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What does the Bible mean by the expression the lion and lamb shall lay down together?! Written by Dr Andrew Corbett, President of ICI Theological College Australia, and author of the popular commentary on the Book of Revelation- The Most Embarrassing Book In The Bible
The “lion and the lamb shall lay down together” is often cited a prophecy speaking of a literal utopia on earth to come – a Golden Age – referred to as ‘The Millennium’. It is argued that since so many of the prophecies regarding The Christ’s first appearing were fulfilled literally, surely such prophecies of a Golden Age will also be fulfilled literally. This yet-to-come Golden Age (“The Millennium”) is spoken of as “Paradise Restored” – an age of Paradise on earth where there will be no death, sorrow, pain or sickness. The prophets described this era with the expression, “the lion and the lamb shall lay down together…” But there is a slight, ever so slight, problem with this: the expression, the lion and lamb shall lay down together does not occur in the Bible! The closest we can get to it Isaiah 11:6.
¶ The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
I was with a group of pastors recently in Sydney where one of them quizzed me about the prophecy in the Old Testament referring to the lion and lamb laying down together. I gently pointed out that this expression doesn’t appear in the Bible. They immediately challenged my assertion. I quoted Isaiah 11:6 and pointed out that it refers to the wolf and the lamb not the lion and the lamb. I pointed out the significance of this prophecy and its most probable interpretation. They said that they would check this out when they returned home to their computer and I presume correct me if they could prove me wrong. After 7 years, I haven’t heard from them.
It’s interesting how many things are cited as if they are in the Bible. Like, one shall put a thousand to flight and two shall put ten thousand to flight is often quoted by leadership teachers about the power of an individual being exponentially multiplied when in a team. But how many realise this citation refers to what Israel’s enemies could do to them if they broke Covenant with God (not what they would do to their enemies)? (Deut. 32:30)
The particular almost-biblical-expression in question is used to promote “Pre-Millennialism” which is the idea that Christ will return and set up a Golden Age on earth for a thousand years where even normally carnivorous animals will become vegetarian. This idea has gained much popular paperback-theology endorsement. But I am proposing a quite different view for your consideration.
In Tom Wright’s book, “Justification“, the master exegete and Biblical scholar describes the difficulty in challenging a view of Scripture which is almost universally accepted and taken for granted, in the same way that it must have been difficult for Copernicus to convince the world that the Sun did not revolve around the earth – but rather, that the earth revolved around the Sun. “Look” Copernicus’s objectors and scoffers might have contested, “Each morning the Sun comes up then each evening it goes down. There you have it! The proof! The Sun goes around the earth.” But despite the objective data presented by Copernicus, the general perception continued and his objectors preserved the status quo, at least for a while.
Perhaps in a similar way, what I am proposing might meet with similar Copernican-type objectors. I am going to attempt to show that Isaiah 11:6 should not be taken in a wooden literal sense. Having already shown that the expression the lion shall lay down with the lamb … does not occur in the Bible, I am going to argue that neither is the very concept proposed – a Golden Age on earth, called the Millennium – to be what the Bible teaches.
“The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;
the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain,”
says the LORD.
The Book of Isaiah employs metaphors. Metaphors are word pictures. The Promised Messiah is described in Isaiah as a “tender shoot” or a “root” (incidentally, both metaphors occur in Isaiah 11). These word pictures of the Christ paint Him as the hope of Israel and One who would be born as a child and grow. The particular metaphors in question: the wolf, is frequently used in the Old Testament to speak of Israel’s enemies. For example, Jeremiah speaks of Israel’s enemies as a lion, a wolf, and a leopard.
¶ Therefore a lion from the forest shall strike them down;
a wolf from the desert shall devastate them.
A leopard is watching their cities;
everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces,
because their transgressions are many,
their apostasies are great.
Similarly, Israel is frequently described as lambs, or sheep. To speak of wolves and lambs laying down together, is to describe the effect of the New Covenant. That is, the largely ethnically-centred Old Covenant, would one day be replaced by the for-all-the-world-New-Covenant where Jew and (the previously hostile enemy) Gentiles are brought together under the same Covenant.
¶ Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
The context of Isaiah 11 is the ministry and achievement of the Messiah. The resultant New Covenant would make peace between formally hostile enemies. There are some beautiful prophetic metaphors in Isaiah 11 which describe this. Such as verse 18, The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. This is not a picture of a Utopian Golden Era, referred to as The Millennium, rather it was a prophetic picture of the resultant peace from the spread of the New Covenant. How far will this New Covenant spread?
…for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.
Of course, these various ideas come to affect how we understand the Book of Revelation. Some will continue to think that the Bible forecasts an earthly Utopia just as some continued to think that the Sun went around the earth in Copernicus’s day. To be sure, one day Christ will return, as the ancient creeds say, to judge all people and bring our dimensions to an end. In a sense, the New Heaven and the New Earth speaks of the New Covenant but it ultimately speaks of a time to come when –
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
In the meantime, the wolf lays down the lamb every time an Arab and a Jew find a common bond in knowing Christ as the Promised Prophet, Messiah and Saviour. And this is happening today perhaps more than people realise.
-Dr. Andrew Corbett
Several people have written to me asking about this issue and whether I have heard of ‘the Mandela Effect’. This, they claim, is some kind of supernatural force which has dramatically changed certain Biblical passages (such as Isaiah 11:6, the one I have discussed here) plus certain other facts of history. For example, I received this feedback January 5th 2019-
If you research the phenomenon known as “The Mandela Effect” you will understand why so many Pastors knew the different wording of the Biblical passage about the lion and the lamb.
The Bible appears to be under attack by forces beyond our comprehension but the problem may go further down the rabbit hole than demonic forces, if that’s possible.
Study CERN and quantum computers for other possibilities. Also, study the multiverse nature of reality which seems to be moving or floating, which changes, and repeatedly alters everything from famous quotes to geography.
The idea of so many people having a failed memory of the same quotes or events does not withstand the scrutiny of statistical analysis.
Specifically, it is statistically impossible for millions of people to share the same false memory of only certain events.
And I received this feedback on March 30th 2017-
I know for a fact tgr Bible use to say the Lion will lay with the lamb. When CERN started messing with dark matter they found in2012 Satan was unleashed and alot of the bible has changed. Look at the Lords prayer. Look up the mandela effect. Please research it
And on March 8th 2019, I received this odd and confused feedback-
In regards to the Lion and the lamb verses Is now saying wolf and the lamb. In Christianity they believe in some future messiah to come save His people and judge the World. Now we know Jeremiah 3:8 states God divorced Israel and in New testament God replaced Israel with Gentiles. But in Isaiah 66 God is pissed off at those who ate pork. In fact, Revelation 2-3 speaks of God judging pergamon Anti Kenti for mixing God’s religion with World and called it synagogue of Satan. Thyatira was given a chance to repent, but didn’t so she falls back under the Iron Scepter. Now Vatican ruled with Iron Scepter and God ruled Israel with Iron scepter. Take your pick. True Christianity lived obediently and by faith they obeyed. So we have a debacle. I remember in 1/2 peter the exact phrase, “Do not forget first generation earth.” But now it’s not there in any translation. I even remember debating my dad over it. And you have the Codex Gigas the huge Book named Satan’s Bible. 10 pages are missing. But here is my thing. Old Testament is proven Accurate, new testament proven accurate. But the Bible actually changed. So are the prophecies still the same has anyone noticed these changes? Right now I keep hearing about Come out of her my people. Revelation 13 if you link Dan 2&7 with it leads you to a time line where Catholicism killed 100 million saints over trying to kill Christ and Christian and Bible. French Revolution killed The Bible for 3.5 years and to some it will happen again in Israel. Now rev 9:11 says they aligned themselves with Abaddon. Abaddon is equal to The Father Is Don. Don translates to Yisrael. So what gives? There are thousands of references to Yisroel and very few to Yisrael. Has the Bible been Hijacked by Satan? We need people searching.
There are several logical reasons why this proposed conspiracy theory is completely implausible. Apart from the fact that we have Biblical manuscripts of both the Old and New Testaments which date back to antiquity – and they exactly match what we have today, including the book of Isaiah – and particularly this passage, which verifies the point I have made in this article. What this all illustrates is that when someone claims that the Bible says something without giving the chapter and verse, it’s best to ask them for the chapter and verse! It also highlights that our memories can distort history. There is no footage of the first World Trade Centre Tower being hit. But there is of the second – I remember being in my hotel room in Indonesia and watching it live on CNN! Yet, even President G.W. Bush referred to the live footage of the first tower being hit because he had confused his recollections of that fateful day. This was not the ‘Mandela Effect’ or any supernatural spell being cast, this was simply what we are all susceptible to when it comes to how our memories work. This natural ability to change what we recollect what we think we just saw is highlighted every time a Grand Slam tennis player calls for a Hawk Eye replay of whether his last shot was in or out. Despite the player or the lines-person being convinced of what they just saw a few seconds ago, the Hawk Eye replay often stuns them with where their shot actually landed.
In teaching hermeneutics, one of the first things I instruct my students to do is to determine what the Biblical text actually says – not what we think it says! This is the point of my book The Most Embarrassing Verse In The Bible where I discuss how people have read into the Bible what they pre-supposed it said rather than considering what it actually says.
-A.C. March 9th 2019
Isn’t this just ridiculing others? Feedback received from M.M. on June 14th 2019 –
“On the lion and lamb article I have a few comments. When a writer ridicules those who don’t agree with him, that is usually where I stop reading. (Non-Copernicus types). Resorting to that tactic generally means a weak argument.
What about Isaiah 65:25. “The lion shall eat straw like the bullock.”
I also disagree with your adding the word “spiritual” before death where you quote Paul in Corinthians. Where in the Bible does it actually say that Adam died spiritually. Everybody knows what death means. If Paul meant something else he would have said so. Changing the words of Scripture is the sign of a cult.
I know you are Christian from what you have written, but I don’t agree with you. I’m not stupid nor uninformed.” -M.M.
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
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I have written a fuller explanation of the book of Revelation in my eBook – THE MOST EMBARRASSING BOOK IN THE BIBLE (click here to read a preview). The application from the Book of Revelation is that despite what appears to be an impotent Church struggling to serve an apparently impotent Christ, the Church is in reality made up of overcomers who lay down their lives gladly to promote Christ and His Gospel. In so doing, the Kingdom of Christ is extended, prayers are offered and heard, miracles are graced, and the believer can die with infinite hope that their Lord will keep them for eternity and clothe them with a new body which can not be subject to pain, injury, sorrow, or sin. With this knowledge we can endure momentary hardship during the brevity of this life on earth. We can be assured that our greatest delights and deepest moments of fulfilment are yet to come in the life to come.
¶ “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
Dr. Andrew Corbett, Legana, Tasmania, Australia, August 15th, 2011
Hello. Well written. Plenty for me to consider. And that’s not a bad point that Chinese whispers have been responsible for the spread of’The lion shall lay down with the lamb’. And it probably began with someone misquoting the verse, and we should ask for the reference of where something is in the bible, when someone gives us a ‘quote’. Just a little heads -up: There is footage of the first plane hitting the first tower. It’s from the extraordinary fluke that a young journalist was given the assignment of making a little video documentary on the New York Fire Department on the very day of the catastrophe. As he is filming the day to day street maintenance by the firemen, they all hear a plane low and loud and are confused and startled by this, because, as citizens of New York, they all know there is is no big- plane route across the city. They all look up, ( the journalist having his video camera to his face, he thus turns the camera in the direction of his own focus), and by the most unbelievable circumstance, the first tower is actually in their view, and they all see this plane hit the tower, and the journalist has caught the film of a lifetime. Google the footage : fireman documentary captures first plane hitting World Trade Center. It’s very different footage from the other impact, which is from high in a building. This is taken looking up from street level at the tower as seen between other buildings. It’s the fluke that’s incredible. Yet there it is. Just saying, so as this small and understandable oversight does not get used by your readers visiting your work, do not see this as proof of the opposite of what you are trying to show. Thanks for your article, as I’m reading people’s work and ideas, to access understanding of that very quote ( now from your work, I know as a MIS-quote, thank you). From Susan
Thank you Susan. I’ve never seen any footage of the first World Trade Centre being hit by a plane and I didn’t know there was any footage of it — I’ve only seen the footage of the second Tower being hit. I’m glad this article has piqued your interest in Biblical precision. Blessings.
It has mate. I appreciate it. You get a shock when someone answers back straight away.ha ha. I’m in Australia you see. Ive become aware last few years of misquoting, and also a lot of stuff i was taught being not right. I began to do this research, due to need, whilst trying to sort the s.it from the clay (an Australian saying), so as to turn to God to recover from terrible personal dysfunction. I found out a lot. However, i realise i still should check more, as I didn’t know that this one was a misquote. Thanks
PS opps. I just remembered -whilst walking around the kitchen pondering this issue and correspondence with you-=that you’d mentioned talking with pastors in SYDNEY. Your not in America. I just assume as American
s do so many of the Christian sites. Cool
Hello Andrew Corbett. Your explanation sounds reasonable, but believer’s memories are too specific. See: https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.reddit.com/r/MandelaEffect/comments/6uditv/the_lion_shall_lay_down_with_the_lamb_and_the/
I have a screen shot that has helped me to come to terms with the change. However, only those who studied their Bibles previously would know about this change. Trying to make someone understand that you’re not crazy or delusional is futile. I mean, consider being in their shoes. To them, there’s no proof. I just keep praying about it. I suspect it’s tied in with this whole Mandela Effect, as I’ve had several instances in which I am 100% sure of my memory because of the logic tied to it. For example, the Berenstein Bears were always a bit of a struggle for me to pronounce because I’d heard it pronounced both BerenSTEEN and BerenSTINE and I wasn’t sure which of the two was correct. Since there was no internet back then, there wasn’t really a way for me to research it as a child, so I just found myself kind of stumbling over it. However, nowadays, and apparently it’s always been, the Berenstain Bears. Having been the spelling bee winner for my school, there’s no chance that I would’ve fumbled over that pronunciation. Therefore, it is reasonable to deduce that something is awry. When I prayed about it, the Lord showed me 2 Thessalonians 2:11. So, I understand and agree, but trying to convince them is futile. The best we can do according to what I have come to know, is to live in such a way as to reveal that the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. However, if you feel led to continue speaking, by all means, follow the prompting within. I just wanted to share my thoughts. Thanks.
One other comment: Unless you remember studying Isaiah 11:6 earlier than, say, 2000 and also remember what it said then, you can’t add anything to resolving the question. No one is disputing what all the bibles (and ancient manuscripts) say now (or how “preposterous” the idea is). The issue is what they used to say. Only your memory can address it.
I remember that quote as lion. I still have a song from the 80’s from Wendy and Mary and the song says the lion will lay with the lamb.
I specifically remember reading the text: “The lion shall lie down with the lamb, the bear shall eat straw like the ox, the child shall play at the hole of the asp …”. It is a very specific memory, that many other Bible-memorizing Christians share. Whether it is a change in timelines (the plainly unsettling interpretation that preserves my confident agency) or a mechanism of specific mass memory manipulation (an interpretation that attacks my agency), it needs explaining.
I have several Bibles, some dating back to the early 1900s. Most KJV, but others as well. In none of them have lion dwelling with the lamb. They all say wolf, even the non-KJV versions.
“…Then the lion shall lie down with the lamb, and the bear shall eat grass like the ox, and the child shall play on the hole of the asp, and nothing shall hurt nor destroy in all My Holy Mountain.” Isaiah 11:6
This is how I remember the passage before it was Mandela Effected.
Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: ‘Hearing the words’ meaning the words of God will be lost and not to be found in the bible as well as his spirit withdrawn from the world (the divorce, rapture and beginning of tribulation and HELL on earth).
Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. – Do not add or take away the prophecy of the bible so we can keep God’s commandments, his word and his truth.
revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
Revelation 22:18 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:
God pours out his wrath upon the kingdom of ANTICHRIST which correlates to all the people who have become SATAN by accepting him whether it’s through worshipping the mark of the beast and/or the antichrist/beast(s) sent by the dragon (original Satan) to deceive the world.
What this tells me is that Satan himself is responsible for corrupting the bible resulting in the plagues of God being fulfilled and to make matters worse is when this happens to the inhabitants of the earth they will blaspheme God instead of Repenting which leads to more wrath of God. This tells me that people are so heavily deceived they are going to believe lies on top of lies so they never repent; they will believe the plagues/torment/suffering/misery etc. are brought about by the devil because in their mind, heart, soul and spirit they will fully believe the God (Satan/beast) they worship is the true God and the one making evident war on them is the real devil. This can also relate to Jesus and his miracle in John where Jesus performs a miracle and the Jewish leaders accused his miracle being the work/power of the devil and Jesus responded to them (john 8:44) that they are of their father, the devil who was a murderer from the beginning and the father of lies who did not abide in the truth because the truth is not in him; These are the jews Jesus says ‘I know those who call themselves Jews but are the synagogue of Satan’ who rejected God’s love and they’ll reject God’s wrath continuing to accuse him of being the devil, failing to repent of their SATANIC ways.
Why would Satan corrupt the bible?
When the bible glorifies Satan and his antichrist through enough supernatural changes how will people reconcile with God through his salvation in Christ?
People will read passages in the bible where Jesus Christ himself commands to MURDER anyone who does not accept his reign over the earth as found here: Luke 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. – many people remember the ending of this verse differently (mandela effect) which should say ‘remove them from my presence’ or ‘I don’t want to see their face again’.
The difference in that passage speaks volumes; one Christ is teaching obey or die and the other is removing unbelievers from his kingdom.
If you understand the real Jesus Christ he removes unbelievers from his kingdom by placing them in hell before the second death (death of the soul in the lake of fire). Hell is released onto the earth AFTER God withdraws his spirit (great divorce and Rapture) and this is the TRIBULATION period meaning the age of SALVATION has passed, this is the test of the saints, a small remnant of souls left to fend for themselves against the kingdom of Antichrist, these are the souls that REJECT the ‘obey or die’ policy the ANTICHRIST enforces onto the whole world.
When the bible teaches you of a different Christ that is the antichrist Jesus warned us about if we do not seek him while we can.
‘if another comes in his own name, him ye shall receive’.
Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh.
So is the bible the word of God or is Jesus Christ the word of God?
I know that the bible has been changing and it’s now reflecting a different story and a different Christ but I explicitly remember that God NEVER CHANGES so having known that truth I will revisit the bible to learn the Christ I am revisiting HAS CHANGED.
The bible should bring us into a personal relationship with God through his messiah that he sent to us so we could be reconciled unto him; you take away the bible and you take away peoples opportunity to have a personal relationship with God because the bible is Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth aka a guidebook to be saved from this forsaken earth that IS going to become hell with Satan as it’s God.
When there is no more guidebook, there is no salvation, when there is no salvation there is no Jesus Christ, when there is no Jesus Christ there is no reconciliation with the One True God, when there is no reconciliation with God there is only one place we are predestined to and that is Hell.
In revelations there will be martyrs sent into the world AFTER God has let Satan establish his antichrist reign over the earth and these martyrs preach the truth that was taken away from the world and they will have the holy spirit instructing them to effectively move people into repentance to avoid the wrath of God (plagues) and the lake of fire.
Those Martyrs of the REAL Jesus Christ are put to death for their testimony so why would Jesus Christ/his kingdom kill them when they’re preaching Jesus Christ…?
Relate this back to Luke 19:27, the fake Christ will order his people to murder those who don’t accept his reign.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and UNBELIEVING, and the abominable, and MURDERERS, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all LIARS, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
10 commandments: YOU SHALL NOT MURDER/KILL
Jesus Christ sends MURDERERS into the lake of fire
But the biblical Jesus in Luke 19:27 instructs to MURDER/KILL those who reject his reign?
The martyrs of the real Jesus Christ will be falsely accused and murdered for rejecting the antichrist.
So… if I choose to believe the bible is NOT being corrupted one day Jesus Christ is going to want me to murder unbelievers and if I don’t I too am an unbeliever but when I do it he’s going to murder me himself by sending me into the lake of fire where I am to be tormented for eternity… for rejecting Jesus Christ’s salvation…?
That’s how bad things end up getting folks! the entire world will worship Satan because the bible WILL be fully corrupted, God will remove his presence from the earth (temporarily), the fake Jesus Christ (beast) will reveal himself to the world and bring about a kingdom of false peace through deception, the entire world will witness false signs and wonders and when the real Jesus Christ makes his return the synagogue of Satan, being almost the entire world (given the exception of latter day Saints in tribulation) are going to make war (Armageddon) on God because they have been completely deceived.
That is when Jesus Christ casts Satan, his angels and ALL who had the mark of the beast into the lake of fire before establishing his new earth for the former things have passed away.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a MURDERER from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
I just quoted one passage of the bible (Luke 19:27) that has been changed, there are many more… what does that tell you?
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
With Wisdom comes a greater understanding and a greater understanding leads you towards God’s truth.
The entire bible is a story about Jesus Christ being a lamb who came into the world having all the power but he was as peaceful and innocent as a harmless lamb and he returns as a Lion to end Satan, this is the Lion laying down with the lamb, they are one in the same.
The ‘wolf’ dwelling the the lamb screams SATAN SATAN SATAN.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Wolf being a false prophet appearing as a lamb?
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
Anyone other than the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ will abandon the sheep when they see Satan coming after them and this also refers to Israel falling into slavery and being forsaken by their ‘owners’.
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
After Jesus Christ departs Satan goes after the ENTIRE FLOCK… tribulations? entire world worshiping Satan.
READ THE BIBLE AND CROSS REFERENCE EVERYTHING YOU LEARN, IT WILL OPEN YOUR EYES TO WHAT IS TAKING PLACE.
SATAN IS SEDUCTIVE, ENTICING AND UNIMAGINABLY DECEPTIVE, HE’S THE LESSER LIGHT IN GENESIS 1 THAT RULES THE NIGHT, HE HAS THE POWER TO PERFORM SUPERNATURAL SIGNS AND WONDERS ON THE EARTH TO DECEIVE PEOPLE FROM THE GREATER LIGHT BEING CHRIST, HE MADE WAR IN HEAVEN TO USURP AUTHORITY AND WAS CAST DOWN TO THE EARTH WHERE HE ESTABLISHES HIS KINGDOM.
I am having a hard time getting anyone I know to understand this. I recently drove 3 hours to spend three hours at a conference with Prophesy Pros where 5 men who are all about bible prophesy were speaking. Not one addressed this end times prophesy and I asked one man privately and he said it is not possible because God’s Word doesn’t change. This is so frustrating.
correction i was there for 4 days
But it can be changed.
“And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.”
Revelation 22:18-19 NLT
I could disagree with you more. We can have great confidence that the Word of God has been preserved against such devilish manipulations as you assert. The reason for this is the shear number of ancient Biblical Manuscripts that we now have. In addition to these ancient manuscripts we also have ancient translations in Latin, Koine Greek (the Septuagint translation of the Old Testament). These facts entirely undermine your assertions.
Mr Corbett I agree with some of your article. The bible hasn’t changed and it does say the wolf shall dwell with the lamb. However, I’m struggling to find evidence in your article supporting the evidence that the new covenant under Jesus is the fulfillment of Isiah 11. It seems like an assertion more than evidence. Would you please point to a few additional scriptures that demonstrate there is this peace currently between wolves and sheep because the evidence in our current world suggests this peace has not yet occurred.
Also I’m looking to support your argument that the Mandala Effect is nonsense. From your research have you established when this idea of the lion and the lamb was first introduced?
thank you best regards
Andrew, thank you for your questions. Firstly, Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah, which is the theme of Isaiah 11. We know this because He was “the shoot from the stump of Jesse” (Isa. 11:1; Rev. 5:5). The Messiah, Jesus, did have the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Isa. 11:2; Luke 3:22). Isaiah poetically describes the result of the Messiah’s New Covenant- Is. 11:6 ¶ The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
We can discern that this is poetic, metaphorical language which is presented in Hebrew ‘parallelism’. The word picture is of natural enemies – the wolf and lamb, the leopard and goat, enjoying unity and peace. This is the consistent picture of the New Covenant also presented by the other prophets including Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea. The description of the New Covenant involving the the unity of Jew and Gentile is given in the New Testament epistles. For example-
Ephesians 2:14-16 For He himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
Christ foreshadowed the New Covenant’s breaking down of the wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile just before He went to the Cross by going to the gentile town of Caesarea Philippi, and then being transfigured up Mount Hermon on the northern most border of Israel.
I agree that 11:6 is about a peaceful environment. I also believe that we humans often take one sentence of the Bible and translate it out of context which creates a new meaning. The KJV states: “6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
The NIV reads that “the calf and the young lion and the yearling together.” ——— Isn’t a yearling and a fatling often thought of as a lamb? It is possible that the phrase “the lion shall lay with the lamb” (which is usually quoted most during Christmas season) came from the line that states “the calf and the young lion and the yearling together” and it was taken out of context with the rest of the passage.
Hi Mary Jo, no, a yearling or fatling refers to a young ox.
This is a site for recovery from cultic programming, specifically for those involved with a specific preacher. It shows where the popular conception/memory of Isaiah 11 6 may have come from
First, Dr. Corbett, I love your analysis of the passage in Isaiah as a metaphor for peace between the Jews and the Gentiles. It makes a lot of sense to me in the context of Isaiah.
2nd, thanks to Mr. Pope for digging farther into the into the history of the lamb and the lion lying down together. This inspired me to do a bit of internet excavation on my own, which eventually took me to page 121 of Emma Smith’s 1835 hymnal (https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/collection-of-sacred-hymns-1835/123), where we see “How blessed the day when the lamb and the lion / Shall lie down together without any ire;”.
In both this case and the case of Mr. Dorsey’s “There’ll Be Peace in the Valley for Me”, it appears likely that liberties were taken with the text to make it more euphonious in English. The fact that it appears it two such disparate sources suggests the possibility that it had been kicking around for some time before that, perhaps in oral tradition but not in print.
Interestingly, in Mr. Hicks’ famous renditions of a Peaceable Kingdom, contemporaneous with Emma Smith’s hymnal, we see a more literal interpretation of Isaiah 11:6. In my mind, this points again to rhyme, rhythm and alliteration in spoken English as motivations for the barnyard reorganization, at a time when people were perhaps more conscious (than now) of the literal text.