The Great Deception.
has Satan been able to "deceive the whole world", as Rev 12:9 tells us?
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?
has been able to do it by getting people to claim that "every word of
the Bible" has been personally inspired by God, when there is evidence that
would indicate 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.
accept the concept
that "every word of the Bible is true" - including the "doctored"
verses - then his deception is "locked 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.
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.
has happened before.In
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,
deception worked. Israel forgot to check it out with God first (v14), and
their mistake caused them much trouble.
- weathered saddlebags
- patched sandals
- mouldy bread
Gebeonites, Satan also has a number of points that he also wants us to look
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".
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.
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
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
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.
or Greek used, but the first complete Bible to be printed in the
1535 - The Matthew Bible
OT and Tyndale's NT) with about 2000 notes.
1539 - The Great Bible.
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
the first Bible to be taken to America by the
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.
I get the impression that the bishops were
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 Greek texts, yet the bishops "forced"
the word (with many other meanings as well) into their translation - 19 times in the Old Testament and 22
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).
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
right to make any final changes. The fact that a political leader was
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. In the
end, the King James Bible was drawn from the "Original Tongues", Bishop, Matthew,
Geneva, Rheims-Douai and Tyndale Bibles, and as I have read, even has
some word structure from the Latin Vulgate.
The KJV was just as much a
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
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.
is way beyond the scope of this paper to document all the places (there are hundreds) in the
KJV where Satan and/or man was able to inspire errors to be mixed with the
truth, yet at the same time getting people to believe all of it was
However, a listing of the more prominent errors passed on to men might
give a better idea of how successful his deception has been.
are no original manuscripts of books in the Bible in existence, that we
know of, so when I say "original Bible" I am referring to the closest
we can get to it. In other words, the English Bibles that we have
today - but minus the verses in error.
|Concepts from the corrupt verses.||Concepts from the original Bible.|
|1. Jesus was a
God before His birth by Mary.||Jesus did not exist till an egg in Mary's
womb was fertilized.|
|2. There are two
Gods - the Father and Christ.||There is just one God - the Father.|
|3. The God-head
consists of three beings - Father, Son and Holy Spirit||The God-head is
just God, the Father of Jesus and all mankind. The Holy Spirit is an extension of God - God working remotely.|
|4. The Ten
Commandments are no longer required to be kept.||The keeping of
the Ten Commandments is still required. There are over 160 verses in the Bible that point to their importance.|
|5. The Sabbath
was "changed" to Sunday.||The Saturday Sabbath still stands.|
|6. The "logos"
of John 1:1 is Christ.||The "logos" is the "grand design" or master plan that God
has for creating a spiritual family.|
|7. Every word of
the KJV is "inspired" by God.||Only the words spoken by God, or
delivered to His servants, are the "God breathed" ones, if they have
been recorded correctly.|
|8. People go to
heaven when they die, and are aware of what is going on down on earth. ||At death, people
sleep in the grave till they are resurrected. They know nothing while
they are in the grave.|
|9. We don't have
to do anything, as Jesus did it all for us.||Our
position/responsibilities in the Kingdom of God is very dependant on
what we do - or don't do.|
|10. We can
ignore the Old Testament, because Christ brought us something better.||We
understand and use the OT to pinpoint the errors in the NT. It also
contains more of the direct words from God. It should not be ignored as
it contains many principles about how to live the Christian life.|
|11. We can
"force" God to give us eternal life by living a "good" life.||There is nothing
we can do to "earn" eternal life. It comes as a gift, not as a reward.|
|12. Jesus was
crucified on a Friday and was resurrected on Sunday morning.||Jesus
was crucified on a Wednesday, put into the tomb around sunset and was
resurrected 3 days later around sunset at the end of the Sabbath
|13. Jesus was
born on the 25th of December.||Jesus was born just before the Feast of
Tabernacles - late September or early October..|
|14. People put
out leaven before the Days of Unleavened Bread, because it represents
is the bread of "affliction", and it is to remind us of the "haste" as
Israel fled from Egypt. (NKJV Deut 16:3). If it represents sin - which
it doesn't - then so does the Kingdom of God (Mat 13:33).|
still observe a special event called the "Passover".||New
Christians should not observe the OT Passover. Instead they should
observe the NT "Last Supper" some 20 hours earlier than the OT
"Passover", which starts with the killing of the lamb around 3:00pm on
the 14th (and eaten after sunset at the beginning of the 15th). |
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 (newbiblicalunderstanding.info) called "How to Study the
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
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
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,
is a direct parallel with all
Christian churches of today.
I have more experience with
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
tracks" by mistranslating 2 Tim 3:16. (All bold within Scriptures is mine).
3:16 NET (1996). "Every
scripture is inspired by God
and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for
training in righteousness,"
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), and
the first five books by Moses (Deut 6). 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 does 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.
translation would be something like,
scripture spoken [or inspired] 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".
3:16 "Every writing divinely inspired, is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for
training in righteousness,"
is absurd to suggest that every
word of our English
been included for our "training in righteousness". Take Jeroboam
making two golden calves for example. That is history that we can
learn from, and thefore 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).
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).
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.
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.
classic example is the Book of Luke.
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
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.
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
The Evolution of
deception planted with Satan's influence in the KJV, has not remained static, but
has evolved with each new generation of Bible translations.
us look at the well known verses John 1:1-3.
up is Tyndale's translation of about 1525.
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.
All thinges were made by it and with out it was made nothinge that was
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.
1:1-3 KJV-1611 In the beginning was the Word, & the
with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in
beginning with God. (3) All things were made by
without him was not any thing made that was made.
"word" has a capital, and "it" has been changed to "him".
is the New King James of 1993.
1:1-3 NKJV In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
God, and the Word was God. (2) He was in the
God. (3) All things were made through Him, and
nothing was made that was made.
further embellishment of giving "him" a capital.
need to compare the above with a paraphrase from OG&OL* page
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.
example of men embellishing the truth.
In luke 1:27
most translations identify Mary as a virgin.
Jewish understanding of Isa 7:14 at the time of Jesus was as below,
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".
prophecy was fulfilled in OT times as a sign that God was still working
with the nation of Israel at that time.
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.
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')."
the verse point to the second fulfillment [Jesus] and ignores the first.
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.
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""
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
changed the Bible to bring in the concept of a "hierarchy/bureauctacy" 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.
the word "ordain" into
the Bible. It was not used in the original languages to mean "raising
in rank, or giving a position to". In a number of
places in the KJV it does not mean "raising in rank, etc". I suspect
they just wanted people to see the word, or to make the critical spots
the meaning of the "laying on of hands". Originally it was used to
impart a blessing (Gen 48:13-16, Acts 8:17) or to ask for help from God
for a man to achieve a
specific task (Acts 13:1-4). Now, it is used to raise a man to a higher rank within
the hierarchy of the ministry (and also in asking for healing).
men into "offices" that
only to be given by Christ - as Head of the Church. In the original
Bible there are just two "offices" that men can put other men into -
deacon and overseer - and they are not "for life", and they are not
positions of power (1 Tim 3). They are positions of service. When
Christ puts men into positions He gives them fruits that identifies
those positions (1 Cor 12:3-30, 2 Cor 12:12).
that the men "at the top" can give orders to the men "below" him. Yes,
the Apostles and the Council of Elders at Jerusalem had a coordinating
role, and did suggest to men with the right talents that they go to
certain areas, but men
were still free to come and go as they were lead by the Holy Spirit (1
Cor 16:12). The Apostle Paul himself was directed to go to certain
places, and stopped from going to others, by the Spirit.
talking about heirarchies/bureaucracies, we need to keep in mind the vast difference
between "free men" and those on a payroll. It is very clear that the
disciples sent out by Jesus were not on the payroll of an organization
- Mar 6:8 NET. "He instructed them to take nothing for the
journey except a staff — no bread, no bag, no money in their belts
—". The disciples had to rely on God moving people to support
them as they traveled. Men looking to God to provide should never
be "ordered" by another man to do anything. Men looking to an
organization to provide - that is they are on the payroll - have to
accept orders from the men paying them, or else reject their pay. The
Deception of Satan is further compounded when men on a payroll - and
therefore have to take orders - feel they "have the right" to give
orders to those not on the payroll (the "free men").
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. (See my "Open Letter" - written in 2015)
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
having a certain percentage of words different to other translations.
Thus, good and proper words have to be "changed" so that men can make
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.
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, and look to
the guidance of Christ.
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"
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?
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).
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".
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
However, they are not "hot" either, as the
Bibles they are using promotes the Great Deception of Satan.
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",
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
of men's understanding, and leaves them "lukewarm".
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!
you need is a good attitude and a willingness to work.As I see it, all
information required to fix the
errors is already available in the world, either on the Internet or
in books. We do not need an "Elijah" to come to tell us, we
just need to roll up our sleeves and get to work. We need to look for
the "pearls of great price" that are scattered amongst the
trash, or trampled into the mud by men who did not understand their
value. By using the new Biblical understanding way of living by the words spoken by God, and reading the
Bible for themes rather than looking at individual verses, the
"problem verses" can be brought to the surface rather quickly.
this article has highlighted only the tip of the iceberg - there is
much, much more that could be said about the problems with our current
English Bibles - I hope it has been enough to excite your curiosity,
and also bring to your attention that we - the Christians of the world
- have some work to do. At this point in time, as far as I know, no one
is working on coming up with a more accurate translation. All the men who
I felt might have the skills/resources, and I have asked to help with
this sort of project, have declined.
I guess that most people
reading this are like me, and can not read Hebrew or Greek. However, if
we combine our efforts and pool what information we can find from
English documents, then we just might give the next generation a better
start to understanding the Truth of God, than we have had.
It is time that we come out from under Satan's Great Deception.
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].
quoted by permission.
from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2006 by Biblical
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Trust. Used by Permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc,
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designated (NKJV) are
from the Holy Bible, New
James Version copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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