The Origins of Dispensationalist Theology
Dispensationalism has also been called Separation Theology, Christian Zionism, the Rapture Cult and Scofieldism.
The Origins of Dispensationalist Theology
On the site
they say that:
"21 Goals of the Illuminati and The Committee of 300
By Dr. John Coleman
"13. To continue to build up the cult of Christian Fundamentalism
begun by the British East India Company's servant Darby, which will be
misused to strengthen the Zionist State of Israel by identifying with
the Jews through the myth of "God's chosen people", and by donating
very substantial amounts of money to what they mistakenly believe is a
religious cause in the furtherance of Christianity."
The goal of the ruling elite was to create and encourage
dispensationalism. One of the main reasons for developing
dispensationalism was to use it to strengthen Zionism. At he extreme
end of dispensationalismn, we have John Hagee and his Christians
United For Israel (CUFI).
John Coleman was once a British intelligence agent.
"Darby," mentioned above by John Coleman, is John Darby, the father of
19th century dispensationalist theology.
The excerpts below on John Darby are from:
"Now about the same time as Margaret Macdonald's vision, John Darby,
among others, was playing with other elements of dispensationalism,
particularly, dividing history into ages.or dispensations. After the
teaching was birthed in 1830, it was still very unstructured and
incomplete, but it was quickly growing and evolving due to input from
several areas, especially the previously mentioned Edward Irving and
"MacPherson states that Darby met with Scofield. I also believe they
met and that it was no coincidence, but preplanned".
Author Joseph Canfield points the significance out. He writes
"Convert Scofield 'happened to be in the one city in North America
which had been singled out by John Nelson Darby for concentrated
"planting the seed" of Darby's special brand of Bible teaching.'" I
believe this was just one figurehead (Darby) chosen by the
behind-the-scenes controllers, passing the torch of their false
doctrine on to his successor (Scofield). It would be hard for them to
hide the fact that they never had money problems when promoting this
pretrib teaching. As "luck" would have it, there always seemed to be
wealthy benefactors nearby. This included men like eccentric banker
Henry Drummond, who was involved from the beginning , making his
resources available to Irving's church in London and continuing to
support the movement. Researcher Robert L. Pierce noted "…Darby's
unusual mobility, for his day and time and his seeming lack of
financial problems."[xii] Scofield had Union 76 oil baron Lyman
Stewart, Arno C. Gaebelein and some of his wealthy friends who chose
to remain as anonymous as possible…"
The MacPherson above is Dave MacPherson who has researched the origins
of dispensationalist theology. See
"MacPherson (was) a newsman turned rapture researcher. MacPherson's
major book The Rapture Plot (Millennium III Publishers, 1994), is only
one of the latest in a series of revisions of his original discourse
The Unbelievable Pre-Trib Origin (Heart of America Bible Society,
1973). His books include the following: The Three R's: Rapture,
Revisionism, Robbery (P.O.S.T., 1998), The Great Rapture Hoax (New
Puritan Library, 1983), Rapture? (New Puritan Library, 1987), The
Incredible Cover-Up (Omega Publications, 1975), The Late Great
Pre-Trib Rapture (Heart of America Bible Society, 1974)."
Dave MacPherson makes a number of statements about the origins of dispensationalism of separation theology..
MacPherson says "John Walvoord truthfully viewed as one of the "early" pretribs!), have also claimed that Darby first "understood" pretrib in either late 1826 or early 1827, and that Darby based his earliest development primarily on the "distinction" between the
"church" and "Israel" which, he said, would necessitate a separation between both groups that only a pretrib rapture could attain."
John Darby (1800-1882) said that the dispensation of law ended at the cross when the dispensation of grace began. But then when the seven year dispensationalist tribulation period begins, another dispensation of law begins – so proposed Darby. This created a problem for Darby's thery. How could another dispensation of law go on when the Church was still on earth? He thought that in the dispensation of law during the tribulation, God would be dealing with the Jews. Would the Church in the
tribulation return to be under the law? The solution was that Darby postulated that before the events of the tribulation began and the one man dispensationalist Anti-Christ appeared, the Church would be raptured off the earth. With the Church gone, God would then turned to deal with the Jews during the tribulation. This point of Darby's theory may be the origin of the claim that the Book of Revelation is only for the Jews, since only they of God's people will be on earth in the tribulation.
If the Church is raptured off the earth, leaving the Jews, what happens to the few Jews who have accepted Christ? Darby and later dispensationalists do noit seem to deal with Messianic Jews, or with the vast majority of Jews who have rejected Christ entirely.
Darby proposed a radical separation between the Church and the Jews, and apparently then said that
when a Jew comes to believe in Christ he becomes part of the Church and is no longer part of Israel.
Of course, the messianic Jews would tend to reject this idea, wanting to be followers of Messiah and still be part of Israel.
MacPherson goes on to say that
"Not until 1839 ("Notes on the Revelation") did Darby have clear pretrib teaching! Basing it on Rev. 12:5's "man child" who was "caught up," he wrote: "If we apply it to the saints, who overcome here…then we find that…they are caught up out of his [the dragon's] way….; and the trial and persecution fall on those who are left here—-upon the woman."
"In the Sep., 1830 Irvingite journal, a writer discussing Revelation's seven churches taught that "Philadelphia" will be "caught up" before a future "period of great tribulation" while the "Laodicean church" will be left behind "on earth" to face that period—-the first clear
public teaching of pretrib that I've found."
"My book "The Rapture Plot" has seven pages of short quotes from the same Irvingite mouthpiece (1831-1833) which indisputably disclose a pretrib rapture as well as pretrib-type imminence—-all appearing in print years before Darby expressed such concepts! The same book of mine also lists 21 short quotes that pretrib dispensationalists agree were Darby's earliest prophetic thoughts—-"truths" they claimed he alone derived from Scripture, "truths" that supposedly led him to come up with the pretrib idea before anyone else. After I quoted them, I revealed that ALL of them were actually Irving's words in his preface to Manuel Lacunza's 1827 work and added that Irving revealed that he had held to those "truths" since 1825! "
Note: Manuel or Emmanuel Lacunza, 1731-1801, was a Jesuit priest who wrote The Coming of the Messiah in Glory and Majesty (1790). Supposedly Lacunza wrote that before Christ appeared the second time there would be a general apostasy of the Catholic Church which would make it part of the Anti-christ. What is important also is that Lacunza'a book was based upon a futurist interpretation of Bible prophecy. According to http://www.theologue.org/Theory-JPEby.html Lacunza the Jesuit also claimed that Jesus will return return twice, and on his first return return He "raptures" the Church so they can escape the reign of the "future antichrist." This interpretation of a future Anti-Christ as one man was apparently meant to steer the Protestants away from saying the Pope was the present Anti-Christ.
Edward Irving, an associate of John Darby and the English Plymouth Brethren, discovered Lacunza's book and was influenced by it. He translated it into English, and it was published in 1827.
On the site shown above Dave MacPherson writes that "Years ago my wife and I visited an elderly fellow believer in his home in Alberta, Canada who told us, from firsthand knowledge, that soon after
the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917, a man in that country went to his pastor, angrily threw down his Bible, and shouted: "You lied to us! You said we would be raptured away first!" The Dutch heroine Corrie ten Boom declared in a 1974 article that when communism took over in China "millions of Christians were tortured to death" who had previously been assured: "Don't worry, before the tribulation comes you will be translated—-raptured."
The story of the beginnings of dispensationalism continues in the United States with Cyrus
Scofield, and how he was aided by Zionists in promoting the doctrine.
The excerpts that follow are from:
Cyrus Scofield was involved in a railroad scam which led to Cyrus
serving time for criminal forgery. In prison, Scofield read the
dispensationalist theology of John Darby, which included the teaching
that physical Israel is still God's chosen people, and the rapture
"Following his Illuminati connections to New York, he settled in at
the Lotus Club, which he listed as his residence for the next twenty
years. It was here that he presented his ideas for a new Christian
Bible concordance, and was taken under the wing of Samuel Untermeyer,
who later became chairman of the American Jewish Committee, president
of the American League of Jewish Patriots, and chairman of the
Non-sectarian Anti-Nazi League.
"Untermeyer introduced Scofield to numerous Zionist and socialist
leaders, including Samuel Gompers, Fiorello LaGuardia, Abraham Straus,
Bernard Baruch and Jacob Schiff. These were the people who financed
Scofield's research trips to Oxford and arranged the publication and
distribution of his concordance."
The following is from:
"The purpose of Samuel Untermeier, and those associated with him was
to find a way to get fundamental Christians to have an interest in and
support for the international Zionist cause. Which had been one of
Untermeiers life long projects."
" With the many ministers of the 1920 and 1930s around preaching
Scofield's Dispensationalism — in his words, the "new testimony,"
became common but was not heard of 100 years ago. The push was on in
the late 1930s to get the Scofield reference Bible into the hands of
Protestant denominations. Scofield notes stating right on the pages of
King James Bible that "the Jews are all of Israel…"
The quotes below are out of:
"1909 — Cyrus I. Scofield, having been won over by illumination of
the new revelation, joined the team and with that previously mentioned
financial help, released his Scofield Reference Bible. Cyrus wanted to
use the bible of his heroes, Westcott and Hort, for this project.
However, he knew that due to the prominence of the KJV and the meager
results of the Revised Version sales, that his dispenationalist
teachings would never get anywhere if coupled with the R.V. So he used
the KJV, but he subtly showed his contempt for it and his reverence
for the Revised Version. This is how he did it. Everywhere that the
King James disagreed with the Revised Version in an area of doctrinal
importance, Cyrus inserted a footnote stating the KJV was incorrect
and he always offered a "more correct" rendering which was almost
always identical to the RV…."
"Before C.I. Scofield passed on, he passed the torch of illumination
on to his faithful disciple Lewis Sperry Chafer.
"The Seeds Are Fertilized…
1924 — Lewis Sperry Chafer founded the Dallas Theological Seminary.
Remnants of the torch that he received from Scofield can be seen in
the Seminary's logo as the Masonic Eternal Flame, sitting atop the
scriptures. This one institution is without a doubt, the most
responsible for disseminating the heretical teachings of
dispensationalism and the pretribulation rapture. It is my hope that
the reader will see links which have surfaced, forming a chain to
create, shackle and direct the dispensationalist movement from the
beginning. Millions embrace the teachings of this movement, believing
it comes from the throne room of God. Others promoting it have been
aware of its true source and clandestine purposes and have conspired
against the true Body of Christ. It is the latter that I have tried to
The Niagara Bible Conferences held from 1876 to 1897 were important for the very early
spreading of dispensationalism into American churches in the late 19th century.
The excerpts below are from:
"Premillennial Dispensationalism was fathered by John Darby in 19th
century Britain…A 2004 Newsweek poll found that 55% of Americans
believe "that the faithful will be taken up to heaven in the Rapture."
(My note: All those who follow
a premillennial viewpoint are certainly not dispensationalists)
"Beyond the influence Dispensationalism has through its electoral
power " some estimate that followers of this ideology compose up to
15% of the electorate " the leading purveyors of this ideology are
also very well connected. In 1981 Tim LaHaye founded the Council for
National Policy, becoming the organization's first president.
Attendees of the Council for National Policy's secretive tri-annual
meetings " whose members include leaders of the religious right and
top tier conservative organizers " have included President Bush, Sen.
Bill Frist, John Ashcroft, Tommy Thompson, and Oliver North. Donald
Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney were featured speakers at one of the group's
meetings only two months after the invasion of Iraq."