Finally acquired an old AKJB by pure accident and I am so pleased, it’s amazing how different it is.
The Book of Genesis is noted as “The first book of Moses called Genesis”,
Exodus is called the “Second book of Moses”.
After each Pauline epistle it has notes as follows :
At the end of the epistle to the Romans it states : “Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe servant of the church at Cenchrea”.
At the end of the first epistle to the Corinthians it states : “The first epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi by Stephanass, and Fortunatas and Achaicus, and Timotheus”.
At the end of the second epistle to the Corinthians the note states : “The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas”
At the end of the epistle to the Galatians it says : “Unto the Galatians written from Rome”.
At the end of the epistle to the Ephesians : “Written from Rome unto the Ephesians by Tychicus”.
At the end of Philippians : “It was written to the Philippians from Rome by Epaphroditus”.
At the conclusion of the letter to the Colossians : “Written from Rome to the Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus”.
The first epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.
The second epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens as well.
The first letter to Timothy was written from Laodicea which is the chiefest city of Phrygia Pacatiana.
The second letter to Timothy (Timotheus) who was ordained the first Bishop of the church of the Ephesians was written from Rome, when Paul was brought before Nero the second time.
The epistle to Titus was written to him (Titus) who was ordained the first Bishop of the church of the Cretians from Nicopolis of Macedonia.
The epistle to Philemon was written to him (Philemon) by Onesimus, a servant.
Insteresting fact is that the Authorized King James Bible states that the epistle TO THE HEBREWS was written by Timothy from Italy.
The cover of the Authorized King James Bible states, “The Holy Bible – the complete authorized King James Version containing both the Old and New Testaments”.
Although the Bible is set out in chronological order which records the creation of the earth, the beast kingdom, the heavenly bodies such as the sun, stars, etc, and the pinnacle of God’s creation : Man, it also goes on to record Man’s fall by being disobedient, his total depravity, the destruction of the earth (judgment and the cleansing of the earth by God), the election of Abram to become Abraham (Genesis 17) and eventually Israel, and so to the setting aside (sanctification) by God of a special holy and peculiar people in order to win the Gentiles (pagan nations) (Isaiah 49:6) over to God, the setting aside of this nation (Israel) (after several warnings – see the major Old Testament Prophets concerning this, including Hosea) and her people due to apostasy and unbelief (Acts 28), and putting her Kingdom programme into abeyance until a future time, God’s warnings to her concerning her apostasy and the outcome thereof (tribulation) and thus the revealing a mystery to the Apostle Paul in the interim, that was hid in God BEFORE the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) – whereby God has taken salvation directly to the Gentile nations cutting Israel out of the (salvation) equation.
So although the Bible is in chronological (progressive) order, there is ONE major flaw that all Bibles carry – they are unable to discern what the New Testament is. In all Bibles it states that the New Testament begins with the Book of Matthew and ends with the Book of Revelation (the Apocalypse). This is wrong.
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John belong to the Old Covenant. The Apostle Peter was a law-abiding, kosher eating Jew (Galatians 2 and Acts 10) who wouldn’t associate directly with Gentiles. It’s clear to see that the Levitical Law is still in effect during the four synoptic gospels which preach ISRAEL’S KINGDOM GOSPEL, which is a works-based gospel whereby one has to ENDURE UNTIL THE END.
Israel’s New Covenant comes into effect at a latter time when God once again starts dealing with the Jews, when He refines them like gold in the fire (tribulation). (Zechariah 13:9).
Hebrews to Revelation is tribulation doctrine for that future time, the epistle to the Hebrews begins with a reminder to the HEBREWS/JEWS who Christ is and what He did for them. The rest of the epistles such as Peter, James, John, etc give Godly doctrine, advice and encouragment for those facing trials and persecution during the Tribulation period, and the Book of Revelation reveals the events that will take place from beginning to end over the seven year period and corroborates what the Prophet Jude, Hosea and Daniel say.
In the Old Testament we see the creation of Man, his fall, God’s judgment, the election of an holy people, their fall and temporary demise – and this is recorded between Genesis to St John. The book of Acts is a transitional book marking the transition from law to Grace – Jewish salvation to Gentile salvation whereby all men are now on an equal level and have equal status and can be saved directly by just believing the Gospel of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) without keeping the law of having to go through the nation of Israel. (Colossians 2:14)
Romans to Philemon depicts the new doctrine, advice and encouragement for the One NEW man. Something that is new has never existed before, namely the body of Christ. All of the Bible is written FOR you, but not all of the Bible is written TO you. Romans to Philemon is written TO you today. Heed the Apostle Paul’s words.
This dispensation will close with the book of Philemon – encouragement and growth for the adult sons of God in order to face Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ.m (2 Corinthians 5:10).
The New Testament begins with HEBREWS and it comes to fruition at the end of the book of Revelation where all nations will beat their weapons into ploughshares and there will be peace on earth for 1000 years with Christ ruling the earth with a rod of iron.
It goes without saying that the eternal abode for the One New Man (the body of Christ) isn’t an earthly one, but rather a heavenly one. We’ve been promised all SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN HEAVENLY PLACES, whereas Israel has always been promised an EARTHLY KINGDOM.
I call the current period we’re living in (since Acts 9), an interruption. The Age of Interruption. It’s purely temporary and won’t last forever. The Dispensation of Grace has an expiry date whereby God’s grace to ALL men will cease just by their belief in the Gospel of Christ, and then He will begin pouring out His wrath upon the earth – those who are saved during this period are saved by their belief in Christ as the Son God, continual repentance of their wrongdoing, and enduring until the end. These people will be able to lose their salvation (unlike us today who are saved because we are sealed unto the day of redemption), so if they do not keep check of their deeds, thoughts and emotions, they are likely to be doomed to hell for eternity).
Salvation today is so easy, but the majority of people are unable to put their simple trust in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross for their sin, so they put the emphasis on their own good works which mean nothing to God simply because CHRIST DID IT ALL – so there’s nothing one can do to save oneself.
There is a reason why Paul’s epistles are in the chronological order that they’re in – simply because the doctrines contained in the epistle of the Romans are there to build one’s faith, then Paul’s pre-prison epistles are there to reveal where we as members of the body of Christ can and do go wrong and how to solve these issues, then in Paul’s prison epistles he proceeds to encourage those who have matured spiritually, he gives advice and doctrine to Christian leaders as well (Timothy, Titus and Philemon), so that we can be…………. THROUGHLY FURNISHED unto all good works as sons and daughters of the One Living God/
I’m really thinking of tearing out the page between the Prophet Malachi and St Matthew that says, “The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” and inserting it between Philemon and the book of Hebrews 😉 after all, that’s where it rightfully belongs.
Once a person know how to rightly divide the word of truth – the Bible comes alive.
There’s also a reason why the Gospel of Christ is located in the first epistle to the Corinthians – people who were really immoral and amoral – yet saved. It depicts God’s grace. That He saves unrighteous people, and that His grace isn’t dependent on their behaviour, social norms, thoughts or social status – his grace is solely dependent on their belief in His finished work on Calvary’s cross.
Saved people :
1 Corinthians 1:
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:
3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
But really immoral :
1 Corinthians 3 :
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Don’t you find it strange that cults and controlling denominations totally ignore the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians? Why? Because if people knew the truth then no-one would be able to control them by saying they’re on their way to hell because of their bad behaviour. Mainline denom’s way of controlling people is by keeping the threatening spectre of one’s loss of salvation hanging over one’s head – don’t tithe? you’ll go to hell. Don’t behave – off to hell, lie, steal, cheat – you’re on your way to hell – so……….. repent! BUT the very things you’re repenting of are the things Christ died for – its the reason why He died – for your sins. He took them all – so you’re justified in the eyes of God – declared righteous and holy. Never forget that.
It goes without saying that I’m not giving anyone a “license to sin” – no-one requires a license to sin as we all sin perfectly without having one 😉 in case you haven’t noticed.
It’s amazing how Paul’s epistles are set out : first one’s faith is built by reading about the doctrines of salvation (of course one has to rightly divide the book of Romans too), then one finds the Gospel of Christ strategically placed in the first epistle to the Corinthians – so if God can save them, he can save me and you. Its shows his mercy and his grace which is unmerited, i.e., UNDESERVING and it’s free – Ephesians 2:8-9. We don’t deserve His grace, but he bestows it on us freely when we believe what Christ did for us on Calvary’s cross.