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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 249A
November 13, 2005
THE REVISIONIST EVANGELICAL MOVEMENT!
The Evangelical Movement – Do You Know About It’s Revisions of Major Prophetic Teachings Over the Last 267 Years – It Is Something You Should Take into Account When You Study Prophecy!
The movement arose in Britain in the 1730’s. The conversion of John Wesley in 1738 is often regarded as the beginning of the Evangelical Movement. The Wesleyan revival within the Church of England began the formation of a party of separated Anglicans, and this movement is still called the “Evangelical Party.” Wesley was forced to preach out of doors and, being unwelcome in Church of England pulpits, eventually developed an organization of his own. Out of this initial Evangelical Movement there has, over the last 267 years, arisen a long line of very dynamic speakers heading powerful religious organizations, which you may view worldwide on television or hear from a variety of broadcasts. I do not intend to address their variety of teachings on salvation in this Update, nor do I intend to discuss their beliefs on the church related subjects. But I would appreciate your ear on the subject of what most generally present in their prophetic teachings. Why? Because there has been a dramatic reversal on what was taught before the Evangelical Movement began in the 1730’s. Most who follow today’s evangelical prophecy teachers are under the impression that what they teach about prophecy has always been taught as they teach it now, and that is not true. If that was the case, I would not challenge what they teach, but would accept it. I have studied meticulously and traveled far to find the truth of what was taught before the Evangelical Movement began. I am simply going to make a series of statements based on my research, and if you can find concrete evidence they are not correct, then don’t believe what I teach on these subjects but, if you cannot disprove them, then at least consider them.
Seven Statements on Pre and Post Evangelical Prophecy Teachings!
1. The-first-of-the-week rapture position was not taught prior to the beginning of the Evangelical Movement.
2. The Mid-Tribulation position was not taught prior to the beginning of the Evangelical Movement.
(For Updates dealing with 1 and 2, please review the Archive Prophecy Update Numbers 73D, 74A, 76, 78A, 82A, 114A, 123B, 144A, 144F, 147D, 166C, and 233A).
3. The position that the three “he’s” in Daniel 9:27 are the antichrist was not taught prior to the beginning of the Evangelical Movement.
4. All prophetic teachers prior to the Evangelical Movement taught the three “he’s” in Daniel 9:27 were Jesus Christ or Antiochus Epiphanes. The vast majority of the “all” taught it was Jesus Christ. The “he’s” were not presented as being a future antichrist.
(For Updates dealing with 3 and 4, please review the Archive Prophecy Update Numbers 123C, 230B, 231, 231A, 231B, 232, 232A, 232B, 232C, 233, and Whole Numbered Updates 55 to 58).
5. The most popular prophetic position on the nationality of antichrist, prior to the Evangelical Movement, was that he would be an Assyrian.
(For Updates dealing with 5, please review Whole Numbered Archive Prophecy Updates 62 to 69)
6. The Antichrist and the 10 horns will not come out of Europe, the northern half of the old Roman Empire, but out of the southern half of it, which includes 10 Arab nations.
(For Updates dealing with 6, please review Archive Prophecy Update Numbers 74B, 78, 233B, 234A, 235A, 236A, and 236b).
7. Because of the use of the hyperbole by the Holy Spirit in Prophecy, the empire of the antichrist may not cover all the earth as we know it today.
(For Updates dealing with 7, please review Archive Prophecy Update Numbers 77, 77A, 77B, 77C, and 135A).
The major reason for my concern involving these seven differences in pre and post Evangelical Movement prophetic teachings is obvious. If the latest outbreak of “the good news is that the bad news was wrong” is correct, then there is no problem. If the rapture occurs before the man of sin appears on the scene, then there is no problem. If the popular “left behind” multimillion dollar series of books and videos is correct, then there is no problem. If the antichrist is to arise in Europe, then we have plenty of time before he arises, because Europe is afraid of its own shadow, and it would take a long, long time for him to revive it, and to conquer the world as we know it today. My concern is this – most of the ones who accept the “left behind” teachings have never considered they might not be correct! They are waiting for Jesus to whisk them away before the tribulation period begins, and they think they have plenty of time before the antichrist arises in Europe, plus a period of time which will pass before he takes over the whole world as we know it today. If this post Evangelistic Movement teaching is correct, then children of God indeed have no reason to even think about the tribulation period. But what if the Pre Evangelistic Movement prophecy teachings were more correct than what is commonly taught today? My concern is that very few will even consider them, and if the Pre Evangelistic Movement teachings are correct, children of God will suddenly find themselves in the tribulation period on the present earth with an antichrist who has arisen out of Islam, on an earth being rocked with natural phenomena unleashed by God.
Whether you believe what I present on comparisons of Pre Evangelistic Movement teachings with today’s popular teachings is not really the issue. At age 73 I have taken my lumps, and personal vendettas of who is right and who is wrong have flown away into obscurity. However, my concern is that many have never considered what the great Christian preachers and teachers taught before 1740, because they have not been exposed to their prophetic teachings.