Holy Scripture is not only inspired and inerrant, but God also promised to preserve His Holy Word for every generation. This promise culminated in the paragon of all bible translations, namely, the King James Bible. Many brave Christians sacrificed their lives to get God’s Word into wide circulation throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, despite fierce opposition from Rome. God prophesied of seven refinements to His Holy Word (Ps 12:6), culminating with the infallible King James Edition of 1611. Join Carl now, as he shares the fascinating history of the Bible and the many sacrifices it took to get a copy into your hands…
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There are two rivers that flow throughout history. One river is a river of life that leads to Grace through Faith. The other is a raging torrent of esoteric knowledge that leads to damnation of the souls of men. One river has its source in Antioch, of ancient Syria where they were first called Christians; the other has its source in Alexandria, Egypt from which the mystery religions were propagated throughout the ages. One river had brought us the Geneva Bible and finally the King James Bible which is the paragon of all Bible translations and the other river provides a passage for the ancient mystery religions of Gnosticism or modern day freemasonry. These societies falsely claim we may attain salvation through knowledge, instead of by saving Grace through faith.
Friend, Alexandria in Egypt, was so called because it was named after “Alexander the Great” who conquered that nation in 332 BC. Alexandria was one of the major centers of Greek thought. Its library was renowned for its size and dedication to housing the great Grecian classical works of Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, and Archimedes etc. Alexandria also appears to be the city of origin for heretical groups called the Gnostic’s who originated around the beginning of the 2nd century AD. The word ‘gnostic’ comes from the Greek word gnosis, which means “knowledge.” The Gnostic’s professed themselves to be wise but in fact became fools, as their pride blinded them.
They saw their knowledge as a secret path to enlightenment, by combining the philosophies of the Grecian’s with the ancient Hebrew Scriptures. For instance, they saw the physical, material world as evil while the spiritual was considered good. The Gnostic’s taught that Jesus Christ did not come in the flesh as the Son of God but a god who incarnated in bodily form. To them, Jesus was merely a phantom or apparition with only the appearance of physical presence. They also disparaged existing apostolic writings and mixed the revelation of God with contradictory Greek philosophies. Gnosticism did not include just one set of believers holding a unified set of doctrines. Instead, it presented a strange mix of groups espousing the equivalency of the modern New Age philosophy wrapped in a facade of Christianity. The Apostle John’s epistles were a sharp rebuke to the Gnostic’s, on the rise even in his time. Friend, the Gnostic’s generated their own text from the very beginning and these texts are outlined in three main codices found throughout the ages, they are Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Vaticanus and Codex Alexandrius. Now are you familiar with this scripture my friend? Let me read Ps 12:6-7:
“The words of the Lord are pure words: As silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.”
Now it’s interesting that God’s word had been written in seven key languages throughout history, which are Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Old Syrian, Old Latin, German and English but they do not constitute purified translations as this scripture testifies. Friend, did you know this scripture has come to pass literally? But how you might ask? In order to attain the King James version, there were seven refinements and these refinements are reflected in the seven major English Bibles that were printed: Tyndale’s Bible starting in 1526 and soon thereafter, Coverdale’s Bible, Matthew’s Bible, then the Great Bible, the Geneva Bible (which was carried on the Mayflower and the one that William Shakespeare used), then the Bishop’s Bible and finally the King James Bibles.
That’s seven refinements, to produce the very best version which is the King James Bible. Today friend, I’m talking about the history of the Bible. The Bible is the single most important book of all time, selling an estimated 5 billion copies and it’s been translated into 349 languages. It’s been outlawed, confiscated and burned at different times in history and it’s even been smuggled into jail cells and across borders. John Huss was burned at the stake for teaching the Bible was the final authority for the Church, over any earthly church rulers dictate. Then there was John Wycliffe circa. (1329-1384) who was the most eminent Oxford theologian of his day. He viewed the words of the Bible as the word of God, having supreme authority over any Papacy’s self imposed and spurious claim of being Christ’s vicar or true representative on earth. Wycliffe and his associates were the first to translate the entire Bible from Latin into English by 1382. Three decades after his death, his writings were officially banned by the Vatican, and the Pope had his remains exhumed and burned in 1428. Throughout the ages, the Catholic Papacy were outraged that other translations of God’s word were in existence other than their own, so outraged in fact they would kill if anyone was found in possession of one.
William Tyndale was strangled and burned for translating the Bible into English, but why? Because he made the bold declaration to a Catholic clergyman that, “If God will spare my life, ere many years pass, I will cause a boy that drives the plow, shall know more of the Scripture than you do.” Tyndale was born on the Welsh Border between England and Wales in 1494. This brave man was of course the first to translate the New Testament into English from the original Greek text. Friend, we owe so much to William Tyndale because did you know that Tyndale’s Biblical translation accounts for 84% of the NT and more than 75% of the OT, of what we now possess in the King James Bible.
When King James XI of Scotland became the King of England and adopted the name James I, in 1611, the King James Version of the Bible was completed. He commissioned 47 scholars to go back to the original Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts and translated the Bible to the best of their ability. The best translators were employed, taking advantage of more than 5556 manuscripts. The result was a crowning achievement of the Protestant movement of the time. The King James Version of the bible was a thing of beauty and without doubt the paragon or measuring stick of all Bibles and the 7th purification in the refinement of God’s Holy Word as I mentioned previously. This Bible was translated from the Textus Receptus which means in Latin, the Received Text. One person who should not go without mention is the Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus. He was instrumental in translating the Greek manuscripts of the NT into Latin and produced a Greek and Latin parallel Bible so the languages could be compared in 1516. He produced five editions which served as the foundation for what became known as the Textus Receptus, which means “the received text” in Latin. Martin Luther then went on to form his own German translation from the second edition of Erasmus Greek NT manuscript. This was the start of the Protestant Reformation and William Tyndale later utilized this text to translate it into English.
Now some people make out we have a lack of manuscripts to validate the Bible in our possession today. But friend, we have 5,800 Greek New Testament manuscripts which reflect the Textus Receptus in our possession currently. In contrast, fewer than 1600 ancient papyri of Homer’s Iliad still exist and about 250 manuscripts of Plato have survived. Friend, if you believe in the writings of Plato as the professors in our universities seem to worship, you should be 24 times more confident in the writings of the NT and the existence of Christ for that matter because we have so many more manuscripts at our disposal. Any scientist should agree the abundance of manuscripts authenticates the value of the message contained therein as fact, not fiction and part of our historical narrative. What’s more, the earliest manuscripts of Plato date from 1300 years after he lived, and there’s a 400-year lapse of time for Homer, yet we know the NT was completely written by 100 A.D., soon after the death of all the apostles, so its contents were hot off the press. Because of this, when compared to other ancient literary works, the New Testament provides a voluminous measure of documentation and should never be questioned for its authenticity, as a record of truth.
Now here is where the rubber meets the road in this broadcast and I might even ruffle a few religious feathers when I share this and particularly if you’ve never heard it. Did you know that the source text for all moderns Bible translations after the late 1800’s does not stem from the same source text as the King James Version? And that’s the reason why thousands upon thousands of words have been omitted or amended by the modern day Bibles as I mentioned in yesterday’s broadcast. That’s why the NIV has 33,681 fewer words than a King James Bible for example. The reason for this is they were not even translated from the same underlying Greek texts or codices. Unfortunately, in the 19th Century a nefarious movement by ungodly men who weren’t even believers in god for that matter, began to translate from other sources, instead of the Textus Receptus and in fact, returned to the corrupt codices of the river that ran from occultic Alexandria in Egypt. The three corrupt codices are as follows:- Codex Sinaitics, Codex Vaticanus and Codex Alexandrius as I mentioned earlier.
Finally, two English scholars called Brooke Foss Westcott and Fenton John Anthony Hort came along. Westcott and Hort were also two Anglican churchmen who had contempt for Erasmus Greek NT text, also known as the Textus Receptus, because they didn’t like what was written in it, even though it had been the basis for the true word of God for four centuries and the source text for the King James Bible. If ever there were two men who stuck a knife into the heart of God’s word it was this dastardly duo. Westcott and Hort created an entirely new Greek New Testament to reflect their own doctrines and ideas but not based on the clear meaning of God’s Word, which they didn’t like because they chose to change it instead of repenting and conforming to it.
Based on what we now regard as the corrupt Vaticanus and Sinaiticus documents, these two men began a work in 1853 that 28 years later resulted in their version of the Greek New Testament. This effort undoubtedly took additional time for the simple reason they had to reconcile all the differences found between the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus. Friend, a codex is simply an ancient manuscript, and they chose to use the manuscripts that stemmed from the corrupt Gnostic region of Alexandria, the very area where the teachings that the Apostle John combated in his epistles all those years ago. Now Westcott and Hort questioned Genesis, and twisted the truth of God’s word into something other than what the literal text said. They developed the Revision committee of the Textus Receptus in 1870. They did two things 1) Revise the English words of the King James Bible and 2) Revise the underlying Greek Text by choosing the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus Codices instead.
These corrupt manuscripts came from Alexandria not Antioch. In fact later, from published letters between Westcott and Hort; we find out exactly what these men really believed. Brook Westcott was a Catholic and held Jesus and Mary worship as synonymous. John Hort was a fan of Darwin’s Origin of Species and denied the Genesis account. They even sent their corrupt translation to the Vatican for approval because it was indeed based upon their source text in the first place. These were the authors of what became known as the Revised Version of the bible.
Not everyone received this Revised Version with approval however and many godly scholars and ministers at the time vehemently rejected it. Dean John Burgon said of it, “for this is nothing else but a poisoning of the river of life at it’s sacred source…and Westcott and Hort stand convicted of having deliberately rejected the words of inspiration on every page.” When the revised version of the bible was finally published in 1881 by Westoctt, Hort and the committee, Burgon went on to add, “the Revision of 1881 must come to be universally regarded as what is most certainly is the most astonishing, as well as the most calamitous literary blunder of the Age.”
Friend if you have an ESV or NIV, OR NASB, or NLT, in your possession know this. These Bible translations stem from the corrupt texts published by ungodly men like Westcott and Hort. Even though they were widely accepted within academic circles in the early 20th century, they are corrupt because they were translated from codices from the occultic region of Alexandria, not those that stemmed from Antioch where Christianity was first named. Would you trust the Wolf to guard the hen house friend? Likewise, would you trust men who don’t even believe in Christ as their savior and deny many if the doctrines in the Bible to write another version of your bible? I don’t think so, but that’s exactly what happened when Westcott and Hort duped the academic community with their degenerate text. And when you study their omissions and amendments in the modern day versions, you’ll quickly realize there has been a deliberate and evil agenda to undermine the authority of Christ and His Holy Word. I know this topic has been heavy friend but I needed to share this with you for sure.
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