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2016年10月24日

Another from "The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha"...


   Following the ”Apocalypse of Daniel” I uploaded some time ago, I also checked some other Old Testament Pseudepigraphi, including that were referenced in the Introduction of the above text, and I found some to be extremely intriguing because of its incredibly relevant contents to which we now live.
   I basically do not read "non-canonical" writings with the same weight as I do to Canon, but the more I find which contain such sembrance to what is happening to us in our present world, the more I am inclined to regard them with more concern.
   Perhaps these are human works without the Canonical authority, but I give space to the possibility of some of them being a buried scripture of the same Canonical authority that were for some reason or the other, was either concealed and buried by various means, which at the time of the end were to be discovered by the Divine appointment, for example.  In fact it is even far less likely to think that there was no such attempt was ever made at all.  The Canon we now have are certainly preserved alive and well by the Divine protection (& intervention).  On the other hand, there are several expressions within our Canon that certain truth were kept hidden(undisclosed) "till the time of the end".

   Whether concealed by malice or by Divine concealement, the concealed documents and some of those oral teachings must have been read and are passed on to those people in the early Church age, and there is a major possibility as well that those were "reflected to" their writings.  If those teachings and information were so embedded to their hearts, their writings could be influenced by assumption, and their assumption  also likely to have dictated the manner of their writings in such a way that we could dig it out. Then consequently, even if their writings are not canonical but are humanly works, those lost truth might be in the messages as the backdrops. Not being "a slip of a tongue" but because the writers assumed those lost info were of the common knowledge as Canonical.  Then it might be worth digging it out...but of course with caution.  Fortunately we have those scholars' documents this way, and we can dip into those "wells". By the way, Issac, the Partiarch, were always digging wells. 

   If the writers of those early Churches knew something of those "lost items", their knowledge and wisdom would be so embedded in their writings even if those writings were not canonical.  By this way, we might be able to reach such concealed knowledge via those writings as well, not to replace the Canon that's already in our hands, but IF it clarify something and helps us search His heart better.
   For this reason I do not necessarily distance myself from those Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphical documents, such as Nag Hammadi, and Deadsea Scrolls, and such....but "with much caution", I do not close my mind from them IF I find it has quality of such relevance to our reality, such as something like what I am going to extract in this blog.

   One of those writings that sounds really, really "relevant today" is indeed intriguing at least partly.  Some like a part of "2nd Baruch (a.k.a. "Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch") could be kicked out of the Canon perhaps only because the contents as I will extract below did sound too fictional or too mere-humanly-oriented imagination UNTIL we actually live in a world like we do now, and find the stuff written in this document  to be actually afflicting us so severely, and those are so unbelievable but ctually happening(!).  (But Ezekiel was included in the Canon....!?)

   Please read this and check it for yourslef.  I can only pick up a small part.:




"2nd Baruch" (a.k.a "Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch" )

26
   And I answered and said:
   That tribulation which will be will it last a long time; and that distress, will it embrace many time?

27
   And he answered and said to me:
   That time will be divided into twelve parts, and each part has been preserved for that for which it was appointed.
   In the first part: the beginning of commotions.  In the second part: the slaughtering of the great.  In the third part: the fall of many into death.  In the fourth part: the drawing of the sword.  In the fifth part: famine and the withholding of rain.  In the sixth part: earthquakes and terrors.  In the eight(N/B:There is no "seventh" in my Paperback!-UGoGetit!)h part: a multitude of ghosts and the appearance of demons.  In the ninth part: the fall of fire.  In the tenth part: rape and much violence. In the eleventh part: injustice and unchastity.  In the twelfth part: disorder and a mixture of all that has been before.  These parts of that time will be preserved and will be mixed, one with another, and they will minister to each other.  For some of these parts will withhold a part of themselves and take from others and will accomplish that which belongs to them and to others, hence, those whom live on earth in those days will not understand that it is the end of times.

28
   But everyone who will understand will be wise at that time.  For the measure and the calculation of that time will be two parts:  weeks of seven weeks.
   And I answered and said:
   It is good that man should come so far and see, but it is better that he should not come so far lest he fall.  ...

29
And he answered and said to me:
  That which will happen at that time bears upon the whole earth.  Therefore, all who live will notice it.

42
....  The good that was mentioned before will be to those who have believed, and the opposite of those things will be to those who have despised....

44
.... For everything will pass away which is corruptible,...
....These are they who prepared for themselves treasures of wisdom.  And stores of insight are found with them.  And they have not withdrawn from mercy and they have preserved the truth of the Law.  For the coming world will be given to these, but the habitation of the many others will be in the fire.

46
 

48
  ... For in that time there will not be found many wise men and there will also be not many intelligent ones, but, in addition, they who know will be...
... and the works of the phantoms will be visible,...

51

52
   .... Enjoy yourselves in the suffering which you suffer now.  For why do you look f
   .... Prepare your souls for that which is kept for you, and make ready your souls for the reward which is preserved for you.
...

54
   You are the one who reveals to those who fear that which is prepared for them so that you may comfort them.  You show your mighty works to those who do not know....
  
66
  And the tenth bright waters you have seen;  that is the purity of the generation of Josiah, the king of Judah, who was the only one in his time who subjected himself to the Mighty One with his whole heart and his whole soul.  He purified the country from the idols, sanctified all the vessels which were polluted, restored the offerings to the altar, raised te horn of the holy, exalted the righteous, and honoured all those who were wise with understanding.  He brought the priests back to their minstry, and destroyed and removed the magicians, enchanters, and diviners from the land. ....

72

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83
  ... since that which was promised will come. And we should not look upon the delights of the present nations, but let us think about that which has been promised to us rergarding the end.










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