The Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the Pastor of the well known St Patricks Cathedral in New York City. Cardinal Dolan recently spoke about the Catholic Council of Trent (1545-1563) on his radio podcast, and he described that Council as a response to the “challenges of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation” and also as “an amazingly effective Council.”
Rapture was never used to mean a future event of being caught up to meet the Lord at His return. Rapture was the emotions one felt when God revealed Himself in a personal way.
It carries the meaning as being personal to the individual experiencing an ecstatic experience. The Bible is full of these experiences. They start with the phrases “I saw,” “I heard,” “the Word of the Lord came to me,” “the Lord spoke to me,” etc.
When the Dispensationalists created “The Rapture” it was, just that, an ecstatic utterance. It started in Glasgow Scotland in 1830, when a woman named Margaret MacDonald had a series of visions. As an individual utterance, it should be subject to Biblical proof-text. However it did not meet any of the then established rules of hermeneutics.
Later Revs. John Darby, Edward Irving, and John Pusey created the hermeneutics of Dispensationalism to explain these visions. An adherent of this new view, C.I. Scofield put them into the notes of his famous Bible.
Their new rules for interpreting scripture depend on a irrational literal interpretation. Even the most bizarre passages of symbolic literature in the book of The Revelation are said to be literal. Their interpretations have little or no regard to the same language formate used in Fulfilled Prophecies of the Old Testament.
It is pretty much an “out come based theology” format; decide what the end is and tweak the interpretation to support that view. This often leaves the average church member confused and, perhaps over excited about a sensational extravagant future that is clearly improbable.
Another hoax perpetrated on God’s people. But we don’t have to write it all up for you, because someone else already has done the hard work.
by Tim Challies
I can no longer be your “girl.”
The last of the “Four Blood Moons” was seen last night. So far, nothing very significant has happened. Would you please be more specific?
If you say you are sorry for misleading me and won’t do it again, I will forgive you. I do love you and think your heart was in the right place. I just don’t know where your head was!
We do both have this in common, we both love The Lord, know He is sovereign, and expect His return to Jerusalem.
However, we seem to have two too many moons and one solar eclipse that only polar bears could witness!
The signs of implosion were all over the place, John. The most often use of the sun, moon and stars in the Bible are as literal objects to give light and to mark the seasons.
Thou hast made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. Psa. 104:19
The celestial objects do obey the Lord.
Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD gave the Amorites over to the men of Israel; and he said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand thou still at Gibeon, and thou Moon in the valley of Aijalon.” Josh. 10:12
And, significantly, they are also used in visions, dreams and prophecy as a symbol.
Then he dreamed another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream; and behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” Gen. 37:9
Yes, the magi were led by a star. Scholars believe because Daniel the prophet knew the year of Messiah’s birth and death (Dan. 9; 490 years from the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple) his students, and fellow Magi knew as well. It would be a (not so simple for me) mathematical calculation that they would be looking for a certain star to be in a certain place.
“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” Matt. 2:2
But John, your math doesn’t add up!
The Bible uses blood moon four times, two are about the day of Pentecost. Pentecost is about The Day of The Lord. That means, John, it is not about the tribulation or the second coming. See Also: Last Days
The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. Joel 2:31
but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
yea, and on my menservants and my maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
And I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth beneath, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and manifest day. Acts 2:16-20
The descending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was the subject of this prophecy; not trouble in Israel; not the beginning of a tribulation; not the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I need for you to acknowledge your inattention to proper interpretation of scripture, and your down-right sloppiness.
That leaves only two Blood Moons left. Your theory is wanting.
Wasn’t part of the idea of the Four Blood Moons that the sun will become dark? Did that happen in any of the Four Blood Moons to date? Oh it did, off a little-bitty island between Greenland and Norway. Not seen in Israel; not reported widely. How can this be a portend? If we cannot see the event, as the Church or even in Israel, how are God’s people “warned.”
It is a Biblical truth that The Lord will return. He told us so. He said we would not know the day or the hour. And while it is entirely plausible that His glorious return will coincide with the fall Feasts, we have no idea which year.
Being wrong about predictions involving scripture deeply hurts our credibility in the eyes of unbelievers. It disappoints and wounds Christians who sincerely want to follow Jesus. It will cause some to deeply question if everything you teach is just as wrong!
To the other of John’s girls, you are to show yourself approved too. So, find a good Bible study pal and start working. No excuses!
See Also: Blood Moons Hoax
or so some Futurists Interpreters of the Bible have now begun to teach, (for they have an ever changing rule of interpretation that lets them imagine what ever they feel like is the meaning of the text.)
The 12th Imam
Muhammad ibn Hasan al-Mahdī was to the Twelver Shī‘a Muslims, a Mahdi or “guided one” born 869 and disappeared in 941. The twelfth Mahdi is supposed to be ultimate savior and is prophesied to emerge with Isa (Jesus) to bring world peace.
Sunni Islam and other minority Shias believe that the Mahdi has not yet been born.
A New False Teaching in the Church
There is a problem with this as with all other Futurists speculation, it ignores what the Bible actually says about the antichrist.
Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour. 1John 2:18
For a full look at all the verses in the Bible about antichrist click here.
Left Behind in US theaters October 3, 2014 starring Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan. Follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the world . . . from movieinsider.com/m10845/left-behind/
With so many people in the Christian world having been deceived by this false teaching we’re sure that the movie will do well at the box office. (Guess not)
However there are some real problems with this entirely false teaching on how the prophecies should be interpreted. The rules for interpretation are called Hermeneutics. This view of prophecy i.e. The Futurist View has often been thoughtlessly taught and thoughtlessly received with little or no searching of Scripture. We have never figured out why this fantasy is so appealing to the masses of Christians, it does however demonstrate how few Christians actually read their Bibles, and even fewer have the courage after having read the Bible to stand up to these false teachers and call them out.
The Futurists have been teaching this “soon” Rapture since 1830, and like evolutionist they have no facts to show that their preposterous scenario has any possibility of being true. Once the mind firmly holds to this belief it becomes a mental habit, a habit that is constantly reinforced by books of fantasy, teachings from the pipit, or so called Christian TV. It cannot however be reinforced by sound reading of the Bible. That which is heard is supposed to be true, and assumes an authority of transcendent truth in the unsuspicious person’s mind. Then when different ideas are presented, no matter how logical or Biblically based they are, these are met with hate and prejudice. The mind has been so well trained to hate all other possibilities, that honest intellectual debate is obstructed. These Futurists accept less of the truth, because of their own agenda. That agenda is one of fear. Not being able see in their own Bibles what is being taught frightens many people. The more they distrust their own judgment, the more they rely on the teachers. The more they rely on the teachers, the more money they put in the collection plate, hoping to somehow placate or bribe a God they now view as angry and despotic enough to plan a seven year tribulation.
We must return to what the Bible actually says.
The oldest rule of hermeneutics is—
“Quod non est Biblicum, non est Theologicum.”
In other words, “If is ain’t in the Bible, it ain’t Theology.”
The second oldest rule of hermeneutics is—
“The Bible is its own best commentary”
or “God is His own Interpreter”
This means that if one doesn’t understand a passage, instead of speculating, one should look up a similar passage and see if there is not some obvious answer to how it should be interpreted. So when it comes to prophecy one should look at fulfilled prophecies to see how they were worded and then look at the history to see what actually happened, another part of the exercise is to look and see what the people living between the prophecy and the fulfillment thought, as a kind of way to avoid the mistakes that they made. Because the prophecies are rarely completely understood until they are fulfilled. Then we can see that locust are armies, the heavenly bodies are political forces, and waters are people, nations, and tongues. (See Also: Known to be Fulfilled and Symbolism)
Another Con by Jonathan Cahn, only this time we don’t have to write the paper someone else already has.
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