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He is then told that during this time there shall be two prophets, witnesses of the Lord (Moses and Elijah), who shall again manifest their power of restraining the heavens from giving rain (I Kings xvii. Possibly this is the older form of the legend of the Messiah ben Ephraim or ben Joseph being slain by Gog and Magog, based on Zech. 1, 12a, 5b, 10) the description of the beast (after Dan. The close of the visionary letters is found at xxii. 1, 8 ("I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was and will be ["will come" is a Christian alteration], the Almighty") and part of i. 1 et seq.) how he was carried up by the spirit (with the angel's word, "Come down hither," compare the expression "Yorede Merkabah"), and how he saw "a throne set in heaven and One sitting on the throne," after the manner of Ezek. First Jewish Apocalypse: After the introductory verses, part of i. "Round about the throne were twenty-four seats, and upon these I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white raiment, and they had golden crowns on their heads": obviously heavenly representations of the twenty-four classes of priests serving in the Temple (Ta'an.
Of these one is singled out by the name of Nicolaites (ii.
Another singled out was a woman, probably a prophetess, called Jezebel (ii. Evidently the seed sown by Paul and his associates, who in their antinomian Gnosticism boasted of having penetrated "the deep things of God" (I Cor. 10), had borne evil fruit, so that the seer of Patmoscalls these heretics "false apostles and liars" (ii. 13), had to do with these heresies it is difficult to say; certain it is that many were "polluted" by pagan practises (ii.