One of Ruckman’s teachings which raise eyebrows is his insistence on the KJV containing advanced revelations which are not found in the Greek and Hebrew. This claim was unheard of before Ruckman; therefore it is a tenant of Ruckmanism designed to reinforce his view of an infallible KJV. The following is a typical statement of what Ruckman claims in his peculiar style:
It is late at night, kiddies. Time for bye-bye. There are more than forty-five advanced revelations in a King James Bible that no Hebrew or Greek scholar was able to find in any set of Greek manuscripts, in any translation of any Hebrew text, for any version in any language, published by anyone who rejected the AV as the final and infallible authority. (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin. Dec. 2005, p. 13)
The following is a small assortment of various statements of Ruckman regarding his belief in advanced revelations in the KJV:
…“coincidences” which have slipped through the AV 1611 committees, unawares to them, and which give advanced light and advanced revelation… (Manuscript Evidence. 1997, p. 140)
Moral: Mistakes in the AV 1611 are advanced revelation! (Manuscript Evidence. 1997, p. 139)
Advanced revelation given by the Holy Spirit in the English text of 1611… (Ruckman, Peter. The Book of Exodus. 1976, p. 186)
“There is no more revelation, no new light since 1611.” That’s the truth. (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin. July 1997, p. 8)
The revelation was given in 1611. It was in advance of all qualified scholars in 1900, 1910…
(Bible Believers’ Bulletin Oct. 2008, p. 13)
Ruckman at times credits the Holy Spirit with giving advanced revelations and even placing them in the text of the KJV:
In our last article we began a series of forty cases where the Holy Spirit placed advanced revelations into the Holy Bible, in 1611, that no Greek or Hebrew scholar (and we have listed 320 of them in The Christian Liar’s Library, 1997) could find in any Hebrew or Greek text between A.D. 90 and 2008. (Bible Believers’ Bulletin Oct. 2008, p. 1)
In order to destroy that advanced revelation by the Holy Spirit, made and preserved in the King James text…(Ruckman, Peter. The Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. 2004, p. ix)
The KJV is known for being a very precise translation. There are a few instances however where some translations therein were creative and were not as literal as possible. It is mainly from those cases that Ruckman claims an advanced revelation. The following is a typical example of a case that Ruckman considers to be an advanced revelation in the KJV:
The word “pictures” in Numbers 33:52 doesn’t appear as “pictures” in any work done by any Hebrew scholar since 1700. Not one new translation by Hymer’s buddies (or the men that taught him) could produce the word. The word reveals that “PICTURES” are one of the main threats to a called-out people who are in danger of picking up the customs and religions of the HEATHEN. (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin Dec. 2005, p. 3)
I do not know what “pictures” may have meant to the KJV translators in the 16th century, but according to Strong’s Concordance the underlying Hebrew word means “a figure (carved on stone, the wall, or any object); figuratively imagination.” That is not the mental picture we have when we think of pictures today. What God ordered destroyed was a figure they apparently worshiped and bowed down to. Even though God’s people need to be warned about the wrong kind of pictures and TV programs, this is not the correct interpretation of Numbers 33:52. Ruckman demonstrated that the KJV reading facilitates a practical application for warning about pictures in the modern sense, but he did not demonstrate that is the primary interpretation nor a true advanced revelation.
No doubt some modern translations have readings that may allow for a more practical application compared to how the original languages are worded. But that would not constitute advanced revelation for modern translations. If the same thing can be done with other versions besides the KJV, it would be further evidence that Ruckman’s advanced revelation claim for the KJV is bogus.
In order for there to have been genuine advanced revelations in the KJV the Holy Spirit would have had to inspire the KJV translators in a similar fashion as when the originals were given. Ruckman implies just that when he writes “The Holy Spirit has thrust Himself into the AV committee of 1611 and said, ‘WRITE…!’” (Ruckman, Peter. The Book of Acts. 1974, [1984 reprint], p. 356). Ruckman’s claim that revelations of the Holy Spirit took place in 1611 is not historic Baptist doctrine. Ruckman’s view would mean that revelation did not cease with the close of the New Testament canon.