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Saturday, 15 April 2017

REVELATION TV: HOWARD CONDER'S BUS CAMPAIGN

A DIFFERENT GOSPEL

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-9).

Whilst on one level it may seem a good thing that the Words of Jesus are being displayed on London buses, on another level we should have some serious concerns about the false gospel being peddled by Revelation TV.

The general public seeing these biblical quotations on London buses should be informed that a number of genuine Christians have deserted Revelation TV for multiple reasons!

By their own admission Revelation TV have aired "iffy" ministries for financial gain:

Conder: What I initially wanted to do was to give RevTV to the Revelation Foundation charity thinking this was the right and fair thing to do as the viewers are now supporting the channel to such a greater level than ever so we could take off the air many of the paid ministries which we would rather not have had on our channel but for financial reasons we had little other choice at the time.

Conder: "We are not in this for the money believe it or not, we are in this to declare the Word of God and that is without compromise.... " !!!!! {1}

How ironic that on the very same program, RTV aired plagiarist and adulterer John Hagee of blood moon fiasco fame.

Revelation TV airs false Word of Faith (WOF) teachers such as Jesse Duplantis and Joyce Meyer.

WOF is nothing less than witchcraft... It is based on speaking out the thing you want God to do, and then expect it to happen by "faith". In other words, God is obligated to obey the words and wishes of believers. This is a complete distortion of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. As someone once pointed out, it is the theology of morons. WOF is variously known as "the prosperity gospel", "the health and wealth gospel" and "name it and claim it". These WOF teachers are always pleading for money.. they are driven by financial gain. The funny thing is that no one seems to get rich apart from themselves. (1 Timothy 6:10).

Charity investigation opened into Revelation Foundation:

"The inquiry was opened on 8 September 2014.
The charity has objects to advance Christianity in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, and its activities include making and broadcasting Christian television programmes from Spain.
In March 2014 complaints were received from members of the public alleging the charity was being used for private advantage. A subsequent scrutiny of the charity’s accounts by the commission identified regulatory concerns which include potential significant loss of charitable funds, trustee benefits, conflicts of interest and connected party transactions. These concerns are primarily in relation to the production and broadcasting of television programmes from Spain as well as the trustees’ decisions to transfer significant charitable assets and funds from the UK to Spain." {2}

Oddly, there has never been an outcome from this investigation. Nevertheless the reasons for the complaints against the Revelation Foundation stand as a testimony to the dubious ethics of Conder and his associates.

The Conders and the Petties claimed several years ago that they do not receive a salary from Revelation TV.. this is not correct! Howard and Lesley Conder own a private TV company called 21st Century Television Ltd which sells Revelation TV’s airtime. The monies that 21st Century TV receive from the false teachers that Revelation TV airs does NOT appear on the INCOME/EXPENDITURE pie charts presented by Gordon Pettie on their money raising programmes. This is very misleading to viewers who are under the impression that Revelation TV are desperately in need of donations. In 2015, I made a conservative estimate on the assumption that outside ministries purchase air time at the lowest rate (£250 for 28mins = £500 per hour) 60 x £500 = £30,000 per week = £1,560,000 per year.  This money is deceptively hidden from viewers during RTV's money raising appeals!!! Whether this practice is legal or not is not quite the point, it is certainly not open or ethical.

Conder: "The Lord spoke to me very clearly about starting to put the words of Jesus on the buses in London." {3} Conder often gets direct words from God, but problematically, he does seem to be delusional and compares himself with the biblical prophet Elijah. {4} Conder got the ridiculous idea that he was going to be a modern day “Elijah” from a dubious prophecy in 1994 from proven false prophet Jonathan David at an ecumenical meeting!

THE TRUE GOSPEL MESSAGE is repentance for the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ:

“Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46-47).

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1).

God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ: https://bewareofthewolves.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/gods-plan-of-salvation-through-jesus.html




1 http://www.revelationtv.com/programmes/episode/the-late-show377635 
2 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-charity-investigation-revelation-foundation
3 http://www.revelationtv.com/rnews/entry/howard-conders-bus-campaign-is-giving-political-correctness-in-the-uk-a-run
4 https://bewareofthewolves.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/revelation-tv-howard-conders-delusional.html

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

SEPTEMBER 23RD 2017: THE GREAT SIGN OR ANOTHER GIMMICK?

According to some, September the 23rd will prophetically fulfil Revelation 12 and Micah 5:2-3.

The Theory:

On September 23, 2017 the sun will be in the zodiac constellation Virgo—“a woman clothed with the sun”.  The moon will be at the feet of Virgo—“with the moon under her feet”.  The ‘nine’ stars of the zodiac constellation Leo, plus three planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars), will be at the head of Virgo—“on her head a crown of twelve stars”.  The planet Jupiter will be in the centre of Virgo, and as the weeks pass after September 23 Jupiter will exit Virgo to the east, past her feet, so to speak—“She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she laboured to give birth”.  Jupiter is the largest of the planets, the “king” of the planets, so to speak—“She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod”. 

1And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. 3And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. 4His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. 5She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, 6and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days. (Revelation 12:1-6).

It is unanimous amongst bible scholars that the woman clothed with the sun is Israel (cf. Genesis 37:9). Although this passage in Revelation contains some eschatological implications, this prophecy was fulfilled with the birth of Jesus Christ.

I would agree that astronomical signs in the heavens reflect events on the earth, as the star of Bethlehem demonstrates when Jesus Christ was born. However, the scriptures are always our first priority. THE GREAT SIGN in the heavens, i.e. the star of Bethlehem, was an unmistakable presence for an enduring period of time. The so called September 23rd sign is much more uncertain with manufactured evidence.

According to Joel Richardson: "The pregnancy situation isn’t even legitimate. I went through the Stellarium software. Jupiter enters Virgo around November 2016, but then it leaves Virgo this year in May for about two months. It then re-enters Virgo in July and finally leaves Virgo in late August. On September 23, the magic date, Jupiter is already long out of Virgo’s womb and the sun has not even clothed Virgo yet. This is a manufactured sign. I’m sad folks are so quick to believe it without doing their homework."  https://joelstrumpet.com/the-underground-episode-64-what-is-the-sign-of-september-23-2017/

I am no astronomer, but Joel Richardson does appear to be correct in his assessment of this so called "prophecy". During 2017, Jupiter appears to move to and fro, travelling in and out of the constellation of Virgo (the virgin) as below:





The cycle of Jupiter’s orbit is a little under twelve years. Jupiter is therefore in Virgo with the sun present and the moon at her feet once every eleven or twelve years. This does not make it a "unique event in human history” or “once in 7000 years" as many of these "prophecy experts" are claiming. The crown of twelve “stars” comprise three planets, Mercury, Mars and Venus and nine stars of Leo. Problematically there are frequently more than nine stars depicted in Leo. Furthermore, as Joel Richardson points out, the sun does not clothe the woman on September 23rd. The gestation period of humans lasts 40 weeks, or 9.2 months, but those promoting this prophecy tell us that after 9.5 months, Jupiter exits out of the womb of Virgo. In different circumstances, I would normally not split hairs over a few days, but prophecy is usually very precise, as per the book of Daniel (1,200 days etc.) Would God be a few days out?








There are also those who have speculated that this alleged "sign" transpires during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of “the woman clothed in the sun” Our Lady at Fatima in 1917.

As Dave MacPherson has recently pointed out, critically, this latest attempt at date setting destroys the pre-trib doctrine of imminence. {1}

In short, this theory is absolutely full of errors and assumptions and should be disregarded.

{1} https://bewareofthewolves.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/ready-for-rapture-astrology-by-dave.html

Sunday, 9 April 2017

READY FOR RAPTURE ASTROLOGY? By Dave MacPherson

     The date-setting pretrib rapture merchandisers are back - and this time the desperate diehards are armed with occultic astrology symbols as well as Bible symbols!
     They claim that their pretrib rapture will occur on Sep. 23, 2017! I wonder if they've forgotten that date-setting necessarily cancels out their foundational principle of any-moment imminence.
     To see how the symbolism-crazy pretribs explain their latest date-setting, Google "Sep. 23, 2017 Rapture" and, if you live long enough, check out all of the "4,270,000 results"!
     Briefly, their claim rests on Rev. 12 and they focus on the woman "clothed with the sun" and tie her to the zodiac woman known as "Virgo" and also see their pretrib rapture in the symbol of the "man child" that is "caught up unto God" (vs. 5) - an event occurring before the great tribulation which they see in verses 13-16.
     My 1998 book "The Three R's" has a chapter revealing early pretrib rapturists who realized that their new fly-away view needed a boost in order to counter opposition coming from many others.
     The answer that dropped out of the sky was the creation of a "Christian" zodiac which arbitrarily began with Virgo (The Virgin) and ended with Leo (The Lion) - a zodiac covering Christ's life from His birth to His return as the lion-like Judge (Rev. 5:5).
     You can't believe which zodiac constellation (appearing shortly before Leo) was the "pretrib rapture" symbol. Keep reading.
     The "Christian"zodiac can be traced back to a Miss Frances Rolleston of Keswick in northern England. Key pretrib promoters in this zodiac chain, stretching from Rolleston down to today's soothsayers like Hal Lindsey, include Joseph Seiss (American) who was plagiarized by E. W. Bullinger (British) who was plagiarized by Lindsey (American). The side-by-side quotes in the same book of mine clearly prove all of the plagiarism.
     By the way, when Bullinger looked at Ursa Minor (under Cancer), Bullinger could see "pretrib rapture" written all over it! (Now you know.)
     The same zodiac arbitrarily tied together Virgo and Leo because, as Bullinger and others asserted, the Great Sphinx in Egypt was the only thing that could bind together "the two ends of this circle of the heavens" - everyone then assuming that the Sphinx has the head of a woman and the body of a lion and also noting the "astrological significance" in the nearby Great Pyramid!
     Lindsey plagiarized Bullinger on pp. 123-24 in "The Late Great Planet Earth," evidently unaware that Bullinger's Sphinx research was occultic nonsense, and also unaware that today's encyclopedias state that the famous Sphinx has the head of a man - a pharaoh!
     Today's rapture astrologers are not the only ones who've seen a pretrib rapture in Rev. 12:5. Many still don't know that John Darby, the so-called "father" of pretrib dispensationalism, rested his first clear teaching of pretrib on this verse for at least 30 years beginning in 1839. What's shocking is that we have solid evidence that Darby merely plagiarized Edward Irving who'd been using the same Rev. 12 symbol for the same purpose in his journal in 1831 - eight years before Darby quietly copied him - and Darby admitted in print that he had long been a reader of Irving's journal and that he had been in Irving's church to hear him preach. We also know that Darby wasn't first on any crucial aspect of dispensationalism and that Irving and his followers preceded Darby on every detail of that system!
     For more on these two preachers Google "Edward Irving vs. John Darby" and "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty."
     Remember:  the entire occultic 2017 "Rapture in Rev. 12" craze is built on the 187-year-old pretrib rapture fantasy which was never part of any Christian theology or organized church before 1830! (Google "Famous Rapture Watchers" to find out which rapture view was the original one.)
     True, today's occultic rapturists do love the Bible. They love it so much they want to fulfill the prediction that in the end times many will come in Christ's name and will deceive many!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Prof. Wm L. Craig Leaves Tim LaHaye Behind! by Dave MacPherson

Question: What happens when an elephant meets a mouse?

Answer: The same thing when an eminent Christian scholar meets "Left Behind" confidence man Tim LaHaye.

The elephant, Dr. William Lane Craig (leading Christian apologist and Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology), caused a tribulational tsunami last fall when he declared that LaHaye's "Left Behind" theology (which rests on a pretrib rapture) is "not biblical"!

Craig stated this in an August 5, 2015 Charisma News" article titled "Despite Popular Theology, Apologist Says Rapture Movies Are Not Biblical."  He wrote: "The rapture was made up by someone in the 1800s, and the story caught on among some groups who still believe it today. The simple truth is that it is not biblical, nor was it ever the historic position of the Christian church."

Craig added that "Many people have never known any other view than the rapture...[and have] never thought to examine or question its biblical credentials."  Building his case against pretrib theology, Craig said that pretrib has succeeded not because of evidence in the Bible but because it's been promoted by the Scofield Reference Bible and schools like Dallas Seminary - and of course by "Left Behind" books and films and even by a recently launched HBO program.

Well, after the Talbot research professor shot his cannonball across LaHaye's bow, you can imagine how quickly LaHaye stirred up from his rapture repose at his swanky Rancho Mirage home in the Southern California desert.

Six days later "Charisma News" ran LaHaye's response in a piece titled " 'Left Behind' Author Tim LaHaye Fires Back at Anti-Rapture Apologist."

LaHaye ignored Craig's thrust and regurgitated the usual pretrib arguments. He then maliciously and dangerously (see Matt. 5:22) tried to repeat the pretrib non-argument which asserts that those rejecting pretrib may not even be saved!!

LaHaye stated: "The good news for even a-Millennialists like Craig is if they believe in and have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior from sin, they will go up in the rapture with the rest of us."

At the end of his below-the-belt riposte, LaHaye twisted the knife even more when he audaciously added: "I certainly hope those who chose to disbelieve in the rapture will meet Jesus' qualifications for salvation, that way during the rapture we can discuss it in more detail."

When LaHaye's 1992 book "No Fear of the Storm" (which has a chapter entitled "MacPherson's Vendetta") reproduced Margaret Macdonald's 1830 pretrib revelation account, he carelessly left behind a total of 49 words, the same 49 words that would-be scholar Thomas Ice had left out in the same places in her account when he had reproduced it three years earlier!

(It was apparent that LaHaye had merely copied Ice's errors-filled reproduction instead of researching original sources. If Dr. Craig, an apologist who has debated famous antagonists including the late Christopher Hitchens, had left behind even one word when reproducing Macdonald's short handwritten account of her "discovery," I'm sure he would have been greatly embarrassed!)

What's really fascinating is that Prof. Craig is associated with a school that is part of Biola University and that back in 1953 I was kicked out of Biola (when it was only a Bible institute in downtown Los Angeles) for giving copies of my father's 1944 posttrib book "Triumph Through Tribulation" to some students and profs on that campus.

How times have changed!

Meanwhile LaHaye is still making LaHay while LaSun shines in Rancho Mirage - a name that fits in with a rapture that's truly a mirage in the real world the rest of us live in!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Open Letter to Todd Strandberg by Dave MacPherson

Sergeant Strandberg (of "Rapture Ready" fame):
 
     It has come to my attention here at this Air Force base that you, as a supply sergeant, have been accepting items of inferior and even dangerous quality!
     Now, it's true that your actions are far from deserving a court-martial. But let me remind you, Sergeant, that your reputation is in jeopardy, and if you don't improve the quality of the items you distribute, the Commander-in-Chief who's over both of us may have some words with you one of these days!
     Sergeant, now where in the world did you get some of those substandard items that are in your "Margaret MacDonald Who?" article that's in the "Pretribulation Rapture" section of your "Rapture Ready" website?
     You maintain that I "have never been able to prove that Darby ever heard of MacDonald or her vision."
     FACTS: In John Darby's book The Irrationalism of Infidelity (1853), pp. 283-5, he described in great detail his visit with her in her home in Scotland in mid-1830 and even talked about her endtime outlook and the Scriptural texts she used for support! (All this is in my book The Incredible Cover-up.)
     Then you claim that Darby's pretrib view was derived from "the distinction between Israel and the church."
     FACTS: Darby's first clear pretrib teaching, in his "Notes on the Revelation" (1839), p. 206, was based on only the symbol (!) of the man child "caught up" in Rev. 12:5----and this was his pretrib basis for 30 years (from the 1830's to the 1860's)! Interestingly, this symbol was Edward Irving's pretrib basis in his "Interpretation of the Old-Testament Prophecies quoted in the New" (The Morning Watch, June, 1831, p. 301)----a full eight years before Darby plagiarized Irving's idea!
     You then assert that Darby discovered the pretrib rapture concept in 1827.
     FACTS: Darby himself wrote in his "Short but serious Examination of...'Daniel the Prophet'" (1850), p. 67, that he came to "understand" pretrib in 1830 and not 1827----an understanding that came to him only after the Irvingite journal The Morning Watch (which he regularly read) began to clearly teach pretrib in its Sep., 1830 issue (which saw "Philadelphia" raptured, in a partial rapture scheme, before "the great tribulation," pp. 510, 514!).
     And you foolishly declare that Margaret Macdonald (it was spelled this way) couldn't have been a pretrib because she taught that the "Church" will be persecuted by the Antichrist. Google "Margaret Macdonald's Rapture Chart," "Margaret Macdonald's Main Point," and "GFM's DVD Survives Paul Wilkinson's Attack."
     FACTS: For more than 30 years I've emphasized, in my books and articles and while guesting on worldwide talk shows, that the Irvingites, as well as Margaret, taught pretrib before Darby did.
     My critics, wishing to divert attention away from unmistakably clear pretrib teaching by Irvingites, have focused instead on uneducated Margaret and her brief and somewhat unclear revelation account. They also know that she held to partial rapturism which sees PART of the "church" taken in a pretrib rapture and the REST of the "church" enduring the trib. By covering up her pretrib rapture ("one taken and the other left" before "THE WICKED" is "revealed") and emphasizing her posttrib-flavored statements like "The trial of the Church is from Antichrist," they can hopefully discredit her as the originator and give that honor to someone else who seems to have a better reputation! Incidentally, all partial rapturists including Pember and Govett have always described the ones "left behind" as the "Church" (the way Margaret talked) and even John Walvoord's books classify partial rapturists as "pretribulationists"!
     Since some of the emotional and spiritual cripples (with potty mouths) on your Rapture Ready message board have gotten the impression from someone with little conscience (I wonder who!) that I am a heretical (and even Satanic) liar that no one should ever listen to, I am forced to tell you that since the early 1970's my books on pretrib history have been publicly endorsed by a galaxy of leading evangelical theologians as well as church history experts----scholars from George Ladd, Merrill Tenney, and F. F. Bruce to Robert Gundry and Walter Martin along with the late F. Nigel Lee who had nine earned doctorates! Google "Scholars Weigh My Research" for other endorsements.  
     Finally, Sergeant, in order to shore up your collapsing pillar of pretrib sand, you seem to enjoy dropping names like Thomas Ice, Pseudo-Ephraem, Morgan Edwards, and Manuel Lacunza.
     FACTS: Whenever I see a photo of Ice, I'm reminded that your site considers him the "heavy" artillery who constantly shoots off his mouth about the "pretrib" outlook of the last three names. I wonder, Sergeant, what your fans will think when they discover my "Deceiving and Being Deceived" article (on many sites) which exposes the plagiarism, document revisionism, phony "Dr." degrees, cover-up and other pretrib dishonesty, and which also proves that Pseudo-Ephraem, Edwards, and Lacunza all had the historical habit of blending together the rapture and the final advent! (Google "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty," "Pretrib Rapture Pride," "Walvoord Melts Ice," "Grant Jeffrey's Apocalypse Debacle," "Pseudo-Ephraem Taught Pretrib - Not," "Morgan Edwards' Rapture View," "The Real Manuel Lacunza," and see the DVD "Left Behind or Led Astray?" (You Tube).
     Sergeant, since you are dedicated to the Commander-in-Chief and His love of truth and want His promotion, I expect you to wipe that grin off your face and clean up your site! And don't overlook "The Rapture Index (Mad Theology)" on Google!
 
     Rapturously,
    
     "Colonel" Dave MacPherson

Sunday, 2 April 2017

WHAT PRE-TRIBS DON'T SAY! By Dave MacPherson

Noisy pretribs can sure be quiet when they want to sell another book or video.
     Take the famous "rapture" passages in I Thess. 4-5 and I Cor. 15.
     Pretribs endlessly see an "any-moment rapture" in I Thess. 4 and paint it in glowing pretrib colors. But the same Paul in the same book ties together the "times and seasons" (5:1) of the rapture (4:17) with the "sudden destruction" (5:3) part of the (posttrib) "day of the Lord" (5:2) - which doesn't have even a hint of pretrib coloring!
     (The "day of the Lord" is posttrib because the posttrib sun/moon darkening happens BEFORE that "day" - see Joel 2:31 and Acts 2:20.)
     And can you guess what's in the rapturous I Cor. 15 that pretrib teachers love to cover up? They screech to a stop at "twinkling of an eye" and "last trump" and then omit telling that what is "changed" (vss. 51-2) is tied to the end of death (vs. 54). (Trib death ends when the posttrib arrival of the Victor over death ends trib death!)
     Ready for more? Look at Acts 2:34-35, Acts 3:21, and II Thess.1:6-10. Christ stays in heaven UNTIL it's time to come to earth to destroy His wicked foes and restore "all things" and give "rest" to His followers!
     If pretribism can easily skip over Scripture, wait till you see how they cover up their own history which was never a part of Christian theology or any organized church before 1830!
     Throughout most of the 1900s, leading Christian scholars assumed - while influenced by those who were repeating and not researching - that John Darby of the Brethren had fathered the pretrib rapture view in the 1830s. No scholar had ever found any clear public teaching of pretrib in the centuries preceding Darby. Even the late Dr. John Walvoord, the longtime No. 1 pretrib authority and head of Dallas Theological Seminary, had stated in his book "The Rapture Question" that Darby (who admitted in print that pretrib was then a totally "new" doctrine!) had been one of the "early pretribulationists"!
     My books, from the 1970s to the present time, have provided long forgotten and newly uncovered evidence (endorsed by many eminent scholars) that Darby furtively plagiarized British pastor Edward Irving and his followers, all of whom had credited a young Scottish woman with the initial pretrib "spark"!
     Trying to distance themselves from the scandals associated with the earliest pretrib developers and promoters of the 1830s, today's pretrib defenders have been desperately trying to find anyone before 1830 who seemed to have at least a hint of pretrib in their writings. Today's desperados can even "find" pretrib in Old Testament passages that tell about folks merely "escaping" trouble, or "find" pretrib in folks being raptured before an endtime "conflagration" in an obvious posttrib setting!
     Two historical figures of the past that present-day pretrib promoters have tried to put revisionist pretrib make-up on are Pseudo-Ephraem (8th cent. ?) and Rev. Morgan Edwards (whose quoted sermon is dated 1788).
     To see the hatchet job on Pseudo-Ephraem, Google "Pseudo-Ephraem Taught Pretrib - Not" and "Chuck Missler - Copyist" (and catch deceitful censors at work).
     For the complete skinny on Morgan Edwards, Google "Morgan Edwards' Rapture View" (and find out what Thomas Ice etc. knew they couldn't hide forever).
     For $15.00 and a smile you can get my 300-page book "The Rapture Plot" (the most accurate and detailed book on pretribism's sordid history). If you have just a smile, you can borrow it via inter-library loan at any library. Contrary to what pretribs say, the rapture is NOT so imminent that you don't have time to find and order my "Plot" book on the net!