Raymond Arthur Waugh, Sr.
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All Church-Age Endtime
Part II EARLY PROPHETS SPOKE FALSELY
Part III LATER PROPHETS SPOKE FALSELY
Part IV DRAMATIC FALSE PROPHETS
Part V Famed False Prophets
Part VI Some Academic False Prophets
Part VII Some Confusing False Prophecy
Part VIII FALSE PROPHETS DISCUSS RUSSIA
Part IX A NEW TWIST ON PROPHECY
Part X SOME ACTIVE FALSE PROPHETS
Part XI SOME WHO SPOKE WISELY OF PROPHECY?
Part XII FINAL WORDS ABOUT FALSE PROPHETS
We can know that false prophets feed off of other false prophets. They may claim before us to be speaking and writing for us the Word of God or sharing with us some of their understanding of the Word of God. In reality, however, if we will read them carefully and with at least a measure of understanding, we shall discover that they are simply repeating unscriptural falsehoods which have been devised by other mortal men, along with the unscriptural prophetic nonsense that someone has proclaimed before them or to them.
It may appear at times that these are giving us some new insights into prophetic truth. Leastwise, these false prophets assure us that they are giving us some insight into the future. In truth, we discover that these really are just "adorning" the twisted mental aberrations of other false prophets who have been indulging in what we may speak of as unwarranted and unscriptural elaborations of still others.
Seemingly, no one is ever any wiser. Then, in each of the on-coming generations, there are other masses of gullible mortals who will succumb to the new false prophecies. Many of these who are early and readily deceived and who find some satisfaction in deceiving others will presume that the supposed men of God to whom they look as their sources would never speak anything other than Scriptural truth. It will, nevertheless, be obvious to all who have any knowledge of the Word of God that the false prophets really do not know what truth really is.
As we have noted, each one of these comes under the indictment of Jeremiah 5:31, "The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so . . ." (Jer. 5:31). In addition to this, Jeremiah has another word of judgment for these false prophets. We see this in his word," ... cursed be the man that trustest in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord" (Jer. 17:5). Without exception, these false prophets have turned from the Word of God and from the Lord, and they have turned to the unscriptural teachings and imaginative speculations of men such as J. A. Seiss, C. I. Scofield, Clarence Larkin, and others.
If I am reading correctly, THE FALSE PROPHETS OF TODAY indulge in false prophecy WITHOUT ANY APPARENT CONSCIENCE OF WRONG-DOING! Then, when they are "caught in one of their obvious untruths," generally, there is never an apology. They simply re-work their unscriptural words and provide their gullible hosts some new false prophecies or re-frame some of their old ones. Tragically, every one of those whom we have shown to be a false prophet has used the Bible in some measure as his basis for his false prophecies. Yet, we can know that God has not been involved in providing them with any of their false prophecies. Though such obviously are prevaricators, they still tell us that they are speaking for God.
Can such be a manifestation of His Love?
Rather, we just see men taken by greed!
I do not doubt that most of those with whom we have dealt in this work are saved, redeemed, and born-again men. That is, they have believed on Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. They have heard and believed, "He who believes on the Son has everlasting life." We can know, nevertheless, that they are confused mortals who are walking in a great spiritual darkness. Some of them may be even rightly classified -- from the perspective of this world's academic milieu -- as scholars. Yet, when the final word is in, we discover that they are not at all scholarly. This should be rather evident to each one of them, and certainly to all of us who have even a measure of knowledge or understanding of the Precious, the Holy, and the Infallible Word of God, "The Miracle of The Ages," even The Bible in whatever version or translation we care to read it.
It may be that these who are giving their lives in order to deceive others are themselves some of those who are among the greatly deceived. God has promised us that such would come and be present among us. The Scriptures clearly declare, "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived" (2 Tim. 3:13). This is why all of us need to have a good understanding of the Scriptures. By having a knowledge of the Scriptures, we may wisely discern the falsehoods that some are sharing with us as truths.
God calls us to the word in Acts 17:11!
Strive to be as the very noble Bereans!
Thus, what Jeremiah said more that 2,500 years ago is yet truth that is most applicable to every person who comes to us with "endtime signs" or "endtime prophecies" for "This Church Age." Jeremiah said, "The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests [pastors, preachers, professors, prophets, proclamators. RW] bear rule by their ["lying." RW] means; and my people love to have it so . . ." (Jer. 5:31). And since every "Church-Age Endtime Prophets" has shown himself to be a false prophet, we can know that everyone of them is under Jeremiah's indictment.
We may have trouble -- understanding!
Jeremiah explains, they are God's own!
Very clearly, as I have said above, and as I doubtless shall continue to say so long as my mortal life shall last, our Blessed Savior could have returned in that:
1st. century. He could have returned in the 2nd. century. He could have returned in the 3rd. century. He could have returned in the 4th. century. He could have returned in the 5th. century. He could have returned in the 6th. century. He could have returned in the 7th. century. He could have returned in the 8th. century. He could have returned in the 9th century. He could have come in the 10th century.
He could have returned in the:
11th. century. He could have returned in the 12th. century. He could have returned in the 13th century. He could have returned in the 14th century. He could have returned in the 15th. century. He could have returned in the 16th century. He could have returned in the 17th. century. He could have returned in the 18th. century. He could have returned in the 19th. century. He could have come at anytime during this 20th century.
Jesus may come before this day is ended. Still, He may not come until the 25th century or maybe not even until the 50th century. We need to realize that “The Return of our Lord Jesus Christ” depends on no event and no happening that may transpire upon the Earth or in the Universe, or in our present World, as we are experiencing it.
As our Savior has so dramatically indicated, "His Return" to the Earth for His own -- according to the promise, “This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” --along with or at the time of the conclusion of the Church Age. This, as Jesus has so exactly declared, is the prerogative of God, the Father, only.
Therefore, every man and every woman who has given any "endtime sign" for the conclusion of The Church Age within these last 20 centuries has shown himself or herself to be a false prophet!
Though none of the prophets of old ever saw or comprehended that time of “MYSTERY” that we know as “The Church Age,” the message of Jeremiah which was given so very long ago is still the only Old Testament Prophetic Message for this Church Age. That message of Jeremiah that we reference is, and we should never forget it:
An appalling [wonderful] and horrible thing is committed in the land. The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so; and what will ye do in the end of it all? (Jer. 5:30-31). What was true more than 2,500 years ago is still true today!
The Word of our Lord Jesus Christ was true when He gave it. The Word of our Lord Jesus Christ is true today. And the Word of our Lord Jesus will be true one hour from now, a thousand hours from now, ten thousand hours from now, one hundred thousand hours, or a billion hours or more from now, or even a billion years into the future. The Word of our Savior that was true some 2000 years ago when He gave it still rings true, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Mt. 24:35) for all who have any understanding of The Word of God. We can change the hours of our mortality to years or even periods of a thousand years or ten billion years, and our God will not be at all troubled.
Though we mortals may be caught-up in the parameters of time as we know it, and as we experience it, our God is not so limited. Rather, He both thinks eternally and acts likewise without any help from us, and without any limitation on His ability or experience as GOD! Therefore, we do err in attempting to bind Him and His Activities within the context of our thinking or within the context of our planning or acting.
We need to be conscious of the fact that so long as The Church Age may last, whether another moment, another hour, another day, another week, another month, another year, another decade, another century, another millennium, or 10,000 or ten billion millenniums, we should ever be ready to be concerned to remember the message of "the two men in white apparel":
Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven (Acts 1:11-12).
Our concern, then, should be the command of our Savior, Jesus Christ; namely:
"Go ye therefore, and disciple all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Amen" (Mt. 28:19-20).
Our business is not to be prophecy, and our business is not to be involved in prophecy. We may put it down, as it were, the “two men in white” dramatized for the whole of “The Church Age” that there are to be no prophets in this Church Age. Rather, our concern should be and must be:
"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile" (Rom. 1:16).
God, the Father, makes this eternal and gracious truth so wonderfully simple and available to all who will hear and believe. He does this with the Word of His only begotten Son, "He who believes on the Son has everlasting life; and he who believeth not the Son shall not see life . . ." (John 3:36). He does this, also, with the truly-inspired declaration of the Apostle Paul, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth, that Jesus is Lord [the Lord Jesus], and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Rom. 10:9).
We may know, therefore, that any person who comes to us with "endtime signs" for the conclusion of This Church Age is walking in a deep spiritual darkness. Though such a one may have believed on Jesus Christ and be eternally redeemed, he or she is not in touch with the Jesus who gave us Matthew 24:36. Such an one, then, certainly is out of touch with the Word of God. We may be assured, ABSOLUTELY, that all who have come to us, all who are coming to us, and all who will come to us with "endtime signs" for the "Church Age" have been, are, and will be false prophets. C. I. Scofield's thesis which is built in part upon Archbishop Ussher's fictional and fanciful creation date of 4,004 B. C., and the prophetic fiction of J. A. Seiss and others, then, has been and yet is one of the most desperate attacks upon the Word of God that mortal minds have ever devised.
Similarly, C. I. Scofield's misinterpretation of the meaning and the purpose of the Seven Churches in the book of Revelation is a bold attack upon the very simple words of our Savior, "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" (Mt. 24:36). Scofield's words likewise are an attack upon those similar words in Mark 13:32, "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." How very tragic it is that across the last 150 years and more some men have chosen to believe the speculative nonsense of mortal men and thereby have become false prophets! Whereas men could have chosen to believe the Lord Jesus Christ, and thereby they could have shown themselves to be wise in the Word of God.
May God forgive, all who chose Scofield!
They could have chosen God's true Word
All who are wise in the Word of God and who are being led by the Spirit of God to know Scriptural Truth will be alert to the fact that all "endtime prophets" of today or "The Church Age" are false prophets. They may come to us as Christians, but they bear that name very poorly. They may come to us as "men of the cloth" or even as "messengers of God," but we can know that they do not speak the truth. All such who come in such a way even now are under the indictment of Jeremiah who more than 2,500 years ago proclaimed with heavenly insight a very special word that we have noted earlier:
A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land. The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so; and what will ye do in the end thereof?
Our Word of Rejoicing
Lord, Is It Today?
by H. C. Smith
Lord, is it today you're coming down
When every eye shall see;
Is it today we'll hear your shout,
Today shall we be with Thee?
We know we'll hear the Archangel's voice
But, when, we cannot say;
We know the trump of God shall sound
But, Lord, will it be today?
The dead in Christ shall rise up first,
Thus does the Bible say,
And we alive shall join them then.
Dear Lord, will it be today?
Let's live each day as though we knew
Our Lord was on the way;
Then, when He comes we'll shout for joy,
"Lord Jesus, You're here today."
("The Gospel Trumpeter:" 2/1/93)
Finalized for Printing as MS Word
January 1, 1994
My eldest son’s 47th birthday
Friday, October 17, 2008 02:08:20
Edited for Internet October 22, 2000
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