The Revealed Translation
"How can I understand the scriptures unless someone guides me?" - Acts 8:3a (RvT)
“I desire to set another generation free and bound for heaven, just like the inspirations of Tyndale, the Martin Luther 95 Thesis of 1517, and the KJV of 1611 accomplished.” - RvT Author
So Many Translations
There are over 40 Bible Translations so why the need for another?
Many modern renderings of scripture are religiously biased.
Many biblical authors discard scriptural truth when attempting to translate passages into an easier to read format.
For example, the Contemporary English Version (CEV) leaves out about 40% of scriptural content, and the New Living Translation (LB; NLT) is lacking many key concepts and too wordy.
The authors excuse this act by claiming the manuscripts they used did not contain the references or that they wanted to make the passage easier to read. I decided to transmit a modern interpretation of the Old and New Testament, rich in details, and complete with definitions, scripture reference, and Biblical concepts.
This version had to be readily understood without confusing or puzzling conclusions or misinterpretations. The verses need a flow of complete thought without roadblocks of confusing terms or phrases. No concepts or details should be left out for the sake of readership or denominational bias.
Assessing my current available resources I concluded:
If I was to base my sole authority upon the Koinia Greek and Hebrew Masoretic Text, my results would be a form of King James Translation (KJV; NKJV)
If I was to base my sole authority upon the classical Greek and Septuagint, my production would be a type of American Standard Version (ASV; RSV; NASV) and/or New International Version (NIV)
I decided to use the following second generation resources with careful considerations to all implied meanings in interpretation.
Author Book Version
Baker Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint LXX
Lockman Foundation Hebrew-Greek Key Words New American Standard NASV
Charles Ryrie Expanded Study Bible King James KJV
John MacArthur Master’s Study Bible New King James NKJV
Tyndale House Life Application Study Bible New Living Bible NLT
The 19 Rule Processes in 3 Categories
I. The 7 Rule Inductive Process:
The following rules apply to this inductive work:
1. Name preservation of prophets, authors, and other personalities.
- the name Christ and Jesus is transmitted as “Jesus Christ”
2. Preservation of books, chapters and verses.
- choppy verse structures are smoothed together
3. Preservation of English meanings, phrases, and biblical concepts.
4. Maintain flow of thought between verses and chapters.
5. Draw out meaning of passages with current and relevant terms and phrases.
6. Amplify concepts, words and phrases with modern synonyms.
7. New Testament references to Old Testament passages parallel in meaning.
II. The 8 Rule Interpretation Process:
Instead of superimposing a meaning on the biblical text, the objective interpreter seeks to discover the author's intended meaning (the only true meaning). One must recognize what a passage means is fixed by the author and is not subject to alteration by readers. "Meaning" is determined by the author; it is discovered by readers. The goal must be exegesis (drawing the meaning out of the text) and not eisogesis (superimposing a meaning onto the text). Only by objective methodology can we bridge the gap between our minds and the minds of the biblical writers. Indeed, our method of interpreting Scripture is valid or invalid to the extent that it unfolds the meaning it had for the author and the first hearers or readers. When two interpretations are claimed for a passage, the one most in agreement with all the facts of the case should be adopted.
1. Rule of DEFINITION: What does the word mean? Define terms and abide by the plain meaning of the words and not violate the known usage of a word and invent another for which there is no precedent. Require using a Hebrew/English or Greek/English lexicon in order to make sure that the sense of the English translation is understood.
2. Rule of USAGE: The Old Testament was written originally by, to and for Jews. The words and idioms are intelligible to them - just as the words of Christ when talking to them must have been. The majority of the New Testament was written to Greco-Roman (and to a lesser extent Jewish) culture and it is important not to impose modern usage into the interpretation.
3. Rule of CONTEXT: The meaning must be gathered from the context. Every word read must be understood in the light of the words that come before and after it. Many passages will not be understood at all, or understood incorrectly, without the help afforded by the context.
Every word in the Bible is part of a verse, every verse is part of a paragraph, every paragraph is part of a book, every book is part of the whole of scripture. There is both an immediate context and a broader context. The immediate context of a verse is the paragraph. The immediate context should always be consulted in interpreting Bible verses. The broader context is the whole of Scripture. The entire Holy Scripture is the context and guide for understanding the particular passage of Scripture.
4. Rule of HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: Awareness of the life and society of the times in which the Scripture was written. The spiritual principle will be timeless but often can't be properly appreciated without some knowledge of the background. If the interpreter can have in his mind what the writer had in his mind when he wrote the thought of the Scripture. The Christian faith is based upon historical fact. Indeed, Christianity rests on the foundation of the historical Jesus whose earthly life represents God's full and objective self-communication to mankind (John 1:18). Understand some familiarity with the Jewish language, beliefs, and practices at the time of the biblical writings. What problems faced the Apostles in their time to make them say some of the things they did?
5. Rule of LOGIC: The Bible was given to us in the form of human language and therefore appeals to human reason applying the laws of language and grammatical analysis.
6. Rule of INFERENCE: An inference is a fact reasonably implied from another fact. It is a logical consequence. It derives a conclusion from a given fact or premise. It is the deduction of one proposition from another proposition. Such inferential facts or propositions are sufficiently binding when their truth is established by competent and satisfactory evidence. Competent evidence means such evidence as the nature of the thing to be proved admits. Satisfactory evidence means that amount of proof which would ordinarily satisfy an unprejudiced mind beyond a reasonable doubt.
7. Rule of GENRE JUDGMENT: The Scriptures contain a variety of literary genres,
which possess certain peculiar characteristics that must be recognized in order to interpret the text properly.
The Old Testament:
The first 5 books of the Bible are the Books of Law (Genesis -Deuteronomy).
The next 5 books are historical books (Joshua - 2 Samuel).
The next 12 books are poetic (1 Kings - Solomon).
The next 5 books are the major prophets (Isaiah - Daniel).
The next 12 books are the minor prophets (Hosea - Malachi).
The New Testament:
The first 4 books are the gospels of Jesus Christ (Matthew - John).
The next book is Historic (Acts).
The next 14 books are the epistles - letters addressing specific problems. (Romans - Hebrews),
The next 7 books are the general epistles (James - Jude).
Last book is Prophetic (Revelation).
8. Rule of dependence upon the HOLY SPIRIT:
Relying upon the Holy Spirit's illumination to gain insights into the meaning and application of Scripture (John 16:12-15, 1 Corinthians 2:9-11). It is the Holy Spirit's work to throw light upon the Word of God so that the believer can assent to the meaning intended and act on it. The Holy Spirit, as the "Spirit of truth" (John 16:13), guides us so that "we may understand what God has freely given us" (1 Corinthians 2:12). Full comprehension of the Word of God is impossible without prayerful dependence upon the Spirit of God, for He who inspired the Word (2 Peter 1:21) is also its supreme interpreter. Man's mind has been darkened through sin (Rom.1:21), preventing him from properly understanding God's Word. Human beings cannot understand God's Word apart from God's divine power (Eph.4:18). This aspect of the Holy Spirit's ministry operates within the sphere of man's rational capacity, which God Himself gave man (Gen.2-3). Illumination comes to the 'minds' of God's people - not to some irrational faculty like our 'emotions' or our 'feelings'. The ministry of the Holy Spirit in interpretation does not mean interpreters can ignore common sense and logic. Since the Holy Spirit is "the Spirit of truth" (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13). The Holy Spirit doesn’t guide into interpretations that contradict each other or fail to have logical, internal consistency. The function of the Holy Spirit is not to communicate to the minds of people any doctrine or meaning of Scripture that is not contained already in Scripture itself. The Holy Spirit makes men wise up to what is written and not beyond it. The function of the Holy Spirit is not communicating new truth or to instruct in matters unknown, but to illuminate what is revealed in Scripture.
III. The 4 Rule Filtering Process:
- Conservative, spirit filled induction.
- Give full credence to God's plan and purpose for mankind, and the spiritual, and physical world.
- No interjections of new concepts not already present or found in early and current versions.
- Guard against the antithesis of productive scripture such as Universalism, Modern Psychology, New Age Philosophies, Liberal Theology, and other antichristian thought.
The Revealed Translation (RvT) Is a Smooth Literal translation with amplified implications.
It is an inductive paraphrase enhanced with expanded scripture and detailed study verses.
1) Bible (The Holy Scriptures)
The Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God, authoritative, inerrant, and God-breathed (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20,21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).
2) The Godhead (Trinity)
One Triune God exists in three Persons- Father, Son and Holy Spirit- eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).
3) Original Sin (Total Depravity of Man)
Man was created in the image and likeness of God but in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and is totally unable to retrieve his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:12).
4) The Person and Work of Jesus Christ (God in the Flesh)
The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man; that He accomplished our redemption through His spiritual death on the Cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1, 2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24, 25; 4:25; I Peter 1:3-5); that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where, as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1, 2).
5) The Personality and Work of the Holy Spirit
The third in the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, is a Person who convicts the world of sin, indwells all believers in the present age, baptizes them into the Body of Christ, seals them unto the day of redemption, and that it is the duty of every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 5:18).
6) Salvation (Unconditional Grace and Atonement)
Salvation in every dispensation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose efficacious death on the Cross and resurrection provided man's reconciliation to God (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; John 1:12).
7) The Eternal Security of Believers (Perseverance of the Saints)
All believers are kept secure, forever, never to lose their salvation. Jesus paid for all Sin. (Romans 8:1, 38, 39; John 10:27-30; I Corinthians 1:4-8).
8) The Church (Collection of the Regenerated)
The Church, which is now the Body and shall be the Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this age irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14).
9) The Personality of Satan
The angel Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Job 1:6, 7; Matthew 4:2-11; Isaiah 14:12-17).
10) The Blessed Hope (The Rapture)
The next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus in the air to receive to Himself the dead in Christ and believers who are alive at His coming, otherwise known as the Rapture and Translation of the Church (I Corinthians 15:51-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14).
11) The Great Tribulation (7 Years of Anti Christ rule)
The Rapture of the Church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israel’s seventieth week, the latter half of which is the time of Jacob's trouble, the Great Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-21; Revelation 6-19).
12) The Second Coming (Jesus Christ Physically Returns to Earth)
The Great Tribulation will be climaxed by the pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to set up His kingdom (Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24:15-25; II Thessalonians 1:7-19; Revelation 20:6).
13) The Eternal State
The soul and human spirit of those who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul, human spirit, and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in the glory; but the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 15:19-26; 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6, 7; Revelation 20:11-15).
14) The Responsibility of Believers
To "grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ," to the end that his life is consistent with the Lord's plan, thus bringing both blessing to the believer and honor to the Lord (II Peter 3:18).
15) Church Ordinances
The Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Lord's Supper to be observed until His return. Baptism is an accepted practice but not necessary for salvation. (Matthew 28:19, 20; I Corinthians 11:23-26).
God, who exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is sovereign and exercises supreme and absolute rule over all creation as a part of and consistent with the essence and attributes of Deity (I Chronicles 29:11, 12; Daniel 4:35; Psalms 24:1; Ephesians 1:11; I Timothy 6:15).
Spirituality is an absolute condition in the life of a believer wherein he is filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit, walking in love and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Spirituality is distinct from maturity, a believer becomes carnal through any act of mental, verbal, or overt sin, and spirituality (fellowship with Christ) is restored solely by personal confession of that sin to God the Father (John 15:7,8; II Corinthians 5:6; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-13; I John 1:5, 9; 2:2; I Corinthians 11:30, 31).
18) Spiritual Gifts
God the Holy Spirit in grace and apart from human merit sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts to believers in this dispensation. Some of the permanent spiritual gifts which exist today are pastor-teacher, evangelist, missionary and administrator. The temporary spiritual gifts ceased with the completion of the canon of Scripture, and these were apostleship, prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, healing, and working of miracles (I Corinthians 12, 13; Ephesians 4:7-12; Romans 12:4-8).
Compare the ETT with your Bible and watch it ad to your Biblical understanding.
"I send out my word and it always produces good fruit. It will prosper everywhere I send it and it will accomplish everything I want it to do."
- Isaiah 55:11 (RvT)
“Grass dries up and flowers fall to the ground, but the Word of our God stands forever and our Good News to you is God’s Word”.
- I Peter 1:24-25 (RvT)