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THE “THOU” AND “YOU” IN THE KING JAMES BIBLE

The Bible was translated into English over a period of 500 years, the process began in part c. 1000 a.d. and culminated with the Authorized Version of 1611. Along with Hebrew, English is the only other major language that developed at the same time as its Bible. The difference is that the Hebrew language of Israel had no other written literature prior to the Pentateuch; the early Anglo-Saxon had few sources but with Gutenberg’s moveable type printing (1349 a.d.) modern English had many printed sources from Europe.


Although not a major intent by the variety of English translators, many helps to Bible study found their way into the English Bible. In addition, the King James Bible of 1611 contains several critical linguistic helps, otherwise unknown to those without knowledge of Hebrew and Greek. This study covers one of those helps: the number of the second person pronoun.


Why does the King James Bible (KJB) have “thee” “thou” “thy” etc., and also have “you” “your”, etc.,? Primarily, because the 54 translators (1604-1611) were concerned with translating the pure words of God. Misunderstanding of this feature abounds, chiefly because those who study grammar and literature in the secular field, fail to see that the KJB was not written in strict English of the 15th century. The English in the KJB is a form of English not spoken by anyone in any century; it is Biblical English. Read the sermons and other writings by even the KJB translators, and you will find their usage of English is markedly different from their translation of the Hebrew and Greek into English.


“In late Middle English and early Modern English, the singular pronouns thou, thee, and thine (like the French tu forms) served as markers of intimacy and informality. (Thou was the subject form, thee the object form, and thy/thine the possessive.) In contrast, the plural you (like French vous) signified politeness and respect–or downright submissiveness: “Social inferiors used you to their superiors, who reciprocated by using thou” (The Oxford History of English, 2006).


This was true regarding common English usage, but the Bible is not common English. Others have imagined that “thou” “thee” “thy” “thine” were used only when speaking to Deity. This was misunderstood due to the fact that the “t” pronoun signifies a singular pronoun and rightly used when addressing God, who is one LORD. (Deuteronomy 6:4)


When the KJB reader sees a pronoun beginning with “t”, it is singular; a “y” is plural. Hebrew and Greek have distinct singular and plural identification of the second person pronouns, so does the KJB. Translation of the word of God demands the utmost ability and care to be sure the target language carries the same meaning as the former. This may not seem to be important at first glance, but Bible doctrine hangs on the proper understanding of the difference between whether one person is spoken to or a plural number is addressed.


One example is in Luke 22:31-32:


31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as

32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy

brethren. (King James Bible, AV 1611)


(NOTE: Some may object that the KJB also inserted words that were not in the Hebrew or Greek texts. Although not the purpose of our study here, the KJB actually has six reasons for italicized words. All languages have peculiarities that make a word for word translation impossible. These are understood in the base language, but in translation to a target language there must be added words that make the original intent and meaning clear. The KJB put all such words into italics, thereby showing the honesty of the translators to the reader and providing another amazing Bible study principle. Compare Deuteronomy and Matthew: Deuteronomy 8:3 with Matthew 4:4. The Hebrew has no “word” in the language, it is understood by the Hebrew reader. Greek does have “word” and it is essential to the Greek and English. When Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 in Greek, He removed the italics and thereby proved the inspiration and authority of the future KJB OT quote!)


KING JAMES BIBLE: 31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you (PLURAL–all of the apostles), that he may sift you (PLURAL) as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee (SINGULAR-Peter), that thy (SINGULAR-Peter) faith fail not: and when thou (SINGULAR-Peter) art converted, strengthen thy(SINGULAR-Peter) brethren. (KJB)


NIV: 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”


NIV ANALYSIS: 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked (“HAS ASKED” AND “HATH DESIRED” ARE DIFFERENT) to sift (THE FORCE OF “HAVE YOU” REMOVED. SATAN DESIRED THE PERSONS, THE “SIFTING”WOULD OCCUR AFTER HE HAS THE PERSONS) all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon,(CONFUSING THE NUMBER OF PRONOUN, THE NIV HAD TO INSERT “SIMON” WHICH IS NOT IN ANY GREEK TEXT) that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back (“TURN BACK” IS NOT THE SAME AS “CONVERTED”), strengthen your brothers.”


AMPLIFIED BIBLE: 31 Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain, 32 But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren.


AMPLIFIED BIBLE ANALYSIS: 31 Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! (“LISTEN” IS NOT IN ANY GREEK TEXT) Satan has asked excessively (“EXCESSIVELY” IS ADDED TO GIVE THE SIMPLE “ASKED” INTENSIVE FORCE) that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain, (AMP. BIBLE MISSES THE POINT OF “HAVE YOU” JUST AS THE NIV DOES. THE GENERAL “GRAIN” IS NOT THE SAME AS THE SPECIFIC “WHEAT”. ALSO, THE TERM “WHEAT” IN OTHER PASSAGES IS ESSENTIAL TO PROPER INTERPRETATION.)
32 But I have prayed especially (“ESPECIALLY” IS NOT IN ANY GREEK TEXT) for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, (“TURNED AGAIN” IS NOT THE SAME AS “CONVERTED”) strengthen and establish (“ESTABLISH ” ADDED) your brethren.



Other errors and the same in ALL the so-called translations could be mentioned, but the point is

  1. Accepted the doubting attitude of what God said: “Yea, hath God said…”(Genesis 3:1)
  2. Added words to what God said: “…neither shall ye touch it…”(Genesis 3:3)
  3. Subtracting words from what God said: “…surely…”(Genesis 3:3)
  4. Changing what God said: “…surely…” changed to “…lest…”(Genesis 3:3)
  5. Accepted the “new” translation: “Ye shall not surely die…”(Genesis 3:4)


“Updated” and “new”, as well as “easy to understand” English translations since the late 1700’s have done nothing but remove the pure words of God from the readers, and substituted careless, confusing and deceptive terms that hide those words, words the Lord Jesus Christ deemed so important, He said:

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

“5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:19)


Is the KJB hard to understand? Someone said: “What bothers me about the Bible is not what I don’t understand, what bothers me is all that I do understand.” The KJB is rated today at 5th grade reading level–it was 3rd grade thirty years ago. I know two former Bible college students, who in their adult years learned to read by the King James Bible.– Dr. Dave Reese

The “T’s and Y’s” in the KIing James Bible

The Bible was translated into English over a period of 500 years, the process began c. 1000 A.D. in part and culminated with the Authorized Version of 1611. Along with Hebrew, English is the only other major language that developed at the same time as its Bible. The difference is that the Hebrew language of Israel had no other written literature prior to the Pentateuch; the early Anglo-Saxon had few sources but with Gutenberg’s moveable type printing (1349A.D.) modern English had many printed sources from Europe.

Although not a major intent by the variety of English translators, many helps to Bible study found their way into the English Bible. In addition, the King James Bible of 1611 contains several critical linguistic helps, otherwise unknown to those without knowledge of Hebrew and Greek. This study covers one of those helps: the number of the second person pronoun.

Why does the King James Bible (KJB) have “thee” “thou” “thy” etc., and also have “you” “your”, etc.,? Primarily, because the 54 translators (1604-1611) were concerned with translating the pure words of God. Misunderstanding of this feature abounds, chiefly because those who study grammar and literature in the secular field, fail to see that the KJB was not written in strict English of the 15th century. The English in the KJB is a form of English not spoken by anyone in any century; it is Biblical English. Read the sermons and other writings by even the KJB translators, and you will find their usage of English is markedly different from their translation of the Hebrew and Greek into English.

“In late Middle English and early Modern English, the singular pronouns thou, thee, and thine (like the French tu forms) served as markers of intimacy and informality. (Thou was the subject form, thee the object form, and thy/thine the possessive.) In contrast, the plural you (like French vous) signified politeness and respect–or downright submissiveness: “Social inferiors used you to their superiors, who reciprocated by using thou” (The Oxford History of English, 2006).

This was true regarding common English usage, but the Bible is not common English. Others have imagined that “Thou” “Thee” “Thy” “Thine” were used only when speaking to Deity. This was misunderstood due to the fact that the “T” pronoun signifies a singular pronoun and rightly used when addressing God, who is one LORD. (Deuteronomy 6:4)

When the KJB reader sees a pronoun beginning with “t”, it is singular; a “y” is plural. Hebrew and Greek have distinct singular and plural identification of the second person pronouns, so does the KJB. Translation of the word of God demands the utmost ability and care to be sure the target language carries the same meaning as the former. This may not seem to be important at first glance, but Bible doctrine hangs on the proper understanding of the difference between whether one person is spoken to or a plural number is addressed.

One example is in Luke 22:31-32:
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (King James Bible, AV 1611)

(NOTE: Some may object that the KJB also inserted words that were not in the Hebrew or Greek texts. Although not the purpose of our study here, the KJB actually has six reasons for italicized words. All languages have peculiarities that make a word for word translation impossible. These are understood in the base language, but in translation to a target language there must be added words that make the original intent and meaning clear. The KJB put all such words into italics, thereby showing the honesty of the translators to the reader and providing another amazing Bible study principle. Compare Deuteronomy and Matthew: Deuteronomy 8:3 with Matthew 4:4. The Hebrew has no “word” in the language, it is understood by the Hebrew reader. Greek does have “word” and it is essential to the Greek and English. When Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 in Greek, He removed the italics and thereby proved the inspiration and authority of the future KJB OT quote!)

KING JAMES BIBLE: 31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you (PLURAL–all of the apostles), that he may sift you (PLURAL) as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee (SINGULAR-Peter), that thy (SINGULAR-Peter) faith fail not: and when thou (SINGULAR-Peter) art converted, strengthen thy(SINGULAR-Peter) brethren. (KJB)

NIV: 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
NIV ANALYSIS: 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked (“HAS ASKED” AND “HATH DESIRED” ARE DIFFERENT) to sift (THE FORCE OF “HAVE YOU” REMOVED. SATAN DESIRED THE PERSONS, THE “SIFTING” OCCURS AFTER HE HAS THE PERSONS) all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon,(THE NIV HAD TO INSERT “SIMON” WHICH IS NOT IN ANY GREEK TEXT) that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back (“TURN BACK” IS NOT THE SAME AS “CONVERTED”), strengthen your brothers.”

AMPLIFIED BIBLE: 31 Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan [e]has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain,
32 But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren.
AMPLIFIED BIBLE ANALYSIS: 31 Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! (“LISTEN” IS NOT IN ANY GREEK TEXT) Satan [e]has asked excessively (“EXCESSIVELY” IS ADDED TO GIVE THE SIMPLE “ASKED” INTENSIVE FORCE) that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain, (AMP. BIBLE MISSES THE POINT OF “HAVE YOU” JUST AS THE NIV DOES. THE GENERAL “GRAIN” IS NOT THE SAME AS THE SPECIFIC “WHEAT”. ALSO, THE TERM “WHEAT” IN OTHER PASSAGES IS ESSENTIAL TO PROPER INTERPRETATION.)
32 But I have prayed especially (“ESPECIALLY” IS NOT IN ANY GREEK TEXT) for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, (“TURNED AGAIN” IS NOT THE SAME AS “CONVERTED”) strengthen and establish (“ESTABLISH ” ADDED) your brethren.

Other errors and the same in ALL the so-called translations could be mentioned, but the point is made: the modern translations have done nothing but repeated the same sin of Eve in Genesis 3.

  • Accepted the doubting attitude of what God said: “Yea, hath God said…”(Genesis 3:1)
  • Added words to what God said: “…neither shall ye touch it…”(Genesis 3:3)
  • Subtracting words from what God said: “…surely…”(Genesis 3:3)
  • Changing what God said: “…surely…” changed to “…lest…”(Genesis 3:3)
  • Accepted the “new” translation: “Ye shall not surely die…”(Genesis 3:4)

“Updated” and “new”, as well as “easy to understand” English translations since the late 1700’s have done nothing but remove the pure words of God from the readers, and substituted careless, confusing and deceptive terms that hide those words, words the Lord Jesus Christ deemed so important, He said:
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
“5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)
“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:19)

Is the KJB hard to understand? Someone said: “What bothers me about the Bible is not what I don’t understand, what bothers me is all that I do understand.” The KJB is rated today at 5th grade reading level–it was 3rd grade thirty years ago. I know two former Bible college students, who in their adult years learned to read by the King James Bible.

Part two- PHILEMON (Illustration of the second person pronoun in the KJB)

1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Why ‘Thee’ and “You” vss. 1-6?

1. Philemon is the leader. (church meets in his house) “unto Philemon”, but “to Apphia, and Archippus”.
2. The letter is a personal request to Philemon and of special interest to him.
v.6 The best “communication of thy (Philemon’s) faith requires “every good thing which is in you”(all the church. No man should try to be isolated, a secluded worker in Christ Jesus.)
7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother. “Bowels” from “bowl”, the major organs of body protected by the skeletal frame, shoulders, backbone, ribs, pelvis. Emotions and feelings stem from here. (heart rate, stomach unsettled, largest nerve network of body in the digestive system–called the “Second Brain”.)
8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
9 Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
“enjoin” is to command, “beseech” is to make a plea, or request.
10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel: 14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
19 I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.
20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
23 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

The book is the last of Paul’s epistles and records a living illustration of 2 great doctrines in this age of grace: Imputation and Justification. Romans 5:6-9. Onesimus (name means “profitable”), a servant in Philemon’s house stole something valuable. He ran away and was arrested in Rome. Paul, in prison for preaching the gospel, led Onesimus to the Lord. Paul writes this letter to Philemon and sends it to Philemon by Onesimus. Paul illustrates imputation by taking the cost of replacing the goods upon himself. Philemon is to receive Onesimus with as much love as he would have given to Paul, had Paul been able to come. Philemon is to receive Onesimus now as “above a servant, a brother beloved.” That is Justification. The debt is paid by another (imputation) and the previous offender is accepted, above and beyond what he was before (justification).

Introduction to the Book of Philippians

A simple gospel message of 15 min combined with Bible info prepared for USA and Philippine Bible schools.

Introduction to the Book of Philippians


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Although this study is an intro only and not “deep” doctrine, notice the chart which includes 1 and 2 Thess in the PRISON EPISTLES–a fact that every so-called “Berean” denies. They must rearrange the Bible and put 1 and 2 Thess in the Romans-Galatians section. No Berean believes the KJB as it says it, where it says it . They all must charge the KJB with error not only in the translation of “washings” in Hebrews, but also in the placement of the Bible books in order to prove their fanatical, anti-water baptism fantasy. They all charge Paul with ignorance in the Acts period and are forced to charge God Himself with ignorance in the order of His Book.

Another aside: Paul preached in Philippi in Acts and baptized converts (when, according to the hyper-anti-water nuts, he ignorantly baptized) and now in Prison (which, according to the “Berean” nuts he is now enlightened that water baptism is a sin) he never mentions to the Philippians that he was wrong in baptizing those converts! This is only one of a score of reasons I am not a so-called “Berean” or “hyperdispensationalist” who teaches “anti-water baptism” and splits churches and Christian fellowship. The “Bereans” are as fanatical on anti-water being the basis of fellowship as the Campbellites (Church of Christ) are of the necessity of water baptism for salvation.

THE MIGHTY COMMA AND PERIOD

Enter “punctuation in the Bible” on your search engine and sit back to read the educated ignorance that twitters throughout the world wide web. The general consensus is that punctuation is whatever whenever you want it to be (partly true) and that the King James Bible is the most infamous punctuation felon in all literature of all ages. There’s nothing new or surprising in that opinion; it has circulated since the Garden. After all, the Book claims to be the word of God, and that idea went out the window shortly before the first murder occurred. Men have been killing, robbing, raping, pillaging, starving, and plundering one another by the most obvious and devious means ever since natural selection has led us on the rose strewn path of evolution. What deluded nut could ever think punctuation was correct, when the very words are outdated, confusing, and the whole book is a sham!

Within this turmoil, there is another line of history. Grandma said: “The proof is in the puddin” and it speaks for itself. The relatively few people that believe the Bible have produced more real benefits in a mad world than all the rapping critics combined. It is a proven fact of life that social order and decent treatment of each other win out every time. And, it is true that the person who diligently strives to live by the word of God has “meat to eat” that the majority of the world knows nothing about.

Punctuation in English is nothing more than an earnest attempt to be orderly and clear in our writing. We want the reader to understand what we write. Those who have made language study a lifetime pursuit agree in a majority that the King James Bible is the masterpiece of all literature. The proof is in the “puddin” and all those who study its words, sentences, as well as punctuation, find the Bible is fresh air in a polluted world.

No bones about it, I am one of those who found that the Bible changes a man, inwardly and outwardly. Anything that can do that is worthy of notice. By no means one who knows it all, I do know that whereas I once was blind, now I see. Better, smarter, wiser than all the rest of men? No. I am just a sinner, saved by the grace of God and trying to serve Him.

Beyond the normal use, one of the most useful tools of study in the King James Bible is an unusual insertion of punctuation. (I call it “predictive punctuation” for lack of a better term.) Although modern punctuation experts (they change their rules every decade) make light of the “old fashioned” punctuation, the King James Bible sets the rules by its context and teaches thereby. The comma and period is nowhere illustrated more vividly than in Luke 4 with Isaiah 61.

“17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
(Luke 4:17-21 KJB)

The place the Lord “found” in Isaiah is interesting because there were no chapter, verse, and punctuation marks to help him locate Isaiah 61. His deliberate choice of where to stop reading at an unexpected place is another of many dispensational proofs in the Bible.

“1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”
(Isaiah 61:1-3 KJB)

Several items should be noted: the Book of Isaiah had no chapter, verse, or punctuation to help Jesus find the passage, so His knowledge of the book was evident. The selection of this comprehensive passage covers so many events, an extended period of time to accomplish all in the chapter must be understood. When the Lord stops reading, He stops in the middle of a statement and by this action puts a period–a full stop– right in the midst of several consecutive events.

“2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, (JESUS STOPPED READING RIGHT HERE) and
the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;”

A normal reading would demand the full passage, at least through verse 3 of Isaiah. We notice that verses 1-3 covers one statement. The first period placed by English translation in Isaiah 61 is at the end of verse 3. There are commas and semi-colons throughout to indicate a short pause in thought or expansion of the previous action, but there are no periods until verse 3 where the Person of verse 1 is said in verse 3 to “to be glorified.” No one can argue successfully that the Isaiah English punctuation is wrong. But in Luke, God changes the program, or inserts by the period the possibility of a longer time between “To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” and “the day of vengeance of our God”.

In Isaiah, as it was written, it appears that all the events from v. 1 through v. 11, the entire chapter, will happen in consecutive fashion with no long delays. When the Lord, hundreds of years later closes the book with a period, that changes it all.In Luke 4 the Lord’s actions are detailed. After He finishes the reading, He closes the book, He hands the book back again to the minister, He sits down and begins to say “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” Luke does not record the remaining words after He “begins to
say.” There can be no doubt that a tremendous change has been made by His actions. It is like saying, the choice has been made and now it is up to you (Israel) what you do with it. The word was fulfilled in their “ears” and it is noteworthy from the remaining Gospel account that the word of God went no farther than these leaders’ ears.

As revelation of God’s purpose and plan unfolds in the rest of the New Testament, we learn that Israel rejects Christ during “the acceptable year of the Lord,” and the present Church Age is an indeterminate time between that day and “the day of vengeance of our God.” (The Tribulation period and following) The comma in Old Testament prophecy has been changed to a period. Now that we have a complete Bible, we know the period is there between “acceptance” and “vengeance” for two reasons.
 

  1. Had Israel accepted the Lord, the promised blessings would have come upon Israel right then and the vengeance would have been poured out upon those that failed to heed their calling and message. But as of Luke 4, Israel’s leaders were hesitant to even believe the forerunner, John the Baptist. What would they do with their King later on, was evident.
  2. It was not revealed in Isaiah or Luke that a different age (Church) would intervene between the two days until Paul was given that revelation after the Lord was rejected. Israel failed the day to accept the Lord and was cut off from blessings. After this intervention of the Church Age, Israel will see the vengeance of the Lord in that day, also known as “the day of Jacob’s trouble.” After the Tribulation, Isaiah’s prophecy that God would comfort those that mourn in Zion and deliver them, will be completely fulfilled to the letter in the Millennial Kingdom–fulfilling the comma and the period.

 
When we read prophetic passages in either the Old or New Testament, the comma most likely indicates a simple change in thought or descriptive terms. But from this example we learn that a comma may also mark off an unrevealed period of time between two events during which unknown or unrevealed things happen; this is indeed the case in several instances.

Snake Handlers

Recently, a snake handler (a “Reverend” of Kentucky) like many others before him, bit the dust after a snake bit him. Finding the verse in the Bible that mentions several Kingdom signs, including “taking up serpents” without any harm, these preachers walk by fate instead of faith and fail the test of believing the word of God–rightly divided. While they kill themselves, they also give many people cause to ridicule the Bible and Christ.

Let’s be clear: the Bible covers different ages and each of these ages or economies (dispensations) have significant differences as to what God wants done. God never changes in His attributes: Holiness, Righteousness, Justice; God is the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) but He does change His dealings with men.
In Leviticus Israel was told, under the Law, to offer animal sacrifices for forgiveness of sins. In this present age of Grace any man who trusts an animal sacrifice for forgiveness of sins is ignorant of the Bible and what God says to him today. Christ offered Himself on the cross once for all and for the sins of all over 2,000 years ago and set aside all animal sacrifices. Any man who follows Leviticus today and ignores what Romans 5 says about sin will have no forgiveness.

The Bible gives the rule for understanding and obedience to God: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). We are not to add to the word of God nor are we to subtract its words. We are not to DO EVERYTHING the Bible says; We are to “rightly divide” the Bible and compare the things that differ. Everything in the Bible is NOT TO US but all of it is FOR OUR LEARNING.

Noah built an ark to escape judgment by water on earth; the next judgment on earth is by fire. A Noah’s ark of gopher wood will not save men in the coming judgment by fire. The command to keep the Sabbath Day (7th day of the week under the Law) by not working or even building a fire to cook food was given to the nation of Israel; men who are woefully ignorant of God’s word claim to keep it today, while ignoring what Israel was told not to do on that day–they even miss the whole Sabbath observance which includes the Land Sabbath every seventh year and the Sabbath of Sabbaths every seven times seven years!

God tells us today to let no man judge you in respect of sabbath days (Colossians 2:16). Any man who believes that keeping a sabbath is essential to pleasing God, does not know what time it is! The list goes on and on revealing a gross ignorance and misunderstanding by millions of what the word of God actually says to us today.
To find a verse in the Bible, regardless of to whom it is spoken, and then make it your denominational law, is a sure way to make a fool of yourself, give rise to mockery of the word of God, and put many souls in confusion to their eternal peril.

God promises the nation of Israel a future Kingdom of peace on earth. In this Kingdom on earth there will be no dangers from wild beasts, poisoned foods, tainted medicines, cancer and even false prophets and ignorant preachers. There will be no wars and no weapons of war. In short, God will do by His power what the United Nations has most ineffectively tried to do for decades. The Kingdom will be a Theocracy; Jesus Christ will rule the whole earth as King of Kings from His throne in the city of Jerusalem.

The gross errors of religion and its useless power during this present age is a result of men ripping Bible verses out of context and trying to be what they are not and trying to do what they can not do and should not do.

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PAUL’S LAST TRIP TO JERUSALEM AND IMPRISONMENT IN ROME- THE CONTEXT AND USAGE OF THE WORD “SPIRIT” IN PAUL’S TRIPS TO JERUSALEM AND ROME (2/2)

6. GREEK manuscripts are in two classes: “UNCIAL” (all capital letters) or “cursive” ( a running type of all small letters). Therefore, there are no “capitalized words” such as “Lord Jesus Christ” or “Spirit” or “Holy Spirit” in any Greek manuscript. All ideas of capitalization are absent. English capitalizes proper pronouns, Greek does not. Therefore, when you read “spirit” or “Spirit” you are reading not a translation but an interpretation or version, which is only accurate in your King James Bible that is based on the context and usage of “Spirit” or “spirit”.

7. APPLY what we have learned thus far to Paul’s trip. The applicable cases are as follows:

A. “Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.” (Acts 20:23)

B.  Acts 20:23 “topneumatohagion” (reading of Textus Receptus Greek manuscript). I have separated the letters from before and after “the Holy Ghost”. Keep in mind all Greek manuscripts are “run on” and letters/words/sentences are not separated. This task is left up to the reader or translator.

TO give you an idea of what is involved, I have copied Acts 20:21-23, prior to any word separation or verse numbering:

“διαμαρτυρομενοςιουδαιοιςτεκαιελλησιντηνειςτονθεονμετανοιανκαιπιστιντηνειςτονκυριονημωνιησουχριστονκαινυνιδουεγωδεδεμενοςωπνευματιπορευομαιειςιερουσαλημταεαυτησυναντησονταμοιμη ειδωςπληνοτιτοπνευματοαγιονκαταπολινδιαμαρτυρεταιλεγονοτιδεαμεκαιθλιψειςμενουσιν”

EVEN this is a modern font and does not exactly reflect the running, handwritten cursive. Also, chapter, verse numbering and word separation in any Greek NT was added many years later to facilitate reading. Some know-it-alls even have the gall to presume to correct that which God has blessed for over 500 years. Thousands of men with more education and spiritual fruit than these modern critics have accepted the chapter/verse numbering without question.

THE literal word for word translation of the Textus Receptus Greek (“topneumatohagion”) is “the (to) spirit (pneuma) the (to) holy (hagion).” In cases such as this, where “pneuma” (spirit) has “hagion” with it, there is no doubt and beyond question that this refers to The Holy Spirit. Our KJB correctly translates the phrase by following Bible context and no worldly definitions, “the Holy Spirit” thus referring to the Third Person of the Godhead or Trinity. The Holy Ghost DID NOT FORBID Paul going to Jerusalem–He only warned that “bonds and afflictions” awaited Paul.
YOU don’t need Greek to know this, just read it in English. The student now notices that the KJB puts another “odd” word for “pneuma” here: GHOST! This happens in certain cases referring to “the Holy Ghost” and has a definite meaning and blessing for the Bible believer.

IN the NIV you will find “ghost” 6 times, 2 in the OT and 4 in the NT. The NKJV, which some silly folks think is the same Bible as the KJV, has “ghost” only 2 times. Since all modern versions such as the NIV, NKJV, etc., are dumbed down versions for dumbed down English readers who have allowed Halloween and Casper in corrupted English to totally define “ghost” for them —they stumble off into la-la land with their “Halloween bibles”, while observing the “holy” (hallo) “evening” (ween) to the devil and the dead. Another study will cover the Biblical meaning and difference between “Holy Spirit” and “Holy Ghost” ( both refer to the same  Divine Person, the Third Member of the Godhead, but in different operations).

C. The Greek word “pneuma” ALSO CAN mean “wind” and “hagion” can mean “special or set apart”. So, ignoring CONTEXT and using the terms like the Greek world used them, the words could just mean “a special wind” or “power” thus eliminating the Holy Spirit from the verse. This is the exact method used by the Jehovah Witnesses in their “New World Translation” to eliminate the Personality of the Holy Spirit even though the context (other usage) demands the Holy Spirit is just as much a Person and God as the Father and the Son. (John 16:7-ff)

D. The point is that in this warning in Acts 20:23 that bonds and afflictions await in Jerusalem, there is no prohibition or implication in this reference that Paul was not to go to Jerusalem.

E. Acts 21:11 is the same construction as above in Acts 20:23. There is no doubt that in both cases the Holy Ghost DOES NOT prohibit Paul from going to Jerusalem but only GIVES CONFIRMATION to not only what Paul already knew awaited him, but also to others that they might pray for him as he faced these future “bonds and afflictions.”

“11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.” (Acts 21:11-14 KJB)

THEREFORE, we read that Luke and the others, hearing this prophecy by Agabus, did not want Paul to suffer these things. However, when they saw that Paul already knew what awaited and it meant nothing to him to suffer for The Lord Jesus, they ACCEPTED HIS JERUSALEM TRIP, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.” They did not say, “OK Paul, have it YOUR way!”

F. Acts 21:3-5

3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.
4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed. (Acts 21:3-5 KJB)

“diatoupneumatos”  Here we have a different wording from the other two. IF WE WANTED TO PLAY THE GREEK GAME we could very well argue that this reference is NOT TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AT ALL BUT SIMPLY MAN’S SPIRIT, “through (dia) the (tou) spirit (pneumatos)”.”TO HAGION” is not in the passage!! Since LUKE DOES NOT RECORD THE SAME DESIGNATION HERE AS IN TWO PRECEDING INSTANCES ON THE SAME SUBJECT, we could translate it to be simply their spirit involved with the prophecy.

BUT I WILL NOT!  The English text reads “the Spirit” (because “hagion” holy, is not in the text) and I believe this is the Holy Spirit here. The answer is right before us in the context.
NOTICE the reference in verse 4 and 5: “And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem and when we had accomplished those days…” Why not allow that the words “should not go up to Jerusalem” refer to the seven days Paul and Luke waited? What kind of person is it that finds fault with the Bible at every opportunity?

Observe the word order:
1. Finding disciples–we tarried seven days–( why wait seven days? There is no other reason for tarrying a whole week other than what Dr Luke mentions) who said to Paul through the Spirit–that he should not go up to Jerusalem—And when we had accomplished those days (What days? The only reason in the context to mention 7 days is the delay in going to Jerusalem), we departed and went our way;
2. THEREFORE, if Paul was out of the will of The Lord and I use that “IF” only for sake of argument. Every person who believes Paul was out of God’s will in going to Jerusalem, ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS WITH SCRIPTURE:
1. Why did Luke continue with Paul, if Paul was disobeying God?
2. Was Luke also out of the will of The Lord?
3. Why did those disciples, (with wives and children) who supposedly told him not to go to Jerusalem at all, GO OUT OF THE CITY AND PRAY WITH PAUL?
4. Were they also now out of the will of the Lord?
“…and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.”
5. As a result of Paul going to Jerusalem and on to Rome, we have his prison epistles: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1and 2 Timothy, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Titus, and Philemon. Are we to think these were written by a DISOBEDIENT APOSTLE?
6. WHERE DID PAUL EVER CALL HIMSELF “A prisoner as a result of MY disobedience?” OR “a prisoner of Rome?”
ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE PAUL WAS OUT OF GOD’S WILL IN GOING TO JERUSALEM AND ON TO ROME MUST ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS AS WELL AS TWO OTHERS.

1. Will you tell us where these words are found, who said it and what the omitted words are: “a prisoner of _____.  ______ ” ?
2. I will make this one easier. Just fill in the blanks and then tell me if the Lord said Paul did a good thing or a bad thing in going to Jerusalem.
In Jerusalem: “And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast ________  ___  ___  ___ __________, so must thou bear _______ also at ______ . (Acts 23:11 KJB)
3. On the ship to Rome during the storm:

“21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.
23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Cæsar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” (Acts 27:21-25 KJB)

SINCE THE ANGEL OF GOD SAID TO PAUL:
“.God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.”
I have been JOYFULLY “sailing with Paul” through the air over the USA, South America, China, Mongolia, and water between the islands of the Philippines, preaching THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD TO ALL MEN EVERYWHERE for the past 50 years. Though we may at times be bound by men, we are always “the prisoner of Jesus Christ”.

“Wherein I suffer trouble, AS an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.” (2 Timothy 2:9 KJB)
NOTICE THE “AS an evil doer”. Don’t you critics of Paul’s trip to Jerusalem-Rome think you ought to confess you have been “an evil doer” in attacking the word of God and accusing His Apostle to the Gentiles, and repent 180°?

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PAUL’S LAST TRIP TO JERUSALEM AND IMPRISONMENT IN ROME (1/2)

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PAUL’S LAST TRIP TO JERUSALEM AND IMPRISONMENT IN ROME

THE “scholars” never like to have the tables turned on them but I learned over 40 years ago that so-called “Greek rules” are easily manipulated if one has a mind to do so. Believe me, the Greek spouters are regular as clockwork in doing just that.

HERE are some “insider tips” when you have a blustering doctor poo-pooing your lack of education. Keep in mind that Grandma who reads English and has lived in her KJB all her life knows more of God than any pipsqueak Hebrew or Greek scholar. And you can take that to the bank!

LET’S list what the “Greek experts” never talk about when they want the rules to bend their way.

1. NO RV, ASV, NASV, NIV, NWT, OR GREEK etc., etc. user who corrects the KJB by it, believes he has the infallible, inerrant, perfect words of God IN HIS HAND, in ONE BOOK. They are “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7 KJB). They are not convinced that what they have fits this description:

“6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” (Psalms 12:6, 7 KJB)

(The ignorant critics even try to remove the contextual rule in Psalm 12 to refer to people—rather than GOD’S WORDS)

2. KJB CONTEXT ALWAYS TRUMPS THE GREEK RULES. There it is. When push comes to shove, that is the high card in the “Greek says this or that” or “The NIV has the best reading” game. God put that infallible feature in the KJB and it is also true in any language. If you want to understand what a Yanomami (S.A. Amazon jungle), Zhuang (SW China Minority), Spaniard or German says, you must know THE CONTEXT: HOW THE WORDS HE SPEAKS ARE USED WITHIN THAT CONTEXT OF CONVERSATION. And, If you have ever played Rook, Hearts, Canasta, or Poker (Chinese or American), you know what “trump” means.

3. EVERY GREEK GRAMMAR, LEXICON and CONCORDANCE when it differs from the CONTEXT of usage in the KJB, defines its words by a form of Classical Greek. Classical Greek is man’s language with senses, usage, and meanings developed over hundreds of years. Think of what the centuries of debauchery and “man-boy love” did to that Greek language! The Greek language of the NT has been “purified” by God and is BIBLICAL GREEK, a form of Greek NOT spoken by anyone on the street from B.C. Socrates to a Greek taxi driver on Cyprus in 2013.

4. SURE, there are similarities between SPOKEN GREEK and GREEK IN THE BIBLE during the first century. But there are many MAJOR differences. For example, LOVE. All Greeks had “eros” love (erotic sexual implications) and “phileo” love (family and friends, country, etc.) BUT NONE OF THEM KNEW ANYTHING OF THE WORD “agape”. “Agape” is a Greek word for love FOUND ONLY IN THE NT. GOD PUT IT IN THE NT BECAUSE IT REFERS TO SPECIAL DEFINITIONS OF LOVE.

5. AND–here is a kicker–WHEN A PERSON TALKS OF “LOVE” IN ENGLISH (without knowing the ENGLISH CONTEXT of the KJB) he knows nothing of what it means and how God uses it.

I KNOW that from experience because before I was saved, I sang about “Love” in scores of bars. “Oh baby, love me tonight” and “Loves gonna live here again” “Love me tender” “Love me darlin’ just tonight”. We just “love” NY, fried chicken, a fireplace, girls, wife, cat, dog, and many more. I KNEW NOTHING OF THE LOVE IN THE BIBLE AND MY CORRUPT ENGLISH LESSONS HAD CORRUPTED ME.

I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE FROM THE BIBLE NOW. Notice I said “THE BIBLE.” Once I learned a little Greek and was able to compare the usages of love and agape in the KJB, I KNEW THAT EVERY BIBLE THAT MISTRANSLATES AGAPE IN 1CORINTHIANS 13 AS “LOVE” IS CORRUPT AND CAN NOT BE THE PURE WORD OF GOD. The context and usage of “agape” in the KJB defines the meaning. “Agape” as defined by context and usage in the KJB is CHARITY: the bond of perfectness between believers who are obeying God. Put “love” in 1 Corinthians 13 and “love” in John 3:16 because “agape” is the Greek word in both places, and you have no real Bible understanding of either passage–you just think you do. ANY NIV OR OTHER BIBLE USER DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE VARIUS MEANINGS OF AGAPE. YOU ONLY GET IT IN THE ENGLISH KJB.

ALL languages man speaks and uses are corrupted simply because “all have sinned” (Romans3:23) and even saved people can not keep “pure words” due to the presence of the “old man” in every believer. Non-biblical carnal English usage for the past 400 yrs has even corrupted the meaning of love and charity.

This fact is the reason GOD INSPIRED THE BIBLE WRITERS TO WRITE :

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:21 KJB)

GOD PROMISES HIS WORDS SHALL NOT PASS AWAY:

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35 KJB)

Now, if His WORDS shall not pass away, WHERE ARE THESE WORDS NOW? The educated idiot says, “Uhhhh….in heaven.” Why you gnat brained son of doubting Thomas—have you never read the hundreds of times in the Bible where God speaks to man and tells him to do exactly, TO THE VERY WORDS what He says? God did not write the Bible for Himself, give it to man, then take it away, tucked forever on some iCloud shelf.

RULE: ANY MAN WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE THE KJB IS THE INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD, DOES NOT BELIEVE WHATEVER BOOK HE CAN HOLD IN HIS HAND IS THE PURE WORD OF GOD.

6. OTHER specific words such as “blood” “church” “baptism” “testament” “covenant” “angel” “cherubim” plus a hundred or so more, must not be defined by Classical Greek usage. That is by no means the only danger; grammar, syntax, and the very construction and association of all Biblical words with each other are mutilated by those who use “Greek” to correct the KJB or proudly point to the “clarity” of their “new” translation. Another example: Every Greek grammar and lexicon allows Homer and other heathen Greeks to define the Greek word “baptizo” (baptize) instead of allowing the context of God’s word to define it. Every time you use a Bible “study help” such as Strong’s or Young’s Concordance you are using a source that depends upon heathen definitions more often than God’s definitions from the Bible itself. NT Greek is Biblical Greek and like the English King James Bible, it is a language never entirely spoken by anyone, anywhere. The Biblical English in the KING JAMES BIBLE WAS NOT SPOKEN BY ANYONE FROM 1200-1611 A.D. God purified the Bible words by usage and context in the King James Bible itself. (For a more thorough study, see “God’s Dictionary” available in the Right Division bookstore.

7. GREEK manuscripts are in two classes: “UNCIAL” (all capital letters) or “cursive” ( a running type of all small letters). Therefore, there are no “capitalized words” such as “Lord Jesus Christ” or “Spirit” or “Holy Spirit” in any Greek manuscript. All ideas of capitalization are absent. English capitalizes proper pronouns, Greek does not. Therefore, when you read “spirit” or “Spirit” you are reading not a translation but an interpretation or version, only accurate in your King James Bible which is based on the context and usage of “Spirit” or “spirit”.
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PART TWO WILL APPLY THESE PRINCIPLES AND OTHERS TO THE CONTEXT AND USAGE OF THE WORD “SPIRIT” IN PAUL’S TRIPS TO JERUSALEM AND ROME.

#4 MID-TRIB RAPTURE or PRE-WRATH RAPTURE OF THE BODY OF CHRIST (final installment)

The Mid-Tribulation Rapture (MTR) view of the rapture of the Church (Body of Christ) holds that the Church will not be raptured, or “caught up” to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17) UNTIL AFTER the first half of the Tribulation begins. Without some prophetic background the average Christian will find it difficult to understand the issue. Some may even question, “What difference does it make?”

If the Rapture was an isolated event, separate from any influence to or from all other doctrines in the Bible, there would be no difference as to when the Rapture occurs or to whom it involves. But the doctrine, like all doctrines, is connected to the entire scope of Bible ecclesiastical (church) soteriological (salvation) and eschatological (last things) doctrines. An error in one corrupts all. The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, in “the warp and woof” is of a vital and inseparable nature.

The root of the problem is whether or not a person believes the Bible in his hand says what it means, where it says it, and as it says it. If the Bible is just a collection of thoughts or concepts, we might as well put on a hamburger and hope for the best and forget about trying to learn anything certain about God. But if it is what it claims to be, the inspired word of God, we must study it, live by it, die by it, and be ready to spend all eternity with those results. There is no middle ground and no fence to straddle.

THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF REVELATION

The creation gives a GENERAL revelation of God. This shows every man the glory and power of God. The revelation demonstrates that there is a God and that He is all-powerful so that only “a fool” says “There is no God,” and he can only determine that in his heart, for his mind tells him otherwise. (Psalms 14).

“1 THE heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” (Psalms 19:1-3)

The Bible is the SPECIAL revelation of God. Only the Bible, the written word of God, can “convert the soul” “rejoice the heart” “make wise the simple” and “enlighten the eyes. The General Revelation (creation) makes a person know this is a powerful God but looking at a bug or star will not convert the soul or impart wisdom.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
(Psalms 19:7-8)

Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
“… It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)

In order to understand the things of God, a person must believe that he has the word of God, the Bible, (Greek: biblos, book) in his hand. There must be a conviction or persuasion that God gave His word to man because He wanted man to know Him. This would mean that not only would He give it without any errors but in plain, understandable language and that He would also insure that it remained in an uncorrupted state for successive generations.

Like many others, after looking at the criticisms of the Bible, undertaking a thorough study of the languages, manuscripts, and its transmission down through the ages, I am convinced that the King James Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God in every part and whole, in the English language. My belief is based upon history of the Bible itself, the effectual work it has done in my life for 51 years, and upon the many blessings that have come to me by the grace of God. Personally, that conviction is so strong that I have trusted the word of God, the King James Bible, with the eternal welfare of my soul according to the riches of glory that are in my Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ.

This study is to provide some prophetic background, define the terms, and point out the major doctrinal inconsistencies of the MTR.

Those who teach a “Pre-wrath rapture” or Mid-Trib rapture” simply don’t follow sound interpretation. They take what they like out of the Gospels and ignore what gives their view a problem. Assuming the Body of Christ doctrine is taught by The Lord Jesus Christ in His earthly ministry, they appropriate scripture that belongs to Israel and the Millennial Kingdom and apply it to the Church, which is the Body of Christ, or to local churches during this present Age of Grace.

NONE, not one “Pre-wrath tribber” or MTR will be consistent in doctrine. He pretends that Jesus is teaching a general type of doctrine that applies to anybody, anywhere. He doesn’t know or chooses to ignore that Jesus did not come to start the Body of Christ or prepare the Church for a rapture, tribulation, or Sunday School. The Bible says that Christ “came to His own” (Israel) and that “Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:” (John1:11;Romans 5:8)

THE Apostle Paul is the messenger the Lord Jesus Christ chose to reveal the hidden mystery of the Church, the Body of Christ and the doctrines that pertain to the Body. The “rapture” of the Body of Christ was a mystery, unsearchable until Paul revealed it in 1 Corinthians 15, 2 Corinthians 5, and 1 Thessalonians 4. There is absolutely no reference to a “rapture” of the Church in the Gospels.

THE “Tribulation Period” is a term that refers to a key time period of 7 years within the prophecy God gave to Daniel in Daniel 9. The prophecy is given to Daniel during the captivity of the nation of Israel and tells what is going to happen to that nation before they are finally settled in their land and blessed by God. The land and promises of national, universal blessings were made to Abraham (the father of Israel) in Genesis 12. God brought them into the land and gave them the Law of Moses for their civil and religious government but Israel ignored the Law and was judged for that disobedience.

GOD tells Daniel that 70 weeks of years out of the blessings was their judgment for the nation’s disobedience. The “70 X 7” was due to Israel’s failure to observe 70 of the land sabbaths. The “promised land” was holy and given in trust to Israel by God–the land sabbath was more binding than even the sabbath days! Therefore, 490 years (seventy sevens of years) had to be finished outside the blessings of God as punishment for their repetitious, deliberate, sins and iniquity.

THE period of 70 X 7 began with the decree to allow the Jews to “restore and to build Jerusalem” by Artaxerxes I in 457 B.C.asrecorded in the prophecy (Daniel 9:25-26.). There were three specific time marks and four historical events given so that the 70 weeks of years (490 years) are fully covered:
Command to build until finished: 7 x 7 or 49 years.
From the finished city “unto the Messiah the Prince”-62 X 7 or 434 years.

BUT AFTER THE FIRST 69 WEEKS, THE PROPHETIC CLOCK STOPS AND A GAP IN TIME RECORDS BEGINS!

THE prophecy said from the command to “build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and three score and two weeks..” That is a total of 69 weeks, but there remains 1 week of years, seven years, in order to complete the judgment. What happens? “AFTER three score and two weeks (plus the initial seven weeks) shall Messiah be cut off..” (Daniel 9:26)

THE time record stops with “Messiah the Prince..” (Jesus) Does it stop with His virgin birth? Does it stop with His baptism? The answer is not given in a direct Bible verse but by careful calculation of the Jewish calendar, the date is ascertained to be 1st Nisan, this corresponds to the entry by Jesus into Jerusalem riding on a colt (emblematic of a King’s entry). The record is in Luke. It is noteworthy that this is just before the crucifixion of Christ and the last opportunity Israel has to receive Him as King.

“35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” (Luke 19:35-44)

THIS date of 1st Nisan (commonly called “Palm Sunday”) is exactly 69 weeks of years from the command to build Jerusalem. Therefore, the date or event not given in Daniel 9 is ascertained. But there remain other events during the period between Messiah the Prince where the prophetic clock is stopped. If indeed, this “time of thy visitation” (Luke 19:44) is accurate, it is an amazing and exact fulfillment.

THE prophecy continued with the next event: “AFTER (the completed building: 7 weeks) threescore and two weeks (62 + 7= 69 weeks) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself…” (Daniel 9:26). The words “cut off” carry an implication of a violent, un-natural death. And, “but not for himself” indicates that it was not due to some fault of His own. This, of course, refers to the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross.

ANOTHER “timeless” event is given that occurs AFTER MESSIAH COMES- AFTER HE IS CUT OFF- and it is very important to the prophecy to get it right.

“The people of the prince that shall come…” We learn that there is another kind of “prince” in the prophecy. He has a “people” that do his bidding and they will “destroy the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (temple).”(Daniel 9:26). Notice: this “prince” has not yet come–on earth, it is “his people” that are in existence and they destroy Jerusalem and Herod’s Temple. This is a historical fact: the Roman armies sacked and burnt the city and Jerusalem in 70 A.D. We do note that Rome’s army, although commanded by Gentile Roman leaders, was composed of a high percentage of the peoples conquered by Rome–mainly followers of Islam. (The small land of Israel is surrounded by Islamic countries today.)

What have we learned thus far?

    1. Daniel’s prophecy of 490 years or 70 weeks, is a judgment from God upon the nation of Israel and it deals primarily with the land.
    2. The prophetic “clock” stops after 483 years or 69 weeks.
    3. There are four events that happen AFTER the appearance of “Messiah the Prince”:
    a. MESSIAH IS CUT OFF (36 A.D.)
    b. JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE ARE DESTROYED. (70 A.D.)
    c. ?
    d. ?

The answer to “c” question is found by following the antecedent “prince that shall come”. The “…prince that shall come…he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week..” This “prince” makes “the covenant” a specific type that involves “sacrifice and oblation”. This “prince” is mentioned in other Bible passages as sitting in a future rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, proclaiming that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2). This is the “antichrist” the devil’s imitation of Christ who will deceive the entire world. (Revelation 13).

The answer to “d” question is also found in Daniel 9:27: The antichrist breaks the covenant in the middle of the seventieth week (at the 31/2 year mark) and persecutes the nation of Israel as he continues his reign of terror. At the same time God begins to pour out His wrath upon Israel, in particular, and the world who (for the main part) has followed the antichrist.

At the end of the seven years, the final week of Daniel’s prophecy, The Lord Jesus Christ returns in Glory, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS to establish His Kingdom and give the faithful remnant of the nation of Israel the land long promised and fulfill His covenants, the Abrahamic, Davidic, and New covenants.

We have not given the hundreds of scriptures that pertain to this prophecy but have simplified the doctrines as much as possible to give an overall view in relation to the 70 weeks, or 490 years, the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, the crux of eschatology, the doctrine of things to come.

THE entire of Daniel 9 is below for reference. You will have noticed that the KEY Bible group, essential to a supposed Mid-tribulation rapture, is missing from the whole discussion. This is because the Body of Christ, the Church, where “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) AND HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.

THE BODY OF CHRIST IS AN HEAVENLY PEOPLE WITH NO LAND PROMISES OR COVENANTS, SEATED WITH CHRIST IN HEAVENLY PLACES, AND AS MEMBERS OF HIS BODY, WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM ALL AND ANY WRATH TO COME. (ROMANS 5:9; ROMANS 8:28-ff; EPHESIANS; I THESSALONIANS 4; 5:9, etc.)

Daniel 9

“1 IN the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;
2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;
10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
14 Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.
18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

THE BOOK OF BOOKS

NOT only is the King James Bible the word of God, it is the literary masterpiece of the world’s literature.

SHAME on the “higher criticism theologians” who freely correct and mangle the words of God in their new translations. Literary students (literati) by their acceptance, quotations and literary use of the KING JAMES BIBLE words and phrases actually are more scriptural than these bumbling religionists.

THE KJB is the epitome of English language, syntax, style, grammar, prose, poetry, structure and dramatic order—head and shoulders above all books in the world. For their recognition and appreciation of its value in literature, the literary students and accomplished authors are to be commended above their critical theological counterparts.

AN example of an English master of literature is Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870). He was a student of the King James Bible. Although he had little formal education (he left school at the age of 12 to work in a factory due to his father being thrown in the debtor’s prison) he became a prolific author of many works such as A Christmas Carol, Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. These are only a few examples of his mastery of literature.

THERE are over 365 evident uses of the words and phrases of the KJB in his works.

BULLINGER’S METHOD OF INTERPRETATION: “WAIT”

Ethelbert William Bullinger (December 15, 1837 – June 6, 1913) was an Anglican clergyman, prolific author, Biblical scholar, and dispensational theologian.

From 1867 to his death, Bullinger was the secretary of the Trinitarian Bible Society, He was the founder and editor of a monthly journal “Things to Come” for over 20 years. The journal was copied and published in its original format in 7 volumes in 1970 and is now out of print. The work contains many articles and portions of his books along with a question and answer column from his readers and remarks on contemporary events. An unusual feature–and one that demonstrates the graciousness of Dr. Bullinger– are the many sermons, lessons and outlines included from other leading ministers of his day, such men as Sir Robert Anderson, J. Hudson Taylor, Ivan Panin and others. In addition to Dr. Bullinger’s contributions, the work is valuable to a Bible student in that it verifies a large group of well known leaders in the 1800’s were Pre-Tribulational Premillennialists. Their knowledge of prophetic truth further emphasizes that a great body of truth, freely known and preached in the 19th century, was lost to the Body of Christ by the early 20th century and by and large remains so today, being replaced by Covenant Theology, Neo-Pentecostalism, Adventism, and Charismatic fanaticism.

Every man’s teaching should be checked out, scripture with scripture. Bullinger, although in many ways a brilliant man he held a few controversial views that were seen to be extreme by even his dispensational friends. Like many in the Trinitarian Bible Society, he was not strictly adherent to the King James Bible nor was he totally convinced of the absolute authority of the Massoretic, Majority Text, or the Textus Receptus. He corrected Hebrew, Greek, and English texts, using Classical Greek, the Apocrypha and other extra-biblical sources as proof. He was very vocal in his opposition to the Revised Version of 1881. Although one of the most able Hebrew scholars of his day, Bullinger was shunned from the RV Committee, most likely due to his criticism of Westcott and Hort’s critical text but also due to what was seen as unorthodox views of prophecy and the state of man after death.
The Bible student should not discount his work, for much of his dispensational theology is valuable and excelled (as long as he followed the Bible text) far beyond his contemporaries, as well as the teaching of today. On the other hand, neither should we swallow “hook, line, and sinker” everything he said as the final word on dispensational theology.

His acquiescence to “scholarly standing” in using secular sources affected his conclusions, many of them at variance with the King James Bible. The following article illustrates his methods of interpretation–a weak and proud moment of his scholarship –Dave Reese, 2013)

THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature. Vol. III., FEBRUARY, 1897., No. 8., pp. 93, 94.
Questions and Answers.
QUESTION NO. 121.
D., Bromley. “What is the force of the word ‘wait,’ in 1 Thess. i. 10, ‘to wait for His Son from Heaven’ ?”

BULLINGER’S ANSWER:

“The word is remarkable, for it occurs nowhere else in the New Testament, though there are five other words translated “wait for.” This means to wait out, to await with endurance, patience, and confidence, that which is known, foreseen, and expected. In Job vii. 2 it is used of a hireling who looks or waits for his pay. In Isa. lix. 11, “We look for judgment, but there is none ; for salvation, but it is far from us.” In Judith vii. 12, Holofernes is urged to “remain” in the camp, while the Jews whom he was besieging should die, or capitulate from thirst, and in viii. 17, they say, “Therefore let us wait for salvation of Him, and call upon Him to help us.”
‘In classical Greek the meaning is the same. In Homer (Od. xix. 342), Ulysses addressing his wife before he makes himself known to her, speaks of his wanderings and says, “Many a night on some humble couch I rested and awaited the fair-throned divine dawn.” In Æschylus too (Eumen, 234 or 243), Orestes says, “I await the end of the suit” (which was to seal his fate for killing his mother for having murdered his father !). He waited for that which was certain to come.
‘Hence, the force and beauty of this word assures us of the certainty (as other words do not) of that for which we wait. Many are waiting for that which will never come. But this Word tells us that He for whom we wait shall surely come, and will not tarry.”

REESE REMARKS:
Bullinger goes to some length here to give the meaning of “wait” and his source proof is very revealing. Instead of the CONTEXT OF THE WORD OF GOD, he uses the Apocrypha and Classical Greek to prop his point. (This is the same method of modern day perversion found in the new English translations.) Far better is it to quote the whole of Habakkuk’s prophecy rather than the few selected words. The interpreter could then show the other place in the NT where Paul commends waiting for the coming of the Lord; this would allow the Bible to interpret itself. Here is the whole of Habakkuk’s use of “wait” and “tarry”:
“2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:2, 3)
Notice the clear KJB translation of Habakkuk 2:2-3:  “…though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” It is very evident there is a sense in the word “tarry” of a DELAY but the assurance is given it will not be delayed forever. They are to “wait” with full expectation of that which will surely come. There is no implication that it will never come; it will come at the time purposed. There is nothing in the word “tarry” to think it means a permanent absence.

Why then must we go to Judith or Homer? They add nothing to the “wait” in Habakkuk nor do they help the Thessalonians! (It appears a purpose was to show that Bullinger had read the Apocrypha and Classical Greek.)
A far better way to emphasize the “wait” in Thessalonians is to go to the other NT church that is “waiting” on the Lord’s return. Let the Bible define itself.

Paul wrote to the carnal church (1 Corinthian 3:1-3) at Corinth and commended them for “waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:” He corrected their bad behavior in other matters (tongues, envy, division, Lord’s Supper, fornication) but praised them for waiting on the Lord. Had the “wait” by the Corinthians been a false confidence in the imminent return, Paul would surely have corrected that error as he did the other errors in the Corinthian church. (“Imminent” means He COULD come at any moment–and was DEFINITELY coming although He had “tarried” since the promise).
Paul would have corrected the doctrinal errors of thinking (1) the Lord COULD come at any moment and (2) dispel any notion that He WOULD come at a definite future time, as well as telling them (3) that if they did not drop this error of eager and expectant “waiting” they SHOULD NOT be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ,

“4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:4-9)

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