False teachings, deliberate mis-leadings and other guile are found throughout the Scofield Reference Bible. For a backdrop to this missive, other Kerux Replies has gone into more detail as to the background of Cyrus I. Scofield and his Zionist reference bible, see here and here.
One such deceptive lie is found in the footnote for Matthew 25. It reads, inter alia:
“2(25:32) This judgment of individual Gentiles is to be distinguished from other judgments in Scripture, such as …..” (page 1036 1967 edition)
First off, the word gentile was not even used by any writers of the Old or New Testament. The Greek word here (that Scofield says means “Gentiles” and is often translated “Gentile” by the KJ translators) is Strong’s # 1484 ethnos – meaning a race, a people, nation; the nations. The word ethnos does not mean “gentile.” Clifton Emahiser explains the misapplication of the word gentile in the Bible here. See also Bertrand Comparet’s Who Are the Gentiles?
The factual short version is this:
“No Bible writer ever used the term (gentile) as there is no such word in Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek. The first time that the Latin word “gentile” ever appeared in any Bible is when Jerome translated the original manuscripts from Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek into Latin! Secondly, and more importantly, in Jerome’s day, the Latin term “gentile” (gentilis) never had today’s corrupted definition meaning “non-Jew”. The Junior Classic Latin Dictionary published by Wilcox & Follett Company in 1945 defines gentilis: “of the same clan or race”, surely a word consistent with all of Scripture (Amos 3:2, Matt. 15:24 etc.).” Emahiser
Second, the verse is not discussing individuals – singular – at all. Ethnos is races or nations, not individual “Gentiles.” The subject here is nations, not individuals.
This pretzel theology is typical of the type of deception Scofield and his editors used: they twist scripture to fit their Zionist view. Unsuspecting judeo-christians, who only surface study scripture, if at all, don’t realize they are being subtly deceived and manipulated by the numerous commentaries, footnotes and “helps” found throughout this widely used reference bible.
Mattew 25:31-46 reads:
31When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
32And before him shall be gathered all nations:
The KJ translators had to translate ethnos in this verse as nations, as gentiles would not have made any sense. To do otherwise, like they so often did in other passages, would have been an obvious error. But that didn’t stop Scofield from alleging, in his footnoted “helps” from leading the unsuspecting to believe the word ethnos means “Gentile.” And that didn’t stop the editors of the Scofield Reference bible from continuing the deception – they retained Scofield’s footnotes in their aforementioned 1967 edition from which the above quote was taken.
What deception does Scofield, and his editors, who retained the copyright to the work that bears his name, put forth?
“The subjects of this judgment are “all nations,” i.e. all Gentiles (Gr. ethne) then living on earth. Three classes of individuals are mentioned: (1) sheep, saved Gentiles, (2) goats, unsaved Gentiles, and (3) brethren, the people of Israel.”
No where in Scripture are sheep referred to as “saved Gentiles.” In fact, Scripture plainly states that the 12 Tribes of Israel are His sheep. See Psalm 95:7, 100:3; and
“Israel is a scattered sheep.” Jeremiah 50:7;
“My sheep (Israel) wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.” Ezekiel 34:6;
“I will surely assemble, O Jacob, (Israel) all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.” Micah 2:12;
It was for these sheep, referred to in the Old Testament that Yahshua came to redeem and it was to these sheep that he sent His disciples: “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 10:6.
A careful reading of the Matthew 25 passage will plainly show the objective reader that it will be the different races, or nations, that will be gathered together; “when the Son of man shall come in all his glory. He shall “separate them one (race) from another (race), as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. He shall set the sheep on his right hand and the goats on the left.”
Notice the passage does not say “believers and unbelievers.” Don’t allow cognitive dissonance to block from your mind what Scripture states here clear and concisely: When the Son of man returns he will judge the races or nations: not unbelievers who might have been saved, not unsaved “Gentiles” who could have been saved from everlasting punishment had they only “given their heart to Jesus,” as Scofield and his editors would have you believe.
Scripture was written by Israelites, for Israelites, about Israelites and to Israelites, and no one else. Judeo-christians, like Scofield, the editoral committee of Oxford University Press and the rabid Zionist John Hagee, want others to believe that it is the Edomite jews who are Yahweh’s Chosen and that redemption is for everyone. Redemption is clearly for the lost sheep of the house of Israel only.
Yahshua clearly and unequivocally stated to the Canaanite women, in the very same gospel of Matthew, only ten chapters earlier, that “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 15:24
It is those same lost sheep who are referred to in Matthew 25. Goats don’t turn into sheep.
The other non-white, non-Adamic, non-Israelite mixed raced nations are not going to be converted, despite how many well meaning but otherwise foolish and purposely deceived missionaries waste their time, effort and their supporter’s hard earned money trying to do the impossible: goats do not become sheep, tares do not become wheat and bad fish do not become good fish (Matthew 13:48).
“but cast the bad away. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. ”
Did you see that? “The wicked are among the just.” Just like the tares are among the wheat and the bad fish are among the good fish. But in the end, they will be separated.
There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth because so many universalists believe that anyone and everyone can be a sheep, wheat and good fish.
Matthew 25: 46And these (goats, tares and bad fish) shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous (Israelites) into life eternal.