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Wycliffe’s Contribution to the King James Bible

Approximately 1325, John Wycliffe and his followers called Lollards, translated the Latin Vulgate into the fledgling English language. Although the Latin text had some corruption, the work of Wycliffe was a major step in bringing about the word of God into English. English in the twelfth century was a developing language and struggling to gain standardization. It was not unusual to cross a stream and find a Saxon dialect unknown to those on the other side. Nevertheless, Wycliffe’s work was monumental: the word of God was now out of the Roman domain and into the hands of the common man in England.

Wycliffe insisted the the Latin was of no value locked up by the Roman clergy; as a result, the Roman Catholic Church pronounced him a heretic. The hatred was so caustic they called him “the devil’s instrument” “church’s enemy” “people’s confusion” schisms’ broacher” “heretic’s idol” “hypocrite’s mirror” “hatred’s sower” “lies’ forger” “flatteries’ sink” and many more.

The Roman Catholic Church hated him so much that they eventually dug up his bones, burned them, and scattered his ashes in the Thames River. Years later, one commented, that although his ashes were strewn in the Thames, his influence like his ashes rode the Thames into the sea and spread the word of God over all oceans of the world and touched every continent.

ENEMIES WITHIN THE GATE

The modi operandi of the devil’s attack upon the words of God are clear from the beginning:

1. The first question in the Bible was posed by the serpent and cast doubt on what God said. “Yea, hath God said…?” (Genesis 3).

2. The last warning in the Bible is from God regarding His words:

“18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 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 22:19-20)

In this last chapter of the Bible, 9 out of the 21 verses refer to the words of God and culminate with these warnings of judgment upon those who “add to” or “take away from the words of the book” Those who wish to limit “this book” to the Book of Revelation alone are hard pressed to prove their argument. First of all, the warnings regarding adding or subtracting from God’s words are found throughout the Bible and there is no reason to suppose some unique restriction on one book alone. Secondly, the repeated references to God’s words in the last chapter of the Bible are significant and with the warnings, very salient. Third, we should expect some conclusion to the Bible and the most important issues raised in its last words of revelation. No other topic is of more importance than that of God’s words. Without His words, we know nothing for certain. Last of all, if the warning of tampering applies to only one book in the Bible, why should one assume that the rest of the Bible books do not carry the same importance?

3. The devil has not ceased in his attempts to deceive men in adding to, taking away, and changing the words of God.

4. Where he can, he uses men with their penknives to cut from the Bible passages he and they do not like. (Jeremiah 36)

5. At certain times throughout history the adversary has burned the Bible and imprisoned, tortured, murdered and burned those who read it and preached it.. (Jeremiah: Daniel: Acts, and during the Reformation, 1300-1600, as well as in some countries today)

6. When the old serpent can not kill or persecute, he debates and quotes a portion (verbatim) of the scriptures to justify his argument but then omits the very verse that destroys his argument. (Matthew 4)

7. Attacks upon the Bible by atheists are not the danger; God does not record any atheistic attack upon the Bible. The opposition to the words of God is always made by those who claim to worship a god! Satan never questions the existence of God, he knows God is and believes enough to tremble at the thought. (James 2:19)

Skirmishes over The Ten Commandments removed from the courthouse and schools is not the real battle; the war rages in pulpits, churches, Christian schools, Bible schools and seminaries where the Ten Commandments, embellished and illumined in Old.English calligraphy, hang on walls in golden frames, The wolf is not huffing and puffing outside the door, he’s in the kitchen preparing “poison in the pot”. The most dangerous enemy is within our church walls.

8. The most destructive force against The Lord Jesus Christ comes from those who profess to be His disciples, Judas was such a “model” disciple that no one suspected him of betrayal. Only The Lord Jesus knew he was a devil; the disciples had no clue, and so it is today. Wolves have come in sheep’s clothing and devour the flock.

Sad to say, the average church has no teaching on Bible inspiration or preservation. Entertainment, “great” music, and “what can you do for my family” are the conditions set by prospective members. Whether or not the word of God is preached is secondary — the important things are: nursery, day-care, youth programs–services that “get the children out of the parents hair.” What happened to the idea that a Christian is to minister or serve? I know of no scripture that says we are saved to be ministered to. The real enemies of the word of God are those who profess to be Christians but have no love or real concern for the words of God.

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 LAST PARAGRAPH MARK (ACTS 20:36)

“…in the 1611 publication. Interestingly, however, these pilcrow marks disappeared after Acts 20:36. (One wonders of the printer just ran out of pilcrows.)”
(The Story Behind the King James Version. Article by Dr. Ron Rhodes. www.cbn.com)

WE should expect this from a “700 Club” (CBN) website. The statement by Rhodes is frivolous and unsubstantiated. To suggest the printer “ran out of pilcrows” reveals parroting what he read by others as well as a lack of knowledge regarding the importance of printing for the Crown in 1611.

THIS is the last pilcrow in the KJB: ” ¶ And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.” (Acts 20:36 KJB)

THERE actually are several who suggest the printer ran out of the pilcrow type at this point–if he did, it was an ordained lack. However, considering the extensive use of the mark throughout the OT and the Gospels, as well as the meticulous care in typesetting, etc.-under the King’s orders and the scrutiny of the translators—-it seems to me that idea of running out of type is silly. Unfortunately (?) we have very little of the KJB translators’ notes to see their reaction. There are no records of objections by others at the time. The “last paragraph mark” was noted without a known reason several years later and since has been a mystery—but the pilcrow absence survived all the reprints. Why?

LIKE other unusual features in the KJB such as the sixth book in the NT (R-O-M-A-N-S six letters with MAN in it) that means “according, or having to do with man”, there are exactly 6 verses where the 6th word in each verse is “man” with the last being Romans 6:6, the missing pilcrows actually defy normal explanation.
A question regarding the last paragraph in the KJB was asked by a Bible believing pastor. Here is my answer to this mystery: another one of the many “coincidental” features of the KJB.

FIRST: As used in English, the pilcrow was not at a mere paragraph marker but also a MARK OF ORDER OF EVENTS, for example, in a service in which certain people were to perform an action or a particular change was made in events. It was also used to mark off discourse changes. Today’s usage is extensive in legal writing to mark off various parts and it is still used by many in formal writing.

THE personal and direct statement by Paul is made to the Ephesian church in vss. 28-35. This final pilcrow is NOT just the last paragraph of Acts, it is the final one in the Bible. Most miss that the final paragraph begins in v 36 and has not yet ended! Of course the argument could be made that the next chapter automatically begins a new paragraph but the fact remains there are no more pilcrows in the Bible.

I believe the pilcrow at v 36 is connected with the prison epistle truth found in Ephesians-Philemon. The charge by Paul to the Ephesian church is in the same structure as his letters: doctrinal content is first and the practical applications are at the end of his charge.

IF my observation is accurate, then what we have is a significant change noted here from Paul’s Acts ministry which purpose was to gather out a remnant of Israel (… to the Jew first… Romans 1:16) by grace into the Body of Christ (Romans-Galatians: Acts epistles) to his prison ministry that goes without distinction to all men without any advantages to anybody (Ephesians-Philemon. See Philippians 3 ).

ONE key is “see his face no more” (v. 38). The “ship” in Acts 21 thus removes Paul from the Acts ministry and eventually leads to Jerusalem where the rulers of Israel confirm their rejection of the gospel of grace, then unto Rome where those Jewish rulers scattered abroad confirm the nation’s total rejection, thus commencing his prison ministry, the final order of things for the Church. (Acts 28:17-31)

“And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.” (Acts 28:17 KJB)

“And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.” (Acts 28:25-29 KJB)

CONFUSION among believers today is the result of failure to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) and acknowledge that Acts is not the final book of doctrine for this age: Acts is a book of transition from the Twelve Apostles led by Peter, to the Apostle Paul: a change of message from man’s faith that works, to the faith of Jesus Christ that finished the work: a change from the gospel of the Kingdom to the gospel of Grace: a change from Jew only, to Gentiles also, to all men every where without distinction.

THOSE who insist the Jew has an advantage over all others today are judged by the Book they profess to follow: Paul writes to the Gentile church at Philippi:

“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith”(Philippians 3:3-9 KJB)

THAT is a PRISON epistle written by the same man who gave the circumcision an advantage over a Gentile in Acts who now says that any ministry which gives an advantage to one flesh over another is a ministry of DUNG. It was right to go “to the Jew first” in Acts but it is a ministry of DUNG now. Those who fail to listen to Paul (2 Timothy 2:7) or use their Bible like a smorgasbord buffet will have to ignore, spiritualize, or explain away why they DO NOT AND CAN NOT OBEY ALL of the examples of the Apostles’ practice in the book of Acts.

NOT one person goes to the Jew first with signs to prove their ministry today as it is done in Acts, and NO ONE FOLLOWS the doctrine and practice of the “early church” in Acts 1-10. Those who claim they do are liars, spiritualizers, or certified nuts.

A Jew can be saved today but he is saved just like every other person is saved. The NATION is without an advantage, has no prophet, no special revelation. Israel will be blessed only AFTER the final 70th week (7 years) of Daniel’s prophecy. After the Body of Christ is caught up to meet the Lord in the air, that final 70th week begins. At the end of it Israel will repent and call upon the Lord, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”. It is then, and only then the Lord will bless Israel again and set up His earthly Kingdom in Jerusalem for 1000 years of peace on earth.

The last paragraph mark in Acts does not stand as a simple omission by a printer but is a Divinely imposed mark to give the Bible believer another affirmation of its miraculous content.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJB)

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.

KING OF KINGS: THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH

Word Sept 2012 Study
KING OF KINGS: THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH
The lion has furnished inspiration for many stories over the centuries. Perhaps the
most popular is the contemporary “THE LION KING”. The animated film was influenced
by the biblical tales of Joseph and Moses as well as plays by Shakespeare.
Long before The Lion King was thought of, C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) created the
fantasy world of Narnia with the first of the chronicles. “The Lion, the Witch, and the
Wardrobe” is one of the top 100 English language novels of the twentieth century.
Lewis’ testimony was that in conversation on a trip with his younger brother, (Warnie)
“When we set out [trip to the Whipsnade Zoo] I did not believe that Jesus Christ was the
Son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did.”
Lewis used literature to produce some of the greatest apologies of the Christian faith
while he maintained the tremendous respect and recognition among literary scholars
around the world. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” was perhaps his
masterpiece that balanced entertainment and theology at once.
Some may object to the use of imagery as a vehicle of spiritual truth but they fail to
see that the supreme example is the Bible itself in the Old Testament use of figures of
speech in the true stories of everyday life. The use of the parabolic method by our Lord
Jesus Christ is filled with figures of speech in the Gospels.
The Bible, specifically the King James Bible, is the fountainhead of all English
literary works, the masterpiece of English literature. Every form of literature is found in
the KJB from soliloquy to poetry, drama to narrative. This does not mean that the
English Bible is just a classroom of illustration and inspiration for story writers–it is that,
but much more than that: the King James Bible is the living word of God. The special
revelation of God that gives eternal life to all who take its promises to heart, the KJB is
the source of all spiritual blessings to English readers and in its translation to the world.
Indeed, it is as Solomon said “A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not
away for any;” (Proverbs 30:30 KJV)
“The Lion of the tribe of Judah” is a title in Revelation 5:5 for the Lord Jesus Christ.
My study attempts to draw a comparison between certain characteristics of lions and
the Biblical description of the Lord Jesus Christ, particularly in His Second Coming and
establishment of His earthly Kingdom as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Because of the male lion’s regal appearance with his flowing mane (no other
animal has such a marked difference between male and female) and powerful strength
he is called “King of Beasts” or “KIng of the Jungle”. Rather than a preference for thick
jungle and forests, the lion prefers grasslands or the savannah.
The title is not an exaggeration because the lion is an “apex predator”–he has no
predators above him and is the most agile mammal of brute strength. He is the top of
the food chain in the wilderness places on all continents.
The Bible uses the lion as a figure for God. There is no God like our God. He is
omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient; all powerful with every thing present to Him
and all wise, He has no equal, “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith
the Holy One.” (Isaiah 40:25).
Found primarily in Asia and Africa, these large cats rule the animal kingdom
wherever they live. (largest on record is 826 lbs.) A typical weight for a mature male lion
is anywhere from 400 to 550 lbs of muscular terror. A lion is so powerful that they can
take down water buffaloes, crocodiles and even elephants.
It is of no surprise that a metaphorical title for Jesus in the Bible is “The Lion of the
Tribe of Judah.” This title is used when His Kingdom rule on earth is in focus. Before He
returns to earth at His Second Coming, it is “the Lion” who “prevails” to open the seven
sealed book that unleashes the wrath of God upon the world.

“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda,
the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals
thereof.” (Revelation 5:5 KJV).

The title is in contrast to His first advent into the world as “the Lamb of God.” Both
are the same Person: He was the Lamb of God at His first coming and died on the cross
for the sins of the world, He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah at His second coming to
destroy His enemies and those who ignore His Deity.
Accept Him now as your sacrificial Lamb who died to pay the penalty of your sin or
one day you will meet Him as the Lion who tears you into pieces.

“1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on
the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the
book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the
book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book,
neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda,
the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals
thereof.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the
midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven
eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down
before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which
are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the
seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of
every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the
beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand,
and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and
riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and
such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour,
and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for
ever and ever.
14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and
worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:1-14)

The male lion rarely attacks for food, (only old or injured males or females that have
no “pride” or family are man-eaters) he leaves that task to the females in the pride. His
concern is for the territory, welfare and propagation of his family. It is his role to protect
the pride from outsiders who would usurp his authority–outsiders who might eat the little
defenseless ones and ravish the females. His pride is a close knit group and has a
social consciousness not found in others of the cat species.
The animal kingdom will one day live together in peaceful harmony without fear and
without aggressiveness toward others. And man will not only live in peace with each
other when wars will cease but he will also enjoy the companionship of the animal
kingdom.

“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall
beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not
lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4 )
“And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the
fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow
and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. And
I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness,
and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.” (Hosea 2:18, 19)
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and
the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead
them.” (Isaiah 11:6).

The Lord’s people are like His “pride” and as the lion protects His pride in order to
enjoy peace and safety from their enemies, the Lion of the tribe of Judah” protects His
own.
The lion is the “apex predator” in the jungle: no predator is above him. He can keep
his pride because he is the strongest and none prevent him from his desires. So the
LORD is all-powerful and there are none above Him.

“Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty
power and by thy stretched out arm,”. (Deuteronomy 9:29 )

THE ROAR OF THE LION
The question is asked: “Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice
like him?” (Job 40:9)
Look at the figurative comparison made between the lion and the voice of God:

“1 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.
2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.
3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
4 After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not
stay them when his voice is heard.
5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot
comprehend.”(Job 37:1-5)
“For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on
his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid
of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come
down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.” (Isaiah 31:4)

Lions have the loudest roar of any big cat and strikes fear into the heart of all who
hear it. A lion comes through the village at night and roars to make all the prey scatter
from their hiding places. Once exposed, they are easy targets.

“The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but
prophesy?” (Amos 3:8)

The lion’s roar is at 114 to 144 decibels. This is about 25 times the sound of a close
gas powered lawn mower or a jet engine and can be heard up to 5 miles! Jaguars,
tigers, panthers, and lions are the only cats that roar. The lion exceeds them all. In
addition to volume, the lion also uses “infrasound”.
Ultrasound is a range too high for a human to hear and infrasound can go to a
range too low to hear. Humans can register sound down to about 20 hertz, the deepest
bass note, but infrasonic sound travels all the way down to .001 Hz.
Infrasound is frightening and the male lion has the vocal chords to produce it.
Infrasound at low levels is not heard–IT IS FELT and it produces adverse physiological
effects. From nausea, dizziness to paralysis, infrasound incapacitates the prey. (It is
now used in military operations). The male lion stuns its prey with infrasound! We can
now understand the basis of so many claims in the past centuries that insisted lions
mesmerized or hypnotized their prey.
It is no wonder than that the Bible likens the voice of the LORD to the roar of a lion.
Apply this to the first verses of Genesis 1 where we read:
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”(Genesis 1:3) as well as the other
passages where God speaks blessings and judgments. By simply speaking God
creates and destroys! Sound can produce effect. The Bible is not a science book but
when it speaks on any subject, medicine, technology, communication, etc., the Bible is
accurate.
Anesthesia, genetic engineering, and stitchless laser surgery are found in the the
first two chapters of Genesis. Wireless communication is recorded in Job: “Canst thou
send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?” (Job 38:35) And in
the same chapter (along with over 20 other scientific, geological, meteorological facts)
we read: “Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,” (Job
38:39). Of course God does not use the technical words of centuries past or the ones
we use today to give these truths. If He had done so, no one would have ever
understood them. Science continually changes it’s terms from one decade to the next.
Instead, we find the principles in simple words, easily understood whenever a man in
any generation has faith in God’s words to believe them. Is it not amazing to find in the
Bible reference to a lion’s roar with these now known scientific facts?

“The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but
prophesy?” (Amos 3:8)
“The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the
grass.” (Proverbs 19:12)
“The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth
against his own soul.” (Proverbs 20:2)
“For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on
his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid
of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come
down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.” (Isaiah 31:4)
“Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of
the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man,
that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and
who is that shepherd that will stand before me?” (Jeremiah 50:44)
“They shall walk after the Lord: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the
children shall tremble from the west.” (Hosea 11:10)

Oh that men would hear the voice of grace lest the roar of judgment fall upon them!
The word of God is “tenderly calling thee home, calling today…calling today” and men
think that God’s voice will always be tender and gracious. They mistake the pleas of
grace for weakness and presume no terror can befall them. The words “Jesus is but a
weak lamb of imagination and not to be feared at all” is in their thoughts and they fear
no future wrath to come. How mistaken they are!
Because judgment does not immediately come men think it will never come. God’s
wheels grind slow but they grind sure. The Lord gives man time because He takes no
pleasure in damnation.

“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that
he should return from his ways, and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23)
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
What men do not know is that the Lord Jesus Christ did not come into this world the
first time to show His might and strength to judge men. He came “to seek and to save
that which was lost.” “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save
them. And they went to another village.” (Luke 9:56)

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost”(Luke 19:10)

He came as a “lamb” to be received or rejected and men took Him and, with wicked
hands, crucified Him. They knew not that even in their wickedness they could not
frustrate God’s plan. God’s holiness demands that no sin can come into His favor. His
righteousness demands that sin be judged. The wages of sin is death–not just physical
death but spiritual death for all eternity because a sinner’s payment can not satisfy
perfect holiness. Therefore, God came down from Heaven’s glory and was manifest in
the flesh, made of a woman.

“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman,
made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the
adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4, 5)
The Son of God with power and the Son of Man without sin offered Himself as the
spotless lamb, took our sins upon Himself on the tree, and paid the debt we could not
pay. Therefore man goes free when the Lamb of God is accepted as his sin payment.
God’s justice is satisfied, our sin debt is paid, and we can come into His Presence.
“The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the
grass.” (Proverbs 19:12)

The wonderful thing of God’s grace is that it is free, a gift offered to all without any
strings or payment attached. All you need do is receive it.

“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is
rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall
be saved.” (Romans 10:12, 13)

The LORD speaks today with a voice more powerful than any other. His words are
in a Book, the KING James Bible. No other book is like it and no other book has done or
does what this Book does.
THE LION AS A HUNTER
The lion is an “apex predator”: in other words, they have no predator to fear, “Who is
like the LORD?” They are also “keystone predators: A lion acts as a keystone predator
by its widely varied diet, helping to balance the mammalian jungle ecosystem with its
consumption of over 87 different species of prey, Lions are “crepuscular”. The word
crepuscular is derived from the Latin crepusculum, meaning “twilight”. Before dawn and
in early dark of evening is when the lion is active. Crepuscular animals may also be
active on a bright moonlit night or on a dull day

“The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their
dens.” (Psalm 104:22)
“1 BUT of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the
night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon
them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1Thessalonians
5:1-3)

Those who have spent time in studying lions know that they are night hunters. Even
on stormy days when the sky is overcast lions have been known to hunt for a meal.
During daylight the lion is in his den–usually in a deep sleep digesting the previous
evening banquette. Genesis 49:9 says: “Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son,
thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall
rouse him up?” The last part of the verse refers to “couched” as in laying down for a
rest. Lions that have a full stomach go into such a deep sleep that it is almost
impossible to wake him up. The bravest hunters have been known to find them asleep
with a full belly, and getting close enough to shoot them in the ear without the lion ever
knowing the hunter is close!

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall
pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth
also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (2 Peter 3:10)

FEARFUL IN APPEARANCE
The mane of the adult male lion, unique among cats, is one of the most distinctive
characteristics of the species. It makes the lion appear larger, providing an excellent
intimidation display; this aids the lion during confrontations with other lions and with the
species’ chief competitors, the hyenas. Lions are the only members of the cat family
where males and females look distinctly different. They also have specialized roles that
each gender plays in the pride. For instance, the lioness, the hunter, lacks the male’s
thick mane. The male protects, defends, directs. Some individual lions consistently lead
the defense against intruders, while others lag behind to protect from a rear attack.
Lions tend to assume specific roles in the pride. Those lagging behind may provide
other valuable services to the group. The male or males associated with the pride must
defend their relationship to the pride from outside males who attempt to take over (devil
is as a roaring lion that seeks to destroy) their relationship with the pride. Pride
membership only changes with the births and deaths of lionesses and males.

“And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the
wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and
buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the
mountains;” (1 Chronicles 12:8)
“And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the
second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the
face of an eagle.” (Ezekiel 10:14)
“The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth
against his own soul.” (Proverbs 20:2)
“For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on
his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid
of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come
down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.” (Isaiah 31:4)
“Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of
the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man,
that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and
who is that shepherd that will stand before me?” (Jeremiah 50:44)
“They shall walk after the Lord: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the
children shall tremble from the west.” (Hosea 11:11)

The Great Pretender- 5, 6

When the first edition of the NIV appeared in 1976, Bible believers immediately attacked its omissions, additions and changes of the Bible TEXT. And, rightly so, because it followed the same corrupt manuscripts as the RV of 1881, RV of 1884, ASV of 1901, RSV 1952, NASV 1965, NWT, LB, GNMM, etc., before it.

 

Many ignorant Christians ignored the warnings and followed the pied pipers of advertising, which dumped billions of dollars into the greedy pockets of Bible publishing companies. Like sheep to the slaughter, many Christians paid to continue this headlong rush into apostasy. Well, welcome to the new generation of Bible correcting! You asked for it—you paid for it–now you got it: a Bible that not only uses the same critical text as the Jehovah so-called Witnesses (New World Translation) but you have a Bible from the corrupt text that “speaks in” a dumbed down style that does not offend a God-forsaken

generation. The Bible corrupters are no longer subtle about it. The Preface to the NIV

2011 proudly states: “The work of translating the Bible is never finished. As good as

they are, English translations must be regularly updated so that they will continue to

communicate accurately the meaning of God’s Word. Updates are needed in order to reflect the latest developments in our understanding of the biblical world and its languages and to keep pace with changes in English usage.” Here is how this slick

preface “to communicate accurately the meaning of God’s Word” actually works out:

 

  1. Continue to gradually change words of the text, especially those that emphasize the Deity of Christ, the Holiness of God, supernatural events, miracles, etc.
  2. Do not offend any contemporary lifestyle. Example: Remove all gender references that reflect “maleness” in the Bible. Where “man” is in the Bible text, replace it with “person.” In this way the Bible “more accurately ” relates the message to us today. After all, what man is actually the “head” of the wife in today’s braless culture? The ultimate goal is to refer to God not as “He” or “Him” or “Son.” He becomes some unknown neuter “IT”.

 

NIV PRINCIPLE: Remove anything offensive to modern thought and lifestyle

in order to make the Bible writers as much like contemporary writers as

possible.

 

The feministic reasoning also asks how can a woman be a “son of God?” If you have

no answer to that, the girls caught you, didn’t they? If so, it is because you don’t know

Bible doctrine “from a hole in the ground.” …That is another Tennessee idiom I learned

from my uncle, Jesse James Reese, (the distinguished southern farmer of a past

generation quoted in the February issue).

  1. The actual TEXT no longer is important–it is the MEANING of the text to the reader. (We know that once a preacher forsakes “WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE” and tells us WHAT IT MEANS, there is madness or wickedness afoot. Who does not know that a man may make the Scripture SAY ANYTHING as long as it is prefaced with ” THIS MEANS…”)
  2. Push the lesbian/feminist issue that “brother” is not a generic term for male and female believers.

MATTHEW 5:22 and MARK 3:5 ERRORS IN THE NIV

 

The Greek word translated “brother” in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:22 is:

αδελφω (adelpho). The NIV 1984 says:

“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother[a] will be subject to

judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,[b]’ is answerable to the

Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

Footnotes:

Matthew 5:22 Some manuscripts ‘brother without cause’.

Matthew 5:22 An Aramaic term of contempt.”

 

First: the Greek word for brother is “αδελφω” in all Greek texts. The reader will note

that the NIV 1984 above correctly translates the word “αδελφω” BUT OMITS A

PHRASE, “WITHOUT A CAUSE.” The omission is critical as we will see but we will

deal with one error at a time.

Now look at how the NIV 2011 translates the verse:

 

“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[a][b] will be

subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[c] is

answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the

fire of hell.

Footnotes:

Matthew 5:22 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a

fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23.

 

NIV PRINCIPLE: Even though the words are NOT IN ANY GREEK TEXTS,

critical or Textus Receptus— add, change, do anything necessary to present

the Bible as non-judgmental.

 

Matthew 5:22 Some manuscripts ‘brother or sister without cause’

Matthew 5:22 An Aramaic term of contempt.”

 

Notice the “great” advance the NIV 2011 has made over the NIV 1984—they have decided that English Bible readers cannot understand that the Bible term “brother” includes both male and female! Who would think the “brother” in the Bible refers strictly to the male in this context? (This foolishness reminds me of IRS tax forms that are supposedly made easier to understand every year).

 

  1. (Continuation of previous number 3) Translate the Bible text according to what the situation or words “mean” to us today. In other words, it is not the actual “words” God said, rather, it is what or how we would express it today. To illustrate this frog-tongued, linguistic malpractice principle, the Bible says:

 

” Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.” (Luke 2:41-42 KJB).

 

A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with

them to the temple…a 6 year old girl replied, “They couldn’t get a baby-sitter.”

The “custom of the feast” was totally ignored by the little girl as to the reason

because there is no such observance today. Therefore, in this young child’s

understanding the only reason for parents having to take their kids with them would be

the only problem she had experienced—the absence of a baby sitter! Following this method the NIV 2015 could probably read:

 

“The government custodians were invited to a big party in D.C. and because they couldn’t find a registered baby sitter, Mary and Josephine were forced to take the child with them.”

 

This is an exaggeration of the principle but it is not as far off as you may think!

The NIV 2011 takes the first century TEXT that is left after they chop and mangle that

Bible record, and gives you what they think God might have said if He was speaking to

us today.

 

According to this nonsensical, banal principle, the English language changed so

significantly and scholarship advanced so rapidly between 2005 and 2011—a brief

period of 6 years (TNIV 2005 to the NIV 2011)— a new translation is demanded! This

twisted reasoning prompted a total of 7 translations from 1973 to 2011—a new

translation on the average of almost every 5 years.

 

The NIV is just getting warmed up. They suppose they have justified the following

practice:

  1. Continue further changes to the Biblical record.
  2. Take a more aggressive method of interpretation to agree with lifestyle issues.

 

THE OMISSION OF THE PHRASE “WITHOUT A CAUSE” IN

MATTHEW 5:22

 

The New International Versions of 1976, 1984, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2010TNIV and 2011 all have the same Greek texts at their base as all the other English perversions. The errors are many and they have been identified, catalogued and publicized. But there are many preachers, who because of their loyalty to religious associations, or pride are loathe to offend man or admit they have been wrong. It is a hard thing to risk the ridicule of your peers and loss of friendship over Bible translation issues. Eating crow and tearing up “inspired” sermon outlines before your congregation has stopped many pulpit wonders from taking the matter by the horns. Some dare not even look at the facts for fear of losing their positions and prestige.

 

Some personal experience on the Bible translation issue…

 

Back a few decades ago I was a graduate and on the faculty of one of the most, if

not the top, effective and influential church, Bible school, college and seminary in the

USA. It was certainly in the top five religious, fundamental, independent institutions in

the world in student enrollment and as a model ministry. All the ministries, including the

schools, were under the direction of the church. The Pastor and Founder (now with the

Lord) was the most godly and effective leader I have ever known.

 

Some small minded ex-students with large internet space but not a single byte of

character have written lies to the effect that the Pastor/Founder fired me! (I resigned

from the teaching position to pastor a church and left the University with his blessing

and support). They know nothing of the relationship between that man and myself–what

they would be surprised to learn is that he continued to personally write me encouraging

letters every one to two months for years after I resigned. He was excited that the

church and later missionary work was so successful. This is especially noteworthy since

my stand on the KJB was well known while some of those who continued to teach were

KJB opponents. One was even a member of the NKJV committee!

 

Those who are acquainted with USA church work from 1955-1980 will know of what

church and to whom I refer here; those who do not, it is not important that you know. In

addition to that Pastor, there were many innocent and good people on the staff, faculty

and in the student body, over the years. Out of respect for those people, I do not

mention names. Personalities are not important but principles are. The few nuts who

were students and less than a half dozen faculty Bible correctors were a drop in the

bucket and are unknowns. For me to use their name would give them more credibility

than they presently have.

 

Right after I began to teach at the school, one of the Greek professors had gotten

some reel to reel tapes (these were the days before audio cassettes or CDs) on

manuscript evidence and textual comparisons between the Greek manuscripts,

specifically the Westcottt/Hort hypothesis and Majority Text, and wanted the Bible

faculty to consider them. The author of the tapes was a Greek professor of another wellknown seminary, who later went on to write several textbooks and become one of the leading and very influential opponents of the Westcott/Hort critical Greek text.

The instructor went to all our faculty, gave personal invitations and announced in a

staff meeting of the 200 plus faculty members that we would be meeting together,

listening to the tapes, and then offering comments pro and con on the lectures. All were

welcome to come and it was certainly a pertinent subject, one that was to be faced by

the schools sooner or later.

[You must realize that at that particular time, the Bible manuscript discussion arose in fundamental

and independent school circles and was almost an unknown non-issue in other schools. In fact, the only

major English translations that were available on the market at that time were the NASV of 1965, ASV of 1901, the RSV of 1952 and of course the RV of 1881-84, the grandfather of them all, had been totally forgotten. The issue of “which Bible” was just heating up!

 

The ASV of 1901 was used with great restrictions in the seminary classrooms but NEVER was it heard in fundamental pulpits–and only infrequently in liberal churches. The RSV with the omission of “a virgin” in Isaiah 7:14 was absolute taboo and looked upon as a modernist viewpoint–even in the Southern Baptist College I had attended a few years earlier. At that school we were urged to get an ASV 1901 for our Hermeneutics class due to its supposed “excellent translation of the verb forms” but not for much else. In the SBC school we had Baptist college dances and cussed along with poet Carl Sandberg in literature classes but we did not hear the ASV in the pulpit— that’s how “solid and sound” even the Southern Baptist Convention was back then!]

 

Needless to say, ONLY one of the eminent professors at the school where I was on

the faculty listened to more than one session of the 10-12 hour tapes! These faint-hearted ones were doctors from another old line university and a few who had

graduated from the Southern Baptist seminaries. We did have 4 or 5 who like me, had

come out from the SBC and graduated from that school where we taught.

 

There was one notable faculty member who sat in on all the tape sessions. He had

memorized the entire NT of the ASV1901 and also knew most of the OT. This man was

blind from his teen years and had been on the faculty of the J. Frank Norris school in Ft.

Worth, Texas and a companion of Dr. William R. Newell on his Bible conference tours.

(Those familiar with Dr. Norris and Dr. Newell’s ministries will know the popular caliber

of those ministries). The blind professor said he had memorized the ASV 1901 at the

recommendation of Dr. Newell and many times he had regretted memorizing the ASV

instead of the KJB. He was a brilliant man with an exceptional grasp of Bible truth and

had graduated from Stetson University and Southern Baptist Seminary (Th.D) in

Louisville with the highest grade averages ever made–and he did it while blind. He was

not a Five-Point Calvinist (several seminary faculty were) and I took every class I could

from him and dearly loved him and his family.

 

There is no doubt in my mind and I am not alone in this view–when the schools

refused to listen, and gave way to the perverse translations, and no longer had respect

to the BOOK that built the ministry, God wrote “Ichabod” over the door. To whom much

is given, much is required. I do not write these things without tears in my eyes and a

broken heart over what could have been and should have been.

erg…

Unless you wish to charge that godly Pastor with some sin or failure in not having

perfect foresight, it should be very clear that the man whose vision and ministry led the

work to those previous heights of Christian excellence, had nothing else to do with its

fall. For whatever reasons beside a demand for revivals and conferences, he resigned

in his seventies to continue a demanding weekly schedule until he went home to be with

the Lord. At that time, the work had not fallen into reproach.

 

Those who followed him were products of poor trustee decisions. The ministry was

too demanding for those and one who dared presume to be equal was a flop. Carnal

pigmies attempted to continue the work of a giant. Men who were spiritually challenged

fumbled the baton and stumbled in disgrace. It was after the elders that outlived Joshua

in which the truth was trampled under foot and so it was there. Prior leadership was

imitated but had no substance to endure. Small minded men weaseled themselves into

the offices of a great man and stumbled over themselves.

 

In my opinion, the whole building fell because the foundation was slowly destroyed.

The work was built on the King James Bible. Little by little the small foxes were inserted

into the classes and gnawed away the structure from the bottom up. A work that is built

by the King James Bible will not co-exist or continue with a corrupt text in its place!

On one occasion, a Christian businessman (a prominent benefactor of the school)

offered to give every student a NASV New Testament. This was mentioned in the

weekly staff meeting and several teachers commented on what a “great idea” that was.

One exclaimed, “Oh, it is wonderful! I do my devotions every morning in the

NASV.” (This was one of the new teachers and one who refused to listen to the tapes

mentioned earlier). The Bible school Dean, a good teacher and Bible believer, said:

“Dr.–I do not think it is a good idea. The NASV Bible comes from corrupt manuscripts.”

Several others commented, a few pro and several con. While the discussion continued I

went through the sample they had distributed to each of us and turned down the various

pages where verses were omitted and changed. After the meeting I caught up with Dr

—- as he walked to his office and showed him the places where verses were changed

and omitted.

 

His exact words to me were, “Hmm.. I did not know these things were changed! We

will not give it out.” And, it was not given to the student body. My view is that the Pastor

was caught between trying to keep up with enough teachers in the growing schools and

having to hire men who outwardly professed to believe the Bible, while they really did

not. It is not much different today in many churches and schools. To ask a man “Do you

believe the Bible?” is not enough. All of them “believe the Bible is God’s word.” You

must ask, “WHICH Bible do you believe?” because they are not all the same.

The school where the professors as a whole refused to listen to the manuscript

facts–eventually fell from grace just as the churches of Galatia did in the first century

and all have since. The church and school today is but a faint shadow of what it used to

be. Within 20 years of those events that I mention above, the whole ministry of the place

began to fall apart in moral disgrace, doctrinal error, and foolish administration. It is now

a byword and every former member shakes his head in pity remembering what grace

and glory the place used to have. Conversations among graduates now always turn to

“what used to be.” From a worldwide ministry that launched the largest independent

Baptist missionary group in the world, and whose graduates started and pastored

mega-churches all over the USA, while thousands of converts were baptized after every

service: Sunday AM, PM, Mid-week and special services for over 15 years—the corner

of the two avenues that use to bustle with thousands of students is almost deserted

now. I know–I was there and watched it fall.

 

I say all of this to let the reader know that when I speak of these matters, I have

some experience and knowledge of the reaction of “scholars” to the Bible issue. Over a

decade of my life was spent there as a graduate and faculty member. We were also

pastor of a church for 17 years right in the midst of the independent, fundamental

movement as the English Bible translation corruption influenced our generation of

churches.

 

What is the issue?

 

One example among hundreds: The RSV, ASV, NASV, Philips NT, GNMM, 1984NIV,

NIV2005, TNIV, NIV2011 plus the Jehovah Witness Bible: the NWT—all render Matthew 5:22 (below) the same way! The reason they do it is because they ARE ALL FROM THE SAME CORRUPT TEXT.

 

Was this omission deliberate? Most likely, not from a scribal error, but definitely from

the satanic opposition to the word of God. It is a subtle attack on the sinlessness

(impeccability) of Christ. If the reading is accurate as it appears in the NIV 2011, the

Lord Jesus Christ is condemned by His own words!

 

This is not the only place these Bibles condemn themselves and is only one of many

hundreds of changes these Bibles make using a corrupt Greek text. We use the NIV

2011 here:

 

“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[a][b] will be

subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[c] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. (Matthew 5:22 NIV 2011).

Footnotes:

Matthew 5:22 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23.

Matthew 5:22 Some manuscripts ‘brother or sister without cause’

Matthew 5:22 An Aramaic term of contempt.”

 

Notice the omission of the phrase “WITHOUT A CAUSE” from the NIV text and

the drop into the footnote.

Now notice the NIV 2011 reading in Mark 3:5:

 

“And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” (Mark 3:5 NIV 2011).

 

The NIV 2011 says in Mark 3:5 that Jesus looked “ROUND ABOUT ON THEM

WITH ANGER”

 

THERE IS NO QUALIFYING CLAUSE FOR ANGER IN MATTHEW 5:22 NIV!

THE ISSUE IS THAT THE NIV IN MATTHEW 5:22 (“ANYONE WHO IS ANGRY”)

WITH MARK 3:5 IN THE NIV (“JESUS LOOKED…ON THEM WITH ANGER”) MAKES

JESUS A SINNER AND SUBJECT TO JUDGMENT!

A young Christian might ask, “IS THE BIBLE THAT EXACT?” OUR ANSWER IS

“YES, A THOUSAND TIMES, YES!’ Our very salvation is based upon WORDS,

EXACT WORDS–IN FACT, EVERY DOCTRINE IN THE BIBLE IS STATED IN TERMS

MORE EXACT THAN A MANUAL ON BRAIN SURGERY. AND, ALL OF THE BIBLE

AGREES WITH ITSELF AS IT SAYS IT, WHERE IT SAYS IT.

 

The modern translations such as the NIV have made a travesty out of the very

basic tenet of the Christian faith: THE INERRANCY AND INFALLIBILITY OF EVERY WORD AND ALL THE WORDS OF THE BIBLE. Therefore, since all liberal

theologians believe “inspiration” happened only with the so-called “original

manuscripts” they gave themselves a license to change, omit, add, ANY word

they decided. This is the rule and practice of the modern translations. Loosed

from verbal restraints–they now construct their own bibles.

The King James Bible says:

 

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” (Matthew 5:22 KJB).

 

The issue is that the NIV makes Jesus a sinner along with everyone

else who is angry–no matter what the reason. The KJB allows anger

with cause. The Bible says:

 

“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm 7:11 KJB)

 

NOW LOOK AT THE NIV’S NECESSARY PERVERSION OF PSALM

7:11 WHERE GOD DOES NOT JUDGE THE RIGHTEOUS AND ONLY

“DISPLAYS HIS WRATH”. THUS, HE CAN “DISPLAY” HIS WRATH BUT

HAVE NO ANGER TOWARD THE WICKED.

 

 

“God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.” (Psalm 7:11 NIV 2011).

 

THERE IS NO END TO PERVERTING THE WORD OF GOD. WHEN ONE

WORD IS CHANGED, OTHERS MUST FOLLOW. A LITTLE LEAVEN

LEAVENETH THE WHOLE LUMP!

 

Due to our field work we are combining APRIL and MAY issues of Word Bible Study. Our examination of the New International Version will continue in the June issue with “Only Begotten Son OR ‘one and only son?”.

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