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Charles < < Chapter XXIV-XXV / Chapter 24 > > Laurence

XXIV-XXV. THE SEVEN MOUNTAINS IN THE NORTH-WEST AND THE TREE OF LIFE.

XXIV

1And from thence I went to another place of the earth, and he showed me a mountain range of 2fire which burnt day and night. And I went beyond it and saw seven magnificent mountains all differing each from the other, and the stones [thereof] were magnificent and beautiful, magnificent as a whole, of glorious appearance and fair exterior: three towards the east, one founded on the other, and three towards the south, one upon the other, and deep rough ravines, no one of which 3joined with any other. And the seventh mountain was in the midst of these, and it excelled them 4in height, resembling the seat of a throne: and fragrant trees encircled the throne. And amongst them was a tree such as I had never yet smelt, neither was any amongst them nor were others like it: it had a fragrance beyond all fragrance, and its leaves and blooms and wood wither not for ever: 5and its fruit is beautiful, and its fruit n resembles the dates of a palm. Then I said: 'How beautiful is this tree, and fragrant, and its leaves are fair, and its blooms very delightful in appearance.' 6Then answered Michael, one of the holy and honoured angels who was with me, and was their leader.

XXV

1And he said unto me: 'Enoch, why dost thou ask me regarding the fragrance of the tree, 2and why dost thou wish to learn the truth?' Then I answered him saying: 'I wish to 3know about everything, but especially about this tree.' And he answered saying: 'This high mountain which thou hast seen, whose summit is like the throne of God, is His throne, where the Holy Great One, the Lord of Glory, the Eternal King, will sit, when He shall come down to visit 4the earth with goodness. And as for this fragrant tree no mortal is permitted to touch it till the great judgement, when He shall take vengeance on all and bring [everything] to its consummation 5for ever. It shall then be given to the righteous and holy. Its fruit shall be for food to the elect: it shall be transplanted to the holy place, to the temple of the Lord, the Eternal King.

6Then shall they rejoice with joy and be glad,
And into the holy place shall they enter;
And its fragrance shall be in their bones,
And they shall live a long life on earth,
Such as thy fathers lived:
And in their days shall no sorrow or plague
Or torment or calamity touch them.'

7Then blessed I the God of Glory, the Eternal King, who hath prepared such things for the righteous, and hath created them and promised to give to them.

 

24

24:1 I went from there to another place, and saw a mountain of fire flashing both by day and night. I proceeded towards it; and perceived seven splendid mountains, which were all different from each other.

24:2 Their stones were brilliant and beautiful; all were brilliant and splendid to behold; and beautiful was their surface. Three [mountains] were towards the east, and strengthened by being placed one upon another; and three were towards the south, strengthened in a similar manner. There were likewise deep valleys, which did not approach each other. And the seventh mountain was in the midst of them. In length they all resembled the seat of a throne, and odoriferous trees surrounded them.

24:3 Among these there was a tree of an unceasing smell; nor of those which were in Eden was there one of all the fragrant trees which smelt like this. Its leaf, its flower, and its bark never withered, and its fruit was beautiful.

24:4 Its fruit resembled the cluster of the palm. I exclaimed, Behold! This tree is goodly in aspect, pleasing in its leaf, and the sight of its fruit is delightful to the eye. Then Michael, one of the holy and glorious angels who were with me, and [one] who presided over them, answered,

24:5 And said: Enoch, why do you inquire respecting the odour of this tree?

24:6 [Why] are you inquisitive to know it?

24:7 Then I, Enoch, replied to him, and said, Concerning everything I am desirous of instruction, but particularly concerning this tree.

24:8 He answered me, saying, That mountain which you behold, the extent of whose head resembles the seat of the Lord, will be the seat on which shall sit the holy and great Lord of glory, the everlasting King, when he shall come and descend to visit the earth with goodness.

24:9 And that tree of an agreeable smell, not one of carnal [odor], there shall be no power to touch, until the period of the great judgment. When all shall be punished and consumed for ever, this shall be bestowed on the righteous and humble. The fruit of the [tree] shall be given to the elect. For towards the north life shall be planted in the holy place, towards the habitation of the everlasting King.

24:10 Then shall they greatly rejoice and exult in the Holy One. The sweet odor shall enter into their bones; and they shall live a long life on the earth as your forefathers have lived; neither in their days shall sorrow, distress, trouble, and punishment afflict them.

24:11 And I blessed the Lord of glory, the everlasting King, because He has prepared [this tree] for the saints, formed it, and declared that He would give it to them.


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