The Apocrypha & 2 Esdras (Part 3)
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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Moving on to 2 Esdras 13:12-15 as I get closer to the point I want to make, “12 After this I saw the same man come down from the mountain and call to himself another multitude that was peaceable. 13 Then many people came to him, some of whom were joyful and some sorrowful; some of them were bound, and some were bringing others as offerings.” We find the same context in the book of Hebrew. “Then I woke up in great terror, and prayed to the Most High, and said, 14 From the beginning you have shown your servant these wonders, and have deemed me worthy to have my prayer heard by you; 15 now show me the interpretation of this dream also.” Ezra is going to get the interpretation his dream. Jumping to 2 Esdras 13:25-31, “25 This is the interpretation of the vision: as for your seeing a man come up from the heart of the sea, 26 this is he whom the Most High has been keeping for many ages, who will himself deliver his creation…”
What an awesome description of the Messiah Yeshua. One thing I know is that there is only one way we are redeemed to the Father. Yeshua said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Continuing, “…and he will direct those who are left. 27 And as for your seeing wind and fire and a storm coming out of his mouth, 28 and as for his not holding a spear or weapon of war, yet destroying the onrushing multitude that came to conquer him, this is the interpretation: 29 The days are coming when the Most High will deliver those who are on the earth. 30 And bewilderment of mind shall come over those who inhabit the earth. 31 They shall plan to make war against one another, city against city, place against place, people against people and kingdom against kingdom.”
The LORD revealed to Ezra what was going to happen in the very last days. Does this sound vaguely familiar to you? It does to me because these are the exact words of our LORD Yeshua. Look at what Yeshua said in Matthew 24:7-8, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.” This is exactly what was shown to Ezra. It is exactly what Yeshua is teaching His disciples when His disciples came to Him asking what will be the sign of the end of the age.
Going back to 2 Esdras 13, “32 When these things take place and the signs occur that I showed you before, then my Son will be revealed whom you saw as a man coming up out of the sea. 33 Then, when all the nations hear his voice, all the nations shall leave their own lands and the warfare that they have against one another; 34 and an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as you saw, wishing to come and conquer him.” This is just fascinating because as you continue on in Matthew 24, you come to Yeshua saying the exact same thing. He tells the disciples that when these things have come to pass, “…they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30). You can also look at Revelation 1:7, “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him.”
Again, from Esdras 13, “32 When these things take place and the signs occur that I showed you before, then my Son….” This is one of the most fascinating things about this prophecy. Ezra saw this man rising out of the sea. Later on, as Ezra is given the interpretation, this man is now identified as the LORD’s Son.
He is none other than Yeshua.
Continuing, “will be revealed whom you saw as a man coming up out of the sea. 33 Then, when all the nations hear his voice.” You’re not going to hear His voice unless He opens His mouth. “All the nations shall leave their own lands and the warfare that they have against one another; 34 and an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as you saw, wishing to come and conquer him.”
Going to 2 Esdras 13, “35 But he shall stand on the top of Mount Zion.” Make no mistake; the Mount Zion that is being described here is none other than the New Jerusalem. This is Mount Zion. “36 And Zion shall come to be made manifest to all people, prepared and built, as you saw the mountain carved out without hands.”
This is interesting because earlier Ezra saw Him carve something out of His hands. We see this type of imagery in Scripture. For example, in Colossians 2:11 Paul is talking to the Gentiles who have been saved through faith in Messiah Yeshua, “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands.” In other words, this was completely supernatural. It was completely a work of God. And when God created the heavens and the earth, He didn’t form it or fashion it with His hands; He spoke, and it was. He opened His mouth, and it took place. His Word will not return void to Him.