203 – COINCIDENCES
When the Bible is translated from the Hebrew and Greek originals to another language, the text reflects the spiritual vision of the translator. There are dozens and dozens of translations, and no one is like the other. We have a collection of Bibles, and the translations are all different. We have a Brazilian translation, the annotated of Scoffield, The Jerusalem Bible, the translation of the Benedictine Monks (Belgium), the Bible BAC (Version Critical), the King James, the Latin Vulgate, the translation of the Father Antonio Pereira de Figueiredo, the Watch Tower Bible, the translation of Father Antonio Chabel, the one of the Capuchin Priests, the Italian version of Father Antonio Martins, and others… No translation is like another. There are flagrant differences in key places, for the vision of the translators are of different doctrines. For example: in the João Ferreira de Almeida, we read: “You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow-heir of the grace of life” (1 Pet. 3:7). In the Brazilian translation of the Thompson Bible, and others, we read that the woman will inherit with the husband. 1 Pet. 3 deals with Christian women and unbelieving husbands. In this case, if the woman inherits with the husband, the unbelieving and unfaithful are the ones who are saved. Absurd. In Is. 30:21, the Revista e Corrigida Bible of Almeida says, “And your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it, without turning to your right or to your left.’” In the same Bible, except that in the Revista e Atualizada version, we read, “Whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a word behind you…”etc. The translators change the meaning of the Word of God according to their vision.
The three Gospels are synoptic, that is, similar, for they narrate the events and facts of the life of Jesus, whereas the Gospel of John presents Jesus as the Son of God. In the book of Luke, in the episode of the baptism of Jesus, it is written, “Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee.” The translators removed this sentence that God spoke, found in Ps. 2:7. And why did the remove a sentence spoken by God? So that the Gospel of Luke would not be different from the other three. And who allowed the translators to change the Bible? Theology did. There are such a great number of adulterated or changed texts, that the reader of the Bible thinks that he is reading the Word of God, but he is reading the word of men.
No one can discuss a vision. The magazine Defesa da Fé n° 8 published the theological vision of Mr. Ezequias Soares, where he declared that Jehovah is Jesus. In the same magazine, in the next months, in order to prove that his vision was correct, he published 18 similarities between Jehovah and Jesus, which are the following:
Jehovah is the I AM (Ex. 3:13-14). Jesus is the I AM (John 8:58). Ezequias Soares should know that inEx. 3:14, it is not written I AM, but I WILL BE.
- Jehovah is the Rock (Is. 44:8). Jesus is the Rock (1 Cor. 10:4). Mr. Soares should know that the Bible speaks of two different rocks (Deut. 32:30-31).
- Jehovah is the Lord (Is. 45:5-6). Jesus is the Lord (Phil. 2:11). Everyone knows that Jesus became Lord only after the resurrection (Phil. 2:6-11). And all Christendom knows that Jehovah was Lord before that, when Jesus was not (Acts 2:36).
- Jehovah is peace (Judg. 6:24). Jesus is our peace (Eph. 2:14). The peace of Jesus is for everyone(Col. 1:20). Jehovah, though, is a man of war (Ex. 15:3; 17:16).
- Jehovah is the Shepherd (Ps. 23:1). Jesus is the Shepherd (Heb. 13:20). The problem is that Jehovah gives the sheep to be slaughtered (Ps. 44:11; Jer. 12:3; Zech. 11:4). Jesus does not.
- Jehovah is our banner (Ex. 17:15). Jesus is our banner (John 3:14). Jehovah is the banner to fight an eternal war (Ex. 17:15-16). Jesus on the cross is the banner of eternal salvation.
- Jehovah is the Lord of Lords (Deut. 10:17). Jesus is the Lord of Lords (1 Tim. 6:15). About the Lord of Lord, we have made our comment on the third item on this list.
- Jehovah is the only Savior (Is. 43:11). Jesus is the only Savior (Acts 4:12). Jehovah saves and afterwards kills (Jude 5). Jesus saves and gives us eternal life (John 3:36).
- Jehovah is Holy (Lev. 19:2). Jesus is Holy (Acts 4:27). The holiness of Jehovah is external (Lev. 21:17-22). The holiness of Jesus is interior (1 Pet. 1:15; 1 Thess. 5:23).
- Jehovah is truthful (Jer. 10:10). Jesus is truthful (Acts 3:14). Jehovah promised Abraham that he would not kill the righteous with the unrighteous (Gen. 18:25-26). The prophet Ezekiel declared that Jehovah kills the righteous together with the unrighteous (Ezek. 21:2-4 ) — he lied.
- Jehovah is just (Ps. 7:9). Jesus is just (Acts 3:14). Jehovah kills the children for the sins of the parents, and this is injustice (Is. 14:21; 2 Sam. 12:14-15; Jer. 19:7-9).
- Jehovah is life (Deut. 30:20). Jesus is life (John 14:6). Jehovah declared that whoever saw his face would die (Ex. 33:20). Whoever sees Jesus and believes, has eternal life (John 6:40).
- Jehovah is wise (Jer. 32:19). Jesus is wise (1 Cor 1:24). Jehovah, with great wisdom, produces evils without number (Jer. 18:10-11). Jesus produces what is good (John 14:2-3).
- Jehovah is the first and the last (Is. 44:6). Jesus is the first and the last (Rev. 1:17). Jehovah is the first and the last of the old creation, and Jesus, of the new (1 Cor. 15:45-49).
- Jehovah is a stumbling stone (Is. 8:13-15). Jesus is a stumbling stone (Rom. 9:33). Jehovah is a stumbling stone to his people, and Jesus is a stumbling stone to the sheep of Jehovah (Rom. 9:30-33), never to his own sheep.
- Jehovah is pierced (Zech. 12:10). Jesus was pierced (John 19:33-34) exactly as Jehovah would thrust others through with the sword (Is. 13:13-15; Ezek. 21:4-10; Is. 34:1-10).
- Jehovah is forgiving (Ps. 103:3). Jesus is forgiving (Matt. 9:5-6). Jehovah never forgave anyone(Jer. 13:14; Deut. 29:20; Is. 2:9; Ezek. 5:11; 2 Kings 24:4).
- Jehovah will come with the saints (Zech. 14:5). Jesus will come with the saints (1 Thess. 3:13).The saints of Jesus are a new creation (Eph. 4:22-24). The saints of Jehovah are an old creation.The Medes were the saints of Jehovah to destroy Babylon (Is. 13:3, 13-19; Jer. 51:28-29).
- Following each item of the vision of Ezequias Soares, we provided Bible texts that are contrary, proving with them that a vision, if it is flawed, might not be the truth. Let us transcribe another vision, showing that the comparisons can lead us to decisive conclusions.
- The devil is the king of this world (Luke 4:5-8). Jehovah is the king of this world (Ps. 47:2-8).
- The devil tempts men (Luke 4:2). Jehovah tempts men (Gen. 22:1; Deut. 8:2).
- The devil torments with sicknesses (Luke 13:16). Jehovah torments with sicknesses (Deut. 28:59; Lev. 26:16).
- The devil is a liar (John 8:44). Jehovah also lies (1 Kings 22:23).
- The devil lives in darkness (Acts 26:18). Jehovah hides in the darkness (Ex. 20:21; Ps. 18:11).
- The devil has a kingdom of dead people (Heb. 2:14). Jehovah, too (Ex. 19:6; Is. 43:15; Rom. 5:17).
- The devil throws fiery shafts (Eph. 6:16). Jehovah does, too (Ps. 7:11-13).
- The devil uses poisonous venom, for he is a serpent. Jehovah does, too (Job 6:4; Deut. 32:23-24).
- The devil blinds men (2 Cor. 4:4). Jehovah blinds men (Is. 6:10).
- The devil has great wrath (Rev. 12:12). Jehovah also has great wrath (Deut. 29:24-25).
- The devil sets up snares (2 Tim. 2:26). Jehovah sets up snares (Is. 8:13-14; Ezek. 12:13).
- The devil casts into prison (Rev. 2:10). Jehovah casts into prison (Is. 8:15).
- The devil or Satan is an adversary (1 Pet. 5:8). Jehovah is an adversary (Lam. 2:1-5).
- The devil practices evil and is wicked (Job 2:7). Jehovah practices evil (Jer. 18:10-11; 21:10).Jehovah sent malignant boils (Deut. 28:35), malignant arrows (Ezek. 5:16).
Following the comparative method, there are people that, comparing Jehovah and Satan, are convinced that they are one, just as Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30).
This is a matter of vision, and the visions are many. We conclude that, by comparing their works, Jehovah and Satan walk hand-in-hand.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira