The 'Nazi connection' will shock
Christians of even nominal sensitivities. Adolf Hitler's name is a household
word, used synonymously with the consummate evil of this century. Gerhard
Kittel's name is a household word—among New Testament Greek scholars. It would
seem the chasm between two such men would be monumental. Kittel edited the ten
volume standard reference work used in New Testament Greek word studies, the
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. The NIV translators relied on
its judgments when selecting words, as do all translators. When a pastor or
'media preacher' elaborates with reference to 'the Greek', it is virtually
certain he is citing a judgment about the correct meaning or choice of a word
from this dictionary or an abridged compendium which has adopted its citations.
Kittel's labors on his ten volume Greek New
Testament dictionary began the same year he became Hitler's 'hired man'.
Kittel's trial, conviction and imprisonment for his key part in the
extermination of two thirds of Europe's Jewish population is a harsh fact,
hidden to those pridefully seeking 'hidden' meaning in the Greek. This same
pride impels New Age mystics in their pursuit of hidden 'gnosis' or knowledge.
In Gerhard Kittel, Satan found a man who
could destroy both the seed of Israel and the "incorruptible seed" of the word
of God. His writings penned between 1937 and 1943 caused the physical death of
millions of Jews and spiritual death for untold others. Using the cloak of
'Christianity' and 'science', Kittel was the chief architect of the so-called
'racial science' and 'Christian base' for Hitler's anti-Semitism. William
Foxwell Albright, a prominent archaeologist and Semitic scholar, writes: "Kittel
is...even darker and more menacing...than Goerring or Goebbels...[He credits
Kittel with]...the grim distinction of making extermination of the Jews
This spiritual treason by the 'Christian'
academic and theological community, provides the answer to the weighty question,
'How could civilized young men of a modem culture brutally torture and murder
their fellow man and why did a whole generation of Germans sit by and allow it?'
Author Joseph Carr answers: "Satan's gospel of racial hatred had been preached
loudly in Germany for more than a decade..." This war of words preceded World
War II, preparing the minds of some Germans for their unholy betrayal of
humanity. Scholars explain: "[T]here was a cancer in 19th century Germany. The
German theologian...had deteriorated to an unbelieving
liberalism...Understanding the moral treason of churchmen required knowledge of
the doctrinal state of much of Europe during the first four decades of this
century...the satanic influence."
What was the source of these bizarre notions of
'Aryan' superiority and Jewish inferiority? Kittel's 'volkish' mysticism and
Hitler's occultism were at the root of their mutual anti-Semitism. The U.S. Army
discovered Hitler's library of personally marked occult books and noted that he
kept a copy of Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine by his bedside! Its fables
of the new fifth root race of 'divine' Aryans, battling the inferior old Jewish
root race, coupled with its call for the open worship of Lucifer over Jehovah,
(who Blavatsky identifies as 'Satan'), explains this monstrous phenomenon.
Without an awareness of the contents of Hitler's bedside reading, his actions
would remain a strange mystery. Blavatsky's book was also used by the mystical
societies of Germany after World War I and was perhaps a source for Kittel's
anti-Semitism as well. One writer notes: "[M]ost of these groups used the
writings of Madame Blavatsky as their bible."
Root-race rhetoric is evident in the writings
of Origen, Westcott and Hort, showing further their sympathies with 'the tares'.
Origen wrote that the 'outer darkness' of which the bible speaks is a "black
body of flesh." Knowing that Origen, the Platonist, wrote the first draft of
Sinaiticus (Aleph) helps clarify the meaning of Hermas 'black ones'. Hort's
hours spent in Plato give rise to his comment: "[T]he niggers themselves...they
have surely shown themselves only as an immeasurably inferior race, just human
and no more, their religion frothy and sensuous, their highest virtues those of
a good Newfoundland dog."
Numerous books, even some written prior to
1941, have exposed occultism as Hitler's driving force. AdoIf Hitler was a
disciple of Madame Blavatsky and was initiated into the meaning of the secret
doctrine. 'Voices' told Hitler before 1920 that he had been selected 'by God' to
be Germany's messiah, saving the nation from "the claws of international Jewry."
Erickson notes that "Kittel...did see God's hand in the elevation of Hitler to
power." Kittel's defense, during his trial for war crimes, included his
assertion that his actions had been "imposed upon him 'by God'." The God, heard
by both, was the "god of this world." (Luke 4:6; II Cor. 4:4)
Kittel recommended that all German Jews be
dismissed from their jobs, stripped of their German citizenship and their
property confiscated. He said, "[T]hough this would cause hardship it was a
necessary price to pay for past excesses." Doesn't this sound like the
Antichrist's plan for the 'unevolved' non-compliant Christians who refuse to
take 'the Name' of the beast? The same plan comes from the same source—Satan.
Dr. Josef Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda
and Enlightenment, believed Hitler was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.
Goebbels and his SS began the first mass murder of German-Jewry on November
9 and 10, 1938. In 1939, Kittel closed one of his speeches with a tribute to
Hitler calling him the, "saving force which stemmed the tide of Jewish
infiltration. " "Knowledge of the killings was widespread within Germany
itself," notes one observer. As early as 1942, the London Times reported the
mass murder of Jews; Swedish diplomat Baron von Otter also publicly reported
mass gassings. The B.B.C. reported the massacre by A.M. and short wave
radio. "They all knew what was going on." Even with such clear awareness of
what was going on, Kittel continued to write for the Fuehrer. In 1943,
Goebbels asked Kittel to write for his Anti-Judische Aktion
(Anti-Jewish Action), a publication laced with Goebbels' astrological
predictions about a German victory in the war. Kittel admitted knowing
"about Jewish murders" and wrote of his support for Adolf Hitler's actions.
Kittel writes: "...full freedom to murder...just as you should smash the
brains of even the best snake ...[This is] justification for the most
"But unto the wicked God saith,
What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my
covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction and castest my words
behind thee...Thou givest thy mouth to EVIL and thy tongue frameth deceit� Thou
sitteth and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's
son." (Psalm 50:16-20)
Kittel: "Yea, hath God said..."
Blavatsky: "Ye shall be as gods..."
Hitler: "...knowing good and EVIL."
First—we question God's word. Its
authority is moved out of the way. Then, our "impressions," "feelings," "reasonings"
or "associates" become our authority. We have now moved to step two and become
our own gods. Then the EVIL comes. It is a shorter route than one might imagine.
If you feel that perhaps you have been
deceived, you are not alone. At the very end of Kittel's life, he confessed that
the years of his editorship of the Dictionary and his propaganda
'ministry' for Hitler, "...was based upon the most bitter deception of my life."
The next time you hear a pastor proclaim,
"The Greek here really means .... "(yea hath God said?), be forewarned that his
pronouncements are an echo from history past. Their hollow sound is one of Kittel's spiritually bankrupt grammatico-historico method of exegesis used by
today's lexicons. Carson (The King James Debate, p. 89) reveals: "I have
heard pastors with two or three years of Greek behind them explain to their
congregation what a certain Greek word means by citing all the entries in some
The Greek and Hebrew Lexicons and dictionaries
are written by men, "most of whom are unbelievers," writes Princeton and Yale
scholar Edward Hills. A few examples will suffice: 1) The New
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew-English Lexicon's editor (Briggs) was defrocked
by the 'liberal' Presbyterian Church for his 'liberalism'. 2) Trench, author of
the much used Synonyms of the New Testament, was a member of Westcott's
esoteric clubs, as was Alford, whose Greek reference works are still used. 3) J.
Henry Thayer, author of the New Thayer's Greek Lexicon, was a Unitarian
who vehemently denied the deity of Christ. (Thayer was also the dominant member
of the ASV committee!) His Lexicon contains a seldom noticed warning by the
publisher in its Introduction (p. vii). It cautions readers to watch for
adulterations in the work relating to the deity of Christ. 4) The acclaimed A.T.
Robertson's Greek Grammar also sends up a red flag in its preface saying,
"The text of Westcott and Hort is followed in all its essentials." 5)
Conclusions drawn by Kurt and Barbara Aland of the Nestles-Aland Greek New
Testament elicit the response by Phillip Comfort that "the Alands'
designations must be taken with caution. 6) James Strong, author of
Strong's Concordance was a member of the corrupt ASV Committee.
Just as Black's Law Dictionary
switched definitions to match progressively liberal legal interpretations,
likewise most Greek and Hebrew dictionaries and interlinears have now adopted
definitions based on Kittel's expanded dictionary, or the like, which define
words based on citations by ancient Greeks like Plato, Socrates, Aristotle and
other pagan sources. When applied to bible words, these pagan interpretations
serve, not as a magnifying glass, as most suppose, but as a glass darkened by
the shadow of fallen men. One example will suffice. The word 'love', if defined
from the daises of our day, would elicit a definition embracing such connotation
as 'a feeling', 'an emotion' or perhaps a sexual sentiment. We have all heard
bible teachers, following a Kittel-like Lexicon cite phileo and agapao,
as the two Greek words which are translated 'love' in the New Testament.
Phileo, according to their grammatico-historico method of exegesis, would
mean 'to be a friend'; agapao would mean 'an unselfish Godlike love'.
These definitions, garnered from the secular Greek writers of the time, do
not represent God's use of the terms.
"Every word of God is pure" and "given by
inspiration of God"; reference works are not. The bible calls us to "compare
spiritual things with spiritual" things (I Cor. 2:13). Studying the context of
other verses which also contain the word (listed in a concordance) will reveal
God's definition of the word. ('Love', for example, is defined in I John as
"keep his commandments." We are to 'act' in love, not to 'feel' love. Going
along with the New Age, new versions render Mark 10:21, "felt a love for" rather
than "Jesus loved him.") New versions hid this key to understanding bible words
by mistranslating I Cor. 2:13. They say, "combining (or expressing) spiritual
thoughts with spiritual words." The NASB italicizes 'words' and
'thoughts' because they do not occur in the Greek. The command in all Greek
Manuscripts is "comparing," not 'combining' or 'expressing'.
The Nazi worldview and major elements of the
New Age Movement worldview are identical. They should be, after all, for they
both grew out of the same occult root: theosophy...the teachings of Helena P.
Blavalsky (The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled).
The heartland of America was pierced to find it
harbored a large crematorium with bleacher seats in the now abandoned
multimillion dollar ashram of the exiled guru, Rajneesh. Their spokesman chaffed
to Constance Cumby, "[It is] for Jews, for Christians." New Age books, such as
Return of the Bird Tribes (p. 62), Revelation: The Birth of a New Age
(pp. 63-65) and Prophecies and Predictions (pp. 57, 58), all predict an
upcoming "cleansing action" to purify "the race." Sane Occultism, another
New Age tome, says: "The Beast whose number is 666...[tells us] we must not
forget that destruction is always the first phase of construction."
The final chapter of the New Age Version
of the story finds the pens of the scribes lining up a barricade against the
second coming of Jesus Christ. Their banter serves as a battering ram, opening
hell's door to unleash persecution of those who are saved during the seven year
"kingdom" of the Antichrist.
New Age Bible Versions by G. A. Riplinger
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