And measures and matters of The Truth of the "time" we are in ...how "man" ..."thought to change time and times ...
Dearly beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, how that one day is with the Lord, as a thousand year, and a thousand year as one day.
The Lord is not slack to fulfil his promise, as some men count slackness: but is patient to us ward, and would have no man lost, but would receive all men to repentance.
Behold in a dread nightmare of the dark season ...of the times and time ..of the season of man ...see son of man ...
and i was taken and shown in the world of the worldly...
and in the utter darkness of dread unGodliness.
and of the many many most walked as though blind to rightness honor or truth.
even of those religious and jews and other of high station who claim ...rightness honor and truth.
or others who are self taught and sanctified and imagine themselves as such.
and came to me without speaking these words "only a few can see". (period)
and scripture came back to remembrance.
THE FOURTH BOOK OF ESDRAS Chpt 8
And he answered me, saying: The most Highest made this world for many, but the world to come for few. I will tell thee a similitude, Esdras: As when thou asketh the earth, it shall say unto thee, that it giveth much mould, where earthen vessels are made, but little of it that gold cometh of. Even so is it with the works of this world. There be many created, but few shall be preserved. Then answered I and said: Then swallow up the wit ( thou soul ) and devour the understanding, for thou art agreed to harken and to give ear, and willingly to prophesy: for thou hast no longer space given thee, but only to live. O' Lord, wilt thou not give thy servant leaven, that we may pray before thee, and that thou mayest give seed unto our heart, and build our understanding, that there may come fruit of it: and that everyone which is corrupt, and beareth the state and place of man, may live?
For thou art alone, and we all are one workmanship of thy hands, like as thou hast said, and like as the body is fashioned now in the childbed, and thou givest the members, and thy creature is preserved in fire and water: and nine months doth thy work suffer thy creature, which is fashioned in her: but the thing that is present and the thing that is preserved, shall both be kept together: and when time is, the childbed deliver the thing, that is kept and grown in her.
For thou hast commanded the breasts to give milk unto the fruit, that the thing that is created and fashioned, may be nourished for a time: and then thou disposest and orderest it with thy mercy, bringest it up with thy righteousness; nurturest it in thy law, and reformest it with thy understanding, mortifiest it as thy creature, and makest it living as thy work. Seeing then that thou destroyest him, which with so great labors is created and fashioned through thy commandment, thou couldest lightly order, also that the thing which is made, might be preserved.
And this I speak now of all men in general, as thou knowest: but of thy people, for whose sake I am sorry: and of thy inheritance: for whose cause I mourn: and of Israel, for whom I am woeful: and for Jacob, for whos sake I am grieved: therefore begin I to pray before thee, for myself and for them, for I see the fall of us even of us, that dwell upon earth. But I have heard the swiftness of the judge, which is to come: therefore hear my voice, and understand my words, and I shall speak before thee.
This is the beginning of the words of Esdras before he was received: O' Lord, thou that dwellest in everlastingness, whose eyes are lifted up in the air, whose stool is exceedingly high, whose glory and majesty may not be comprehended, before whom the Host of heaven stand with trembling, whose keeping is turned in wind and fire, whose word is true, whose talking is steadfast, whose commandment is strong, whose ordinance is fearful, whose look drieth up the depths, whose wrath maketh the mountains to melt away, and whose truth beareth witness: O' hear the prayer of thy servant, and mark with thy ears the petition of thy creature.
For while I live, I will speak, and so long as I have understanding, I will answer. O' look not upon the sins of thy people, which serve in the truth. Have no respect for the wicked studies of the Heathen, but to the desire of those that keep thy testimonies with sorrows. Think not upon those that have walked *feintly before thee, but upon them, which with will have known thy fear.
Let it not be thy will to destroy them, which have had beastly manners, but to look upon them that have clearly taught thy law. Take thou no indignation at them, which are worse then beasts: but love them, that always put their trust in thy righteousness and glory: for we and our fathers have all the same sickness and disease, but because of our sins thou shalt be called merciful.
For thou hast mercy upon us thou shalt be called merciful, where as we have no works of righteousness: for the righteous which have laid up many good works together, shall out of their deeds receive reward. For what is a man, that thou shouldest displeasure at him? Or what is the corruptible generation, that thou shouldest be so rough toward him?
For of truth there is no man among them that be born, but he hath dealt wickedly: and among the faithful there is none, which hath not done amiss. For in this ( O' Lord ) thy righteousness and thy goodness shall be praised and declared, if thou be merciful unto them, which are not rich in good works.
Then answered he me and said: Some things hast thou spoken right and according unto thy words it shall be. For I will not verily consider the works of them, which have sinned before death, before the judgement, before destruction, but I will rejoice over the work and thought of the righteous, the holy making and the reward. Like as I have spoken now, so shall it come to pass. For as the husband man soweth much seed upon the ground, and planteth many trees, and yet always the thing that is sown or planted is not all kept safe, neither does it all take root: Even so is it of them that are sown in the world, they shall not all be preserved.
I answered then and said: If I have found grace, then let me speak. Like as the husband man seed perisheth, if it not receive rain in due season, or if there come to much rain upon it: Even so perisheth a man also, which is created with thy hands, and is like unto thine own image and to thy self, for whos sake thou hast made all things, and likened him unto the husband mans seed. Be not wroth at us, O' Lord, but spare thy people, and have mercy upon thine own inheritance: O' be merciful unto thy creature.
Then answered he me and said: Things present are for the present, and things to come for as such as be to come. For thou wantest yet much, seeing thou may lovest my creature above me: I have often times drawn near unto thee, but never to the unrighteous. In this also thou art marvelous before the Highest, in that thou has humbled thy self, as it becometh thee, and hast not regarded thine own self, that thou art had in such honor among the righteous. Therefore shall great wretchedness and misery come upon them, that in the later time shall dwell in the world, for they have walked in great pride.
But understand thou for thyself, and seek out glory for such as be like thee: for unto you paradise is opened, the tree of life is planted, the time to come is prepared, plenteousness is made ready: a city is builded for you, and a rest is prepared, yee perfect goodness and wisdom. The root of evil is marked from you, the weakness and moth is hid from you, and into hell flyeth corruption in forgetfulness. Sorrows are vanished away, and in that end is shown the treasure of immortality. And therefore ask no more questions, concerning the multitude of them that perish. For they have taken liberty, despised the Highest, thought scorn of his law, and forsaken his ways.
Moreover they have trodden down his righteousness, and said in their heart, that there is no God, yee and that wittingly, for they die. For like as the thing that I have spoken of, is made ready for you: Even so is thirst and pain prepared for them. For it was not his will that man should come to naught: but they which be created have defiled the name of him that made them, and are unthankful unto him, which prepared life for them. And therefore is my judgement now at hand. These things have I not showed unto all men, but unto few: namely unto thee, and such as be like thee.
Then answered I and said: Behold O' Lord, now hast thou showed me the multitude of thy tokens, which thou wilt begin to do at the last but at what time and when thou hast not showed me
*feintly =dodge, maneuver, pose, pretend
FIFTH BOOK OF MOSES Chpt 29
These are the words of the appointment which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the appointment which he made with them in Horeb. And Moses called unto all Israel and said unto them: Ye have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, unto Pharao and unto all his servants, and unto all his land, and the great temptations which thine eyes have seen and those great miracles and wonders: And yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear unto this day.
And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: and your clothes are not waxed old upon you, nor are thy shoes waxed old upon thy feet. Ye have eaten no bread nor drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know, how that he is the Lord your God.
THE GOSPELL OF ST. JOHN Chpt 8
Jesus answered: If I honour my self, mine honour is nothing worth. It is my father that honoureth me, which ye say, is your God, and ye have not known him: but I know him. And if I should say, I know him not, I should be a liar like unto you. But I know him, and keep his saying.
Your father Abraham was glad to see my day, and he saw it and rejoiced. Then said the Jewes unto him: thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them: Verily, verily I say unto you: *yer Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones, to cast at him. But Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple
THE GOSPELL OF ST. MATTHEW Chpt 13
And the disciples came and said to him: Why speakest thou to them in parables? He answered and said unto them, it is given unto you to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
For whosoever hath to him shall be given: and he shall have abundance. But whosoever hath not: from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in similitudes: for though they see, they see not: and hearing they hear not: nether understand. And in them is fulfilled the Prophecy of Esaias, which prophecy saith: with the ears ye shall hear and shall not understand, and with the eyes ye shall see, and shall not perceive. For this peoples hearts are waxed gross, and their ears were dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their hearts, and should turn, that I might heal them.
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. Verily I say unto you, that many prophets, and perfect men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them: and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Hear ye therefore the similitude of the sower. Whosoever heareth the word of the kingdom and understandeth it not, there cometh the evil man and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. And this is he which was sown by the way side. But he that was sown in the stony ground, is he which heareth the word of God, and *anon with joy receiveth it, yet hath no roots in himself, and therefore *dureth but a season: for as soon as tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he falleth. He that was sown among thorns, is he that heareth the word of God: but the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and so is he made unfruitful. He which is sown in the good ground is he that heareth the word and understandeth it: which also beareth fruit and bringeth forth, some hundred fold, some sixty fold, and some thirty fold.
THE GOSPELL OF ST. MARK Chpt 8
In those days when there was a very great company, and had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said unto them: I have compassion on this people, because they have now been with me three days and have nothing to eat: And if I should send them away fasting to their own houses, they should faint by the way. For divers of them came from far. And his disciples answered him: where should a man have bread here in the wilderness to satisfy these? And he asked them: how many loaves have ye? They said, seven. And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, gave thanks, brake and gave to his disciples, to set before them. And they did set them before the people. And they had a few small fishes. And he blessed them and commanded them also to be set before them. And they ate and were sufficed: And they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And they that ate, were in number about four thousand. And he sent them away.
And *anon he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. And the Pharisees came forth, and began to dispute with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven and tempting him. And he sighed in his spirit and said: why doth this generation seek a sign? Verily I say unto you, there shall no sign be given unto this generation. And he left them and went into the ship again, and departed over the water.
And they had forgotten to take bread with them, neither had they in the ship with them more then one loaf. And he charged them saying. Take heed, and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herode. And they reasoned among themselves saying: we have no bread. And when Jesus knew that, he said unto them: why take ye thought because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? Have ye your hearts yet blinded? Have ye eyes and see not? and have ye ears and hear not? Do ye not remember? When I brake five loaves among five thousand. How many baskets full of broken meat took ye up? They said unto him, twelve. When I brake seven among four thousand. How many baskets of the leavings of broken meat took ye up? They said, seven. And he said unto them: how is it that ye understand not?
And he came to Bethsaida, and they brought a blind man unto him, and desired him to touch him. And he caught the blind by the hand, and led him out of the town, and spat in his eyes and put his hands upon him, and asked him whether he saw *ought. And he looked up and said: I see the men: For I see them walk, as they were trees. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him see. And he was restored to his sight, and saw every man clearly. And he sent him home to his house saying: neither go into the town, nor tell it any in the town.
And Jesus went out and his disciples into the towns that long to the city called Cesarea Philippi. And by the way he asked his disciples saying: whom do men say that I am? And they answered: some say that thou art John Baptist: some say *Helias: and some one of the Prophets. And he said unto them: But whom say ye that I am? Peter answered and said unto him thou art very Christ. And he charged them, that they should tell no man of it. And he began to teach them, how that the son of man must suffer many things, and should be reproved of the elders and of the high Priests and Scribes, and be killed, and after three days arise again. And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him aside, and began to chide him. Then he turned about, and looked on his disciples, and rebuked Peter saying. Go after me Satan. For thou savourest not the things of God but the things of men.
And he called the people unto him, with his disciples also, and said unto them. Whosoever will follow me, let him forsake himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it. But whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the Gospels, the same shall save it. What shall it profit a man, if he should win all the world and lose his own soul? or else what shall a man give to redeem his soul again? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words, among this *advoutrous and sinful generation: of him shall the son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his father with the holy angels. And he said unto them: Verily I say unto you: There be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power
*anon (shortly) *ought (anything). *Helias (Elias): *advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God, being devoted to something or some one else. see James 2 for adultery
EZEKIEL or JEHEZEKIEL Chpt 12
The word of the Lord came unto me, saying: Thou son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a froward household: which have eyes to see, and see not: ears have they to hear, and yet hear they not, for they are an obstinate household. Therefore, (O thou son of man ), make thy gear ready to flit, and go forth by fair daylight, that they may see. Yee even in their sight shalt thou go from thy place to another place: if peradventure they will consider, that they be an unobedient household. Thy gear that thou hast made ready to flit withal, shalt thou bear out by fair day light, that they may see: and thou thyself shalt go forth also at even in their sight, as a man doth when he fliteth. Dig through the wall, that they may see: and bear through it the same thing, that thou tookest up in their sight. As for thyself, thou shalt go forth in the dark. Hide thy face that thou see not the earth, for I have made thee a show token unto the house of Israel. Now as the Lord commanded me, so I did: the gear that I had made ready, I brought out by day. At even I broke down an hole through the wall with mine hand: and when it was dark, I took up the gear upon my shoulders and bare them out in their sight.
And in the morning, came the word of the Lord unto me, saying: Thou son of man, if Israel that froward household ask thee and say: What doest thou there? Then tell them: Thus saith the Lord God: This punishment toucheth the chief rulers at Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel, that dwell among them. Tell them I am your show token: like as I have done, so shall it happen unto you: flit shall ye also, and go into captivity. The cheifest that is among you, shall laden his shoulders in the dark, and get him away. He shall break down the wall, to carry stuff there through: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground, with his eyes. My line will I spread out upon him, and catch him in my net, and carry him to Babylon, in the land of the Chaldees: which he shall not see, and yet shall he shall die there. As for all his helpers, and all his Hosts, that be about him, I will scatter them toward all the winds, and draw out the sword after them. So when I have scattered them among the Heathen, and strewn them in the lands, they shall know, that I am the Lord. But, I will leave a little number of them from the sword, hunger and pestilence: to tell all their abominations among the Heathen, where they come: that they may know, how that I am the Lord.
Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me saying: Thou son of man: with fearful trembling thou shalt eat thy bread, with carefulness and sorrow shalt thou drink thy water. And unto the people of the land, speak thou on this manner: Thus saith the Lord God, to them that dwell in Jerusalem, and to the land of Israel: Ye shall eat your bread with sorrow, and drink your water with heaviness: Yee the land with the fullness thereof shall be laid waste, for the wickedness of them that dwell therin. And the cities that now be well occupied, shall be void, and the land desolate: that ye may know, that I am the Lord.
Yet came the word of the Lord unto me again, saying: Thou son of man, what manner of by word is that, which ye use in the land of Israel, saying: Tush, seeing that the days are so slack in coming, all the visions are of none effect: Tell them therefore, thus saith the Lord God: I will make that byword to cease, so that it shall nomore be commonly used in Israel.
But say this unto them: The days are at hand, that everything which hath been prophesied, shall be fulfilled. There shall no vision be in vain, neither any prophecy fail among the children of Israel: For it is I the Lord that speak it: and whatsoever, I the Lord speak, it shall be performed, and not be slacken in coming.
Yee even in your days ( O ye froward household ) will I devise something, and bring it to pass, sayeth the Lord God. And the word of the Lord came unto me saying: Behold, thou son of man: The house of Israel say in this manner: Tush as for the vision that he hath seen, it will be many a day or it come to pass: Is it far off yet, the thing that he propheceth. Therefore say unto them: Thus sayeth the Lord: All my words shall no more be slack: Look what I speak, that same shall come to pass, sayeth the Lord
THE FOURTH BOOK OF ESDRAS Chpt 5
Nevertheless, as concerning the tokens, mark this: Behold, the days shall come, that they which dwell upon the earth, shall be taken in a great number, and the way of the truth shall be hid, and the land shall be barren from faith: but iniquity will have the upper hand, like as thou have seen now, and as thou hast heard long ago. And the land that thou seest now to have rule, shall thou shortly see waste. But if God grant thee to live, thou shalt see after the third trumpet, that the sun shall suddenly shine again in the night, and the moon three times in the day, and blood shall drop out of wood, and the stone shall give his voice, and the people shall be unquiet: and even shall rule, whom they hope not that dwell upon the earth, and the fowls shall flight, and the *Sodomitish sea shall cast out his fish, and make a noise in the night, which many shall not know, but they shall all hear the voice thereof.
There shall be a confusion also in many places, and the fire shall be often sent again, and the wild beasts shall go their way, and menstruous women shall bear monsters, and salt waters will be found in the sweat: one friend shall fight against another: then shall all wit and understanding be hid and put into their secret places, and shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then shall unrighteousness and voluptuousness have the upper hand upon the earth. One land shall also ask another, and say: Is righteousness gone through thee? And it shall say: No, at the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they shall labor but their wages shall not prosper.
To show thee such tokens I have leave, and if thou wilt pray again, and weep as now, and fast seven days, thou shalt hear yet greater things. Then I awaked, and a fearfulness went through all my body, and my mind was feeble and careful, so that I almost sounded withal. So the angel that was come to talk with me, held me, comforted me, and set me up upon my feet.
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 3
Every man can *eschue a person moved to anger, for what he doth wisely? Even so shall the Lord of Hosts take away from Jerusalem and from Juda, all possessions and power, all meat and drink, the captain and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the wise and the aged man, the worshipful of fifty year old, and the honorable: the Senators, and the men of understanding: the masters of crafts and orators. And I shall give you children to be your princes,( sayeth the Lord ) and babes shall have the rule of you. One shall ever be doing violence and wrong to another. The boy will presume against the elder, and the vile person against the honorable. Ye when one shall take a friend of his own kindred by the bosom, and say: Thou hast clothing, thou shalt be our head, for thou mayest keep us from this fall and peril.
Then shall he swear and say: I can not help you. Moreover, there is neither meat nor clothing in my house, make me no ruler of the people. For Jerusalem and Juda must decay, because both their words and counsel are against the Lord, they provoke the presence of his Majesty unto anger. The changing of their countenance betrayeth them, yee they declare their own sins themselves, as the Sodomites, and hide them not. Woe be unto their souls, for they shall be heavily rewarded. Then shall they say: O happy are the godly, for they may enjoy the fruits of their studies. But woe be unto the ungodly and unrighteous for they shall be rewarded after their works. O my people, *ribaudes oppress thee, and women have rule of thee. O my people, thy leaders deceive thee, and tread out the way of thy footsteps. The Lord is here to commune of the matter, and standeth to give judgement with the people. The Lord shall come forth to reason with the Senators and princes of his people, and shall say thus unto them: It is ye that have burnt up my vineyard, the robbery of the poor is in your house. Wherefore do ye oppress my people, and marred the faces of the innocents? thus shall the Lord God of Hosts revile them.
Moreover thus sayeth the Lord: Seeing the daughters of Sion are become so proud, and come in with stretched out necks, and with vain wanton eyes: seeing they come in tripping so nicely with their feet: Therefore shall the Lord shave the heads of the daughters of Sion, and make their beauty bare in the day. In that day shall the Lord take away the gorgeousness of their apparel, and spangles, chains, *partlets, and collars, bracelets and hooves, that goodly flowered wide and boarded raiment, brushes and head bands, rings and garlands, holy day clothes and veils, kerchiefs and pins, glasses and smocks, bonnets and *taches
And instead of good smell there shall be stink among them. And for their girdles there shall be loose bands. And for well set hair there shall be baldness. Instead of a stomacher, a sackcloth, and for their beauty witherdness and *son burning. Their husbands and their mighty men shall perish with the sword in battle.
*eschue (avoid, escape) *ribaudes ( extortioners :MN). *partlets = ruffled covering for the neck. *taches = buckles, clasps, fasteners. *son burning exactly as recorded
The Lord hateth as well him that justifieth the ungodly, as him that condemeth the innocent.
THE REVELATION OF ST JOHN Chpt 3
And write unto the messenger of the congregation of Sardis: This sayth he that hath the spirit of God and the seven stars. I know your works: thou hast a name that you livest, and you are dead. Be awake and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die. For I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If you shalt not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and thou shall not know what hour I will come upon thee. You hast a few names in Sardis, which have not defiled their garments: and they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy. He that overcometh shall be clothed in white array, and I will not put out his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my father, and before his Angels. Let him that hath ears, hear, what the spirit sayth unto the congregations.
THE SECOND TO THE THESSALONIANS Chpt 2
We beseech you brethren by the coming of our Lord *Jesu Christ, and in that we shall assemble unto him, that ye be not suddenly moved from your mind and be not troubled neither by spirit, neither by words, nor yet by letter which should seem to come from us, as though the day of Christ were at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means, for the Lord cometh not, except there come a departing first, and that, that sinful man be opened, the son of *perdition which is an adversary, and is exalted above all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he shall sit as God in that temple of God, and show himself as God.
Remember ye not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth: even that he might be uttered at his time. For the mystery of that iniquity doth he already work: till he which now only letteth, be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be uttered, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the appearance of his coming even him whose coming is by the working of Satan, with all lying power, signs and wonders: and in all deceivableness of unrighteousness, among them that perish: because they received not the love of the truth, that they might have been saved. And therefore God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe lies: that all they might be damned which believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
THE GOSPELL OF ST. LUKE Chpt 17
As it happened in the time of Noe: So shall it be in the time of the son of man. They ate, they drank, they married wives and were married, even unto the same day that Noe went into the Ark: and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise also, as it chanced in the days of Lot. They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built. And even the same day that Lot went out of *Zodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. After these examples, shall it be in the day when the son of man shall appear.
At that day he that is on the house top and his stuff in the house: let him not come down to take it out. And likewise let not him that is in the fields, turn back again to that he left behind. Remember Lots wife. Whosoever will go about to save his life, shall lose it: And whosoever shall lose his life, shall save it. I tell you in that night, there shall be two in one bed, that one shall be received and the other shall be forsaken. two shall be also a grinding together: the one shall be received, and the other forsaken. And they answered, and said unto him: where Lord? And he said unto them: wheresoever the body shall be, thither will the eagles resort.
*trow (think) *Zodom (Sodom)
because they received not the love of the truth, that they might have been saved.
"the church ...loves not the truth of God ..."
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