18 For[i] I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add[j] to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away[k] his part from the Book[l] of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Why is Cyrus I. Scofield such a pivotal figure in the pre-tribulation Rapture movement? He wrote The Scofield Reference Bible, revised in 1917, but that has come up for debate. Indeed, the content is as suspect as the authorship. Let’s take an extremely high level view of Scofield’s history to see what real story is. The following is distilled from an article by Anne Wilder Chamberlain. The link to the full article will follow.
To trace back, the idea of a pre-tribulation rapture was introduced by the Jesuit Ribera in 1591. From the beginning of the early church, the church fathers saw prophecy as “linear historic.” In other words, Revelation relates a future history that will be played out over the entire course of the Christian era. This was Ribera’s effort to stop Reformers from identifying the Roman Catholic church as a probable “whore of Babylon.”
Almost 200 years later, “In 1767, a Chilean-born Catholic Priest, Manuel de Lacunza y Diaz came to Imola, Italy, when the Jesuits were expelled from Spain because of their brutality.” Note that the Jesuit order has been linked to the New World Order scheme within the Roman Catholic leadership in addition to their “enforcer” reputation.
Lacunza made himself out to be a Jewish rabbi, Juan Jushafat Ben-Ezra. He wrote The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty as Ben-Ezra. The upshot of this 900 page tome is that the Christian faithful will be raptured, thus escaping the Great Tribulation.
“In 1828, “Glory and Majesty” was translated into English by a radical cultist London preacher named Edward Irving. Lacunza’s views could have died there, for most in England saw Irving as a heretic.”
At the same time, Margaret McDonald of Scotland claimed to have received a divine revelation from God about the rapture. She sent it in writing to Irving, and her story ended up in print. Her family history contains ties to the Knights Templar, who settled in her home town after leaving France. One of their tactics for hiding their agenda was to adopt a Christian guise to hide their true religion.
Then John Nelson Darby, an author who was working at dividing history into ages, “…went to see Margaret and her family shortly after she gained notoriety for her vision, and in later years, claimed them as his own.”
Darby took his newfound doctrine and started travelling extensively to promote and embellish it. So much travel was unusual in that age. Yet he never seemed to want for funds. “He came to America several times and traveled all across the country to preach dispensation. As “luck” would have it, there always seemed to be wealthy benefactors nearby.”
“On at least one occasion Darby went to Saint Louis and met with Presbyterian minister James H. Brookes (1830-1897), Scofield’s mentor.”
And now we have the connection to Scofield. Just the lineage of the pre-trib rapture can now be seen as highly suspect. But then we have Scofield himself.
Brooks was a key leader in the Niagara Bible conferences, which drew notables in evangelism such as D.L. Moody (YMCA, Moody Bible Institute, Bible Institute of L.A.).
Scofield’s benefactors figured that getting Scofield into those organizations would accelerate injecting the false doctrine into the Christian community.
Just who was Scofield? Here some “highlights” from his history:
He married a Roman Catholic woman and had two girls with her. He deserted all three in 1877, leaving them destitute.
This after spending time in prison for multiple frauds with lawyer John J. Ingalls. It was in prison he “found” Darby through his writings. Darby singled him out as perfect to propagate his brand of “Christianity.” They met and moved forward together when he was released…early.
Historian Joseph Canfield says, “The very sudden quashing of the criminal charges without proper adjudication suggests that Scofield’s career was in the hands of someone who had clout never available to either Ingalls, Pomeroy, or anyone of the Choteau Clan. But, the career was to be of such a nature that Leontine, the Catholic wife, had to go.”
He then took on a young woman as mistress, left her for a third, whom he married but who later divorced him. So much for the sort of character Paul described for a bishop in his first letter to Timothy.
Charles G. Trumbull published a series of a collection of so-called Sunday School articles by Scofield as a book. “The Life Story of C.I. Scofield in 1920 by the Oxford Press, it is the official “white wash” to clean up Scofield for future generations. It contains many inaccuracies, including a “conversion” story that happens, not in jail, but at a law office that did not even exist at the time.”
In producing his reference bible, one considered act was travelling to England to hook up with Westcott and Hort. Despite being known as bible scholars, they were occultists and formed a private club, Hermes, which had a reputation for “aggressive homosexual behavior between members.”
It should now be apparent that Scofield was a scoundrel, intent on introducing heretical doctrines into the Christian church.
Here is the link to the full article: http://proliberty.com/observer/20090507.htm
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