The Great Deception.

How has Satan been able to "deceive the whole world", as Rev 12:9 tells us?

Rev 12:9 NET  So that huge dragon — the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world — was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him.

It is easy to see how the non-Christian word has been taken away from the truth about God, but how has he done it with today's Christian religions?

He has been able to do it by getting people to claim that "every word of the Bible" has been personally inspired by God, when the evidence indicates that this not so. Then he has been able to encourage men to "change" - either by accident or design - key verses, while still holding on to the notion that they are still "inspired" by God.

Once men accept the concept that "every word of the Bible is true" - including the "doctored" verses - then his deception is "locked in".

In Matthew 24, when the disciples asked Jesus about the signs of the end times, three times He warns about being careful not to be deceived (v 4,11, 24). The last verse (v24) gives us some hope, as Jesus indicates that some of the elect - though tempted - will stick with the truth.  We live in a world where "spin" and lies are becoming more and more common, and establishing the "truth" of a matter is getting harder and harder. So hard in fact that many people have given up searching for it, and just accept things as they are. However, if we have accepted His sacrifice and are following Christ, as Christians we must take His words in Matthew 24 seriously, and take all the care we can, not to be deceived.

The first seal in Rev 6:2 is a white horse - a type of Christ, but a false one. From the time this message was given to John (Rev 1:1) until now, the world has been bombarded with a false message about the plan (the "logos") of God. For a Christian to draw close to God, they MUST try to sort out the truth from the error, and there is a very clear cut way of doing this.

It has happened before.

In Joshua chapter 9 we can read how the Gibeonites set out to deliberately deceive Joshua and all Israel, by making out they were from a distant country, when in actual fact they were living "next door" so to speak. To make their point they had,
and their deception worked. Israel forgot to check it out with God first (v14), and their mistake caused them much trouble.

Like the Gebeonites, Satan also has a number of points that he also wants us to look at.

We must learn the lesson of Joshua 9, and be constantly going to God and asking Him to show us what is "truth" and what has been inserted into the Bible with the sole objective to "deceive".

Where it all began.

To get some idea of the problem and why the KJV has so many errors, you have to go back to the first and second century.

Christ and His disciples spoke Eastern Aramaic, and our current New Testament, was first written in that language. Eventually there came the need to translate the Aramaic into Greek - which was done. In time, the Greek was translated into Latin.

Then there came the need for an English version of the Bible.

Around 1382, John Wycliffe made the first full Bible translation into English - but it was from the Latin Vulgate. All 80 books were hand written.

In 1526, William Tyndale made the first English New Testament translation from the Greek. We have better Greek available today, but at least it was a move in the right direction. He also started to make some corrections - like "congregation" instead of "church", and "elder" instead of "priest" (borrowed from the Catholics). He was burned at the stake for his efforts.

1535 - The Coverdale Bible. No Hebrew or Greek used, but the first complete Bible to be printed in the English language.

1535 - The Matthew Bible (Coverdale's OT and Tyndale's NT) with about 2000 notes.

1539 - The Great Bible. Basically the Matthew Bible without the notes and printed on newspaper size sheets of paper. They were chained up in every church.

Then in 1560 came the Geneva Bible. This was a translation from the Hebrew and Greek, and the first Bible to be translated by a committee. It was also the first with verse divisions, and the first Bible to be taken to America by the Pilgrims. It was very popular with the lower classes (apparently they liked the notes).

To counter the popularity of the Geneva Bible, the bishops in 1568 wrote their own translation - called the Bishop's Bible. It was not well accepted.

Then, when King James came to the throne he was already a seasoned politician. He believed that kings had absolute power. Not liking the notes of the Geneva Bible, he called the church leaders together, and the plan for a new Bible translation was made. King James set the criteria and held the right to make any final changes. The fact that a political leader was in charge of creating a religious book, should set off some alarm bells. He also insisted that it be based on the Bishop's Bible and to retain all the ecclesiastical words - see the Encyclopedia Britannica 11th Edition. 

I get the impression that the bishops were also trying to write their own job descriptions - borrowed from the Catholics - back into the Bible. One example - as I have read - the equivalent to the English word "ordain" (with the meaning to give a church position to, raise in rank) does not appear in either the Hebrew or Aramaic texts, yet the bishops "forced" the word (with many other meanings as well) into the  1769 KJV - 19 times in the Old Testament and  22 times in the New Testament.  Without "ordination" it is very hard to maintain a hierarchy/bureaucracy - something Christ said that we should not have in the New Testament church (Mat 20:25-28, John 13:14).

In the end, the King James Bible was drawn from the "Original Tongues", Bishop, Matthew, Geneva, Rheims-Douay and Tyndale Bibles, and as I have read, even has some word structure from the Latin Vulgate.

The KJV was just as much a political statement as it was a religious one.

It seems that they were trying to pull the best out of all the current Bibles, and create a single Bible that would draw the people back to being under the control of the English clergy, and to give the ultimate control to the king.  It was designed to be popular, and not totally about establishing the best truth that was available to them at that time. A small example.  Bishop's, Geneva and Tyndale's translation correctly translated the "logos" as an "it" in John 1:3 (it is neuter gender in English, but masculine in Greek) but the King James Version incorrectly called "logos" a  "him".

Since 1611, the KJV has been through a number of revisions, but the fundamental flaws have never been reversed, because - as I see it -  the people like the changes men have made.

The Roman Catholic hierarchy system and the Trinity and other errors that were forced into the King James Bible (some via the Bishop's Bible, others at its creation) has caused  today's Christian churches to be in error on at least some of their doctrines. 

A New Biblical Understanding.

In trying to track down the errors that men have inserted into the KJV (some by accident, but many are probably deliberate) I have stumbled - no doubt with God's help - on a new way of reading the Bible to be able to sift out the errors. It may not be perfect, but it is a lot better than anything else I have seen. You can follow it up in an article on our web site ( called "How to Study the Bible".

People are still using the deceptions of Satan.

Earlier this year I wrote and posted on the Internet, an article that shows how Ellen G. White qualifies for the title of "Jezebel" as described in Rev 2:20. Others have nominated different people over the years, so I am simply saying that Ellen G. White is a type, or someone who fits the description. It is also possible that the prophecy has more than one fulfillment.

Whether she is Jezebel or just a type, is not what is important. What is important is that she has been exposed because she used errors in the King James Bible in her statements, and then claimed that the words came directly from God. As I understand God, He would never promote man-made errors, so in simple terms, what she claimed came from God, in fact did not. By further complicating the errors already in the KJV, by giving them her own "twist", Ellen G. White has caused the Seventh Day Adventist Church much harm. Also, because certain leaders within the Church are holding fast to the mixture of truth and error, and not repenting, the church is now in a "sick bed" (Rev 2:22) with many - especially the younger generation (from comments on the Internet) - leaving the Church.

I mention the SDA Church, but there is a direct parallel with all the Christian churches of today. I have more experience with the Worldwide Church of God, where Mr Armstrong also used errors in the KJV to put incorrect doctrines into the Church (see the article "One or Two Gods?" under the Religious Miscellaneous Index). Often, when I make a statement like this, people start to jump up and down and tell me that he also used other Bibles - which he did. What people fail to recognize is that the KJV had become the de facto standard to all the English language Bibles available in HWA's time. Sure, since then, some translations (like NIV and NET) have fixed some of the errors, but then often added some new errors of their own.

What is "God breathed", and what is "Holy"?

Men have tried to "cover their tracks" by mistranslating 2 Tim 3:16. (All bold within Scriptures is mine).

2Ti 3:16 NET (1996). "Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,"

Three points.

1.    The only "Scripture" in existence at the time the Apostle Paul wrote this, was the Old Testament. The same "Holy Scriptures" mentioned in v15.  The Old Testament was endorsed by Christ (John 10 :35). At the time the Apostle Paul wrote 2 Timothy, some books we now include in the New Testament, were not even written.

Therefore - 2 Tim 3:16 can NOT apply to the New Testament in the same way as it does to the Old Testament.

2.    The Greek translated "inspired by God" comes from Strongs Number G2315, which Strong says means "divinely breathed" (Thayer puts it as "to breath hard, that is a breeze - blow"), or as we could say today, "spoken by God". Two Interlinears I have also say the same thing. 

3.    The third word "is", is not in the original Greek, and has been supplied by the translators.

A better translation would be something like,

"Every scripture [word] spoken by God [if it has been recorded and copied accurately] is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness".

Clarke (along with ASV,RV) puts it differently, but still breaks away from "every Scripture".

2Ti 3:16  "Every writing divinely inspired,  is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,"

It is absurd to suggest that every word of our English Bibles has been included for our "training in righteousness". Take Jeroboam  making two golden calves for example. That is history that we can learn from, and therefore God has "inspired" men to make it part of the Bible, but you can not put it on the same footing as far as "training in righteousness" goes, as the words spoken by God from the top of  Mount Sinai (The Ten Commandments).

The words of God are the most important part of the Bible, and most of these are in the Old Testament.

That is followed by the prophecy delivered by God to men (Deut 18:15, 18-19).

Since God tells us to listen to Christ  (Mat 17:5), the words of Christ (who was a prophet, Deut 18:15, Mat 13:57, Acts 3:22) are also important. Along with this are the eye-witness accounts of what Jesus did while He was on earth.

Christ sent out at least 13 Apostles as a "witness" - so we are to listen to them, as well.

[It is a point for discussion at another time perhaps, but I don't think HWA qualified to be called an "apostle" as he used errors in the KJV to put doctrinal errors into the church.]

However, many words of our current English Bibles were not directly inspired - and especially the copy errors, the miss-translations, and the deliberate lies (most in the New Testament), that have become part of Satan's deception. Also, there are books in the Bible where men are just recording history as they knew it. People often think of the Bible as a book of "instruction' from God, with a bit of history mixed in. If you analyze every verse, you will see that it is mainly a book of history, with some instructions from God mixed in.

The classic example is the Book of Luke. 

Luke accurately recorded what he was told (Luke 1:1-3) - v2 indicates he was not an eye witness - but it appears what he was told was not always accurate. In recording events that had been handed down by word of mouth for 30+ years, there are over 60 places where the Book of Luke is out of step in the sequence of events, or quotes Jesus differently to the rest of the Bible. See the article  "Understanding the Book of Luke" by Frank Nelte for these references. The Book contains great history of what was being said at the time, but definitely it does not appear to be all God inspired truth.

A couple of quick examples. Matthew (an eye witness) remembers Jesus saying "Mat 5:3 NET.  "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. 

Luke records that the people told him that Jesus said; Luke 6:20 NET.  ...    "Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God belongs to you.

Lacking money is very different from lacking vanity. Another example.

Mat 5:6 NET.  "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, ...

Luke 6:21 NET.  "Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. ...

Wanting righteousness is very different to wanting physical food.

Somewhere along the way, some of the original words of Jesus got lost. Verbally passing on the truth of God is better than nothing, but falls far behind the written word. 

The Evolution of the Deception.

The deception planted with Satan's influence in the KJV, has not remained static, but has evolved with each new generation of Bible translations.

Let us look at the well known verses John 1:1-3.

First up is Tyndale's translation of about 1525.

Chapter 1
1 In the beginnynge was the worde and the worde was with God: and the worde was God.
2 The same was in the beginnynge with God.
3 All thinges were made by it and with out it was made nothinge that was made.

Notice that he correctly translates "logos" as an "it" - the same as the Bishop's Bible of 1568, and several other translations - and "worde" does not have a capital.

Second is the King James Bible of 1611.

Joh 1:1-3 KJV-1611  In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (2)  The same was in the beginning with God.  (3)  All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Now "word" has a capital, and "it" has been changed to "him".

Third is the New King James of 1993.

Joh 1:1-3 NKJV  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (2)  He was in the beginning with God.  (3)  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

A further embellishment of giving "him" a capital.

We need to compare the above with a paraphrase from OG&OL* page 221.

"In the beginning there was a God, who had a plan, purpose, wisdom and power (i.e., the logos) which was by its very nature and origin, divine. It was through and on account of this reason, plan, purpose and power that everything was made. Nothing was made outside its scope. Later, [the Saviour part of] this plan became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ and tabernacled among us".

I think you would have to agree, that the last "translation/paraphrase" tells a different story, and leaves no room for Jesus to be a "God" before His birth.

Another example of men embellishing the truth.

In luke 1:27 most translations identify Mary as a virgin.

The Jewish understanding of Isa 7:14 at the time of Jesus was as below,

Isa 7:14 JPS  "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: behold, the young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel".

This prophecy was fulfilled in OT times as a sign that God was still working with the nation of Israel at that time.

In hindsight it is now easy to see that it was a double prophecy, so todays translators have gone back and changed the meaning of Isa 7:14.

Isa 7:14 NLT  "All right then, the Lord Himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a Child! She will give birth to a Son and will call Him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us')."

This makes the verse point to the second fulfillment [Jesus] and ignores the first.

Then they go one more step.  Most translations agree that when the angel told Mary that she would become pregnant , she said "How can this be, seeing I know not man?". The translators for the NLT then change the words she spoke to - "... I am a virgin".  It means the same thing today, but is not an accurate record of what was said.

If men will change significant words in the Old Testament, and put different words into people's mouths in the New Testament, then we can expect man's corruption to be anywhere and everywhere. In that vein, the Companion Bible under Isa 7:14, says in part, that "Lord" of verse 14 is "One of the 134 passages where Jehovah , in the primitive text, was altered by the Sopherim to "Adonai""

It will take some time, but if you want to see how big the problem is of men "changing" the original Bible, read the notes that go with the New Testament in the Net Bible First Edition, and count up the number of times they mention Scribes "altering" the original texts.

It has happened before.

The temptation for men to "change" Scripture is great, and what has happened in the last 400 years is not the first time men have tried it.

Jer 8:8 NET  How can you say, "We are wise! We have the law of the LORD"? The truth is, those who teach it have used their writings to make it say what it does not really mean.

Jer 8:8 NLT  "'How can you say, "We are wise because we have the word of the LORD," when your teachers have twisted it by writing lies?

The NLT is a bit more blunt. Satan, the father of lies, has been able to "inspire" men to follow his lead.

The Deception is compounded.

Some indications of how I see the original Bible defining church groups can be found in the article "Which Church?" - listed in the Religious Miscellaneous Index. One of the major deceptions Satan has been able to get into the churches, is that the "structure" of the church should be a hierarchy/bureaucracy. One advantage - to Satan - of doing this is that once you have men standing between the people and God, they can "filter" God's instructions to the people. As I see it, he has been able to bring this about by getting men to make the following changes.
Men changed the Bible to bring in the concept of a "hierarchy/bureaucracy" because that is what they wanted. The men of today that are in a hierarchy/bureaucracy like it so much, that they will do all in their power to maintain it.

Thus, men are working hard to maintain Satan's deception. I think this sheds new light on the phrase "Synagogue of Satan" in Rev 3:9.

Another way the deception is compounded is by the making of new translations.  The only way you can make money out of a Bible translation is by having a certain percentage of words different to other translations. Thus, good and proper words have to be "changed" so that men can make money.

The Strong and the Weak.

With just a couple of exceptions, I have run into a wall of silence every time I have tried to talk to  ministers of current churches about the fact that our current English Bibles contain errors. It comes across to me that they are more concerned with maintaining their organizations than putting the truth of God first. With no response from the ministry, it has now come down to individuals making their own decisions.

The strong will make the effort to get to the bottom of Satan's Great Deception, and reject the errors as they find them. The only way I feel that this can be done with any sort of freedom to make choices and hence possible changes to your beliefs, is to come out from being under the control of men (God says it should not happen anyway), and look to the guidance of Christ.

The weak will still want other men to do their thinking for them, and will "stay put" (continue to believe the doctrines of "their" church leaders). Men having such control over the way other people think is moving into the "cult" status.

On the surface, it seems to be a perfect way to sort out who should be in the first resurrection and who should be left for the second resurrection. If you were in Christ's position of being in charge of setting up the Kingdom of God, who would you be looking for?  Men and women who have overcome Satan's temptations and deceptions (as He had to, Mat 4:1-11), or men and women who meekly follow other men who are promoting Satan's deceptions. As I understand it, there is a limit on the number of people (Rev 14:1) who qualify for the first resurrection, so some decisions are going to have to be made about who is "in" and who is "out" (or have to wait till the second resurrection).

I wonder if this is what God has in mind in putting this test on the church at this time - just before the Great Tribulation? Once it starts, I can imagine there will be little time to "search for the truth".


The people in the world today who claim to be Christian, are not "cold" because they do try to follow at least some of the current content of our English Bibles.

However, they are not "hot" either, as the Bibles they are using promotes the Great Deception of Satan.

The confusion and mis-understanding caused by saying Jesus was a "God", God is a Trinity, or it all started with two Gods, the Law is "done away", the Sabbath was changed to Sunday, men can "ordain" other men saying that it is God's will, and so on, and so on - takes all the heat out of men's understanding, and leaves them "lukewarm" - a mixture of "truth" (hot) and "lies" (cold).

 No wonder Christ says; Rev 3:16 NET.  So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth!

Why has God allowed men to insert lies into the Bible?

God is in charge. He could stop men - under Satan's influence - from inserting lies into the Bible.

But He hasn't.  Why?

My understanding.

As I understand it, there is a very good reason why we have a Bible with so many errors - hundreds in fact. God is using Satan's lies to test us.

In Matthew 4 we are told about Jesus being tempted by Satan. What Satan wanted was for Jesus to do something against God's will - or - in other words, disobey God's instructions. Satan threw at Jesus a mixture of truth and lies, and even a bribe.

Today, we are facing exactly the same test.

If we try to live by "every word in the Bible", then, by being caught up in the errors, we end up doing something that is contrary to God's will.

If we live by the words from God's mouth (as recorded in the bible) then we must reject every verse of the Bible that goes against God's instructions.

Why is doing God's will so important?

Christ is looking for men and women to help him set up the Kingdom of God.  However, they need to have more substance than just "looking" religious.

 Mat 7:21-23 NET  "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven — only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven

It is not our Father's will to live by the lies that Satan has planted in the Bible.

(22)  On that day, many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?' 

Just having religious works (though good in itself) is not enough.

(23)  Then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!'

Christ equates "not doing the Father's will" to "breaking the law".

The solution is available.

The solution is easy.

We stop trying to live by "every word of the Bible", and instead live by the words from God's mouth (Mat 4:4) that are recorded in the Bible. In doing that, we have to reject every corrupt verse of the Bible that tries to tell us something different.

It is time that we come out from under Satan's Great Deception.

It will not be easy, and it will likely bring rejection and persecution, but as I see it, if we want to be in the First Resurrection, we have no other option than to try.

* "One God & One Lord" by Mark H. Graeser, John A. Lynn and John W. Schoenheit.

         [A book Christians need to buy - if you can afford it].

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