9 “While I was watching, thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His attire was white like snow; the hair of his head was like lamb’s wool. His throne was ablaze with fire, and its wheels were all aflame. 10 A river of fire was streaming forth and proceeding from his presence. Many thousands were ministering to him; many tens of thousands stood ready to serve him. The court convened, and the books were opened. 11 “Then I kept on watching because of the arrogant words of the horn that was speaking. I was watching until the beast was killed and its body destroyed and thrown into the flaming fire.
1 Enoch 71:2
1 And it came to pass after this that my spirit was translated And it ascended into the heavens: And I saw the holy sons of God. They were stepping on flames of fire: Their garments were white [and their raiment], And their faces shone like snow. 2 And I saw two streams of fire, And the light of that fire shone like hyacinth, And I fell on my face before the Lord of Spirits. 3 And the angel Michael [one of the archangels] seized me by my right hand, And lifted me up and led me forth into all the secrets, And he showed me all the secrets of righteousness. 4 And he showed me all the secrets of the ends of the heaven, And all the chambers of all the stars, and all the luminaries, Whence they proceed before the face of the holy ones.
Notes and References
"... A most remarkable passage which offers early testimony of interest in the divine merkava is 1 Enoch 14:8ff. It is found in the context of Enoch’s intercession for the doomed Watchers and is in some ways an extraordinarily long digression from the main point of the saga. Enoch is commissioned to announce judgement on the watchers and Azazel (13:1) and is requested by them to intercede with God on their behalf (13:4ff.). The watchers’ petition is rejected (14:1ff.) and Enoch recounts his experience in 14:2ff. which leads to the heavenly ascent and another report of the divine rejection of the petition. Here we have an account of a mortal taken into the divine presence (parallel to other early Enoch traditions such as Jub 4:20ff. which itself may be dependent on 1 Enoch 14) ... 'From underneath the throne there came forth rivers of flaming fire ...' ... compare Daniel 7:10; 4QShirot; 1 Enoch 71:2; Revelation 4:5; 22:1; Exodus 19:16; Ezekiel 1:13; 47:1; Zechariah 14:8; Psalm 50:2; 3 Enoch 19:4; 33:3ff ..."
Rowland, Christopher, and Christopher R. A. Morray-Jones The Mystery of God: Early Jewish Mysticism and the New Testament (p. 77) Brill, 2009