Sunday, December 16, 2012

Amateur Radio - Ham Radio



A Complete Study Guide For Technician, General, Extra Class Ham Radio Exams, and the Volunteer Examiner Test: Including the Correct Answers to All ... on Basic Theory, Rules, and Regulations by Joseph Lumpkin (Oct 18, 2012)




Technician Class pool valid until June 30, 2014,
 General Class pool valid until June 30, 2015, 
Extra Class pool valid until June 30, 2016. - - - 

Don't think of a black cat. Don't think of a black cat. Do not think of a black cat. The brain does not process negatives very well. It takes in information first and then later attempts to filter out false data. To expose someone to incorrect answers on a test is to place fraudulent information in memory and then say to the brain, "Don't remember these answers." It is for this reason the only answers you will encounter in this book are the correct ones. For those who wish to memorize only the answers, there are no formulas needed, no math, no electronics or theories to learn. This manual contains the answers to all possible questions in all tests from Technician Class, General Class and Extra Class license tests. In addition, the manual also provides the answers to the Volunteer Examiner's test. However, many people want to know why and many need a framework on which to relate the answers. That is why this book is arranged so that theories, formulas, rules, and regulations are explained in separate chapters. General theories and concepts of electronics and antenna design along with F.C.C. regulations are presented to the reader. Formulas, explanations, and diagrams from various sources give the reader all the information needed to pass the licensing tests, all in one book. This is a "two-pronged" approach. You chose the path that is best for you.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

What did Jesus Look Like? From the Upcoming book, "Jesus and Mary - Husband and Wife?"


From the upcoming book, "Jesus and Mary, Husband and Wife?"

What did Jesus Look Like?
It must be said from the onset that the authenticity of the following letters is in question. They should be weighted accordingly.

The following was taken from a manuscript in the possession of Lord Kelly, and in his library, and was copied from an original letter of Publius Lentullus at Rome. It being the usual custom of Roman Governors to advertise the Senate and people of such material things as happened in their provinces in the days of Tiberius Caesar, Publius Lentullus, President of Judea, wrote the following epistle (letter) to the Senate concerning the Nazarene called Jesus.

   "There appeared in these our days a man, of the Jewish Nation, of great virtue, named Yeshua [Jesus], who is yet living among us, and of the Gentiles is accepted for a Prophet of truth, but His own disciples call Him the Son of God- He raiseth the dead and cureth all manner of diseases. A man of stature somewhat tall, and comely, with very reverent countenance, such as the beholders may both love and fear, his hair of (the colour of) the chestnut, full ripe, plain to His ears, whence downwards it is more orient and curling and wavering about His shoulders. In the midst of His head is a seam or partition in His hair, after the manner of the Nazarenes. His forehead plain and very delicate; His face without spot or wrinkle, beautified with a lovely red; His nose and mouth so formed as nothing can be reprehended; His beard thickish, in colour like His hair, not very long, but forked; His look innocent and mature; His eyes grey, clear, and quick- In reproving hypocrisy He is terrible; in admonishing, courteous and fair spoken; pleasant in conversation, mixed with gravity. It cannot be remembered that any have seen Him Laugh, but many have seen Him Weep. In proportion of body, most excellent; His hands and arms delicate to behold. In speaking, very temperate, modest, and wise. A man, for His singular beauty, surpassing the children of men"


The letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar

This is a reprinting of a letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar describing the physical appearance of Jesus. Copies are in the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.

TO TIBERIUS CAESAR:

A young man appeared in Galilee preaching with humble unction, a new law in the Name of the God that had sent Him. At first I was apprehensive that His design was to stir up the people against the Romans, but my fears were soon dispelled. Jesus of Nazareth spoke rather as a friend of the Romans than of the Jews. One day I observed in the midst of a group of people a young man who was leaning against a tree, calmly addressing the multitude. I was told it was Jesus. This I could easily have suspected so great was the difference between Him and those who were listening to Him. His golden colored hair and beard gave to his appearance a celestial aspect. He appeared to be about 30 years of age. Never have I seen a sweeter or more serene countenance. What a contrast between Him and His bearers with their black beards and tawny complexions! Unwilling to interrupt Him by my presence, I continued my walk but signified to my secretary to join the group and listen. Later, my secretary reported that never had he seen in the works of all the philosophers anything that compared to the teachings of Jesus. He told me that Jesus was neither seditious nor rebellious, so we extended to Him our protection. He was at liberty to act, to speak, to assemble and to address the people. This unlimited freedom provoked the Jews -- not the poor but the rich and powerful.

Later, I wrote to Jesus requesting an interview with Him at the Praetorium. He came. When the Nazarene made His appearance I was having my morning walk and as I faced Him my feet seemed fastened with an iron hand to the marble pavement and I trembled in every limb as a guilty culprit, though he was calm. For some time I stood admiring this extraordinary Man. There was nothing in Him that was repelling, nor in His character, yet I felt awed in His presence. I told Him that there was a magnetic simplicity about Him and His personality that elevated Him far above the philosophers and teachers of His day.

Now, Noble Sovereign, these are the facts concerning Jesus of Nazareth and I have taken the time to write you in detail concerning these matters. I say that such a man who could convert water into wine, change death into life, disease into health; calm the stormy seas, is not guilty of any criminal offense and as others have said, we must agree -- truly this is the Son of God.

Your most obedient servant,
Pontius Pilate


Another description of Jesus is found in "The Archko Volume" which contains official court documents from the days of Jesus. This information substantiates that He came from a genetic line which had blue eyes and golden hair. In a chapter entitled "Gamaliel's Interview" it states concerning Jesus (Yeshua) appearance:

"I asked him to describe this person to me, so that I might know him if I should meet him. He said: 'If you ever meet him [Yeshua] you will know him. While he is nothing but a man, there is something about him that distinguishes him from every other man. He is the picture of his mother, only he has not her smooth, round face. His hair is a little more golden than hers, though it is as much from sunburn as anything else. He is tall, and his shoulders are a little drooped; his visage is thin and of a swarthy complexion, though this is from exposure. His eyes are large and a soft blue, and rather dull and heavy....' This Jew [Nazarite] is convinced that he is the Messiah of the world. ...this was the same person that was born of the virgin in Bethlehem some twenty-six years before..."

- The Archko Volume, translated by Drs. McIntosh and Twyman of the Antiquarian Lodge, Genoa, Italy, from manuscripts in Constantinople and the records of the Senatorial Docket taken from the Vatican of Rome (1896) 92-93

Recap of Details

Jesus was a historical figure and thus real.
He was a Jewish man.
He was born in Bethlehem but hailed from Nazareth.
He was tall.
He was thin.
He had drooped shoulders.
He had golden-brown hair with red undertones.
He had a pleasant disposition but seldom laughed.
He was calm.
His mannerisms and personality were pleasant.
He was a teacher.
He did things that were startling.
There were claims that Jesus was the Messiah (that is, the Christ).
He gathered a band of followers, who continued to follow him after his death.
He had a brother called James.
James was executed by in AD 62 with the consent of Pilot at the urging of the Jewish leaders.

That is actually quite a bit of detail, when all sources are allowed to speak. But are these sources reliable enough to be counted as evidence? You will have to decide.

There are no "eyewitness" accounts written about Jesus during his lifetime, so historians have to rely on interpretations of the four main canonical gospel texts, which were written decades after his death; possibly after a reinterpretation of his life and its meaning based on their view of Old Testament scripture. Untangling the man from the myth is a delicate undertaking, which is bound to fascinate some and offend others, but it should be of interest to all.

Tobias Hagerland, a doctoral candidate at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden said, "I think it's natural for human beings to ask questions 'why' something happened, and those are not exactly the questions dealt with in the Gospels," said Hagerland. "It could be of interest both to Christian believers and to critics of that religion to know which aspects of Christianity are rooted in historical facts and which are derived from religious convictions and experiences that cannot really be evaluated from an historical point of view.”

Jesus is not a total mystery. The "Jesus" of history isn't a complete mystery to Biblical scholars, who often make a distinction between the man and the religious figure depicted in the scriptures.

"We do know some things about the historical Jesus — less than some Christians think, but more than some skeptics think. Though a few books have recently argued that Jesus never existed, the evidence that he did is persuasive to the vast majority of scholars, whether Christian or non-Christian," said Marcus Borg, a retired professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University and current fellow of the Jesus Seminar, a group of preeminent academics that debate the factuality of Jesus' life as portrayed in the Bible.

The following "facts" about Jesus would be affirmed by most history scholars, Borg said:
Jesus was born sometime just before 4 B.C. He grew up in Nazareth, a small village in Galilee, as part of the peasant class. Jesus' father was a carpenter and he became one, too, meaning that they had likely lost their agricultural land at some point.
Jesus was raised Jewish and he remained deeply Jewish all of his life. His intention was not to create a new religion. Rather, he saw himself as doing something within Judaism.
He left Nazareth as an adult, met the prophet John and was baptized by John. During his baptism, Jesus likely experienced some sort of divine vision.

Shortly afterwards, Jesus began his public preaching with the message that the world could be transformed into a "Kingdom of God."
He became a noted healer, teacher and prophet. More healing stories are told about Jesus than about any other figure in the Jewish tradition.
He was executed by Roman imperial authority.
His followers experienced him after his death. It is clear that they had visions of Jesus as they had known him during his historical life. Only after his death did they declare Jesus to be "Lord" or "the Son of God."

Some parts of the Bible likely strayed from history for emphasis, Hagerland agrees. The public's negative reaction to Jesus' preaching of forgiveness is one example, he said.

Without the reinterpretation of history in a metaphysical light, Jesus did not die for the sins of the world but rather was killed by those ruling that part of the world at the time. It was only after his death that his followers began to redefine the events in light of the Old Testament and thus assign meaning to events. It is much like seeing patterns in objects and events after the fact.

Facts about the ancient Greco-Roman world can be overlooked or easily forgotten. Life did not have great meaning then, especially the life of a female. It must be stated clearly and without reservation that those who hold to the fact that Jesus was celibate may be completely correct seeing as how there was a deficit of females in that part of the world. The ratio of man to women was about 1.4 men to every woman. Why? Infanticide.  

A first-century letter from a husband to his pregnant wife shows the contrast of his tender regard for his wife and hoped-for son, versus his disregard for a possible daughter: "I ask and beg of you to take good care of our baby son ... If you are delivered of a child [before I come home], if it is a boy, keep it; if a girl, discard it."

By the Law of Romulus in Rome, a father was required to raise all healthy male children, and only the firstborn female; any others were disposable. According to the Greek poet Posidippus (third century B.C.), "Everyone raises a son even if he is poor, but exposes a daughter even if he is rich."

However, this was Roman law and not Jewish custom. Widows were fined by Rome for out-living their husbands and being a drag on the economy. The Jewish custom as well as that of the early church, was to care for the widows and orphans. One of the last acts and requests by Jesus was to make sure his mother would be cared for after his death. Most intriguing is the clash of cultures at this time. Romans were killing their daughters and the ration of male to female was at 1.4 to 1. Meanwhile, in the Jewish population the custom of polygamy was still intact and the strength and leadership of women were being felt still.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Gospel of Jesus' Wife


From the upcoming book, "Jesus and Mary - Husband and Wife?"

In 2011 Dr. Karen King was given a fragment of papyrus written in Coptic. She received the item from a man she is yet to identify to the public. In September of 2012, King unveiled a fourth century Coptic text containing a reference to the wife of Jesus. The scrap of papyrus rekindled intense speculation and discussion about the life of
 the founder of Christianity.

The translation of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife is printed in bold font below.

King and other Coptic experts translated the papyrus's eight lines of text, which are cut off at both ends, and read as follows:

... not [to] me, my mother gave to me li[fe] ...
 The disciples said to Jesus, "...
... deny. Mary is worthy of it ...
..." Jesus said to them, "My wife ...
... she will be able to be my disciple ...
Let wicked people swell up ...
As for me, I dwell with her in order to ...
... an image ...

Excerpts from the paper submitted by Dr. Karen King

The paper delivered to the Vatican by Karen King:
“Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’”

A New Coptic Gospel Papyrus

by Karen L. King with contributions by AnneMarie Luijendijk
Copyright © Karen L. King, 2012

Published here for the first time is a fragment of a fourth-century CE codex in Coptic containing a dialogue between Jesus and his disciples in which Jesus speaks of “my wife.” This is the only extant ancient text which explicitly portrays Jesus as referring to a wife. It does not, however, provide evidence that the historical Jesus was married, given the late date of the fragment and the probable date of original composition only in the second half of the second century. Nevertheless, if the second century date of composition is correct, the fragment does provide direct evidence that claims about Jesus’ marital status first arose over a century after the death of Jesus in the context of intra-Christian controversies over sexuality, marriage, and discipleship. Just as Clement of Alexandria (d. ca 215 C.E.) described some Christians who insisted Jesus was not married, this fragment suggests that other Christians of that period were claiming that he was married. For purposes of reference, the fragment is referred to as The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife (GosJesWife).

The papyrus currently belongs to a private collector. Assuming it authenticity for the moment, its language (Sahidic Coptic) as well as the conditions for the preservation of organic material indicate that it was found in Egypt. Nothing is known about the circumstances of its discovery, but we have some clues about its modern
history. The current owner possesses a typed and signed letter addressed to H. U. Laukamp dated July 15, 1982, from Prof. Dr. Peter Munro (Freie Universität, Ägyptologisches Seminar, Berlin). The letter states that a colleague, Prof. Fecht, has identified one of Mr. Laukamp’s papyri as a 2nd-4th c. C.E. fragment of the Gospel of John in Coptic. He advises that this fragment be preserved between glass plates in order to protect it from further damage. This fragment of the Gospel of John is now in the collection of the owner of GosJesWife, who acquired it among the same batch of Greek and Coptic papyri.
We wish to offer here our sincerest thanks to the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, for permission to publish this papyrus fragment…
“Professor Fecht believes that the small fragment, approximately 8 cm in size, is the sole example of a text in which Jesus uses direct speech with reference to having a wife. Fecht is of
the opinion that this could be evidence for a possible marriage.” …

(End of Excerpts)

There is nothing totally new in the discovery of a fourth-century papyrus fragment indicating that Jesus was married. The "Gnostic Gospels," which were written by early Christian sects and uncovered in the Egyptian desert in 1945 ("Nag Hammadi Library"), also reported a romantic relationship -- and possibly marriage -- between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The Gospel of Philip says:

"There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion."

The complete Gospel of Philip is included in this book for your further study.

Another passage from this Gospel is even more explicit about Mary Magdalene:

"[Jesus] loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her (mouth). The rest of the disciples said to him, why do you love her more than all of us?"

Note that the word “mouth” is actually not clear in the text but is missing due to damage. It is assume the word belonging in the sentence is “mouth”. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is also included in this book for your further study.

The Gospel of Mary, found in the 19th century near Akhmim in upper Egypt, also describes a special relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene:

"Peter said to Mary, Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of women. Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them."

In the Gospel of Thomas, on of the oldest records of Jesus we have and likely penned before the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we read in verse 114:

“Simon Peter said to them: Send Mary away from us, for women are not worthy of this life. Jesus said: See, I will draw her into me so that I make her male, in order that she herself will become a living spirit like you males. For every female who becomes male will enter the Kingdom of the Heavens”

The Gospel of Thomas is included in its entirety in the back of this book.
Now, we add to the mounting evidence the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife wherein Jesus himself says:

..." Jesus said to them, "My wife ...
... she will be able to be my disciple ...

Mention of a special relationship between Jesus and Mary is repeated time and time again. Religious documents are rife with such allusions, but there is a problem. Most of the literature mentioning a relationship seems to be written between 200 CE and 400 CE, occurring in the Gnostic writings. Were they drawing on oral traditions and stories passed down that the church wanted to keep hidden or were the stories fabricated to bolster their views of Christianity? Christianity at this time have several faces. Which, if any, was the true one?

The existence of such themes of Jesus and his wife recur in ancient Christian writings and speak to the fact that marriage and children were very important in the lives of Jews, who embraced the Old Testament dictum: "Be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 9:7). It was expected that a rabbi would be married and have a family. How else would one know what direction and support to give those in his synagogue?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


This is not our usual book, but Amateur Radio has been a hobby of mine since 1987. This year I complete a book to help those who wish to enter into the hobby and go all the way to the highest class of license. 


JUST THE FACTS: The Complete Study Guide For All Amateur Radio Tests: Presenting the Questions and Answers to the Technician, General, and Extra ... Exams, and the Volunteer Examiner's Test


Technician Class pool valid until June 30, 2014, General Class pool valid until June 30, 2015, Extra Class pool valid until June 30, 2016. - - Amateur Radio, or Ham radio, as most know it, is a thriving community with over 700,000 licensed operators in the U.S. Over its years of growth radio amateurs have embraced and contributed to technology in ways that stretch the imagination. Hams have been involved in technology, inventions, and events that have changed history. From the ability to transmit and receive the first images from the moon to satellite communications, Ham Radio operators have been on the cutting edge of inovation. They are an elite group, called upon in times of trouble for community service, world events, and in times of crisis. This manual was published so that you too can become part of the family of radio operators. Using this book will allow you to pass each and every test and advance to the highest level in Amateur Radio. There are no formulas to memorize, no math, and no electronics or antenna theory to learn. This manual contains the questions and answers to every pool of test questions from Technician Class to Extra Class license exams as well as the answers to the Volunteer Examiners test. Contained in this book are also hints on taking the exams as well as reviews on radio equipment that will speed you along your way to beginning or expanding your station without making costly mistakes. Simply study this manual and take each test. The answers will be leap off the page, being easily recognizable in the multiple choice tests. Then follow the suggestions on equipment for the construction of that station you have always wanted. If you are not a math wiz, if you do not understand electronic theory, or if you simply do not have time in your busy schedule to pour over math, theory, rules, and regulations, this manual is for you. Good luck 73's See you on the air. Joseph Lumpkin AB4AN

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Partnership and More Interviews


I wish to announce a partnership with "The Threshing Floor" radio program and host Randy Maugans. Please expect more shows, interviews, and a wide range of topics, from prophecies to fallen angels - from the Lost Books of the Bible to the decline of spirituality within the church, we will tackle it all. 

Joseph Lumpkin

The Threshing Floor
http://threshingfloor-radio.com/index.php/category/joseph-lumpkin/

Return of a Hobby

Return of a Hobby

I have not posted for a while. I needed some time away from the sometimes caustic nature of the religious world. My hobbies are martial arts and Ham radio. Recently, after my son graduated from high school and left for college, I decided to re-enter the amateur radio (Ham) hobby. As usual I went in full throttle. I am a research geek at heart so I asked myself, "What is the most geeky thing I could do?" The answer is satellite communications. There are a hand full of birds in non-synchronous orbits whizzing around in orbits going out af far 1500 miles. I put together a station and built an antenna system that could be rotated and elevated. For the last couple of months I have been focussing on working the birds.

It is my habit to fully research a subject, do it, then write about it. When I came back in to  Ham radio I held a lower class license, which I got in 1987. I studied in a particular way, using certain information such as the FCC question pool with just the answers and some basic formulas. This worked well. I passed the General class one moth, then the Extra class the next, and finally the Volunteer Examiner test. Owing to the success of the course study, I have published a study guide for all Amateur Radio tests.


JUST THE FACTS: The Complete Study Guide For All Amateur Radio Tests: Presenting the Questions and Answers to the Technician, General, and Extra ... Exams, and the Volunteer Examiner's Test


http://www.amazon.com/JUST-FACTS-Presenting-Questions-Technician/dp/1936533286/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347455648&sr=1-1&keywords=amateur+radio+tests
JUST THE FACTS: The Complete Study Guide For All Amateur Radio Tests:  Presenting the Questions and Answers to the Technician, General, and Extra ... Exams, and the Volunteer Examiner's Test

See you on the air!
Joseph Lumpkin
AB4AN


Sunday, May 27, 2012


It's finally available!
Purchase a copy today!

The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas: Wholeness, Enlightenment, and Individuation
[Paperback]


http://www.amazon.com/Gnostic-Gospel-Thomas-Enlightenment-Individuation/dp/1936533278/


The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, containing History, Translation, Commentary, and Insights from a Jungian perspective - - We are born of wisdom yet unrealized and of divine power, yet undiscovered. We were created outside the “fullness,” but the fullness is within us, waiting, calling. Deep within there is a divine discontent. We are homesick for a place beyond where and what we are now. Fear and attachment hold us, but the gnosis is waiting on the other side. It is transcendental consciousness brought about by a realization sparked to flame by God, from his grace, as he answers the pleading of our hearts. This is the place where angels sing in silence. This is beyond religion. Religion is made up of commands, resulting only in ethics, but gnosis changes the heart. The change is the opus. Our magnum opus is to lay aside our ego and the fear that besets us, to step outside ourselves and become one, both with our true spiritual identities, and with God in his wonderful fullness. This is the peace that passes understanding. This is the Kingdom of heaven. This is what Carl Jung called, “Individuation.” It is wholeness. It is harmony. It is truth. It is knowing our true self and our divine nature. With insights gained from the Individuation process of Carl Jung, the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas bursts into flames of Gnosis, allowing us to see the truth about the deeper mysteries of life. If you have ever felt as if there was more to existence than you could see, that there was another world just behind the curtain of your mind, just out of reach, which contains the full truth, the words of Jesus according to The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas will echo within you and lead you into light.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas

Coming in June!

The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas:
Wholeness, Enlightenment, and Individuation

We are born of wisdom yet unrealized and of divine power, yet undiscovered. We were created outside the “fullness,” but the fullness is within us, waiting, calling. Deep within there is a divine discontent. We are homesick for a place beyond where and what we are now. Fear and attachment hold us, but the gnosis is waiting on the other side. It is transcendental consciousness brought about by a realization sparked to flame by God, from his grace, as he answers the pleading of our hearts. This is the place where angels sing in silence. This is beyond religion. Religion is made up of commands, resulting only in ethics, but gnosis changes the heart. The change is the opus. Our magnum opus is to lay aside our ego and the fear that besets us, to step outside ourselves and become one, both with our true spiritual identities, and with God in his wonderful fullness. This is the peace that passes understanding. This is the Kingdom of heaven. This is what Carl Jung called, “Individuation.”

There is something in the human psyche, which struggles to produce what Jung refers to as the "true personality." This struggle to bring about the birth of one’s "true personality," which is a fully integrated and healthy personality that is the basis for what Jung called the process of individuation. We are involved in a process of bridging the gap between the various parts of the archetypal pieces within us. The world of the unconscious and the everyday world of ego-consciousness must be brought together, in order to realize the potentialities of one’s individual psyche.

The parables of Jesus are designed, like the Zen koan, to go passed the logical mind and engage emotion and intuition also to bring forth a fuller understanding. This is the power of the Gospel of Thomas with it’s one hundred and fourteen saying, each one aimed like an arrow, to the heart of the matter.

Let us read these texts and do as the ancient Gnostics commanded. Wake up! Heal yourself! Seek the Christ within you! Let the oil flow down! Let the Word be heard! Let the Light show you the Truth! Become the Christ you are! Give birth to what is inside you! Let the sleeper awaken!

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Monday, April 30, 2012



April 29. 2012 -
Here is a one hour interview on LA Talk Radio with Max Tucci, host of Max and Firends, discussing Duality in Religion. The discussion brings an understanding to the problem of duality and limited thinking. Concepts, dogma, and small boxes of thought will smother our spiritual growth unless we free ourselves from religion. Christianity, Zen, and Taoism are combined and compared to bring about a deeper understanding.
Click the link below to listen.

http://www.latalkradio.com/Players/Max-042912.shtml 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Released this week - Now on Amazon. Soon to be released globally!


The Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles: A Different Faith - A Different Salvation


Containing the Didache in English and Greek, The "Q" (Source) Document, and the Book of James. 

What form did Christianity take in the first thirty years? Before the Jewish Christians were slaughtered by Rome and before the emergence of the Pauline sect, while the faith was still under the guiding hand of James, the brother of Jesus, what did the pure and unaltered church look like? By examining the Didache, the "Q" document, and the book of James we will look back into the first years of the faith. The difference between the beliefs of the apostles and modern Christianity will astonish you. The Didache is a manual written by the early Christians, a break away sect of Judaism, instructing converts on how to be Christians and how to conduct themselves in daily life. It is a magnificent view of the beliefs and rituals of the earliest form of Christianity as propagated by those who knew Jesus best; his brother and the original apostles. By the time of the Roman massacre of the Jews (66 C.E. - 70 C.E.) there were three major division in early Christianity: the original Jewish Christians, the gnostic Christians, and the quickly growing Pauline sect that was breaking away from its more formal Jewish roots. There was a one in three chance of the Pauline sect becoming the template of the Christianity of today. Had the war between the Romans and Jews not happened or had Paul failed to convert enough gentiles to his sect to outnumber those who followed James we could have a Messianic-Jewish based Christianity today. Our canon and our worship would be different, but because it would have been accepted, orthodox, and traditional, Christians would follow it as they follow the Pauline sect now. It is only by chance, or by the hand of god that the Didache is not the main document of catechism in the church today.





http://www.amazon.com/The-Didache-Teaching-Different-Salvation/dp/1936533251/

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles: A Different Faith – A Different Salvation



Available very soon from Fifth Estate Publishing (http://www.fifthestatepub.com)
The Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles: A Different Faith – A Different Salvation 


Didache
History and Introduction


Didache" (pronounced "dih-dah-KAY" or “didah-KEY”) is the Greek word for "teaching" or "doctrine".
The book, “The Didache” is also called “The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles.” It is a treatise,consisting of sixteen short chapters, that dates back to the earliest time of the Christian Church and was considered by some of the Church Fathers as next to Holy Scriptures.

The Didache reveals how the Christians of the first century operated on a day-to-day basis. It is not a gospel and it does not attempt to offer guidance by narrating the life of Jesus. In fact, some of the theology it contains runs counter to the modern interpretation of the theology in the received gospels.

The Didache represents the first concerted effort put forth by church leaders to teach the common person of the early church how to live and worship in the way that the apostles of Jesus had presented to their followers. This was the way of a Jewish Christian.

The Didache describes a way in which gentiles and pagans could be converted, initiated, and brought into the fold to become full participants in a shared Christian life. This unity of process and teaching allowed a community, which believed itself to be poised on the threshold of the end times, to fashion its daily life in order to share the passion of the awaited return of the Kingdom of God as preached by Jesus. In fact, it is the first known instruction manual for Christian converts.

There is evidence of its use specifically by Nazarene synagogues to define and standardize the most important points of the new faith. The Nazarenes were Jews who converted to a sect following Jesus. They were Hellenized Jews on the Syrian border close to Antioch.

Certainly, the Didache was used by Jewish Christians but as Paul influenced the Nazarenes (a sect of which he was thought to be a leader), his followers diverged from the theology in the Didache. The “Pauline Christians” evolved into a separate sect leaving behind the Didache.

The Didache appears to be an “evolved” document, meaning it has been edited, altered, or expanded over time as the early church grew and changed. There are style changes indicating the document was the creation of more than one person

The Didache was discovered in 1873 by Philotheos Bryennios, Metropolitan of Nicomedia, in a small eleventh century codex of 120 pages. He published the text toward the end of 1883. The Didache has been the center of much academic interest and controversy since its discovery. Prior to this time its existence was known only through references by early writers. It was thought the text was lost to history. 

The Didache has raised great controversy regarding its date and possible origin. Some scholars dated the text between approximately 49-79 AD. Although this is widely debated it could place the Didache as one of the oldest Christian writings in history and written before three of the Gospels, if not all of the Gospels.

Even though the Didache has been changed and added to over time there is strong evidence to suggest that the earliest section of it may have been penned during the time of the Jerusalem Council, around 50 AD. This would have it playing a role in the early church’s controversy surrounding salvation of the Gentiles as described in the Book of Acts (ca. 50 – 100 C.E with many saying 62-64 C.E.) chapter 15.

There are clues that the author (or authors) of the Didache were close to either Jesus, or possibly the understudy of an Apostle. The author clearly shared in Jesus’ opinion of the Pharisees as hypocrites (8:1). The author also had intimate knowledge of the Gospel of Matthew, or the “Q” source.


No intact copy of “Q” has ever been found. No reference to the document in early Christian writings has survived. Its existence is inferred from an analysis of the text of Matthew and Luke. Much of the content of Matthew and Luke was derived from the Gospel of Mark. But there were also many passages which appear to have come from another source document called the “Q” document.


By putting together the Didache and “Q” we have the gospel, the teaching, and the doctrine of the young church. We have a view into the heart of the first Christians.
  
The upcoming book will have the Didache in English and Greek, along with the Q document in English. What they reveal about the first Christians will astonish you.

The Didache -The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles: A Different Faith – A Different Salvation


Coming very soon - Published by Fifth Estate and available within the month!

Here are a few points covered in the book:

Didache" (pronounced "dih-dah-KAY" or “didah-KEY”) is the Greek word for "teaching" or "doctrine".
The book, “The Didache” is also called “The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles.” It is a treatise,consisting of sixteen short chapters, that dates back to the earliest time of the Christian Church and was considered by some of the Church Fathers as next to Holy Scriptures.

The Didache reveals how the Christians of the first century operated on a day-to-day basis. It is not a gospel and it does not attempt to offer guidance by narrating the life of Jesus. In fact, some of the theology it contains runs counter to the modern interpretation of the theology in the received gospels.

The Didache represents the first concerted effort put forth by church leaders to teach the common person of the early church how to live and worship in the way that the apostles of Jesus had presented to their followers. This was the way of a Jewish Christian.

The Didache describes a way in which gentiles and pagans could be converted, initiated, and brought into the fold to become full participants in a shared Christian life. This unity of process and teaching allowed a community, which believed itself to be poised on the threshold of the end times, to fashion its daily life in order to share the passion of the awaited return of the Kingdom of God as preached by Jesus. In fact, it is the first known instruction manual for Christian converts.

There is evidence of its use specifically by Nazarene synagogues to define and standardize the most important points of the new faith. The Nazarenes were Jews who converted to a sect following Jesus. They were Hellenized Jews on the Syrian border close to Antioch.

Certainly, the Didache was used by Jewish Christians but as Paul influenced the Nazarenes (a sect of which he was thought to be a leader), his followers diverged from the theology in the Didache. The “Pauline Christians” evolved into a separate sect leaving behind the Didache.
The Didache has raised great controversy regarding its date and possible origin. Some scholars dated the text between approximately 49-79 AD. Although this is widely debated it could place the Didache as one of the oldest Christian writings in history and written before three of the Gospels, if not all of the Gospels.

Even though the Didache has been changed and added to over time there is strong evidence to suggest that the earliest section of it may have been penned during the time of the Jerusalem Council, around 50 AD. This would have it playing a role in the early church’s controversy surrounding salvation of the Gentiles as described in the Book of Acts (ca. 50 – 100 C.E with many saying 62-64 C.E.) chapter 15.
Didache may have been written before Matthew, and certainly before Acts (62 – 100 C.E.). When one looks at the discussion between the apostles regarding the law and the gentiles in Acts it appears James, the leader, either changed his mind about keeping the Laws of Moses or was faced with the mass conversion of Gentiles as a new phenomenon. This evolution of insight due to the fact God saved gentiles who were not keeping the laws did not change the message from the Jewish leaders as to who Jesus was and what his mission was, to the Jews and now to the Gentiles. Even though the Gentiles need not keep the law, they must express their faith through a set of actions.

The placement of the Didache in history can be based on the following facts:
• When it was written, churches were still being led by traveling teachers and prophets.
• In its instructions on the appointment of church leaders, it mentions only two classes: bishops and deacons.

• Baptisms are still normally performed in rivers and streams.

• Prophets still preside at the Eucharist.

• The Eucharist or communion is still celebrated in conjunction with the agape or love feast.

• The absence of any theological dogma or discussion.

The ranges is wide in the speculation of the dates for the Didache, between 50 and 100 C.E.

There are clues that the author (or authors) of the Didache were close to either Jesus, or possibly the understudy of an Apostle. The author clearly shared in Jesus’ opinion of the Pharisees as hypocrites (8:1). The author also had intimate knowledge of the Gospel of Matthew, or the “Q” source.

No intact copy of “Q” has ever been found. No reference to the document in early Christian writings has survived. Its existence is inferred from an analysis of the text of Matthew and Luke. Much of the content of Matthew and Luke was derived from the Gospel of Mark. But there were also many passages which appear to have come from another source document called the “Q” document.

Theologians and religious historians believe that Q's text can be reconstructed by analyzing passages that Matthew and Luke have in common. “Q” had to be written much earlier than the four canonical gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John since there are identical passages in Mathew and Luke. It may have been in the first of the 40 or so Gospels that were written and used by the early Christian movements before the controlling faction established what was to be orthodoxy and selected the books which were to become canon.

The Gospel of Q is different from the canonical gospels in that it does not extensively describe events in the life of Jesus. Rather, it is largely a collection of sayings -- similar to the Gospel of Thomas (see “the Gospel of Thomas by Joseph Lumpkin, published by Fifth Estate). Q does not mention the events of Jesus' virgin birth, his selection of 12 disciples, crucifixion, resurrection, or ascension to heaven. It represents those parts of Jesus' teachings that his followers remembered and recorded about 20 years after his death. Jesus is presented as a charismatic teacher, a healer, a simple man filled with the spirit of God. Jesus is also a sage, the personification of Wisdom, and the servant of God.
  

By putting together the Didache and “Q” we have the gospel, the teaching, and the doctrine of the young church. We have a view into the heart of the first Christians.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Prophecy Of Saint Malachy The Soon Coming End of Days



The events of 1978 saw the death of Pope Paul VI, the election and unexpected death of John Paul I, and finally the election of John Paul II. Three Popes in one year propelled the world like a run away train toward the conclusion of a prophecy given by St. Malachy in 1139. The prophecy lists 112 Popes. The last Pope would take the seat of Saint Peter and the world would fall into anarchy. John Paul II was the 110th Pope. The Pope ruling the Holy See today is Benedict XVI, the 111th Pope, and according to the prophecy, the last Pope to rule an intact church and functioning world. The next Pope will not be the Vicar of Christ. He will be the enemy of the church, usurper of the throne and he will be called “Peter of Rome.”

The ominous prophecy has echoed through the centuries for over 870 years:

In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves
in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur,
& Judex tremêdus judicabit populum suum. Finis.

(In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at the term (end) of which the city of seven hills (Rome) will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people.)

Saint Malachy’s prophecy foretells the succession of Roman Catholic Popes from Celestine II [1143 AD] to John Paul II's successor, Saint Benidict XVI, who sits in the Chair of Saint Peter today. Malachy wrote that he was describing the pontiffs from Celestine II "...to the end of the world." At the end of the world, Malachy declared that Rome will be destroyed and God will judge his people.   




.....  264
Paul VI (1963-1978)
Motto: 108
1. Flos florum
(Flower of flowers)
Hist.: His arms displayed three lilies.


265
John Paul I (1978)
Motto: 109
1. De medietate Lunæ
(From the midst of the moon)
Hist.: Albino Luciani, born in Canale d'Agardo, diocese of Belluno, (beautiful moon) Elected Pope on August 26, his reign lasted about a month,
from half a moon to the next half...His month-long reign began with the moon half-full.


266
John Paul II (1978-2005)
Motto: 110
1. De labore solis.
(Of the eclipse of the sun, or from the labor of the sun)
Hist.: Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920 during a solar eclipse. He also comes from behind the former Iron Curtain (the East, where the Sun rises).
He might also be seen to be the fruit of the intercession of the Woman Clothed with the Sun laboring in Revelation 12
(because of his devotion to the Virgin Mary).
His funeral occurred on 8 April, 2005 when there was a solar eclipse visible in the Americas.


267
Benedict XVI (2005-)
Motto: 111
1. Gloria oliuæ
(Glory of the olive.)
The Benedictine order traditionally said this Pope
would come from their order, since a branch of the Benedictine order is called the Olivetans. St Benedict is said to have prophesied that before the end of the world, a member of his order would be Pope and would triumphantly lead the Church in its fight against evil.
While the Holy Father chose the name "Benedict", this does not seem enough to fulfill the prophecy.
Nor is it clear how Benedict XVI (a Bavarian) is "Glory of the Olives". Since he is said to have remarked in the Conclave after saying he would take the name Benedict that it was partly to honor Benedict XV, a Pope of peace and reconciliation, perhaps Benedict XVI will be a peacemaker in the Church or in the World, and thus carry the olive branch. Since this is an addition to Malachy’s prophecy, is this the Pope who will actually fulfill the 112th prophecy, the actual final prophecy of Malachy?



Pope # 268 is either the Pope now in office, or he is yet to be chosen.
Motto: 112
In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, & Judex tremêdus judicabit populum suum. Finis.
(In extreme persecution, the seat of the
Holy Roman Church will be occupied by
Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep
through many tribulations, at the term of
which the city of seven hills will be destroyed,
and the formidable Judge will judge his people.
The End.) ....

Book available on Kindle at:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Prophecy-Saint-Malachy-ebook/dp/B007J6W7QS/


Friday, March 2, 2012

Deception from Those We Pay to Trust

In past blogs I have discussed the amazing lengths that some authors go to in attempts to appear better than they are. In watching these trends on Amazon the mistreatment of readers emerges as a pastime of some authors. It is true that you cannot please all the people all the time, but it is as true that everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if their opinion is negative toward an author's book. Of late I have seen more and more attacks directed personally and viscously at those who write negative reviews.

It works like this: The reader writes a less than shining review then the comments on their review immediately begin to stack up with personal attacks obviously posted by the author under other names and friends of the author sent to do character assassination. One review will draw 6 to 8 attacks within hours of the post. Most will begin by accusing the reviewer of knowing nothing about the subject they are reviewing. Uninformed, ignorant, and simply wrong will be the beginning themes to the comments. Amazon continues to allow this to happen over and over. If the original reviewer attempts to defend himself or herself the comments get more and more personal and caustic. It seems the most rude person wins the contest of being right in their opinion.

It is reasonable that an author will have an outspoken fan or two, but most defend their favorite author with less than personal insults and attacks toward the reviewer. It is not reasonable that any author should be rewarded for such unethical behavior. The worst part of this activity is that it is occurring more often than not from writers and translators of religious book. These are men and women ask for our trust by presenting themselves as "Scholars" and "religious authorities." Watch for commits connected with negative reviews. If there are multiple comments attacking the reviewer do not reward this type of behavior. Buy another book. Books from such an author cannot be trusted anyway.

Joseph Lumpkin

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The War Scrolls - The War Between the Sons of Dark and the Sons of Light


Available in its entirety on Kindle or in "The Encyclopedia of Lost and Rejected Scriptures: The Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha" available at www.fifthestatepub.com


The War Scrolls - The War Between the Sons of Dark and the Sons of Light



The War Scroll is a nine & a half foot scroll with as many as 19 columns, found in cave 1 at Qumran. It seems to be written as a sequel or expository to the eschatological war described in Dan 11-12. The author gives detailed instructions for a ritualized battle in which the "sons of light," led by Michael, destroy the Kittim, or the "sons of darkness," led by Satan. Many scholars identify the Kittim as an allusion to the Roman Empire.

The War Scroll, 1QM, was one of the original seven scrolls found in cave one by the Bedouin in 1947. The scroll has also been called "The War Rule" and "The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness." It was first published by E.L. Sukenik in 1954 and was re-edited as The Dead Sea Scrolls of the Hebrew University at Jerusalem: Hebrew University and Magnes Press, 1955.

The War Scroll contains nineteen columns and is written on five sheets. The end of the scroll is missing, but its beginning seems to be intact. At the bottom of the scroll there is damage and wear. The total length of the scroll in its present state is 9 feet, 8 inches. Since pieces of the scroll are worn away or missing, there are places within the translation where words are assumed to fit the flow of the sentence structure. These “best guess” words are noted by parentheses. If there are too many words missing or the meaning cannot be ascertained so that a “best guess” cannot be provided the missing words are denoted with the symbols (…).

The scroll is a mixture of apocalyptic and legal discussion. The scroll's main theological significance lies in the fact that this is a battle against the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness. Although most scholars believe the story is about good and evil, this in itself could allude to a struggle between the forces of life and death. In the end, God will intervene, conquer, and save his people. There are parallels to the books of Revelation and Daniel in the scroll and it is assumed that the author borrowed from Daniel as well as other material of the day, according to the date of the text’s creation. All three books, Daniel, Revelations, and the War Scroll, share the common theme of life and light being victorious over evil and death. All point to fact that the outcome is already known, however, man must participate and is thus held culpable in the outcome.

There is controversy over the date of the scroll. Some say that the scroll was written between 50 B.C. and 50 A.D. because this is after the Roman Conquest around 63 B.C. but before the end of Herod’s reign (4 B.C.). Another view is that the scroll was written after 70 A.D. and possibly as late as 135 A.D. However, most agree the date must be some time after the Roman Conquest, because the author of the scroll describes the weapons and battle tactics of the Roman army.







The War Scroll

The Master Rule of War.
The first attack of the Sons of Light will be initiated against the forces of the Sons of Darkness, which is the army of Belial. The troops are from Edom, Moab, the sons of Ammon, the Amalekites, Philistia, and the troops of the Kittim of Asshur. Supporting them are those who have violated the covenant.

The sons of Levi, the sons of Judah, and the sons of Benjamin, and those exiled to the wilderness, will fight against them with (?) against all their troops, when the exiles of the Sons of Light return from the Wilderness of the Peoples to camp in the Wilderness of Jerusalem.

Then after the battle they will go up from that place and battle the king of the Kittim and he shall enter into Egypt. In his time he will go out with great anger to do battle against the kings of the north, and in his anger he shall set out to destroy and eliminate the strength of Israel.

Then there will be a time of salvation for the People of God, and a time of the dominion of all the men of His forces, and a time of eternal destruction for all the forces of Belial. There shall be great panic among the sons of Japheth, and Assyria shall fall with no one to come to his aid, and the supremacy of the Kittim shall cease their wickedness and will be overcome without a single survivor. There shall be no survivors of all the Sons of Darkness.

Then the Sons of Righteousness shall shine into all ends of the world and continuing to shine forth until end of the appointed seasons of darkness. Then at the time appointed by God, His great brilliance will shine for all of eternity for the peace and blessing, glory and joy, and long life of all Sons of Light. On the day when the Kittim falls there will be a battle and horrible carnage before the God of Israel, for it is a day appointed by Him from ancient times as a battle of destruction for the Sons of Darkness.

On that day the congregation of the gods and the congregation of men shall engage one another and the outcome will be great carnage. The Sons of Light and the forces of Darkness shall fight one another to show the strength of God with the roar of a great multitude and the shout of gods and men. It will be a day of disaster. It is a time of distress for all the people who are redeemed by God. Compared to all their afflictions, no day exists like this and it is hastening to its completion as an eternal redemption. On the day of their battle against the Kittim, they shall go out to kill in battle.

In three groups the Sons of Light will stand firm to strike a blow at wickedness, and in three (parts) the army of Belial shall strengthen themselves to force the retreat of the forces of Light.

And when the banners of the infantry cause their hearts to melt, then the power of God will strengthen the hearts of the Sons of Light.
In the seventh section, the great hand of God will overcome Belial and all the angels under his control, and all the men of his forces shall be destroyed forever. And this is the total destruction of the Sons of Darkness and service to God during the years of war.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The 29th Chapter of Acts


THE 29th CHAPTER OF ACTS
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The Sonnini Manuscript contains the account of Paul's journey to Spain and Britain. The document, purported to be the concluding portion of the "Acts of the Apostles" covers a portion of the period after Paul's two year enforced residence in Rome, in his own hired house. It is written in the style of the Bible Acts and reads like a continuation.

The Manuscript was found interleaved in a copy of Sonnini's Travels in Turkey and Greece and was purchased at the sale of the library and effects of the late Right Honorable Sir John Newport, Bart, of Ireland. Sir John's family arms were engraved on the cover of the book. It had been in his possession for over thirty years. With the book was a document from the Sultan of Turkey, granting to C. S. Sonnini permission to travel in all parts of the Ottoman dominions. The document was translated by C. S. Sonnini from an original Greek manuscript found in the Archives at Constantinople, and presented to him by the Sultan Abdoul Achment.

(The Biblical Acts of the Apostles and the Book of James are the only two New Testament books not ending in `amen.' This has led some Bible scholars to believe they are incomplete in their present form.)

Sometime in the late 1700's and before 1800, C.S.Sonnini published his copy of Sonnini's Travels in Turkey and Greece. Interleaved was a copy of the manuscript found in the Archives of Constantinople presented to him by the Sultan Abdoul Achmet. He was traveling during the reign of Louis XVI, who reigned from AD 1774 to AD 1793. He published his travels between those two dates, 1774 and 1793.


The above description is from Dr. Gene Scott “Doc Notes” on the book "Did the Apostle Paul Visit Britain?" by R.W. Morgan, available from Dolores Press.

The 29th Chapter of Acts has been used by some to bolster the "British Israelite" theory, which postulates that the modern day inhabitants of the British Isles are in fact an intermingling of the lost tribes of Israel and the native inhabitants of the area.


ACTS Chapter 29

Verse 1. Paul, full of the blessing of Christ, and overflowing in the Spirit, left Rome, having decided to go into Spain, becuase he had wanted to travel there for a long time, and he thought also to go from there to Britain.

Verse 2. Because he had heard in Phoenicia that some of the children of Israel, around the time of the Assyrian captivity,had escaped by sea to "the Islands far away" as proclaimed by the Prophet, and called by the Romans, Britain.

Verse 3. Since the Lord commanded the gospel to be preached far and wide to the Gentiles, and to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.

Verse 4. And no man hindered Paul because he testified boldly of
Jesus before the governents and among the people; and be took with
him certain of the brethren which lived with him at Rome, and
they boarded a ship at Ostium, and having fair winds were
brought safely into an safety (harbour) of Spain.

Verse 5. And many people gathered from the towns and villages, and the hill country; for they had heard of the conversion of the Apostles, and the many miracles he had performed.

Verse 6. And Paul preached with might in Spain, and great many people believed and were converted, for they knew he was an apostle sent from God.

Verse 7. And finding a ship in Armorica sailing to Britain they departed from Spain. Paul and his company passed along the South coast and reached a port called Raphinus.

Verse 8. Now when word spread wide that the Apostle had landed on their coast, large numbers of the inhabitants met him, and they treated Paul courteously and he entered in at the east gate of their city, and was housed in the house of a Hebrew and one of his own nation.

Verse 9. And the next day he came and stood upon Mount Lud;(Now the site of St. Paul’s Cathedral.) and the people amassed at the gate, and assembled in the main street, and he preached Christ unto them, and they believed the word and the testimony of Jesus.

Verse 10. And at sunset the Holy Ghost fell upon Paul, and he prophesied, saying, “BEHOLD IN THE LAST DAYS THE GOD OF PEACE
SHALL LIVE IN THE CITIES, AND THE INHABITANTS OF THEM SHALL BE COUNTED: AND IN THE SEVENTH CENSUS OF THE PEOPLE, THEIR EYES SHALL BE OPENED, AND THE GLORY OF THEIR INHERITANCE WILL SHINE OUT BEFORE THEM. NATIONS SHALL COME UP TO WORSHIP ON THE MOUNT THAT TESTIFIES OF THE PATIENCE AND LONG SUFFERING OF A SERVANT OF THE LORD.”

Verse 11. And in the last days new announcements of the Gospel shall come forth out of Jerusalem, and the hearts of the people shall be filled with joy, and they shall look and spring of water shall be opened, and there shall be no more disease.

Verse 12. In those days there shall be wars and rumours of wars; and a king shall rise up, and his sword shall be for the healing of the nations, and peace he makes shall last, and the glory of his kingdom will be a wonder among princes.

Verse 13. And it came to pass that certain of the Druids came to Paul privately and showed by their rites and ceremonies (to prove) they were descended from the Jews which escaped from bondage in the land of Egypt, and the apostle believed these things, and he gave them the kiss of peace.

Verse 14. And Paul lived in his housing for three months proving the faith and preaching Christ continually.

Verse 15. And after these things Paul and his brethren left Raphinus, and sailed to Atium in Gaul.

Verse 16. And Paul preached in the Roman garrisons and among the people, encouraging all men to repent and confess their sins.

Verse 17. And there came to him certain of the Belgae to ask him about the new doctrine, and of the man Jesus; and Paul opened his heart unto them, and told them all things that had happened to him, how Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners; and they departed wondering among themselves about the things they had heard.

Verse 18. And after he preached and toiled muched Paul and his fellow workers went to Helvetia, and came to Mount Pontius Pilate, where he who condemned the Lord Jesus threw himself down headlong, and so miserably perished.

Verse 19. And immediately a torrent gushed from the mountain and washed his body (which had been) broken in pieces, into a lake.
Verse 20. And Paul stretched forth his hands upon the water, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, 0 Lord God, give a sign unto all nations that here Pontius Pilate, which condemned your only-begotten Son, plunged down headlong in to the pit.
Verse 21. And while Paul was still speaking, they looked there came a great earthquake, and the face of the waters was changed, and the lake took the form like unto the Son of Man hanging in an agony upon the Cross.

Verse 22. And a voice came out of heaven saying, Even Pilate has escaped the wrath to come, (See second death, Rev.21:8) for he washed his hands before the multitude at the shedding of the Lord Jesus’ blood.

Verse 23. Because of this, when Paul and those with him saw the earthquake and heard the voice of the angel they glorified God and their spirits were greatly strenghtned.

Verse 24. And they journeyed and came to Mount Julius where two pillars stood, one on the right hand and one on the left hand, erected by Caesar Augustus.

Verse 25. And Paul was filled with the Holy Ghost and stood up between the two pillars, saying, Men and brethren, these stones which you see this day shall testify of my journey here and truly I say they shall remain until the outpouring of the spirit upon all nations, and the way will not be hindered throughout all generations.

Verse 26. And they went forth and came to Illyricum, intending to go by Macedonia into Asia, and grace was found in all the churches; and they prospered and had peace. Amen.