western Church?

Scofield accepts Darby’s “Seven Year Tribulation” invention.

Three members of his revision committee resign because it

could not be supported by the Bible, nevertheless, Scofield

includes the Ribera-Lacunza-Macdonald-Darby creation in

the 1909 –and future editions – of the Scofield Bible.

The Scofield group knows true origin of the “seven-year”

and “pre-tribulation” rapture views, but since Irvingites were

known to be cultish, hides the knowledge from the public.

The view supported anyway because of its great fund-raising

capability and because it increased the sales of the Scofield

annotated Bible.

Copy of Lacunza’s original work is in Oxford University Library, Oxford, UK. Documentation for

the above is voluminous, but three readily accessible sources are: Dave McPherson’s The Rapture

Plot or The Great Coverup, and Michael de Semlyen’s All Roads Lead to Rome?

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