Mystery of the Ages

Softbound - this version of the book arrived from the printer in November 1985. The soft bound is 66 pages shorter than the hardcover, this is understandable, as the smaller font size and line spacing allows for more text per page. However! Prior to the book going to print the editorial department at WCG decided to make some changes to Mr. Armstrong's statements regarding race. Compare pages 148-149 of the Hardcover to edits to pages 122-123 of the soft bound edits...

 

Mystery of the Ages: On page 147 of the hardback version we read the following... "Proof of this lies in the meaning of the Hebrew word translated “perfect.” It may refer either to spiritual character (Gen. 17:l) or to physical characteristics (Lev. 22:21). Therefore Genesis 6:9 allows the translation that Noah was either “blameless” or “unblemished.” The context (Gen. 6:2) clearly indicates the latter is the intended meaning of “perfect.” So a good rendering of Genesis 6:9 is that Noah was the only “just” man (in spiritual character), and also “unblemished’ (in his genetic heritage) among his contemporaries. 

 

Notice the Subtle Corruption

The softback version renders the same paragraph as... "Proof of this lies in the meaning of the Hebrew word translated "perfect." It may refer either to spiritual character (Gen. 17:1) or to physical characteristics (Lev. 22:21). Therefore Genesis 6:9 allows the translation that Noah was either "blameless" or of "pure strain."  The context (Gen. 6:2) clearly indicates the latter is the intended meaning of the Hebrew word translated, "perfect". So a good rendering of Genesis 6:9 is that Noah was the only "just" man (in spiritual character), and also of "pure strain", unmixed (in his genetic heritage) among his contemporaries. 

 

Serialization of Mystery of the Ages:

July 1985 Mr. Armstrong wanted Mystery of the Ages to reach the largest audience possible. He used the Plain Truth circulation which stood at 8 million.

 

The original text in the Plain Truth was corrupted, specially obvious, was chapter 6 "Mystery of the Church" in the July-August 1986 Plain Truth. 

 

All the Plain Truth Magazines from Jul-August to November-December 1986 are available here

 

 

   

 

 Softbound version corrupted

 

 

 

 

 

Restoration of God's Truth  

"From the year 1931, exactly 1900 years (a century of time cycles) from the foundation of the Church, this small remnant of the original true Church of God began to take on new life."

 

Mr. Armstrong wrote in the hardback version... "From the year 1931, exactly 1900 years (a century of time cycles) from the foundation of the Church, this small remnant of the original true Church of God began to take on new life as the Philadelphia era."

 

The Bible Story Books were edited four years before Mr. Armstrong died and without his knowledge 

 

 

Apostates EDITED Literature without

Mr. Armstrongs knowledge