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coun ter feit
\'kaunt-er-fit\: to imitate or copy closely
especially with intent to deceive.
The greatest method of deception is to
And the master of counterfeit and deception is Satan.
The Bible in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 warns of Satan's
counterfeit: "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed
into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his
ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;. .
." Isaiah 14: 14 tells of Satan's ultimate counterfeit: ".
. . I will BE LIKE the most High."
And among his greatest counterfeit's is the New King James Bible (NKJV).
Christians that would never touch a New International Version (NIV), New
American Standard (NASV), Revised Standard (RSV), the New Revised
Standard (NRSV) or other per-versions are being
"seduced" by the subtil NKJV.
And though the New King James does indeed bear a "likeness" to
the 1611 King James Bible, as you'll soon see, there's something else
coiled (see Genesis 3:1) "underneath the cover" of the
WHAT ABOUT THAT
Symbols are used throughout the
occult. Harpers' Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience
(p.594) says, "Symbols are important to all esoteric teachings,
for they contain secret wisdom accessible only to the initiated."
Many people have asked about
the mysterious symbol on the NKJV.
Nelson Publishers (publishers of the NKJV) claim, on the
inside-cover, the symbol, ". . .is an ancient symbol for the
Trinity." But Acts 17:29, clearly FORBIDS such symbology: ". . .
we ought NOT to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or
silver, or stone, GRAVEN BY ART and man's device."
why does The Aquarian Conspiracy, a key New Age "handbook", bear a
similar symbol? New Agers freely admit it represents three
inter-woven "6"s or "666".
Constance Cumbey, author of
The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow and a notable authority on the
New Age Movement, said, "On the
cover of the Aquarian Conspiracy is a Mobius, it is really used by
them as triple six (666). The emblem on the cover of the New King
James Bible is said to be an ancient symbol of the Trinity. The
old symbol had gnostic origins. It was more gnostic than
Christian. I was rather alarmed when I noticed the emblem..."
(The New Age Movement, Southwest Radio Church, 1982 p.11)
esoteric "6"'s separated.
symbol (with a circle) is displayed by the rock group Led
Zeppelin. Members of Led Zeppelin are deeply involved in satanism
and the occult. Guitarist Jimmy Page, so consumed with satanism,
actually purchased satanist Aleister Crowley's mansion. Most
believe the symbol is from the teachings of Aleister Crowley and
The following picture is "The Hierophant" taken from the Tarot
card set designed by satanist Aliester Crowley. The "Hierophant"
is a priest in the occult and Eleusinian. Notice the "three
circles" at the top of the wand or rod in the Hierphant's hand.
Inside the the three intertwined circles is the "NKJV symbol".
To the right is the top of the wand enlarged. Notice the "NKJV
symbol" (upside down) inside the three circles.
of the most occultic television shows ever aired is "Charmed".
"Charmed" details the spells and occultic practices of three
witches. The "NKJV
symbol" is the show's primary symbol of
witchcraft and is splattered throughout the series. Notice the "NKJV
symbol" displayed on "The Book of Shadows". The Book of Shadows is
commonly used in withcraft and satanism:
Shadows: Also called a grimoire, this journal kept either by
individual witches or satanists or by a coven or group, records
the activities of the group and the incantations used. (Jerry
Johnston, The Edge of Evil: The Rise of Satanism on North America,
Below are some examples of Satanic and
Pagan Jewelry which includes the NKJV logo.
the very satanic Baphomet Goat. We broke out and colored the
NKJV symbol found in the other two satanic pieces of
Notice the satanic pentagram ring in the top right corner.
The ring with the NKJV logo is the fourth down on the left,
we highlighted it with a yellow circle.
The image on the left is from the rock group Deicide's album "Once
Upon the Cross". It is a triquetra (the NKJV logo) with
pentagrams and upside down crosses. The group Deicide members are
very serious Satanists. Lead Singer Glen Benton has an upside down
cross branded on his forehead. The inside cover of the album "Once
Upon the Cross" has the Lord Jesus Christ, sliced up the middle,
with his insides removed. The name Deicide means the death of God.
RIGHT: The triquetra (the NKJV
logo) is also the logo for the Rap / Metal band P.O.D.
The book "Blood on the Doorposts" by
former Satanists, Bill and Sharon Schnoebelen, also documents the
"trio of sixes (666)" in the "NKJV symbol" and goes so far as
claim it is "symbolic of the anti-christ":
"A disguised interlocked trio of sixes,
symbolic of the anti-christ. Also symbolizes the triple goddess
of Wicca (three interlocked vesica pisces together). Commonly
used in Catholic liturgical iconography, and has recently
found its way into the logo of the New King James Bible."
(Bill and Sharon Schnoebelen, Blood on the Doorposts, p. 150)
Dr. Cathy Burns writes in her book,
Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, concerning the "NKJV
"Marilyn Ferguson, a New Ager, used the
symbol of the triquetra (another name for the triskele) on her
book The Aquarian Conspiracy. This is a variation for the
number 666. Other books and material have a similar design
printed on them, such as books from David Spangler, the person
who lauds Lucifer, and The Witch's Grimoire. As most people
know, the number 666 is the number of the beast (see Revelation
13:18) and is evil, yet the occultists and New Agers love this
number and consider it to be sacred.
As stated earlier, many organizations,
such as the World Future Society and the Trilateral Commission,
incorporate this symbol into their logo. I think it is quite
interesting to see that this same symbol appears on the cover of
the New King James Bible as well!"(Dr. Cathy Burns, Masonic
and Occult Symbols Illustrated, pp. 242-243)
Would God "mark"
His word with a symbol in the occult?
The Preface to the New King James Version (NKJV) reads, "A
special feature of the New King James Version is ITS CONFORMITY to
the thought flow of the 1611 Bible. . . the new edition, while much
clearer ARE SO CLOSE to the traditional. . ."
Among the first changes that greets the reader of the NKJV is the
removal of the much maligned "thee, thou and ye". The Preface
to the NKJV states, ". . .thee, thou, and ye are replaced by the
simple you,. . .These pronouns are no longer part of our language."
But "thee, thou and ye" were "NO LONGER part of
the language" during 1611 either. (just read the intro to the
1611 King James, there are no "thee", "thou" and
"ye"). In fact, Webster's Third New International
Dictionary, says of ye: "used from the earliest of
times to the late 13th century. . ." (p.2648) And yet
the 1611 King James was published 400 years later in the 17th century!
So why are they there?
The Greek and Hebrew language contain a different word for the second
person singular and the second person plural pronouns.
Today we use the one-word "you" for both the singular and
plural. But because the translators of the 1611 King James Bible desired
an accurate, word-for-word translation of the Hebrew and
Greek text - they could NOT use the one-word "you"
throughout! If it begins with "t" (thou, thy, thine) it's
SINGULAR, but if it begins with "y" (ye) it's PLURAL. Ads
for the NKJV call it "the Accurate One", and yet the 1611 King
James, by using "thee", "thou", "ye", is
far more accurate!
By the way, if the "thee's" and "thou's" are ".
. .no longer part of our language" - why aren't the NKJV
translators rushing to make our hymnbooks "much clearer"?
"How Great Thou Art" to "How Great You Are", or
"Come Thou Fount" to "Come You Fount" Doesn't
sound right, does it? Isn't it amazing that they wouldn't dare
"correct" our hymns - and yet, without the slightest
hesitation, they'll "correct" the word of God!
The NKJV claims to make the "old" KJV "much clearer"
by "updating obsolete words" (New King James Version,
1982e. p. 1235)
How about that "obsolete word" - "hell".
The NKJV removes the word "hell" 23 times! And how do they
make it "much clearer"? By replacing "hell"
with "Hades" and "Sheol"! Webster's New
Collegiate Dictionary defines Hades: "the underground abode
of the dead in Greek MYTHOLOGY". By making it "much
clearer" - they turn your Bible into MYTHOLOGY! Not only
that, Hades is not always a place of torment or terror! The Assyrian
Hades is an abode of blessedness with silver skies called "Happy
Fields". In the satanic New Age Movement, Hades is an
intermediate state of purification!
Who in their right mind would think "Hades" or "Sheol"
is "up-to-date" and "much clearer" than
KJV: "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it."
NKJV: "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on
this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall
not prevail against it."
KJV: "And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in
torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom."
NKJV: "And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up
his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom."
Hell is removed in 2 Sam. 22:6, Job 11:8, 26:6, Psalm 16:10, 18:5,
86:13, 116:3, Isaiah 5:14, 14:15, 28:15,18, 57:9, Jonah 2:2, Matt.
11:23, 16:18, Luke 10:15, 16:23, Acts 2:27, 31, Rev. 1:18, 6:8,
Then the NKJV decides that maybe "Hades" should be
"grave"! So the NKJV makes 1 Corinthians 15:55 "much
clearer" by changing "grave" to "Hades"!
". . . O Hades, where is your victory?" Clear
as mud. . .
Another one of those "obsolete words" is "repent".
They take it out 44 times! And how does the NKJV make it "much
clearer"? In Matthew 21:32 they use "relent". Matthew
27:3 it's "remorseful" Or Romans 11:29 they change
"repentance" to "irrevocable".
The term "new testament" is NOT in the NKJV! (see Matt. 26:28,
Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, 1 Cor. 11:25, 2 Cor. 3:6, Heb. 9:15,) The NKJV
replaces "new testament" with "new covenant" (ditto
NIV, NRSV, RSV, NASV). An obvious assault at the written word!
The word "damned", "damnation" is NOT in the NKJV!
They make it "much clearer" by replacing it with
"condemn" (ditto NIV, RSV, NRSV, NASV). "Condemned"
is NO WHERE NEAR AS SERIOUS as "damned"! Damned is eternal! One
can be "condemned" and not "damned". Romans 14:22
says, ". . . Happy is he that condemneth not himself in
that thing which he alloweth." Webster defines
"condemned": to declare to be wrong, but the much more serious
and eternal "damn": "to condemn to hell".
The word "devils" (the singular, person called the
"devil" is) is NOT in the NKJV! Replaced with the
"transliterated" Greek word "demon" (ditto NIV, RSV,
NRSV, NASV). The Theosophical Dictionary describes demon as: ".
. . it has a meaning identical with that of 'god', 'angel' or
'genius'". Even Vines Expository Dictionary of Biblical
Words (p.157) defines "demon" as: "an
inferior deity, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD". Webster
defines "demon" as: "divinity, spirit, an attendant power
or spirit", but "devil" as: "the personal supreme
spirit of EVIL. . ."
In 2 Timothy 2:15, the NKJV (like the NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV) remove
that "obsolete" word - "study"! The
only time you're told to "study" your Bible. AND THEY ZAP
IT! Why don't they want you to "study" your Bible?
Maybe they don't want you to look too close - you might find out what
they've ACTUALLY done to your Bible! The "real" KJV is
the only English Bible in the world that instructs you to
"study" your Bible!
That "obsolete" word "virtue" is replaced with
"power" in Mark 5:30, Luke 6:19, 8:46! How does anybody
confuse "virtue" with "power"? Simple - by being
"bosom-buddies" with the NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV! That's what
One of the most absurd changes ever made is changing the word
"servant" to "slave"! The NKJV in Romans 6:22,
reads: "But now having been set FREE from sin, and having become
SLAVES OF GOD. . ." The NKJV, in 1 Corinthians 7:22,
calls the Christian, "Christ's slave". Talk about a
contradiction! John 8:36 says, "If the Son therefore shall make
you FREE, YE SHALL BE FREE INDEED." But isn't a
Christian supposed to serve? Yes, in love. Not as a slave! Galatians
5:13 explains it, perfectly: "For, brethren, ye have been called
unto LIBERTY;(not slavery!) only use not LIBERTY for an occasion
to the flesh, but BY LOVE SERVE one another."
In order to "harmonize" with the satanic New Age Movement (and
of course the NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV!), the NKJV changes "end of
the WORLD" to "end of the AGE"!
And in it's no longer the "WORLD to come" but
"AGE to come". The New Age Movement teaches a
series of ages (hence the name: New AGE). See Matthew 12:32,
13:39, 13:40, 13:49, 24:3, 28:20, Mark 10:30, Luke 13:30, 20:34,35, 1
The New Age Movement and the occult are longing for one called the
Maitreya. The Bible calls him the Anti-Christ. New Ager's refer to him
as the "the Coming One" - AND SO DOES THE NKJV!
In Luke 7:19, 20 (see also Matt 11:3) John told his disciples to ask
Jesus: "Are You THE COMING ONE. . ." In the
"The Great Invocation", a "prayer" highly reverenced
among New Agers and chanted to "invoke" the Maitreya, says, "Let
Light and Love and Power and Death, Fulfil the purpose of the Coming
And to REALLY show their sympathy with the satanic New Age Movement - BELIEVE
IT OR NOT - in Acts 17:29 the New Age NKJV changes "Godhead"
to "Divine Nature"! ( ditto NIV, NASV)
And if you think the NKJV just "innocently" updated the
"obsolete words", removed the "thee's and thou's" -
here's what the translators proudly admit: "IT IS CLEAR
that this revision REQUIRED more than the dropping of
"-eth" endings, removing, "thee's" and "thou's,"
and updating obsolete words." (The New King James Version,
1982e. p. 1235)
AND THEY AIN'T JUST A KIDDIN'!
|Here's a sampling of the required
Genesis 2:18: The NKJV ought to make Hillary
Clinton proud: "And the Lord God said, It is not good that man
should be alone; I will make a helper COMPARABLE TO HIM"
Genesis 22:8: One of the greatest verses in the Bible proclaiming
that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh: "God will provide
himself a lamb for a burnt offering:" The NKJV adds that little
word "for": "God will provide for Himself the lamb for
a burnt offering" And destroys the wonderful promise! Where'd
they get their little "for"? From the NASV!
Genesis 24:47: The "old" KJV reads: "I put the earring
upon her face". But the NKJV has different plans for
beautiful Rebekah: "I put the nose ring on her nose".
Where did it get the ridiculous idea to "cannibalize" Rebekah?
Just take a peek at the NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV!
Ezra 8:36: The KJV reads, "And they delivered the king's
commissions unto the king's lieutenants. . ." The
"much clearer" NKJV reads, "And they delivered the
king's orders to the king's satraps. . ." Who in the
world thinks "satraps" is "much clearer" than
lieutenants? The NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV - they do! They put i
Psalms 109:6: removes "Satan". (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV).
Matthew 7:14: change "narrow is the way" to "difficult
is the way". There's nothing "difficult" about the
salvation of Jesus Christ! Jesus says in Matt. 11:30, "For my
yoke is EASY, and my burden is light." THE EXACT OPPOSITE! Boy,
you talk about a contradiction!
Matthew 12:40: change "whale" to "fish"
(ditto NIV) I don't guess it matters (what's the truth got to do with
it?), the Greek word used in Matthew 12:40 is ketos. The
scientific study of whales just happens to be - CETOLOGY - from
the Greek ketos for whale and logos for study! The
scientific name for whales just happens to be - CETACEANS - from
the Greek ketos for whale!
Matthew 18:26 & Matthew 20:20: The NKJV removes "worshipped
him" (robbing worship from Jesus) (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)
Mark 13:6 & Luke 21:8: removes "Christ" (NIV, NASV,
John 1:3: change "All things were made BY him;" to "All
things were made THROUGH Him" (NIV, NRSV, RSV)
John 4:24: change "God is a spirit" to the impersonal,
New Age pantheistic,"God is spirit" (NIV, NASV, NRSV,
John 14:2: (NKJV 1979 edition) change "mansions" to "dwelling
places" (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)
John 14:16: change "comforter" to "helper"(refers
to Holy Spirit) (NASV)
Acts 4:27, 30: change "holy child" to "holy
servant" (refers to Jesus) (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)
Acts 12:4: change "Easter" to "Passover"
(NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)
Acts 17:22: changes "superstitious" to "religious"
(NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)
Acts 24:14: change "heresy" to "sect" (NIV,
NASV, NRSV, RSV)
Romans 1:18: change "hold the truth" to
"suppress the truth" (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)
Romans 1:25: change "changed the truth" to "exchanged
the truth" (NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)
Romans 5:8: change "commendeth" to
"demonstrates" (NIV, NASV)
Romans 16:18: change "good words and fair speeches" to "smooth
words and flattering speech" (NIV, NASV, NRSV)
1 Cor. 1:21: change "foolishness of preaching" to "foolishness
of the message preached" (ditto NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV) There's
nothing foolish about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Unless you're not
saved! 1 Cor. 1:18 says: "For the preaching of the cross is
to them that perish FOOLISHNESS. . ." I wonder where that
leaves the translators of the NKJV, NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV?
1 Cor. 1:22: change "require" to "request"
1 Cor. 6:9: removes "effeminate" (NIV, NRSV, RSV)
1 Cor. 9:27: change "castaway" to "disqualified"
(NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV)
2 Cor. 2:10: change "person of Christ" to "presence
of Christ" (NASV, NRSV, RSV)
2 Cor. 2:17: With all the "corruptions" in the NKJV, you'd
expect 2 Cor. 2:17 to change. IT DOES! They change, "For
we not as many which CORRUPT the word of God" to "For
we are not, as so many, PEDDLING the word of God" (ditto NIV,
NASV, NRSV, RSV)
2 Cor. 5:17: change "new creature" to "new
creation" (NIV, NRSV, RSV)
2 Cor. 10:5: change "imaginations" to "arguments".
Considering New Age "imaging" and "visualization" is
now entering the church, this verse in the "old" KJV just
won't do. (NIV, RSV)
2 Cor. 11:6: change "rude in speech" to "untrained
in speech" (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)
Gal. 2:20: omit "nevertheless I live" (NIV, NASV, NRSV,
Phil. 2:6: (NKJV 1979e.) change "thought it not robbery to be
equal with God" to "did not consider equality with God
something to be grasped". (robs Jesus Christ of deity) (NIV,
Phil. 3:8: change "dung" to "rubbish"
(NIV, NASV, NRSV)
1 Thess. 5:22 change "all appearance of evil" to
"every form of evil" (NASV, RSV, NSRV)
1 Timothy 6:5: The NKJV changes "gain is godliness" to "godliness
is a MEANS OF gain". There are NO Greek texts with "means
of" in them! Where, oh where, did they come from? Care to take a
wild guess? YOU GOT IT! The NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV!
1 Timothy 6:10: The NKJV changes "For the love of money is the
root of all evil:" to "For the love of money is a root
of all KINDS OF evil". The words "KINDS OF"
are found in NO Greek text in the world! Where did they get them?
Straight from the NIV, NASV, NRSV!
1 Tim. 6:20: change "science" to
"knowledge" (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)
Titus 3:10: change "heretic" to "divisive
Hebrews 4:8 & Acts 7:45: "Jesus" is changed to
"Joshua". (NIV, NASV, RSV)
2 Pet. 2:1: change "damnable heresies" to "destructive
heresies" (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)
1 John 3:16: remove "love of God"; (NIV, NASV, RSV,
1 John 5:13: The NKJV reads: "These things I have written to you
who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you
have eternal life, and that you may CONTINUE TO believe in the name of
the Son of God." They add "CONTINUE TO" without any
Greek text whatsoever! Not even the perverted NIV, NASV, NRSV and RSV go
that far! A cruel, subtil (see Genesis 3:1) attack on the believer's
Rev. 2:13: change "Satan's seat" to "Satan's
throne" (NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)
Rev. 6:14: "Heaven" is changed to "sky" in
(NIV, NASV, RSV, NRSV)
AND THAT DOESN'T SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF ALL
The NKJV removes the word "Lord" 66 times!
The NKJV removes the word God 51 times!
The NKJV removes the word "heaven" 50 times!
In just the New Testament alone the NKJV removes 2.289
words from the KJV!
The NKJV makes over 100,000 word changes!
And most will match the NIV, NASV, RSV, or RSV!
And Thomas Nelson Publishers have the audacity to claim in an ad for the
NKJV (Moody Monthly, June 1982, back cover), "NOTHING HAS BEEN
CHANGED except to make the original meaning clearer."
The New King James is a COUNTERFEIT!
It's NOT NEW! The changes are already in the
NIV, NASV, NRSV, or RSV!
And it's certainly NOT true to the 1611 King
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