The Spiritual Warfare Prayer Points

Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father, Who art in heaven,

Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come.

Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the Glory Forever and Ever!

In the Name of Yahushua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ), AMEN. ********************************************************************************

Father, in Yahushua’s Name I repent of all my sins, known and unknown (confess specific sins). I repent for breaking any of Your ten commandments:

    1. 5.

I am so sorry for all my sins, Father God. Please forgive me. I forgive myself. Father God, in Yahushua’s Name I repent, renounce and forsake my sins now! I now break off any curses and humbly ask you Father to remove any judgments associated with these sins I’ve committed in Yahushua’s Name. I forgive all who I feel have wronged me; I

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in

heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Honour thy father and thy mother.

  1. Thou shalt not kill.

  2. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

  3. Thou shalt not steal.

  4. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

  5. Thou shalt not covet


Luke 10:19

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

2 Timothy 1:7…

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


Father God, in Yahushua’s Name we come boldly before Your Throne of Grace in the War Rooms of Heaven. We thank You for anointing us to be Your prayer warriors, and for giving us the ability to fight against Your enemies. We will do our best to not become passive and will openly pray against the enemies of God. We ask Father, above all things, that we be cleansed with the blood of Yahushua. Thank You for forgiving us all our sins and transgressions against You, Father God. We ask You Lord that our hearts and our hands be cleansed before You and every evil working in our midst be blotted out by the blood of Yahushua. We cover ourselves with the blood of Yahushua HaMashiach from the crown of our head to the soles of our feet. We release the blood of Yahushua into the atmosphere! (repeat 5x’s) We release the blood of Yahushua to every person who walks through this door/onto this property, we release the blood of Yahushua over (name city/town/area of your location). We release the blood of Yahushua to all the airways, dimensions and realms surrounding this area. We release the blood of Yahushua over (names of people and places the Holy Spirit gives you.) We release the blood of Yahushua over the 144,000 Bride Company, over the Watchmen/women, and the Generals in God’s Army. We release the blood of Yahushua over Israel and Jerusalem.

We pray Father for the peace of Jerusalem. We pray that Your Jewish people and tribes of Israel around the world will come to Salvation through Your Son Yahushua HaMashiach. We pray for the persecuted Christians across the world, suffering and giving their lives for the sake of Christ. Please strengthen their faith and help them endure whatever they must face. We pray for all children and innocent ones being horrifically abused and mistreated, victims of child trafficking and all manner of exploitation and sacrifice. Bring them safely into Your loving embrace, Abba, under Your Wings of Protection where no evil can harm them.

We release the Blood of Yahushua (repeat 3x’s), The Fire of the Ruach HaKodesh (repeat 3x’s), the Shekinah Glory and Fire Power of God!

Father God we submit ourselves to Your Perfect Will. Lord God show us every lie or deception Satan or any of Your enemies have assigned according to our lives and deliver us from every temptation. Break any deception or manipulation of the enemy that may be aligned with our own desires. Forgive us for our ignorance from operating in your 3 full and Perfect Will, Father God—we forgive ourselves and we ask You to keep us from

falling into the enemy’s traps and schemes that lead us astray. Lord God please activate

our faith. Give us knowledge and insights about the enemy for preparing to invade the

land and all the assignments of destruction and all assignments of embezzlement. We ask for the Revelation to uncover the secrets in the boardrooms of hell and to uncover the secrets in the boardrooms in the second heavens where Your enemies exist.

Father God abort the snares, plots, and secrets of the enemy. Please Yahweh our God provide the overflow of Love to open and enlighten our eyes with the eyes of Yahushua HaMashiach. Give us Your Mind for Wisdom; open our hearts and every prophetic Word that will bring Victory and Your Perfect Will. Enable us to receive, retrieve, to take back and rake up the stolen goods and spoils the enemy has been holding and has taken—we declare and decree it in the Name of Yahushua. Father, take back from the hand of the wicked. We confess to You that we do not have righteousness—but by the Blood of Yahushua and the cross we carry, the enemy has been defeated and we declare we have every power over the enemy and nothing by any means shall hurt us or come against us.

Father we ask You to put the full armor of God on us. And in the Name of Yahushua HaMashiach we destroy the authority of chaos—our loins are girded about with Truth, we are prepared for action. We put on the Breastplate of Righteousness in Yahushua; our feet are shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace in the authority and Name of Yahushua; and above all we take up the Shield of Faith which quenches all the fiery darts of the devil. We put on the Helmet of Salvation—we bind the mind of Yahushua to our minds to remove any enemy attack of doubt or demonic depression and the strongman. We take up the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of GOD. We take up our spiritual weapons and by the Blood and the Name of Yahushua we destroy all spiritual wickedness and our enemies of the World—in the earth, in the air, in the land, in all the airways, in the sea and the water.

Father fill our lives with Your Presence, with Your Power and with the Spirit of the Holy Shekinah Fire of the Ruach HaKodesh—the Holy Spirit of Yahweh God. Fill us with Your Spirit, Your Power and Your Shekinah Glory oh Father God Almighty! Fill us with Your GLORY! Let it manifest in this place—in this household, this ministry, in Your sons and daughters, in Your end-time army and Your corporate Bride! Fill us with Your Power and Wisdom in the midst of coming out of the wilderness—in the midst of transition and transfiguration. We will not sleep or put ourselves in the enemy’s camp as we possess the land. Oh Lord our God, please give us greater discernment for these evil times in which we live.

We ask Father that You will fill and empower us with Your Seven Spirits of the LORD. We freely open our heart, mind, body, soul and spirit to receive the Spirit of the LORD: the Spirits of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, Knowledge, Revelation and the FEAR OF THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. Please baptize us afresh with Your Shekinah Glory Fire, the fresh end-time anointing You said you would do in Joel 2—“I will pour out my spirit on all flesh”; and create in us a new pure heart and clean hands before You.

In the Name of Yahushua HaMashiach we will now take authority and power over our thinking and mindsets. We take authority over every attachment of the mind, every evil temptation, every spirit of deception, every spirit of sorrow and grief, every spirit of error, anxiety, indignation, fear, disappointment, doubt, unbelief and failure; every spirit of slothfulness, every spirit of condemnation, every spirit of pride, demons of 4 anger and jealousy, spirits of self-pity and self-righteousness, spirits of envy, every spirit of passivity, lethargy and infirmity, every mindset of poverty, lack, debt and welfare and any attack of the enemy, all evil accusations, every assignment coming to us through dreams and in our minds, every evil work of destruction that comes in the night and in

our sleep, every manipulator against our emotions, every critical spirit, every fault finding spirit, every spirit of control—

We send the blood of Yahushua! (repeat 5x’s) We send forth and loose the End-Time Archangels of God, His warriors of Heaven to destroy annihilate and dismember, bind and blind and cast those evil entities to Gehena–Hell—NOW in Yahushua’s name. We arrest all your powers, we bind up your powers, we render you helpless and inoperable and we paralyze you (5x’s) we brake your powers (5x’s) we dismantle you (5x’s) we cancel your assignments (5x’s). We pull you down and destroy you, we annihilate you (5x’s) in the mighty name of Yahushua! (Pray in the Spirit). In the mighty Name of Yahushua and by the Blood of Yahushua, we call judgment upon you and we curse you at your roots, we saturate your roots with the Blood of Yahushua and lay the axe at you and we destroy your roots (5x’s). (Pray in the Spirit). We burn you by Glory Fire, the Fire of the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit—and the Shekinah Glory of God (5x’s), In the Mighty Name of Yahushua HaMashiach! (Pray in the Spirit).

Every evil assignment of destruction to us, to God’s True End-Time Army and The Last Call of God (name specific ministry you are associated with)—our vision, our mission, our progress and preparation—Every spirit of premature death, murder, abortion, every demon of death, every spirit of Babylon and the anti-christ and all Strange Fire, every mutilating spirit, every God robbing spirit, every spirit of the waster, every spirit of diversion, every spirit of ignorance, every God robbing spirit against our promises, our vision, our prosperity, our destiny, our explosive breakthroughs, every raging of the enemy, every assignment against the Perfect Will, Words, and Purposes of God over our lives. You spirits of passivity trying to hold us in bondage, frustration, anxiety, confusion, every spirit of loneliness, division, every harassing spirit, spirits of weariness, God robbing spirits of discouragement, spirits of anger, opposition, depression, oppressions, every enemy and destroyer of our Faith—every stronghold, every strongman of finances and spirits against our prosperity, every stronghold and demon of lust, all spirits of hindrance, spirits of Leviathan and Python, all demonic knights, all principalities and powers, every evil ruler of the present world, every wicked one in the demonic places that oppose us, our ministry, our open doors, our promises and breakthroughs, every evil power and scheme of hindrance against God’s end-time financers, all evil spirits of destruction, evil circumstances, secret boardrooms of Hell, realms of demonic activity, every spirit of infirmity, every spirit of poverty and lack, debt and welfare, every spirit of strongman, every power against our provision from Father God and our health, every spiritual wickedness that has come to attack us today and for weeks to come…

Every evil spirit that causes these sins and abominations (speak the underlined words):

Abuse of self and mankind: sodomy, pederasty, homosexuality, dishonorable sexual acts Answering Again: replying impertinently or presumptuously; contradictory

Backbiting: slander; speaking ill of a person behind his/her back

Banqueting: indulgence in luxurious entertainment, feasting, carousel, revelry Bitterness: intense animosity, hatred or enmity, virulent (violently bitter or spiteful) Chambering: sexual indulgences, lewdness, luxury, effeminacy Clamor: loud shouting, crying out with complaints, causing tumult 5 Concupiscence: libidinous desire, sexual appetites, lust

Covenant Breaking: failure to keep a mutual agreement between two or more people

Debate: contention, dissension; cause of quarrels, arguments and strife

Defraud: resisting, neglecting or denying the sexual needs of one’s spouse

Despitefulness: being contemptuous; insolent, cruel, insulting, disdainful, spiteful Effeminate: womanish characteristics in man; self-indulgent, extra-delicate or over-refined Emulation: the desire or ambition to equal or surpass others in achievement or quality

Envy: feelings of ill-will toward another because of certain advantages they possess

Evil Surmising: conjecturing/suspecting evil of another; assuming the worst about someone Extortion: use of violence, intimidation or any powerful influence to obtain from a reluctant person Filthiness: moral corruption, obscenity, vileness, wickedness, lewdness

Foolish Talking: inappropriate, paltry, cruel or trifling speech

Fornication: voluntary sexual intercourse between two who are not married to each other Frowardness: difficult to deal with, hard to please, disposed to do evil, perverse, naughty Gainsaying: given to contradiction, contumacious, stubborn, insubordinate

Gluttony: excessive eating of food

Headiness: wildly impetuous or impulsive, headstrong, unwisely hasteful, rash, inconsiderate Highmindedness: having a haughty, proud, arrogant spirit)

Holding Grudges: carrying resentment or ill-will; murmuring, grumbling, complaining Incontinence: inability to contain or retain bodily appetites, esp. sexual passion; unchastity Inordinate Affection: excessive love for acceptable things or any love for inacceptable things Implacability: unable to be appeased or satisfied; irreconcilable, inexorable

Jesting: to act jokingly; making fun of/ridiculing; lack of earnestness or seriousness Lasciviousness: inclined to lust, lewdness, wantonness; immodest; unchaste

Malice: the desire to injure another person; active ill-will or hatred

Malignity: wicked, deep-rooted hatred; intense, persistent desire to cause suffering to another Naughtiness: wickedness, viciousness, depravity, immorality

Necromancy: the supposed art of telling the future by means of communication with the dead Odiousness: an offensive, disagreeable, irritating disposition that provokes hatred or aversion Prating: speaking thoughtlessly; chattering, tale-bearing, blabbing

Prognostication: predicting or foretelling the future; astrology/astrometry

Purloining: taking dishonestly; pilfering or filching (stealing small quantities or things of small value) Railing: uttering abusive language

Reveling: engaging in riotous or disorderly merry-making or festivities

Reviling: degrading, abasing or insulting another; speaking abusively or contemptuously Rioting: unrestrained behavior; wild living; indulging to excess in some pleasure or recreation Scorn: to mock or deride; treat with ridicule, contempt or disdain

Sedition: a revolt, mutiny; a movement/rebellion against an established authority or gov’t Self-Love: arrogance; conceit; self-esteem; thinking highly of one’s self

Self-Will: willfulness; obstinacy; persistence in following one’s own desires or opinions Slander: spreading false reports about someone in order to bring injury to his/her reputation Sodomy: a sin of Sodom’s inhabitants, particularly sexual intercourse between men

Strife: a condition of antagonism, enmity or discord; contention, dispute

Superfluity: extravagance; immoderate indulgence or expenditure

Surfeiting: excessive taking of food or drink; gluttonous indulgence in eating or drinking Swelling: puffed up by pride and vanity; behaving arrogantly; having a swagger

Tale-bearing: carrying reports of private matters for the sake of malice or idle curiosity Tumult: public disturbance/commotion; disorderly or riotous conduct in a group of people Uncleanness: moral filthiness/ impurity; the state of being morally or spiritually unclean Unthankfulness: a lack of appreciation for the things God has done on your behalf

Vainglory: the tendency to exalt oneself unduly; idle boasting or vaunting

Variance: the propensity to be different or contrary, eliciting discord, contention and debate Wantonness: lack of restraint, discipline or control; unchastity; lasciviousness, lewdness

Whispering: making an insinuation with whispered speech; secret slander; backbiting 6 Whoremongering: having dealings with whores, practicing whoredom; fornicating

Witchcraft: involvement with witches directly or indirectly

Without Natural Affection: acting contrary to the natural way; inordinate affection; sodomy

Without Understanding: acting without knowledge; senseless, foolish; morally corrupt

Every evil word of instruction over the body of Christ, this family in Yahushua; every evil word spoken over the 144,000 and the Two Witnesses; every evil word released by the Kingdom of darkness over the authority figures and ministries connected and in participation with The Last Call of YHWH GOD. Every plan of the druids, witches and warlocks, astral projectionists and remote viewers; every witchcraft and druid spirit, all black magic, blood magic and death magic; all evocations, incantations, enchantments, jinxes, hexes, vexes and spells; every spirit of Jezebel and Ahab, every evil tie that is holding us captive, every evil diversion, every spirit of fragmentation, every spirit of stagnation, every spirit of entanglement and entrapment, every ungodly soul tie and yoke of bondage that is holding us captive, all those with strange fire, every psychic attack that comes against us from the illuminate, any evil monarchy, freemasons and new world order systems; Hezbollah, Hamas, the Assyrian spirit, prince of Persia, spirit driving Isis; all evil released by CERN/hadron colliders; all demonic technologies that open other realms and dimensions, all AI technologies (ie.“slaughterbots”) designed to survey and kill people—we activate the Warriors of Heaven to destroy and annihilate these abominations from Hell and cause them to malfunction if they try to come near us.

Every wrong/false Christian prayer, every psychic and ungodly intercessory prayer, every prayer of those who worship molech and all other false gods; every assignment coming against the Two Witnesses, the 144,000 and Bride Company— our families, households and belongings…

We Send the Blood of Yahushua (5x’s). Arrows of Blood to your kingdom (5x’s). We arrest your powers, we bind up your powers, we blind you and we render you helpless and inoperable. (Pray in the Spirit). In the Name of Yahushua– We paralyze you (5x’s). We break your powers (5x’s). With the Fire of the Ruach HaKodesh, we burn you (5x’s). We pull you down, destroy you and annihilate you (5x’s), in the Mighty Name of Yahushua HaMashiach! We call judgment upon you, and curse you at the roots, we saturate your roots with the Blood of Yahushua, we lay an axe to your roots, we destroy your roots (5x’s). We burn you by Fire—the Fire of the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit and the Shekinah Glory of God (5x’s) in the Mighty Name of Yahushua. (Pray in the Spirit).

Every evil assignment of destruction, every evil arrow of destruction against THE LAST CALL OF GOD (name your specific ministry), against the ministry leadership teams and all who help with the ministry—administration as well as those who pray for us and financially assist us; every evil arrow of instruction and assignment over the people’s minds, against the leaders and the promises of God. Every evil assignment, every evil arrow of diversion and destruction against the Salvations, Healings, Deliverances, Miracles, Signs & Wonders and Breakthroughs—the End-time Miracles of God, the Creative Miracles of God’s People; the relationship that God desires with all He has chosen. Every yoke of bondage, every demonic stronghold and principality and power operating meddling or assigned against the Two Witnesses and God’s army generals and the 144,000 and Bride Company…

Every demonic assignment operating over the people, the atmosphere and airways of this household/property, over God’s designated meeting places for The Last Call of God. Every spirit of retaliation and backlash and every evil fowl of the air that comes to steal and other people from hearing or receiving or revealing the Perfect Will and Instruction of GOD, every hidden devourer, every hidden curse, every power against the anointing and the end-time Glory Release of God, every fault-finding spirit, every gossiping and God robbing spirit, every occultic and psychic spirit, every spirit of divination, every arresting power—

WE SEND THE BLOOD OF YAHUSHUA (5x’s). Arrows of blood to your Kingdom (5x’s). We arrest all your powers, we bind up your powers, we blind you, we render you powerless and inoperable. In the mighty NAME of YAHUSHUA — We paralyze you (5x’s), we break your powers (5x’s), we burn you with the Fire of the Ruach HaKodesh (5x’s), we pull you down and destroy you, we annihilate you (5x’s). (Pray in the Spirit). We call judgment upon you, and curse you at the roots, we saturate your roots with the Blood of Yahushua, we lay an axe to your roots, we destroy your roots (5x’s). We burn you by the Fire of the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit and the Shekinah Glory of God (5x’s) in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ Yahushua HaMashiach. (Pray in the Spirit). Hallelujah, Glory to God.

Now in the Name of Yahushua we ask You Father God to activate and loose Your Holy Angels and Ministering Spirits assigned to us: Come forth our Angels of Ministry and all Ministering Spirits: come forth our angels of War and Protection; come forth our angels of Prosperity and Fulfillment; come forth our angels of Visitation; come forth our angels of Protection and Rescue; come forth our angels of Blessings and Favor; come forth our angels of Travel; come forth our angels of Divine connections, appointments, relationships, and opportunities. Come forth our angels of Repentance; come forth our angels of Salvations, Miracles, Healing and Deliverance; come forth our angels of Revolution for The Last Call Awakening & Revival End-Time Move of YHWH; come forth our angels of Restoration and Breakthrough. Come forth sons and daughters of God, come forth Archangels, Seraphim, Cherubim, Ophanim, come forth holy and mighty creations of God Most High! We dispatch you from the Heavens. Come forth (5x’s). We loose you (5x’s) in the Mighty name of Yahushua HaMashiach!

Thank You Father God! Our Heavens are now clear and we live under an open heaven to receive all that You have for us! And we have Power now to pray under an open heaven for now the Heavens are open, we thank You Father, Yahushua and the Ruach HaKodesh! Thank You Yahushua for what You did for us on the cross over 2,000 years ago, taking away the sins and curses of man/womankind so we can be reconciled to the Father. We are saturated and filled with Your Ruach Hakodesh—Holy Spirit. Thank You Lord God Almighty! Glory Glory Glory to our GOD! Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah! WE love You and give You ALL THE GLORY AND HONOR AND MIGHTY TESTIMONY FATHER GOD! Father, let Your Kingdom come today and let Your WILL BE DONE TODAY ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!!!

Bless and Protect Your LAST CALL (name your specific ministry). Bless and Protect Israel and Jerusalem, the Apple of Your Eye. Bless Your End-Time Tabernacle. Bless and prepare all the meeting places You have chosen for Your Shekinah Glory and Holy Fire of Heaven to fall, the Latter and the Former rain. Bless each person assisting Your end-time move (name people or groups the Spirit puts on your heart) and prepare each of our hearts to receive You. Make it fill with Your Shekinah Glory in this place, oh Father GOD—Your Shekinah Glory and Majesty. We ask You to show up here as never 8 before! Touch every-life here today Lord God Almighty! Yahweh, Let not one hindrance

in the airways come against us. Allow Your spirit to flow like never before. Thank You

dearest Father, Thank You Yahushua our Messiah, and thank You Ruach HaKodesh for

all you have done, all You are doing and will do in the future! In Yahushua HaMashiach’s precious and Mighty Name~ AMEN and AMEN.

Bride and Rapture Promises

Isaiah 26:19-21

Thy dead men shall live; together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust; for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee; hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be past. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

Zephaniah 2:3

Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, who have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness; it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.

Psalms 27:5

For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret places of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me upon a rock.

John 14:1-3

“Let not your heart be troubled. Ye believe in God; believe also in Me .In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.

Luke 21:36

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Rev 3:10

Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I will also keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth.

1 Thes 5:9

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 2:6-9

…and, turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown, making them an example unto those who thereafter should live ungodly; and if He delivered righteous Lot, vexed with the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, having dwelt among them seeing and hearing, was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their unlawful deeds)–then the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished.

Scriptures to read out loud and meditate on:

Rom. 12:21……….I am the body of Christ and satan has no power over me. I overcome evil with good. 1 John 4:4…………Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.

Psalms 23:4……….I will fear no evil, for you are with me Lord, Your Word and Your Spirit comfort me. Isaiah 54:14………I am far from oppression and fear does not come near me.

Psalm 1:3…………Whatsoever I do shall prosper for I am like a tree planted by rivers of water.

Gal. 1:4…………….You have delivered me from the evils of this world, for it is Your will.

Psalms 91:10…….No evil shall befall me, neither shall any plague come near my dwelling.

Psalms 91:11…….For You have given Your angels charge over me, and they keep me in all my ways.

Prov. 12:28……….In my pathway is life and there is no death.

James 1:25……….I am a doer of the Word of God and I am blessed in my deeds.

Eph. 6:16………….I take the shield of faith, and stop everything the enemy brings against me. Rev. 12:11………..I overcome by the blood of Yahushua and the word of my testimony.

James 4:7…………The devil flees from me because I resist him in Yahushua’s Name. Psalms 119:89…..The word of God is forever settled in heaven.

Isaiah 54:13………Great is the peace of my children for they are taught of the Lord.

Gal. 3:13…………..Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law (Poverty, sickness, and death). 2 Cor. 8:9………….For poverty he has given me wealth, for sickness He has given me health. I forbid sickness to come upon me.

Psalms 119:25…..It is true unto me according to the Word of God.

Psalms 37:4………I delight myself in the Lord and He gives me the desires of my heart.

Luke 6:38…………I have given and it is given unto me pressed, shaken together and running over.

2 Cor. 9:8…………I have sufficiency in all things and abound to all good works, for all grace abounds toward me.

Phil. 4:19…………There is no lack, for my God supplies all my needs according to His riches.

Psalms 23:1……..The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

John 16:13……….The Spirit of Truth abides in me and teaches me all things. He guides me into all truth. Prov. 3:5I………… I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not to my own understanding.

Prov. 3:6………….In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my path.

Psalms 119:105…Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Psalms 138:8…….He will perfect that which concerns me.

Col. 3:16…………..I let the Word of God dwell in me richly in all wisdom.

John 10:3,4………I follow the Good Shepherd, because I know His voice, a stranger I will not follow. Romans 12:2… …I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by renewing my mind in the Word.

Neh. 8:10……….The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Psalms 27:1…….The Lord is the strength of my life.

1 John 4:4………Greater is He that is in me, then he that is in the world.

Prov. 4 21:22…..I will not let the Word depart from my eyes, for it is life and health.

Eph. 4:29………..I let no corrupt words come out of my mouth, only that which is good and edifying. Eph. 4:27………..I refuse to give place to the devil.

Eph 4:15…………I speak the truth in love, and grow up into Him in all things.

John 10:28……..No man shall take me out of His hand, for I have eternal life.

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Col 3:15…………I let the peace of God rule in my heart, I refuse to worry about anything.

Matt 16:19…….That which I refuse to allow here, God also refuses to allow, and that which I allow, He also will bring to pass here.

Col 2:10……….. I am complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power.

Mark 16:17,18…I am a believer and these things do follow me. I speak with new tongues, I take authority over the devil, I lay my hands on the sick and they re

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the

pulling down of strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10: 3-4

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walketh

about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the

faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world. 1 Peter 5: 8-9

Blessed be the LORD my strength, who teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight. Psalm 144: 1

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Ephesians 6:11-18

Ye shall not fear them, for the LORD your God He shall fight for you.

Deuteronomy 3: 22

Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:12

I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7

And having despoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Colossians 2: 15

The God of my rock, in Him will I trust. He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; Thou savest me from violence. 2 Samuel 22: 3

I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 2 Samuel 22: 4

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4: 7

So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59: 19

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4

For whosoever is born of God overcometh the world. And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world,

but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4-5

But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

1 Corinthians 15: 57

Now thanks be unto God, who always causeth us to triumph in Christ and who maketh manifest through us the savor of His knowledge in every place.

2 Corinthians 2: 14

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of Me,” saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:17

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19

~ Psalm 91 ~

1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High

shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:

the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

PSALM 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The Professors Discover Copy Of Jesus Secret Revelations To His Brother James

The Austin professors discover copy of Jesus’ secret revelations to his brother
A piece of the Coptic translation of the First Apocalypse of James from the Nag Hammadi Codex V. Credit: Nag Hammadi Library, Oxford University.
The first-known original Greek copy of a heretical Christian writing describing Jesus’ secret teachings to his brother James has been discovered at Oxford University by biblical scholars at The University of Texas at Austin.

To date, only a small number of texts from the Nag Hammadi library—a collection of 13 Coptic Gnostic books discovered in 1945 in Upper Egypt—have been found in Greek, their original language of composition. But earlier this year, UT Austin religious studies scholars Geoffrey Smith and Brent Landau added to the list with their discovery of several fifth- or sixth-century Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James, which was thought to have been preserved only in its Coptic translations until now.

“To say that we were excited once we realized what we’d found is an understatement,” said Smith, an assistant professor of religious studies. “We never suspected that Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James survived from antiquity. But there they were, right in front of us.”

The ancient narrative describes the secret teachings of Jesus to his brother James, in which Jesus reveals information about the heavenly realm and future events, including James’ inevitable death.

“The text supplements the biblical account of Jesus’ life and ministry by allowing us access to conversations that purportedly took place between Jesus and his brother, James—secret teachings that allowed James to be a good teacher after Jesus’ death,” Smith said.

The Austin professors discover copy of Jesus’ secret revelations to his brother
Geoffrey Smith and Brent Landau take a closer look at the Greek fragment identified as the First Apocalypse of James. The fragments–and rights to published images of them–are owned by the Egypt Exploration Society. Credit: Geoffrey Smith, UT Austin.
Such apocryphal writings, Smith said, would have fallen outside the canonical boundaries set by Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, in his “Easter letter of 367” that defined the 27-book New Testament: “No one may add to them, and nothing may be taken away from them.”

With its neat, uniform handwriting and words separated into syllables, the original manuscript was probably a teacher’s model used to help students learn to read and write, Smith and Landau said.

“The scribe has divided most of the text into syllables by using mid-dots. Such divisions are very uncommon in ancient manuscripts, but they do show up frequently in manuscripts that were used in educational contexts,” said Landau, a lecturer in the UT Austin Department of Religious Studies.

The teacher who produced this manuscript must have “had a particular affinity for the text,” Landau said. It does not appear to be a brief excerpt from the text, as was common in school exercises, but rather a complete copy of this forbidden ancient writing.

Smith and Landau announced the discovery at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston in November and are working to publish their preliminary findings in the Greco Roman Memoirs series of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri.

The Contradictions Of Paul From Tarsus With Jesus-Yeshua and YahuEH-YHVH

  1. The Law Continues

Yeshua YES

Matthew 5:18

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled

YHVH YES

Exodus 12:24

“And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.

Paul NO

Galatians 5:18

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Galatians 3:23-23

Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.

Romans 10: 4

For Christ is the end of the law, that everyone who has faith may be justified.

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

#2 Circumcision is Forever

Yeshua Yes

Matthew 23:2-3

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you

YHVH YES

Ezekiel 44:9

Future Prophecy

“Thus, says the Lord God: No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, of all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, shall enter my sanctuary.

Paul NO

Galatians 5:2

Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.

Galatians 2:3-5

3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. 4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— 5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

#3 Sabbath Should Still Be Kept

Yeshua Yes

Matthew 5:18

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

YHVH YES

Exodus 31:16

So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17″It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever

Paul NO

Colossians 2:16-17

So, let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

Romans 14:5

One-person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

Ephesians 2:14-15

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace

#4 Lying is Ok

Yeshua NO

Matthew 5:18

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

YHVH NO

Leviticus 19:11

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

Paul YES

Romans 3:7

For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

#5 Eat Anything

Yeshua NO

Revelation 2: 14, 16

14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth

YHVH NO

Leviticus 11: 1-46

4 Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 5 And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 6 And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 7 And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. 8 You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

Paul YES

Romans 14:14

I know and am persuaded in the Master Yeshua that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean

#6 Feasts Should Still Be Kept

Yeshua Yes

Matthew 5:18

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

YHVH YES

Exodus 12:24

And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons forever

Paul NO

Colossians 2:16-17

16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

#7 Pharisees Followed the Law

Yeshua NO

Matthew 23:2-3

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice

Paul YES

Philippians 3:5-6

circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

#8 Salvation Is by Faith, Repentance & Obeying

Yeshua YES

Revelation 14:12

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Matthew 7: 23

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

YHVH YES

Psalm 32:1–2

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Paul NO

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 3:28

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds (works) of the law.”

Romans 10: 4

For Christ is the end of the law, that everyone who has faith may be justified.

#9 Apostles Commanded to teach the Commandments

Yeshua YES

Matthew 19:17

And he said to him, why call you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.

Paul No

Ephesians 2:15

by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace

2 Corinthians 5:16-19

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation

#10 Church Pastors to be Paid

Yeshua NO

Matthew 10: 7-8

And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ [8] Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.

PAUL YES

1 Corinthians 9:14

In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

1Timothy 5:17-18

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching;

[18] for the scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.

1 Corinthians 9:11-12

If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits?

12If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more?

#11 There are Only 12 Apostles

Yeshua YES

Acts 1:21-26, excerpts

“‘Therefore, it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us–beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us–one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.’ So, they put forward two men . . . and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles”

Paul NO

2 Corinthians 11:5

Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles.

Galatians 1:1

Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead 2 and all the brothers who are with me

#12 Yahweh Made the Law and Delivered it Himself

YHVH YES

Exodus 31:18

And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

Paul NO

Galatians 3:19

Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary

#13 Call No Man Father

Yeshua YES

Matthew 23:9

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Paul NO

1 Corinthians 4:15

For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

#14 We are begotten from above

Yeshua YES

John.3: 3,6-7

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is begotten from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [6] That which is begotten of the flesh is flesh, and that which is begotten of the Spirit is spirit.

[7] Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be begotten from above.

Paul NO

Romans 8:23

and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Galatians 4: 5

to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

#15 No Hierarchy of Assembly

Yeshua YES

Matthew 23:8

But do not be called Rabbi (Teacher); for One is your Teacher, and you are all [equally] brothers.

John.10: 16

And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.

Paul NO

Ephesians 4:11

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers

1 Corinthians 12: 28

And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third, teachers

16 Nations of The World Are Under Satan

Yeshua YES

Luke 4:5-8

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”

YHVH YES

Hosea 8:4

They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval. With their silver and gold, they make idols for themselves to their own destruction.

PAUL NO

Romans 13:1-5

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

17 God is God of Living Not Dead

Yeshua NO

Luke 20:38

“God is not the God of the dead but the living.”

Paul Yes

Romans 14:9

Christ is the “Lord of the dead and the living.”

#18 Flesh in Heaven

Yeshua YES

Mark 12:25

For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

YHVH YES

Job 19:25-26:

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God.”

Paul NO

1 Corinthians 15:44

It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body

1 Corinthians 15:50

“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”

1 Corinthians 15:50-54

50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

#19 Receiving Mercy by Being Merciful

Yeshua YES

Matthew 5: 7

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Paul NO

Romans 9: 15-16, 18

For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So it depends not upon man’s will or exertion, but upon God’s mercy. [18] So then he has mercy upon whomever he wills, and he hardens the heart of whomever he wills.

#20 Apostle to Baptize Believers

Yeshua YES

Matthew 28:19

Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them

Paul NO

1 Corinthians 1:17

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made void.

#21 A Call Is Revocable

Yeshua YES

Matthew 22:14

‘many are called, but few are chosen

Paul NO

Romans 9: 29

The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable’

#22 Justification of the Ungodly

YHVH NO

Exodus 23:7

“I will not justify the ungodly.”

Proverbs 17:15

“He that justifieth the ungodly …[is] an abomination to Yahweh.”

Paul YES

Romans 4:5

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

#23 Prayer in Public

Yeshua NO

Matthew 6:5-6

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Paul YES

1 Timothy 2:8

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling

#24 Call No Man Fool

Yeshua YES

Mathew 5:22

“Whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire”

Paul NO

I Corinthians 3:18

If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you will have to become a fool so you can become wise by God’s standards.”

Romans 1:22

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

#25 Some are Righteous

Yeshua YES

Matthew 25:37

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord

Matthew 13:17

  • For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them

YHVH YES

Genesis 6:9

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.

Paul NO

Romans 3:19 –

Now we know that what things so ever the law says, it says to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

26 Original Sin

Yeshua NO

Mark 10:13-16

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Paul YES

Romans 5:12-14

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men[a] because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

#27 Truth Comes from YHVH’s Word

Yeshua YES

John.17:14, 17

I have given them thy word;

17 Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth.

YHVH YES

Psalm 119:160

The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.

Paul NO

1 Corinthians 2:13

And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit.

Galatians 1:12

For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

28 Eternal Security

YESHUA NO

Matthew 7:19

“Every tree that lacks good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire.”

Paul YES

Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

29 Celibacy Is an Option

Yeshua YES

Matthew 19:12

For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”

Paul NO

1 Cor. 10:27-28:

“Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage. But if you marry, you do not sin, and if a girl marries she does not sin.”

30 God Lives in Temples Made of Human Hands

Yeshua YES

Matthew 23:21

And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it.

Paul NO

Acts 17:24

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man

#31 Justification by Works or the Law

Yeshua YES

Revelation 14:12

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

PAUL NO

Galatians 2:16

yet we know that a person is not justified[a] by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Galatians 3:10

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”

The Greek Gematric Riddle Of Jesus Christ Solved

Jesus Christ is not only a solar deity, but he incorporates the most important rule of the sacred geometry used by astronomers to measure and by architects to build:

The Pythagorean Theorem.

As we know, the greeks and all the ancient people didn’t have a separate number system, but they used the same letters of the alphabet to make calculations. So at every letter of the alphabet, corresponded a number, and every word had also a numerical value obtained adding the letters value. The greek gematria was called Isopsephy (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopsephy ).

It seems to me that just reading the gospels in greek and looking at the numerical values of the words and the names, makes evident that the name of Jesus encodes the sacred Pythagorean triangle: 3, 4, 5. The name Jesus Christ is like a riddle. Jesus and Christ are two of the three sides of a right triangle, and to solve the riddle you must find the third word, the lost word, that represents gematrically the third side of the triangle.

The solution is a phun in itself: a greek word that means “you have known”, and that put together with the name of Jesus Christ, give this answer: “You have known Jesus Christ”.

Let’s start with the gematric values of the greek alphabet:

The gematria of Jesus is 888 and the Gematria of Christ is 1480. With those two numbers, applying the pythagorean theorem, you find the third number: 1184, that correspond gematrically to a very specific word: “εγνωκατε”, that Jesus uses when he is referring to the act of knowing god:

The word “εγνωκατε” is used repeatedly in 1 John 2, and is the very verb that give the name to the famous alexandrian sect: the Gnostics, from ginosko (ghin-oce’-ko), knowing.

The ratio between 888 (Jesus) and 1480 (Christ) is 5:3, or 1.666…

This number is a recurrent number in the old testament:

The greek Gnostics were not the first to associate the pythagorean theorem to solar god and goddess. The Egyptians, who were well aware of the pythagorean theorem centuries before, associated Osiris, Isis and Horus to the sides of the pythagorean triangle. This is why the holy trinity (the triangle) is a concept so ancient and widespread:

Some recurring greek words of the Gnostic sect and of the Pythagoreans, like “Eureka!” or “Noesis!” hide the sacred pythagorean triple 3-4-5 too:

The Egyptian Pyramids represent the same secret knowledge we found in Jesus Christ, being built according to the 3-4-5 pythagorean triple:

The very name of God in the Bible is nothing but a gematric riddle for 3-4-5:

Moses = משה = 345

So in the Bible we have:

Exo 3:14 – And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

MOSES name is 345

and God’s name (“I AM THAT I AM” = אהיה אשר אהיה ) is 21+501+21 = 543

345 and 543

In other words god’s secret name is the very mirror reflection of Moses name gematric value! The pythagorean triple 3, 4, 5 is then used as a symbol of a god-like man, having mastered the supreme law of mathematics. Another proof that Moses is not an historical character but a symbolic one.

And this is even better:

345+543 = 888 (greek gematria for Jesus, Ιησους)

But there is more.

In some tombs in Egypt we found the very 3-4-5 triangle depicted with two of their sides represented by a serpent, the phython, a symbol of hidden knowledge:

The Mary Chapel in the old Glastonbury Abby, confirm that chatolic priests were well aware of the real meaning of Jesus Chris: the measure of the Chapel is 2368 square feets (gematria of Jesus Christ) and the rhombus contained in it has the area of exactly 1184 square feets. This chapel was also built in the year 1184:

In the Bible we found another version of the 3-4-5 Pythagorean triple: the gematria of the biblical names of Jacob (מיעקב , 222) and Miriam ( ומרים , 296) gives us the two sides of a right triangle proportional to the same Jesus Christ triangle, and the pythagorean theorem applied to those two produces the gematria of “the heaven” (שמיך , 370):

Notice that the height of the triangle (the height of the pyramid, hidden in the center, like the axis) is often associated with a female figure, like Isis or Miriam. The throne of Isis is sometimes depicted with a rectangular box similar to the geometrical figure employed in the proof of the pythagorean theorem:

The throne of Isis is problaly related to the pythagoream theorem somehow, especially considering the similarity of some depiction of it with the mercy seat of the Bible, that we already found being built according to the 5:3 ratio:

Pythagoras itself is often associated with pyramids and zodiacal knowledge:

The forbidden fruit of the garden of eden, the pomegranate (ורמן), seems to be at the heart of the Jesus Christ riddle, being his gematric value (296) the number generator of the Jesus Christ pythagorean triple:

Another confirmation is the fact that jesus is often depicted inside a geometric figure called “vesica piscis”, and many cathedrals are built using the vesica piscis arcs:

The reason is that the vesica piscis was the only way to draw a right triangle with exacts 3 4 5 proportions, because the ancients had only square and compasses. Here is the construction:

As a confirmation, John 21:11 records that Jesus performed a miracle which enabled Simon Peter to catch exactly 153 fish:

“And [Jesus] said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.’ So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.

“Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.”

John 21:6,11.

Pythagoreans considered 153 a sacred number. The ratio of 153 to 265 was referred to as “the measure of the fish.” That ratio is the very ratio between the height and the width of the Vesica Piscis.

When we look into the Life of Pythagoras by Iamblichus, we see the story of how Pythagoras was “going from Sybaris to Krotona. At the shore, he stood with some men fishing with nets; they were still hauling the nets weighed down with fish from the depths. He said he knew the number of fish they had hauled in: 153. The men agreed to do what he ordered if the number of fish was as he said. He ordered the fish to be set free, alive, after they were counted accurately to total 153. Now it is said that in the time the fish were out of the water being counted, none of them died while Pythagoras stood there. He paid them the price of the fish and went to Krotona. They announced the deed everywhere, having learned his name from some children”.

So how can Jesus be an historical figure then?

How low are the probabilities that a man called Jesus Christ, a name that appears in the original greek gospels many times and having the value of 888 and 1480, two numbers uniquely related to 1184 by the pythagorean theorem, the very number associated to the greek word for the knowledge of god in the same gospels, was called that way by chance?

How low are the probabilities that such pythagorean geometric riddle, confirmed by things like the vesica pisces in the Ichthys fish symbol, the pictorial representation of jesus and the very architectures of the chatedrals, is a coincidence?

How low are the probabilities that the fact that the majority of the egyptian pyramids are build according to the sacred 3:4:5 proportions, the same pythagorean triple found in the name Jesus Christ, and that such triple was considered sacred by all the pythagorean sects of Alexandria, the very place where the Gospels were written?

How more likely is the explanation that in the end the Bible and the New Testament were, as many other pagan religions of the time, just symbolic repository of sacred geometrical knowledge of the priest caste of Memphis, Jerusalem, Delphi and Alexandria? Especially considering that the pythagorean sect used to communicate their secret geometrical knowledge using allegoric stories like that of the 153 fishes?

The Synoptic Gospel Verses

The first verses of the three synoptic Gospels are as follows:

A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:(Matt. 1:1, NIV)The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the son of God.(Mark 1:1, NIV)Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,(Luke 1:1, NIV)

The ordinal values of these verses is as follows:

Matt 1:1 (o) = 669

Mark 1:1 (o) = 580

Luke 1:1 (o) = 831

The sum of these ordinal values is 2080:

669 + 580 + 831 = 2080

The number 2080 is the 64th triangular number.

This is a fairly unlikely event: the chance of 2080 being triangular is only 1 in 64 and the chances of it having any significant figurate properties, whilst higher, is still fairly low. Moreover, the triangle is a potent symbol of the divine, embodying the concept of the Trinity. Finally, 64 is the ordinal value of one of the less-used spellings of the name of Jesus in Hebrew.

Yehoshva

The Four Gospel Verses

Adding the first verse of John to the synoptic verses we can find the ordinal values of all four Gospels.

A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:(Matt. 1:1, NIV)The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the son of God.(Mark 1:1, NIV)Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,(Luke 1:1, NIV)In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.(John 1:1, NIV)

The ordinal value of John 1.1 is as follows:

John 1.1 (o) = 695

Adding this value to the sum of the three synoptic gospels, which was found to be 2080, we obtain 2775:

2080 + 695 = 2775

Amazingly, 2775 is also a triangular number, the 74th in its series! Again, relatively few numbers of this magnitude have any notable geometric properties.

This triangle is the 74th in the series of triangular numbers – and the number 74 happens to be very strongly linked with the name and person of Jesus through gematria!

Jesus (o)= 74 Messiah (o)= 74

Cross (o)= 74 Gospel (o)= 74

So 74 is the ordinal value of the name of the man whose life, mission, death and resurrection are recorded in the four Gospels. Note that the word ‘Gospel’ itself has an ordinal value of 74, as does the word ‘Messiah’, the Hebrew equivalent of ‘Christ’. The triangularity of this number again reflects the Christian concept of the Trinity, which was no doubt the intention.

The Gospel Triangles

If we now superimpose triangle 2080 upon triangle 2775 we see a natural division between the triangle representing the synoptic Gospels and the remainder, a trapezium, representing the fourth Gospel. The trapezium extends the triangle, just as John is an extension and completion of the Gospels.

Triangle 2775 itself has further features of interest for us, to which we will now turn.

From Triangle To Trapezium

Two out of every three triangular numbers are divisible by 3. 2775 is such a number and division of 2775 by 3 gives 925. This is the standard value of the name ‘Jesus Christ’.

Jesus Christ (s)= 925925 x 3= 2775

This leads us to a natural trisection of triangle 2775 and a third geometric form for 925, better known as a diamond and a pentagon. The form this time is a trapezium.

Jesus Christ (s) …….= 925

The three trapezia are identical in every respect and show that the number 925 is very naturally derived from the second Gospel triangle.

Triangle 3003

Finally, the study of triangular numbers reveals a startling geometric link between the triangular extensions of the numbers 74 and 77, which are the ordinal values of ‘Jesus’ and ‘Christ’. The 77th triangular number is 3003.

Triangle 3003 is the smallest triangle that can completely enclose triangle 2775.

So here we have Jesus, represented by T74, symbolically within Christ, represented by T77.

Triangle 5778

Triangle 3003 can also form a trapezium on which triangle 2775 can sit to yield a larger triangle, the 107th in the series, with 5778 units. Of the first 100 triangular numbers about 4% will create another triangular number when paired in this way. Therefore this phenomenon is statistically improbable.

Such an uncommon geometric feature is evidence of prior planning, rather than random action, a hypothesis that is strengthened when we discover that the numbers 74, 77 and 107 are connected not only through numerical geometry but through the name ‘Jesus Christ’ and two of his most important titles.

Jesus (o)= 74 Christ (o)= 77

The Messiah (o)= 107

God the Son (o)= 107

As you can see, these geometric relationships appear to have been built into not only the four gospels but the English language itself, suggesting that the New Bible Code has been a long time in the planning!

Summary

The Gospel triangles are persuasive evidence that the subject of the four gospels, Jesus Christ, along with their natural division into the three synoptic gospels and John, has been consciously reflected in their opening verses, through the encoding of two carefully chosen triangular numbers. The internal structures of the triangles provide further numbers that, via gematria, have primary links with the name ‘Jesus Christ’ and two of his titles. The spellings of name and titles also appear to have been guided, so that the analogy between meaning and geometric properties could be made. The triangles are therefore further evidence that both the translation of the NIV bible and the evolution of the English language have been guided by a divine hand, the same hand that reaches out to us through the gospels.

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The Apocalypse of Peter

1 . . . . many of them will be false prophets, and will teach divers ways and doctrines of perdition: but these will become sons of perdition. 3. And then YHVH will come unto my faithful ones who hunger and thirst and are afflicted and purify their souls in this life; and he will judge the sons of lawlessness.

  1. And furthermore YHVH said: Let us go into the mountain: Let us pray.. And going with him, we, the twelve disciples, begged that he would show us one of our brethren, the righteous who are gone forth out of the world, in order that we might see of what manner of form they are, and having taken courage, might also encourage the men who hear us.

  2. And as we prayed, suddenly there appeared two men standing before YHVH towards the East, on whom we were not able to look; 7, for there came forth from their countenance a ray as of the sun, and their raiment was shining, such as eye of man never saw; for no mouth is able to express or heart to conceive the glory with which they were endued, and the beauty of their appearance. 8. And as we looked upon them, we were astounded; for their bodies were whiter than any snow and ruddier than any rose; 9, and the red thereof was mingled with the white, and I am utterly unable to express their beauty; 10, for their hair was curly and bright and seemly both on their face and shoulders, as it were a wreath woven of spikenard and divers-coloured flowers, or like a rainbow in the sky, such was their seemliness.

  3. Seeing therefore their beauty we became astounded at them, since they appeared suddenly. 12. And I approached YHVH and said: Who are these? 13. He saith to me: These are your brethren the righteous, whose forms ye desired to see. 14. And I said to him: And where are all the righteous ones and what is the aeon in which they are and have this glory?

  4. And YHVH showed me a very great country outside of this world, exceeding bright with light, and the air there lighted with the rays of the sun, and the earth itself blooming with unfading flowers and full of spices and plants, fair-flowering and incorruptible and bearing blessed fruit. 16. And so great was the perfume that it was borne thence even unto us. 17. And the dwellers in that place were clad in the raiment of shining angels and their raiment was like unto their country; and angels hovered about them there. 18. And the glory of the dwellers there was equal, and with one voice they sang praises alternately to YHVH Elohim, rejoicing in that place. 19. YHVH saith to us: This is the place of your high-priests, the righteous men.

  5. And over against that place I saw another, squalid, and it was the place of punishment; and those who were punished there and the punishing angels had their raiment dark like the air of the place.

  6. And there were certain there hanging by the tongue: and these were the blasphemers of the way of righteousness; and under them lay fire, burning and punishing them. 22. And there was a great lake, full of flaming mire, in which were certain men that pervert righteousness, and tormenting angels afflicted them.

  7. And there were also others, women, hanged by their hair over that mire that bubbled up: and these were they who adorned themselves for adultery; and the men who mingled with them in the defilement of adultery, were hanging by the feet and their heads in that mire. And I said: I did not believe that I should come into this place.

  8. And I saw the murderers and those who conspired with them, cast into a certain strait place, full of evil snakes, and smitten by those beasts, and thus turning to and fro in that punishment; and worms, as it were clouds of darkness, afflicted them. And the souls of the murdered stood and looked upon the punishment of those murderers and said: O YHVH, thy judgment is just.

  9. And near that place I saw another strait place into which the gore and the filth of those who were being punished ran down and became there as it were a lake: and there sat women having the gore up to their necks, and over against them sat many children who were born to them out of due time, crying; and there came forth from them sparks of fire and smote the women in the eyes: and these were the accursed who conceived and caused abortion.

  10. And other men and women were burning up to the middle and were cast into a dark place and were beaten by evil spirits, and their inwards were eaten by restless worms: and these were they who persecuted the righteous and delivered them up.

  11. And near those there were again women and men gnawing their own lips, and being punished and receiving a red-hot iron in their eyes: and these were they who blasphemed and slandered the way of righteousness.

  12. And over against these again other men and women gnawing their tongues and having flaming fire in their mouths: and these were the false witnesses.

  13. And in a certain other place there were pebbles sharper than swords or any spit, red-hot, and women and men in tattered and filthy raiment rolled about on them in punishment: and these were the rich who trusted in their riches and had no pity for orphans and widows, and despised the commandment of YHVH.

  14. And in another great lake, full of pitch and blood and mire bubbling up, there stood men and women up to their knees: and these were the usurers and those who take interest on interest.

  15. And other men and women were being hurled down from a great cliff and reached the bottom, and again were driven by those who were set over them to climb up upon the cliff, and thence were hurled down again, and had no rest from this punishment: and these were they who defiled their bodies acting as women; and the women who were with them were those who lay with one another as a man with a woman.

  16. And alongside of that cliff there was a place full of much fire, and there stood men who with their own hands had made for themselves carven images instead of YHVH. And alongside of these were other men and women, having rods and striking each other and never ceasing from such punishment.

  17. And others again near them, women and men, burning and turning themselves and roasting: and these were they that leaving the way of YHVH

FRAGMENTS OF THE APOCALYPSE OF PETER.

  1. CLEMENS ALEXANDRINUS, Eclog. 48. For instance, Peter in the Apocalypse says that the children who are born out of due time shall be of the better part: and that these are delivered over to a care-taking angel that they may attain a share of knowledge and gain the better abode [after suffering what they would have suffered if they had been in the body: but the others shall merely obtain salvation as injured beings to whom mercy is shown, and remain without punishment, receiving this as a reward].*

  2. CLEM. ALEX. Eclog. 49. But the milk of the women running down from their breasts and congealing shall engender small flesh eating beasts: and these run up upon them and devour them.

  3. MACARIUS MAGNES, Apocritica iv., 6 cf. 16. The earth, it (sc. the Apoc. of Peter) says, “shall present all men before God at the day of judgment, being itself also to be judged, with the heaven also which encompasses it.”

  4. CLEM. ALEX. Eclog. 41. The scripture says that infants that have been exposed are delivered to a care-taking angel, by whom they are educated and so grow up, and they will be, it says, as the faithful of a hundred years old are here.

  5. METHODIUS, Conviv. ii., 6. Whence also we have received in divinely-inspired scriptures that untimely births are delivered to care-taking angels, even if they are the offspring of adultery.

Notes : Clement of Alexandria appears to have considered the Apocalypse of Peter to be holy scripture. Eusebius, Historia Ecclesiae (VI.14.1), describes a lost work of Clement’s, the Hypotyposes (Outlines), that gave “abridged accounts of all the canonical Scriptures, not even omitting those that are disputed, I mean the book of Jude and the other general epistles. Also the Epistle of Barnabas and that called the Revelation of Peter.”[11] So the work must have existed in the first half of the 2nd century.[12] Although the numerous references to it attest that it was once in wide circulation, the Apocalypse of Peter was ultimately not accepted into the Christian canon.

Apocalypse of Peter

The Apocalypse of Peter

From “The Apocryphal New Testament”

M.R. James-Translation and Notes

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924

Introduction

We have not a pure and complete text of this book, which ranked next in popularity and probably also in date to the Canonical Apocalypse of St. John.

We have, first, certain quotations made by writers of the first four centuries.

Next, a fragment in Greek, called the Akhmim fragment, found with the Passion-fragment of the Gospel of Peter in a manuscript known as the Gizeh MS. (discovered in a tomb) now at Cairo. This is undoubtedly drawn from the Apocalypse of Peter: but my present belief is that, like the Passion fragment (see p. 90), it is part of the Gospel of Peter, which was a slightly later book than the Apocalypse and quoted it almost in extenso. There is also in the Bodleian Library a mutilated leaf of a very tiny Greek MS. of the fifth century which supplies a few lines of what I take to be the original Greek text.

Thirdly, an Ethiopic version contained in one of the numerous forms of the books of Clement, a writing current in Arabic and Ethiopic purporting to contain revelations of the history of the world from the Creation, of the last times, and of guidance for the churches -dictated by Peter to Clement. The version of the Apocalypse contained in this has some extraneous matter at the beginning and the end; but, as I have tried to show in a series of articles in the Journal of Theological Studies (1910-11) and the Church Quarterly Review (1915), it affords the best general idea of the contents of the whole book which we have. The second book of the Sibylline Oracles contains (in Greek hexameters) a paraphrase of a great part of the Apocalypse: and its influence can be traced in many early writings -the Acts of Thomas (55-57), the Martyrdom of Perpetua, the so-called Second Epistle of Clement, and, as I think, the Shepherd of Hermas: as well as in the Apocalypse of Paul and many later visions.

The length of the book is given in the Stichometry of Nicephorus as 300 lines and in that of the Codex Claromontanus (D of the Epistle) as 270: the latter is a Latin list of the Biblical books; already cited for the Acts of Paul.

There is no mention of it in the Gelasian Decree, which is curious. At one time it was popular in Rome for the Muratorian Canon mentions it (late in the second century?) along with the Apocalypse of John though it adds, that ‘some will not have it read in the church.’ The fifth-century church historian Sozomen (vii. 19) says that to his knowledge it was still read annually in some churches in Palestine on Good Friday.

A translation of the ancient quotations shall be given first.

Texts of the Apocalypse of Peter

A.

  1. From Clement of Alexandria’s so-called Prophetical Extracts, a series of detached sentences excerpted from some larger work, generally supposed to be his Hypotyposes or Outlines:

a. (41.1) The Scripture saith that the children which have been exposed (by their parents) are delivered to a care-taking angel by whom they are educated, and made to grow up, and they shall be, it saith, as the faithful of an hundred years old are here (in this life). b. (41. 2) Wherefore also Peter in the Apocalypse saith: And a flash (lightning) of fire leaping from those children and smiting the eyes of the women.

  1. Ibid. (48 . 1 ) The providence of God doth not light upon them only that are in the flesh. For example, Peter in the Apocalypse saith that the children born out of due time (abortively) that would have been of the better part (i. e. would have been saved if they had lived) -these are delivered to a care-taking angel, that they may partake of knowledge and obtain the better abode, having suffered what they would have suffered had they been in the body. But the others (i.e. those who would not have been saved, had they lived) shall only obtain salvation, as beings that have been injured and had mercy shown to them, and shall continue without torment, receiving that as a reward.

But the milk of the mothers, flowing from their breasts and congealing, saith Peter in the Apocalypse, shall engender small beasts (snakes) devouring the flesh, and these running upon them devour them: teaching that the torments come to pass because of the sins (correspond to the sins).

  1. From the Symposium (ii.6) of Methodius of Olympus (third century). He does not name his source. Whence also we have received in inspired writings that children born untimely -even if they be the offspring of adultery- are delivered to care-taking angels. For if they had come into being contrary to the will and ordinance of that blessed nature of God, how could they have been delivered to angels to be nourished up in all repose and tranquillity? And how could they have confidently summoned their parents before the judgement seat of Christ to accuse them? saying: Thou, O Lord, didst not begrudge us this light that is common to all, but these exposed us to death, contemning thy commandment.

The word rendered care-taking in these passages is a very rare one- [temelouchos, Gr.]: so rare that it was mistaken by later readers for the proper name of an angel, and we find an angel Temeluchus in Paul, John, and elsewhere. A similar case is that of the word Tartaruchus, keeper of hell, which is applied to angels in our Apocalypse, and is also taken in the Ethiopic version, in Paul, and in other writings, to be a proper name.

  1. From the Apocritica of Macarius Magnes (fourth century) of whom we know little. His book consists of extracts from a heathen opponent’s attack on Christianity (Porphyry and Hieroclcs are named as possible authors of it) and his own answers. The heathen writer says (iv. 6, 7):

And by way of superfluity let this also be cited which is said in the Apocalypse of Peter. He introduces the Heaven, to be judged along with the earth, thus: The earth, he says, shall present all men to God to be judged in the day of judgement being itself also to be judged along with the heaven that encompasseth it.

  1. Ibid. And this again he says, which is a statement full of impiety: And every power of heaven shall be melted, and the heaven shall be rolled up like a book, and all the stars shall fall like leaves from the vine, and as the leaves from the fig-tree.

This very nearly coincides with Isa. xxxiv.4, and does not occur in our other texts of the Apocalypse.

  1. In an old Latin homily on the Ten Virgins found and published by Dom Wilmart (Bulletin d’anc. litt. et d’arche’ol. chre’t.) is this sentence:

The closed door is the river of fire by which the ungodly shall be kept out of the kingdom of God, as is written in Daniel and in Peter, in his Apocalypse…. That company of the foolish also shall arise and find the door shut, that is, the fiery river set against them.

The equivalent of all the above quotations is found in the Ethiopic text, with one exception, no. 5. The Akhmim text only contains Something like no. 1 b: one indication out of many that it is a shortened and, I would say, secondary text.

B.

THE AKHMIM FRAGMENT

I should prefer to call this Fragment II of the Gospel of Peter. It begins abruptly in a discourse of our Lord.

1 Many of them shall be false prophets, and shall teach ways and diverse doctrines of perdition. 2 And they shall become sons of perdition. 3 And then shall God come unto my faithful ones that hunger and thirst and are afflicted and prove their souls in this life, and shall judge the sons of iniquity.

4 And the Lord added and said: Let us go unto the mountain (and) pray. 5 And going with him, we the twelve disciples besought him that he would show us one of our righteous brethren that had departed out of the world, that we might see what manner of men they are in their form, and take courage, and encourage also the men that should hear us.

6 And as we prayed, suddenly there appeared two men standing before the Lord (perhaps add, to the east) upon whom we were not able to look. 7 For there issued from their countenance a ray as of the sun, and their raiment was shining so as the eye of man never saw the like: for no mouth is able to declare nor heart to conceive the glory wherewith they were clad and the beauty of their countenance. 8 Whom when we saw we were astonied, for their bodies were whiter than any snow and redder than any rose. 9 And the redness of them was mingled with the whiteness, and, in a word, I am not able to declare their beauty. 10 For their hair was curling and flourishing (flowery), and fell comely about their countenance and their shoulders like a garland woven of nard and various flowers, or like a rainbow in the air: such was their comeliness.

11 We, then, seeing the beauty of them were astonied at them, for they appeared suddenly. 12 And I drew near to the Lord and said: Who are these? 13 He saith to me: These are your (our) righteous brethren whose appearance ye did desire to see. 14 And I said unto him: And where are all the righteous? or of what sort is the world wherein they are, and possess this glory? 15 And the Lord showed me a very great region outside this world exceeding bright with light, and the air of that place illuminated with the beams of the sun, and the earth of itself flowering with blossoms that fade not, and full of spices and plants, fair-flowering and incorruptible, and bearing blessed fruit. 16 And so great was the blossom that the odour thereof was borne thence even unto us.

17 And the dwellers in that place were clad with the raiment of shining angels, and their raiment was like unto their land.

18 And angels ran round about them there. 19 And the glory of them that dwelt there was all equal, and with one voice they praised the Lord God, rejoicing in that place.

20 The Lord saith unto us: This is the place of your leaders (or, high priests), the righteous men.

21 And I saw also another place over against that one, very squalid; and it was a place of punishment, and they that were punished and the angels that punished them had their raiment dark, according to the air of the place. 22 And some there were there hanging by their tongues; and these were they that blasphemed the way of righteousness, and under them was laid fire flaming and tormenting them.

23 And there was a great lake full of flaming mire, wherein were certain men that turned away from righteousness; and angels, tormentors, were set over them.

24 And there were also others, women, hanged by their hair above that mire which boiled up; and these were they that adorned themselves for adultery.

And the men that were joined with them in the defilement of adultery were hanging by their feet, and had their heads hidden in the mire, and said: We believed not that we should come unto this place.

25 And I saw the murderers and them that were consenting to them cast into a strait place full of evil, creeping things, and smitten by those beasts, and so turning themselves about in that torment. And upon them were set worms like clouds of darkness. And the souls of them that were murdered stood and looked upon the torment of those murderers and said: O God, righteous is thy judgement.

26 And hard by that place I saw another strait place wherein the discharge and the stench of them that were in torment ran down, and there was as it were a lake there. And there sat women up to their necks in that liquor, and over against them many children which were born out of due time sat crying: and from them went forth rays of fire and smote the women in the eyes: and these were they that conceived out of wedlock (?) and caused abortion.

27 And other men and women were being burned up to their middle and cast down in a dark place and scourged by evil spirits, and having their entrails devoured by worms that rested not. And these were they that had persecuted the righteous and delivered them up.

28 And near to them again were women and men gnawing their lips and in torment, and having iron heated in the fire set against their eyes. And these were they that did blaspheme and speak evil of the way of righteousness.

29 And over against these were yet others, men and women, gnawing their tongues and having flaming fire in their mouths. And these were the false witnesses.

30 And in another place were gravel-stones sharper than swords or any spit, heated with fire, and men and women clad in filthy rags rolled upon them in torment. [This is suggested by the LXX of two passages in Job: xli. 30, his bed is of sharp spits; viii. 17, on an heap of stones doth he rest, and shall live in the midst of gravel-stones.] And these were they that were rich and trusted in their riches, and had no pity upon orphans and widows but neglected the commandments of God.

31 And in another great lake full of foul matter (pus) and blood and boiling mire stood men and women up to their knees And these were they that lent money and demanded usury upon usury.

32 And other men and women being cast down from a great rock (precipice) fell (came) to the bottom, and again were driven by them that were set over them, to go up upon the rock, and thence were cast down to the bottom and had no rest from this torment. And these were they that did defile their bodies behaving as women: and the women that were with them were they that lay with one another as a man with a woman.

33 And beside that rock was a place full of much fire, and there stood men which with their own hands had made images for themselves instead of God, [And beside them other men and women] having rods of fire and smiting one another and never resting from this manner of torment….

34 And yet others near unto them, men and women, burning and turning themselves about and roasted as in a pan. And these were they that forsook the way of God.

THE BODLEIAN LEAF

It measures but 2 3/4 by 2 inches and has 13 lines of 8 to 10 letters on each side (Madan’s Summary Catalogue, No. 31810). The verso (second page) is difficult to read.

Recto=Gr. 33, 34: women holding chains and scourging themselves before those idols of deceit. And they shall unceasingly have this torment. And near

Verso: them shall be other men and women burning in the burning of them that were mad after idols. And these are they which forsook the way of God wholly (?) and . . .

THE ETHIOPIC TEXT

First published by the Abbe Sylvain Grebaut in Revue de l’Orient Chretien, 1910: a fresh translation from his Ethiopic text by H. Duensing appeared in Zeitschr. f. ntl. Wiss., 1913.

The Second Coming of Christ and Resurrection of the Dead (which Christ revealed unto Peter) who died because of their sins, for that they kept not the commandment of God their creator.

And he (Peter) pondered thereon, that he might perceive the mystery of the Son of God, the merciful and lover of mercy.

And when the Lord was seated upon the Mount of Olives, his disciples came unto him.

And we besought and entreated him severally and prayed him, saying unto him: Declare unto us what are the signs of thy coming and of the end of the world, that we may perceive and mark the time of thy coming and instruct them that come after us, unto whom we preach the word of thy gospel, and whom we set over (in) thy church, that they when they hear it may take heed to themselves and mark the time of thy coming.

And our Lord answered us, saying: Take heed that no man deceive you, and that ye be not doubters and serve other gods. Many shall come in my name, saying: I am the Christ. Believe them not, neither draw near unto them. For the coming of the Son of God shall not be plain (i.e. foreseen); but as the lightning that shineth from the east unto the west, so will I come upon the clouds of heaven with a great host in my majesty; with my cross going before my face will I come in my majesty, shining sevenfold more than the sun will I come in my majesty with all my saints, mine angels (mine holy angels). And my Father shall set a crown upon mine head, that I may judge the quick and the dead and recompense every man according to his works.

And ye, take ye the likeness thereof (learn a parable) from the fig-tree: so soon as the shoot thereof is come forth and the twigs grown, the end of the world shall come.

And I, Peter, answered and said unto him: Interpret unto me concerning the fig-tree, whereby we shall perceive it; for throughout all its days doth the fig-tree send forth shoots, and every year it bringeth forth its fruit for its master. What then meaneth the parable of the fig-tree? We know it not.

And the Master (Lord) answered and said unto me: Understandest thou not that the fig-tree is the house of Israel? Even as a man that planted a fig-tree in his garden, and it brought forth no fruit. And he sought the fruit thereof many years and when he found it not, he said to the keeper of his garden: Root up this fig-tree that it make not our ground to be unfruitful. And the gardener said unto God: (Suffer us) to rid it of weeds and dig the ground round about it and water it. If then it bear not fruit, we will straightway remove its roots out of the garden and plant another in place of it. Hast thou not undErstood that the fig-tree is the house of Israel? Verily I say unto thee, when the twigs thereof have sprouted forth in the last days, then shall feigned Christs come and awake expectation saying: I am the Christ, that am now come into the world. And when they (Israel) shall perceive the wickedness of their deeds they shall turn away after them and deny him [whom our fathers did praise], even the first Christ whom they crucified and therein sinned a great sin. But this deceiver is not the Christ. [something is wrong here: the sense required is that Israel perceives the wickedness of antichrist and does not follow him.] And when they reject him he shall slay with the sword, and there shall be many martyrs. Then shall the twigs of the fig-tree, that is, the house of Israel, shoot forth: many shall become martyrs at his hand. Enoch and Elias shall be sent to teach them that this is the deceiver which must come into the world and do signs and wonders to deceive. And therefore shall they that die by his hand be martyrs, and shall be reckoned among the good and righteous martyrs who have pleased God in their life. [Hermas, Vision III.i.9, speaks of ‘those that have already been well-pleasing unto God and have suffered for the Name’s sake’.]

And he showed me in his right hand the souls of all men, And on the palm of his right hand the image of that which shall be accomplished at the last day: and how the righteous and the sinners shall be separated, and how they do that are upright in heart, and how the evil-doers shall be rooted out unto all eternity. We beheld how the sinners wept (weep) in great affliction and sorrow, until all that saw it with their eyes wept, whether righteous or angels, and he himself also.

And I asked him and said unto him: Lord, suffer me to speak thy word concerning the sinners: It were better for them if they had not been created. And the Saviour answered and said unto me: Peter, wherefore speakest thou thus, that not to have been created were better for them? Thou resistest God. Thou wouldest not have more compassion than he for his image: for he hath created them and brought them forth out of not being. Now because thou hast seen the lamentation which shall come upon the sinners in the last days, therefore is thine heart troubled; but I will show thee their works, whereby they have sinned against the Most High.

Behold now what shall come upon them in the last days, when the day of God and the day of the decision of the judgement of God cometh. From the east unto the west shall all the children of men be gathered together before my Father that liveth for ever. And he shall command hell to open its bars of adamant and give up all that is therein.

And the wild beasts and the fowls shall he command to restore all the flesh that they have devoured, because he willeth that men should appear; for nothing perisheth before God, and nothing is impossible with him, because all things are his.

For all things come to pass on the day of decision, on the day of judgement, at the word of God: and as all things were done when he created the world and commanded all that is therein and it was done -even so shall it be in the last days; for all things are possible with God. And therefore saith he in the scripture: [Ezek. xxxvii.] Son of man, prophesy upon the several bones and say unto the bones: bone unto bone in joints, sinew. nerves, flesh and skin and hair thereon [and soul and spirit].

And soul and spirit shall the great Uriel give them at the commandment of God; for him hath God set over the rising again of the dead at the day of judgement.

Behold and consider the corns of wheat that are sown in the earth. As things dry and without soul do men sow them in the earth: and they live again and bear fruit, and the earth restoreth them as a pledge entrusted unto it.

[And this that dieth, that is sown as seed in the earth, and shall become alive and be restored unto life, is man. Probably a gloss.]

How much more shall God raise up on the day of decision them that believe in him and are chosen of him, for whose sake he made the world? And all things shall the earth restore on the day of decision, for it also shall be judged with them, and the heaven with it.

And this shall come at the day of judgement upon them that have fallen away from faith in God and that have committed sin: Floods (cataracts) of fire shall be let loose; and darkness and obscurity shall come up and clothe and veil the whole world and the waters shall be changed and turned into coals of fire and all that is in them shall burn, and the sea shall become fire. Under the heaven shall be a sharp fire that cannot be quenched and floweth to fulfil the judgement of wrath. And the stars shall fly in pieces by flames of fire, as if they had not been created and the powers (firmaments) of the heaven shall pass away for lack of water and shall be as though they had not been. And the lightnings of heaven shall be no more, and by their enchantment they shall affright the world (probably: The heaven shall turn to lightning and the lightnings thereof shall affright the world. The spirits also of the dead bodies shall be like unto them (the lightnings?) and shall become fire at the commandment of God.

And so soon as the whole creation dissolveth, the men that are in the east shall flee unto the west, unto the east; they that are in the south shall flee to the north, and they that are in the south. And in all places shall the wrath of a fearful fire overtake them and an unquenchable flame driving them shall bring them unto the judgement of wrath, unto the stream of unquenchable fire that floweth, flaming with fire, and when the waves thereof part themselves one from another, burning, there shall be a great gnashing of teeth among the children of men.

Then shall they all behold me coming upon an eternal cloud of brightness: and the angels of God that are with me shall sit (prob. And I shall sit) upon the throne of my glory at the right hand of my Heavenly Father; and he shall set a crown upon mine head. And when the nations behold it, they shall weep, every nation apart.

Then shall he command them to enter into the river of fire while the works of every one of them shall stand before them (something is wanting) to every man according to his deeds. As for the elect that have done good, they shall come unto me and not see death by the devouring fire. But the unrighteous the sinners, and the hypocrites shall stand in the depths of darkness that shall not pass away, and their chastisement is the fire, and angels bring forward their sins and prepare for them a place wherein they shall be punished for ever (every one according to his transgression).

Uriel (Urael) the angel of God shall bring forth the souls of those sinners (every one according to his transgression: perhaps this clause should end the preceding paragraph: so Grebaut takes it) who perished in the flood, and of all that dwelt in all idols, in every molten image, in every (object of) love, and in pictures, and of those that dwelt on all hills and in stones and by the wayside, whom men called gods: they shall burn them with them (the objects in which they dwelt, or their worshippers?) in everlasting fire; and after that all of them with their dwelling places are destroyed, they shall be punished eternally.

(Here begins the description of torments which we have, in another text, in the Akhmim fragment.)

Then shall men and women come unto the place prepared for them. By their tongues wherewith they have blasphemed the way of righteousness shall they be hanged up. There is spread under them unquenchable fire, that they escape it not.

Behold, another place: therein is a pit, great and full (of . . ) In it are they that have denied righteousness: and angels of punishment chastise them and there do they kindle upon them the fire of their torment.

And again behold [two: corrupt] women: they hang them up by their neck and by their hair; they shall cast them into the pit. These are they which plaited their hair, not for good (or, not to make them beautiful) but to turn them to fornication, that they might ensnare the souls of men unto perdition. And the men that lay with them in fornication shall be hung by their loins in that place of fire; and they shall say one to another: We knew not that we should come unto everlasting punishment.

And the murderers and them that have made common cause with them shall they cast into the fire, in a place full of venomous beasts, and they shall be tormented without rest, feeling their pains; and their worms shall be as many in number as a dark cloud. And the angel Ezrael shall bring forth the souls of them that have been slain, and they shall behold the torment of them that slew them, and say one to another: Righteousness and justice is the judgement of God. For we heard, but we believed not, that we should come into this place of eternal judgement.

And near by this flame shall be a pit, great and very deep, and into it floweth from above all manner of torment, foulness, and issue. And women are swallowed up therein up to their necks and tormented with great pain. These are they that have caused their children to be born untimely, and have corrupted the work of God that created them. Over against them shall be another place where sit their children [both] alive, and they cry unto God. And flashes (lightnings) go forth from those children and pierce the eyes of them that for fornication’s sake have caused their destruction.

Other men and women shall stand above them, naked; and their children stand over against them in a place of delight, and sigh and cry unto God because of their parents, saying: These are they that have despised and cursed and transgressed thy commandments and delivered us unto death: they have cursed the angel that formed us, and have hanged us up, and withheld from us (or, begrudged us) the light which thou hast given unto all creatures. And the milk of their mothers flowing from their breasts shall congeal, and from it shall come beasts devouring flesh, which shall come forth and turn and torment them for ever with their husbands, because they forsook the commandments of God and slew their children. As for their children, they shall be delivered unto the angel Temlakos (i.e. a care-taking angel: see above, in the Fragments). And they that slew them shall be tormented eternally, for God willeth it so.

Ezrael the angel of wrath shall bring men and women, the half of their bodies burning, and cast them into a place of darkness, even the hell of men; and a spirit of wrath shall chastise them with all manner of torment, and a worm that sleepeth not shall devour their entrails: and these are the persecutors and betrayers of my righteous ones.

And beside them that are there, shall be other men and women, gnawing their tongues; and they shall torment them with red-hot iron and burn their eyes. These are they that slander and doubt of my righteousness. Other men and women whose works were done in deceitfulness shall have their lips cut off, and fire entereth into their mouth and their entrails. These are the false witnesses (al. these are they that caused the martyrs to die by their lying).

And beside them, in a place near at hand, upon the stone shall be a pillar of fire, and the pillar is sharper than swords. And there shall be men and women clad in rags and filthy garments, and they shall be cast thereon, to suffer the judgement of a torment that ceaseth not: these are they that trusted in their riches and despised the widows and the woman with fatherless children . . . before God.

And into another place hard by, full of filth, do they cast men and women up to the knees. These are they that lent money and took usury.

And other men and women cast themselves down from an high place and return again and run, and devils drive them. [These are the worshippers of idols] and they put them to the end of their witst (drive them up to the top of the height) and they cast themselves down. And thus do they continually, and are tormented for ever. These are they which have cut their flesh as [apostles] of a man: and the women that were with them . . . and these are the men that defiled themselves together as women. (This is very corrupt: but the sense is clear in the (Greek.)

And beside them (shall be a brazier ?) . . . and beneath them shall the angel Ezrael prepare a place of much fire: and all the idols of gold and silver, all idols, the work of men’s hands, and the semblances of images of cats and lions, of creeping things and wild beasts, and the men and women that have prepared the images thereof, shall be in chains of fire and shall be chastised because of their error before the idols, and this is their judgement for ever. (In the Greek they beat each other with rods of fire: and this is better.)

And beside them shall be other men and women, burning in the fire of the judgement, and their torment is everlasting. These are they that have forsaken the commandment of God and followed the (persuasions ?) of devils.

(Parts of these two sections are in the Bodleian Fragment. At this point the Akhmim fragment ends. The Ethiopic continues 🙂

And there shall be another place, very high (corrupt sentences follow. Duensing omits them: Grebaut renders doubtfully: There shall be a furnace and a brazier wherein shall burn fire. The fire that shall burn shall come from one end of the brazier). The men and women whose feet slip, shall go rolling down into a place where is fear. And again while the fire that is prepared floweth, they mount up and fall down again and continue to roll down. (This suggests a narrow bridge over a stream of fire which they keep trying to cross.) Thus shall they be tormented for ever. These are they that honoured not their father and mother and of their own accord withheld (withdrew) themselves from them. Therefore shall they be chastised eternally.

Furthermore the angel Ezrael shall bring children and maidens to show them those that are tormented. They shall be chastised with pains, with hanging up (?) and with a multitude of wounds which flesh-devouring birds shall inflict upon them. These are they that boast themselves (trust) in their sins, and obey not their parents and follow not the instruction of their fathers, and honour not them that are more aged than they.

Beside them shall be girls clad in darkness for a garment and they shall be sore chastised and their flesh shall be torn in pieces. These are they that kept not their virginity until they were given in marriage, and with these torments shall they be punished, and shall feel them.

And again, other men and women, gnawing their tongues without ceasing, and being tormented with everlasting fire. These are the servants (slaves) which were not obedient unto their masters; and this then is their judgement for ever.

And hard by this place of torment shall be men and women dumb and blind, whose raiment is white. They shall crowd one upon another, and fall upon coals of unquenchable fire. These are they that give alms and say: We are righteous before God: whereas they have not sought after righteousness.

Ezrael the angel of God shall bring them forth out of this fire and establish a judgement of decision. This then is their judgement. A river of fire shall flow and all judgement (they that are judged) shall be drawn down into the middle of the river. And Uriel shall set them there.

And there are wheels of fire and men and women hung thereon by the strength of the whirling thereof. And they that are in the pit shall burn: now these are the sorcerers and sorceresses. Those wheels shall be in a]l decision (judgement, punishment) by fire without number.

Thereafter shall the angels bring mine elect and righteous which are perfect in all uprightness, and bear them in their hands, and clothe them with the raiment of the life that is above. They shall see their desire on them that hated them, when he punisheth them, and the torment of every one shall be for ever according to his works.

And all they that are in torment shall say with one voice: have mercy upon us, for now know we the judgement of God, which he declared unto us aforetime, and we believed not. And the angel Tatirokos (Tartaruchus, keeper of hell: a word corresponding in formation to Temeluchus) shall come and chastise them with yet greater torment, and say unto them: Now do ye repent, when it is no longer the time for repentance, and nought of life remaineth. And they shall say: Righteous is the judgement of God, for we have heard and perceived that his judgement is good; for we are recompensed according to our deeds.

Then will I give unto mine elect and righteous the washing (baptism) and the salvation for which they have besought me, in the field of Akrosja (Acherousia, a lake in other writings, e.g. Apocalypse of Moses -where the soul of Adam is washed in it: see also Paul 22, 23) which is called Aneslasleja (Elysium). They shall adorn with flowers the portion of the righteous, and I shall go . . . I shall rejoice with them. I will cause the peoples to enter in to mine everlasting kingdom, and show them that eternal thing (life ?) whereon I have made them to set their hope, even I and my Father which is in heaven.

I have spoken this unto thee, Peter, and declared it unto thee. Go forth therefore and go unto the land (or city) of the west. (Duensing omits the next sentences as unintelligible; Grebaut and N. McLean render thus: and enter into the vineyard which I shall tell thee of, in order that by the sickness (sufferings) of the Son who is without sin the deeds of corruption may be sanctified. As for thee, thou art chosen according to the promise which I have given thee. Spread thou therefore my gospel throughout all the world in peace. Verily men shall rejoice: my words shall be the source of hope and of life, and suddenly shall the world be ravished.)

(We now have the section descriptive of paradise, which in the Akhmim text precedes that about hell.)

And my Lord Jesus Christ our King said unto me: Let us go unto the holy mountain. And his disciples went with him, praying. And behold there were two men there, and we could not look upon their faces, for a light came from them, shining more than the sun, and their rairment also was shining, and cannot be described, and nothing is sufficient to be compared unto them in this world. And the sweetness of them . . . that no mouth is able to utter the beauty of their appearance (or, the mouth hath not sweetness to express, &c.), for their aspect was astonishing and wonderful. And the other, great, I say (probably: and, in a word, I cannot describe it), shineth in his (sic) aspect above crystal. Like the flower of roses is the appearance of the colour of his aspect and of his body . . . his head (al. their head was a marvel). And upon his (their) shoulders (evidently something about their hair has dropped out) and on their foreheads was a crown of nard woven of fair flowers. As the rainbow in the water, [Probably: in the time of rain. From the LXX of Ezek.i.28.] so was their hair. And such was the comeliness of their countenance, adorned with all manner of ornament. And when we saw them on a sudden, we marvelled. And I drew near unto the Lord (God) Jesus Christ and said unto him: O my Lord, who are these? And he said unto me: They are Moses and Elias. And I said unto him: Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and the rest of the righteous fathers? And he showed us a great garden, open, full of fair trees and blessed fruits, and of the odour of perfumes. The fragrance thereof was pleasant and came even unto us. And thereof (al. of that tree) . . . saw I much fruit. And my Lord and God Jesus Christ said unto me: Hast thou seen the companies of the fathers?

As is their rest, such also is the honour and the glory of them that are persecuted for my righteousness’ sake. And I rejoiced and believed [and believed] and understood that which is written in the book of my Lord Jesus Christ. And I said unto him: O my Lord, wilt thou that I make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias? And he said unto me in wrath: Satan maketh war against thee, and hath veiled thine understanding; and the good things of this world prevail against thee. Thine eyes therefore must be opened and thine ears unstopped that a tabernacle, not made with men’s hands, which my heavenly Father hath made for me and for the elect. And we beheld it and were full of gladness.

And behold, suddenly there came a voice from heaven, saying: This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased: my commandments. And then came a great and exceeding white cloud over our heads and bare away our Lord and Moses and Elias. And I trembled and was afraid: and we looked up and the heaven opened and we beheld men in the flesh, and they came and greeted our Lord and Moses and Elias and went into another heaven. And the word of the scripture was fulfilled: This is the generation that seeketh him and seeketh the face of the God of Jacob. And great fear and commotion was there in heaven and the angels pressed one upon another that the word of the scripture might be fulfilled which saith: Open the gates, ye princes.

Thereafter was the heaven shut, that had been open.

And we prayed and went down from the mountain, glorifying God, which hath written the names of the righteous in heaven in the book of life.

There is a great deal more of the Ethiopic text, but it is very evidently of later date; the next words are:

‘Peter opened his mouth and said to me: Hearken, my son Clement, God created all things for his glory,’ and this proposition is dwelt upon. The glory of those who duly praise God is described in terms borrowed from the Apocalypse: ‘The Son at his coming will raise the dead . . . and will make my righteous ones shine seven times more than the sun, and will make their crowns shine like crystal and like the rainbow in the time of rain (crowns) which are perfumed with nard and cannot be contemplated (adorned) with rubies, with the colour of emeralds shining brightly, with topazes, gems, and yellow pearls that shine like the stars of heaven, and like the rays of the sun, sparkling which cannot be gazed upon.’ Again, of the angels: ‘ Their faces shine more than the sun; their crowns are as the rainbow in the time of rain. (They are perfumed) with nard. Their eyes shine like the morning star. The beauty of their appearance cannot be expressed…. Their raiment is not woven, but white as that of the fuller, according as I saw on the mountain where Moses and Elias were. Our Lord showed at the transfiguration the apparel of the last days, of the day of resurrection, unto Peter, James and John the sons of Zebedee, and a bright cloud overshadowed us, and we heard the voice of the Father saying unto us: This is my Son whom I love and in whom I am well pleased: hear him. And being afraid we forgat all the things of this life and of the flesh, and knew not what we said because of the greatness of the wonder of that day, and of the mountain whereon he showed us the second coming in the kingdom that passeth not away.’

Next: ‘ The Father hath committed all judgement unto the Son.’ The destiny of sinners -their eternal doom- is more than Peter can endure: he appeals to Christ to have pity on them.

And my Lord answered me and said to me: ‘Hast thou understood that which I said unto thee before? It is permitted unto thee to know that concerning which thou askest: but thou must not tell that which thou hearest unto the sinners lest they transgress the more, and sin.’ Peter weeps many hours, and is at last consoled by an answer which, though exceedingly diffuse and vague does seem to promise ultimate pardon for all: ‘My Father will give unto them all the life, the glory, and the kingdom that passeth not away,’ . . . ‘It is because of them that have believed in me that I am come. It is also because of them that have believed in me, that, at their word, I shall have pity on men.’ The doctrine that sinners will be saved at last by the prayers of the righteous is, rather obscurely, enunciated in the Second Book of the Sibylline Oracles (a paraphrase, in this part, of the Apocalypse), and in the (Coptic) Apocalypse of Elias (see post).

Ultimately Peter orders Clement to hide this revelation in a box, that foolish men may not see it. The passage in the Second Book of the Sibylline Oracles which seems to point to the ultimate salvation of all sinners will be found in the last lines of the translation given below.

The passage in the Coptic Apocalypse of Elias is guarded and obscure in expression, but significant. It begins with a sentence which has a parallel in Peter.

The righteous will behold the sinners in their punishment, and those who have persecuted them and delivered them up. Then will the sinners on their part behold the place of the righteous and be partakers of grace. In that day will that for which the (righteous) shall often pray, be granted to them.

That is, as I take it, the salvation of sinners will be granted at the prayer of the righteous.

Compare also the Epistle of the Apostles, 40: ‘the righteous are sorry for the sinners, and pray for them…. And I will hearken unto the prayer of the righteous which they make for them.’

I would add that the author of the Acts of Paul, who (in the Third Epistle to the Corinthians and elsewhere) betrays a knowledge of the Apocalypse of Peter, makes Falconilla, the deceased daughter of Tryphaena, speak of Thecla’s praying for her that she may be translated unto the place of the righteous (Thecla episode, 28).

My impression is that the maker of the Ethiopic version (or of its Arabic parent, or of another ancestor) has designedly omitted or slurred over some clauses in the passage beginning: ‘Then will I give unto mine elect’, and that in his very diffuse and obscure appendix to the Apocalypse, he has tried to break the dangerous doctrine of the ultimate salvation of sinners gently to his readers. But when the Arabic version of the Apocalypse is before us in the promised edition of MM. Griveau and Grebaut, we shall have better means of deciding.

E.

APPENDIX

SECOND BOOK OF THE SIBYLLINE ORACLES, 190-338

It seems worth while to append here a translation of that portion of the Second Book which is most evidently taken from the Apocalypse of Peter. It may be remarked that Books I and II of the oracles really form but one composition, which is Christian and may be assigned to some time not early in the second century, or to the third. Many lines are borrowed from the older books, especially III and VIII.

After saying (1.187) that Elias will descend on earth and do three great signs, it proceeds:

190 Woe unto all them that are found great with child in that day, and to them that give suck to infant children, and to them that dwell by the sea (the waves). Woe to them that shall behold that day. For a dark mist shall cover the boundless world, of the east and west, the south and north. And then shall a great river of flaming fire flow from heaven and consume all places, the earth and the great ocean and the grey sea, lakes and rivers and fountains, and merciless

200 Hades and the pole of heaven: but the lights of heaven shall melt together in one and into a void (desolate) shape (?). For the stars shall all fall from heaven into the sea (?), and all souls of men shall gnash their teeth as they burn in the river of brimstone and the rush of the fire in the blazing plain, and ashes shall cover all things. And then shall all the elements of the world be laid waste, air, earth, sea, light poles, days and nights, and no more shall the multitudes of birds fly in the air nor swimming creatures any more swim the sea no ship shall sail with its cargo over the waves;

210 no straight-going oxen shall plough the tilled land; there shall be no more sound of swift winds, but he shall fuse all things together into one, and purge them clean.

214 Now when the immortal angels of the undying God Barakiel, Ramiel, Uriel, Samiel, and Azael, [These names are from Enoch.] knowing all the evil deeds that any hath wrought aforetime -then out of the misty darkness they shall bring all the souls of men to judgement, unto the seat of God the immortal, the great.

220 For he only is incorruptible, himself the Almighty, who shall be the judge of mortal men. And then unto them of the underworld shall the heavenly one give their souls and spirit and speech, and their bones joined together, with all the joints, and the flesh and sinews and veins, and skin also over the flesh, and hair as before, and the bodies of the dwellers upon earth shall be moved and arise in one day, joined together in immortal fashion and breathing.

Then shall the great angel Uriel break the monstrous bars framed of unyielding and unbroken adamant, of the brazen

230 gates of Hades, and cast them down straightway, and bring forth to judgement all the sorrowful forms, yea, of the ghosts of the ancient Titans, and of the giants, and all whom the flood overtook. And all whom the wave of the sea hath destroyed in the waters, and all whom beasts and creeping things and fowls have feasted on: all these shall he bring to the judgement seat; and again those whom flesh-devouring fire hath consumed in the flames, them also shall he gather and set before God’s seat.

And when he shall overcome Fate and raise the dead, then shall Adonai Sabaoth the high thunderer sit on his heavenly

240 throne, and set up the great pillar, and Christ himself, the undying unto the undying, shall come in the clouds in glory with the pure angels, and shall sit on the seat on the right of the Great One, judging the life of the godly and the walk of ungodly men.

And Moses also the great, the friend of the Most High shall come, clad in flesh, and the great Abraham himself shall come, and Isaac and Jacob, Jesus, Daniel, Elias, Ambacum (Habakkuk), and Jonas, and they whom the Hebrews slew: and all the Hebrews that were with (after ?) Jeremias shall be judged at the judgement seat, and he shall destroy them, that they may receive a due reward and expiate all that they did in their mortal life.

And then shall all men pass through a blazing river and unquenchable flame, and the righteous shall be saved whole all of them, but the ungodly shall perish therein unto all ages, even as many as wrought evil aforetime, and committed murders, and all that were privy thereto, liars, thieves, deceivers, cruel destroyers of houses, gluttons, marriers by stealth, shedders of evil rumours, sorely insolent lawless, idolaters: and all that forsook the great immortal God and became blasphemers and harmers of the godly, breakers of faith and destroyers of righteous men. And all that look with guileful and shameless double faces -reverend priests and deacons- and judge unjustly, dealing perversely, obeying false rumours . . . more deadly than leopards and wolves, and very evil: and all that are high-minded, and usurers that heap up in their houses usury out of usury and injure orphans and widows continually: and they that give alms of unjust gain unto widows and orphans, and they that when they give alms of their own toil, reproach them; and they that have forsaken their parents in their old age and not repaid them at all, nor recompensed them for their nurture; yea, and they that have disobeyed and spoken hard words against their parents: they also that have received pledges and denied them, and servants that have turned against their masters; and again they which have defiled their flesh in lasciviousness, and have loosed the girdle of virginity in secret union, and they that make the child in the womb miscarry, and that cast out their offspring against right: sorcerers also and sorceresses with these shall the wrath of the heavenly and immortal God bring near unto the pillar, all round about which the untiring river of fire shall flow. And all of them shall the undying angels of the immortal everlasting God chastise terribly with flaming scourges, and shall bind them fast from above in fiery chains, bonds unbreakable. And then shall they cast them down in the darkness of night into Gehenna among the beasts of hell, many and frightful, where is darkness without measure.

And when they have dealt out many torments unto all whose heart was evil, thereafter out of the great river shall a wheel of fire encompass them, because they devised wicked works. And then shall they lament apart every one from another in miserable fate, fathers and infant children, mothers and sucklings weeping, nor shall they be sated with tears nor shall the voice of them that mourn piteously apart be heard (?); but far under dark and squalid Tartarus shall they cry in torment, and in no holy place shall they abide and expiate threefold every evil deed that they have done, burning in a great flame; and shall gnash their teeth, all of them worn out with fierce thirst and hunger (al. force violence), and shall call death lovely and it shall flee from them: for no more shall death nor night give them rest, and oft-times shall they beseech in vain the Almighty God, and then shall he openly turn away his face from them. For he hath granted the limit of seven ages for repentance unto men that err, by the hand of a pure virgin.

But the residue which have cared for justice and good deeds, yea, and godliness and righteous thoughts, shall angels bear up and carry through the flaming river unto light, and life without care, where is the immortal path of the great God; and three fountains, of wine and honey and milk. And the earth, common to all, not parted out with walls or fences, shall then bring forth of her own accord much fruit, and life and wealth shall be common and undistributed. For there shall be no poor man, nor rich, nor tyrant, nor slave, none great nor small any longer, no kings, no princes; but all men shall be together in common. And no more shall any man say ‘ night is come ‘, nor ‘ the morrow ‘, nor ‘ it was yesterday ‘. He maketh no more of days, nor of spring, nor winter, nor summer, nor autumn, neither marriage,nor death, nor selling, nor buying, nor set of sun, nor rising. For God shall make one long day.

And unto them, the godly, shall the almighty and immortal God grant another boon, when they shall ask it of him. He shall grant them to save men out of the fierce fire and the eternal gnashing of teeth: and this will he do, for he will gather them again out of the everlasting flame and remove them else whither, sending them for the sake of his people unto another life eternal and immortal, in the Elysian plain where are the long waves of the Acherusian lake exhaustless and deep bosomed;

The Paul From Tarsus Denies Flesh Resurrection

Do you all realize that Paul denies flesh resurrection in 1 Corinthians chapter 15:35-54

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 Not all flesh is alike, but there is one flesh for human beings, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory. 42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is[j] from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will[k] also bear the image of the man of heaven.

50 What I am saying, brothers and sisters,[l] is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die,[m] but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:

Concluding Scriptures:

1 Corinthians 15:45

45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living person.”* The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

John 20:24-29

But Thomas, one of the Twelve, who was called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were telling him: “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them: “Unless I see in his hands the print* of the nails and stick my finger into the print of the nails and stick my hand into his side, I will never believe it.”

26 Well, eight days later his disciples were again indoors, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and he stood in their midst and said: “May you have peace.” 27 Next he said to Thomas: “Put your finger here, and see my hands, and take your hand and stick it into my side, and stop doubting* but believe.” 28 In answer Thomas said to him: “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him: “Because you have seen me, have you believed? Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.”