In the Old Testament, there was once a collection of over one dozen texts called the Apocrypha. Derived from the Greek word apocryphal, it means ‘things that are hidden’.
King James of England imposed heavy fines on anyone who printed the Old Testament without including the Apocrypha. So it was included in the original King James version of the Bible, which was printed in the year 1611.[i] But 250 years later, the Archbishop of Canterbury officially removed it from that version.[ii]
The Book of Ben Sira is a volume of wise proverbs that was discovered in Egypt, in 1896. It is part of these apocryphal texts. Known also as the Book of Wisdom and as The Wisdom of Jesus son of Sirach, this book was originally written in the language of Hebrew in the second century BC. Eventually, it was included in the Old Testament as the book of Ecclesiastes. But, before its recent discovery, no known Hebrew version existed. Some scholars even doubted its existence.
In your exploration of Bible Truth, see to it that you do not rest satisfied in the yellow clay of a few spiritual discoveries, but press on to the rich blue clay underneath. Emmet Fox
Where the apocalyptic view of the end of Time leaves ‘the damned’ on a hellish Earth, the book of Enoch paints a very different picture.
This ancient book describes an Aquarian age in which Heaven will actually exist on the Earth. The Greek word apocalypse means ‘disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception.’
It is interesting to note that the books of Jude and Hebrews, which have both been retained in the Bible, actually quote directly from the Book of Enoch, which has not. In fact, there are over twenty books that are referred to in the Bible, but which have been excluded from it.
Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “‘See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones.” Jude 1:14
During World War II, the ancient Gnostic Gospels were discovered in Upper Egypt. These gospels formed the basis of the teachings of the first Jewish Christians who, rather than seeking salvation from sin, sought to achieve salvation from the ignorance of which sin is a consequence.
Since the discovery of these gospels, there have been other ancient scrolls that have been located, the most famous of which were found concealed in caves on the shore of the Dead Sea, near the ruins of an old Essene settlement called Qumran.
Known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, these scrolls consist of roughly 900 texts, twenty-five percent of which is biblical scripture that includes some of the only known copies of first-century biblical documents in existence. Portions of the original Aramaic version of the Book of Enoch were discovered at Qumran. In fact, with the exception of the book of Esther, every single book of the Old Testament was discovered there.[iii] But what is most interesting is that the book of Esther is the only book that does not refer to God.
The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Saints.
Many people believe that God would never have allowed the Word to be tampered with or concealed in ways He did not want. And, they’re absolutely correct. God has allowed this to take place. If we had known these truths two-thousand years ago, we would have distorted them to such an extent that, now, when we need them the most, we would not recognize them for what they truly are.
The Judeo-Christian scriptures are a scientific treatise on universal nuclear physics, which were written in a universal metaphysical language that discloses, in minute detail, the precise formula for the attainment of Unity Consciousness.[iv]