The Apocryphon of John, translated by Marvin Meyer http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/nhl.html The Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of thirteen ancient books (called “codices”) containing over fifty texts, was discovered in upper Egypt in 1945. This immensely important discovery includes a large number of primary “Gnostic Gospels” – texts once thought to have been entirely destroyed during the early Christian struggle to define “orthodoxy” – scriptures such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and the Gospel of Truth. The discovery and translation of the Nag Hammadi library, initially completed in the 1970’s, has provided impetus to a major re-evaluation of early Christian history and the nature of Gnosticism. Excerpt from: The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels Vintage Books, New York: 1979 pp. xiii-xxiii … those who wrote and circulated these texts did not regard themselves as “heretics. Most of the writings use Christian terminology, unmistakable related to a Jewish heritage. Many claim to offer traditions about Jesus that are secret, hidden from “the many” who constitute what, in the second century, came to be called the “catholic church.” These Christians are now called gnostics, from the Greek word gnosis, usually translated as “knowledge.” For as those who claim to know nothing about ultimate reality are called agnostic (literally, “not knowing”), the person who does claim to know such things is called gnostic (“knowing”). But gnosis is not primarily rational knowledge. The Greek language distinguishes between scientific or reflective knowledge (“He knows mathematics”) and knowing through observation or experience (“He knows me”), which is gnosis. As the gnostics use the term, we could translate it as “insight,” for gnosis involves an intuitive process of knowing oneself. And to know oneself, they claimed, is to know human nature and human destiny. According to the gnostic teacher Theodotus, writing in Asia Minor (c. 140-160), the gnostic is one has come to understand who we were, and what we have become; where we were… whither we are hastening; from what we are being released; what birth is, and what is rebirth. Yet to know oneself, at the deepest level, is simultaneously to know God; this is the secret of gnosis. Another gnostic teacher, Monoimus, says: Abandon the search for God and the creation and other matters of a similar sort. Look for him by taking yourself as the starting point. Learn who it is within you who makes everything his own and says, “My God, my mind, my thought, my soul, my body.” Learn the sources of sorrow:, joy, love, hate . . . If you carefully investigate these matters you will find him in yourself. The “living Jesus” of these texts speaks of illusion and enlightenment, not of sin and repentance, like the Jesus of the New Testament. Instead of coming to save us from sin, he comes as a guide who opens access to spiritual understanding. But when the disciple attains enlightenment, Jesus no longer serves as his spiritual master: the two have become equal–even identical. Orthodox Christians believe that Jesus is Lord and Son of God in a unique way: he remains forever distinct from the rest of humanity whom he came to save. Yet the gnostic Gospel of Thomas relates that as soon as Thomas recognizes him, Jesus says to Thomas that they have both received their being from the same source: Jesus said, “I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become drunk from the bubbling stream which I have measured out…. He who will drink from my mouth will become as I am: I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him.”
Gospel of Thomas, a collection of the sayings of Jesus (the Wisdom of Jesus). The Gospel of Thomas was missing for almost two millennia until three copies of it were almost miraculously discovered several decades ago: two sections of it written in Greek found at Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, and a more complete edition in the Coptic language found near Nag Hammadi buried under the sands of time in a clay storage jar.Book of Thomas says: “Know what is before your face, and what is hidden from you will be revealed to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor anything buried which will not be raised.” “wisdom gospel,” with its format of proverbs and parables. It contains absolutely no narrative whatsoever. It’s comprised solely of one hundred and fourteen unvarnished sayings of Jesus, one after the other, and that’s it. There is no commentary, no spin, and no story. No more Roman centurions, scribes, Pharisees, and locusts to block our view. Rather than being presented through the “lens” of others, the reader encounters a more direct, unfiltered historic Jesus.The intention by those who compiled and circulated this collection is to encourage readers to deeply ponder each and every saying for themselves, leading them to their own personal insights and revelations.
This lost book has been found, and now has it’s own home page on the worldwide web. The “second coming” of Thomas has occurred — it is a “resurrected” or “reincarnated” book, if you will. Practically predicting it’s own rediscovery the Book of Thomas says: “Know what is before your face, and what is hidden from you will be revealed to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor anything buried which will not be raised.” (Saying Five) Though nowadays associated with Egypt, these surviving pages are copies of an even earlier Greek manuscript most likely originating from Syria, which was, and remains, home-base of the “Saint Thomas Branch of Christianity,” the Syriac-Aramaic Church of the East. It is said that Saint Thomas during the First Century AD headed east, eventually ending up in India, where he spent the rest of his life. That’s recorded in another holy book known as the Acts of Thomas, one of several writings in the Thomas tradition: Gospel of Thomas, Thomas the Spiritual Athlete, Psalms of Thomas, Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Acts of Thomas, and The Apocalypse of Thomas. For more on “Sayings Gospels,” type the word “Logia” into the search box at Wikipedia:
This Greek epistle appeared at the end of the New Testament in the Fourth century Codex Sinaiticus, but later objections, including those by Eusebius, led to its removal. It was cited as early as the second century by Clement of Alexandria. The scripture emphasizes the need for fellow followers of Christ to raise up the spiritual meaning behind the base physical laws, rituals, and images found from Abraham to Jesus Christ. Love and hope for fellow believers flows throughout the work. I highly recommend two previously uploaded versions of this scripture from Apocrophile1970. The text is available at http://www.scriptural-truth.com/
This is a prophetic book containing much dealing with the last days. This book holds much importance as the Lord’s holy word, as we know Ezra was a true prophet of the Lord. Apocalyptic book which is mostly prophecies concerning our generation, being the last days. An Audio-book containing read along text.
Here is the online link for 2 ESDRAS [4 Ezra] http://www.pseudepigrapha.com/apocrypha_ot/2esdr.htm
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The Iranians threatened to bomb Israel with weaponson on our Independence Day, and in 48 hours they received an earthquake of 5.9 in the area of the atomic reactor, and an unprecedented sandstorm that turned Iran into a sandbox ( Many Iranians died of suffocation )
25 “It shall be that whoever remains after all that I have foretold to you shall be saved and shall see my salvation and the end of my world.
26 And they shall see those who were taken up, who from their birth have not tasted death; and the heart of the earth’s inhabitants shall be changed and converted to a different spirit.
This passage is amazing and shows 2 distinct groups of the harpazo/rapture. In my opinion, this appears to be an Old Testament Rapture verse!t
2 Esdras 6:25-26
Is 2 Esdras scripture?
Full 2 Esdras reading
Abba, Father, thank You Abba, for waking us up this morning to You new day! Than You Abba not only for walking us up physically, but waking us up our Spirits; for quickening us that we pay attention to Yahshuah Ha’Maschiach more intently. We praise Your Holy Name Abba, and we bow to Your Holiness, knowing our place before You. Let us Never forget Your Holiness and Your Sovereignty over all! Let us never forget there is None like You. We are Yours by Your Power alone. We give You all the Glory and all the Praise for Your great Love, Mercy and Grace to us through Yahshuah Ha’Maschiach.
Abba, Father, we lift up our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus throughout the world who are suffering persecution for the sake of the Gospel and ask that You continue to strengthen them in Spirit and in Truth. Thank you Abba, for their powerful witness to us; that we too will be standing strong in our Faith when our time comes.
Abba, Father, we lift up the people of Israel who are hated throughout the world. They are surrounded on all sides and have been deceived by those who eat at their table. Abba, Father, have mercy on them and have mercy upon those who live in Jerusalem. We pray for Your Peace to come to Jerusalem and that your Holy People will see the face of Christ and live.
Abba, Father, I plead the Blood of Christ Jesus of Nazareth over this Family, over our Men of Standards and our Ladies of Grace, our Watchmen and our silent selfless Workers. Abba, Father surround us with Your hedge of protection that we may continue to grow in love and in the Truth of Christ, cleansing and purging ourselves of all that does not please You. Show us Abba, that we may hear and obey Your Son, Yahshuah Ha’Maschiach. Abba, we thank your for reminding us that we are not alone and that we are joined in Christ, with all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Help us to all grow in Your Wisdom, and live in Christ Jesus, our Rock and our Place of Refuge. Through Him, strengthen our Faith and Trust in You, sharing all we are for the sake of the Gospel and for the sake of Your Son, who gave His all so we could live in Him forevermore. Thank You Abba, for Your Mercy and Grace this day. Help us not to waste any of this day of things that do not please you.
Abba, Father, thank You Abba, for all You are! Thank You for growing us ever single day into the Child You make us to be. We trust You, we Believe. Thank you for hearing and answering all of our prayers today Abba, according to Your Perfect Will. I lift these prayers to You in the Holy and Mighty Name of Yahshuah Ha’Maschiach, Christ Jesus of Nazareth. Amen and Amen.