This Revelation Timeline Decoded post features a video from Millennium Now, called ‘Jesuit Roots of Dispensational Doctrine.’
Video description: A historical lecture on how Western Protestant churches & seminaries adopted Jesuit eschatological teachings & promulgate them in modern evangelical congregations, radio & TV broadcast productions.
The Millenium Now video has some great information on how the futuristic explanations which came from Ribera, moved forward through many people and ended up at Dallas Theological Seminary, from which the leaven of the deceptions spread around the whole.
Sadly, this Millenium Now video is promoting another Jesuit deception of preterism, which was created by Jesuit Luis De Alcazar who published a book called ‘Investigation of the Hidden Sense of the Apocalypse‘ in 1614, which assigns the fulfillment of the prophecies in Revelation to the first century.
The Jesuit Alcasar devoted himself to bring into prominence the preterist method of interpretation to show the prophecies of antichrist were fulfilled before the Popes ever ruled at Rome, and therefore could not apply to the Papacy.
Le Roy Edwin Froom explains: Applying the New Jerusalem to the Catholic Church, Alcazar contended that the Apocalypse describes the twofold war of the church in the early centuries—one with the Jewish synagogue, and the other with paganism—resulting in victory over both adversaries. Revelation 1 to 11 he applied to the rejection of the Jews and the desolation of Jerusalem by the Romans. Revelation 12 to 19 Alcazar allotted to the overthrow of Roman paganism and the conversion of the empire to the church, the judgment of the great Harlot being effected by the downfall of pagan idolatry; Revelation 20 he applied to the final persecution by Antichrist, and the day of judgment; and chapters 21 and 22, referring to the New Jerusalem, he made descriptive of the glorious and endless triumphant state of the Roman church.
Just like futurism/dispensationalism, preterism serves to deflect blame away from the Popes, as the Protestant Reformers rightly proclaimed that 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 ‘antichrist beast‘ of Revelation 13, who leads the ‘harlot‘ church of Rome.
Somehow Millenium Now leaves out the reason that the Jesuits created the deception of futurism, to deflect blame away from the antichrist beast Popes! Of course if he did that, it would invalidate the preterist explanation that Roman Emperor Nero was the antichrist.
He says that prior to Francisco Ribera teaching futurism, Biblical teachings were simply that most of Revelation was in reference to Jerusalem at its sacking in the year 70 AD.
That is completely false, as most people proclaimed the historical fulfillment of prophecy! They pointed to the antichrist beast rising to power after the Roman Empire collapsed and the ‘restrainer‘ Western Roman Emperor being removed from power.
And the saints had been witnessing that the Popes are the son of perdition and antichrist beast as far back as 900 AD, when the Popes were revealing their evil nature and their teachings that are contrary to Scripture.
So ultimately, this is another Jesuit deception which teaches a lot of truth about the error of futurism/dispensationalism, but serves to hide the truth of historicism. That’s a typical Jesuit tactic!
I’ve posted a Revelation Timeline Decoded study series which shows you the fulfillment of most of the prophecies in Revelation during the last 1,900 years; which proves that what John Barnett and Discover the Book Ministries are teaching is wrong.
Messiah’s apocalyptic vision is a war manual, designed to hide the explanation from those who should not understand it. It uses symbolic words that are defined in the Old Testament to point to a literal fulfillment. If you read Revelation only from a literal perspective, the interpretation is hidden.
Understanding the vision is like taking a Biblical final exam. If you’ve read the whole Word, you will have seen the symbolism that Messiah uses and can apply it to the fulfillment.
If you read Revelation as one chronological narrative, the prophecies seem out of sequence. That’s because it has four chronological layers, each of which spans from when it was written until Messiah returns.
This book explains the prophecies of Revelation on a timeline to help you see how the four chronological layers interact with each other, so that you can comprehend the whole vision.
You will learn how to identify who fulfills the role of the son of perdition, the antichrist beast, the false prophet, and the harlot called ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great.’ You will understand the proper context of the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments; the little book of Revelation 10, and the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
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