The Yearling & Greek Manuscript #472!
by Christine Egbert
Ask most Christians how long Yeshua’s ministry was, and they’ll assure you it was 3 ½ years. But was it? In Exodus 12:1-5, Lord Yahweh instructed Moses that on the 10th day of the 1st month, each family was to select a lamb they would keep with them until the 14th day. Then, between the evenings of the 14th and 15th, they were to kill it, place its blood on the top and sides of their doorposts, then roast and eat it.
In verse five, Yahweh gave Moses three specific requirements regarding the sacrificial animal Israel was to choose. Over the centuries, Christians have focused on two of these three requirements exemplified by the Lamb of God, Yeshua. He was male and without spot or blemish. But what about that third requirement? The Passover lamb had to be a yearling (at least 12, but less than 24 ,months old)?
And when Yeshua was handed the scroll in the synagogue one Shabbat and began to read from Isaiah 61,“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to proclaim the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and vision to the blind, to liberate those being crushed, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord,” why did he stop there? It was the middle of the passage! Yet He rolled up the scroll, handed it to the attendant, and sat down. Everyone in the synagogue must have been gaping at Him for the oral tradition demanded reading no fewer than 3 verses. Yet He stopped right smack in the middle of the passage after reading “to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Why didn’t He continue with “and the Day of vengeance of our God”?
Most Bible teachers will point out that the Messiah stopped where He did because the “Day of Vengeance of our God” referred to His second coming, and they would be absolutely correct. But I believe Yeshua stopped where He did (violating the rabbinic oral tradition) to draw attention to “the acceptable YEAR of the Lord”, to the fact that God’s Passover lamb had to be a yearling.
Michael Rood’s “Chronological Gospels”, a must read for every serious student of Scripture, documents that sometime during the 4th century, eight Greek words got added to the gospel of John, chapter 6, verse 4. In English these added words are translated as “and the passover, a feast of the Jews, was neigh.” These eight Greek words were not included in earlier manuscripts. They were added during the 4th century to give credence to Eusebius’ (new) Roman Catholic “Preterist” eschatology. Prior to this it had been commonly held that Yeshua’s ministry lasted just over a year, 70 weeks.
To quote Michael Rood, “These early historians were reading the original texts, long before the post-Eusebian forgery was added, all concurred that the ministry of Yeshua was about a year. There was not one dissenting opinion voiced in the ranks of Christendom during the first three centuries.” Clement of Alexandria, Lactantius, Origen, and Tertullian, Filastrius, Gaudentius, Evagrius, Ephraem and others, who lived during the second and third centuries, maintained that the Messiah’s ministry lasted “about a year.” It wasn’t until the 4th century, when so many other false church doctrines derailed biblical TRUTH, that Eusebius declared that God’s YEARLING lamb had an earthly ministry of 3 1/2 years. With his new eschatology, which also asserted that Scripture’s “unnamed” feast in John 5:1-47 was yet another passover, Eusebius s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out Yeshua’s yearling ministry to 3 ½ years. “Why would the Catholic Church do this?” For power! What else?
In the infamous 4th century, the Roman Catholic Church invented a 3 ½ year ministry for their Catholic version of Christ, to which they claimed another 3 ½ year period between Pentecost, in the 2nd chapter of Acts, and Peter’s vision, in order to establish their fallacious fulfillment of Daniel’s Messianic prophesy of “70 sevens” (70 weeks). This new time-line of Eusebius’ allowed the Roman Catholic Church to postulate their “Preterist” eschatology, which claims “all biblical prophecy (including Revelations) has been fulfilled with the destruction of Israel’s second temple. Appropriating for himself the title of “Vicar of Christ”, the Pope was free to rule all of Christendom, in their “millennial kingdom rule, from his throne in Rome.
But never forget what Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s arch propagandist, once declared: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
Michael Rood writes that “the Catholic Encyclopedia clearly acknowledges that Eusebius was the sole progenitor of this pedantic pontification. One can determine anything one wants when all percipient witnesses died hundreds of years earlier, and when all Scripture is sequestered from the general population. Unfortunately, time hardens groundless dogma and tradition, which trumps truth in all too many instances.”
Greek Manuscript #472
On page nine of the Chronological Gospels, Michael Rood writes: “Those eight infamous words not only destroyed the chronology of the Gospels, but also buried any possibility of understanding the full significance of Daniel’s cryptic prophecy. Older, authentic texts were expunged in order to hide this act of sedition, but they could not eradicate them all. The Almighty watches over HIS WORD. Greek manuscript #472, an 11th century manuscript that was originally housed in Constantinople, may be the last of a line of manuscripts that maintained the accurate rendering of John 6:3-5. In order to protect what remains of this ancient, mutilated, minuscule text, the manuscript is under lock and key in the Lambeth Palace Library in London. The text reads (Rood gives this in the Greek, which I am not able to reproduce, so I will give you only the English translation):
‘And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Phillip, ‘Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?‘”
Michael Rood points out that the eight Greek words translated as “And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was neigh,” are missing from this ancient manuscript. (And why would they be buying bread if the Feast of Passover was near?) After adding these eight Greek words to John’s Gospel, the power hungry Roman Church decreed a 3.5 year ministry for Christ, that God’s everlasting covenant with Israel had been nullified, and that the Torah had been nailed to the cross. Now ever-changing edicts from Rome could be pontificated by a nefarious string of Popes proclaiming themselves to be “Almighty God upon earth,” a blasphemy still proclaimed!