"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

 by Louis W. Cable

Luke 24:46 ~ Thus it is written and thus it was necessary for Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day.According to the writer of Luke, Jesus said this to his disciples on the night of his alleged resurrection. This same claim of prophecy fulfillment by Jesus was made earlier by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (see below). Try as they might, researchers have never been able to locate this prophecy in the Old Testament. (Till, page 1).

John 1:45 ~ Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.The word “Nazareth." whose derivation is uncertain, is found nowhere in the entire Old Testament.

John 2:17 ~ And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

Psalm 69:9 ~ For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

This passage has nothing to do with Jesus anger at the money changers in the temple. “The zeal of thy house” is clearly referring to the integrity of the house of Israel, not the temple. David could not have been referring to the temple simply because it had not yet been built in his day. Fundies believe erroneously that all of Psalm 69 is prophetic and refers to Jesus. But to make such a claim is to acknowledge Jesus to be a sinner according to verse 6.

John 3:14 ~ And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.

Fundies say that the serpent upon a pole is referring to Jesus upon the cross. Don’t they know that the serpent is regarded as representing Satan? The serpents mentioned in Numbers 21 came not as saviors but as punishment. So, if Jesus is symbolic of the serpent then he must be Satan.

John 5:25 ~ Jesus says, “The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” 

Notice the verse says, “and now is” which shows that the dead were to hear Jesus’ voice and live at that time. None of this prophecy ever came to pass. (McKinsey – pg. 299).

John 6:45 ~ It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Isaiah 54:13 ~ And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

The writer of John has Jesus quoting a few words from Isaiah and referring them to himself and to his ministry. Fundies say that if Judaism had been a religion taught by God, then the Jews would have accepted Jesus in accordance with this verse – “For he who hath learned of the father cometh unto me.” By giving God a human body, the gospel writer has negated a basic tenet of Judaism. “Being taught of God” means that the Jews would listen only to the words of the established prophets none of whom spoke of God putting on human flesh. Moses reminded the people that when God gave the law on Mount Sinai, he saw no manner or form (Deuteronomy 4:15). God cannot be likened to a human being. God could never be contained in the womb of a woman as Jesus allegedly was. To the Jews, therefore, Jesus is a mortal man and an imposter.

John 7:38 ~ He who believes in me, as the scripture said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Such a statement cannot be found anywhere in the Old Testament.

John 13:18 ~ I do not speak of all of you. I know of whom I have chosen. But that the scripture may be fulfilled. He that eateth bread with me lifted up his heel against me.

Psalm 41:9 ~ Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

Fundies see this as a prophecy of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. If so then Jesus must have been a sinner because in verse 4 of Psalm 41 we read, Lord be gracious to me. Heal my soul for I have sinned against thee. The subject of this Psalm is consideration of the poor, not Jesus. According to Matthew 26:9-11 Jesus discouraged his followers from giving to the poor.

John 13:38 ~ Jesus to Peter, “The cock shall not crow till thou hast denied me thrice.”

This statement contradicts Mark 14:66-68 where it says that the cock crowed after the first denial, not the third.

John 17:12 ~ While I was with them in the world, I kept them in they name: those that thou givest me I have kept, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 

This is another imaginary prophecy found nowhere in the Old Testament.

John 19:23-24 ~ Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

Psalm 22:18 ~ They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Here again the writers of the gospels have misunderstood the Hebrew use of parallelism and made one thing into two – the dividing of outer garments among themselves and casting lots for his coat. The Psalm is referring to only one garment, not a set of garments. The whole of Psalm 22, if it is prophetic at all, is referring to the people of Israel and not to anything else.

John 19:33-36 ~ But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legsBut one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believeThese things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

In John 1:29 Jesus is identified by John the Baptist as the “The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Although such a claim is made nowhere else in the Bible, Fundies maintain that all of this fulfilled Exodus 12:46, where it says of the Passover lamb, “Neither shall ye break a bone thereof.” We must understand, however, that this is not a prophecy. It is a command. When eating the Passover lamb they are, among other things, not to break any of its bones. It is clear from biblical context that the ceremonial slaughter, cooking and eating of a lamb was part of a festival commemorating the mythological exodus from Egyptian bondage. Nowhere in the Old Testament is the slaughtering of a lamb required for the forgiveness of sin.

John 19:37 ~ And again another scripture saith, They shall look upon him whom they have pierced.

Zechariah 12:10 ~ And they shall look upon me whom they have pierced and shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son.

Fundies claim that Zechariah is referring to the crucifixion of Jesus. Israel will one day be made to gaze upon Jesus whom they pierced by nailing him to a cross, and they will lament for him as for an only son. However, the writer of John made a small but important change. In John it reads, “And they shall look to him (as opposed to me) whom they have pierced.” So the source text has been deliberately changed so as to give the false that Jesus that this prophecy is all about Jesus.

This verse is not difficult to understand when read in its Hebrew context. From Zechariah 12:9 we learn that God will defend Israel and destroy Israel's enemies. One day they (Israel) shall look to me (God) whom they (Israel's enemies) have pierced. Then they (Israel) shall mourn because many will die in battle at that time. So the pierced one is God. How is it possible to pierce God, one may ask? The answer - to attack Israel is to, in effect, attack God. This is confirmed in Isaiah 63:9 where it reads, "In all their (Israel's) affliction he (God) was also afflicted." In Zechariah 2:8 we read, "He that toucheth you (Israel) touches the apple of his (God's) eye." So to those nations attacking Israel the prophecy points out that there will come a day of reckoning because to pierce Israel is to pierce God. Therefore God says that the nations will be made to look upon me (not him), whom they have pierced. Every house in Israel will mourn not for Jesus but for those who died in battle.

Acts 1:20 ~ For it is written in the Book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate and let no man dwell therein: and his bishopric let another man take.

Although these words appear nowhere in the Book of Psalms, Psalm 109:8 comes fairly close. There it reads, Let his days be few and let another take his possessions.” There is no mention of a bishopric.

Acts 2:16-21 ~ But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Joel 2:28-31 ~ And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.

Fundies believe that this prophecy was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost (50 days after the alleged death of Jesus). But no one questions them as to just what was fulfilled. No one in the upper room gave a word of prophecy; no one recalls anyone seeing a vision; no dreams are recorded and blood, fire, and pillars of smoke were nowhere to be seen on that day. The sun was not darkened, neither then nor to the present day has the moon been turned into blood. In fact the only thing that did happen was that the disciples got themselves worked up into a mindless frenzy and spoke in tongues. Now if that was a sign, why didn’t Joel mention it in his prophecy? Speaking in tongues is mentioned nowhere by any of the Hebrew prophets.

Acts 2:26-28 ~ Therefore did my heart rejoice and my tongue was glad: moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine holy one to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. 

Psalm 16:8-10 ~ I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

The writer of Acts apparently saw it as a prophecy of the resurrection of Jesus. However, the Psalm is written in first person and had obvious reference to matters that concerned the writer’s present condition. In the opening verse, he said of God, to whom the Psalm is addressed, “I have no good beyond thee.” Does this sound like something that the sinless Jesus would say? After the statement that Peter and Paul allegedly quoted as proof of the resurrection, the Psalmist said, “thou (Yahweh) will show me the path of life” (v:11). Are we to believe that Jesus, who was the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6) and was God himself (John 1:1), would need Yahweh to show him “the path of life?” Hardly! (Till pg. 3)

Acts 2:31-35 ~ He (David) seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ that his soul was not left in hell neither did his flesh see corruption.

Psalm 16:9-10 ~ Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hopeFor thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

This passage has been mistranslated so as to make it appear to be referring to the alleged resurrection of Jesus. Translated correctly it says, thou shall not abandon my soul in the grave, nor will thou suffer thou pious ones to see the pit. It is not speaking about a special person or an individual whose body will not rot in the grave. It is in the plural – pious ones – not referring to one person but to many. To those who are pious their soul will not remain in the grave.

Acts 3:22-23 ~ Moses said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever. And it shall come to pass that every soul which will not hear that prophet shall be utterly destroyed. 

Deuteronomy 18:15-18 ~ The Lord will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; and I will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

Fundies claim that Jesus is the prophet referred to here because he is in fact the second Moses. This is a strange comparison, indeed. First, Moses was a man and claimed to be nothing more. Jesus, however, is said to have been part man and part God. He is said to have been born of a virgin who was impregnated by none other than the Holy Ghost. Moses had a less auspicious beginning in the form of a natural birth. Second, we notice that the whole passage concerns only a prophet whereas Jesus is supposed to be the Messiah. Moses was never referred to as the Messiah. Thirdly, the prophet is from among your brethren, thus stressing that there is no indication of a divine origin. All that this passage is saying is that God will continue to send prophets to Israel who will be endowed with a prophetic spirit as was Moses. As for the rest of the passage in Acts, there are no references to Jesus in the words of Samuel nor in those of any of his successors.

Acts 7:42-43 ~ Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Amos 5:25-27 ~ Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts.

Nowhere in the source passage does it say that God gave them up to worship the host of heaven. This is an obvious forgery. The prophecy is rebuking the Hebrews for having worshiped idols, but throughout the prophecy there is a call to repentance (v4, v6, v14). When read in its context it becomes clear that God did not intend to give up his people as is indicated in Acts. Also, the writer of Acts confuses the Syrian captivity with the Babylonian exile.

Acts 13:40-41 ~ Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of by the prophets; Behold, ye dispisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in you days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a men declare it unto you. 

Habacook 1:5-6 (Hebrew Bible) ~ Look among the nations, and behold, and be struck with amazement: for a deed will be performed in your days, which you will not believe, though it be told you. For I will raise up the Kasdim (Chaldeans), a bitter and impetuous nation, who shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess dwelling places that are not theirs. 

Paul tries to scare the Jews of Antioch into accepting Jesus by threatening them, a technique widely used today by many Christian missionaries. He warns them that this prophesy would come to pass if they refused to believe in Jesus. Presuming that the Jews of Antioch knew their scriptures, they surely must have gone away laughing at Paul’s ignorance. If Paul had gone on to quote the next verse it would have become clear that what God was saying is that he would rouse the Chaldeans against them. The phrase, in your days, refers to the sixth century BCE and not to the people of Paul’s time. The prophecy had already been fulfilled.

Acts 15:15-17 ~ And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, after this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

Amos 9:11-12 ~ In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this.

Fundies say that this refers to Christ’s return. When asked why Jesus failed to accomplish all the things the Messiah is supposed to have done, they simply declare that he will do everything at his second coming. The writer of Acts has put into the prophet’s mouth words not found in the source. The source verse does not read after this I will return; but in that day I will build. No mention of anyone’s returning anywhere.
Fundies believe that the residue of men will seek after the Lord, and therefore, through Jesus the gentiles will inherit the kingdom. But this is only because of a misquotation. Compare the source, That thay (Israel) may possess the remanent of Edom and all the heathen which are called by name, to the rendition in Acts, That the residue of men might seek after the Lord.

The tabernacle of David simply refers to the royal house of David which will be raised again at some future date. This was never fulfilled by Jesus. Therefore, to make it appear that Jesus will return and do it at some future date is misleading for nowhere in the New Testament do we find the words, "I will return." The second coming is born out of desperation. Israel had been without a king from the house of David for several hundred years before Jesus allegedly arrived. He did nothing to change that.

Romans 2:24 ~ For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you (the Jews) as it is written.

Isaiah 52:5 ~ “Now therefore, what have I here,” saith the Lord, “seeing that my people is taken away for nought?” “They that rule over them make them to howl,” saith the Lord; “and my name continually every day is blasphemed.”

The manner in which Paul quotes this verse from Isaiah makes his Jewish readers feel that because of their sins they have caused God’s name to be blasphemed among the gentiles. Yet, when we study the source it becomes obvious that Paul is deliberately misleading his audience. In context we see that it is on account of the gentile’s deeds, not the Jews deeds, that God’s name is blasphemed. In addition to mistreating God’s people in exile, the gentiles also blaspheme God’s name. Paul has added to his text the words through you.

Romans 3:10-12 ~ As it is written there is none righteous, no not one. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way; they have all together become unprofitable. There is none that doeth good, no not one. 

Psalm 14:3 ~ They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Fundies claim that this verse proves that all are born in sin. However, the psalmist did not have that concept in mind. When read in context the psalm is clearly referring to two types of people — the wicked and the righteous. Verse five states God is with the “righteous” generation.

Romans 9:25-26 ~ As he saith in Hosea, I will call them my people which were not my people and call her beloved which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there shall they be called the children of the living God.

Fundies believe that these verses support their claim of being the new Israel. They say that God cast away his original people, the Jews, and put the Fundies in their place. But the passage in Romans has two sources,

Hosea 2:23 – And I will sow to thee in the earth. And I will have mercy on her that have not obtained mercy. And I will say to them which are not my people thou art my people. And they shall say thou art my God.

Hosea 1:10 – Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

So, Paul joins two separate verses in Hosea in order to create a false prophecy which Jesus can be made to fulfill. But in doing so he changes the order thus giving the misleading impression that those described as “not my people” were the gentiles later brought in to replace Israel. When we read the verses in their right order we learn that God rejected Israel as being his people because of their sin of idolatry. Nowhere does the prophet indicate that God found himself another people. On the contrary, the prophet continues by showing that God forgives Israel and accepts it back again. Thus Hosea’s prophesy of doom is followed by the promise of redemption. There is no reference to the gentiles.

Romans 10:20-21 ~ But Esaias (Isaiah) is very bold, and saith, “I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.” But to Israel he saith, “All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.”

Isaiah 65:1-2 ~ I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts.

Fundies say that the first part of this passage refers to them because they accepted Jesus. The second part, they claim, refers to the Jews who did not accept Jesus. However, there is no reason to say that the first part of the passage in Isaiah is referring to a different people than is the second part. In fact, the prophet does not specify what people it is. In John 6:53-56 we have a picture of these people to whom God is talking in Isaiah’s prophecy. They are described as being a rebellious people that walk in a way that is not righteous.

Romans 11:8 ~ According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, ears that they should not hear unto this day.

Isaiah 29:10 ~ For the Lord has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep and has closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath covered. 

Fundies try to use this verse to show how Jews who did not accept Jesus were spiritually blind. The problem is that Paul here again misrepresents Hebrew scriptures. In the source passage Isaiah is not addressing the people. His words are directed instead at the prophets, rulers and sayers. In Romans 11:7 Paul argues that that which Israel is seeking it has not obtained. But those who were chosen obtained it and the rest were hardened. The next verse (Isaiah 29:11) and indeed the rest of the chapter say just the opposite. It is the chosen ones, the privileged few, who have failed to obtain because they are asleep. The majority, meaning the Children of Israel, sanctify God’s name and obtain understanding as we see in verses 22 through 24.

Romans 11:26 ~ As it is written, there shall come out of Zion the deliverer and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. 

Isaiah 59:20 ~ To Zion will come a redeemer. And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob.

Anxious to establish Jesus as the Messiah, Paul changes the words of the prophet in order to suit his purpose. In the Old Testament we see that a redeemer comes toZion not out of Zion as Paul would have us believe. His reasoning is that Zion is the city of David. Since the New Testament claims that Jesus is the son of David, Paul has him coming out of Zion. Also, Paul adds a definite article making out that the prophet spoke of the deliverer. Whereas the Hebrew reads a redeemer. The term, The redeemer, is nowhere to be found in the Hebrew scriptures. There are in fact many redeemers because this words simply means “anointed one.” Many of the prophets, all of the high priests and all kings were anointed. Anointing was the custom among all nations at that time, not just Israel. If Jesus was the redeemer, as the verse in Romans claims, then why did he not deliver the Jews of his day from the yoke of Roman bondage?

Romans 14:11 ~ For it is written, as I live saith the Lord every knee shall bow to thee and every tongue shall confess to God.

Isaiah 45:23 ~ To me every knee shall bow; every tongue shall sware. 

In the previous verse (10) Paul asserts that all will be judged by Christ. For proof of this assertion he cites Isaiah 45:23. But what the prophet actually says is that every knee will bend before the Jewish God and swear in his name not to any pagan deities. Therefore, the Fundies are guilty of idolatry when they worship Jesus in place of God.

Romans 15:12 ~ And again Isaiah saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reagin over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. 

Isaiah 11:10 ~ And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his resting place shall be glorious.

Fundies believe that this prophecy refers to Jesus whom they claim was from the root of Jesse. Jesus, however, was not from the root of Jesse simply because he had no earthly father. This claim is also contradicted in his genealogy. As for reigning over the Gentiles, in Matthew 10:5 he instructs his disciples not to go to the gentiles. He even compares gentiles to dogs and declares that he is sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24-26). It is only after his resurrection that he apparently changes his mind and tells his disciples to preach the gospel throughout all the world unto all creation (Mark 16:15)10. In the Hebrew text it states that his reign of peace will be with honor. Jesus never established a reign of peace. In fact, he even goes so far as to say in Matthew 10:34 that he came not to bring peace but sword. Since Christianity come to power in the fourth century they have wielded the sword in every age. They established no peace and brought no honor.

1 Corinthians 1:19-20 ~ For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

Isaiah 29:14 ~ Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

This prophecy is not referring to those who would not accept Jesus, as Paul suggests. The words, “among this people,” “their wise men” and “their prudent men,” give an internal dating to the prophecy which is directed to the people of Isaiah’s own time, not that of Paul.

1 Corinthians 1:31 ~ As it is written, he that glory, let him glory in the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23 ~ Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Throughout the first chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul speaks against the wisdom of the world. Fundies take him seriously. Some of their groups go as far as to denounce higher education and scientific studies as sinful foolishness. “Our purpose is only to glorify the Lord,” says Paul. Unfortunately for Paul mindlessly glorifying the Lord and/or Jesus is not what is written in this passage. Paul once again deliberately misquotes the Hebrew scripture and, as usual, uses only half a verse to support his claim. According to the prophet it is not simply a matter of glorying the Lord, as Paul suggests, but he that glories should glory in that he understands and knows that the Lord is a God of justice and mercy. Understanding and knowledge are the opposite of the foolishness that Paul tells his followers to glory in.

1 Corinthians 2:9 ~ But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Isaiah 64:4 ~ For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

The context for Paul’s quotation is that he is trying to convince his followers that his words come from a hidden source of wisdom which none but him understood, as we see in 1 Corinthians 2:7-8. In the source this passage does not allude to any secret or hidden wisdom that would have prevented the death of Jesus. Rather it speaks of the awesome deeds God has done for his people in the past, and it entreats him to once again help his people, Israel.

1 Corinthians 3:19-20 ~ For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

Job 5:13 ~ He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

Again Paul shows his contempt for the wisdom of the world and purposely misquotes two Hebrew scriptures to justify his argument. When read in context, the source passage refers to those who use their knowledge for the wrong purposes. The second scripture changed by Paul is from Psalm 94:11, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man that they are vanity. Paul purposely changed “man” to read “the wise.”

1 Corinthians 9:9-10 ~ For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

Deuteronomy 25:4 ~ Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.

Paul is wrong to spiritualize this verse for by doing so he has changed its meaning. Nowhere is it said in the Torah that this verse was given for our sake as Paul claims. It is simply a Torah commandment that men should have a kind regard for the welfare of their animals. By spiritualizing verses from the Law of Moses, Paul takes them out of context and divorces them from their real meaning. The verse is used to justify the tel-evangelist’s commercial enterprises where large fortunes are made.

1 Corinthians 10:7 ~ As it is written, the people sat down to eat and drink, And rose up to play.

Exodus 32:6-8 ~ And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

Here Paul is describing a historical event and warns his followers not to repeat the deeds committed by their fathers. But Paul sets a bad example because he preached that the Law of Moses was now null and void (Romans 7:4-6, Gal. 2:19). He considered the law to be weak (Romans 8:3) and that a man could not be justified by observing it (Gal . 2:16). Under Paul’s interpretation every man became a law unto himself (Romans 2:14). Having no code of law, Paul’s converts soon began to commit all the deeds he had warned them against. (See 1 Corinthians 5:11). Paul must have realized that his teachings had many weak points, and he feared that his followers would soon fall away (2 Corinthians 12:20-21).

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ~ For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

No such prophecy has ever been found in the Old Testament. The third-day prophecy is nothing more than phony baloney. (See also Luke 24:46 above.) From Farrell Till page 1.

1 Corinthians 15:45 ~ And so it is written, the first man, Adam, was made a living soul. The last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

The second Adam, according to Paul, is Jesus. However, there is no mention of a second Adam anywhere in the Old Testament. By doing this Paul contradicts the virgin birth. In Paul’s mind Jesus did not come from Mary. Therefore, he could not have been born in Bethlehem. He came to us as a man from heaven, i.e. a spirit (1 Corinthians 15:47). The writer of the gospel of John had this same opinion. In John 8:23 Jesus says, “I am not of this world.” In John 8:58 Jesus says, “Verily I say unto you before Abraham was I am.” In John 16:28 Jesus says, “I came from the father and have come into the world: I am leaving the world again and going to the father.” John 17:24 Jesus says to God, “For thou lovest me before the foundation of the world.” So, was Jesus born as a human child or did he exist before the world began?

1 Corinthians 15:54 ~ Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death shall be swallowed up in victory. Oh death where is thy sting! Oh grave where is thy victory!

By lifting parts from two verses, Isaiah 25:8 – He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. 

Hosea 13:14 – I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

Paul composed a catchy little verse often quoted at Christian funerals. However, in their original setting they say something completely different as can be seen. The first does indeed offer some comfort whereas the second verse speaks of the wrath of God who causes death by plagues and in place of victory it describes the grave as destructive.

Galatians 3:13 ~ Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. Being made a curse for us, it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth upon a tree. 

Here we learn that the law is cursed. Evangelical Christians believe that when Jesus died on a cross he redeemed mankind from the curse of the law. But if we ask them since when was the law ever a curse they reply by quoting Deuteronomy 27:26, Cursed be he that conformeth not all the words of this law to do them. He will then back it up by quoting from Galatians 3:10, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”Therefore, in the Christian mind, if anyone fails to keep just one of the commandants, he has, in effect, broken them all and is therefore cursed.

The correct translation of Deuteronomy 27:26 is, Cursed be he that conformeth not the words of this law to do them. The word "all" does not appear in the original Hebrew scriptures. Some Christian versions of the Bible, such as KJV, have it, others, such as the New American Standard, do not. The law consists of a total of 613 commandments. They were never meant to be all kept by a single individual. Some are for those who own slaves or employ servants. Some are only for farmers. Some are only for the priests. Some are only for men, while others are only for women. Some are for the community as a whole and not for the individual. In addition to being mistranslated, Deuteronomy 27:26 is also misinterpreted in another way. When read together with the rest of the passage it becomes obvious that this verse is not being addressed to individuals but to the leaders. The leadership of the nation is being told to establish the words of this law, to make it a force within the national life of the people, and if they did not in the end they would be cursed.

Ephesians 5:14 ~ Wherefore he saith, “Awake thou that sleepiest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”

The writer of Ephesians11 makes this passage appear to come from God. However, it appears nowhere in the Old Testament.

Hebrews 1:5 ~ For unto which of the angels said he at any time, “Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee?. And again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son.”

This verse was constructed by combining two separate Old Testament passages,

Psalm 2:7 – I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

2 Samuel 7:14 - I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men. 

In spite of what some Christians claim, neither of these passages refers to Jesus. In Psalm 2 God confirms David’s calling as king of Israel, therefore, it is referring to David. The second part is referring to King Solomon. God does not have an “only begotten son” as is erroneously suggested by the writer of John 3:16, but he has many sons as we see in Genesis 6:2, Exodus 4:22 and in Job 38:7. In Job 1:6 we read about the sons of God. Also in Hosea 2:1. The Christian claim that Jesus is God’s only son is refuted.

Hebrews 8:8-10 ~ For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.

Jeremiah 31:31 ~ Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.

The “new covenant” is believed to be a superior one replacing the law of Moses. But according to Jeremiah the new covenant is none other than the old covenant with one innovation, that the law is to become an internal part of Israel’s consciousness rather than something imposed externally. The prophet says nothing about putting the blood of a man upon one’s heart or any of the Christian teachings. This new covenant is, according to the prophet, to be made with Israel and Juda. Therefore, it could not have been fulfilled by Jesus because in his day Israel had long since gone into captivity and lost its identity. So he could not have made any covenant with them. Only Judea remained it the time of Jesus allegedly lived.

Hebrews 9:19-20 ~ For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people saying, “This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.”

Exodus 24:5-9 ~ He offered burnt offerings, of oxen unto the Lord. And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient. And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words. Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel.

In the original there is no mention of the blood of cows and goats neither is there any mention of water, scarlet wool and hassock. Also, there is no mention of Moses sprinkling the book of the covenant. These words are only figments of the writer’s imagination.

Hebrews 10:5-7 ~ Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Psalm 40:8 ~ I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

In the passage in Hebrews the writer performs some acrobatics with the scriptures in order to give his readers the impression that sacrifice was contrary to God’s ordinance. But if we examine the source we find that offerings were a part of the worship service although not the most important. It was only when a men did the will of God was his offering acceptable as is stated in Psalm 51:18-19. The words, “But a body hast thou prepared me” is nowhere to be found in the Old Testament. The writer of Hebrews creates a body, Jesus, and suggests that the prophets are speaking about him. Whereas in the Psalm David is simply saying that he understands just what his duty is.

James 4:5-6 ~ Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain the spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

No such passage can be found anywhere in the Old Testament. In addition, it contradicts Jesus’ well known teaching in Matthew 26:41 that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

THE BOOK OF REVELATION12

The Book of Revelation, the final book of the New Testament, deserves special consideration whenever prophecy claims are being examined because it consists almost entirely of predictions and prophecies. Revelation was originally a Jewish work belonging to the category known as …. cont’d part three

 

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