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under the color of...

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.

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     Behold in a nightmare of the dark season ...of the times and time ..of the season of man ...see son of man ...

     and in the midst of measures of matter came words to look see ...

     and the words were "under the color of " ...

     and as for the meaning ...mean ing ...that of using falsehood ...

     and "coloring" it ...different ...

     and making it more ...palatable ...

     and acceptable ...

     even sensible ...logical ...

     even under the color of kindness ...or caring ...

     even as any and all falsehoods ...deceptions and lies ...hope to be "colored" ...

     and especially of rule and power ...over others ...

     and of worldly rulers of darkness of this world ...

     and spiritual wickedness, for heavenly things ...

     

     and scripture comes to rememberance ...

 

THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 13

  Vain are all men, which have not the knowledge of God: as were they that out of the good things which are seen, knew not him, that of himself is everlasting. Neither took they so much regard of the works that are made, as to know, who was the craftsman of them: but some took the fire, some the wind or air, some the course of the stars, some the water, some took Sun and Moon, or the lights of heaven which rule the earth, for gods. But though they had such pleasure in their beauty, that they thought them to have been gods: yet should they have known, how much more fairer he is that made them. For the maker of beauty hath ordained all these things. Or if they marveled at the power and works of them, they should have percieved thereby, that he which made these things are mightier than they.
      For by the greatness and beauty of the creature, the maker thereof may plainly be known. Not withstanding they are the less to be blamed, that sought God, and would have found him, and yet missed. And why? for so much as they went about his works and sought after them, it is a token, that they regarded and held much of his works that are seen. howbeit they are not wholly to be excused. For if their knowledge and understanding was so great, that they could discern the world and its creatures, why did they not rather find out the Lord thereof?
      But unhappy are they, and among the dead is their hope, that call them Gods, which are but the works of mens hands: gold, silver, and the thing that is found out by conning, the similitude of beasts, or any vain stone that hath been made by hand of old. Or as when a carpenter cutteth down a tree out of the wood, and pareth the bark of it conningly: and so with the one part maketh a vessel to be used, and *dighteth meat with the residue. As for the other part that is left, which is profitable for nothing ( for it is a crooked piece of wood and full of knobs, he carveth it diligently through his vanity, and according to the knowledge of his conning ) he giveth it some proportion, fashioneth it after the similitude of a man, or maketh it like some beast, streak it over with red, and painteth it, and look what foul spot is in it he casteth some color upon it.
      Then maketh he a convenient tabernacle for it, setteth it in the wall, and maketh it fast with iron, providing so for it, least it happen to fall: for it is well known, that it can not help itself: And why? it is but an image, and must of necessity be helped.
      Then goeth he and offereth of his goods unto it, for his children and his wife: he seeketh help at it, he asketh counsel at it: he is not ashamed to speak unto it that hath no soul: for health, he maketh his petition unto him that is sick: for life, he prayeth unto him that is dead: he calleth upon him for help, that is not able to help himself: and to send him a good journey, he prayeth him that may not go. And in all the things that he taketh in hand ( whether it be to obtain anything or to work ) he prayeth unto him that can do no manner of good

*dighteth (boil)

THE BOOK OF WISDOM Chpt 14     

Again, another man purposing to sail, and beginning to take his journey through the raging sea, calleth for help unto a stock that is far weaker, than the tree that beareth him. For as for it, covetousness of money hath found it out, and the craftsman made it with his conning. But thy providence, O' Father, governeth all things from the beginning: for thou hast made a way in the sea, and a sure path in the midst of the waves: declaring thereby, that thou hast power to help in all things, ye though a man went to sea without a ship. Nevertheless, the works of thy wisdom should not be vain, thou hast caused an ark to be made: and therefore do men commit their lives to a small piece of wood, passing over the sea in a ship, and are saved.
      For in the old time also, when the proud giants perished, he ( in whom the hope was left to increase the world ) went into the ship, which was governed through thy hand, and so left seed behind him unto the world. For happy is the tree where through righteousness cometh: but cursed is the image of wood, that is made with hands, yee both it and he that made it. He, because he made it: and it because it was called God, where as it is but a frail thing. For the ungodly and his ungodliness are both like abominable unto God. Even so the work and he that made it also shall be punished together. Therefore shall there a plague come upon the images of the Heathen: for out of the creature of God they are become an abomination, a temptation unto the souls of men, and a snare for the feet of the unwise. And why the seeking out of images is the beginning of whoredom, and the bringing up of them is the destruction of life. For they were not from the beginning, neither shall they continue forever. The wealthy idleness of men hath found them out upon the earth, therefore shall they come shortly to an end.
      For a father mourned for his son that was taken away from him, he made an image ( in all the hast ) of his dead son: and so began to worship him as God, which was but a dead man, and *ordained his servants to offer unto him. Thus by process of time and through long custom, this error was kept as a law, and tyrants compelled men by violence to honor images. As for those that were so far off, that men might not worship them presently, their picture was brought from far, like the image of a King whom they would honor, to the intent that with great diligence they might worship him which was far off, as though he had been present. Again, the singular conning of the craftsman gave the ignorant also a great occasion to worship images. For the workman willing to do him a pleasure that set him a work, labored with all his conning to make the image of the best fashion. And so ( through the beauty of the work ) the common people was deceived, in so much that they took him now for a God, which alittle afore was honored as a man. And this was the error of mans life, when men ( either for to serve their own affection, or to do some pleasure unto Kings ) ascribed unto stones and stocks the name of God, which ought to be given unto no man.
Moreover, this was not enough for them that they erred in the knowledge of God: but where as they lived in the great wars of ignorance, those many and great plagues called they peace. For either they slew their own children, and offered them, or did sacrifice in the night season, or else held unreasonable watches: so that they kept neither life ner marriage clean: but either one slew another to death maliciously or else grieved his neighbor with *advoutry. And thus were all things mixed together: blood manslaughter, theft, dissimulation, corruption, unfaithfulness, sedition, perjury, disquietness of good men, unthankfulness, defiling of souls, changing of birth, unsteadfastness of marriage, misorder of *advoutry and uncleanness. And why? the honoring of abominable images is the cause, the beginning and end of all evil. For they worship Idols, either they are mad when they be merry, or prophesy lies, or live ungodly, or else lightly foreswear themselves. For in so much as their trust is in the Idols ( which have neither souls ner understanding ) though they swear falsely, yet they think it shall not hurt them.
      Therefore cometh a great plague upon them, and that worthily: for they have an evil opinion of God, giving heed unto Idols, swearing unjustly to deceive, and despising righteousness. For their swearing is no virtue, but a plague of them that sin, and goeth ever with the offense of the ungodly

     *ordened: ordained (ordered).
*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 SECOND OF THE MACHABEES Chpt 3     

What time as the holy city was inhabited in all peace and wealth, and when the laws were yet very well kept, ( for so was it ordained by Onias the high priest and other godly men, that were enemies of wickedness ) It came therefore, that even the kings and princes themselves did the place great worship, and garnished the temple with great gifts: Insomuch that Seleucus king of Asia of his own rents bare all the costs belonging to the service of the offerings. Then Simon of the tribe of Benjamin, a ruler of the temple, labored to work some mischief in the city: but the high priest resisted him.
      Nevertheless when he might not overcome Onias, he gat him to Apollonius the son of Thersa ( which then was chief lord in Celosyria and Phenice ) and told him that the treasury in Jerusalem was full of innumerable money, and how that the commons goods ( which belonged not unto the offerings ) were exceedingly great also: yee and how it were possible, that all these might come under the kings power.
      Now when Apollonius had showed the king of the money, as it was told him: the king called for Heliodorus his stewart, and sent him with a commandment, to bring him the same money. Immediately Heliodorus took his journey, but under a color, as though he would go through Celosyria and Phenices to visit the cities, but his purpose was to fulfil the kings pleasure. So when he came to Jerusalem, and was lovingly received of the high priest into the city: he told what was determined concerning the money, and showed the cause of his coming: he asked also, if it were so indeed. Then the high priest told him, that there was such money laid up for the up holding of widows and fatherless children, and how that certain of it belonged unto Hircanus Tobias a noble man: and that of all the money ( which that wicked Simon had *bewrayed ) there were four hundred talents of silver, and two hundred of gold: yee and that it were unpossible for those mens meaning to be deceived, that had layed up their money in the place and temple, (which is had in worship through the whole world) for the maintenance and honor of the same. Whereunto Heliodorus answered, that the king had commanded him in any wise, to bring him in the money.
      So at the day appointed, Heliodorus entered in to temple to order this matter. But there was no small fear throughout the whole city. The priests fell down before the altar in their vestments, and called unto heaven upon him, which had made a law concerning stuff given to keep, that they should be safely preserved, for such as commit them unto keeping. Then whoso had looked the high priest in the face, it would have grieved his heart: For his countenance and the changing of his color, declared the inward sorrow of his mind. The man was all in heaviness, and his body in fear: whereby they that looked upon him, might perceive the grief of his heart. The other people also came out of their houses by heaps unto the common prayer, because the place was like to come in to confusion. The women came together through the streets, with hairy clothes about their breasts.
      The virgins also that were kept in, ran to Onias, some to the walls, other some looked out of the windows: yee they all held their hands toward heaven, and prayed. A miserable thing was it, to look upon the common people, and the high priest being in such trouble. But they besought almighty God, that the goods that were committed unto them, might be kept whole, for those that had committed them unto their keeping. Nevertheless the thing that Heliodorus was determined to do, that performed he in the same place, he himself personally being about the treasury with his men of war. But the spirit of almighty God showed himself openly, so that all they which presumed to obey Heliodorus, fell through the power of God into great fearfulness and dread. For there appeared unto them an horse, with a terrible man sitting upon him, decked in goodly array, and the horse smote at Heliodorus with his forefeet. Now he that sat upon the horse, had harness of gold upon him.
      Moreover there appeared two fair and beautiful young men in goodly array, which stood by him, scourged him of both sides, and gave him many stripes without ceasing. With that fell Heliodorus suddenly unto the ground. So that they took him up ( being compassed about with great darkness ) and bare him out upon a *bare. Thus he that came with so many runners and men of war into the said treasury was born out, where as no man might help him: and so the power of God was manifest and known. He lay still dumb by also by the power of God, destitute of all hope and life. And they praised the Lord, that he had showed his power upon his place and temple, which a little afore was full of fear and trouble: and that through the revelation of the almighty Lord it was filled with joy and gladness.
      Then certain of Heliodorus friends prayed Onias, that in all hast he would call upon God, to grant him his life, which was giving up the ghost. So the high priest considered the matter, and least the king should suspect that the Jews had done Heliodorus some evil: he offered an healthoffering for him. Now when the high priest had obtained his petition, the same young men in the same clothing appeared, and stood beside Heliodorus, saying: Thank Onias the high priest, for his sake hath the Lord granted thee thy life: Therefore seeing that God hath scourged thee, give him praise and thanks, and show every man his might and power. And when they had spoken these words, they appeared no more.
      So Heliodorus offered unto God, made vows unto him, which had granted him his life, thanked Onias, took his host, and went again to the king. Then testified he unto every man of the great works of God, that he had seen with his eyes. And when the king asked Heliodorus who were *mete to be sent once again to Jerusalem, he said: If thou hast any enemy or adversary unto thy realm, send him thither, and thou shalt have him punished, if he escape with his life: for in that place, ( no doubt ) there is a special power and working of God. For he that dwelleth in heaven, visiteth and defendeth that place: and all that come to do it harm, he punisheth and plagueth them. This is now the matter concerning Heliodorus, and the keeping of the treasury at Jerusalem

*bewrayed (betrayed /disclosed)
*But the spirit of almighty God (kjv = the Lord of spirits, and the** Prince of all power caused a great apparition), ** Mark This "Prince of the power of the air" in Ephes 2:2 in the KJV refers to Satan. *bare (litter). *mete (worthy)

     

THE SECOND TO THE CORINTHIANS Chpt 11     

   If the truth of Christ be in me, this rejoicing shall not be taken from me in the regions of Achaia. Wherefore? Because I love you not? God knoweth. Nevertheless what I do, that will I do, to cut away occasion from them which desire occasion, that they might be found like unto us in that wherein they rejoice. For these false apostles are deceitful workers, and fashion them selves like unto the Apostles of Christ. And no marvel, for Satan himself is changed into the fashion of an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing, though his ministers fashion them selves as though they were the ministers of righteousness: whose end shall be according to their deeds.

     

     

     

     

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