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Did the Apostle John Err In His Reference To The High Priest?


This accusation of error was a new on on me. A reader was claiming that there was an error in the Gospel of John and that the Author (humanly speaking, the Apostle John but, in reality, God the Holy Ghost) had made an error by making the office of High Priest an annual office. In other words, the accusation is that John said the High Priest was decided annually and that the High Priest served a one-year term.

Tha accusation is absurd. There are two references given, as follows:

“And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,…
“And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;”
John 11:49 & 51


“And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.”
John 18:13

Absolutely Ridiculous Mishandling of WORDS
This accusation is simply laughable. But in my research, I found that it has been espoused by certain critics. Schaff cites a Bretschneider making such an accusation (page 710, “History of the Christian Church,” Volume 1 of 8). But that doesn’t surprise me. What passes for “scholarship” throughout human history is, many times, just a big joke.

So, let’s clear the air and make it plain for anyone reading at this point who hasn’t already seen the OBVIOUS.

John was referring to the YEAR of Christ’s CRUCIFIXION.

It was in “that year” of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ that Caiaphas was the high-priest. John was not making a reference to the status or length of term that Caiaphas would serve as High Priest. He was making reference to the fact that Caiaphas was high priest the very year that Jesus died.

The Gospel of John, after all, has as it’s climax that very event. The Gospel of John was written to tell you:

1. Who Jesus was: and He was God (read the first verse of the Book).

2. What Jesus came to do: which was to DIE and RISE from DEATH.

3. When Jesus DIED: which was on 14th Nisan–a Wednesday.

4. Where Jesus DIED: which was OUTSIDE Jerusalem on Golgotha (and not INSIDE Jerusalem, which is where the Catholic temple is built claiming to be the site of the Crucifixion).

5. How Jesus DIED: which was on a Cross (pierced) without a broken bone, etc.

6. Why Jesus DIED: which was to pay for the sins of the whole world.

When John speaks of “that year”, he is speaking of the year that Jesus died. There is no error in this or any other place where the careless skeptics make their accusations.

Did Paul contradict the teachings of Jesus?

Academics (including the ridiculously named “Jesus Seminar”—a group of apostates who couldn’t handle the Bible accurately if their lives depended on it) teach lies couched in high-sounding theological terminology, such as the idea that Paul somehow HIJACKED Christianity, changed the teachings of Jesus and, then, created a completely new religion.

The simple remedy to this mishandling of the word of God is to “rightly divide the word of truth”. (2 Timothy 2:15, kjv) This means that we must read the Bible IN CONTEXT and we must read the text carefully, understand the author’s intentions and identify the author’s immediate audience, taking into consideration the historical and grammatical information that will give us an accurate understanding. Only then can we apply it to 21st century life in a legitimate manner. This should be grade school stuff, but some of the most highly decorated PhD’s and ThD’s in the nation seem incapable of accomplishing this task.

Immediate Context

As when reading any other text in the Bible, we must look at the text and see what the immediate context is. There are different Dispensations (“economies”/ages) and each represents a difference in the manner in which God is dealing with mankind.

For example, Adam didn’t start a “new religion”. But God changed the rules after kicking Adam out of Eden. Why? The first dispensation, which began in a paradise garden, ended with Judgment. The second dispensation began with Adam and Eve outside of Eden with the commandment to replenish the earth. You will find some similarities but vast differences between these two ages (dispensations) but this is the continuing unfolding of the SAME RELIGION with the SAME GOD.

The Biblical account of history unfolds as we continue through Genesis. The second dispensation ends with a global flood. Only Noah and his family survive. This begins the third dispensation. Again, you will find some similarities but vast differences in God’s dealings with the post-flood world as compared to the second dispensation (pre-flood).

Gospel Transition Into Pauline Revelation

This brings us to the question of Paul and whether or not he “contradicted Jesus”. By taking note of the dispensational economy-age of each, we see the reason for any seeming differences between what we read in the Gospels when compared to the writings of Paul.

During His ministry on earth, Jesus was a circumcised Jew living under the dispensational economy-age of Law. He declared His intention of fulfilling the Law and spoke of the kingdom. The entire narratives of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts are of transition from Law to Grace. You will find differences between Jesus and the Old Testament, especially as you move toward the end of each of the four Gospels.

Paul comes along and wasn’t even saved until Acts chapter 9, after much of the transition from Law to Grace was already completed. He, then, was ordained and used of God to complete the task and to establish the infant local churches in sound faith and doctrine.

With that said, we have yet to see that Paul actually “contradicted” Jesus at all! What we do see is that Paul’s message is directed toward the Gentile believer while Jesus did not go after Gentiles, as He said Himself in Matthew 10:6, But He did “…go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

On the contrary, we see Paul at the end of the book of Acts rebuking the Jewish majority and saying, “Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.” (Acts 28:28 kjv) Paul still preached “to the Jew first” (Romans 1:16) but found fertile ground among Gentiles.

Summary Conclusion

The simple fact is that Paul continued the “revolution” that Jesus began. Jesus tried to pull Jews away from a superficial religion of works that could not save anyone and pointed them toward the Cross that He would bear as a Substitutionary payment for the sin of mankind. Once He accomplished this, He arose from the dead and ascended to Heaven, sending His Spirit to empower the apostles for the task of establishing local churches all over the world.

Paul was the hand-picked replacement of Judas Iscariot (Acts 9 & 1 Corinthians 15:8-10). He continued the work of establishing salvation as a gift from God that is based completely upon the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross, sealed by His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-7).

There is nothing contradictory. The Gospel, Acts and Pauline Epistles are a cohesive unit that, together with the other canonical books, tell us the whole story of God’s plan of the ages. That plan is still being worked out by the Sovereign hand of God.

Are you ready when the end comes? If you were to die tonight, would you be saved by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross, or would you be condemned by your refusal to receive God’s free gift of eternal life?

We urge you to believe and be saved.

Is Ezekiel 39:2 in the KJV a mistranslation?


Ezekiel 39:2: Is the King James reading of “…leave but the sixth part of thee” a mistranslation?

The new translations (including the so-called “New King James”) have all changed this verse.

KJV: “And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee…”

NASB: “And I will turn you around, drive you on, take you up…”

NIV: “I will turn you around and drag you along.”

Amplified: “And I will turn you about and will lead you on, …”

NKJV: “And I will turn you around and lead you on, …”

Most prophecy teachers “prefer” this new translation rendering and they do so simply because it seems to fit their idea of what SHOULD happen as a result of the war described in Ezekiel 38-39. But this is a dangerous way to handle God’s word. We will see, in a moment, that their idea of what SHOULD happen is dead WRONG.

In his book on Ezekiel 38-39 titled, “The Coming Islamic Invasion of Israel,” Mark Hitchcock writes on page 93, “God will come to rescue His helpless, overwhelmed people using four means to totally destroy Russia and her Islamic allies.” Then, in his footnote, he writes:

“31. In Ezekiel 39:2, the King James Version reads as if only five-sixths of the invading army will be destroyed. “And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee” (emphasis added). However, most modern versions translate the Hebrew verb as “lead thee on” (ASV), “drive you on” (NASB), “drag you along” (NIV), and “drive you” (NLT). These translations are preferred over the King James Version. See Charles Lee Feinberg, The Prophecy of Ezekiel (Chicago: Moody Press, 1969, 228.”

[We have left the quote exactly as given by Hitchcock, including his use of italics and his parenthetic comments.]

This is how this verse is handled by the typical new evangelical prophecy teacher. And it is a clear ERROR in judgment on their part.

First of all, the Hebrew “shawshaw” is of an unclear root of origin. For any translator to pretend to be translating “shawshaw” (or any other Hebrew root, for that matter) without consulting the CONTEXT would be insane. And to know the context of this battle scene and translate the passage that, IN ANY WAY, requires God to “totally destroy” the armies of Ezekiel 38-39 is an ERROR and MISTRANSLATION of the highest order in these new translations.

The context is a battle that precedes Armageddon.

In Revelation 16, the Battle of Armageddon is described. This battle is NOT the battle of Ezekiel 38-39 which has already taken place BEFORE Armageddon. That is a fact that Hitchcock, Walvoord, Pentecost and the majority of evangelical dispensationalists agree upon. So, how can they also miss the fact that all the nations listed in Ezekiel 38:1-6 (that have been defeated by God at some point before or DURING the Great Tribulation) gather AGAIN with the rest of the world against Israel at the END of the Great Tribulation???

Revelation 16:14, “…which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Revelation 16:16, “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

God’s word says that there will be a battle involving what is clearly a Russian-Islamic confederacy at some point before or during the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, also called the Great Tribulation. It is not our purpose to discuss the timing of this war, but most dispensationalists agree on this much.

God’s word also says that there will be a gathering of ALL nations (not just Russia and the “Islamic Nation”) at the Battle of Armageddon (see also Psalm 2). This battle happens only a few years (at the most) after the battle described in Ezekiel 38-39.

The King James Version, once again, demonstrates it’s supremacy above all other English translations by leaving a sizeable but utterly de-humanized number of enemy (Islamic and Russian) troops alive at the end of the battle in Ezekiel 38-39. They return to those who remain at home: The elderly, their wives, their children and others that may be disabled or simply “conscientious objectors” who have stayed at home and prayed for Allah to wipe out the Jews and grant victory to his armies as they fought a Holy Jihad.

To the dismay of the ENTIRE population of earth (with only a small number of gentile believers alive at that time), Allah’s armies fail and the Jews survive. Only one out of six Jihadists and Ruskies make the trip home, after the war of Ezekiel 38-39 is complete.

For several years, the anger, frustration, shame and hatred will boil like a pot stew of emotional and spiritual poison. And God will USE that to gather their emaciated, shell-shocked troops to join “hand in hand” with the more powerful, untested, unbeaten armies of Antichrist and fight one last battle against the Jewish State (Proverbs 11:21).

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they that are with him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)

ONLY THE KING JAMES BIBLE is translated in a way that doesn’t make God out to be a LIAR.

What About Polygamy Among Great Men of the Bible?

What About Polygamy Among Great Men of the Bible?

God made Adam and Eve and intended this as the standard. In Genesis 2:24, the Lord says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Ephesians 4:22-23 tells us that one wife joined to one husband is the Biblical model. But sin and human error took place through the years and instead of covering it all up, God shows us the men of the Bible–warts and all.

He also shows the consequences. If a man takes multiple spouses, he and his family will reap TROUBLE.

· The first polygamist was a murderer named Lamech (Genesis 4:19-23).

· Abraham took Hagar and gave birth to Ishmael (Genesis 16). The result? Ishmael produced the Arab culture which has persecuted Isaac’s offspring, the Jews, ever since. Not to mention the havoc Ishmael’s offspring continues to inflict on the rest of civilization.

· Solomon’s HUGE number of wives resulted in his going into paganism and apostasy. He raised a rebellious apostate named Rehoboam and because of Solomon’s sin, the kingdom of Israel was divided.

· The Kings, afterward, continued to multiply wives and Israel was destroyed as they fell into pagan idolatry due largely to the practices of intermarriage and polygamy with pagan women.

Some point to David, as though his practice of polygamy (multiplication of wives) was somehow “alright with God”. But they ignore the fact that David’s first child with Bethsheba died and his son Amnon raped his own half-sister (David’s daughter) Tamar. Absalom murdered Amnon only to chase David into hiding forty years later.

David had plural wives, but God condemned it and David paid a high price. Some otherwise great men, still continued the practice and the results were consistently disastrous.

It is ironic that most of the books and “counseling” on marriage involves things like knowing your spouse, spending quality time, making finances work. Polygamy more than DOUBLES these difficulties! Yet, there is renewed interest in this practice (and not only in Utah). I love my wife, but one is enough!

In Biblical times, some incidents of polygamy were an ill-informed effort to increase offspring and to help families produce children to help work fields and farms. However, this is hardly ever the case in our modern world. The fact is, the typical 21st century polygamist is nothing more than a sex pervert who wishes to have child brides upon which they can fill their ever expanding sexual appetite.

Polygamy is fornication. God calls it an abomination. And the modern polygamist faces the consequences in this life (Romans 13:1-4) and in the next (Revelation 22:8).