I recently purchased an Eth CEPHER Bible, and to say that I am excited is an understatement. It includes several apocalyptic books that have been excluded from the King James Bible. I am especially excited about “2 Baruk (2 Baruch)” because it includes a timeline of the tribulation period. If anybody is interested in purchasing this unique bible, it can be found at the following website: http://www.cepher.net/
According to the Book of Jeremiah, Baruk was a scribe that was given the task of writing down all the words of Jeremiah when he prophesied directly from the LORD.
Jer 36:4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.
In the eth CEPHER Bible Preface there are short histories of the various Books including the history of 2 Baruk:
(T)he Apocalypse of Baruk, also known as Baruk Sheniy (2 Baruk) stands out as vital. A.F.J. Klijn writes: “Until recently the Apocalypse of Baruk was only known from a Syriac manuscript dating from the sixth or seventh century AD. Since the beginning of this century two fragments have come to light in Greek (12:1-13:2 and 13:11-14:3) from the fourth or fifth century. Small fragments of the text, again in Syriac, have been discovered in lectionaries of the Jacobite Church. However, no fewer than thirty-six manuscripts are known because it once belonged to the canon of Scriptures in the Syriac-speaking church. Eth CEPHER, 3rd Edition, Cepher Publishing Group, LLC, 2017.
First, I want to mention that 2 Baruk is doubly hard to study and understand because it is mainly being translated from Syriac, a language related to Aramaic and only spoken by a small ethnic minority of Assyrians/Syriacs in the Middle East. Therefore, at best it is a translation of the original Hebrew, and it is probably the translation of a Greek translation of the original Hebrew…or a translation of a translation.
Fortunately, I would also like to mention that this tribulation “timeline” of Baruk appears to track closely with the sequence of end-time events outlined by Jesus in the Book of Matthew Chapter 24, when Jesus talks about the events preceding His second coming, it is also similar to events outlined in the Book of Revelation. Therefore, we might be able to “fill in” the gaps, or clear up any confusion about the “meaning” of the sequence of end-time events.
I find the Apocalypse of Baruk (2 Baruk) extremely fascinating because Baruk specifically asks the LORD how many “years” will the tribulation continue???and the LORD seems to tells him TWELVE!
2 Baruk 26:1 And I answered and said: Will that tribulation which is to be continue a long time, and will that necessity embrace many years? Eth CEPHER Bible.
The LORD tells Baruk that the time of tribulation is divided into twelve (12) parts. Baruk had asked God how many “years” that the tribulation would last and God tells him it is divided into twelve “parts”…Could the tribulation actually last twelve (12) years from the start to the finish?
2 Baruk 27:1 And he answered and said unto me: 2) into twelve parts is that time divided, and each one of them is reserved for that which is appointed for it. Eth CEPHER Bible.
If my calculations are correct, and Jesus Christ returns to resurrect/rapture His saints on the Feast of Tabernacles, September 24, 2029, then the beginning of Baruk’s twelve (12) year tribulation would have begun sometime during the Fall of 2017 A.D…LAST YEAR! If you want to see my calculations for the Second Coming of Jesus read my FREE book “Christian Exodus: Out of Babylon”. I have taken the liberty to break down Baruk’s tribulation timeline into twelve (12) years… beginning with the Fall of last year.
FALL 2017 – FALL 2018 (Part 1)
2 Baruk 27:3 In the first part there shall be the beginning of commotions. Eth CEPHER Bible.
I was looking up the word “commotion” in the King James Bible and coincidentally the only place I found it was in the Book of Jeremiah.
Jer 10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit (news, tidings) is come, and a great COMMOTION out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.
COMMOTION: H7494, ra‛ash, rah'-ash
From H7493; vibration, bounding, uproar: - commotion, confused noise, earthquake, fierceness, quaking, rattling, rushing, shaking.
The word “ra’ash” is found seventeen times in the Old Testament and is also translated as an uproar, earthquake, and shaking. It is difficult to know what it will mean for the tribulation period, but the LORD tells Baruk that the whole world will experience the tribulation.
2 Baruk 28:6 Is it in one place or in one of the parts of the earth that those things are come to pass, or will the whole earth experience them?
2 Baruk 29:1 And he answered and said unto me: Whatsoever will then befall will befall the whole earth; therefore all who live will experience them. Eth CEPHER Bible.
I do not know exactly what the “commotion” is, but I suspect that the first “commotion” will “shake” the whole world to its core…and the “commotion” will not disappear after a few news cycles…just use your imagination, it is going to be BAD!
Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
Heb 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
The world may experience a world-wide economic collapse or the start of a great world-wide depression some time during 2018.
FALL 2018 – FALL 2019 (Part 2)
2 Baruk 27:4 And in the second part there shall be slayings of the great ones. Eth CEPHER Bible.
The “great ones” can only be the saints of God, Jesus said Christians would be hated by ALL nations in the last days… this may also signal the arrival of the last great outpouring of the Holy Spirit prophesied by the Prophet Joel.
Joe 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Joe 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Perhaps you have noticed that Jesus did not face persecution until AFTER He was filled with the Holy Spirit. Also, the Apostles did not suffer much persecution until AFTER Pentecost. The Holy Spirit used the Apostles to perform many mighty miracles, but afterwards they were cast into prison, martyred and force to flee from town to town. I suspect that the saints in the last days will also face similar persecution after God pours out His Holy Spirit one last time just prior to the return of Jesus Christ.
Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
FALL 2019 – FALL 2020 (Part 3)
2 Baruk 27:5 And in the third part the fall of many by death. Eth CEPHER Bible.
I believe that the “slaying of the great ones” will begin to increase more and more. We already see the persecution, murder, and enslavement of Christians in Muslim countries, but I believe the murder of Christians will begin to increase noticeably in nominally Christian nations.
Joh 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
Joh 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
We have already seen demonically inspired mass murderers specifically targeting Christians in Churches around the world… including the United States. I suspect that this will become such a common occurrence that the national news will probably stop covering it, and you will only hear of the murders if they actually happen in your own home town or neighborhood.
However, the murder of Christians will NOT go un-noticed by God! As the murder of Christians increases…I suspect that God will unleash Satan on the world with natural disasters, and the death toll will begin to increase.
Consequently, law and order will begin to break down causing a snowball effect, criminals and crime will increase dramatically.
2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
FALL 2020 – FALL 2021 (Part 4)
2 Baruk 27:6 And in the fourth part the sending of the sword. Eth CEPHER Bible.
I mentioned in my last blog article that the United States has been in perpetual war since the beginning of the George W. Bush presidency. However, the years 2020 - 2021 may be the beginning of something much, much bigger…perhaps the start of World War 3.
Rev 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
Rev 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
It appears that around this time period, the four horsemen of the apocalypse will be released upon the world.
Interestingly, two secular authors predicted another great war on, or about, 2020 AD. In 1997, William Strauss and Neil Howe, wrote a book called “The Fourth Turning” based on generational cycles, the two authors made several predictions that appear to have come true. They predicted a rise in terrorism and an economic downturn in the world economy.
They looked back at United States History and noticed that the country has been engulfed in major wars about every eighty (80) years…i.e. the revolutionary war (1775 – 1783), the civil war (1861 -1865), and World War 2 (1941-1945). Therefore, they predicted that the U.S. could be involved in another major conflict around the year 2020.
When this final world war begins, I believe it will descend rapidly into TOTAL WAR!
Total war is warfare that includes any and all civilian-associated resources and infrastructure as legitimate military targets, mobilizes all of the resources of society to fight the war, and gives priority to warfare over non-combatant needs.
Due to the modern “high-tech” nature of war these days, I suspect that both men and women, plus anybody with “special skills”, will be required to register with the Selective Service, regardless of their age or their willingness to serve. A civilian and military draft will probably be reinstated in countries around the world.
Jer 14:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
* THIS ARTICLE IS SO LONG I HAVE DECIDED TO DIVIDE IT INTO THREE PARTS.