The Clear Word Bible and Annihilationism

by Matt Slick

The Seventh-day Adventist Church teaches that when a person dies that he ceases to exist but that he is resurrected with his body.  The righteous live forever and the wicked are judged and destroyed.  In other words, the wicked cease to exist.  Their position is based on SDA theology rather than scripture.  As you will see below, the Clear Word Bible has drastically altered the reading of the biblical texts that do not support the SDA perspective and modified them so as to represent their theology.

  New American Standard Bible Clear Word Bible Comment
Isaiah 66:24  “Then they will go forth and look on the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm will not die and their fire will not be quenched; and they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.” “They will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me lying outside the city. But just as worms don’t stop until they devour the dead and fire doesn’t stop until it destroys, so the fire of the Lord will destroy and consume the wicked.” The meaning of the text is changed to say the opposite of the original:  from the fire not stopping to the fire will stop.
Matt. 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; Then He will say to those on His left, ‘You can’t be given a home in my Father’s kingdom, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. Leave my presence. You will perish in the same fire which will destroy the devil and his angels. The verse is changed to suit their theology that people (and fallen angels) will be destroyed and will not be punished forever.
Matt. 25:46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” I have no choice but to end your lives, because in my kingdom everyone cares about everyone else.’” This verse is so severly altered that it bears very little resemblance to the original.
Luke 16:19-31 19 “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores... 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house... 31 “But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ ” 19 Then He said to the Pharisees, “You keep telling people the story you put together about a rich man who dressed in fine clothes and lived luxuriously. 20 In your story, there is also a poor man called Lazarus who had open sores all over his body. Every day he sat outside the rich man’s gate begging.  27 Then, according to your story, the rich man said, ‘I beg you, Father Abraham, if no one can come down here to help me, then please send Lazarus to my father’s house.  31 Then your story ends by Abraham saying, ‘If your brothers are not willing to listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen to anyone, even if he rose from the dead.’ So you see, you yourselves teach people that they should listen to the Scriptures and that what they do in this life will affect them in the next one." The CWB inserted words to designate that it was not Jesus' teaching about consciousness after death of the body (which would contradict SDA theology).  So, they inserted words that are not in the original text and have changed the meaning of the text.
Rev. 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” The fire of God’s judgment will not rest until those who worship the sea beast and the animal and have the mark of its name are totally destroyed.” The CWB version shows that the punishment will end but the original says it will not.
Rev. 19:20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. But the sea beast and the animal turned false prophet were taken prisoner. This is the false prophet who had worked miracles to deceive people and had forced them to worship the sea beast and to receive its mark. Both of them were engulfed by a lake of fire and destroyed. The original does not say that the beast and the false prophet were destroyed, but the CWB says they are.  Again, they phrased it in a way that is not consistent with the original.
Rev. 20:10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and consumed together with the sea beast, the land animal, and all the wicked. Their destruction will be forever and ever. The SDA doctrine of annihilation is written into their paraphrase, thereby changing the meaning of the original.



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About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.