Wesley A. Smith is the progenitor of the Christian Identity movement. As we have covered, Christian Identity is white supremacist theology. Try as they might to distance themselves from this reality the Shepherd’s Chapel is a distinct outgrowth of this movement.
In the same way Mormonism attempts to conceal it’s racist origins and statements made by it’s founders.
In several key aspects Mormonism bares striking resemblances with Shepherd’s Chapel teaching – this is due to Wesley Smith’s influence.
This can be in seen in the central tenet of pre-mortal existence of souls. An error introduced into the church by Origen and condemned at the Second Council of Constantinople in 553. The insanity of Murray’s religion can be attributed in no small part to this tenet.
Although Wesley wasn’t a member of the church of Mormon in his formative years he lived in southern California where many Mormons were settled. There is no doubt that his theology was influenced by them as the Mormon’s were the ones who emphasized the heresy at that time… Swift emerges into history baring the same notions.
And from there it was passed down to Murray. Bullinger seemed to hint at it but never gives us any details that I’m aware. The Mormon’s were the first cult I am aware of to have an elaborate history of a rebellion that took place in “the world that was”.
Christian Identity and Mormonism are part of the Dominionist Movement. During the “Golden Age of Gaia” or the Antichrist Millennium the Dominionist’s will receive the mark of the beast and be damned for eternity.
Joel’s Army is another key facet of the Dominionist Movement. The father of this movement, William Branham, shared the serpent seed doctrine in common with Swift.
To understand the Shepherd’s Chapel cult you have to understand the significance of what Murray refers to as the KATABOLE (Greek for ‘foundation’), or the Overthrow. This is a word in the new testament that means foundation but Murray with the help of another false teacher translates it as, “Overthrow”.
On the broadcast Murray makes much ado about the three earth ages – the first and second age are separated by this event called “the Overthrow” or Satan’s rebellion.
… it is for this reason, according to Murray, that God created this age at all!
Throughout the NT we see the word “foundation” being used – we are told it means the opposite of the way it is translated… huh? Instead of a literal “founding” we have something quite different.
“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” – Matthew 13:35
In most places “foundation” is the Greek word katabole, which we are told is an event that took place, an “overthrow” which was judgment and destruction of an age.
This Katabole is posited as taking place between in the gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Hence the term Gap Theory. Murray got this notion from theologian E.W. Bullinger whose Companion Bible was a mainstay. In fact, Bullinger’s false teachings had an immense influence on Murray and we will be drawing these out in time…
Bullinger had a series of appendices in his bible. Appendix #146 Bullinger gives us the nuts and bolts of a false teaching that I would consider to be the cornerstone of the whole delusional and wildly popular system of Murray…
The Overthrow occurred as the result of Satan’s rebellion in the first earth age. It’s the stuff that religious fantasies are made of. According to Murray you and I were in angelic bodies in some distant prehistoric period of time.
Satan fomented a plot to depose God and drew one third of the souls with him. He tells us that Revelation 12:4 is referring to this event in the first earth age…
“And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.” Revelation 12:4
God instead destroying the rebels just destroyed the age and decided to give us a probationary existence to amend our actions in the first earth age.
There is an immense system of fantasy religion based on these distortions. We will be overthrowing Murray’s foundational Katabole doctrine…
“And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” – Daniel 12:7
The two witnesses represent the true followers of Christ who are either killed for their faith during the tribulation or overcome until Jesus Christ’s return… we read about this group in Revelation 20…
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” – Revelation 20:4
During the great tribulation a death sentence will be passed on all those who refuse to worship the beasts image…
“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” – Revelation 13:15
The great tribulation will feature a genocidal purge of humanity the likes of which has never been seen. Christians will be the prime focal point. Though many Christians will survive through to the end, a lot of them will be martyred.
When the last Christian that is to be martyred dies, then the power of the holy people is completely shattered. The death of the two witnesses represents the complete shattering of the holy people of Daniel 12 – it comes to its fullness at the end of the great tribulation.
“And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” – Revelation 6:11
There is a set predetermined number of martyrs who will die, when that has been fulfilled then the two witnesses are slain. In other words, as the power of the holy people is shattered at the end of the tribulation so to are the two witnesses slain. The two martyrs coming to life is none other than the first resurrection…
“And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. ” – Revelation 11:11-12
This is the first resurrection. All Christians will be resurrected at that time, but the first resurrection pertains especially to the resurrection of a certain group of believers who overcame during the great tribulation.
This very same group of martyrs that are symbolized by the two witnesses are also symbolized by the 144,000. Revelation 15 gives us the key to see this…
“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” – Revelation 15:2
This is the same group spoken of in Revelation 20:4…
And notice the harps and the song they are singing? The 144,000 are seen doing the same thing…
“And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. ” – Revelation 14:2-4
These are the saints who are overcame the beast and his mark. It is they who are called the two witnesses, it is they who partake of the first resurrection and reign during the millennium.
(Rev 8:5) And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
(Rev 8:6) And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
I must be deaf because according to Murray the 5th trumpet has already sounded.
A large portion of Chapel teaching about prophecy centers around the revelation of the Antichrist in the 6th trumpet which could happen at any moment. At this point the whole teaching is rather confusing and not very clear.
I’m not sure Murray knew what he taught about eschatology…
Somehow he and his elect are teaching about Antichrist’s revelation in the 6th during this huge expanse of time since the 5th trumpet sounded. We’ve now been in the 5th trumpet phase for over 30 years at least. When the Antichrist shows up in the 6th he reigns for 2.5 months… but that’s after the deadly wound so somehow he was reigning before the 6th trumpet for 2.5 months… are you serious?
He seemed certain that the tribulation or the 70th week of Daniel was shortened to 5 months based on this passage…
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” – Matthew 24:22
And then he shortens the great tribulation to 2.5 months. So a period of 1260 days is shortened to about 75 days… that’s comforting! We also learn that Christians are not killed during the tribulation but all the deaths are figurative spiritual deaths occurring due to deception and that all these have a second chance in the millennium…
Dear heavens! Where do I sign up? False religion is very smooth, that’s why it gains so many adherents.
I listened to messages in the past where he stated that the 5th trumpet sounded in the 60’s with the appearance of hurricane “Camille” a category “5” typhoon.
Then I’ve seen where he states that it sounded in the 80’s when Mount Saint Helen’s erupted. Of course, Elijah’s face in the puff of volcano smoke is all the proof you need, right?
So that begs the question, when did the other trumpets sound?
The answer: NO trumpets have ever sounded!
The trumpets take place distinctly during the great tribulation as judgments upon humanity due in no small part because of their worship of the beast and persecution of God’s people…
“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne […] And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” – Revelation 8:3,5-6
During the great tribulation the beast will begin to violently persecute Christians and require the people of the world to receive a mark. The saints respond and pray for God’s judgments to fall upon the world – they are the two witnesses!
“These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” – Revelation 11:6
God sends the angels to administer judgment through trumpets on behalf of the saints…
THAT IS IN THE FUTURE! Be assured of that… the poor Chapel student walks around in a state of constant spiritual bewilderment thinking that the 5th trumpet has sounded but this in their imagination.
So when you hear all this talk about trumpets blasting in the 60’s just know that it is more religious speculation mistaken for reality… the real trumpets will sound during the great tribulation and it will not be a truncated 2.5 month amusement park ride but 42 months of VIOLENT, MURDEROUS persecution – sweeping, bloody, global… Genocide!