Essay #20

Ananias and Sapphira: victims of evil spirits masquerading as God?



From the Blue Letter Bible of the Internet:

Here is what is said about Peter in Mark chapter 8; first, the New Living Translation (NLT) version. Then afterwards, the KJV, NKJV, and most other translations' similar renderings of this holy scripture portion, Mark 8.31-8.33.



New Living Translation (NLT) version:


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 Then Jesus began to tell    them that the Son of        Man[fn] must suffer  many terrible things and  be rejected by the elders,  the leading priests, and  the teachers of religious  law. He would be killed,  but three days later he  would rise from the dead.

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As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things.[fn]

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Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”



KJV, NKJV, NASB, and most other translations: 


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  And he began to teach them, that the  Son  of man must suffer many things,  and be  rejected of the elders, and of the  chief  priests, and scribes, and be killed,  and  after three days rise again.

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  And he spake that saying openly. And    Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

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  But when he had turned about and  looked  on his disciples, he rebuked  Peter, saying,  Get thee behind me, Satan:  for thou  savourest not the things that be  of God,  but the things that be of men.



  Here is some of what is said about Peter in Luke 22:31.



Luk 22:31

 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold,  Satan hath desired to have you, that he may  sift you as wheat:



Here is Acts 5:1-11.



Act 5:1

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

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And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

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Act 5:3

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

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Act 5:4

Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

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Act 5:5

And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

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Act 5:6

And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

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Act 5:7

And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.

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Act 5:8

And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

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Act 5:9

Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

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Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.

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And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.




Whereas before, some of us were under the oppression of the Egyptians, or later, perhaps somewhat more mercifully, under the rules of Moses and Samuel, and under the first part of the reign of Solomon, during which he apparently sincerely petitioned God for wisdom to rule as king over Israel;

But also under the second part of the reign of Solomon, during which he apparently at the instigation of some of his many wives and concubines who were from foreign pagan lands where was practiced idolatry;

During which said second part of his reign he apparently had set up altars to heathen gods where upon possibly innocent human beings were sacrificed to death; even in Jerusalem, and possibly even in the Temple of the Lord; where the Holy Bible says that the Lord God Jehovah had put his Name, and which said Holy Name of Lord God Jehovah had stood stedfastly for being against human sacrificings.

And whereas we were also under the similarly heinous reigns of  Omri, Zimri, Ahab and Jezebel, Manasseh, Athaliah, and possibly others; what now?

Whereas before, when we were ostensibly being freed from oppression and premature death by the lives and ministries of John the Baptist, and of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and when we were supposedly being liberated into lives of ethical living and morality and righteousness and Christian agape'-love and forgiveness and kindness and goodwill towards others;

Are we now to come under the reign of Peter the Apostle or "the Holy Spirit" supposedly; and to be fearing doing any wrong at all?  

Although, it yet still is probably not good to lie; it being a sin; but concerning such a sin as lying, as on the parts of Ananias and Sapphira who had "not lied unto men but unto God"; thus, if under the reign of Peter the Apostle, or "under the reign of the Holy Spirit" as apparently defined by Peter: Could we also become subjected to the possiblity of being murdered for "small offenses", also?

Have we now been ushered into a new era of Severe Draconian Neo-Mosaic Law whereby we must fear for our very lives, without any forgiveness; for lying or for whatever else sin that we might commit?

When our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had encountered a woman who had been "taken in the very act" of adultery; which said particular woman was about to be stoned to death by a crowd of punitive Jews;

He, our Lord Jesus had indicated to the crowd that whosoever was without sin among them should be the first one to cast a stone at her.

After that remark, though, the other Jews who had gathered there to stone the woman to death for adultery, then left the scene, one by one; until all had gone away.

Then the Lord Jesus asked the woman, something to the effect of "Woman, hath no man condemned thee?"

Then the woman responded to that remark and said something such as, "No, my Lord."

Then our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said to the woman something such as "Neither do I condemn thee.  Go, and sin no more."

Thus, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ forgave the woman of her sin.  He thus had mercy on her to the extent of saving her life.

In the case of Peter, Ananias and Sapphira fell down dead for the sin of lying, however.

What a contrast!

In the case of Peter, apparently no mercy was shown.

In the case of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there was compassionate forgiveness.

John the Baptist, who could be seen as if he were continuing on in the tradition of the holy scriptures concerning "the Latter Prophets" apparently indicating that the Lord was against animal sacrificings; and in the tradition of the Essenes groups, including possibly the "Nazoreans"; or the "Nazarenes", that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may have been born into or nearby to; 

John the Baptist allegedly either ushered in an era of our not needing anymore to murder innocent animals to supposedly atone for our sins; but preached repentance towards ethics and morality and righteousness, and offered to baptize persons in water with "the baptism of repentance"; being for to symbolize such repentance; or, he continued on in the traditions of those splinter groups.

Please see Isaiah chapter 1; Hosea 2:18 ff; and Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:8; Jonah 4:11; Matthew 9 and Matthew 12:7 referring to Hosea 6:6; whereby allegedly Almighty God is against the murdering of anyone; even against the murdering of animals; whether that murdering would be as a part of formal sacrificial offerings, or not. 

According to The Holy Bible , the Lord God Jehovah is steadfstly against human sacrificings.

And also, according to some sources, the Lord God Jehovah is even against the murdering of animals, as well.

And there possibly might be other biblical persons, who seemingly also could be construed as favoring having mercy on persons; both mercy on human persons and mercy on animal persons; although some persons might object to regarding animals as "persons"; although sometimes, or even oftentimes, animals seem to have personalities that  seem very similar to human beings' personalities.

Such prophets or others possibly were inspired (ultimately by God) to write such writings as those who wrote Numbers 22; 2 Samuel 12:1-12 ff; Psalms 51; Isaiah 1; Isaiah 11; Micah 6:8; Jonah 4:11; Hosea 2:18 ff; Hosea 6:6; Hosea 8:13-14; Matthew 9:13 and Matthew 12:7 seemingly referring to Hosea 6:6; also Hebrews 7 and Hebrews 9;

And the first and last parts of Hebrews 10 (since there is the middle of Hebrews 10 which, if it is read incorrectly, can possibly be mis-construed to mean that God does not forgive persons' "willful" sins, even after they may have become Christians; them believing in and having the forgiveness of their sins by Almighty God because of their having called out to Almighty God to admit that they are sinners like everyone else and to ask for Almighty God's mercy on them and for His salvation for them because of His Agape'-love for them and us and because of the atoning work of His beloved holy Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ).


From the Blue Letter Bible, here is Hosea 8:13, New English Translation  (NET):



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They offer up sacrificial gifts to me, and eat the meat, but the LORD does not accept their sacrifices. Soon he will remember their wrongdoing, he will punish their sins, and they will return to Egypt.



From the Blue Letter Bible, here is Hosea 8:14, New King James Version (NKJV):



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“For Israel has forgotten his Maker,
And has built temples;[fn]
Judah also has multiplied fortified cities;
But I will send fire upon his cities,
And it shall devour his palaces.”



Please remember the biblical story about the shepherd who had 100 sheep, but who left 99 of those of his sheep to go and look in the wilderness for to try to find his one lost sheep.

Also, there is the story about little sparrows not falling to the ground "without our Father in Heaven", presumably meaning something such as that our all-loving, and all-knowing, and all-powerful, Father God Yah in Heaven loves and watches over such sparrows all their lives even to the point and time of when they might finally die naturally and fall to the ground or when they possibly might be caught by some wild animal or wild human to be murdered for food or murdered for a sacrificial offering or some such meaning as that, but that our all-loving Father God in Heaven cares for them, and cares for us human beings also.


Are we now to fear being executed for seemingly minor offenses by evil spirits who might be pretending to be "the Holy Spirit" ?




1. War on the Saints by Jessie Penn-Lewis and Evan Roberts; Christian Literature Crusade; P.O. Box 1449; Fort Washington, Pennsylvania 19034; USA.  Websites and .  

2. The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee; possibly by Christian Fellowship Publishers; Allecingie Parkway; Richmond (?); Virginia; USA.

3. Defeated Enemies by Corrie Ten Boom, also possibly available from Christian Literature Crusade, P.O.Box 1449; Fort Washington, Pennsylvania; USA.  Websites and .

4. The online magazine called Humane Religion by Janet Regina Hyland (also known as J.R. Hyland) with Universal Resource Locator (URL) website address of .

5. "Was Jesus a Vegetarian?" ; an online article by Keith Akers and the associated online website with URL address of or .

 6. Please consider the "Ezra creates his 'Law of Moses' " website; as well.

7. Also please see another such Christian website speaking up for the animals which is called "Not One Sparrow".