By Kenneth Allan Clark. © August 2016
Many by now are aware that I am working with God’s help and guidance towards translating the Holy Bible into today’s common English. While at the same time working towards writing commentaries on most of the books of the Bible. Our aim is have a modern English translation in the language of the common people that is as close as possible to the original Text; with the original meaning and understanding given by God to early Prophets and Apostles who wrote down God’s Words.
While working on this, the eyes of my understanding were open to what Dr Luke had written down in Luke 17:32-37. First of all we look at this passage in the King James Version, which is the most correct current English version we have. Then we will look at the Clark’s English Translation.
(K.J.V.) Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
If you check the meaning of the words I give you with the Strong’s or Young’s Concordance, or a good Bible Dictionary, with an open mind, I am sure you will agree with me.
(C.E.T.) Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whosoever shall seek to deliver his soul shall destroy it; and whosoever shall destroy his soul shall rescue it. 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be received (as the bride Christ), and the other shall be sent forth (into Gehenna, the fiery pit of Sheol). 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be received, and the other sent forth. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be received, and the other sent forth. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, there the eagles will gather together.
Note on taken or received. Strong’s word number G3880.
Meaning of Greek word, according to Strong’s is “to receive near.”
According to Young’s, “to take alongside.”
In Matthew 1:20 & 24, it is used in reference to Joseph receiving Mary to be his wife.
In John 14:3 Jesus uses this word in reference to the second coming, when he will return to receive us as his bride.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receiveG3880 you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Therefore although K.J.V. Luke 17:32-37 it has three times been translated G3880 as “take”, in the C.E.T. it has here been translated as “receive.”
Note on left.
It is the Greek word “aphiemi”, Strong’s No G863; which the K.J.V. in Luke 17:32-37 translates as left. Left here meaning to leave, or he left to go somewhere. It does not mean to be left behind as many wrongly teach. The K.J.V. translates “aphiemi” 52 times as leave or left, in the context of leaving, to leave or he left to go somewhere. The K.J.V. also translates “aphiemi” 41 times as forgive or forgiven. (We will explain why.)
According to Strong’s, “aphiemi” means “to send forth.” While according to Young’s it means “to send away,” “to let go.”
In Leviticus, the scapegoat is sent forth into the wilderness.
Leviticus 16:7 And he shall receive the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make a covering with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.
One goat is presented before the LORD, as a type picture of Jesus Christ whose blood was poured out for the sins of all mankind. The people’s sins are then transferred to the scapegoat, which is driven out into the wilderness.
We can choose to accept deliverance from our sins through Jesus Christ the Lamb of God. Or we can choose to hold onto sins and be driven into the wilderness along with our sin.
Job 8:3 Does God pervert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert justice? 4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he has sent them away for their rebellion; 5 If you would seek for God the Almighty and make our pled for mercy before time; 6 If you were clean and just; surely now he would arise for you and make your dwelling just prosperous.
Job 8:20 Look, God will not cast away a perfect man neither will he help the evil doers:
The sinner shall be sent away, cast away for their rebellion. But if we before time seek God’s face and make our pled for mercy, God will arise and cleans us for all our injustices (all our sins) and pour out his favour and blessings upon us.
Psalm 103:10 He has not dealt with us after our sins; nor punished us according to our evil faults. 11 For as the sky is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our rebellion from us. 13 Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him.
It is the Greek word “aphiemi”, Strong’s No G863; which the K.J.V. in Luke 17:32-37 translates as left. Left here meaning to leave, or he left to go somewhere. It does not mean to be left behind as many wrongly teach. The K.J.V. translates “aphiemi” 52 times as leave or left, in the context of leaving, to leave or he left to go somewhere. The K.J.V. also translates “aphiemi” 41 times as forgive or forgiven.
When God forgives our sins, our sins are sent forth by God, they leave us because God cast or driven them away into Gehenna the fiery pit of Sheol.
Note on the fiery pit of Sheol.
Jesus Christ often spoke in parables and Eleven times in the gospels (the good new) in referring to the fiery pit of Sheol, into which the wicked, both body and soul are cast in the second death, he calls the fiery pit to “Gehenna”. In so doing he comperes Gehenna to the eternal fires of the pit of Sheol / Hell.
Gehenna was the city rubbish dump of Jerusalem. Here the fire was never quenched and your worm never dies.
Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in the fires of Gehenna (in Sheol).
Mark 9:43 And if your hand entraps you, cut it off: it is better for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into Gehenna within Sheol, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 44 Where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
In to this dump were dumped, not only the carcases of rotting animals, but also the bodies of criminals who had been put to death. And the eagles would gather to eat their bodies.
Luke 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be received, and the other sent forth. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be received, and the other sent forth. 37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, there the eagles will gather together.
After Jesus Christ tells the disciples one will be received, and the other sent forth, the disciples want to know to where the other will be sent. So they ask “Where, Lord?” And Jesus answers “Wheresoever the body is, there the eagles will gather together.”
So the main message in Luke 17:32-37 is; When Christ comes again in flesh, it will be to receive some to himself as his bride. While those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer, will be sent forth and cast into the fiery pit of Sheol.
John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from the sky, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the will of the Father who has sent me, that of all whom he has given me I should lose no one, but should raise them up again at the Last Day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, shall have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the Last Day.
Would you like to turn from sin to justification through the blood of Jesus Christ? Well start by getting down on your knees before God and ask Him to deliver you from sin, and ask Jesus into your life as your Lord and Deliverer. Then find a Christian Church that will baptize you as a public sign of your repentance, and a sign of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Deliverer. If you do this you will be delivered from sin and death, and your life will never be the same again.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
Prophet Ken Clark.
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