Monday April 29, 2013

In considering the Apocrypha and the reference James added when he republished The Day-Star vision, it suddenly occurred to me that the greatest, or perhaps second greatest, endorsement of the Apocrypha is, once again!, hidden in plain sight.

Correctly understanding this requires the comparison of two items. The first is The Day-Star and the second is No. 20, pages 42-49. Now both of these were mentioned just the other day, but this particular point was not brought out.

Looking first at No. 20 we find the Testimonies are “to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed.” Three other times in this section God tells us that the Spirit of Prophecy is not to give new light. Ok. Now look at The Day-Star.

 

We all entered the cloud together, and were 7 days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought along the crowns and with his own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. The Day-Star

 

Taken together, this means that God himself is declaring the Apocrypha, as in the 1611 KJV Bible, to be a part of the pure word of God. Don’t forget, the Apocrypha has been counterfeited also. The proof is in the textual reference James added in A Word to the Little Flock. Here it is again.

 

And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was the more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly. 2 Esdras 2:43

 

Since the Spirit of Prophecy is not give new light, but “to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed,” then, from this portion of The Day-Star, “the truths of inspiration already revealed,” are those revealed in 2 Esdras 2:43, a part of the Apocrypha.

This exact process is also duplicated on page 209 of the 1858 Great Controversy. In similar language as The Day-Star, we are told that it is Christ who places the crown on the head of each saint.

So we have the Apocrypha, published for 274 years with the KJV Bible, and, two solid references to a text in the Apocrypha, one in the first vision God gave to the church and the second from the great controversy vision of Lovett Grove in 1858.

Thus God places his seal on the Apocrypha.

I will follow his leading.

God Bless your Study

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