Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on February 16, 2012 at 10:40 PM|
Are you like me? I know almost nothing about Biblical Hebrew and Greek. I survived a public school education that has at least afforded me the luxury of reading my favorite book, the Holy Bible, in the language I speak, English. I have set sail, in this article, to present to other English speaking believers—who, like me, trust the Authorized King James Bible as God’s final authority, but, also like me, are providentially lacking the linguistic prowess and familiarity the original languages might bring—why there are advanced revelations in it that cannot be found in any other English version or, for that matter, the Hebrew or Greek they were derived from.
Taking my cue from the Apostle Paul, who said “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” and believing what I’ve been shown over the years by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, I thought I might be helpful by explaining and giving examples of what is meant when someone says the King James Bible has advanced revelations in it.
Borrowing a few words, here… “No one is talking about extra biblical revelation such as is found in the book of Mormon or dreams and visions that appear to the average Pentecostal or Charismatic preacher after eating too much pizza with anchovies, the night before. Advanced revelation is revelation from God that is found in a King James Bible that all of the scholars looking at the original languages have failed to find because they were too busy mining for ‘gold nuggets’ in the ‘originals.’”
God is bigger than you and me, friend. And, He is bigger than our thinking. Consider this: before we were saved, God orchestrated every detail on how He would transmit His word to the world and never asked our opinion, one time, on how it should be done. Past, present and future, He wrote those words in Eternity and watched them disseminate, in time, to men of every age.
Since there are no originals available, today, we will examine this issue in light of God’s word. The only Scriptures available on this subject are found in Jeremiah Thirty-six. There, we read, when the original was destroyed, God repeated the exact same words to His prophet, adding several additional words besides. (Verse 32) Take note, the SECOND copy did not match the ORIGINAL.
Before I give you some examples of what is meant by “advanced revelation,” I’d like to conclude my introduction by saying that we all have to determine, by simple empirical investigation, exactly where, today, God’s word is. Then, ask your self these important questions. “Is scholarship better today than it was during the day the King James Bible was produced?” and, “Why does every other English version that follows the Hebrew and Greek text differ on a number of essential words that are only found in the English Authorized Version?”
The Old Testament Hebrew manuscripts end the Old Testament canon in II Chronicles. No book follows the command to return to Jerusalem (II Chronicles 36). In the AV, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, and Psalms follow, showing 1. the return (1917); 2. the rebuilding (1948); 3. the rapture (Esther 1); 4. the Tribulation (Job) and the Advent (Psalm 2) If this is not “advancement” in revelation what is it? Is it a coincidence?
The Hebrew word for “replenish” found in Genesis 1:28 is defined in all Hebrew lexicons as meaning simply “fill.” The AV translates it as “replenish,” pointing to a previous population (Job 38; Psalm 82) who were drowned (II Peter 3:6; Genesis 1:1-2; Psalm 82). Notice: another world that was drowned out before, that God told someone to “replenish.” (Genesis 9:1) Check out the NEW KJV
The word “pictures” in Numbers 33:52 that is one of the main threats to a called out people, who are in danger of picking up the customs and religions of the HEATHEN, doesn’t appear as “pictures.” Here are some warnings Genesis 3:6; 20:10; Joshua 7:21; II Samuel 11:2. Isn’t this a revelation to twenty-first century Christians that own television sets and laptop computers? The word “pictures” is not in the New KJV, either.
“Synagogues” is definitely an advanced revelation over “meeting places” (Psalms 74:8), especially for the Jews’ enemy. Where would you look for them?
If you didn’t have the word “churches,” in Acts 19:37, how would you know that pagans who worshipped the “queen of heaven” had them? They already knew that those that worshipped the “queen of heaven” (Jeremiah 44:17) had “temples.” (Ezra 5:14) But, this proves they have CHURCHES. Isn’t this a revelation, especially in light of Acts 12:4?
If you haven’t, already, noticed, not all, but many of differences in the Hebrew and Greek with the English Authorized Version are also found in the New King James Version. Those differences side against the Authorized Version. Could that be an advanced revelation? Someone knew, early on, when the New Testament was first written, that many were corrupting it. “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” (II Corinthians 2:17) The New KJV says “peddling” it.
Who would say that the Leviathan of Job 41:1 was a whale, crocodile, or dinosaur who had access to Isaiah 27:1, in the Authorized Version? Wasn’t he the fire breathing Dragon found in Job 41:19-21 and Revelation 12:9? Was he really a reptile, like the New KJV says?
When the Children of Israel were leaving Egypt and Moses told them to “borrow” jewels of silver and gold and raiment (Exodus 3:21-22), how could someone say they asked for it, like they didn’t have to pay it back? It was a loan that was BORROWED because they served to pay it back. (Deuteronomy 28:68) They served to pay it back, again, in Jeremiah 44-46 and II Chronicles 12:9.
Genesis 24:22 in the New KJV says “nose ring” which matches the Hebrew word for “nose jewel.” The Authorized Version says the earring would go on her face, where her ears were located. (See Exodus 32:2-3 and Isaiah 3:20-21, which clears the whole matter up.)
Maybe, I Timothy 6:10, will clear up exactly what’s going on, here. The Authorized Version says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil…”, but the NEW King James says “For the love of money is a root to all kinds of evil….” Since making a living, by selling a lie to unwary believers, would benefit someone’s income, I wonder which one of the above statements is more of a revelation to you than the other one.
Let’s finish this article with two of my favorite advanced revelations. First, Acts 7:45. If someone is talking about the past historical event of going into the Promised Land to possess the land of Israel, which was inhabited with Gentiles, we might well take the Hebrew rendering and the English equivalent “Joshua.” But, if we believe that God is showing us a future event—an advanced revelation, this could possibly be a different story. The Holy Spirit purposely swapped “Joshua” for “Jesus” (The captain of our salvation, Hebrews 2:10), because He knew that Jesus will follow his route into Canaan, attacking the cursed city (Revelation 17 and 18) by a military dictatorship—like Joshua’s was, and rule and reign over it for a thousand years (Revelation 20; Psalm 110).
Last, Acts 12:4. – Since there would be no way to improve on what he says, here we’ll quote Dr. Ruckman’s note from his reference Bible:
The reason every English translation up to the AV retained the reading “Easter” here is because the translation “Passover” would be a bald-faced lie and a real contradiction in the Scriptures. You see, “Easter,” here occurred during “the days [plural] of unleavened bread” (vs. 3). It was not the “day [singular] of unleavened bread” which was the Passover (Luke 22:7; Matthew 26:17); it was the “seven days” of “the feast of unleavened bread” (Leviticus 23:6; Exodus 12:15-18) which followed Passover (Leviticus 23:6). Passover was over and done with by verse 3. The “Easter” of this verse is a pagan feast named after “Ashtaroth” (Judges 2:13, 10:6; I Samuel 7:3; I Kings 11:5; II Kings 23:13), also known as Astarte, Ishtar and Eostre. It was a feast observed by “Herod” (vs. 1), who was a Roman Idumean (Edomite). He was intending to execute Peter after the observance of his own religious festival, because obviously the Romans had no problem with executing a criminal on the Jews’ feast day (Jesus Christ was crucified on Passover.)