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 says that pretribulation rapture people say that the word ‘church’ doesn’t exist after Revelation 4, therefore that means that believers are gone.
I agree that other words in Revelation 5-20 are used, such as saints and witnesses, which show the Messiah’s Ekklesia of saints are on earth until all prophecies are fulfilled.
There are two key points that Joel Richardson is not giving to people, which invalidate the concept of a pretrib rapture.
First, the concept of a pre-trib rapture is based on a futuristic 70th week of Daniel, but that is a deception to fool the end times saints. The 70th week of Daniel 9 prophecy foretold when Messiah would appear to carry out His ministry, and when (in the middle of the 70th week) He would confirm the everlasting covenant (that was mentioned in Daniel 9:4) with His blood as the Passover Lamb, to atone for our sins. It’s not about the end times or the antichrist. Read 70th Week Of Daniel 9 Decoded
Second, the narrative of Revelation 2-3 is primarily to seven church eras which span from the first century until Messiah returns. So this proves that Messiah’s saints are here throughout the fulfillment of Revelation. Sadly, we live in the last church era of Laodicea, when many saints think that they understand prophecy fulfillment, but they are blind. Read Revelation 2-3 Seven Church Eras
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios points to dispensationalists saying that God deals with Jews during 70th week.
I agree that dispensationalism is a false construct of pretribulation rapture teaching.
But the fatal flaw with Joel Richardson’s teachings on Revelation is that they’re based on the false concept of a futuristic 70th week of Daniel 9, the supposed 7-year tribulation period. But that is a deception from the enemy.
In the 16th century, the Protestant Reformers all proclaimed that the office of the papacy, the Popes of Rome, fulfill Bible prophecy as the ‘little horn’ of Daniel 7, the ‘son of perdition’ of 2 Thessalonians 2, and the ‘beast’ of Revelation 13, who leads the ‘harlot’ church of Rome.
To counter this, the pope empowered the General of the Jesuits, who had Jesuit priest Francisco Ribera, a brilliant man with a doctorate in theology, write a 500 page commentary with an opposing view, where he manipulated prophecies in the books of Daniel and Revelation, to create an end-time 7-year tribulation antichrist.
Messiah’s saints rejected the futuristic teachings for several centuries, but the persistence of the Jesuit’s using people like Cyrus Scofield and places like Dallas Theological Seminary, has caused most people today to believe the false, futuristic explanations.
Sadly, Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas are experts at teaching the false, futuristic narrative of prophecy fulfillment.
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios points to the brethren in Revelation 12, applying it to the future to make a case against the pretrib rapture.
Once again, Joel’s false, futuristic explanations miss the mark and are just another deception.
Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 give the vision of four pagan beast kingdoms: Babylon > Medo-Persia > Greece > Rome, with the last one remaining in power until Messiah returns.
In Revelation 12-13, John picks up the narrative of the Roman beast kingdom as he describes the Satan-empowered leaders through different phases.
Revelation 12 describes the pagan Roman Emperors who persecuted Messiah’s saints during ten persecution periods from the first century until 312 AD. The birth of Messiah’s Ekklesia as painful, especially during the last persecution period.
The blood of the martyrs of the pagan Roman Empire symbolically cries out in the fifth seal, as they prayed for revenge, which came during the trumpet judgment as army after army were sent to attack the mighty Roman Empire, which led to its fall in 1453 AD.
Messiah’s letter to the Smyrna church age pointed to ten days of tribulation, which took place during ten prophetic years from 303-312 AD, when Emperor Diocletian sought to wipe out Messiah’s Ekklesia.
Revelation has four chronological layers, which when they are placed on top of one another on the time, it gives the whole story.
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios points to Revelation 13:7, saying that the saints will be killed by the antichrist, to seemingly counter the pretrib rapture concept.
But the narrative of the sea beast of Revelation 13 is not about events in the future, so once again Joel’s explanation is off-target.
Revelation 13:1-10 point to the popes of Rome being given civil power over the Roman beast kingdom for 1260-years, from 538-1798 AD.
The antichrist beast popes caused Catholics to torture and kill tens of millions of Messiah’s saints during the Dark Ages and Inquisition.
Joel Richardson has to know the history of the pope’s persecution, but his explanations deflect blame away from Rome.
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios read Revelation 17:6 to say that the harlot will be drunk with the blood of the saints, to seemingly counter the pretribulation rapture.
But the narrative of the harlot Roman Catholic Church killing the saints already took place, as noted in the previous section.
In the Joel Richardson FAI STUDIOS Is Rome The Great Harlot Video Review we see that Joel points to Islam as the harlot as he gives the false parameter of it being the false religion which deceives the most people in the end times.
But the narrative of Revelation 17 and 18 clearly describe the Roman Catholic Church which is led by the man of sin, son of perdition popes of Rome.
Joel’s explanations misleadingly serve to deflect blame away from Rome.
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios cites Romans 11:25 to say that all Israel will be saved.
Joel’s false, futuristic prophecy fulfillment explanations cause him to assign many things to the Jews in the modern Zionist state of Israel.
But in Romans 11:25, the apostle Paul is proclaiming that all followers of Messiah, who are a true Israelite, will be saved.
In Romans 9, Paul teaches that a true Israelite is one who has a covenant relationship with the Father through the Son.
In Romans 11, Paul was telling the Romans to not boast against nonbelieving Jews whose desolation drew nigh, as Jerusalem, the temple and the Jewish nation were desolated during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD.
Messiah’s saints heeded Messiah’s key sign of the abomination of desolation, which took place when Cestius and his army surrounded Jerusalem (Luke 21:20-21) to take it captive in November 66 AD.
The saints took the opportunity to flee to the mountains as Messiah told them, where they were protected during the war. So indeed, all Israel, all believing Jews, were saved. And 1.1 million unbelieving Jews died in the war.
Messiah’s kingdom was established with believing Jews, as 3,000 believed on the day of Pentecost and more were added daily. And then after the 70th week of Daniel 9 was fulfilled, the Gospel was also proclaimed to the gentiles, who have been grafted into the Commonwealth of Israel.
Read Messiah’s Kingdom
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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