Ezekiel 38:22

Hebrew Bible

21 I will call for a sword to attack Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord; every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 I will judge him with plague and bloodshed. I will rain down on him, his troops, and the many peoples who are with him a torrential downpour, hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 I will exalt and magnify myself; I will reveal myself before many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’

1 Enoch 69:23

Pseudepigrapha

22 And in like manner the spirits of the water, and of the winds, and of all zephyrs, and (their) paths from all the quarters of the winds. 23 And there are preserved the voices of the thunder and the light of the lightnings: and there are preserved the chambers of the hail and the chambers of the hoarfrost, and the chambers of the mist, and the chambers of the rain and the dew. 24 And all these believe and give thanks before the Lord of Spirits, and glorify (Him) with all their power, and their food is in every act of thanksgiving: they thank and glorify and extol the name of the Lord of Spirits for ever and ever.⌉

 Notes and References

"... The first thing which Enoch says he saw in heaven is a wall which is built of white marble and surrounded by tongues of fire (14:9). As it turned out, the wall surrounded a house. The house, no doubt, is identical with the heavenly divine palace, yet the manner in which it is described requires our comment. The house, its walls, its floor and its groundwork, were built of crystal. (The existence of hailstones in heaven could be inferred from Joshua 10, 11 and Job 38, 22; see also 1 Enoch 69:23, to say nothing of the fact that hail comes from the sky! See further Ezekiel 38:22; Revelation 16:21. Cf. also Mechilta d’Rabbi Ismael, ed. Horovitz-Rabin, p. 111. Job 38:22 likewise mentions the heavenly origin of snow ...) Now, this description of the marble-like appearance of the walls most probably derives from Ezekiel 1:22 ..."

Gruenwald, Ithamar Apocalyptic and Merkavah Mysticism (pp. 71-72) Brill, 2014

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