Most people around the world who consider themselves to be “Christian” believe that the King James Version of scripture is accurate and complete. However, that belief is in error. Many errors of translation are found in that tome, including words that were not translated all the way down to words that were deliberately mistranslated or were translated when transliteration was required and transliterated when translation was required (See Greek Christos, bapto, angel, apostle, etc.). One of the most outrageous failings of the KJV occurs in 2 Thessalonikeos 2:11 where the KJV says the following:
- 2 Thessalonikeos (Thessalonians) 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (KJV)
Because of this failure in translating when people read this verse they believe that if you don’t have a love of the truth then Yahuwah will send you strong delusion into believing any lie that is told. However, that is NOT true. Below are the last two words of that verse in the native Greek:
The first word is the direct object (the) and the last word means “a lie.” So the last part of this verse should have been rendered as “THE LIE,” not “A LIE.”
Now what lie is being spoken of here? That is not hard to determine at all. The main theme throughout scripture is “obedience to the words and will of Yahuwah.” If you are not in obedience to Him you are most certainly going to die. Just physical death is not what is being talked about either. It is the death of your soul.
- 2 Thessalonikeos 2:11 And for this reason Yahuwah will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but were well pleased in unrighteousness. (RNV)
Here is the crux of the whole matter. As many times as I have read this passage it never hit me until just recently that what is being talked about is not just A LIE, like the many lies the denominations are preaching today. The underlying Greek text says THE LIE and we see them preaching this very same lie today. It is the same lie told by the adversary to Chawwah (Eve) in the garden.
- B’ereshiyth (Genesis) 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field that Yahuwah Elohiym had made and he said to the woman, "Has Elohiym indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, 3 but of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden Elohiym has said, 'You shall not eat it nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'" 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die 5 for Elohiym knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like Elohiym, knowing good and evil."
Yahuwah said that if they ate of that tree that they would die. Shatan called Yahuwah a liar and said that what He said was not true. Chawwah believed THE LIE and “ate” and also enticed her husband to do the same. They both died just as Yahuwah said they would.
Just so there is no confusion, THE LIE is what shatan said when he told Chawwah that they would not die for disobedience to Yahuwah (Ber 3:4), even though Yahuwah had explicitly stated that they would (Ber 2:15-17). I believe that until that disobedience Adam and Chawwah were immortal beings. When they disobeyed, they became merely mortal humans and they would suffer the fate of every other human being. That is also seen in B’ereshiyth 3:16-19. Until the disobedience they had everything they wanted or needed supplied directly by Yahuwah with no effort on their part. Although Chawwah had the physical equipment to produce offspring she did not as long as they were obedient and in the garden. Once they disobeyed, they lost the grace of Yahuwah and were turned out into the world with the rest of the human population and then had to suffer everything that mankind suffered daily and as a regular part of life.
So the death that they faced because of their disobedience was two-fold. One; they lost their immortality, and two; they were separated from Yahuwah. That separation is called the “second death” in several passages of Revelation, and for our purposes of explanation most specifically in Revelation 21:8. This is the reason that Yahushua came into this world, to redeem mankind from the consequences of believing THE LIE (Ber 3:14-15).
That same lie is still being told today in the many denominations of the schism of the faith just as it has been down through the ages, and people are still believing it. That is why a love for the truth is so vital to our continued existence. If we don’t have that “love of the truth,” we too will believe that lie, and Yahuwah will send us strong delusion so that we will continue to believe it, and we will ultimately perish as did Adam and Chawwah.
Obedience to Yahuwah is not only a good thing to do, it is imperative that we do it, and that we do it because we love Him.
So who are we going to believe, the father of lies or the Creator that cannot lie?