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A beacon for the Wise and Prudent Jan 6, 2003
THE APOCALYPSE OF BARUCH is a lost Holy Book. It is the vision of Baruch (Secretary to the Prophet Jeremiah) before and after the destruction of Jerusalem by the armies of Babylon.
The word APOCALYPSE literally means an "unveiling," or explanation of something that was previously unclear. BARUCH is truly an apocalypse in this sense, because it elucidates some of the Bible's history and interpretation. This book is not very well known (obviously) and BARUCH says this to God: "...but that few nations will be left in those times, to whom those words shall be said which Thou [God] didst say." This is particularly true today since this text is rarely if ever studied by Christians of faith along with their Bibles, and it is not readily availible for study. The edition I read is a reprint by R. H. Charles published by Destiny Publishers, not the edition advertised here.
The theological thought in this book is the same as in the Bible, and gives symbolic exposition of Biblical history. The most interesting part is about the twelve waters: six black and six bright. These waters correspond to different events in Biblical history. The person that is lauded as the fifth bright water and given the greatest praise in BARUCH is King Josiah of Judah, who enforced the Law of Moses by force upon his apostate kingdom after he came to power. The sixth bright (and final) water is the Word: the advent of the Christ/Messiah who will usher in the New Covenant of the Church. Later on, the sixth black water (as is happening today) the Church will be besought by all kinds of opposition and God will be slandered. Finally God's Messiah comes and He will reckon with the world's nations, some to be spared and some to be slain. The Messiah's kingdom will be one of joy, peace, triumph and no anxiety.
These same prophesies are in the Bible, but the APOCALYPSE OF BARUCH will give the Christian some supplementary ways of interpreting them and how they will come about.