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."
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' homeland.
Zionist leaders initiated a program to change America and its religious
orientation. 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
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
premillennialism. The Scofield Reference Bible is the most influential
statement of dispensational premillennialism or Zionism.
criticism" of the bible was leading many toward emphasis on a social gospel
instead of on literal acceptance of miracles and supernatural events described.
A few 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 interested.
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
Scofield's 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 believed 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. It 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
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 pages.
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.
The 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. It was designed to 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 Zionism.
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 Committee.
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 best termed
Christian Zionism. Because of
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."
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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