The Mandala Effect: Lion or Wolf?

The Mandala Effect: Lion or Wolf?

There’s a mind bender on the internet called the Mandela effect.

“The Mandela effect is an observed phenomenon in which a large segment of the population misremembers a significant event or shares a memory of an event that did not actually occur.” – source

There are Youtube videos and articles blaming the Mandela Effect for frequently misquoted scriptures, a popular one being Isaiah 11:6, erroneously believed to read, “The Lion lays down with the lamb.” You probably think that’s what it says. Don’t feel bad, I did too.

Isaiah 11:6 actually reads:

“The WOLF and the lamb shall graze together;
the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain,”
says the LORD.
Isaiah 65:25

These Youtubers and Mandela Effect conspiracy theorists, (nothing against conspiracy theorists btw), say the effect is caused by things like alternate realities, time travel, quantum scientifism… all kinds of occult stuff… The people holding to these theories claim that Mandala Effect proves that the Bible has been changed.

“Poof! It’s magic! My bible has been changed!”

“Poor little Christian. You can’t trust your Bible!”

“The lion lays down with the lamb…” where did we first hear that?

Isaiah 11:6 does have lamb and lion in the same passage but just not relation to each other.

“The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;
the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain,”
says the LORD.
Isaiah 65:25

I can’t remember where I first HEARD “the lion lays down with the lamb” but I know I DIDN’T READ IT. I couldn’t have, because, short of absolute hocus pocus quantum kabbalistic gobbedygook, it is impossible. No, I never read it. I’ve HEARD IT QUOTED. And the lazy man who has seen/heard the phrase “The lion lays down with the lamb” somewhere else, skips the other animals and goes right to lamb and lion.

Is this just an accidental misquoting that became popular?

That’s entirely possible, but in this particular case, I don’t think so.

I mean, in this day of deception-in-hyper-drive, where we already KNOW that selected things are DELIBERATELY AND REPEATEDLY misquoted to create COGNITIVE DISSONANCE, (ie. the fairytale GLOBE.) In this instance, the “Lion and Lamb” picture serves to create support for a false interpretation of prophecy (Dispensationalism/Pre-millennialism), AND ULTIMATELY, IT SERVES TO CAUSE PEOPLE TO LOSE FAITH IN GOD’S WORD.

But – my GOSH!… Who would THINK THIS UP?! How much effort would it take to get the entire church to have a LION AND LAMB pictured in their minds?

Keep in mind that CONFUSION IS our enemy’s SPECIALTY, right?

And let’s not forget this little piece of social engineering.

 

Think about it: Jesus IS the LION and JESUS IS the LAMB! So… what kind of sense does that make? It makes no sense at all…Jesus will lay down with Jesus?

Nope!

Who eats sheep?

Andrew Corbett wrote:

“The “lion and the lamb shall lay down together” is often cited a prophecy speaking of a literal utopia on earth to come – a Golden Age – referred to as ‘The Millennium’. It is argued that since so many of the prophecies regarding The Christ’s first appearing were fulfilled literally, surely such prophecies of a Golden Age will also be fulfilled literally. This yet-to-come Golden Age (“The Millennium”) is spoken of as “Paradise Restored” – an age of Paradise on earth where there will be no death, sorrow, pain or sickness. The prophets described this era with the expression, “the lion and the lamb shall lay down together…” But there is a slight, ever so slight, problem with this: the expression, the lion and lamb shall lay down together does not occur in the Bible! The closest we can get to it Isaiah 11:6.”

‘The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;
the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain,”
says the LORD.’
Isaiah 65:25

“[T]he lion shall lay down with the lamb…does not occur in the Bible, I am going to argue that neither is the very concept proposed – a Golden Age on earth, called the Millennium – to be what the Bible teaches.

The Book of Isaiah employs metaphors. Metaphors are word pictures. The Promised Messiah is described in Isaiah as a “tender shoot” or a “root” (incidentally, both metaphors occur in Isaiah 11). These word pictures of the Christ paint Him as the hope of Israel and One who would be born as a child and grow. The particular metaphors in question: the wolf, is frequently used in the Old Testament to speak of Israel’s enemies. For example, Jeremiah speaks of Israel’s enemies as a lion, a wolf, and a leopard.

‘Therefore a lion from the forest shall strike them down;
a wolf from the desert shall devastate them.
A leopard is watching their cities;
everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces,
because their transgressions are many,
their apostasies are great.’
Jeremiah 5:6

Similarly, Israel is frequently described as lambs, or sheep. To speak of wolves and lambs laying down together, is to describe the effect of the New Covenant. That is, the largely ethnically-centred Old Covenant, would one day be replaced by the for-all-the-world-New-Covenant where Jew and (the previously hostile enemy) Gentiles are brought together under the same Covenant.

‘Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.’
Ephesians 2:11-14

The context of Isaiah 11 is the ministry and achievement of the Messiah. The resultant New Covenant would make peace between formally hostile enemies. There are some beautiful prophetic metaphors in Isaiah 11 which describe this. Such as verse 18, The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. This is not a picture of a Utopian Golden Era, referred to as The Millennium, rather it was a prophetic picture of the resultant peace from the spread of the New Covenant. How far will this New Covenant spread?

‘…for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.’
Isaiah 11:9b

Of course, these various ideas come to affect how we understand the Book of Revelation. Some will continue to think that the Bible forecasts an earthly Utopia just as some continued to think that the Sun went around the earth in Copernicus’s day. To be sure, one day Christ will return, as the ancient creeds say, to judge all people and bring our dimensions to an end. In a sense, the New Heaven and the New Earth speaks of the New Covenant but it ultimately speaks of a time to come when –

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:4

In the meantime, the wolf lays down the lamb every time an Arab and a Jew find a common bond in knowing Christ as the Promised Prophet, Messiah and Saviour. And this is happening today perhaps more than people realise.”

Isaiah 11:6 has been continuously misquoted and turned into the Lamb Lies down with the lion.

It’s no different than George Washington cutting down the cherry tree.

There are many examples of misquotations from things that are easier to source, like movies. For instance, Humphrey Bogart never said the line “play it again Sam” He said “if you could play it for her you can play it for me so play it Sam play it again.” But the point with this particular one is that it is part of the DISPENSATIONAL / PREMILLENNIAL DECEPTION.

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