Updated March 25th, 2017
A brief history of JHS Publishing Ministries
JHS Publishing is an Independent, Biblicist Baptist Christian ministry.
My call to the ministry of Bible Research & Publishing
This ministry began in 2001 with the call of God to find the true format of the Bible, and then publish Bible versions in every language that utilize the true format. This is a pioneering work that has never been accomplished before.
Some may ask, “Why has the Bible had the Old Testament/ New Testament arrangement for so many centuries if it wasn’t the correct arrangement?” This is an excellent question, and it is one that I struggled with for a long time.
After I was saved in 1982, I opened a Gideon’s Bible (KJV) and began reading it with faith for the very first time. Immediately I knew that I was reading the Word of God. However, God also began showing me that there was something amiss with the way the text and documents were arranged.
The Traditional Format Verse System is neither truly helpful nor correct
The text was chopped into little pieces, called “verses”; but the way they were divided into verses many times made no sense at all.
KJV Matthew 2:19-20:
19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.
What was the reason for stopping verse 19 after a comma, and starting a new verse with “Saying, …”? Not only that, but “Saying” shouldn’t be capitalized. The sentence structure is completely distorted by the verse system.
History tells us that Robert Stephanus created the system of verses in the Bible while traveling on horseback in France about 1551 (hopefully while not riding). The aim of his work was praiseworthy: he wanted to make the Bible more accessible by making it easy to memorize Scripture and find small parts of the Bible quickly.
The problem with this effort is that Mr. Stephanus didn’t have any system or method to follow as to where a verse should be made other than his own choices, many of which appear to be random (e.g. Ezra 10:34-42):
34 Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, and Uel,
35 Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,
36 Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,
37 Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau,
38 And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,
39 And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah,
40 Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,
41 Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah,
42 Shallum, Amariah, and Joseph.
There is clearly no rhyme or reason for creating new verses in this example from Ezra. Stephanus seems to have decided that three names were all that should belong in a verse, but why? Only he and God knows.
Stephanus’ system of verses did achieve his goal of making the Bible more accessible, because it is much easier to find small parts of text (e.g. John 3:16); but at what cost?
Other modern Bible versions have made some effort to organize the text better, but only half-heartedly
Now some of you are probably thinking, "Yes, but that is the KJV. My Bible version groups the text together better than that."
All right, but is it using the Golden Ratio format? I guarantee you that it is not. The only Bible versions in the world at this time that are using the Golden Ratio format are published by JHS Publishing (this ministry).
Some Bible publishers have seen and acknowledged that Stephanus' system is flawed, and so they have made new versions which group the text a little better. However, since they are not using the Golden Ratio format, they are still not correct. In fact, since they are still using the Old and New Testaments (see the discussion coming up), their arrangement is sort of like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic! It may look a little cleaner, but the end result is the same: a huge mess and not even close to being right in the arrangement.
The Traditional Format Chapter System is neither truly helpful nor correct
What about the chapters? Is there any rhyme or reason to their number or where they divided? The answer is no. Isaiah has 66 "chapters"; Matthew has 28 "chapters"; Genesis has 50 "chapters", etc. The odd number of chapters in each document points inescapably to the conclusion that there is no coherent system at work overall. The editors who came up with the number of chapters in each document chose the divisions from a very shallow understanding of their contents.
Most chapters begin with "something new"; but not always. For example, Acts chapter 6 ends with Stephen standing before the Jewish Sanhedrin Council. Chapter 7 begins with the high priest asking Stephen a question. In other words, chapter 7 begins the speech of Stephen, but it is all part of the same situation. There is no “chapter” division here. In fact, the Golden Ratio format of this text demonstrates that 7:1 should start a new paragraph, but not a new chapter.
As I attended Bible College from 1986-1991 and earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, I asked questions about the format of the Bible, and was surprised to find that practically no one cared about the issue. People that I would have thought would be able to explain this issue apparently had thought very little about it. They just assumed that the Old Testament/ New Testament arrangement was correct because it had been around since the 4th or 5th centuries. A typical response I have heard is something like, “Isn’t the KJV [or insert Bible version] good enough?” The attitude is “Don’t rock the boat”, and “don’t make me rethink what I’ve always believed.” For some time, I was perfectly content to go along with the crowd on this issue. I thought, “Who am I to argue with everyone else?”
But God would not let me be content; the Lord kept speaking to my heart about the issue and finally, after years of internal struggles I realized that God had called me to do something about this issue, which was to create a new Bible version that utilized the true format of the Bible rather than the incorrect format of the so-called “Old” and “New Testaments.”
The False “Testaments”
One of the first lessons I learned is that there is no such thing as a “Testament” in the Bible. The word “Testament” is based on the Greek word which should be translated as “Covenant.” The word “Testament” was created out of whole cloth by the early Catholic church as a kind of “bucket” to hold all of the Greek and Hebrew documents of the Bible in separate containers. If you retranslate all of the words translated as “Testament” in the Greek part of the Bible as “Covenant”, you begin to understand the fallacy of this word “Testament.” Every single instance of the Greek word underlying “Testament” only has one meaning: the Old or New Covenant, which has no reference whatsoever to the entire group of Hebrew documents as we have historically known them.
2 Corinthians 3:12-15 has the only instance of the word usually translated “Testament” that has any reference at all to a group of documents in the Bible, but instead of all of the Hebrew documents, it only points to the 5 Books of Moses, known as the “Law”:
“Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech. And not as Moses; who put a veil over his face, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which has been abolished. But their minds were blinded: for until this day the same veil remains unremoved in the reading of the Old Covenant; which veil is done away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart; nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.”
Do you see the problem here? The clear reference in this passage is NOT the so-called “Old Testament” (the Hebrew part of the Bible), but only the Law of Moses, which Paul refers to as the “Old Covenant”! And every other instance of “Testament” in the Bible can be retranslated as “Covenant” to show that these have no reference to any particular group of documents in the Bible, but only the Old or New Covenants in general. So the concept of the Old and New “Testaments” is not based in Scripture, but is totally man-made; and therefore is deeply flawed.
So why did the early Church come up with these terms to describe an arrangement of the Bible documents in the first place? I believe that part of the answer lies in the extremely shallow understanding of the Bible by all Bible scholars and the public in those days.
“The want of general education, however, and the enormous cost of books, left the people for the most part dependent on the mere hearing of the word of God in public worship; and the free private study of the Bible was repressed by the prevailing spirit of the hierarchy… It remained for a much later period, by the invention of printing, the free spirit of Protestantism, and the introduction of popular schools, to make the Bible properly a people’s book, as it was originally designed to be; and to disseminate it by Bible societies, which now print and circulate more copies of it in one year, than were made in the whole middle age, or even in the fifteen centuries before the Reformation.” (“History of the Christian Church” (1910), Schaff, Vol. 3, page 610)
A study of the development of Christian theology since the days of the Apostles shows that the structure of the Bible Canon was discussed very little. Assumptions were made by the early Councils based upon non-Biblical reasoning and their shallow knowledge.
Christians today read the Bible in light of false assumptions about the format passed down from the early churches
And those assumptions and conclusions made by the early Councils about the structure of the Bible have been passed down to us in the 21st Century almost without question. When I attended Bible College and Seminary, everyone assumed that the Old and New Testament structure was correct; and why shouldn’t they? Didn’t their professors teach it to be so? Didn’t their pastors, whom they trusted to tell them the truth about all things, say it was so? They did indeed, and so part of the struggle of this ministry is to try and bring God’s people up to date on what the true format of the Bible is and overcome the built-in false assumptions about the Bible structure that everyone has assumed was historically true.
The pastors and Bible scholars who currently believe in the Old and New Testament arrangement are not to be blamed for their error, because they received in good faith what was taught to them, as I did; and have done their best to pass down what they were taught to their students.
I want to emphasize here that being in error about the true structure of the Bible Canon has nothing whatsoever to do with whether a Christian is right with God or is a good pastor or Bible teacher. I am 100% certain that the men who taught me that the Old and New Testament structure was true and from God were not trying to deceive me or lead me astray. They loved God and were doing their best to serve Him, as they understood the Word of God. So you shouldn’t feel bad about the Bible teachers who taught you about the “Old and New Testament” structure, which is false, because they simply didn’t have all the facts about this issue.
Some scholars hundreds of years ago suspected that there was a principle which held the entire Bible together, but they confessed that they didn’t know what it was; and so the true format of the Bible was hidden until now.
The Golden Ratio Format of the Bible affects only the arrangement, not the historic doctrines of the Christian Faith
Now I know what some of you are thinking: “Uh oh, here comes someone telling us that everything we were taught about God was wrong, because our pastors and teachers were wrong about the structure of the Bible! Look out!”
Quite the contrary, my friends! The true Golden Ratio format of the Bible CONFIRMS, not contradicts, what conservative Bible scholars have believed about the Lord Jesus Christ and mainstream Dispensational (Chiliastic/Premillenial) Theology since the Apostles. The true Golden Ratio format confirms:
• The inerrancy and infallibility of the original writings of the Prophets and Apostles, because the Golden Ratio patterns are found on every page of the Traditional Bible Canon, but not on the pages of any other religious document such as the pseudopigrapha, the Apocrypha, the “Books of Mormon”, the Koran etc. Only on the pages of the Traditional Bible Canon are the Golden Ratio patterns found, which proves that they are the only true written Revelation of God to mankind.
• The preservation and integrity of the copies of the original writings in the Received Greek and Hebrew Massoretic texts. The Golden Ratio patterns of UCCOO on every page of the Bible proves that it must have come from God, because none of the Apostles or Prophets gave any hints that they knew about the Golden Ratio in their writings. But it is clearly there, so therefore it is manifest proof that the Bible originally came from God.
• The truth of the general Dispensational model of Eschatology vs. Covenant Theology (which is based upon the false “Old and New Testament” arrangement of the Bible). The Golden Ratio arrangement clearly shows that the true theme of the entire Bible is the Kingdom, not individual Covenants (which are sub-themes). Covenant theology assumes that all doctrine can be divided by Covenants (hence the name), but the Bible isn’t arranged by Covenants, but by a progression from the Lost Kingdom of Adam to the temporary Kingdom of Israel under the Old Covenant, to the Final Kingdom of Christ during the Millennium, which will ultimately become subservient to the greater Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:24-28). So the true Theology of the Bible is the Kingdom: from Adam (which was lost) to Israel (which was destroyed) to Christ’s to the final Kingdom of God (which will never be destroyed). True Biblical theology is a full circle, from Kingdom to Kingdom, not from Covenant to Covenant. The falsity of Covenant Theology is also evident by the necessity to “reinterpret” Israel as “the church”, which also requires reinterpretation of passages in Ezekiel and Isaiah aimed at Israel as somehow being “the church in disguise.” True Biblical theology doesn’t require juggling the Scriptures to arrive at a preconceived outcome, but rather simply accepting the Bible at face value. God meant what He said, and that is final. Israel is Israel, and “the Church” is “the Church.”
• The truth of the Fundamental doctrines of Christianity, because the themes of the Golden Ratio format are based upon literal, historic interpretation, not spiritualization. Fundamentalism/Biblicism is based upon historic, literal interpretation of the Scriptures; the themes of the Golden Ratio format reflect this same literal interpretation.
• The corruption of the Alexandrian manuscripts of Aleph and B (the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus Greek manuscripts). These manuscripts have huge gaps in John 8:1-11 and Mark 16:9-20. But the Golden Ratio design of the Bible proves that these passages are indeed genuine Scripture and must be included in the Bible in order to have all of God’s Word. This fact shows clearly that Aleph and B have been tampered with by some unknown editor(s) who didn’t like these passages and attempted to remove them from Scripture. Fortunately for us, these passages are found in the Byzantine group of Greek texts (aka the Received Text) and have been preserved for us by the providential hand of God.
Some of you who have received formal training in the Bible will be extremely wary of the Golden Ratio format, and I understand very well your wariness. This is something completely different in the history of Bible scholarship, and it makes claims which are so powerful that it probably scares some folks, especially Liberals, who have been teaching people that the Bible is nothing more than myths and legends and therefore can be safely ignored. The Golden Ratio format proves that this unbelief of Liberals in this incredible Book of books, the Holy Bible, is what can be safely ignored, not the opposite.
The Golden Ratio format of the Bible is an adjunct or a support to the Historic Christian Faith, not something that supplants or changes it. If anything, it strengthens the faith of God's people, because it demonstrates in a visible way that the Holy Bible, the Traditional Canon of Scripture is clearly from God, and is therefore worthy of our full faith and trust. That cannot be said of any other Bible arrangement, because the Golden Ratio format is the only one that is verifiably from the Lord.
This is in contrast to much modern-day "scholarship" which always seems to be trying to "re-imagine" the Jesus of the Bible into something completely unrecognizable, or dumb the Christian Faith down with mountains of mainly worthless translations. The Bible versions published by JHS publishing are of only the highest literary quality, and adhere strictly to the Hebrew Massoretic and Greek Received Texts.
I urge you who are already pastors and teachers to give the Golden Ratio format of the Bible your full attention and as much study as you can spare, because it is indeed the one true format of the Bible. It is from God, and I have proven it. Download the Introduction document, and learn about the Golden Ratio and how God built it into the perfect structure of his Inspired, Infallible Word from beginning to end. See the link in the Navigation panel on your left.
The discovery of the Golden Ratio format
After becoming convinced of the call of God in late 2001, I began working in my spare time to find the true format of the Bible.
The first Bible version I published with this effort was called the “Thematic Bible Version” in 2003. This version attempted to stay within the “Old Testament/New Testament” overall design, because I assumed (like everyone else) that the idea of an Old and New Testament was valid, based on the fact that it had been around for many centuries.
Some of the basic features found in the current format started with the Thematic Bible; however, after more consideration, I realized that the Old Testament/ New Testament design couldn’t possibly be correct. To cite one example of many, the life of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth during the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Luke, John and Mark was lived under the Old Covenant, not the New! The New Covenant did not begin until after Jesus died on the cross and the veil of the Temple was torn in two by God, putting an end to the system of animal sacrifice through the priesthood of Aaron. So the “New Testament [Covenant]” part of these 4 Books is actually very little; therefore why call them part of the “New Testament”?
The idea of lumping all the Greek documents into one bucket and calling it the “New Testament” and lumping all the Hebrew documents into another bucket and calling it the “Old Testament” is based on a basic falsehood and is far too simplistic to account for the actual content of the Bible Books and text. Needless to say, I was hugely disappointed with this discovery after investing heavily in a Thematic Bible print run! So I went back to work.
I discovered the Golden Ratio pattern of UCCOO in about 2004-2005, which led to the abandonment of the Traditional “Old Testament/New Testament” Bible arrangement, and God began revealing the true design of the Bible format (note: this is not the same as a “Revelation”, but merely illumination of the Spirit through Bible study and prayer; something all true Bible preachers experience when preparing a sermon, only much more intensive).
During the next 10 years, many different designs and arrangements for the Books and text of the Bible were tested and abandoned. But at the end of 2013, I was enabled by the Lord to work full-time on this labor, and began making rapid progress and solving many problems.
In May-July of 2014, I published the first printed Editions of the English and Spanish Kingdom Bible Versions, and the KJV 2014 Bible Version, all utilizing the Golden Ratio format of the Bible, in paperback on Amazon.com. At this time, I suspected that there was yet much work to do, but I thought that the work had progressed enough to justify publishing them in print.
But by November of 2014, I realized that there were still too many arrangement problems that had not been resolved, so I withdrew all 3 versions from print, and undertook an extensive review process to try and iron out any remaining issues with the Golden Ratio Format.
During this time, I have been working on Kindle Editions of all three Bible versions, which gave additional opportunities to review the text for errors in the arrangement (and the translation, if any; the English translation work has been finalized for many years).
This process has yielded a quantum leap in accuracy for the Golden Ratio Format of the Bible from the last Edition to this one. Most of the improvements have been made in Volumes 1 - 3; and a great number of small improvements have been made in Volumes 4, 5, and the Psalms. I have now reached the limits of what can be accomplished without doing a more intensive study of the Bible format, such as the series of Bible studies I have been publishing in the Introduction document on the website.
These studies have already yielded great improvements in the arrangement, because it forces me to come up with actual themes for each paragraph and section instead of just scanning the text and dividing the text based on a mental evaluation of the structure. When this more detailed analysis is done, you can compare the themes to see whether the Golden Ratio pattern is actually there or if it just looks confusing. Then it is clear whether more work is needed or not.
But if I included the theme work from those studies in this Edition, then it would only be partially complete, since the Introduction studies only cover part of the Bible in detail. So once I have done enough studies to provide detailed themes for each paragraph, I will publish new editions for all JHS Bible versions. I don’t expect that this process will be complete until 2016 sometime. This is a pioneering work of Bible scholarship which has never been successfully done before.
How you can help this ministry
Please pray for this ministry that it will bring glory to God, salvation to millions who are now lost without Christ, and edification and encouragement to millions of Believers in Christ who face a hostile, unbelieving world every day. If this ministry has been blessing to you, would you please help me get the word out about the Golden Ratio format of the Bible?
You can help this ministry the most if you
• Learn about the Golden Ratio Format of the Bible: Go to this page, and use the many studies that I have provided to educate yourself about it. There are several free study downloads, which are also available for viewing in your browser, totally free of charge.
• Share this information with your pastor, Sunday School teachers and Christian friends, and let them know what you have learned and how to find this website.
• Pray for God to bless this ministry in a mighty way. I want Christ to be exalted and the Great Commission to be supported and expanded.
This work isn’t about me; it is about what God has done in his incredible, powerful Word that is sharper than any two-edged sword. I want God to use this ministry as never before. Thank you for listening, and God bless you richly as you study his amazing Word.
Max L. Day Editor, Publisher, and President JHS Publishing Ministries
About the Editor and Publisher
Max Day was born in northwest Oklahoma. After High School, he joined the US Navy and served six years on active duty as an Electronic Warfare Technician.
After being honorably discharged in 1985, he attended Tabernacle Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Virginia Beach, Virginia until 1991, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Bible and Theology.
After moving to Minneapolis, MN in 1992, God led him to become a software engineer, and earned a Certificate of Computer Programming from Brown Institute.
He began working in the field of software in 1997 using 8051 Assembler. Later, he worked as a Systems Engineer on an Army Mobile Howitzer project. He also worked as a Software Test Engineer on the Airbus A380 airliner using the C language. He currently works as a software test engineer.
From 2007-2013, he attended several local colleges and Universities in Minnesota, earning an Associates Degree, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, all while simultaneously working out the details of the Golden Ratio Format of the Bible in his spare time.
Future planned releases include other language translations adapted to the Golden Ratio format, besides the Spanish version that is already done.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Amen.
Max Day, BBE, MBE, AS (CS), BS (CS) Editor and Translator of the KJV 2014 and the KBV Owner and President of JHS Publishing, Inc.
“Study to show yourself approved unto God: a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
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