“3. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.”
We find the same great catastrophe foretold in the book of Revelation, (chap. xii, v. 3):
“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
“4. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth.”
And again, (chap. vi):
“12. And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
“13. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig-tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
“14. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
“15. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
“16. And said to the mountains and the rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb
17. For the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?”
Here we seem to have the story of Job over again, in this prefiguration of the future.
The Ethiopian copy of the apocryphal book of Enoch contains a poem, which is prefixed to the body of that work, and which the learned author of “Nimrod” supposes to be authentic. It certainly dates from a vast antiquity. It is as follows:
“Enoch, a righteous man, who was with God, answered and spoke while his eyes were open, and while he saw a holy vision in the heavens. . . .
“Upon this account I spoke, and conversed with him who will go forth from his habitation, the holy and mighty One, the God of the world.
“Who will hereafter tread upon the mountain Sinai, and appear with his hosts, and he manifested in the strength of his power from heaven.
“All shall be afraid, and the watchers be terrified. Great fear and trembling shall seize even to the ends of the earth.
“The lofty mountains shall be troubled, and the exalted hills depressed, melting like honeycomb in the flame.
“The earth shall be immerged, and all things which are in it perish. . . .
“He shall preserve the elect, and toward them exercise clemency. . . . The whole earth is full of water.”
This is either history or prophecy.
In the Second Epistle General of Peter, (chap. iii,) we have some allusions to the past, and some prophecies based upon the past, which are very curious: