2 Esdras, Chapter 13: Revelation Of Moshiach
1: After seven days I dreamed a dream in the night; 2: and behold, a wind arose from the sea and stirred up all its waves. 3: And I looked, and behold, this wind made something like the figure of a man ( Moshiach) come up out of the heart of the sea. And I looked, and behold, that man flew with the clouds of heaven; and wherever he turned his face to look, everything under his gaze trembled.
4: and whenever his voice issued from his mouth, all who heard his voice melted as wax melts when it feels the fire.
5: After this I looked, and behold, an innumerable multitude of men were gathered together from the four winds of heaven to make war against the man who came up out of the sea.
6: And I looked, and behold, he carved out for himself a great mountain(third temple).
7: And I tried to see the region or place (Jerusalem) from which the mountain was carved, but I could not. 8: After this I looked, and behold, all who had gathered together against him to wage war with him were much afraid, yet dared to fight. 9: And behold, when he saw the onrush of the approaching multitude, he neither lifted his hand nor held a spear or any weapon of war;10: but I saw only how he sent forth from his mouth as it were a stream of fire, and from his lips a flaming breath, and from his tongue he shot forth a storm of sparks.
11: All these were mingled together, the stream of fire and the flaming breath and the great storm and fell on the onrushing multitude which was prepared to fight, and burned them all up, so that suddenly nothing was seen of the innumerable multitude but only the dust of ashes and the smell of smoke. When I saw it, I was amazed. 12: After this I saw the same man come down from the mountain (temple) and call to him another multitude (Israelite) which was peaceable
13: Then many people came to him, some of whom were joyful (Jews) and some sorrowful (Christians and Muslims); some of them were bound and some were bringing others as offerings. Then in great fear I awoke; and I besought the Most High, and said,
14: "From the beginning thou hast shown thy servant these wonders, and hast deemed me worthy to have my prayer heard by thee;
15: now show me also the interpretation of this dream. 16: For as I consider it in my mind, alas for those who will be left in those days! And still more, alas for those who are not left! 20: Yet it is better to come into these things, though incurring peril, than to pass from the world like a cloud, and not to see what shall happen in the LAST DAYS He answered me and said, 21: "I will tell you the interpretation of the vision, and I will also explain to you the things which you have mentioned. 22: As for what you said about those who are left, this is the interpretation:
23: He (Moshiach) who brings the peril at that time will himself protect those who fall into peril, who have works and have faith in the Almighty24: Understand therefore that those who are left are more blessed than those who have died25: 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; 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 which came to conquer him, this is the interpretation:
29: Behold, 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 dwell on the earth.
31: And they shall plan to make war against one another, city against city, place against place, people against people, and kingdom against kingdom.
32: And when these things come to pass and the signs occur which I showed you before, and then my Son ( Hamoshiach)will be revealed, whom you saw as a man coming up from the sea.
33: And when all the nations hear his voice, every man shall leave his own land and the warfare that they have against one another;
34: and an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as you saw, desiring to come and conquer him.
35: But he shall stand on the top of Mount Zion36: And Zion will come and be made manifest to all people, prepared and built, as you saw the mountain carved out without hands
37 And he, my Son, will reprove the assembled nations for their ungodliness this was symbolized by the storm,
38: and will reproach them to their face with their evil thoughts and the torments with which they are to be tortured which were symbolized by the flames, and will destroy them without effort by the law which was symbolized by the fire.
39: And as for your seeing him gather to himself another multitude that was peaceable, 40: these are the ten tribes which were led away from their own land into captivity in the days of King Hoshea, whom Shalmaneser the king of the Assyrians led captive.. 48: But those who are left of your people, who are found within my holy borders, shall be saved. 49: Therefore when he destroys the multitude of the nations that are gathered together, he will defend the people who remain. 50: And then he will show them very many wonders." 51: I said, "O sovereign Lord, explain this to me: Why did I see the man coming up from the heart of the sea?" 52: He said to me, "Just as no one can explore or know what is in the depths of the sea, so no one on earth can see my Son or those who are with him, except in the time of his day. 53: This is the interpretation of the dream which you saw. And you alone have been enlightened about this, 54: because you have forsaken your own ways and have applied yourself to mine, and have searched out my law; 55: for you have devoted your life to wisdom, and called understanding your mother.