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Lost Books of the Bible: Baruk’s vision concerning Rome

Posted by Stephen Pidgeon on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

 

A very interesting latter day prophecy concerning the Roman church is found in the Cepher Baruk Sheniy (2 Baruk).  Let’s take a moment to explore it:

Baruk’s vision

Baruk Sheniy (2 Baruk) 36:1-11

And when I had said these things I fell asleep there, and I saw a vision in the night. 2 And lo! a forest of trees planted on the plain, and lofty and rugged rocky mountains surrounded it, and that forest occupied much space. 3 And lo! over against it arose a vine, and from under it there went forth a fountain peacefully. 4 Now that fountain came to the forest and was stirred into great waves, and those waves submerged that forest, and suddenly they rooted out the greater part of that forest, and overthrew all the mountains which were round about it. 5 And the height of the forest began to be made low, and the top of the mountains was made low and that fountain prevailed greatly, so that it left nothing of that great forest save one cedar only. 6 Also when it had cast it down and had destroyed and rooted out the greater part of that forest, so that nothing was left of it, nor could its place be recognized, then that vine began to come with the fountain in peace and great tranquility, and it came to a place which was not far from that cedar, and they brought the cedar which had been cast down to it. 7 And I beheld and lo! that vine opened its mouth and spoke and said to that cedar: Are you not that cedar which was left of the forest of wickedness, and by whose means wickedness persisted, and was wrought all those years, and goodness never? 8 And you did keep conquering that which was not yours, and to that which was yours you did never show compassion, and you did keep extending your power over those who were far from you, and those who drew nigh you, you did hold fast in the toils of your wickedness, and you did uplift yourself always as one that could not be rooted out! 9 But now your time has sped and your hour is come. 10 Do also therefore depart O cedar, after the forest. which departed before you, and become dust with it. 11 And let your ashes be mingled together, and now recline in anguish and rest in torment till your last time come in which you will come again, and be tormented still more.

Baruk Sheniy (2 Baruk) 37:1

AND after these things I saw that cedar burning, and the vine glowing, itself and all around it, the plain full of unfading flowers. And I indeed awoke and arose.

So, here we have a vision concerning trees, a forest, mountains, a cedar tree, a vine and a fountain.  For those who have spiritual vision, let your discernment begin.  However, let us consider what Baruk was told from here:

Baruk’s prayer

Baruk Sheniy (2 Baruk) 38:1-4

AND I prayed and said: O YAHUAH, my ADONAI, you do always enlighten those who are led by understanding. 2 Your Torah is life, and your wisdom is right guidance. 3 Make known to me therefore the interpretation of this vision. 4 For you know that my soul has always walked in your Torah, and from my earliest days I departed not from your wisdom.

It is then the revealing of YAHUAH which continues from here, giving us the true meaning of the vision. 

The interpretation of the vision

Baruk Sheniy (2 Baruk) 39:1-4

AND he answered and said unto me: Baruch, this is the interpretation of the vision which you have seen. 2 As you have seen the great forest which lofty and rugged mountains surrounded, this is the word. 3 Behold! the days come, and this kingdom will be destroyed which once destroyed Tsiyon, and it will be subjected to that which comes after it. 4 Moreover, that also again after a time will be destroyed, and another, a third, will arise, and that also will have dominion for its time, and will be destroyed.  

This word begins then with the inference that the great forest with lofty and rugged mountains surrounding it means the kingdoms of dominance among the populations of the world.  The reference goes immediately to that kingdom which once destroyed Tsiyon.  That kingdom would be Babylon, the kingdom which burnt the first temple.  The prophecy then tells us that Babylon would be subjected to that which comes after it.  Historically, this is true, as Cepher Daniy’el reveals, because Babylon fell to the Medo-Persian Empire.

However, this prophecy goes on to reveal that the Medo-Persian Empire also again after a time will be destroyed, and another, a third, will arise, and that also will have dominion for its time, and will be destroyed.  The kingdom which would come to destroy the Medo-Persian Empire would of course be the Greek Empire under Alexander the Great, which too was destroyed by the Roman Empire.  Now, let us see what is revealed about Rome:

Baruk Sheniy (2 Baruk) 39:5-6

And after these things a fourth kingdom will arise, whose power will be harsh and evil far beyond those which were before it, and it will rule many times as the forests on the plain, and it will hold fast for times, and will exalt itself more than the cedars of Lebanon. 6 And by it the Truth will be hidden, and all those who are polluted with iniquity will flee to it, as evil beasts flee and creep into the forest.

The fourth kingdom to arise in this prophecy (the fifth kingdom discussed by Yahuchanon in Chizayon [Revelation]) is Rome.  It is described as a kingdom whose power will be harsh and evil far beyond those which were before it.  Does this prophecy hold true given the historical record? This prophecy states that this kingdom will rule many times, and that it will hold fast for times, and will exalt itself more than the cedars of Lebanon

Has Rome exalted itself?  Well, consider the difference between the Eastern churches, which began at Antioch, Damascus, Jerusalem, and Alexandria, all of which call themselves Orthodox, - which means correct – and the Roman church which calls itself Catholic, which means universal.  The leader of this institution refers to himself as Vicarious Filio Dei (in place of the Son of God).  Whether or not you agree with such statements, the relevant inquiry here is: has this institution exalted itself above the cedars of Lebanon? 

For just a moment, let’s make inquiry into the charge that Rome would come to be harsh and evil far beyond those which were before it.  Here is a bit of discussion on the Roman Catholic inquisition:

In 1244, the Council of Harbonne ordered that in the sentencing of heretics, no husband should be spared because of his wife, nor wife because of her husband, and no parent spared from a helpless child. Once in custody victims waited before their judge anxiously, while he pondered through the document of their accusation. During the first examination, enough of their property was likewise confiscated to cover the expenses of the preliminary investigation.

The accused would then be implicated and asked incriminating and luring questions in a dexterous manner of trickery calculated to entangle most. Many manual's used and promulgated were by the grand inquisitor Bernardus Guidonis, the Author of Practica Inquisitionis (Practice of the Inquisition) and the Directorium Inquisitorum (Guideline for Inquisitors) completed by Nicolaus Eymerich, grand inquisitor of Aragon. These were the authoritative text-books for the use of inquisitors until the issue of Torquemada's instructions in 1483, which was an enlarged and revised Directorium.

A Chapter of the Manual is headed "of the torture" and contains these small reflections:

"The torture is not an infallible method to obtain the truth; there are some men so pusillanimous that at the first twinge of pain they will confess crimes they never committed; others there are so valiant and robust that they bear the most cruel torments. Those who have once been placed upon the rack suffer it with great courage, because their limbs accommodate themselves to it with facility or resist with force; others with charms and spells render themselves insensible, and will die before they will confess anything."

The author gives further directions:

“When sentence of torture has been given, and while the executioner is preparing to apply it, the inquisitor and the grave persons who assist him should make fresh attempts to persuade the accused to confess the truth; the executioners and their assistants, while stripping him, should affect uneasiness, haste, and sadness, endeavoring thus to instill fear into his mind; and when he is stripped naked the inquisitors should take him aside, exhorting him to confess, and promising him his life upon condition of his doing so, provided that he is not a relapsed (one dilated a second time), because in such a case they cannot promise him that."

Later afterwards in the sixteenth century, Cardinal Giovanni Caraffa, a zealot for the purity of Catholicism who later became the pope himself, also held a stern and gloomy view of moral rectitude for heretics. In 1542, he was appointed by Pope Paul III to administer the Inquisition.

The manuscript life of Caraffa gives the following rules drawn up by Caraffa himself:

"Firstly when the faith is in question, there must be no delay; but at the slightest suspicion, rigorous measures must be resorted to with all speed. Secondly, no consideration is to be shown to any prince or prelate, however high his station. Thirdly, extreme severity is rather to be exercised against those who attempt to shield themselves under the protection of any potentate, and fourthly, no man must lower himself by showing toleration toward heretics of any kind. "Refusing to confess at the first hearing, saw heretics being remanded to the prisons for several months. The dungeons were situated underground, so that the outcries of the subject might not reach other parts of the building. In some medieval cells, the inauspicious were bound in stocks or chains, unable to move about and forced to sleep standing up or on the ground. In some cases there was no light or ventilation, inmates were generally starved and kept in solitary confinement in the dark and allowed no contact with the outside world, including that of their own family.

In 1252, Pope Innocent IV officially authorized the creation of the horrifying Inquisition torture chambers. It also included a new perpetual imprisonment or death at the stake without the bishop’s consent. Acquittal of the accused was now virtually impossible. Thus, with a license granted by the pope himself, Inquisitors were free to explore the depths of horror and cruelty. Dressed as black-robed fiends with black cowls over their heads, Inquisitors could extract confessions from just about anyone. The Inquisition invented every conceivable devise to inflict pain by slowly dismembering and dislocating the body.

Many of the devices were inscribed with the motto "Glory be only to God." Bernardus Guidonis, the Inquisitor in Toulouse instructed the layman as to never argue with the unbeliever, but as to "thrust his sword into the man's belly as far as it will go." George Ryley Scott describes how the Inquisitors, gorged with their inhumanity, and developed a degree of callousness rarely rivaled in the annals of civilization, with the ecclesiastical authorities condemning every faith outside of Christianity as demonic.

Even the very fact of having a charge brought against you, and of being summoned to the Inquisition was sufficient to strike abject terror into the bravest man or woman. For very few who entered the doors of that hall of torment emerged whole in mind and body. If they escaped with their life, they were, with rare exceptions, maimed, physically or mentally forever. Those who did happen to endure the dungeons generally went mad in captivity, screaming out in despair to escape their purgatories. Others willingly committed suicide during their confinement.

The defendants were known to incriminate themselves at any chance they had to escape the horrors. As Henry Charles Lea describes, one of the conditions of escaping the penalties was that they stated all they knew of other heretics and apostates, under the general terror, there was little hesitation in denouncing not only friends and acquaintances, but the nearest and dearest kindred--parents, children, brothers and sisters--this ultimately and indefinitely prolonged the Inquisitions through their associates.

In the ages of faith, when the priest, was little less than a God himself, a curse from his lips was often more feared than physical torments. To even establish an accusation against a bishop itself required 72 witnesses; against a deacon was 27; against an inferior dignitary was 7, and for non-members of the clergy, 2 was sufficient to convict. Whole communities went mad with grief and fear of the thought towards being denounced to the Inquisition. It spread all over Europe. Men, women, and children all legally murdered on evidence by a church, which today would only be accepted unless the court and jury specifically composed of the inmates of a lunatic asylum.

The Horrors of the Church and Its Inquisition (http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican29.htm)

As you can see, the worst possible abuses were practiced, all of which the Bill of Rights in the United States were written to prevent.  The notion of man’s inhumanity to man cannot be more clearly seen than in the harsh and evil practices of the Roman church during this period.  Let’s continue with this discourse just a bit, in order to ensure a proper recollection:

In the early 1500's and 1600's, the Catholic Church went through a reformation. It consisted of two related movements:

(1) a defensive reaction against the Reformation, a movement begun by Martin Luther in 1517 that gave birth to Protestantism

(2) a Catholic reform which saw Protestants declare war on Catholics

The Roman Catholic Church called the Council of Trent partly as a defense against Protestantism. In 1542, Pope Paul III (1534-49) established the Holy Office as the final court of appeal in trials of heresy. The Church also published a list of books that were forbidden to read. Heretical books were outlawed, and searched out by domiciliary visits. Every book that came was scrutinized minutely with the express object of finding some passage which might be interpreted as being against the principles or interests of the Catholic faith.

The secular coadjutor were also not allowed to learn to read or write without permission. No man was able to aspire to any rank above that of which he already [held]. The church insisted on this regulation as a means to obtaining a perfect knowledge of its subordinates.

The censorship of books took three forms:

(1) complete condemnation and suppression

(2) the expunging of certain objectionable passages or parts

(3) the correction of sentences or the deletion of specific words as mentioned

A list of the various books condemned upon any of these three heads was printed every year, after which anyone found to be in the possession of a volume coming under section (1) or an unexpurgated or uncorrected copy of a volume coming under section (2) or (3) was deemed guilty and liable to serve punishment. The author and the publisher of any such book often spent the remainder of their lives in the dungeons of the Inquisition. Its overall goal was to eradicate Protestant influences in Europe.

A number of wars resulting from religious conflicts broke out as well as the Catholic governments tried to stop the spread of Protestantism in the country. Such attempts led to the civil war in France from 1562 to 1598 and a rebellion in the Netherlands between 1565 and 1648. Religion was a major issue in the fighting between Spain and England from 1585 to 1604.

It was also a cause of the Thirty Years' War [1618 -1648], which centered in Germany that eventually involved all of the great nations of Europe, halving its population. The estimate of the death toll during the Inquisitions ranged worldwide from 600,000 to as high as in the millions, covering a span of almost six centuries.

Victor Hugo estimated the number of the victims of the Inquisition at five million, it is said, and certainly the number was much greater than that if we take into account, as we should, the wives and husbands, the parents and children, the brothers and sisters, and other relatives of those tortured and slaughtered by the priestly institution. To these millions should properly be added the others killed in the wars precipitated in the attempt to fasten the Inquisition upon the people of various countries, as the Netherlands and Germany.

The Horrors of the Church and Its Inquisition (http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican29.htm)

This discussion is of interest when it comes to the restoration of sacred scripture.  We see here a charge set forth historically, that the Roman church did in fact corrupt the written text, taking unto itself the option to rewrite, edit, expunge and omit text with which it had disagreement.  This is the very definition of corruption.

Further, under the edicts of the church, the works of Martin Luther, John Calvin and others were to be burned, and readers of their work to be persecuted, tortured, destroyed and/or killed.

None of this escaped the purview of YAHUAH.

Baruk Sheniy (2 Baruk) 39:7-8

And it will come to pass when the time of its consummation that it should fall has approached, then the principate of my MASHIACH will be revealed, which is like the fountain and the vine, and when it is revealed it will root out the multitude of its host. 8 And as touching that which you have seen, the lofty cedar, which was left of that forest, and the fact, that the vine spoke those words with it which you did hear, this is the word.

Baruk Sheniy (2 Baruk) 40:1-4

The last leader of that time will be left alive, when the multitude of his hosts will be put to the sword, and he will be bound, and they will take him up to Mount Tsiyon, and my MASHIACH will convict him of all his impieties, and will gather and set before him all the works of his hosts. 2 And afterwards he will put him to death, and protect the rest of my people which shall be found in the place which I have chosen. 3 And his principate will stand forever, until the world of corruption is at an end, and until the times aforesaid are fulfilled. 4 This is your vision, and this is its interpretation.   

Rome will not escape this judgment, which, by the way is totally consistent with the third vision of Fatima.

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