In The Bible, Part Two (Bible for Tribulation Saints), Jesus Christ suggested that Judge Terrance Jenkins, who is black, should be added as no. 7 on my marriage list. This clearly indicates that Christ has no problem with interracial marriage. I am half white, half Asian since my dad is Jewish/white, and my mother is Ainu/Japanese. I get my Catherine the Great genes from the Ainu and my King David genes from my dad.
Unfortunately, within some conservative Christian ranks, we have a problem with prejudice and racism, including possibly some evangelicals who may support my Bible for Tribulation Saints as The Bible, Part Two. Just keep in mind, that Christians are saved sinners and not perfect. And just cuz some of those who support my Bible for Tribulation Saints are sinners (like we all are), does not discredit it as The Bible, Part Two. If we determined the worthiness of a message solely by the character of its supporters, then NOTHING WOULD BE CONSIDERED RELIABLE. We are all sinners.
But just cuz they feel that way does not mean that I do or that Jesus Christ feels that way. Nor should we focus so much on the sins of our brothers and sisters that we fail to realize that what we have in common as believers is more important than our differences. We all love Jesus and want to serve and honor him and we are all at different stages in our spiritual growth. Some believers may be afflicted with homophobia or racism. Just pray for them and be glad that God was able to open their eyes to the truth that the Lord has added to his Biblical canon in my Bible for Tribulation Saints. I certainly don’t want anyone worshiping me as I don’t deserve it. But when I transcribed Bible for Tribulation Saints, I was very careful to keep Jesus’ words intact. But I know that what I have transcribed in Bible for Tribulation Saints is pure TRUTH and the real words of Jesus Christ.
“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.’ – Revelation 22:18-19 NASB
A lot of Christians are still convinced that Revelation 22:18-19 is referring to the entire 66 books of the Bible rather than just the book of Revelation. By taking these verses out of context, they teach that someone like me, who claims that Bible for Tribulation Saints is an addition to the canon will suffer from the curses of Rev. 22:18-19. God knew that the prophecies in Revelation would be hard for lots of folks to swallow and discouraged people from not taking literally and at face value the prophecies in Revelation.
Revelation 22:18-19 is a condemnation of those who don’t interpret the prophecies in Revelation using the literal, historical, grammatical method. God knew that doubters of these prophecies would spiritualize these prophecies in Revelation (saying they mean something other than what they mean or that they are just metaphors or similes), thus making the folks in the tribulation susceptible to the wiles of the Antichrist. Rev. 22:18-19 states explicitly that it is referring to a prophetic book, so it means the book of Revelation, it does not mean the entire 66 books of the traditional Bible. It’s funny how Bible teachers are so careful to use the literal, historical, grammatical method of interpretation to all of the Bible EXCEPT FOR PROPHETICAL PORTIONs like the book of Revelation.
You might say, why are you so adamant in causing people to treat your Bible for Tribulation Saints as an addition to the canon? It’s cuz what’s in there is so important for everyone to know. This is the most important book to come out since the Bible came out! Maybe it’s cuz it IS the Bible. Folks who don’t know what’s in this book will fall prey to the Antichrist FOR SURE!
Satan, who is the accuser of the brethren, wants us all focused on the sins of Christians, saying cuz Christians sin (and some are racists or homophobes) we shouldn’t believe anything they say or promote. Well, if we go by that, then we shouldn’t believe anything anybody has to say or promote, cuz we are ALL SINNERS. So just cuz some Christians are racist and may support my Bible for Tribulation Saints, does not mean their racism should detract from the fact that the Bible is the source of all truth. Just cuz some sinners or racists believe the Bible, should not make us doubt the Bible or cease to read it for guidance and truth.
You might say, homophobia and racism are big problems in the church. I think homophobia is the greater problem between the two and that’s an entirely different subject that I won’t address here. But things like this happen when we go to the Bible to try and prove our personal beliefs rather than going to the Bible to read it objectively as the source of all truth. It is so important to interpret all Bible verses IN CONTEXT. This is where Christians get off balanced. Every passage you read should be interpreted considering the time period in which the passage was written, WHO was being addressed, WHY the writer was addressing this particular group and then after doing that, you can know how to interpret the verse for your situation.
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