1 And from there, I went to another place, and he showed me in the west a large and high mountain, and a hard rock, and four beautiful places.
2 And inside, it was deep, wide, and very smooth. How smooth is that which rolls, and deep and dark to look at!
3 Then Raphael, one of the Holy Angels who was with me, answered me, and said to me: “These beautiful places are there so that the spirits, the souls of the dead, might be gathered into them. For them they were created; so that here they might gather the souls of the sons of men.
(1 Peter 3:18-20), (1 Peter 4:6), (Psalm 68:18), (Ephesians 4:8-10)
4 And these places they made, where they will keep them until the Day of Judgment, and until their appointed time, and that appointed time will be long, until the great judgment comes upon them.
(1 Peter 3:18-20), (1 Peter 4:6), (Psalm 68:18), (Ephesians 4:8-10)
5 And I saw the spirits of the sons of men who were dead and their voices reached Heaven and complained.
6 Then I asked Raphael, the Angel who was with me, and said to him: “Whose is this spirit, whose voice thus reaches Heaven and complains?”
7 And he answered me, and said to me, saying: “This spirit is the one that came out of Abel, whom Cain, his brother, killed. And he will complain about him until his offspring are destroyed from the face of the Earth, and from amongst the offspring of men, his offspring perish.”
(Genesis 4:3-8), (Genesis 4:9-11), (Matthew 23:35), (Luke 11:51), (1 John 3:12), (Jude 1:10-11)
8 Then I asked about him, and about judgment on all, and I said: “Why is one separated from another?”
9 And he answered me, and said to me: “These three places where made, in order that they might separate the spirits of the dead. And thus the souls of the righteous have been separated; this is the spring of water, and on it the light.
(Revelation 14:13), (John 4:14), (John 7:38), (Revelation 22:1)
10 Likewise, a place has been created for sinners, when they die, and are buried in the earth, and judgment has not come upon them during their life.
(Exodus 23:7), (Ben Sira 9:11-12)
11 And here their souls will be separated for this great torment, until the Great Day of Judgment and Punishment and Torment for those who curse, forever, and of vengeance on their souls. And there he will bind them forever. Verily, He is, from the beginning of the world.
(Ben Sira 21:10), (Job 24:19-20), (Job 7:9-11), (Wisdom 16:14), (Job 14:11-13), (Psalm 17:13-15), (Daniel 12:2), (Matthew 25:46), (John 5:28-29), (Acts 24:15)
12 And thus a place has been separated for the souls of those who complain, and give information about their destruction, about when they were killed, in the days of the sinners.
13 Thus a place has been created, for the souls of men who are not righteous, but sinners, accomplished in wrongdoing, and with the wrongdoers will be their lot. But their souls will not be killed on the day of judgment, nor will they rise from here.”
(Psalm 1:5-6), (Revelation 20:5), (Psalm 119:155), (Ben Sira 41:5-11), (Wisdom 1:16), (Wisdom 2:21-24), (Wisdom 3:10), (Wisdom 4:20), (Wisdom 5:13-14), (Job 8:11-14), (Job 27:7-10)
14 Then I blessed the Lord of Glory, and said: “Blessed be my Lord, the Lord of Glory and Righteousness, who rules everything forever.”
(1 Kings 8:32)
(Proverbs 15:24) “24 The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below.”
(1 Peter 3:18-20) Christ’s Suffering and Ours
“18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.”
(1 Peter 4:6) “6 For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”
(Psalm 68:18) “18 You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious, That the Lord God might dwell there.”
(Ephesians 4:8-10) “8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”
9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)”
(Genesis 4:10) “10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.”
(Genesis 4:3-8) “3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”
(Genesis 4:9-11) “9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.”
(Matthew 23:35) “35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.”
(Luke 11:51) “51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.”
(1 John 3:12) “12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.”
(Jude 1:10-11) “10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.”
(Revelation 14:13) “13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.””
(John 4:14) “14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.””
(John 7:38) “38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.””
(Revelation 22:1) “22 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
(Exodus 23:7) “7 Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked.”
(Ben Sira 9:11-12) “11 Do not envy the success of sinners, for you do not know what their end will be like. 12 Do not delight in what pleases the ungodly; remember that they will not be held guiltless all their lives.”
(Ben Sira 21:10) “10 The way of sinners is paved with smooth stones, but at its end is the pit of Hades.”
(Job 24:19-20) “19 As drought and heat consume the snow waters, So the grave consumes those who have sinned.
20 The womb should forget him, The worm should feed sweetly on him; He should be remembered no more, And wickedness should be broken like a tree.”
(Job 7:9-10) “9 As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, So he who goes down to the grave does not come up.
10 He shall never return to his house, Nor shall his place know him anymore.”
(Wisdom 16:14) “14 A person in wickedness kills another, but cannot bring back the departed spirit, or set free the imprisoned soul.”
(Job 14:11-13) “11 As water disappears from the sea, And a river becomes parched and dries up,
12 So man lies down and does not rise. Till the heavens are no more, They will not awake Nor be roused from their sleep.
13 “Oh, that You would hide me in the grave, That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past, That You would appoint me a set time, and remember me!”
(Psalm 17:13-15) “13 Arise, O Lord, Confront him, cast him down; Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,
14 With Your hand from men, O Lord, From men of the world who have their portion in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure. They are satisfied with children, And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.
15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”
(Daniel 12:2) “2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
(Matthew 25:46) “46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.””
(John 5:28-29) “28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”
(Acts 24:15) “15 I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.”
(Psalm 1:5-6) “5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
(Revelation 20:5) “5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”
(Psalm 119:155) “155 Salvation is far from the wicked, For they do not seek Your statutes.”
(Ben Sira 41:5-11) “5 The children of sinners are abominable children, and they frequent the haunts of the ungodly. 6 The inheritance of the children of sinners will perish, and on their posterity will be a perpetual reproach. 7 Children will blame an ungodly father, for they suffer reproach because of him. 8 Woe to you, ungodly men, who have forsaken the law of the Most High God! 9 When you are born, you are born to a curse; and when you die, a curse is your lot. 10 Whatever is from the dust returns to dust; so the ungodly go from curse to destruction. 11 The mourning of men is about their bodies, but the evil name of sinners will be blotted out.”
(Wisdom 1:16) “16 But the ungodly by their words and deeds summoned death; considering him a friend, they pined away and made a covenant with him, because they are fit to belong to his company.”
(Wisdom 2:21-24) “21 Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray, for their wickedness blinded them, 22 and they did not know the secret purposes of God, nor hoped for the wages of holiness, nor discerned the prize for blameless souls; 23 for God created us for incorruption, and made us in the image of his own eternity, 24 but through the devil's envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it.”
(Wisdom 3:10) “10 But the ungodly will be punished as their reasoning deserves, those who disregarded the righteous and rebelled against the Lord;”
(Wisdom 4:20) “20 They will come with dread when their sins are reckoned up, and their lawless deeds will convict them to their face.”
(Wisdom 5:13-14) “13 So we also, as soon as we were born, ceased to be, and we had no sign of virtue to show, but were consumed in our wickedness." 14 Because the hope of the ungodly is like thistledown carried by the wind, and like a light frost driven away by a storm; it is dispersed like smoke before the wind, and it passes like the remembrance of a guest who stays but a day.”
(Job 8:11-14) “11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the reeds flourish without water?
12 While it is yet green and not cut down, It withers before any other plant.
13 So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish,
14 Whose confidence shall be cut off, And whose trust is a spider’s web.”
(Job 27:7-10) “7 “May my enemy be like the wicked, And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.
8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?
9 Will God hear his cry When trouble comes upon him?
10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call on God?”
(1 Kings 8:32) “32 then hear in heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked, bringing his way on his head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.”