'Latter Rain' Heretics

The Delusions of David Eells - 4

Pipe-Dream Interpretation!

(Continued from page 217)

So, while we see that the Bible teaches that the true existing believers are 'raptured' before the tribulation, we read this opinion from Eells, et al, at:   

Is the Tribulation for You? by Amos Scaggs - 8/03/05

'I was on a computer and it was the mid-tribulation time period.  I saw millions of people being destroyed and all sorts of catastrophes happening all over the world.  I saw the Beast system in full swing, its leaders and commanders.

I thought I had seen enough so I wanted to close the screen out.  I kept clicking the 'X' with the cursor 15-20 times in rapid secession but every time I would hit the 'X' the screen would pop back up again.  I was getting frustrated because I couldn't exit the page. 

Then a voice said, 'You're Not Getting Out.'

I had to sit there and watch the activities of the tribulation times.  Needless to say, I was totally disappointed and my heart sank because I thought I would escape the tribulation period.

Regardless of what you have been taught or think, the Christian/Church will go through the seven-year tribulation period.'

TCE: 'Regardless of what you have been taught or think'? Is this really the Biblical way to consider any teaching or doctrine? Again, although we have read Eells' supposed claim to believe the Bible before the teachings of men (as Benny Hinn does), we see that this Gnostic attitude prevails throughout their work.  It does not seem to cross the minds of Eells that his biographical details are replete with the same supernatural events described by most of the luminaries of the mystical Christian movement.  While all of them have scriptural precedence, Eells' claims are typical of those in the mystical Christian movement who want special attention: cf.  Benny Hinn, William Branham, Paul Cain, Bob Jones and Kenneth Hagin, for example. The experiences include:


  • visitations by Jesus;
  • dreams and visions with visitations by angels;
  • protracted times of private worship and prayer;
  • one-on-one dialogues with the Holy Spirit;
  • out-of-body experiences with accompanying angelic warfare.
  • self-styled 'revelation knowledge' that lets him reveal things about God never known before.

Eells' work is a conglomeration of isolated Bible verses, misinterpretations, wishful thinking, heightened imagination, dreams, visions, and demonic influence.  He has dozens of minor points that could be addressed, but space does not permit it so only the more major points can be addressed here.

His view of Jesus and the Father is faulty, cultic, and reminiscent of Mormon 'prophet' Joseph Smith.  His experiences smack of those obtained by many through drugs, meditation, hypnosis, and demonic delusion.  Angelic obsession or preoccupation downgrades Christ and the Word of God as Paul warns in Colossians 2
v18-19:

'Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding the Head.'

In this, Eells is joined by many other devotees, all willing to share their wonderful experiences with us, e.g.:

Revelation in Mid-Trib of Soon Coming Rapture by Kaile Hamilton - 6/16/08

I was sitting in a living room with my mother and my sister; we were all sitting on three separate couches. 
I knew that it was about in the middle of the tribulation and we had begun to discuss when the rapture was going to happen.  My mother and sister were very insistent that the rapture was going to happen very soon, whereas I was thinking there was a little more timeAs I was telling them of how much more time I thought we had, the Lord showed me a picture of the earth.  I then saw two or three black holes forming on the earth; it was almost like the earth looked like Swiss cheese.  The Lord drew my attention to a black hole forming in the Indian Ocean between Africa and Australia as I saw the earth sucking itself up into the black hole.  Simultaneously, as I saw the black hole beginning to ingest all that surrounded it, I felt like I was being sucked or pulled in the opposite direction.  In that moment, I knew that it was the rapture and the peace that surpasses all understanding came over me and the joy of being in the presence of the Lord

As I was being taken up into the clouds I woke up suddenly and I felt the Holy Spirit come over me very strongly and I quickly went back to sleep.  (
David's note: During the second 3½ years of the tribulation, as the world is being swallowed up by the beast from hell, we shall be increasingly swallowed up by the kingdom of Heaven and ultimately into Heaven itself at the end of the trib.  Few understand that the rapture is for those who have already learned to dwell in the kingdom of Heaven on earth.  {Mt.24v31} And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other

When I woke up the next morning,
my first thought was that the Lord was showing me that there isn't as much time as I was thinking there was until His return. 

Upon investigation, I realized that the black hole that I was focused on was near where the earthquake happened that caused the Tsunami in 2004,
which I thought was interesting.'

The Bible and Dream Interpretation


TCE:  Dreams have held man's fascination probably since he first had one. Philosophers and psychologists, the religious and non-religious, all have tried to explain what dreams are and why people have them. Christians should always check out their dreams and visions against Scripture. Certainly God certainly spoke to men through dreams in the Old and New Testament (e.g. Genesis 20v3; Matthew 2v22; Acts 2v17).  Of course, Cessationists will argue that the last reference applies to such as the 'gifts of the Holy Spirit' and have therefore also passed away, not being for our dispensation - but we are not of that opinion, having had enough 'dreams and visions' of our own to know that they still occur.  The difference, as always, is the careful checking against Scripture and the facts of history.  While Eells, et al, give away their clear position by false doctrine, dreams, visions, prophecies, and 'revelation' that simply never occurs, thus proving they are deceived, we recognise that God will give occasional guidance to Christian leaders and individuals, even in relatively trivial matters - such as the choosing of an elder or pastor (the 'pastoral' epistles contain clear and sufficient guidance to the necessary credentials to be sought and observed by such but, in these days of foolish 'management selection' via Bible College qualifications or being a 'big name' in worldly Christian circles - e.g. the apostate Billy Graham who is a lover of the Papal Cult - mature and faithful believers might be given confirmation by God).  But the Bible, the sole Word of God, is utterly sufficient for all of the Christians life!  To try and claim that the ridiculous offerings found on Eells' website are from God is to open yourself to utter deception and deserved ridicule (e.g. read 'A DECEPTION made of SUGAR' aka the 'Duck of Death').

The bulk of the revelatory dreams are in the books of Genesis and Daniel and, in those days, God spoke in a special way to chosen men with visions, audible voice, signs, miracles, etc., before the completion of the Scriptures. Hebrews 1
v1 affirms;

'God spake at sundry times and in diverse manners (different ways) in times past.'

Note - it was 'times past.'  We now have a completed revelation in Jesus Christ and a sufficient Book (Hebrews 1
v2) and the foundation of the Church is firmly and securely laid (Ephesians 2v20-21). We have clear guidance in all matters concerning believers and the church - and are to be 'separate' from the world as described in Scripture.  We do not 'hob-nob' with the world, but are called to evangelise as directed by the Holy Spirit (Cessationists will have some limited success despite their rejection of continuing 'leading into all truth' - John 16v13 - that the Spirit brings through opening our eyes to full Scriptural understanding!) and 'snatch some from the fire' (Jude 20-23).  We must now, by study and obedience, build upon that secure foundation (1 Corinthians 3v11-13).  Revelation 22v18-19 asserts that no more revelation is being added to the Book in spite of the claims of cults and heretics.

With a complete Saviour, a complete salvation and a complete Bible, Peter says that we now have all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1
v3-4).  We should beware those trying to use Jude 8, where apostates are called 'dreamers,' against dreams given by God.  Here the Greek, enupniazomai - enupniazomai - can mean 'to dream [divinely suggested] dreams,' or, it could be used metaphorically, 'to be beguiled with sensual images and carried away to an impious course of conduct' - as in this context in the Jude passage.  Again, Ecclesiastes 5v7 is used in an attempt to warn Christians against all dreams, but the verse warns:

'In the multitude of dreams there are diverse vanities.'

Here the Hebrew,
Mwlx chalowm khal-ome' or (shortened) Mlx chalom khal-ome' can mean 'dream' (ordinary), or 'dream' (with prophetic meaning).  But the context makes it clear that the 'diverse vanities' are of the kind employed by Eells, et al, to clutch at fanciful interpretations that support their beliefs and doctrines.  Would every believer know the 'dream' from God given in the midst of a 'multitude of dreams' - and which were 'diverse vanities.'  As Eells clearly demonstrates - the answer is emphatically 'No'!

Critics of supernatural 'dream' warnings, prophecy, knowledge, or wisdom rightly appeal to the non-revelatory dreams we all have.  Many seem to have a natural explanation, as Ecclesiastes 5
v3 warns us:

'For a dream cometh through the multitude of business.'

'Business' - the Hebrew word
Nyne `inyan in-yawn' is translated (in the AV) 'travail', 'business', 'occupation, task, job' - but, again, the context can simply mean we receive dreams while we are going about our work, business etc.  so the warning applying to Ecclesiastes 5v7 applies here too.

For the majority of Christians, virtually all the time, dreams are a mixture of ideas, thoughts, pressures and daily business.  While Christians have a sufficient Saviour and Scripture is totally sufficient and the Holy Spirit will guide us and illumine the pages of that book we have no need to seek God in our unconscious or dream state for every little detail - or even many - of our Christian life.

In our experience mature Christians pray for God to lead them in all circumstances and certainly don't constantly put out immature 'Gideon's fleeces' (Judges 6) or constantly seek His guidance in dreams.  In fact, it is often a pleasant surprise when the pointedly telling dream we receive turns out to be accurate in every detail - in fact it is this that proves it was from God (1 Thessalonians 5
v19-23; Acts 17v11).  We must 'make sure of all things' discarding dreams that are clearly un-Biblical and foolish.  As Philippians 4v8 warns:

'Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.'

Christians also need to take a long hard look at Jeremiah's words:

'
For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams that you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name: I have not sent them, says the Lord' (Jeremiah  29v8-9).

Jeremiah's edict is very clear: If anyone claims to prophesy and then gives false prophecies, believers are to reject the prophet. If 'prophecies' are found to be false, we know that God is not the author of the revelation.  God also, through Moses, gave a test to determine the source of a prophecy:

'
If the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing that the Lord has not spoken: the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him' (Deuteronomy 18v22).
God's standard for prophets is absolute: '
one strike and you're out!'

We are warned against falling into realms of fantasy and self-delusion and believing the 'prophetic' claims of those who have been proven to follow false doctrine and the resultant delusions.  Sadly, Eells, et al, have succumbed to the temptations of the flesh to be in a unique, powerful, conquering 'Joel's Army' of delusion - as a further example shows:

Pre-Trib Rapture? by Rick Sergent - 6/97

THE LORD SPEAKS OF THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE THEORY

I was working at International Truck Corporation in Springfield, Ohio.  It was my lunch break.  I was at my work desk and I had my bible when I heard the Lord say go to Matthew 24. 
I kind of pouted with Him, and said I had read that chapter a zillion times.  He said, 'I WANT YOU TO READ IT AGAIN.' So just before I read it, the Lord said to me, 'The pre-tribulation rapture theory is a false doctrine to lead my people astray thinking they don't have to do or prepare for anything.  My Church will go all the way through the tribulation.  There are well-meaning teachers who have taught this theory, but I have not taught them.' He also said, 'This theory encourages laziness.' Then the words 'Beginning of sorrows' went into my spirit.  I knew what those words meant, and asked the Lord anyways, 'What is the beginning of sorrows?' He did not respond to me with words but automatically my eyes were fixed on some bold print at the bottom caption of some editorial notes of Matthew 24.  In bold print were these words, 'BEGINNING OF SORROWS.' I had read this many times but never saw those words in that caption before.  It was these words: 'the transition of this age to the Age to come' ...severe birth pangs.  I heard the Lord say, 'I want you to read Matthew 24 just as it is, and do not read anything else into it.' When I did this the Lord opened up my eyes, especially in verse 29: 'after the tribulation of those days' and the coming of the Lord.

I had asked the Lord to confirm this because it messed up my doctrine, and
He told me my doctrine needed to be messed up! Since that time the Lord has many times confirmed this to me in different ways and linking me to people with the same belief without me searching for such people.  I also later did a term paper on the pre-, mid-, and post-trib in 2001 and found out that the pre-trib rapture doctrine first came into the Church in 1832!

TCE: does Rick Sergent really believe that God would ever say, of the pre-tribulation doctrine, that there 'are well-meaning teachers who have taught this theory, but I have not taught them'?  When does God, or the apostles who followed the instructions of Jesus, ever speak so mildly of any deceivers - whether they were in the church, apostates, or in open opposition to the truth?  Search your Bible carefully and look for a single instance!  And can you believe the instruction that your 'doctrine needed to be messed up!'  You seriously think God would use such a phrase when His Word counsels us to seek to follow only correct and faultless doctrine and avoid those who believe or follow other teaching (Romans 16v17; Acts 15v1-5,24; 1Cor 1v10-13; 3v3; 11v18; Gal 1v7-9; 2v4; Php 3v2,3; Col 2v8; 2 Pet 2v1,2; 1 John 2v19;  2 John 1v7-10; Jude 1v19)?  Especially of one who is in serious trouble over doctrine already!

Pre-trib rapture … came into the Church in 1832!


Sadly, Eells,
et al, have bought into the theory, apparently promulgated by David MacPherson, that the 'pre-trib Rapture' teaching originated with a Jesuit priest, Emmanuel Lacunza, in the late 1700s (in his book, The Coming of the Messiah in Hope and Glory, published in 1812) and was picked up by Edward Irving of Scotland (who translated Lacunza's lengthy book from Spanish in 1826).  This theory claims that this teaching then spread via Margaret MacDonald to the Plymouth Brethren, J.  N.  Darby and C.  I.  Scofield, who popularized it widely.  The truth is that this postulated connection to Darby and Scofield remains unproven and is, anyway, pointless. 

Critics also claim that the 'rapture' teaching isn't even in the Bible! In fact, it is and has been since Jerome's fifth-century Latin Vulgate translated the Greek
harpazo (to snatch suddenly) as raeptius, from which 'rapture' comes.  The KJV renders harpazo 'caught up' - which was the promise of Christ given in John 14v3:

'And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.'

The real question is, as always, what the Bible teaches! As Bereans (Acts 17
v11) we should not accept any belief that is not clearly enunciated in the Bible.

A number of much earlier writers expressed belief in the Rapture.  One was Ephraem of Nisibis (306-73 A.D.), well-known in Syrian church history, who preached a sermon titled '
On the Last Times, the Antichrist, and the End of the World,' and clearly presents the 'pre-tribulation' position in these words:

'All the saints and elect of God are gathered together before the tribulation, which is to come, and are taken to the Lord, in order that they may not see at any time the confusion which overwhelms the world because of our sins.' (This sermon was popularly circulated in several languages.  ref.  Thomas Ice, Executive Director,
Pre-Trib Research Center, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW, Suite 801, Washington, D.C.  20024, (202) 488-0780)

Even the late Walter Martin (original 'Bible Answer-Man') argued against a pre-tribulation Rapture.  He raised the same objection that the pre-trib position had not been held by the church until the early 1800s.  He neglected to explain that belief in the Rapture was lost under Roman Catholicism (Martin and the ministry he led have long held, and continue to hold - thanks to Hank Hanegraff's shared ignorance - a 'soft' opinion when it comes to careful analysis of Rome!) and the Reformers failed to recover it, yet there were always Christians who held this hope (the Anabaptists in the 1500s, for example).

The critics of the 'pre-tribulation/rapture' doctrine often base their position on reasoning that, since God's people have historically been made to suffer, why should End-Times believers think it would be any different for them?

It is small surprise to see the Rapture increasingly denied, as well as denial of prophetic recognition for national Israel, while Kingdom/dominion/restoration/reconstruction teaching seems to be the fastest growing movement in the church.  We are seeing increasing compromise of the truth, much of it on the part of sincere but deceived Christians who think it is helpful to make the gospel sound as much like worldly wisdom as possible (note the massive influence of Rick Warren) in order to 'win the lost.' Of course this is not winning true believers at all, but wreaking havoc with 'another gospel' and 'another Jesus.' We are even seeing both the truth and the lie presented by the same persons - depending upon which audience they address and whose money they covet!

The attempt to fit Scripture into the false mould of 'dominion theology' has created strange theories and contradictions.  They accuse dissenters of 'defeatist eschatology' and gross 'pessimism' for believing that Christ will rapture His bride home, marry her in heaven, then return with her and the armies of heaven to rescue Israel, conquer His enemies and rule this earth in righteousness and peace for 1,000 years.  Some teach that it will require a minimum of 36,600 years (and perhaps hundreds of thousands of years) of continuing ungodliness and billions dying without Christ as Christians gradually take over the world before the Lord Jesus Christ can return - and this is called 'an eschatology of victory'? They will not allow Christ to be present to rule over the millennial kingdom.  Although He was personally humiliated, rejected and crucified upon earth, they will not allow Him to be exalted, honoured and triumphant upon earth by personally reigning during the Millennium.  They claim that, since 'dominion' is our 'assigned task,' it would be 'defeat' for Christ to intervene personally from heaven; only if we do it all in His absence is it 'victory,' by their definition.  In fact, some even claim that Christ has already come because His promise to 'come quickly' was the comforting assurance to the Christians in A.D.65 that He would return in the person of the Roman armies to destroy Jerusalem! Nor is the marriage supper of the Lamb in Revelation 19 a future event for Christ's bride to eagerly anticipate, but a symbolic expression of the new meaning in the Eucharist since Israel was excommunicated by God when 'Christ' destroyed Jerusalem in A.D.70.  Thus Israel has allegedly been replaced by the church.  Gary North even proved himself to be another false prophet by claiming that, by the year 2000, 'Christians and [non-Christian] conservatives will be swept into most elective U.S.  offices by ridiculous margins.'

Reconstructionists such as North and Gary DeMar deny that Jesus, though 'born King of the Jews,' will ever rule over Israel (which they say is finished as a nation) or that He will personally reign over the millennial kingdom.  They claim we are in the Millennium now, the church is in the process of taking over the world, and only at the end of the Millennium will Christ return--not to reign over Israel and the world from Jerusalem, but to 'rapture' the saved and destroy the wicked.  While kingdom/dominion advocates believe that Jesus will return to reign over the earth, they insist that he cannot return until they have first 'restored all things,' thereby establishing the millennial kingdom for Him in His absence.  Earl Paulk argues this from Acts 3
v20-21, which declares that 'the heaven must receive [Christ] until the times of restitution [restoration] of all things....'.  His error is an obvious one.  Clearly the scripture does not even imply, much less state, that Christ must remain in the heavens until all has been restored by the church, but that He remains there until the time for the restoration has come, at which point He returns to effect the restoration Himself - something the church was never intended to do, nor could it accomplish this in His absence.

>>> The Church is now 'Israel'?!

(Continued on page 219)

Topics on David Eells:

Latter Rain Anointing?

Manifest Sons (Latter Rain)/Kingdom/Dominion Theology

'Rapture Delusion'

The Rapture

The Tribulation

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

The Millenium

Is the Tribulation for You - and other pipe dreams?!

The Bible and Dream Interpretation

Pre-trib rapture … came into the Church in 1832!

The Church is now 'Israel'?!

Christian takeover of the United States and the world?

Angels!

The dangers for all fellowships

Faulty Christology and Theology

Claiming 'Healing' and Rejecting Medical Treatment

Heavy Shepherding from the 'Little gods'

'Positive Confession'

Joel's Army - the 'new breed'!

Signs of the Man-child's Birth?

Connection to Modern Day Apostles

Dreams, Visions - and Visualization!

Eells and the '*Duck of Death!'

Man-child, Witnesses & Tribulation Timing

'Bible Code - 1'

'Bible Code - Part II'

Eells version (of repentance) compared with Nineveh

Numerology!

Eells' 'Disclaimer'!

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