Margaret Macdonald's Original Pretribulation Vision
Excerpted from: The Incredible Cover-up, pp. 151-157
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APPENDIX A: MARGARET MACDONALD'S ACCOUNT
[This is Margaret Macdonald's handwritten account of her 1830 Pre-Trib revelation, as included in Robert Norton's
Memoirs of James & George Macdonald of Port-Glasgow (1840), pp. 171-176. The italicized portions represent her account as it appears in shorter form in Norton's
The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets; In the Catholic Apostolic Church (1861), pp 15-18.]
"It was first the awful state of the land that was pressed upon me.(1) I saw the blindness and infatuation of the people to be very great. I felt the cry of Liberty just to be the hiss of the serpent, to drown them in perdition. It was just `no God.' I repeated the words, Now there is distress of nations, with perplexity, the seas and the waves roaring, men's hearts failing them for fear - now look out for the sign of the Son of man. Here I was made to stop and cry out, 0 it is not known what the sign of the Son of man is; the people of God think they are waiting, but they know not what it is.
I felt this needed to be revealed, and that there was great darkness and error about it; but suddenly what it was burst upon me with a glorious light I saw it was just the Lord himself descending from Heaven with a shout, just the glorified man. even Jesus; but that all must, as Stephen was, be filled with the Holy Ghost, that they might look up, and see the brightness of the Father's glory. I saw the error to be, that men think that it will be something seen by the natural eye; but 'tis spiritual discernment that is needed, the eye of God in his people. Many passages were revealed, in a light in which I had not before seen them. I repeated, `Now is the kingdom of Heaven like unto ten virgins, who went forth to meet the Bridegroom, five wise and five foolish; they that were foolish took their lamps, but took no oil with them; but they that were wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.' 'But
be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is; and be not drunk with wine wherein is excess,
but be filled with the Spirit.' This was the oil the wise virgins took in their vessels - this is the light to be kept burning - the light of God - that we may discern that which cometh not with observation to the natural eye. Only those who have the light of God within them will see the sign of his appearance. No need to follow them who say, see here, or see there, for his day shall be as the lightning to those in whom the living Christ is. 'Tis Christ in us that will lift us up - he is the light - 'tis only those that are alive in him that will be caught up to meet him in the air.
I saw that we must be in the Spirit, that we might see spiritual things. John was in the Spirit, when he saw a throne set in Heaven. - But
I saw that the glory of the ministration of the Spirit had not been known. I repeated frequently,
but the spiritual temple must and shall be reared, and the fullness of Christ
be poured into his body, and then shall we be caught up to meet him.
Oh none will be counted worthy of this calling but his body, which is
the church, and which must be a candlestick all of gold. I often said,
Oh the glorious inbreaking of God which is now about to burst on this earth; Oh
the glorious temple which is now about to be reared, the bride adorned for her husband; and Oh what a holy, holy bride she must be, to be prepared for such a glorious bridegroom. I said, Now shall the people of God have to do with realities -
now shall the glorious mystery of God in our nature be known - now shall it be known what it is for man to be glorified. I felt that the revelation of Jesus Christ had yet to be opened up - it is not knowledge about God that it contains, but it is an entering into God - I saw that there was a glorious breaking in of God to be. I feIt as Elijah surrounded with chariots of fire. I saw as it were, the spiritual temple reared, and the Head Stone brought forth with shoutings of grace, grace, unto it. It was a glorious light above the brightness of the sun, that shone round about me. I felt that those who were filled with the spirit could see spiritual things, and feel walking in the midst of them, while those who had not the Spirit could see nothing - so that two shall be in one bed, the one taken and the other left, because the one has the light of God within while the other cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven. I saw the people of God in an awfully dangerous situation, surrounded by nets and entanglements, about to be tried, and many about to be deceived and fall.
Now will THE WICKED be revealed, with all power and signs and lying wonders, so that if it were possible the very elect will be deceived. - This is the fiery trial which is to try us. - It will be for the purging and purifying of the real members of the body of Jesus; but Oh
it will be a fiery trial. Every soul will be shaken to the very centre. The enemy will try to shake in every thing we have believed -
But the trial of real faith will be found to honour and praise and glory. Nothing but what is of God will stand. The stony-ground hearers will be made manifest - the love of many will wax cold I frequently
said that night, and often since, now shall the awful sight of a false Christ be seen on this earth. and nothing but the living
Christ in us can detect this awful attempt of the enemy to deceive - or it is with all deceivableness of unrighteousness he will work - he will have a counterpart for every part of God's truth and an imitation for every work of the Spirit. The Spirit must and will be poured out on the church, that she may be purified and filled with God - and just
in proportion as the Spirit of God works, so will he when our Lord anoints men with power, so will he. This is
particularly the nature of the trial, through which those are to pass who will be counted worthy to stand before the Son of man. There will be outward trial
too, but `tis principally temptation. It is brought on by the outpouring of the Spirit, and will
just increase in proportion as the Spirit is poured out. The trial of the Church is from Antichrist. It is by being filled with the Spirit that we shall be kept. I frequently said, Oh be filled with the Spirit - have the light of God in you, that you may detect Satan - be full of eyes within - be clay in the hands of the potter - submit to be filled,
filled with God This will build the temple. It is not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord. This will fit us to enter into the marriage supper of the lamb. I saw It to be the will of God that all should be filled. But what hindered the real life of God from being received by his people, was their turning from Jesus. who is the way to the Father. They were not entering in by the door. For he is faithful who hath said, by me if any man enter in he shall find pasture. They were passing the cross, through which every drop of the Spirit of God flows to us.
All power that comes not through the blood of Christ is not of God. When I say, they are looking from the cross, I feel that there is much in it - they turn from the blood of the Lamb, by which we overcome, and in which our robes are washed and made white. There are low views of God's holiness, and ceasing to condemn sin in the flesh, and a looking from him who humbled himself, and made himself of no reputation.
Oh! it is needed, much needed at present, a leading back to the cross, I saw that night, and often since, that there will be an outpouring of the Spirit
on the body, such as has not been, a baptism of fire, that all the dross may be put away. Oh there must and will be such an indwelling of the living God as has not been -
the servants of God sealed in their foreheads - great conformity to Jesus - his holy holy
image seen in his people just the bride made comely, by his comeliness put upon her. This is what we are at present made to pray much for, that speedily we may all be made ready to meet our Lord in the air - and it will be. Jesus wants his bride. His desire is toward us. He that shall come, will come, and will not tarry. Amen and Amen. Even so come Lord Jesus."
1. At the end of this first sentence Norton adds a footnote which is explained at the bottom of p. 171: "I think I ought not to omit stating that in the course of the memorable evening of which the above paper is a very incomplete outline, one individual was expressly mentioned by name as the future desolator of this land, who at the time (nine years ago) was not at a11 pre-eminent as the leader of infidelity, but who has so notoriously and awfully become so - Mr. Owen." The Owen referred to was Robert Owen (1771-1858), described by Friedrich Engels in his Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (1880) as one of the leading socialists of the early nineteenth century. A lengthy article on the editorial page of the January 10, 1973, Kansas City`Star entitled "Tracing the History of Communes" says Owen established a number of communities that were Communistic in nature. He set up communes in Ireland and Britain; his best-known commune, however, was his American community at New Harmony. Indiana. Margaret, on the same evening she had her pre-trib revelation, mentioned Owen as the future desolator, or Antichrist.
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16 Jun 2004
I don't know. This could be an extended prophecy or a hoax. But I noticed that in the Bible God adds a little more to Isiah's prophecy with John's. Actually a lot more. And since prophecy is a fruit of the spirit it is totally possible that the Lord was sending her something to share with believers.
05 Dec 2004
Hello again, this is Aj, thank you very much for your fast response to my question, it will be well valued in my search for sound doctrine. I would just like to say how much I injoy your website. I beleive the Lord is ready to expose these truths that has been long forgotten. Please feel free to e-mail me anytime Todd, and again thank you very much and God bless. "Aj"
Date: 29 Oct 2005
Amen and Praise the Lord!!
The Overcomers are his Bride. Are you one??
PLEASE,put me in touch with Dave MacPherson. I do not know him
personally but have talked to him several times when he lived in MO
before moving to Alaska.I sent him materials when he was blitzing
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Date: 08 Jan 2006
April eighteenth day of ninteen seventy eight I for the first time in my
life I realized that I could not do anything in my own power to please
God.God opened my eyes to see what Jesus did for me and the whole world and
if we will put our Faith in Jesus Christ finished work on calvary we will be
Born- gain and placed into the body of Christ. According to the Bible Jesus
took the punishment for all mankind and everybody that by Faith will recieve
Jesus will be saved eternally.The people that reject his love will be
blotted out of The Lambs Book of Life and spend eternity seperated from God
in the Lake of Fire. Jesus left Glory and came to earth one time.Jesus
suffered bled and died and was bodily resseructed one time to suffer
and pay our sin debt one time. Jesus will not suffer again he is King of
Kings and rules from heaven now.Jesus is also our(the saved) only mediator
between God and man now.Jesus will not suffer anymore.If the body of
christ(the now born-again)would have to go through The Great Trib- ulation
would Jesus not be suffering again? Another thing in these verses Paul
stated that God is not through with Israel yet.Rom 11:1 I say then, Hath God
cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of
Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. Rom 11:2 God hath not cast away his
people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of
Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Rom 11:3
Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am
left alone, and they seek my life. Rom 11:4 But what saith the answer of God
unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not
bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Rom 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant
according to the election of grace.
Rom 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no
more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work
is no more work.
Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but
the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of
slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;)
unto this day.
Rom 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the
Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Rom 11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my
flesh, and might save some of them.
Rom 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world,
what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
Rom 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the
root be holy, so are the branches.
Rom 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild
olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root
and fatness of the olive tree;
God is going to reedem Israel (during Great Tribulation I believe)and
fulfill his promice in
these versesMat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which
art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
There has to be a millinum for true peace to cover the earth and Jesus to
rule here as in heaven.
This one thing I know for sure the Bible says that there will be a group
that will not taste physical death but will be changed to be like Jesus.To
be all the glory for the great things he has done.
In Christ in Love,
Dear Christian friend,
I just read your excellent exposition on the falsity of the Darby/MacDonald
teachings about a secret rapture just for the church. Thank you for showing
its unbiblical origin.
Dennis J. Fischer
Lincoln, Nebraska USA
Date: 22 Nov 2006
I was very glad to learn of the true origin of this ridiculous doctrine on
the second coming. I had long doubted "rapture," but this book of Dave
MacPherson's was a cincher. I am presently involved in writing a tract on
the subject. More literature needs to be distributed that is post-tribulational.
People need warned there just won't be any rapture to save them from the
Antichrist. Pre-trib teachers know that church & state will be one, but they
teach it will happen AFTER the rapture ! ! I hate to "burst their bubble,"
but their church will come under the Pope, and they will be here ! What
Margaret MacDonald had was not a vision--it was a DELUSION. It was a trick
of the devil to: one thing, divert attention from the true Antichrist, who
is the Pope, and to keep the Church from preparing for the Great
Tribulation. Considering events in the Holy Land, if there were to be a
rapture, IT WOULD HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED !
Date: 16 Mar 2007
I read your book over 30 years ago and did the research then that has never
changed. I still can't believe there are some left who believe that crazzy
stuff. Your life long effort has born fruit and I wish you well and commend
your steadfast journey. Timothy Sauder Canadian.
Date: 10 Jan 2008
Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be
saved from the wrath through him.. 1Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his
Son from Heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus which Delivered us
from the Wrath to Come.. Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh,
cruel both with Wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate and he
shall destory the Sinners therof out of it..
Nahum 1:2 God is jealous, and the Lord is Revengeth and Furious, the Lord
will take vengeance on this adversaries, and he reserveth Wrath for his
wrath 1.viloent anger
2.punishment of an offence or crime
3. God's way to punish SIN...
Date: 07 Apr 2009
This was an eye opener for me Freddy Keener
Date: 03 May 2009
ok i've been doing a lot of research on this vision and many of the things
she says she saw point to a rapture DURING OR AFTER the tribulation- nothing
before. I believe this vision has no relevance- the Bible clearly states
that the rapture will happen BEFORE the tribulation.
Date: 01 Jul 2009
It is interesting that so many people believe that Margaret MacDonald
created the Rapture and Darby ran with it. In fact, the doctrine of the
Rapture was published by others prior to Darby AND Margaret MacDonald.
In the year 1788 a Rev. Morgan Edwards, a Baptist pastor in Philadelphia put
forth the idea in his "Millennium, Last Days Novelties" book. He stated that
he first wrote about it in the year 1742.
A document referred to as the Pseudo-Ephrem document, dating back to the
period A.D. 565 - 627 (or possibly even earlier) mentions the Rapture as a
"...For all the saints and elect of God are gathered, prior to the
tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the
confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins."
During the 15th - 16th centuries, Joseph Meade (1586-1638) wrote about the
Rapture, 250 years before Darby.
The Rapture was promoted by by Bishop Victorinus of Petau (3rd Century), who
saw the church departing before the plagues during the time of God's wrath.
It is clear that the Rapture dates back to at least the 3rd Century, and
probably earlier. Why did it vanish from the church history landscape?
Because the Roman Catholic Church, which had adopted Augustine's allegorical
view of Eschatology squelched the doctrine. It stayed hidden until after the
Reformation, when people once again had the opportunity to read the Bible
Date: 21 Dec 2012
Even though the rapture theory was gleaned from what Miss MacDonald said, it
is because it was not understood what she was saying. Read prayerfully and
thoughtfully you will see that she said nothing about being physically
removed from the earth. And what she did say was what would happen to us
spiritually when and if we become filled with the Holy Spirit, which is
maturity in our walk with the Lord, with Jesus Christ as Lord and not simply
as savior. To be able to see what Miss MacDonald saw we have to be where she
was in her walk with the Lord. In other words, to see there one must be
there. Sandy Stansell
Date: 17 Dec 2012
I read Dave MacPherson's book, "The Incredible Cover-Up." History answers
the question of the doctrine's derivation. The National Geographic TV
channel aired a program on the origin of the "rapture" doctrine and told
about John Darby and an actress portrayed MacDonald. Preachers appeared on
the show warning people there won't be a "rapture."
Date: 08 Nov 2012
IT becomes clear Mr Mc Pherson that you have made
it a life's ambition to bad mouth these pretrib
people. One must question one's motives when
one spends so much time on the negative and
in the past of others. Have they hurt you that
much that you have to go after them continuously
with a loaded gun.It seems evident that you are
doing only yourself great harm. Get onto a posit
-ive road . For your'' postrib theory'' is but nothing
more than that. So for goodness sake stop wasting
your life in this useless banter against others.
Get a life. And try eternal life, which commences
in earnest at the Coming of Our Lord Jesus.
Like in Noah'sDay and also Sodom the principle is
always .The ''faithful are removed to safety''
and then the Destruction and Judgement happens.
Date: 09 Oct 2012
Those who question MacPherson's conclusion about Margaret MacDonald's
"vision" should Google "X-Raying Margaret," "Edward Irving is Unnerving,"
and "The Unoriginal John Darby."
And those who claim that pretrib was taught before 1830 should Google
MacPherson's article entitled "Deceiving and Being Deceived" and "The Real
Manuel Lacunza." Also Google "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty" to find out the
rapture traffickers and merchandisers who have deviously and desperately
been claiming they have found persons before 1830 who taught pretrib!
And ALL pretribbers should Google "Pretrib Rapture Secrets," "Famous Rapture
Watchers," "Pretrib Rapture Secrecy," "Pretrib Hypocrisy," "Appendix F: Thou
Shalt Not Steal," "Wily Jeffrey," Walvoord Melts Ice," "Thomas Ice
(Bloopers)," and "Open Letter to Todd Strandberg."
Date: 12 Jul 2012
I've really appreciated Dave's research on the Rapture over the years. One
thing that strikes me, though, is that many of the finest believers I know
are Pre-Trib. The Rapture itself is not the great deception. That should
keep us humble, as sister Margaret said.
Date: 28 Sep 2011
Dave MacPherson has a new article entitled "Pretrib Rapture Scholar
Wannabes" that should be read by everyone. It can be seen if a person visits
Joe Ortiz's "End Times Passover" blog of Sep. 4, 2011. Lord bless you all.
Date: 08 Sep 2011
MARGARET MCDOANLD'S HAS SOME VALIDITY THE RAPTURE OCCURRING BEFORE THE GREAT
TRIBULATION AND THAT IT IS AN EVENT CONCERNING A FEW, WHICH ARE THE CHURCH
BUT AS ALL OTHERS IN THE PAST WHO TRIED TO BRING UNDERSTANDING AND CLARITY
TO THE MAIN CHARACTERS OF REVELATIONS AS THE "MAN OF SIN" THE ANTI CHRIST
WHO PLAYS A PIVOTAL ROLL CONCERNING THE CHURCH.
MR. OWENS, AS TIME AS PROVEN WAS NOT AND COULD NOT BE THE ANTI CHRIST THE
MISSING INGREDIENT IN HER TIME WAS THE RETURN OF ISRAEL AS A SOVEREIGN
NATION AS THE PROPHECY MADE BY JESUS STATED. THE JEWISH NATION IS THE KEY TO
REALIZING WHEN WE ARE IN THE SEASON OF THE RAPTURE. REMEMBER THAT SALVATION
CAME FIRST TO THE JEW THEN THE GENTILE, THE JEW REFUSED THE SALVATION OF
JESUS.DOES GOD LEAVE ANYTHING UNDONE? NO,THEREFORE, WHEN THE THE JEWS
RETURNED TO THEIR HOME LAND AGAINST ALL ODDS THIS WAS THE SIGNAL THAT GOD IS
FINISHING WHAT HE STARTED WITH THEM, HER PREMISE THAT OWENS WAS THE
ANTICHRIST WAS NOT ONLY PREEMPTIVE BUT HAD NO VALIDITY FOR HE WAS NOT OF THE
ORIGINS AND PEDIGREE GIVEN THE ANTCHRIST IN THE BIBLE.
Date: 05 Mar 2013
[Thanks for your great blog. Here's a little item I found on the net -
Margaret Macdonald's Rapture Chart !
"church" RAPTURE "church"
(present age) (tribulation)
In early 1830 Margaret was the very first one to see a pre-Antichrist
(pretrib) rapture in the Bible - and John Walvoord and Hal Lindsey lend
support for this claim!
Walvoord's "Rapture Question" (1979) says her view resembles the
"partial-rapture view" and Lindsey's "The Rapture" (1983) admits that "she
definitely teaches a partial rapture."
But there's more. Lindsey (p. 26) says that partial rapturists see only
"spiritual" Christians in the rapture and "unspiritual" ones left behind to
endure Antichrist's trial. And Walvoord (p. 97) calls partial rapturists
Margaret's pretrib view was a partial rapture form of it since only those
"filled with the Spirit" would be raptured before the revealing of the
Antichrist. A few critics, who've been repeating more than researching, have
noted "Church" in the tribulation section of her account. Since they haven't
known that all partial rapturists see "Church" on earth after their pretrib
rapture (see above chart), they've wrongly assumed that Margaret was a
In Sep. 1830 Edward Irving's journal "The Morning Watch" (hereafter: TMW)
was the first to publicly reflect her novel view when it saw spiritual
"Philadelphia" raptured before "the great tribulation" and unspiritual
"Laodicea" left on earth.
In Dec. 1830 John Darby (the so-called "father of dispensationalism" even
though he wasn't first on any crucial aspect of it!) was still defending the
historic posttrib rapture view in the "Christian Herald."
Pretrib didn't spring from a "church/Israel" dichotomy, as many have
assumed, but sprang from a "church/church" one, as we've seen, and was based
only on symbols!
But innate anti-Jewishness soon appeared. (As noted, TMW in Sep. 1830 saw
only less worthy church members left behind.) In Sep. 1832 TMW said that
less worthy church members and "Jews" would be left behind. But by Mar. 1833
TMW was sure that only "Jews" would face the Antichrist!
As late as 1837 the non-dichotomous Darby saw the church "going in with Him
to the marriage, to wit, with Jerusalem and the Jews." And he didn't clearly
teach pretrib until 1839. His basis then was the Rev. 12:5 "man
child...caught up" symbol he'd "borrowed" (without giving credit) from
Irving who had been the first to use it for the same purpose in 1831!
For related articles Google "X-Raying Margaret," "Edward Irving is
Unnerving," "Pretrib Rapture's Missing Lines," "The Unoriginal John Darby,"
"Deceiving and Being Deceived" by D.M., "Pretrib Rapture Pride," "Pretrib
Rapture Dishonesty" and "Scholars Weigh My Research." The most documented
and accurate book on pretrib rapture history is "The Rapture Plot" (see
Armageddon Books online) - a 300-pager that has hundreds of disarming facts
(like the ones above) not found in any other source.