Two or three witnesses

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:1 that, “Every matter established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”

If this is so, why are Christians not reading Enoch, Jasher, and other books? Jude and 2 Peter both reference Enoch and speak of him. Jasher is an extension to Genesis, so there are tons of references in Genesis to Jasher.

Before you turn them away, read them! You will see, don’t take my word for it, look for yourself.

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Genesis 6:4

Gensis 6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days–and also afterward–when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

Notice it says and also afterward.

If you are not aware of what Nephilim are, they are the children of the fallen angels and humans as spoken of in Genesis 6.  There is proof of these beings via as giants or just normal size humans with seemingly super strength all over the world. Those who would not want anything to show the facts in the Bible are true have tried to snuff these things out, but there is too much to hide. If you research for yourself, you will find out so much about them.

A few guys that research these things are Russ Dizdar, Steve Quayle, Doug Riggs, and L.A. Marzulli.  There are others that have done research that have connections to these guys research as well as lead off of other facts and research that all connects and reveals what is going on in this world today and what went on long ago.  History speaks for itself, God left us bread crumbs to follow, question is will you see what He has left for us.

The wicked and the righteous will accept the 24 books

The wicked and the righteous will accept the 24 books, but the wicked will not accept all 70. Technically the 24 books are the Hebrew Tanakh. Which consist of books of the canonical Bible. You are thinking wait that is more than 24, correct, the Jews did not see some of these as separate, they grouped them differently. The last 12 books are referred to as the twelve or Trei Asar. Ezra-Nehemiah was grouped as one book. Chronicles were groups as one book called the Divrei Hayamim. The books of Samuel where one and called Shemuel. The books of Kings where grouped together and called Melahkim. Which would make the 24 books. Does it bother you that there are 70 books missing from the Old Testament?? These books are removed because evil people in the church can’t accept them. The wheat and the tares (Matt. 13), Jesus warned us of this.

You should go to the link and see how over time, the books have been taken away by the different denominations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Testament ; http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/2_Esdras .

Jesus said beware of the yeast of the Pharisees. (Matthew 16:6; Mark 8:15; Luke 12) The purpose of yeast is the driving force behind fermentation, the magical process that allows a dense mass of dough to become a well-risen loaf of bread. You should understand the meaning of that entwined with what Jesus said.

So quickly people jump to assume all they have been told is correct and there is not enough in these other books to prove them part of the canonical gospel, but have you read them for yourself?? I am finding this to be untrue. There is more than enough reference to them by the prophets we deem worthy to be in the canonical bible. If these prophets are referencing them, and we trust in them, why then if they trusted in the others do we not hear them as well. There is so much needed information in these other books, so much has been hidden from us in plain sight and we all have the ability to seek for ourselves, yet we don’t.

People wonder why they have a hard time reading and understanding scripture and many times even after their pastor tries to make it make sense, even still it doesn’t, because there are things missing that we should be told and taught. People say God would never allow that, but He has allowed things even in the Bible itself to happen so that people would truly seek Him. Read the book of Job and all the things the devil did to Job and God didn’t step in every time and save Job, nor does He step in every time and save us, we have free will. Not everyone makes the right choices according to God, there are many evil people in this world and God warned us of that. Many that would strive to lead us astray from THE Truth.

This would be why somehow hate can be breed out of love. All these denominations and denominational difference are not of God, because they cause division in the church and that is not what God wanted. Jesus Christ came to bring a sword because he came to bring the truth and people didn’t want to hear the truth, they wanted to hear the Pharisees and the men of the world and deny the Truth. (Which is still done today.) We seek Him only through what is now called a church and not through our own desires to know the truth (HIM). We follow a pastor or a priest, but it is each of us that He wants to follow Him and to seek Him. They may be able to be there when people need prayer or healing, but they should not be our only moment or source of seeking God, that should go far beyond the words they have to say and deep into each of us individually. It’s a relationship, not a religion, but we have followed along with the Pharisees and made it a religion. This has caused division in the church and hate amongst God’s people. God does not breed hate; people breed hate by their stubbornness towards the Truth of God. It has turned people away from God. It’s time to step up and step out and change that. It’s time to seek for yourselves and not just hear from a pastor or priest, but hear from God, because He is still speaking.

Jasher Sodom and Gomorrah Story

I am still researching and there may be even more to this story, in the other books I have yet to read.

Jasher talks more about Sodom and Gomorrah before this, but it’s more as the people were settling after the flood and the different lands they went into and named, the kings etc. Mind you I am still in the process of reading many books, so more could come of this later if it is spoken of in other books along the way.

Jasher 18:11 – 19:53 – Sodom and Gomorrah (Truth)

11 In those days all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, and of the whole five cities, were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord and they provoked the Lord with their abominations, and they strengthened in aging abominably and scornfully before the Lord, and their wickedness and crimes were in those days great before the Lord.

12 And they had in their land a very extensive valley, about half a day’s walk, and in it there were fountains of water and a great deal of herbage surrounding the water.

13 And all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah went there four times in the year, with their wives and children and all belonging to them, and they rejoiced there with timbrels and

14 And in the time of rejoicing they would all rise and lay hold of their neighbor’s wives, and some, the virgin daughters of their neighbors, and they enjoyed them, and each man saw his wife and daughter in the hands of his neighbor and did not say a word.

15 And they did so from morning to night, and they afterward returned home each man to his house and each woman to her tent; so they always did four times in the year.

16 Also when a stranger came into their cities and brought goods which he had purchased with a view to dispose of there, the people of these cities would assemble, men, women and children, young and old, and go to the man and take his goods by force, giving a little to each man until there was an end to all the goods of the owner which he had brought into the land.

17 And if the owner of the goods quarreled with them, saying, What is this work which you have done to me, then they would approach to him one by one, and each would show him the little which he took and taunt him, saying, I only took that little which thou didst give me; and when he heard this from them all, he would arise and go from them in sorrow and bitterness of soul, when they would all arise and go after him, and drive him out of the city with great noise and tumult.

18 And there was a man from the country of Elam who was leisurely going on the road, seated upon his ass, which carried a fine mantle of divers colors, and the mantle was bound with a cord upon the ass.

19 And the man was on his journey passing through the street of Sodom when the sun set in the evening, and he remained there in order to abide during the night, but no one would let him into his house; and at that time there was in Sodom a wicked and mischievous man, one skillful to do evil, and his name was Hedad.

20 And he lifted up his eyes and saw the traveler in the street of the city, and he came to him and said, Whence comest thou and whither dost thou go?

21 And the man said to him, I am traveling from Hebron to Elam where I belong, and as I passed the sun set and no one would suffer me to enter his house, though I had bread and water and also straw and provender for my ass, and am short of nothing.

22 And Hedad answered and said to him, All that thou shalt want shall be supplied by me, but in the street thou shalt not abide all night.

23 And Hedad brought him to his house, and he took off the mantle from the ass with the cord, and brought them to his house, and he gave the ass straw and provender whilst the traveler ate and drank in Hedad’s house, and he abode there that night.

24 And in the morning the traveler rose up early to continue his journey, when Hedad said to him, Wait, comfort thy heart with a morsel of bread and then go, and the man did so; and he remained with him, and they both ate and drank together during the day, when the man rose up to go.

25 And Hedad said to him, Behold now the day is declining, thou hadst better remain all night that thy heart may be comforted; and he pressed him so that he tarried there all night, and on the second day he rose up early to go away, when Hedad pressed him, saying, Comfort thy heart with a morsel of bread and then go, and he remained and ate with him also the second day, and then the man rose up to continue his journey.

26 And Hedad said to him, Behold now the day is declining, remain with me to comfort thy heart and in the morning rise up early and go thy way.

27 And the man would not remain, but rose and saddled his ass, and whilst he was saddling his ass the wife of Hedad said to her husband, Behold this man has remained with us for two days eating and drinking and he has given us nothing, and now shall he go away from us without giving anything? and Hedad said to her, Be silent.

28 And the man saddled his ass to go, and he asked Hedad to give him the cord and mantle to tie it upon the ass.

29 And Hedad said to him, What sayest thou? And he said to him, That thou my lord shalt give me the cord and the mantle made with divers colors which thou didst conceal with thee in thy house to take care of it.

30 And Hedad answered the man, saying, This is the interpretation of thy dream, the cord which thou didst see, means that thy life will be lengthened out like a cord, and having seen the mantle colored with all sorts of colors, means that thou shalt have a vineyard in which thou wilt plant trees of all fruits.

31 And the traveler answered, saying, Not so my lord, for I was awake when I gave thee the cord and also a mantle woven with different colors, which thou didst take off the ass to put them by for me; and Hedad answered and said, Surely I have told thee the interpretation of thy dream and it is a good dream, and this is the interpretation thereof.

32 Now the sons of men give me four pieces of silver, which is my charge for interpreting dreams, and of thee only I require three pieces of silver.

33 And the man was provoked at the words of Hedad, and he cried bitterly, and he brought Hedad to Serak judge of Sodom.

34 And the man laid his cause before Serak the judge, when Hedad replied, saying, It is not so, but thus the matter stands; and the judge said to the traveler, This man Hedad telleth thee truth, for he is famed in the cities for the accurate interpretation of dreams.

35 And the man cried at the word of the judge, and he said, Not so my Lord, for it was in the day that I gave him the cord and mantle which was upon the ass, in order to put them by in his house; and they both disputed before the judge, the one saying, Thus the matter was, and the other declaring otherwise.

36 And Hedad said to the man, Give me four pieces of silver that I charge for my interpretations of dreams; I will not make any allowance; and give me the expense of the four meals that thou didst eat in my house.

37 And the man said to Hedad, Truly I will pay thee for what I ate in thy house, only give me the cord and mantle which thou didst conceal in thy house.

38 And Hedad replied before the judge and said to the man, Did I not tell thee the interpretation of thy dream? the cord means that thy days shall be prolonged like a cord, and the mantle, that thou wilt have a vineyard in which thou wilt plant all kinds of fruit trees.

39 This is the proper interpretation of thy dream, now give me the four pieces of silver that I require as a compensation, for I will make thee no allowance.

40 And the man cried at the words of Hedad and they both quarreled before the judge, and the judge gave orders to his servants, who drove them rashly from the house.

41 And they went away quarreling from the judge, when the people of Sodom heard them, and they gathered about them and they exclaimed against the stranger, and they drove him rashly from the city.

42 And the man continued his journey upon his ass with bitterness of soul, lamenting and

43 And whilst he was going along he wept at what had happened to him in the corrupt city of

CHAPTER 19

1 And the cities of Sodom had four judges to four cities, and these were their names, Serak in the city of Sodom, Sharkad in Gomorrah, Zabnac in Admah, and Menon in Zeboyim.

2 And Eliezer Abraham’s servant applied to them different names, and he converted Serak to Shakra, Sharkad to Shakrura, Zebnac to Kezobim, and Menon to Matzlodin.

3 And by desire of their four judges the people of Sodom and Gomorrah had beds erected in the streets of the cities, and if a man came to these places they laid hold of him and brought him to one of their beds, and by force made him to lie in them.

4 And as he lay down, three men would stand at his head and three at his feet, and measure him by the length of the bed, and if the man was less than the bed these six men would stretch him at each end, and when he cried out to them they would not answer him.

5 And if he was longer than the bed they would draw together the two sides of the bed at each end, until the man had reached the gates of death.

6 And if he continued to cry out to them, they would answer him, saying, Thus shall it be done to a man that cometh into our land.

7 And when men heard all these things that the people of the cities of Sodom did, they refrained from coming there.

8 And when a poor man came to their land they would give him silver and gold, and cause a proclamation in the whole city not to give him a morsel of bread to eat, and if the stranger should remain there some days, and die from hunger, not having been able to obtain a morsel of bread, then at his death all the people of the city would come and take their silver and gold which they had given to him.

9 And those that could recognize the silver or gold which they had given him took it back, and at his death they also stripped him of his garments, and they would fight about them, and he that prevailed over his neighbor took them.

10 They would after that carry him and bury him under some of the shrubs in the deserts; so they did all the days to any one that came to them and died in their land.

11 And in the course of time Sarah sent Eliezer to Sodom, to see Lot and inquire after his

12 And Eliezer went to Sodom, and he met a man of Sodom fighting with a stranger, and the man of Sodom stripped the poor man of all his clothes and went away.

13 And this poor man cried to Eliezer and supplicated his favor on account of what the man of Sodom had done to him.

14 And he said to him, Why dost thou act thus to the poor man who came to thy land?

15 And the man of Sodom answered Eliezer, saying, Is this man thy brother, or have the people of Sodom made thee a judge this day, that thou speakest about this man?

16 And Eliezer strove with the man of Sodom on account of the poor man, and when Eliezer approached to recover the poor man’s clothes from the man of Sodom, he hastened and with a stone smote Eliezer in the forehead.

17 And the blood flowed copiously from Eliezer’s forehead, and when the man saw the blood he caught hold of Eliezer, saying, Give me my hire for having rid thee of this bad blood that was in thy forehead, for such is the custom and the law in our land.

18 And Eliezer said to him, Thou hast wounded me and requirest me to pay thee thy hire; and Eliezer would not hearken to the words of the man of Sodom.

19 And the man laid hold of Eliezer and brought him to Shakra the judge of Sodom for

20 And the man spoke to the judge, saying, I beseech thee my lord, thus has this man done, for I smote him with a stone that the blood flowed from his forehead, and he is unwilling to give me my hire.

21 And the judge said to Eliezer, This man speaketh truth to thee, give him his hire, for this is the custom in our land; and Eliezer heard the words of the judge, and he lifted up a stone and smote the judge, and the stone struck on his forehead, and the blood flowed copiously from the forehead of the judge, and Eliezer said, If this then is the custom in your land give thou unto this man what I should have given him, for this has been thy decision, thou didst decree it.

22 And Eliezer left the man of Sodom with the judge, and he went away.

23 And when the kings of Elam had made war with the kings of Sodom, the kings of Elam

captured all the property of Sodom, and they took Lot captive, with his property, and when it was told to Abraham he went and made war with the kings of Elam, and he recovered from their hands all the property of Lot as well as the property of Sodom.

24 At that time the wife of Lot bare him a daughter, and he called her name Paltith, saying,

Because God had delivered him and his whole household from the kings of Elam; and Paltith daughter of Lot grew up, and one of the men of Sodom took her for a wife.

25 And a poor man came into the city to seek a maintenance, and he remained in the city some days, and all the people of Sodom caused a proclamation of their custom not to give this man a morsel of bread to eat, until he dropped dead upon the earth, and they did so.

26 And Paltith the daughter of Lot saw this man lying in the streets starved with hunger, and no one would give him any thing to keep him alive, and he was just upon the point of death.

27 And her soul was filled with pity on account of the man, and she fed him secretly with bread for many days, and the soul of this man was revived.

28 For when she went forth to fetch water she would put the bread in the water pitcher, and when she came to the place where the poor man was, she took the bread from the pitcher and gave it him to eat; so she did many days.

29 And all the people of Sodom and Gomorrah wondered how this man could bear starvation for so many days.

30 And they said to each other, This can only be that he eats and drinks, for no man can bear starvation for so many days or live as this man has, without even his countenance changing; and three men concealed themselves in a place where the poor man was stationed, to know who it was that brought him bread to eat.

31 And Paltith daughter of Lot went forth that day to fetch water, and she put bread into her pitcher of water, and she went to draw water by the poor man’s place, and she took out the bread from the pitcher and gave it to the poor man and he ate it.

32 And the three men saw what Paltith did to the poor man, and they said to her, It is thou then who hast supported him, and therefore has he not starved, nor changed in appearance nor died like the rest.

33 And the three men went out of the place in which they were concealed, and they seized Paltith and the bread which was in the poor man’s hand.

34 And they took Paltith and brought her before their judges, and they said to them, Thus did she do, and it is she who supplied the poor man with bread, therefore did he not die all this time; now therefore declare to us the punishment due to this woman for having transgressed our law.

35 And the people of Sodom and Gomorrah assembled and kindled a fire in the street of the city, and they took the woman and cast her into the fire and she was burned to ashes.

36 And in the city of Admah there was a woman to whom they did the like.

37 For a traveler came into the city of Admah to abide there all night, with the intention of going home in the morning, and he sat opposite the door of the house of the young woman’s father, to remain there, as the sun had set when be had reached that place; and the young woman saw him sitting by the door of the house.

38 And he asked her for a drink of water and she said to him, Who art thou? and he said to her, I was this day going on the road, and reached here when the sun set, so I will abide here all night, and in the morning I will arise early and continue my journey.

39 And the young woman went into the house and fetched the man bread and water to eatand drink.

40 And this affair became known to the people of Admah, and they assembled and brought the young woman before the judges, that they should judge her for this act.

41 And the judge said, The judgment of death must pass upon this woman because she transgressed our law, and this therefore is the decision concerning her.

42 And the people of those cities assembled and brought out the young woman, and anointed her with honey from head to foot, as the judge had decreed, and they placed her before a swarm of bees which were then in their hives, and the bees flew upon her and stung her that her whole body was swelled.

43 And the young woman cried out on account of the bees, but no one took notice of her or pitied her, and her cries ascended to heaven.

44 And the Lord was provoked at this and at all the works of the cities of Sodom, for they had abundance of food, and had tranquility amongst them, and still would not sustain the poor and the needy, and in those days their evil doings and sins became great before the Lord.

45 And the Lord sent for two of the angels that had come to Abraham’s house, to destroy Sodom and its cities.

46 And the angels rose up from the door of Abraham’s tent, after they had eaten and drunk, and they reached Sodom in the evening, and Lot was then sitting in the gate of Sodom, and when he saw them he rose to meet them, and he bowed down to the ground.

47 And he pressed them greatly and brought them into his house, and he gave them victuals which they ate, and they abode all night in his house.

48 And the angels said to Lot, Arise, go forth from this place, thou and all belonging to thee, lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of this city, for the Lord will destroy this place.

49 And the angels laid hold upon the hand of Lot and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hands of his children, and all belonging to him, and they brought him forth and set himwithout the cities.

50 And they said to Lot, Escape for thy life, and he fled and all belonging to him.

51 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah and upon all these cities brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.

52 And he overthrew these cities, all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground; and Ado the wife of Lot looked back to see the destruction of the cities, for her compassion was moved on account of her daughters who remained in Sodom, for they did not go with her.

53 And when she looked back she became a pillar of salt, and it is yet in that place unto this

[This is what we are given in Genesis and through the rest of the Bible.  This tells us nothing about what those people are like. The book of Jasher explains so much more and you can really see the reasoning behind why God destroyed them.]

Genesis 19 [Full Chapter]

1 And in the evening there came two [a]Angels to Sodom: and Lot sat at the gate of Sodom, and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face to the ground.

2 And he said, See my lords, I pray you turn in now into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early and go your ways. Who said, Nay, but we will abide in the street all night.

3 Then [b]he pressed upon them earnestly, and they turned in to him, and came to his house, and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they [c]did eat.

4 But before they went to bed, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom compassed the house round about, from the young even to the old, [d]all the people from all quarters.

5 Who crying unto Lot said to him, Where are the men, which came to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

6 Then Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

7 And said, I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly.

8 Behold now, I have two [e]daughters, which have not known man: them will I bring out now unto you, and do them as seemeth you good: only unto these men do nothing: [f]for therefore are they come under the shadow of my roof.

9 Then they said, Away hence: and they said, He is come alone as a stranger, and shall he judge and rule? we will now deal worse with thee than with them. So they pressed sore upon Lot himself, and came to break the door.

10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

11 Then they smote the men that were at the door of the house, with blindness, both small and great, so that they were weary in [g]seeking the door.

12 Then the men said unto Lot, Whom hast thou yet here? either son-in-law, or thy sons or thy daughters, or whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring it out of this place.

13 For [h]we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is great before the Lord, and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.

14 Then Lot went out and spake unto his sons-in-law, which [i]married his daughters, and said, Arise, get you out of this place: for the Lord will destroy the city, but he seemed to his sons-in-law, as though he had mocked.

15 And when the morning arose, the Angels hasted Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife and thy two daughters [j]which are here, lest thou be destroyed in the punishment of the city.

16 And as he [k]prolonged the time, the men caught both him and his wife, and his two daughters by the hands (the Lord being merciful unto him) and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

17 And when they had brought them out, the Angel said, Escape for thy life: [l]look not behind thee, neither tarry thou in all the plain: escape into the mountain, lest thou be destroyed.

18 And Lot said unto them, Not so, I pray thee, my Lord.

19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast showed unto me in saving my life: and I cannot escape in the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die.

20 See now this city hereby to flee unto, which is a little one: Oh let me escape thither: is it not a [m]little one, and my soul shall live?

21 Then he said unto him, Behold, I have received [n]thy request also concerning this thing, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

22 Haste thee, save thee there: for I can do [o]nothing till thou come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called [p]Zoar.

23 The sun did rise upon the earth, when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah, brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven,

25 And overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that grew upon the earth.

26 Now his wife behind him looked back, and she became a [q]pillar of salt.

27 And Abraham rising up early in the morning went to the place, where he had stood before the Lord,

28 And looking toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, behold, he saw the smoke of the land mounting up as the smoke of a furnace.

29 But yet when God destroyed the cities of the plain, God thought upon Abraham, and sent Lot out from the midst of the destruction, when he overthrew the cities, wherein Lot dwelled.

(This is what we are given in Genesis for the bulk of the story pertaining to Sodom and Gomorrah. There are other verses that reference them, and I will post them below.)

Genesis 10:19

Then the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar until Gaza, and as thou goest unto Sodom and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboiim, even unto Lasha.

Genesis 13:10

So when Lot lifted up his eyes, he saw that all the plain of Jordan was watered everywhere (for before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, it was as the garden of the Lord like the land of Egypt, as thou goest unto Zoar.)

Genesis 14:2

These men made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.

Genesis 14:8

Then went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar: and they joined battle with them in the valley of Siddim,

Genesis 14:10

Now the valley of Siddim was full of slime pits, and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and fell there: and the residue fled to the mountain.

Genesis 14:11

And they took all the substance of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their vittles and went their way.

Genesis 18:20

Then the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is exceedingly grievous,

Genesis 19:24

Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah, brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven,

Genesis 19:28

And looking toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, behold, he saw the smoke of the land mounting up as the smoke of a furnace.

Deuteronomy 29:23

(For all that land shall burn with brimstone and salt: it shall not be sown, nor bring forth, nor any grass shall grow therein, like as in the overthrowing of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in his wrath and in his anger.)

Deuteronomy 32:32

For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the vines of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters be bitter.

 

Isaiah 1:9

Except the Lord of hosts had reserved unto us even a small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Isaiah 13:19

And Babel the glory of kingdoms, the beauty and pride of the Chaldeans, shall be as the destruction of God in Sodom and Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 23:14

I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem filthiness: they commit adultery and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of the wicked, that none can return from his wickedness: they are all unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 49:18

As in the overthrow of Sodom and of Gomorrah, and the places thereof near about, saith the Lord: no man shall dwell there, neither shall the sons of men remain in it.

Jeremiah 50:40

As God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with the places thereof near about, saith the Lord: so shall no man dwell there, neither shall the son of man remain therein.

Amos 4:11

I have overthrown you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning, yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

Zephaniah 2:9

Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and salt pits, and a perpetual desolation, the residue of my folk shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.

Matthew 10:15

Truly I say unto you, it shall be easier for them of the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Mark 6:11

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust that is under your feet, for a witness unto them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be easier for Sodom, or Gomorrah at the day of Judgment, than for that city.

Romans 9:29

And as Isaiah said before, Except the Lord of hosts had left us a seed, we had been made as Sodom, and had been like to Gomorrah.

2 Peter 2:6

And turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah [S&G complete rebelled against God’s will. If someone came into those cities, they would beat them and laugh at them, rob them, chain them and watch them starve to death, not to mention going after strange flesh (angels). They raped and kill etc. In fact Lot’s daughter got killed by a Sodomite, because she felt compassion for a beggar that they chained up to allow him to starve and die. (Jasher 18:11 – 19:53)] into ashes, condemned them and overthrew them, and made them an ensample unto them that after should live ungodly,

Jude 1:7

As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, which in like manner as they did, committed fornication [They have changed the meanings of the words over the centuries the 17th century meaning of fornication or porneia in English meant idolatry and prostitution, it has been changed.], and followed strange flesh [Angels], are set forth for an example, and suffer the vengeance of eternal fire.

The Apocryphon of James

 

Translated by Ron Cameron

The Apocryphon of James, also known by the translation of its title – the Secret Book of James, is a pseudonymous text amongst the New Testament apocrypha. It describes the secret teachings of Jesus to Peter and James, given after the Resurrection but before the Ascension. A major theme is that one must accept suffering as inevitable. The prominence of James and Peter suggest that the work originated in the Jewish Christian community. It shows no dependence on canonical texts, and was probably written in the mid-to-late 2nd century. It has Gnostic affinities but can’t be attributed to any Gnostic sect, and some scholars rule that it’s not Gnostic at all.

 

James writes to you. Peace be with you from Peace, love from Love, grace from Grace, faith from Faith, life from Holy Life!

Since you asked me to send you a secret book which was revealed to me and Peter (that is, the Jews and the Christians across time to the Elect) by the Lord, I could neither refuse you nor speak directly to you, (He could not refuse because it was meant for those to come, and he could not speak directly because he had been commanded to encode it with these keys) but I have written it in Hebrew letters and have sent it to you – and to you alone. (Meaning by Hebrew that James signifies the Jews, and to you alone means that only one whose heart has been prepared by God could understand it.) But inasmuch as you are a minister of the salvation of the saints, endeavor earnestly and take care not to recount this book to many – this which the Savior did not desire to recount to all of us, his twelve disciples. But blessed are those who will be saved through faith in this discourse. (The Elect, who will interpret it.)

Now I sent you ten months ago another secret book with the Savior revealed to me. But that one you are to regard in this manner, as revealed to me, James. (The Jews alone, in all likelihood, rather than to James and Peter – meaning that what was then revealed pertained only to the Jews, but this is directed toward both Jews and Christians.)

 

Now the twelve disciples were sitting all together at the same time, and, remembering what the Savior had said to each one of them, whether secretly or openly, they were setting it down in books. (there are secret books and secrets in the open books as well.) And I was writing what was in my book – lo, the Savior appeared, after he had departed from us while we gazed at him. And five hundred and fifty days after he arose from the dead, we said to him: “Have you gone and departed from us?” (In standard Biblical numerology five means grace, ten represents completion, and eleven, destruction, so 550 (5x10x11) probably indicates the time of destruction, and the time of complete grace – symbolically speaking. In other words, at the end of the age.)

And Jesus said: “No, but I shall go to the place from which I have come. If you desire to come with me, come.” (That is – if they desire to follow the word.)

They all answered and said: “If you bid us, we’ll come.”

He said: “Truly I say to you, no one ever will enter the Kingdom of Heaven if I bid him, but rather because you yourselves are full. (Of the spirit) Let me have James and Peter (The Jews and the Church), in order that I may fill them.” And when he called these two, he took them aside, and commanded the rest to busy themselves with that with which they had been busy.

The Savior said; “You (the Jews and Christians) have received mercy.(7 lines missing) Do you not desire, then, to be filled? (with the Spirit) And is your heart drunk? Do you not desire, then, to be sober? Therefore, be ashamed! And now, waking or sleeping, remember that you have seen the Son of Man, and with him you have spoken, and to him you have listened. Woe to those who have seen the Son of Man! Blessed are those who have not seen the Man, and who have not consorted with him, and who have not spoken with him, and who have not listened to anything from him. Yours is life! (In other words it is the Jews and Christians who will bear the brunt of His anger at His return, and those who were not given the knowledge will then understand Him as He should have been understood all along.) Know, therefore, that he healed you when you were ill, in order that you might reign. Woe to those who have rested from their illness, because they will relapse again into illness! (The illness is religion.) Blessed are those who have not been ill, and have known rest (The truth about the Kingdom – the mystery) before they became ill. Yours is the Kingdom of God! Therefore I say to you, become full (of the Spirit) and leave no place within you empty, since the Coming One is able to mock you.” (With the Scriptures)

Then Peter (The Church) answered: “Lord, three times you have said to us ‘Become full’, but we are full.” (The three times corresponds to the three times the Church was approached by ‘the word’ and denied that the Apocryphal books were God’s words; the 4th, 17th, and 21st centuries.)

The Lord answered and said: “Therefore I say unto you, become full (of the Spirit), in order that you may not be diminished (in the Spirit). Those who are (spiritually) diminished, however, will not be saved. For fullness (of Spirit) is good and diminution (in Spirit) is bad. Therefore, just as it is good for you to be diminished (in reason) and, on the other hand, bad for you to be filled (with reason), so also the one who is full (of reason) is diminished (in Spirit); and the one who is diminished (in Spirit) is not filled (Spiritually) as the one who is diminished is filled, and the one who is full, for his part, brings his sufficiency to completion.

Therefore, it is fitting to be diminished while you can still be filled, and to be filled while it is still possible to be diminished, in order that you can fill yourselves the more.

Therefore become full of the spirit but be diminished of reason. For reason is of the soul; and it is soul.”

And I answered, and said to him: “Lord, we can obey you if you wish. For we have forsaken our forefathers and our mothers and our villages and have followed you. Grant us, therefore, not to be tempted by the wicked Devil.”

The Lord answered and said: “What is your merit when you do the will of the Father if it is not given to you by him as a gift, while you are tempted by Satan? (The Church and to a lesser extent the Jews of the early Church would have liked to have been delivered from Satan’s clutches. The Jews fell prey to the Devil because they could not accept the messiah who did not rescue them from the Romans, and the Church fell prey because she could not accept the word of God in its entirety. Both seem convinced of their own righteousness, but Jesus lets them know that God will rectify both dilemmas but as a gift – while they are caught in their errors, being tempted by Satan, thereby setting up the final test of their virtue: whether caught in their errors they will convert, or remain lost as he makes clear by saying) But if you are oppressed by Satan and are persecuted and you do the Father’s will (i.e.—repent and convert), I say that he will love you and will make you equal with me and will consider that you have become beloved through his providence according to your free choice. Will you not cease, then, being lovers of the flesh and being afraid of sufferings? (In other words, the Devil has them right where he wants them – in relative comfort and enjoying worldliness.) Or do you not know that you have not yet been mistreated and have not yet been accused unjustly, nor have you yet been shut up in prison, nor have you yet been condemned lawlessly, nor have you yet been crucified without reason, nor have you yet been buried shamefully, as was I myself (the Word of God), by the evil one? (But anyone who takes this position will go through all of these things, since the Word ‘yet’ lets us know this is the price of conversion, as He goes on to explain.) Do you dare to spare the flesh, you for whom the spirit is an encircling wall? If you contemplate the world, how long it is before you and also how long it is after you, you will find that your life is one single day and your sufferings, one single hour. For the good will not enter the world. (That is—the Spirit is incompatible with worldliness.) Scorn death (worldliness), therefore, and take concern for life. Remember my cross and my death and you will live.”

And I answered and said to him: “Lord, do not mention to us the cross and the death, for they are far from you.” (They didn’t understand about the Word) The Lord answered and said: “Truly I say to you, none will be saved unless they believe in my cross. But those who have believed in my cross, theirs is the Kingdom of God. Therefore, become seekers for death (unless they are willing to die to their beliefs, they will not live, but those who are willing will live,) just as the dead who seek for life, for that which they seek is revealed to them. (The Elect, who believe in the hidden Scriptures that were ‘killed’.) And what is there to concern them? (For they, who have no stake in any prior religious affiliation, there will be little or no problem accepting this.) When you turn yourselves towards death, it will make known to you election. In truth I say to you, none of those who are afraid of death will be saved. For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who have put themselves to death. (When their ‘reason’ diminishes, and they become full.) Become better than I; make yourselves like the son of the Holy Spirit.”

Then I questioned him: “Lord how may we prophesy to those who ask us to prophesy to them? For there are many who ask us and who look to us to hear an oracle from us.” (They are unable to understand, or to interpret the Scriptures.) The Lord answered and said: “Do you not know that the head of prophecy was cut off with John?” (The Baptist, who represents the hidden books of Scripture, which were cut off; the ones that will herald His second coming.) And I said: “Lord, it is not possible to remove the head of prophecy, is it?” (We know what we are talking about don’t we?)

The Lord said to me: “When you come to know what ‘head’ is, and that prophecy issues from the head, then understand what is the meaning of ‘Its head was removed’. (These are the faculties of seeing, hearing, and speaking, which along with understanding, are all requisites for revealing the mysteries in the Scriptures. John’s head was cut off because his condemnation of adultery in high places engendered hatred and a wicked scheme on the part of Herodias’ wife, who through lust, social pressure, and a rash oath, brought about his demise.) I first spoke with you in parables, and you did not understand. Now, in turn, I speak with you openly, and you do not perceive. But it is you who were to me a parable in parables and what is apparent in what are open. (By a parable within parables He means that though they searched for the meaning of the parables, they were, in fact, themselves the subject of the parables, although they wouldn’t ever catch on until He disclosed it to them – such as this very letter is a parable about them without their having realized it yet. The interpretation is open, and the words are open – and always have been.)

“Be zealous to be saved without being urged. Rather, be ready on your own and, if possible, go before me. For thus the Father will love you. (Be quick to repent and convert, and like John the Baptist, go before Him to proclaim the good news of His second Coming. Do not wait until judgment comes at last.)

“Become haters of hypocrisy and evil thought. For it is thought which gives birth to hypocrisy, but hypocrisy is far from the truth.

“Let not the Kingdom of Heaven wither away. (By evil thought and hypocrisy.)For it is like a date palm shoot whose fruits poured down around it. It put forth leaves and, when they budded, they caused the productivity of the date palm to dry up. Thus it is also with the fruit which came from this single root; when the fruit was picked, fruits were collected by many harvesters. It would indeed be good if it were possible to produce these new plants now; for then you would find the Kingdom. (The date is a fruit, so it has a seed inside. The seed, when planted will bring forth another palm. Therefore there would have to be a passage of a considerable amount of time before another harvest. The leaves, the unfruitful growth of theology and organization within early Christianity, took all of the energy that was intended for fruitage, and diverted it, thereby withering the tree. This is also a paradigm for Jesus ‘death’ and His going away. This is all a part of His plan of salvation.)

“Since I have been glorified in this manner before this time, why do you all restrain me when I am eager to go? You have constrained me to remain with you eighteen more days for the sake of the parables. (During and after the second century, the tide of opinion began to turn against so-called apocryphal books, and ‘heresies’, which if they are essential in understanding the mysteries could explain the eighteen days – that is the eighteen hundred years that have since elapsed, and for the sake of parables – this would represent the time of harvest; when they realize that they are themselves the subject of the parables.) It sufficed for some persons to pay attention to the teaching and understand ‘The Shepherds’ and ‘The Seed’ and ‘The Building’ and ‘The

Lamps of the Virgins’ and ‘The Wage of the Workers’ and ‘The Double Drachma’ and ‘The Woman’. (I won’t attempt to interpret any of these here, but it is clear that while some people both paid attention to those parables and understood them, the Jews and Church did not. In another of my works, The Hidden Treasure, I expound some parables, and demonstrated that the mystery of the Kingdom would be lost and eventually rediscovered, and that bound up in it would be the re-establishment of the truth as contained in both the canonical and apocryphal books. So if some understood, then the Church would itself be responsible for its loss. This is why Jesus exhorts them to become eager about the Word.) “Become zealous about the Word. For the Word’s first condition is faith; the second is love; the third is works. Now from these comes life. For the Word is like a grain of wheat. When someone sowed it, he believed in it; and when it sprouted, he loved it, because he looked forward to many grains in the place of one; and when he worked it, he was saved, because he prepared it for food. Again he left some grains to sow. Thus it is also possible for you all to receive the Kingdom of Heaven: unless you receive it through knowledge, you will not be able to find it. (I, for one, can vouch for this principle, since the only way I was able to arrive at these conclusions was to believe in these books, love them, and work with them. And now I am about to bear fruit and eat.)

Therefore I say to you, be sober. Do not go astray. And many times I have said to you all together – and also to you alone, James. (He came to the Jews first.) I have said – ‘Be saved!’ And I have commanded you to follow me, and I have taught you the response in the presence of the rulers. (The Archons, the fallen angels, who are also known as the Watchers.) Observe that I have descended, and I have spoken, and I have troubled myself, and I have received my crown, when I saved you. For I have descended to dwell with you in order that you also may dwell with me. And when I found that your houses had no ceilings over them, I dwelt in houses which would be able to receive me when I descended. (The Elect Ones who are to come will both believe and receive the word.)

“Therefore, obey me, my brothers. Understand what the great light is. The Father does not need me. For a father does not need a son, but it is the son who needs the father. To him I am going, for the Father of the Son is not in need of you. (Meaning religious institutions.)

 

“Pay attention to the Word. (Don’t ignore those that will be sent to you.)Understand Knowledge. (Believe the interpretations they give.) Love Life. (Faith, Love, and works.) And no one will persecute you, nor will any one oppress you, other than you yourselves. (Meaning the churches and the synagogues will, but that is why he says that we are to lose our lives if we are to find them.) “O you wretched! O you unfortunates! O you dissemblers of the truth! O you falsifiers of knowledge! O you sinners against the spirit! Do you even now dare to listen (To the Elect), when it behooved you to speak from the beginning? Do you even now dare to sleep (allow reason to block the truth from you), when it behooved you to be awake from the beginning, in order that the Kingdom of Heaven might receive you? In truth I say to you, it is easier for a holy one to sink into defilement, and for a man of light to sink into darkness, than for you to reign – or even not to reign!

I have remembered your tears and your grief and your sorrow. They are far from us.

Now, then, you who are outside the inheritance of the Father, weep where it behooves you and grieve and proclaim that which is good, since the Son is ascending appropriately. In truth I say to you, had it been to those who would listen to me that I was sent, and had it been with them that I was to speak, I would have never descended upon the earth. And now, then, be ashamed on account of them.

“Behold, I shall depart from you. I am going and I do not desire to remain with you any longer – just as you yourselves have not desired. Now, then, follow me quickly. (Here he is talking to those who will convert – that they should do so without hesitation.)

Therefore I say to you, for your sake I have descended. You are the beloved; you are those who will become a cause of life for many. Beseech the Father. Implore God often, and he will give to you.

 Blessed is the one who has seen you with him when he is proclaimed among the angels and glorified among the saints. (The Father, who has used them despite their faults as a means of salvation to all who will repent, and accept the truth.) Yours is life! Rejoice and be glad as children of God. Keep his will in order that you may be saved. Take reproof from me and save yourselves. I intercede on your behalf with the Father, and he will forgive you much.”

And when we (Christians and Jews) heard these things, we became elated, for we had been depressed on account of what we had said earlier. (They were no longer depress because when they perceived that God had used their errors as a means of salvation, they lost sight of the gravity of their sins.) Now when he saw our rejoicing, he said: “Woe to you who are in want of an advocate! Woe to you who are in need of grace! (Many among them will imagine that since good will come as a result of their rejection of Christ, that their stubbornness will automatically be overlooked, but Jesus is letting them know that a sincere repentance is still necessary, and that they should bring forth fruit worthy of repentance by saying:) Blessed are those who have spoken freely and have produced grace for themselves. Make yourselves like strangers (to the Kingdom!); of what sort are they in the estimation of your city? (As strangers.) Why are you troubled when you oust yourselves of your own accord and depart from your city? (They abandoned their place in the Kingdom in order to establish their own.) Why do you abandon your dwelling place of your own accord, readying it for those who desire to dwell in it? (By “readying it for those who desire to dwell in it,” he means that because all of this is spelled out in parabolic language – in no uncertain terms – once the mystery is realized, that is, revealed to the world by the Father, everything they have done, or failed to do will mean the end of them and the beginning for a new people who through faith in God’s total power will be able to usher in the Kingdom at last.)O you exiles and fugitives! Woe to you, because you will be caught!

Or perhaps you imagine that the Father is a lover of humanity? (That is He somehow intends for the world to remain as it is now.) Or that he is persuaded by prayers? (That is, prayers that reflect such a view.) Or that he is gracious to one on behalf of another? Or that he bears with one who seeks? (For fleshly things, as he goes on to explain.) For he knows the desire and also that which the flesh needs. Because it is not the flesh which yearns for the soul. For without the soul the body does not sin, just as the soul is not saved without the Spirit. But if the soul is saved when it is without evil, and if the spirit also is saved, then the body becomes sinless. For it is the spirit which animates the soul, but it is the body which kills it – that is, it is the soul which kills itself. Truly I say to you, the Father will not forgive the sin of the soul at all, nor the guilt of the flesh. For none of those who have worn the flesh will be saved. For do you imagine that many have found the Kingdom of Heaven? (If the Kingdom of God is within us, as it says in Luke, and this corruptibility must put on incorruptibility as Paul says then we shouldn’t be too surprised at these statements. He is still addressing Peter and James here, and He also called reason ‘soul’ earlier, so he might also be referring to ‘fleshly’ reason as opposed to spiritual intuition.) Blessed is the one who has seen himself as a fourth one in Heaven.” (Jesus has already indicated that we should become ‘greater’ than Him, and he also tells us in the canonical tradition that we shall do greater things than He did because He went to the Father, so if He is counted as One in Heaven, along with the Father and Holy Spirit, then apparently it is His desire that we should become like Him. If we recognize the authority He has given us as a new people, then we know His will, become, as it were, His friends, who know what the Master is doing, thereby seeing Him as He is, and thus becoming like Him.)

When we heard these things, we became distressed. Now when he saw that we were distressed, he said: “This is why I say this to you, that you may know yourselves. (And not, as if were, to frighten them with condemnation.) For the Kingdom of Heaven is like an ear of grain (life) which sprouted in a field (The Scriptures, which were in the world). And when it ripened (during the early church age), it scattered its fruit (life) and, in turn, filled the field (the Scriptures) with ears of grain (life) for another year (the end of the age – the harvest of the world). You also: be zealous to reap for yourselves an ear of life, in order that you may be filled with the Kingdom. (Which is within.)

“As long as I am with you, give heed to me and obey me. But when I am to depart from you, remember me. (That is, after He has gone, remember that He is the Word.) And remember me because I was with you without your knowing me. (They did not know the word of God, even though it was in their presence as the hidden books.) Blessed are those who have known me. (Because they could reveal it to the world.) Woe to those who have heard and have not believed! Blessed are those who have not seen but have had faith (this is us!!)! (Because when they do see, they will believe all the more, whereas the others did not.)

“And once again I persuade you. (At the end of the age.) For I am revealed to you building a house which is very valuable to you (Those who believe and convert), since you take shelter under it; in the same way it will be able to support the house of your neighbors when theirs is in danger of falling. (Again, meaning the Churches and the Synagogues.) In truth I say to you, woe to those on behalf of whom I was sent down to this place! Blessed are those who are to ascend to the Father. Again I reprove you. You who are (in positions of power and authority), make yourselves like those who are not, in order that you may come to be with those who are not.

“Let not the Kingdom of Heaven become desolate among you. Do not become arrogant on account of the light which illumines. (Realize that God is the one who has brought this about, so no one should become too proud because of his or her revelations.) Rather, become to yourselves in this manner, as

I am to you. For I have placed myself under the curse, in order that you may be saved.

And Peter answered to this and said: “Sometimes you urge us on to the Kingdom of

Heaven, and other times you turn us away, Lord. Sometimes you persuade us and impel us to faith and promise us life, and other times you expel us from the Kingdom of Heaven.” (The Church doesn’t realize that the blessing is founded upon a curse.) And the Lord answered and said to us: “I have given you faith many times. Moreover, I have revealed myself to you, James (the Jews), and you have not known me. (The Jews never accepted Christ.) Again, now I see you rejoicing many times. And when you are elated over the promise of life, are you nevertheless glum? And are you distressed when you are taught about the Kingdom?

But you through faith and knowledge have received life. (They are looking at it the wrong way, as a threat rather than as a blessing, and therefore become defensive, and are tempted to reject these things, as He goes on to explain.) Therefore, scorn rejection when you hear it, but, when you hear the promise, (as in this very moment, when you are hearing it) be the more glad. In truth I say to you, the one who will receive life and

Philippians 4:13I have strength for all things in him that gives me power.Matthew 19.26But Jesus, looking on [them], said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

believe in the Kingdom will never leave it – not even if the Father desires to banish him! (Because of Christ dying for us this is possible. All things are possible with Christ. Phil 4:13; Matt. 19:26) (This promise is so blinding, that God Himself will not break it for any reason whatsoever. He says this so that our hearts may take comfort and approach without fear.)

These things I shall say to you for the present. But now I shall ascend to the place from which I have come. But you, when I was eager to go, have driven me (the Word) out, and, instead of your accompanying me, you have pursued me. (Instead of preserving the mystery, they rejected it; and instead of preserving the hidden books, they destroyed and discredited them; and even though they were written in such a way that they ought to be misunderstood until the proper time, Jesus seems to be saying that they should have at least tried to understand and preserve them.) But give heed to the glory which awaits me, and, having opened your hearts, listen to the hymns which await me up in heaven. For today I am obliged to take (my place) at the right hand of my Father. Now I have said my last word to you. I shall part from you. (The word, as well as the understanding of it will leave the Church and the Jews.) For a chariot of wind has taken me up, and from now on I shall strip myself (of the old understanding) in order that I may clothe myself (with the new). But give heed: blessed are those who have preached the Son before he descended, in order that, when I have come, I may ascend. (The Elect, along with the converts, who will preach of his glory, and thus prepare the way for His coming.) Thrice-blessed are those who were proclaimed by the

Son before they came into being, in order that you (James and Peter) may have a portion with them.” (The Elect Ones has been proclaimed by the Scriptures thousands of years before their being called. The three blessings are the three testaments, and the third dispensation of the Scriptures. They are called ‘John’ and decode like ‘James’ and ‘Peter’.)

When he said these things, he went away. And we knelt down (in repentance), I and Peter (The Jews and Christians), and gave thanks, and sent our hearts up to heaven. We heard with our ears and saw with our eyes the sound of wars and a trumpet call and a great commotion. (The Great Tribulation.) And when we passed beyond that place, we sent out minds up further. (Meaning that after the tribulation, our hearts will rejoice and be transformed.) And we saw with our eyes and heard with our ears hymns and angelic praises and angelic jubilation. (The Millennium will be a time of joy and angelic benediction.) And heavenly majesties were hymning, and we ourselves were jubilant. After this, we also desired to send our spirits above to the Majesty. And when we ascended, we were permitted neither to see nor to hear anything. (What will be after the Millennium will remain undisclosed until all people are made ready.) For the rest of the disciples called to us and questioned us: “What is it that you have heard from the Master?” And, “What has he said to you?” And, “Where has he gone?”

And we answered them: “He has ascended.” And, “He has given us a pledge and has promised us all life and disclosed to us children who are to come after us, since he has bid us to love them, inasmuch as we will be saved for their sake.” (The Jews and Christians should love the Elect.) And when they heard, they believed the revelation, but were angry about those who would be born. (Since it wasn’t them, and it was far in the future.) Then I, not desiring to entice them to scandal, sent each one to another place. But I myself went up to Jerusalem, praying that I may obtain a portion with the beloved who are to be revealed. (Because the Jews will finally accept Christ as the Messiah, knowing that He indeed does have the power to deliver them now.)

And I pray that the beginning may come from you, (Meaning that one who is to interpret this letter) for thus I can be saved. Because they will be enlightened through me (i.e. – this letter), through my faith and through another’s which is better than mine (one who has the benefit of hindsight), for I desire that mine become the lesser. (So that it can become ‘greater’ through the power of God at the end of the age.) Endeavor earnestly, therefore, to make yourself like them, and pray that you may obtain a portion with them. For apart from what I have recounted, the Savior did not disclose revelation to us. For their sake we proclaim, indeed, a portion with those for whom it was proclaimed, those whom the Lord has made his children.

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The Apocryphon of James

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Jude and 2 Peter

Jude and 2 Peter

Jude King James Version (KJV)

(This book is written for the church)

1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (The Pharisee, were against Jesus and didn’t accept their own books, they only accepted 24 of the 70. They also removed books from the Hebrew Tanach in AD 90 at the Council of Jamnia. Which is just like the Protestants only accepting 66 instead of the 86 books. False people in the church (Matthew 13:24-30) If God destroyed all the evil people in church; he would destroy the good as well. Parable of the wheat and tares.)

4 For there are certain men crept in (to the church these people are carnal) unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, (he is telling us that there are snakes in the church) turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness (this means lawlessness, things that are not of God), and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (There is a strong theology taught in the protestant church that states: all you need is faith, but that is not all we need, we need to confess our sins to God and not a preacher or priest, we need a relationship with Jesus Christ and a desire to be like Him.)

5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt (this is spiritually where Jesus is crucified, when the people of God were in Egypt they were lead astray spiritually, (Rev. 11:7-8) this would be the great city of Jerusalem the Jews never accepted Christ. This rebelliousness is also spoke of in Esdras 2.17-20.), afterward destroyed them that believed not.

6 And the angels which kept not their first estate (Reference from Enoch and Genesis 6), but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains (angels being in chains is found nowhere in the current accepted canon, the only book that speaks of this is in the book of Enoch) under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (Everlasting chains, but unto the judgment of the great day, is contradicting, because it seems that the English translations are not correct. It is along the same lines as the use of aionos in the Greek. It says “Jonah was in the belly of the whale for aionos,” which was three days, but they use the same term in English as everlasting, forever, or eternal. It doesn’t make sense.)

7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication (They have changed the meanings of the words over the centuries the 17th century meaning of fornication or porneia in English meant idolatry and prostitution, it has been changed.), and going after strange flesh (Idolatry or going after another species of flesh. Sodom was completely ungodly they were cruel people and they tried to rape angels which is the reference to strange flesh non-human flesh (aka not gay)), are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion (God’s government), and speak evil of dignities (God’s prophets).

9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. (This has a quote from the Assumption of Moses or Testament of Moses.)

10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. (This is talking about the flesh, saying that the flesh is the weakest of the three; mind, body, and spirit. That’s why Jesus said that the spirit is willing but the body is weak.)

11 Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain (kill those of true faith), and ran greedily after the error of Balaam (money all these prosperity preachers or rich preachers, they make a profit from the actual church; 2 Peter 2:3 “will they make merchandise of you.”) for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds (people) they are without water (God’s Word), carried about of winds (bad doctrine); trees (humans) whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; (these people pretend to be Christians, but they have no fruit, they have a form of faith but they don’t have faith in the truth)

13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame (preachers that can’t even preach the gospel on live TV i.e. Joel Osteen); wandering stars (angels), to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever (here again is the term aionos which does not mean forever, it means a certain period of time).

14 And Enoch (Jude quotes Enoch) also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, (Scholars and Pharisees say that these books are not of God, but they are not Christians, they are the ungodly he is warning us would creep in the church.)

15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

16 These are murmurers (mockers), complainers, walking after their own lusts (Lust means desire, the word lust is used for good and bad desire, but if it is good they put desire and if it is bad the put lust. An ungodly lust would be a want to kill someone. When people think of lust now days, they think it has to do with something sensual or sexual.); and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. (Lust as stated above.)

19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual (selfish), having not the Spirit.

20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

2 Peter 1

19 And we have the prophetic word [made] surer, to which ye do well taking heed (as to a lamp shining in an obscure place) until [the] day dawn and [the] morning star arise in your hearts;

20 knowing this first, that [the scope of] no prophecy of scripture is had from its own particular interpretation,

21 for prophecy was not ever uttered by [the] will of man, but holy men of God spake under the power of [the] Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 2

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, as there shall be also among you false teachers, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, and deny the Lord that bought them, bring upon themselves swift destruction;

2 and many shall follow their dissolute/pernicious ways, through whom the way of the truth shall be blasphemed.

3 And through covetousness, with feigned (pretended; insincere) words, will they make merchandise of you (Christians): for whom judgment of old is not idle, and their destruction slumbers not.

4 For if God spared not [the] angels who had sinned, but having cast them down to the deepest pit (this is actually tartarus, in the English, when it says Hell, they are actually referring to three different words from the Greek. How can you use one word to mean three different places? We have been deceived by the translations. That is another topic I’m looking into.) of gloom has delivered them to chains of darkness [to be] kept for judgment;

5 and spared not [the] old world, but preserved Noe (Noah), [the] eighth, a preacher of righteousness, having brought in [the] flood upon [the] world of [the] ungodly;

6 and having reduced [the] cities of Sodom and Gomorrha (S&G complete rebelled against God’s will. If someone came into those cities, they would beat them and laugh at them, rob them, chain them and watch them starve to death, not to mention going after strange flesh (angels). They raped and kill etc. In fact Lot’s daughter got killed by a Sodomite, because she felt compassion for a beggar that they chained up to allow him to starve and die. (Jasher 18:11 – 19:53)) to ashes, condemned [them] with an overthrow, setting [them as] an example to those that should [afterwards] live an ungodly life;

7 and saved righteous Lot, distressed with the abandoned conversation of the godless,

8 for the righteous man through seeing and hearing, dwelling among them, tormented [his] righteous soul day after day with [their] lawless works,

9 [the] Lord knows [how] to deliver the godly out of trial, and to keep [the] unjust to [the] day of judgment [to be] punished;

10 and specially those who walk after the flesh in [the] lust of uncleanness, and despise lordship (God’s Government). Bold [are they], self-willed; they do not fear speaking injuriously of dignities: (Like the devil speaking against God, Goliath against Israel, or the Pharisees against the Holy Prophets.)

11 when angels, who are greater in might and power, do not bring against them, before the Lord, an injurious charge. (Jude 9)

12 But these, as natural animals without reason, made to be caught and destroyed, speaking injuriously in things they are ignorant of, shall also perish in their own corruption, (Jude 10)

13 receiving [the] reward of unrighteousness; accounting ephemeral indulgence pleasure; spots and blemishes, rioting in their own deceits, feasting with you; (Jude 12)

14 having eyes full of adultery (this has nothing to do with sex, it means always trying to steal your neighbors things be it wife or whatever), and that cease not from sin, alluring unestablished souls; having a heart practiced in covetousness, children of curse;

15 having left [the] straight way they have gone astray, having followed in the path of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved [the] reward of unrighteousness;

16 but had reproof of his own wickedness—[the] dumb ass (the story of Balaam’s donkey) speaking with man’s voice forbad the folly of the prophet.

17 These are springs without water, and mists driven by storm, to whom the gloom of darkness is reserved [for ever].

18 For [while] speaking great highflown words of vanity, they allure with [the] lusts of [the] flesh, by dissoluteness, those who have just fled those who walk in error,

19 promising them liberty, while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a man is subdued, by him is he also brought into slavery. (These are most of the preachers on TV and radio)

20 For if after having escaped the pollutions of the world through [the] knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, again entangled, they are subdued by these, their last state is worse than the first.

21 For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known [it] to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.

22 But that [word] of the true proverb has happened to them: [The] dog [has] turned back to his own vomit; and, [The] washed sow to [her] rolling in mud. (Reference from Proverb 26:11 and Ahikar 7:27 http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/fbe/fbe265.htm There are a lot of other books on this sight, it is full of information; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahiqar)

2 Peter 3

1 This, a second letter, beloved, I already write to you, in [both] which I stir up, in the way of putting you in remembrance, your pure mind,

2 to be mindful of the words spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of the Lord and Saviour by your apostles;

3 knowing this first, that there shall come at [the] close of the days mockers with mocking, walking according to their own lusts (Lust as explained earlier),

4 and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for from the time the fathers fell asleep all things remain thus from [the] beginning of [the] creation.

5 For this is hidden from them through their own wilfulness, that heavens were of old, and an earth, having its subsistence out of water and in water, by the word of God,

6 through which [waters] the then world, deluged with water, perished. (so they don’t believe in the flood)

7 But the present heavens and the earth by his word are laid up in store, kept for fire unto a day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

8 But let not this one thing be hidden from you, beloved, that one day with [the] Lord [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9 [The] Lord does not delay his promise, as some account of delay, but is longsuffering towards you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10 But the day of [the] Lord will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a rushing noise, and [the] elements, burning with heat, shall be dissolved, and [the] earth and the works in it shall be burnt up.

11 All these things then being to be dissolved, what ought ye to be in holy conversation and godliness,

12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, by reason of which [the] heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved, and [the] elements, burning with heat, shall melt?

13 But, according to his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.

14 Wherefore, beloved, as ye wait for these things, be diligent to be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless;

15 and account the longsuffering of our Lord [to be] salvation; according as our beloved brother Paul also has written to you according to the wisdom given to him,

16 as also in all [his] epistles, speaking in them of these things; among which some things are hard to be understood, which the untaught and ill-established wrest, as also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.

17 *Ye* therefore, beloved, knowing [these] things before, take care lest, being led away along with the error of the wicked, ye should fall from your own stedfastness:

18 but grow in grace, and in [the] knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be] glory both now and to [the] day of eternity. Amen.

History tidbit:

(Counsel of Laodicea wanted to remove revelation and the book of Enoch and they succeeded with removing Enoch but not Revelation. They wanted to remove Revelation from the Bible, because the worst of the churches mentioned in Revelation was the Church of Laodicea, it condemned them so they wanted it taken out. The Jews Pharisees wanted to remove books in the counsel of Jamnia. John 5:38-40 Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees here, they think they have salvation through the scriptures. There are churches today that say this, that if you just have faith you will be saved. When in all actuality it takes faith, a relationship with Jesus Christ, a desire to be like Him, confessing your sins to God, and the works of that which God moves you to do for the Kingdom of Heaven.)

[Here are some notes I got from another guy who is researching the same things I am.]

Here is what Jude and Peter were REALLY trying to tell us about the End Times and what YOU need to know!

cloud = people

water = Bible

wind = bad doctrine

Egypt / Sodom = Spiritually fallen away (Revelation 11:7-8). http://www.wor.org/Books/s/Sodom.htm

Ephesians 6 = Wisdom of Solomon 5.

Jude 1 = Book of Enoch + Assumptions of Moses. http://www.godrules.net/library/kjv/k… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assumpti… http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvst…

Devil disguises angel of light = Comes from the Pseudopigraphical Book: Life of Adam and Eve.

This is how the Devil deceived the Church:

1. Change the meanings of “lower base nature” with “sexuality” and “sensuality”.

2. Change the meanings of “against nature” with “gay and lesbian”, rather than “cross-breading: angels/humans, animals/humans, etc”

3. Change the meanings of “fornication” to mean “sex before marriage” rather than “idolatry/prostitution”

4. Change what scripture is by saying only 66 Books are the scripture and rejecting the rest (Septuagint, Book of Enoch, Book of Jubilees, etc).

2 Peter 1:21 – For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man.

2 Peter 2:11 = assumption of Moses is mentioned. And he also says these are “give by God, as men moved by Holy Ghost”.

Refers to Jude material and Assumption of Moses in chapter 2 (Genesis/Assumption Moses – Exodus/Enoch). It has happened unto them according to the true proverb.. Dog turns to own vomit – Proverbs. And swine to wallow = Ahikar 7:1 (Base men in church turn to their theology).

Both Jude and Peter quoting from Pseudopigraphical books.

Peter is saying, I and Jude are reading these Apocryphal and Pseudopigraphical books. Are you reading them? Or are you like a dog returning to its own vomit (theology)?

2 Peter 3:1 – Stir pure minds into remembrance.. Holy Prophets we have forgotten. http://www.godrules.net/library/kjv/k…

He is saying the mystery of these books will be lost.. And removed.. And has it happened? Yes.. We have forgotten these Apocryphal books.

How Church Leaders today treat Bible same way as Pharisees did in Jesus’ time: http://www.godrules.net/library/kjv/k…

Why doesn’t God just remove evil people from Churches? Jesus parable here explains why: http://www.godrules.net/library/kjv/k…

Peter says No prophecy came of will of man in 2 Peter 1:20-21, but then he clearly writes something with the same framework as Jude wrote, and vaguely in the process refers to the Assumption of Moses and the Book of Enoch by Inference.. And in 2 Peter 2:22 we read:

“But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. ”

These two sayings are from Proverbs 26:11 (dog eating vomit) and Ahikar 7:27 (pig clean wallows in mud again) – http://www.godrules.net/library/kjv/k…

So, Peter quotes a Apocryphal book in Ahikar and then also mentions indirectly the Assumption of Moses and also writes several lines that are very similar to Jude (and Jude quotes Book of Enoch).

THIS is ALL AFTER he said in 2 Peter 1:20-21, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.”

If you knew that the Apocrypha was not scripture, why would you say all prophecy is from God and then quote and indirectly refer to books that are Apocryphal?

You wouldn’t.. This is the point.. Peter and Jude thought all these Apocryphal Books are scripture!

FURTHER, he says in 2 Peter 3:1-2, ” I now write unto you; in [both] which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: ”

This puts the nail in the coffin. It is clear that both Peter and Jude believe that the Book of Enoch, Assumption of Moses and even the Story of Ahikar are scripture.

And its clear, that the Church Leaders have done the same error that the Pharisees did, in trying to remove certain books from their Canon, for the carnal mind cannot be subject to God’s Word.

 

Introduction

I am starting this blog, because I have been seeking the truth of God for many years and I wanted to be able to share my findings and helpful information with others. I hope that you will find the information on this page helpful, and that you will be able to learn and grow in your Faith and relationship with God the Father, The Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ.

I have struggled for many years going to church, listening to the lessons learned, some good and some confusing or seeming contradicting or with gaps in them.  I have been told I was going to hell by several, and I have upset the church with my questions of why.  I know that these things happened but why and how?  God tells us to seek Him continually and have grown to realize that does not mean go to church on Saturday or Sunday and listen to a preacher, that means you need to seek Him for yourself. If we do not seek Him for ourselves, we are not putting of faith alone in Him, but in man.

It’s time to change that. I encourage each of you that reads these posts to go behind me and research it for yourselves. Continually Seek The Truth.