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BARUCH
CHAPTER 56
1. Nevertheless, since you prayed to the Most High for an interpretation of this vision, I am sent to speak to you.
2. The Mighty One has revealed to you the methods of the past times, and of other events to occur near the consummation of times, showing you the ends of the evil, and the ends of the righteous.
3. You saw a great cloud rising from the sea, and this cloud covered the earth. This speaks of the periods of the ages which the Mighty One designed when He made the world.
4. When The Mighty One spoke the words of creation, the whole plan of its occurrences was already in His mind.
5. When you saw the top of the cloud, the black waters which fell to earth, this is the transgression of Adam, the first man to sin.
6. Due to his sin, death came upon mankind, and grief, anguish, pain, trouble, and pride came upon the creation. Sheol demanded a renewal of bloodshed, the painful begetting of children began, mankind's great dominion was shamed, and goodness dissipated.
7. What could be blacker than those things?
8. This is the first of the black waters that you observed.
9 From those black waters many other black waters have come.
 
OUTLINE OF THIS VISION

[1] Methods of past times
[2] Events to occur near the end days
[3] The end result of being evil, and the end result of being righteous

The "great cloud" represents the periods of the ages designed by the Mighty One.

THE FIRST BLACK WATERS represent the transgression of Adam.
 
a. Brought death into this creation (vs. 6)
Genesis 2:17
"...for in the day that thou eatest, thou shalt surely die."
Romans 5:12
"...death passed upon all men, for all have sinned."

b. Grief, anguish, pain, and trouble came into the paradise created by God (vs. 6)

c. Blood now needs to be shed to atone for sin. Animal sacrifice substituted temporarily until "the Lamb of God" arrived to finally pay the atonement of "bloodshed" for mankind's sins. (vs. 6)

d. Painful childbirth to remind families of the painful nature of sins has now come upon this creation. The world is a place of sorrow and pain. (vs. 6)

e. Mankind's moral nature has been corrupted. Mankind now has a bias toward sin, mankind is now unable to restore a relationship with God by himself, mankind is unable to please God with his works, and though there are still elements of good in man's nature, none of them can atone for his sins.
Romans 7:24
"O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of death?"
I Corinthians 15:22
"For as in Adam, all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."

BARUCH 56:
10. Mankind became a danger to himself through his sins, and even a danger to angels.
11. For when mankind was created, angels had the liberty to choose sin or righteousness.
12. Some of them descended and fornicated with women.
13. Those who sinned in that way were put in chains of torment.
14. Multitudes of other angels chose righteousness.
15. Those who dwelt on the earth, perished in the judgment of the flood upon that age.
16. These are the black waters that you then saw in the vision.

The "sons of God" of Genesis 6:1-4, were angels. They were tempted by the fair women of the earth, and sinned though fornication. Enoch tells us there were 220 of them (20 leaders of 10 each) who landed upon Mt. Hermon, and proceeded to try to corrupt the lineage of Adam and Eve, thereby to stop the coming of the "seed of woman" who would "bruise the head of the serpent" (Genesis 3:15).

Josephus says "many angels of God accompanied with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, despisers of all that was good. These men did what resembled the acts of those the Grecians called giants." [Ant. Bk. 1 ch.3]  

The Ante-Nicene fathers also refer to angels as "falling into impure love of virgins... and were begotten of them those who are called giants."
[vol 2, page 142, and vol 8 pages 85, 273].

The Old Testament, and the New Testament teach that angels committed sex sins, and lived contrary to their nature.
Genesis 6:1-4
"...the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives... there were giants (nephilim) in the earth in those days and also after that when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children unto them."
II Peter 2:4-5
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned but cast them down to hell (tartarus) and delivered them into chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment."
Jude 6-7
"And the angels who kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah... going after strange flesh... giving themselves over to fornication."

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