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Left Behind by the Jesuits!!
St. Paul said:
"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth (restrains) that he might be revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming." (II Thessalonians 2:1-12).
In one of the greatest of the great prophecies of the Bible, St. Paul predicted that 2 things must happen FIRST before the end of the world: A falling away or apostasy from the Apostolic Faith and the Man of Sin to be revealed.
Then he referred obscurely to something mysterious that was hindering or restraining evil and holding back the revelation of the Man of Sin.
According to the Apostle Paul, the believers KNEW perfectly well what was withholding or restraining the manifestation of the Man of Sin. It was no mystery to them. Jesus had already told them that they were the SALT of the earth and the LIGHT of the world:
"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men."
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house."
Believers in Christ were restraining evil
Beginning in the year 303, the Roman Empire launched a persecution against Christianity which lasted 10 years. It is called the last great pagan persecution of the Congregation.
Millions of Christians were killed and the main target of the pagans was the New Testament . . . and the histories of Christ....All of the great books portraying the Mount of Olives as the site of the Resurrection were systematically destroyed.
Even the books written by pagan authors were destroyed because they would reveal a lot about the doctrines and practices of Apostolic Christianity.
This was the removal by death of the restraint or hindering power and the stage was set for the emergence of the Papal Roman Empire with Constantine as the first Pope!!
The only non-Biblical author whose work survived was Eusebius of Caesarea, and he preserved MOST of his works by flattering or praising Emperor Constantine!!
The Rapture or Millions Missing!!
The Rapture or "millions missing" fable was invented by 2 Jesuits and is held by most "Protestants" today....It ranks right up there with the fantasy of the moving earth and evolution....No matter how bizarre the believe system is, if it will undermine the Reformation, the Jesuits will embrace it with all the enthusiasm of a fanatic.
Francisco de Ribera, S.J. (1537-1591).
Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, S.J. (1542-1621).
Francisco Ribera was a Spanish doctor of theology who wrote a 500 page Latin commentary on Revelation (Apocalypse) entitled: In Sacrum Beati Ioannis Apostoli, & Evangelistiae Apocalypsin Commentarij, and published it about the year 1590....This commentary was never translated into any other language and was for the eyes of the hierarchy only!!
Robert Bellarmine was an Italian doctor of theology and is best known for his opposition to fellow Jesuit Galileo and his HELLiocentric theory. He also wrote a book in Latin entitled: Disputationes de controversiis christianae fidei, or Polemic Lectures Concerning the Disputed Points of the Christian Belief Against the Heretics of This Time. This book follows the basic outline of Francisco de Ribera's book with the reign of Antichrist limited to a few years way off in the future before the end of time.
In the Futurism system of Ribera and Bellarmine, Antichrist is an evil superman who emerges just 7 years before the end of time and causes all kinds of havoc.
In the English speaking world, Edward Irving and John Nelson Darby further elaborated on this system by inventing a secret rapture 7 years before the end. They correctly taught that the Christians are restraining evil—in this case Protestant Christians— who will be removed from the earth before the Antichrist will be revealed. In popular literature it is called the Rapture or catching away!!
Those who are LEFT BEHIND will get another chance to be saved ... if they choose death rather that accept the mark of the beast!!
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Artist's conception of the Rapture, with Christ coming secretly for the believers, and millions suddenly "missing."
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"Rapture ready" pilots suddenly disappear, and planes crash into buildings, in this artist's rendition of the secret rapture.
If you think this is some kind of hoax or fantasy think again....This teaching is held by millions of "Protestant" Christians and is the foundation of a multi-million dollar publishing and movie empire.
Hal Lindsay and C.C. Carlson
The first book to really bring Futurism to the masses was a book entitled The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey and C.C. Carlson which appeared in 197O. That book has sold over 35 million copies and was translated into 54 languages:
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Prophecy bestseller by Hal Lindsey and C.C. Carlson.
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This book was on the New York Times bestseller list for months.
Hal Lindsey is known as the father of modern "Bible" prophecy. His famous Late Great Planet Earth sold over 35 million copies and spawned the billion dollar end-times industry, whose books and videos repeat his dispensational theme, and are patterned after his novel writing style. Lindsey actually is a Jesuit in disguise as 2 of his daughters attended Jesuit Gonzaga University.
Hal Lindsay, father of modern "Bible" prophecy.
The mysterious C.C. Carlson, who was the ghostwriter for Lindsey's books, turns out to be a woman—and most probably a nun in disguise!!
The mysterious C. C. Carlson—ghostwriter for Lindsey's book's—finally turns out to be a woman....She should be called the MOTHER of modern "Bible" prophecy.
In Protestant Christianity, it is very unusual for a woman to write a prophecy book. Prior to 1971, you could count them on one hand. Elliot and Spurgeon surveyed history and listed the best expositors in Horae and Commentating on Commentators. Neither man mentioned a woman.
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
When it became apparent that Futurism was the road that led to fame and riches, many jumped on this "Bible" prophecy bandwagon....2 of the most famous false profits are "Reverend" Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins who originated the Left Behind publishing empire.
"Reverend" Tim LaHaye.
Jerry B. Jenkins.
These men are laughing all the way to the bank due to the phenomenal success of their Left Behind series. Most libraries in the U.S. have copies of their books . . . but fortunately they are listed under "Christian" FICTION.
In their books, the Rapture has already taken place and the hero and heroine battle the evil Antichrist named Nicolae Carpathia from the country of Romania!!