from the Pseudepigrapha
The Apocalypse of Elijah
| 1.The word of YHWH came
to me saying, "Son of man, say to his people, 'why do you add sin to your
sins and anger the Lord God who created you ?' "
2.Don't love the world
or the things which are in the world, for the boasting of the world and its
destruction belong to the devil.
3.Remember that the Lord of glory, Who created everything, had mercy upon you so that He might save us from the captivity of this age. 4.For many times the devil desired not to let the sun rise above the earth and not to let the earth yield fruit, since he desires to consume men like a fire which rages in stubble, and he desires to swallow them like water. 5.Therefore, on account of this, the God of glory had mercy upon us, and He sent His Son to the world so that He might save us from the captivity. 6.He did not inform an angel or an archangel or any principality when He was about to come to us, but ?He changed Himself to be like a man when He was about to come to us so that He might save use [from flesh]. 7.Therefore become sons to Him since He is a father to you.
8.Remember that He has prepared thrones and crowns for you in heaven, saying, "Everyone who will obey Me will receive thrones and crowns among those who are Mine." 9.The Lord said, "I will write My name upon their forehead and I will seal their right hand, and they will not hunger or thirst. 10.Neither will the son of lawlessness prevail over them, nor will the thrones hinder them, but they will walk with the angels up to My city." 11.Now as for the sinners, they will be shamed and they will not pass by the thrones, but the thrones of death will seize them and rule over them because the angels will not agree with them. 12.They have alienated themselves from His dwellings.
13.Hear, O wise men of the land, concerning the deceivers who will multiply in the last times so that they will set down for themselves doctrines which do not belong to God, setting aside the Law of God, those who have made their belly their God, saying, "The fast does not exist, nor did God create it," making themselves strangers to the covenant of God and robbing themselves of the glorious promises. 14.Now these are not ever correctly established in the firm faith. Therefore don't let those people lead you astray.
15. Remember that from the time when He created the heavens, the Lord created the fast for a benefit to men on account of the passions and desires which fight against you so that the evil will not inflame you. 16."But it is a pure fast which I have created," said the Lord. 17.The one who fasts continually will not sin although jealousy and strife are within him. 18.Let the pure one fast, but whenever the one who fasts is not pure he has angered the Lord and also the angels. 19.And he has grieved his soul, gathering up wrath for himself for the day of wrath.
23.Who among you , if he
is honored in his craft, will go forth to the field without a tool in his
hand? Or who will go forth to the battle to fight without a
breastplate on? 24.If he is found,
will he not be killed because he despised the service of the king?
25.Likewise no one is able to enter the
holy place if he is double minded. 26.The
one who is double minded in his prayer is darkness to himself. And
even the angels do not trust him. 27.Therefore
be single-minded in the Lord at all times so that you might know every
1.Furthermore, concerning the kings of Assyria and the dissolution of the heaven and the earth and the things beneath the earth.
2."now therefore <those who are Mine> will not be overcome" says the Lord, "nor will they fear in the battle." 3.When they see [a king] who rises in the north, [who will be called] "the king of [Assyria" and] "the king of injustice," [he will increase] his battles and his disturbances against Egypt. 4.The land will groan together because your children will be seized. 5.Many will desire death in those days, but death will flee from them.
6.And a king who will be called "the king of peace" will rise up in the west. 7.He will run upon the sea like a roaring lion. 8.He will kill the king of injustice, and he will take vengeance on Egypt with battles and much bloodshed.
9.It will come to pass in those days that he will command a p[eace] and a [vain] gift in Egypt. 10.[He will give] peace to these who are holy, [saying], "The name of [God] is one." 11.[He will] give honors to the s[aints and] an exalting to the places of the saints. 12.He will give vain gifts to the house of God. 13.He will wander around in the cities of Egypt with guile, without their knowing. 14.He will take count of the holy places. He will weigh the idols of the heathen. He will take count of their wealth. He will establish priests for them. 15.He will command that the wise men and the great ones of the people be seized, and they will be brought to the metropolis which is by the sea, saying, "There is but one language." 16.But when you hear, "Peace and joy exist," I will...
17.Now I will tell you his signs so that you might know him. 18.For he has two sons: one on his right and one on his left. 19.The one on his right will receive a demonic face, (and) he will fight against the name of God. 20.Now four kings will descend from that king. 21.In his thirtieth year he will come up to Memphis, (and) he will build a temple in Memphis. 22.On that day his own son will rise up against him and kill him. 23.The whole land will be disturbed.
24.On that day he will issue an order over the whole land so that the priests of the land and all of the saints will be seized, saying, "You will repay doubly every gift and all of the good things which my father gave to you." 25.He will shut up the holy places. He will take their houses. He will take their sons prisoner. 26.He will order and sacrifices and abominations and bitter evils will be done in the land. 27.He will appear before the sun and the moon. 28.On that day the priests of the land will tear their clothes.
29.Woe to you , O rulers of Egypt, in those days because your day has passed. 30.The violence (being done to) the poor will turn against you, and your children will be seized as plunder. 31.In those days the cities of Egypt will groan for the voice of the one who sells and the one who buys will not be heard. The markets of the cities of Egypt will become dusty. 32.Those who are in Egypt will weep together. They will desire death, (but) death will flee and leave them.
33.In those days, they will run up to the rocks and leap off, saying, "Fall upon us." And still they will not die. 34.A double affliction will multiply upon the whole land.
35.In those days, the king will command, and all the nursing women will be seized and brought to him bound. They will suckle serpents. And their blood will be drawn from their breasts, and it will be applied as poison to the arrows. 36.On account of their distress of the cities, he will command again, and all the young lads from twelve years and under will be seized and presented in order to teach them to shoot arrows. 37.The midwife who is upon the earth will grieve. The woman who has given birth will lift her eyes to heaven, saying, "Why did I sit upon the birthstool, to bring forth a son to the earth?" 38.The barren woman and the virgin will rejoice, saying, "It is our time to rejoice, because we have no child upon the earth, but our children are in heaven."
39.In those days, three kings will arise among the Persians, and they will take captive the Jews who are in Egypt. They will bring them to Jerusalem, and the will inhabit it and dwell there.
40.Then when you hear that there is security in Jerusalem, tear you garments, O priests of the land, because the son of perdition will soon come.
41.In those days, the lawless one will appear in the holy places ---
42.In (those) days the kings of the Persians will hasten and they will stand to fight with the kings of Assyria. Four kings will fight with three. 43.They will spend three years in that place until they carry off the wealth of the temple which is in that place.
44.In those days, blood will flow from Kos to Memphis. The river of Egypt will become blood, and they will not be able to drink from it for three days.
45.Woe to Egypt and those who are in it.
46.In those days, a king will arise in the city which is called "the city of the sun," and the whole land will be disturbed. <He will> flee to Memphis (with the Persians).
47.In the sixth year, the Persian kings will plot an ambush in Memphis. They will kill the Assyrian king. 48.The Persians will take vengeance on the land, and they will command to kill all the heathen and the lawless ones. They will command to build the temples of the saints. 49.They will give double gifts to the house of God. They will say, "The name of God is one." 50.The whole land will hail the Persians.
51.Even the remnant, who did not die under
the afflictions, will say, "The Lord has sent us a righteous king so that
the land will not become a desert" 52.He
will command that no royal matter be presented for three years and six
months. The land will be full of good in an abundant well-being.
1.In the fourth year of that king, the son of lawlessness will appear, saying, "I am the Christ," although he is not. Don't believe him!
2.When the Christ comes, He will come in the manner of a covey of doves with the crown of doves surrounding Him. He will walk upon the heaven's vaults with the sign of the cross leading Him.
3.The whole world will behold Him like the sun which shines from the eastern horizon to the western.
4.This is how He will come, with all his angels surrounding Him.
5.But the son of lawlessness will begin to stand again in the holy places.
11.He will multiply his signs and
his wonders in the presence of everyone.
1.The virgin, whose name is Tabitha, will hear that the shameless one has revealed himself in the holy places. And she will put on her garment of fine linen.
2.And she will pursue him up to Judea, scolding him up to Jerusalem, saying, "O shameless one, O son of lawlessness, O you who have been hostile to all the saints.
3.Then the shameless one will be angry at the virgin. He will pursue her up to the regions of the sunset. He will suck her blood in the evening.
4.And he will cast her upon the temple, and she will become a healing for the people.
5.She will rise up at dawn. And she will live and scold him, saying, "o shameless one, you have no power against my soul or my body, because I live in the Lord always.
6.And also my blood which you have cast upon the temple has become a healing for the people."
7.Then when Elijah and Enoch hear that the shameless one has revealed himself in the holy place, they will come down and fight with him saying,
13.The shameless one will
hear and he will be angry, and he will fight with them in the market place
of the great city. And he will spend seven days fighting with them.
1.And on that day the heart of many will harden and they will flee from him, saying, "This is not the Christ. The Christ does not kill the righteous. He does not pursue men so that he might seek them, but He persuades them with signs and wonders."
2.On that day the Christ will pity those who are His own. And He will send from heaven his sixty-four thousand angels, each of whom has six wings.
3.The sound will move heaven and earth when they give praise and glorify.
4.Now those upon whose forehead the name of Christ is written and upon whose hand is the seal both the small and the great, will be taken up upon their wings and lifted up before his wrath.
5.Then Gabriel and Uriel will become a pillar of light leading them into the holy land.
6.It will be granted to them to eat from the tree of life. They will wear white garments...and angels will watch over them. They will not thirst, nor will the son of lawlessness be able to prevail over them.
7.And on that day the earth will be disturbed, and the sun will darken, and peace will be removed from the earth.
8.The birds will fall on the earth, dead.
9.The earth will be dry. The waters of the sea will dry up.
10.The sinners will groan upon the earth saying, "What have you done to us, O son of lawlessness, saying I am the Christ, when you are the devil?
11.You are unable to save yourself so that you might save us. You produced signs in our presence until you alienated us from the Christ who created us. Woe to us because we listened to you.
12.Lo now we will die in a famine. Where indeed is now the trace of a righteous one and we will worship him, or where indeed is the one who will teach us and we will appeal to him.
13.Now indeed we will be wrathfully destroyed because we disobeyed YHWH.
14.We went to the deep places of the sea, and we did not find water. We dug in the rivers and papyrus reeds, and we did not find water."
15.Then on that day, the shameless one will speak, saying, "Woe to me because my time has passed by for me while I was saying that my time would not pass by for me.
16.My years became months and my days have passed away as dust passes away. Now therefore I will perish together with you.
17.Now therefore run forth to the desert. Seize the robbers and kill them.
18.Bring up the saints. For because of them, the earth yields fruit. for because of them the sun shines upon the earth. For because of them the dew will come upon the earth."
19.The sinners will weep saying, "You made us hostile to YHWH. If you are able, rise up and pursue them."
20.Then he will take his fiery wings and fly out after the saints. He will fight with them again.
21.The angels will hear and come down. They will fight with him a battle of many swords.
22.It will come to pass on that day that the Lord will hear and command the heaven and the earth with great wrath. And they will send for fire.
23.And the fire will prevail over the earth seventy-two cubits. It will consume the sinners and the devils like stubble.
24.A true judgment will occur.
25.On that day, the mountains and the earth will utter speech. The byways will speak with one another, saying, "Have you heard today the voice of a man who walks who has not come to the judgment of the Son of YHWH."
26.The sins of each one will stand against him in the place where they were committed, whether those of the day or of the night.
27.Those who belong to the righteous and ... will see the sinners and those who persecuted them and those who handed them over to death in their torments.
28.Then the sinners [ in torment ] will see the place of the righteous.
29.And thus grace will occur. In those days, that which the righteous will ask for many times will be given to them.
32.After these things, Elijah and Enoch will come down. They will
lay down the flesh of the world, and they will receive their spiritual
flesh. They will pursue the son of lawlessness and kill him since he
is not able to speak.