Lately, when things have been happening that are concerning and I find myself in need of encouragement, I often read the Cepher of Chanok, Esda 4 and The Cepher of Baruk Sheniy also called Baruk 2. These three books are powerful in describing the end times. In my opinion they further back up and are in conjunction with words that YAHUSHA HaMashiach spoke, Sha’ul, Yachucanon, Kepha and the prophets wrote. If you have not read them, I highly implore to read them – you will not only be blessed but your belief will grow and you will be encouraged.
One day recently, I was just beginning to read Baruk 2 and I found some words. Before I tell you the words I want to give you a background on Baruk.
Baruk was a prophet during the time of Yirmeyahu and they had a good brotherly relationship and cried out for the sins of their people. There are two cephers written by him. 1 Baruk opens during fifth year, seventh day of a month when the Kadiym took Yerushalayim while Yahuyaqiym king of Yahudah was ruling. He was the son Neriyahu, the son of Ma’aseyahu, the son of Cedekyahu, the son of Acadyahu, the son Qelkyahu. He wrote Baruk 1 while they were in Babel, and read it in the hearing of the Yahuyaqiym, the nobles, the kings sons, the elders and all who dwelt by the river Cud. After reading it they wept, fasted, prayed, took up an offering and sent it to Yerushalayim to ask for somethings and to ask for prayer repenting of their sins of not obeying YAHUAH. In Chapter 2:21-35 YAHUAH responds to their prayer, giving them instruction. In Chapter 3, I believe that Baruk starts praying and encourages the people to turn to YAHUAH. Here are some of my favorite words he says:
“I have put off the clothing of peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer: I will cry unto the Everlasting in my days. Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto YAHUAH, and He will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies. For my hope is in the Everlasting, that He will save you; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Saviour.” 1 Baruk 4:20-22
2 Baruk opens during the twenty fifth year of Yekonyahu, King of Yahudah when YAHUAH speaks to Baruk. Before I tell you what is said here, I highly encourage you to read 2 Baruk, the conversation between YAHUAH and Baruk is fascinating. Baruk is told to fast many times, then he is shown many things and he asks YAHUAH questions and YAHUAH answers him! AWESOME and Eye-Opening are the things that are revealed to Baruk.
Anyways, in 2 Baruk Chapter 1, YAHUAH talks about the sins that the two tribes have been committing and they “will be scattered among other people” and that they will be “chastened.” Now in 2 Baruk Chapter 2, YAHUAH says:
“For I have said these things to you that you may bid Yirmeyahu, and all those that are like you, to retire from this city. For your works are to this city as a firm pillar, and your prayers as a strong wall.”
YAHUAH said that Baruks prayers are as a strong wall! Those are some serious prayers. I don’t know all of his prayers, but I don’t believe that they were haphazard prayers. Futhermore based upon 1 Baruk Chapters 3, 4 and 5 and the recorded prayers in 2 Baruk, I believe that his prayers were honest, open, humble, repentful, always extolling YAHUAH and asking for mercy. He is often weeping for the sins of the people and the affliction of Tsiyon.
After reading these words, I have been encouraged to pray more and more. I want my prayers to become a strong wall.