Re: The Third Heaven

From: Eric Weiss (
Date: Sat Jun 13 1998 - 13:56:16 EDT

I once noted that in IV(?) Enoch (The Book of the Secrets of Enoch),
Enoch is taken on a tour of the 7 Heavens, and it is in the Third Heaven
that he sees (from

Chapter 8

Of the assumption of Enoch to the third heaven

1And those men took me thence, and led me up on to the third heaven, and
placed me there; and I looked downwards, and
saw the produce of these places, such as has never been known for
2And I saw all the sweet-flowering trees and beheld their fruits, which
were sweet-smelling, and all the foods borne by them
bubbling with fragrant exhalation.
3And in the midst of the trees that of life, in that place whereon the
Lord rests, when he goes up into paradise; and this tree is of
ineffable goodness and fragrance, and adorned more than every existing
thing; and on all sides it is in form gold-looking and
vermilion and fire-like and covers all, and it has produce from all
4Its root is in the garden at the earthās end.
5And paradise is between corruptibility and incorruptibility.
6And two springs come out which send forth honey and milk, and their
springs send forth oil and wine, and they separate into
four parts, and go round with quiet course, and go down into the
PARADISE OF EDEN, between corruptibility and
7And thence they go forth along the earth, and have a revolution to
their circle even as other elements.
8And here there is no unfruitful tree, and every place is blessed.
9And there are three hundred angels very bright, who keep the garden,
and with incessant sweet singing and never-silent
voices serve the Lord throughout all days and hours.
10And I said: How very sweet is this place, and those men said to me:

                                           Chapter 9

The showing to Enoch of the place of the righteous and compassionate

1This place, O Enoch, is prepared for the righteous, who endure all
manner of offence from those that exasperate their souls,
who avert their eyes from iniquity, and make righteous judgment, and
give bread to the hungering, and cover the naked with
clothing, and raise up the fallen, and help injured orphans, and who
walk without fault before the face of the Lord, and serve
him alone, and for them is prepared this place for eternal inheritance.

                                           Chapter 10

Here they showed Enoch the terrible place and various tortures

1And those two men led me up on to the Northern side, and showed me
there a very terrible place, and there were all manner
of tortures in that place: cruel darkness and unillumined gloom, and
there is no light there, but murky fire constantly flaming aloft,
and there is a fiery river coming forth, and that whole place is
everywhere fire, and everywhere there is frost and ice, thirst and
shivering, while the bonds are very cruel, and the angels fearful and
merciless, bearing angry weapons, merciless torture, and I
2Woe, woe, how very terrible is this place.
3And those men said to me: This place, O Enoch, is prepared for those
who dishonour God, who on earth practice sin against
nature, which is child-corruption after the sodomitic fashion,
magic-making, enchantments and devilish witchcrafts, and who
boast of their wicked deeds, stealing, lies, calumnies, envy, rancour,
fornication, murder, and who, accursed, steal the souls of
men, who, seeing the poor take away their goods and themselves wax rich,
injuring them for other menās goods; who being
able to satisfy the empty, made the hungering to die; being able to
clothe, stripped the naked; and who knew not their creator,
and bowed to the soulless and lifeless gods, who cannot see nor hear,
vain gods, who also built hewn images and bow down
to unclean handiwork, for all these is prepared this place among these,
for eternal inheritance.


Steven Cox wrote:

> Hi again Eric > Sorry not quite as promised - English only. If it can wait I can > supply you with the original Greek text in a couple of weeks. > Cheers > Steven > > 37 While Seth was speaking to his mother, an angel sounded the > trumpet and the angels who were lying on their faces stood up > and cried out with a fearful voice saying, "Blessed be the glory > of the Lord over his works, he has had mercy on Adam, the work > of his hands". When the angels had shouted out these things, one > of the six-winged seraphim came and carried Adam off to the lake > of Acheron and washed him three times in the presence of God. He > lay three hours, and so the Lord of all, sitting on his holy > throne, stretched out his hands and took adam and handed him over > to the archangel Michael, saying to him, "Take him up into paradise, > to the third heaven, and leave him there until that great and > fearful day which I am about to establish for the world." And the > archangel Michael took Adam and brought him away and left him, > just as God told him at the pardoning of Adam. > [Trans M.D.Johnson in Charlesworth OT Pseudepigrapha 1983]

-- "Eric S. and Karol-Ann Weiss" S.D.G.

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