Ezra’s Seventh Vision – 4 Ezra 14:1-48

Ezra has his final vision three days later while sitting under an oak (14:1-18).  The Lord calls to him and tells him to store up all of the visions he has received because the ages are growing old and the time of the end is drawing near.  History has been divided into twelve parts, and nine of these parts are already past as well as half of the tenth part.  The eagle of the last vision is “already hastening to come.”

Ezra the requests the Lord allow him to rewrite the scripture so the present generation will know what has happened (14:19-26). The Law was burned along with the Temple, therefore the people need new copies given to them by the Lord.  The Lord allows this, but some of the books are kept secret (14:26).  He announces his intention to rewrite the scripture to the people (14:27-36), and for forty days he goes into a field along with five scribes.

He is given a drink by an angel which will give him complete understanding and total recall as he dictates all day long.  After forty days ninety-four books were created:  the twenty-four canonical books and the seventy “hidden” books (14:37-48). This can be taken as a reference to an Old Testament canon since the 24 books are obviously the books of the Hebrew Bible. If 4 Ezra is dated to the end of the first century, then we have at least some indication that the canon was fixed by that date (for the author of 4 Ezra, at least!)

3 thoughts on “Ezra’s Seventh Vision – 4 Ezra 14:1-48

  1. Ezras seventh vision was brought to him while he was sitting underneath an oak tree. I think it is interesting to see how this relates to John when he wrote the book of Revelation on the island of Patmos. He was also all by himself out in nature. I also thought it was interesting that when Ezra found out that the time was almost near nine and half of twelve parts had already passed by and the eagle was waiting to come with the last vision. So, then Ezrah asked God if he could document all that he had seen. An Angel even gives him a drink so that he is fully able to remember what vissinos he had seen and it gives him the ability to comprehend what they meant. Ezrah spent forty days along with five scribes to write down the visions and he wrote ninety four books. Twenty four of the books are canonical books and seventy are hidden books. This reminds of Revelation 10:4 where John hears the seven thunders but a voice tells him to keep what he heard a secret and he was told not to write it down. The stories have a lot of similarities in them just as most apocalyptic literature follow a similar pattern.

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