Sunday, October 11, 2015
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #2 – Part 78 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
If historians prove that the 70th week of Daniel’s vision has already been fulfilled, the modern viewpoint on eschatology crumbles like a house of cards. Last blog we began to reveal the historical documentation that proves the origin of this viewpoint. If we don’t read history we could easily be mislead by every wind of doctrine.
When we were last together we found out that a Spanish priest named Francisco de Ribera in the 1500’s had fabricated a commentary regarding the end times, intended to disprove Martin Luther’s proclamation that the leader of the Holy Roman Empire was the 7th head of the beast in Revelation, and the “man of sin” described by the Apostle Paul…II Thes. 2:3.
Francisco emphasized that the “man of sin” wouldn’t appear until the end of the world, when Jesus Christ returns. He believed he had written a convincing story that would definitely convince the populous that Martin Luther lied about the Empire, hoping he could woo back the millions that had formed Protestant churches by now. Did the public ever read his end-time commentary?
Francisco de Ribera died in 1591, one year after his commentary was completed. His commentary did not dissuade the massive Protestant revolt as intended, but rather was inadvertently inserted in a Vulgate Bible, lost to the archives of time in the Church of England.
In 1826 a librarian of the Church of England, found and published Francisco’s fabricated end-times commentary written in 1590. It is from this publication that John Darby formulated his unscriptural modern-viewpoint regarding end time events.
Voila – the modern end-time doctrine was born! The fraudster, Cyrus Scofield, knew a good thing when he read it, so conferred with two controversial scholars in London, who financially helped him publish his reference Bible, at the prestigious Oxford University Press in London in 1909. Because the ‘church at large’ was corrupt and in decline, his false commentary became wildly popular almost instantly – selling millions of copies in the 20th century. Prideful men love to be the first to proclaim the latest and greatest – even if they ignore the facts produced by credible historians.
Soon the false end-time doctrine published in the Scofield Reference Bible was adopted into the curriculum of every seminary and Bible school across America. Have you found a denomination today that doesn’t teach that most of Daniel has not been fulfilled? With the exception of a few verses regarding the Ancient of Days, most of Daniel has been fulfilled, proven by credible historians – including all 70 weeks of his vision.
Scripture does warn us through the Apostle Peter when he says…our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, written to you…as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of Scriptures…II Peter 3:15-16.
The Rockefeller Foundation invested millions of dollars into a progressive church in New York in 1920, where modern intellectual viewpoints could be embraced – no more talk about sin, Hell, or that bloody cross, while questioning the deity of Christ. Social justice would become the focus of the modern church – lobbying governments for grants to help the poor, while winking at immorality, and erase church traditions – little by little. Mr. Scofield found this fertile soil in which to plant his false end-time doctrine.
A contemporary of Cyrus Scofield at first glance embraced this modern viewpoint on eschatology. In 1903 Philip Mauro, an international patent attorney, accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 45. He became an avid researcher of the Bible and church history, and read modern books on the subject of the end times, including the Scofield Reference Bible, eventually writing several books of his own.
After decades of research, historians had proven to Mr. Mauro that the 70th week of Daniel had been fulfilled, so he publicly renounced Scofield’s end-time theology as false. But Scofield’s doctrine had become so entrenched in the churches by the late l930’s, that Mr. Mauro found himself in the middle of a battle with those whom he had once experienced close fellowship – enduring personal insults and public attacks from Mr. Scofield’s supporters. Due to his patience and integrity, this humble man never retaliated. Those who want truth, will find it and embrace it, without attacking others.
Who was Daniel the Prophet? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~