The Pyramids Are Proof Of The Rapture?
Many readers of Christian Media CURRENTS are aware of
the efforts of key prophecy writers who continue to defend the
pre-tribulation rapture doctrine in spite of scriptural and historical
evidence showing the doctrine to be specious. Media figures such as Dave
Hunt, Jack Van Impe, J R Church, and Tim LaHaye
continue to promote the lucrative prophetic proposition.
In each case, these authors cleverly conceal key elements of data that
would undermine their credibility as they propagate the false
pre-tribulation system that constitutes
the Rapture Cult.
Ironically, in the course of attacking various American cult systems
by pointing out the inconsistencies and cultic origins of these
aberrational sects, the rapture leaders refuse to recognize how the
very same critique should be applied to their own religious
In such an arena of gross hypocrisy, few writers are as brazenly
deceptive as Dave Hunt. The author of many popular prophecy
books written from a pre-tribulationist perspective, Hunt's monthly
newsletter The Berean Call excels at pulling the proverbial
splinter out of the eyes of others, while they "perceivest not the
beam that is in [their] own eye" (Luke 6:41).
In the present example, Hunt's Berean Call chose to attack
the adjacent cult known as the Jehovah's Witnesses for
their early embrace of the occultic lore found in the subject of the Egyptian
pyramids. The following criticism of the JW religion is
drawn from the website of Dave Hunt's Berean Call as it
lambasted JW founder Charles Taze Russell for his
association with pyramidology:
introduced occultism into his religion by teaching that the
pyramids in Egypt are divine omens. He taught that they contained
prophetic secrets known only to him. According to Russell, only by
reading his books can one understand the 'Divine Plan.' One of the
strangest 'revelations' from the pyramids was his calculated date of
1914. The date was based on his measurements of the interior
passageways of the pyramids. He said that 1914 would be the end of the
world and God had revealed it to him exclusively."
when his 1914 date for the end of the world failed, he tried to cover
his tracks. The calculations were first printed in 1897 where he
stated: '...this measurement is 3416 inches, symbolizing 3416
years...This calculation shows A.D. 1874 as marking the beginning of
the period of trouble....' (Thy Kingdom Come, Series III, p 342,
1897 edition) Then in the 1916 edition it was changed to read: 'We
find it to be 3457 inches, symbolizing 3457 years...This calculation
shows that the close of 1914 will be the beginning of the time of
trouble....' Russell's pyramid actually grew 41 inches in 19
In this essay, Dave Hunt's Berean Call
scrutinizes C T Russell's utilization of the pyramids in the Jehovah's
Witness prophetic belief structure, and concludes the association
has "introduced" occultism into the Jehovah's Witness
religion. Russell used the study of the pyramids as a support
mechanism for his theoretical system wherein the measurements in the
pyramid would help calculate events that would culminate in the return
of Christ in 1914.
Yet history plainly shows that the Rapture Cult, of
which Dave Hunt is a primary contributor, has repeatedly used
the same pyramid "measurements" to support their version of
a secret return of Jesus Christ!
For instance, Piazzi Smyth, one of the key British figures in pyramidology
as well as pre-trib, believed and promoted the idea that the
measurements of the pyramid "arose representing the Christian
Dispensation...." (Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid, 1864).
Smyth, as an early British proponent of the Rapture Cult
(which is a much larger and far more dangerous Cult than
the Russelites could ever hope to be), taught that the high upper exit
at the end of the pyramid known as the Grand Gallery represented the
Rapture, whereas the low passage after the Gallery supposedly
represented the tribulation.
Unstated by Mr. Hunt is the fact that American Rapture Cult writer J
A Seiss led the way for many others, and plagiarized Smyth as he
also used the pyramid as "proof" for the pre-trib rapture. Seiss
also used the astrological Zodiac to support the
"rapture" - and his work was so well accepted that Hal
Lindsey repeatedly quoted him in his epic Cult work The
Late Great Planet Earth.
Predictably, a brief bit of research will show that both Lindsey and
Seiss also plagiarized Rapture Cult writer E W Bullinger's
use of the zodiac to support their Rapture Cult perspective.
During the same period when Russell was using pyramidology to support
his apostasy, the "pyramid-proves-pretrib"theory exploded with
popularity in England. General Howard Vyse discovered openings
and measurements in the Great Pyramid, as did Nathaniel Davison,
of the British Consulate in Algiers. Sir John Hershel also
believed the pyramid was built for an astronomical purpose.
By 1859, one John Taylor published a work on the subject
incorporating Mssrs. Herschel, Davison, and Vyse's research. Taylor's
work subsequently influenced prominent Rapture Cult leader Noah
Hutchings of the Southwest Radio Church ministry here
in the states.
It should be stated at this juncture that although I staunchly oppose
the false doctrine of the Jehovah's Witnesses on Scriptural
grounds, in the interests of accuracy (something in short supply at
Hunt's Berean Call), shortly after Russell's occultic importation
of pyramidology into his JW Cult, subsequent Jehovah's
Witness leader Judge J F Rutherford "abandoned pyramidology
and declared the Great Pyramid was really inspired by Satan" (The
3 R's: Rapture, Revisionism, and Robbery, Dave MacPherson, page
What is not widely recognized is the fact that although the JW's
dumped the use of pyramidology as a tool for their apostate religion,
the Rapture Cult continued to use it for some
time thereafter. For example, former Astronomer Royal of Scotland
Smyth predicted the Rapture would occur in 1881 based on his
measurements of the Great Pyramid. Lindsey's prediction of the
Rapture was a century later in 1981. Obviously both missed, but not a
peep from the Berean Call as it's clear they're not
interested in heresy hunting when the offender comes a bit too close
Rapture Cultist J A Seiss' 1877 book was based upon the
fallacious calculation of an inch for a year in the pyramid's
measurements. Seeking to mask his plagiarism of Piazzi Smyth's
work, which predicted the fictional event would occur in 1881, it
paraphrased Smyth's pyramid-proves-rapture equation, and simply
stated that the Rapture must occur within "a few years."
Shortly thereafter, one of the most popular Rapture Cult
writers of the century - Clarence Larkin - also
adopted the pyramid to support his version of the lie - years after
the Jehovah's Witnesses had renounced the tenuous connection
between the occultic oriented pyramidology and the pseudo-Christian
cultic system known as Russellism.
In his wildly popular but oxymoronic Dispensational Truth,
Larkin wrote that the measurements of the Grand Gallery are used to
"represent the Dispensation from the Birth of Christ to the Rapture
of the Church" (Dispensational Truth, Clarence Larkin, 1920).
Incredibly, the Rapture Cult is using the pyramid as an
argument in favor of pre-tribulationism to this very day. For
instance, a prophetically myopic rapture writer named F M Riley
has been aggressively publishing a prophecy newsletter entitled The
Last Call for many years. In his August 2003 issue, he
continued the long-standing tradition of utilizing the occultic
element of the pyramids to support pre-tribulationism!
Citing favorably from a book called The Great Pyramid Decoded,
Riley implies that the pyramid measurements in the book indicate a
momentous prophetic event will occur in late 2003 or 2004 (The Last
Call, F M Riley, August 2003). Based upon consistent themes in his
prophecy letter, it is clear that Riley expects this event will be the
pre-tribulation rapture - and like his spiritual antecedents in the
Cult for the last 100 years, he has unabashedly drawn on the pyramids
as a prophetic indicator that the "rapture" is near.
Ironically, the pyramid book quoted by Riley comes from yet another British
publishing house - the latest in a long line of Anglo pyramid
aficionados seeking to build a bridge between the ancient Egyptian
hermetic heresies and the modern aberrational "Christian"
eschatological system that is the Rapture Cult. Not
coincidentally, a careful study of doctrinal origins plainly
demonstrates that the Rapture Cult was largely imported to the
US from England via high profile speaking tours of one John
Nelson Darby - to say nothing
of the Oxford University Press published Scofield Reference
Those that closely track prophecy are also aware that Rapture ridden
Riley has repeatedly set dates for the Rapture - predictions that
were all destined to fail before he uttered them, as the
pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is as fraudulent as the fruitcakes
using the pyramids to pitch their false prophetic future.
And Riley is not alone as a contemporary cultist in his concerted
efforts to show the pyramids predict pre-trib. Chuck Missler,
a prolific prophecy writer close to the Calvary Chapel Cult has
also repeatedly mentioned the pyramid's measurements in the same
breath as his prognostications concerning the timing of the fictional
Another Rapture Cult writer named Dave Breese
functions in the same hypocritical spirit as Dave Hunt.
In his book Know The Marks Of Cults, Breese even utilizes the
occultic Egyptian symbol known as the Eye of Horus to
serve as an emblem of what he dubs "the 12 basic errors of false
religion." Yet in this book that critiques several pseudo-Christian
cultic belief systems, there is not one mention of the extensive use
of Egyptian mysticism by the very Cult the author belongs to! There
are many other examples.
What is singularly amazing is how Dave Hunt and his Rapture
Cult crowd at The Berean Call can keep a straight face
when they use this data so selectively to disparage their theological
opponents - even as they ignore the same data when it undercuts
their own delusion. One might ask that if, as Hunt writes, the use of
the pyramid measurements "introduced occultism into his religion"
when applying it to the Cult of Jehovah's Witnesses, why Hunt
does not acknowledge that the use of the pyramid measurements
introduced occultism into Hunt's own Rapturist religion?
Thus, the dance of deception that emanates from the historical
revisionists and state sanctioned Sadducees in the Cult continues. The
simple truth is, the Rapture Cult is now at the top of
the evangelical food chain, and any serious inquiry into the origins
and early development of the doctrine is carefully and quietly
suppressed. In fact, we would prefer to provide the reader with
internet links where they can find more free information on this
subject - but after publishing Christian Media for
more than 22 years, we've learned that when we include links to our
multiple websites in newsletters of this nature, Scripturally
illiterate angry Cult members always attempt to have us thrown off our
internet servers in retaliation. Although clearly unscriptural,
such tactics (and much more) have already been repeatedly used on us
to attempt to suppress this embarrassing information.
Thus, if you would like to know more about the Rapture Cult and
the true history of the doctrine, you'll have to send me an email. I
can then forward you more internet links and send you information that
will assist you, as you (hopefully) begin to conduct a proper SCRIPTURAL
inquiry for yourself.
We have learned that most "Christians" react with antagonism
to information that contradicts their programming. We would hope that
they would instead re-examine their assumptions through the clear lens
of a sincere Biblical analysis. However, one of the most wonderful
aspects of the Good News is the fact that "God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Galatians
6:7). The truth is, the Strong Delusion the LORD promised he
would bring is closely related to the lie of the Rapture Cult
- and God warned them that "I will choose their delusion"
(Isaiah 66:4), "...because they received not the love of the
truth...." (II Thessalonians 2:10).
September 8, 2003 - James Lloyd
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