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Sunday, 4 March 2018

FALSE TEACHER JACOB PRASCH DIGS A DEEPER INTRA-SEAL HOLE!

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:9).

Jacob Prasch (Moriel Ministries) persists in digging an even deeper hole by continuing to peddle his Intra-Seal deception. (2 Corinthians 2:17). Intra-seal absolutely misrepresents the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ during the 70th week of Daniel. Prasch has mixed elements of pre-trib and pre-wrath in a clumsy attempt to jump onto the rapture bandwagon. This is the teaching of a desperate man and a deceiver who refuses to repent!

"The Great Restrainer and 7 Year Tribulation-James Jacob Prasch."
26th February 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB13W4cvbd8&feature=youtu.be


Firstly it is important to define the Greek word thlipsis which is often translated "tribulation".

Original Word: θλῖψις, εως, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: thlipsis
Phonetic Spelling: (thlip'-sis)
Short Definition: persecution, affliction, distress
Definition: persecution, affliction, distress, tribulation.
{1}

Thlipsis does not invariably refer to persecution for the faith as Prasch attempts to demonstrate. For instance, the Apostle Paul refers to worldly troubles when he says: ..those who marry will face troubles (thlipsin) in this life.. (1 Corinthians 7:28). It is important to consider the context of a passage before we identify thlipsis specifically as persecution against believers.

Jesus stated that there would be persecution against believers throughout the Church Age. Persecution is a necessary consequence of true faith in Jesus Christ. In the world you will have tribulation (thlipsin). But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 cf. John 15:18-19; John 16:33; Matthew 10:22; 13:21). It is essential to make a distinction between tribulation as a general consequence of faith in Jesus Christ, and THE TRIBULATION at the end of the age. Critically, Jesus gave no indication that persecution against Christians will escalate during the first half of the 70th week of Daniel:

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. (Matthew 24:3-8).

The above verses indicate various initial "birth pains" in terms of false christs, spiritual deception, various wars and worldwide catastrophes. Where precisely in the above passage is the elusive "tribulation" that Jacob Prasch keeps insisting upon? Persecution against believers is not even mentioned by Jesus during this initial 3.5 year period when the first four seals are opened! For this very reason we cannot speak about a "seven year tribulation".

A significant shift occurs at the halfway point of the 70th week of Daniel:

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death. (Matthew 24:9). Notice that "great tribulation" is not mentioned here, simply "tribulation". This is why it is important to refer to "the tribulation" i.e. the escalation of persecution against Christians as a 3.5 year period (cut short). The word "great" is added for emphasis in verse 21. Martyrdom will be involved on a massive scale during this final 3.5 year period following the abomination of desolation
. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. (Matthew 24:21). The mid point of the 70th week of Daniel when the Antichrist is revealed is the specific marker that refers to tribulation/great tribulation, not the previous "birth pains".

The 3.5 year tribulation period is emphasised in the scriptures unequivocally a number of times:

Daniel 7:25 - He (the Antichrist) shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. (3.5 years).

Revelation 11:2 ..but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.

Revelation 13:5 - And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.

Revelation 12:5-6 ..and the woman
(Israel) fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days. This period coincides with what is also known as "Jacob's Trouble". (Daniel 12:1, Jeremiah 30:7).

Matthew 24:15-21 ..when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.


Daniel 9:27 -
And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” The abomination of desolation will occur halfway through the final seven year period, often referred to as Daniel’s 70th week. {2} 

Prasch's constant insistence upon a "seven year tribulation" is a fallacy. Where is his scriptural evidence?

BIRTH PAINS


As with thlipsis, Prasch's treatment of "birth pains" is also frequently inaccurate and taken out of context. Birth pains do not necessarily or exclusively refer to persecution against Christians: The whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time due to its bondage to corruption. (Romans 8:21-22). As already demonstrated "the beginning of birth pains" are worldwide phenomena unrelated to the tribulation. (Matthew 24:3-8).

REVELATION 12

Prasch "Once Satan fails to prevent the rapture by killing all the believers.. he turns against the Jews." (18:00)
This is a blatant reversal of events as they are recorded in the scriptures! (Revelation 22:18). Satan turns against the Jews before the tribulation! (Revelation 12:13-17). Prasch has moved the goal posts significantly here! If the rapture occurs before the flight of Israel, then this would put the timing of the rapture before the mid point of the week, but Prasch has already stated that the rapture will occur between the sixth and seventh seals.  Prasch: "The fifth seal begins the persecution of the church...   After the rapture God pours out his wrath on the kingdom of Antichrist and refocuses on the redemption of Israel." God's focus goes back to Israel at the mid point of the 70th week when He protects them from the Antichrist. (Revelation 12:13-16; cf. Zechariah 12:10). The Jews flee to the wilderness, and shortly afterwards, in his frustration, the Antichrist turns his attention towards Christians. (Revelation 12:17). God continues to  protect Israel for the period of the tribulation (3.5 years cut short). Israel remains on the earth after the rapture during the Day of the Lord i.e. the wrath of God, though obviously they do not experience the wrath with the rest of the world. This blatant scripture twisting just about sums up the ministry of Jacob Prasch! 

Revelation 12: 5 - She (Israel) gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, (Jesus Christ) but her child was caught up (raptured) to God and to his throne. The general consensus is that this verse refers to the ascension of Christ and his subsequent abiding in heaven.{3} This verse cannot possibly refer to the rapture as Prasch states, because believers are still here in verse 17:

Then the dragon became furious with the woman (Israel) and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (This is the church, not yet raptured, but still on earth whilst Israel is being protected by God for 3.5 years) ..And he stood on the sand of the sea. (Revelation 12:17).


Once the Antichrist takes his seat in the temple of God, persecution against Israel appears to be instantaneous. (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Matthew 24:15-21). This happens at the fifth seal, half way through the 70th week. When the fifth seal is opened, the martyrs under the altar cry out to the Lord for judgement. Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.(Revelation 6:9-11). God is therefore at work both amongst the persecuted church and amongst the Jews, albeit separately, during the 3.5 year tribulation. If we need proof of Prasch's conniving we certainly find it in this exposition. 

Prasch continues with his "birth pains" gibberish and alleges that John 16 refers to a last days format. The reason that there is no Olivet discourse in the Gospel of John is because he wrote the book of Revelation! Prasch teaches incorrectly that thlipsis in John 16:21 refers to the persecution of believers. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish (thlipseōs), for joy that a human being has been born into the world. (John 16:21). Adam Clarke's Commentary sums up the general consensus that John 16 refers to Jesus' death and resurrection: "Jesus Foretells his death, and promises them the Comforter, John 16:5-7. Points out his operations among the Jews, and in the world, John 16:8-11. His peculiar influences on the souls of the disciples, John 16:12-15. Speaks figuratively of his death and resurrection, at which his disciples are puzzled, John 16:16-18." {4} 

Prasch points out that the Antichrist is on the scene long before the mid point of the 70th week, at the opening of the first seal (Revelation 6:1-2). The scriptures say that the Antichrist is not "revealed" until he takes his seat in the temple of God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3). During the "beginning of birth pains", there will be political turmoil and a struggle for power. In addition one quarter of the world's population will perish during this time. (Revelation 6:7-8). At some point, the ten kings will give their power over to the beast (the Antichrist), and he will subdue three of them. (Revelation 17:12-13, Daniel 7:24). It appears to me that this may not be fully accomplished until the Antichrist takes his seat in the temple, when he becomes completely autocratic and his power becomes absolute. (Revelation 13:4). My view is that it will not be clear exactly who the Antichrist is until the mid point of the 70th week when he is revealed. Prasch's theory that the Antichrist will be revealed to believers prior to this point is based on eisegesis. We should not assume that events will follow the same format as when Jesus privately revealed Judas Iscariot as the traitor. (Mark 14:20). The world will worship the dragon and the beast (Revelation 13:4,13); the Jews will be taken by surprise; the only people remaining to appreciate the significance of these events will be the Christians. Nothing in the scriptures indicates that the Antichrist will be revealed prior to the mid point of the week. There are some similarities between Judas Iscariot and the Antichrist, but there are also significant differences. Unlike Judas Iscariot, the Antichrist will be a warlike political figure: And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. (Revelation 6:2). The second beast will be a "religious" figure. (Revelation 13:11).

Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

Prasch's blasphemous "reversal of Pentecost", is a denial of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the ministry Holy Spirit. There is no indication anywhere in the scriptures that the eternal gospel will not be preached during the 70th week of Daniel. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14 cf. Revelation 14:6). Additionally, there is no evidence whatsoever that the Holy Spirit is the "Restrainer" of 2 Thessalonians 2:6. Sadly, I have come to the inevitable conclusion that Prasch's real agenda with Intra-Seal is to undermine the pre-wrath/post trib positions, which are, for the most part, based on sound exegesis. Unless Prasch's followers are prepared to test Intra-Seal against the scriptures, they are likely to find themselves confused and vulnerable to spiritual deception in the last days. The Bereans were praised for examining the scriptures and questioning Paul to see "if these things are so". (Acts 17:11). When examining the Intra-Seal rapture theory we certainly do not find it to be so! We have a responsibility to test the spirits. (1 John 4:1). Prasch's defence is always to confuse, and if that doesn't work, to revile anyone who questions his false doctrines too closely. This pattern of behaviour in itself is evidence that something is very wrong. (1 Corinthians 6:10). It is not good enough to simply shrug our shoulders, as if it is beyond us to understand end time prophecy. Jesus has gone into a great deal of detail in the scriptures to ensure that we do understand these end time events. (Matthew 24:4).

Prasch is very good at squealing repeatedly that he has been taken out of context. I do ask readers of this post to listen/watch the thirty four minute YouTube link very carefully in order to verify that I have not taken him out of context. {5}

What do Prasch's "friends" make of his integrity and his supposed credibility as a bible teacher? There are those who stick with Prasch no matter what blatant falsehood he teaches. Prasch's friends, especially those in leadership, have a responsibility to the Body of Christ! A true friend would warn Prasch of his error. (Proverbs 27:6). The following message I received from Scott Pruitt (NO PRE-TRIB) sums up a dangerous mentality of denial and a head in the sand attitude:

NO PRE-TRIB: "In my opinion posttrib, midtrib, prewrath, and intra-seal have more in common than they have different.. The way I view future predictive prophecy is the way it was described by Paul in 1 Cor 13:12 "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known." What is the practical implication if one is wrong about the timing of the rapture? Pretrib is the only position that leaves believers unprepared to face what is to come and it has the least exegetical Biblical support and therefore it must be opposed. The other 3 views are debatable but I certainly would not castigate a brother like Jacob Prasch over his intra-seal view even though I don't agree with it. I consider him an ally and one with a heart for truth."

Those who find it convenient to trivialise Prasch's scripture twisting should remember that the Lord takes it very seriously!

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.. (Revelation 22:18 cf. Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6).

..let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:28).

For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (Titus 1:7-9).

..preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2).

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke).


Further Reading:
There are a number of posts critiquing various aspects of Intra-Seal in detail on this blog. Alternatively: https://www.amazon.co.uk/INTRA-SEAL-RAPTURE-DECEPTION-EXPOSED-devised-ebook/dp/B06X6N2JJT

8 comments:

colin said...

Considering all the holes in the unscriptural mishmash known as the intra-seal theory, it is a very strange thing for Mr Pruitt to say of Prasch that he has "a heart for truth"!

Sorry, but I really can't bring myself to watch and listen to Prasch's YouTube presentations!

God bless.

Treena Gisborn said...

I agree with you Colin. Why has Prasch been allowed to continue unchallenged by those who could more easily bring pressure to bear?
It was hard for me to watch it myself, but necessary I think.
God bless.

colin said...

You are so right, it is absolutely "necessary" otherwise how would any of us know how to warn against "false prophets and Bible teachers"? I was being purely selfish, as I am acquainted (sadly) with this aspect of his false teachings.

God bless.

Treena Gisborn said...


"Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near." (Revelation 1:3).

"I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.." (Revelation 22:18; cf. Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6).

"Behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of prophecy in this book." (Revelation 22:7).

colin said...

Scott Pruitt's website nopretrib.com.

He writes:
"To teach that the Spirit of God is absent during the tribulation is to rob believers of hope at a time when they need it most. It literally is another gospel. A gospel that promises escape from suffering for the Church and robs them of hope during the most intense trial of all time. It is in short, demonic."

Pruitt has Prasch's teachings on his site, and calls him a "brother"!

I am often a little "slow on the uptake", so to speak, but am I missing something here? Prasch might not be teaching that his rapture happens before the tribulation, nevertheless shall we say (according to Pruitt) that his intra-seal theory is therefore only half, or maybe three quarters demonic?

God bless.

Treena Gisborn said...

Scott Pruitt I am sure is trying to be gracious to Jacob Prasch due to his support of "Left Behind Or Led Astray" - Joe Schimmel's brave stand against pre-trib false teaching. I admire Pruitt's loyalty in certain respects, but it is misplaced. We cannot afford to compromise on the gospel, even, or perhaps especially, when we have received support in the past from another Christian. Quite simply, Jacob Prasch needs to repent, and until he does, those who encourage him are doing the Body of Christ no favours! Prasch's intra-seal theory is a poorly presented hotchpotch between pre-trib and pre-wrath, and as Pruitt has realised.. the Holy Spirit's absence during the tribulation is a very serious error.. Although Prasch would argue that the Spirit will be with believers although absent from the world. God bless.

colin said...

But surely, if "the Spirit will be with believers, although absent from the world." As you rightly say Prasch would "argue", where is the distinction? For would not the true believer with the indwelling Holy Spirit still be IN the world! 1 Corinthians 5.10.

God bless.

Treena Gisborn said...

Yes.. but according to Prasch there will be no "church" and no conviction of sin in the world, and therefore no gospel for the final seven years. I do not read any such thing in the bible. The impact on believers who swallow this lie will be profound - it leaves the world without a Christian witness! If Pruitt thinks this is not serious then he is very mistaken.
God bless.