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by Charles Hatchko


Rev.22:19 And if any one takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

There are 66 Books in the Canon of the Protestant Bible. There are 73 Books in the Canon of the Catholic Bible. Protestants do not acknowledge the seven Deutro-canonical books in the Catholic Bible. They call these books the "Apocrypha." Out of the 350 texts that the New Testament Scriptures sites from the Old Testament Scriptures, approximately 300 are derived from the Greek Version.

When the early Church fathers are studied in their fullest totality we can truly see that the early Church fathers such as Clement, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Origen, Tertullian, Cyprian, and Hippolytus all confirmed the authenticity of the Deutro-canonical texts. The Deutro-canonicals are the seven books the Protestants call the Apocrypha, the books the Protestants deleted from Sacred Scripture. The main objective of this article is to give positive verification that the Reformation Protestants deleted seven books from the Bible. Also, that the Catholic Church did not add books to the Bible, that Sacred Scripture always contained these books.

Many Protestants claim the books Catholics call Deutro-canonical have no allusion to the New Testament texts. There are many Deutro-canonical texts that allude to the New Testament Scriptures. Look at the correlation of the texts using the King James Version Protestant, and Douay Version Catholic

Hebrews 1:3 K.J.V. Who being the brightness of his glory and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power.

Wisdom 7:25-26 Douay. For she is a vapor of the power of God, and a certain pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty God; and therefore no defiled thing cometh in to her. For she is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God's majesty, and the image of his goodness.

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James 1:19 K.J.V. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.

Ecclesiasticus 5:13 Douay. Be meek to hear the word that thou mayest understand, and return a true answer with wisdom.

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1 Peter 1:6-7 K.J.V. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

Wisdom 3:5- 6 Douay. Afflicted in a few things, in many they shall be well rewarded, because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace he hath proved them, and as a victim of a holocaust he hath received the, and in time there shall be respect had to them.

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Matthew 6:15 K.J.V. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Ecclesiasticus 28:2 Douay. Forgive thy neighbor if he hath hurt thee; and then thy sins be forgiven to thee when thou prayest.

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Luke 12:16-20 K.J.V. The ground of a rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, ”this will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, `Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years: take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry`”. But God said unto him, “thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou has provided?”

Ecclesiasticus 11:18-20 Douay. There is one enriched by living sparingly, and this is the poorest of his reward. In that he saith: “I have found me rest, and now I will eat of my goods alone. And he knoweth not what time shall pass, and that death approacheth, and that he must leave all to others, and shall die”.

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1 Cor. 10:9-10 K.J.V. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer

Judith 8:24-25 Douay. But they did not receive the trials with the fear of the Lord, but uttered their impatience and the reproach of their murmuring against the Lord, were destroyed by the destroyer and perished by serpents.

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James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation: Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Ecclesiasticus 2:1-3 Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation. Humble thy heart, and endure,; incline thy ear, and receive the words of understanding, and make not haste in the time of clouds. Wait on God with patience; join thyself to God and endure.

There are many other Deutro-canonical texts to correlate to the New Testament Scripture.

Look at the following works by Dr. Bullinger, a great English Protestant Scholar, regarding the spiritual significance of numbers. Numbers used in Scripture have spiritual significance. "Three" denotes completeness, as three lines complete a plane figure. Hence, three is significant of Divine perfection and completeness. The third day completes the fundamentals of creation-work. The number three includes the resurrection.

"Six" denotes the human number. Man was created on the sixth day; and this first occurrence of the number makes it and all multiples of it the hall-mark connected with man. Althaliah usurped the throne of Judah for six years. The great men who have stood in defiance of God, Goliath- 1 Samuel 17:4-7 Nebuchadnezzar- Daniel 3:1 and the Antichrist- Rev.13-18 are all emphatically marked by this number.

"Seven" denotes spiritual perfection it is the number or hall-mark of the Holy Spirit's work. He is the author of God's Word, and seven is stamped on it as the water-mark is seen in the manufacture of paper. He is the Author and Giver of life; seven is the number which regulates every period of Incubation and Gestation, in insects, birds, animals, and man.

When we look at the spiritual significance of numbers, look at the number of books in the Protestant Bible. The Protestant Bible contains 66 books! the Catholic Bible contains 73 books! Is it a coincidence that the Catholic Bible possesses the numbers that signify completeness and spiritual perfection, seven and three, and the Protestant Bible, the number of man, and the anti-christ, number six. The Catholic Council of Florence approx. 1442 A.D. gives evidence that the Deutro-canonicals were included in the Scriptures. This was almost eighty years before the Protestant Reformation. The official canon was listed at the Catholic Council of Trent, because the Reformers deleted the seven books. The following Protestant sources give evidence that the Apocrypha, the Deutro-canonicals, were always included in the Bible by the Church:

1. Eerdman's handbook of the Bible - William B. Eerdman Publishing Company, Grand Rapids Michigan. On page 461 of this book regarding the apocrypha, the text states that the oldest manuscripts of the Christian Bible contain the Apocrypha or Deutro-Canonical books. The Church regarded all the Old Testament books alike until the Reformation. Then Luther extracted the apocrypha books from their usual places in the Old Testament and had them printed under the heading "Apocrypha".

2. Chronological Bible "N.I.V.", page 1339, written by F. LeGard Smith, a Fundamentalist Protestant theologian published by Harvest house. The inclusion of these writings will begin with the Greek version of the Old Testament - the Septuagint - which will be widely used in the first century. The Apocrypha will then be adopted as part of the Latin Vulgate, edited by Jerome in about A.D. 400. In more modern times, all English versions of the Bible from A.D. 1382 down to and including the original King James Version will contain the Apocrypha writings. In the earlier Greek and Latin versions, the Apocrypha are interspersed with all the other Old Testament writings. In his German Bible of 1534, Luther will collect them into a united supplement and present them at the end of the Old Testament. The Catholic English version retains the more scattered format even until now, but most Protestant versions will drop the Apocrypha altogether; beginning about A.D. 1629.

Remember God's Word Rev.22:18-19! Do not add or take away from God's Word! Seek and search the truth! In John 8:32 Jesus exhorts, "The truth will set you free."

May God Richly Bless You! Amen! Hallelujah!

Charles "Friar Buck" Hatchko
The Catholic Legate
June 24, 2004