January 5, 2011
“The Rapture” is contrived from the footnotes contained in the Scofield Reference Bible that was edited by C.I. Scofield, copyrighted, and first published in 1909. The 1917 edition is infamous for its propagation of the false teaching known as premillennialism with “the Rapture” being a popular part of that system of belief.
Premillennialism was declared a heresy at the 431 AD Council of Ephesus.
In April, 1997 two pilots who worked for Operation Blessing charged that planes linked to Robertson and his ministry flew mostly to haul equipment for his African Development Co., a private diamond operation. Robert Hinkle, the chief pilot told reporter Bill Sizemore that of about 40 flights within Zaire during the half-year period he was there, “Only one or at most two” were related to the humanitarian mission of Operation Blessing. The rest were “mining-related.”
“We got over there and we had ‘Operation Blessing’ painted on the tails of the airplanes, Hinkle told the Virginian-Pilot, “but we were doing no humanitarian relief at all. We were just supplying the miners and flying the dredges from Kinshasa out to Tdshikapa.”
One of Robertson’s former business partners recalled that, although he often traveled in the minister’s jet, he never saw Robertson crack open a Bible. ‘Everywhere we were flying he had the Wall Street Journal and Investors’ Daily.’