And he said unto me: In the beginning when the ground was made: before the world stood, or ever the winds blew, before it thundered and lightened, or ever the foundations of paradise were laid, before the fair flowers were seen, or ever the moveable powers were established, before the innumerable multitude of angels were gathered together, or ever the highness of the air was lifted up, afore the measures of the firmament were named, or ever the chimneys of Sion were hot, and the present years were sought out, and or ever the inventions of those that now sin, were put aside, before they were sealed that now gather faith for a treasure: then did I consider and ponder all these things, and they all were made through me, and through none other: Then answered I and said: which shall be the parting asunder of the times? Or when shall the end of the first, and the beginning of it that followeth? And he said unto me: From Abraham unto Isaac, when Jacob and Esau were born of him, Jacobs hand held first the heel of Esau: for Esau is the end of this world, and Jacob is the beginning of it that followeth. The hand of man between the heel and the hand. Other question ( Esdras ) ask thou not.
I answered then, and said: O' Lord, Lord, if I have found favor in thy sight, I beseech thee, show thy servant the end of the tokens, whereof thou showest me part the last night. So he answered and said unto me: Stand up upon thy feet, and hear the perfect voice and sound. There shall come a great motion, but the place where thou standest will not be moved. And therefore when thou hearest the words be not afraid: for of the end shall the word and the foundation of the earth be understand. And why? the word thereof trembleth and quaketh, for it knoweth, that it must be changed at the end. And it happened, that when I heard it, I stood up upon my feet, and harkened: And behold there was a voice that spake, and the sound of it was like the sound of many waters, and it said. Behold, the days come, that I will begin to draw near, and to visit them that dwell upon the earth, and will begin to make inquisition of them, what they be that have hurt equity with unrighteousness, and when the low estate of Sion shall be fulfilled: and when the world, that shall vanish away, shall be oversealed, then will I do these tokens.
The books shall be opened before the firmament, and they shall see altogether, and the children of a year old shall speak with their voices: the women with child shall bring forth untimely children of three or four months old, and they shall live, and be raised up: and suddenly shall the sown places appear as the unsewn, the full store houses shall suddenly be found empty, and the trumpet shall give a sound, which when every man hearth, they shall be hastily afraid. At that time shall friends fight against one another like enemies, and the earth shall stand in fear with them.
The springs of the wells shall stand still, and in three hours they shall not run. Whosoever remaineth from all these things that I have told thee, shall escape, and see my salvation, and the end of your world. And the men that are received, shall see it, they that have not tasted death from their birth: and the heart of the indwellers shall be changed, and turned into another meaning: for evil shall be put out, and deceit shall be quenched. As for faith, it shall flourish, corruption shall be over come: and the truth, which hath so long been without fruit, shall be declared. And it happened when he talked with me, that I looked demurely upon him, before whom I stood, and these words said he unto me: I am come to show thee, the time of the night for to come.
If thou will pray yet more, and fast seven days again, I shall tell thee more things, and greater than before: for thy voice is heard before the Highest: for why? the Mighty has seen the righteous dealing, he hath seen also thy chastity, which thou hast had ever since thy youth: and therefore hath he sent me to show thee all these things, and to say unto thee: Be of good comfort, and fear not, and haste not with the times that are past to think vain things, and make not haste of the latter times.
And it happened after this, that I wept again, and fasted seven days in like manner, that I might fulfill the three weeks, which he told me. In the eighth night was my heart vexed within me again, and I began to speak before the Highest: for my spirit was greatly set on fire, and my soul was in distress, and I said: O' Lord, thou speakest unto thy creature from the beginning ( even the first day ) and sayest: Let heaven and earth be made, and thy word was a perfect work. And then was there the spirit, and the darkness was yet on every side, and silence: there was no mans voice yet from thee. Then commandest thou a fair light to come forth out of thy treasures, that thy work might appear and be seen.
Upon the second day thou madest the spirit of the firmament, and commandest it to part asunder, and to make a division betwexed the waters, that the one part might remain above, and the other beneath. Upon the third day thou broughtest to pass, that the waters were gathered unto the seventh part of the earth: Six parts hast thou dried up, and kept them, to the intent that men might sew and occupy husbandry therein. As soon as thy word went forth, the work was made. For immediately there was great innumerable fruit, and many diverse pleasures and desires of temptation, flowers of changeable color and smell, and this was done the third day.
Upon the fourth day thou commandest that the Sun should giveth his shine, and the moon her light: the stars didest thou set in order, and gavest them a change to do serve even unto man, that was for to be made. Upon the fifth day, thou sayest unto the seventh part ( where the waters were gathered ) that they should bring forth diverse beasts, souls and fishes. And so it came to pass, that the dumb water and without soul, brought forth living beasts, at the commandment of God, that all people might praise his wondrous works. Then didest thou preserve two souls, the one thou callest *Enoch and the other Leviathan, and did separate the one from the other: for the seventh part ( namely where the water was gathered together ) might not hold them both. Unto Enoch thou gavest one part, which was dried up the third day, that he should dwell in the same part, wherein are a thousand hills. But unto Leviathan thou gavest the seventh part, namely the most, and hast kept him to devour what thou wilt, and when. Upon the sixth day thou gavest commandment unto the earth, that before thee it should bring forth beasts, cattle, and all that creep, and ( besides this ) Adam also, who thou madest of all the creatures: Of him come we all, and the people also, whom thou hast chosen specially unto thy self. All this have I said now and spoken before thee, that I might show, how that the world was made for our sakes. As for the other people which also come of Adam thou hast said that they are nothing, but be like spittle, and hast likened the abundance of them unto a drop ( that falleth ) from the roof of the house.
And now, O Lord, the Heathen which have ever been reputed as nothing, have gone to be lords over us, and to devour us: but we thy people ( whom thou hast called the first born, thy only begotten, and thy fervent lover ) are given into their hands and power. If the world be made now for our sakes, why have we not the inheritance in the possession with the world? How long shall this endure?