Hell and the Grave are NOT the same

Show these verses to your Jehovah’s Witnesses friends!

O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. – Psalms 30:3.

And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. – Jonah 2:2.

For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 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. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. – Acts 2:25-31.

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One more strike and you’re out – ‘Soul Ties’

This is the first post in a new regular series called ‘One more strike and you’re out’ where we take a very quick look at a popular (and widely accepted) false teaching within Christian churches today.

We start with the topic of ‘Soul Ties’. Here’s a definition from a popular Christian website:

“The Bible speaks of what is today known as soul ties. In the Bible, it doesn’t use the word soul tie, but it speaks of them when it talks about souls being knit together, becoming one flesh, etc. A soul tie can serve many functions, but in it’s simplest form, it ties two souls together in the spiritual realm.”

Let’s take a look at this. Firstly, the term ‘Soul Ties’ appears NOWHERE in the Bible, and secondly, neither does the concept it describes, i.e. supposedly uniting or tying one person’s soul to the soul of another person in some way.

False teachers misrepresent the meaning of certain passages in the Bible, like:

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. – 1 Samuel 18:1.

and

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. – 1 Corinthians 6:16.

They claim that these passages are examples of ‘knitting souls together’, but their claim is not supported by a proper interpretation of what is written. Instead, this is yet another case of false teaching distorting the true meaning of scripture to promulgate strange myths built upon speculation. One can be reminded of what it says in 1 Timothy 1:4:

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. – 1 Timothy 1:4.

So, what does the Bible actually say?

The Bible teaches that a saved Christian is united with Christ alone and with no one else. Even in marriage we unite only in FLESH until the death of the body according to Romans 7, and NOT in spirit or soul.

In 1 Samuel 18:1, “knit” simply means that Jonathan and David entered into a covenant together (v3). Covenants unite two people in a lifelong earthly bond, NOT some sort of ‘spiritual or soul realm’ bond.

Jonathan felt great affection and admiration for David (a ‘type’ of the Lord Jesus Christ), recognising him to be the future king of Israel, and so he became devoted to David, and entered into a covenant with him. It describes their deep emotional and covenantal bond.

In the case of 1 Corinthians 6:16, Paul warns believers not to become “one flesh” with prostitutes through an act of sexual immorality. Notice Paul’s concern was that of becoming one FLESH, NOT one spirit or one soul. He was describing the life-long bond of marriage, not a special spiritual union.

Final thoughts

If there is anything that you still have in your life that reminds you of some ‘bad times’ in your unsaved days, for example, then you should WANT to get rid of them anyway, and to keep you life as clean and pleasing to the Lord as you can. However, there is NO Biblical support for the concept of ‘soul ties’; it’s a false teaching.

Stick with what the word of God says, and compare scripture with scripture. And ask the Lord to reveal His TRUTH to you about these and such things.

Why believe the Authorized Version is the only word of God?

There is so much that we could write on this subject, but this study (even only a small part of the content included within) should be enough to show you that God has preserved His word for us today in the Authorized Version (AV) King James Holy Bible.

God promised to PRESERVE His word

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. – Psalms 12:6-7

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. – Psalms 100:5

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. – Matthew 24:35

  • There MUST be an infallible, inerrant Book somewhere if it is not the Authorized Version.
  • Original autographs were inspired (God used men to write His words) – the Authorized Version is the same autographs preserved (God took His words already written and used men to preserve them).
  • Various translations contain different readings – God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).
  • God warned us about Bible perversion (2 Corinthians 2:17; Jeremiah 23:26; Revelation 22:18-19).

Translated under a God-ordained king

  • Main subject of the Holy Bible is the kingdom that God intends to give to His Son (Revelation 19:16).

Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou? – Ecclesiastes 8:4

The Authorized Version has no copyright

  • Not forbidden for anyone to copy.
  • For over 400 years, billions of copies have been printed without requesting permission from anyone.
  • The Holy Spirit has blessed and used the Authorized Version for so long, and He allows ministries to print it without cost.

God always translates perfectly

  • “Translate”, “translated” mentioned 4 times in the Holy Bible – God is Translator each time:
    • Translated Saul’s kingdom to David – 2 Samuel 3:10.
    • Christians translated into the kingdom of Jesus Christ – Colossians 1:13.
    • God translated Enoch that he should not see death – Hebrews 11:5.
  • The point is that a translation CAN be perfect, if God is involved in the translating. The Authorized Version translators were just merely instruments in translating and preserving God’s word.
  • Modern versions have a majority belief in them, and the majority is always wrong:
    • majority will not be saved – Matthew 7:13-14,
    • majority rejected Noah’s preaching,
    • majority perished in Sodom and Gomorrah,
    • majority of Israel worshipped Aaron’s golden calf,
    • majority rejected prophets such as Jeremiah,
    • majority rejected Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, and
    • majority still reject Jesus Christ today.

The Authorized Version produces good fruit

  • Nearly all Christians I know or speak with were led to Christ with the Authorized Version.
  • Modern translations produce MONEY and EVIL fruit.
  • How is it that people naturally believe the Authorized Version, but must be educated out of his belief in it?
  • The Authorized Version is easier to memorise, to translate into other languages, and to understand – the language gives the impression that one is reading a Book very different from others and far superior to the rest.

The Authorized Version translators believed they were handling the very words of God

  • Modern translators approach the scriptures with skepticism – “Yea, hath God said?” (Genesis 3:1).
  • If you lack faith in God’s word, you are in no condition to translate it – this eliminates every revision committee in the past 100 years (highly educated men and women who were heady, high-minded, proud, and thought their intelligence qualified them to tamper with His words).
  • The Authorized Version translators’ scholarship far exceeded these modern translators – they remained humble, and allowed God to use them as instruments rather than trying to judge and correct the words.

The Authorized Version translators were honest in their work

  • Idioms change when translating from one language to another, thus it is necessary to add certain words to help the reader grasp full meaning of the text:
    • The Authorized Version translators put these in italics, proving their honesty – modern versions do NOT italicise!
    • The italic words are inspired by God – compare Matthew 4:4 “word”, with Deuteronomy 8:3 “word” for example.
  • Elhanan slaying Goliath? NO. Added “the brother of” Goliath in 2 Samuel 21:19 as 1 Chronicles 20:5 said “brother”.
  • Last verse of 1 John 2:23 was missing at translation time – the Authorized Version translators added as italics. BUT they were right to do so as newer manuscripts found contain the last half.
  • Peter quotes Psalms 16:8 in Acts 2:25, and he uses the italic words. How did the Authorized Version translators know this if the Lord did not lead them?
  • All new versions compare themselves to the Authorized Version.
  • New versions do NOT compare themselves to each other, but ALWAYS to the Authorized Version.
    • Why not attack one another? Because Satan has no desire to divide his own kingdom – Matthew 12:26.

Time in history in which the Authorized Version was translated

  • Translated during the Philadelphia church period that Jesus commended for keeping His word (Revelation 3:8-10), NOT during the Laodicean period (TODAY – last Church before the Second Coming – Revelation 3:14-22).
  • The world with time degenerates – morals, characters, education have degenerated since 1611.
  • The greatest missionary work was done between 1700 to 1900 – God made HIS Bible ready for this.

No one has ever proven the Authorized Version is not God’s word

  • The Authorized Version should be presumed innocent until proven guilty – like everything else.
  • No scholar has actually proven that there are errors in the Authorized Version. They say it, but do not prove it, because there are NONE. The same goes with scientists and atheists, and other people who reject and mock the word of God. NO ONE has ever proven it incorrect on anything!

Manuscript evidence

  • Over 5,000 manuscripts – 95% support the Authorized Version – new versions only supported by 5%.
  • New versions supported by 2 corrupt 4th century manuscripts – Vaticanus and Siniaticus – both filled with text alterations to meet demands of Roman Catholic tradition.
  • New versions include Apocrypha, which Jesus excluded from the OT – Luke 24:44.
  • Line of manuscripts:
    • New versions (corruptions) from Alexandria, Egypt, and Rome (the Holy Bible speaks NEGATIVELY of all of these).
    • Critical hand of man, Origen – his ideology was the Holy Bible to be divine, BUT not perfect or without error.
      • God always called His people (and Son) out of Egypt
      • Romans nailed Jesus to the cross
      • Romans persecuted Christians for thousands of years (over 200 million people)
      • Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD
      • Christ will destroy the Revised Roman Empire at His Second Coming – Daniel 2:7, Revelation 13.
    • Modern translators/Bible critics have this ideology and accept Alexandrian to be more superior.
    • Wescott and Hort (1871-1881) – ever modern ‘Bible’ uses their New Testament translation, were:
      • unsaved
      • worshipped Mary
      • kept Roman sacraments
      • rejected infallibility of scripture
      • rejected literal account of Genesis
      • supported Darwin and his evolution theory
      • did not believe in Second Coming, the Millennium or literal heaven
      • rejected hell and prayed to the dead in purgatory
      • refused to believe the Trinity
      • refused to believe in angels,
      • their Greek text (which ALL modern ‘Bibles’ are based on), was SECRETLY given to the Revision Committee (the members were sworn to a pledge of secrecy, and met in silence for 10 years)
      • their Greek text was only released to public 5 days BEFORE the Revised Version ‘Bible’ came out, thus preventing Bible-believing scholars such as Dean Burgon from reviewing it and exposing it for the trash it was.
  • The Authorized Version (Textus Receptus – received text) from Antioch, Syria (Bible speaks POSITIVELY of this place).
    • Ideology was that Holy Bible is not only divine, but perfect and without error.
    • Antioch is where disciples were first called Christians, Paul & Barnabas taught the word of God for 1 year (Acts 11:26), manuscript line called Syrian or Byzantine type text the Authorized Version is from.
    • Dead Sea Scrolls support the Authorized Version and the Textus Receptus.
  • New manuscripts have been found since 1611, but no new readings.
    • Sinaitic found amongst trash paper in St. Catherine’s monastery at foot of Mt. Sinai in 1841 – very similar to Vaticanus (its sister manuscript found in 1481), so readings in them were well known to the Authorized Version translators.
  • There are NO new readings available today that the Authorized Version translators did not already have.

The Authorized Version exalts the Lord Jesus Christ

  • “Search the scriptures…And they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39.
  • The Authorized Version testifies of the Lord Jesus Christ – the true word of God will ALWAYS EXALT Jesus Christ.
  • New versions attack His Diety, His Virgin Birth, His Blood Atonement, His Bodily Resurrection, His Glorious Second Coming, and any other doctrines concerning His Person.
  • New versions have hatred toward the Authorized Version and the way it gives the Lord Jesus Christ the preeminent place.
  • New versions testify AGAINST Him. This should be reason enough to convince any TRUE believer of the modern ‘Bible’ corruptions.

The Authorized Version has NOT been changed

  • The Authorized Version has had 7 editions to polish it, NOT revisions – all come from the Textus Receptus.
    • Printing changes (Gothic > Roman).
    • Spelling changes (darke, feare, euill, etc.).
    • Textual changes (correction of earlier printing errors).
    • The New King James Version is NOT a continuation of revisions. It is NOT a King James Version at all!
  • William Tyndale (1526), Coverdale Bible (1535), Matthew’s Bible (1537), Great Bible (1539), Geneva Bible (1560), Bishop’s Bible (1568), King James Bible (1611 – perfect!)
    • all the same, all formal equivalency (word-for-word).
    • modern versions are dynamic equivalency (the translator’s opinion of what the verse says or should say – free to write whatever they want).
  • No more translations then for 300 years – did we need an improvement upon perfection?

The Authorized Version is easier to read and understand

  • New versions may be ‘easier to read’ nowadays, but NOT to understand (1 Corinthians 2:10-14).
  • Today’s Christians are more worldly and less dedicated to Jesus Christ than their 19th or early 20th century counterparts, who were raised on the Authorized Version.
    • No mass spiritual awakening of any kind by modern translations – no revivals, nothing!
  • Since modern translations have been out, (to name a few) beginning with ASV 1901:
    • God and prayer have been kicked out of public schools,
    • Abortion-on-demand is legalised,
    • Homosexuality accepted nationally as an ‘alternate lifestyle’,
    • In-home pornography via television and Internet,
    • Child kidnapping and pornography running rampant,
    • Drugs have become an epidemic,
    • Suicides on the increase, and even new legal assisted suicide acceptance, and
    • Satanism, witchcraft, etc. all on the rise.

Pronouns ARE supposed to be in there

  • Greek and Hebrew use different words for 2nd person singular (thee) and 2nd person plural (ye) pronouns.
  • The Authorized Version is word-for-word, there the generic “you” would not meet the criteria for translation no matter how much English language has changed over the years:
    • T’s (thee, thine, thou, thy) = singular
    • Y’s (ye, you = plural
      • EXAMPLE in Acts 5:9:
        • AV: Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
        • NKJV: Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”
        • AV: Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
        • NKJV: Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again”.
          • NO salvation for ANYONE if Jesus was only addressing being born again to Nicodemus only as it says in the New King James Version!
  • Modern translators want ALL the Holy Bible to be understandable by ANYONE including the UNSAVED – NO! You DON’T change the word of God to suit people!

You are no longer ignorant of this fact now. So, if you reject it, then you are in direct rebellion to God. It’s as simple as that.

Do you think God is pleased with this?

When Christians in today’s churches and study groups read together from their multiple ‘bible’ versions, this is how God hears them:

Genesis 1:1-3

Psalm 23:1-6

And this is only 4 different translations! Is this really being in “one accord”?

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. – 1 Corinthians 14:33

Make sure you have God’s ONLY word, the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible.

Did you know that Easter has nothing to do with the crucifixion?

Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John ‘with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. – Acts 12:1-4

Herod had just beheaded James, it made the Jews happy. Now Herod desires to kill Peter also, but he wants to wait until after “Easter” according to the King James Bible. Every other modern ‘bible’ perversion has the word “Passover” instead of “Easter.” But “Easter” IS actually CORRECT, and is the proper word to use. How do we know this? The Bible evidences it. Notice again in the passage of Acts 12:1-4 that King Herod killed James. When he saw that it pleased the Jews, Herod also had Peter arrested. Notice that Herod took Peter DURING the DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD and was going to bring him forth to the people AFTER Easter.

NOTE: Don’t forget that text in brackets ( ) in the Bible are ‘extra little personal notes’ to us from the Lord, to help clarify things for us even further – and boy do they here!

The Old Testament teaches that the DAY OF PASSOVER started the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. Notice in the following Scripture that the Day Of Passover occurred on the 14th day of the first month, but the Feast Of Unleavened Bread began on the 15th day of the month:

In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. – Leviticus 23:5-6

So we learn from this Old Testament Scripture that the day of Passover fell on the 14th day of the first month, and then the “FEAST of UNLEAVENED BREAD” began upon the 15th day of the first month.

The days of unleavened bread came AFTER Passover! Acts 12:3 tells us that Peter was apprehended DURING the “days of unleavened bread.” This means that the day of Passover had ALREADY occurred. “Easter” could not have been Passover, because Passover occurs BEFORE the days of unleavened bread. Passover had come and gone. Herod decided to bring Peter forth AFTER Easter.

This is the proper time sequence:

  1. PASSOVER
  2. DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD
  3. EASTER

The day of Passover always kicks off the seven days of unleavened bread, happening the day before the feast begins. So if Herod arrested James during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Passover was already over. Easter is correct. Of course, Easter is a pagan holiday and the Bible doesn’t deny that. The Bible is simply teaching that James was taken by Herod during the days of unleavened bread, and Herod was planning to kill Peter after Easter.

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Easter was originally a pagan holiday

The word “Easter” here does NOT refer to “Easter” as we know it nor does it refer to the “Passover” as it is wrongly translated in other Bible versions. Though many Christians celebrate “Easter” in remembrance of Christ’s resurrection, Easter was originally a pagan festival (etymology of your dictionary should confirm this), which is what Acts 12:4 refers to and not the Passover. We will determine this by looking at the passage.

The Webster’s New World Dictionary gives the following etymology (origin and development of a word), for the word “Easter”:

“originally, name of pagan vernal [spring time] festival ALMOST COINCIDENT in date with paschal [Passover] festival of the church”
SOURCE: Eastre, dawn goddess—Austro, dawn

In other words, Easter was originally a pagan festival celebrated in the spring time. When the King James Bible says “EASTER” in Acts 12:4, it is correct; when the other versions say “PASSOVER” in Acts 12:4, they are incorrect. Again, “Easter” in this passage is referring to a pagan festival.

Further evidence from the Book of Numbers

Passover only comes once a year on one day, the 14th of Abib ( Numbers 28:16). After the Passover, then comes the seven days of unleavened bread (Numbers 28:16-17), extending from the fifteenth day through the twentieth day… Numbers 28:16-17, And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.

So when Peter was arrested during the days of unleavened bread (Acts 12:3), Passover had come and gone! This evidences 100% that “Easter” is the correct word that should be rendered in Acts 12:4. The Bible says that Herod was going to bring him forth AFTER Easter (which had not come yet). The angel of the Lord rescued Peter in response to the prayers of the church, who were gathered together praying for Peter after they heard that James had been killed. The Bible says in Acts 12:19 that the keepers of the prison were put to death by Herod for Peter’s escape from the prison. In Acts 12:23 the Holy Spirit struck Herod and He was eaten by worms and died. Herod is in Hell this moment in torments.


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NIV Bible Quiz

INSTRUCTIONS: Using the New International Version (NIV) Bible, answer the following questions. DO NOT rely on your memory. As the Bible is the final authority, you MUST take the answer from the NIV Bible verse (NOT from footnotes, but from the text – footnotes are NOT the Bible).

  1. Fill in the missing words in Matthew 5:44. “Love your enemies, ________ them that curse you, _____________ to them that hate you, and pray for them that __________ and persecute you.”
  2. According to Matthew 17:21, what two things are required to cast out this type of devil?
  3. According to Matthew 18:11, why did Jesus come to earth?
  4. According to Matthew 27:2, what was Pilate’s first name?
  5. In Matthew 27:35, when the wicked soldiers parted His garments, they were fulfilling the words of the prophet. Copy what the prophet said in Matthew 27:35 from the NIV.
  6. In Mark 3:15, Jesus gave the apostles power to cast out devils and to:
  7. According to Mark 7:16, what does a man need to be able to hear?
  8. According to Luke 7:28, what was John? (teacher, prophet, carpenter, etc.). What is his title or last name?
  9. In Luke 9:55, what did the disciples not know?
  10. In Luke 9:56, what did the Son of man not come to do? According to this verse, what did He come to do?
  11. In Luke 22:14, how many apostles were with Jesus?
  12. According to Luke 23:38, in what three languages was the superscription written?
  13. In Luke 24:42, what did they give Jesus to eat with His fish?
  14. John 3:13 is a very important verse, proving the deity of Christ. According to this verse (as Jesus spoke), where is the Son of man?
  15. What happened each year as told in John 5:4?
  16. In John 7:50, what time of day did Nicodemus come to Jesus?
  17. In Acts 8:37, what is the one requirement for baptism?
  18. What did Saul ask Jesus in Acts 9:6?
  19. Write the name of the man mentioned in Acts 15:34.
  20. Study Acts 24:6-8. What would the Jew have done with Paul? What was the chief captain’s name? What did the chief captain command?
  21. Copy Romans 16:24 word for word from the NIV.
  22. First Timothy 3:16 is perhaps the greatest verse in the New Testament concerning the deity of Christ. In this verse, who was manifested in the flesh?
  23. In the second part of First Peter 4:14, how do [they] speak of Christ? And, what do we Christians do?
  24. Who are the three Persons of the Trinity in First John 5:7?
  25. Revelation 1:11 is another very important verse that proves the deity of Christ. In the first part of this verse Jesus said, “I am the A__________ and O___________ , the _________ and the _______:”

Friends, the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible is God’s true word. Dump anything else that pretends to be a ‘bible’!

Study and rightly divide the word of God

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15

Not only is it essential that you read the Holy Bible everyday to help you live the best possible Christian life you can on this earth, but all of us are commanded to study His word too.

We are also told how to study, and that is by rightly dividing the Book. That means that we don’t claim promises that are not for us today, we don’t pretend to have ‘sign gifts’ which were only for the Jews, we don’t start preaching that Christians need to keep the Ten Commandments to be saved, or that water baptism saves us, and so on. In other words, we don’t fall into false teaching.

You will only find the TRUTH on this website with a 100% belief and trust in the perfect, inerrant, infallible, inspired and preserved word of God, the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible.