New Covenant Ministries
TRIBULATION IS A
NIGHT OF PERSECUTION
But the Saints Will Be Victorious
by Cohen G. Reckart, Pastor*
"In The Evening Time There Shall Be Light."
"In the World ye shall have tribulation: But be of good cheer;
I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD!"
The Whole New Torah (New Testament) was written by men on the run for their lives and who were in persecution and tribulation (Acts 11:9; Revelation 1:9). Those of you who deny the Church will go through tribulation, WHY DO YOU READ THEIR BOOK!
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn (wail see Revelation 1:7), and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Matthew 24:29-30).
If you have been told the Church will escape the coming tribulation, you have not been told the truth.
If you have been told that God does not want a Bride that has gone through tribulation and is all bloody and beaten, you have heard a Preacher preparing you to receive the trinity doctrine veiled in the pre-tribulation rapture theory.
Since the time of Jesus, scholars estimate that the number of people persecuted, injured, and killed for their faith in Messiah may be as high as twenty five million. The Jews started this persecution and killing. This spirit was carried to the Gentiles by several accounts of urging and complaints by the Jews (Acts 13:50; Romans 8:36; 1 Thessalonians 2:15). The Gentiles then became experts in how to persecute and kill. The Catholic Church used this method over alleged heretics and persecuted and killed many. The Catholic Church is responsible for killing more people than Stalin, Hitler, and Mao. The question must be asked of the Pre-Tribs, Mid-Tribs, Pre-Wraths, and Pan-Tribs: Are these who died for their faith so ugly, bloody, and beaten that Jesus no longer wants them in his Bride Church because of it? Then why does this stupid saying that God will not have a Bride that is all bloody and beaten continue from ignorant mouths?
The pre-trib secret snatch as a split return from the coming of Jesus at the end of the tribulation was first introduced by a Jesuit priest named Manuel Lacunza (1731-1801), in his book: "La Venida de Mesias" which was translated from Spanish to English by Edward Irving in 1827. Irving started preaching the return of Jesus was now split into two parts or phases as Lacunza had written. John Darby, a member of the Plymouth Brethren, picked up the doctrine and with help from Masonic and Jewish teachings formed the doctrine of dispensationalism.
Then in 1830, a thirteen year old girl named Margaret McDonald, in Port Glasglow, Scotland, prophesied that those baptized in the Spirit would be raptured before the antichrist and a second group would be raptured at the end of the tribulation. Jewish teachings were then introduced about a delayed and future Kingdom and a time when God would return to the Jews, and "boom," out of this mess came the new doctrine we now know as "Jacob's Trouble." Or seven years of tribulation for Israel. But was not Jacob's trouble to be seventy years according to Jeremiah 29 and 30? Don't you dare detach chapter 29 from chapter 30. Such is handling the Word of God deceitfully.
Up to at least 1885 the Baptists of America held dispensationalism as a heresy equal to Mormonism. It was not until around 1900 that Harry Ironside, visiting the Ireland prophecy conferences in Powerscourt brought back the false doctrine and converted Clarence Larkin and C.I. Scofield. Clarence Larkin drew the charts and C.I. Scofield had Oxford to print a new Bible with swindled oilwell money with this false doctrine as footnotes. Those who use the Scofield Bible have now made those footnotes the Word of God.
Up until John Darby modifed Masonic teachings, Jewish teachings, the teachings of Manuel Lacunza, and added his own theories, there is absolutely no mention in all of Church history of such a preposterous false doctrine.
Dispensationalism at its very core teaches that the Church ends in defeat. It teaches that God was defeated six times over the seven dispensations. Each time foiled by the devil and man, God had to devise something new and a replacement. However, when they get to the end of dispensation number five, they change their "replacement" doctrine and say the New Covenant and the Church do not replace the Law and Israel. So at the center of dispensationalism is the idea that Israel has an unfulfilled covenant in Abraham that must be finalized. Dispensationalist deny Galatians 3:29 that *all* the promises of Abraham are fulfilled in Jesus Messiah and in the New Covenant. And don't write to me that the New Covenant is the Old Covenant just written in the heart. Such is simply a false doctrine. Don't write and tell me that the New Covenant does not come until the millennial, that also is a false doctrine. Jesus clearly said in regards to the Cup of Communion that it was the New Covenant or New Testament in his blood. The old Covenant was done away on Calvary. It is FINISHED, ...PERIOD there is no debate on that issue it is settled! Read Hebrews 8:6-9. And law-keepers, please do not write to me that the Apostle Paul was a reprobate to justify your trying to be Jewish (Noahideism), through bondage to abolished Law.
To make this unbelievable tale of dispensational false doctrine appear valid, dispensationalists need a way for Jews to be saved apart from Messiah if the Church takes a secret air-ride out. If the Church age ends at the second coming of Messiah, then the Jews must be saved by some other method. How could they figure that out?
So they hunted for some scheme to make it work. And going to Daniel's 70th week they found what they believed was an easy answer. They would teach that God the Father would not let God the Son nail all the Law to the Cross. So the last seven years of the Law had to be taken down off the Cross so the Law would not be totally abolished. This was the solution they sought. Yes, they discovered a clever way to get millions to believe their lie of Jacob's Trouble. What blasphemy are they guilty of for doing this? Can such liars be saved? I am strong with my language because such behaviour needs firm reproving (read John 8:55 on the use of the word "liar"). The 70th week of Daniel had to be separated from the former 69 weeks by a large gap of 2,000 years. This they called the "great parenthesis", ...the valley between two mountain top prophecies concerning Israel (the first mountain the first coming and the second mountain the second coming. All events in between are said to be secret and hidden. This false doctrine needs exposing also. For if everything between the 69th and 70th week is secret and hidden, this includes the entire Ministry of Jesus and all of his three and one half years as Messiah. Any babe just come to Jesus knows this was not a secret hidden in the Old Testament. In fact the very Church (the Kingdom), was not a secret in the Old Testament. What was the mystery (Colossians 1:26-27)? Only that the Gentiles would be "EQUAL" heirs with the Acts 2:38 saved Jews in the Kingdom of God and, as children and recipients of the promises of Abraham, in Messiah. So why did they need to take seven years of the Law down from the Cross?
But they had to do it to make their lie of Jacob's Trouble so convincing. They took seven years of the Law away from the nail-scared hands of Jesus. When Jesus said it was finished, they suggest he lied or made a mistake. They infer by their teachings, all of the Law was finished except for the last seven years. They suggest that Jesus must have forgotten, and in his pain said it was finished, but he should have said: "IT'S ALMOST FINISHED". You be the judge of such heresy.
It is these seven years taken down from the Cross that is shoved at the end of the Church age (the 2,000 year long toes of Larkin's image) and then call it Jacob's Trouble. This Law time period off the Cross by dispensationalists allows for the Jews to return back to animal sacrifices. With animal blood again accepted by God the Father, the Jews do not need the blood of Jesus for salvation. With the Law restored for seven years, the Temple can be rebuilt and a new rip-proof vail hung up. A new Pharisee-Talmudic priesthood could be established. And wow, even the red heifer is a needed new commodity. It is reported that a Minister in Georgia who raises these golden calves (money-making), actually goes out and prays for them that they might be humble. Some say they have felt the Spirit of God by just touching these holy calves. And out of the crevices of time come the hunters for the lost Ark (Something Jesus and the Apostles did not do because they knew where it was: Revelation 11:19). All of these events are tied to the seven years of Law taken down from the Cross. Was all the Law finished at Calvary? Was seven years really taken down from the nail-scared hands of the Saviour? Did Jesus really lie when he said: "It is Finished" speaking of the Law and His supreme sacrifice? If the 70th week was not taken from the Cross, then did it not continue on right in succession after the previous week (69th)? Did not the 70th week start in the beginning of the Ministry of Messiah? And did not the animal sacrifices cease in the middle of this week when Jesus was crucified (Daniel 9:27)?
Dispensationalism is designed totally to get Jews saved without need of obeying Acts 2:38 and trusting in Jesus as the Messiah. This is true because dispensationalists are now preaching that the Jews of the time of Jacob's Trouble will be saved by the new Pharisee-Talmudic Priesthood and Law-keeping, and they do not need to believe in Jesus or obey Acts 2:38. Some hint that the Jews will be saved at the moment they see Jesus in the sky and believe upon him. But is this not false? Since where is just believing salvation? What about repentance, water baptism, and being filled with the Spirit to enter the Kingdom (John 3:3-5; Acts 2:38)? And at the appearing of our great God and Saviour, is it not to late for this? Is dispensationalism a fabrication? Is it not a doctrine to excuse people for being antichrist and reviling the blood of Jesus as bastard blood (born of fornication), all the way up till they see him? The fact that they were not "caught up" is the fact that they are lost. For then the Scriptures say that all the tribes of the earth who are lost shall wail (Revelation 1:7).
When the idea of saving the Jews with some method other than New Testament salvation is rebuked and shown to be false, the whole scheme to get the Church out of the tribulation period evaporates. When the 70th week of Daniel is taken from them and placed back upon the Cross, where is their seven year period of Jacob's Trouble? Where is their lie that God returns back to animal sacrifices? Where is their doctrine Israel can continue to call the precious blood of Jesus bastard blood and be saved by red heifers (golden calves)? Where is their doctrine that God accepts a revived Pharisee-Priesthood of the Law? If the blood sacrifices are not accepted, why would God care according to dispensationalism, if the "Pope" or some other person stopped them? And where is their doctrine that God puts the Pope in hell for stopping holy blood sacrifices? When these doctrines are proven false, the Jews are required to be in the Acts 2:38 Church, and if in the Church, then the Church must be here during the coming tribulation for them to get into it. And if the Church is here and the elect (1 Peter 1:2), then the antichrist or man of sin (satan's high priest), would be against such converted Jews and the remaining Gentiles in it. And this being true, the tribulation is for the Church (the elect), all the way from Calvary to the Second Coming.
Ever since Jesus said not to let any man deceive us about his second coming, the deceivers have come in all generations. Some to deny Jesus was Messiah come in the flesh, and some to out-right deny his coming after the tribulation as he predicted (Matthew 24:29). That Jesus would come like a thief secretly is not what the Scriptures say. It says the "Day of the Lord" will come as a thief (1 Thessalonians 5:2). And on that day every eye shall see him, no secret snatch and no time to be saved after he appears; and this is for Jews and Gentiles. Now is the time to prepare through faith according to Acts 2:38.
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This page was created on 11 November 1998