“…and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the women who sew magic bands upon all wrists, and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature, in the hunt for souls! Will you hunt down souls belonging to my people and keep your own souls alive?” – Ezekiel 13:18
When I first started studying with the Shepherd’s Chapel back in 1994 one of the first few tapes I ordered was a two tape series concerning the pre-tribulation rapture. I was blown away by Murray’s teaching. He unleashed a panoply of arguments and scripture against this lie the likes of which I had never seen.
To this day I don’t believe in a pre-tribulation rapture thanks in no small part to Arnold Murray. But that is where my praise and adulation ceases.
As I stated before there are a multitude of good Christian teachers who correctly expose the lies of dispensationalism and the pre-tribulation rapture…
Without all the garbage religion that Chapel dishes up…
Invariably on every broadcast it is simply a matter of time before the doctor launches into his polemic. You’ll hear him talk about how Ezekiel predicted the “Fly Away” doctrine. This can be found in Ezekiel 13, but as I will show you the passage he references has absolutely NOTHING to do with the rapture.
Ezekiel 13:17 – “Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them…”
Okay, the context is 5th century B.C. – the woman of Israel at that time were involved in false religion and lying to the people telling them that judgment would not come. God was commanding Ezekiel to pronounce judgment against THEM. Not Margaret McDonald, NOT Gloria Copeland, Not Jan Crouch or any of the other biblical podunks on TBN for fooling people with the pretribulation rapture.
(NLT) Ezekiel 13:18 – “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against all your magic charms, which you use to ensnare my people like birds. I will tear them from your arms, setting my people free like birds set free from a cage.
Here’s the KJV and notice how Murray distorts the text to have it mean something about God’s judgment on the women who teach the pre-tribulation rapture…
Ezekiel 13:18 – “Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.”
This passage is about God setting his people free from these liars like someone who frees birds from a cage. Murray warps and distorts this passage to mean something completely unrelated… why would he do that? It’s about power and selfish ambition. Murray has no concern for the truth – only to use and distort the bible to accomplish his own selfish ends.
He exposes the pre-tribulation rapture AS A MEANS OF CONVERTING PEOPLE TO HIS CULT. Therefore he has no compunction about warping this passage if it supports his agenda.