Dear Esther :: August 29, 2016

Dear Esther,

I would like the thank you first for your ministry of counsel and teaching. I read a lot of your responses to different people and have been blessed by your ability to help apply Scripture to our circumstances and discern what the Lord is saying to the church today.

I’m writing to kind of get some things off my chest. I have been born-again for almost 9 years since I was a freshman in high school. Most people my age lose their faith, I found mine during this time! I have served in my local church helping in praise and worship ministry, teaching and preaching, doing what I feel God has called me to do. But that’s not why I’m writing to you.

Lately, there has been a lot going on in the world and we see the signs of the times. This excites me because I eagerly await the Lord’s return. My church preaches a lot on prophecy that many others wouldn’t dare preach because many churches don’t hold fast to the faith any longer.

However, now there is a prevalent teaching called the Mandela Effect making the rounds on different news outlets and on YouTube. The latest “finding” is that somehow through demonic power, Satan has been able to change the Scriptures. Mostly as far as I can tell they just talk about the KJV but I’m not sure.

I know in my spirit and through what the Bible says that His Word can never change. Heaven and earth would pass away before He would allow His Word to. I don’t know however, how to refute and convince people that God’s Word is true and has never changed. Let God be true and every man a liar. It has gotten so far as to convince certain leaders that this demonic doctrine is the truth.

I need discernment and guidance and how to face this to ensure that God’s truth prevails and God’s people remain in that truth. I was just wondering if you may have heard of this deception and what you feel I should do about it in my local church. It grieves me to think that we would go so far as to believe in this. Ironically, they use Scripture to support this.

Awaiting your response,

Joe

Dear Joe,

Thank you for your letter and your kind words of appreciation. I think it is wonderful that you are so grounded in your faith. God has great plans for you. We need more young men like you!

I am familiar with the Mandela Effect talk. Don’t believe it. It is the latest craze which is full of holes. People can use and twist Scripture to suit their needs. This is what all cults and false teachers do. The first time I heard about the Mandela Effect I was listening to a nationally syndicated radio show.

The host of the show had bought into the Mandela Effect “teaching” and I thought she was going to go into some sort of seizure. She sounded extremely panicked about this Mandela Effect theory. She had totally bought into it and she was misquoting all kinds of Scripture, saying when she had read some verses previously—they had different content, etc.

She also claimed that this “effect” was able to be found in other books which she opened from her bookshelf. I am not kidding when I say that I thought she was going to have a seizure; she was extremely upset, and actually believed the Scripture in her Bible had been mysteriously changed by the devil himself. (This is also a woman who claims to be a Christian but is always denouncing Israel and making excuses for the so-called Palestinians.)

This radio host obviously does not know her Bible and she lacks sound discernment.

Unfortunately, she has a lot of listeners and can influence a huge number of people all over the country. It does not take much for a false teaching to spread like wildfire on a dry Western day.

I recently read an article on this topic titled, “No CERN and the Mandela Effect Has Not Changed the King James Bible.”

Not everything in the article is biblically sound; the author is confused about the reference he makes to Gog-Magog found in book of Revelation, which I have not included in these excerpts. But the information about the Mandela Effect in the article is quite good. I will share with you and our readers some excerpts from it. You will read some examples of how wordsand ideas become misconstrued:

The Mandela Effect is a theory put forth by writer and “paranormal consultant” Fiona Broome who theorizes that false memories are in fact glimpses into parallel worlds with different timelines.

The phrase was coined after African president Nelson Mandela who many people claimed to remembered him dying in prison back in the 1980s. Of course, Nelson Mandela did not die in prison in the 1980s but more recently in the year 2013.

Here are some examples that Mandela Effect advocates say were “changed” when time travelers used the CERN reactor go into the past which resulted in inadvertent “changes in the matrix”:

The children’s book Berenstain Bears used to be called Berenstein Bears. Billy Graham’s funeral was televised even though as of this writing he is still very much alive. Jif peanut butter used to be called Jiffy but now it’s not.

All of this sounds silly, but this is all believed by a rapidly growing number of people who think it’s true. Many years ago a librarian said that one of her favorite kid’s books was the Berenstain Bears. The spelling then said “stain” instead of “stein. ” [The original spelling was “stain.” It was never “stein.”]

People call Jif, Jiffy peanut butter because they are confusing it with Skippy peanut butter.

Billy Graham has been in ill health for a number of years now, and his absence naturally makes people assume he passed away when in fact he has not. I could give more example but I think you get the point.

GOD’S PROMISE TO PRESERVE HIS WORD FOR ALL GENERATIONS STILL STANDS

“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” (Psalm 12:6, 7 KJV)

There is no machine that man can create that is capable of undoing the smallest of the promises of God, much less to go back in time and change what He Himself has preserved. So with that, let’s look at the main example where Mandela Effect advocates say CERN time travel has changed the God’s preserved word.

THE LION SHALL LIE DOWN WITH THE LAMB: Everyone knows that the Bible says that, in the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ, that the “lion shall lie down with the lamb,” right? But a quick trip to Isaiah shows that IS NOT the case. How can that be?:

“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.” (Isaiah 11:6 KJV)

The Mandela Effect people, tout this verse as the number one example of how CERN time travel has “changed the Bible.” But is it so? The answer is, of course, no it is not so. Isaiah 11 has always said it will be the “wolf and the lamb” lying down together.

The problem is not many Christians spend a whole lot of time actually reading the Bible and memorizing its passages. Isaiah rightly said “wolf” and not “lion.”

Combine that with a lack of Bible study of what God’s Word actually says, and there you have it. Revelation 5:5-6 (KJV) tells you all about the real Lion and Lamb. Jesus is both the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, as well as the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. It makes no sense for Isaiah to have Jesus lying down with Himself. But the wolf with the lamb is Bible prophecy.

Now, we could do what we just did with all the rest of the examples given by the Mandela Effect people—to say that the King James Bible has been changed. God’s preserved word has not been changed, neither will it ever be. But there is something that has changed which I think might be the real Mandela Effect.

The amount of time that people are now spending on social media, sharing stories, memes [cultural ideas] and events from the day has skyrocketed. Slick looking satire sites with fake news, like the Babylon Bee, present satire and phony “news” but in a very convincing manner. On a near daily basis I reach out to friends who have inadvertently shared an fake article thinking it was real.

Facebook participants have watched countless times as a fake story gets shared over hundreds of groups on Facebook, adopted by thousands of people, leading to outrage over the article’s premise but completely fake at the same time. Yet everyone knows that “it’s true” nonetheless. Do you see what’s happening here?

We have become saturated in news, both real and fake, all delivered to us by the pulsing, glowing eye of our monitors, tablets and smart devices. Our eyes and brains are being bombarded by light and sounds and words. The end result being our brains are being rewired, and our sense of reality is changing. But it is not due to the CERN reactor and time travel disrupting the Matrix.

We are doing it to ourselves. Want to see how addicted you’ve really become?

Just trying unplugging from everything online, including this website, for a mere 30 days and see how you feel. See if you can even last that long. Maybe you better start off with just a week. How about 72 hours? [1]

Joe, people are creating their own Mandela Effect. Group think is a big problem in our society, which includes many in the Christian church. And the excessive participation in social media can become a harbinger for confusion and contribute to a distortion of reality. Social Media fosters a hotbed of opinionated information overload.

But you do have discernment, Joe, because you already know that God’s Word cannot be changed in any way, and changing it cannot hold up to biblical scrutiny. Many people inject their own ideas into Scripture; this method of Bible interpretation has been going on for thousands of years.

Injecting an idea into Scripture is called the eisegesis method of Bible interpretation, which is highly subjective and changes the intended meaning of the text itself. Using the eisegesis method means the interpreter is not led to his or her conclusions by following the text but rather inserts his or her own (flawed) ideas into it.

I hope after reading my response you will have a better idea of what is going on with the Mandela Effect, which is surely infiltrating some Christian ministries. This “movement” is also an indication that the apostasy that Jesus warned us about in the end-times is growing.

Stay close to Jesus, Joe, and you will not be affected by the false teachings that are so prevalent everywhere, today. Perhaps you can share what has been presented here with others to try to enlighten them. But remember, sometimes no matter what you say—some people cannot be reached.

Use your ministry gifts with those who are receptive to the truth and let go of those who insist on living prideful lives of spiritual blindness. Pray for them and give them over to the Lord. Only He can change people. It is His battle to fight, not yours.

God bless you for your faithfulness to the Lord’s teachings. Reach out again any time and let us know how you are doing.

In God’s love,

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; butwanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Endnotes
[1] http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/no-cern-mandela-effect-not-changed-king-james-bible/