Subtle Subversion

“And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.”

Revelation 22:19

What may possibly be a typographical error (or an erroneous opinion) on something can hold a subversive message. None of us are exempt from making mistakes but this seemingly minor blunder can cause some serious theological error. Changing a definite article to an indefinite article changes the message altogether.

Let’s use an example from the passage above,

…God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life…
…God will take away from that person any share in a tree of life…

Going back to Genesis 2:9, we know that the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil were symbols pointing to two opposing forces. To put an indefinite article on the tree of life- a symbol ascribed to God, reduces His supremacy from the millions of false gods out there, as if there is more than one tree of life. There is only one tree of life just like there is only One True God.

The screen shot shows us a clear subversion of John 1:1. It appears to be a subtle change adding an indefinite article and refers to a completely different being, one that is not co-equal with God.

This post ties to yesterday’s post with Psalm 145:18, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.”

If there is an iota of change in reference to God’s character and what He revealed about Himself, it could be why some people pray and do not get an answer at all which can cause disillusionment because God will not answer those who are not calling upon Him in truth. He is merciful to all (Matthew 5:45) and only He can see the person’s heart so He knows who is calling on Him sincerely. However, any alterations on the truth sends you elsewhere.

Any person who owns a phone has a specific phone number to reach them. Simply misdialing one number will lead you to reach some stranger on the other line.

“You are My witnesses,” says the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
That you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord,
And besides Me there is no savior.

Isaiah 43:10-11