One night I had a dream, where the Holy Spirit showed me the names: Jannes and Jambres.
In my dream, there was a book opened in front of me, and the Holy Spirit put a spotlight onto the page. My eyes zoomed in like a Hollywood camera to see what was in the spotlight, and I saw the names: Jannes and Jambres.
I lay there in bed wondering who had mentioned these names. I thought maybe it was the high priest, but I wasn’t sure. So the next morning, first thing, before I even had a cup of tea, I went back to the Gospel of Nicodemas, and I looked for these names. It was Nicodemas who said that Jannes and Jambres were the magicians in Egypt.
I felt sure I had read these names in the Bible somewhere, but I couldn’t remember where, so I went to look in the Bible Concordance that Lydia Tyne had given me. I was expecting to find an Old Testament reference, but instead, all I could find was a New Testament reference: 2 Timothy 3,8. “As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so do these men oppose the truth.”
As I sat there staring at the page, it dawned on me that verse 16 was the main verse I was taught in Theology. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” The Full Gospel Church in South Africa taught that “All scripture” meant the Bible “nothing more, and nothing less.” I see it as “Dogmatic Theology.” Yet here was Paul quoting from a different Bible, right here in the very same chapter!
That spun my mind. It was like the cherry on the cake, or the tip of the iceberg, concerning things that the Holy Spirit had taught me over a period of about twenty years!
I have had some people hate me regarding the scriptures, yet every writer in the New Testament quotes scriptures that are from a different Bible! Why don’t the people hate Paul? Why don’t they hate Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, Peter, Jude or even Jesus? They all quote scriptures from a different Bible! I think it is discrimination that they hate me! But Jesus loves me, and that’s all that matters! Johnny Cash had a song where he sang: “I won’t miss a friend I never had, but I’ve got Jesus, and that’s enough, that’s enough, that’s enough.” Thanks Johnny. Glory to God!
I will add some more information later, as I dig up my research from years ago.
I started off as a pop singer, then I went into gospel singing, and then into Theology. So this website is ending up a mishmash of all different things. It is all part of life. The main thing is to be saved. If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, I want to encourage you to do it now. Today. None of us know when we have to end this life, and head for eternity. Jesus said he was the way, the truth and the life, no man can come to the Father except through him. Ask Jesus into your heart now, and ask for forgiveness of all you sins, then start living for him. May God bless you as you do this. Read the Bible for yourself, because on the day of judgment we all have to give an answer for ourselves. We can’t hide behind someone else! Have a look at my little comic called: “Top Priority” on one of my other websites:
Christian Comic: Top Priority
I had the dream about Jannes and Jambres back in 1995 while we were living in South Africa. I was curious about where Paul was quoting from, so I looked in some of the ancient writings that I had, and I found “Jannes and his brother” mentioned in the “Damascus Document.” But that didn’t fit the equation.
Then in 1997 we were at a house meeting in the USA, where Sister Gwen Shaw told us of an ancient writing that she had. She said someone had given it to her, and it wasn’t in print anymore. I was very excited, and asked her what it was called. She said: “Jasher or something …. it is mentioned in the Bible.” When we got home, I went back to the concordance, and found it in Joshua 10,13:
“And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.”
Also 2 Samuel 1,17-18:
17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:
18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
A little while later we were at a computer course teaching us about the internet and emails, etc., and during a coffee break, my wife suggested I type in “Book of Jasher” into a search engine. When I did it came up that it was available at Kessinger Publishers in Kilo, Montana. So I sent them an email, and ordered a copy. The first thing I looked for was Jannes and Jambres, and I found then there. They were related to Balaam, who was hired to curse Israel.
Some things in the Book of Jasher are fantastic, but there are other things that leave question marks. With all the ancient writings that I have, it is hard to know if they are the truth, or if they have been fiddled with over the years. So I just rely on the Holy Spirit to lead me to the truth. Jesus said the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and he will lead you into all truth. John 16,13:
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
Glory to God. Paul said we must prove all things, and hold fast to that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5,21.