Monday, July 4, 2016

MANDELA EFFECT? CHANGED BIBLES?? ALTERNATE TIME LINES?

Warning, as God's inerrant Word tells us, believers are in a spiritual, not a physical battle, 24/7.
[Eph 6:10-18 KJV] 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
[2Co 10:3-5 NASB] 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

With that in mind, and based on researching what others are saying - that God's Word has been altered. I don't mean because of other translations, but they believe in some bizarre, mind boggling conspiracy called the "Mandela Effect."
What is that, you ask? Okay, hang on to your seat for this one. In the past weeks, I have been noticing a phrase that keeps appearing on the internet....
"The Mandela Effect." It is apparently called this because of a lady and I assume others, remember that the history making man, Nelson Mandela, died in prison and some other variant memories. Remembering not what actually happened. Click here to see who he was. 
The basic definition for the "Mandela Effect" is when a lot of people remember actual events and details, differently than they really happened or are. They all remember the exact same way, which makes many belive that they must be remembering an alternative reality. If I lost you, I don't blame you. I first saw something about this a year or so ago, when I read that some were claiming that the children's book The"Berenstain Bears," was originally called the "Berenstein Bears." People were actually claiming that some how, we went back in time and our timeline was altered. Or CERN, where the Large Hadron Collider apparently, is apparently, being used to open up dimensions beyond the third one. Sounds crazy I know, but the scientists in CERN have actually stated that these are some of their goals. When I hear all this, I think Star Trek and Back To The Future. Maybe that will help some understand.
At first, I just left the topic alone, because I remember the books said Berenstain. I got to read them to my adorable nephew. It wasn't until recently when I saw more and more about this "Mandela Effect." So I thought, maybe it was time to learn what it is. Out of curiosity of course. Well, it turns out there are Christians as well, who are saying that not just famous phrases, movie titles, and brand names or company logos have been messed with but, the Christian Bible has also been altered. Some are even saying this "effect" is showing up, more and more each day!  Oh and movie lines that many of us remember to be one way, such as..."Luke, I am your father." But when the movie is watched, in reality Darth Vader says....

Why am I even talking about all this mind boggling stuff, here? The individuals I watched started to sound so convincing, I had to give my head a shake. One video after another and before I knew it, I was not agreeing with every word but, the Star Wars reference among some others, did remember differently in my mind also. Could it be possible? After all, I do believe in more than just the dimensions we can see. I do believe in God and all His Word says.
I was slipping into the rabbit hole... What pulled me out however, was actually looking up that actual Bible verses have been altered. My husband and I have concluded, that such things are obvious distraction attempts by our adversary, the Devil.
When we looked up the verses mentioned, it was obvious that these poor folks, ourselves included,  are remembering certain Bible references and seeing them as changed, in english. But we didn't realize that many of these verses are written the way we all remember them, to some degree. But, are actually contained in other areas of Scripture, written in a different way.
Even the Lord's prayer that many of us recited in school, according to all of us, once said, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us..." The belief is now, that it was changed from trespasses to debts and debtors. The truth is, the prayer we all learned, was not taken word for word out of one specific english translation. It was always trespasses in the public prayer and in the majority of English versions, the word for sin is debt. So if we don't know things like that, of course it might seem like the Bible has been changed in some bizarre way.
Another verse some think has been altered has to do with the Lion and the Lamb lying down together. They say wolves now replace lions. The Bible has never said the Lion and Lamb will lie down together.
Here are the actual verses that many believe have been changed from Lion to Wolf/wolves...turns out  these verses have said Wolf/Wolves all along.
[Isa 11:9 KJV] 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
[Isa 65:25 NET] 25 A wolf and a lamb will graze together; a lion, like an ox, will eat straw, and a snake's food will be dirt. They will no longer injure or destroy on my entire royal mountain," says the LORD.
And here is the pair of verses that refer to Jesus as being The Lion and The Lamb, but in separate sentences.
[Rev 5:5-6 NET] 5 Then one of the elders said to me, "Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered; thus he can open the scroll and its seven seals." 6 Then I saw standing in the middle of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been killed. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

This article is intended to just be a reminder to those of us who like to research, to be wise and do not believe everything you read or hear if it is not in God's Word. Click here to see this great Bible reference tools online. And of course PRAY for discernment, asking God what is from Him, what is not. Ask for His Truth to be revealed to you.
There are a large variety of Bible translations as well, with variant words, but the meaning is usually the same. I can understand why many stick to the King James Authorized Bible translation. We have been in Bible Studies where, usually the NASB has a rare verse that presents a contrary . The meaning though is generally the same. When in doubt, use Greek and Hebrew Lexicons and Strong's Concordance.
God Never Changes Himself or His Word, Take A Look.. 
[Mat 24:35 KJV] 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
[Mar 13:31 KJV] 31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
[Psa 12:6-7 KJV] 6 The words of the LORD [are] pure words: [as] silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
[Heb 13:8-9 NET] 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! 9 Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them.
[Num 23:19-20 KJV] 19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 20 Behold, I have received [commandment] to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
[Mal 3:6 KJV] 6 For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
[Rev 22:18-19 KJV] 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.

More Of God's Warnings About False Teachings And Warfare
[1Pe 5:8-10 NASB] 8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
[Luk 10:19-20 NASB] 19 "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. 20 "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven."
[1Jo 3:7-8 NASB] 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
[Gal 5:16-17 NLT] 16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
One More Thing...
Once I considered the other claims about logos, company names and Movie/Book titles being changed, I was reminded about how easy it is to have false memories. Click here to see an article about this subject.
 I know it sounds offensive to those who really believe in this alternate reality stuff, but the more I thought about what some of these claims, the more, it became clear that I had not heard or read it right in the first place! Hard to believe, but true. Here is one video, I checked out. A well meaning fellow. It is easy to get caught up in straying thoughts and ideas...


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