Chapter 5

N.I.V. ATTACKS GOD’S TRUTH FOR TODAY

G. BURNSIDE

It certainly appears that Satan is using the modern versions in a subtle attack on the message that our God has given to the Advent People. As the N.I.V. has become the most popular modern version, let us notice its attacks on truth.

1. THE SABBATH.

Ex. 20: 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God : in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates

11 For in six days the Lord. made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Instead of "the" Sabbath the N.I.V. has ‘a sabbath." Not only does the commandment clearly state "The Seventh-day is the Sabbath of the Lord Thy God" but the Scriptures clearly show why "the seventh day" is the Sabbath of God.

 

GEN. 2:1-3 "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work, which he had made.

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

It is interesting to note that each of the days of creation end with the statement "And the evening and the morning" etc. A similar statement is given for each day of creation. That is every day of creation except "the seventh-day." No such statement is made regarding "the seventh-day". Why? In each of the first six days what was done on that day was what was important. The day was mentioned last.

But! When you come to the seventh-day it is different. It is now the day that is important.

GEN. 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth were I finished, and all the host of them.

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that to it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Notice the seventh-day is mentioned three times. This day is now all important. God was about to make His memorial. We read God rested on the seventh-day," Sabbath means rest. This "seventh day" the rest day of God. We have no record of God resting on any other day.’ The "seventh day" is the only rest day, or "Sabbath of the Lord thy God." There is no other.

It is of interest to notice that the Hebrew word translated "rested" in Gen. 2:2 is "Shabath". It means "kept Sabbath." Our Creator was the first Sabbath keeper. What a privilege to keep the same day as our Maker. He not only rested on "the seventh day." He kept Sabbath. Next he "blessed the seventh day." Then the divine record states that He "sanctified it; because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made."

God rested on "the seventh-day". He blessed "the seventh day". He sanctified "the seventh day." He made "the seventh-day" holy. Our God did these things for no other day. "It is "the seventh-day" only.

Further it should be remembered—the same seventh­day Sabbath is the only day our Lord ever kept as His Sabbath. It is the only day we were ever asked to keep. Our Lord wrote with His own finger on the tables of stone these words.

EXODUS 20:8-10 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God."

The seventh day is not "a" sabbath. God states it is "the" Sabbath of the Lord thy God.

The corrupted, Jesuit version N.I.V. drags the Sabbath of our God down to "a" sabbath, etc. To the same place as any of the many annual sabbaths of Israel. Just one among many rest days of the Jews.

The N.I.V. repeats this deception in other places.

DEUT. 5:14 N.I.V. "But the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord thy God." This is but "a sabbath" the N.I.V has abolished in:

COL. 2:16,17 NIV "Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ."

Note, "a Sabbath" of Ex.20 is abolished in the N I.V. This corrupt version, puts in the same "a Sabbath".

Notice again the "Scripture of Truth:

COL. 2:16,17 K.J.V "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."

The N.I.V. here translates a plural noun meaning "sabbath days" to a "sabbath day," This is to hit that hated Sabbath. They want to shift the "Sabbath." This plays right into the hands of our opponents.

For instance in a newspaper debate between Pastor McLennan (Seventh-day Adventist) and a Mr. Brewer (Church of Christ) as issued by the General Conference Press Bureau, we read these words from our anti-sabbath opponent, the Church of Christ minister. He wrote: "There is no authority at all for Christians to keep the Sabbath. Rather, we are strictly admonished to allow no man to judge us with reference to the Sabbath."

COL. 2:16 N.I.V. "Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day."

Again he says "There is no excuse for saying ‘sabbath days’ in this passage. The N.I.V. says ‘a sabbath day,’ and that covers all of them."

If you are depending on the N.I.V. or any other of these corrupted modern versions you are an easy prey to deception. We are coming up to the final crisis: Inspiration says "The Sabbath will be the great test of loyalty" G.C. 605.

Is the N.I.V. and the flood of modern versions—this Bible Babel— preparing the way for multitudes to be led astray?

2. THE SANCTUARY.

DAN. 8:14

 

14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

It is interesting to note Sister White’s statement on this verse.

G.C. 409 "The Scripture which above all others had been both the foundation and the central pillar of the Advent faith was the declaration ‘Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.’ (Dan. 8:14) These had been familiar words to all believers in the Lord’s soon coming. By the lips of thousands was this prophecy repeated as the watchword of their faith."

‘’The cleansing of the sanctuary at the ending of the 2300 days prophecy was and is the foundation, and the "central pillar" and "watchword" of the Advent Message. This the enemy must attack. Nowhere has his work been more revealed than in what is called "The Holy Bible—New International Version." See again how the word "cleansed" is changed to "reconsecrated." This is a totally different word. The Heavenly Sanctuary was consecrated once. It likewise is "cleansed" once for all. It does not need, and never was reconsecrated. This translation makes the prophecy of none effect and the translation absurd. Such is the N.I.V.

Is it the work of the enemy of Truth? It certainly looks like it.

Notice again these words from "the testimony of Jesus" in G.C. 421.

"This is the service which began when the 2300 days ended. At that time, as foretold by Daniel the prophet, our High Priest entered the most holy, to perform the last division of His solemn work—to cleanse the sanctuary."

Which is true? The corrupt Vaticanus of Rome, which is largely the basis of the N.I.V. or the Spirit of Prophecy—God’s gift to His Remnant Church? Which will you follow?

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

3. ANOTHER FOUNDATION SCRIPTURE.

DAN. 9:25 Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment, "to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall; even in troublous times.

This text gives the commencement of the wonderful seventy week time period. It also gives the time when "Messiah the Prince" would appear. This prophecy gives a solid foundation to Christianity. Jesus our Lord sets His seal upon it.

MARK 1:15 And saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand repent ye, and believe the gospel.

The first words Jesus said were "The time is fulfilled." What time? The only prophecy that showed the very time the Messiah would appear was Daniel 9:25. With this incredible prophecy I have seen literally hundreds of atheists and unbelievers convinced and converted to Christ and His truth for today. Now let us have a look at the jumble, as presented by the N.I.V.

THE CONFUSION OF THE N.I.V.

DAN. 9:25 "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens’, and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench but in times of trouble."

I repeatedly hear the statement that the N.I.V. is plainer and easier to understand. Is this verse clearer? To me it is a jumble. It is as clear as mud. Read it again for yourself. It is not only unclear, It means little. "The Anointed One, the ruler" could be many. Every priest was anointed. So was every king. Saul, the first king of Israel was "an anointed one." He died of suicide. You can prove little or nothing by this version.

Now notice the next verse.

DAN. 9:26 "After the sixty-two ‘sevens’, the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood. War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed."

According to this the Anointed One "will have nothing." This corrupt text is refuted by many clear statements of God’s Word.

JOHN 3:35

MATT. 28:18

DAN. 7:13,14

LUKE 1:32,33

Rome hates prophecy, especially the amazing prophecies of Daniel the prophet. So they corrupt and cut out what does not suit. Here is one of many instances.

5. DANIEL THE PROPHET.

MARK 13:14

Now look up the N.I.V. and note that they have cut out "spoken of by Daniel the prophet."

Liberals hate the prophecies of Daniel. So does Rome. They would have us believe Daniel was merely a historian, writing after the events. Bible prophecy proves too much for those who want to tone down Scripture. Here is another instance.

MATT. 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments, among them, and upon my venture did they cast lots.

Now look up for yourself the N.I.V. and you will find that the words we have underlined are omitted. Is this not the work of antichrist? These are the words of our God. They describe our Lord’s atoning death for us so they are mutilated. As our Lord was crucified so His precious Word is crucified by the N.I.V. and the other modern versions.

6. EVERY WORD OF GOD.

LUKE 4:4

The N.I.V. omits "But by every word of God."

We dare not lose a single word of God’s Book. This precious old Book means everything to us. We are to live by "every Word of God." So what does the enemy of truth do? He has his agents cut out the words from this text "But by every word of God." The enemy hates the word of God. He wants to get rid of this precious old Bible of ours. He hates the Great Advent Truth so he attacks it. He does this through his agents and through corrupted mutilated versions.

Remember "Every word of God is pure". Prov. 30:5. Jesus has promised, "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Rev. 3:10.

This short series of leaflets reveals the Devil’s hatred against "God’s Truth for Today."

The N.I.V. the most popular of all modern corrupted versions is certainly a tool to confuse God’s people.

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