In this video I explain the difference between two New Testament words which are both translated as “hell” in the KJV Bible; I also explain that hell is not a place of fire but the Lake of Fire is. I’ve made this video to clarify some points misunderstood from my previous video on hell.
In this post I discuss some near-death hell visions that people get and explain why they are not of God; I also share with you my Bible study on hell – what the Bible really has to say about this place.
In this video I explain why Jesus couldn’t plainly come out and say that His future death, burial and resurrection would save the world, though he hinted at it in many verses.
In this video I answer a few questions about myself asked by readers and then describe what I’ve found out about the biblical lake of fire, explain a point with regards to dispensationalism and explain a misunderstood Bible word.
This post deals with the issue in the second chapter of the second Paul’s epistle to Thessalonians. Here’s the entire chapter:
In the third verse we read “Let no man deceive you by any means (…)”. When you encounter such warnings of the Holy Spirit, pay attention, because it’s likely we were already deceived about what follows. And that’s the definitely the case!
Here’s the third verse:
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
This chapter’s keyword is contained in this verse. And it was mistranslated. This word is “aspostasia” which is translated as “falling away”.
Nowhere in Greek lexicons do we find this word meaning “falling away”.
This word is usually translated as “departure”.
This word can also be translated as:
Defection – which means desertion of one’s country in favor of another one.
It can also mean:
The noun apostasiah is used only twice in the New Testament; the second instance is translated as “forsake” and is found in Acts 21:21 where it’s about forsaking the commandment of God given through Moses to circumcise children.
The verb form of apostasiah, however, is used sixteen times in the NT, and only three times it’s to do with departing from faith. The three verses that use this word in this told manner are:
1. Luke 8:13 which mentions the verb “fall away” and in this verse Jesus tells about what happens to certain persons when the word of God is sown in their hearts. It’s told that some receive the word gladly but in the time of temptation they “fall away”.
2. The next verse that mentions this verb in connection with departure from faith is found in 1 Timothy 4:1, which is supposed to refer to the very falling away that Paul talks about in his second epistle to Thessalonians. Yet in the epistle to Timothy Paul simply explains what the Holy Spirit expressly told about the future Christians – that many will fall away because they will be seduced by the doctrines of demons.
Nothing is mentioned about the revealing of the man of sin, or that it’s the first sign of the coming horrors, which shows that the actual falling away predicted by Paul in his epistle to Timothy is not a sign but a prophecy that came true already and has nothing to do withapostasiah, the departure, mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3.
3. The last chapter which mentions falling away in relation to departure from faith is found in Hebrews 3:12, where it’s rendered as “depature from the Living God” because of the evil heart of unbelief.
Now the next few verses that have the verb form of apostasiah (which is aphistemi) are these:
- It’s translated as departure from iniquity in 2 Timothy 2:19.
- It’s translated as withdrawal from the men of corrupt minds in 1 Timothy 2:19.
- It’s translated as not departing from the temple of God in Luke 2:37.
- It’s translated as “depart” in relation to Satan’s messenger in Paul’s flesh in 2 Corinthians 12:8.
- It’s translated as the departure of an angel in Acts 12:10.
- It’s translated as Satan’s departure from Jesus after failing to tempt him for forty days in Luke 4:13.
- It’s translated as Paul’s departure from unbelievers in Acts 19:9.
As you see, in the vast majority of instances this verb is translated as to do with spacial departure and not a departure from an idea or faith.
The verb form of apostasiah usually means a literal change of place, and we find that this very meaning also applies to 2 Thessalonians 2:3! The word “departure” perfectly fits the context, and it explains the whole letter!
This word, of course, refers to our departing out of here – the Holy Spirit filled born-again Christians will be raptured and only then the man of sin will be revealed!
The further proof of that is the fact that KJV predecessor Bibles used exactly this word!
Five Textus-Receptus-based Bibles translated the apostasiah word as “departing” or used its equivalents:
- 1519 Greek Latin Erasmus New Testament mentions the Latin word “defectio” which means “defection” – desertion of one’s country in favor of another one.
- Tyndale Bible of 1534 – “Let no man deceive you by any means, for the Lord cometh not, except there come a departing first, and that that sinful man be opened, the son of perdition”.
- Coverdale Bible of 1535 – mentions the archaic word form of “departing”.
- Cranmer Bible of 1539 – “(…) for the Lord shall not come except there come a departing first (…).”
- Geneva Bible of 1557 – “(…) except there come a departing first (…).”
This word apostasiah comes from the word aphistemi which means to:
- cause to withdraw
- go away
- withdraw from one
- absent one’s self from…
Aphistemi comes from two root words – “apo” and “histemi”.
“Apo” means “away”, “deserting”, “distance”, “from”, “separation of one thing from another”.
“Histemi” – means “to set up”, “in the presence of others”, “in the midst”, “to place”, “to make firm”, “to fix”, “to establish”, “to cause a thing or person to keep his place”, “to stand”, “to be kept intact”.
So the original word clearly means departure from something that’s established, or being taken from the midst.
Verse seven further proves that the whole chapter is about rapture, and that the mentioned “falling away” is the departure of the Holy Spirit from the earth. It again confirms what has been already covered, which makes this sentence the third one mentioning rapture in this chapter!
Here are all three instances, with the third one explained below:
As you can see, the correct translation of the verse seven should be something like this:
(…) but at this moment it’s holding back until it’s taken out of the midst.
What’s holding back the iniquity? The Holy Spirit! That’s why Paul says in the sixth verse “Now you know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time” – he says “now you know” because he has already told that the man of sin can only be revealed after our rapture!
If the word apostasiah would indeed mean “falling away from faith”, the “now you know” part of the letter would not make sense, since Paul didn’t mention departing from faith in the letter, or in the previous one. But in both cases he mentioned rapture.
The whole letter, when apostasiah is translated correctly, becomes clear. It’s main focus is rapture. But since the word is mistranslated, the letter is confusing and vague.
So now it becomes clear that the thing that holds the iniquity back is the Holy Spirit!
It’s us, the born-again Christians that are filled with the Holy Spirit that hold the iniquity back. When we are gone, all the horrors will start on the earth, so that even people’s hearts will fail them.
We are called the salt of the Earth by Jesus for a reason. Once we are gone, there will be nothing to stop the corruption.
We are called the salt because salt stops corruption. I’m sure that the fishermen disciples of Jesus salted their fish so that it’s kept fresh longer. So they must have clearly understood what Jesus meant by that word.
When we are no longer there, all sorts of demons and demonic entities will come out, and people who looked civilized, like the elite, will show their true colors as blood drinkers and not human. I’m sure they will openly kill people and drink their blood, and there will be many other horrors, and that’s why people’s hearts will fail them.
So as you can see, this word is definitely mistranslated. It doesn’t mean “falling away” because Greek Lexicons never mention such a possible translation. But they do mention the word “departure” as its most likely translation, which, in the second epistle of Thessalonians, means leaving this earth to be caught up with Jesus, departing the earth to go to the place better.
Does that mean we should mistrust the KJV Bible? No! Judging from their introduction letters to the Bible, those KJV translators were saved. But the Holy Spirit gradually leads each born-again Christian to the whole truth; He doesn’t reveal everything at once but only gives what we can handle. (Our hearts would also fail us if we are revealed all the truth at once!!). They did their best, but this word was definitely mistranslated.
But this does mean that we should carefully read the Scripture and forget the traditions of men, so that instead of wresting the Scripture to suit our own ideas about it, we allow it to speak to us.
Bible can teach us as it’s the Word of God – it’s not a dead-letter book but it’s the Living Word that can lead you to all the truth. But most people don’t allow it to teach them because they impose their own understanding on it.
We should not automatically assume that the accepted way of interpreting some particular word is the truth. We should look at the context and, most importantly, we should allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and point out inconsistencies and errors in the understanding of verses.
The more I understand the Bible, the more interesting it gets to study it further. God’s Word is full of mysteries, comfort and joy. May your eyes be opened to the treasures that it has!
In this video I give two reasons why it’s impossible for born again Christians to get the mark of the beast. The first reason is to do with God’s assurances, and the second – with time.
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My favorite story from the Book of Jasher is found in chapter 11. It’s about Abram’s relationship with his idolatrous father.
The first time I heard it, I couldn’t stop laughing, so it was on my mind for quite a while to illustrate the story and share it with you.
The Book of Jasher is an apocryphal book useful for untold details about the lives of the persons mentioned in the Bible as well as in order to better understand the culture at the time, though it should not be taken as Scripture.
We find this book mentioned in the Bible in Joshua 10:13, which, by the way, is one of my favorite verses of the Bible:
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
This apocryphal book is also mentioned in 2 Samuel 1:18:
(Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold it is written in the book of Jasher.)
I hope you will enjoy watching the video. Here is the story about Abram and his idolatrous father (chapter 11, verses 13 to 49):
And in the fiftieth year of the life of Abram son of Terah, Abram came forth from the house of Noah, and went to his father’s house.
And Abram knew the Lord, and he went in his ways and instructions, and the Lord his God was with him.
And Terah his father was in those days, still captain of the host of king Nimrod, and he still followed strange gods.
And Abram came to his father’s house and saw twelve gods standing there in their temples, and the anger of Abram was kindled when he saw these images in his father’s house.
And Abram said, As the Lord liveth these images shall not remain in my father’s house; so shall the Lord who created me do unto me if in three days’ time I do not break them all.
And Abram went from them, and his anger burned within him. And Abram hastened and went from the chamber to his father’s outer court, and he found his father sitting in the court, and all his servants with him, and Abram came and sat before him.
And Abram asked his father, saying, Father, tell me where is God who created heaven and earth, and all the sons of men upon earth, and who created thee and me. And Terah answered his son Abram and said, Behold those who created us are all with us in the house.
And Abram said to his father, My lord, shew them to me I pray thee; and Terah brought Abram into the chamber of the inner court, and Abram saw, and behold the whole room was full of gods of wood and stone, twelve great images and others less than they without number.
And Terah said to his son, Behold these are they which made all thou seest upon earth, and which created me and thee, and all mankind.
And Terah bowed down to his gods, and he then went away from them, and Abram, his son, went away with him.
And when Abram had gone from them he went to his mother and sat before her, and he said to his mother, Behold, my father has shown me those who made heaven and earth, and all the sons of men.
Now, therefore, hasten and fetch a kid from the flock, and make of it savory meat, that I may bring it to my father’s gods as an offering for them to eat; perhaps I may thereby become acceptable to them.
And his mother did so, and she fetched a kid, and made savory meat thereof, and brought it to Abram, and Abram took the savory meat from his mother and brought it before his father’s gods, and he drew nigh to them that they might eat; and Terah his father, did not know of it.
And Abram saw on the day when he was sitting amongst them, that they had no voice, no hearing, no motion, and not one of them could stretch forth his hand to eat.
And Abram mocked them, and said, Surely the savory meat that I prepared has not pleased them, or perhaps it was too little for them, and for that reason they would not eat; therefore tomorrow I will prepare fresh savory meat, better and more plentiful than this, in order that I may see the result.
And it was on the next day that Abram directed his mother concerning the savory meat, and his mother rose and fetched three fine kids from the flock, and she made of them some excellent savory meat, such as her son was fond of, and she gave it to her son Abram; and Terah his father did not know of it.
And Abram took the savory meat from his mother, and brought it before his father’s gods into the chamber; and he came nigh unto them that they might eat, and he placed it before them, and Abram sat before them all day, thinking perhaps they might eat.
And Abram viewed them, and behold they had neither voice nor hearing, nor did one of them stretch forth his hand to the meat to eat.
And in the evening of that day in that house Abram was clothed with the spirit of God.
And he called out and said, Woe unto my father and this wicked generation, whose hearts are all inclined to vanity, who serve these idols of wood and stone which can neither eat, smell, hear nor speak, who have mouths without speech, eyes without sight, ears without hearing, hands without feeling, and legs which cannot move; like them are those that made them and that trust in them.
And when Abram saw all these things his anger was kindled against his father, and he hastened and took a hatchet in his hand, and came unto the chamber of the gods, and he broke all his father’s gods.
And when he had done breaking the images, he placed the hatchet in the hand of the great god which was there before them, and he went out; and Terah his father came home, for he had heard at the door the sound of the striking of the hatchet; so Terah came into the house to know what this was about.
And Terah, having heard the noise of the hatchet in the room of images, ran to the room to the images, and he met Abram going out.
And Terah entered the room and found all the idols fallen down and broken, and the hatchet in the hand of the largest, which was not broken, and the savory meat which Abram his son had made was still before them.
And when Terah saw this his anger was greatly kindled, and he hastened and went from the room to Abram.
And he found Abram his son still sitting in the house; and he said to him, What is this work thou hast done to my gods?
And Abram answered Terah his father and he said, Not so my lord, for I brought savory meat before them, and when I came nigh to them with the meat that they might eat, they all at once stretched forth their hands to eat before the great one had put forth his hand to eat.
And the large one saw their works that they did before him, and his anger was violently kindled against them, and he went and took the hatchet that was in the house and came to them and broke them all, and behold the hatchet is yet in his hand as thou seest.
And Terah’s anger was kindled against his son Abram, when he spoke this; and Terah said to Abram his son in his anger, What is this tale that thou hast told? thou speakest lies to me.
Is there in these gods spirit, soul or power to do all thou hast told me? Are they not wood and stone, and have I not myself made them, and canst thou speak such lies, saying that the large god that was with them smote them? It is thou that didst place the hatchet in his hands, and then sayest he smote them all.
And Abram answered his father and said to him, And how canst thou then serve these idols in whom there is no power to do any thing? Can those idols in which thou trustest deliver thee? can they hear thy prayers when thou callest upon them? can they deliver thee from the hands of thy enemies, or will they fight thy battles for thee against thy enemies, that thou shouldst serve wood and stone which can neither speak nor hear?
And now surely it is not good for thee nor for the sons of men that are connected with thee, to do these things; are you so silly, so foolish or so short of understanding that you will serve wood and stone, and do after this manner?
And forget the Lord God who made heaven and earth, and who created you in the earth, and thereby bring a great evil upon your souls in this matter by serving stone and wood?
Did not our fathers in days of old sin in this matter, and the Lord God of the universe brought the waters of the flood upon them and destroyed the whole earth?
And how can you continue to do this and serve gods of wood and stone, who cannot hear, or speak, or deliver you from oppression, thereby bringing down the anger of the God of the universe upon you?
Now therefore my father refrain from this, and bring not evil upon thy soul and the souls of thy household.
And Abram hastened and sprang from before his father, and took the hatchet from his father’s largest idol, with which Abram broke it and ran away.
In this video I answer a common question which I get in my inbox as well as comments about why would a good God send people to hell. I use Scripture and personal experience to answer this question.
I also address certain passages about hell that are misunderstood and prove from Scripture that no child of God would be lost.
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