The Truth about the Apocrypha!
To this we ask; could this also be said of us? That “oh slow of heart NOT to believe in ALL that the prophets have spoken!
If ALL that the prophets wrote to us were no longer part of the approved texts that are presented in the Bible to us today?
That some of the books had been removed and reclassified as false, erroneous or dangerous? Well, that is what has been done by reducing the approved canonical books down to 66 for the Protestants (meaning protesters) and 74 for the Catholic. The Bible is NOT complete with the removal of the “Apocypha” books as if they are corrupt text. When the truth is a large part of the world had even more additions to scripture, like in Africa they have even now 94 books in their bible. So yes it can be said of us too that “oh slow of heart NOT to believe in ALL that the prophets have spoken!
Primarily because our rendition of scripture does NOT have ALL the books of the prophets in it.
WHAT DOES APOCRYPHA MEAN?
It is repugnant and a wonder that the very portions of scripture that were carved out of from the rest of the so called“authorized” texts called “The Apocrypha” and said to mean “false writings”. That through the Protestant movement that regarded the Catholic church as heretical, that they have BOTH departed from the truths enshrouded and showcased in what both Catholics and Protestants call “The Apocrypha”. The APOCRYPHA was made by them to be of a lessor importance from other scripture and in doing so removed books that in times past, were included in the canon of Scripture as equally relevant as pictures in the puzzle of writings to make the gospel complete.
THE DEFENSE FOR THE APOCRYPHA
The word “Apocrypha” does NOT mean “false” or “secret writings” as many suppose. No, for in fact apocrypha is similar to the word apocalypse which is the Greek word for revelation and The Book of the Revelation in Greek is called The Apocalypse. They did not exclude that from the canon (or collection) of scripture. So the word “apocrypha” does not mean rejected, false or unimportant. As a matter of fact, if people read the Apocrypha too, they would NOT be as subjectto false teachings that have scattered people across a broad spectrum of denominations, which in truth, each one of them in is just another breakdown of scripture and a new variance of what the scriptures say.
And if you think about it, if any of them were a move in the right direction, wouldn’t the rest of scriptures themself be more relevant? And to make matters more obscure, we have more translations of scripture to accomodate the competing beliefs and denominations “a word that means a calling by anything other than the proper name”
And the suffix “de” means, “ do the opposite of, to undo”
Let that sink in, that those who do so are disassociating from scripture, and none of them produce scriptural faith, if the message has been truncated, undone and disassociated from each other in a direction further splintering from their original source. But scripture states that “Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”??
But nevertheless today “The Apocrypha” is regarded by most as taboo, to their own shigrin. There are some very important doctrine and teachings in the books that are there that if they are included in discussions, they would squelch dissent. Hmmm! Wouldn’t that be nice. To re-assemble the lost (in spirit) and dissociated?
THE PURPOSE OF SCRIPTURE
All scripture is given for revelation (apocalypse). To make visible invisible realities that associate with God who is omnipresent and omnipotent and yet invisible. And He calls us to Himself by way of words in understanding and ”to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints”,
that we need to protect. And however true it is that nature itself “proclaims the Glory of God and the Heavens show His handy work”, not just for amusement. No, this recognition demands an inquiry and a response on your part personally to whatever you think is out there. To remain distant from and aloof of the knowledge of God by lack of self motivation, means to remain dead to the things of God because to be considered alive to God means that you’ve at least made more than just an inquiry, but that you’ve taken some steps to find out on your own by verifying what you are taught first hand. But even to just remain in a holding cell of understanding through other peoples narratives about God (because they don’t want to read, or can’t understand on their own). But this still categorizes one as being dead to God because they make no “one on one” contact with God other than a few words to throw back at God for Him to prove Himself or fix a booboo. The thing is that creation is the proof. But people seem to be content with the story line that there is a God but He is aloof or just not here and needs to come back like a second coming, and that God is dependent upon emissaries to deliver messages. But we earnestly contend that God not only answers the honest seeker, but will shower them with His graces as long as they are not using Him as just another service provider like a genie in a bottle. That He is a provider too, but has no obligation to do more then what He has already done through the gospel.
Now therefore it is up to you to discover, and uncover His testimonies, like breadcrumbs to follow and apply in your understanding. And this ONLY happens by way of revelation as you “press into God”. With His help of peeling back the layers of misunderstandings woven together over time to form barriers between you and THE truth…
And when we learn to understand that He made us to be like Him, to interact and communicate openly and freely with Him, to these He responds. He hates false humility, and you brandishing your worthiness as though you are deserving from Him more then you have. If you knew God more clearly, you would know yourself more completely. Then instead of trying to manipulate God to do something for you, you would thank Him for having done everthing for you other then doing it for you. For since we ARE made in the image of God, then we are far more remarkable then what we are capable to understand and accomplish in this lifetime. But to restrict Him to here to expect Him to perform for you here, then we have to ask who serves whom and who is God. Because if God has to do and be certain things for you, then who serves whom and who is God in that scenerio but the one who makes the demands and God will not pay into your folley. He has however left you ways for your own discovery of who He is. But as long as you are expecting more then the fact that millions have lived before you and left testimonies, not for you to have to rely on them because you will still remain dead to God untill you personally make inquiries and take steps of initiation. We are called byscripture to press in to grab ahold of the things of God and to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling as needed to make personal connections on an ongoing basis.
So to finish your term here and to not have aquired anything from God but what other people tell you, as though God is not here or must come later? This is you remaining dead to God and is equal to throwing away your only opportunity to unbecome what you were born with as standard carnal features to press in to attain, to own up to and apply the gifting from God, for they are many. In truth you don’t deserve the ones you’ve got. And if “from dust you are and to dust you will return”? And you don’t acquire the gift given in the gospel? Have you ever truely lived? Because the argument could be made that if you did NOT inquire of God personally then you’ve never really lived other then running off the battery of life you were given that you feed physical food. And when your term here expires and youve squandered your life without answers to these questions, you will have no defence. How will you answer the One who asks you, what did you do with what I gave you?
”Apocrypha” is a variation of the word “Apocalypse”. An Apocrypha is the writings about the events of an Apocalypse itself. And the truth be told, all of scripture is Apocryphal accounting of Apocalypses. Apocalypse means, an unveiling, a revealing. To take something otherwise mysterious, obscure and unknowable by carnal perceptions, to put it into picture form for others understanding.
The picture of this is a veiled (covered) statue in a city public center. To then have a ceremony for a public gathering, to remove the veil and expose, or present a human statue or bust, in commemoration of a famous and influential person, like a king or a ruler. And for our unveiling of God, His Only Begotten and all the things they have in themselves, “in Christ”. These are Revealed, Unveiled , and presented as true and factual to the reader and the hearers of scripture. They were not left as a blue print for us to make for them to live out here, but for us to read, to understand and receive, so that we could join Them their in Their realm of Spirit and Truth. Even as Christ told the woman at the well that, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will NOT on this mountain, NOR in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of Judah. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”. Showing us that the scriptures are our transformation rules to do so. So for scripture to be used in any other way, may be erroneous at best but neglectful and disobedient if you don’t use scripture for it’s God given intent.
Gods words are for revelations for your transformation to associate with Him, not for Him to come back for you because He never left in His true form of “Spirit and Truth for He has said “I will never leave you or forsake you” and many other things. For this we need revelation, and spiritual direction. As Christ said “follow Me that where I am you may be also”. And He didn’t mean that only for them, and He didn’t warn of a two thousand year interlude.
As He said “all these things will happen to this generation “. Who also said “there are those standing here TODAY that shall not taste death till they see the Son of man coming in Glory. And I am sure they are not still living today so that day and that event has happened. It has come and gone so quit looking for another coming in His former fashion to appease your carnal senses. Besides the objective of scripture is NOT to make a people and a place ready to receive Him in a carnal way in another day. Because Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Because The Son of God would have to re-transition back into the flesh and our transformation becomes irrelevant. Then scripture does not validate itself and we are found as false witnesses. But we are not because “flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom”. But the re-spirited mind of faith does by way of Revelation (Arocrypha and Apocalypse), just as we demonstrated with the woman at the well. “The time that you think still needs to come to appease your carnal expectations of this Jesus, is detouring you from The One “who was and is and is to come” is already, in Spirit and Truth”, being the realm of the Father to which we are called to through “the gospel once and for all delivered to the saints” that we are called to contend for because of the influences of false believers in the faith that water down the TRUE message.
The misuse of the Apocrypha.
It is the Apocrypha books that the Catholics possess but don’t understand them, that condemn them for believing in Mary as the mother of God because the accounts in The Apocrypha” describe “Wisdom)” as the Mother and the feminine third person of the Godhead. And equally ironic is that the Protestants that removed the books in The Apocrypha that not only validate that the holy spirit IS the third person of the Godhead, The Mother of the Elect and Heavenly Jerusalem.
(See attached photo from The Book of Wisdom. Wisdom from the Greek is “Sophia” and another name for the third person of the Godhead.)….
Unless you believe there are 3 men ruling in heaven and that women are not part of the godhead body. But in the beginning God made His image “Male and Female made He them!
Solomon prays for Wisdom/Sophia and helper from God, for him tobuild A LIKENESS of the city wherein God dwells.
The Jerusalem on earth was ALWAYS ONLY meant to teach us of things Eternal, and why Paul said “when I was a child (think of the Israelites not jews, they were called children over 1100 times). Paul goes on to say “when I became a man I put away childhood toys” referring to the whole old testament and all it’s promises as being expired. Meaning out dated and unusable bring no longer needed for those who have graduated into New Testament realities. This is for our transformation from here to there as “The Kingdom of God at hand”, back then and now, where there is a King and a Kingdom. Or the King is no King at all but just a dreamer in waiting if He needs to come back to Earth to claim His Kingdom. And if the Jerusalem today is to be regarded as Holy, and Heavenly, Then God has to be corrected because one of the first things He told Moses after the 10 Commandments was, “if you make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stone; for if you use your tool on it, you have profaned it” showing us that God does not nor will not dwell in Temple made with hands. acts 17.24
2 Peter. It would be better off not to know the gospel then to know it and turn from it. But as it is written as a dog returns to his vomit snd a pig to its wallowing in the mire, so too these remain unchanged.
And, “if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”
The Kingdom of God is even still at hand.