There are spirits in our material world working diligently today in all aspects of christianity...The

spirit of the antichrist is the prime mover in this "prophsied" formation of the end-time "church"...

The frustration for the remnant of us who are loyal to the Lord is that, we know that we cannot

stop a movement whose time has come...It is God who has put the blindness on those who pay

Him lip-service but, whose hearts are far from Him...The most we can do is try to rescue a few, "one

by one" from the flames, and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the

garment spotted by the flesh (Jude23)...

Are we recognizing where the devil is at work? "The attack on God's word, (our) Bible"...This seems

to be coming at us from all directions whereby, we know that the enemy time is short!!

There is nothing new under the sun; satan has always cast doubt upon God's word, in an effort to

decieve God's people, and false bible translations is the most obvious way in which the word of God

has come under attack recently...

"The message bible" is sold as one of the many translations, but it is a paraphrase meant to be

reader friendly, but it distorts the true meaning of scripture, which are paraphrase lies!!...Here are

some examples: The antichrist is only an anarchrist; The simple words "falling away" are removed;

The whole idea of a restrainer (Holy Spirit) is missing; There is no picture of the glorious return of

Christ; The wicked are banished, rather than damned like the word say's...Many mainline denominations have forsaken the bible in exchange for the ideas of the popular culture...The leaders

and theologians of this movement promote a "new way" to speak theologically without using biblical

terms such as; the fall, redemption, salvation, or gospel...they say; that those terms are a turn-off

and we should adapt our speech to accomodate unbelievers, in other words, they are in fact saying;

that we should compromise the word of God...What bible translation are you reading? God's word

forbids anyone to (add) to His word, or take away from it..."Remember, that when people do this, it

comes with a curse"...

 

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The beginning of chapter 2 in Second Thessalonians reads largely the same in the Message as it does in the King James bible. Just as does the KJV, the Message affirms the return of Jesus and it identifies a particular personage who will be revealed in the end times:


KJV:
1Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away [ἀποστασία apostasia] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4Who 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, shewing himself that he is God. 5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

Message:
Now, friends, read these next words carefully. Slow down and don't go jumping to conclusions regarding the day when our Master, Jesus Christ, will come back and we assemble to welcome him. Don't let anyone shake you up or get you excited over some breathless report or rumored letter from me that the day of the Master's arrival has come and gone. Don't fall for any line like that.

Before that day comes, a couple of things have to happen. First, the Apostasy. Second, the debut of the Anarchist, a real dog of Satan. He'll defy and then take over every so-called god or altar. Having cleared away the opposition, he'll then set himself up in God's Temple as "God Almighty." Don't you remember me going over all this in detail when I was with you? Are your memories that short?



Now, "Apostasy" is an English word directly taken from the Greek apostasia, which the KJV renders "a falling away." English speakers today should know what apostasy is... seems to me that the Message is staying closer to the original language here. Regarding the use of the term "Anarchist," it is a parallel to the title Paul gives him: "Man of Sin." The KJV translation is precise, whereas rendering that as 'anarchist" gives the complementary picture that he will be opposed to any godly rules or laws. Then, the Message uses a made up phrase, "a real dog of Satan" to correspond to Paul's second title, "Son of Perdition" [ἀπώλεια apōleia = destruction]. I suppose that destructiveness is what is implied by "real dog," but of course the name "Satan" does not appear in the Greek original. The writers inserted a little commentary with their paraphrases here, but it seems their intent was to enhance the orthodox teachings about Antichrist, not to diminish them.


Moreover, it appears that everywhere the KJV actually uses the word "Antichrist," the Message does too. Consider, for example, 1 John 4:


KJV:
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus 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.

Message:
Here's how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person—comes from God and belongs to God. And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought!



Actually comparing the paraphrase to the KJV translation, it looks pretty faithful. You should read it in a parallel bible before you condemn it.
Why be surprised?

There are people that say they only read the KJV and if you show them certain scriptures - they say that these certain scriptures are not for todays followers of Christ.

You know - like when Eve KNEW that the Lord said if you eat of THAT tree you shall surely died ---- the devil came along and said ----- You shall NOT surely die..........and she BELIEVED the devil RATHER than God!

Soooo - why would it be a surprised or disgusting that people today would buy or use bibles that remove certain scriptures from the bible. There is NO difference - except some people have chosen not to be hypocritical and hide that they dont pay attention to certain scriptueres anyway.

I think its wonderful.
I say more and more people need to buy the bibles that only have the scriptures that they like.

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