Saturday, December 3, 2016

Day 4- Matthew 2:6 Bethlehem

King James Version Matthew 2:6

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda ; for out of thee shall come a Governor,  that shall rule my people Israel.

The true God of this world, JESUS CHRIST, inspired Joseph Smith to change this verse using addition and revision.


The word of the Lord came unto us, saying, And thou Bethlehem, which layeth in the land of Judea, in thee shall be born a Prince, which art not the least among the princes of Judea: for out of thee shall come the Messiah, who shall save my people Israel. 

There is enough truth here to write a magazine article, but I will focus on the main points.

1. The Old Testament prophets were told directly by the LORD himself what to say and write concerning this or any real prophecy.
2. CHRIST is more than just a mere "Governor." Anyone as dumb as Arnold Schwarzenegger can become a governor. Only one being in the history of the universe can be the MESSIAH.
3. The King James translators may have actually got the gist of the original Hebrew (or Aramaic) correct, but the Jewish expectation of a political leader was incorrect. CHRIST came to save souls, not to lead a country, or even to rule the world. JESUS is already the ruler of this planet, HIS work and HIS glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of mankind (paraphrase of Moses 1:39).
4. It is CHRIST that is being compared to other princes, and not Bethlehem being compared to other areas of Judea. Where CHRIST was born does not compare to what kind of being JESUS is.