HOW WILL YHWH DEAL WITH THOSE WHO ADD WORDS TO DELIBERATELY CHANGE THE MEANING OF A BIBLE PASSAGE?
Speaking of Christ Paul wrote:
See Greek Interlinear Colossians 1:16
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, because in Him were created all things in the heavens and upon the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him.” Colossians 1:15-16 BLB
Every translation before and since the KJV renders a very similar translation of this passage until the emergence of the New ‘World’ Translation published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. The New Testament portion was released in 1950 according to Wikipedia. Here is their translation…
We clearly see by comparing the Greek interlinear that MANY words are translated differently, but the thing we are discussing in this post is the addition of the word ‘other’ in both verses, because THAT ADDITION changes what happened. Watchtower changed the reading from “all” things to all “other” things have been created to change what Paul said Jesus did and bring into question His deity. Paul wrote…
“all things have been created through Him and unto Him.”
John also wrote:
“Berean Literal Bible
All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.” John 1:3
Do not be deceived!
Often Bible translators needed to add articles and use two words for one when changing languages to keep the meaning and make a text comprehensible. Never, in a legitimate translation, (there is a process required for a translation to be declared accurate or legitimate) are words added that give a different meaning. We are warned about this…
I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. Revelation 22:19
And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. Revelation 22:29
Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and prove you a liar. Proverbs 30:62
You must not add to or subtract from what I command you, so that you may keep the commandments of (YHWH) the LORD your God that I am giving you. Deuteronomy 4:3
But if any prophet dares to speak a message in My name that I have not commanded him to speak, or to speak in the name of other gods, that prophet must be put to death.” Deuteronomy 18:20
Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20
SO HOW WILL YHWH DEAL WITH THOSE WHO ADD WORDS TO DELIBERATELY CHANGE THE MEANING OF A BIBLE PASSAGE?
The Biblical answer is those who do this risk having to endure the plagues described in Revelation and they may be proven liars. Revelation 21:8 teaches that unrepentant liars will be thrown in the lake of fire. The verses in Revelation 22 may be speaking about the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ only, however, Colossians is also dealing with revealing Christ. Clearly we are not allowed to add to God’s commandments by telling others they must do or not do something God has or hasn’t commanded. We are strictly warned about the serious offense of prophesying or adding to the words of a prophesy. That was punishable by death under the Old Covenant. We are warned about adding anything to the word of God because we may then be proven liars.
In the case of Colossians 1:16, it appears to be an exceptionally dangerous sin because although it isn’t in the book of Revelation, the passage is a revealing of the Person of Jesus Christ, so adding or detracting here is very dangerous and wrong. Jesus is the Living Word and it is written…
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. Psalm 138:2