The apocryphal first book of Enoch (1 Enoch) begins with a vision of the end times.
These are the words and blessings of Enoch, with which he blesses the chosen and righteous who will be living in the days of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless will be removed from the earth.
I, Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw a vision of the Holy One in the heavens, shown to me by angels, and from them I heard everything, and I understood that what I saw was not for this generation, but for a remote one which is yet to come.
The Holy Great One will come forth from His dwelling, and the eternal God will tread upon the earth, on Mount Sinai, and appear from His camp in the strength of His might from the heaven of heavens.
All shall be struck down with fear and the Watchers will quake, and great fear and trembling shall seize people to the ends of the earth.
High mountains shall be shaken, and the hills made low, and melt like wax before the flame. The earth will be wholly torn a sunder, and everything on the earth shall perish.
There will be judgment on all men, but with the righteous He will make peace, and he will protect the chosen, and have mercy upon them. They shall all belong to God, and they will prosper, and be blessed. He will help them all, and light shall appear unto them, and He will make peace with them.
He will come with ten thousand of His holy ones to execute judgment upon all, destroy all the ungodly, and convict men for the works of ungodliness that they have committed, and for all the hard things that the ungodly have said against Him.
Observe everything that takes place in heaven. The planets do not change their orbits, and the stars rise and set in order, each in their season, and do not transgress not against their appointed order. Look at the earth, and pay attention to the things that take place on it, from first to last, and how steadfast they are, how nothing on earth changes, and all the works of God appear to you. See the summer and the winter, and how the whole earth is filled with water, and clouds, and dew and rain fall upon it.
See how, in the winter, the trees seem as though they have withered and shed all their leaves, except the fourteen varieties that retain their old foliage from two to three years until the new comes. Observe the days of summer, how the sun is above the earth, and you seek shade and shelter due to its heat, and the earth burns with growing heat, so you cannot tread upon it, or on rock, because of its heat.
Look how the trees cover themselves with green leaves and bear fruit. Pay attention to all His works, and recognize how He who lives for ever has made them so. His works go on like this from year to year for ever, and all the tasks which they accomplish for Him do not change. As God has ordained, so is it done. See how the seas and the rivers similarly accomplish their unchanging tasks at His command.
But you have not been steadfast, nor obeyed the commandments of the Lord. You have turned away and spoken proud and hard words with your impure mouths against His greatness. You who are hard hearted shall find no peace. Therefore, you will loath your days, and the years of your life will die, and the years of your destruction will be multiplied in eternal loathing, and you shall find no mercy.
Your names will be eternally abhorred by all the righteous, and the sinners and the godless will curse in your name. For the godless, there shall be a curse.
The chosen will rejoice, and their sins shall be forgiven, and they will receive every mercy and peace and forbearance. They will be saved. For the chosen there will be light, joy and peace, and they shall inherit the earth.
Wisdom will be bestowed upon them, and they will all live and never again sin, either through ungodliness or through pride. Those who are wise shall be humble. They will never again transgress, nor shall they sin all the days of their life. They won’t die of the divine wrath, but will live out the allotted days of their life. Their lives shall increase in peace, and the years of their joy shall be multiplied, in eternal gladness and peace, all the days of their life.
But for all of you sinners, there shall be no salvation. A curse will abide on you all.
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