Most Comforting LIE: The Denial of an Eternal Hell


“And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.Matthew 9:43-48

Look at how many time Jesus Christ reiterates this point! Hell is a place of eternal suffering that will not be quenched! Remember how the bible repeats things three times for emphasis?

Here Jesus repeats it 5 times! But what sayeth the Chapel?

“We know man can kill our earthly bodies, but only our Father in heaven has the power to wipe out the existence of the soul… God’s emotions are so much greater than you can even imagine, and to roast one of his own children day and night would be something only Satan would conceive of.” – SOURCE: Shepherd’s Chapel, Newsletter #151

Because of teachings like this many are hell right now awaiting the lake of fire judgment.

In November of 2004, the Holy Spirit began to intensely convict me. I had just gotten a CD called “Consuming Fire” from the Chapel. In it for the first time I learned about their ideas about hell which aren’t biblical at all…

Now, I had accepted just about everything Murray had taught to this point but I had never encountered his position on annihilationism. I always assumed that it was as Jesus said it would be… eternal suffering. I didn’t know he taught this, I was shocked and couldn’t accept it because I knew in the core of my being it was wrong.

Annihilationism is the doctrine that there is no literal eternal conscious hell. God simply casts lost humanity into the lake of fire and they are burnt up and cease to exist, like “fat dripping into the fire and going up in a puff of smoke” as Murray would say.

As I listened to this message I began to realize that Murray was very wrong and this would begin an intense period of torment in my life where I would come to question everything the Chapel taught. In March of 2005, the dam broke and I rejected him and his teaching fully and profoundly as I have detailed here on the blog.

Does the bible teach that souls cease to exist once they are cast into the lake of fire or does it teach eternal conscious torment? It matters! Eternity is FOREVER!

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” – Matthew 25:46

It’s pretty clear, don’t you think?

And frankly, if you subtract this reality from your gospel presentation then really nothing is at stake anyway… you didn’t ask to exist, live like you want and when you die, it’s over. So what if you’re a wicked unbeliever, there’s no real impetus on you to believe… for many unbelievers this is simply what they expected after death anyway.

If you are a devout follower of false religion you are in danger of perdition, know this: HELL LASTS FOR ETERNITY AND YOU WILL BE CONSCIOUS OF IT – AND YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT!

JESUS CAME AND SHED HIS BLOOD TO SAVE YOU FROM THE WRATH TO COME DUE TO YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR SIN! Chapel students seem to think they are above needing God’s grace in this life because of their performance against Satan in the first earth age… BLASPHEMY!!!

It’s shouldn’t be hard to see that false teachings like this will lead a person straight to hell. And there are many false teacher awaiting judgment in Sheol today for these things. Let that thought sober you up a little!

‘Born From Above’ – Murray’s False Doctrine of Rebirth

'Born from Above' means being born in the flesh...
According to the Chapel ‘born from above’ in part means being born in the flesh from previous earth age…

The Chapel teaches that we must be “born from above” and insists that usage of the term “born again” is a bastardization of the text, but what do they mean?

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” – John 3:3-7

In this passage Jesus is teaching about the rebirth or regeneration but the Chapel makes this about their own fantasy about being born into this age. This passage in John can be seen from another angle in Titus…

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” – Titus 3:5

Salvation is by Grace alone through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone – but for the Chapel the individual must agree to be born into the flesh or be condemned for his part in the first earth age!

Being born in the flesh wipes the slate clean from the first earth age. The non-elect then get to exercise their free will in order to be saved. The 144,000 are justified due to their performance in the first earth age.

You see, to the Chapel we all have a rich pre-history on earth in the world that was. Because of the terrible repercussions of cataclysmic rebellion against God – all souls must be born of woman via the “waters” of the birth canal into this earth age to undergo testing. That was the deal. God is merciful and he will clean their slate if they are born into the flesh in this age.

If a soul refuses this process then they will be condemned immediately for their sins in the world that was – hence, Satan, or the ‘son of perdition’… the only one who refused incarnation into this age.

See how the Chapel uses imaginary events and to guilt people into buying the delusions? I mean who could endure the thought that they betrayed God in the first earth age? Obviously no one who listens to the Chapel. That’s why there are tens of millions of gullible people around the world who believe they are one of the 144,000.

Do you not perceive the wicked hellishness of man-made religion?

Incidentally: Satan is not the son of perdition. There are two “sons of perdition” in scripture, Judas is the one spoken of in John. The little horn is the other.

The Chapel teaches that the little horn is the devil himself de facto, this is false.

The angels of heaven are really just humans waiting to be born on this physical plane. The Chapel teaches that Satan is the son of perdition because he refused to be born in the flesh. Yeah right!

As we can see, The Chapel have invented their own religion and borrowed elements from every manner of diabolical cult — so much of what we see here about pre-existence seems to be lifted directly from Mormon theology.

In this crazed form of religion being born “from above” is some quasi-mystical religious experience that overtakes the minds of those given over to strong delusion, kind of like a gnostic experience. Or to quote the doctor himself…

“When you were begotten from above, you felt that touch. You knew it was true.” – Arnold Murray

What, you knew what was true? When a person is born again there is a conviction of sin, repentance and an acknowledgement of what Jesus Christ has done on our behalf. The Chapel’s doctrine of rebirth focuses on the individuals self-importance.

A One Person Godhead? Modalism or Sabellian Heresy


One person Godhead with three offices = modalism...

Understand that there are three offices of the Godhead. Like this little lady said. She said, ‘To my husband I am a wife, to my children I am a mother, that’s my office. To hundreds of third graders I am their teacher and have been down through the years. That’s a different office; none of them the same, but I’m still the same person.” – (The Shepherd’s Chapel, broadcast June 4, 1991)

This definition of the Godhead is textbook heresy. That God is not the God of the bible but it is a very popular one. Anyone who holds to such teachings and propagates them will surely answer to God. It is all the proof that you need that this person is not of God.

From Wikipedia on the ancient Sabellian heresy:

“In Christianity, Sabellianism (also known as modalism, modalistic monarchianism, or modal monarchism) is the nontrinitarian or anti-trinitarian belief that the Heavenly Father, Resurrected Son, and Holy Spirit are three different modes or aspects of one monadic God, as perceived by the believer, rather than three distinct persons within the Godhead – that there are no real or substantial differences between the three, such that there is no substantial identity for the Spirit or the Son. The term Sabellianism comes from Sabellius, who was a theologian and priest from the 3rd century.”

Where there is smoke, there’s fire. Though the Chapel gives lip service to the doctrine of the Trinity their own definition of the Godhead betrays them.

This was the first false doctrine that Jesus Christ blew the lid off of in 2004… after this I began to see a tidal wave of erroneous teaching that I had been led to believe as truth…

Interesting side note, Murray will often say that God created everything because He was consumed with His own loneliness… really? That is an understandable conclusion for someone who teaches modalism… but I can assure you loneliness was not the reason God created everything.

In the Trinitarian Godhead there is an eternal inter-relating of persons; in the modalistic conception there is only one person and no inter-relating. Easy for Murray to imagine God being lonely.

In late 2004 I ordered a tape set from Reformed theologian R.C. Sproul on the Holy Spirit. It was the first time I heard a clear scriptural exposition of the Godhead – something that Murray had never done.

In Spring of 2005 when I was busting loose from the chapel I realized that Murray was teaching the modalistic heresy – this is when the war began, it was knives out against the Chapel from this point… I rejected him as thoroughly satanic at that point and realized I had been deceived.


For Murray, there is only one person in the Godhead...

The modalistic heresy, or Sabellian heresy asserts that there is one person God, in three successive, modes, states, forms or offices. And this is certainly what Murray teaches. But what does the scripture say about this?



Reader Exhortation from JohnyC about the Shepherd’s Chapel

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” – Ephesians 5:11

In 2005 the Lord Jesus Christ delivered me from the Shepherd’s Chapel web of false doctrines. Since that time I have been reaching out to others caught up in this. Jesus Christ shed his blood to forgive of us from the sin of religious idolatry, partaking of and spreading false teaching. When the Lord convicted me for my involvement with the Chapel I became very ashamed for the people I had led astray and sought to reach out and warn them…

There are others who have similar experiences where the Holy Spirit led them to reject the Chapel. Reader JohnyC is the latest to put forth his exhortation… he notes how the Chapel twists the doctrine of the resurrection and gives a special warning at the end,

I started to listen to Murray back in 1994. I used to love the Shepherd’s Chapel because he read the bible verse by verse. But what continually bothered me… it never failed, he would always gravitate back to attacking the “Kenites” and pushing other of his pet doctrines.

His teachings resembled more of the Pharisee’s mentality with so much emphasis on the flesh and genealogy. He was always twisting everything to fit the Christian Identity cult mentality.

Now I know the truth, the New Covenant is unlike the Old. While the Old Covenant was all about following rules and sacrifices, the New covenant is about the spirit and faith.

I hate how he twisted Corinthians 5:8 where it says, “…we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord…” with something like, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord at the moment of death” Paul uses clothing imagery to describe our bodies. We currently wear a mortal body, but in God’s presence at the resurrection we “must put on” an immortal one.

All I have to say if you are a Shepherd’s Chapel follower and you have a feeling that their teachings do not match with the scripture, listen to that inner voice because it is the Holy Spirit trying to save you from their web of lies.

Testimony of Former Chapel Student – ServantOfChrist2014


“A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.” – Deuteronomy 19:15

The following is reader testimony from ServantOfChrist2014, she has a blog exposing some of the key errors of the Chapel and also shares her testimony of deliverance…

Hey, ex-murray “follower” here. I just want to say that I am so so glad the Holy Spirit led me out of this completely blasphemous so called church. I was misled mostly by the idea that we were a special group that knew the real truth and we were of the few who “got it”. It felt good to be a part of a family of like minded people, that’s what ultimately appealed to me. But as time went on, I grew more and more confused by the heretical and disgustingly false teachings of Murray.

I was a member of various social media groups who identified themselves as “Shepherd’s Chapel students” for about four years. But something always gnawed at me and I felt like I was dumb and couldn’t possibly come to the knowledge of the “Truth” Murray taught. Particularly the serpent seed doctrine and how Murray claimed Satan had sex with Eve in the garden and that Cain and Abel were twins. No matter how many times I tried to study their way and understand how they got that out of Genesis, I just couldn’t be convinced.

Furthermore, I wrestled with the idea of a sect called the Kenites that were supposedly a race of people directly descended from Cain (& Satan) that were alive and well today and are the ones responsible for much of the tumult in the middle east. Looking back all this is totally laughable. I mean downright hilarious now that I have repented and have been brought out of that mess.

But what really bothered me is that Murray subtly taught a form of racism through his Christian identity teachings. After getting into some very heated debates on social media with other followers, I was told I was biblically illiterate, a babe in the word and that was the cause of my “unbelief”.

They became hostile when I dared question why they kept parroting Murray’s every word all the time. And ultimately completely turned me off to being part of their so called “Christian” group. If you ever have a chance and want to see what I mean, get on Facebook and find one of their groups and argue just one small teaching and see how hateful and downright rude and obnoxious these people are!

Anyways, please, if you are following this false church, I pray you leave immediately! Think about it, do your research on your own and NEVER ignore the small voice that keeps telling you something is wrong! It took me four years to listen. I can’t get those years back, but oh what a valuable lesson God taught me. You must never ever trust anyone’s word over the Bible and the Holy Spirit’s guidance! Is it really worth going to eternal hell for?

The Church IS the Promised Kingdom!


“The visible church, which is also catholic or universal under the gospel … is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ” -The Westminster Confession of Faith 25:2

In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.” – Daniel 2:44

The New Testament Church, the body of Jesus Christ IS the promised kingdom of the Old Testament. I become very irritated with false religion as it seeks to usurp the promises that apply to God’s true people, the elect…

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” – Colossians 2:8

That word “spoil” is ROB. That is what false religion seeks to do.

Dispensational premillennialism seeks to do just that and as we have covered, the Chapel is a hideous permutation of that system of interpretation. They reject the notion that the Kingdom is the Church and assert that they are the fulfillment of these promises during a future earthly millennial reign.

The reality is, the promised Kingdom began during Christ’s ministry and was inaugurated on Pentacost Day. Later in history God begins to crush and remove stumbling blocks at the feet of the Church.

70 A.D. for instance, with the destruction of the Jewish temple and sacrificial system which was an utter abomination after Christ’s death. Then later in 312 A.D. we have the Edict of Milan with Constantine legalizing Christianity in the Roman empire essentially Christianizing it. Then in 476 A.D. the fall of the Roman empire later… these are all good historic corollaries to the stone striking the image upon the foot.

In our time the “little horn” (who is the Roman Papal power) will attempt to destroy Protestant Christian religion by undermining these false expectations latent within futuristic systems of prophecy. The Jesuits and the Papacy are the creators of futurism for the express purpose of turning the finger of judgment away from Rome.

So what better way to hinder and thwart the kingdom of God’s advance than by telling the elect that they are not a party to the promises of scripture pertaining to them?

And that is exactly what is happening.

In fact, this assault of Rome upon the church becomes so bad and so effective that in the end we see something devastating take place when Satan is released for a short time – but the gates of hell will be turned back… This is called the Occult Millennium or Golden Age of Gaia – the Omega X conspiracy is based upon this.

The Promised Kingdom of Daniel is the Body of Christ, the Church

Let’s go back to this scriptural concept of the church being the promised kingdom. We are told by premillennialists that this is future to us. But what does the New Testament say?

“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” – Colossians 1:13

There is only one Kingdom of Christ, and He reigns right now – that is the millennium. Jesus Christ, seated at the right hand of God upon David’s throne reigning with his saints in heaven and on earth… ruling the nations with a rod of iron. That is NOW!

“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” – 1st Corinthian 15:23-26

He is reigning now friends. When He returns everything will be finished. Read the text carefully. Christ present reign IS the millennium.

The premillennialist’s will either say that there are two kingdoms or that the promised kingdom is not in effect. They assert that the church and Israel are forever distinct. Murray comes onto the scene with British Israelism and makes his cult the fulfillment of dispensational premillennial error… what a sham!

Resurrection Heresy of the Shepherd’s Chapel


“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” – 1st Corinthians 15:51-52

The resurrection of the just and the unjust is bodily, physical and simulataneous… as Jesus said:

“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” – John 5:28-29

The Chapel teaches damning heresy regarding the resurrection of believers. They sneak this one in under the radar as they assail the pre-trib rapture doctrine…

As an aside, students often attack me as a pre-tribber. This is an absurd reflex response. I was raised Church of Christ and have NEVER believed in it to this day.

The teaching of a NON-PHYSICAL resurrection of believers is vintage doctrine of devils. Whenever you see someone teaching these things you have a bona fide wolf on your hands.

Murray made his claim to be fame by being the first televangelist to successfully assault the pre-tribulation rapture. It worked well for him, but as we’re about to begin to see he has used this as a method to jam a whole host of false doctrines down his students throats.

In any discussion of the rapture the debate comes back to a correct interpretation of Thessalonians 4:13-17. I will list the passage, explain Murray’s interpretation and then the correct understanding of the passage.

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” – 1st Thessalonians 4:13

Paul is going to tell us about the state of the dead, particularly those who are redeemed, and what awaits…

“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” – 1st Thessalonians 4:14

Murray is going to assert that those who sleep in Christ receive their spiritual resurrection at death and those who alive at Christ’s coming are to receive a spiritual resurrection at the 7th trumpet.

At the time of death, flesh body goes back to dirt forever, case closed according to the Chapel. The bodily resurrection happens AT the second advent. It is not merely a spiritual resurrection and it includes everyone both the just and unjust.

The resurrection is physical and happens when Jesus Christ comes back at the end of the age…

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep…” – 1st Thessalonians 4:15

Murray unequivocally states: we won’t prevent, or precede them because they are already in heaven in their resurrected spiritual bodies. A subtle lie is taking place here that we need to unwind. This text is saying that WHEN Christ returns the order of the resurrection will be as follows:

1.) The resurrected bodies of the deceased saints will be caught up first, a physical resurrection…

2.) Those who are alive will be caught up soon afterwards at the time when Christ returns…

This is not what Murray is teaches at all. They essentially use this text to cram in a whole host of dangerous false doctrines while at the same time exposing the pre-tribulation doctrine.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:” 1st Thessalonians 4:16

Murray interrupts that the last part of that verse is parenthetical and points back to what he says happens when the believer dies. For him the dead in Christ are RAISED when they die, not when Christ returns. And that their resurrection is merely spiritual.

This whole teaching wreaks of Gnosticism…

The passage is very clear – at the time of Christ’s return, at the last day, the dead in Christ will be resurrected bodily for all to see… THEN those who are alive will be caught up. There’s more…

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” – 1st Thessalonians 4:17

They distort the bible to infinity. Murray asserts that the word “air” means another dimension, or the breath of life. And that the word “clouds” means a throng of people. That simply to say that the believers alive when Jesus comes back won’t meet the Lord in the air or be caught up into clouds but will be translated into a spiritual body/dimension while on earth… and thus begins the Murray’s millennium, which is none other than the Golden Age of Gaia or the antichrist millennium.

In closing: All, just and unjust are resurrected physically at the time of Christ’s return. The order of the resurrection being the dead in Christ first, then those who are alive.

Murray teaches that all believers are spiritually resurrected at death the flesh body being no more than dung never to be considered by God again. Murray teaches that believers who are alive will be raised spiritually to a new plane of existence while here on earth with the air representing a new dimension and the clouds a throng of saints…

If you’re trapped in this cult I beckon you to shake yourself free and pray for God to open your eyes to this deception.

Flaming Guano Batman, We’ve Solved the Batcreek Stone…

Bat Creek Mound Tablet

“Peer reviewed work of Mary Kwas and Robert Mainfort has demolished any claims of the stone’s authenticity. Mainfort and Kwas themselves state ‘The Bat Creek stone is a fraud.’ ” – Kenneth Feder, hoax expert

Ah, the Batcreek Stone. Unequivocally the sheerest of archeological frauds that Murray is found supporting…

Though I never took much interest in the archeological meanderings of Murray he was trying to establish something very important to his teaching. He wanted solidify the notion that the Hebrews came to the Americas and left evidence behind…

I mean, if they made it to America, how much more easily did they make it to Britain as well?

But is that so? And what about this Batcreek Stone which was claimed to contain Paleo-Hebrew writing thus proving the migrations of the ancient Hebrews?

 The British Israelist’s want to convey the image that ancient Israelites swarmed to every corner of the globe and that the chiefest of these destinations was to be found in the new promised land itself, Britannia…

One key facet of Anglo-Israelism is the premise that the descendants of Judah’s son, Zerah, split off from Israel and migrated rapidly to the England arriving around 1,000 B.C. – Pharez as you recall was the firstborn of Judah but Zerah stuck his hand out first recieving the scarlet thread thus laying claim to blessings of kingship.

Folks, British Israelism and the Batcreek Stone are frauds. Murray presumes to demonstrate his expertness in the ancient Hebrew language by interpreting a con which he takes to be true… the following video exposes the fable of the Batcreek Stone and Murray’s unique penchant for distorting the Hebrew to prove his pet doctrines.

“Foundation” of Sand: Bullinger’s Katabole, Overthrow or Rebellion


“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” – Genesis 1:1-2

To understand the Shepherd’s Chapel you’ll need to understand the influence of 19th Century theologian and hyperdispensationalist E.W. Bullinger. He was the one that originated some of Murray’s more pivotal false doctrines.

Case in point, the Gap Theory and the KATABOLE… which I consider to be foundational Chapel teachings.

Frequently you’ll hear the Chapel make reference to the “three earth ages” – the one that was, is and is to come. This model is simply not biblical.

In the New Testament Jesus Christ is VERY clear, there are only two ages: the one that is and the one that is to come…

This World (Gen 1:1)     Timeline of Events
World to Come (Rev 21, 22)


We can see that this is completely different from Bullinger’s model of three earth ages. This is taken from 2nd Peter…

“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:” – 2nd Peter 3:5-6

Bullinger and Murray teach that the whole world was destroy by water in the gap between Genesis 1:1-2, prior to the six days of creation. Folks, it is very plain what Peter is talking about here…

It’s the antedeluvian world that perished by Noah’s global flood! Now you can understand why the gappers grasp to make the Noah’s flood a local event because evidence does in fact corraborate such a global flood. Do you see how catastrophic this error is now? 

This is directly from the Companion, click for a larger image…

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This is from Bullinger’s Companion bible, italics and highlights are mine…


To arrive at the true meaning of this expression, we must note there are two words translated “foundation” in the New Testament:

(1) themelios, and

(2) katabole.

The Noun, themelios, occurs in Luke 6:48, 49; 14:29. Acts 16:26. Rom. 15:20. 1Cor. 3:10, 11, 12. Eph. 2:20. 1Tim. 6:19. 2Tim. 2:19. Heb. 6:1; 11:10. Rev. 21:14, 19. It is never used of the world (kosmos) or the earth (ge). The corresponding Verb (themeliou) occurs in Matt. 7:25. Luke 6:48. Eph. 3:17. Col. 1:23. Heb. 1:10 and 1Pet. 5:10. The verb is only once used of the earth (ge). Heb. 1:10. A comparison of all these passages will show that these are proper and regular terms for the English words “to found”, and “foundation”.

The Noun, katabole, occurs in Matt. 13:35; 25:34. Luke 11:50. John 17:24. Eph. 1:4. Heb. 4:3; 9:26; 11:11. 1Pet. 1:20. Rev. 13:8; 17:8; and the corresponding Verb (kataballo) occurs in 2Cor. 4:9. Heb. 6:1; and Rev. 12:10. A comparison of all these passages (especially 2Cor. 4:9, and Rev. 12:10) will show that kataballo and katabole are not the proper terms for founding and foundation, but the correct meaning is casting down, or overthrow.

Consistency, therefore, calls for the same translation in Heb. 6:1, where, instead of “not laying again”, the rendering should be “not casting down”. That is to say, the foundation already laid, of repentance, &c., was not to be cast down or overthrown, but was to be left — and progress made unto the perfection. Accordingly, the Noun katabole, derived from, and cognate with the Verb, ought to be translated “disruption”, or “ruin”.

The remarkable thing is that in all occurrences (except Heb. 11:11) the word is connected with “the world” (Gr. kosmos. Ap. 129. 1), and therefore the expression should be rendered “the disruption (or ruin) of the world”, clearly referring to the condition indicated in Gen. 1:2, and described in 2Pet. 3:5, 6.

For the earth was not created tohu (Isa. 45:18), but became so, as stated in the Hebrew of Gen 1:2 and confirmed by 2 Pet. 3:6, where “the world that then was by the word of God” (Gen. 1:1), perished, and “the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word “were created (Gen. 2:4), and are “kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment” (2Pet. 3:7) which shall usher in the “new heavens and the new earth” of 2Pet. 3:13.

“The disruption of the world” is an event forming a great dividing line in the dispensations of the ages. In Gen. 1:1 we have the founding of the world (Heb. 1:10 = themeliou), but in Gen. 1:2 we have its overthrow.

This is confirmed by a further remarkable fact, that the phrase, which occurs ten times, is associated with the Preposition apo = from (Ap. 104. iv) seven times, and with pros = before (Ap. 104. xiv) three times. The former refers to the kingdom and is connected with the “counsels” of God; the latter refers to the Mystery (or Secret. See Ap. 192) and is connected with the “purpose” of God (See John 17:24. Eph. 1:4. 1Pet. 1:20).

Ample New Testament testimony is thus given to the profoundly significant fact recorded in Gen. 1:2, that “the earth became tohu and bohu (i.e. waste and desolate); and darkness was on the face of the deep”, before the creation of “the heavens and the earth which are now” (2Pet. 3:7).

Do these arguments look familiar? They should. This is the very foundation that Murray built his system of theology upon and guess what? It is of sand…

The reason why we know the KJV translators were correct in properly translating the greek word “katabole” as foundation because the old testament is replete with references to the foundation of the earth…

“Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.” – Psalm 102:25


“Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.” – Isaiah 48:13

The reference is obvious, it points to the events spoken of in Genesis 1:1-2. It logically follows that 2nd Peter was pointing to the same founding in Genesis 1:1-2. Therefore the KJV translators are CORRECT! Foundation is the proper interpretation…

Are you a Shepherd’s Chapel follower? Do you want to really learn what the bible means? Set up shop over this issue and dig – a landslide of error will come cascading off your mind by the grace of Christ…

What Is the Parable of the Fig Tree Really about?


“And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:29-32

So Jesus just HAS to return in our generation, doesn’t he, according to the parable of the fig tree? NOPE, not at all. In fact the parable of the fig tree isn’t even about the nation of Israel being reborn in 1948 or 1967.

He could return in our generation, but it has nothing to do with what happened in 1948. Dispensationalists make much ado about political Israel being reformed. Their reformation they take as an innate proof and verification of their eschatology but it is begging the question…

The Lord Jesus Christ is not bound to the dispensational futuristic speculations of prophecy pundits.

There is a lot of bat guano swirling around these days about shemitahs, blood moons and the 70 year generation that ends in 2018. The reasoning is, Israel became a nation in 1948 and the parable fig tree states that Christ would return before the generation that saw the reformation of Israel passes away.

But it doesn’t say that. The only reason it appears that way is because the religious authorities have defined for you what the fig tree symbol represents in the parable.

The religious experts and ideologues of a certain persuasion would like you to believe certain things about the bible because it upholds their own system of power, control and self-preservation but that doesn’t make it true.

The Chapel is in the same boat with them. It’s all about gaming people with religious deception. The truth is, dispensationalism is a function of Zionism which is all about power and world domination. The Christian system of religion is being subsumed into an end-time system of apostasy and if you think the Chapel is exempt you are mistaken.

The Murray’s are heavily influenced by modern day dispensationalism and one of the “gems” of truth they give us is their interpretation of the parable of the fig tree. If you’ve studied with him for any period of time you will notice he has a lot to say about fig tree symbolism and how it relates to Israel and the end-times.

We are told that the fig tree always represents Israel in scripture and particularly in the parable. Does the bible explicitly state this to be the case all the time? No. Truth is the bible uses a symbol one time in this way, and another time that way.

In the 6th seal stars are cast to the earth as when a fig tree drops its figs… how does that have anything to do with Israel?

With many symbols people ascribe meaning to them that doesn’t exist. And one of the tricks of the religionist’s trade is to define the sheeple’s symbols for them. This is a form of mind control.

And many Christians accept it as given: the parable of fig tree has to do with Israel being reformed as a nation in 1948 or by Jerusalem being captured in 1967… since Israel is the fig tree – and nothing else!

But is that what the parable of the fig tree is about? I’m here to tell you that it has NOTHING to do with Israel in 1948. Let’s look at the passage:

“And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:29-32

This is a characteristic of fruit trees: WHEN THEIR LEAVES COME OUT THE SUMMER (HARVEST) IS NEAR. When you see the leaves that is a sign that the time of fruit is near, so…

When you see the signs that Jesus spoke of that attend the Parousia and the end of the age; when you see the signs then know that his coming is near.

Nothing in there about Israel in 1948.

The generation that sees the revelation of the man of sin and the signs that accompany the great tribulation will not pass away, they will see Christ return.