Since it was first published in 1909, the Scofield Reference Bible has made uncompromising Zionists out of tens of millions of Americans. When John Hagee, the founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), said that “50 million evangelical bible-believing Christians unite with five million American Jews standing together on behalf of Israel,” it was the Scofield Bible that he was talking about.
Although the Scofield Reference Bible contains the text of the King James Authorized Version, it is not the traditional Protestant bible but Cyrus I. Scofield’s annotated commentary that is problematic. More than any other factor, it is Scofield’s notes that have induced generations of American evangelicals to believe that God demands their uncritical support for the modern State of Israel.
This annotated Bible contained several innovative features. It printed what amounted to a commentary on the biblical text alongside the Bible instead of in a separate volume It introduced a chain cross–referencing system that tied together related verses of Scripture . It featured an attempt to date the events of the Bible chronologicaly. It was in the pages of the Scofield Reference Bible that many fundamentalist Christians encountered Archbishop James Ussher’s calculation fixing the date of Creation at 4004 BC, and it was largely due to Scofield’s Bible notes that creationism became a major issue among Christian fundamentalists.
Cyrus Scofield was born in Clinton Township, Lenawee County, Michigan, the seventh and last child of Elias and Abigail Goodrich Scofield. Elias Scofield’s ancestors were of English and Puritan descent, but the family was nominally Episcopalian.
In 1866, he married Leontine LeBeau Cerrè, a member of a prominent French Catholic family in St. Louis. Scofield apprenticed in the law office of his brother-in-law before moving to Atchison, Kansas in late 1869. In 1871, Scofield was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives.
In 1873 he was appointed U. S. District Attorney for Kansas—at 29, the youngest in the country Nevertheless, that same year Scofield was forced to resign “under a cloud of scandal” because of questionable financial transactions, that may have included accepting bribes from railroads, stealing political contributions intended for Ingalls, and securing bank promissory notes by forging signatures. It is possible Scofield was jailed on forgery charges, although there is no extant evidence in the public records. Source
Scofield abandoned his wife and two daughters during this period.Leontine Cerrè Scofield divorced him on grounds of desertion in 1883, and the same year Scofield married Hettie Hall von Wartz, with whom he eventually had a son.
In 1879 Scofield the crooked lawyer became became a“born again preacher”
However wo years after Scofield’s reported conversion to Christianity in 1879, the Atchison Patriot was less than impressed. Describing the former Atchison resident as the “late lawyer, politician and shyster generally,” the article went on to recount a few of Scofield’s “many malicious acts.” These included a series of forgeries in St. Louis, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail.
Being a “born again” preacher did not preclude Scofield from becoming a member of an exclusive New York men’s club in 1901, either. In his devastating biography, The Incredible Scofield and His Book, Joseph M. Canfield suggests, “The admission of Scofield to the Lotus Club, which could not have been sought by Scofield, strengthens the suspicion that has cropped up before, that someone was directing the career of C.I. Scofield.”
That someone was the Talmudic lawyer Samuel Untermeyer just one in the long line of “Presidential Advisors” who made and unmade American Presidents
When Hitler had been soundly established, Untermeyer, a New York Jewish lawyer, called for war on Germany. This call was made through radio station WABC on August 7, 1933. Heres a text of that speech
As Canfield intimates, Scofield’s theology was “most helpful in getting Fundamentalist Christians to back the international interest in one of Untermeyer’s pet projects—the Zionist Movement.”
Others have been even more explicit about the nature of Scofield’s service to the Zionist agenda. In “Unjust War Theory: Christian Zionism and the Road to Jerusalem,” Prof. David W. Lutz writes, “Untermeyer used Scofield, a Kansas City lawyer with no formal training in theology, to inject Zionist ideas into American Protestantism. Untermeyer and other wealthy and influential Zionists whom he introduced to Scofield promoted and funded the latter’s career, including travel in Europe.”
On one of these European trips, Oxford University Press publisher Henry Frowde “expressed immediate interest” in Scofield’s project. According to a biography of Frowde, although the OUP publisher was “[n]ot demonstrative in his religious views, all his Christian life he was associated with brethren known as ‘Exclusive.’” The “Exclusive Brethren” refers to the group of Christian evangelicals that, in an 1848 split in the Plymouth Brethren, followed John Nelson Darby, the Anglo-Irish missionary generally considered to have been the most influential figure in the development of Christian Zionism, and a major influence on Scofield.
Central to Christian Zionist belief is Scofield’s commentary (italicized below) on Genesis 12:3: “‘I will bless them that bless thee.’ In fulfillment closely related to the next clause, ‘And curse him that curseth thee.’Wonderfully fulfilled in the history of the dispersion.It has invariably fared ill with the people who have persecuted the Jew—well with those who have protected him.The future will still more remarkably prove this principle.”
Drawing on Scofield’s rather tendentious interpretation, John Hagee claims, “The man or nation that lifts a voice or hand against Israel invites the wrath of God.”
“The fourth judgment is the judgment of the nations. All the nations of the earth will be judged before God Almighty and His holy angels for the manner in which they treated the Jewish people. (See Matthew 25:31-46)”[28 July 2009, John Hagee, Charisma Magazine]
Zionist shyter Samuel Untermeyer ‘s small “investment” in a crooked ex lawyer changed the opinion of millions of American Chriatians towards Jews from Christ Killers to Gods Chosen People