THE APOCRYPHAL/DEUTEROCANONICAL BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
NEW REVISED STANDARD VERSION
2 Esdras 2:33-41 Ezra on Mount Horeb (Mt. Horeb is in S.W. Saudi Arabia in ancient Midian, where Moses saw the Burning Bush and where Moses received the Ten Commandments…also known as Mt. Sinai)
I, Ezra, received a command from the Lord on Mount Horeb to go to Israel. When I came to them they rejected me and refused the Lord’s commandment. Therefore I say to you, O nations that hear and understand, “Wait for your shepherd;” he will give you everlasting rest, because he who will come at the end of the age is close at hand.
Be ready for the rewards of the kingdom, because perpetual light will shine on you forevermore. Flee from the shadow of this age, receive the joy of your glory; I publicly call on my savior as witness. Receive what the Lord has entrusted to you and be joyful, giving thanks to him who has called you to the celestial kingdom.
Rise, stand erect and see the number of those who have been sealed at the feast of the Lord. Those who have departed from the shadow of this age have received glorious garments from the Lord. Take again your full number, O Zion, and close the list of your people who are clothed in white, who have fulfilled the law of the Lord.
The number of your children, whom you desired, is now complete; implore the Lord’s authority that your people, who have been called from the beginning, may be made holy.
2 Esdras 2:42-48 Ezra Sees the Son of God
I, Ezra, saw on Mount Zion a great multitude that I could not number, and they all were praising the Lord with songs. In their midst was a young man of great stature, taller than any of the others, and on the head of each of them he placed a crown, but he was more exalted than they. And I was held spellbound. Then I asked an angel, “Who are these, my lord?” He answered and said to me,”These are they who have put off mortal clothing and have put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God. Now they are being crowned, and receive palms.”
Then I said to the angel, “Who is that young man who is placing crowns on them and putting palms in their hands?” He answered and said to me,”He is the Son of God, whom they confessed in the world.” So I began to praise those who had stood valiantly for the name of the Lord. Then the angel said to me, “Go, tell my people how great and how many are the wonders of the Lord God that you have seen.”
Jesus has a message for you to go, proclaim Him and be ready, for He is coming soon. The Lord Jesus Christ said in Revelation at the end of chapter 22, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen.
John replied, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.