Has anyone read Scofield's interpretation of the End Times?
Many groups have adopted it without much modification. 2 Thess. is usually where the theory starts. The Anti-Christ is supposed to arrive before the Lord. A great falling away from the faith is expected and the Anti-Christ appears. Scofield takes a passage from Daniel to show that, in the beginning, the Anti-Christ is a great flatterer, and is a man of intrigues.
From there, Scofield recalls a type of Anti-Christ, Antiochus Ephinenaeus, who, during the Intertestamental period, was the abomination of desolation and defiled the Jewish temple by eating a pig. See Daniel 8. BTW, he was the king of Syria and annexed Judah to his country in 198 AD.
The theory goes on, but please tell me what you think so far.
What Antiochus Epiphanes did in 170-165 B.C. was conquer Jerusalem, went into the Jewish temple and sacrificed swine upon the altar, and then spread its broth around inside the temple, thus desolating the temple. He then placed an idol abomination to Zeus worship and demand all to bow to it (see this history per the Jewish historian Josephus who lived in 100 A.D.).
Antiochus IV serves as a blueprint for the coming Antichrist at the end of this world, simply because our Lord Jesus quoted Daniel about that "abomination of desolation" event around 200 years after Antiochus had already done that. So it means to look for another still to do that abomination of desolation.
Those who infer the "abomination of desolation" idea means destruction of the temple in Jerusalem don't know what they are talking about. In 70 A.D., the temple burned before the Romans could get control of it, so no "abomination of desolation" happened then (this per the Jewish historian Josephus).
The "abomination of desolation" is about an IDOL abomination that spiritually desolates the temple in Jerusalem and its people through false idol worship. That tempting is what Daniel and his fellows had to go through in his days while captive to Babylon for 70 years. For the end of this world, Babylon is coming to Jerusalem this next time; that's where it's going to happen again with the coming Antichrist.
One of the dangers with Cyrus Scofield is that he followed a doctrine of men that began in 1830's Great Britain called the Pre-tribulation secret Rapture theory which was first taught in there by John Nelson Darby and the Brethren movement. (Cyrus actually had a dark history if you look into it. He served some jail time for stealing some of one of his relative's inheritance. He claimed to have a Doctorate from university which he never had. He was a member of the Club of New York, a private club for NY bankers and lawyers. No doubt that's where he got the funds to publish his Scofield Reference Bible).
Darby at first claimed only those raptured would actually 'see' Christ coming in the clouds, and everyone else on earth would wonder where the saved suddenly disappeared to. So Darby actually preached a 'secret' rapture at the first. That idea was originally part of Pre-trib's teaching that Jesus could come "at any moment" and "as a thief in the night", etc., and to be 'ready' to go, etc. Thus it also became labeled the "Any Moment" doctrine.
Over the years, the Pre-trib school has changed its doctrines slightly. It stays away from Darby's original 'secret' rapture ideas. But it still uses Apostle Paul's "as a thief in the night" phrase from 1 Thess.5, which they misinterpret.
The reason it's wrong to use that "as a thief in the night" phrase to preach a rapture of the Church prior... to the tribulation of Antichrist is because, Apostles Paul and Peter hard-linked that phrase to the future "day of the Lord" event. That "day of the Lord" event only happens at the end of this present world, and that according to Paul, Peter, and the OT prophets (Isaiah 13 for one example; 2 Peter 3:10).
I have heard recently the Pre-trib school wrongly preach when that "day of the Lord" destruction happens. They try to move it to happen prior... to the tribulation, trying to do a force-fit that will match their theory on the rapture timing. A simple study of what Peter taught in 2 Peter 3:10 shows easily how they are in error, for Peter shows what is to occur on that "day of the Lord"; i.e., a burning of man's works off this earth (meaning of "elements" in the Greek). In other words, God is going to step in on that day and end the tribulation and all of man's works on this earth, burning them off by His consuming fire.
This destruction event on the "day of the Lord" Paul also explained in 1 Thess.5 when he said about those who will say, "Peace and safety", then "sudden destruction" will come upon them. Paul also was teaching about the final day of this world with the destruction that will come from The Almighty (Isaiah 13).
Both Paul and Peter said that "day of the Lord" will come "as a thief in the night"! Now do you see the problem with the Pre-trib school's wrong teaching of a rapture of the Church prior to the tribulation? By the way, in Revelation 16:15 Jesus is still speaking to His Church on earth, and says that He comes "as a thief". He warns that on the 6th Vial. Then on the 7th Vial He gathers the armies at Armageddon to battle, which is the event of His 2nd coming.
Thus there is actually only ONE... event of the coming return of our Lord Jesus Christ back to this earth, and it will be to end the tribulation on the "day of the Lord" which will come "as a thief in the night".