Dedicated to my lifetime friend, Pastor David Wilkerson
By Julie Denice Griffin
“When I was young, I met this beautiful girl on a lake.” The imagery of a love affair between a very impressionistically innocent and yet free and easygoing woman. And a man whose rigid schedule needed an adjustment. A springtime dream. A prelude to the summer of a life of love and a wedding. A gentle love. Since she loves him, she knows just how to add that special spark to an otherwise dull and routine daily life. This life is a beautiful oil painting entrenched deep with the thoughts of God’s heart in love…when next the beautiful life turns into a man and the woman at a funeral.
“What in the world were you thinking?” Flashes of memories of things said past push her spirit down, down a spiral staircase. Looking up, she no longer finds the joy she once knew. As darkness grows near she sinks into a deep depression and he soon finds no other choice. She can no longer think through the deep pain. Where did it fade? How did it go? Through people who just kept saying and saying and saying the wrong thing at the right time to destroy the shaft of light. Her beautiful spirit inside of her begins to slowly fade away.
Chris on the operating table for what seems as days. “Are you confused with how you got home so fast? You don’t want to be dead Chris – what you want to remember is your kids.” The angel notes with Chris that she hurts very badly, speaking about her at the funeral. “You’re going to like my dog.”
A father and a teenage son stand in the soft dripping rain near a brown tree. “School’s wrong for you,” Chris tells his son in memories gone past. The angel tells him, “Chris you won’t want to stay. It’s your funeral.” Chris ponders why he sees himself while no one else sees him. The angel explains to Chris that he did not dissapear. “You didn’t. You only died.” Touching her lips with his fingers, she feels him. He holds her and begins to kiss her, but cannot.
“Double D anniversary.” “Place we first met.” Chris stands at the entrance to the realm of heaven and views his dream house. “Looks a little familiar doc.” The place she dreamed for them. She has a nervous breakdown as she finally figures out he died. Not only will they not be together now, but some things too painful to believe make her suspect that God does not exist. “Christ, when does it end?” “It has no rules Chris. “The reality is, it’s over when you stop wanting to hurt her.”
There are these people in life who are stronger than those they destroy. There are those who destroy by planned intent. Chris is one who destroys perhaps with lack of the knowledge of how his words and actions hurt.
He begins to live his life in her paintings of the dream world she painted for the two of them to live in. He speaks to her. But she cannot hear. You are the painter now, he thinks in this new heaven. Turquoise wings and Cezanne.’ “If you’re aware you exist, then you do. That’s why you are still here.” Thought is real. Physical is illusion. “Where’s God in this?”
“They say we live in our minds.” She who already left her mind lives with him through paint.
Covered in pain, Chris falls in love with Annie all over again as he runs toward her red scarf. But instead encounters the lilac tree she just painted. He feels her pain, “Screaming, I love you!” from the heavens. Proves it isn’t true. Distance carries the heart more. Heartache. Distance from the two hearts of the soulmaster.
“Time doesn’t exist here and wherever it went, it won’t make me love Annie any less.” Leona takes him to the heavenly city and the little girl that died. She became an oriental woman because her father said before she died that he loved oriental women for their beauty and their grace. It was the last thing the little girl remembered before she died. The truth is simply that earth is over. “Across whatever distance there is I send you my love.” “Chris, Annie’s dead,” the angel tells him. “It’s not something I ever expected,” he strangely states calmly. Chris, emotionally upset tells the angel, “She’s my soulmate! I must find her.” Hiring a tracker, he embarks on the mission that God embraces.
As he journeys to the direction he thinks she is, he thinks. He remembers words she said. The chasm of separation he once created so carelessly for his convenience, God now has made large. Pushing past and walking over souls sentenced to Hell forever he makes the forbidden journey from heaven to hell. He, solely responsible for her fate now and held accountable remembers things she told him in his darkest hours. She loved. And prayed. And encouraged him unfailingly. And he knows that this was no time to abandon her. And yet he did. He remembers telling her even as he now sees the sadness he once felt – “It’s just that whenever I’m drowning, I feel like I’m all alone in a sea of faces.”
She encourages him, telling him, “You must never give up.” He hurts more as now he no longer hears her voice. “What’s true in our minds is true. Whether some people know it or not.”
He remembers her words and knows somehow that if it is the last thing he does in life, he must find her now. “He was a coward. It was his place to hide. He pushed away the pain to disconnect himself. Sometimes when you win, you lose.”
The Translation Of The 1611 King James Bible also known As “The Authorised Version”
“Since 1525, when William Tyndale produced the first printed translation of the New Testament in English, there had been a steady flow of Bible translations. The official Great Bible of 1539, with a preface picturing Henry VIII, was intended for reading aloud in churches and it re-used much of Tyndale’s work. In 1557 the Geneva (Calvinist) New Testament in English was published, followed in 1560 by the complete Geneva Bible. This was superseded in England in 1568 by the official Bishops’ Bible, although the Geneva Bible was still widely used. Then in 1601, there was a new initiative in Scotland.”
- “1601 – 16 May, a meeting of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland took place in the Parish Church of Burntisland, Fife, attended by King James VI of Scotland. It was at this meeting that the proposal to have a new translation of the Bible was first discussed.”
- “1603 – James VI of Scotland became James I, King of England”
- “1604 – The Hampton Court Conference on the future of the church; at this conference it was decided to commission a new translation of the Bible in an effort to provide a new translation which would be acceptable to everyone.”
“James I and Richard Bancroft, Bishop of London, later to become Archbishop of Canterbury, drew up instructions for the translators which would ensure that the new version would conform to the theology of the Church of England.”
“Six Companies of Translators were established:”
- “The First Westminster Company, directed by Lancelot Andrewes (Dean of Westminster then Bishop of Chichester, then Ely, then Winchester; finally Dean of Chapel Royal), translated:” “Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings and II Kings”
- “The First Cambridge Company, directed by Edward Lively (Regius Professor of Hebrew at Cambridge, prebendary at Peterborough then rector of Purleigh, Essex), translated:
“I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon”
- “The First Oxford Company, directed by John Harding (Regius Professor of Hebrew, President, Magdalen College, Oxford then Rector of Halsey, Oxfordshire), translated:
“Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai and Malachi”
- “The Second Cambridge Company, directed by John Duport (rector of Fulham, then precentor of St Paul’s, Master of Jesus College, finally prebendary of Ely) translated:
- “The Second Oxford Company, directed by Thomas Ravis (Dean of Christ Church then Bishop of Gloucester then London) translated:
“The Gospels, Acts of the Apostles and Revelation”
- “The Second Westminster Company, directed by William Barlow (prebendary of Westminster, when Lancelot Andrewes was Dean, then Dean of Chester, Bishop of Rochester then Lincoln) translated:
the New Testament Epistles”
- “1608 – the various sections were finished”
- “1610 – Meeting to discuss the translation at the Stationers Hall, City of London.”
“Building on the advances in Hebrew and Greek scholarship, together with the insights of previous translators, the translation teams produced a remarkably rich and resonant version, which was to serve for public readings in churches as well as private devotional reading. The Bishop of Gloucester, Miles Smith, wrote the Preface, which acknowledged the new translation’s debt to its predecessors, but set out the hope that “out of many good ones” there would now be “one principal good one” used by everyone.”
- “1611 – The King James Bible was published, despite considerable problems printing it.”
- “1620 – The Pilgrim Fathers set sail to America, taking the English Bible with them. This was an immensely important step in the diffusion of the bible world-wide, which was further enhanced by its use during the expansion of British influence across the world with the East India Company, the establishment of colonies in Africa, and the discovery of Australia and New Zealand.”
A detailed account of the Bible in English by Christopher Mulvey can be found here.
Learn about the genesis of the 1611 translation with this article from the British Library.
Read “Taking Liberties” – The Struggle for freedom and rights
 KING JAMES BIBLE TRUST
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