The First Book Of Esdras
Esdras was one of the most famous priest and scribes connected with Israel’s restoration after the Exile. He was of the line of Sardoc and was of priestly descent. His writings were very detailed and correct concerning the events surrounding the re-building of the Temple at Jerusalem. The writings consist mainly of events leading up to, during and after the restoration of the Temple. Below are a few excerpts that deal with the supernatural happenings put down in the writings of Esdras. Ezra, also known as Esdras, was a priest and scribe appointed by Artaxerxes, king of Persia, to lead people from Babylon to Jerusalem. His primary goal was to uphold God’s law as laid out in the Torah. Ezra is known by the name of Esdras in the Septuagint and Vulgate and by Ezra in English translations of the Bible.
The First Book Of Esdras
God Makes Cyrus King And Instructs Him To Build A Temple at Jerusalem
2:1 In the first year of Cyrus king of the Persians, that the word of the Lord might be accomplished, that he had promised by the mouth of Jeremy; 2 The Lord raised up the spirit of Cyrus the king of the Persians, and he made proclamation through all his kingdom, and also by writing, 3 Saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of the Persians; The Lord of Israel, the most high Lord, hath made me king of the whole world, 4 And commanded me to build him an house at Jerusalem in Jewry.
Jews Not Hindered In Building The Temple Because The Lord Had Visited Them
6:5 Nevertheless the elders of the Jews obtained favour, because the Lord had visited the captivity;
6 And they were not hindered from building, until such time as signification was given unto Darius concerning them, and an answer received.
The Second Book of Esdras
In the Second Book of Esdras we are told of the signs of the end times and the judgments of mankind. Many paranormal events are recorded by Esdras. Below are excerpts from this most intriguing book that was cut from the Bible as we know it today.
The Lord Speaks to Esdras
1:4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Go and declare to my people their evil deeds, and to their children the iniquities which they have committed against me, so that they may tell their children’s children 6 that the sins of their parents have increased in them, for they have forgotten me and have offered sacrifices to strange gods.
God Tells Esdras of His Mighty Works
1:10 For their sake I have overthrown many kings: I struck down Pharaoh with his servants, and all his army. 11 I have destroyed all nations before them, and scattered in the east the people of two provinces, Tyre and Sidon; I have slain all their enemies.
God Speaks of The Red Sea and The Pillar of Fire
1:13 Surely it was I who brought you through the sea, and made safe highways for you where there was no road; I gave you Moses as leader and Aaron as priest; 14 I provided light for you from a pillar of fire, and did great wonders among you. Yet you have forgotten me, says the Lord.
Manna and Water Provided By God (The Bread of Angels)
1:19 I pitied your groanings and gave you manna for food; you ate the bread of angels. 20 When you were thirsty, did I not cleave the rock so that waters flowed in abundance? Because of the heat I covered you with the leaves of trees
God Makes The Waters Of The Stream Sweet
1:22 Thus says the Lord Almighty: When you were in the wilderness, at the bitter stream, thirsty and blaspheming my name, 23 I did not send fire upon you for your blasphemies, but threw a tree into the water and made the stream sweet.
God Speaks Of Sodom And Gomorrah
2:8 “Woe to you, Assyria, who conceal the unrighteous in your midst! O wicked nation, remember what I did to Sodom and Gomorrah, 9 whose land lies in lumps of pitch and heaps of ashes. So will I do to those who have not listened to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
The Lord Was On Mt. Horeb
2:33 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.
Ezra Sees A Large Multitude On Mt. Horeb
2:42 I, Ezra, saw on Mount Zion a great multitude, which I could not number, and they all were praising the Lord with songs.
An Angel Tells Ezra Who The Multitude Are And Instructs Him To Tell What He Had Seen
2:43 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. 44 Then I asked an angel, “Who are these, my lord?” 45 He answered and said to me, “These are they who have put off mortal clothing and have put on the immortal, and they have confessed the name of God; now they are being crowned, and receive palms.” 46 Then I said to the angel, “Who is that young man who places crowns on them and puts palms in their hands?”47 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. 48 Then the angel said to me, “Go, tell my people how great and many are the wonders of the Lord God which you have seen.”
Ezra Tells Of God’s Causing The Earth To Shake And The Heavens’ To Bend
3:17 And when thou didst lead his descendants out of Egypt, thou didst bring them to Mount Sinai. 18 Thou didst bend down the heavens and shake the earth, and move the world, and make the depths to tremble, and trouble the times.
An Angel Speaks to Ezra
4:1 Then the angel that had been sent to me, whose name was Uriel, answered 2 and said to me, “Your understanding has utterly failed regarding this world, and do you think you can comprehend the way of the Most High?”
The Angel Shows Ezra The Interpretation of The Parable (A Flaming Furnace)
4:45 show me this also: whether more time is to come than has passed, or whether for us the greater part has gone by. 46 For I know what has gone by, but I do not know what is to come.” 47And he said to me, “Stand at my right side, and I will show you the interpretation of a parable.” 48 So I stood and looked, and behold, a flaming furnace passed by before me, and when the flame had gone by I looked, and behold, the smoke remained. 49 And after this a cloud full of water passed before me and poured down a heavy and violent rain, and when the rainstorm had passed, drops remained in the cloud. 50 And he said to me, “Consider it for yourself; for as the rain is more than the drops, and the fire is greater than the smoke, so the quantity that passed was far greater; but drops and smoke remained.”
The Angel Strengthens Ezra
5:14 Then I awoke, and my body shuddered violently, and my soul was so troubled that it fainted. 15 But the angel who had come and talked with me held me and strengthened me and set me on my feet
The Angel Comes And Speaks to Ezra Again
5:31 When I had spoken these words, the angel who had come to me on a previous night was sent to me, 32 and he said to me, “Listen to me, and I will instruct you; pay attention to me, and I will tell you more.”
The Angel Appearing to Ezra is The Creator
5:40 He said to me, “Just as you cannot do one of the things that were mentioned, so you cannot discover my judgment, or the goal of the love that I have promised my people.”
5:42 He said to me, “I shall liken my judgment to a circle; just as for those who are last there is no slowness, so for those who are first there is no haste.”
5:56 And I said, “O Lord, I beseech thee, if I have found favor in thy sight, show thy servant through whom thou dost visit thy creation.”
He Explains The Creation To Ezra
6:1 And he said to me, “At the beginning of the circle of the earth, before the portals of the world were in place, and before the assembled winds blew, 2 and before the rumblings of thunder sounded, and before the flashes of lightning shone, and before the foundations of paradise were laid, 3 and before the beautiful flowers were seen, and before the powers of movement were established, and before the innumerable hosts of angels were gathered together, 4 and before the heights of the air were lifted up, and before the measures of the firmaments were named, and before the footstool of Zion was established, 5 and before the present years were reckoned; and before the imaginations of those who now sin were estranged, and before those who stored up treasures of faith were sealed — 6 then I planned these things, and they were made through me and not through another, just as the end shall come through me and not through another.”
Ezra Hears A Voice Like Many Waters
6:13 He answered and said to me, “Rise to your feet and you will hear a full, resounding voice. 17 When I heard this, I rose to my feet and listened, and behold, a voice was speaking, and its sound was like the sound of many waters.
Men Shall Be Taken Up
6:25 “And it shall be that whoever remains after all that I have foretold to you shall himself be saved and shall see my salvation and the end of my world. 26 And they shall see the men who were taken up, who from their birth have not tasted death; and the heart of the earth’s inhabitants shall be changed and converted to a different spirit.
The Place Where Ezra Was Standing Rocks
6:29 While he spoke to me, behold, little by little the place where I was standing began to rock to and fro.
Behemoth And Leviathan
6:49 “Then thou didst keep in existence two living creatures; the name of one thou didst call Behemoth and the name of the other Leviathan. 50 And thou didst separate one from the other, for the seventh part where the water had been gathered together could not hold them both. 51 And thou didst give Behemoth one of the parts which had been dried up on the third day, to live in it, where there are a thousand mountains; 52 but to Leviathan thou didst give the seventh part, the watery part; and thou hast kept them to be eaten by whom thou wilt, and when thou wilt.
The Angel Appears to Ezra Again
7:1 When I had finished speaking these words, the angel who had been sent to me on the former nights was sent to me again, 2 and he said to me, “Rise, Ezra, and listen to the words that I have come to speak to you.”
Ezra Was Talking To A Woman And She Was Transformed, The Angel Returns
10:25 While I was talking to her, behold, her face suddenly shone exceedingly, and her countenance flashed like lightning, so that I was too frightened to approach her, and my heart was terrified. While I was wondering what this meant, 26 behold, she suddenly uttered a loud and fearful cry, so that the earth shook at the sound. 27 And I looked, and behold, the woman was no longer visible to me, but there was an established city, and a place of huge foundations showed itself. Then I was afraid, and cried with a loud voice and said, 28 “Where is the angel Uriel, who came to me at first? For it was he who brought me into this overpowering bewilderment; my end has become corruption, and my prayer a reproach.” 29 As I was speaking these words, behold, the angel who had come to me at first came to me, and he looked upon me;
Ezra Hears A Voice From A Bush
14:1 On the third day, while I was sitting under an oak, behold, a voice came out of a bush opposite me and said, “Ezra, Ezra.” 2 And I said, “Here I am, Lord,” and I rose to my feet. 3 Then he said to me, “I revealed myself in a bush and spoke to Moses, when my people were in bondage in Egypt;
A Voice Calls To Ezra To Drink Of The Cup Of Understanding
14:38 And on the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying, “Ezra, open your mouth and drink what I give you to drink.” 39 Then I opened my mouth, and behold, a full cup was offered to me; it was full of something like water, but its color was like fire. 40 And I took it and drank; and when I had drunk it, my heart poured forth understanding, and wisdom increased in my breast, for my spirit retained its memory; 41 and my mouth was opened, and was no longer closed.