Interpretation of
  Two Streams
 
 

by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D., ©1999-2011

 

Background

 

This vision and its interpretation had an unusual origination like so many of the rest. The Scripture says in Isaiah 65:24: "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer." Not realizing it, I had written with the help of the Holy Spirit the Interpretation for Two Streams before I knew the vision. Let me explain.

I was asked to write an article for a periodical about why the proliferation of new Bible versions are enhancing confusion. Having taught Developmental Psychology in higher education and having studied for several years the historical development of the Christian Bible with its many translations into English, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I am in position to understand in part what is happening in the teaching-learning process when multiple versions of the Bible are used in church settings and how they are instrumental in promoting ecumenicalism. The multiplication of new versions has reached a point where I cannot keep quiet about why they work in Satan's favor and not God's. Silence is no virtue when people are drowning, and the English speaking world is truly inundated by its 428+ versions since 1388 AD. That is almost a new version every 11/2 years. Do we need so many versions? I think not because they enhance confusion, and someone has aptly said that the conclusion of confusion is delusion.

When I showed the article to my visionary friend, Jeannette, she remarked that now she knew what the two streams meant that she had seen in a night vision last December. At the time she briefly and hurriedly brought it to my attention. Because I had just returned from a week's vacation at Thanksgiving, and because I was on a fast track to get ready for Christmas, I brushed off the vision as another personal Word from the Lord. I lost memory of this one.

When Jeannette became excited about discovering the meaning of the two streams, I vaguely recollected her telling me of it. I asked for a written copy, and after reading it, I knew she was correct in her assessment that the streams reflected the content of the article I had written. Hence, I had written the Interpretation of her vision before I was aware of the details. The pieces quickly fell into place and all I needed to do was write it up for our website. A copy of the article will be placed on our site in due time in order to show you how the New Bible Versions Enhance Confusion - the title of the article. The Interpretation of Two Streams does not discuss psychological factors as does the article, which I believe are involved in the use of multiple versions in the teaching process, and which hinders understanding thereby impeding spiritual growth. Rather the Interpretation reveals some dangers associated with the use of false books claiming to be God's Holy Word. In this regard the multiplicity of street bibles are enhancing confusion although abetting prophecy. This endtime message from the Lord corroborates my suspicion that the many new contemporary renderings of the Bible are the root cause for the deception of the last days as prophesied by Jesus and the writers of the New Testament.

 

In the Cabin

Jeannette found herself in a schoolroom setting when she entered the cabin, but all the students were asleep. Is not this reminiscent of the ten virgins' parable all of whom were sleeping when the midnight cry came?1 Like the virgins the students were slumbering and not alert as our Lord has instructed. Often the Word exhorts us to "watch," "take heed," and "be not deceived." The sleeping disciples exemplify the very opposite.

 

Schoolroom in the cabin

   
 

Who is reading the Bible here but Jesus Himself. "The Word" is teaching "The Word." Is this allegorical? Hear this:

Luke 4:16-22

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. (KJV)

The above is quite literal. Jesus knew what He was going to preach, and He had to find His text. From verse 22 we see that they had never before heard anything like this preaching for they marveled at His merciful, libertarian attitude. Three times the passage declares that Jesus was sent to preach freedom because it is the truth one knows that sets one free (John 8:32). Jesus was a teacher, and we had better listen to every Word He speaks. He said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:25; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33).

The cabin scene pictures Jesus teaching from the Bible, in similar fashion as He did in the synagogues everywhere He went during His earthly walk. Many synagogue leaders refused to hear Him then, as did the students in the cabin in the vision. Could the lax attitude regarding the teaching of the Word today be the cause of our churches "...having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof" (2 Timothy 3:5)? We know from Scripture that Jesus did not do any mighty miracles in Nazareth, His hometown, because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58; Mark 6:6). Isaiah queried after writing the passage quoted in Romans 10:16, "...Lord, who hath believed our report?" If the disciples in the cabin had believed the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God, perhaps they would not have been unreceptive and asleep. We find that America, Jesus' home base for sending missionaries for the last couple of centuries, seems unable to get a true revival started although the harvest is extremely productive in other parts of the world. Why? I believe that the vision speaks to this matter and is a word of warning to the church.

Remember how Jeannette kept talking about the gorgeous day and how beautiful the sunlight was? The Master Himself was teaching, yet the people were sleeping in the daytime not listening to what our Lord was saying.

1 Thessalonians 5:5-8

5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. (KJV)

Because we have the Word readily available, the church in America will be without excuse on judgment day. Unhappily, most people do not care that they have easy access to God's Holy Word, nor do they feel constrained to study it. The choice of wading into a muddy stream when a clear stream of pure water is available discloses the probability that the sleeping disciples were unaware of the lower deeper pool of pure water. Often the Scriptures tell us not to be ignorant of ... a matter. So for whatever reason the cabin occupants were blinded to the Bible's teaching on this subject of two biblical streams of water.

In the vision Jeannette represents the small number of persons who eagerly seek knowledge of the Word of God. She tries to awaken the sleeping pupils but she cannot get their attention. I am convinced that if the mighty, powerful Word itself is not able to hold their attention, the few who "...esteem... the words of his mouth more than (their) necessary food" [Job 23:12] will not be able to arouse them. Being a man after God's own heart David considered the Word of God so essential that he wrote the longest chapter in the Bible to testify to its importance [Psalm 119]. Throughout the vision this small group epitomized by Jeannette is constantly looking to the Word and listening for His command. They do what they must as she did in the vision in order to keep their eyes on their leader and what He is saying. It did not matter to Jeannette, nor does it matter to the represented group of people devoted to Bible study, that the majority group who had been carelessly slumbering made fun of her in her efforts to stay with the Word and with truth. In fact she discerned their disdain for her allegiance to hang on every word the Leader was speaking. Is it necessary to hearken to every word read from the Bible? Only if you want to keep from being deceived.

 
Gaints Asleep at the Helm
 
MICHELANGELO Buonarroti Drunkenness of Noah (detail) 1509 Fresco Cappella Sistina, Vatican Web Gallery of Art

 

The fact that the slumbering giants were of great stature symbolized their high visibility as prominent leaders. They were in front meaning that they were the ones whom the others would follow. Symbolizing God's "little flock" [Luke 12:32] Jeannette knew her place was last in line. She did not try to push ahead. Her behavior indicated she was concerned that the ones in front of her whom she was following were tracking the right leader. Most people know there are two men in white - "an angel of light," Satan, and "The angel of the Lord," Jesus.

 

The Bible warns that there will be false leaders, false teachers, and false prophets who do not embrace belief in an error-free Bible. Nor do they deem the Bible to be the final word on faith and practice. Many leaders are now teaching that "experience" is truth and supercedes Christian dogma if the experience is at variance with Bible doctrine. This means that truth is no longer considered absolute but relative, and if relative, we are truly adrift without a compass on the voyage of life. But thank goodness Jesus said, "I am...the truth..." [John 14:6], and we do have a compass. He is also The Word of God, so truth must be found in His Words. Hence, it is imperative to determine which Bible speaks for Him. It can be dangerous to sail through life with just any Bible afloat as some leaders suggest.

Unfortunately for the church, there are fundamental evangelicals who refuse to warn of the dangers associated with the use of inferior Bibles because to do so would cost them financially. Offending someone by suggesting that the book from which he/she teaches is not God's Word but a Bible commentary can lose his or her support. Should we soften our position in that case? Hear the distant voice of one spiritual giant:

   
 
 

"If I profess with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Truth of God except that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I might be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steady on all the battlefields, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point"

Martin Luther

Luther in 1533 by Lucas Cranach the Elder
 

Do I believe that all the newer versions of the Bible cannot be of use? No. As commentaries some of them might serve some purpose. Others are downright vulgar and blasphemous. For instance, upon distribution of the New English Bible [NEB] it was purported in its preface that the translators wanted to change archaic English in the Authorized Version [AV] better known as the King James Version [KJV] to more dignified language. I ask you, is "This is more than we can stomach!" [NEB] more dignified than "This is an hard saying; who can hear it?" [KJV] [John 6:30]. How is "I was chargeable to no man" [KJV] less dignified than "I sponged on no one" [NEB] [2 Corinthians 11:9], or, "Let us cast lots for it" [KJV] less dignified than "Let us toss for it" [NEB] [John 19:24]? 2

The numerous word shifts and changes in the different versions - many of which have an effect on theology - are made in order to obtain a copyright. The Derivative Copyright Law prevents a person from obtaining a copyright on an existing work without making substantial changes in it. 3 In so correcting the King James Bible with substantial changes, I believe the well-intentioned translators voided some if not all the power God infused in His words when He "spoke" them "on paper." The sampling cited in the above paragraph makes the point, however, that there is little or no merit in trying to improve upon the King James English, which was compiled and composed during the Shakespearean era when English had reached its developmental peak. The King James Bible is considered by many linguistic scholars to be the pinnacle of English literary works. Note that the people who were asleep in the vision were workers wearing work boots with heavy soles. They must, therefore, represent persons who are busily working for Jesus in various ministries yet are asleep at the helm. Either these persons are oblivious to Satan's MO - to cut God's supply line to His people - or else they could not care less that God's Holy Word is being tampered with.

 

Two Streams of Water

Spiritual Waters

In Scripture water can refer to literal H2O [Luke 3:16], the Holy Spirit [John 7:38,39], the Word [Ephesians 5:26], and salvation [John 4:14]. This vision has reference to all four, but it is necessary to establish the fact that the two streams of literal H2O with which Jeannette came into contact in the forest represented two streams of spiritual water from which all translations of the Bible emanate. Presenting a good case for this topic would take much more space than we have here. It is important, though, that something be said however meager in order to establish the fact that the two streams have dissimilar consequences. I believe that God wants those of His "little flock," who are desperately trying to stay in "the way" in spite of the sleeping giants in the forefront, to be wary of these leaders. I also believe that the endtime deception will be rooted in these multiple spurious versions of God's Word.

Let us settle it once and for all. God has spoken and "for ever, ...(His)word is settled in heaven" [Psalm 119:89]. Settled means it is decreed as fact and will not be changed. God does not speak with forked tongue. There are only two options - God's Bible or the devil's bible. Either God has preserved His Word without error as He said He would [Psalm 12:6,7], 4 or we have an imperfect Bible. Believing the last option that the Bible contains errors means that every passage, every verse, yes even every word becomes subject to doubt, the archenemy of faith. If it does have errors, how can sinful man know for sure where the errors are? Since it is impossible to please God without faith [Hebrews 11:6], we had better find out for ourselves which English version is God's true Holy Word. In my research I have found that the King James Bible has been translated from a superior Greek text, by superior translators, using superior techniques, so as to reveal a superior theology. 5 It's settled for me. I'm convinced that God's Word is pure, without error, and changeless. I further believe that Almighty God who penned an errorless book is quite capable of preserving the same. Leaving aside Bible development for lack of space let us move on to see what the two streams in the dream are about.

In the vision the mysterious thing about the streams was that they started from the same point and paralleled one another without touching, the shallower dirtier one streaming above the other. It is safe to say that the murky top stream symbolizes contamination whereas the clarity of the bottom one denotes purity. Since the Scripture tells us that God's Words are like silver purified seven times [Psalms 12:6], the lower deep stream bubbling up represents the true Bible's inexhaustible source of water from which believers can obtain blessings from God.

Genesis 49:25
25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under...(the dark, stagnate, shallow waters that characterize Satan's visible, cosmic, shadowy system) (KJV)

The two streams portray that hidden components in the water generate blessings or cursings, The task now becomes whether or not the Bible can reveal to us anything about the source of the two streams and the so-called bibles stemming from them. I believe it can.

Foundational Greek Texts Supporting English Bibles

Scholars agree that there are two basic Greek text types from which New Testament translations are derived. Very simply they are the Alexandrian text type coming from Egypt and the Antiochan text type coming from Syria. All existing manuscripts, bible versions, lectionares, and quotations from church fathers can be traced to one or the other of these two text types. Given that this is true and given that the Bible is its own best commentary let us proceed to see what the Bible reveals concerning these two geographical places.

 

Law of First Mention

A fundamental rule in Bible exposition is termed the "law of first mention." This maxim affirms that however a word is used first in scripture reflects God's attitude toward that word's meaning. For example, the first use of the word "love" in scripture is in Genesis 22:2 where God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son in the like manner that God would sacrifice at the appointed time His Son, Jesus. This sacrifice of a human life and more poignantly one's only son was a literal portrayal of the parameters of love. It shows the extent one would go to demonstrate his love for someone else [John 15:13], and more importantly, the extent God would go to demonstrate His love for mankind [John 3:16].

   
Alexandria, Egypt
Awareness of the law of first mention helps us understand why God spoke at certain times in history and why He kept silent at others. Examination of passages where the names of Alexandria, Egypt, Antioch, and Syria are mentioned paints an interesting and in my opinion instructive picture relative to the two biblical text types. Keep in mind that we are trying to establish why the pathway on which Jesus started with His disciples came to a place in the wilderness (the world) where His leadership turned into two streams of split biblical waters. Further, we want to know why Jesus terminated His walk with the people who waded into the upper stream.
 
Egypt
 
Genesis 12:10
10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. (KJV)

From the above we see that Egypt is mentioned first in Scripture here in Genesis 12:10 in a negative way. Abraham had forgotten God's promise to bless him in all things and he turned to the world, Egypt, for help. God's attitude regarding Egypt is revealed when He called the land "a house of bondage" [Exodus 20:2] and "an iron furnace" [Deuteronomy 4:20]. God forbid Israel's kings to partake in commerce with Egypt, [Deuteronomy 17:16] and His final mention of Egypt in Scripture was negative [Revelation 11:8]. Throughout Scripture Egypt symbolizes the world and God's people are instructed to live in the world but not to partake of it [1 John 2:15-17].

Alexandria

Acts 6:9
9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. (KJV)

Acts 6:9 was the point in time when Stephen, the first martyr, was stoned to death after members of the synagogue, some of whom were from Alexandria, had disputed with him. History discloses that Alexandria in Egypt was a hotbed of religious thought, a place where Eastern and Western philosophical wisdom merged with Judeo/Christian teachings. As someone has said it was a real cesspool of mystical thought. Prior to Jesus' birth the Pentateuch and the law had become mythologized here, and after Jesus' death the New Testament letters were heavily infused with allegorical misinterpretations. This was a major reason the early church fathers held a council to decide which works were deemed inspired by the Holy Spirit and still pure and which were false, i.e., which works did not disclose the heavy hand of Satan on them and which were clouded by admixture with allegorical thought and gnosticism.

Secondly, one of the early apostles, Apollos, hailed from Alexandria [Acts 18:24]. We know from Scripture that he needed better instruction in the way to God for Aquila and Priscilla had to expound unto him "the way of God more perfectly" [Acts 18:65]. Like the Alexandrian texts Apollos was misinformed by a distortion of truth that originated in his hometown.

  Thirdly, In Acts chapter 17 we find Paul on a ship from Alexandria sailing to Italy with cargo aboard. Along the way the ship sinks with its cargo! Could the cargo represent what some people think is a corrupted bible text type, the Alexandrian one? Along the way the ship sinks with its cargo!
  The crew was saved along with Paul who was carrying to the West the true gospel message that had been given to him by God. Is this not an ingenious way for God to demonstrate His attitude toward the Alexandrian text type? Ah, but reading on we find in chapter 28 that another ship from Alexandria picked up Paul and finished carrying him to Rome. Rome is where the Vaticanus Bible, which is based on the Alexandrian text type, resides. Satan does not give up. Suffice it to say here that the Catholic Vaticanus manuscript locked up in the Vatican is an important foundational text for the newer English Bible versions written in the last couple of centuries. Many Bible scholars believe that the gnosticism, which plagued Christianity in the first century and the allegorical confusion accompanying it, was directly derive from Alexandrian philosophical roots.
 

Syria

Genesis 25:20
20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. (KJV)
 
BRAY, Salomon de Eliezer and Rebecca 1660 Musée de la Chartreuse, Douai
 

First mention of Syria is where Rebecca is called the daughter of a Syrian. Most Bible scholars agree that Rebecca symbolizes the church, the bride of Christ, whereas Isaac typifies Jesus who obtained His bride from foreigners known in Scripture as Gentiles. Without a doubt the first mention of Syria is a positive one. The chapters preceding Genesis 25 reveal that Abraham's servant, who represents the Holy Spirit, was sent by Abraham to that far country of Syria to secure a bride for his son Isaac. Abraham typifies God the Father.

Therefore, it was the Father Himself who sent His servant to Syria to find a spouse for His Son. From this we can safely assume that God approved of Syria as a place where one can go for nourishment. We read that Abraham said under no circumstances was a bride for His Son to come from the surrounding heathenistic nations. Can we not detect from this Biblical account an encoded signal from God that Syria is the country Christians should look to for pure water to drink? The first thing the servant of Abraham did in Syria was to ask for water.

Genesis 24:43-44

43 Behold, I (will) stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I (will) say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;

44 And she (shall) say to me, Both drink thou and ...thy camels...(and) let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master's son. (KJV)

Extrapolating from the above passage we can presume that the Lord is pointing to Syria as the place from which He wants His bride to drink water. This means that the Syrian text type called the Textus Receptus or Received (Greek) Text has God's approval as the Greek text from which to translate His Word into other languages. The only English version of the Bible, which exclusively uses the Textus Receptus as the foundational text for its translation, is the King James or Authorized Version of the Bible. The other versions might use the Received Text in part, but they also dip out of the Alexandrian stream of Biblical waters. Westcott and Hort's controversial Greek Text as well as the more popular Nestle-Alande Greek Text are both derivatives of the Alexandrian text type.

   
 

Antioch

Acts 6:5

5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: (KJV)

Is it coincidental that the first mention of Antioch is only four verses away from that of Alexandria? Could there be a subliminal message implanted in the text to alert God's people that there is something of import here? Note that Nicolas of Antioch was a chosen man of God. Is it not surprising that none of the other seven deacons' places of origin is mentioned? Nicolas and the others had been walking in "the way," whereas the Alexandrians of the synogogue who killed Stephen were confronting "the way" of the Lord. I take God's Word literally, perfectly recorded, and preserved. Therefore, I find profound instruction in every word as it is grammatically written and placed within the text. Considering that both these two cities are first mentioned within five verses of one another,I cannot discount the significance of their placement within the text and the possibility that God is addressing in His own way the question concerning which stream of water the church should turn to for nourishment throughout the age. Antioch was the place where the Gentile Movement consolidated its evangelistic push. It was also the staging area for the Antiochan text type.

 
Acts 11:19-22,25-27

19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word...

20 And some of them..., which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.

21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord...

22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch...

25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:

26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. (KJV)

All the above verses validate Antioch as the center from which God's truth would travel. We cannot ignore the fact that the Word was first propelled through missionary efforts from here. Since God sent His spokesmen, the prophets, to Antioch from Jerusalem the former headquarters of Christianity, and since Jesus' disciples were called Christians first in Antioch, surely this is a stamp of God's approval upon this city. We find nothing good written in Scripture about Alexandria, Egypt like we find here written about Antioch, Syria. Furthermore, in the next chapter of Acts we read that the Word of God grew mightily in this city [Acts 12:24]. Need we say more?

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1 See the vision entitled "Couplet" on this website for a detailed treatment of the cost of procrastination.(Like)

  2 Bible Versions and Perversions by M. R. DeHaan, M.D.(The)
  3 This Law is dealt with more fully in the article New Versions of the Bible Enhance Confusion which will be added to this website in due time.(In)
 

4 The King James Bible has correctly translated the Hebrew third person plural pronoun in verse 7 as "them" while some other versions incorrectly translate it as "you", a second person plural pronoun. This, my friend, is deception because to refuse to put the correct pronoun hides the fact that God has promised in this Psalm to preserve His Word - not people. (or)

  5 Defending the King James Bible by D. A. Waite, Th.D., Ph.D. (It's)
 

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Matthew 5:18

   
 
   
David playing his harp by the stream
 

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