The 100 Year-Old Duping of American Evangelical Christianity – Christian Zionism

Walk into any Christian bookstore in America and you will see how virtually everyone who calls themselves a follower of Jesus Christ in this nation has been tricked into believing a false theology, which leads them to believe, erroneously, that the Bible commands them to support the Jewish nation of Israel.

The driving force behind this error was the 1909 Scofield Reference Bible, which was the first Bible printed by Oxford University Press that included theological reference notes that guide the reader as to how to “properly” understand, or interpret, the biblical text.

It’s no coincidence that the rise of Zionism, that is: the impulse of the Jews to seek a homeland for themselves, began not long before the Scofield Reference Bible was published. In the late 1800’s, England is where Zionism first found political support. England was already awash with the erroneous “Christian” doctrine of British-Israelism, wherein the British Christians were taught that they were of the lost tribes of Israel; therefore they should support the Zionist Jews venture to create a Jewish state: Israel.

With the advent of World War I, England began the push to create a Zionist homeland for the Jews in Palestine. This served two functions: it would ensure safe passage through the Suez Canal and trade with India; and it would placate the Zionist Jews and the British Christians who, due to British-Israelism, had been fooled into thinking they should support Zionist Jews in obedience to God and the Bible.

Fast forward 100 years and we find that American Evangelical Christians have, long ago, been fooled into believing they should support Jewish Zionism, because they mistakenly believe the Bible teaches this, and that God will curse them and America if they/we don’t. Thus we have never-ending support from the American Evangelical Christian Right for endless wars on behalf of Israel.

This duping of American Evangelical Christians is mostly due to the fact that the Scofield Reference Bible and its footnotes, which explains the biblical text in a way that convinces its unsuspecting readers to support Zionist Jews. Its complimentary theology: Dispensationalism, has been instrumental in influencing American Evangelical Christians to support Israel, because the theology of Dispensationalism has been pervasive throughout virtually every American Evangelical Bible school and theological seminary for the past 100 years.

This erroneous doctrine, Dispensationalism, has resulted in the Judaizing of American Evangelical Christianity and has been successful in converting Evangelical Christian Americans into Christian Zionists, who are not following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the New Testament, or traditional orthodox Christianity at all. In fact, these millions of well-meaning people have adopted a false theology, based upon a twisting of and a re-interpretation of the Scriptures and have become a part of America’s largest and most influential non-Christian, even anti-Christian, cult: Judeo-Christianity.

“Judeo-Christianity is less than 200 years old. The Jewish Zionism movement has played the key part in assuring its growth.  We see the result in the creation of a new “Christianity” which in its extreme form is known as Christian Zionism. It was first fed by Oxford University Press’s Scofield Reference Bible published in New York in 1908, and updated several times. Bible editors, including Oxford, have failed to correct obvious changes in common usage of words, such as “Jew” and “Israel” that provide misleading, Zionist friendly inferences.”

“Oxford sold a new 20th Century theology to evangelical seminaries.  The Scofield usage has become a standard in most study or reference Bibles used by a wide range of evangelicals, and even penetrating into mainline church bible studies and broadcast media.  These books are the subject of many articles by this author and others.” (See: Source:

It should not come as a surprise to any Bible-believing Christian that false teachings and false teachers will use the Bible to convince well-meaning believers to believe a lie rather than the truth, because the Bible itself, through St. Paul, warns us of this danger:

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” (2 Cor. 11:13-15).

Judaized Christians, or Christian Zionists, are fond of turning the discipline of Bible study on its head by allowing the Old Testament to interpret and to clarify the New Testament when, in fact, the proper method of Christian Bible study is to do the opposite: allow the New Testament to shed light on and interpret the Old Testament. Thus these “Christians”, rather than following the teachings and example of Jesus Christ, which is found in the New Testament, will force the words of Christ and the Christian New Testament to comply with the Old Testament, especially regarding Israel.

Whereas Jesus himself cursed Israel and proclaimed its soon abandonment by God, in Matthew 23, especially verse 38, as well as its destruction at the hands of the Roman armies (see Luke 21:20) within the lifetimes of those who heard his words (see Matt. 24:34), Judaized Christians, or Christian Zionists will appeal to the teachings of the Old Testament, especially Genesis 12:3, in direct contradiction to the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the New Testament, and they will insist that all Christians must support and bless Israel in order to be faithful to God and the Bible. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

This theological and hermeneutical error has led millions of so-called Christians to support war rather than peace, and the merciless killings of millions of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine. Rather than being peacemakers, as Christ commanded his followers to be (see Matt. 5: 9) these  Christian Zionists have, instead, adopted the Old Testament principle of waging war upon the enemies of Israel, at America’s expense (e.g., lives, broken bodies, and tax monies).

What a horrendous perversion of the Gospel of Love! How can people who claim to follow Christ be so misled?! Because they have been fooled into believing the Bible teaches something it does not teach: Christian support of Israel. Israel is, in fact: antichrist, because Israel denies both the Father and the Son: “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son.” (1 John 2:22).

Those who claim to be Christians but who do not follow Christ in love lie and do not have the truth: “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2: 3-6).

Key Dates in Dispensationalism’s History (from: Rapture Fever, by Gary North)

1830 – The initial development of the pre-tribulation doctrine, either by the trance-induced 20-year-old Margaret Macdonald or by John Nelson Darby.

1855 – John Cumming announces that Russia will invade Israel: The End: The Proximate Signs of the Close of This Dispensation, Lecture 7.

1878 – Publication of the immensely popular book by William E. Blackstone (W. E.B.), Jesus Is Coming.

1909 – C. I. Scofield’s Scofield Reference Bible is published by Oxford University Press.

1917 – Balfour Declaration promises British support for the creation of a State of Israel in Palestine.

1925 – The Scopes’ “Monkey Trial” results in a public disgrace for William Jennings Bryan and the voluntary withdrawal of American fundamentalism from public discourse.

1926 – Founding of Dallas Theological Seminary.

1948 – The creation of the modern State of Israel, May 14: the “generation of the fig tree” supposedly begins.

1970 – Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth creates a huge new market in “ticking clock” prophecy books: an unstated but obvious rejection of traditional dispensationalism’s doctrine of the any-moment Rapture, which insists that the 70th week of Daniel begins only after the Rapture.

1980 – The presidential race and victory of Ronald Reagan: the New Christian Right becomes visible in the U.S.

1981 – Rapture postponed: 1988 (40 years after the creation of the State of Israel), minus 7 years for the era of the Great Tribulation = 1981.

1988 – Rapture postponed: May 14, the 40th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel.

1988 – Rapture postponed: Edgar C. Whisenant’s prediction of a September Rapture during the Jewish Rosh-hosanna. His book sells millions of copies, July through early September.

1989 – Rapture postponed: Whisenant’s follow-up prediction for Christ’s Rosh-hosanna appearance in September, due to his neglect to factor in the millennium dating change in Jesus’ era

1989 – Fall of the Berlin Wall in October.

1990 – Iraq invades Kuwait on July 2. Dallas Seminary’s Charles Dyer announces the revival of prophesied Babylon.

2000 – The final year of the second millennium after the birth of Jesus. What if the Rapture is again postponed?

2001 – The beginning of the third millennium after the birth of Jesus. What if the Rapture is again postponed?

2001 – The final year of the second millennium after the birth of Jesus. What if the Rapture is again postponed?


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Calling Christian Zionists back to following Jesus Christ:

The fundamental error of Dispensationalism:

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The British Attack the Palestinian Arabs in The First Battle of Gaza, Palestine – 1917:

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Rapture Fever, (2001) by Gary North (free ebook):

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34 Responses to The 100 Year-Old Duping of American Evangelical Christianity – Christian Zionism

  1. Vickie Jacobs says:

    It is always good to see another remnant out there. You have a very wonderful sight.
    I would like to give you some great people who are out there doing the very same as you:

    Vickie Jacobs

  2. Derek says:

    I found your article enlightening but Britain in no way advocated a homeland for the jewish people in Palestine. Yale Law & history university archives show in the Avalon project that during the British Mandate period, 1922 to May 15, 1948, British govt attempted to meet its obligations as enunciated in Balfour Decl to help in “establishment of a national home for Jewish people.” The Command Paper 1922, from Avalon Project at Yale Law School, underlines this intent: “His Majesty’s Govt therefore now declare(s) unequivocally that it is NO part of their policy that Palestine should become a Jewish State.” It must be noted here that Command Paper specifically marks existence of a Palestine area to which Jews were immigrating.

    • Anonymous says:

      Please spare us. Brittan is up to their eyeballs in Zionism. The City of London square mile is owned by Zionism and the King and Queen dance to the pipers tune. Please do your homework. Listen to Benjamin Freedman’s audios on the subject. Don’t be a dupe.

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  9. erniegallo says:

    Mr. MacDonald, I am a USS Liberty Survivor and have witnessed bigotry against anyone who has negative comments about Israel and our Middle East Policies supporting Israel. Because our government has joined the Israeli lie regarding the deliberate attack on the USS Liberty, I have been labled anti-Semitic for telling the true story. FYI: the attack killed 34 of my shipmates and wounded 174. I have personally dialogued with Evanelical Christians who claim the bible says Israel must be made whole again in order for the second coming of Christ to occur. My comment to them is that Christ will judge each one of us and with His message of loving your neigbor (to include Gentiles) I know what side I want to be on when it comes to killing Palestinians to make Israel whole again. Regards, Ernie Gallo

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  11. Irv says:


    Many evangelicals believe that Christ will “rapture” them to heaven years before the second coming and (most importantly) well BEFORE Antichrist and his “tribulation.” But Acts 2:34, 35 reveal that Jesus is at the Father’s right hand in heaven until He leaves to destroy His earthly foes at the second coming. And Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven with the Father “until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. (“The Rapture Question,” by the long time No. 1 pretrib authority John Walvoord, didn’t dare to even list, in its scripture index, the above verses! They were also too hot for John Darby – the so-called “father of dispensationalism” – to list in the scripture index in his “Letters”!)
    Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening (Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! The “rest” for “all them that believe” is also tied to such destruction in II Thess. 1:6-10! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who’d be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the end of trib “death” (15:54). (Will death be ended before or during the trib? Of course not! And vs. 54 is also tied to Isa. 25:8 which Scofield views as Israel’s posttrib resurrection!) It’s amazing that the Olivet Discourse contains the “great commission” for the church but not even a hint of a pretrib rapture for the church!
    Many don’t know that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 this “rapture” was stretched forward and turned into an idolized separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which evangelical scholars overwhelmingly rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” [“gathering”] in 2:1 can happen – the height of desperation!). Google “Walvoord Melts Ice” for more on this.
    Other Google articles on the 183-year-old pretrib rapture view include “X-Raying Margaret,” “Margaret Macdonald’s Rapture Chart,” “Pretrib Rapture’s Missing Lines,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “The Unoriginal John Darby,” “Catholics Did NOT Invent the Rapture,” “The Real Manuel Lacunza,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Deceiving and Being Deceived,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” and “Morgan Edwards’ Rapture View” – most by the author of the bestselling book “The Rapture Plot” (the most accurate and documented book on pretrib rapture history which is obtainable by calling 800.643.4645).

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    • TruckerJohn3:16 says:

      Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Only ‘born-again’ believers are ‘children of God’, so the ‘peace’ is made between God and the sinner, unto salvation, through the cross of Jesus Christ. The Biblical illiteracy of the modern day church is why they are so easily led by their ‘hirelings’ in most pulpits.

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  14. Maryland says:

    Good article. Still wondering why those in the truth area of interest are unChristian. they discuss evil, Illuminati, the devil, but paint themselves into a apologetic corner when they deny Jesus Christ.

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  16. johannes3v16 says:

    Reblogged this on John3v16.

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  18. Bro. Nick says:

    If you wish to do some real research – you will find that the ‘pre-tribulation rapture’ dates back to the very early ‘Biblical CHRISTian’ fathers. Read what ‘Ephriam the Syrian’ wrote in the 300’s AD.

    If you wish to bring the curse of “the Lord God Almighty” upon yourself by denying the eternal truth of “the word of the LORD” – that is your choice. Your argument is with “the LORD JEHOVAH”, for the following are His words:
    “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
    And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
    And I will bless them that bless thee,
    and curse him that curseth thee:
    and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
    (Gen 12:1-3 [KJB])

  19. Vern Manson says:

    Jesus said those around Him were the seed of Abraham, but they were not Abraham’s children. Only those who had the faith of Abraham and acted like him were his true children. 3000 of those kind of children were present on the Day of Pentecost and they had came to Israel after having previously lived in every nation under heaven. They were part of that righteous remnant that God had promised.

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  21. John says:

    EXCELLENT ARTICLE! I am thrilled to see people like AJ McDonald Jr. so awake and spreading the truth! Christians EVERYWHERE need to read this article. I have spent many years researching all of this and have a new book out that exposes all of this but which also sets the record straight as to just WHO really are “God’s Chosen People.” My book, YOUR ACADEMIC GUIDE TO THE GREEK LANGUAGE, CULTURE & CIVILIZATION, reveals the farce behind Christian Zionism and just WHY and HOW is has been perpetrated at the expense of all of humanity. The whole issue revolved around the Gospel passing from the Jews to the Greeks, the 1000+ year reign of the Greek Byzantine Empire, it’s falls and the whole world being plunged into the European Enlightenment, Secularism, Marxism (Communism) and the New World Order. ALL of this was brought about due to the fall of the Greatest empire ever on earth: CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX BYZANTIUM.

    -John Kountouris

  22. Gary D Gaither says:

    Hi AJ, I was baptized in 2008 (age 52), am an OTR driver from PA. Your comment on the ‘proper way’ to illustrate Biblical instruction peaked my interest. There have been several occasions when a fellow driver would make a point, and my response was “Hold On A Minute !”, but I never knew exactly what was wrong. He always seems to grab some obscure OT story and give someone advice based on it. I sort of ‘created this monster’ when I gave him a Life Application Bible. (and I have since returned to the KJV). If there is a reference book or text book you would recommend, I would really appreciate the title. Thanks, for your time. God Bless

  23. Gary D Gaither says:

    P.S. I use my middle initial ‘D’ because when I wanted to set up email (couple years ago) it turned out that there were several (6 or 7, I think) other Gary Gaither’s out there. Luckily, no credit issues . . . . yet. Met a Lester Gaither in church in AR a couple years ago. Turns out Les is Bill Gaither (the famous one’s) 1/2 brother.

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