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Changing Word Warning
(Revelation 22.18)
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"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

Ethiopic Book of EnochThere were certain things to note in this solemn warning against changing the words of scripture. It warned against distorting the teaching which the book contained by altering even a single word. It was 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!" This was such a serious offense to alter the wording of the truth that Saint Paul repeated this warning twice. Altering the words and therefore the truth itself, which must not be changed. This was far from being a unique ending to an ancient book. It was, in fact, the kind of warning that ancient writers commonly finished their books with. We found similar warnings in the Bible in other places. Deuteronomy 4.2 ordered, "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 said, "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 is included in the biblical canon by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the writer demanded that no one should "change or diminish any of my words."

"Changing Word Warning"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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