Wednesday, December 31, 2014
When I first heard that John 3:16 was added at some point in time and that it was not in the original, I was a little skeptical. But after doing a little research
on it, I find that It would indeed appear that it was added.
Please read and let me know your thoughts on it. Also let me know your thoughts about it and if there is anything that I should add to it.
Original New Testament (ONT)
(See Authentic New Testament). Footnote: While much that was in his documentary source (the Memoirs of John the Priest) has been adapted by the Greek author to bring the text into line with his ideas, as here, some passages, largely by way of commentary, stand out as his distinctive contribution. Whenever possible attention has been drawn to these, as in this instance, and some have been placed below the main body of the text and in slightly smaller type. The present passage is John 3:16‑21. [This passage has been so placed by the translator].
The Ferrar Fenton Bible Translation has the following in bracket indicating that the verse WAS ADDED BY THE TRANSLATORS at some point in time.
[For God so loved the world that He gave the only‑ begotten Son, so that every one believing in Him should not be lost, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son to the world that He might condemn the world; but that He might save the world through Him...] and ends with John 3:21, Therefore it would appear that all the verses from John 3:16 forward to John 3:21 were added.
It appears that John 3:16 was not in the original Gutenberg Bible. You can see for yourself at the following url:
Love Not The World
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15)
If this is true, and we believe that it is, then why would Yahweh say that He so loved the world? We don't believe that He would do so.
Now the question that was put forth that so many began jumping up and down because it was even suggested that John 3:16 should not be in the Bible.
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)
We also have the testimony of Luke:
"...take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:34‑36)
"...know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4)
In Colossians we are told:
"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:2)
Yet John 3:16 is a direct contradiction to the above verses.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
Therefore, we must research the word "world" and see what it actually means.
World: Strong's Concordance: #2889 kosmos (kos'‑ mos); probably from the base of 2865; orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration; by implication, the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]): KJV‑adorning, world.
World: Strong's Concordance: #2865 komizo (kom‑ id'‑zo); from a primary komeo (to tend, i.e. take care of); properly, to provide for, i.e. (by implication) to carry off (as if from harm; genitive case obtain): KJV‑‑ bring, receive.
World: Thayer's Definition: #2889 kosmos‑
1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government
2) ornament, decoration, adornment, that is, the arrangement of the stars, ‘the heavenly hosts,’ as the ornament of the heavens. 1 Pet. 3:3
3) the world, the universe
4) the circle of the earth, the earth
5) the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human race
6) the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ
7) world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc., which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ
8) any aggregate or general collection of particulars of any sort
a) the Gentiles as contrasted to the Jews (Rom. 11:12 etc)
a) used of believers only, John 1:29; 3:16; 3:17; 6:33; 12:47 1 Cor. 4:9; 2 Cor. 5:19
World: Thayer's Definition: #2865 komizo‑
1) to care for, to take care of, to provide for
2) to take up or carry away in order to care for and preserve
3) to carry away, to bear off
4) to carry, to bear, to bring to, to carry away for oneself, to carry off what is one's own, to bring back
a) to receive, to obtain: the promised blessing
b) to receive what was previously one's own, to get back, to receive back, to recover
Now does it make sense that Yahweh would tell us that He loved world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc., which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, SEDUCE FROM GOD AND ARE OBSTACLES TO THE CAUSE OF CHRIST.
WORLD: "World is also associated with mankind. Christ said of His disciples, 'Ye are the light of the world' <Matt. 5:14a>. OFTEN WORLD IS USED TO INDICATE 'THE MEN OF THIS WORLD' WHO ARE SAID TO LIE IN WICKEDNESS <Eph. 2:2; 1 John 5:19>. THE MEN ARE CALLED 'THE WORLD,' not only because they compose the greater part of the world's population, but mainly because they pursue and cherish the things of this world. The Psalmist describes these men 'as having their portion in this life' <Ps. 17:14>.
"World may also denote the fleeting character of life's riches and pleasures and the folly of making them of central importance in life. "Will a person gain anything if he wins the whole world, but loses his life?" <Matt. 16:26>. (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
Now John 3:16 makes even less sense, and it certainly appears that it does not belong in the Bible or men have been interpreting it in error for a long period of time. It would appear that John 3:16, like the rest of the Bible is making reference only to the Israelites in the world; not to all mankind.
When reading John 3:16, seldom does the Judeo‑ Christian clergy mention the following verse:
"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:17)
This is very clear, if men of Yahweh will only look with their eyes open and not closed by the lying, deceiving Judeo‑Christian clergy, that John is speaking of the Israelites who were, even then, scattered all over the earth. He is not speaking of the blacks, chinese, and the other races or peoples, he is speaking only of the world of Israelites.
But men will deny this because their eyes have been blinded to the truth as the scriptures say:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And THEN SHALL THAT WICKED BE REVEALED, WHOM THE LORD SHALL CONSUME WITH THE SPIRIT OF HIS MOUTH, AND SHALL DESTROY WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (II Thessalonians 2:3‑12)
We full well realize that many will say we are the ones deceived, not them. But you be the judge, if we are explaining this and MOST WILL DENY IT, and we know that most are deceived, who is telling the truth. It is those who are few in number, whom the masses will deny.
Many people who claim to be Christian don't know the meaning of the word; for they think all they have to do is run down to the altar and bow down on their knees and pray and that is accepting Yahshua as their savior. IT IS NOT. For they will go out and not think about church again for the next week when they attend church again.
Oh yes some will listen to the television preachers, or listen to the radio preachers, never knowing that these people are not teaching them a thing; but are only regurgating a politically correct sermon from some book or set of books. Therefore, they have wasted that much time listening to them because they have not learned anything about Yahweh's Word or His Laws, Statutes, and Judgment.
Yet they will listen to these same television evangelists, and radio evangelist tell them that Yahweh's Laws have been done away with. Which is a bald faced lie. They have not been done away with, for if they had then there would be no more sin, and if there were no sin then Yahshua died in vain.
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." (1 John 3:4)
Therefore, if the Laws of Yahweh have been done away with then what law are the sinners breaking in order to have to be saved from their sins. No it is not possible for the Law to be done away with and any preacher or teacher that tells you that is a liar and the truth is not in him.
"He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (1 John 2:4)
We know just from observation that it is the jews who love the world, and all the material goods, gold, silver and things of value. Yet they are the ones who will be totally destroyed in the end, by God’s Servant Race, the Anglo-Saxon, Germainc, Scandinavian, Celtic, Nordic, Slavic and kindred people of the so-called Christian Nations of the West.
Could You Be An Israelite And Not Know It?
“Here is a paradox, a paradox, a most ingenious paradox: an anthropological fact, many Christians may have much more Hebrew-Israelite blood in their veins than most of their Jewish neighbors.” (What Price Israel, by Alfred M. Lilienthal, (Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1953; p. 223)
If you will think about, seriously think about it, there could not possibly be more truth than this. If so, it would mean that the majority of Christendom and the rest of society has misidentified the people most prominent in the Bible. If Israel has been misidentified there is no doubt that major errors in doctrinal interpretation and application of Biblical prophecy have been made!
There are a variety of stories regarding the Israelites and their modern day identity. It is not the purpose of this study to relate other of those stories. Instead, it will, if you will listen, furnish you with the REST OF THE STORY, the true story regarding Israel’s modern identity, the one found in the Scriptures and verified by archaeology and history; a story not usually told by most Judeo-Christian preachers.
“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL AGAINST THE PASTORS THAT FEED MY PEOPLE; YE HAVE SCATTERED MY FLOCK, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:1-2)
God says further about these lying, deceiving ministers, priests, pastors and etc.;
“For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.” (Isaiah 9:16)
“THE (rulers) PROPHETS PROPHESY FALSELY, and the priests (Christian priests, ministers, and etc) bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” (Jeremiah 5:31)
Spiritual Israel: A large segment of Judeo Christianity is being taught that God no longer has a plan for PHYSICAL ISRAEL under the New Covenant, and that He is now working with only a SPIRITUAL Israel. For example, in the January-February 1991 issue of The Last Trump, Dr. Ed Moore claimed:
“Hence, we can begin to see that being the children of Abraham (today under the New Covenant) has nothing to do with race.” (Dr. Ed Moore, The Last Trump (January/February, 1991; p. 7)
In his book Clouds Over America, Leonard C. Lee concluded:
“Since God rejected the Israelites as a nation, we can look for the fulfillment of His purposes only in (a) spiritual Israel...The (physical) Israelites have now passed off the stage of action...” (Leonard C. Lee, Clouds Over America (Washington: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1948; p. 71)
In essence, these men and other like them, are proclaiming that God has no NEW COVENANT plan for physical Israel. Yet, contrast these statements with what writer of Hebrews wrote:
“Behold, days are coming, says Yahweh (Where the Tetragrammaton has been incorrectly substituted with the words ‘Lord’ or ‘God’ in either the old Testament or in the New Testament where the Old Testament is quoted, these passages have been corrected by inserting the word Yahweh as should have been done by the English translators) when I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH...” (Hebrews 8:8)
Some people attempt to spiritualize this passage of Scripture to fit their preconceived teachings and ideas, the Israelites CANNOT BE SPIRITUALIZED in this or any other verse for three reasons:
1). FIRST: The context will not allow it. The very next verse dictates as to whether the Israelites spoken of in verse eight are to be deemed as being either physical or spiritual:
“Not like the (Mosaic) covenant which I made with THEIR (the House of Israel and the House of Judah) FATHERS ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT...” (Hebrews 8:9)
The people described in this passage, with whom the New Covenant was and is being made, are clearly the PHYSICAL descendants of the PHYSICAL PEOPLE whom Moses led out of Egypt.
2). SECOND: The reason Israel cannot be spiritualized is illustrated by the Old Testament passage from which Hebrew 8:8-12 is quoted. The author of Hebrews quoted the Prophet Jeremiah, and Jeremiah continued with the following:
“Thus says Yahweh, who gives the sun for light by day, and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night...IF THIS FIXED ORDER DEPARTS FROM BEFORE ME...THEN THE OFFSPRING OF ISRAEL ALSO SHALL CEASE FROM BEING A NATION BEFORE ME FOREVER. Thus says Yahweh, IF THE HEAVENS ABOVE CAN BE MEASURED, AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH SEARCHED OUT BELOW, THEN I WILL ALSO CAST OFF THE OFFSPRING OF ISRAEL...” (Jeremiah 31:35-37)
Since the fixed order of the sun, moon and stars has not departed, and since the heavens have not been measured, and the depths of the earth searched out below, then it is quite apparent that God is still working with the PHYSICAL descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. If not, then God has lied.
THIRD: The third reason the Israelites in Hebrews 8:8 cannot be spiritualized is because of the second witness found in Romans where the Apostle Paul declared:
“For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from (the) Christ for the sake of my brethren MY KINSMEN ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, WHO ARE ISRAELITES, TO WHOM BELONGS...THE COVENANTS...” (Romans 9:3-4)
No matter what the antichrists and the Judeo-Christian priests of Baal that inhabit the pulpits of the Whore Houses of America called Churches God said:
“You (Israel) only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” (Amos 3:2)
Not only do the previous three passages specifically declare that God made His New Covenant with ISRAELITES, PHYSICAL ISRAELITES, but there are many more New Testament passages which reveal that God continues to work with the physical nation of Israel to this day. (Matthew 1:21; 2:6; 10:6; 15:24; Luke 1:16, 33, 54-55, 68, 72-73, 77; 19:9-10; 22:30; Acts 1:6; 5:31; 13:23-24; Romans 4:1; 11:1-2; James 1:1; Revelation 7:3-8; 21:10-12)
There can be no question that God, under the New Covenant, has a plan for PHYSICAL ISRAEL (at least with the remnant who have, and are being redeemed by the atoning sacrifice of Yahshua. (Yahshua, the Hebrew pronunciation of our Savior’s name, is the preferred expression used in this tract, as it is believed to be the more accurate rendition; the Christ). This being the case, it behooves Christianity to correctly identify the true descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Todays Jews: Nearly all of Christendom is being taught that today’s “Jews” represent Israel. Yet, how many of those same people have ever been taught that the Bible warns us of Israelite impostors? That’s right NON-ISRAELITES who fallaciously claim to be ISRAELITES:
“I know...THE BLASPHEMY BY THOSE WHO SAY THEY ARE JEWS (i.e., Judahites, thus Israelites) AND ARE NOT, BUT ARE A SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN.” (Revelation 2:9; 3:9)
Also, how many Christians have been told that there is actually a people who admit to being these imposters? For example, the 1980 Jewish Almanac’s first chapter entitled “Identity Crisis,” begins with the following admission:
“Strictly speaking, it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a ‘Jew’ or to call a contemporary Jew an ‘Israelite’ or a ‘Hebrew.’” (The Jewish Almanac, Compiled and Edited by Richard Siegal and Carl Rheins (New York: Bantam Books, 1980; p. 71)
This is confirmed by several other Jewish sources and individual Jews. (The Jewish Encyclopedia (1905); The Standard Jewish Encyclopedia (1966); Nathan M. Pollock, Professor of Medieval Jewish History of Tel Aviv; Bernard Lazare; Robert Quillan; Dr. Benjamin Freedman; Arthur Koestler; James Yaffe; Paul Meyer; Alfred M. Lilienthal, Jr) Dr. Oscar Levy went so far as to declare:
“And are not they (today’s Jews) the inventors of the Chosen People myth?” (Dr. Oscar Levy, preface, The World Significance of the Russian Revolution, George Pitt Rivers (Oxford, England: Basil Blackwell, 1920; p. vi)
Why are our Israel People and the American public been told that over 90 percent of the people known as “Jews” are NOT DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB? History reveals they are actually descendants of the Turkish, Mongolian Khazar tribes which roamed the steppes of southern Russia and who adopted the religion of Judaism between the 7th and 9th centuries. Today, the Khazars are known as “Jew” not because of race, but because of Religion. (Arthur Koester, The Thirteenth Tribe (New York: Random House, Inc., 1976)
As stated, the Bible declares that there would be Israelite imposters. These imposters have inadvertently or deliberately identified themselves by their own writings. Therefore, if “they, meaning the Jews” are not true Israel, then someone else must be!
True Israel: God provided Scriptural clues for identifying Israel of old. There is no debate that ancient Israel fulfilled most of these marks and was identified by them. But even more exciting is the fact that these very same features help us to identify Israel today! Listed below are fifteen national geographical and spiritual aspects out of more than a hundred of Scriptural clues that positively identify Israel. Ask yourself, what modern day people do they identify?
1). Israel was to become a great and mighty nation. (Genesis 12:1-3)
2). Israel was to become a vast multitude of people. (Genesis 22:17)
3). Israel was to form a multitude of nations. (Genesis 17:4-6)
4). Israel was to rule over other nations. (Deuteronomy 15:60
5). Israel was to be a blessing to all nations. (Genesis 22:18)
6). Israel was to have a new home, other than Canaan Land. (2 Samuel 7:10; 1 Chronicles 17:9; Jeremiah 3:18; 12:15; 16:13-15; 23:3-8; 50:17; Isaiah 14:1; Ezekiel 34:13; 37:21; 39:22-29; Amos 2:15)
7). Israel’s new land was to be inhabited by people gathered from many nations. (Ezekiel 38:8)
8). Israel was to have a land of unwalled villages, without walls, bars or gates. (Ezekiel 38:11)
9). Israel was to have a land of great agricultural wealth. (Deuteronomy 28:8-11)
10). Israel’s land was described as being the “camp of the saints.” (Revelation20:7-9)
11). Israel was to carry the gospel to all the world. (Isaiah 49:3-6; Matthew 24:14; 26:13; Mark 14:9; 16:15)
12). Israel was to be the only nation given God’s Law. (Psalm 49:3-6)
13). Israel was to be blind for the most part to her identity. (Isaiah 42:16-19)
14). Israel was to be called by a new name. (Isaiah 62:1-2)
There are a number of our people who have been taught the lie that the Bible is for all the different races and people on earth; yet the Bible clearly says:
“THIS IS THE BOOK OF THE GENERATIONS OF ADAM (meaning the book of Adam’s race). In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him.” (Genesis 5:1)
If Israel exists today, as she must, there is only one people whom all these identifying marks fit; and they certainly do not represent the modern day “Jews”
They do however, describe perfectly the White Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, Nordic, Celtic peoples; the multitude of nations who became a great nation, with a new home, a new religion, and who have blessed the world with numerous blessings.
Indeed, Alfred Lilienthal (a Jew) understood what most Germanic-Saxons do not. Many of our Israel people have much more Hebrew-ISRAELITE blood in our veins than do the Jews who have none.
The Prophet Isaiah spoke of a time in the future when; “And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.” (Isaiah 32:3-4)
In other words it says in plain English “the eyes of those who see will not be blinded, and the ears of those who hear will listen, and the mind of the hasty will discern truth.”
It is the purpose of this short study to assist in the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in regard to the true Identity of Israel. We have very briefly demonstrated and provided evidence for the following three facts:
1). God HAS A NEW COVENANT plan for PHYSICAL Israel today.
2). Today’s “Jews” ARE NOT ISRAELITES, BUT ARE INSTEAD IMPOSTORS.
3). The Celto-Saxon peoples ARE THE ISRAELITES, the true descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
You now have the rest of the story, the true story concerning Israel’s mo0der day identity; it is up to you what you do with it. It is our prayer that Isaiah’s prophecy will be fulfilled in you.