Don’t Be Enshrouded in the Turin Linen!

April 15, 2009 by: KJVOnly

Recently on the UK Telegraph newspaper’s web site, there was an article on whether the Shroud of Turin could be genuine or not. God’s Word provides a very simple and definitive answer: IT’S NOT!!!

One single verse shuts down the entire Shroud of Turin argument. Look at John 20:7.

  1. And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

John 20:7 KJV

So, the Shroud of Turin is a fake simply because Jesus’ head wasn’t shrouded!

Ok, you say you want more than that to go on. (Don’t know why, the truth is very simple.)

  1. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV

Look at John 11:44.

  1. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

John 11:44 KJV

The passage refers to Lazarus coming forth out of his tomb. Notice two things:

  1. The verse explicitly says “bound hand and foot”, not “bound head to toe”.
  2. There is a colon between the description of the body and the description of the head. A colon is used when the writer wants a large pause between the two parts. It is also often used to join (with a conjunction) two otherwise separate sentences. So, the verse goes to great pains to emphasize that the head was covered SEPARATELY from the body!

Since Lazarus’ resurrection was a picture of what Jesus would soon go through, it’s quite reasonable to expect that Jesus would be buried the exact same way. So, if Lazarus had his head covered separately it’s no great stretch, especially in light of John 20:7, to expect that Jesus had his head covered separately.

Even TBN, for all their heresy and ridiculousness, presented Lazarus with an opaque cloth over his head in their movie The Revolutionary (don’t remember if it was Part I or II). You could see the actor playing Lazarus had black hair and a thick black beard and mustache. If he was wrapped head to toe in a shroud we wouldn’t have been able to see his face!

Question: If someone is wrapped head to toe in a shroud, what’s the napkin for?

Whenever I hear about this subject I think of the end of the movie Amadeus where Mozart is buried in the mass grave. When they dump him out of the coffin (they recycled coffins then), an unidentifiable body drops out, covered in a brown cloth and bound with rope. The body drops onto a pile of similarly-attired corpses previously buried there. There is no way to tell the body was Mozart’s. (That’s very helpful for movie making as they can use a basic dummy for the scene and not have to craft one that even vaguely resembles the actor.) If there’s no way to tell, then why cover the head with a napkin after it’s been shrouded?

I’ve been doing a little research into the question “Is Good Friday really the crucifixion day?”. The scope of that question is not worth going into here but one relevant point did emerge.

One of the arguments against a Friday crucifixion is that the Jews didn’t truly believe someone was dead until that person had been dead for three days. The article didn’t give attribution for this belief so take it with a grain of salt. However, it makes sense given the Victorian-era fear of being buried alive. People were buried with a bell on the grave and the bell rope stretched down into the coffin. A person was posted to stay the night at the cemetery. If the “deceased” had been buried alive they would pull on the rope, thereby ringing the bell and alerting the watchman.
(Source: Victorian Cemetery Architecture and Mourning Customs)

Given that fear, it is reasonable to think that the Jews took small pains to make sure the person was really dead. If the deceased’s head was covered with a heavy shroud it would be hard to cut the person loose in time before they suffocated. If a lighter napkin was separately bound about the head, either the napkin could be cut into or the bindings cut so the person could keep breathing.

Martha emphasized this belief when she said that Lazarus’ body would stink because he had been dead for four days. This is also an argument for Jesus being three full days in the grave and then resurrecting because it was on the fourth day that the body started to decay (“see corruption” in the biblical phrasing).

Here’s Martha’s statement.

  1. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

John 11:39 KJV

Here is the prophecy from Psalms.

  1. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Psalms 16:10 KJV

In his sermon recounted in Acts 2, Peter confirms the passage from Psalms refers to Jesus Christ, the risen saviour.

  1. Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
  2. Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
  3. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
  4. For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
  5. Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
  6. Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
  7. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
  8. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
  9. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
  10. He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption.
  11. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
  12. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
  13. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
  14. Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
  15. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Acts 2:22-36 KJV

Another argument against the shroud is the general provision against graven images, originally pronounced in the Jews’ Ten Commandments (in Exodus 20:3-5) and emphasized now in 1 Corinthians 13:10 (“that which is perfect has come”).

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
  3. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
  4. And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Exodus 20:3-6 KJV

Now that we have the King James Bible, all that was in part has been done away with. We have Christ’s image in his Word because Christ is the Word!

  1. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
  2. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
  3. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man I put away childish things.
  4. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 Corinthians 13:9-12 KJV

Right now, because we’re in the age of the Gentiles, we’re in a spiritual age. Our faith is based on God’s Word not “signs and wonders”. There are several reasons for this.

  1. This is how we can distinguish between the Lord Jesus Christ and the Antichrist.
    1. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
    2. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
    3. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

    2 Thessalonians 2:8-10 KJV

    1. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
    2. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

    Matthew 24:23-24 KJV

  2. As Paul puts it, “[B]ut hope that is seen is not hope”.
    1. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
    2. But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

    Romans 8:24-25 KJV

    1. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
    2. Then saith he unto Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
    3. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
    4. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

    John 20:26-29 KJV

  3. If our faith was dependent on signs and wonders, we would require a steady stream of them to keep our faith alive. If it had been 3 years since you had last seen a miracle, it would get pretty easy to forget the miracle, discount it or start questioning things.

    Related to that, the signs and wonders would have to escalate in order to beat the human “been there, seen that” tendencies. Healing someone’s cut finger is nothing when you’ve seen it 100 times or when you’ve seen someone raised from the dead. Once the bar is set the next thing has to exceed it. We’re seeing that tendency now in reverse, as advertising is in a race to the bottom, sexualizing absolutely everything.

    Since we have the Holy Spirit sealed in us, we don’t have to worry about losing our salvation if we don’t maintain our faith. He can’t leave! He is the earnest paid by God as a deposit on our inheritance!

    1. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.
    2. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

    Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV

    1. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
    2. Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

    2 Corinthians 1:21-22 KJV

    1. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

    Ephesians 4:30 KJV

  4. We are to be worshipping God in spirit and truth, not with man-made gods and images.
    1. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
    2. Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

    Acts 17:24-25 KJV

    When people make something they don’t give the glory to the made object, the creator gets the glory! A man worshipping something he created is really worshipping himself because man wants to be God!

    1. Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
    2. And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.

    Isaiah 37:18-19 KJV

    1. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
    2. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    3. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
    4. And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

    Romans 1:20-23 KJV

Therefore, anyone who today is preaching signs and wonders (Pentecostals and Catholics, I’m looking at you) is preparing themselves and their people for the Antichrist. Similarly anyone who does anything “in the name of Jesus” (faith healers, I’m looking at you).

  1. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Psalms 138:2 KJV

Since God magnified his word above his name, and “that which is perfect is come” in the King James Bible, things done in Jesus’ name have passed away.

  1. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter unto the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
  2. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
  3. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Matthew 7:21-23 KJV

In conclusion, the Shroud of Turin is not to be regarded as anything but foolishness. It cannot have been the cloth that covered Christ because God’s Word tells us Christ’s face wasn’t shrouded. It is also not to be regarded because God is very clear that He wants to be worshipped, not an image made by men’s hands.

People who spend time analyzing and studying the shroud are depriving themselves of the limitless riches and wonders to be found studying and rightly dividing God’s Word, the King James Bible.