The Danger of Changing God’s Word Or Hananiah’s Disorder


By Dr. Ken Matto


The Scriptures give a warning that if anyone adds to or subtracts from the settled word of God then there are warnings of judgment associated with doing that. 


{18} For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  {19} And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  (Revelation 22:18-19)


Many benighted theologians have undertaken the task of snubbing the warnings found in Revelation 22 and have decided to change the settled word of God using inferior and corrupted manuscripts and then selling these abominations to the naïve Christians as Bibles which are far better than the King James Bible.  Well God has something to say about those who wilfully change his word.  In the book of Jeremiah we are given a warning which fulfills the warning in Revelation 22 seven hundred years before it was penned by the Apostle John.


Judah was following in the footsteps of the northern kingdom which was now in captivity in Assyria for about 100 years when Jeremiah began to prophesy.  He prophesied to the southern kingdom or Judah.  They did not learn their lesson from what happened to the northern kingdom but progressed toward judgment by continuing to walk away from the LORD and engage in idolatry and false religions.  It was through Jeremiah that God declared they would be in captivity a total of 70 years and then returned to the land because it was prophesied by Micah that the Lord Jesus Christ would have to be born in Bethlehem.  So their judgment was not final as of yet, that came in 70 A.D. when General Titus came through and sacked the land.  We read in Jeremiah 25:11-12 the prophecy of their captivity.


{11} And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.  {12} And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.  (Jeremiah 25:11-12)


So we see that it was the LORD himself who prophesied through Jeremiah that they were going to spend seventy years in captivity in Babylon.  Then as usual there were false prophets among the people.  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  (2 Peter 2:1)  We read in 2 Peter 2:1 that there were false prophets among the people of Israel and Judah who prophesied falsely and led the people astray.  One such false prophet was Hananiah who prophesied among Judah. 


God stated through Jeremiah they would be in captivity for 70 years but Hananiah comes along and falsely prophesies that God was going to break the yoke of bondage within two full years.  So what did Hananiah do?  He changed the word of God from 70 to 2 and it does not matter if it is the spoken word of God or the written word of God, the word of God is the word of God.


And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.  (Jeremiah 28:11)


Jeremiah the prophet then confronted Hananiah and scolded him saying that the LORD did not send him which means he was not a true prophet of the LORD and that resulted in people trusting his 2 year prophecy above the 70 year prophecy of Jeremiah which was the correct one from the LORD.


Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.  (Jeremiah 28:15)


Jeremiah then tells Hananiah that because he has fostered rebellion against the LORD for changing his word and causing the people to trust in a lie that he was going to die that very year.  So the word of the LORD was fulfilled and Hananiah died that year because he sinned against the LORD.  God considered the alteration of His word to be rebellion when he changed the time from 70 years to 2 years. 


{16} Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.  {17} So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.  (Jeremiah 28:16-17)


The King James Bible was authorized to be translated and printed by the Crown of England and it was the 8th Bible in succession from the Tyndale Bible of 1534.  It was the last authorized Bible to be printed with the correct Masoretic Text and the 12 editions of the refined Greek until it finalized in the 1598 Beza text.  In 1666 during the great London fire all the notes of the translators were burned and lost.  This means that the King James Bible is a faith based Bible.


Now enter the modern versions of the Bible that have severely changed his words from what he has written.  In Jeremiah 28:15 Jeremiah tells Hananiah that the “LORD hath not sent thee.”  The LORD did not authorize any of the modern Bibles, they were all made with inferior and corrupted manuscripts in both the old and new testaments.  The LORD did not send these theologians to produce another Bible because his blessing was upon only one and that is the King James Bible.  This means that those who translate, produce, and use the modern versions are in rebellion to God just as if Hananiah was still alive and leading that rebellion by changing the duration of the captivity but this modern rebellion is being run by theologians, publishers, translators, and users of these modern versions who are doing the same thing that Hananiah did and that was changing the settled word of God.  So when radio or TV preachers push the modern versions they are in essence teaching rebellion against the LORD which will have serious consequences in the lives of individuals, ministries, and churches.  The church is weak today because the blessing of God is off most of them since they have taught rebellion by changing the word of God.  You do not rebel against God and expect to be blessed.  So if you are using a modern version, then you are in rebellion against God and you will not win.


The 4 Cs of using the modern versions are: Chaos, Compromise, Confusion, Cowardice


The 4 Ss of using the King James Bible are: Stability, Strength, Security, Surety