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If this is your first visit to Modern Apocrypha, I have only two recommendations for continuing on with minimal confusion:


1) Please begin with the first introductory post (found HERE) and work your way forward. Almost all the posts on this blog flow chronologically and will make more sense with the background and context of previous ones. Jumping in anywhere might be disorienting.

2) Please read along in the texts posted off to the right. I try not to summarize too much in the commentary and discussion, and being at least somewhat familiar with what we're discussing or I'm commenting on will be most beneficial and edifying for all involved. Plus, going along with the theme of this blog, any hidden truths to be brought to light will be found within the text itself and not necessarily within my ramblings.

Okay, fine, three recommendations:

3) Please read with an open heart, mind, and spirit. See what truths you can find in these works--ones which speak to you. Namaste : )

OUTLINE OF THE AKLATAN

The Book of Visions
1) Elisha Michael Enoc has a vision of ancient records in a cave.
2) He finds the cave and is instructed by Oleeha, a messenger from God.
3) He is visited, taught, and called on a special mission by Christ.
4) He is baptized by and receives the gift of the Holy Ghost and the priesthood of God from three unnamed men.
5) He receives the records from Oleeha, who instructs him in God's method of translation.
6) He translates the record, to be called the Aklatan (library in Tagalog), over seven months but is told to wait 20 years before publishing it.

Selections from Ezekiel
1) A heavenly messenger shows Ezekiel in vision a city where the temple is located, along with the temple's form and size.
2) He sees the inner temple and Holy of Holies and is shown their form and size.
3) He sees in the temple the chambers for the priests.
4) God's glory and throne reside in the temple, and He promises to dwell in the midst of Israel forever. Ezekiel sees the altar and its ordinances.
5) No strangers may enter the sanctuary, and the priests' services in the temple are explained.
6) Portions of land will be provided for the sanctuary and priests' dwellings. The people are to offer their sacrifices and oblations and keep their feasts.
7) The ordinances of worship and sacrifice are explained.
8) Waters issue from the temple and heal the Dead Sea, and the Lord shows the borders of the land.
9) The portions of land for the tribes are named, and the gates of the Holy City bear their names.

The Life of Suran
Intro) Ruman, who lived after AD 900, tells of compiling, abridging, and recording the Aklatan upon copper plates so that the Gospel of Christ would be preserved for future generations.
1) Suran is taught the laws of God and the history and genealogy of his people by his dying uncle, Ngameke, that they are descendants of Shem, Levi, and native peoples.
2) He hears a voice confirming the truth of his uncle's words and is baptized by and receives the priesthood of God from Ngameke.
3) He teaches his family what he has learned about God, Christ, their history, etc.
4) His family believes his words.
5) He and his sons retrieve sacred records and artifacts described by Ngameke.
6) Ruman recounts the dispersal and arrival of a Levite branch in the Philippines who then mix with a remnant of Shem's people and the indigenous inhabitants.
7) Philippine version of cubit and span.
8) Suran, his family, and others from their tribe build a temple after the pattern described in the records.
9) He ordains his sons to be priests, and they offer sacrifices and place the sacred records and artifacts within the temple.
10) He prophesies of the coming of Magellan, Lapu Lapu's revolt, Spanish conquest and American control, ultimate independence of the Philippines, and Marcos regime.
11) He prophesies of America and its wars--Revolution, Civil War, WWI, WWII, 9/11 and subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan--and "secret combinations".
12) Before he dies, he ordains his three sons to be high priest, king, and prophet over the people.

The Great Scroll of Suran
Not yet available.
Seems to be the teachings and histories of the ancestors handed down to Ngameke and ultimately to Suran, along with Suran's own writings.

The History of the Ophir
Not yet available.
Ophir was a descendant of Shem whose people migrated to Egypt, crossed the Atlantic, were captive in the Americas, and crossed the Pacific to the Philippines, where they mixed with the indigenous population and, later, a branch of dispersed Levites. They lived a higher law than that of the Levites.

The Book of Ahkman
1) Ahkman, Suran's eldest son and the high priest, introduces himself.
2) He records Suran's children.
3) He records Suran's grandchildren.
4) He recounts his conversion to his father's beliefs after he prays and is visited by an angel.
5) He prays to the Lord, who covenants with him and promises to bless his numerous posterity.
6) The Lord promises Ahkman's posterity will prosper in their land of inheritance--the Philippines and surrounding islands.
7) He prophesies that if Ahkman's seed are righteous, they will prepare the way for the Lord's second coming.
8) Suran's grandchildren are sent out to teach the northern tribes, and believers gather at a pool of water and are taught by Ahkman.
9) He teaches them about the covenants and laws of God and recounts how God explained the difference between the laws of Moses and those of the patriarchs.
10) He reiterates the ten commandments.
11) He teaches them about sacrifices, the priesthood, baptism, and prayer.
12) He describes the temple they had built.
13) The people of Suran expand and establish cities throughout the region.
14) They perform seven rites within their temple--washing, adoption, sacrifice, teaching, marriage, ordination, and healing.
15) Ahkman describes the rite of adoption, whereby all believers are bound together into one unified family.
16) He describes their washings, which were accompanied by anointing with oil and perfumes.
17) He describes the teaching of lesser and greater laws and covenants in different parts of their temple.
18) The Lord speaks to Ahkman's brother, Kodal, the prophet, instructs him concerning plural marriage, and commands him to institute it among the people.
19) The processes and procedures involved in plural marriage are laid out.
20) The will of the Lord is known in these matters by the priests drawing one of two stones.
21) Ahkman recounts a story of individuals who did not obey this commandment and their consequences.
22) He recounts a story of those who did and their subsequent fulness of joy.
23) Those who are to receive the priesthood are revealed to the prophet and ordained by the high priest.
24) Ahkman describes healings within the temple.
25) They call themselves the People of Suran and worship in this manner in the temple.
26) Ahkman testifies that he has seen and spoken to the Lord in the temple and prophesies of a light in the sky signifying His coming that will guide them to His birthplace.
27) He recounts Enoch's vision of the Lord and His angels.
28) Enoch sees angels preparing for the resurrection, the Lord enthroned as judge of all, and all creatures praising God.
29) Enoch has a dream of various symbolically colored bulls, cows, and oxen.
30) Ahkman is guided by an angel in a disheartening vision of the future of his posterity, who are lost in poverty, pollution, greed, etc.
31) But he is shown the coming forth of the Aklatan, which serves as a catalyst for their temporal and spiritual redemption, and the glorious changes that follow.
32) Ahkman and his son, Arakim, travel to teach the tribes in the south.
33) He sees a vision, recorded in the Book of the Lords, of five future leaders who will govern with God's power and create a Zion.
34) Their armies will fight, aid, and rebuild throughout the world.
35) They and their followers will reside within a beautiful and peaceful city.
36) They will practice plural marriage.
37) They will fight for the liberty of a great, foreign nation and help reestablish it.
38) People from throughout the world will join them and live in a Zion community.

The Book of Arakim
1) Ahkman and Arakim are captured as they teach the tribes in the south, Ahkman is slain, and Arakim escapes miraculously.
2) The people of the south are cursed, their skins grow lighter, and the Lord commands the People of Suran not to intermarry with them.
3) The tribe of Suran is divided into six branches.
4) Before he dies, Arakim ordains his eldest son, Rakim, to be high priest.
5) Rakim goes out preaching, never returns, and the people become divided as to who should become high priest. Delek, the record keeper and Rakim's cousin, gains the king's endorsement and tries to unify the people.
6) Madek, Delek's son, chastises the men because of their poor treatment of their wives and abuse of plural marriage.
7) Kodan, Madek's son, is concerned about his homosexual feelings. He prays and is comforted by the Lord, taught about enduring trials faithfully and finding strength in weakness and imperfection, and counseled on acceptable behavior.
8) Kodan, now high priest and a prophet, cannot keep wickedness from spreading throughout the divided tribes, but a righteous group gathers to the temple and is spared from invading tribes.
9) Sural, Kodan's nephew, becomes high priest and preaches to the surrounding apostate tribes of Suran. His son, Kimesh, tries as well but eventually leads a righteous group into the south.

The Journeys of Gubir and Jaresh
1) Jaresh, Arakim's son, and Gubir, the promised son in Ahkman 22, leave to preach to the people of the land.
2) They teach a man, Karatang, about God and baptism, and he, his family, and many of his people believe and are baptized.
3) They leave to preach in another place but are beaten and chased out.
4) They argue over God's power and man's agency, and the Spirit ceases to be with them.
5) They try to preach in a new place but have no success because the Spirit is not with them. They apologize, ask forgiveness, and pray for the Spirit to return.
6) They meet a man, Kubal, who contends with them concerning the existence of God.
7) They confound him with the Word of God, and the people are converted. They sail to a northern island where a shaman, Holingu, was told of their coming by an angel, and her people believe.
8) Jaresh, Gubir, and Holingu sail to a large northern island and are captured and taken to the king, Oram.
9) After a year-and-a-half in captivity, Oram is confused and disturbed by a dream of a water buffalo, snake, eagle, and dragon, and Jaresh and Gubir volunteer to interpret it.
10) They independently interpret the dream as foretelling the future of the Philippines and other nations, and Oram allows them to preach to his people.
11) They teach Oram about God, the creation, the fall of man, and the atonement of the Savior.
12) They teach him about repentance and baptism.
13) They teach him about baptism of water and the Spirit and about spiritual gifts.
14) Oram and his people believe and are converted, and Jaresh and Gubir return home.

The Book of Kimesh
Not yet available.
Kimesh is the leader of the church at the end of the Book of Arakim, who takes a group of believers into the south to find a new home because of the wickedness of the people around them.

The Gospel Written by Angulu
Intro) The three Gospels of the Aklatan are written by members of the twelve chosen by Christ and concern His life, ministry, and teachings.
1) At the age of twelve, Angulu is led by the Spirit out of his land and has a symbolic vision of Christ, the meaning of which is explained to him by an angel.
2) He meets a woman, Kapu, who had been told in a dream that she would meet and marry a young prophet, and that together they would become greater followers of the Lord. The Spirit confirms her message to Angulu, and they are married.
3) They continue traveling together and arrive in a land of many believers, among which is Bodan, who has seen the Lord in the flesh.
4) Bodan recounts the prophecies of the signs surrounding the coming of the Lord.
5) When the sign appears in the sky, their king, Datu Gayaw, and his entourage gather their gold and cross the sea to the continent.
6) Following the sign west, they encounter King Shing-lun of Han carrying incense and later King Balatu of Babel with Myr, and caravan together to find the King of Kings.
7) After years of travel, they arrive in Jerusalem, and King Balatu acts as voice with Herod. They are directed to Bethlehem and offer their gifts to Jesus.
8) Mary recounts the annunciation and conception.
9) She delivers Jesus in a cave just outside Bethlehem before they are able to enter the town.
10) An innkeeper allows them to stay in his stable, and the shepherds come to see Christ, reciting sheep-centric Messianic prophecies.
11) Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the temple for circumcision, and Simeon proclaims that he has seen the Messiah.
12) An angel appears to the wise man, Suran, in a dream telling him not to return to Herod, and he prophesies of Jesus life, ministry, and atonement.
13) Others prophesy and have visions, and another sign in the sky leads them back home.
14) Angulu returns home to his wife. Four years later, darkness and earthquakes signify Christ's death. The resurrected Christ appears to and teaches believers.
15) Angulu reports some of Christ's teachings to the believers.

The Gospel Written by Taletan
Not yet available.
More than likely, this is an account of Christ's ministry recorded by Taletan, the first of Christ's twelve disciples named in Buka 3. 

The Lesser Gospel Written by Buka
1) A messenger comes among the people calling them to prepare for the death of Christ. Believers are persecuted, but several days following, there are earthquakes and darkness throughout the land.
2) In the darkness, unbelievers begin to slaughter believers for retribution, but a band of warriors forms to defend them.
3) After the darkness, believers establish a city at the base of a mountain where Christ visits them and shows his wounds. He ordains twelve of the warriors to be leaders, bestows upon them the priesthood, and commands them to teach the people about faith and baptism.
4-8) He teaches the people (similar to the Sermon on the Mount).
8) He establishes the boundaries of his kingdom among the islands, as in Visions 3.
9) He travels throughout the land with the twelve, teaching the people.
10) He performs miracles and blesses children.
11) He commends the people for their righteousness and teaches of the importance of women and purity of children.
12) He calls and ordains twelve women to preach throughout the land.
13) He teaches the twelve men and women of His mission to the lost tribes and ascends into heaven.
14) The twelve men and women divide to teach throughout the island kingdom, leading to peace and prosperity.

A Record of the Twelve Women
Not yet available.
In Buka 12, Christ ordains twelve women to preach throughout the land.

Prophecy of the Prophetess Liwan
Liwan, one of the twelve women, prophesies that in the last days there will be another group of twelve women chosen to build the kingdom. She names and describes them.

The Book of Strangers
1) Maunea, a foreigner from other islands, recounts the history of his people. Their first ancestor, Elhia, was guided by God across the sea to a new land, where his tribe divided and mixed with the indigenous people.
2) Prophets preach to the people and their kings. One prophet is burned by a king, who then is burned himself.
3) Others went to preach to their enemies and converted many of them, but there were many wars at that time.
4) During this time, their ancestor, Haga, and his family sail to a northern land then out to the west sea. They are wrecked upon some islands and eventually mix with the native population. His descendants explore other islands and lose their religion.
5) Maunea sails with his family to the west to find a new and free land.
6) After a long, difficult journey, they arrive on a large island and start a village. They encounter native people whose worship is similar to that of their ancestors. One of the natives possesses a gift of the Spirit to be able to speak their language, and they are taught of Christ, believe, and are baptized. Their history is translated and given to the leader of the Kingdom.

The Prophecies of Telemek
Not yet available.
Telemek, the eldest son of the first prophet Kodal, leads a separate group of believers after the great division in the church in Arakim 5.

The Song of Banali
A psalm of praise to God.

The Book of Datara
Not yet available.
Datara's writings teach Namwaran the ways of God in Namwaran 1.

The Book of Kilinga
Not yet available.
Nothing too certain, yet. Kalinga is an ancient republic on the east coast of India; Kalingga is an ancient Indianized kingdom on Java; and Keling is the word used by Malaysians and Indonesians to refer to Indians. Could be a record of these people.

The Preserved Record of Algapo
Not yet available.
There are family names of Algapo, Algabo, and Eljabo, in Arabic speaking countries, as well as Alagapo in the Philippines and Alagappa in the southeast of India, but aside from those, there are no real leads yet. Elisha says it will be released "just before beginning the friendship ministry to the Muslims in Mindanao."

The Book of Namwaran
Only selections available.
1) Centuries after the coming of Christ, Namwaran is called by God to preach to the people, but they persecute the believers, leading to the land being cursed.
2) Non-believers attack Namwaran's city, and of his family, only his nephew, Ruman, survives. Namwaran teaches him of Christ and the Gospel.
3) Namwaran becomes a great warrior and is asked to defend the Kingdom of Tundun from invading tribes. He is offered a wife from Tundun, Jydana, but says the Spirit must consent.
4) They begin their courtship.
5) Jydana converts, is baptized, and marries Namwaran.
6) They start a family, and Namwaran and Ruman strive to maintain their city's safety and righteousness.
7) Namwaran gathers an army and successfully defends Tundun but realizes he needs to preserve religious records, as well.
8) He is commanded of God to gather all the records in the land and hide them in a cave because few believers remain.
9) He travels to a southern land to find the Record of the Ancients and buys it with a large sum of gold given him by the Chief of Tundun.
10) He teaches that record keeping is a sacred work.
11) He finishes gathering all the records to the cave but dies before he can compile them.

The Book of Ruman
1) Ruman finds the cave, spends years reading the records, and makes copper plates to compile the most important writings into one book.
2) He reports the pattern of Sabbath worship given them by Christ.
3) True followers of Christ should also worship in the temple.
4) Ruman is visited in the cave by John the Beloved, who had been doing the work of the Father on earth for over 900 years.
5) He reads a scroll containing John's Revelation, and John explains the symbols and prophecies to him.
6) John reads and accepts Ruman's record as true and inspired.
7) He blesses Ruman to remain on the earth until the record comes forth. He leaves, and the Apostle Paul appears and also accepts Ruman's record as true.
8) Ruman gives his final witness of Christ and the truthfulness of this record and prophesies concerning its coming forth and subsequent events.

The Rock of Ruman
Elisha Enoc has a vision of a large stone with engravings similar to those on the copper plates. Ruman says he will remain on the earth until this record comes forth. He sees in vision the translator of the record and its coming forth.

The Record of the Ancients
Not yet available.
A history of the world from Adam until the ancestors traveled to the Philippines, and that of the record keepers. It was very large and valuable due to its numerous writings and teachings. In Namwaran 9, Namwaran finds it in a southern land and buys it with a large sum of gold given him by the Chief of Tundun.

2 comments:

  1. Hello Mr. Enoc, may sinabi ba si Lord Jesus kung anong klase ng offering ang gagawin sa temple? Dahil po namatay na si Lord Jesus para sa atin, kaya sa tingin ko ay may mayruong pagbabago. Para sa akin ay ang pag patay ng hayop bilang offering ay hindi na tama.

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    1. Hello "Unknown". I am not Enoc, just someone who has found and is studying the Aklatan. I am not fluent in any Filipino language, but I will answer what I think you are asking about.

      It is true that the sacrifice of Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses and did away with killing animals as part of the purification process. However, animals were sacrificed well before the Law of Moses was given, from the time of Adam to Abraham and on down. These were done, not to purify themselves, but to remember the Savior who would die in the future (similar to taking the bread and wine).

      In Ezekiel's vision of the future temple in Jerusalem, he was shown that people will again offer sacrifices there. These sacrifices would not be offered as part of the Law of Moses, which was completed through Christ, but as part of the higher Patriarchal order restored from earlier times.

      I hope this answers your question. Let me know if it doesn't.

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