Friday, February 7, 2020
Battle of the Bibles Pt. 2: Reincarnation and Judgement
Bringing biblical reincarnation and judgement back into the light.
Author: Morgan Franklin
I’ve came across many across many different doctrines/dogma within the Christian faith. From pastors preaching in a church, casual conversations with fellow Christians and articles online. The modern day church is always pushing a single life then judgement after death theory. Sadly, the new age bibles support this theory. Let’s use the KJV, original Greek and Hebrew to prove them wrong.
Hebrews 9:27 (New Age Bibles Contradict KJV)
(KJV) “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
(ESV) “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,”
(NIV) “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,”
This contradiction is hard to catch but “once to die” and “to die once” are completely different interpretations that come to two completely different outcomes. Even in all Greek bibles dating back to the Stephanus Textus Receptus in 1550 to the Berean Greek N.T. in 2016 state ‘once to die” when translated in English. The Greek word “ἅπαξ” is translated as “once” in English and in the scripture it came before “ἀποθανεῖν” which is translated as “they died” in English. Which this resulted in the translation as “once they died” or “they just died”. This is the main verse for the one-life doctrine and when translated correctly it doesn’t give any concrete support for that theory, but gives the reincarnation theory more validation. This word switch alone has caused massive damage across whole Christian faith and is why over 75% Christians now believe in a single life theory.
Now, for the second part of that verse regarding the coming judgement after death. Most Christians again only believe that individual judgement (excluding judgement on the land/plagues) is only paid after death in hell. This is false, you face the repercussions of sin in your current life (sickness/aliments) or your following reincarnated life (birth defects). This verse relates to the coming judgement when you reincarnate. In John 9:2 the disciples are asking Yeshua if the man or his parents sinned to cause him to be born blind. Ask me this, how can you sin before you are born if you only live one life? You can’t. If God created all men equal, being born blind, deaf or without a limb etc. seems unfair to me unless someone deserved it from a previous life. Since the disciples were asking this question it means that it was common knowledge around that time.
Micah 6:13 (Most New Age Bibles Contradict KJV)
(KJV) “Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.”
(ESV) “Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow, making you desolate because of your sins.”
(NIV) “Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins.”
This verse strongly supports illness as judgement for sins during our life. But the new age bible corruption is misleading readers to come to a different conclusion.You will notice that in the KJV verse it mentions that YHWH will strike a sinner with sickness. Although, majority of the new age bibles state that YHWH will strike or destroy a sinner but no mention of a sickness. Where the word “sickness” would be located in the original Hebrew scripture is the Hebrew word “חלה” which means “disease” in English. Sadly the KJV and very few new age bibles actually hold on to the original text here.
More Verses Supporting That Judgement Is Fulfilled Before Death
As stated before that judgement can come to a person through birth defects, illness and also judgement on a nation/land. We used John 9:2 as an example for judgement of a person at birth for a very sinful life before. Here is the scriptural text supporting it:
John 9:2 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”
(ESV) “And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
(NIV) “His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Now let’s use verses that support that illness is a result of sin.
James 5:15-16 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
(ESV) “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
(NIV) “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
John 5:14 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”
(ESV) “Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”
(NIV) “Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
Psalms 41:4 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.”
(ESV) “As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!”
(NIV) “I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
As we can see though these verses that illness is a result of sin and through repentance and YHWH’s grace you are healed.
Lastly, I don’t need to dive deep into scripture to prove that not only does YHWH give judgement to an individual person but also whole nations, land and people. From plagues in Egypt to wars in Israel and the whole earth with the great flood(weather). We must not forget that YHWH has full control of the weather and he uses it to punish large areas full of sin. Look at all of these weather disasters in these past few years, they start to make more sense since our society and culture has increasing rejected the Almighty.
Judgement Day is One Day
Another false Christian doctrine is that after we die, we immediately stand before God to be judged to see if we go to heaven or hell. That means that judgement is everyday at every minute when someone dies. All the Bible versions say that it is one day and not happening all the time.
Here are undisputed verses that support that “Judgement Day” is a fixed day for all of us:
Acts 17:31 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
(ESV) “because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
(NIV) “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Matthew 12:36 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
(ESV) “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,”
(NIV) “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”
Romans 2:16 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”
(ESV) “on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.”
(NIV) “This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.”
Also note that these verses are addressing all men. So everybody will be getting judged on one day.
Sleep After Death
Most Christians also believe that you only go to heaven or hell after death (this typically goes with the single life doctrine). The scripture disagrees with this statement, but before we reach that let’s discuss spirits first for a better understanding. In the Biblically endorsed text “The Book of Jubilees” in chapter 2 verse 2 it states: “For on the first day He created the heavens which are above and the earth and the waters and all the spirits which serve before him…”. This text says that he created all the spirits on the first day. Which makes perfect sense because some of these spirits will start to manifest in the flesh from days 3-6 (e.g. Angels, Animals, Plants, Humans etc.). So what are the spirits doing while they were waiting to incarnate in the flesh? Well they aren’t in heaven nor they are in hell. They were asleep between the period of creation and incarnation. And after we die we can also go back to sleep until we reincarnate. Here are biblical text that support that:
Ephesians 1:4 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”
(ESV) “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love”
(NIV) “ even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love”
This verse supports the “The Book of Jubilees” validity on stating that the spirits were created before the world.
Daniel 12:2 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
(ESV) “ And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
(NIV) “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.”
This is stating that during the day of judgement, those that are spiritually asleep will rise and be judged along with the living.
Psalm 13:3 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;”
(ESV) “Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,”
(NIV) “Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,”
These verses also link that why we have said for centuries “Rest In Peace” after someone dies. Christians have believed this for centuries and now sadly since the new age bibles this is knowledge is dying out.
Other Temporary Places Between Incarnation and Judgement Day
Until judgement day we aren’t in heaven we are either in Paradise, Sleeping or in Sheol/hades/hell.
Luke 23:43 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
(ESV) “And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.””
(NIV) “Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.””
This what Jesus said to the crucified thief while Jesus himself was on the cross.
Paradise has been claimed by scholars as the place where the righteous sleep between lives and is a temporary location until the “Judgement Day”. Some scholars believe that this is heaven but the words stem from different origins that will dispute that theory. Paradise stems from the ancient Persian word “pairi-daeza” (In the greek it is “παράδεισος”) which means “an enclosed space, park or garden”. Compared to the greek word “οὐρανός” which means “heaven” and “sky” which is used in the new testament. The roots of paradise and heaven both point to different locations. Many believe that paradise is the third heaven since Paul ties these together in 1 Cointhians 12:2-4 and others believe it is the garden of Eden. Also notice that Jesus says “Today” which means that when the thief dies he will be going to paradise that day. This points to a blissful temporary location, since we know that Judgement day is a fixed day in the future that will decide whether you go to Heaven or Hell (Lake of Fire).
Revelation 20:14 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
(ESV) “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.”
(NIV) “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.”
The lake of fire is the permanent hell after judgment day also known as the second hell (Personally, I like to only use the word “hell” to refer to the lake of fire). Sinners don’t immediately go here after they die as many modern Christians believe. So what is this first Hell (Hades, Purgatory, Sheol, Dry Places)? This is the temporary location that the sinners stay between reincarnations and the forthcoming judgement day. This place is described as very dry, hot and the people and demons who are sent there will never find rest. Here are a few verses that describe it:
Matthew 12:43 “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.”
Luke 11:24 “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.”
Psalms 68:6 “God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.”
Proverbs 30:16 “The grave (Sheol); and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.”
Luke 16:24 “And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” (Full story: Luke 16:19-31)
John 3:13 (Some New Age Bibles Contradict KJV)
(KJV) “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”
(ESV) “No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.”
(NIV) “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.”
Some new age bibles corrupted this verse by replacing “ascended” with “gone into”. In the original Greek Text it is “ἀναβαίνω” which can either be translated as “go up” or “ascend”.
Doesn’t seem like a big deal at first glance but it makes the new age translations contradict itself by stating that no one has been to heaven but YHWH clearly took Enoch and Elijah up to heaven as stated in “Genesis 5:24” and “ 2 Kings 2:1”. Well wouldn’t that also contradict the scripture using “ascended” as well? No. Here’s why: the word “ascend” comes from the latin word “ascensus” which means “to climb” and climbing is go up something with your own strength. So Enoch, Elijah and presumably apostle John have been taken up to heaven, but not by their own doing but by YHWH. So you climb to heaven after the judgement day by repenting and accepting Yeshua as your lord and savior through your free will.
Other Verses Pertaining to Reincarnation
Jeremiah 1:5 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
(ESV) ““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
(NIV) ““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
YHWH was telling Jeremiah that he knew him before birth in this statement, just like he knows you and I. This verse is easily displaying that there is existence before birth.
Matthew 11:13-14 (All Bibles Similar)
(KJV) “ For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.”
(ESV) “For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.
(NIV) “For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.”
This verse Yeshua is stating that John the Baptist is Elijah reincarnated.
More scripture that supports that John and Elijah are the same Spirit is in Luke 1:13-17 “…thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John….And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias…”
We also have a conversation between Yeshua and his disciples in saying that John the Baptist was Elijah but no-one knew it: Matthew 17:9-13 “…And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?…But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not…Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.”.
Now some scholars use John 1:21 to dispute this, where John was denying that he was Elijah. What John the Baptist was denying was that he was the actual Elijah in the flesh, and Not the spirit. When the angel Gabriel was talking to Zacharias in Luke 1 he was saying that John’s spirit will be that of Elijah’s. So reincarnation isn’t the same person being born over and over again. Reincarnation is a spirit that will manifest in the flesh again and again as a different person each time. The word “person” comes from the latin word “persona” which means mask or facade. Which as we know a persona is a temporary personality that an actor portrays in a film or play. So our spirit is the actor and our current personality/identity is the persona it is playing. Remember that actors play many different personas in their careers and so does your spirit reincarnate in the span of time.
Lastly, Elijah is also reincarnated again during the end times and before the second coming of Yeshua. Just as it states in Malachi 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:”.
Job 1:21 (Some New Age Bibles Contradict KJV)
(KJV) “ And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
(ESV) “ And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
(NIV) “and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
It is stated pretty clear in most translations that this verse is relating to reincarnation. You can’t return into a mother’s womb unless your spirit is reincarnated again and formed in the womb before birth. In the original Hebrew text (Tanach) this verse has the word “עָרוֹם” which means to “return”. The NIV and some other new age bibles couldn’t be any further from the truth by translating that to a word of the opposite meaning (e.g. depart). The ESV also makes a slight change too, they didn’t include the translation for the word “שָׁם” which means “there” or “thither” in old English. This isn’t a mistranslation of the word of God this is a rejection of the word of God.
Here is a thought, we know YHWH is a fair and righteous God. Right? Would it be fair if we only live one life and never got the chance to hear the gospel and find grace through Yeshua because of circumstances beyond our control? (e.g. lived in isolation, government restrictions, etc.) No. That’s why having multiple reincarnations is the fair scenario because if you find grace just once in a series of lives you’re saved.
This author gave a lot of great insight to John 3:13:
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