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MEV Critique

Today, ….well, ok… yesterday… It’s now 12:18AM and it was yesterday that my copy of the Modern English Version Bible arrived in the mail.  Though I am very Pro-King James Version, I do not consider myself KJV-Only.  I am more along the line of Textus Receptus-Only, and the MEV does claim to derive from the TR.

YAY!!!!

So, I paid the money, ordered a copy, and today… well, yesterday it arrived.

Now that it’s nice and peaceful, everyone is tucked in bed, my sisters cockatoo isn’t screaming her head off, I can kick back and relax and read my new addition to the library.  I really do want to be objective, so I go through my routine key check marks (Luke 2:22; Luke 2:33; Malachi 2:16, etc.) and they all check out fine.  I did notice that the MEV does sway from the exact translation of Galatians 3:22, where modern translations translate πίστεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ “faith in Jesus Christ” instead of the more accurate literal translation “faith of Jesus Christ”, but I expected this, and was not surprised.

What did surprise me showed up in a location I did not expect.  In the Introduction to the Book of Genesis, a statement is made:

Genesis was probably written between 1440 and 1400 BC.  Jewish tradition and the New Testament writers attribute this book to Moses.  Since secondary sources and edited comments are included, Moses may be responsible for the core of the writing and may have used other sources for the events that preceded him. ….

Notice the wording in this introduction.  Notice the subtle doubts laid out by the author of these words.

  • Moses MAY be responsible for the CORE of the writing of the book?
  • Moses MAY have used other sources?
  • What other sources other than God Himself would Moses have used?

You see, the devil is a very subtle enemy.  He will slip in quietly and try to get you to question God’s Word.

Genesis 3:1
1 …And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said…

Now, we beg the question here… go ahead… ask it, …  Did Moses write the ENTIRE book of Genesis or did he just write the CORE?  How about we see what the Bible says.

Witness #1 – Moses Claims to Have Been Ordered to Write Down the Books

Exodus 17:14
14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

Numbers 33:2
2 And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the LORD: and these are their journeys according to their goings out.

Witness #2 – Joshua is a Witness that Moses Was the Author

Joshua 8:31
31 As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.

Joshua 23:6
6 Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;

Witness #3 – The Old Testament Chroniclers Bear Witness that Moses Was the Author

1 Kings 2:3
3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:

2 Kings 14:6
6 But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

1 Chronicles 22:13
13 Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.

Ezra 6:18
18 And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.

Nehemiah 13:1
1 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;

Witness #4 – The Old Testament Prophets Bear Witness that Moses Was the Author

Daniel 9:11
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.

Malachi 4:4
4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

Witness #5 – Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself Bears Witness that Moses Was the Author

Matthew 8:4
4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Mark 12:26
26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

Luke 16:29
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

Luke 24:27
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

John 5:46
46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

John 7:22
22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.

I could include Luke as a sixth witness (Acts 15:1; 28:23) and Paul as a seventh witness (Romans 10:5; 10:19; 1Cor 9:9; 2Cor 3:15), but by now you should be getting the point, which is – WHO WILL YOU BELIEVE?

  • Do you believe a scholar who is basing their authority on their intellect? or…
  • Are you going to believe the Bible as the literal Word of God?

It’s a simple question that begs a simple answer?  WHO WILL YOU BELIEVE?

When I purchased my copy of the MEV, I expected Satan’s attacks to come from the translations.  I prepared myself for this, and this is where my strengths lie.  I was caught off guard momentarily when I discovered to my sorrow that such an introduction would be used, because I actually thought that Bible scholars who would take the time and effort to use the correct Greek text would naturally lean toward a literal view of Scripture.

Am I wrong?

 
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Posted by on 9-April-2016 in Uncategorized

 

The Mark of the Beast and Salvation

Tonight, while prepping for another class, I ran across a radio interview of Jimmy DeYoung, where he and John MacArthur both claim that anyone who takes the Mark of the Beast during the Great Tribulation could still possibly be saved afterwards.  Though I personally would like to agree with them, as a student of Scripture, it is absolutely critical that I side on the side of God’s Word.

As most of my readers know by now, I take a literal interpretation of the Bible.  I don’t go chasing after the most popular view, nor do I side with any denomination.  Unless Scripture says it’s a simile or something not to be taken literally, we must take everything in the Bible literally.

Now, why should we believe that anyone who takes the Mark of the Beast during the Great Tribulation, can never be saved?  Let’s do what Jimmy DeYoung says, and “Look at the Book.”

I.  WHAT IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST

First off, What is the Mark of the Beast?  The answer is found in Revelation 13.

Revelation 13:11-18
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

This passage talks about the Second Beast, also known as the False Prophet.  He creates a religious cult around the First Beat, or Anti-Christ, by showing great signs and wonders, setting up a great idol of the Anti-Christ, and forcing everyone to worship it.  This Second Beast also sets up a personal identification system, which places the Mark of the Beast on his worshipers, allowing them to do trade and business in the Beast’s empire.  Mind you, this mark is purely voluntary, and you don’t have to get it, BUT you will not be allowed to by groceries or use the ATM machine without it.  You will be an outsider, and a cast-away. Eventually, you will be marked as a dissident, and one who needs to be hunted down and exterminated, just like the Jews were during World War 2.

And the actual number, 666; what does it mean?  Well that’s easy, because God’s Word tells us what that means: it’s the number of a man!  You see, the Second Beast is going to be doing a lot of signs and wonders.  The Anti-Christ is going to set himself up as God himself!  But the Bible wants you to be very very clear that this is only a man.  He is nothing more.

Yet, when a person takes the Mark of the Beast, they are choosing to:
a.)  Tie their allegiance with the Anti-Christ
b.)  They must publicly worship the Beast and his image.
c.)  And they must openly reject and deny any allegiance to the true Christ.
This is not forced upon them.  They are not shackled, tied down, and forced to take this mark. It must be their own willful and conscientious decision.

II.  THE CONTROVERSY 

Now here is the part where some theologians might be able to argue about whether or not EVERYONE who takes the Mark of the Beast has no hope of salvation.

Revelation 14:9-10
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Revelation 16:2
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Some might think this to be referring to the continuation of the Great Tribulation.

I must admit, I don’t know what they reasoning is behind Brother DeYoung’s or John MacArthur’s logic, because I have not had the opportunity to go through their entire reasoning, but looking at the passage with an objective eye, I might conclude that this is where they might be coming from.

From a Human Perspective, I would love to agree with therm!  God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell, and that all would be saved (1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9).  But the truth must be clung to and advanced.

III.  THE TRUTH

Let’s go back to Revelation 14, and add just one more verse.

Revelation 14:9-11
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Verse 11 adds one more comment, that “the smoke of their torment will ascend up forever and ever”.  As we already know, The Great Tribulation doesn’t last for ever, but ends when the true Christ returns and sets up His Millennial Kingdom.  And this term is used in Isaiah 43:10, Revelation 14:11, and Revelation 19:3, all of which are referring to eternal judgment.  To remove eternal judgment from this one verse would automatically demand us to question the doctrine all-together.

Yet, this idea of those who took the Mark of the Beast being universally condemned is not standing on Revelation 14:11 alone.

Revelation 20:4
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

If you had survived and NOT taken the Mark of the Beast, then you would enter into the Millennial Kingdom.  If you had taken the Mark, then you had made your choice, and your soul would be awaiting judgment.

Brother and Sister in Christ, Please, I beg you not to give the lost any false hopes of redemption!  What horror it will be to think that they could live through the wrath of God’s anger during the Great Tribulation, openly ally themselves with the Anti-Christ, and then seek asylum in God’s kingdom!  As ambassadors of Christ, we do not have the right to voice our opinions, but openly and publicly declare the whole truth of God’s Word.

Without Christ, there is no salvation.
Without Christ, there is no future.
Without Christ, there is no hope.

 
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Posted by on 6-April-2015 in Uncategorized

 

Psalm 1

Am attempting to figure out how to share my audio recordings and I’m not quite sure how to go about it. Ideally, I would love to have it automatically set up where it would be attached to an audio widget. Since I am using box.net it allows me to give a link, but is sort of not what I wanted (an embedded audio widget).

Here is the link: https://app.box.com/s/9bqsad8t31vc0tj8czws

 
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Posted by on 3-February-2014 in Uncategorized

 

Not Just “For Us”…

Romans 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? [KJV]

32  ὅς γε τοῦ ἰδίου υἱοῦ οὐκ ἐφείσατο, ἀλλ᾽ ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν πάντων παρέδωκεν αὐτόν, πῶς οὐχὶ καὶ σὺν αὐτῷ τὰ πάντα ἡμῖν χαρίσεται; [Textus Receptus]

He who indeed did not spare His own Son, BUT did deliver him up in behalf of us all, how shall He not also with him the all things grant to us? [JCH]

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…for us all – (ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν πάντων) – Normally this would be a Dative based Clause (ἡμῖν πᾶσι), but it is not.  This is a Genitive based Prepositional Clause.  Rather than have it translated as the English would show it as, “for us all,”  the Genitive Clause demands that it is rendered, “in behalf of us all.”

God sent His son, not just “for us”, but more importantly, He sent His only-begotten son “in behalf of us” or in our place.  This is what verse 32 is revealing.

 
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Posted by on 10-August-2011 in Uncategorized

 

A Command, NOT an Exhortation

Matthew 19:4-6
4  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

In the Greek, we have a verbal mood called a Subjunctive.  It’s the verb which carries the “may, might, or shoulds.”  An example of a Subjunctive is, “I might arrive on time,” or, “they should obey the laws.”  Dana and Mantey refer to it as the mood of mild contingency or the mood of probability. (Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament, MacMillan Publishing, New York. paragraph #163.)

A Hortatory Subjunctive is a Subjunctive Verb, in the 1st Person Plural, used when one exhorts others to participate with him in any act or condition (ibid. #163(1)).  An example is, “let us hold fast our profession” (Hebrews 4:14).  In the English, this sense of mild contingency is brought out with the word, “let.”

In Matthew 19, The Pharisees came to Jesus and confronted Him on his views of divorce.  During this time, a man could divorce his wife for any reason.  If she did not please him, he could divorce her.  If she burnt the toast and boiled the coffee too long, the man could divorce her.  The Pharisees, wanting an edge on Jesus, confronted Him on what HIS views were.  After some bantering about on what Moses said, Jesus brings the whole matter to a head.

Matthew 19:4-6
4  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

In this Jesus points out several important factors: 1.) Marriage belongs to God (and not to man); and 2.)  when a man and woman (not a man to a man or a woman to a woman), they become one flesh.  But one other factor is brought in, where the English does not bring out.  It is found in verse 6:

Matthew 19:6
6  … What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

In the English, we would read this as a Hortatory Subjunctive, where Jesus might be exhorting us or encouraging us to not divorce.  But the Greek has it completely different!  Let me show you.

ὥστε οὐκέτι εἰσὶ δύο, ἀλλὰ σὰρξ μία· ὃ οὖν ὁ θεὸς συνέζευξεν ἄνθρωπος μὴ χωριζέτω. (Mat 19:6 SCR)

Granted, some of you might not be fluent in Koine Greek.  I place this in here to be accountable to hose who do have such a working knowledge.  The whole point is that this Greek verb (χωριζέτω) is not a Hortatory Subjunctive, but an Imperative (or a command).

The correct English is, “do not allow man to put asunder.

This is not some exhortation or encouragement, but a command from the lips of our Lord and King Jesus Christ,

ANY Christian who allows, or justifies unScriptural divorce and remarriage* is in direct conflict with God’s Word and our Lord.

May God have mercy on them.

 

* God’s Word does allow for certain cases of divorce:  1.) reasons of fornication (Matt. 5:32; Matt. 19:9) and 2.) the departing of an unbeliever (1 Cor. 7:15).  But it is critical to note, that while He allows such, it does not mean that He commands it.

 
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Posted by on 3-August-2011 in Uncategorized

 

Romans 1-6 Translations and Commentaries

My apologies for not posting any articles for a while, but I wanted to announce that the class notes for BI-412: Paul’s Epistle to the Romans is now freely available.

Just head over to the Class Notes Tab and download your copy.

 
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Posted by on 20-April-2011 in Uncategorized

 

Class Notes on Biblical Hermeneutics

After a year of teaching out of the book of Revelation, I had set my sites on beginning studies in Paul’s epistle to the Romans.  We had finished last week (27OCT2010) and the following Wednesday (3NOV2010) is right before our church’s Revival Services, throughout the second week of November.  Rather than start Romans this Wednesday, stop for Revival, and then pick it up again the following week, Pastor Carlson suggested that I do a one day class on Hermeneutics and begin Romans afterward.

This was wonderful I thought!  I am always eager to teach, and I have found that God repeatedly directs me through authority.

Originally, I had planned on compiling a 3-5 page outline on the subject, especially since the class is only an hour long.  I prayerfully began to compile notes, obtaining ideas from my library and good theological websites.  Now, only a couple of hours before the start of class I have finished, with the complete outline running just over 18 pages!  I have a tendency to provide more material than what can fit in a 60 minute class, and this was no exception.

Ah well.

My notes can be grabbed here, if you want them, or head over to BibleBlogger’s Class Notes Page.  My heart’s desire is that God would be glorified through this material and that it will help Bible-believing God-fearing Christians in their walk with their savior.

 
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Posted by on 3-November-2010 in Uncategorized