DISPENSATIONALISM & THE RAPTURE

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In the 1800′s a heresy was popularized by a man named John Darby.  It was then further popularized by another man named Cyrus R. Scofield, through what is known as the Scofield Study Bible. The theology promoted in the study notes of this bible is called dispensational theology, and many of it’s doctrines are firmly entrenched as “bible truth” in the minds of believers. An unbiblical distinction between the church and Israel is at the core of this teaching.

Dispensational theology has broken the second coming of the Lord into two parts. They say the Lord will come secretly for the church (the rapture) and then again at a later time to pour out his wrath. One of the dangers of this teaching is that people will think that there is a second chance to receive salvation after the coming of the Lord. Satan has a purpose for every false doctrine, and that purpose is the destruction of souls. I used to believe this teaching myself until I learned the source and the reasoning behind it. It made me search the scriptures for the truth.

Dispensational theology is an intricate web of deceit with various teachings. What follows is just a small portion of its false doctrines. Dispensationalism teaches that Jesus came to set up an earthly kingdom, but the Jews rejected his offer. Because of this, God’s original plan was interrupted and an alternative plan (plan B) was put into effect. Plan B was unforseen by God and would not have gone into effect if the Jews had accepted Jesus’ original offer of an earthly kingdom. Plan B, they say, is the cross and the church. Since the church is an interruption in God’s original plan, it will be taken out in a secret rapture. Then God will continue with what he had planned to do all along.

Clearly this is heresy and the exact opposite of what is taught in the bible. The bible teaches that the cross was foreordained by God and that the expectation of an earthly kingdom was a serious error of the Jews, causing them to “miss” their Messiah. I don’t know many Christians that would say they believe the “plan B” portion of dispensational teaching, but many have ingested one of the fruits of this heresy. That fruit is believing that there will be a secret rapture. This teaching has been further promoted by the fictional Left Behind series.

We know from scripture that one day Christ will return. He came once, the first time, and now believers look forward to his second coming. That is when the dead in Christ shall rise, and that is when living believers will be taken up, or raptured, to be with the Lord. Then the wrath of God will come upon the earth. One event.  No one will be “left behind” for another chance to be saved.  It will all be over.  That’s the simple, scriptural truth of it all.

2 Timothy 4:2-4Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

A fable is a tale, fiction, a myth.

See also …

THERE IS NO SECRET RAPTURE

THE RAPTURE AT THE SECOND COMING

 

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian. I was saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother came to the Lord in her old age, in her 80's. Her name was Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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3 Responses to DISPENSATIONALISM & THE RAPTURE

  1. Cathy says:

    My husband and I became aware of the errors of dispensationalism when a relative became heavily involved in dispensational teaching (and still is). It prompted us to search the scriptures. It definitely is disastrous error that we want to help believers avoid.

  2. Peter Ivanchuk says:

    Thank you for the sound teaching. Dispensationalism is a disaster for many
    christian; they read the Bible through the very wrong glasses…
    God bless you,
    Peter

  3. Cathy says:

    18 Comments

    1. pjmiller
    September 17, 2007
    Good post Cathy…

    my own study of dispensationalism was a real surprise. I was amazed at how many things about it i disagreed with.

    What has surprised me the most is how many errors from this teaching almost all Christians in the US have taken on. Even those who don’t claim to be dispensationalist.

    Forgive me if i already passed this on within another post: but this link/writing was one i’ve been studying the points in, recently. It helped me to understand the different branches of this teaching.

    https://host186.ipowerweb.com/~kenneth1/israelandscripture.htm

    2. Cathy
    September 17, 2007
    I was introduced to dispensational theology about six years ago, and it was a shock. I didn’t know the name of the doctrine at the time, but I knew it couldn’t possibly be right. I wanted to get at the root of this teaching, so I starated to do research. What I found was in intricate web of deceit. I had the same reaction as you did. What you say is true . . .

    “What has surprised me the most is how many errors from this teaching almost all Christians in the US have taken on. Even those who don’t claim to be dispensationalist.”

    Thanks for the link. I am going to read the material.

    3. Ron Faulk
    September 20, 2007
    By the time I was through dispensationalizing my Bible, I had little left other than a cover and a concordance. Seems as though it was all meant to apply to everybody but me, making God’s word of no effect. This doctrine is straight from hell.

    I believe that the believing Jew and Christain are ONE, just as God the father and God the son are ONE.

    Ron Faulk

    4. Cathy
    September 20, 2007
    What a powerful and true statement. Well said. Thank you.

    5. Yemi
    November 1, 2007
    I humbly disagree with you on whether rapture will occur or not. You should at least state the verses usually quoted to support that argument and then tell us what it meant. All u gave above was just commentary.

    6. Cathy
    November 1, 2007
    Thank you for your comment.

    I do believe there will be a rapture, but I believe scripture teaches it will be at Christ’s second coming.

    One must understand the deception of dispensational theologoy to understand how the “secret rapture” teaching came about.

    Christian Zionism is also a dangerous fruit of dispensational theology. Something to think about.

    My purpose in writing is to encourage believers to study this subject on their own, because this error is taught in many, if not most, churches.

    You will find Scripture references here . . .

    http://giannina.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/there-is-no-secret-rapture/

    http://soulrefuge.podbean.com/2008/05/29/the-second-coming-of-jesus-christ/

    http://giannina.wordpress.com/2008/05/21/the-rapture-at-the-second-coming/

    http://soulrefuge.podbean.com/2008/06/04/judgment-day/

    7. Lisa Ruby
    May 6, 2008
    This is an excellent article. Cathy wrote: “Dispensational theology is an intricate web of deceit with various teachings.”

    There is evidence that the foundation of John Darby’s “intricate web of deceit” is his Bible translation. He produced his own “version” of the Bible as the foundation for his false dispensationalist doctrines and to mark his work for his master. The reader can decide which master John Darby served by producing his Bible translation.

    See: John Darby Version: Doctrinal Changes to the Bible

    http://www.libertytothecaptives.net/darby_doctrinal_changes.html

    8. Cathy
    May 6, 2008
    Thanks for stopping by Lisa.

    9. Lisa Ruby
    May 10, 2008
    Thank you, Cathy, for allowing me to share my earliest findings about Darby’s Version here. There is more to come and it is shocking to learn what this man did to construct a Bible to support his new and untrue doctrines.

    10. Cathy
    May 10, 2008
    Yes Lisa, it is shocking to learn. Darby and the Scofield Study Bible have spread dispensational error far and wide. So sad and so dangerous.

    11. Lisa Ruby
    September 13, 2008
    Cathy,

    I hope you don’t mind me dropping by once again. I wanted to share my index page called, “The John Darby Version: Dispensationally Manipulated.”

    http://libertytothecaptives.net/darby_version_corrupt_methodically.html

    Of special interest to some might be Cyrus Scofield’s blatant occult marking on his 1917 Reference Bible. Scofield associated the cross of Jesus Christ with at-one-ment.

    http://libertytothecaptives.net/scofield_at-one-ment.html

    Like John Darby, Scofield removed damned, damnation and hell from the Bible:

    http://www.libertytothecaptives.net/darby_removed_damned.html

    Lisa Ruby

    12. Cathy
    September 13, 2008
    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for stopping by and for the links.

    Blessings,

    13. Jane Harring
    October 21, 2008
    My husband and I would like to join a church near by whose pastor has a wonderful appreciation for the gospel and a love for the Lord that is plain to see. Unfortunately, as we went to Sunday school, taught by one of the lay leaders, we hear this talk about the dispensations of the Bible. We have heard these things before and saw the birth of a new church from the old because of it.

    They are quick to talk about the “rapture” and premillenialism, which was the first symptom of something not quite right. Tomorrow, Wed 10/23, we are mtg with the pastor to talk about these “errors” as we see them. He is open but I don’t know how much. It is a teaching put forth by the Moody Bible Church of which he is a graduate. It is so hard to find a good church, especially like this one. All the other teachings he has are so good – yes, like “there is only a little poison in this pie maybe it won’t make us too sick.”

    Can you help us with this dilemma -
    1. To understand how this affects the delivery of the gospel.
    2. Should we stay, how then do we accept one part of the theology which is good that he teaches, and then reject the other?
    3. If we stay, would we then be hypocritical? Or, could we do good by relating to the pastor and eventually others what is wrong with the theology without becoming “trouble makers”?

    We are praying about this, and are quite upset as we really love this congregation – they so want to do what is pleasing to the Lord.

    Sincerely seeking to do the Lord’s will,

    Jane Harring

    14. Cathy
    October 21, 2008
    Jane, my heart goes out to you and your husband. I encourage you to continue seeking the Lord for wisdom, both in prayer and in His Word.

    You ask …

    1. To understand how this affects the delivery of the gospel.

    Dispensational theology exalts secular Israel above Jesus Christ. Dispensational theology has strayed from preaching the gospel to all people, and has led to political and military involvement without concern for the well being of all people. It has led Christians to blindly support injustice. (John Hagee’s Christians United For Israel – C.U.F.I. – would be an example of this. John Hagee is a Christian Zionist who at one time called for a pre-emptive attack on Iran.) This teaching has led to many interfaith alliances with the Jewish people without ever presenting them with the gospel. There are variations within dispensationalism. Some have gone so far as to say the Jewish people are under a different covenant and are accepted by God if they live in light of the Torah.

    2. Should we stay, how then do we accept one part of the theology which is good that he teaches, and then reject the other?

    3. If we stay, would we then be hypocritical? Or, could we do good by relating to the pastor and eventually others what is wrong with the theology without becoming “trouble makers”?

    In an attempt to respond to your 2nd and 3rd questions I will tell you of our experience over the past 20 years. I can truly relate to what you are going through because my husband and I have gone through similar situations. (See: http://giannina.wordpress.com/2007/04/13/pastors/) We have had many heartaches speaking to pastors regarding our testimony of coming out of Roman Catholicism. Our testimony was not well received. At times we were involved in ministry and thought that because the pastor knew our walk with the Lord he would more readily receive what we had to say. Unfortunately that was not the case. Also we have found that many Christians have such a strong allegiance to their pastor, and their church, that it actually becomes a hindrance to receiving a certain truth not accepted by their pastor or their particular church. We have found that in the past that it was not possible to stay in a church under those conditions because of the very serious nature of the issues. These principles I think are the same whenever serious doctrinal issues are involved.

    Knowing what we know now regarding dispensationalism, both my husband and I agree that we could not be part of a church that taught this false doctrine.

    I pray the Lord give you both wisdom and peace as you labor for Him. Be encouraged. So many seem to have given up the fight and it can be very discouraging when one feels so alone.

    Blessings,

    15. Melissa
    December 7, 2008
    Amen again…another good article. Dispensationalism really does attack the pure gospel of Jesus Christ because it attempts to divide up His body, making Jews and Gentiles forever separate. Christ is clear, they are one in Him, and there is only one way of salvation for both. Dispensationalism at its most extreme actually teaches that only the words of Paul are binding on the church, and all the teachings of Jesus are only for the Jews, thus denying the Lord Jesus authority over His church.

    It also teaches that animal sacrifices will once again be done in Israel, and those who kill these animals will be saved this way. This contradicts Jesus, who said He is the ONLY way of salvation for all men.

    So many in America are completely given to this delusion, and refuse to listen to others – may some find help here. God bless you.

    16. Cathy
    December 7, 2008
    Thank you for your encouraging words. Many Christians that I know have embraced much of this theology. We have been praying that the Lord would free people from this very wicked doctrine. When embraced to it’s extreme, as you say, dispensationalism teaches (1) the words of Christ, are not for the church but for the Jewish people; they also teach that (2) the four Gospels, (3) water baptism, (4) the Lord’s supper and, believe it or not, (5) repentance, are not for the church. They say that there is more than one Gospel! I know that many, if not most, will not even give truth a hearing. May the Lord have mercy and bring deliverance.

    Blessings,

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