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WGOD Radio, with Dr. Paul W. Esposito is produced by Stauros Ministries of Merritt Island, Fl. We teach the New Testament verse by verse through a daily, 15 minute radio broadcast and podcast.
 

"And I heard a voice out of heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. “Yes,” says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them." (Rev 14:13)

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"Here is the endurance of the saints; those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." (Rev 14:12)

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And another, a second angel followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great. From the wine of the wrath of her fornication, she has made all the nations to drink.” (Rev 14:8)

Then another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, (Rev 14:9)

then he shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out undiluted in the cup of His wrath. And they shall be tormented with fire and brimstone before the holy angels and before the Lamb. (Rev 14:10)

And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, those who worship the beast and his image, and anyone who receives the mark of his name." (Rev 14:11)

Here is the endurance of the saints; those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. (Rev 14:12)

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Then I saw an angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on the earth, and to every nation, tribe, language, and people, (Rev 14:6)

saying with a loud voice, "Fear the Lord and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and you shall worship Him who made heaven and earth, and the sea and fountains of waters." (Rev 14:7)

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And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father having been written on their foreheads. (Rev 14:1)

And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And the voice which I heard was as of harpists playing on their harps. (Rev 14:2)

And they sang a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one was able to learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the earth. (Rev 14:3)

These are those who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are those who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed by Jesus from among men, firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. (Rev 14:4)

And no guile was found in their mouth, for they are blameless. (Rev 14:5)

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The Day of Christ.

Is this the same as the "Day of the Lord?"

Find out today on Gospelstudy!

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Brand new program, adding insights to Rev 11:6 

"These men have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls during the days of their prophecy; and they have authority over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they wish." (Rev 11:6)

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And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. (Rev 13:15)

And he causes all, small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, that they should receive marks on their right hand, or on their foreheads, (Rev 13:16)

and that no one may be able to buy or sell except he that has the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Rev 13:17)

Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man—his number is 666. (Rev 13:18)

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Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke like a dragon. (Rev 13:11)

And he exercises all the authority of the first beast before him, and he causes the earth and those who dwell in it, to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (Rev 13:12)

And he works great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth before men. (Rev 13:13)

And he deceives my own people who dwell on the earth by the signs which were given to him to do before the beast, saying to those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and came to life. (Rev 13:14)

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Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke like a dragon. (Rev 13:11)

And he exercises all the authority of the first beast before him, and he causes the earth and those who dwell in it, to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (Rev 13:12)

And he works great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth before men. (Rev 13:13)

And he deceives my own people who dwell on the earth by the signs which were given to him to do before the beast, saying to those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and came to life. (Rev 13:14)

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If anyone has an ear, let him hear. (Rev 13:9)

If anyone has captivity, he goes away; if anyone is with the sword, he must be killed. Here is the endurance and the faith of the saints. (Rev 13:10)

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And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemy, and authority was given to him to make war for forty-two months. (Rev 13:5)

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His dwelling, and those who dwell in heaven. (Rev 13:6)

And it was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given to him over every tribe, people, language, and nation. (Rev 13:7)

And all those who dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose name is not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev 13:8)

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Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads blasphemous names. (Rev 13:1)

And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. (Rev 13:2)

And one of his heads was as if it had been wounded to death, and his wound of death was healed. And the whole world marveled after the beast. (Rev 13:3)

And they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" (Rev 13:4)

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Ask my wife.

I have tried, time after time, both to like the NASB, and to use it for my primary Bible for in depth studies, because of its reputation as “the most accurate Bible translation in English.”

Well, I’m not too sure about that assessment.

As a bible translator myself, and one who reads and speaks fluent Koine Greek, I have made the study of New Testament Greek my life, and it is certainly my passion.

During the course of my studies, I have run into what I consider to be serious errors with the New American Standard Bible.

May I add that the issues that I have are NOT issues of standard textual criticism, that is, the manuscripts behind the translations, but my issues are directly related to choices that the translators have made, which I believe are in serious error.

Also, I find it eye opening that all of these issues I am going to share with you all relate to the Person of Jesus Christ.

 

I want to share with you 4 Scripture points of reference:

 

1. John 1:18

“No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”

 

The NASB is a revision of 2 works: The Revised Version (RV) of 1881, and The American Standard Version (ASV) of 1901. Both of these translations read “The only begotten Son.”

This is quite a statement to make, to introduce a change like this into the text. I have a hard time visualizing a translation committee contemplating changing this text from only begotten Son, to only begotten God, since God is certainly not “begotten.”

Being a Bible translator myself, if I was on that committee, I would not vote to change this verse. And lucky for them, they could have hid behind the principle that the NASB is a “revision.” But instead, there was some kind of “meeting of the minds,” and these Christians decided to stray from their objective of revising, and instead bring about changing. And the change is downright heretical, to say the least.

Not a change I would have made, being a Christian, and being on that committee!

 

2. Revelation 1:13

“…and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash.”

 

What’s the problem here?

 

The New King James Version, a translation which also capitalizes pronouns relating to Deity, says, “I saw One like the Son of Man.”

 

The NASB adds a footnote here, saying, “or, The Son of Man.”

So, which one is it? You can’t have your cake and eat it too! If you don’t think this is Jesus Christ, then don’t capitalize the pronouns that describe this “Person”!

There is no logical reason for this. Since the translators believe that this is Christ, then “the Son of Man” should have been in the text, and the footnote should read, “or, a son of man.”

I mean, why do Christ harm?

If you, assuming you were a Christian, were on this board of translators, what would you do, if you had the choice?

 

Next up:

 

Phil 2:6

 

“Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped…”

 

The NASB is regarded at the most accurate Bible translation in English. The translators have gone to great lengths to translate verbs precisely, even at the cost of readability.

So what happened here?

This word existed is the Greek word Huparchon, which is a Present Active Participle. (And present participles must have an “ing” on the end of it (i.e., eating, drinking, walking, sleeping, etc).

Here, the word should be “existing.” (NKJV has “being”).

The whole sense of what Paul is saying is muddled here! The text does not say that Jesus “existed” in the form of God—it says that Jesus is EXISTING (still!) in the form of God.

He never ceased existing in the form of God.

 

(6)  “who, existing in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, (7)  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming to be in the likeness of men.” (EMTV)

 

The point is this: Jesus Christ, as a flesh and blood Man, was still existing as God! He just took the form of a bondservant (metaschematizo, Greek—to change appearance)

It’s beyond me how this team of translators, who were so adamant, and most specifically concerning this very thing (accuracy concerning verb tenses), would treat the doctrine of Christ in this matter!

 

Last point: Psalm 22:8

 

 (7)  All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,

(8)  "Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him." (NASB)

 

Most other translations read here in 22:8, “He trusted in the Lord; let Him deliver Him.”

The NASB adds a footnote here, saying, “or, He committed (trusted) himself…”

 

Let me explain the havoc which has been done to this verse:

This verse (notice it’s in quotation marks), in my opinion, is the greatest prophetic verse EVER recorded in the Bible. This was recorded by King David approximately 970 years before it was spoken, verbatim, at the cross; and it was spoken (I suspect) matter of factly. It is recorded in Matthew 27:43 (Here again, the NASB)

 

"HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.'"

 

Notice how the NASB gets it right in the New Testament, but wrong in the Old Testament.

They are admitting, in Matthew 27:43, that this is how the text should read!

And not only have they got it wrong in the Old Testament, they had to add a word (yourself) to their text (in italics), to make the sentence even halfway readable!  Look at the absolute unreadability of this verse: “Commit yourself to the Lord, Let Him deliver Him.”

But the translators have added in the footnote, that the other reading might be right!

 

In my opinion, these examples reveal a serious integrity problem with the New American Standard Bible, and I do not recommend it for in depth study.

 

 

 

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Now when the dragon saw that he was cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. (Rev 12:13)

And the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly into the desert to her place, so that she might be nourished there for a time and times and half a time, from the face of the serpent. (Rev 12:14)

And the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a river after the woman, so that he might cause her to be carried off by the river. (Rev 12:15)

But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon had cast out of his mouth. (Rev 12:16)

And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went off to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus. (Rev 12:17)

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Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ, because the accuser of our brothers, the one who accused them before our God day and night, has been thrown out of heaven. (Rev 12:10)

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Rev 12:11)

Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the earth and to the sea! Because the devil has been thrown down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has but a short time." (Rev 12:12)

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And the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Rev 12:9)

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And she gave birth to a Son, a male who would shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. And her Child was caught up to God and to His throne. (Rev 12:5)

Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place having been prepared by God, so that they may nourish her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. (Rev 12:6)

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels, waging war with the dragon; and the dragon made war, and his angels, (Rev 12:7)

and he was not strong enough, nor was a place found for him any longer in heaven. (Rev 12:8)

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And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman having been clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Rev 12:1)

And being pregnant, she was crying out, being in labor and being in great pain to give birth. (Rev 12:2)

And another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great, fiery dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads. (Rev 12:3)

And his tail dragged a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that whenever she might give birth, he might devour her Child. (Rev 12:4)

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Specifically, this is a look at Romans 3:19, which says, "As many things as the Law says, it speaks to those who are "under the law." 

We see this fact all around us today! Enjoy the study, and God bless!

Romans 3:19-23  19 Now we know that as many things as the law says, it speaks to those under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  20 Therefore by works of the law no flesh shall be justified in His sight, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.  21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law has been revealed, being witnessed to by the Law and the Prophets,  22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and upon all those that believe. For there is no distinction;  23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 

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Revelation 11:10-19  10 And those who dwell on the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and give gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.  11 Now after the three-and-a-half days, the breath of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who were watching them.  12 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them.  13 In that day there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell, and seven thousand men were killed. And the rest became fearful and gave glory to the God of heaven.  14 The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.  15 Then the seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were great voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"  16 And the twenty-four elders, those before the throne of God who sit on their thrones, fell on their faces and worshipped God,  17 saying: "We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.  18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and to those that fear Your name, to the small and to the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth."  19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord appeared in His temple. And there were lightnings and voices and thunders, and great hail. 

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Revelation 11:8-11   8 And their dead bodies will lie on the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.  9 Then some of the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations shall see their dead bodies for three-and-a-half days, and they will not allow their bodies to be put into a tomb.  10 And those who dwell on the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and give gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.  11 Now after the three-and-a-half days, the breath of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who were watching them. 

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Revelation 11:4-7  4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.  5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way.  6 These men have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls during the days of their prophecy; and they have authority over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they wish.  7 And when they finish their testimony, the Beast who ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war with them, and will overcome them, and will kill them. 

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Revelation 11:1-3  Then a reed was given to me like a rod, saying, "Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship in it.  2 But leave out the outer court of the temple, and do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. And they shall trample the holy city for forty-two months.  3 And I will give power to My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, having been clothed in sackcloth." 

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Revelation 10:5-11  5 And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven  6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created the heaven and the things in it, the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there should be no more delay;  7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, whenever he is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.  8 Then the voice which I heard from heaven was speaking with me again and saying, "Go, take the little scroll which was open in the hand of the angel standing on the sea and on the land."  9 And I went to the angel, saying to him to give to me the little scroll. And he said to me, "Take it and eat it up; and it shall make your stomach bitter, but it shall be as sweet as honey in your mouth."  10 Then I took the scroll out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. And when I ate it, my stomach was made bitter.  11 And he said to me, "You must prophesy again over many peoples, nations, languages, and kings." 

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