Garden-Tomb-Jerusalem-Israel“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, (2) Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: (3) To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:” Act 1:1-3

It is that time of the year again and we begin to get ready to celebrate Easter, which to Christians is the time of year that we remember the Lord Jesus Christ who is etched in history as the only man who ever lived that raised himself from the dead. Someone may ask, “What evidence do we have that Jesus raised from the dead?” There are many things, actually, but let’s start with the empty tomb.

One can pursue every other man in history and if they dig deep enough they can find the place where he is buried and his body rests there in that final burying place. Not with Jesus Christ! There is no body! Can any rational human being that knows just how hated Jesus is in all of the world outside of Christians come up with a reason that these Christ haters have not produced the body or bones of Jesus Christ? Perhaps that is why we have a calendar that is dated from Christ. What other man in history has an empty tomb and has time dated from him merely because he rose from the dead?

The term “A.D.” or the latin “Anno Domini” is defined, ‘In the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ’. So this means that in AnnoDominievery country of the world, believers, non-believers, atheists, all non-Christian religions, every living person in the world generally considers us as living in the year 2015 A.D. A better definition of the term would be “In the year of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2015.”

Now consider the fact that Jesus was put on the cross by the Romans who were polytheistic pagans, and Pilate was taunted by the then ruling religion of Israel and the Jewish leaders into putting Jesus to death. Then when he had risen from the dead the Jewish leaders had to scramble the soldiers who had been keeping watch and even pay them to lie about the resurrection: Mat 28:11-15 “Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. (12) And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, (13) Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. (14) And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. (15) So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.”

Let me ask the readers a question: What would have happened to the body of Jesus if he had been stolen away by the disciples with the rulers of the Jews adamant that he had been stolen and the Romans wanting nothing more to do with this whole situation as seen by Pilate washing his hands and saying that he was innocent of the blood of this just person? They would have paraded the dead corpse of Jesus around their world and put this religion to death forever but it never happened because Jesus had risen from the dead and that is why they paid the soldiers to lie in the first place.

Alexander McLaren, in Expositions of Holy Scripture says:

‘He showed Himself alive after His passion by . . . proofs.’

“….By sight, repeated, to individuals, to companies, to Mary in her solitary sadness, to Peter the penitent, to the two on the road to Emmaus…. At all hours: in the evening when the doors were shut; in the morning; in grey twilight; in daytime on the road. At many places-in houses, out of doors. The signs of true corporeity-the sight, the eating. The signs of bodily identity, -’Reach hither thy hand.’ ‘He showed them His hands and His side.’”

The Resurrection Chapter in the Bible gives some of the strongest arguments in the world for the Resurrection of Christ:   1Co 15:1-58 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (2) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. (3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (5) And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: (6) After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. (7) After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. (8) And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time……… (12) Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? (13) But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: (14) And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. (15) Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. (16) For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: (17) And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. (18) Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. (19) If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (20) But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (21) For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. (22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (23) But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming………..” (No rational human being could ever write these words if he was not convinced by INFALLIBLE PROOF that Jesus had risen from the dead and, in fact, was alive and working through his life and that of all Christians around the world.)

In Robertson’s Word Pictures we have scripture references to much of what is said in this chapter of I Corinthians:

Shewed himself alive ……. To the disciples the first Sunday evening (Mar_16:14; Luk_24:36-43; Joh_20:19-25), the second Sunday evening (Joh_20:26-29), at the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1-23), on the mountain in Galilee (Mat_28:16-20; Mar_16:15-18; 1Co_15:6), to the disciples in Jerusalem and Olivet (Luk_24:44-53; Mar_16:19.; Act_1:1-11). …… The early disciples including Paul never doubted the fact of the Resurrection, once they were convinced by personal experience. At first some doubted like Thomas (Mar_16:14; Luk_24:41; Joh_20:24; Mat_28:17). But after that they never wavered in their testimony to their own experience with the Risen Christ, “whereof we are witnesses” Peter said (Act_3:15). They doubted at first, that we may believe, but at last they risked life itself in defense of this firm faith.”

Peter gives one of the strongest statements of proof, being an EYE WITNESS of Jesus life and resurrection: 2Pe 1:16 “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

F.B. Meyer gives us these words: “Peter could never forget what the Master had predicted of his death. See John_21:18. ….. The fulfillment of those words was already looming before Peter’s eyes, but he had no fear. He describes his home-going by the word used by Moses and Elijah when they spoke of the decease (lit., exodus) which the Lord would accomplish. Compare 2Pe_1:15 with Luk_9:31, r.v., margin. Then the whole scene of the Transfiguration rose before his mind. It seemed as if he were again on that holy mount, beholding the majesty of the Lord and hearing the Father’s attesting voice. There are three infallible proofs of Christianity: (1) the witness of the Apostles; (2) the light of prophecy as fulfilled in Christ; (3) the testimony of the Holy Spirit. These three burn in the dark night of the present and we may count on them till we see the first glimmer of dawn. Then we shall need no candle, for the Lord God will give us light.”

JosephusWe could write dozens of volumes about evidence for the resurrection, we could talk about prophesies that Jesus fulfilled; we could site many books and historical evidences. Josephus, an early historian, states this as fact in his Antiquities of the Jews (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3: “3. Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, (9) those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; (10) as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.”) But the greatest evidence for it all may be found in the wisdom of a man named Gamaliel when they were meeting to decide what to do with this spreading phenomenon of Christianity because of two things, the resurrection and the day of Pentecost. They were at a loss as to how to handle the Christians. The Holy Spirit confirmed that Jesus had risen and was seated on the right hand of the father in heaven: Act 5:34-39 it states, “Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; (35) And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. (36) For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. (37) After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. (38) And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: (39) But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.” It has not been stopped for all these years. According to Gamaliel’s reasoning, the resurrection is real.

Yes, just like he said, the greatest evidence of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the vast reach of the Gospel around the world 2000 years later and growing by the millions in some third world countries by the power of the Holy Spirit. This man was the same Gamaliel that taught Paul the Apostle before he saw the vision of Jesus on the Road to Damascus. What else could explain how a man who was bent on destroying Christianity suddenly changed 180 degrees and became the greatest apostle in the world, writing most of the New Testament before becoming a martyr himself? What is the probability that Paul along with all the other Apostles would have risked their lives to Martyrdom for a man that they had stolen from the tomb and buried in a secret grave? Their testimony and willingness to die in this way of extreme torture and humiliation shows that they believed even unto death.

Then one has to consider the extraordinary miracles and evidence of the working of the Holy Spirit over the centuries in changed lives, answered prayer, the printing and preservation of the Bible and the planting of New Testament Churches in every country of the world. Such facts of history make an undeniable statement of powerful proof that Jesus Christ is still alive and moving in the lives of Christians around the world. The testimony that we have today of Christians in churches as they work to continue to spread the Gospel to the whole world, as Jesus commanded his disciples after his resurrection, gives INFALLIBLE PROOF of the resurrection. The Charge of Jesus to his disciples followed by centuries of this charge still being carried out after 2000 years proves that Jesus DID RISE FROM THE DEAD:

Act 1:8-11 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (9) And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. (10) And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; (11) Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

Since that day the Gospel has been spread around the world by Christians who have no doubt that Jesus not only arose from the dead but is coming back according to promise. We who are Christians provide the greatest proof of all that Jesus Christ raised from the dead. Every time a new sinner is converted to faith in Christ, we have another proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a prayer is answered, we have a proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a Christian opens his Bible and reads the wonderful words of life we have a proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a Christian goes through tribulation with grace and the praise of God upon his lips, we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time the poor are helped by a loving Christian hand we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a Christian loves his enemies we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a sickness is healed by prayers of faith we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a Christian dies with a smile upon his face as he sees the face of Jesus waiting to welcome him home, we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Every time a Godly young couple yields their lives to serve on a foreign field in order to share the good news of the Gospel, we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a new church is planted we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a person enslaved by sin, drugs, drink, immorality, or other vices of the flesh, gets delivered and set free we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time one of the millions of Muslims that are being saved comes to Jesus Christ as a wave of the love of God sweeps their land, we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Every time a soul-winner knocks on a door to share the Gospel of the love of God, we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a bus worker picks up his riders and brings them to church we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a Sunday School teacher gets up and teaches young children about the love of Jesus who died on the cross and children trust Jesus for Salvation we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a blind person sings or shares the love of God through the Light that they have in their spirit though their eyes may be blind we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a deaf person does sign language as he shares the love of God we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Every time a mother holds a baby and sings sweet hymns that sooth the baby to sleep we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time the Bible is translated into a foreign tongue so that people in foreign lands can read and understand the Gospel we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every time a heathen culture

Betty Elliot and Rachel Saint come back after their husbands are murdered to win the tribe to Christ.

Betty Elliot and Rachel Saint come back after their husbands are murdered to win the tribe to Christ.

completely changes into a civilized people from the presentation and acceptance of the Gospel like the story of the

Smiles on the faces of Auca Indian Christians

Smiles on the faces of Auca Indian Christians

Auca Indians after the martyrdom of a Godly man like Jim Elliot we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When a funeral procession in a primitive land that would normally have a crowd of people wailing and crying for the sorrow of loss of a loved one instead marches along the road to the burial while they sing “Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb,” we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

When ISIS lines up prisoners that are Christians and they sing and praise Jesus as they are being beheaded, we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When a kind evangelist named Kent Hovind is imprisoned by the US Government on trumped up charges but says in a radio pod cast that all he wants to do is give glory to Jesus, we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When an elderly minister has the IRS take his home and his church which they bulldoze and turn into a charter school, can continue preaching, teaching, writing, and serving God with all his might on the Internet, by email, and by every other means possible, we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the whole history of the world one can read of lives changed, people who willingly died a martyr’s death as in Fox’s foxe_s_book_of_martyrsBook of Martyrs, of whole countries that became more civilized, of miracles that happened in the darkest corners of the world, miracles that happened like in Indonesia where a revival produced miraculous power of Christians over demon possessed witch doctors, where a drunk like Billy Sunday stumbled into a mission and got saved before becoming one of the greatest evangelists in history, and even where this writer heard the gospel preached by an evangelist at the age of five years old, raised his hand every night for a whole week, and then was gloriously saved in his own room at home as he was led to Christ by his Godly mother. All of these stories are proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The apostle John summed it up best near the end of his Gospel:

John 20:30-31 “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: (31) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

And in the last chapter of John:

John 21:24-25 “This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. (25) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”

Then he gives the compelling words of Jesus who he saw on the Isle of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelation with a direct quote from the resurrected Christ:

ResurrectionRev 22:16-17 “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. (17) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”   HE IS ALIVE, PRAISE GOD HE IS ALIVE!

WhichBibleThis is more for those who speak and read English but anyone in other languages should examine the origin of their Bible also to make sure it is founded on the same root foundation as the English King James Version of 1611.  Some Bibles in other languages have followed the perversions that we will discuss here:

Greek Manuscript

 

I am putting two articles here that are on other of our websites:

  1. Satan, Demons, necromancers, drunks, occult and Bible Translators writing modern Bibles

Who wrote the Bible that you are reading?

I have just finished reading a fantastic book by G.A. Riplinger entitled, “New Age Bible Versions.” Among other things, it details who the writers were of the Greek Text used to translate the NIV, NASB, NKJV, NRSV, NAB, REB, RSV, CEV, TEV, GNB LIVING, PHILLIPS, NEW JERUSALEM, and NEW CENTURY versions of the Bible. If you own one of these, you probably bought them because they supposedly come from the most ancient manuscripts and they are more accurate and authentic than the old standard King James Version of the Bible. WRONG!!!!! If you are reading one of these versions, it is a compilation of the work of Satan, Demons, drunks, necromancers, channelers, ghost followers, Nazi staff members, Lucifer worshipers, Plato, Origin, Philo, and many other NEW AGE (demon inspired) thinkers who want nothing more than to bring in a One World Government under a New World Order, with the Anti-Christ as the ruler of the world, and Marxism as the world political system. What angers me the most is that supposedly God fearing ministers of the Gospel have, like the Pied Piper, led their congregations by a passive attitude that will open up the door to the religion of the Anti-Christ one day.

 

I just wrote an email to a good friend of mine, a minister, who sent me an email with a quote from one of these OCCULT translations of the bible. He is a good man and a soul-winner. I then realized that the Bible is true when it says that in the last days deceivers will come that will deceive, “if it were possible,” the very elect. I then knew that it is happening right before our very eyes. People purchase Bibles thinking that there are godly men that have made these new translations with much care along with prayer and that they are delivering what is the most accurate copy of the Word of God in existence today. THAT IS NOT THE CASE. Since the book that I cited above gives more evidence than I can possibly give here, I want to tell you about the men that did the translations of the revised Greek text and some of their friends and acquaintances. Once you have read this, if you can continue using one of these OCCULT versions of the Bible, God help your soul.

 

The two main perpetrators of the crime of mutilating the Word of God are Brooke Foss Westcott and Fenton John Anthony Hort who lived in the 1880’s and their work has caused a virtual death blow to the pure Word of God. John R. Kohlenberger of Zondervan which published the NASB, Living Bible, Amplified Bible, NIV, and RSV said that all versions that have come after the King James Version from the RSV to the present versions have come from the text that was developed by these two snakes who feign themselves translators of the pure Word of God. Wilbur Pickering, author of The Identity of the New Testament Text states, “…..The W-H critical theory is erroneous at every point…” What about these wannabe translators and destroyers of the Word of God?

 

Westcott went to Cambridge in England as an undergraduate. While there he organized a club called “Hermes.” The name Hermes is defined as “…the god of magic…and occult wisdom, the conductor of Souls to Hades,…Lord of Death…cunning and trickery.” (Riplinger’s book) There is a legend that witches made the sign of the cross upside down and this all started with worshipers of Hermes. One of their contemporaries, H.P. Blavatsky who wrote Secret Doctrine, and also a worshiper of Lucifer identified Hermes with Satan. She quotes:

 

Satan or Hermes are all one…He is called the Dragon of Wisdom…the serpent…identical with the god Hermes…inventor of the first initiation of men into magic…the author of serpent worship.

 

This Lucifer worshiper, a woman, had a logo of a serpent biting his tail, the symbol of Hermes. The writer of a book called, Occult Underground, states that Hermes is the entry point of scholars and philosophers into the OCCULT. Westcott, who, with his friend Hort, translated the Greek Text that has been used for all modern translations of the Bible, met with his Hermes Club every week from 1845 to 1848 discussing a variety of subjects, some of which had to do with mythology and heathen philosophy. Today the School of Hermes is listed as a NEW AGE organization in a New Age network magazine. These New Agers along with Blavatsky, the Lucifer worshiper, call Christ of the New Age by the name of Hermes who is really Lucifer or Satan.

 

Some modern day New Age Thinkers like Sharon Gless trace the recent interest in “channeling,” as do history books, back to one origin, Westcott and Hort. You may ask, do you mean that the same men that have produced the Greek Text that is being used to translate the Bible to modern day English are also the same men that led the way for people to engage with talking to demon spirits? The answer is YES. Not only did Westcott start his Hermes Club, but both Westcott and Hort got deep into spiritualism (demons) and organized a society called the Ghostly Guild. It was while they were engaging in this psychic activity and receiving the “doctrines of devils” spoken of in the Bible in I Timothy 4:1 that Westcott and Hort contrived their corrupt Greek Text with all the occult background of their sinister lives. Philip Schaff who was on the Greek Text committee with Westcott and Hort helped foster an occult revival with much of the markings of H.P Blavataky, the Lucifer worshiping Satanist who lived in the same period of history. The fathers of the modern channeling movement were Westcott and Hort and the mothers were the Fox sisters and H.P. Blavatsky. James Web states:

 

Ghost Society [was] founded by no less a person than Edward White Benson, the future bishop of Canterbury. As A.C. Benson writes in his father’s biography, the Archbishop was always more interested in psychic phenomena than he cared to admit. Two members of the Ghost Club became Bishops [Benson and Westcott] and one Professor of Divinity [Hort]. At the same time that they were speaking to demon ghosts, Hort stated that the King James Bible was “VILLAINOUS.”

 

Hort’s son states as follows:

 

Hort seems to have been the moving spirit of … ‘the Bogie Club’, as scoffers called it, [it] aroused a certain amount of derision and even some alarm; it was apparently born too soon.

 

At the same time as they were seeking the “doctrines of devils” Hort was referring to evangelical Christians as “dangerous,” “perverted,” “unsound” and “confused.” In their ghostly paper, Westcott states:

 

But there are many others who believe it possible that beings of the unseen world may manifest themselves to us…Many of the stories current in tradition or scattered up and down in books, may be exactly true…”

 

In an index of The Founders of Psychical Research we find the company with which Westcott and Hort were associated:

 

Automatic Writing, Benson, Biblical Criticism, Mme H.P. Blavatsky, Clairvoyance, ‘Control’ Spirit, Crystalgazing, Charles Darwin, Sigmond Freud, Ghost Club, F.J.A. Hort, Hypnotism, ‘Inspirational’ writing and speaking in early British spiritualism, C.J. Jung, Levitation, J.B. Lightfoot, Mediumship, Mesmerism, Multiple Personality, Plato, Society for Psychical Research, Spiritualism, Swedenborne Society, Synthetic Society, Telepathy, Trance Medium, B.F. Westcott.

 

Next, history goes on to record that Westcott and Hort were involved in the Society for Psychical Research (S.P.R) which, along with H.P. Blataky and her books, Isis Unveiled, and The Secret Doctrine did much to lay the foundation for our modern NEW AGE belief system. These men that created a Greek Text from which all modern Bible copies have been written were heavily involved in the OCCULT. Does this sound like a reliable source for your NIV or other modern day translation of the Bible? This S.P.R., it is reported, was favorable to theosophy [Lucifer Worship].

 

There is so much more that space can hardly do it justice. All of the quotes in this article come from R.A. Riplinger’s book sited at the beginning of this article. Other associations of these “Ghostly Guild” Bible translators are the Eranus Club, the Counsel of Twelve, the New World Order, reading “Goblin Stories” at Christmas, practicing meditation, and even concocting a New Testament Scheme for corrupting the Word of God. Here is how they put their plan to create a corrupt Greek Text that will alter the Bible as we know it:

 

[S]rike blindly… much evil would result from the public discussion…I have a sort of craving that our text should be cast upon the world before we deal with matters likely to brand us with suspicion. I mean, a text, issued by men already known for what will undoubtedly be treated as dangerous heresy will have great difficulty finding its way to regions which it might otherwise hope to reach, and which it would be banished by subsequent alarms…If only we speak our minds, we shall not be able to avoid giving grave offense to…the miscalled orthodoxy of the day…Evangelicals seem to me perverted…There are, I fear still more serious differences between us on the subject of authority and especially the authority of the bible…At present very many orthodox but rational men are being unawares acted upon by influences which will assuredly bear good fruit in due time of the process is allowed to go on quietly; but fear that a premature crises will frighten back many into the merest traditionalism.

 

Did you read what he said? They purposely created a demon inspired text for the Greek that they planned to have out around the world to take the world by deception and craft. Not only did they consort with demons and Lucifer worshipers, but they were known to be sipping the bottle in order to get their jollies while purposely corrupting the Word of God. It is said that J.B. Philips, one of their colleagues daily made angry statements against fundamentalists by calling them “perferid,” “firebreathing” “asses.” They hated fundamentalists. Hort, in writing to a contemporary named Lightfoot states:

 

But why did you send beer (Trinity Ale) instead of coming yourself…Dr. Tregelles…found in the possession of the Bible Society some extremely important palimpsest [New Testament Greek manuscripts which have been erased and written over] of the first eleven chapters of St. Luke…”

 

One of their group admitted to being a drunk and became a spokesman for a brewery. They literally would “nip and snip” while working on their “scheme” of trashing the Bible for coming generations. It is said that the New Greek Text in the Book of Luke and the 1000 verses of the book shows 1000 changes. In fact their entire New Testament text shows 6000 places where their “spirits” changed the original Greek and it had nothing to do with making the Bible more accurate. One of the prominent Greek scholars of the day, John Burgon, Dean of Westminister at the time said this of their lack of scholarship:

 

For the Greek Text which they have invented proves to be hopelessly depraved throughout…[I]t was deliberately invented…[T]he underlying Greek…is an entirely new thing, is a manufactured article throughout…[T]he new Greek Text…is utterly inadmissible…Proposing to inquire into the merits of the recent revision of the Bible, we speedily became aware that…the underlying Greek Text had been completely refashioned throughout. It was not so much a [new version] as a ‘New Greek Text’. The New Greek Text…was full of errors from beginning to end: had been constructed throughout…[I]t was no part of your instructions to invent a new Greek Text, or indeed to meddle with the original Greek at all…[B]y your own confession–you and your colleagues knew yourselves to be incompetent. Shame on…[those] most incompetent men who–finding themselves in an evil hour occupied themselves…with falsifying the inspired Greek Text…Who will venture to predict the amount of mischief which must follow, if the ‘new’ Greek Text…should become used.

 

 

We see this happening today by the sheer volume of new translations printed and the use of these corrupt versions coming from the pulpits of a majority of churches today. There is a sinister genealogy in the influences of these demon inspired writers. It goes from Plato who followed the mind of a demon to Clement and Origen, the school of Alexandrian thought along with Constantine and Philo who was a favorite read for both Blavatsky and Hort. The sad thing about all of this is that the Heretic of the early days of Christianity that left corrupt texts in the trash of Alexandria is now the hero of the Westcot and Hort new corrupt Greek Text. One telling sign of why the newly found “Older” manuscripts of Siniaticus and Vaticanus were found less worn than newer copied manuscripts is that those that were accepted as authentic Bible texts were read more often and when they were copied they were replaced by the new copies and the old worn copies were destroyed. Yet we have drunken, satanic, demon influenced, Ghostly Guild necromancers creating a text that is not from the original with the sinister intent that in generations to come their work may pollute the Scriptures to the extent that a NEW WORLD ORDER will be brought in with an OCCULT BIBLE that fits the age of THE ONE – Anti-Christ. It is totally beyond me why any Bible believing Christian would want to read or preach out of these OCCULT versions of the bible.

 

What is most telling is a peak at the private thoughts of these villains of Biblical corruption which should drive any wise minded Christian back to the only true copy of the Bible that we have in the modern day, the King James Bible (KJV).

 

  1. 1840 – “…he took a strange interest in Mormonism…procuring and studying the Book of Mormon.”
  2. 1842 – “In the evening I go with Tom to the wizard: but he does not dare perform before us.” (Westcott…)
  3. 1845 – Westcott, Hort, and Benson start the ‘Hermes’ Club.
  4. 1846 – Refers to evangelicals as “dangerous” and “unsound.” (Westcott)
  5. 1846 – “New doubts and old superstitions and rationalism, all trouble me…I cannot determine how much we must believe; how much in fact is necessarily required of a member of the church.” (Westcott)
  6. 1846 – In speaking of a heretic Dr. Hampden, he says, “If he be condemned, what will become of me?” (Westcott)
  7. 1848 – Hort refers to the “…fanaticism of bibliolaters.” He remarks, “The pure Romish view seems to me nearer and more likely to lead to truth than the evangelical.” (Hort)
  8. 1850 – Hort speaks of “…confused evangelical notions…” He says, “I spoke of the gloomy prospect should the Evangelicals carry on their present victory.” Westcott was, “troubled in thought about this passage” (blasphemy against the Spirit).” (Westcott)
  9. 1851 – Hort refers to, “the common orthodox heresy: INSPIRATION.” (Hort)
  10. 1851 – Westcott, Hort and Benson start the “Ghostly Guild.” Hort also joins ‘The Apostles’ secret club.
  11. 1852 – Westcott and Hort distribute “Ghostly Guild” literature. Westcott in referring to the traditional Greek Text says, “I am most anxious to provide something to replace them.”
  12. 1853 – “It was during these weeks with Mr. Westcott, who had come to see him, [Hort] at Umbersiacle, that the plan of the Greek Testament was first definitely agreed upon.” (This was when they decided upon the ‘Scheme’ to edit the text, provide commentary, and contribute new grammar.)
  13. 1855 – “How certainly I should have been proclaimed a heretic.” (Westcott)
  14. 1851 – “The principle literary work of these years was the Greek Text of the New Testament….” “Evangelicals seem to me perverted…There are, I fear, still more serious differences between us on the subject of authority, especially the authority of the Bible.” (They plotted to go on quietly so their corrupt translation would slyly work its way into the religious world).
  15. 1860 – “I reject the word infallibility of Holy Scriptures overwhelmingly.”
  16. 1861 – “[T]his may sound cowardice — I have sort of a craving that our text should be cast upon the world before we deal with matters likely to brand us with suspicion. I mean, a text issued by men who are already known for what will undoubtedly be treated as dangerous heresy will have great difficulty in finding its way to regions which it might otherwise hope to reach and whence it would not be easily banished by subsequent alarms.” (Hort)
  17. 1866 – “All the questionable doctrines which I have ever maintained are in it.” (Westcott)
  18. 1870 – “…strike blindly…much evil would result from the public discussion.” (Westcott)
  19. 1871 – “I shall aim at what is transcendental in many peoples eyes…I suppose I am a communist by nature.” (Westcott)
  20. 1872 – Westcott, Hort and Lightfoot begin the Eranus Club (the “we three” of the Ghostly Guild.) Sidgwick and Balfour of the upcoming Society for Psychical Research also join Eranus.
  21. 1881 – “Our Bible as well as our Faith is a mere compromise.” (Westcott)
  22. 1889 – “Life and truth grow more and more mysterious. (Westcott)
  23. 1893 – “He sometimes with much seriousness professed to be much drawn to BEER…” “His zealin the cause of pure BEER involved him in a correspondence which was published in the newspapers in the later part of 1893 and his picture together with some of the following words spoken by him was utilized for the adornment of the advertisement of a brewer of pure beer.” “My idea is that they might have a public house in which good BEER alone would be sold…I consider pure BEER…to be an innocent and wholesome beverage…[S]ubstitutes for malt…is now what the purchaser demands nor expects.” (Westcott letter to Brewer’s Society against inferior BEER)
  24. 1896 – “The Prohibitionists once more showed themselves to be unstatesmanlike…”
  25. 1899 – “But from my Cambridge days I have read the writings of many who are called mystics with much profit.”

 

Now what to you say about your NIV, NASB, NKJV, NRSV, NAB, REB, RSV, CEV, TEV, GNB LIVING, PHILLIPS, NEW JERUSALEM, and NEW CENTURY versions of the Bible? What a fool you are to have been mesmerized by the evil demon spirits that have caused you to swoon while the Word of God has been removed and you are reading just what these Satanic, demonic necromancing drunks and occult promoters who not only corrupted the Word of God but they also fostered the NEW AGE MOVEMENT that will eventually lead to the New World Order of the Anti-Christ. And to think that it was just as the Bible says, Matthew 24:24-28 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (25) Behold, I have told you before. (26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. (27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (28) For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

 

It is time for us to wake up, Judgment day is coming and we need to be reading the HOLY WORD OF GOD, not what Satan, Demons, necromancers, drunks, occult and Bible Translators have created for the NEW AGE LEADER, Lucifer and the Anti-Christ.

Pastor David Williams

2.  New Age Versions Replace Jesus with Satan

The Capstone (Representing Satan) has replaced the Cornerstone

I was shocked today when I was studying what the new translations of the Bible (NIV, SASB) have done to purposely replace Jesus with Satan and also to replace Satan with Jesus.  In the Book of Isaiah 14 where the KJV says in verse 12 that the one that has fallen from heaven is Lucifer, son of the morning….  the new versions have changed the terminology and they have actually removed the word Lucifer completely and in place of Lucifer they have put the phrase “morning star” which is a reference to Jesus in the Bible.  This is so insidious and it has nothing at all to do with translating from the Greek.  The translators are actually New Age zealots that are purposefully trying to create a Bible that all religions will accept, even Muslim, Buddha, Hindu, and more.  They actually believe that it was Jesus that fell from heaven and that Lucifer is The One that is prophesied to come and rule the world.  In fact, dozens of times they have replaced the word God, Jesus Christ, and Jesus along with the pronouns referring to God with the phrase The One which is a reference to Satan.  They even go so far as to say that Satan and Lucifer are different.  In dozens of places in the new translations of the Bible, they use terms that are New Age, the Age of Aquarius, Luciferian, and world New Age.  The best reference for this corruption of our very Bible we read is New Age Translations by Riplinger.

One of the most astonishing things that these New Age Satanist Translators are doing is to change the foundation of the church from Jesus.  The Bible says, “…other foundation can no man lay, … which is Jesus Christ…” and “…upon this rock will I build my church…”  There are five passages in the Bible that specifically refer to Jesus as the chief foundation or corner stone that have been miserably changed by these Satanic inspired translators:

  1. Matthew 21:42  head of the corner changed to capstone
  2. Mark 12:10      head of the corner changed to capstone
  3. Luke 20:17      head of the corner changed to capstone
  4. Acts 4:11         head of the corner changed to capstone
  5. I Peter 2:7       head of the corner changed to capstone
All of these passages have been changed to something that is completely different than what the scriptures intended, namely, that Jesus is the chief corner stone, the head of the corner, the foundation stone, the foundation that no man can lay but is laid by God.  The picture above this article shows an occult symbol, “The All Seeing Eye.”  This is called the “Capstone” of the new age movement and it represents the combining into one of all religions into a mysterious force that is hidden to the point that only the left eye shows and the right eye is blacked out.  This mysterious force and the symbol is the “Capstone” or Satan, called Lucifer in Isaiah 14 who fell from heaven because he wanted to be like God and sit upon the throne of God.  The Tower of Babel in the Bible shows what God thought of the tower that would reach to heaven or have “heaven as the top” or have heaven as the capstone.  It was Satan worship and God put a stop to it.  It is interesting that the only eye that sees is the LEFT EYE.  It seems that the left wing political liberals are truly following this same sinister force, SATAN, Sanat, Santa. No wonder they want a global government and religion.
NIVToday I got out a copy of the NIV that I have for such study and looked up every one of the versed listed and I was in total shock.  They have made Jesus, the “foundation stone” into Satan, the “CAPSTONE.”  I was shocked that “capstone” is in each of the verses listed.  Look at the illustration and tell yourself that that “All Seeing Eye” is Jesus.  That is precisely what the New Age Versions are trying to do.  I truly believe that any church that uses one of these New Age Versions is truly helping Satan build his church.  I don’t see how anyone that uses these translations can be truly saved since calling upon the Lord would be calling upon Satan.  We have a very serious problem in this country.  We are literally creating the religion of the Anti-christ and providing him with members and a version of the Bible that embraces all religions.  The universal church is nothing more than the synagogue of Satan.  The only church mentioned in the Bible before the Book of Revelation was the Local church.  This is why we are starting a local New Testament church, an Independent Baptist Church.  Why?  We believe that a satanic bible and the belief in the universal church indicates that what people call a church is not really a church at all.  It is truly time to “…come out from among them, and be ye therefore separate, saith the Lord….”  No matter where you are or to what church you belong, if they believe in these new age translations or in the Universal Church, get out now before the judgment of God comes on you and your family.  The Bible says that Judgment is coming on the church, the house of God.  Don’t be in one of those false churches with false satanic bibles when the judgment comes.
Pastor David Williams

READING THE BIBLE

Scripture Reading: 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Psa. 119:9-11, 15, 105, 140, 148

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.   (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalms 119:9-11)

I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.  (Psalms 119:15)

NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  (Psalms 119:105)

Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.  (Psalms 119:140)

Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.  (Psalms 119:140)

 

I. THE IMPORTANCE OF READING THE BIBLE

Every Christian should read the Bible because it is ” All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Tim. 3:16). It shows us many things that God has done for us and the way He has led men in the past. If we want to know the riches and vastness of God’s provision for us, we must read the Bible. If we want to see God’s step-by-step guidance for men, we must read the Bible as well.

God’s speaking to man today is based upon what He has already spoken in the past. God rarely speaks things which He has not already spoken in the Bible. (This is why books like the BOOK OF MORMON or the QURAN are considered false teaching.  They don’t match any of the main thought of the Bible.  It is also why the books of the Apocrypha that Catholics use are also rejected by Bible scholars since they also contain thoughts and teachings which are foreign to the whole body of inspired writing in the 66 books that we call the Bible.)  Even though a person may be quite advanced in his spiritual walk, God’s revelation to him will still be confined to the words that He has spoken in the Bible. Hence, God’s speaking today is merely a repetition of His own word. If a person does not know what God has spoken in the past, it is difficult for him to receive His revelation in the present because he lacks the basis for God’s speaking.

Moreover, if God wants to speak something to others through us, He will also do it on the basis of what He has spoken in the past. If we do not know what God has said in the past, He cannot speak through us to others, and we are useless in the eyes of God.

This is why we need to let the word of God dwell in us richly. By letting His word dwell in us richly, we know His past ways and hear His present speaking. Only then can God use us to speak to others.

The Bible is a great book. It is a monumental work. Even if we spent our whole life on the Bible, we could only touch a part of its riches. It is impossible for a person to understand the Bible without spending time to study it. Every young Christian should do his best to labor on God’s Word so that when he grows old, he can nourish himself and supply others with the riches of the Word.

Everyone who wants to know God must study His Word in a serious way, and every believer should realize the importance of reading God’s Word from the very beginning of his Christian life.

II. BASIC PRINCIPLES IN READING THE BIBLE

There are four basic principles in reading the Bible: (1) Discover the facts, (2) memorize and recite the words, (3) analyze, categorize, and make comparisons, and (4) receive God’s enlightening.

We must follow the sequence of these four steps when we read the Bible. We cannot jump from the third to the first step or from the first to the third step. First, discover the facts in the Bible. Second, memorize these facts. We must know and memorize God’s Word accurately and exactly. We cannot afford to leave out or ignore any portion. If we do, our reading will profit little. Third, analyze, categorize, and make comparisons with the facts. After we have analyzed the facts accurately, categorized them properly, and compared them clearly before God, we will have the ground to take on the fourth point—God’s enlightening.

The Bible contains many facts that are spiritual in nature. When a man’s inner eyes are blind, he cannot see these facts. But once he discovers these biblical facts, half of the light contained in the Word will be his. God’s enlightening is just His shining upon the facts that are recorded in His Word. Discovering the facts is half of our job in reading the Bible. When we read the Bible, the first thing we have to do is discover these facts.

For example, gravity is a fact. The law of gravity existed long before Newton, yet for thousands of years no one discovered it. One day, an apple fell on Newton while he was asleep under a tree. Through this he discovered the law of gravity. There is no question about the existence of facts. The question is whether or not these facts have been discovered.

For example, the Bible mentions something in some places and does not mention it in other places. One place mentions one thing while another place skips it. One place says it one way while another place says it a different way. The same word can be in the plural form in one place and in the singular form in another. Sometimes the Bible emphasizes the Lord’s name while at other times it emphasizes a man’s name. Chronology is clearly mentioned in some places, but totally skipped and seemingly neglected in other places. These are all facts.

A person who is good at reading the Bible is surely a careful person before God. He cannot be sloppy or muddled. Every iota or serif of the Bible is unalterable. God’s Word says it, and it is so. The moment God’s Word is opened up, you should know what its emphasis is. Many people are very careless. They listen to men’s words carelessly and read God’s Word carelessly. They do not see what God’s Word emphasizes and are ignorant of the depths in His Word. The first thing a person has to do is discover the facts. Afterwards, he has to memorize these facts and analyze, categorize, and compare them. Only then will he receive light from the Lord. In this way he will get the supply and also supply others. He will receive nourishment and also nourish others.

This is why it is important to use the King James Version of the Bible because all other translations have been taken from the corrupted Westcott & Hort Greek which was purposely altered and changed to alter Biblical teaching and create a complete different meaning than the original Word of God emphasized and intended.  Three examples are the fact that the Holy Trinity is completely removed by leaving out the verse I John 5:7.  Another example of corrupt translating of the Bible is that the word Lucifer is removed from Isaiah 14 and replaced with the word “Morning Star” which refers to Jesus in Scripture.  Also, at least 4 times in the New Testament Jesus is called the occult word “capstone” in place of the original Bible term “foundation stone.”  These are only a few of the thousands of ways the Holy Bible was altered in every translation after the King James and why a serious student or reader of the Bible would never read any other version except the King James Version.  To read a more detailed discussion of this topic, please read Satan, Demons, necromancers, drunks, occult and Bible Translators writing modern Bibles and New Age Versions Replace Jesus with Satan.

Here I will give a simple illustration. If we read the Bible carefully, we will find the New Testament expressions in the Lord, in Christ, in Christ Jesus, etc. It never says in Jesus or in Jesus Christ. It only says in Christ Jesus, not in Jesus Christ. These are facts. We must memorize and jot down these facts one by one. Find where it says in the Lord and what the context is. Find where it says in Christ and what the context is. Find yet another place where it says in Christ Jesus and what the context is. If we know all these portions by heart, we can compare them. Why does it say in Christ in one instance instead of in Jesus? Why does one place say in Christ Jesus and not in Jesus Christ? Why does the Bible never say in Jesus or in Jesus Christ? What is the reason for this? When we analyze and compare the Scriptures in this way, looking to God for enlightenment, we will see something.

Once the light comes, everything will become very clear. Jesus is the name given to the Lord while He was on earth. Christ is the name given to Him after His resurrection when God anointed Him. “God has made Him both Lord and Christ.” Do you remember these words in Acts 2? Christ is the name given to Him in His resurrection. In reading Romans we find the words Christ Jesus, which mean that the Christ today is the very Jesus who was on earth in the past. Christ Jesus is His name today. (This is another place where new translations have altered the Bible by changing these words or leaving something out.)  This means that the Christ today is the very Jesus who was on earth before. His name before resurrection was Jesus Christ. This name implies that Jesus would one day be the Christ. Jesus was His name when He lived on earth as a man. These two expressions—Christ being once Jesus, and Jesus eventually becoming Christ—mean two different things. Moreover, we can only be in Christ, not in Jesus. We can only be in the Lord and in Christ Jesus, not in Jesus Christ. When the Lord was on earth, we could not be in Him. If we had been in Him when He was on earth, we would have taken part in His cross and His redemption. This is contrary to the truth. We have no part in His incarnation at Bethlehem. He was the only begotten Son of God, and we have no part in that.

How then can we be in Christ? First Corinthians 1:30 says, “But of Him [God] are ye in Christ Jesus.” It does not say in Jesus. After the Lord Jesus died and resurrected, we became joined to Him in His resurrection. Through His death and resurrection, God has made Him the Christ, and God has joined us to Him through the Spirit. We received His life at the time of His resurrection. Regeneration does not come through incarnation but through resurrection. Now we should be clear.

This is the way to read the Bible. This is how we study the Bible. First, discover the facts. Then memorize, analyze, categorize, and compare these facts. After this pray to the Lord and wait on Him; He will enlighten you and give you sight. These are the four principles of reading the Bible. We cannot skip any one of them.  And we cannot read from a corrupt translation of the Bible or all these meanings will be altered from their original intent as inspired by God.

Let us give another illustration. Consider the word about the coming of the Holy Spirit in John 14 and 15. In reading these passages, we must pay attention to the promise of the Lord Jesus and discover whether there are any special facts related to it.

John 14:16-20 says, ” And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. ” What facts can we discover here? These sentences first use He or Him but later change to I. There is a change in pronoun. Here is a fact: The words He and Him have been changed to I.

According to the four principles of reading the Bible, how should we deal with this passage? First, we should discover the facts. In this case, the pronoun change from He to I is a fact. Second, we must remember this fact. Third, we must analyze this fact. Here are two Comforters. The Lord says, “I will pray the Father, and He [the Father] shall give you another Comforter.” The word another in the expression another Comforter means this is the second one. “And He [the Father] shall give you another Comforter.” This means that the Father will give a second Comforter. If there is a second Comforter, there must be a first Comforter.

The first thing we can ascertain is that the Lord is speaking of two Comforters. The Lord said that the disciples already had one Comforter, but that He was going to give them another. What kind of Comforter is the second? “… that he may abide with you for ever.” Who is the He? The Lord Jesus said, “…world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.“ Why? “…for he dwelleth with you.” He was with them all the time. The world cannot receive Him and has not even seen Him. What about them? The disciples had seen Him; they knew Him. They knew Him because He was abiding with them all the time.

The Lord said, “…for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” After this point the pronoun He is no longer used. In the next sentence the Lord said, ” I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” In studying this, we find that He is I, and I is He. In other words, while the Lord Jesus was living on earth, He was the Comforter. The Holy Spirit was in the Lord, and the Lord was the Comforter. When the Lord was on earth, the Holy Spirit was in Him; He and the Holy Spirit were one. This is why He said that the disciples beheld Him and knew Him and that He was with them.

But then what happened? The Lord went on to tell them that another Comforter would come. Following His death and resurrection, the Lord said that He would come back to them and that God would give them the Holy Spirit. But how was this to be accomplished? The Lord Himself would come to them again in the Holy Spirit. He did not leave them comfortless. After a little while they would see Him no longer, but then they would see Him again, and He would abide in them. Verse 17 says, “.. he dwelleth with you.” Then verse 20 says, “I in you.” Thus, the I in the second section is the He in the first section. Once we see the change in pronouns, we see the difference in the two Comforters. The first section refers to the Holy Spirit in Christ. The second section refers to Christ in the Holy Spirit. He refers to the Holy Spirit in Christ. I refers to Christ in the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the Lord Jesus in another form. The Son is the Father in another form. In the same way, the Holy Spirit is the Son in another form. There is only a change in form. (And yet they are three separate beings at the same time that they are one. I John 5:7)

From this example we see that the first basic principle in reading the Bible is to discover the facts. If we cannot discover any facts, we cannot expect to receive any light from God. It is not a question of how many times we have read the Bible, but a question of the facts we have discovered through our many times of reading.

Paul was a person who knew how to discover facts. Consider what he said in Galatians 3. He saw from Genesis that God would bless the nations through the seed of Abraham. God used the word seed in its singular form, not in its plural form. This refers to Christ. First, Paul discovered this fact. He saw that the nations would be blessed through the seed of Abraham, and he saw that this was a unique seed. From this he realized that this seed referred to Christ. If it had been plural, it would have referred to the many children of Abraham, that is, the Jews, and the meaning would be completely different. Paul read the Scripture thoroughly and discovered the facts.

In the Bible there are many facts. Whether or not a person is rich in God’s Word depends on how many facts he has discovered. The more facts he discovers, the richer he becomes. If he cannot discover any facts and if he reads through the Bible in a hasty and mindless way, he will not understand much.

In reading the Bible, we must learn to discover the facts. After this we should memorize, analyze, and compare these facts. Finally, we should kneel down before God and ask for light.

III. DIFFERENT WAYS TO READ THE BIBLE

We should read our Bible during two different periods of time. We should have two copies of the Bible for these two occasions. One period can be in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Or we can do both early in the morning by reading one way during the first half of our time and another way during the second half of our time. These two periods of time must be separate. In the morning period or the first half of the early morning reading, we should meditate, praise, and pray as we read the Word, mixing our reading with meditation, praise, and prayer. This period of reading is for receiving spiritual food and for strengthening our spirit. Do not read too much during this time; three or four verses is sufficient. The afternoon time, or the second half of the early morning reading, should be longer. During this time, we should read for the purpose of learning more about God’s Word.

If possible, we should have two Bibles. The Bible used in the first period should not have any marks or notes written in it (except dates, which we will mention later). The Bible used in the second period can contain whatever we have been touched with, either by jotting down notes or by circling or underlining words or passages. The Bible used in the first period can contain dates—dates on which we came across a special verse, made a deal with the Lord, or had a special experience. We should write down the date next to such a verse, indicating that we met God through this verse on that date. Do not write down anything other than dates. The Bible used in the second period is for understanding, and we should write down all the spiritual facts we discover and the light we have received. Now let us discuss the way to read the Bible during these two periods of time.

A. Meditating on the Word
during the First Period of Time

Concerning meditating on the Word, I think the best thing is for me to quote George Müller. He said:

It has recently pleased the Lord to teach me a truth, irrespective of human instrumentality, as far as I know, the benefit of which I have not lost, though now, while preparing the fifth edition for the press, more than fourteen years have since passed away. The point is this: I saw more clearly than ever that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man might be nourished. For I might seek to set the truth before the unconverted, I might seek to benefit believers, I might seek to relieve the distressed, I might in other ways seek to behave myself as it becomes a child of God in this world; and yet, not being happy in the Lord, and not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, all this might not be attended to in a right spirit. Before this time my practice had been, at least for ten years previously, as an habitual thing to give myself to in prayer, after having dressed myself in the morning. Now, I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the word of God, and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed; and that thus, by means of the word of God, whilst meditating on it, my heart might be brought into experimental communion with the Lord.

 

I began therefore to meditate on the New Testament from the beginning, early in the morning. The first thing I did, after having asked in a few words the Lord’s blessing upon his precious word, was, to begin to meditate on the word of God, searching as it were into every verse, to get blessing out of it; not for the sake of the public ministry of the word, not for the sake of preaching on what I had meditated upon, but for the sake of obtaining food for my own soul. The result I have found to be almost invariably this, that after a very few minutes my soul has been led to confession, or to thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication; so that, though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but to meditation, yet it turned almost immediately more or less into prayer. When thus I have been for a while making confession, or intercession, or supplication, or have given thanks, I go on to the next words or verse, turning all, as I go on, into prayer for myself or others, as the word may lead to it, but still continually keeping before me that food for my own soul is the object of my meditation. The result of this is, that there is always a good deal of confession, thanksgiving, supplication, or intercession mingled with my meditation, and that my inner man almost invariably is even sensibly nourished and strengthened, and that by breakfast time, with rare exceptions, I am in a peaceful if not happy state of heart. Thus also the Lord is pleased to communicate unto me that which, either very soon after or at a later time, I have found to become food for other believers, though it was not for the sake of the public ministry of the word that I gave myself to meditation, but for the profit of my own inner man…

 

And yet now, since God has taught me this point, it is as plain to me as anything, that the first thing the child of God has to do morning by morning is, to obtain food for his inner man. As the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time except we take food, and as this is one of the first things we do in the morning, so it should be with the inner man. We should take food for that, as every one must allow. Now what is the food for the inner man? Not prayer, but the word of God; and here again, not the simple reading of the word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts. When we pray, we speak to God. Now, prayer, in order to be continued for any length of time in any other than a formal manner, requires, generally speaking, a measure of strength or godly desire, and the season, therefore, when this exercise of the soul can be most effectually performed is after the inner man has been nourished by meditation on the word of God, where we find our Father speaking to us, to encourage us, to comfort us, to instruct us, to humble us, to reprove us. We may therefore profitably meditate, with God’s blessing, though we are ever so weak spiritually; nay, the weaker we are, the more we need meditation for the strengthening of our inner man. There is thus far less to be feared from wandering of mind than if we give ourselves to prayer without having had previously time for meditation. I dwell so particularly on this point because of the immense spiritual profit and refreshment I am conscious of having derived from it myself, and I affectionately and solemnly beseech all my fellow-believers to ponder this matter. By the blessing of God I ascribe to this mode the help and strength which I had had from God to pass in peace through deeper trials, in various ways, than I had ever had before; and after having now above fourteen years tried this way, I can most fully, in the fear of God, commend it…

 

How different, when the soul is refreshed and made happy early in the morning, from what it is when, without spiritual preparation, the service, the trials, and the temptations of the day come upon one!— George Müller, Autobiography of George Müller, the Life of Trust, 1861, reprinted 1981, pp. 206-10.

 

B. General Reading
during the Second Period of Time

A new believer who recently has received the Lord should not engage himself in intense research of the Bible for at least six months because he is not familiar with the Bible as a whole yet. He should rather spend a few months to read through the whole Bible and familiarize himself with it in a general way. After this he can begin serious study of the Bible.

In familiarizing himself with the Bible, he should read the whole book chapter by chapter, consecutively over and over again. The best way is to decide the number of chapters in the Old and the New Testament one wants to read each day. The reading should neither be too fast nor too slow. It should be regular, continuous, and general in nature. George Müller read the Old and New Testament a hundred times during his lifetime. Those who have just received the Lord should learn to read the Bible and remember the number of times they have read through it. It is good to write a letter to notify a more elderly brother the first time you have finished reading through the New Testament. It is also good to leave a blank page in your Bible to record the number of times you have read through it. You should write the date and the place you finished reading it the first time, the second time, and so on. Each time you finish reading it, you should mark down the occasion. Identify clearly whether it is the Old Testament or the New Testament you have read through. I hope that you, like Mr. Müller, can read through the Bible a hundred times during your lifetime. If a person wants to read through the Bible a hundred times, assuming that he lives for fifty years as a Christian, he will have to go through the whole Bible at least twice a year. You can see why you need to spend much time to read the Bible.

The principle of reading the Bible is to go through it chapter by chapter, over and over again. Those who are more advanced in the Lord should pay attention to the way the newly saved ones read their Bibles. Sometimes it does good to examine the dates recorded in their Bibles, to check how many chapters they read every day, and to find out where they are each week. We should all pay attention to this work and should not slacken. We should remind those who are progressing too slowly, “Half a year has past. How come you have not finished reading the New Testament once yet?”

If a person reads his Bible according to the above way, after some time his knowledge of the Bible will increase. If possible, one should try to memorize one or two verses each day. In the beginning, a person may have to force himself a little to do this. It may come as quite a dull chore. But after some time he will reap the benefit of it.

C. Intense Study
during a Specifically Apportioned Time

The first kind of daily Bible reading—praying and meditating over the Word—is a continuous lifelong practice. The second kind of reading—general reading, involving some kind of Bible study—can begin after at least six months are spent gaining some knowledge of the Bible.

Every Christian should have a definite plan of studying the Bible. If you can set aside half an hour a day, develop a plan to study the Bible for half an hour a day. If you can afford an hour each day, develop a plan that includes an hour of study. Whatever time you can afford, make a plan that will fit your schedule. The worst way to read is by “inspiration,” that is, casual, unplanned reading that begins at whatever page one feels, at times reading voraciously for ten days and at other times not reading anything for ten days. This is the wrong way. We should not adopt this “inspirational” method. Everyone should have a definite plan of reading. In reading the Bible, we need to be restricted and disciplined.

However, do not set too high a standard or too long a time for yourself. If you set too long a time, it will be hard to maintain the schedule. This is worse than having no plan at all. Once you decide to do something, stick to it for five years, ten years, or fifteen years. Do not stop after two, three, five, or six months. This is why you should consider carefully before the Lord the amount of time you should set aside for your study. One hour each day should be quite sufficient. Half an hour may be too short; one may not get much done in half an hour. Of course, if time does not allow you to have an hour, half an hour is still good. One hour, however, is the optimum period of time. If one can afford two hours, it is good. Normally, there is no need to spend more than two hours. We have not seen a brother or sister who studies for three hours a day who can maintain this schedule for long.

There are twenty-eight different ways to study the Bible, which are covered in the book The Ways to Study the Bible. Of the twenty-eight ways, the study of the progression of truth throughout the Bible is the most difficult. For many people, this method should not be attempted until a much later time. The method of word study is a much easier approach. One can also study metals, minerals, numbers, names of persons, geography, etc. These can be supplementary studies; we do not have to devote all our time to these special ways. There are also the chronologies in the Bible. If we have the time, we can take a look at them. Besides these, there are other ways to study the Bible, like studying prophecies, types, parables, miracles, the Lord’s teaching on earth, or doing a book-by-book study, etc. We should go through all these methods one by one.

Let us assume for now that a person has one hour a day to study the Bible. He can allocate his time in the following way:

1. First Twenty Minutes—Studying by Subjects

The experience of some people suggests that an hour of study can be divided into four sessions. The first session of twenty minutes is for studying specific subjects like prophecies, types, parables, dispensations, the Lord’s teachings on earth, or a specific book. One can read all the related passages and find the verses that deal with the subject chosen. If one is trying to study one book at a time, he should select the book he wants to study. He may choose Romans or the Gospel of John. After he finishes one book, he should go on to the next. He should study the whole book and find out the content of each book. If you decide to dedicate twenty minutes of your time each day to this kind of study, do not prolong or shorten it. We must learn to restrict ourselves and never be a careless or loose person.

2. The Second Twenty Minutes—Word Study

The second twenty minutes can be used for word study. There are many special terms like reconciliation, blood, faith, joy, peace, hope, love, obedience, righteousness, redemption, mercy, etc., which are scattered throughout the Bible, and they all are very meaningful. If they are grouped and compiled together, we can get a better grasp of their meaning. For example, we may study the word blood. First, we should jot down all the chapters and verses that mention the blood. Then we should analyze the meaning of each occurrence. What has the blood done for us before God? What type of persons does the blood deal with? What and how much has the blood accomplished for us? In the Old and New Testament, we can find many verses which speak of the blood. We can analyze them all. This cannot be accomplished in one sitting. One cannot hope to see much result on the first day. If he has access to a concordance, he can save much labor.

3. The Third Ten Minutes—Gathering Information

One can choose specific topics and spend the next ten minutes solely gathering information concerning them. There are many topics in the Bible, such as creation, man, sin, salvation, repentance, the Holy Spirit, regeneration, sanctification, justification, forgiveness, freedom, the Body of Christ, the Lord’s coming, judgment, the kingdom, eternity, etc. You can choose certain topics and then gather information about them from the Bible. The most one can handle at one time is five topics; if there are more than five topics, there will be too many clues, and it will be difficult to handle them all at once. Do not gather material for one topic alone; this is too time consuming. One may find material for more than one topic in a chapter. For example, you may be studying about the Holy Spirit. But the particular chapter you are on may not have anything on the Holy Spirit. But you can definitely find other topics in the same chapter. It is not a bad idea to gather information on two, three, four, or five topics at the same time. But do not take more than five at one time.

Each topic may require some time to complete its study. Every day you have to add more material to your study. Write down all the materials (verses) you have gathered, and from these write down the main words and meanings of each passage. It is useless to merely jot down the verses. You must know what the verses are saying. Suppose you are studying the Holy Spirit in Ephesians. In writing down “sealed with the Holy Spirit” in 1:13, you should also write down the meaning of the word seal. First, write down the verse, then the related terms, and finally the meaning of the verse. You should gather all the information this way. One day when you need to deal with such a topic, these materials will be on hand for you to apply.

4. The Fourth Ten Minutes—Paraphrasing

The final ten minutes can be used to paraphrase the Bible. This exercise is very useful. Paraphrasing the Bible gives fresh insight into a passage. By paraphrasing the Bible with simple words, we express a passage in a way that others can understand at a glance.

For example, you may be doing a chapter-by-chapter study of the book of Romans. If a teen-ager comes and says, “I have read Paul’s word in Romans, but I cannot understand it,” you will have to think of some ways to explain this book to him using your own words. A paraphrase is not a commentary; you are merely using your own words to convey what Paul said so that those who do not understand it can understand. In order to do this, you have to learn to paraphrase the Bible with your own words. Take the book of Romans and try to paraphrase it with your own words. Paul wrote the Epistles in his words. Now you should try to write the same thing in your own words. Try your best to do this. Do it properly and intelligently so that you can understand it and so that other brothers and sisters who read it can understand it as well.

Such paraphrasing will show how well we know the Scriptures. Using our own words to reiterate the apostles’ thought is a good way to prepare us for biblical exposition. Paraphrasing is the first step; exposition is the second step. First we should learn to paraphrase the text of the Bible with our own words. Our training before God must be in the proper order. Do not try to expound the Bible before learning to paraphrase it; this is too hasty. Learn to paraphrase the Bible first and then learn to expound it. If we cannot paraphrase the Bible well, it is impossible for us to expound it well. We must paraphrase first and then expound. We must all learn this basic lesson. First, paraphrase Paul’s Epistles, then paraphrase the remainder of the New Testament.

In paraphrasing the Bible, try to avoid using the words of the Bible. Use your own words instead. The main lesson to learn here is to express the meaning of a passage with words that are within your grasp. After you have tried one book, you will know how precious the experience is and how profitable the exercise is. A careless and sloppy person cannot paraphrase the Bible. You must pray much before the Lord and read the Bible properly before you can paraphrase it correctly. After you finish a book, go back and revise your work once or twice, modifying it with appropriate words and polishing your sentences. This will give you a better impression of the book, and you will come to know what the apostles were talking about. You need to paraphrase a passage before you can have a deep impression of it.

In order to paraphrase the Bible, one must first study it thoroughly. He must understand what a passage says and what is implied in the passage. He can then incorporate all his knowledge into his paraphrase. This requires a thorough understanding of a verse. A person can only paraphrase the Bible when he has a clear grasp of what it says. Through practicing a little every day, and through careful reading and meticulous writing, one will eventually be able to paraphrase one of Paul’s Epistles. He will then be able to understand Paul’s word and will be able to use other words to convey the same meaning.

We have mentioned four things already. First, study by topic; second, do a word study; third, gather information; and fourth, paraphrase. We should go through all twenty-eight methods one by one. A definite schedule of Bible study is an exercise for us. We must gird up our loins, be restricted and regulated before the Lord, and not be loose. If we have made up our mind to study for an hour, keep this hour. We should not shorten or lengthen the time, unless we are sick or on vacation. Other than such exceptions, we should always keep our schedule. If we persist in this exercise daily, we will soon reap the harvest.

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(I would like to caution against putting too much emphasis on paraphrasing the Bible because the exact words of the Bible are written the way they are for a reason.  As long as the paraphrase does not take away the original meaning of the scripture, there is no harm.  However, great harm has been done by some who have written paraphrases of the Bible and caused people to read that as a version of the Bible but a careful study of these paraphrases has revealed that too many times the paraphrase has taken away the original intent of the scripture.  Also, a new tool has been created since Watchman Nee wrote these lessons which will greatly help in doing word studies, researching meanings, and much more.  The tool is called e-Sword, The Sword of the Lord with an Electronic Edge.  I have given you the link here to download this great software which is completely free.  In addition, once you have downloaded e-Sword, there are dozens of dictionaries, commentaries, and other books which have been linked with every verse of scripture.  There are even Greek and Hebrew commentaries and dictionaries linked to the English version.  I highly recommend this for the Bible Study part of your Bible reading sessions.  I have used e-Sword for many years in writing of sermons and Bible lessons.  May the Lord Bless you as you use this fantastic tool for His Glory.) 

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