Luke Ch 2 verse 22

There is a textual variant in Luke 2:22, where the Textus Receptus Greek text reads “her purification,” but all other Greek editions read “their purification. The TR reading is found only in the Catenae, but in no Greek manuscript, or other language version, or in any Church Father writings. The Bishops’ Bible, the Douay Rheims Bible, the Geneva Bible and the King James bibles read “her purification,” but Tyndale reads “their purification,” so they departed not only from the Greek and Latin manuscripts, but also from their predecessor English translation. Wycliffe reads “the daies of the purgacioun of Marie.”

Here is the footnote from my translation of Luke:

txt αυτων 76 rell. Gk. it-q syr-p,h cop-sa,bo-pt AT RP NA28 αυτου D 118 205 209 it-a,aur,b,c,d,e,f,ff²,g¹,l,r¹ vg syr-s cop-sa-ms arm Ir-lat (Adv. Haer 3.10.5.157-9) αυτον Θ* ‖ omit cop-bo-pt Chrys Diatess-Pers. αυτης TR ‖ lac 𝔓⁴⁵ 𝔓⁷⁵ C F N P Q T.

You can download my translation of Luke here.

Effectual Prayer James 5:16

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  KJV

Is all prayer “effectual”?

πολὺ-ἰσχύει-δέησις –δικαίου-ἐνεργουμένη.

much-is able to do-the prayer-of the righteous-actuated, fully operating

Wycl:     For the contynuel preyer of a iust man is myche worth.

Tynd:     The prayer of a ryghteous man avayleth moche yf it be fervet.

Gen:      for the prayer of a righteous man auaileth much, if it be feruent.

KJV:       The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

ASV:      The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.

ESV: The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

DRP: The fully operating prayer of a righteous person is able to accomplish much.

We can see that the effectiveness of the prayer of the righteous person is conditional on something.  It only works if it is “actuated, fully working.”

Tyndale introduced the idea of fervency, “if it be fervent.” I don’t know where he got that from, since that is not in the Greek.  The ASV and ESV say “as it is working,” etc.  This implies, correctly, that there is a possibility that one’s prayer does not work.  What makes prayer effectual, or “working”?

There are quite a few scriptures which tell us some things that cause our prayer not to work.

The Psalmist of Psalm 66 was a righteous man, but he knew that his prayers did not always work.  In Psalm 66:18 he says “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”

If the person praying is “doubting at all,” the prayer is not effective, James 1:6

If the one praying has unconfessed sin, he is not in fellowship with God, and is in darkness, as it says in many scripture passages such as Psalm 66:18; and in the First Epistle of John.

A married man’s prayers may be hindered if he is not treating his wife like it is layed out in 1 Peter 3:7. 

Matthew 5:23,24 says “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, and first go be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”  This does not mention prayer specifically, but I think it applies, as God is not interested in what you are bringing to him if you are not resolving what you brother has against you.

This is not a complete list, but are some examples of what might cause prayer to not be “fully operating.”

You can download the DRP translation of James here, with footnotes.

Rebuke the Government

John the Baptist and the Apostle Paul did not let their governments get away with breaking the law. They spoke up about it. In John’s case when he rebuked the king for having his brother’s wife, it cost him his life. In Paul’s case, it saved his hide, and got the authorities to treat him with more respect.
Acts 16:35-39
³⁵And when it was daytime, the magistrates sent the sheriffs, saying, “Release those men.” ³⁶So the prison warden declared these words to Paul, as follows: “The magistrates have sent orders that you be released. Now therefore, you may go in peace.”
³⁷But Paul said to them, “They gave us a beating in public without due process of law, though we men are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now they are pushing us away quietly? Certainly not! On the contrary they shall come personally and escort us out.”
³⁸So the sheriffs reported these statements to the magistrates. And when they heard that they were Roman citizens, they were afraid. ³⁹And they came and apologized to them. And they escorted them out, and asked them to go away from the city.
Acts 22:22-29
²²Now the crowd had been listening— until those words. Then they lifted up their voice, saying, “Remove such a man from the earth, for it is not fitting for him to live!” ²³And as they kept up their shouting, and were tossing off their cloaks, and throwing dust up in the air, ²⁴the commander ordered him brought inside the barracks, and said to give him a flogging until he talked, so that he could find out the reason for all this clamor over him.
²⁵But as they stretched him out in the straps, Paul said toward the centurion standing there, “Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen without a trial?”
²⁶And when the centurion heard this, he approached the commander and informed him, saying, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.”
²⁷So the commander came up to Paul, and he said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?”
And he said, “Yes.” ²⁸And the commander responded, “It took me a large sum of money to get that citizenship.”
And Paul said, “But I was actually born one.” ²⁹Then those about to interrogate him immediately withdrew from him. And even the commander was afraid, finding out that Paul was a Roman citizen and he had been strapping him up.
(Taken from my translation of Acts, which you can read here: http://bibletranslation.ws/trans/DRPbiblesofar.pdf )

Robinson-Pierpont Gospel of Luke

I have completed and uploaded a PDF of my translation of the Gospel of Luke from the Robinson-Pierpont Byzantine majority text. It alternates verse by verse between the Greek text and the English text.

The Greek text is exactly as it was in the file sent to me by Dr. Robinson. The footnotes are the same as in my eclectice edition, just with the “text” reading switched to the RP reading listed first.

You can download the PDF of the Byzantine Gospel of Luke here. My edition of the Byzantine whole Bible is also completly conformed in the gospele of Luke.

Luke's gospel Robinson-Pierpont majority text edition
The Gospel of Luke Robinson-Pierpont edition

Skin Color in the New Testament

Does the New Testament mention skin color? Yes, I know of one instance: in Acts 13:1, as follows.
Acts 13:1 Ἦσαν δὲ ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ κατὰ τὴν οὖσαν ἐκκλησίαν προφῆται καὶ διδάσκαλοι ὅ τε Βαρναβᾶς καὶ Συμεὼν ὁ καλούμενος νίγερ, καὶ Λούκιος ὁ Κυρηναῖος, Μαναήν τε Ἡρῴδου τοῦ τετραάρχου σύντροφος καὶ Σαῦλος.
¹Now among that congregation in Antioch there were prophets and teachers: both Barnabas and Simeon― the one called “the black Simeon”; and also Lucius the Cyrenian; Manaen the foster brother of Herod the Tetrarch; and Saul.

The one called “the black Simeon” was called that so that he not be confused with Simeon the apostle, Peter. For some reason, in Acts 15:14 the apostle Peter is called Simeon rather than the usual spelling Simon.

I think it is unacceptable that most translations do not translate the Greek word Νίγερ, but only transliterate it as Niger. A couple even say it was his last name, “Simeon Niger.” But the lexicons say it is a loanword from Latin which clearly and obviously means “black.”

The black Simeon was a prophet or teacher in the Christian congregation in Antioch, Syria.

Dative Case Marker Words

Modern Greek differs from New Testament Greek in many ways, and one of the biggest differences is that there are no longer any Dative Case inflections or suffixes on words like there were in Koine Greek. Instead, marker words or helper words came to be used.

See for example Luke 21:23 txt τω λαω ℵ A B C D K L M N Π Ψ ƒ¹ ƒ¹³ 33 157 579 892 1241 2542 lat SBL TH ΝΑ28 {\} εν τω λαω E G H S U W Y Γ Δ Θ Λ Ω 2 124 346 565 700 1071 𝔐 syr-h TR RP επι τω λαω 1424 vg: ira populo huic (KJV) ‖ lac 𝔓⁴⁵ 𝔓⁷⁵ F P Q T 28.

Some recent translations of the Majority text render this “wrath among this people.” I disagree with that, and I render both the NA28 and Majority texts the same way.

So also, where the same construction is found in Romans 16:7, ἐπίσημοι ἐν τοῖς ἀποστόλοις, it should be rendered “who are well known to the apostles, and were in Christ before me.”

Signs of the End Times

Your Orwellian Communist Globalist masters are very pleased with how you have been good slaves and meekly submitted to giving up your God-given rights for the sake of their extremely over-hyped virus. So now they feel confident enough to reveal what plans they have your money. VISA, the credit card company, has revealed that last year it filed a patent for a digital U.S. Dollar, and how it would replace the current fiat dollar. The term “fiat” is Latin, and it is used in money circles to refer to the central bank-printed currencies such as the U.S. dollar that are not backed by gold or anything else, so new additional dollars can be “declared” into existence, thus, “fiat” money.

But, you might say, doesn’t VISA already handle digital dollars? No. Not like the new ones, not even close. The new ones are a kind of software that runs on the Etherium crypto-currency distributed ledger block chain. The ledger will put an existing dollar out of circulation, even using the same serial number, and from then on the central bank machine ledger will know who used that particular dollar each time, and what they used it for, and where they got it. The new digital dollars will be programmable. For example, if some of these digital dollars are put into someone’s account from Welfare, those dollars can be programmmed such that they can only be used for designated purposes. They simply won’t work for anything else. And like the Communist China “social credit system” your particular dollars can be programmed as degraded, such that they won’t be usable for flying, or something else that your masters deem unfit for a political dissident. You can thank Google and Apple and Amazon and the Democrat party for this, as they have been fully on board and cooperating with Communist China, all the while shouting “Russia, Russia, look there, not here.”


Hand in hand with this development, is the coming of “negative interest rates.” Parts of Europe already have negative interest rates. What this means is that your bank account, rather than earning interest, will charge you interest. Yes, you will have to pay the bank even more to hold your money. Well, people will just withdraw all their money, right? No, not when there is no more cash. The only way they can force negative interest rates on us is if they eliminate cash. Of course this is evil and perverted. What’s next, instead of you paying interest on your house mortgage, they pay you to live in a house? Of course that is ridiculous, but evil and insanity go hand in hand. Evil rewards evil, and punishes righteousness. Yes, a tyrant wants people to be dependent on them. Their attack on small businesses has gone a long way toward accomplishing that. America has been attacked, and its citizens are letting it happen. Few have the courage to call the enemy what they are, and just re-open their businesses.


But wait, is President Trump going to go along with this? There are hints and some evidence that it is indeed in the works. Steve Mnuchin, the Secretary of the Treasury, has hired Brian Brooks, who was the legal counsel for Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency trading platforms. (Bitcoin and Etherium are examples of crypto-currencies.) Briand Brooks wrote “distributing Greenbacks on the distributed ledger known as block chain, is inevitable.” This is indeed an indication that the U.S. dollar is going to go to something like Coinbase’s USDC. The Treasury is currently involved in a court case with New York’s regulators over some crypto-currency issue, and Brian Brooks is the man for that job. Furthermore, President Trump has tweeted that the Fed needs to lower our interest rates in order to be competitive with countries who have negative interest rates. Well, our rates are almost zero now, so that probably means that negative interest rates are coming soon for the U.S.


Cryptocurrencies built on the Etherium block chain are also being programmed to keep track of Covid-19 vaccination status and immunity. They are planning a “vaccine license” such that only those certified to be vaccinated will be able to do things like go to concerts. They will use this as an excuse for much of this, and most of you have already fallen for it, so it will not be that hard.


So wow, what can we do about this? Trump will not save you, QAnon will not save you, no human government will save you. In fact, all this must happen, for the scriptures to be fulfilled. This is in line with Bible prophecy, how in the end times there will be a one world government, and that government under “the beast” will be able to control who can buy or sell, over the whole planet. These things must take place before the Return of the King, Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha Moschiach, the Lion of Judah.
Days will come when many Christians will die of hunger, and many will be beheaded. But it is an exciting time, because we are seeing a separation of the true Christians from the nominal, false Christians. Let us band together, and help each other. Let us meet together and encourage one another, preferably not in state churches that are licensed and incorporated with the state.
Links:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbrett/2020/05/14/visa-submits-patent-application-for-digital-dollar-using-blockchain/
ID2020, ID will be connected to Bill Gates’ vaccine.
https://youtu.be/SkT0uIUSdWs

Right to Assemble

“The righteous are as bold as a lion.” Prov. 28:1

What happened to the authority of Jesus Christ? Does he have all authority in heaven and earth, or not? Jesus Christ commanded us to assemble together as believers, and commanded us to go evangelize. For those activities, we have all authority. We must say to the human authorities, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 4:19; 5:29)

BTW, the governors etc. who are issuing orders that violate your constitutional rights, THEY are breaking the law in Title 18 USC Sec. 242, “deprivation of rights under color of law,” and committing a crime.

I am very disappointed in you Christians in America. You have a chance to be a testimony to the power of the kingdom of God, and you are being wimps. “But as for the cowardly…their inheritance is in the lake of fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Of course, if your church asked your state permission to be a state corporation, and your pastor asked your state permission to preach the gospel and obtained a “license to preach the gospel,” and your church asked the IRS permission to be a church under Title 26 USC Sec. 501(c)(3), then your church is by law a creation of the state, is headed by the state, and its head is not Christ. You would have no case in court. But you had no business doing any of that in the first place; and those things are not even required by law. You have a constitutional right to assemble, and a God given order to assemble. And, it could be argued that obtaining those things were acts of rebellion, and a slap in the face of Jesus Christ your master. I do not attend such “churches,” and I suggest it is high time you do not either. REPENT. God is not pleased with cowards.