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Given below is an introductory letter written by Mr. Skolfield. 

Greetings Brethren;
We don’t need man’s “positions” or “views” on Bible prophecy anymore. Bible prophecy can now be understood from God’s perspective because of two miraculous events that have taken place in the Holy Land during the last 60 years: In 1948, the Jews established the new nation of Israel. In 1967, Jerusalem was freed from Gentile control. Those two events are prophetically pivotal, and because of them, we can now see Bible Prophecy in a totally new way. That’s so important, I’m going to say it again:

We can now see Bible Prophecy in a totally new way,
Our traditional views don’t fit reality anymore!

But accepting doctrinal reform has never been easy for the Church. Over the years, I’ve visited many Christian chat-rooms, hundreds of churches and even taught in a few. Many of those churches have leaders who claim to be Bible prophecy experts. It isn’t so. They are  actually “ism” experts:  Preter-ism, Dispensational-ism Histori-cism or some other “ism.” And it’s a tragedy! Those "isms" have slammed the door on outside-the-box studies in Bible prophecy for over 300 years!!! As a result, when God in His time removed the veil from His prophetic books, no one was watching.

Trumpets
I’m reminded of one church leader who typifies the problem. When I met this ism-ite, he was bubbling over with the usual gossip about who the Antichrist might be, when the tribulation was going to start and whether there was going to be a pre, post or mid trib rapture. I asked if we could go to a blackboard. There we opened our Bibles and read . . .

     "Behold, I show 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," 1Cor 15:51-52

       On his blackboard I then scratch in all caps, LAST TRUMPET, and ask, "You believe the Church will be taken to be with the Lord at the
        last trumpet, don’t you?"

      "Of course, that’s common knowledge," he replies, smiling.

      "Great, then you also believe there can’t be any trumpets after the last trumpet?"

      "Ummm -- sure," he says this a bit faintly; he probably knows where I’m headed.

      "Well then," I say, "If the Church is going to be on earth until the last trumpet, we’ll have to be here through six of the seven
        trumpets in Revelation."

      "Oh no," he answers, "the seven trumpets of Revelation are trumpets of judgment and they are excluded from the last
       trumpet in Corinthians."

      "Are you saying that trumpets will be blown after the last trumpet? Isn’t that contradicting a plain statement of Scripture?

      "The last trumpet in Corinthians  has nothing to do with the trumpets in Revelation," he says with conviction.

      "Well then, unless I misunderstand you, what the Bible says is the last trumpet isn’t really the last trumpet. Is that what you
       believe?" I’m hiding a smile.

      "The last trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15:52 refers to Levitical trumpets only," he says in his most authoritative voice, "Revelation’s
       trumpets and seals take place during the Seven-Year Tribulation. Everyone knows that."

      "Really?” Let me see of I’ve got this straight. A trumpet in the New Testament, claiming to be the last, only refers to Old Testament
      trumpets even though there are trumpets in the New Testament?” It was all so absurdly irrational I just had to ask, “What kind
      of exegetical slight-of-hand brought your denomination to that conclusion?"

You see the problem don’t you? Despite its irrationality, this pastor couldn’t abandon his tradition. Now I don’t doubt for a moment that this dear man was doing the best he could, but like most Church leaders, regardless of stripe, he could only see the Bible through his doctrinal filter. But if the Bible is really the Word of God, we ought to believe what it says, whether it fits our doctrinal filters or not!

Prophecy and History
Some time later, and in a different church, I used a blackboard to graph the prophetic days. I showed this pastor how Daniel predicted the coming of Islam 1200 years before Muhammad was born. I showed him how Revelation predicted the first Islamic Jihad, the Crusades, the birth of new Israel in 1948 and Jerusalem again under Jewish control in 1967. I graphed those fulfilled prophecies so clearly they were virtually impossible to dispute.

From the way he responded, you’d have thought I’d just shot his favorite bird dog. Then he started screaming at me, and I do mean screaming: "YOU’RE DOING AWAY WITH THE TRIBULATION !!!"
     
Pointing to the graphs, I said, "Please calm down my friend, I’m not trying to do away with anything. I’m just showing you another way to look at those verses; a way that we can now prove both scripturally and historically."

      "YOU’RE DOING AWAY WITH THE TRIBULATION," he was shouting so loud my ears were ringing. Reasoning with him was out of the question;
      I’d just threatened his end-time traditions and he was beyond reason.

Though he was the loudest example of the problem, unique he wasn’t. Thankfully there were a few pastors out there with open hearts or I would not have been able to go on.

Prophetic Days
Some years later, I chatted with a Christian author who had just written a major book on Bible prophecy. Thinking he might be interested, I showed him how most of the prophetic days had already been fulfilled in new Israel. It seems that prophetic days didn’t fit his scheme of things and certainly not his book, so he disagreed. Even after showing irrefutable scripture (Ezekiel 4:5-6) and historic support for the prophetic days, he kept on with his, "There’s no such thing as prophetic days."

So how do you relate to someone who defends questionable doctrines when there is solid Scripture to the contrary? I try a different tactic: "OK, Jim, I can hear your total aversion to the prophetic day concept, so lets call them something else. How does ‘widgets’ sound to you?’" I then showed him how the 1290 "widgets" of Daniel 12:11 predicted the coming of Islam 1200 years before Muhammad was born. I showed how the 1260 "widgets" of Revelation 12:6 predicted the birth of new Israel in 1948 and how the 42 months of "widgets" in Revelation 11:2 predicted Jerusalem again under Jewish control in 1967 . . . all three events predicted right to the year! (How those prophetic days fit world history is covered in The False Prophet)

Then I said, "But you now have me convinced. I won't believe in prophetic days anymore. From now on, I'll believe in ‘widgets’, because those ‘widgets’ fit scripture and recorded history right to the year." Jim was not amused, sad to say, but no matter how well presented, Jim still couldn’t hear truths that didn’t fit his prior doctrine, even when you could positively prove them to him.

Life Changing Issues
The above accounts may sound a bit humorous, but they really aren’t. No blindness is as profoundly dark as the blindness one inflicts upon himself, and the Church is not immune to it. Jesus faced the same problem with the Pharisees of His day. He addressed it by saying, "By your traditions you make the word of God to no effect."

Popular end-time traditions of today are also making the word of God to no effect. God is truth, and how well we serve Him is not determined by how artful we are at defending our favorite doctrines, but on our willingness to seek out and follow the truth.

I’ve pretty much given up on the established churches. There are a few open-hearted pastors out there, but not many. Over the past 20 years, I’ve written five books on Bible prophecy, none of which has been scripturally refuted by anyone. Those books are either true and of the Holy Spirit or they’re not. That’s for you to decide. But if they are of God, they will change your life and ministry just like they changed my life and ministry and the lives of all those who have read them with an open heart.

I’ve already written way too much here. May God bless you all;

Ellis Skolfield
  
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           Ellis H.
         Skolfield

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