Within the folds of the Christian Bible is a subliminal message that has had a dramatic effect upon those who believe in all 66 books of the Bible. This single message added to the Bible has ignited some of the worst heretical teaching that has been foisted upon the body of Messiah and has created untold divisions. This singular deception has caused more difficulties than almost any other teaching for over 2,000 years, yet it continues to exist in almost every translation available.
This message is vastly accepted by most denominations because of its subtlety. The truth is that almost everyone reading this will have seen this unbiblical addition to the Bible, and yet because it so cleverly hides itself within the pages, almost none of those reading will have noticed it or recognized the damage it has caused and will continue to cause, unless recognized and exposed.
What is this heresy? Look in your Bible between the book of Malachi and the book of Matthew. Do you see that blank page dividing the Old Testament and the New Testament? That single blank page is the culprit—a deception so subtle and sneaky that most turn the page without noticing the immense amount of damage this single sheet of paper has caused.
That page of division has opened the door to errant thoughts and ideas. Because of that blank page, people teach that the G-D of the Old Testament is different than the G-D of the New Testament. They teach that the church, which is the English word for the Greek word ekklesia (meaning assembly or community) is somehow suddenly a different group of people than the assembly or community—kehilla—that G-D is speaking to in the beginning of the Bible. This single page is why many people think of the Jews of the Old Testament and the Gentiles or Christians of the New Testament, even though all of the first believers in Yeshua were all Jewish, and all of the apostles and first disciples were also all Jewish.
Replacement theology is based upon this one page. This is a belief that the church has replaced Israel as the people of G-D. While almost every believer understands that many writers wrote the Bible over many years, with each additional book adding to the continuous revelation being provided to the people of G-D, no one seems to question why this page was placed between Malachi and Matthew in the Christian Bible, or why there's no blank page between each of the prophets as they were added to the completing work of the Scripture.
Why was the page not inserted between the books known as the Gospels? After all, each of them was written to and by Jewish authors about a time while there were still only Jewish believers in Yeshua. Gentiles didn't start to believe in Yeshua until the book of Acts. Why isn't the blank page inserted in the book of Acts between chapters 9 and 10?
The reason is that that page was designed to divide the people of G-D into two groups: Jews and Gentiles. That single page has effectively rebuilt the wall of separation that Ephesians 2:14 tells us was broken down:
"For He is our peace, who has made both groups one and has broken down the barrier of the dividing wall."
I am not advocating ripping the page out of your Bible. I am however advocating recognizing the damage that this page has done to the unity of the people of G-D and at least spiritually removing the message of that page from our minds and hearts.
Eric Tokajer is author of With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity and OY! How Did I Get Here?: Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry.