Percy Francis Hall 
Captain Percy Francis Hall RN

Percy Francis Hall; prophecy teacher, and chief evangelist in the Plymouth Brethren assembly at Providence Chapel, Plymouth, UK; (1832-1837) such being their first formal church establishment, was an Irvingite with regard to eschatological doctrine. Prior to J. N. Darby having put together his dispensationalist form of pre-trib he was involved administratively in assisting Percy F. Hall and the other elders at Providence Chapel to accommodate the influx of new members; that growth being attributed primarily to Hall's flair for evangelism and his Irvingite prophetic teaching. J. N. Darby's endorsement with respect to Percy Hall's ministry reveals that he accommodated the infusion of Irvingite prophetic doctrine into the very foundations of the Plymouth Brethren movement.

Thomas Ice revealed that Percy Francis Hall was indeed an Irvingite in an email sent to Fred DeRuvo.

"Fred, Sure I have heard of Captain Hall. These statements are not accurate since Darby first came to the pre-trib rapture while recovering from a riding accident in Dec. 1826 through Jan. 1827. Captain Hall taught the secret rapture, which Darby never held to. Contrary to common thought today, the secret rapture is not pretribulationism. Instead, it is the Irvingite view that only a few enlightened will be taken in a rapture that precedes the second coming by a few days. Captain Hall was an Irvingite. Maranatha, Thomas Ice" [2009/09/28]

J. N. Darby couldn't have accepted a classic 'pre-trib' position prior to 1830 for he was still teaching historicism back then; and historicists erroneously believed that the Church was almost all the way through an 1260 'year' tribulation period; which logically is at odds with being 'pre-trib'. J. N. Darby published an article, [On Days Signifying Years in Prophetic Language] December, 1830, in the 'Christian Herald' wherein he defended the historicist view that the tribulation period consisted of 1260 years.

J. N. Darby during his convalescence; and due to his pessimistic appraisal concerning the state of the Church came to believe that some 'new order' must replace such. That is hardly pre-trib; though a primitive root of dispensationalism can indeed be found there, as in a separate dispensation for Jews. While Darby did forward some pre-trib concepts at the Powerscourt Prophetic Conferences [1831-33] it actually took J. N. Darby almost a decade to put together his exclusive form of pre-trib doctrine; and such only allowed for a 3 1/2 year tribulation period; such beginning at mid-week.

"In my retreat, the 32nd chapter of Isaiah taught me clearly, on God's behalf, that there was still an economy to come, of His ordering; a state of things in no way established as yet. The consciousness of my union with Christ had given me the present heavenly portion of the glory, whereas this chapter clearly sets forth the corresponding earthly part. I was not able to put these things in their respective places or arrange them in order, as I can now; but the truths themselves were then revealed of God, through the action of His Spirit, by reading His Word." --J. N. Darby

This alleged revelation from God concerning a 'new order' appears to have been influenced by a heterodox doctrine making the rounds among Anglicans back in that day; namely 'dual covenant' speculation which had the Jews saved after a different manner than were Gentiles; as if the New Covenant applied primary to Gentiles whereas Jews would be saved through some Old Testament relationship with God. That wicked aberration appears to have arisen in opposition to a renewed interest in the UK regarding missionary efforts to reach the Jews with the Gospel of Jesus Christ; these spurious new revelations no doubt designed to counter the Great Commission as concerns evangelizing Jews on behalf of Christ.

Percy Francis Hall accompanied J. N. Darby to the Powerscourt Prophetic Conferences, [1831-33] and there is every reason to believe that he was influential in J. N. Darby's departure from historicism. Though Darby was initially attracted to Irvingism's partial rapturism, "It is an important consideration in the present state of things. It commends itself morally to one's mind." --J. N. Darby; he later rejected that aspect of Edward Irving's prophetic doctrine, but retained Irvingism's pre-trib return of Christ concept, [The Irvingites had the wrath of God and the rapture situated 45 days this side of the Lord's return in glory.] to place that event instead at mid-week. The 'two separate returns' of Jesus with respect to 'two end time resurrections for the just', a pivotal aspect of dispensationalist pre-trib, came to him directly from Irvingism.

It is illogical to maintain that J. N. Darby developed his prophetic doctrine independently of Irvingism when the very core of his eschatological system depends upon there being a resurrection and secret return of Jesus prior to the resurrection at the 'last day'; that novel doctrine having come from the Irvingites; such having been installed among the Plymouth Brethren by none other than Percy Francis Hall; and that with Darby's approval when as yet the movement was still in its infancy. Five years of Irvingite prophecy indoctrination with regard to the Plymouth Brethren's largest assembly [Providence Chapel, Plymouth] rules out any claim to the effect that their eschatological doctrine arose independent of that prophetic speculation.

The Lord Jesus bless you.

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