Shallom Israel! Its Chaazawan, and the name of this video is; Should We Accept The Apocrypha?
I’m doing this video because many people have asked me this question, and the answer is; Yes, we should. Now, many people reject the Apocrypha because they claim that it teaches false doctrine. So I want to deal with the false doctrine argument in this video.
This is Proverbs 30:5, and it says; Every word of The Most High is pure: –so we see that the world of The Most High is pure-
So let’s compare the Apocrypha and the Bible to see if they both teach the same thing, and if they do, then the words of the Apocrypha are pure also. Now, when it comes to the argument that the Apocrypha teaches false doctrine, these are four main arguments that I want to address;
The first argument is that the Apocrypha teaches that you can earn your way into heaven by giving money. That’s a claim that people make.
Let’s look at it. This is Tobit 4:10, it says; Because that alms do deliver from death, and suffereth not to come into darkness.
So here it says that giving alms delivers you from death. Now let’s get another verse.
This is Tobit 12:9, it says; For alms doth deliver from death, -so based on these two verses, many people condemn the Apocrypha because they say that it teaches that you can earn your way into heaven by giving alms. Now we know that the Bible does not teach that. So how do we explain these verses?
Let’s stay with Tobit 4:10 first, but we are going to start up at verse 5 to get the content. Tobit 4:5, It says; My son, be mindful of the Lord our God all the thy days, and let not thy will be set to sin, or to transgress his commandments: -watch this- do uprightly all thy life long, and follow not the ways of unrighteousness.
Now, if Tobit believed that you could earn your way into heaven by giving alms, why would he be teaching his son not to be unrighteous? Why tell him to do uprightly all his life, if he could just give away alms and earn salvation? Obviously, that’s not what Tobit taught or believed.
Tobit 4:6, it says; For it thou deal truly, thy doings shall prosperously succeed to thee, and to all them that live justly.
Notice again that Tobit is teaching to live a just life.
Tobit 4:7, watch this, it says; Give alms of thy substance; -so Tobit is teaching that it’s good to give, he says- and when thou givest alms, let not thine eye be envious, -meaning, when you give, don’t look at what you gave and think about what you could have done with it, give it away cheerful, he says- neither turns thy face from any poor, and the face of The Most High shall not be turned away from thee.
So Tobit said; help out your brothers and your sisters in the truth if you can.
Tobit 4:8, it says; If thou hast abundance give alms accordingly: -meaning if you have a lot to give, then give a lot, he says- if thou have but a little, be not afraid to give according to that little: -In other words, you give whatever portion that you’re able to give- Why?
Tobit 4:9 For thou layest up a good treasure for thyself against the day of necessity.
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In other words, when you give to your brothers and sisters, The Most High becomes generous towards because of your generosity towards others. When you’re willing to give up your substance, rather be food, clothing, shelter, even finances. When you do that, you build up favour with The Most High which he releases when you find yourself in a time of need. This is what Tobit is talking about.
Now, in that context, lets read verse 10. Tobit 4:10 Because that alms do deliver from death, and suffereth not to come into darkness.
Now, is Tobit saying that you can earn your way into the kingdom by giving alms? No! He’s saying that when a person is willing to help others with his substance, The Most High will show favour to that person and deliver him from hard times and even death. So this is not about buying your way into heaven. This is about being a righteous person and obtaining favour from The Most High through your generosity.
Tobit 4:11 For alms is a good gift unto all that give it in the sight of The Most High.
Why? Because The Most High rewards those who express their loves through their actions.
Watch, this is Matthew 6:3, this is Yahawahshi talking, it says; But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
In other words, don’t broadcast the good that you do when you give something away. Don’t run around telling everybody “I gave this, and I gave that”. Just what you’re going to give.
Matthew 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: -watch this- and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
This is what Tobit was talking about. The Most High will give you favour when you give favours to others. That’s the first one.
Now, let’s go to Tobit 12:9, it says; For alms doth deliver from death, -we just broke that down and explained it, it says- and shall purge away all sin. -it goes on to say- Those that exercise alms -watch this- and righteousness shall be filled with life:
So it’s not just giving alms. Its living a righteous life. And in order to live a righteous life, you have to turn away your wickedness. So Tobit is not saying that you can somehow give enough away to earn your place in the kingdom. Again, we have to look at the context of what’s being said.
Let’s go up to Tobit 12:8, it says; Prayer is good with fasting and alms and righteousness. -clearly, Tobit is not teaching to just depend on alms for salvation, he mentioned prayers, fasting, alms and righteousness, he says- A little with righteousness is better than much with unrighteousness. -again, Tobit is teaching to lead righteously, he said- It is better to give alms than to lay up gold.
Now, Tobit is not teaching a new doctrine. We see the same thing written in the book of Matthew.
This is Matthew 6:19, this is Yahawahshi talking, it says; Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
That’s exactly what Tobit said. Tobit said, it’s better to give alms than to lay up gold.
Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Now what’s one of the ways that you lay up treasures for yourself in heaven? By giving alms to your people. Why? Because again, when The Most High sees you being generous, he gives favour to you. So that is not a false doctrine. The Standard Bible teaches the same thing.
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Now, the next argument against the Apocrypha is that Money can be given as a sin offering to The Most High.
Let’s look at it.
This is 2 Maccabees 12:43 and it says; And when he had made a gathering throughout the company to the sum of two thousand drachms of silver, he sent it to Jerusalem to offer a sin offering, doing therein very well and honestly, in that he was mindful of the resurrection:
So we see here that money was collected and that it was sent to Jerusalem as a sin offering. We know that during this time, you had to offer animal sacrifice as a sin offering. So people who are against the Apocrpyha use this verse to say that it is teaching a false doctrine of giving as a sin offering. The problem like always is that people are misunderstanding what this verse is actually saying.
Let’s read it again. 2 Maccabees 12:43 and it says; And when he had made a gathering throughout the company to the sum of two thousand drachms of silver, -that’s money, he says- he sent it to Jerusalem to offer a sin offering, doing therein very well and honestly, in that he was mindful of the resurrection:
So again we see that money was collected and that it was sent to Jerusalem to offer as a sin offering. Now before we explain this, let’s go to Exodus 30:11 to see if we will find the same thing.
Exodus 30:11 And Yahawah spake unto Moses, saying,
Exodus 30:12 When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto Yahawah, when thou numberest them: that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.
So the Most High said that every man had to give a ransom for his son, that’s his sin offering.
Now let’s see what they gave.
Exodus 30:13 This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of Yahawah.
Now this look just like the same thing that we read in the Apocrypha.
Exodus 30:14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto Yahawah.
Exodus 30:15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto Yahawah -now, why are they giving this offering? He says- to make an atonement for your souls.
So he we see that money was given for the purpose of atonement. But here is where the misunderstanding comes in…
Exodus 30:16 And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, -and do what? He says- and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before Yahawah, -here it is- to make an atonement for your souls.
You see, what did they do with this atonement money that was collected? The0y used the money for the services of the tabernacle. In other words, they used the money to buy the things necessary for the tabernacle to run. They didn’t burn the money on an altar as a sin offering, they used the money to keep the tabernacle which allows the priest to offer animal sacrifice. And that’s what the Apocrypha was talking about. They collected money to send to Jerusalem for the upkeep of the tabernacle which then allow the required sacrifices to be made. So; “No, the Apocrypha is not teaching a false doctrine”.
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Now, the next argument is that the Apocrypha promotes the idea of Purgatory, or the practice of praying for the dead.
Let’s look at it…
This is 2 Maccabees 12:43 again, and it says; And when he had made a gathering throughout the company to the sum of two thousand drachms of silver, he sent it to Jerusalem to offer a sin offering, doing therein very well and honestly, in that he was mindful of the resurrection:
So this particular brotherhood’s name was Judas. He believed in the resurrection.
2 Maccabees 12:44 For if he had not hoped that they were slain should have risen again, it had been superfluous and vain to pray for the dead.
So the problem that people have here is that it says this man was praying for the dead. So what’s going on here? Well, the point being made in this verse is that this Brother Judas definitely believed in the resurrection. Because if he didn’t, it would have been pointless and vague for him to pray for the dead at all. Now, the problem of course is that the bible does not teach that we should be praying for the dead.
So why is it mentioned in the Apocrypha? The answer is this; Just like the standard Bible, the Apocrypha does not hide the bad stuff that we did, it tells you the good and the bad. When you go through the history during this time, you’ll find that it was common for our people to pray for those that died. Even though that’s wrong, our people were doing it.
Now, why did they do it? Because they didn’t have the full understanding of how the resurrection was going to happen. Remember, even later on during the time of Yahawahshi, the Sadducees were teaching that there was no resurrection. Watch…
This is Matthew 22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, -watch this- which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
See that? So even during the time of Yahawahshi, there were groups teaching that there was no resurrection. And that’s why you see Paul breaking down the resurrection in his writings. Now the Brother Judas and the Apocrypha, he believed in the resurrection, but he didn’t have the proper understanding of how it’s going to take place. So a lot of people during their time have good intentions when they pray for their dead. But they didn’t know it was an error. They thought that by praying for the dead, it would increase their chances of rising up in the resurrection.
Again, that’s why Paul had to give the proper understandings in his writings.
This is 1 Thessalonians 4:13 and it says; But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, -that’s what Paul said, he said that I don’t want you to be confused about what happens to those that die. That shows you some people don’t understand how the resurrection was going to take place. He says- that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Yahawahshi died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
So Paul said; don’t worry about those who died in the truth. Because they’re going to rise again. So again, this shows you there were people who did not clarity on the resurrection issue.
Now, let’s go back to 2 Maccabees 12:44, it says; For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should have risen again, it had been superfluous and vain to pray for the dead.
So again, this brother Judas believed in the resurrection and he prayed for the dead because he thought he was helping their calls.
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2 Maccabees 12:45 And also in that he perceived that there was great favour laid up for those that died godly, it was an holy and good thought -meaning, he was right in his thinking as far as the reward waiting for the righteous. He was right about that. He says- Whereupon he made a reconciliation for the dead, that they might be delivered from sin.
So this brother Judas prayed out of the concern for those who died in the faith. He was trying to cover any mistake they might have made in their lifetime. Now, does that make what he was doing right as far as praying for the dead? No! But it doesn’t say that what he was doing was right. This is just a record of what he and the others during that time were doing. They didn’t have the proper understanding.
Now, watch this… If the Apocrypha is wicked for having this story in this, then that will make the standard bible wicked too. Why?
This is 1 Corinthians 15:29; it says; Else what shall they do -watch this- which are baptised for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptised for the dead?
So here we see Paul talking about people who were being baptised for the dead. Now we know that the bible does not promote this practice. But yet we see Paul talking about it, so does that make the bible wicked also because Paul is talking about this subject? No! Paul is addressing a particular practice that was happening during his time.
They were people who believed that could get baptised in the place of other people who had died outside of the truth. There were all types of believes around and they had to be addressed. So Paul is using their own thinking against them. He said; look if the dead don’t rise like you guys say, then why are you getting baptised for the dead.
Paul is not teaching that it is right to baptise for the dead just like the Apocrypha is not teaching to pray that it is right to pray for the dead. Both subjects are being addressed because these are beliefs that our people had. So again, the Apocrypha is not teaching false doctrine.
Now the next argument against the Apocrypha is that it promotes the use of Magic. Let’s look at it.
This is Tobit 6:1 it says; And as they went on their journey, they came in the evening to the river Tigris, and they lodged there.
Tobit 6:2 And when the young man went down to wash himself, a fish leaped out of the river, and would have devoured him.
Tobit 6:3 Then the angel said unto him, Take the fish. And the young man laid hold of the fish, and drew it to land.
Tobit 6:4 To whom the angel said, Open the fish, -watch this– and take the heart and the liver and the gall, and put them up safely.
So the angel told Tobias to take the heart, the liver and the gall of the fish and put it in a safe place.
Tobit 6:5 So the young man did as the angel commanded him; and when they had roasted the fish, they did eat it: then they both went on their way, till they drew near to Ecbatane.
Tobit 6:6 Then the young man said to the angel, Brother Azarias, to what use is the heart and the liver and the gall of the fish?
So Tobias asked the angel what are we going to use the heart, the liver and the gall for.
Tobit 6:7 And he said unto him, Touching the heart and the liver, if a devil or an evil spirit trouble any, we must make a smoke thereof before the man or the woman, and the party shall be no more vexed.
Now, the gall of the fish wasn’t mentioned yet. This is just dealing with the heart and the liver. The angel told Tobias to take the heart and the liver of the fish and to make a smoke for the purpose of running off evil spirit.
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So people against the Apocrypha say that verse promote some type of magic. They claim nothing like this is found in the standard bible. But is this actually talking about magic? No
What is this smoke that was mentioned? Let’s jump down to verse 16…
Tobit 6:16 And when thou shalt come into the marriage chamber, thou shalt take the ashes of perfume, and shalt lay upon them some of the heart and liver of the fish, and shalt make a smoke with it:
So now we see that the heart and the liver of the fish was combined into a perfume. And when you burn the perfume, it will smoke. So we know that this smoke had a particular smell to it which is why it’s called a perfume.
Tobit 6:17 And the devil shall smell it, and flee away, and never come again any more:
Now, why would the evil spirit smell this smoky perfume and run away? Is it because of some type of magic? No!
This is Exodus 30:37 and it says; And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, -so here we see perfume being made in the book of Exodus. It says- ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: -watch this- it shall be unto thee holy for Yahawah.
So this perfume that was made was holy unto The Most High. Now let’s look up the word “perfume” in this verse… Here it is. So we see that the word perfume in this verse is the Hebrew word “Qetoreth” and when you go down the outline of biblical usage, it says; incense, smoke. So this perfume was made of a combination of different contents and it was burned as incense and the smoke had a sweet odour. Watch, it says…odour of (burning) sacrifice.
Hold on…So perfume is also the smoke that comes from the burning of a sacrifice.
Letter A says; sweet smoke of sacrifice. So now we understand that the smoke from a sacrifice is considered a perfume to The Most High.
That’s why Letter B says; incense
And Letter C says; perfume.
Now that we understand that, this is Exodus 29:13, it says; And thou shalt take all the fat that covereth the inwards, -watch this- and the caul that is above the liver, -in other words, that’s the lobe of the liver, it says- and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, -watch this- and burn them upon the altar.
So here we see the liver being burn on the altar. The liver, the kidneys, these are all organs. The heart is an organ, the deepest part of the body. All these parts are
offered on the altar as a sacrifice. And the smoke from these parts as we read creates a perfume that The Most High smells. So now that we understand that, let’s go Tobit 8:1 to see what happened with the perfume smoke.
Tobit 8:1 And when they had supped, they brought Tobias in unto her.
Tobit 8:2 And as he went, he remembered the words of Raphael, and took the ashes of the perfumes, and put the heart and the liver of the fish thereupon, and made a smoke
What was Tobit doing? He was offering up a sacrifice to The Most High. He burned up the contents which caused a smoke or perfume.
Tobit 8:3 The which smell when the evil spirit had smelled, he fled into the utmost parts of Egypt, and the angel bound him.
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Now, why did the evil spirit run when it smelled the smoke? Because it knew that it was a sacrifice for The Most High. So Tobias wasn’t doing magic, he was giving a sacrifice to The Most High.
This is Philippians 4:18 and it says; But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, -here it is- an odour of sweet smell, -watch this- a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to The Most High.
So again, Tobias was not doing magic. It was a sacrifice and the smell of the sacrifice was pleasing to The Most High and when the evil spirit smelled it, it fled away.
Now, somebody might say what evil spirit can smell? Let’s see…
This is Amos 5:21 this is The Most High talking, it says; I hate, I despise your feast days, -now what did Israel have to do during the feast days? they had to burn sacrifice. It says- and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
Now The Most High said he was not going to smell their sacrifices. What does that mean? That means that he had the ability to smell. So if The Most High being the chief spirit can smell, so can the evil spirits that he created. Now, we dealt with the heart and the liver of the fish, what about the gall that Tobias took out of the fish? Let’s go back to Tobit 6 and pick it up at verse 8.
Tobit 6:8 As for the gall, it is good to anoint a man that hath whiteness in his eyes, and he shall be healed.
What does it mean to have whiteness in your eyes? It means that this man was blind. So the angel told Tobias that the gall of the fish could be used to heal the eyes. Now when you read the whole story, you’ll find out that Tobias’ father Tobit had gone blind. So let’s see what Tobias did with the gall of the fish.
This is Tobit 11:7, it says; Then said Raphael, I know, Tobias, that thy father will open his eyes.
Tobit 11:8 Therefore anoint thou his eyes with the gall, and being pricked therewith, he shall rub, -watch this- and the whiteness shall fall away, and he shall see thee.
Now, some people have a problem with this story. But even today, many people use fish oil to improve their eye sight. So why is this story so hard to believe? In fact, this is not even close to some of the things we read in the standard bible.
For example, this is John 9:1, it says; And as Yahawahshi passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
So Yahawahshi is out, and he sees a man that is blind. So let’s jump down to verse 5. This is Yahawahshi talking and it says;
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:5)
John 9:6 When he had thus spoken, -here it is- he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, -so Yahawahshi spit on the ground to make mud, and it says- and he annointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.
Now watch this…
John 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) -it says- He went his way therefore, and washed, -here it is- and came seeing.
So this man was able to see after Yahawahshi spit on the ground and made a mud compound to put on his eyes. Now the people who come against the Apocrypha, they don’t have any problem against this story. Yahawahshi can use his spit to heal blindness and that’s believable. But using the gall of a fish to make oil that heals blindness is somehow unbelievable.
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That just shows you the bias of people against the Apocrypha. Both stories are amazing, but you reject the Apocrypha because you’ve been taught that the book is false. However, as we just saw, the book is not false. The problems that people have with the Apocrypha is because they don’t have the understanding of what its talking about. The Apocrypha lines up with the bible through the precepts and the only reason to reject to reject it is a lack of understanding.
Now there’s a lot of other things we could talk about and cover, but I just wanted to deal with the false doctrine part.
Also I want to be clear. The Apocrypha that I’m talking about is the authorised King James Version Apocrypha. I’m not talking about the annotated Apocrypha with extra verses added.
I’m talking about the King James authorised version which includes;
The Rest of Esther
The Wisdom of Solomon
The Song of the Three Holy Children
The History of Susanna
Bel and the Dragon
The Prayer of Manasses
Now if I didn’t mention a particular book, that’s because I’m not talking about that book. Those books that I just mentioned, make up the Apocrypha that I just mentioned in this video.
Here is something you could look up for yourself. If you know anything about the Septuagint LXX which is the Hebrew scripture translated into the Greek. The Apocrypha was in the Septuagint and the Septuagint is dated back to 285BC. Meaning, before Yahawahshi was born, the Apocrypha was already included in the Septuagint. Also when you go into The Wycliffe Bible (1382AD), the Apocrypha was there. The Coverdale Bible (1535), the Apocrypha was there. The Great Bible (1539), the Apocrypha was there.
The Geneva Bible (1560), the Apocrypha was there. The Bishop’s Bible (1568), the Apocrypha was there. The Douay-Rheims Bible (1609), the Apocrypha was there. And The King James 1611 Bible, the Apocrypha was there. In fact, if you buy a King James 1611 bible right now, you’ll see the Apocrypha in it. Not to mention; The Zurich Bible (1530), The French Olivetan (1535), The German Luther (1535) The Spanish Reina Bible (1569), The Reina Valera (1602) and many others. The Apocrypha has always been a part of the bible until the 1800s when it was taken out. You can look that up for yourself to verify it.
So should we accept the Apocrypha? Yes!