Solomon's Temple and the King James Bible

What do they have in common?

Each time I read through the Bible I always find several things that seem to pop out at me as though I had never read them before. For all but the first few months of my life as a Christian I have held a strong conviction and faith that the King James Bible is the true, accurate and Holy Word of God over ALL others. While we won't go into the details here, history does show the path the Textus Receptus has taken to come to us today as the King James Bible. Now we look at those things it has in common with the Temple of God that King Solomon built.

Shortly after King James ascended to the throne of England (he was already King of Scotland) and having heard from various groups and after "deep Judgement"1 he commissioned that a new Bible be translated into the English Language. Sources tell us that 54 men were called to do the work but due to conflicts and health forty-seven came and worked on the translation. They divided into groups and began their long seven years of labor in the year 1604. As most of us know, their work was completed in 1611 when the King James Bible was printed.

Having been very familiar with these facts for a number of years I was quickly struck by the comparison to Solomon's Temple. Funny this had never registered before but after all, God teaches us precept upon precept; line upon line, as Isaiah 28:10 points out.

Now we look to our text as found in 1Kings:

And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD. ~ 1 Kings 6:1

In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the LORD laid, in the month Zif: And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it. ~ 1Kings 6:37-38

In these three verses we learn that Solomon began construction of the Temple in the fourth year of his reign as king. It was completed in the eleventh year of his reign. A total of seven years in building.

So we see the number four in the beginning of both the Temple and in the KJBible. We see the number eleven in the finishing of both, we see the number seven as the time spent in construction of each, and finally, we see that both were commissioned by a King.

I do not believe it is any accident that the numbers are strikingly similar to those of the King James Bible Translation. It was started in 1604 and finished in 1611, a total of seven years in the making as commissioned by King James Stuart of England.

So we see the number four in the beginning of both the Temple and in the KJBible. We see the number eleven in the finishing of both, we see the number seven as the time spent in construction of each, and finally, we see that both were commissioned by a King.

Some will think this mere coincidence but for many of us who do not believe in such coincidences, but instead believe God orchestrates the events of man. We see it as a message, a confirmation that the King James Bible is His preserved and protected Word.

We make no claim this alone sets the KJBible apart as superior to others. In fact there is a multitude of information that does that and is indisputable by Spirit led praying folks whose only concern is to know the Truth and facts. Whatever one thinks about these numbers it is none the less an interesting comparison. Frankly, the King James Bible is a book like no other on earth, then, now or in the future. Please read, believe, obey. ~ JimOtiny cross