Scofield"The Final Apostasy," began with a
small very wealthy and determined European political movement. It had a dream,
and the American churches stood in its way.
The World Zionist movement had
plans to acquire a homeland for all Jews worldwide, even though most were far
from homeless, and many did not want another home.
World Zionists wanted a specific
property that American Christians called "the Holy Land."
These Zionists read "Democracy in
America" and other journals of many of America's churches which proclaimed
Jerusalem as a Holy site of all Christiandom.
America's traditional churches in
the 19th Century would never stand for a Zionist occupation of Jesus'
Zionist leaders initiated a program to change America and its religious
One of the main tools used to accomplish this goal was
an obscure and malleable Civil War disserter named
Cyrus I. Schofield and a venerable, world respected European book publisher -
The Oxford University Press.
Cyrus Scofield was a small time politician
and career criminal.
In 1873, at 29 years of age, he was forced to
resign his position as a District Attorney because of crooked financial
transactions, that include accepting bribes, stealing political contributions,
and securing bank notes by forging signatures.
A heavy drinker, Scofield abandoned
his first wife and two daughters to marry his second wife while becoming an
ordained minister as divorce proceedings lingered.
Scofield became a
leader in dispensational
Reference Bible is the most influential statement of dispensational
premillennialism or Zionism.
German "high criticism" of the bible
was leading many toward emphasis on a social gospel instead of on literal
acceptance of miracles and supernatural events described.
theologians rejected this migration, and insisted on certain basic elements of
Christian faith that included the virgin birth, the divinity of Christ, the
bodily resurrection, the trinity, and the literal second coming of Christ,
among other elements.
This scholarly backlash against the social gospel
and higher criticism might not have gotten as much traction if it were not for
the investment of Lyman Stewart, president of Union oil, in the publication of
a series of booklets, which he distributed to any minister in the US who was
The social gospel would call a rich man like Stewart to
sell all he had and enter by the needle's eye. But the Zionist vision allowed
him easier access, perhaps, and gave others a very hierarchical vision of
things: Submit and be saved, fail to submit and be damned.
Lyman Stewart was a
"dispensationalist" who believed Jesus would return and reign from Jerusalem
and the purported promises to Israel would be fulfilled.
notes teach premillennialism and dispensationalism, a theology that was
systematized in the early nineteenth century by the Anglo-Irish clergyman John
Nelson Darby (a Plymouth Brethren exclusivist who like Scofield had been
trained as a lawyer).
Dispensationalism emphasizes the distinctions
between the New Testament Church and ancient Israel of the Old Testament.
Scofield claimed that between creation and the final judgement there
are seven distinct eras of God's dealing with man and that these eras are a
framework around which the message of the Bible could be explained.
was largely through the influence of Scofield's notes that dispensational
premillennialism became influential among fundamentalist Christians in the US,
and these notes became a significant source for popular religious writers such
as Hal Lindsey.
The scheme was
to alter the Christian view of Zionism by creating and promoting a pro-Zionist
subculture within Christianity.
Cyrus Ingerson Scofield's role was to
re-write the King James Version of the Bible by inserting Zionist-friendly
notes in the margins, between verses and chapters, and on the bottoms of the
The Oxford University
Press printed the Zionist revised bible - the Scofield Reference Bible.
With limitless advertising and
propaganda, it became one of the best
selling Bibles in America and remained so for nearly a century.
Scofield Reference Bible was not to be just another translation, subverting
minor passages a little at a time. Scofield produced a revolutionary book that
radically changed the context of the King James Version.
create a subculture around a new worship
icon, the modern State of
Israel, a state that did not yet exist, but which was already on the
drawing boards of the committed, well-funded authors of World
Cyrus Ingerson Scofield's support came from a movement
that took root around the turn of the century, supposedly motivated by
disillusionment over what it considered the stagnation of the mainline American
churches. Some of these "reformers" were later to serve on Scofield's Editorial
Cyrus Ingerson Scofield imitated a chain of past heretics
and rapturists, most of whose credibility fizzled over their faulty end times
Scofield's Bible injects a
very weird "End Times" prophecy into Christianity whihc is best termed
Scofield's altered Bible, many Christians today believe that Jesus will return
to save his followers from the "end times" (The Rapture), after Israel is
established, and that "God will bless those who bless Israel."
every human dispute we look for the oppressor and the oppressed and we try to
determine who is right and who is wrong. I'm doing that now. EVERYTHING I read
and access tells me that Zionism is a scourge and I am an Ashkenazi Jew, a
Khazar by birth. So believe me, it has not been comforting
to walk down this path. These
are my people and I am beginning to
believe that they're criminals, one and all." - Jeff Prager
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