By Joanie Stahl
Addition by Tony K. ( June 2016)
This Mandela Effect is nothing but a big lie promoted by the paranormal and occult communities. How obvious it is to those of us who have been in the word for many decades. This new momentum is nothing more than distraction and confusion, resulting in nothing more than “every man’s sword against another.”
I laugh when I see the whole thing on the Berenstein Bears and how it was spelled one way, and now another. Is that what the Church has come to? If you know your Master’s voice, you will know His mind on this. The whole problem is that it is causing an uproar and mayhem in the Body of Christ. Jesus is not the spirit of confusion, but of order and peace.
Consider those people beginning with the first and second century Churches, all the way into the Dark Ages. None of these people knew how to read or write. They were illiterate. Fact is, no one was literate except the ungodly aristocrats and the advantaged.
The time of the Dark Ages was called so because for so long no one owned a Bible. It was illegal thanks to the Catholic Church. The whole of Europe was under Catholic domination for many centuries. Anyone caught having a Bible was under penalty of the tortures and death of the Inquisition, and of course before that, the ten persecutions of Rome under ten Roman Emperors.
If fortunate, a couple of Missionaries would wander into a village or hamlet, and stay there for as long as it took, to preach the Gospel, and furthermore to disciple them. They were left only with the words they received into their hearts by faith, cherished as their only treasure. They were “the poor of the land.”
Their very simple faith was then lived out through their very common agrarian lives until death. This was passed on from generation to generation as their only most valuable inheritance “Kept in heaven for them.” Recall the word spoken of these people during the days that Jesus was alive on earth: “For the common people heard Him gladly.” Mark 12:37.
If any were fortunate, a copy of the Gospels was left with the only person who knew how to read. The reading of the Word was continued, long after the Missionaries departed. This example of passing along the Word was a rarity. All of these “Torch Bearers” lived their most common lives growing crops, milking cows, baking bread, and having children. They applied the words of the Gospel by the most beautiful, humble hearts in their lives by “the faith once delivered unto the saints”.
There was no one person that knew more than any other. The words they received, they “received gladly”, and demonstrated their belief in their New Birth by how they lived. Yet, God considered them as kings worthy of Heaven where billions now reside.
The early Church Martyrs, now buried in the Catacombs, have their names carved on their tombs. It is obvious that no one knew how to spell by the markings left that were supposed to be their names. Many did not even have their names inscribed on the face of their tombs. This was because some were less literate than the others and the poorest of the poor. However, these were the most potent of Believers and conservators of the faith; for what they lacked in theological prowess, the Holy Spirit made up with enforced power of great faith.
These early Christians, as well as those who lived through the Dark Ages, were dynamic in faith. Their potency came not from anything else but a firm faith in the King who saved and died for them. It is recorded in history about the Martyrs of the Coliseum, which included women and children, as well as men both young and old. As these courageous Martyrs marched out into the Coliseum, they sang songs of worship and praised the Lord all the way to their deaths. These events can be found in “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” by John Foxe. In my opinion, this book is required Christian reading.
Here is a Biblical description of our ancient brothers and sisters of the faith:
“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:
who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might receive a better resurrection. Still others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”
Hebrews 11:32-40 (NKJV)
What that last part indicates, is the reality that the description of these mighty, ancient Saints are also a description of the last days Saints. What these ancient Saints were, are what we are to become. Remember, all they had was their powerful faith and the “simplicity of the Gospel.” They held the Word of God in great high esteem, and viewed it as a treasure considered more valuable than anything that could be taken from them or afflict them. They “loved not their lives even unto death” (Rev. 12:11).
So what do we have here? A new campaign of hell that has descended upon the Body of Christ to cast rampant doubts, fears and confusion, where NONE of this should arise in power from an unholy source. This is a strategically planned assault, occurring in the last hour of the Church Age.
I am sure many reading this will be rebutting at this time, saying that you are not fearful, doubtful, or confused, but rather the complete opposite. Many of you will declare that you are “only” paying attention to this phenomenon because it is the duty of all Believers to be informed and stand for the pure Word of Life. Case and point is that Christians are to “defend the faith once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1:3) There is absolute truth to that reasoning; not only do we have to contend for the purity of the Word, but we also desire to out of love for the truth. I have, and will, go on doing so myself when necessary. However, it is essential that we do NOT allow the entire Canon of Scripture to seemingly be invaded by a Liar, who is the Devil, the great Deceiver.
He [the Devil] has been trying to do this since the day he first appeared in the Garden of Eden. This did not begin when he was kicked out of the Garden and cursed by God forever. No one is more keen concerning the sheer power of God’s Word. If he were stricken in his knowledge, he would never have done what he did to the first humans. The complete written Word (“logos”) is one excellent indictment against him, and he fears it down to the lowest hell.
Do you not think God can manage the integrity of His own word? So what if Satan or a person comes around from time to time to alter His Word. For countless centuries and innumerable generations, many have come to remove words, alter a meaning, or change one word into another – who cares? It is to be expected, just as we were warned. Let me explain what I am meaning in stating, “who cares”? After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He promised to leave the Comforter [Holy Spirit] with us always. The Holy Spirit of God resides [lives; has residence] within you, and is also called the Spirit of TRUTH. Jesus says in John 16:13 that this Spirit will also guide us into ALL truth. Therefore, it matters not what the enemy or man TRY to alter, because inside you IS Truth. For years, I studied the NIV and hid it within my heart. There are still solid scriptures within the NIV and the Lord guided me by His Spirit to those solid passages – He will take care of His own. Not knowing the changes at the time, God STILL “watched over His Word to perform it in my life”. He knows our hearts and is MORE than able to protect His Word. I am not implying that if you are certain the Word has been changed from its original Hebrew/Greek meaning, to go ahead and continue using that translation. Once I became aware of the changes to NIV and others, I moved away from them, or am very careful to compare another version to the KJV. However, I will again stress that every example I have to date seen of a so-called “changed” word in the KJV due to this Mandela Effect, can all be found as the original meanings in Hebrew or Greek. This cannot mean it has been “changed”.
“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” – Malachi 3:6
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” – James 1:17
Since we know that “Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8), that Jesus Christ is “the Word made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), and in Revelation, 19:13 says, “And His name IS the Word of God”, then we also know that He is eternal; His word is indestructible, immutable, immortal, infallible and is “from everlasting to everlasting” (Psalms 90:1-2).
Whatever comes out of eternity cannot be destroyed by anything seen or unseen, and will go on for all eternity “world without end.” Nothing created, nor any satanic supernatural force, can alter the Word of God. If this were so, that would mean that humanity and satanic power would have power over Jesus Christ “Who changeth not.”
The choice is yours who are reading this, and demanding that the Mandela Effect is a reality – even if you do or do not know that this was concocted from a woman who is a practitioner of the occult and the paranormal. It is a demonic deception meant to scare everyone from reading the Word, learning from it, growing in it, maturing in it, and waging war against the enemy by it.
Get away from this as fast as you can, and call it what it is, “A doctrine of demons.” Never forget what King Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 3:14, “I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, than men shall fear before Him.”
The closing warning of Jesus Christ in His Letter to the Churches is this.
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He who testifies of these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly!” – Revelation 22:18-20.
In closing, the above words are the final words from the Lord Jesus. Think about the fact that we can have great love for a person here on earth. We can remember all the things they said in hearty memory, “for the memory of the righteous is blessed” (Proverbs 10:17 NKJV). We can all agree to the precious truth that no one ever forgets the last words of their loved one. The last and final closing of the words of a well beloved person, far outweigh all the words spoken in their lifetime. These final words hold the heftier weight for all time.
Consider how you are handling the Word of God, and guard it with your hearts. Run from this Mandela “NON”-effect, just as Moses fled from his staff when he threw it on the ground and it turned into a serpent. That is exactly what the Mandela Effect is in imagery.
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith – to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen” – Romans 16:24-27
Additional piece from:
Tony K.of A Minute to Midnite
Another one of the silly so-called Mandela Effect changes to the King James Bible that I have seen spoken of as “proof” of the supposed authenticity of the phenomena, is the word “matrix”. This is said to have has been added to the bible. According to those who believe in the Mandela Effect, that word was never in the KJV before, and has only recently and “mysteriously” appeared there. This claim is easily dismissed, just like all the others pertaining to the supposed Mandela Effect.
From a hard copy of the Strong’s Concordance that I have personally owned since approximately 1989:
Matrix  – Hebrew word “rechem”, (Rekh’-em) matrix, womb. Found in Exodus 13:12, 13:15, 34:19. Also, Numbers 3:12 and 18:15.
It can also be translated as womb. However, it has ALWAYS been translated as matrix in the KJV. This is NOT a new word or change.
Noah Webster’s, “American Dictionary of the English Language”, published 1828 *(Note the date)
MA’TRIX, n. L. matrix, from mater, mother.
1. The womb; the cavity in which the fetus of an animal is formed and nourished till its birth.
2. A mold; the cavity in which any thing is formed, and which gives it shape; as the matrix of a type.
3. The place where any thing is formed or produced; as the matrix of metals; gang.
4. In dyeing, the five simple colors, black, white, blue, red and yellow, of which all the rest are composed.
My own three KJV bibles. One was my Grandmother’s and was given to her as a gift in 1941. All of them use the word Matrix in those verses.
Proponents of the Mandela Effect will now have to conclude that not only has the Bible seemingly been changed, but also the hard copies of Webster’s Dictionary and the Strong’s Concordance as well. Are we to merely trust their word that these have all been changed? Where is their proof? I say NO, they are NOT to be trusted. It is just plain foolish to believe them when the all evidence shows something different and does not support their dubious claims!
Wineskins v Wine Bottles:
The word bottles appears nineteen times in the King James Bible. A few different words are translated as bottle. The one we are concerned with here is Greek word 779 in the Strong’s concordance:
“askos” – a leather (or skin) bag used as a bottle: – bottle
For example, bottle can be found in Mark 2:22:
“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.”
The ‘Mandela Effect’ proponents are quick to tell you that the KJV has been changed by CERN, and that it used to say ‘wineskins’ not wine bottles. Oh really?
It may be true that wine bottles is not the best translation, but it has always been that way in the KJV. Who is to say that just because we think of bottles as being glass or plastic that the term bottle could not have been used previously to describe something other than glass or plastic? Like a skin leather bag that was used to contain wine as per the Strong’s concordance!
I still well remember the first time I heard a sermon where someone read the words “wineskins “from the bible. Up until that point, I had only heard the KJV used for quotes in sermons. I thought to myself, “Hang on, I have never heard the word wineskins before!” Previously, I had only heard bottles used in that passage. That was probably about 1983-84. It is funny why I have memories like that, but now I know why; it was because I would need them now for “such a time as this”!
By the way, I am so “over” people blindly accepting this Mandela Effect garbage “changing” their bibles, but then quoting other scriptures to back up their point of view. Hello! On one hand they are saying the Bible cannot be trusted because CERN has changed it, while on the other hand they are quoting from the bible themselves! So which is it? Can you trust the bible or not? This Mandela Effect nonsense is nothing but a psyop to distract people and cause confusion!
*Special Note* Thank You Brook A. For taking a rough draft and editing and compiling this article into it’s final form