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Holy Men of God Spake As They Were Moved by the Holy Ghost

By Sammy Tabuena (2016)

 

2 Peter 1:21 (KJV) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

 

The Holy Spirit of God moved the holy men of God to write the Holy Word of God. 

 

In some of the modern versions, the word “moved” was removed and changed to “carried along”:

 

2 Peter 1:21 (NIV 2011) For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

 

2 Peter 1:21 (ESV 2001) For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

 

To “carry along” could mean “to persuade or affect”, “to transport something while moving along”, or “to keep handy at all times”.  But this is kind of synonymous to being “drifted” aimlessly, like a log being transported along by a flood to wherever or to nowhere.

 

In 2 Peter 1:21, the King James Bible does not even say that God’s holy men were “moved along” by the Holy Ghost.  It says that they were “moved by the Holy Ghost”, implying a purposeful, intentional, influencing and directing to write the Holy Scripture.

 

Deuteronomy 4:2 (KJV) Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

 

The “diminishing” of the Biblical statement “moved by the Holy Ghost” into merely “carried along by the Holy Spirit” not only lessens the meaning of inspiration but blurs the “divers manners” (Heb. 1:1) that God revealed His Word and how it was “given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16).  When God “moved” His holy men to write the Scriptures, he not only purposefully influenced and directed them to write them, but he actually carried and transported them to another place and time. 

 

Comparing Scripture with Scripture (1 Cor. 2:13), let us see how “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”.

 

Example #1. Prophet Ezekiel

 

Ezekiel 1:1 (KJV) Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

Ezekiel 1:3 (KJV) The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.

Ezekiel 1:28 (KJV) As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

 

“The hand of the LORD was there upon him”, and Ezekiel saw the “visions of God” and heard “a voice of one that spake”.  That is how the Lord “moved” Ezekiel.

 

Ezekiel 2:1 (KJV) And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.
2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

 

Now, that is being “moved by the Holy Ghost”. The Holy Spirit entered into Ezekiel and made him stand on his feet (moved from the ground and up on his feet) and spoke to him. Notice that the Holy Ghost spoke to the prophet while He is inside of him!

 

Ezekiel 3:12 (KJV) Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place.
13 I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing.
14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.
15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.

 

Again, this is how Ezekiel was “moved by the Holy Ghost” (“spirit”, Ezek. 3:12, 14).  The “hand of the LORD was strong” enough to take him up, lift him up, and took him away to Telabib, by the river of Chebar, so the prophet “sat where they sat”. The “hand of the LORD” (Ezekiel 1:3; 3:14) then is not just figurative at all; it is literal as well.

 

Ezekiel 8:3 (KJV) And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.

 

The Holy Ghost must have “moved” Ezekiel by “influencing” him to speak and write prophecy, but, yes, the Holy Ghost did also “move” the holy man, using “the form of an hand” and took him up by the hair of his head.  How did the Spirit move the prophet? “The spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven”, Ezekiel says. 

 

Ezekiel 8:6 (KJV) He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.
7 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

Well it’s clear that the Lord “moved” (2 Pet. 1:21) and “brought” (Ezek. 8:7) him to the door of the court, so that he wrote about what he had seen there.

 

Ezekiel 11:1 (KJV) Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD'S house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.

 

The holy man of God was moved, or “lifted” up and “brought”, by the Spirit to the east gate of the LORD’s house.

 

 

Example #2. Prophet John

 

Revelation 1:10 (KJV) I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,  

 

In the context of prophecy, being “in the Spirit” is to be “carried away” from one place to another place and from one time to another time.

 

John was “moved by the Holy Ghost” just Ezekiel was. That means he was carried away “in the spirit” (Rev. 17:3; 21:10), just as Ezekiel was “carried out” in the spirit (Eze. 37:1). 

 

I.                    John was “moved” in the Spirit from one place to another place.

 

1.       He was moved up from Patmos to Paradise.

 

Revelation 1:9 (KJV) I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

 

Revelation 4:1 (KJV) After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

 

2.        He was moved down from heaven to earth.

 

Revelation 17:3 (KJV) So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

 

3.       He was moved away from the wilderness to a great and high mountain.

 

Revelation 21:10 (KJV) And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

 

II.                 John was moved “in the Spirit” from one time to another time.

 

Revelation 1:10 (KJV) I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

 

The Bible does not call Sunday “the Lord’s day”.  God “numbers” days, and even months and years (Job 14:5; 15:20; 38:21).  If Revelation 1:10 is a reference to the first day of the week, then God would have said it like he did in:

 

Matthew 28:1 (KJV) In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
Mark 16:2 (KJV) And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
Mark 16:9 (KJV) Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
Luke 24:1 (KJV) Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
John 20:1 (KJV) The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
John 20:19 (KJV) Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Acts 20:7 (KJV) And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
1 Corinthians 16:2 (KJV) Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

 

So according to John, he was “on the Lord’s day”, not on the “first day of the week”, when he wrote the Book of Revelation. 

 

What is the Lord’s day?

 

Isaiah 2:12 (KJV) For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

Isaiah 13:6 (KJV) Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. (cf. “the great day of God Almighty”, Rev. 16:14)

Isaiah 13:9 (KJV) Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Isaiah 34:8 (KJV) For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

Jeremiah 46:10 (KJV) For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

Lamentations 2:22 (KJV) Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the LORD'S anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.

Ezekiel 13:5 (KJV) Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.

Ezekiel 30:3 (KJV) For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

Joel 1:15 (KJV) Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

Joel 2:1 (KJV) Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Joel 2:11 (KJV) And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Joel 2:31 (KJV) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Joel 3:14 (KJV) Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

Amos 5:18 (KJV) Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

Amos 5:20 (KJV) Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Obadiah 15 (KJV) For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

Zephaniah 1:7 (KJV) Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.

Zephaniah 1:8 (KJV) And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD'S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

Zephaniah 1:14 (KJV) The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

Zephaniah 1:18 (KJV) Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

Zephaniah 2:2 (KJV) Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you.

Zephaniah 2:3 (KJV) Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.

Zechariah 14:1 (KJV) Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

Malachi 4:5 (KJV) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

Acts 2:20 (KJV) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

1 Thessalonians 5:2 (KJV) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

2 Peter 3:10 (KJV) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (“Day of God”, 2 Pet. 3:12)

 

What did John write about?  The Book of Revelation describes the seven churches of Asia (ministered to by angels), Heaven, Tribulation period, the Antichrist, the Mystery Babylon, the Second Coming, Armageddon, the Millennial Kingdom, God and Magog, the passing away of the first heaven and the first earth, the Great White Throne, Lake of Fire, New Heaven and New Earth and Eternity.  John was there!

 

He was there in heaven while the Tribulation saints were being martyred on earth.

Revelation 4:2 (KJV) And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Revelation 6:1 (KJV) 9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

He was there when Israel was persecuted and Mystery Babylon city was judged at the end.

Revelation 17:3 (KJV) So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

He was there in the New Heaven and the New Earth, and he saw the New Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:10 (KJV) And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

And John said, he was “on the Lord’s day” when he wrote all these.

That is how God “moved” his prophets to write this book of prophecy.  He moved them to that place and time to see and hear, and he moved them to write what they saw and heard.

Revelation 21:5 (KJV) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Revelation 22:18 (KJV) For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

2 Peter 1:20 (KJV) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

All right, they could have been “carried along” or “carried away” with what they had seen and heard, but yes, they were also actually “moved” to there. 

 

Now, who can’t be “moved” to write about that?

Inspiration of Scriptures
By Moses LemuelRaj
Secunderabad, India

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2Timothy 3:16).

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2Peter 1:20-21).

“The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.” (2Samuel 23:2).

Many people have many “theories” of inspiration of the Scriptures, but let me make this clear to the readers that MY understanding of the subject is gathered from the AV text, and believing that the AV text constitutes Holy Scriptures in the English language, and is MY final authority of appeal in this matter.

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