The Greek word enkäthetos is translated as insidiatores in the Latin Vulgate Version. This is the origin of the English word insidious which means occult, deceiving, treacherous, evil, cunning, and perfidious.
Many pernicious people actually quote the Holy Bible to condone spying. The pro-slavery people of the 19th century often quoted Scripture to countenance that diabolical practice....Satan himself often quotes Scripture to deceive the unwary.
There is a very big difference between SPIES and SCOUTS. Scouts have been used by armies for thousands of years and are protected by the Geneva Convention.
During warfare, spies are not protected by the Geneva Convention and can be shot if captured.
In Numbers Chapter 13, JEHOVAH told Moses to send 12 men to SEARCH or SCOUT the land of Canaan. Here is that verse in the English language King James Version:
The King James translators very conveniently changed SEARCH to SPY just 15 verses later:
The pro-spying translators didn't dare have JEHOVAH tell Moses to send spies . . . but they were not afraid to have Moses send spies a few verses later.
Joshua sent out SCOUTS . . . not SPIES!!
In the famous story of the walls of Jericho falling down, Joshua the son of Nun sent 2 scouts secretly into the city on a mission of mercy to save a family from destruction. Joshua is a type of the Messiah who came into this Satan occupied world incognito to save sinners.
Here is the verse from the English version:
In this verse, the word SPY is the Hebrew RÄGAL instead of TÜR. The Masoretes changed that word just like they changed the name JEHOVAH to Adonai 300 times.
Joshua would not have told the men to go secretly if they were real spies because secrecy is the stock-in-trade of spies. Also, it takes a long time to train a spy in all the arts of dissimulation and deception so these men were scouts or explorers who were told to go secretly into Jericho because Jericho was under lockdown.
Imagine the astonishment of the 2 scouts when they found a believer in JEHOVAH in a BROTHEL. The Messiah came to save sinners . . . and undoubtedly the people of the doomed city of Jericho saw themselves as much better than Rahab!
When Saint Paul was writing the Book of Hebrews he referred to this story . . . but he did not call the 2 men spies:
Here is that same verse from the Latin Vulgate Version:
Joshua the son of Nun sent out scouts or explorers . . . not spies....The Holy Bible does not contradict itself!
Joseph called his brothers despicable spies!!
Spying was a despicable business 3,700 years ago, and it is much more despicable today. About 3,700 years ago there was a universal famine, and thanks to Joseph, Egypt was the only country with grain.
Joseph–a type of the Messiah–was ruler in Egypt when his brothers came down from Canaan to buy grain. Joseph accused his brothers of the worst crime imaginable at that time: he called them SPIES:
Joseph's brothers denied that they were spies because they told him that they were HONEST men:
The Latin Vulgate omits spies altogether and has Joseph calling his brothers explorers:
Every other place where the English word spy appears in the Old Covenant the word should be scout or explorer!
London and Rome are the 2 world capitals of spying!!
Before the Roman invasion of Britannia in 43 AD, Britannia was shrouded in secrecy for all of her previous history. Unlike the Romans, the Britons put nothing in writing . . . therefore secrecy is ingrained in that nation.
Before the founding of MI5 and MI6, that country was renowned for her espionage service which always requires stealth and secrecy. Because of the Christian influence in the nation, spying was kept secret or covert until 1908.
Pagan Rome had a vast and ubiquitous spying network reaching into ever corner of her empire and reporting back to Rome.
With the founding of Papal Rome by Emperor Constantine, the monasteries and the confessionals replaced pagan Rome's vast spying network.
With the loss of the Papal States in 1870, this sophisticated spying system lost secure communications with the Vatican.
Will you give up despicable spying for the New Year???
Will you become and HONEST man or woman and give up your despicable spying for the New Year? All your spying will be useless in the end because Joshua the Messiah said:
Copyright © 2013 by Patrick Scrivener