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Points are shared, today, to clarify why some presentations of the Bible include ancient writings that are called apocryphal (hidden away) books.  Most Protestant believers rely upon a Bible having only 66 books, while many Catholic believers may use a Bible having as many as 77 books. The many fragments and manuscripts  available to modern readers include controversial materials that were never given status as Scripture among the Jews, by Jesus, by the New Testament, by the early church, or by those spoken of as the church fathers.  Antilegomena (disputed; spoken against) and extra-canonical books also include numerous pseudepigrapha (false writings) that appeared as  apocalyptic and didactic religious compositions; many finally were held to be copy-cat, counterfeit, frauds, legendary, and unauthentic.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ronald” (Level 1 with 100 points, a member since August 04, 2015) posted the following:

Protestants; On what grounds do you have to omit 7 books from the Bible?

Roman Catholic bibles have 7 additional books whilst Protestant bibles don’t, I was wondering why that was?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.  But I receive not testimony from man:  but these things I say, that ye might be saved.  He was a burning and a shining light:  and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.  But I have greater witness than that of John:  for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.  And ye have not his word abiding in you:  for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:  and they are they which testify of me.  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.  (John 5:  33-40, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Can The Bible Be Increased? (05/31/2015); The Scriptures and Perfection? (10/27/2014); Catholics, Protestants and the Trinity? (10/12/2014); The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014); The Issue Is Not Accuracy (05/16/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); Why Not One Bible? (11/02/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013)

“Ronald”, here are a few points that may be helpful for you to consider:

(1.)  There are 14 books of scripture-like writings called “the Apocrypha” that were written in the more than 400-year period following the appearance of Malachi as the last of the Old Testament Prophets and the appearance of John the Baptist as the herald of Christ, and the first Prophet of the New Testament.  The various books written after the close of the Hebrew scriptures and before proclamation of the Gospel do not clearly continue the same doctrine, function, purpose, and eternal Spirit.  For many, their inclusion among the Holy Scriptures are strictly for historical and secular purposes.

(2.)  The existing books of the Bible, as a collection of sacred writings, have all individually undergone examination to determine that their pronouncements and prophesies are authentic, and genuinely from GOD.  In addition to scholarly study, sacred operations have been acknowledged that include endorsement of divine origin through fulfillment, miracles, sacred signs, supernatural events, wonders, and prayer.

(3.)  For Christian believers the process of identifying events, messages, and those sent as representatives from GOD is accomplished by application of sacred knowledge and standards that have been provided by divinity through the imparted spirit.  In the same way sin may be understood as influencing the operations of consciousness and self-will within created beings and living creatures, the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) is sent by Christ and the Father to establish permanent changes within the character and nature of believers through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit) and rebirth from divine seed.  Born-again believers must gradually grow again meeting life challenges upon the earth.  As they do so, they develop and practice spiritual discernment (a continuous sacred process wherein a person’s indwelling spirit from GOD serves as a standard to recognize divine spirit content in other persons and things).  Thus, even looking at the replies given you, here, a believer may see right away whether the “spirit” operating in the persons who have responded is in agreement with that of the holy writings, with the spirit of leaders within the church body, and with ones own communion and prayer life with Deity.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (4.)  All genuine sacred writings are an aspect of the full revelation whereby GOD makes divinity known to the living using utterance (we say, breath, spirit, word) that includes commandment, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, prophecy, testimony and verdicts in judgment.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

That the ministries of John the Baptist as herald, priest and prophet would be surpassed by those of Jesus as Savior, Son of Man, and Son of GOD is considered, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers UK & Ireland” using the ID “Mike” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since April 13, 2014) posted the following:

 

What did the baptized John mean by he must increase, but I must decrease?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.  And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?  John answered them, saying, I baptize with water:  but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;  He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.  These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me:  for he was before me.  And I knew him not:  but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.  And I knew him not:  but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.  (John 1:  24-34, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Baptist and The Tishbite? (02/18/2015); A Formula for Baptism? (06/30/2014); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013)

 

“Mike”, here are some points from the sacred knowledge collected as the Bible that may clarify the teaching here:

(1.)  John the Baptist was commissioned by Deity through his miraculous birth to an elderly woman who was the wife of a priest among the Jews, and who had lived barren (unable to have children).  While still in his mother’s womb, and before his actual birth, John responded as being filled with the imparted spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy).

(2.)  Instead of continuing on a career path that might see him installed as the High Priest, John left the Temple community at Jerusalem, where he had been raised on “holy ground,” and had been nourished eating and drinking only what was the holy portion for the priests and their families from the offerings, sacrifices, tithes, and gifts of the altar.

(3.)  Acknowledging historical teachings and prophesies recorded among the Jews, John began a unique public ministry, preaching repentance for sin, and performing baptisms (we say, cleansing, washing).  Because of that work, John was respected by many and given the name “the Baptist.”

(4.)  No prophet had appeared for more than 400 years in the mold and pattern of such men as Malachi, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Samuel or Moses.  John would be acknowledged as a fulfillment of divine promise as well as a prophet by those who accepted John as the herald spoken of in Scripture who would announce the presence of a divine emissary from Deity, the Messiah (we also say, Christ, the Anointed One).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (5.)  John performed no miracles, yet, many believed he, in fact, was the one that should come as sent by GOD to deliver the chosen people from the peculiar bondage of poverty, Rome, and sin.  John used baptism as a device to draw the unknown person to himself who would be sent from GOD to carry out the exalted spiritual duties of Messiah.  John denied that he himself was the One Sent.  Through operations of the Holy Spirit, when Jesus of Nazareth appeared for baptism, John gave testimony (we say, witness) that Jesus is the Son of GOD.  The divine revelation further indicated that the ministry of Jesus would begin, and that John’s work was effectually finished.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Covenant with Israel, foretelling the future, Malachi, and sacred prophecy are considered, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Hamburai” (Level 1 with 85 points, a member since April 11, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why there is no prophet after Malachi?

Why there is no prophet Came after Malachi?
Do you think prophecy can happen again?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.  And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.  Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.  Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.  (Acts 3:  22-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Prophets Were Sent to Israel (11/23/2014); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); Divine Sleep (03/28/2014); The Storm-battered City? (03/29/2014); Why Not One Bible? (11/02/2013); Why Jesus Used Parables (11/03/2013); Jesus and the Pharisees (07/14/2013); How Could Angels Fall? (07/15/2013)

 

“Hamburai”, here are some points from the sacred knowledge shared among Christian believers:

(1.)  Prophecy is an aspect of divine revelation whereby divinity is made known and recognizable to created beings and living creatures.  Prophecy displays active, organic, and personal truth from the fullness of GODhead, and is granted as the expression of grace and privilege for those in intimate relationship with GOD. 

(2.)  The substance of prophecy is not so much foretelling the future as indicating and proclaiming divine intent, eternal purpose, and ongoing sacred process.  Given that GOD is eternal, immutable and unchanging, the holy writings clearly show that essentially the same divine law, sacred promise and prophecy are repeated over time from covenant to covenant, and from generation to generation.

(3.)  GOD has shown disappointment, displeasure, and wrath against Israel as a treasured covenant partner without also denying or terminating the covenant.  Terms of the covenant provide that repentance and returning to GOD may be made by a remnant (i.e., a portion that represents all).  While those of the priesthood and the tribe of Levi were to serve as the holy portion, through the new covenant established by Christ the chosen are seen to be those having the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, and serving in a new ministry of righteousness.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  For a period of some 400 years, no prophet (we say, spokesperson from GOD) having the same spirit and power that operated through such men as Moses, Samuel, Elijah, and Jeremiah appeared within Israel.  Those making false claims did arise, however, until John the Baptist none appeared advancing the same sacred truths earlier proclaimed.  Despite sharp rebuke from GOD through captivity and exile, the system for atonement, offerings and sacrifices that could only be acceptably performed through the priests became so corrupt that GOD promised to send one born through a virgin.  John the Baptist appeared as the first prophet after Malachi, and the work of Jesus as Messiah centered upon the fulfillment of prophecy.  Prophecy continues today through the followers of Jesus who contain his Spirit (called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Jerusalem and prophecy are the focus, today, along with more on divine sleep or rest.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Shawn” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since March 28, 2014) posted the following:

 

Confusing bible verse? 

in Isaiah 54: 11 it says:

“O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you with precious jewels and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.”

What does this really mean?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Divine Sleep (03/28/2014)—(5.)  Mankind is not to become complacent, give up, quit, or become slack.  Correctly understood, what appear to be breaks in the ongoing operations and process of eternal divinity are to be seen as shifts that take into account the abilities and needs of created beings and living creatures.  Thus, the great flood of Noah’s day was not the “end of the world” as a continuing focus of divinity.  Prophesies recorded in the Scriptures have been provided through a single person during the reign of many kings, over the course of many years, perhaps naming various nations, and in a series of experiences that share much of the same imagery, intent, language, and revelation.  Similarly, that no anointed prophet in the tradition of Moses was sent from GOD following Malachi until John the Baptist did not end the use of prophecy and divine spokespersons in flesh.  Many sacred operations that were begun before what we now have as the sphere of human existence are still unfolding, and will continue to completion long after the end of sin, and the finish of present-day salvation.  Our dependency and the righteousness of GOD demands continued contact and exchange with the living; and, once fully transformed to be immortal and incorruptible, there will be more direct participation for the heirs of GOD with Christ in the fulfillment of the eternal purposes of GOD.   Consider again Deuteronomy 31:  16-18, Judges 6:  11-16, Isaiah 57:  15-21, 1st Corinthians 13:  8-13, Isaiah 65:  17-24 and Revelation 21:  3-8, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  I go to prepare a place for 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.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  (John 14:  1-6, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Unclear Scriptures? (03/18/2014); Needing Guns To Serve? (03/19/2014); The Earth Made New (11/13/2013); The Earth Made New (11/14/2013); The Place of GOD? (06/01/2013); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012)

 

“Shawn”, here are a few points many Christian believers have found useful when challenged by Scripture verses:

(1.)  Prophesies are messages from GOD that may provide divine comfort, exhortation (we say, encouragement, urging), edification (we say, building up), proclamation, promise, reassurance, and warning.  A single statement may convey all these aspects of utterance (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, word), or some combination of sacred truths.

(2.)  Jerusalem, is called the Holy City, and the City of GOD.  Even so, many prophetic messages are recorded that threaten the destruction of Jerusalem in response to conditions established by error, false worship, idolatry, and sin.  Multiple abuses of Jerusalem have been allowed by GOD intended to further reveal divine authority, justice, eternal process, and sovereignty.

(3.)  Divine love, mercy, and he righteousness of GOD demonstrated through covenant and judgment are depicted throughout the holy writings by operations for cleansing (e.g., atonement, baptism), by proclamations of forbearance and forgiveness as well as through visions of renewal, survival for a remnant, the coming of the kingdom of GOD and Messiah (i.e., the permanent government and rule of a divine agent from GOD among mankind).

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, thoroughly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Jesus Christ is held to be the Son of GOD, the divine agent, Messiah, and “the One Sent.”  Being resurrected from death and burial, Christ ascended into heaven to prepare a “new city” as a dwelling for those lifted from the earth as his disciples, servants, and joint-heirs.  This New Jerusalem is described in the Book of Revelation using images and language that agree with those found in the writings of Isaiah.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:  his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.  (Daniel 7:  13-14, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Jesus, the law, the Pharisees, and prophecy are topics, today.  A new disclaimer is presented.  Also, there is more on knowing GOD as doers and not hearers only.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Idontgoon” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since April 26, 2013) posted the following:
Why did Jesus Christ condemn the Pharisees if they followed the law perfectly?
How important are sins of the heart, even though they are not expressed? What about thoughts?
THE BATTLE AXE:  A Tree Falls To The South (07/13/2013)—  (5)  In the same way there are natural events and processes that are known by their regular occurrence, there are spirit events and processes whereby GOD may be known.  Among men, godliness is the continuous display of divine substance through the actions and activity of created beings and living creatures.  Like dutifulness and faithfulness, godliness is known from actions, and not merely by words.  Intellectual argument, conjecture, debate, logic, philosophy, reason, and speculation can not establish spirit matter, sacred truth, and divine power.  Needed are such operations by the Spirit of GOD as acknowledgment, confession, obedience, praise, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification.  Those who immerse themselves in discussion and reflection without also carrying out, obeying and performing the things of GOD in accordance with the Spirit, do not sow and may not reap a harvest:  It is not enough to have love, and not show it; it is not enough to have faith, and not show it; it is not enough to have knowledge of GOD, and not apply it.  See Luke 6:  46-49, Colossians 2:  6-9, 1st Corinthians 13:  1-10 and James 1:  19-27, King James Version.
THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.  But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men:  for ye neither go inyourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer:  therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.  (Matthew 23:  12-15, King James Version)
THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Money-changers in The Temple? (06/23/2013); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2013); After We Die? (10/04/2013); Both Born Holy? (04/29/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013); Law Violated? (01/21/2011); GOD Violent? (01/22/2011)
“Idontgoon”, here are a few points many have found helpful for a correct understanding of the conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees.  Many of the same issues continue for believers, today :
(1)  The doctrines and teachings of the Pharisees emphasized outward display and public demonstrations of commitment to ceremony, law, ritual, and tradition.  Covenant with GOD was pursued as a carnal, material, political and social reality without proper discernment and realization that aspects of divine spirit must reside within every believer. 
(2)  The Pharisees held many ideas concerning recorded prophecy that were inappropriate and incorrect.  For more than 400 years, since the time of Malachi, there were no anointed prophets of GOD after the model of Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, etc.  John the Baptist, son of a Levitical priest, was a controversial figure among the Pharisees.
(3)  Jesus could not be recognized as an appearance of GOD using flesh despite his divine performance of exorcism, healing and  miracles.  Given the agitation and influence of the Pharisees, he could not be embraced as a model to mankind put forth under the law, displaying the indwelling Spirit of GOD, and bringing to pass things proclaimed by the ancient prophets.
(4)  Through the ministry of Jesus, sin is revealed to be no spirit substance from GOD; and the will of GOD is shown to not be subject to sin.  Sin may dominate self-will in created beings and living creatures.  By water baptism, those who die to sin and are “born again” (from divine DNA, so to speak), receive the same spirit content that resided in Jesus, and that makes believers no longer subject to sin.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, wisdom and wrath against sin.
There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (5)  What many call “sins of the heart” are regular human experiences of the flesh.  Included are appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving for sexual activity); sense (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) as well as psychological and mental functions (e.g., desire, fantasy, forgetting, imagination, recall).  The flesh is with us all (believers too) from cradle to grave; and the combination of self-discipline with divine content provide the peculiar strength for godly living.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC