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 land of the eagle ...
and there was a pretending of party and innocent entertainment ...innertainment
and i was shown like a huge teddy bear ...big eyed and soft and cuddly ...
and the thing filled up the most of the room ...
and many ...many of the many came and gathered roundabout ...like again an innocent party ...
even as though worshipping at the thing ...
and i man stood up ...dressed in riches and wealth ...
and he said let the party begin ...
and the head of the thing turned vile evil ...and turned around on...the body of it ...
and the whole fat heap wiggled and jiggled with raunchiest laughter ...
and all lifted up their glasses and cans to the thing ...
and i wondered a mighty wonder ...
and asked what is this foolish wicked thing ...
and the words came to me without speaking ..."this is drunkenness"
and scripture came back to remembrance ...
THE GOSPELL OF ST. LUKE Chpt 21
Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be overcome with *surfeiting and drunkenness and cares of this world: and that, that day come on you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that sit on the face of the earth. Watch therefore continually and pray, that ye may obtain grace to fly all this that shall come, and that ye may stand before the son of man.
*surfeit: caused by excessive eating or drinking; sickness or derangement
TO THE GALATHIANS Chpt 5
I say walk in the spirit, and fulfil not the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth contrary to the spirit, and the spirit contrary to the flesh. These are contrary one to the other, so that ye cannot do that which ye would. But and if ye be led of the spirit, then are ye not under the law. The deeds of the flesh are manifest, which are these, *advoutry, fornication, uncleanness, wantonness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, zeal, wrath, strife, sedition, sects, envying, murder, drunkenness, gluttony, and suchlike of the which I tell you before as I have told you in time past, that they which commit such things, shall not inherit, the kingdom of God. But the fruit of spirit is, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance. Against such there is no law. They that are Christs, have crucified the flesh with the appetites and lusts.
If we live in the spirit, let us walk in the spirit. Let us not be vain glorious, provoking one another, and envying one another
*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
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF ST. PETER Chpt 4
For as much as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he which suffereth in the flesh, ceaseth from sin, that he hence forward should live as much time as remaineth in the flesh: not after the lusts of men, but after the will of God. For it is sufficient for us that we have spent the time that is past of the life, after the will of the gentiles, walking in wantonness, lusts, drunkenness, in eating, drinking and in abominable idolatry.
And it seemeth to them a strange thing that ye run not also with them unto the same excess of riot, and therefore speak they evil of you, which shall give *accompts to him that is ready to judge quick and dead. For unto this purpose verily was the gospel preached unto the dead that they should be judged like other men in the flesh, but should live before God in the spirit. The end of all things is at hand.
Be ye therefore discreet and sober, that ye may be apt to prayers. But above all things have fervent love among you. For love covereth the multitude of sins. Be ye harbourous one to another, and that without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, minister the same one to another as good ministers of the many fold grace of God. If any man speak let him talk as though he spake the words of God. If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God ministreth unto him. That, that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and while the world standeth. Amen.
Dearly beloved, be not troubled in this heat, which now is come among you to try you, as though some strange thing had happened unto you: but rejoice, in as much as ye are partakers of Christs passions, that when his glory appeareth, ye may be merry and glad. If ye be railed upon for the name of Christ happy are ye. For the spirit of glory and the spirit of God resteth upon you. On their part he is evil spoken of: but on your part he is glorified.
See that none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or an evildoer, or as a busybody in other mens matters. If any man suffer as a Christian man, let him not be ashamed: but let him glorify God on his behalf. For the time is come that judgement must begin at the house of God. If it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them which believe not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved: where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit their souls to him with well doing, as unto a faithful creator
*accompts (accounts, accomplishments)
THE PROVERBS Chpt 20
Wine is a *voluptuous thing, and drunkenness causes *sedition: whoso delighteth therin, shall never be wise.
sedition = disloyalty, treachery, labored strife
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 5
Woe unto them that rise up early to use themselves in drunkenness, and yet at night are more superfluous with wine. In those companies are harps and lutes, tabrets and pipes, and wine. But they regard not the work of the Lord, and consider not the operation of his hands. Therefore cometh my folk also in captivity, because they have no understanding. Their glory shall be mixed with hunger, and their pride shall be marred for thirst. Therefore gapeth hell, and openeth her mouth marvelous wide: that pride boasting and wisdom, with such as rejoice therin, may descend into it.There shall not one of them put off the girdle from his loins, Ephes 6:14 RN) *ner loose the latchet of their shoe
Thus shall man have a fall, he shall be brought low, and the high looks of the proud layed down. But the Lord of Hosts, that holy God: shall be exalted and untouched, when he shall declare his equity and righteousness after this manner: Then shall the lambs eat their appointed fodder, and shall feed plentiously in the mountains. Woe be unto vain persons, that draw wickedness unto them, as it were with a cord: and sin, as it were with a cart rope. Which use to speak on this manner: Let him make hast now, and go forth with his work, that we may see it. Let that counsel of the holy one of Israel come, and draw nye, that we may know it.
Woe be unto them that call evil good, and good evil: which make darkness light, and light darkness, that make sour sweet, and sweet sour. Woe be unto them that are wise in their own sight, and think themselves to have understanding. Woe be unto them that are conning men to sup out wine and expert to set up drunkenness. These give sentence with the ungodly for rewards, but condemn the just cause of the righteous.
Therefore like as the fire licketh up the straw, as the flame consumeth the stubble: Even so ( when their root is full ) their blossom shall vanish away as dust or smoke: for they despise the law of the Lord of Hosts, and blaspheme the word of the holy maker of Israel.
Therefore is the wrath of the Lord kindled also against his people, and he shaketh his hand at them: yee he shall smite so, that the hills shall tremble. And their carcasses shall lie in the open streets, like mire. After all this, the wrath of God shall not cease, but he shall stretch his hand wider. And he shall give a token unto a strange people, and call unto them in a far country: and behold, they shall come hastily with speed. There is not one faint or feeble among them, no not a sluggish or slippery person. There shall not one of them put off the girdle from his loins, *ner loose the latchet of their shoe. Their arrows are sharp, and their bows bent. Their horses hoofs are like flint, and their cart wheels like a stormy wind. Their cry is as it were of a lion, and the roaring of them like lions whelps. They shall roar, and haunch up the prey, and no man shall recover it or get it from them. In that day they shall be fierce upon them, as the sea. And if we look unto the land, behold, it shall be all darkness and sorrow. If we look to heaven: behold, it shall be dark with careful desperation
ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 29
So is the multitude of all the people that muster themselves against the hill of Sion. But ye shall be at your wits end, ye shall be abashed: ye shall stagger, and reel to and fro.
Ye shall be drunken, but not of wine. Ye shall fall, but not through drunkenness: For the Lord shall give you an hard sleeping spirit, and hold down your eyes: namely your Prophets and heads which should see, them shall he cover. And all visions shall be unto you, as the words that stand in a sealed letter, when one offereth it to a man that is learned, and sayeth: read us this letter. Then he answereth: I can not read it, for it is shut. But if it be given to one that is not learned, or say unto him: read this letter: Then sayeth he I can not read.
Therefore thus sayeth the Lord: For so much as this people draweth near me with their mouth, and praiseth me highly with their lips, where as their heart nevertheless is far from me, and the fear which they owe unto me, that turn they to mens laws and doctrines, therefore will I also show unto this people a marvelous, terrible, and great thing ( Namely this: ) I will destroy the wisdom of their wise, and the understanding of their learned men shall perish. Woe be unto them that seek so deep, to hide their imagination before the Lord, which rehearse their counsels in darkness, and say: who seeth us, or who knoweth us? Which imagination of yours is even as when the potters clay taketh advisement, as though the work might say to the workmaster : make me not, or as when an earthen vessel sayeth of the potter: he understandeth not. See ye not that it is hard by, that Libanus shall be turned in to Charmel, and that Charmel shall be taken as wood? Then shall the deaf man understand the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see without any cloud or darkness. The oppressed shall hold a merry feast in the Lord, and the poor shall rejoice in the holy one of Israel.
Then shall the furious people cease, and the mockers shall be put away, and all they that do wrong shall be plucked out, such as labor to draw men unto sin: and that deceive him, which reproveth them in the gate, and such as turn good persons to vanity. And therefore the Lord ( even the defender of Abraham ) sayeth thus unto the house of Jacob: Now shall not Jacob be ashamed, nor his face confounded, when he seeth among his children ( whom my hands have made ) such as hallow my name among them: that they may sanctify the holy one of Jacob, and fear the God of Israel. and that they which afore time were of an erroneous spirit, have now understanding, and that such as before could not speak, are now learned in my law.
JEREMIE or JEREMIAH Chpt 13
Then said the Lord unto me: Thus saith the Lord: Even so will I corrupt the pride of Judah, and the high mind of Jerusalem. This people is a wicked people, they will not hear my word, they follow the wicked imaginations of their own heart, and hang upon strange Gods, them have they served and worshiped: and therefore they shall be as this breech, that serveth for nothing. For as straightly as a breech lieth upon a mans loins, so straightly did I bind the whole house of Israel, and the whole house of Juda unto me, sayeth the Lord: that they might be my people: that they might have a glorious name: that they might be in honor: but they would not obey me. Therefore lay this riddle before them, and say: Thus saith the Lord God of Israel: Every pot shall be filled with wine. And they shall say: thinkest thou we know not, that every pot shall be filled with wine? Then shalt thou say unto them: Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I shall fill all the inhabitors of this land with drunkenness, the Kings that sit upon Davids stool, the Priests and Prophets, with all that dwell at Jerusalem. And I will *shute them one against another, yee the fathers against the sons, sayeth the Lord.
I will not pardon them, I will not spare them, ner have pity upon them: but destroy them. Be obedient, give ear, take no destain at it, for it is the Lord himself that speaketh. Honor the Lord your God herein, or he take his light from you, and or ever your feet stumble in darkness at the hill: lest when ye look for the light, he turn it into the shadow and darkness of death. But if ye will not hear me, that give you secret warning, I will mourn from my whole heart for your stubbornness. Piteously will I weep, and the tears shall gush out of mine eyes. For the Lords flock shall be carried away captive. Tell the king and the rulers: Humble yourselves, set you down low, for the crown of your glory shall fall from your head. The cities toward the south shall be shut up, and no man shall open them. All Juda shall be carried away captive, so that none shall remain.
Lift up your eyes, and behold them, that come from the North: Like a fat flock shall they fall upon thee. To whom will thou make thy moan, when they come upon thee, for thou hast taught them thyself, and made them masters over thee. Shall not sorrow come upon thee, as on a woman travailing with child? And if thou wouldest say then in thine heart: Wherefore come these things upon me? Even for the multitude of thy blasphemes, shall thy hinder parts and thy feet be discovered. For like as the man of Inde may change his skin, and the cat of the mountains her spots: so may ye that be exercised in evil, do good. Therefore will I scatter you, like as the stubble that is taken away with the south wind. This shall be your portion, and the portion of your measure, where with ye shall be rewarded of me, saith the Lord: because ye have forgotten me, and put your trust in deceitful things. Therefore shall I turn thy clothes over thy head, and discover thy thighs, that thy privates may be seen, thy *advoutry, thy deadly malice, thy beastliness, and thy shameful whoredom. For upon the fields and hills I have seen thy abominations. Wo be unto thee ( O Jerusalem ) when wilt thou ever be cleansed any more?
*shute: shut; as shut out, or shoot at, as in darts of the accuser.
*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 23
The word of the Lord came unto me, saying: Thou son of man, there were two women, that had one mother: These ( when they were young ) began to play the harlots in Egypt. there were their breasts *brosed, and the pappes of their maidenhead destroyed. The eldest of them was called Oholah and her younger sister Oholibah. These two were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Their names were, Samaria, and that was Oholah: and Jerusalem, that was Oholibah: As for Oholah she began to go a whoring, when I had taken her to me. She was set on fire upon her lovers the Assirians, which had to do with her: even the princes and lords, that were decked in costly array: fair young men lusty riders of horses.
Thus through her whoredom, she cleaved unto all the young men of Assyria: yee she was mad upon them, and defiled herself with all their Idols. Neither ceased she from the fornication, that she used with the Egyptians: for in her youth they lay with her, they brosed the breasts of her maidenhead and poured their whoredom upon her. Wherefore I delivered her into the hands of her lovers, even the Assyrians, whom she so loved. These discovered her shame, took her sons and daughters, and slew her with the sword: An evil name gat she of all the people, and they punished her.
Her sister Aholibah saw this, and destroyed herself with inordinate love, more than she, and exceeded her sister in whoredom she loved the Assyrians, ( which also lay with her ) namely, the princes and great lords, that were clothed with all manner of gorgeous apparel, all lusty horsemen and fair young persons. Then I saw, that they both were defiled a like. But she increased her whoredom: for when she saw men painted upon the wall, the images of the Chaldees set forth with fresh colors, with fair girdles about them, and goodly bonnets upon their heads, looking all like Princes ( after the manner of the Babylonians and Chaldees in their own land, where they be born ) immediatley, as soon as she saw them, she burnt in love upon them, and sent messengers for them into the land of the Chaldees.
Now when the Babylonians came to her, they lay with her, and defiled her with their whoredom, and so was she polluted with them. And when her lust was abated from them, her whoredom and shame was discovered and seen: then my heart forsook her, like as my heart was gone from her sister also. Nevertheless, she used her whoredome ever the longer the more, and remembered the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt: she burnt in lust upon them, whose flesh was like the flesh of Asses, and their seed like the seed of horses. Thus thou hast renewed the filthiness of thy youth, when thy lovers *bresed thy paps, and marred thy breasts in Egypt.
Therefore ( O Aholibah ) thus saith the Lord God. I will raise up thy lovers (with whom thou hast satisfied thy lust ) against thee, and gather them together round about thee: namely the Babylonians, and all the Chaldees: Pecod, Schoa, and Coa, with all the Assyrians: all young and fair lovers: princes and lords, knights and gentlemen, which be all good horsemen: These shall come upon thee with horses, chariots, and a great multitude of people: which shall be harnessed about thee on every side, with breastplates, shields and helmets. I will punish thee before them, yee they themselves shall punish thee, according to their own judgement. I will put my jealousy upon thee, so that they shall deal cruelly with thee. They shall cut off thy nose and thine ears, and the remnant shall fall through the sword. They shall carry away thy sons and thy daughters, and the residue shall be burnt in the fire. They shall strip thee out of thy clothes, and carry thy costly jewels away with them.
Thus I will make an end of thy filthiness and whoredom, which thou hast brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt turn thine eyes no more after them, and cast thy mind no more upon Egypt. For thus saith the Lord: behold, I will deliver thee into the hands of them, whom thou hatest: yee even into the hands of them, with whom thou hast fulfilled thy lust, which shall deal cruelly with thee, and shall take away all thy labor, and thus the shame of thy filthy whoredom shall come to light. All these things shall happen unto thee, because of thy whoredom, which thou hast used among the Gentiles, with whos Idols thou hast defiled thy self. Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister, therefore will I give thee her cup in thine hand.
Thus saith the Lord God: Thou shalt drink of thy sisters cup, how deep and *tarre so ever it be to the bottom. Thou shalt be laughed to scorn, and had as greatly in derision, as possible. Thou shalt be full of drunkenness and sorrow, for the cup of thy sister Samaria is a cup of destruction and wasting: The same shalt thou drink, and sup it out even to the dregs, Yee thou shalt eat up the broken pieces of it, and so tear thine own breasts: for even I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.
Therefore thus saith the Lord God: For so much as thou hast forgotten me, and cast me aside, so bear now thy own filthiness and whoredom. The Lord said moreover unto me: Thou son of man, wilt thou not reprove Oholah and Oholibah? Show them their abominations: namely, That they have broken their wedlock, and stained their hands with blood: Yee even with their idols have they committed *advoutry, and offered them their own children ( to be devoured ) whom they have born unto me. Yee and this have they done unto me also: they have defiled my Sanctuary in that same day, and have unhallowed my sabbaths. For when they had slain their children for their idols, they came the same day into my Sanctuary to defile it. Lo, this have they done in my house. Beside all this, thou has sent thy messengers for men out of far countries: and when they came, thou hast bathed, trimmed and set forth thy self of the best fashion: thou satest upon a goodly bed, and a table spread before thee: whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.
Then there was great cheer with her: and the men that were sent from far countries over the desert, unto these they gave bracelets upon their hands, and set glorious crowns upon their heads: Then thought I: no doubt, these will use their harlotry also with yonder old whore. And they went into her, as unto a common harlot: Even so went they also to Oholah and Oholibah those filthy women.
O ye all that love virtue and righteousness, judge them, punish them: as *advoutrers and murderers ought to be judged and punished. For they are breakers of wed lock, and the blood is in their hands. Wherefore thus saith the Lord God: bring a great multitude of people upon them, and make them be scattered and spoiled: these shall stone them and gore them with their swords. They shall slay their sons and daughters and burn up their houses with fire.
Thus I will destroy all such filthiness out of the land, that all women may learn, not to do after your uncleanness. And so they shall lay your filthiness upon your own selves, and ye shall be punished for the sins, that ye have committed with your Idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord
*brosed= perhaps bruised RN *bresed=cooked in fat (old French). *tarre=detestable.
*advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion to God our father, Jesu his son, love, truth, spirit. In most cases; in the KJV and other bibles of man this word was replaced with "adultery". see the children are offered up to the same advoutry. see James 2 for adultery
HOSEA or OSEAS Chpt 4
Whoredom, wine and drunkenness take the heart away. My people ask counsel at their stocks, their staff must tell them. For an whorish mind hath deceived them, so that they commit fornication against their God. They make sacrifices upon the high mountains, and burn their incense upon the hills, yee among the oaks, groves and bushes, for there are good shadows. Therefore your daughters have become harlots, and your spouses have broken their wedlock, I will not punish your daughters for being defiled, and your brides that became whores: seeing the fathers themselves have meddled with harlots, and offered with unthirftiness: but the people that will not understand must be punished.
ABACUK or HABACUK Chpt 2
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, to get him wrothfull displeasure for his drunkenness: that he may see his *prevites. Therefore with shame thou shalt be filled, in stead of honor. Drink thou also, till thou slumber with all: for the cup of the Lords right hand shall compass thee about, and shameful spewing instead of worship. For the wrong thou hast done in Libanus, shall overwhelm thee, and the wild beasts shall make thee afraid: because of mens blood, and for the wrong done in the land, in the city, and to all such as dwell therein.
*prevites=expose things held private, betrayal of confidentiality
JUDITH or JEHUDITH Chpt 13
Now when it was late in the night his servants made haste every man to his lodging. And Uagao shut the chamber doors, and went his way, for they were all over laden with wine. So was Judith alone in the chamber. As for Holofernes he lay upon the bed all drunken, and of very drunkenness fell asleep.
Then commanded Judith her maiden, to stand without before the door, and to wait. And Judith stood before the bed, making her prayer with tears, and moved her lips secretly, and said: Strengthen me O' Lord God of Israel, and have respect unto the works of my hands in this hour, that thou mayest set up thy city of Jerusalem, like as thou hast promised: O' grant that by thee I may perform the thing, which I have devised through the believe that I have in thee.
And when she had spoken this, she went to the bedstead, and loosen the sword that hanged upon it, and drew it out. Then she took hold of the hairy locks of his head, and said: Strengthen me O' Lord God in this hour: and with that she gave him two strokes upon the neck, and smote off his head. Then took she the canopy away, and rolled the dead body aside. Immediately she gat her forth, and delivered the head of Holofernes unto her maiden, and bade her to put it in her wallet.
And so these two went forth together after their custom, as though they would pray, and so passed by the Host, and came through the valley unto the port of the city. And Judith cried afar off unto the watchmen upon the walls: Open the gates ( said she ) for God is with us, which hath showed his power in Israel. And when they heard her voice, they called the elders of the city together. And they came all to meet her, little and great, young and old, for they thought not that she should have come so soon. So they lighted candles, and gathered around her every each one: but she went up into an high place, and caused silence to be proclaimed.
When every man now held his tongue, Judith said: O' praise the Lord our God, for he hath not despised, nor forsaken them, that put their trust in him: and in me his handmaiden he hath performed his mercy, which he promised unto the house of Israel: yee in my hand this same night hath he slayen the enemy of his people.
And with that she took forth the head of Holofernes out of the wallet, and showed it them, saying: Behold the head of Holofernes the Captain of the Assyrians, and this is the canopy, where he layed in his drunkenness : where the Lord our God hath slayen him by the hand of a woman.
But truly as the Lord liveth, his Angel hath kept me, going hither remaining there, and coming hither again from thence. And the Lord hath not suffered me his handmaiden to be defiled, but without any filthiness of sin hath he brought me again unto you: and that with great victory, so that I am escaped, and ye delivered. O' give thanks unto him every each one, for he is gracious, and his mercy endureth forever.
So they praised the Lord altogether, and gave thanks unto him. And to her they said: The Lord hath blessed thee in his power, for through thee he hath brought our enemies to naught. And Osias the chief ruler of the people of Israel, said unto her: Blessed art thou of the Lord the high God, above all women on earth.
Blessed be the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth, which hath guided thee aright to wound and to smite off the head of the Captain of our enemies. For this day he hath made thy name so honorable, that thy praise shall never come out of the mouth of men, which shall alway remember the power of the Lord: seeing that thou hast not spared thy own self, but put thee in jeopardy, considering the anguish and trouble of thy people, and so hast helped their fall before God our Lord. And all the people said: Amen, Amen.
Achior also was called, and he came. Then said Judith unto him: The God of Israel unto whom thou gavest witness, that he would be avenged of his enemies, even he hath this night through my hand smitten off the head of all the unfaithful. And that thou mayest see that it so is, behold this is the head of Holofernes, which in his presumptuous pride despised the God of the people of Israel, and threatened thee with destruction, saying: when the people of Israel is taken, I shall also cause thee to be sticked with the sword. When Achior saw Holofernes head he fell down upon his face to the ground for very anguish and fear, so that he swooned withal. But after that he was come again to himself, he fell down before her, and praised her, saying: Blessed art thou of thy God in all the tabernacles of Jacob: for all the people that hear of thy name, shall praise the God of Israel because of thee.
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