The Apocrypha & 2 Esdras (Part 2)
This is a portion of “Hell of Torah Part 1” presented by Daniel Joseph. The full-length presentation can be viewed at https://youtu.be/XQdW4OdVXCI.
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When we begin reading 4 Ezra, you are going to want to put on your spiritual seat belts because it reads like Revelation. It is powerful and intense. As we read it, we’ll confirm it with the infallible Word of God.
2 Esdras 13:1-3, “1 After seven days I dreamed a dream in the night. 2 And lo, a wind arose from the sea and stirred up all its waves. 3 As I kept looking the wind made something like the figure of a man come up out of the heart of the sea. And I saw that this man flew with the clouds of heaven; and wherever he turned his face to look, everything under his gaze trembled.”
Ezra has a vision in the night and sees something like a man coming out of the heart of the sea. What does he notice? Wherever this man looks everything trembles. Who do you suppose this man is? It is none other than the Messiah Yeshua.
He notices this man flew with the clouds of heaven. Let me take you to Daniel 7:13, “I was watching in the night visions [same time], And behold, One like the Son of Man [the very same title Ezra used], coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.”
We find the same imagery being expressed by Yeshua when He was on trial to be crucified. Look at Matthew 26:63-64, “64 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” 64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man [the same title that Ezra used] sitting at the right hand of the Power, [what is He doing?] and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Going back to 2 Esdras 13, “4 …and whenever his voice issued from his mouth, all who heard his voice melted as wax melts when it feels the fire. 5 After this I looked and saw that an innumerable multitude of people were gathered together from the four winds of heaven to make war against the man who came up out of the sea.” So here he sees this man coming out of the heart of the sea flying with the clouds of heaven. And then we see all these people from the four winds of heaven gathering to make war against the man who came up out of the sea.
Let me take you to the book of Revelation 19:11-14, “11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.” Jumping down to 19:19, “And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.” This is exactly what Ezra saw in his vision. It is identical to what John saw.
Going to 2 Esdras 13:6-10, “6 And I looked and I saw that he carved out for himself a great mountain [Ezra is looking at this man who came out of the sea we know to be Yeshua. And he sees that this man carved out for himself a great mountain] and flew up on to it. 7 And I tried to see the region or place from which the mountain was carved, but I could not. 8 After this I looked and saw that all who had gathered together against him, to wage war with him, were filled with fear, and yet they dared to fight. 9 When he saw the onrush of the approaching multitude, he neither lifted his hand nor held a spear or any weapon of war.”
You can almost see Ezra’s perplexity. It is totally bizarre that the kings of the earth are all gathering to war against Yeshua, yet Yeshua is not going for a sword; He carries no weapon. Now look at what is said in the next verse, “10 but I saw only how he sent forth from his mouth something like a stream of fire, and from his lips a flaming breath, and from his tongue he shot forth a storm of sparks.”
What a sight! Yeshua doesn’t pick up weapons of war. Instead, He opens His mouth, and a stream of fire pours forth. 2 Esdras 13:11, “All these were mingled together, the stream of fire and the flaming breath and the great storm, and fell on the onrushing multitude that was prepared to fight, and burned up all of them.” What happened to these men who are gathered to war against Yeshua? This stream of fire comes out of His mouth, and they are all consumed in a fire. Continuing in 11, “so that suddenly nothing was seen of the innumerable multitude but only the dust of ashes and the smell of smoke. When I saw it, I was amazed.”
If you read Malachi 4, that is exactly what he portrays. Malachi said there would be nothing left. There will be no evidence of the wicked. All that’s going to be there is the smell of smoke from that stream of fire and ash; there’s no evidence. Malachi said that Yeshua will, “leave them neither root nor branch” (4:1).