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Changing Words Warning (Revelation 22.18)

"I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll." (Revelation 22.18)✞

Under God's Curse

The Ethiopic Book of EnochThere are certain things to note about this solemn warning against changing the words of scripture. It warns against distorting the teaching which the book contains. It is very much what Saint Paul meant, when he said in Galatians 1.8-9, "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!" It is the wording of the truth, and therefore the truth itself, which must not be changed. This is far from being a unique ending to an ancient book. It is, in fact, the kind of warning that ancient writers commonly finished their books with. We find similar warnings in the Bible in other places. Deuteronomy 4.2 says, "Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you." Proverbs 30.5-6 also says, "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar." Finally, in the Book of Enoch 104.10 which was an ancient religious work ascribed to the great-grandfather of Noah dating from BC 300-100 but which is excluded from the biblical canon by Jews and most Christian groups except the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the writer demands that no one should "change or diminish any of my words."

"Changing Words Warning"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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