The two Bibles, in manuscript form, and their corresponding
ideologies originate in two vastly different locations in the Mid
East. Alexandria, Egypt and Antioch, Syria. Discerning which
location gives us the perfect Bible and the correct ideology and
which gave us the devil's bible and incorrect ideology is one of the
easiest tasks imaginable. This pursuit is made childishly easy due to
one source, the Bible.
As we have stated so many times, yet shall again, we accept the
Bible as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
Therefore, all anyone need do is to explore the Bible and discover
what GOD thinks of Alexandria, Egypt and what He thinks of
When studying Scripture a fundamental rule that is followed is
called "the law of first mention". This means that it is generally
true that the context in which someone or something is first
mentioned sets the Bible attitude for that person or place.
In our study of Alexandria and Antioch we find it impossible to
ignore the Bibles attitude toward Egypt itself.
(1) Egypt is first mentioned in Genesis 12:10-12.
In Genesis 12:1-3 we find Abraham is given what is known as
the Abrahamic Covenant. Literally it is God's promise to deliver
the world to Abraham and his seed as their own private
In Genesis 12:10 Abraham goes down into Egypt to escape a
famine in his homeland. In verse 12 we find Abraham's fear that
the Egyptians might kill him and steal Sarai his wife. NOT exactly
a positive context. We see then that the first mention of Egypt is
(2) In Exodus 1:11-14 we find that the Jews were slaves in
In fact, Pharaoh decrees that all male Jewish babies are to be
killed in verses 15 and 16.
(3) In Exodus chapter 20, after He had brought the children out
of Egypt, God, with His own voice, tells what He thinks of Egypt
in verse 2 where He describes it as a "house of bondage" "I am
the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land
of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."
(4) In Deuteronomy 4:20 Moses refers to Egypt as "the iron
(5) In Deuteronomy 17:16 Israel is told that, in the future, when
they have a king he is not to carry on commercial trade with
(6) And finally in Revelation 11:8, when God wants to
denounce Jerusalem, He compares it to Sodom and Egypt.
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great
city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also
our Lord was crucified."
This brief study has shown what most Christians already know.
The Bible has a negative outlook on Egypt.
We find that Alexandria is mentioned only four times in Scripture
and that each mention is bad.
(1) Alexandria is first mentioned in Acts 6:9.
"Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and
Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing
It was Jews from Alexandria who were in the crowd that
disputed with and eventually killed Stephen.
(2) The second mention of Alexandria is in Acts 18:24.
"And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an
eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to
Here we find a Jew from Alexandria named Apollos who though
fervent in spirit was misinformed concerning the gospel. Not
knowing the true gospel of Jesus Christ he preached, in Ephesus,
the baptism of John the Baptist. (Acts 18:25, 19:3) Apollos was
not saved and neither were his converts.
Later, Apollos is led to Christ by Aquila and Priscilla (verse 26)
and gets his message straightened out (verse 28).
But in its second mention, Alexandria is synonymous with bad
(3) The third and fourth mentions of Alexandria are very similar.
After Paul is arrested in Acts 21 and appeals his case to Caesar
he is sent to Rome, and eventual death, on a ship from, of all
places Alexandria (Acts 27:6).
"And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing
into Italy; and he put us therein."
(4) While sailing to Rome, Paul's ship is sunk in a tempest. After
spending three months on the island of Melita he is sent on his way
to eventual death on another ship. And where is this second ship
from that is so ready to carry Paul to his death?
Acts 28:11: "And after three months we departed in a ship
of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was
Castor and Pollux."
We see then that all four Bible references to Alexandria are
negative. No one with any honesty could pretend that the Bible's
representation of Alexandria is good.
It must also be noted here that Alexandria was a center of
education and philosophy (Colossians 2:8) which it received from
Athens in about 100 B.C. (Acts 17:16) There was a school of the
Scriptures founded there by one Pantaenus who was a
philosopher. Pantaenus interpreted scripture both philosophically
and allegorically. That is to say that philosophically he believed
truth to be relative, not absolute. He did not believe that the Bible
was infallible. By looking at the Bible allegorically he believed that
men such as Adam, Noah, Moses, and David existed only in
Jewish poetry and were not true historical characters. He was
succeeded as head of the school by Clement of Alexandria and
later by Origen. Men who shared his skepticism.
It was Origen, deceived by the dual intoxicants of education and
philosophy who upon receipt of pure copies of scripture altered
them to parallel his twisted thinking. He is the father of all Bible
critics and is not only responsible for the physical manuscripts
which delete such verses as Luke 24:40, Acts 8:37 and I John 5:7,
but he is also responsible for the Alexandrian philosophy parroted
by so many of our fundamental scholars who claim that "The Bible
is perfect and infallible" with one breath and then state "The Bible
has mistakes and mistranslations" with the very next. It is this
demented ideology that gave birth to the corrupt Alexandrian
manuscripts in the first place. Thus we see that not only are the
physical manuscripts of Alexandria corrupt and to be rejected, but
the Alexandrian philosophy, that the Bible has mistakes in it and
must be corrected, is even more subtle and dangerous and must
be forsaken by true Bible believers.
Ironically the first mention of Antioch is found in the very same
book and chapter as Alexandria, Acts chapter 6, but in a radically
(1) When the Apostles saw a need for helpers, helpers whom
today we know as "deacons", they gave instructions for what kind
of men should be chosen for the position.
Acts 6:3,4: "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you
seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and
wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to
the ministry of the word."
The seven men chosen are listed in Acts 6:5.
"And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they
chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and
Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and
Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:"
Please notice that one of the first deacons, Nicolas, was of
Antioch. Is this a mere coincidence? Certainly not! Neither is it
coincidental that Nicolas is the only deacon whose home town is
given. Neither is it coincidental that Antioch is mentioned for the
first time in Scripture in the same chapter in which Alexandria is
mentioned. And it is certainly no difficult feat to see that one,
Antioch, is first mentioned in a positive light and the other,
Alexandria, is first mentioned in a negative light.
The next few pertinent appearances of Antioch start as a trickle
and end as a flood of testimony to God's choice of Antioch for the
center of His New Testament church.
(2) Antioch appears next in Scripture in Acts 11:19-21.
19 "Now they which were scattered abroad upon the
persecution that arose about Stephen traveled as far as
Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to
none but unto the Jews only.
20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene,
which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the
Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.
21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great
number believed, and turned unto the Lord."
Here we find that certain of the Christians who had taken flight
during the persecution preached the gospel as they fled.
Upon arrival in Antioch they, not knowing what had happened in
Acts 10 with Peter opening the door of the gospel to the Gentiles,
preached the gospel to the Grecians. Verse 21 tells us that God's
Holy Spirit worked mightily in Antioch and that a "great number"
We see then that the first great gentile awakening occurred in
(3) In Acts 11:22-24 we find that Barnabus, (the son of
consolation Acts 4:36) was sent to Antioch to see what was
happening in Antioch.
22 "Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the
church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas,
that he should go as far as Antioch.
23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was
glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they
would cleave unto the Lord.
24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and
of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord."
Through the ministry of this great man of God, many more
people were added to Christ,
(4) In Acts 11:25,26, two important facts are revealed.
25 "Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.
26 And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled
themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the
disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."
First, we find Barnabas departing for Tarsus to seek the young
convert Saul. It was Barnabas who defended Paul's conversion to
the doubting disciples in Acts 9:26,27. Doubtless he was grieved
to see the zealous young convert shipped off to Tarsus (Acts
9:30), and oblivion. Upon finding Saul, Barnabus does not bring
him back to Jerusalem. (And certainly not to Alexandria.) He
returns with him to Antioch, the spiritual capital of the New
Testament church. All that Paul ever became, he owes to the
gracious act of this godly old saint.
(5) In Acts 11:26 we find that born again believers were called
"Christians" for the first time at Antioch. Thus every time we
believers refer to ourselves as "Christians" we complete a spiritual
connection to our spiritual forefathers in Antioch. Antioch is to the
Christian what Plymouth Rock is to the American.
(6) In verses 27 and 28 we find that God has now packed up
His prophets and sent them north to Antioch.
27 "And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto
28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and
signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth
throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of
Jerusalem is left spiritually abandoned. Home only of the
disciples, who were told to leave it years earlier in Acts 1:8.
(7) In Acts 11:29,30 we find that the saints who God is
blessing in Antioch, must send monetary aid to the saints who
God is not blessing in Jerusalem.
29 "Then the disciples, every man according to his ability,
determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in
30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands
of Barnabas and Saul."
Yet these are not the final Biblical references to the capital of
God's New Testament church.
(8) When God decides to send missionaries out into the world
to preach the gospel, He never even glances in the direction of
Jerusalem. (And most assuredly not Alexandria, Egypt) He looks
instead to His faithful servants at Antioch.
Acts 13:1-3: "Now there were in the church that was at
Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and
Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and
Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch,
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost
said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto
I have called them.
3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their
hands on them, they sent them away."
Thus, it is evident that the first missionary journey mentioned in
Scripture originated in Antioch, with "Christians" from Antioch.
And when this great work was fulfilled, no one wasted any time
sightseeing or sending reports to Jerusalem. They simply returned
Acts 14:25-28: "And when they had preached the word in
Perga, they went down unto Attalia:
26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been
recommended to the grace of God for the work which they
27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church
together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them,
and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
28 And there they abode long time with the disciples."
Our last two glimpses of Antioch give evidence that to be in
Antioch is to be in the middle of the will of God.
(9) In Acts chapter 15 the disciples in Jerusalem feel a need to
send a pair of envoys to Antioch with their decrees concerning
Acts 15:23-27: "And they wrote letters by them after this
manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting
unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and
Syria and Cilicia:
24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went
out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your
souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to
whom we gave no such commandment:
25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one
accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved
Barnabas and Paul,
26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also
tell you the same things by mouth."
Following the completion of the mission, Judas returns to
Jerusalem, and oblivion. Silas elects to stay in Antioch, and it is
Silas who we find gaining a prominent place in Scripture as Paul's
missionary partner on his second missionary journey.
(10) Of course, the second missionary journey did not originate
in Jerusalem. It originated in the only place that it possibly could
have, Antioch, as Acts 15:40 illustrates.
What was it about Antioch that was so attractive to God that
He chose it as the center of New Testament Christianity?
It might be noted that, Antioch although it was a cultural center,
had not abandoned itself to pagan religion, pagan education and
pagan philosophy as had such prominent sites as Rome, Athens,
It might also be weighed that Antioch, unlike the above
mentioned cities, or even Jerusalem, was located almost exactly in
the middle of the known world, and was built at the crossing of the
East-West trade routes. It even boasted a sea port, via the
Orontes River. These are all important attributes for the capital of
Christianity, which is known for it's mobility.
It may be that many of the original autographs of Paul's epistles
were penned in Antioch.
In the second century, a disciple by the name of Lucian founded
a school of the Scriptures in Antioch. Lucian was noted for his
mistrust of pagan philosophy. His school magnified the authority
and divinity of Scripture and taught that the Bible was to be taken
literally, not figuratively as the philosophers of Alexandria taught.
So Antioch is not only the point of origin for the correct family
of Bible manuscripts, but is also the source for the ideology that
accepts the Bible as literally and perfectly God's words. Today
many well meaning, but "Alexandrian" educated preachers are
uplifting the Antiochian Bible (King James) but with the
Alexandrian conviction that it cannot be perfect. In fact, this
Egyptian conviction states that there cannot be a perfect Bible on
earth, in spite of God's promise in Psalm 12:6,7.
To accept the proper Book with an improper attitude will only
predestine one to make the same mistakes and corruptions that
their Egyptian forefathers did.
Can anyone ignore a Bible admonition and not fall?
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, ignored the Biblical
admonition to avoid Egypt and not go down to Egypt to multiply
horses (Deuteronomy 17:16). In I Kings 3:1 he married Pharaoh's
daughter. In I Kings 10:28 he had horses brought up out of Egypt.
What was the result? By I Kings 11:3,4 we find that his heart had
been turned away from following God. In verses 5-9 he began
worshipping other gods. And by verses 9-43 God has
pronounced judgment on him. If God doesn't want His people to
go down to Egypt for horses, do we dare go there for a Bible or
Solomon could not get away with ignoring the Bible's view of
Egypt. Are you wiser than Solomon?