|4 Esdras 14 |
1 And it came to pass upon the third day, I sat under an oak, and, behold, there came a voice out of a bush over against me, and said, "Esdras, Esdras."
2 And I said, "Here am I, Lord." And I stood up upon my feet.
3 Then said he unto me, "In the bush I manifestly reveal myself unto Moses, and talked with him, when my people served in Egypt;
4 And I sent him and led my people out of Egypt, and brought him up to the mount of where I held him by me a long season,
5 And told him many wondrous things, and shown him the secrets of the times, and the end; and commanded him, saying,
6 'These words shall you declare, and these shall you hide.'
7 And now I say unto you,
8 That you lay up in your heart the signs that I have shown, and the dreams that you have seen, and the interpretations which you have heard.
9 For you shall be taken away from all, and from now forward you shall remain with my Son, and with such as are like you, until the times are ended.
10 For the world has lost its youth, and the times begin to wax old.
11 For the world is divided into twelve parts, and nine parts of it are gone already, and half of a tenth part.
12 And there remains that which is after the half of the tenth part [2 1/2 parts remaining].1
13 Now therefore set your house in order, and reprove your people, comfort those who as are in trouble, and now renounce corruption,
14 Let go from you mortal thoughts, cast away the burdens of man, put off now the weak nature,
15 And set aside the thoughts that are most heavy unto you, and hasten to flee from these times.
16 For yet greater evils than those which you have seen happen shall be done hereafter.
17 For look how much the world shall be weaker through age, so much the more shall evils increase upon them that dwell therein.
18 For the time is fled far away, and leasing is hard at hand for now hastens the vision to come, which you have seen."
19 Then answered I before you, and said,
20 "Behold, Lord, I will go, as you have commanded me, and reprove the people who are present; but those who shall be born afterward, who shall admonish them? Thus the world is set in darkness, and those who dwell therein are without light.
21 For your law is burnt, therefore no man know the things that are done of you, or the work that shall begin.
22 But if I have found grace before you, send the Holy Ghost into me, and I shall write all that has been done in the world since the beginning, which were written in your law, that men may find your path, and that they which will live in the latter days may live."
23 And he answered me, saying, "Go your way, gather the people together, and say unto them, not to seek you for forty days.
24 But see to it that prepare many box trees, and take with you Sarea, Dabria, Selemia, Ecanus, and Asiel, these five which are ready to write swiftly;
25 And come here, and I shall light a candle of understanding in your heart, which shall not be put out, till the things are performed which you shall begin to write.
26 And when you have done, some things shall you publish, and some things shall you show secretly to the wise: to morrow this hour shall you begin to write."
27 Then went I forth, as he commanded, and gathered all the people together, and said,
28 "Hear these words, O Israel.
29 Our fathers at the beginning were strangers in Egypt, from which they were delivered;
30 And received the law of life, which they kept not, which you also have transgressed after them.
31 Then was the land, even the land of Zion, parted among you by lot; but your fathers, and you yourselves, have done unrighteousness, and have not kept the ways which the Highest commanded you.
32 And forasmuch as he is a righteous judge, he took from you in time the thing that he had given you.
33 And now are you here, and your brethren among you.
34 Therefore if you will subdue your own understanding, and reform your hearts, you shall be kept alive; and after death you shall obtain mercy.
35 For after death shall the judgment come, when we shall live again; and then shall the names of the righteous be manifest, and the works of the ungodly shall be declared.
36 Let no man therefore come unto me now, nor seek after me these forty days."
37 So I took the five men, as he commanded me, and we went into the field, and remained there.
38 And the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying, "Esdras, open your mouth, and drink what I give you to drink."
39 Then opened I my mouth, and, behold, he handed me a full cup, which was full as it were with water, but the color of it was like fire.
40 And I took it, and drank; and when I had drunk of it, my heart uttered understanding, and wisdom grew in my breast, for my spirit strengthened my memory.
41 And my mouth was opened, and shut no more.
42 The Highest gave understanding unto the five men, and they wrote the wonderful visions of the night that were told, of which they had not known; and they sat forty days, and they wrote in the day, and at night they ate bread.
43 As for me. I spoke in the day, and I held not my tongue by night.
44 In forty days they wrote two hundred and four books.
45 And it came to pass, when the forty days were filled, that the Highest spoke, saying, "The first that you have written publish openly, that the worthy and unworthy may read it;
46 But keep the seventy last, that you may deliver them only to such as are wise among the people;
47 For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom, and the stream of knowledge."
48 And I did so.
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1 And there remains that which is after the half of the tenth part. That is 2 1/2 parts remaining. Esdras (Ezra) tells us in Chapter 3, verse 1, that the prophecies began 30 years after the ruin of Jerusalem — in 557 BC. If we assume 1,000 years for each of the twelve parts, we compute as follows: 556 years to year AD, and 2000 years after = about now. With the assumption of 12,000 years for the time of the earth, we conclude that we are living in the time of the end of the age of sin — not the end of the earth, but the end of sin in the earth. Of course, the 1000 year part may be an incorrect assumption. However, it fits with what the voice of the Lord has indicated to me: that the time is very near — as within a few short years. Further he has said it is not the end of the earth, but instead the end of sin of the earth; all sinners will be thinned from the earth, leaving only those who are guided by the Light Christ within them. Christ will rule the earth through his saints. See Isaiah 24 for more detail.
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