2 Baruch 29:3Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch
1 And He answered and said unto me: 'Whatever will then befall (will befall) the whole earth; therefore all who live will experience (them). 2 For at that time I will protect only those who are found in those self-same days in this land. 3 And it shall come to pass when all is accomplished that was to come to pass in those parts, that the Messiah shall then begin to be revealed. 4 And Behemoth shall be revealed from his place and Leviathan shall ascend from the sea, those two great monsters which I created on the fifth day of creation, and shall have kept until that time; and then they shall be for food for all that are left. 5 The earth also shall yield its fruit ten thousandfold and on each vine there shall be a thousand branches, and each branch shall produce a thousand clusters, and each cluster produce a thousand grapes, and each grape produce a cor of wine.
1 Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, and on its heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast that I saw was like a leopard, but its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. The dragon gave the beast his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 3 One of the beast’s heads appeared to have been killed, but the lethal wound had been healed. And the whole world followed the beast in amazement; 4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him?”
Notes and References
"... this expectation of historical reversal is part of a larger hope involving a step by step crescendo of events. A terrible judgment upon the world is in the offing. Before the eyes of all, the messiah will then come, and paradise on earth be established. Finally, God will judge the living and the dead, the righteous will share in God's splendor, and the wicked be consigned to perdition. The same set of expectations is found in 4 Ezra and Revelation, two other apocalypses from the end of the first century CE ..."
Hobbins, John F. The Summing up of History in 2 Baruch (pp. 45-79) The Jewish Quarterly Review, 1998
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