Very dear to a Christian is his or her personal copy of the Bible. Often given to us by our loved ones,
its margins are marked with our
notes and its edges bear the stains of our hands.
Presented below are the evidences
that unveil one of the best hidden, most painful and serious threats to the
church today: most modern English translations of the Bible are based on,
translated and published by entities linked to the occult. While this may seem improbable, please withhold judgment until
the evidences presented below have been carefully considered.
Let's start with a few verses from John chapter 1 in The Message
New King James Version (NKJV):
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..."
(John 1:14 in NKJV)
"The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the
neighborhood..." (John 1:14 in The Message)
"...whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”
(John 1:27 in NKJV)
"... I’m not even worthy to hold his coat for him.”
(John 1:27 in The Message)
"I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to
Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” (John 1:31 in NKJV)
"I knew nothing about who he was - only this: that my
task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer. That
is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and
scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God.”
(John 1:31 in The Message)
While the discrepancies in the first two comparisons above may appear harmless and
even humorous, there is no humor in the third comparison, which contains a
deadly heresy. According to The Message, it is the baptism of John, not the
blood of Christ, that serves the role of "scrubbing
sins from your life."
Other examples abound that indicate The Message to be so flawed that it can be
dismissed without detailed scrutiny, which is better engaged in a comparison
of the NKJV against the New American Standard Bible
For the most part, the differences between these two versions amount to
words or phrases that are present in NKJV but not present in NASB. Stated
conversely, they are absent in NASB but not absent in NKJV. While the
majority of these differences seem to be small and insignificant at first,
some of them aren't so insignificant upon closer look.
Take as an example the word "Lord" in the New Testament. The verses below
are from the NKJV, and the underlined words are absent in the NASB:
"Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these
things?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord."
"always carrying about in the body the dying of
the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also
may be manifested in our body." (2 Corinthians 4:10)
In these two verses, the absence of the word "Lord" in the NASB doesn't
change the meaning of the verses, but they do make them less reverent toward
Now please read these next two verses carefully with and without the
"concerning His Son Jesus Christ
our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh"
"The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second
Man is the Lord from heaven." (1
In these two verses, the absence of the underlined words in the NASB results
in the loss of precision as to whom the verses are referring. In the
first of these two verses, Romans 1:3, we need to wade through 4 phrases beyond it in NASB to decipher that
"His Son" does in fact refer to
Jesus, while in the latter verse, 1 Corinthians 15:47, the NASB never clarifies who the second Man is.
Next, compare 1 Timothy 1:1 very carefully, presented in both the NKJV and
the NASB. From here on, the underlined words indicate the key differences
between the versions:
NKJV - "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the
commandment of God our Savior and the Lord
Jesus Christ, our hope"
NASB - "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to
the commandment of God our Savior, and
of Christ Jesus, who is our hope"
The NKJV version equates, God = Savior = Lord = Jesus Christ or describes
Jesus Christ as God, Savior and Lord. But notice what the
"," and the "of" in
the NASB does to the verse. It changes the meaning whereby Christ
Jesus is only "our hope"; He is no longer "God our Savior".
NKJV - "I solemnly charge you before God and
the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the
living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1)
NASB - "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God
and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the
living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom" (2 Timothy
Again, the textual difference is very subtle and small. Yet the NKJV equates God with Jesus
or describes Jesus as God, while the NASB differentiates Jesus from
NKJV - "Now may the God of peace who brought up
our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great
Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant"
NASB - "Now the God of peace, who brought up from the
dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal
covenant, even Jesus
our Lord" (Hebrews 13:20)
The NKJV identifies Jesus as the great Shepherd who was brought up
from the dead by God, while the NASB suggests that Jesus is in
addition to some other great Shepherd that God brought up from the dead.
These are the just some of differences between NKJV and NASB concerning just
one word: "Lord". There are other differences involving this word, and of
course all of the other differences involving other words (a few others are
presented below) in the New Testament, and many of these differences are significant.
The question arises, "If the NKJV and the NASB are both translations of
ancient Greek manuscripts, why do they differ?”
The answer lies in the fact the two are the translations of different
ancient Greek manuscripts. NKJV is the English translation of Textus
Receptus ("TR"), while NASB is based on Codices Sinaiticus and Vaticanus
The question then evolves into, "Then which of these ancient manuscripts
represent the original text?"
Given the nature of the differences (for the
most part, what's in TR is absent from SV), this question in turn boils
to, "Are false details in TR, or are authentic details missing from SV?"
The supporters of SV argue that because the SV found to date are slightly
older than the TR found to date, false details are in TR. While this may seem
reasonable at first, the evidence actually points the other way.
Consider the following NKJV translation of TR, and NASB translation of SV:
NKJV - "And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord
said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is
hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished,
said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him,
“Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
NASB - "And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said,
“I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it
will be told you what you must do.” (Acts 9:5-6)
Were the underlined details fabricated and added to TR, or
are they authentic details missing from SV?
The answer is found elsewhere in SV, which records Paul recounting his
meeting with Jesus later in the book of Acts: "And I
said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord
said, 'Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be
told of all that has been appointed for you to do.'" (NASB Acts
22:10). So according to SV itself, a part of the conversation that is
present in the TR version of Acts 9:5-6 but absent from the SV version is in
Let's consider the passage that until recently was the subject of heated
debate: the last 12 verses of the Gospel of Mark:
NKJV - "Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene,
Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and
anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they
came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves,
“Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when
they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away - for it was
very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long
white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to
them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He
is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell
His disciples - and Peter - that He is going before you into Galilee; there
you will see Him, as He said to you.” So they went out quickly and fled from
the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to
anyone, for they were afraid. Now when He rose
early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out
of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with
Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had
been seen by her, they did not believe. After that, He appeared in another
form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. And they went
and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. Later He
appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their
unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had
seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and
preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be
saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will
follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will
speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink
anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the
sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He
was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they
went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming
the word through the accompanying signs. Amen." (Mark
The entire block underlined is present in TR but absent in SV, which ends
this Gospel not only with the statement that the women were afraid, but with
Greek word, "gar", a conjunction. Yet for 100 years, supporters of the SV
argued that this underlined block is not authentic. The notation at the
bottom of NASB's Mark chapter 16 reads, "Later
manuscripts add verses 9-20." NIV adds a little more color:
"The most reliable early manuscripts and other ancient
witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20."
Bruce Metzger, the most acclaimed New Testament scholar of our era
explained in 1971, "Besides containing a high percentage
of non-Markan words, [the last 12 verses]'s rhetorical tone differs totally
from the simple style of Mark's Gospel", and concluded,
"Thus on the basis of good external evidence and strong internal
considerations, it appears that the earliest ascertainable form of the
Gospel of Mark ended with 16:8. At the same time, however out of deference
to the evident antiquity of the longer ending and its importance in the
textual tradition of the Gospel, the Committee decided to include verses
9-20 as part of the text, but to enclose them within double brackets to
indicate that they are the work of an author other than the evangelist."
The top New Testament scholar thus declared that based on his expertise the
last 12 verses of Mark are not original. Case closed, right?
Not quite. Here is Metzger 16 years later in 1987: "Already in
the second century, for example, the so-called long ending of Mark was known
to Justin Martyr and to Tatian, who incorporated it into his Diatesseron.
There seems to be good reason, therefore, to conclude that, though external
and internal evidence is conclusive against the authenticity of the last
twelve verses as coming from the same pen as the rest of the Gospel, the
passage ought to be accepted as part of the canonical text of Mark."
What happened between 1971 and 1987? Writings by early church leaders came
to light that quoted from the last 12 verse of Mark. Since those writings
pre-date the SV by a couple of centuries, Metzger had to take back his
earlier "expert" opinion.
The latest printed versions of the NIV now admits, "There are
several different ending to the Gospel of Mark found in the various Greek
manuscripts. Most Greek text and several ancient translations conclude with
the ending familar to us as Mark 16:9-20. The earliest Greek manuscript with
that ending is from the fifth century, but evidence from the church fathers
suggests that it was already in existence during the second century."
The evidence in favor of the TR representing the original text also comes
from the ancient Greek manuscripts themselves. Of the over 5,600 ancient
Greek manuscripts discovered to date, only 1-5% (depending on which side you
believe) are SV, while 95-99% of the 5,600 are TR. Moreover, the TR copies
match each other despite being spread over a large area - stretching from
Spain and Ireland to Ethiopia and the Middle East - and across a millennium
of time, while the few copies of SV do not match each other despite being
confined to one area - Alexandria of Egypt - and a narrow time period (4th
To illustrate this, imagine 5,600 high school kids rushing into an empty
professional sports arena to play the human telephone game. After they
have spread throughout the venue, the referee whispers identical words into the
ears of the kids near the center court, and they in turn whisper to other
kids behind them, and so on until every kid in the venue, right up
to the top of the cheapest seats. Then you walk around to ask the kids what
they had heard, and all of them tell you the same thing except for a handful
of kids in one area of the arena. The problem with that handful is that
their words don't match even among themselves, and those kids are part of a
group with a reputation for lying and spreading false rumors.
Which set of kids would you believe to be telling you the original words of
the referee - the 95-99% of the kids who cover arena, or the conflicting
words of 1-5% of the kids who belong to a shady bunch?
Is it fair to imply SV has shady origins? It is, because Codex Sinaiticus
(the "S" in SV) on which the Vatican's Codex Vaticanus (the "V" in SV") is
based, is from the Alexandrian regions of Egypt near Mount Sinai.
What is wrong with that? The Alexandrian region was the base of
Gnosticism, the first heretical cult which taught that the physical world
is evil, Jesus isn't God, Jesus didn't come in the flesh, Jesus didn't die
on the cross, and that salvation is attained through some secret knowledge
("Gnosis" means "knowledge").
Here is Bruce Metzger on Alexandria: "Among Christians
which during the second century either originated in Egypt or circulated
there among both the orthodox and the Gnostics are numerous apocryphal
gospels, acts, epistles, and apocalypses. Some of the more noteworthy are
the Gospel according to the Egyptians, the Gospel of Truth, the Gospel of
Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Kerygma of Peter, the Acts of John, the
Epistle of Barnabas, the Epistle of the Apostles, and the Apocalypse of
Peter. There are also fragments of exegetical and dogmatic works composed by
Alexandrian Christians, chiefly Gnostics during the second century. We know,
for example, of such teachers as Basilides and his son Isidore, and of
Valentinus, Ptolemaeus, Heracleon, and Pantaenus. All but the last-mentioned
were unorthodox in one respect or another. In fact, to judge by the comments
made by Clement of Alexandria, almost every deviant Christian sect was
represented in Egypt during the second century; Clement mentions the
Valentinians, the Basilidians, the Marcionites, the Peratae, the Encratites,
the Docetists, the Haimetites, the Cainites, the Ophites, the Simonians, and
the Eutychites. What proportion of Christians in Egypt during the second
century were orthodox is not known."
(The Early Versions of the New Testament, Clarendon Press, 1977, p. 101)
Is Gnosticism in any way reflected in SV?
It is. Just scroll up and review the above comparisons again. The SV (NASB)
versions downplay the deity of Christ, and the discussed NASB version of 1
Corinthians 15:47 denies that Jesus came in the flesh.
Speaking of Jesus coming in the flesh, by the time John's later Epistles
were written, Gnosticism had already reared its head, and John specifically
warned us about it. Compare John's warning in the two versions:
NKJV - "and every spirit that does not confess
Christ has come in the flesh is
not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard
was coming, and is now already in the world." (1 John 4:3)
NASB - "and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is
not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard
that it is coming, and now it is already in the world." (1 John 4:3)
The SV (NASB) version is missing "that... Christ has come in the flesh". The
result is a warning that has lost its precision: "every
spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God?" Confess
what about Jesus?
Here is another verse:
NKJV - "in whom we have redemption
through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins." (Colossians 1:14)
NASB - "in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of
sins." (Colossians 1:14)
The phrase "through His blood"
states that we are redeemed - our sins are forgiven - through the blood of
Christ, meaning His atoning death on the cross. Take out the blood, i.e.,
take out the cross, and this verse loses not only its precision but becomes
deceptive since without Christ's death on the cross, there is no redemption
or forgiveness of sins.
This begs the question, why did B.F. Westcott and F.J. Hort, the two
Cambridge scholars who brought the SV to the world as the Westcott &
Hort Greek Text, use Codex Sinaiticus, found in the garbage pile of a
Catholic convent at the base of Mount Sinai, and Codex Vaticanus, which the
editors of TR had deemed worthless because it was filled with errors and
corrections on itself, omitted 46 chapters of Genesis, 32 chapters of
Psalms, entire books of Paul's Epistles, etc, and instead contained the
Catholic Apocrypha, which even the Catholic church today admits isn't part
of the Bible? Why did they ignore the 95-99% of the kids in the arena and
choose to believe the handful of kids with the shady reputation?
Here's a hint from Hort himself: "I had no idea till the
last few weeks of the importance of texts, having read so little Greek
Testament, and dragged on with the villainous Textus Receptus...Think of
that vile Textus Receptus leaning entirely on late manuscripts; it is a
blessing there are such early ones." (Hort, Arthur
Fenton, Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, New York, 1896, Vol.
1, p. 211)
Hort's assertion that TR leans on late manuscripts is false and undermined
by his own admission that he has read "so little" Greek Testament. What
makes this quote significant is that it was written in 1851 when he was only
23 years old. Why would he call TR "villainous" and "vile" without having
The answer has to do with the fact that Westcott & Hort didn't end up with
SV after setting out to get as close as possible to the original version of
the Word of God. They ended up with SV because they set out to zero in on SV
and use it to attack the "villainous and vile" TR.
Why would they do that? Here are a few more of Mr. Hort's own words:
"I have been persuaded for many years that Mary-worship
and Jesus-worship have very much in common..." (Hort, Arthur
Fenton, Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, New York, 1896, Vol. 2, p.
"The Romish (Roman Catholic) view seems to me
nearer, and more likely to lead to the truth than the evangelical." (Hort, Arthur
Fenton, Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, New York, 1896, Vol. 1, p.
"Evangelicals seem to me perverted rather than untrue." (Hort, Arthur
Fenton, Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, New York, 1896, Vol.
1, p. 400)
"The popular doctrine of substitution (Jesus' substitutionary death
on the cross) is an immoral and material counterfeit." (Hort, Arthur
Fenton, Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, New York, 1896, Vol.
1, p. 430)
"But the book that has most engaged me is Darwin...my feeling is strong that
the theory is unanswerable." (Hort, Arthur
Fenton, Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, New York, 1896, Vol.
1, p. 416)
Hort sounds like a Darwinian Catholic, but was in fact more than that: Hort
and Westcott were not simply the members, but from their college years the
founders of four occult organizations - Cambridge Ghost Society, Hermes Club
(named after the Egyptian-Greek God who brings messages from Hades), Eranus,
and Company of Apostles - that communicated with the dead via seances,
mediums, ghosts, psychics and other occult activities.
In Hort's own words, "Westcott, Gorham, C.B. Scott,
Benson, Bradshaw, Laurd etc. and I have started a society for the
investigation of ghosts and all supernatural appearances and effects, being
all disposed to believe that such things rally exist... Westcott is drawing
up a schedule of question." (Hort, Arthur Fenton, Life and
Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, New York, 1896, Vol. 1, p. 211)
Westcott's son wrote in the biography about his father that,
"[Westcott] had a lifelong faith in what for lack of a
better name, one must call Spiritualism."
And in Westcott's own words, declared as a professor during one of his
lectures: "Recent historical and textual criticism had
shown beyond doubt that most of the evidence for the New Testament miracles,
not to mention the Old Testament, can not be unfairly described as remote
and hearsay… It is quite certainly far weaker than the evidence for, let us
say, the miraculous events associated with modern Spiritualism."
These four occult organizations went on to spin off other occult
organization, and Westcott as a professor actively recruited his students to
not only join but to lead them. Westcott and Hort were two of the figures
who helped fuel the 19th century New Age movement in England. Their Greek
Testament wasn't the work of two scholars seeking the truth. It was an
attack on the Word of God by agents of the occult.
The question that arises is, "How could the rest of the world let them get
away with it?"
There are at least four answers. Firstly, in the 19th century, London was
considered the world's epicenter of Christian scholarship, and Oxford and
Cambridge were revered as the pinnacles within the epicenter. Most tended to
trust what came out of Oxford and Cambridge based on those names alone.
Secondly, the attack was well planned and executed. Knowing that their work
won't survive close scrutiny, Westcott & Hort spent 20 years on the Greek
text and then another decade on the English translation, all in relative
secrecy, and then sprang both on the world in 1881 as the "new and improved"
Bible. In the words of Hort to Westcott in 1861: "Also -
but this may be cowardice - I have sort of a craving our text should be cast
upon the world before we deal with matters likely to brand us with
suspicion. I mean a text issued by men already known for what will
undoubtedly be treated as dangerous heresy, will have great difficulties in
finding its way to regions which it might otherwise reach, and whence it
would not be easily banished by subsequent alarms." (Hort, Arthur
Fenton, Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, New York, 1896, Vol.
1, p. 445)
Thirdly, they had powerful like-minded friends who defended
them. The Archbishop of Canterbury -
the leader of the Anglican church - E.H. Benson, cofounded the
aforementioned occultic Cambridge
Ghost Society with Westcott and Hort, and the Prime Minister of England,
Arthur Balfour, was the brother-in-law of Henry Sidgwick, Hort's student who
led the Cambridge Ghost Society after Westcott, Hort and Benson.
Fourthly, London in the late 19th century was in a state of spiritual chaos.
The churches were reeling from Darwin's Origin of the Species, published in
1859, which declared that there is no divine Creator, and the New Age
movement was rampant. Mediums, seances and psychics were very much in vogue.
What's the status of Westcott & Hort's Greek New Testament today?
That text itself has been discredited. The only modern "bible" translated
still directly from it is that of the Jehovah's Witness.
But the Westcott & Hort text has morphed and is re-marketed under a
different name. In 1898 Eberhard Nestle, who helped translate the
Westcott & Hort's Greek text into English, "updated" it and
as "Nestle Greek New Testament". In 1950, Kurt Aland, who worked with
Nestle, took over and it became renamed, "Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament".
The majority of the modern English Bibles, including the New
International Version (NIV) and NASB, are based on this
Nestle-Aland text, which despite having been "improved" 27 times to its
current "27th Edition" in the last 6 decades (in comparison, TR hasn't had to
be updated at all in the last 400 years) still remains in essence, Westcott
Do NASB and NIV admit their textual origins? The NASB seems to, by stating
in its introduction: "In most instances the 26th edition
of Eberhard Nestle's New Testament Greek was followed."
The peculiarity of this admission is that it is buried in the 7th paragraph
at the bottom of a page and is hard to find. Contrast that to what it
declares prominently at the top of its "Preface" on the preceding page:
"In the history of English Bible translations, the King
James Version is the most prestigious. This time-honored version of 1611,
itself a revision of the Bishop's Bible of 1568, became the basis for the
English Revised Version appearing in 1881 (New Testament) and 1885 (Old
Why misrepresent your origins and pay homage to a version based on the
"villainous and vile" TR? When trying to overthrow something, claiming to be
its successor isn’t a bad idea.
Instead of outright misrepresentation, the NIV tries to camouflage its
origins in more nebulous terms: "The Greek text used in
translating the New Testament was an eclectic one. No other piece of ancient
literature has such an abundance of manuscript witnesses as does the New
Testament. Where existing manuscripts differ, the translators made their
choice of readings according to accepted principles of New Testament textual
criticism. Footnotes call attention to places where there was uncertainty
about what the original text was. The best current printed texts of the
Greek New Testament were used."
Naming "the best current printed text" as the
source wouldn't pass for a high school paper, and this is what is cited as
the source for the Bible? And this stands in sharp contrast to the
paragraphs just above it, which spells out in detail the dozen or so
manuscripts used for the Old Testament.
Does the NIV ever admit to its origins? It does, but you need to find and
download a 1-megabyte document titled, "The NIV: The Making of A
Contemporary Translation" from the website of the NIV committee and
then do a word search. That document’s chapter 4 titled, "The Rationale
for an Eclectic New Testament Text", states, "What
Greek text was used by the translators of the NIV New Testament? It was
basically that found in the United Bible Societies' and Nestle's printed
Greek New Testaments, which contain the latest and best Greek text
Who publishes the NIV and NASB and their sibling version? It's Zondervan,
owned by HarperCollins Publishers, which is owned by News Corp, which in
turn is owned by Rupert Murdoch, the Catholic media mogul who is close
to the Vatican.
Are Roman Catholic views reflected in the NASB and NIV? Consider the
NKJV - "And having come in, the angel said to her,
“Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women!"
NASB - "And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings,
favored one! The Lord is with you." (Luke 1:28)
Calling Mary a woman isn't convenient to hailing her as being more than a
NKJV - "and did not know her till she had brought forth
her firstborn Son. And he called His name
Jesus." (Matthew 1:25)
NIV - "But he had no union with her until she gave
birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (Matthew 1:25)
would imply that Mary had other sons, which isn't convenient to keeping her
a virgin all of her life.
Among the other books that Murdoch publishes through HarperCollins, which
owns Zondervan, is The Satanic Bible, used by
those who worship Satan.
Speaking of Satan, here are a couple of other comparisons of intrigue.
First, Revelation 22:16 in three versions:
NKJV - "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you
these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the
Bright and Morning Star."
NASB - "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you
these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David,
the bright morning star."
NIV - "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the
churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright
All three versions identify Jesus as the Morning Star. No problem there. Now
read the three versions of Isaiah 14:12:
NKJV - "How you are fallen from heaven, O
Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut
down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!"
NASB - "How you have fallen from heaven, O
star of the morning, son of the
You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!"
NIV - "How you have fallen from heaven, O
morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!"
The interesting thing about this passage is that the original language isn't
even Greek. It's Hebrew. And the words in bold just above are the
translations of three consecutive Hebrew words that respectively mean,
"shiny one", "son", "morning". The NKJV correctly recognizes the context and
translates the "shiny one" as Lucifer, the angel of light who was thrown
down from heaven after rebelling against God. If NASB and NIV had translated
the "shiny one" simply as "star", we can attribute that to a simple error by
the translators who weren't paying attention to the context of the verse.
But why "morning" star? And remember that the original Hebrew has one word
that means "morning". Why do NASB and NIV translate this one word twice,
once as "morning" and a second time as "dawn", with the result that instead
of Satan being hurled out of heaven, it's Jesus being hurled out of heaven?
Is Jesus Satan?
At best, this causes confusion, doesn't it? Or how about the most famous
verse in the Bible?
NKJV - "For God so loved the world that He gave His
only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
NIV - "For God so loved the world that he gave his
one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
The NKJV correctly translates the original Greek word monogene as
"only begotten", meaning "unique" in the sense of being
"incomparable". In contrast, NIV's "one and only" means that there are no
other, which is confusing since all Christians are also the sons and daughters
of God the Father.
Is confusion something that comes from God? Not according to 1 Corinthians
14:33: "For God is not the author of confusion but of
peace, as in all the churches of the saints."
Who then is the author of confusion? For the answer, let's turn to a few
verses near the beginning of the Bible and compare what God said and what
Satan implied God to have said:
"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of
every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you
eat of it you shall surely die"... Now the serpent was more cunning than any
beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman,
"Has God indeed said,
‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?""
(Genesis 2:16-17 and 3:1 NKJV)
Slightly twisting the Word of God to confuse and distance us from
God is Satan's oldest trick in the book, literally. Jesus called Satan,
"a liar and the father of it" (John 8:44) and the
finger prints of this liar are on the works of the 4th century Gnostics,
Westcott, Hort, Nestle, Aland and the English translations based on their
Heed the words of Hort himself, written to a friend in 1870:
"It is quite impossible to judge the value of what appear
to be trifling alterations merely by reading them one after another. Taken
together, they have often important bearings which few would think of at
first…The difference between a picture say of Raffaelle and a feeble copy of
it is made up of a number of trivial differences…We have successfully
resisted being warned off dangerous ground…It is, one can hardly doubt, the
beginning of a new period in Church history. So far the angry objectors have
reason for their astonishment." (Hort, Arthur Fenton, Life
and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, New York, 1896, Vol. 1, pp.
And Hort has reason to fear the wrath of God, who chose to close the Bible
with this admonition: "For I testify to everyone who hears
the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God
will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone
takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away
his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things
which are written in this book." (Revelation 22:18-19 NKJV)
But the damage has been done, and millions of Christians are reading
"bibles" that Satan has laced with enough poison to cause confusion and
division within the church, but not enough to be detected by unsuspecting
What should be done?
1. Keep the King James Version (KJV) or the New King James Version (NKJV) of
2. Throw out all other version, all of which are based on the occult
Westcott & Hort text.
3. Advise everyone you know to do the same, but be careful. Telling people,
especially pastors, that their bibles have occult origins will draw
knee-jerk denials and rebukes. Feel free to refer them to this page so that
they can read the evidence for themselves and draw their own conclusions.