QUESTION: Isn't it "Progressive
Revelation" to believe that the King James Bible is to be trusted
more than the originals?
EXPLANATION: The term "Progressive
Revelation" is another one of those tactics used by Bible critics
to intimidate Bible believers into surrendering their faith in God's
Their argument is: "Inspiration ended with the original
autographs, therefore to believe that a mere translation can reveal
more than the originals is to believe in a 'new' revelation, which is
called Progressive Revelation."
Is there such a thing as "Progressive Revelation?"
Of course, we cannot afford to settle the matter on the weight of prejudice,
opinion or "conviction." Only our "final authority"
can officially dictate what is or is not proper to believe.
The obvious question then is: "Is there an example
of 'Progressive Revelation' in the Bible?" The answer is: "No,
there are at least two."
Moses, in the book of Exodus, goes before Pharaoh to demand
the release of the children of Israel. He performs signs and wonders
to prove that he truly represents God. Early in the contest Pharaoh's
magicians endeavor to match Moses "miracle for miracle." (Exodus
7:11, 12, 22 and 8:7). We know that Pharaoh's principal two magicians
were Jannes and Jambres. BUT, those two names are not
found anywhere in the forty-eight chapters of the book
of Exodus. Neither are they named anywhere in any one of the thirty-nine
books of the Old Testament. In fact, their names are
not revealed ("revelation") until some fifteen
centuries later. Could we not call that "Progressive Revelation?"
Next let us look to I Kings 17:1. In this Old Testament
verse we find that Elijah prophesies that "there shall not be dew
nor rain these years, but according to my word." In I Kings 18:41
"according to his word" Elijah lifts the three and one-half
year drought from Israel. But wait. Did I say "three and one-half
year" drought? Nowhere in I Kings is the length of time of the
drought mentioned. In fact, we don't learn the length of Elijah's drought
until Jesus tells us in Luke 4:25 that it was "three years and
six months." (This information is repeated in James 5:17). Once
again we see that one portion of an occurrence is recorded in the Old
Testament while the remainder of the information is revealed centuries
later in the New Testament. Rather "progressive." Wouldn't
So we see that the Bible the critic's "boogyman"
is indeed a Bible teaching.
By the way, if you want to know what kind of rock Moses
smote in Exodus 17:6, don't look for the answer in
Exodus. Read Psalm 114.