Some secrets were kept hidden by Moses. The Almighty, on Mount Sinai, instructed Moses to do so. A figurative language is used in the Pentateuch, concealing hidden things. The Apocalypse Of Ezra reveals this to be so.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Apocalypse Of Ezra”, published to YouTube on August 7, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 12 minutes and 21 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
In a book first published circa 1836, Anacalypsis, author Godfrey Higgins claims the Jews had a secret doctrine, not overtly published in the Pentateuch. In support of this claim, Higgins cites the fourth book of Esdras, chapter 14, verses 6, 26, and 45.
Double-checking, I looked in my Bible for Esdras and it wasn’t there! I examined further and found that “Esdras” is in other words Ezra. I did find the book of Ezra in my Bible, but it ended at chapter 10. Where was the chapter 14, cited by Higgins?
Doing a web search on “fourth book of Esdras”, I discovered that it is an apocryphal book, not generally included in the biblical canon. The fourth book of Esdras is also called 2 Esdras, 4 Esdras, Latin Esdras, or Latin Ezra, and Apocalypse Of Ezra.
In support of his claim that the Jews had a secret doctrine, in chapter 14 of the Apocalypse Of Ezra we do indeed find the verses cited by Higgins:
- Verse 6: On Mount Sinai, Moses was told by the Almighty, “Of these words some shalt thou keep secret, and some reveal.”
- Verse 26: “And when thou shalt have finished, some of them [revealed truths] thou shalt make public, and some of them thou shalt conceal, and shall deliver them to the wise; [for] tomorrow at this time thou shalt begin to write.”
- Verses 45-46: “And it came to pass when the forty days were completed, the Most High spake with me, and said to me: The twenty and four books that ye have written [first], make public that those who are worthy and those who are not worthy [from (among) the people] may read therein: but the seventy thou shalt keep and deliver them to the wise of thy people.”
These verses also bring to mind Daniel 12: 4: “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
Also, in the Book of Revelation, seven symbolic seals secure the book or scroll that John of Patmos saw. All of which suggests hidden knowledge not meant to be seen by everyone.
Higgins believes the secret knowledge given to Moses is the origin of the Cabala. Also known as Kaballah and Qaballah, you may notice the “Allah” in the latter parts of Kaballah and Qaballah. The secret knowledge given to Moses was at first handed down verbally, and not put into writing.
Another method used to conceal the secret knowledge, according to Higgins, was to employ figurative language in the Pentateuch, words having a deeper meaning than on the surface. Claiming that the Persian religion of Zoroaster (e.g., the Magi) and the religion of Abraham have much in common, Higgins explains that, “These oriental sects were very much in the habit of using figurative language, under which they concealed their metaphysical doctrines from the eyes of the vulgar.”