JESUIT FUTURISM IS BS + Left Behind by the Jesuits…


Futurism from Jesuit Franscisco Ribero 1582.

The Pope is and always has been the anti christ In 1 John…


Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, who helped popularize and propagate the futuristic interpretation of biblical prophecy.


Christianity has largely forgotten the importance of the Protestant
Reformation, which took place during the 1500s. “The sixteenth century
presents the spectacle of a stormy sunrise after a dismal night. Europe
awoke from long sleep of superstition. The dead arose. The witnesses to
truth who had been silenced and slain stood up once more and renewed
their testimony. The martyred confessors reappeared in the Reformers.
There was a cleansing of the spiritual sanctuary. Civil and religious
liberty were inaugurated. The discovery of printing and revival of
learning accelerated the movement. There was progress everywhere.
Columbus struck across the ocean and opened a new hemisphere to view.
Rome was shaken on her seven hills, and lost one-half of her dominions.
Protestant nations were created. The modern world was called into
existence.” 1

almost a thousand years, Europe had been ruled by the iron hand of
Rome. Only a few Bibles existed then, and Christianity was largely
permeated with superstition. Faith in Jesus Christ, heartfelt
appreciation for His love, and a simple trust in His death on the
cross, were almost unknown. The New Testament truth about grace, full
forgiveness, and the free gift of eternal life to believers in the Son
of God (Romans 6:23), had been buried under a mass of tradition. Then
Martin Luther arose like a lion in Germany. After a period of
tremendous personal struggle, Martin Luther began teaching
justification by faith in Jesus Christ (being declared “just” by God),
rather than through reliance on “creature merits,” or any human works
(Romans 1:16; 3:26, 28; 5:1).

Luther’s Discovery

Eventually, Martin Luther turned to the prophecies.
By candlelight, he read about the “little horn,” the “man of sin,” and
“the beast,” and he was shocked as the Holy Spirit spoke to his heart.
Finally, he saw the truth and said to himself, “Why, these prophecies
apply to the Roman Catholic Church!” As he wrestled with this new
insight, the voice of God echoed loudly in his soul, saying, “Preach
the word!” (2 Timothy 4:2). And so, at the risk of losing his life,
Martin Luther preached publicly and in print to an astonished people
that Papal Rome was indeed the Antichrist of Bible prophecy. Because of
this dual message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ apart from
works and of Papal Rome being the Antichrist, the river of history
literally changed its course. Hundreds of thousands of people in Europe
and in England left the Catholic Church.

“‘There are two great truths that stand out in the
preaching that brought about the Protestant Reformation,’ American
Bible Commentator, Ralph Woodrow, reminds us, ‘The just shall live by
faith, not by the works of Romanism and the Papacy is the Antichrist of
Scripture.’ It was a message for Christ and against Antichrist. The
entire Reformation rests upon this twofold testimony.’” 2 It
has been said that the Reformation first discovered Jesus Christ, and
then, in the blazing light of Christ, it discovered the Antichrist.
This mighty, Spirit-filled movement, for Christ and against the
Antichrist, shook the world.

H. Grattan Guinness wrote these memorable words:
“From the first, and throughout, that movement [the Reformation] was
energized and guided by the prophetic word. Luther never felt strong
and free to war against the Papal apostasy till he recognized the pope
as Antichrist. It was then that he burned the Papal bull. Knox’s first
sermon, the sermon that launched him on his mission as a reformer, was
on the prophecies concerning the Papacy. The reformers embodied their
interpretations of prophecy in their confessions of faith, and Calvin
in his ‘Institutes.’ All of the reformers were unanimous in the matter,
even the mild and cautious Melanchthon was as assured of the antipapal
meaning of these prophecies as was Luther himself. And their
interpretation of these prophecies determined their reforming action.
It led them to protest against Rome with extraordinary strength and
undaunted courage. It nerved them to resist the claims of the apostate
Church to the utmost. It made them martyrs; it sustained them at the
stake. And the views of the Reformers were shared by thousands, by
hundreds of thousands. They were adopted by princes and peoples. Under
their influence nations abjured their allegiance to the false priest of

“In the reaction that followed, all the powers of
hell seemed to be let loose upon the adherents of the Reformation. War
followed war: tortures, burnings, and massacres were multiplied. Yet
the Reformation stood undefeated and unconquerable. God’s word upheld
it, and the energies of His Almighty Spirit. It was the work of Christ
as truly as the founding of the Church eighteen centuries ago; and the
revelation of the future which He gave from heaven—that prophetic book
with which the Scripture closes—was one of the mightiest instruments
employed in its accomplishment.” 3

A Counter-Reformation

In 1545, the Catholic Church convened one of its most
famous councils in history, which took place north of Rome in a city
called Trent. The Council of Trent actually continued for three
sessions, ending in 1563. One of the main purposes of this Council was
for Catholics to plan a counterattack against Martin Luther and the
Protestants. Thus the Council of Trent became a center for Rome’s
Counter-Reformation. Up to this point, Rome’s main method of attack had
been largely frontal—the open burning of Bibles and of heretics. Yet
this warfare only confirmed in the minds of Protestants the conviction
that Papal Rome was indeed the Beast which would “make war with the
saints” (Revelation 13:7). Therefore a new tactic was needed, something
less obvious. This is where the Jesuits come in.

On August 15, 1534, Ignatius Loyola (in the title
picture) founded a secretive Catholic order called the Society of
Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. The Jesuits definitely have a dark
history of intrigue and sedition, that’s why they were expelled from
Portugal (1759), France (1764), Spain (1767), Naples (1767), and Russia
(1820). “Jesuit priests have been known throughout history as the most
wicked political arm of the Roman Catholic Church. Edmond Paris, in his
scholarly work, The Secret History of the Jesuits, reveals and
documents much of this information.” 4 At
the Council of Trent, the Catholic Church gave the Jesuits the specific
assignment of destroying Protestantism and bringing people back to the
Mother Church. This was to be done not only through the Inquisition and
through torture, but also through theology.

The Jesuit Commission

At the Council of Trent, the Jesuits were
commissioned by the Pope to develop a new interpretation of Scripture
that would counteract the Protestant application of the Bible’s
Antichrist prophecies to the Roman Catholic Church. Francisco Ribera
(1537-1591), a brilliant Jesuit priest and doctor of theology from
Spain, basically said, “Here am I, send me.” Like Martin Luther,
Francisco Ribera also read by candlelight the prophecies about the
Antichrist, the little horn, that man of sin, and the Beast. But
because of his dedication and allegiance to the Pope, he came to
conclusions vastly different from those of the Protestants. “Why, these
prophecies don’t apply to the Catholic Church at all!” Ribera said.
Then to whom do they apply? Ribera proclaimed, “To only one sinister
man who will rise up at the end of time!” “Fantastic!” was the reply
from Rome, and this viewpoint was quickly adopted as the official Roman
Catholic position on the Antichrist.

“In 1590, Ribera published a commentary on the
Revelation as a counter-interpretation to the prevailing view among
Protestants which identified the Papacy with the Antichrist. Ribera
applied all of Revelation but the earliest chapters to the end time
rather than to the history of the Church. Antichrist would be a single
evil person who would be received by the Jews and would rebuild
Jerusalem.” 5 “Ribera
denied the Protestant Scriptural Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2) as
seated in the church of God—asserted by Augustine, Jerome, Luther and
many reformers. He set on an infidel Antichrist, outside the church of
God.” 6 “The result of his work [Ribera’s] was a twisting and maligning of prophetic truth.” 7

Following close behind Francisco Ribera was another
brilliant Jesuit scholar, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) of
Rome. Between 1581 and 1593, Cardinal Bellarmine published his “Polemic
Lectures Concerning the Disputed Points of the Christian Belief Against
the Heretics of This Time.” In these lectures, he agreed with Ribera.
“The futurist teachings of Ribera were further popularized by an
Italian cardinal and the most renowned of all Jesuit controversialists.
His writings claimed that Paul, Daniel, and John had nothing whatsoever
to say about the Papal power. The futurists’ school won general
acceptance among Catholics. They were taught that Antichrist was a
single individual who would not rule until the very end of time.” 8 Through
the work of these two tricky Jesuit scholars, we might say that a brand
new baby was born into the world. Protestant historians have given this
baby a name—Jesuit Futurism. In fact, Francisco Ribera has been called
the Father of Futurism.

Defining the Issue

Before we go much farther, let’s define some terms.
Historicism is the belief that Biblical prophecies about the little
horn, the man of sin, the Antichrist, the Beast, and the Babylonian
Harlot of Revelation 17, all apply to the developing history of
Christianity and to the ongoing struggle between Jesus Christ and Satan
within the Christian Church, culminating at the end of time.
Historicism sees these prophecies as having a direct application to
Papal Rome as a system whose doctrines are actually a denial of the New
Testament message of free salvation by grace through simple faith in
Jesus Christ, apart from works. Historicism was the primary prophetic
viewpoint of the Protestant Reformers. In direct opposition to
Historicism, and rising up as a razor-sharp counterattack on
Protestantism, was that of the Jesuits with their viewpoint of
Futurism, which basically says, “The Antichrist prophecies have nothing
to do with the history of Papal Rome, rather, they apply to only one
sinister man who comes at the end.”

Thus Jesuit Futurism sweeps 1,500 years of prophetic
history under the proverbial rug by inserting its infamous GAP. This
theory teaches that when Rome fell, prophecy stopped, only to continue
again right around the time of the Rapture, thus the “gap” was created.
The ten horns, the little horn, the Beast, and the Antichrist have
nothing to do with Christians until this “last-day Antichrist” should
appear. According to this viewpoint, there were no prophecies being
fulfilled during the Dark Ages!

Inroads in Protestantism

For almost 300 years after the Council of Trent,
Jesuit Futurism remained largely inside the realm of Catholicism, but
the plan of the Jesuits was that these theological tenets be adopted by
Protestants. This adoption process actually began in the early 1800s in
England, and from there it spread to America. The story of how this
happened is both fascinating and tragic. As I briefly share some of the
highlights, I want to clarify that I am not judging the genuineness of
these Christian men. They may have been sincere, yet at the same time
deceived in some areas of their theological understanding.

“The Futurism of Ribera never posed a positive threat
to the Protestants for three centuries. It was virtually confined to
the Roman Church. But early in the nineteenth century it sprang forth
with vehemence and latched on to Protestants of the Established Church
of England.” 9 Dr.
Samuel Roffey Maitland (1792-1866), a lawyer and Bible scholar, became
a librarian to the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is very likely that one
day he discovered Ribera’s commentary in the library. In any event, in
1826 he published a widely-read book attacking the Reformation and
supporting Ribera’s idea of a future one-man Antichrist. For the next
ten years, in tract after tract, he continued his anti-Reformation
rhetoric. As a result of his zeal and strong attacks against the
Reformation in England, the Protestantism of that very nation which
produced the King James Bible (1611) received a crushing blow.

After Dr. Maitland came James H. Todd, a professor of
Hebrew at the University of Dublin. Todd accepted the futuristic ideas
of Maitland, publishing his own supportive pamphlets and books. Then
came John Henry Newman (1801-1890), a member of the Church of England
and a leader of the famous Oxford Movement (1833-1845). In 1850, Newman
wrote his “Letter on Anglican Difficulties,” revealing that one of the
goals in the Oxford Movement was to finally absorb “the various English
denominations and parties” back into the Church of Rome. After
publishing a pamphlet endorsing Todd’s futurism about a one-man
Antichrist, Newman soon became a full Roman Catholic, and later even a
highly honored Cardinal. Through the influence of Maitland, Todd,
Newman, and others, a definite “Romeward movement was already arising,
destined to sweep away the old Protestant landmarks, as with a flood.” 10

Then came the much-respected Scottish Presbyterian
minister, Edward Irving (1792-1834), the acknowledged forerunner of
both the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Irving pastored the
large Chalcedonian Chapel in London with over 1,000 members. When
Irving turned to the prophecies, he eventually accepted the one-man
Antichrist idea of Todd, Maitland, Bellarmine, and Ribera, yet he went
a step further. Somewhere around 1830, Edward Irving began to teach the
unique idea of a two-phase return of Christ, the first phase being a
secret rapture prior to the rise of the Antichrist. Where he got this
idea is a matter of much dispute. Journalist Dave MacPherson believes
Irving accepted it is a result of a prophetic revelation given to a
young Scottish girl named Margaret McDonald. 11 In any case, the fact is, Irving taught it!

In the midst of this growing anti-Protestant climate
in England, there arose a man by the name of John Nelson Darby
(1800-1882). A brilliant lawyer, pastor, and theologian, he wrote more
than 53 books on Bible subjects. A much-respected Christian and a man
of deep piety, Darby took a strong stand in favor of the infallibility
of the Bible in contrast with the liberalism of his day. He became one
of the leaders of a group in Plymouth, England, which became known as
the Plymouth Brethren. Darby’s contribution to the development of
evangelical theology has been so great that he has been called The
Father of Modern Dispensationalism. Yet John Nelson Darby, like Edward
Irving, also became a strong promoter of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture
followed by a one-man Antichrist. In fact, this teaching has become a
hallmark of Dispensationalism.

Dispensationalism is the theory that God deals with
mankind in major dispensations or periods. According to Darby, we are
now in the “Church Age,” that is, until the Rapture. After the Rapture,
then the seven-year period of Daniel 9:27 will supposedly kick in, and
this is when the Antichrist will rise up against the Jews. In fact,
John Nelson Darby laid much of the foundation for the present popular
removal of Daniel’s 70th week away from history and from Jesus Christ
in favor of applying it to a future Tribulation after the Rapture.
Thus, in spite of all the positives of his ministry, Darby followed
Maitland, Todd, Bellarmine, and Ribera by incorporating the teachings
of Futurism into his theology. This created a link between John Nelson
Darby, the Father of Dispen-sationalism, and the Jesuit Francisco
Ribera, the Father of Futurism. Darby visited America six times between
1859-1874, preaching in all of its major cities, during which time he
definitely planted the seeds of Futurism in American soil. The child of
the Jesuits was growing up.

Futurism in America

One of the most important figures in this whole drama
is Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (1843-1921), a Kansas lawyer who was greatly
influenced by the writings of Darby. In 1909, Scofield published the
first edition of his famous Scofield Reference Bible. In the early
1900s, this Bible became so popular in American Protestant Bible
schools that it was necessary to print literally millions of copies.
Yet, in the much-respected footnotes of this very Bible, Scofield
injected large doses of the fluid of Futurism also found in the
writings of Darby, Todd, Maitland, Bellarmine, and Ribera. Through the
Scofield Bible, the Jesuit child reached young adulthood. The doctrine
of an Antichrist still to come was becoming firmly established inside
20th-century American Protestantism.

The Moody Bible Institute and the Dallas Theological
Seminary have strongly supported the teachings of John Nelson Darby,
and this has continued to fuel Futurism’s growth. Then in the 1970s,
Pastor Hal Lindsey, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, released
his blockbuster book The Late Great Planet Earth. This 177-page, easy-to-read volume brought Futurism to the masses of American Christianity, and beyond. The New York Times
labeled it “The number one best-seller of the decade.” Over 30 million
copies have been sold, and it has been translated into over 30
languages. Through The Late Great Planet Earth, Jesuit Futurism took a strong hold over the Protestant Christian world.

Left Behind

Now we have Left Behind. In the 1990s, Tim LaHaye and
Jerry Jenkins took the future one-man Antichrist idea of Hal Lindsey,
Scofield, Darby, Irving, Newman, Todd, Maitland, Bellarmine, and
Ribera, and turned it into “The most successful Christian-fiction
series ever” (Publishers Weekly). Hal Lindsey’s book, The Late Great Planet Earth, was largely theological, which limited its appeal, while Left Behind
is a sequence of highly imaginative novels, “overflowing with suspense,
action, and adventure,” a “Christian thriller,” with a “label its
creators could never have predicted: blockbuster success” (Entertainment Weekly).
The much-respected television ministries of Jack Van Impe, Peter and
Paul Lalonde, and Pastor John Hagee, have all worked together to
produce LEFT BEHIND: The Movie. The entire project has even caught the attention of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, resulting in an interview of LaHaye and Jenkins on Larry King Live. The Left Behind books have been made available on displays at WalMart, Fry’s Electronics, and inside countless other stores.

Again, let me clarify, I am not judging the genuineness of the authors of Left Behind
and the leaders of these television ministries. They may be sincere,
and have their own walk with God. But they are deceived into wrong
ideas concerning Bible prophecy. God may even use Left Behind
to influence people for Jesus Christ. But, in the full light of
Scripture, prophecy, and the Protestant Reformation, something is
terribly wrong. Left Behind is now teaching much of the same
Jesuit Futurism as Francisco Ribera, which is hiding the real truth
about the Antichrist. Through Left Behind, the floodgates of
Futurism have been opened, unleashing a massive tidal wave of false
prophecy which is now sweeping over America. Sadly, it is a false “idea
whose time has come.”

The Prophetic Foundation

As we have already seen, the theological foundation for the entire Left Behind
series is the application of the “seven years” of Daniel 9:27 to a
future period of Tribulation. Are you ready for this? Guess who was one
of the very first scholars to slice Daniel’s 70th week away from the
first 69 weeks, sliding it down to the end of time? It was Francisco
Ribera! “Ribera’s primary apparatus was the seventy weeks. He taught
that Daniel’s 70th week was still in the future. . . It was as though
God put a giant rubber band on this Messianic time measure. Does this
supposition sound familiar? This is exactly the scenario used by Hal
Lindsey and a multitude of other current prophecy teachers.” 12

When most Christians look at the last 1,500 years,
how much fulfilled prophecy do they see? None, zero, because almost
everything is now being applied to a future time period after the
Rapture. As we have seen, this GAP idea originated with the Jesuits,
and its insertion into the majority of 21st century prophetic teaching
is now blinding millions of hearts and eyes to what has gone before,
and to what is happening right now inside the Church. “It is this GAP
theory that permeates Futurism’s interpretation of all apocalyptic
prophecy.” 13 In
love and in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, someone should publicly appeal
to the major prophetic television ministries of today to re-evaluate
their positions. Hopefully, like noble ships with a new command from
their captain, they will yet change their course.

Jesuit Futurism has almost completely changed the
beliefs of Protestant Historicism. “The proper eschatological term for
the view most taught today is Futurism, which fuels the confusion of
Dispensationalism. The futuristic school of Bible prophecy came from
the Roman Catholic Church, specifically her Jesuit theologians. . .
However the alternative has been believed for centuries. It is known as
Historicism.” 14 “It
is a matter for deep regret that those who hold and advocate the
Futurist system at the present day, Protestants as they are for the
most part, are thus really playing into the hands of Rome, and helping
to screen the Papacy from detection as the Antichrist.” 15

Who Had It Right?

Who had the right theology—those who were burned at
the stake for Jesus Christ, or those who lit the fires? Who had the
true Bible doctrine—the martyrs or their persecutors? Who had the
correct interpretation of the Antichrist—those who died trusting in the
blood of Christ, or those who shed the blood of God’s dear saints? Dear
friend, Jesuit Futurism is now at war with the Protestant Reformation
by denying its power-packed application of prophecy to the Vatican.
“The futurist school of Bible prophecy was created for one reason, and
one reason only: to counter the Protestant Reformation!” 16 In
fact, Jesuit Futurism is at war with the prophecies of the Word of God
itself! And if that’s not enough, consider this. Jesuit Futurism
originated with the Roman Catholic Church, which makes it the very
doctrine of the Antichrist! And when Christian ministries and movies
like A Thief in the Night, Apocalypse, Revelation, Tribulation, and Left Behind,
proclaim an Antichrist who comes only after the Rapture, what are they
really doing? I shudder to even say it. Are you ready for this? They
are sincerely and yet unknowingly teaching the doctrine of the

Now you know why truth has been left behind. You are now able to see The Left Behind deception. I appeal to you in the loving name of Jesus Christ, the Crucified One—Don’t fall for it.

1 H. Grattan Guinness, Romanism and the Reformation, p. 122
2 Michael de Semlyen, All Roads Lead to Rome, Dorchester House Publications, Dorchester House, England, 1991, pp. 202, 203
3 H. Grattan Guinness, Romanism and the Reformation, pp. 136, 137
4 Robert Caringola, Seventy Weeks: The Historical Alternative. Abundant Life Ministries Reformed Press, 1991, p. 31
5 George Eldon Ladd, The Blessed Hope: A Biblical Study of the Second Advent and the Rapture. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1956, pp. 37-38
6 Ralph Thompson, Champions of Christianity in Search of Truth, p. 89
7 Robert Caringola, Seventy Weeks: The Historical Alternative, p. 32
8 Ralph Woodrow, Great Prophecies of the Bible, p. 198
9 Ralph Thompson, Champions of Christianity in Search of Truth, p. 91
10 H. Grattan Guinness, History Unveiling Prophecy or Time As an Interpreter, New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1905, p. 289
11 Dave MacPherson, The Incredible Cover-Up: Exposing the Origins of Rapture Theories. Omega Publications, Medford Oregon, 1980
12 Robert Caringola, Seventy Weeks: The Historical Alternative, p. 35
13 Ralph Thompson, Champions of Christianity in Search of Truth, p. 90
14 Robert Caringola, Seventy Weeks: The Historical Alternative, p. 6
15 Joseph Tanner, Daniel and the Revelation: The Chart of Prophecy and Our Place in It, A Study of the Historical and Futurist Interpretation. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1898, p. 16
16 Robert Caringola, Seventy Weeks: The Historical Alternative, p. 34


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