The Plagues Caused by Adding to or Taking away from the word of GodBro. David Chancellor
6/12/2005 11:00 AM
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: 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.
If we live short of the word of God, we’ll come short of what it has for us. This is fairly obvious. At first glance, though, it appears that "adding to" is not as bad as coming up short. However, this is not a light thing. If you "add to" the word of God, then we are told that the plagues that are written in the book will be added to us.
We need to have a love for truth, for the word of God just like it is. We want to live out God’s plan for us.
If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD; Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.
Adding to God’s word and disobeying God’s word are equal in God’s sight. Adding to God’s word is still doing it your way, and not God’s way. It is equivalent to disobedience because the will of God is not being done.
How do you explain to someone who has "added to" God’s word that it is a problem? God equates it to disobedience.
Revelation 15:1 (Leviticus 26:21)
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
With God, there is no place for "overachievers." God wants simple obedience. He wouldn’t have us to carry things further than he intended. We want to get the word of God as it is because we don’t want to experience the wrath of God.
And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
The plagues would come upon those on whom the wrath of God falls. We want to get the word of God as he intended it. This is why we handle the word of God so carefully. We need to get the word of God for what it reads. Study God’s word to see if all you’ve heard matches God’s word. Dig in and find out what it really means.
And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
The first plague is a noisome and grievous sore. It is a sore that cannot be healed (see Isaiah 1:6). It is an annoyance. The word of God will always find the part you’ve added to.
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
Adding to the word of God will cause souls to die. It will cause souls to be lost, not make it better or stronger. The most powerful thing is "Thus saith the Lord." We should be very careful to bring the word of God as it is, because we don’t want to cause souls to be lost.
And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
Our goal in bringing the word of God is that God would be lifted up. Fire can be a good thing in its place, but in this case it was a plague. If we hold things that aren’t the word of God, they will be burned up.
And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
This brought a plague of darkness. When people add to, they often claim to have additional light. In truth, it brings darkness that brings pain and people blaspheme God. The word of God shines on us to show us where we need to grow. Adding to weakens the light of God’s word.
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
The waters were dried up and unclean spirits came out. Adding to doesn’t always cause people to behave in a godly manner. They become harsh and uncaring. Adding to sets other spirits loose that aren’t good. There is reason to be concerned when someone has the "extra special" blessing, and thinks that everyone else "has" to have it, too. The Spirit of God doesn’t behave the way other spirits do. We want the word of God straight, clean and pure. The word of God this way exposes unclean spirits for what they are.
Revelation 16:17-18, 21
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
None of these plagues brought praise to God. Adding to the word of God doesn’t bring praise to God. We need to be careful how we handle the word of God. We can find plenty in God’s word without adding to it.
1 Kings 8:37-40
If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpillar; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be; What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;) That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
Solomon spoke of the plague of the heart. The real challenge is the plague of the heart. What is the condition of your heart? God knows what is going on in your heart. He knows if you’re doing out of ignorance, or if you are doing out of willfulness. We must go God’s way. If we don’t understand, he can show us. We should seek God with a deep desire to know his way for us. God knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts. We want balance in our ways, not taking away or adding to God’s word. God doesn’t go lightly on "adding to." He views it equal with taking away. Our souls won’t prosper if we add to. We want God’s word just like he gave it.