BEL AND THE DRAGON

Watch Daniel And The Lion’s Den. The real story.

By Flat water Flat Earth
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By Donna Brown Bowles

Babel and confusion.
They lie so much
people can’t see for their “beliefs”. Look
at the evidence. Weigh it. Use
discernment. When one person says
dinosaur, it’s just another way of saying
dragon. Dinosaur means terrible lizard.
There were big lizards living
contemporary with mankind, not millions
or billions of years. Job and even Enoch
mention Behemoth and Leviathan.
Science uses big lizards to try to prove
evolution, so anything that proves the
Bible, they deny.
King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel And The
story of Bel And The Dragon read from
Old Greek, then Theodotian text, from the
Septuagint.
At 00:56 seconds we see a photo of the
idol named bel, Baal or ba’al, who is one
of the main deity’s worshipped by several
ancient eastern nations. It is this idol to
whom many people would sacrifice their
infants, by throwing them into an
immolation pit (in other words a burnt
offering, or holocaust), or by placing
them into a huge metal furnace inside of
a statue of the deity. (Much like “the
cremation of care” at bohemian grove)
At 1:43 To 1:52 The Temple Of Uru
(Temple of Ur, in Ur-Chaldea, or
Ur-Chaldees, Iraq, Modern Day Babylon,
the picture shown might even be the idols
temple described in this text)
At 2:04 bel/ ba’al/ Baal

At 2:22 minutes The Blue Gate of Babylon, with a
Dinosaur as one of the creatures in the
mosaics. If you pause, you’ll see
it’s clearly a brontosaurus type of animal.
It has a very long tail which is inline with
the spine all the way to the head. A
gigantic creature, with a very long tail and
a very long neck, scales and claws on its
rear feet.

THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS

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Original scripture: Coptic Gospel of Thomas
https://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/thomas.htm

These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke
and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.

THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS
1:50

50)  Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where did you come from?’,
say to them, ‘We came from the light, the place where the light
came into being on its own accord and established [itself] and became manifest/clear through their image.’ If they say to you, ‘Is it you?’, say, ‘We are its children, we are the elect/chosen of the Living Father.’ If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your father in you?’, say to them, ‘It is movement and repose.’”

Okay so when I read this I didn’t understand the greatness of saying.
“TELL THEM THAT, IT IS MOVEMENT AND REPOSE.” So I looked up what those words actually mean; their deep meaning; because my limited understanding couldn’t see the greatness of these two words.
I then started searching and
found these definitions  that made it so amazingly beautiful!
You see, Jesus spoke in parables so, the people who had intellect, the Pharisees, could not understand them; however, the people he chose, the elect, would be inspired to search out the meaning in order to understand.
It’s just amazing when you look up two little words and it makes the entire verse astoundingl!

REPOSE:
PEACE, TRANQUILITY
A state of rest, sleep, or tranquility.
A state of resting after exertion or strain especially : rest in sleep
Eternal or heavenly restpray for the repose of a soul
A harmony in the arrangement of parts and colors that is restful to the eye
MOVEMENT:
Moving parts of a mechanism that transmit a definite motion
A series of organized activities working toward an objective also: an organized effort to promote or attain an end.
Definition of movement in motion:
A sense  of movement
A distinct structural unit or division having its own key, rhythmic structure, and themes and forming part of an extended musical composition:
The symphony consisted of three movements.

1. A particular rhythmic flow of language :
2. Art movement
3. A harmonious
rrangement of colors and forms, providing a restful visual effect.

How extraordinary is that…

LET GOD BE THE JUDGE AND EVERYONE ELSE BE SILENT

Published from WordPress 8/6/2022 by Donna Brown Bowles


LET GOD BE THE JUDGE AND EVERYONE ELSE BE SILENT

JESUS DIED FOR ALL SINNERS

This is not only, a valuable part of the Gospel Of Nicodemus but very important for all who would desire to be like Jesus and escape hell.

There should be no doubt that God loves us all equally, regardless of our sins, after reading this I’m convinced. JESUS CHRIST has mercy on all sinners, no matter how great their sin is?
There is no sin greater than the other…Remember, don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you do.

THE GOSPEL OF NICODEMUS, FORMERLY CALLED THE ACTS OF PONTIUS PILATE 20:5-14

5. And while the
holy Enoch and
Elias were relating
this, behold there
came another man
in a miserable
figure carrying the
sign of the cross
upon his shoulders.
6 And when all the
saints saw him, they
said to him, Who
art thou? For thy
countenance is like
a thief’s; and why
dost thou carry a
cross upon thy
shoulders?
7 To which he
answering, said, Ye
say right, for I was a
thief who
committed all sorts
of wickedness upon
earth.
8 And the Jews
crucified me with
Jesus; and I
observed the
surprising things
which happened
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in the creation at
the crucifixion of
the Lord Jesus.
9 And I believed
him to be the
Creator of all things,
and the Almighty
King; and I prayed
to him, saying,
Lord, remember
me, when thou
comest into thy
kingdom.

10 He presently
regarded my
supplication, and
said to me, Verily I
say unto thee, this
day thou shalt be
with me in
Paradise. 1
11 And he gave me
this sign of the cross
saying, Carry this,
and go to Paradise;
and if the angel
who is the guard of
Paradise will not
admit thee, shew
him the sign of the
cross, and say unto
him: Jesus Christ
who is now
crucified, hath sent
me hither to thee.
12 When I did this,
and told the angel
who is the guard of
Paradise all these
things, and he
heard them, he
presently opened
the gates,
introduced me, and
placed me on the
right-hand in
Paradise,
13 Saying, Stay here
a little time, till
Adam, the father of
all mankind, shall
enter in, with all his
sons, who are the
holy and righteous
servants of Jesus
Christ, who was
crucified.
14 When they heard all this account from the thief, all the patriarchs said with one voice, Blessed be thou, O Almighty God, the Father of everlasting goodness, and the Father of mercies, who hast shewn such favour to those who were sinners against him, and hast brought them to the mercy of Paradise, and hast placed them amidst thy large and spiritual provisions, in a spiritual and holy life. Amen.

Reed the entire book  of NICODEMUS. https://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/lbob/lbob10.htm

THE GOSPEL OF NICODEMUS

THE GOSPEL OF NICODEMUS, FORMERLY CALLED THE ACTS OF PONTIUS PILATE

Published from WordPress by Donna Brown Bowles 8/6/22 https://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/lbob/lbob10.htm

CHAP. XX.
THE GOSPEL OF NICODEMUS AN ACCOUNT GIVEN BY PONTIUS PILATE.

JESUS CONQUERED DEATH

Part One

Part two.

I just read this entire book a few months ago and it the most extraordinary book I have ever read! It’s only 22 Chapters. Well worth 30 minutes of your time. I can assure you that it will change your perspective and your life.

CHAP. XX. THE GOSPEL OF NICODEMUS OKAY OKAY


1 Christ delivers Adam
to Michael the
archangel. 3. They meet
Enoch and Elijah in
heaven, 5 and also the
blessed thief, who relates
how he cares to
Paradise.
THEN the Lord
holding Adam by
the hand, delivered
him to Michael the
archangel; and he
led them into
Paradise, filled with
mercy and glory;
2 And two very
ancient men met
them, and were
asked by the saints,
Who are ye, who
have not yet been
with us in hell, and
have had your
bodies placed in
Paradise?
3 One of them
answering, said, I
am Enoch, who was
translated by the
word of God: 5 and
this man who is
with me, is Elijah
the Tishbite, who
was translated in a
fiery chariot. 6
4 Here we have
hitherto been, and
have not tasted
death, but are now
about to return at
the coming of
Antichrist, being
armed with divine
signs and miracles,
to engage with him
in battle, and to be
slain by him at
Jerusalem, and to
be taken up alive
again into the
clouds, after three
days and a half. 7

I play this at night and it helps me sleep sound in the holy presence of our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST.
IS THERE ANY DOUBT WHO THE TWO WITNESSES ARE AFTER READING THIS?


*ENOCH AND ELIJAH*… Are the two witnesses beyond a shadow of a doubt
Praise GOD for HE IS worthy of praise in JESUS NAME!!!
❤️❤️❤️

The GOSPEL of NICODEMUS, formerly called the ACTS of PONTIUS PILATE.

Published from WordPress by Donna Brown Bowles May 29, 2022 CHAP. XXII.https://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/lbob/lbob10.htm

This is the first and last chapter’s.

[Although this Gospel is, by some
among the learned, supposed to
have been really written by
Nicodemus, who became a disciple.
of Jesus Christ, and conversed
with him; others conjecture that
it was a forgery towards the close.
of the third century by some
zealous believer, who observing
that there had been appeals made
by the Christians of the former
age, to the Acts of Pilate, but
that such Acts could not be
produced, imagined it would be of
service to Christianity to
fabricate and publish this Gospel;
as it would both confirm the
Christians under persecution, and
convince the Heathens of the truth
of the Christian religion. The
Rev. Jeremiah Jones says, that
such pious frauds were very common
among Christians even in the first
three centuries; and that a
forgery of this nature, with the
view above mentioned, seems
natural and probable. The same
author, in noticing that Eusebius,
in his Ecclesiastical history,
charges the Pagans with having
forged and published a book,
called “The Acts of Pilate,” takes
occasion to observe, that the
internal evidence of this Gospel
produced, imagined it would be of
service to Christianity to
fabricate and publish this Gospel;
as it would both confirm the
Christians under persecution, and
convince the Heathens of the truth
of the Christian religion.
Rev. Jeremiah Jones says, that
such pious frauds were very common
among Christians even in the first
three centuries; and that a
forgery of this nature, with the
view above mentioned, seems
natural and probable. The same
author, in noticing that Eusebius,
in his Ecclesiastical history,
charges the Pagans with having
forged and published a book,
called “The Acts of Pilate,” takes
occasion to observe, that the
internal evidence of this Gospel
shows it was not the work of any
Heathen; but that if in the latter
end of the third century we find
it in use among Christians (as it
was then certainly in some
churches) and about the same time
find a forgery of the Heathens
under the same title, it seems
exceedingly probable that some
Christians, at that time, should
publish such a piece as this, in
order partly to confront the
spurious one of the Pagans, and
partly to support those appeals
which had been made by former
Christians to the Acts of Pilate;
and Mr. Jones says, he thinks so
more particularly as we have
innumerable instances of forgeries
by the faithful in the primitive
ages, grounded on less plausible
reasons. Whether it be canonical
or not, it is of very great
antiquity, and is appealed to by
several of the ancient Christians.
The present translation is made
from the Gospel published by
Grynæus in the Orthodoxographa,
vol. i. tom. ii. p. 643.]
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This is the most extraordinary book I have ever read from the Apocrypha; “The Lost Books of the Bible.”
It’s 22 chapters.  I put the last chapter  Because it’s extremely important and amazing; however, the entire book is extraordinary!
I’ve included a link that takes you to the entire Book of THE GOSPEL OF NICODEMUS.
If you have the time please read this book. You will be amazed at how much information the elite has hidden from us for hundreds of years.

The GOSPEL of NICODEMUS, formerly called the ACTS of PONTIUS PILATE.

CHAP. XXII.https://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/lbob/lbob10.htm

1 Pilate goes to the temple; calls together the rulers, and scribes, and doctors. 2 Commands the gates to be shut; orders the book of the Scripture; and causes the Jews to relate what they really knew concerning Christ. 14 They declare that they crucified Christ in ignorance, and that they now know him to be the Son of God, according to the testimony of the Scriptures; which, after they put him to death, they are examined.

AFTER these things Pilate went to the temple of the Jews, and called together all the rulers and scribes, and doctors of the law, and went with them into a chapel of the temple.
2 And commanding that all the gates should be shut, said to them, I have heard that ye have a certain large book in this temple; I desire you therefore, that it may be brought before me.
3 And when the great book, carried by four ministers of the temple, and adorned with gold and precious stones, was brought, Pilate said to them all, I adjure you by the God of your Fathers, who made and commanded this temple to be built, that ye conceal not the truth from me.
4 Ye know all the things which are written in that book; tell me therefore now, if ye in the Scriptures have found any thing of that Jesus whom ye crucified, and at what time of the world he ought to have come: shew it me.

5 Then having sworn Annas and Caiaphas, they commanded all the rest who were with them to go out of the chapel.
6 And they shut the gates of the temple and of the chapel, and said to Pilate, Thou hast made us to swear, O judge, by the building of this temple, to declare to thee that which is true and right.
7 After we had crucified Jesus, not knowing that he was the Son of God, but supposing he wrought his miracles by some magical arts, we summoned a large assembly in this temple.
8 And when we were deliberating among one another about
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the miracles which Jesus had wrought, we found many witnesses of our own country, who declared that they had seen him alive after his death, and that they heard him discoursing with his disciples, and saw him ascending unto the height of the heavens, and entering into them;
9 And we saw two witnesses, whose bodies Jesus raised from the dead, who told us of many strange things which Jesus did among the dead, of which we have a written account in our hands.

10 And it is our custom annually to open this holy book before an assembly, and to search there for the counsel of God.
11 And we found in the first of the seventy books, where Michael the archangel is speaking to the third son of Adam the first man, an account that after five thousand five hundred years, Christ the most beloved Son of God was come on earth,
12 And we further considered, that perhaps he was the very God of Israel who spoke to Moses, Thou shalt make the ark of the testimony; two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 1
13 By these five cubits and a half for the building of the ark of the Old Testament, we perceived and knew that in five thousand years and a half (one thousand) years, Jesus Christ was to come in the ark or tabernacle of a body;.

14 And so our scriptures testify that he is the son of God, and the Lord and King of Israel.
15 And because after his suffering, our chief priests were surprised at the signs which were wrought by his means, we opened that book to search all the generations down to the generation of Joseph and Mary the mother of Jesus, supposing him to be of the seed of David;
16 And we found the account of the creation, and at what time he made the heaven and the earth and the first man Adam, and that from thence to the flood, were two thousand, two hundred and twelve years.
17 And from the flood to Abraham, nine hundred and twelve. And from Abraham to Moses, four hundred and thirty. And from Moses to David the king, five hundred and ten.
18 And from David to the Babylonish captivity, five hundred years. And from the Babylonish captivity to the incarnation of Christ, four hundred years.
19 The sum of all which amounts to five thousand and half (a thousand).
20 And so it appears, that Jesus whom we crucified, is Jesus Christ the Son of God, and true and Almighty God. Amen.

In the name of the Holy Trinity, thus end the Acts of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which the Emperor Theodosius the Great found at Jerusalem, in the hall of Pontius Pilate among the public records; the things were acted in the nineteenth year of Tiberius Cæsar, Emperor of the Romans, and in the seventeenth year of the government of Herod the son of Herod king of Galilee, on the eighth of the calends of April, which is the twenty-third 
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day of the month of March, in the CCIId Olympiad, when Joseph and Caiaphas were Rulers of the Jews; being a History written in Hebrew by Nicodemus, of what happened after our Saviour’s crucifixion.

Read original article here in it’s entirely…

https://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/lbob/lbob10.htm

THE LOST GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PETER

https://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/lbob/lbob30.htm

The Lost Books of the Bible, [1926], at sacred-texts.com

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THE LOST GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PETER INTRODUCTION

[In the valley of the Upper Nile, on the right bank of the river, is the mysterious town of Akhmîm. It was called Panopolis in ancient times when it was the capital of the district. The remnants of monasteries and the ruins of temples mark the intellectual life of a former day.

In 1888, the French Archæological Mission excavating in the grave of a monk, came upon a parchment codex. Six years later a translation of this was published in the Memoirs of the French Archæological Mission at Cairo. Scholars realized for the first time that a striking discovery, possibly of overwhelming importance, had been made. A portion of The Gospel According to Peter appeared to have been restored to the Christian Community after having been lost for ages. But until now, this document has never been made available to the general public.

Centuries rolled over that remote tomb at Akhmîm, while nations rose and fell, wars blasted civilization, science metamorphosed the world, Shakespeares and Miltons wrote their names and passed on, the American nation was born and grew up—all the while the ink on the parchment in that Egyptian tomb was scarcely changing—and the beautiful words of this Scripture were preserving for us this version of the most tragic and momentous event in history. That briefly is the romance of The Lost Gospel According to Peter.

Such a gospel was referred to by Serapion, Bishop of Antioch, in 190 A.D.; Origen, historian, in 253 A.D.; Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea in 300 A.D.; Theodoret in 455 in his Religious History said that the Nazarenes used The Gospel According to Peter; and Justin Martyr includes the Memoirs of Peter in his “Apostolic Memoirs.” Thus scholars have always recognized that such a document existed long ago, although its whereabouts and fate were a mystery until the discovery at Akhmîm.

While in general the story of the trial and crucifixion that Is revealed here follows that of the canonical gospels, in detail it is very different. This account is freer from constraint; and with the events between the burial and resurrection of our Lord, it is much more ample and detailed than anything in the canonical tradition.

There are indeed twenty-nine variations of fact between this Lost Gospel According to Peter and the four canonical gospels. Some of the most important that the reader will note are as follows: 1. Herod was the one who gave the order for the execution. 2. Joseph was a friend of Pilate. 3. In the darkness many went about with lamps and fell down. (That is a startling glimpse of the confusion that seized the people.) 4. Our Lord’s cry of “My power, my power.” 5. The account of how the disciples had to hide because they were searched for as malefactors anxious to burn the temple. 6. The name of the centurion who kept watch at the tomb was Petronius.

It is also interesting to note the prominence assigned to Mary Magdalene; and how this account tends to lay more responsibility on Herod and the people, while relieving Pilate somewhat of his share in the action that was taken. Also, the Resurrection and Ascension are here recorded not as separate events but as occurring on the same day.

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There will be a great divergence of opinion as to the place of this document and its relation to the canonical scriptures. Its existence is here proclaimed, and beyond that every reader may form his own estimate of its value. The Rev. D. H. Stanton, D.D., in the Journal of Theological Studies, commenting on Justin Martyr’s ancient testimony, and this present document, says: “The conclusion with which we are confronted is that The Gospel of Peter once held a place of honor, comparable to that assigned to the Four Gospels, perhaps even higher than some of them . . .”]

THE LOST GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PETER

BUT of the Jews none washed his hands, neither Herod nor any one of his judges. And when they had refused to wash them, Pilate rose up. And then Herod the king commandeth that the Lord be taken saying to them, What things soever I commanded you to do unto him, do.

2 And there was standing there Joseph the friend of Pilate and of the Lord; and, knowing that they were about to crucify him, he came to Pilate and asked the body of the Lord for burial. And Pilate sent to Herod and asked his body. And Herod said, Brother Pilate, even if no one has asked for him, we purposed to bury him, especially as the sabbath draweth on: for it is written in the law, that the sun set not upon one that hath been put to death.

3 And he delivered him to the people on the day before the unleavened bread, their feast. And they took the Lord and pushed him as they ran, and said, Let us drag away the Son of God, having obtained power over him. And they clothed him with purple, and set him on the seat of judgment, saying, Judge righteously, O king of Israel. And one of them brought a crown of thorns and put it on the head of the Lord. And others stood and spat in his eyes, and others smote his cheeks: others pricked him with a reed; and some scourged him, saying, With this honor let us honor the Son of God.

4 And they brought two malefactors, and they crucified the Lord between them. But he held his peace, as though having no pain. And when they had raised the cross, they wrote the title: This is the king of Israel. And having set his garments before him they parted them among them, and cast lots for them. And one of those malefactors reproached them, saying, We for the evils that we have done have suffered thus, but this man, who hath become the Saviour of men, what wrong hath he done to you? And they, being angered at him, commanded that his legs should not be broken, that he might die in torment.

5 And it was noon, and darkness came over all Judæa: and they were troubled and distressed, lest the sun had set, whilst he was yet alive: [for] it is written for them, that the sun set not on him that hath been put to death. And one of them said, Give him to drink gall with vinegar. And they

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mixed and gave him to drink, and fulfilled all things, and accomplished their sins against their own head. And many went about with lamps, supposing that it was night, and fell down. And the Lord cried out, saying, My power, my power, thou hast forsaken me. And when he had said it he was taken up. And in that hour the vail of the temple of Jerusalem was rent in twain.

6 And then they drew out the nails from the hands of the Lord, and laid him upon the earth, and the whole earth quaked, and great fear arose. Then the sun shone, and it was found the ninth hour: and the Jews rejoiced, and gave his body to Joseph that he might bury it, since he had seen what good things he had done. And he took the Lord, and him, and rolled him in a linen cloth, and brought him to his own tomb, which was called the Garden of Joseph.

7 Then the Jews and the elders and the priests, perceiving what evil they had done to themselves, began to lament and to say, Woe for our sins: the judgment hath drawn nigh, and the end of Jerusalem. And I with my companions was grieved; and being wounded in mind we hid ourselves: for we were being sought for by them as malefactors, and as wishing to set fire to the temple. And upon all these things we fasted and sat mourning and weeping night and day until the sabbath.

8 But the scribes and Pharisees and elders being gathered together one with another, when they heard that all the people murmured and beat their breasts saying, If by his death these most mighty signs have come to pass, see how righteous he is,—the elders were afraid and came to Pilate beseeching him and saying, Give us soldiers, that we may guard his sepulchre for three days, lest his disciples come and steal him away, and the people suppose that he is risen from the dead and do us evil. And Pilate gave them Petronius the centurion with soldiers to guard the tomb. And with them came elders and scribes to the sepulchre, and having rolled a great stone together with the centurion and the soldiers, they all together who were there set it at the door of the sepulchre; and they affixed seven seals, and they pitched a tent there and guarded it. And early in the morning as the sabbath was drawing on, there came a multitude from Jerusalem and the region round about, that they might see the sepulchre that was sealed.

9 And in the night in which the Lord’s day was drawing on, as the soldiers kept guard two by two in a watch, there was a great voice in the heaven; and they saw the heavens opened, and two men descend from thence with great light and approach the tomb. And that stone which was put at the door rolled of itself and made way in part; and the tomb was opened, and both the young men entered in.

10 When therefore those

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soldiers saw it, they awakened the centurion and the elders; for they too were hard by keeping guard. And as they declared what things they had seen, again they see three men come forth from the tomb, and two of them supporting one, and a cross following them: and of the two the head reached unto the heaven, but the head of him who was lead by them overpassed the heavens. And they heard a voice from the heavens, saying, Thou hast preached to them that sleep. And a response was heard from the cross, Yea.

11 They therefore considered one with another whether to go away and shew these things to Pilate. And while they yet thought thereon, the heavens again are seen to open, and a certain man to descend and enter into the sepulchre. When the centurion and they that were with him saw these things, they hastened in the night to Pilate, leaving the tomb which they were watching, and declared all things which they had seen, being greatly distressed and saying, Truly he was the Son of God. Pilate answered and said, I am pure from the blood of the Son of God: but it was ye who determined this. Then they all drew near and besought him and entreated him to command the centurion and the soldiers to say nothing of the things which they had seen: For it is better, say they, for us to be guilty of the greatest sin before God, and not to fall into the hands of the people of the Jews and to be stoned. Pilate therefore commanded the centurion and the soldiers to say nothing.

12 And at dawn upon the Lord’s day Mary Magdalene, a disciple of the Lord, fearing because of the Jews, since they were burning with wrath, had not done at the Lord’s sepulchre the things which women are wont to do for those that die and for those that are beloved by them—she took her friends with her and came to the sepulchre where he was laid. And they feared lest the Jews should see them, and they said, Although on that day on which he was crucified we could not weep and lament, yet now let us do these things at his sepulchre. But who shall roll away for us the stone that was laid at the door of the sepulchre, that we may enter in and sit by him and do the things that are due? For the stone was great, and we fear lest some one see us. And if we cannot, yet if we but set at the door the things which we bring as a memorial of him, we will weep and lament, until we come unto our home.

13 And they went and found the tomb opened, and coming near they looked in there; and they see there a certain young man sitting in the midst of the tomb, beautiful and clothed in a robe exceeding bright; who said to them, Wherefore are ye come? Whom seek ye? Him that was crucified? He is risen and gone. But if ye believe not, look in and see the place

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where he lay, that he is not [here]; for he is risen and gone thither, whence he was sent. Then the women feared and fled.

14 Now it was the last day of the unleavened bread, and many were going forth, returning to their homes, as the feast was ended. But we, the twelve disciples of the Lord, wept and were grieved: and each one, being grieved for that which was come to pass, departed to his home. But I Simon Peter and Andrew my brother took our nets and went to the sea; and there was with us Levi the son of Alphæus, whom the Lord . . .

The Psalms of Solomon

Posted by Donna Brown Bowles

March 24, 2020

This story reminds me of today how people have turned their backs on God and, how America is being invaded by evil.

Evil from within and from them that invade our once great country.

May God have mercy on us.

The Psalms of Solomon

Chapter II.

The desecration of Jerusalem; captivity, murder, and raping. A psalm of utter despair.

When the sinner waxed proud, with a battering-ram he cast down fortified walls,

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And thou didst not restrain him.
Alien nations ascended Thine altar,
They trampled it proudly with their sandals;
Because the sons of Jerusalem had defiled the holy things of the Lord,
Had profaned with iniquities the offerings of God.
Therefore He said: Cast them far from Me;

. . . . . .
It was set at naught before God,
It was utterly dishonoured;
The sons and the daughters were m grievous captivity,
Sealed was their neck, branded was it among the nations.

According to their sins hath He done unto them,
For He hath left them in the hands of them that prevailed.
He hath turned away His face from pitying them,
Young and old and their children together;
For they had done evil one and all, in not hearkening.
And the heavens were angry,
And the earth abhorred them;
For no man upon it had done what they did,
And the earth recognized all
Thy righteous judgements, O God.
They set the sons of Jerusalem to be mocked at in return for the harlots in her;
Every wayfarer entered in in the full light of day.
They made mock with their transgressions, as they themselves were wont to do;
In the full light of day they revealed their iniquities.
And the daughters of Jerusalem were defiled in accordance with Thy judgement,
Because they had defiled themselves with unnatural intercourse.
I am pained in my bowels and my inward parts for these things.

And yet I will justify Thee, O God, in uprightness of heart,
For in Thy judgements is Thy righteousness displayed, O God.
For Thou hast rendered to the sinners according to their deeds,
Yea, according to their sins, which were very wicked.
Thou hast uncovered their sins, that Thy judgement might be manifest;
Thou hast wiped out their memorial from the earth.
God is a righteous judge,
And he is no respecter of persons.

For the nations reproached Jerusalem, trampling it down;
Her beauty was dragged down from the throne of glory.
She girded on sackcloth instead of comely raiment,
A rope was about her head instead of a crown.
She put off the glorious diadem which God had set upon her,
In dishonour was her beauty cast upon the ground.

And I saw and entreated the Lord and said,
Long enough, O Lord has Thine hand been heavy on Israel, in bringing the nations upon them.
For they have made sport unsparingly in wrath and fierce anger;
And they will make an utter end, unless Thou, O Lord, rebuke them in Thy wrath.
For they have done. it not in zeal, but in lust of soul,
Pouring out their wrath upon us with a view to rapine.
Delay not, O God, to recompense them on their heads,
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And I had not long to wait before God showed me the insolent one
Slain on the mountains of Egypt,
Esteemed of less account than the least, on land and sea;
His body, too, borne hither and thither on the billows with much insolence,
With none to bury him, because He had rejected him with dishonour.

He reflected not that he was man,
And reflected not on the latter end;
He said: I will be lord of land and sea;
And he recognized not that it is God who is great,
Mighty in His great strength.
He is king over the heavens,
And judgeth kings and kingdoms.
It is He who setteth me up in glory,
And bringeth down the proud to eternal destruction in dishonour,
Because they knew Him not.

And now behold, ye princes of the earth, the judgement of the Lord,
For a great king and righteous is He, judging all that is under heaven.
Bless God, ye that fear the Lord with wisdom,
For the mercy of the Lord will ~e upon them that fear Him, m the Judgement;
So that He will distinguish between the righteous and the sinner,
And recompense the sinners for ever according to their deeds;
And have mercy on the righteous, delivering him from the affliction of the sinner,
And recompensing the sinner for what he bath done to the righteous.
For the Lord is good to them that call upon Him in patience,
Doing according to His mercy to His pious ones,
Establishing them at all times before Him in strength.

Blessed be the Lord for ever before His servants.

THE PSALMS OF SOLOMON

THE PSALMS OF SOLOMON

The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., [1926], at sacred-texts.com


Posted by Donna Brown Bowles

March 23, 2020

THIS collection of eighteen war songs are the gift of an ancient Semitic writer. The original manuscript has perished but fortunately Greek translations have been preserved, and recently a Syriac version of the same songs has turned up and was published in English for the first time in 1909 by Dr. Rendel Harris.

The date of the writing may be established at the middle of the First Century B. C. because the theme of these songs is that of Pompey’s actions in Palestine and his death in Egypt in 48 B. C.

These psalms had an important position and were widely circulated in the early Church. They are frequently referred to in the various Codexes and histories of the first few centuries of the Christian Era.

Later, they became lost through inexplicable reasons; and have only been recovered for our use after the lapse of many centuries.

Besides the literary value of the trumpet-like rhythm of these verses, we have here a chapter of stirring ancient history written by an eyewitness. Pompey comes out of the West. He uses battering-rams on the fortifications. His soldiers defile the altar. He is slain in Egypt after a fearful career. In the “righteous” of these psalms we see the Pharisees; in the “sinners” we see the Sadducees. It is an epic of a great people in the throes of a great crisis.

CHAPTER I.

“They became insolent in their prosperity . . . .”

I cried unto the Lord when I was in distress,
Unto God when sinners assailed.
Suddenly the alarm of war was heard before me;
I said, He will hearken to me for I am full of righteousness.
I thought in my heart that I was full of righteousness,
Because I was well off and had become rich in children.
Their wealth spread to the whole earth,
And their glory unto the end of the earth.
They were exalted unto the stars;
They said they would never fan.
But they became insolent in their prosperity,
And they were without understanding,
Their sins were in secret,
And even I had no knowledge of them.
Their transgressions went beyond those of the heathen before them;
They utterly polluted the holy things of the Lord.

KEY TO THE PLATE “HELL.”

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The Lost Books of the Bible, [1926], at sacred-texts.com

KEY TO THE PLATE “HELL.”

1. Entrance to the confines of Hell.

2. Charon in his bark.

3. The Minotaur roaring at the approach of condemned souls.

4. Souls agitated by the impure breath of evil spirits.

5. Cerberus devouring the souls of gourmands.

6. The avaricious and prodigal condemned to carry burdens.

7. The envious and angry cast into the Styx.

8. Tower and wall of the evil city.

9. In this ditch are those who have sinned against their neighbors; Centaurs shoot arrows at them.

10. Those who have sinned against themselves are here tormented by Harpies.

11. Rain of fire for those who have sinned against God.

12. Soul of the tyrant Gerion cast into the flames.

13. Debauchees and corruptors of youth flogged by devils.

14. Poisonous gulf into which flatterers are plunged.

15. Lake of fire in the caldrons into which Simonaics are cast.

16. Sorcerers and diviners, their faces turned backward.

17. Bog of boiling pitch for cheats, thieves, and deceivers.

18. Hypocrite crucified.

19. Perfidious advisers plunged into a flaming ditch.

20. For scandalous persons: one holds his head in his hand.

21. Robbers and other criminals tormented by a centaur armed with serpents.

22. Alchemists and quacks a prey to leprosy.

23. Well of ice, for traitors and the ungrateful.

24. Pluto in the midst of a glacier devouring the damned.

25. The holy city of Jerusalem.

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The ACTS of PAUL and THECLA.

This apocrypha is an extraordinary story and has inspired me greatly. The power of Jesus, the Son of God and the only true living God is shown in this wonderful apocrypha.

This story details, in my opinion, what a real feminist is. Her strength, courage and integrity could only come from a life devoted to God. Please read it in its entirety from the 1st. Chapter. Link below.

CHAP. IX.

1 Thecla thrown naked to the wild beasts; 2 they all refuse to attack her; 8 throws herself into a pit of water. 10 other wild beasts refuse her. 11 Tied to wild bulls. 13 Miraculously saved. 15 Released. 24 Entertained by Trifina.

THEN Thecla was taken out of the hand of Trifina, stripped naked, had a girdle put on, and thrown into the place appointed for fighting with the beasts: and the lions and the bears were let loose upon her.

2 But a she-lion, which was of all the most fierce, ran to Thecla, and fell down at her feet. Upon which the multitude of women shouted aloud.

3 Then a she-bear ran fiercely towards her; but the she-lion met the bear, and tore it to pieces.

4 Again, a he-lion, who had been wont to devour men, and which belonged to Alexander, ran towards her; but the she-lion encountered the he-lion, and they killed each other.

5 Then the women were under a greater concern, because the she-lion, which had helped Thecla, was dead.

6 Afterwards they brought out many other wild beasts; but Thecla stood with her hands stretched towards heaven, and prayed; and when she had done praying, she turned about, and saw a pit of water, and said, Now it is a proper time for me to be baptized.

7 Accordingly she threw herself into the water, and said, In thy name, O my Lord Jesus Christ, I am this last day baptized. The women and the people seeing this, cried out, and said, Do not throw yourself into the water. And the governor himself cried out, to think that the fish (sea-calves) were like to devour so much beauty.

8 ¶ Notwithstanding all this, Thecla threw herself into the water, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 But the fish (sea-calves,) when they saw the lighting and fire, were killed, and swam dead upon the surface of the water, and a cloud of fire surrounded

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Thecla, so that as the beasts could not come near her, so the people could not see her nakedness.

10 Yet they turned other wild beasts upon her; upon which they made a very mournful outcry; and some of them scattered spikenard, others cassia, others amomus (a sort of spikenard, or the herb of Jerusalem, or ladies-rose) others ointment; so that the quantity of ointment was large, in proportion to the number of people; and upon this all the beasts lay as though they had been fast asleep, and did not touch Thecla.

11 Whereupon Alexander said to the Governor, I have some very terrible bulls; let us bind her to them. To which the governor, with concern, replied, You may do what you think fit.

12 Then they put a cord round Thecla’s waist, which bound also her feet, and with it tied her to the bulls, to whose privy-parts they applied red-hot irons, that so they being the more tormented, might more violently drag Thecla about, till they had killed her.

13 The bulls accordingly tore about, making a most hideous noise; but the flame which was about Thecla, burnt off the cords which were fastened to the members of the bulls, and she stood in the middle of the stage, as unconcerned as if she had not been bound.

14 But in the mean time Trifina, who sat upon one of the benches, fainted away and died; upon which the whole city was under a very great concern.

15 And Alexander himself was afraid, and desired the governor, saying: I entreat you, take compassion on me and the city, and release this woman, who has fought with the beasts; lest, both you and I, and the whole city be destroyed

16 For if Cæsar should have any account of what has passed now, he will certainly immediately destroy the city, because Trifina, a person of royal extract, and a relation of his, is dead upon her seat.

A REAL FEMINIST

17 Upon this the governor called Thecla from among the beasts to him, and said to her, Who art thou? and what are thy circumstances, that not one of the beasts will touch thee?

18 Thecla replied to him; I am a servant of the living God; and as to my state, I am a believer on Jesus Christ his Son, in whom God is well pleased; and for that reason none of the beasts could touch me.

19 He alone is the way to eternal salvation, and the foundation of eternal life. He is a refuge to those who are in distress; a support to the afflicted, hope and defence to those who are hopeless; and, in a word, all those who do not believe on him, shall not live, but suffer eternal death.

20 When the govern or heard these things, he ordered her clothes to be brought, and said to her put on your clothes.

21 Thecla replied: May that God who clothed me when I was naked among the beasts, in the day of judgment clothe your soul with the robe of salvation. Then she took her clothes, and put them on; and the governor immediately published an order in these words; I release to you Thecla the servant of God.

22 Upon which the women cried out together with a loud voice, and with one accord gave praise unto God, and said; There is but one God, who is the God

of Thecla; the one God who delivered Thecla.

Read the entire story because it is fascinating.

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The GOSPEL of NICODEMUS, formerly called the ACTS of PONTIUS PILATE.

The Lost Books of the Bible, [1926], at sacred-texts.com http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/lbob/lbob10.htm

The GOSPEL of NICODEMUS, formerly called the ACTS of PONTIUS PILATE.

The Gospel of NICODEMUS the disciple, concerning the Sufferings and Resurrection of our Master and Saviour JESUS CHRIST.

CHAP. I.

1 Christ accused to Pilate by the Jews of healing on the sabbath, 9 summoned before Pilate by a messenger who does him honour, 20worshipped by the standards bowing down to him.

ANNAS and Caiaphas, and Summas, and Datam, Gamaliel, Judas, Levi, Nepthalim, Alexander, Cyrus, and other Jews, went to Pilate about Jesus, accusing him with many bad crimes.

2 And said, We are assured that Jesus is the son of Joseph the carpenter, 1 land born of Mary, and that he declares himself the Son of God, and a king; 2 and not only so, but attempts the dissolution of the sabbath, 3 and the laws of our fathers.

3 Pilate replied; What is it which he declares? and what is it which he attempts dissolving?

4 The Jews told him, We have a law which forbids doing cures on the sabbath day; 4 but he cures both the lame and the deaf, those afflicted with the palsy, the blind, and lepers, and demoniacs, on that day by wicked methods.

5 Pilate replied, How can he do this by wicked methods? They answered, He is a conjurer, and casts out devils by the prince of the devils; 5  6 and so all things become subject to him.

6 Then said Pilate, Casting out devils seems not to be the work of an unclean spirit, but to proceed from the power of God.

7 The Jews replied to Pilate, We entreat your highness to summon him to appear before your tribunal, and hear him yourself.

8 Then Pilate called a messenger and said to him, By what means will Christ be brought hither?

9 Then went the messenger forth, and knowing Christ, worshipped him; and having spread the cloak which he had in his hand upon the ground, he said, Lord, walk upon this, and go in, for the governor calls thee.

10 When the Jews perceived what the messenger had done they exclaimed (against him) to Pilate, and said, Why did you not give him his summons by a beadle, and not by a messenger?—For the messenger, when he saw him, worshipped him, and spread the cloak which he had in his hand upon the ground before him, and said to him, Lord, the governor calls thee.

11 Then Pilate called the messenger, and said, Why hast thou done thus?

12 The messenger replied, When thou sentest me from Jerusalem to Alexander, I saw Jesus sitting in a mean figure upon a she-ass, and the children of the Hebrews cried out, Hosannah, holding boughs of trees in their hands.

13 Others spread their garments in the way, and said, Save us, thou who art in heaven; blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord. 7

14 Then the Jews cried out, against the messenger, and said, The children of the Hebrews made their acclamations in the Hebrew language; and how couldst thou, who art a Greek, understand the Hebrew?

15 The messenger answered them and said, I asked one of the Jews and said, What is this which the children do cry out in the Hebrew language?

16 And he explained it to me, saying, they cry out Hosannah, which being interpreted, is, O, Lord, save me; or, O Lord, save.

17 Pilate then said to them, Why do you yourselves testify to the words spoken by the children, namely, by your silence? In what has the messenger done amiss? And they were silent.

18 Then the governor said unto the messenger, Go forth and endeavour by any means to bring him in.

19 But the messenger went forth, and did as before; and said, Lord, come in, for the governor calleth thee.

20 And as Jesus was going in by the ensigns, who carried the standards, the tops of them bowed down and worshipped Jesus.

21 Whereupon the Jews exclaimed more vehemently against the ensigns.

22 But Pilate said to the Jews, I know it is not pleasing to you that the tops of the standards did of themselves bow and worship Jesus; but why do ye exclaim against the ensigns, as if they had bowed and worshipped?

23 They replied to Pilate, We saw the ensigns themselves bowing and worshipping Jesus.

24 Then the governor called the ensigns and said unto them, Why did you do thus?

25 The ensigns said to Pilate, We are all Pagans and worship the gods in temples; and how should we think anything about worshipping him? We only held the standards in our hands and they bowed themselves and worshipped him.

26 Then said Pilate to the rulers of the synagogue, Do ye yourselves choose some strong men, and let them hold the standards, and we shall see whether they will then bend of themselves.

27 So the elders of the Jews sought out twelve of the most strong and able old men, and made them hold the standards and they stood in the presence of the governor.

28 Then Pilate said to the messenger, Take Jesus out, and by some means bring him in again. And Jesus and the messenger went out of the hall.

29 And Pilate called the ensigns who before had borne the standards, and swore to them, that if they had not borne the standards in that manner when Jesus before entered in, he would cut off their heads.

30 Then the governor commanded Jesus to come in again.

31 And the messenger did as he had done before, and very much entreated Jesus that he would go upon his cloak, and walk on it, and he did walk upon it, and went in.

32 And when Jesus went in, the standards bowed themselves as before, and worshipped him.