Will You Take Part in the First Resurrection?

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“…and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years […] This is the first resurrection.” – Rev. 20:4

I like Dennis Murray, truly I do. It pains me to have to speak out against his ministry and it’s error. I feel bad for him because of what his father taught him. I pray that he repents for his part in this madness.

Recently he reiterated a Chapel teaching that only the 144,000 partake of the first resurrection – the rest receive a second shot at salvation in the millennium only this time it is salvation by works that saves them.

TRUTH… ALL true Christians partake in the first resurrection and that there will be NO SECOND CHANCES IN THE MILLENNIUM FOR THOSE WHO TAKE THE MARK! Nor will their be a second chance for anyone after this life:

“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” – Hebrew 9:27

You see, if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior and the blood He shed for the remission of your sins, YOU ARE ELECT. These are they that partake of the first resurrection.

The Chapel likes to define the elect as an exclusive group distinct from the body of Christ who earned their salvation and RIGHT to be the elect at the Katabole. This is insane, I lament the people caught up in it.

“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

Here John is seeing a vision of saints and martyrs who died or and/or overcame under the persecutions of the pagan Roman empire but the application is broader and points to the whole church age.

There are a vast multitude of saints who resist the beast’s mark and image, many to the point of martyrdom and overcome during the church era – these saints reign with Christ NOW AND THERE ARE MANY MORE THAN 144,000! Jesus Christ is ruling the nations with a rod of iron right now, the millennium is going on right now.

In fact, the group of saints that are referred to in the book of Revelation as the “144,000” can be taken to be a symbolic represensation of the church.

Coincidentally, the Chapel affirms that the elect cannot be harmed during the tribulation of antichrist (which he shortens to 2.5 months). DO YOU SEE THE INCONSISTENCY?  One the one hand he is saying on the 144,000 partake in the first resurrection, then he is saying they will not be harmed in the least during the tribulation. BUT JOHN SAYS I SAW THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO WERE BEHEADED.

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands […] And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” – Revelation 7

Friend, these partook of the first resurrection… a vast multitude. And they were so much more than simply the Anglo-Isrealite elite with gnostic knowledge (most of those will wind up receiving the mark, being slain in the judgment and going directly to hell).

If you are caught up in the false teachings I plead with you to turn from them and turn to Jesus Christ…

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Is A Gap of Time Between the 69th & 70th Week of Daniel?

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And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” – Daniel 9:27

As we have noted before, the Shepherd’s Chapel is dispensational. This is very ironic as we find that Murray rails against the system of deception in which he is in bondage. He swings at the low-hanging fruit of a pre-tribulation rapture while expanding the essential ideas of dispensationalism even further…

To recap – E.W. Bullinger lived during the emergence of a now popular system of scripture interpretation called dispensationalism. Bullinger is a very close cousin of Scofield but pioneered his own system and study bible to rival the Scofield bible. Bullinger’s form is called hyperdispensationalism, as it has the church starting later in Acts.

If you go to the Companion Bible – notice his notes for Daniel 9:26-27 will detail his position. You can read his appendix 91 here to see for yourself…

Here are Bullinger’s own words in the appendix, “THE THIRD PERIOD. The last, or the seventieth seven. This period is yet future, and awaits the same literal fulfillment as the other two periods.”

So as you can see, Bullinger makes this passage in Daniel about a future Antichrist as he splits the 70th week off into the future. This is a classic example of dispensationalism. There’s a lot more but I simply want to demonstrate that there is no gap. The 70 week prophecy is one continuous prophecy with no gaps.

Once you begin to realize this, it will help you break free from a lot of the madness within futurism, a system of biblical interpretation that was invented by Roman Jesuits and passed down to the Anglican church and then on to the evangelicals of today.

Shepherd’s Chapel though it has it’s own variety of dispensationalism it bares many of the hallmarks, including the gap between the 69th and 70th week. In Murray system, the 70th week commences at the 6th trumpet and lasts a period of 5 months. 7 years is truncated to 5 months based on Jesus words… 

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

The 1260 days, 42 months and time, times and half of time (the great tribulation) is shortened to just 2.5 months.

The reality is this: dispensationalism completely distorts the meaning of prophecy when it adds this gap in time.

In the prophecy of the 70 weeks, Jesus the Messiah is the context throughout. During his earthly ministry he confirmed the covenant (the new covenant) with many, performing miracles, proclaiming the kingdom and forgiving sins. In the midst of the week he was cut-off in crucifixion thus bringing an end to the sacrificial system. He said, “it is finished” when He died and thereby ratified the new covenant…

The old covenant worship system continued on in form until it became a blasphemous caricature of worship and a stumbling block to all – it was swept away in judgment by the Romans a generation after the crucifixion of Christ…

That said, there remains a period of time after Christ’s death – the last half of the 70th week… I will address some issues on how to interpret this in an upcoming post.

When Did the 7 Trumpets Start Sounding?

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the 5th trumpet has sounded?

(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!