Video description: MARANATHA Global Bible Study // The Rapture and the Endurance of the Saints. Episode 15: The Second Coming, The Resurrection, and the Rapture.
Before I begin my review of Joel Richardson’s explanations, let me declare that I do these type of reviews, not just to expose false teachers; but to show what they teach, which you may have also been taught, so that you can see the truth and the deception.
These reviews serve as an open rebuttal of their explanations. It’s not about me, it’s about the truth of prophecy fulfillment which reveals the glory of our beloved Messiah!
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios points out that the apostacy and revealing of the man of lawlessness happen before Messiah returns.
The whole video is based on a false premise, that the apostacy and revealing of the man of lawlessness happens in the end times.
After several centuries of the Roman Empire brutally persecuting the saints, Emperor Constantine changed strategies and in 321 AD, he made Roman Christianity the state religion. Satan caused Constantine to do this, to create a new way to try to destroy the true faith. Satan realized that the more he caused the Roman Empire to kill the saints, the faster the Messiah’s assembly grew. So his new strategy was to infiltrate the church and destroy it from within.
Constantine and the Roman bishops combined pagan idolatry with the true faith, forming the foundation of the Roman Catholic (universal) Church. They changed the names of idols like Isis to Mary, Jupiter to St. Peter, etc. They changed the Scriptural Sabbath to SUN-day, because they worshiped the Sun god. They created the harlot (the apostate church) of Revelation 17.
The appeal of the prestige and power of Rome caused many Christians to compromise their beliefs. Instead of refusing to align with the Pagan Roman Empire, they joined with them, which was the ‘falling away‘ that Paul refers to in 2 Thessalonians 2.
Satan used the harlot church of Rome to persecute the saints even more relentlessly than the pagan Roman Empire, during the Dark Ages and the Inquisition. The Roman Catholic Church teaches a false gospel of works through the sacraments, and a false intercessor in Mary, which denies Messiah. The false religion of Romanism has deceived billions of Catholics and left them lost in their sins.
The man of sin, the son of perdition, has already been revealed.
The ‘temple’ in 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation is not a physical temple, but rather the church of Messiah, His Ekklesia of saints.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22
The popes of Rome proclaim to lead Messiah’s church, but they teach a false Gospel and a false Messiah, as they proclaim that Mary is the intercessor to the Father. The popes have already proclaimed to be God, to forgive sins and to provide salvation, which is blasphemy.
The popes fulfill prophecy as the man of sin as they cause Catholics to sin by calling him Holy Father, by making and bowing to idols of Mary, by killing saints during the Dark Ages and Inquisition, by making repetitious prayers using beads, by praying to Mary as the supposed intercessor to the Father, and by believing in salvation through their sacraments which leaves them lost in their sins.
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios says that the Bible consistently predicts a great falling away in the last days.
The falling away that the apostle Paul described was fulfilled in the fourth century, when Romanism was codified.
Sadly, there’s a falling away from truth in the end times regarding prophecy fulfillment, as it’s only been during the last few centuries that people have taught the false, futuristic explanations that Dalton Thomas and Joel Richardson proclaim.
Before that, the saints taught that the prophecies in Revelation have been in the process of being fulfilled since it was written. The first verse of Revelation points to ‘things which must shortly come to pass.’
And the first seal was fulfilled shortly after John was given the apocalyptic vision.
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios says that Matthew 24:9-13 is about the last days apostacy.
In His Olivet Discourse, Messiah was talking to His disciples, who were persecuted as they proclaimed that Gospel. All but John were killed by a violent death.
Ironically the passage points to false prophets, false teachers. Teachers like Dalton Thomas and Joel Richardson mislead people with the false, futuristic explanations. Their whole narrative is based on the false premise of a future 70th week of Daniel 9.
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios rails against John MacArthur who says that if you take the mark of the beast, you can repent and come back.
This perspective is based on a wrong believe about what is the mark of the beast.
‘The beast’ is the pope of Rome who leads the harlot Roman Catholic Church, which teaches a false gospel of works through the sacraments and a false intercessor in Mary, which denies Messiah.
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Catholics have the mark of the beast, as they revere (mark on forehead, thoughts) and obey (mark on right hand, actions) that antichrist beast popes.
During the Protestant Reformation, when the Gospel was proclaimed, millions of Catholics were redeemed for the kingdom. They came out of the harlot church of Rome and repented of their sins. So they had the mark of the beast and now they have the mark of the Heavenly Father on them.
Today, 1.3 billion Catholics have the mark of the beast on them, but most Christian leaders aren’t teaching this truth, so that they witness to Catholics to show them the Scriptural Gospel.
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios says that the pretribulation rapture is the doctrine of demons.
That’s an interesting statement, as the futuristic explanations that Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas teach are the real doctrine of demons.
Most of the prophecies in Revelation have already been fulfilled during the last 1,900 years, but futurism hides the historicist narrative which validates the Bible and Messiah’s deity.
The false, futuristic explanations causes people to not know the Revelation fulfillment timeline, so that they’re not prepared for how the end times will play out or for Messiah’s return; so that they are like the foolish virgins.
The false, futuristic explanations cause people to not know who is the antichrist, so that they may revere and obey him as a savior after the worldwide economy collapses. He will not appear to be evil in appearance, but seemingly a loving Christian priest who offers peace and safety for the world.
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I pray that this posts helps wake you up, so that you can see how the enemy has deceived the end-times saints, for Messiah’s return draw nigh and you don’t want to be caught off-guard like the foolish virgins who don’t have the oil of Scriptural truth to light their way.
Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas teach a futuristic fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9, the Olivet Discourse and the prophecies in Revelation.
The 70th week of Daniel 9 is about Messiah’s ministry and His blood sacrifice as the Spotless Lamb to atone for our sins. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
The Olivet Discourse foretold the events that would lead to the desolation of Jerusalem, the second temple and the Jewish nation; as punishment for the Jewish leaders continuing in rebellion against the Heavenly Father and for delivering His Son up to be killed. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
Most of the prophecies in Revelation have been fulfilled in exacting detail during the last 1,900 years. It describes the historical narrative of the Satan-empowered leaders of the Roman beast kingdom (pagan Emperors > antichrist beast Popes > false prophet Jesuit Superior Generals) fighting against Messiah and His saints.
The explanations of Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas serve to deflect blame away from the enemy in Rome, and to mislead the end-times saints so that they’re not prepared for how the end-times will play out, and don’t know the context of Messiah’s return.
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