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Example Of The Bereans, TV Dinners And American Christianity Modern NCRAP Versions, Godly Guidance Or Footnotes?, Serious Omissions In NCRAP Versions, Our Web Site, Attack On Jesus' Unique Status, Historical Recap Of The Conspiracy, Modern Bible Publishers And Their Goal, KJV - A Very Anti-Semitic Book. Jewish Controllers, Philip And The Ethiopian Eunuch, Respect For God's Word, Divine Inspiration Of God's Word Some Tough Questions, God's Last Warning, Closing Remarks
As I concluded in part three, it is only those dedicated mountaineers, who are willing to make the spiritual trek up the steep mountain trail, who are rewarded with the true riches of God's Holy Word. Thank the Lord that, even in our modern day, there are still those few people who follow the example of the Bereans found in Acts chapter seventeen; and who don't allow themselves to be easily deceived by every fast-talking preacher who comes along with a new doctrine, or by some money-minded Bible publisher who offers them a more modern version of the Holy Scriptures. In the Book of Acts we read:
"And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
Acts 17:10-11, KJV
These gold-miners of the Spirit enjoy delving into the deep wonders of His Word. To such people, my writings only serve as a supplementary diet, and as spiritual snacks, and maybe even as a confirmation of what they have already discovered in His Word, because they have already grown up spiritually; and they know how to find the spiritual food for themselves.
But sadly, this is not so for many people in the Christian West, particularly in the United States of America. They want everything served on a silver platter for them; like those very popular "TV dinners"; already half-cooked and interpreted for them, in easy-to-understand modern words; even if the original meaning has been changed; or even if some important words or entire verses have been omitted; or even if the Power of the Spirit has been lost, or even if a few notes have been taken out of the song. Some of them are so spiritually out of tune already, that they won't notice anyway. They will just keep on going through the motions of being Christians, singing those same old dirges in their off-key Babylonian confusion, never even realizing that something is terribly wrong; never even realizing that they are no longer the great Christian nation that they claim to be; at least not until they feel the Heavy Hand of the Lord!
Satan has blinded their hearts through their affluence, and he has fed them his lethal poison in all of those Bible look-alikes called the modern translations. As my regular readers know, while the big Bible publishers like to refer to their doses of devilish doctrine as the NIV, or the NKJV, or the NASV, I prefer to place them all in one neat little category which I refer to as the NCRAP versions; which stands for New Corrupted Revised And Perverted versions; because that is precisely what they are. They are like the neat, pre-fabricated meals which are conveniently served at fast-food restaurants, which are full of growth hormones, grease and cholesterol, sugar and other health-robbing chemicals! In these modern versions, everything is already prepared for the reader, with footnotes at the bottom, and personal commentaries in the margins, so that nothing is left to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The unsuspecting reader is told exactly what he should believe as he reads; and surely the Bible publisher couldn't be wrong, could he? As in the food we eat, so too in our study of the Bible, convenience seems to be the word of the day; even if it is at the expense of sacrificing doctrinal purity!
This brings us to one of the final points I wish to discuss in this current series. Some of the people who attack the KJV, will argue that if our primary goal as Christians is to win souls to the Kingdom of God, then it is only logical that we should want to use a version of the Bible which is more easily understood by the masses, and which easily conveys the Salvation message. Personally, I do not accept this argument for one minute; and if some of these people who make this claim would seriously, and sincerely, take the time to study more closely the obvious differences between the KJV Bible, and some of these other modern translations, they would quickly realize how deceitful these other versions really are.
At this point, some of you who resist my words are probably saying to yourselves, "Alright, Bill; so what are all of these terrible differences which you claim exist between your beloved KJV and all of the other versions?". Obviously, due to the fact that there are literally hundreds of English translations of the Holy Bible on the market today, for me to list all of the differences which exist between even just a few of them, would require a great deal of time and space. Having said that, I enourage you to visit some of the other websites which are dedicated to fully exposing the spiritual treachery of these other modern counterfeit Bibles.
If you take up this challenge, what you will discover is that many key words and phrases which are found in the KJV Bible, which help to emphasize the Divinity of Christ, the important relationship that He has with the Father, and the significance of His sufferings as a necessary part of God's Plan of Salvation, are either completely omitted in the NCRAP versions, or else they are changed to words which, in my view, carry a lot less spiritual impact. These include such words and phrases as God, Jesus Christ our Lord, Jesus Christ, Jesus, Christ, the Lord, Holy Spirit, the blood, etc. In some instances, where such words are not completely omitted, they are replaced with he, the one, the spirit, and similar less emphatic words. Finally, in some of the NCRAP versions of the Bible, certain verses which are included in the actual text of the King James Version of the Bible, are relegated to footnotes, as if they are of lesser importance, or are of doubtful authenticity.
To the honest seeker of truth, it becomes very clear that someone has made an intentional effort to purposely demote the status of Jesus Christ. This being the case, how can those who attack the KJV Bible, possibly claim that the newer NCRAP translations more clearly explain the message of Salvation? It is a complete lie! Please note that while I have emphasized the deficiency of these other verses as they relate to God's Plan of Salvation, these are not the only corruptions found in the modern versions. There are many more; some of them quite contradictory to what is stated in the KJV; which you will discover as you begin your research.
This leads us into our final point of discussion for this series: Who is behind this conspiracy and widespread onslaught of God's Holy Word, and why are they doing it? As I have already pointed out, Satan the adversary is most definitely the spiritual force who has inspired this war against the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have also seen that since some two thousand years ago, he has employed the services of the antichrist Jews in order to try to defeat God's Divine Purposes. From verbal attacks on Jesus Christ, they soon graduated to treachery and murder. When that failed, they relied upon bribes to silence the witness of those who knew the truth regarding the Resurrection. Next, they began their verbal assaults against the fledgling Church. When that failed to work, they resorted to more persecution and murder, such as in the case of the stoning of Stephen, the beheading of James, and the pharisaical Saul persecuting the Early Church. But there again, persecution only seemed to increase the Christian numbers; and that is when the Jews decided upon the most subtle forms of attack of all: infiltration into the flocks, and spreading false confusing doctrine by word of mouth, as well as by creating false gospels, or ancient NCRAP versions, which would endure long past their physical lifetimes.
Today, as I mentioned earlier in this series, the very same technique continues to be employed by those who would corrupt the truth of God's Word. Some time ago, I read a commentary which stated that there is a concerted effort amongst some of the large American Bible publishers, to slowly, but totally, remove the KJV Bible from circulation; and I might add that, from all indications, they are most assuredly succeeding at their goal! Why is there this major modern attack on the KJV Bible? Might one reason be because it is the only English language Bible which does not have a copyright, and thus can be freely copied and distributed by anyone, to anyone in the world? Might it have something to do with the fact that the continued popularity of the KJV Bible places a big dent in the potential profits made by some of these large Bible publishers who sell these hundreds of other NCRAP versions? Just imagine how much profit these companies must be earning through the sale of so many different versions of the Sacred Text. It must be enormous!
To take this thought a step further, might this campaign against the KJV Bible be fueled by some of these large Bible publishers, because they are controlled by persons who hate the glaring truth and purity which is found only in the KJV Bible? The truth of the matter is that the KJV Bible is a very anti-semitic book! It exposes the many sins, failures and rebellions of the Jewish people against their Creator. The simple truth of the matter is that this campaign began some two thousand years ago with the Jews, and today, it continues with them as well; because they are the ones who own most of the large publishing houses which are found throughout the Jewish-controlled United States of America! They are the behind-the-scenes controllers whose forefathers murdered Jesus Christ, and who today continue to conspire against the printed Word of God as well!
To conclude this series, the Lord inspired me to create the following fictitious scenario. If nothing else has struck home with you in this series, perhaps the following might shock you into understanding the seriousness of this matter, and how dangerous it is to tamper with the Word of God. We open to the account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch found in the eight chapter of the Book of Acts:
"And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. Then saith Philip unto him, it is not meet that thou shouldest have such difficulty in understanding the word of the Lord. Behold, name me a fair price, and I will accompany thee to Ethiopia, that I may resolve this matter for thee. And the eunuch named him a fair price, and Philip accompanied him into his own land, that he might commence the work which had been placed upon him. And it came to pass at the end of a short season, that Philip presented the finished work unto the eunuch: And upon reading the work which had been made ready by Philip, the eunuch exclaimed, Thou hast indeed done a mighty work! Surely the prophet Esaias would be pleased with the many improvements thou hast made to his noble endeavors. Behold, I will pay unto thee double because of the excellency of thy work! Then Philip, after receiving the bag of gold, taketh him aside and saith unto him, Behold, there is yet but one matter to attend to. Drawing near to the eunuch so that he might speak to him privately, Philip saith unto him, It is not meet that there should be two copies of the writings of the prophet Esaias in the land. Let us beseech the queen, that she will declare an edict, so that this old version of the writings of the prophet Esaias may be thoroughly removed out of the land of Ethiopia. But surely she will not agree to such a thing, for she is a woman of great virtue, answereth the eunuch. With a slight gleam in his eye, Philip saith unto him, Yea, my friend, but there is a profit to be made in this my version, and not in the other. And with that, the eunuch nodded in agreement as they approached the court of the queen."
Acts 8:26-40, WW's NCRAP Version
Now isn't that rather shocking? Imagine if such an event had actually occurred almost two thousand years ago. The Ethiopians might still be reading a counterfeit version of the Book of Isaiah, at the expense of a very rich queen and the cohorts in the money-making scheme. Of course, we know that this isn't what really happened. Let us now resume the story after Philip got up into the eunuch's chariot:
"The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea."
Acts 8:32-40, KJV
As we can see, when the eunuch expressed difficulty at understanding the words of the Prophet Isaiah, Philip didn't say, "You know, you are right; Isaiah didn't do a very good job of explaining the sufferings of Christ, did he? Some of those words he used are a little outdated, and some people just might not fully understand God's Plan of Salvation. I'll tell you what; pay me a good price, and I will simply write you an easier version to read. Not only that, but since I am going to write this for you, and not the original Prophet, I will own the copyright to it; and thus, we will be able to sell it and make some money from it at the same time. Of course, we will have to somehow get rid of that original version, so that we don't have any competition, or raise any suspicions".
My friends, Philip had utmost respect for the Word of the Lord. Like Peter and Paul who wrote the following verses, he believed absolutely in the Divine Inspiration of the Prophet Isaiah's words. He knew that they were God-breathed; that is, God-inspired:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
2 Timothy 3:16, KJV
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
2 Peter 1:21, KJV
Can any of you reading this, who criticize the Authorized King James Version of the Bible, honestly tell me that you feel the same way regarding those who take upon themselves today, the liberty to tamper with God's Word, by omitting entire verses, or by taking out key words and phrases, or by replacing certain important words with words which convey a lesser meaning, and thus reduce Christ and His message to a lesser status? Can you honestly tell me that you believe that this butchering of God's Holy Word really has no effect on the spiritual impact of the written text, or in what is transmitted to the modern reader? Can you honestly tell me that you believe in your heart, that God-fearing men would do this to His Holy Word? If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, then I fear that you are just as guilty as they are. You must likewise not have a very reverential fear of the Lord. In the Old Testament, just touching the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the Holy Writs, was punishable by death, as we see in this story:
"Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God."
2 Samuel 6:1-7, KJV
Most Christians are also aware of the somber warning which the Lord attached to the Book of Revelation. Its contents is so sacred, its inspiration so holy, and its message so important to the Lord, that He wanted to make sure that it was left intact, and preserved without corruption, for we, its readers of the Endtime. Thus we read:
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
Revelation 22:18-19, KJV
When the eunuch requested Philip's assistance, Philip immediately did as he requested, mounted his chariot, and then began to patiently explain to him what the Prophet Isaiah was writing about, until the eunuch reached a point where he was ready to accept the Gift of Salvation. This is the proper way to teach someone the Bible. It requires a lot of love, patience, energy, time and self-sacrifice. Notice that we are told that Philip had to actually run in order to catch up with the chariot. The Lord said "Go!", and Philip ran! How many of us are so willing, and so obedient to the Lord's Call? How many of us have so much love in our hearts for the lost, and are so eager to do the Master's Will, that we are willing to drop whatever we are doing, in order to reach one of His dear sheep; even if it does inconvenience our own lives? Lord help us all! As the Apostle Peter wrote:
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"
1 Peter 3:15, KJV
Only God knows how many golden witnessing opportunities we have let slip by due to our own selfishness, or because we are worried about what someone might think of us for being so bold as to witness to them, or to offer them one of our tracts. As we read in the Old Testament:
"He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
Psalms 126:6, KJV
One thing we have certainly seen, is that the proper way to instruct a person in God's Word, is not by rewriting it in a more modern language; thereby possibly corrupting it, and causing it to lose some of its spiritual impact. As I have pointed out earlier, the further we move away from the First Century, the more opportunity there is for corruption in the Word of the Lord. What I find interesting, is that this is also a scientific principle. The further one moves away from a particular event, the more distorted, and weakened, the effects become, until the effect finally dissipates; just as when one casts a stone into a mud puddle. Eventually, the small ripples subside and disappear.
In a spiritual sense, if we compare the spirit of the world, and particularly what was happening in European Christianity almost four hundred years ago, with the spirit of the world today, and what is happening in modern America, personally, I would much rather trust in the sound judgment, and in the Divine Inspiration of those learned men under King James, than in any American Biblical translator today. How about you? This is not to say that I believe that the King James Bible is a perfect work; for indeed, it was translated by fallible men who were not only not perfect, but who were in fact under certain political and religious influences at the time of the translation. However, I still believe that the KJV is the most inspired English translation of the Bible available to modern man; and I believe that it contains and preserves the full essence of what God wanted for us to know and to understand. If we were all to believe and live by it precepts, surely it would make a positive difference.
With these thoughts, I am going to bring another series to a close. I truly hope that it has been a blessing in your life; that it will cause you to seriously consider which version of the Bible you use in your daily studies, and that perhaps it will even motivate you to further look into this matter, if you are not yet convinced of my conclusions.
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