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The Dake Bible


The Dake Annotated Bible
The Dake Annotated Bible

Background: The Dake Annotated Bible with it’s 35,000 commentary notes, 500,000 scripture references and 8,000 sermon outlines is an impressive work. The notes compiled by Pentecostal preacher Finis J. Dake reportedly took him 100,000 hours of bible study and spanned nearly 5 decades.

About the author: Mr. Dake tells of his conversion to Christianity happening when he was seventeen years old. He tells of his hunger for God and the subsequent blessing he received from God.

“ With all sins and bad habits renounced and all worldly pleasures rejected I spent hours in prayer and worship seeking God. My soul with all it’s feelings, emotions and desires became centered upon God and I was occupied in an ever-deepening consecration to Him and His will. At the end of three months of whole-hearted surrender to God and seeking his to be filled with the Holy Spirit, my answer came and I received a great anointing of the Spirit in my life. It happened about two o’clock on morning as I was in prayer. It was May, 1920.

Suddenly and without previous warning there came over my being a cool and rushing wind. It seemed I could hear the fluttering of the wings of a dove settling down upon my body”.[1]

He goes on to say that he received a measure of what the disciples received on the day of Pentecost. In fact he says that during this experience he realized that he now had an ability that he had not had before this night.

“I could now quote Scriptures, hundreds of them and that without any effort to memorize them. I just quoted “as the Spirit gave utterance” and also noticed a quickening of the Spirit in my mind to know and tell what chapters and books various verses were found in.” [2]

Mr. Dake states that up to this time he had spent very little time reading, in fact he says that before his conversion he had not even read a complete chapter of the bible. The ability to quote scripture without memorization earned him a reputation as the “Walking Bible”. (emphasis added)

Mr. Dake’s primary works are the The Dake Annotated Bible and God’s plan for man (the notes from the Dake Bible compiled in lesson form). His other works include: Revelation Expounded, Heavenly Host, and Another Time, Another Place, Another Man. All of Mr. Dake’s works follow his rule of “taking the bible literally where it is at all possible”.

This essay is not intended to be exhaustive. The intent is to merely provide an overview of Mr. Dake’s teaching on various Christian doctrine as understood from an orthodox perspective.

The Doctrines of Dake

God’s plan for Man begins with these words;

The study of “God’s Plan for Man” is the most important subject of human existence, if one wants to know the Bible and be saved in eternity. It may be called the “The Backbone of the Bible,” for it takes in all ages and dispensations, and all the important subjects of the Bible, from eternity past, to eternity future”. [3]

The reader is told from the very beginning that the most important thing they can do is to study “God’s Plan for Man”. Before one begins to question whether the author is talking about God’s plan for man i.e. salvation through Jesus Christ, or God’s Plan for Man meaning his book, the author removes all doubt with this statement;

We cannot overemphasize the importance of these lessons, which are based on a correct understanding of the Bible itself”.[4]

The reader is even told that this book (God’s Plan for Man) will show you how to correctly use the scriptures in your daily life. In fact, the proper use of these tools ensures healing, health, prosperity, and happiness here and now. (emphasis added)

On page two we find out that even though numerous scripture references are given for each teaching it is not necessary to take the time to look up the references in order to get the truth.

The Pre-Adamite world

Mr. Dake subscribes to the idea that the earth was created the first time (Genesis 1:1) destroyed by God sometime between Gen. 1:1 and 1:2. The space of time between verse 1 and 2 is known to some as the Gap theory. The Dake bible argues on page 54 that “The command for Adam to replenish the earth (fill it again) not plenish it, proves that the earth had been filled before this (Genesis 1:28)”. [5]

This is in spite of the fact that the Hebrew word according to Strong’s means to fill. The gap theory is a simple “human” way to reconcile creation and evolution by allotting and unknown amount of time to the literal six days of creation as outlined in the first verses of Genesis. This is dangerous in light of the fact that a very convincing argument can be made for a young earth.

Mr. Dake asserts that Jesus himself taught about the Pre-Adamite world in the context of Matthew 13:35. Mr. Dake claims that the expression from the “foundation of the world” should be translated “from the overthrow of the world” meaning literally the overthrow of the Pre-Adamic race. The proof text for this teaching according to Mr. Dake is the usage of this same Greek word in 2 Corinthians 4:9 where it used in this context “ Persecuted but not forsaken, cast down but not destroyed”. In this author’s opinion the usage of the word “cast down” has the implication of casting down stone or brick as to build a foundation. Using one word to build an entire race of Pre-adamites is risky at best.

The Material Planet called Heaven

According to God’s plan for man page 57 we find this quote “God dwells in a mansion and in a city located on a material planet called Heaven”. The proof text for this strange doctrine is John 14:1-3.

Dake contends that God goes from place to place in a body just like anyone else. Further, he states that while God is omni-present (meaning to Dake that God’s presence can be felt everywhere) God is not omni-body. Mr. Dake believed that God has a “body” that contains a soul and a spirit. Page 58 of God’s Plan for man says this; “He is a real Being with a body, soul, and spirit”.[6]

The following scriptures prove that Dake’s theology is incorrect:

God is invisible: Job 23:8,9; John 1:18; 5:37; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17

If God is invisible than it is unthinkable to claim that God goes from place to place in a physical body.

God fills heaven and earth: 1Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:24

Is it possible that God clearly fills heaven and earth but at the same time is limited to a physical planet and to a physical body?

The Trinity

On Page 51 of God’s Plan for Man we find the following description of the Trinity.

“TRINITY. This means the union of three persons, the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit in one (unified) Godhead or divinity, so that all three persons are one in unity and eternal substance, but three separate and distinct persons as to individuality” [7]

God’s plan for man goes further to state that modern writers of doctrine books about God assert that no man has ever seen God and that God has no body with parts and passions to be seen. Further the book states that the modern trend is to make God too mystical to be understood. That is of course unless you understand the Trinity to consist of three separate and distinct individuals who share unity of purpose.

Mr. Dake asserts that there can be no such thing as three persons in one person. He even goes so far as to say that God himself could not comprehend it or explain it in this way for this is not the way He has explained it, nor is this the way He asks us to understand it. Simply put the Dake Bible plainly states that God has a physical body.

Below you will find an excerpt from an additional article that I authored regarding Mr. Dake’s understanding of the Trinity and his views on a “Triune Godhead”.

Further Mr. Dake calls the Triune Godhead ridiculous and unscriptural and states that the only way that God can be three and one simultaneously is that God is Three distinct persons and that the oneness of God refers only to unity of purpose. Apparently Mr. Dake would also consider any mention of water also ridiculous and unscriptural, because water most definitely does exist in three separate forms; solid, liquid and gas. Using Mr. Dake’s logical I suppose we could say that water is only one according to it’s unity of purpose ? Or could we? You see as a liquid water is a solvent, as a vapor water is no longer a solvent but can be used for other purpose such as power, and as a solid water in the form of ice can be used for cooling hence water has no unity of purpose only unity of essence. This same unity of essence is found within the Godhead.

This concept of Three in unity of purpose is not only polytheistic it is also heretical and in the words of Mr. Dake unscriptural. Jews and Christians have continously reaffirmed a monotheistic triune Godhead. If God,Jesus, and The Holy Spirit all have physical bodies,spirits, and souls wouldn’t all of these be examples of the unity in essence that Mr. Dake argues against? And further would not all of these elements be wholly God? The argument then is easily made for a Godhead of nine deities as opposed to three?

We find that Word of Faith teacher and self-proclaimed healing evangelist Benny Hinn has taken the Dake Bible teaching on the subject of the Trinity to it’s logical conclusion. Consider this quote from Christianity in Crisis:

“Man, I feel revelation knowledge already coming on me here. Lift up your hands. Something new is going to happen her today. I felt it just as I walked down here. Holy Spirit, take over in the name of Jesus…God the Father, ladies and gentlemen, is a person; and He is a triune being by Himself separate from the Son and the Holy Ghost. Say, what did you say? Hear it, hear it, hear it. See, God the Father is a person, God the Son is a person, God the Holy Ghost is a person. But each one of them is a triune being by Himself. If I can shock you-and maybe I should-there’s nine of them. Huh, what did you say? Let me explain: God the Father, ladies and gentlemen, is a person with his own personal spirit, with his own personal soul, and his own personal spirit-body. You say, Huh I never heard that. Well you think you’re in this church to hear things you’ve heard for the last 50 years? You can’t argue with the Word, can you? It’s all in the Word.”[8]

Benny Hinn later admitted that he had read this concept somewhere. The somewhere is clear, Mr. Hinn read this in God’s Plan for Man. On page 51 we find this statement;

“ BODY,SOUL, AND SPIRIT. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, each angel and man, and every separate person in the universe has a personal body, soul, and spirit, which are separate and distinct from all others”.

The Eternal Sonship of Jesus Christ

I have included another excerpt from a previous writing on this subject:

Finnis Dake denies Jesus’ eternal sonship, in this quote Mr. Dake makes the following statement: “..that the person we now know as the Son of God and Mary was not always God’s Son and Mary’s Son, that He was always God and a separate person along with the Father and the Holy Spirit, that He became man and the Son of both God and Mary over nineteen hundred years ago for the purpose of redemption, that it was in God’s plan that one of the three persons of the Godhead should become man and the Son of the one who became Father by the power of the Holy Ghost,and that it did not become a reality until it actually took place in Mary about nineteen hundred years ago.” [9]

Mr. Dake goes into great depth explaining why Jesus could not have been God’s son prior to the incarnation because in the words of Mr. Dake that would have made Jesus begotten twice. The above view is a mixture of Pantheism, Mormonism ,and Jehovah’s Witness doctrine, but in all fairness I will refute each of the above claims from the bible.

The eternal sonship of Christ is clear from scripture, passages such as John 1:1 that clearly indicates that the Word (Jesus Christ) was present in the beginning. The doctrine that Mr. Dake would have us believe is that Jesus Christ was a “begotten” God that he was not in a position of sonship until the immaculate conception. This doctrine is clearly Russelism revisited, and is outside orthodox understanding of scripture. Jesus as demonstrated by Isaiah 44:6 and Revlation 1:17 was present as the first and the last, this cannot mean that Jesus was the first only after the incarnation.

Health and Wealth

God’s Plan for Man states that when someone is sick, he is not living up to his duty to society, and he glorifies Satan more than he does God.

“God can get glory only in healing and delivering men from the works of the devil, not in permitting the devil to have the victory over those whom Christ died to liberate.” [10]

On the previous page Mr. Dake asserts that it is the right of every believer in Christ to have perfect health and freedom from the works of the devil. If this is the case why then do believers die? If Mr. Dake is correct then true believers should have “perfect” health and If I understand the word perfect correctly then believers should never experience physical sickness nor the subsequent death of the body. The wages of sin is death according to Romans 3:23 and sickness is a symptom of this disease.

Mr. Dake also says that believers are giving Satan glory when they allow him to rob them of the material blessings that God has for them. At this point there is ample documentation on the fallacy of the prosperity gospel. Suffice it to say that while E.W. Kenyon retains primary acknowledgement for the doctrines of the faith movement, the Dake Annotated Bible embraces similar teaching. In fact many of the who’s who of the Name-it, claim-it crowd give their stamp of approval on the Dake bible. Consider the following quotes from well-known Word of Faith practioners:

“I believe the Dake Bible is one of the greatest literary works ever made available for….believers.” Rod Parsley

“ The Dake Bible helped me build a solid foundation in the Word.”

Creflo Dollar

“ To this day my husband and I both feel that the Dake Bible is the Best study and reference bible you can get.” Marilyn Hickey

Dr. Jerry Savelle , Joyce Meyers and Rita Bennett also give the Dake Bible a rousing endorsement. All of these endorsements can be located on the last page of God’s Plan for man.

During Mr. Dake’s ministry he succumbed to a fairly significant moral failure. This moral failure is documented on Marilyn Hickey’s website. A large number of the notes for the Dake Annotated Bible were compiled while Mr. Dake was serving a prison sentence for violating the Mann Act. The Dake Bible is indeed an impressive work however in many cases the position held by Dake and his followers is different than those of an orthodox theology.

Again this is not an exhaustive apologetic on the Dake Annotated Bible, only a synopsis of several key Christian doctrines. Additional information may be found at


[1] The Dake Annotated Bible “Owner’s Manual” Lawrenceville, GA

[2] The Dake Annotated Bible “Owner’s Manual” Lawrenceville, GA

[3] God’s Plan for Man, pg. 1, Dake Publising Lawrenceville, GA

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[5] Dake Annotated Bible pg. 54 Dake Publishing Lawrenceville, GA

[6] God’s Plan for Man pg. 58 Dake Publishing Lawrenceville, GA

[7] “ 51 “ “

[8] Christiainity in Crisis pg.154 Harvest House Publishers, Hank Hanegraaff

[9] God’s Plan for Man Page 324 Dake Publishing Lawrenceville, GA

[10] God’s Plan for Man pg. 146 Dake Publishing Lawrenceville, GA