OK, so here we go again, with yet more corruptions by addition to The King James Bible. This one, I have to admit, has always bugged me, due to its sensationalist nature. It really does read as if it was faked, that is, first century fake news. Moreover, it reads as if it was written by a BBC or CNN lying media whore, so crass and stupid is it.
Matthew 27:52-53 (KJV) And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
The same passage including the previous and following verses:
Matthew 27:50-54 (KJV) Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up The Ghost (Spirit). 51 And, behold, the veil of The Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
So let’s see what one or two commentators have to say about it, starting with Adam Clarke and he says:
“It is difficult to account for the transaction mentioned Mat 27:52, Mat 27:53. Some have thought that these two verses have been introduced into the text of Matthew from the gospel of the Nazarenes….”
He goes on to say:
“….by the earthquake several bodies that had been buried were thrown up and exposed to view, and continued above ground until Christ’s Resurrection.
For me that would mean dead bodies lying around for three days and three nights! Does that sound like something The Father would do?
From the https://fdocc.ucoz.com/ Web Page. The specific web page address is: https://fdocc.ucoz.com/index/forgery_mt_27_52b_53/0-79
“THE FORGERY OF MATTHEW 27:52b AND 53
“[Excerpts taken from: Daniel L. McConaughy (Seventh Way Corps), Early Patristic Evidence For The Forgery Of Matthew 27:52b And 53, GMIR (from Aramaic gmr – “to perfect”, presenting the necessary documentation to get back the original, God-inspired Word, by believing on 2 Tim. 2:15), The Way Magazine, May-June 1982]”
According to Daniel L. McConaughy only the second part of Matthew 52 is deemed a forgery, so it’s the part that reads: “And the graves were opened” and is OK as far as he’s concerned. However, I would question that, too, with the question: WHY!? Why would The Father open some graves through the earthquake unless it was to resurrect the occupants of those graves? To expose them just for sake of it would be meaningless, especially as Yashua Messiah has just died and is about to be put in His tomb, not resurrected from it.
Next we have this from E. W. Allen, author of: “St. Matthew, The International Critical Commentary”, from which he states:
“This passage (Matthew 27:52-53) probably comes from… Palestinian traditions… If Christ was the first-fruits of them that slept [as 1 Cor. 15:22-23 declares *], how could His resurrection have been preceded by that of these saints? Under the influence of such idea, the editor adds the caution, “after His resurrection” [which in its previous tampered form seems to have been “after their resurrection”] (Allen, W.C. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary of the Gospel According to Matthew, 3rd ed. Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark, 1912, p. 296).”
I know nothing about ‘Palestinian Traditions’, but as we can see this spurious two verse addition has created its own can of worms over which Biblical scholars have salivated – as they are want to do. However, if it’s for the right reasons and Truth is their agenda, then all kudos to them.
Moreover, the evidence revealed to us here from the above experts renders these verses very dodgy indeed, to say the least, but there is one crucial point that they have all missed, and it’s in the second part of the opening phrase. Did YOU see it? I hope so, but if not, don’t worry, for I will explain: “and many bodies of the saints which slept, arose.”
So what makes a saint, a saint? Being born of God (born again) makes a saint, and what takes place in order for a man or woman to become a saint? Repentance, confession of sins or admission to being a sinner and in need of The Father’s forgiveness, baptism and the gifting of The Holy Spirit. Now who were the first recipients of these tremendous blessings? Yashua Messiah’s twelve Learners (disciples) were the first recipients, in the upper room, and were any of them in their graves when Yashua Messiah died? No, not a single one, so how could there have been any saints in their graves at the time of Yashua Messiah’s crucifixion and death?
You see, dear brothers and sisters, these frauds always shoot themselves in the foot and betray themselves through their ignorance of The Truth. In this example it’s ignorance of what constitutes being A SAINT! This means we know that some Hellenising, religious fantasist was responsible for the penning of these two bogus verses.
OK, so let’s prove the point and write these Holy Scriptures as they should be written in order to reveal The Truth:
Matthew 27:50-52 (KJV) Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up The Ghost (Spirit). 51 And, behold, the veil of The Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Interesting how it makes good sense with those bogus verses removed eh?
This proves, too, that the bogus verses were gratuitous sensationalist irrelevant religious mumbo jumbo, from the same spiritual mind sets that would later add Mary worship, fake fraudulent saints and transubstantiation to their satanic religious belief system – namely The Roman Cult.
In Yashua Messiah’s name