SUPPLEMENTARY TRANSLATIONS FROM THE "BOOK OF THE BEE."
GOG AND MAGOG. ANTI-CHRIST.
The extracts quoted in the preceding pages show how largely Solomon, Bishop of Al-Basrah, borrowed from the "Cave of
Treasures" when compiling his work, "The Book of the Bee," especially when he was dealing with the history of the early
Patriarchs. But he did not bring his book to a close with the narrative of the Crucifixion, for his aim was to describe
briefly the progress of Christianity after the death of Christ; and in doing this he collected and set down in writing
a considerable amount of information regarding the Apostles and disciples, and their lives and deaths, and a number of
facts and legends which he accepted and wished the p. 250 Nestorians in his diocese especially to believe. In fact, the
"Book of the Bee," though written by a Nestorian bishop, may be regarded as a supplement or continuation of the "Cave of
Treasures," which, according to ancient tradition, was written by a Jacobite bishop. Both works are included in the
collection of texts which the learned priest Hômô copied in the British Museum MS. Add. 25875, and both were so highly
esteemed that copies of them were made for the library of the church of the Virgin Mary in `Amedîa. The following summary
is based on my translation of the Syriac text published at Oxford in 1886.
[OF GOG AND MAGOG.]
When Alexander was king, and had subdued countries and cities, and had arrived in the East, he saw in the confines of
the East those men who are of the children of Japhet. They were more wicked and unclean than all [other] dwellers in the
world; filthy people of hideous appearance, who ate mice and the creeping things of the earth, and snakes and scorpions.
They never buried the bodies of their dead [but ate them]. People ignorant of God, and unacquainted with the power of
reason, but who lived in this world without understanding like ravening beasts.
When Alexander saw their wickedness, he called God to his aid, and he gathered together and brought them and their wives and
children, and made them go in, and
shut them up within the confines of the North. This is the gate of the world on the north, and there is no other
entrance or exit from the confines of the world from the east to the north. And Alexander prayed to God with tears, and
God heard his prayer and commanded those two lofty mountains which are called "the children of the north," and they drew
nigh to one another until there remained between them about twelve cubits. Then he built in front of them a strong building,
and he made for it a door of brass, and anointed it within and without with oil of Thesnaktîs (i.e. an oil which cannot be
burnt off with fire or scraped off with an iron tool), so that if they should bring iron implements near it to force it to
open, they would be unable to move it; and if they wished to melt it with fire, it would quench it; and it feared neither
the operations of devils nor of sorcerers, and was not to be overcome [by them].
Now there were twenty-two kingdoms
imprisoned within the northern gate, and their names are these:--
Nâwâl, Eshkenâz (Eshkîn).
Paktâyê (the people of Paktuê in the Thracian Chersonesus).
Humnâyê (the Huns), Parzâyê.
Daklâyê, Thaubelâyê (Tuklâyê).
Cannibals, Therkâyê (Thracians).
Âlânâyê (the Allani), Pisilôn.
At the end of the world and at the final consummation, when men are eating and drinking and marrying wives; and women
are given to husbands; when they are planting vineyards and building buildings, and there is neither wicked man nor
adversary, on account of the assured tranquillity and certain peace; suddenly the gates of the north shall be opened, and
the hosts of the nations that are imprisoned there shall go forth. The whole earth shall tremble before them, and men
shall flee and take refuge in the mountains and in caves and in burial places, and in clefts of the earth; and they shall
die of hunger, and there will be none to bury them, by reason of the multitude of afflictions which they will make men
suffer. They will eat dead dogs and cats; they will give mothers the bodies of their children to cook, and they will eat
them before them without shame. They will destroy the earth, and there will be none able to stand before them. After one
week of p. 268 that sore affliction, they will all be destroyed in the plain of Joppa, for thither will all those [people]
be gathered together, with their wives and their sons and their daughters.
[OF THE COMING OF ANTI-CHRIST.]
In a week and half a week after the destruction of these wretches shall the son of destruction appear. He shall be
conceived in Chorazin, born in Bethsaida, and reared in Capernaum. Chorazin shall exult because he was conceived in her,
Bethsaida because he was born in her, and Capernaum because he was brought up in her; for this reason our Lord proclaimed
Woe to these three [cities] in the Gospel (Matt. xi. 21). As soon as the son of perdition is revealed the king of the
Greeks will go up and stand upon Golgotha, where our Lord was crucified; and he will set the royal crown upon the top
of the holy Cross, upon which our Lord was crucified; and he will stretch out his two hands to heaven, and will deliver
over the kingdom to God the Father. The holy Cross shall be taken up to heaven, and the royal crown with it; and the
king will die immediately. The king who shall deliver over the kingdom to God will be descended from the seed of Kûshath,
the daughter of Pîl, the king of the Ethiopians; for Armelaus (Romulus), the king of the Greeks, took Kûshath to
wife, and the seed of the Ethiopians was mingled with that of the Greeks. From this seed shall a king arise who shall
deliver the kingdom over to God, as the blessed David hath said, "Cush will deliver the power to God" (Ps. lxviii. 31).
When the Cross is raised up to heaven straightway shall every head and every ruler and all powers be brought to nought,
and God will withdraw His providential care from the earth. The heavens will be prevented from letting fall rain, and the
earth from producing germs and plants; and the earth shall remain like iron through drought, and the heavens like brass.
Then will the son of perdition appear, of the seed and of the tribe of Dan; and he will show deluding phantasms, and lead
astray the world, for the simple will see the lepers cleansed, the blind with their eyes opened, the paralytic walking,
the devils cast out, the sun when he looks upon it becoming black, the moon when he commands it becoming changed, the
trees putting forth fruit from their branches, and the earth making roots to grow. He will show deluding phantasms
[of this kind], but he will not be able to raise the dead. He will go into Jerusalem and will sit upon a throne in the
Temple, saying, "I am the Christ," and he will be borne aloft by legions of devils like a king and a lawgiver, naming
himself God, and p. 270 saying, "I am the fulfilment of the types and the parables." He will put an end to prayers and
offerings, as if at his appearance prayers are to be abolished and men will not need sacrifices and offerings along with
him. He becomes a man incarnate by a married woman of the tribe of Dan. When this son of destruction becomes a man,
he will be made a dwelling place for devils, and all Satanic workings will be perfected in him. There will be gathered
together with him all the devils and all the hosts of the Indians; and before all the Indians and before all men will
the mad Jewish nation believe in him, saying, "This is the Christ, the expectation of the world." The time of the error
of the Anti-christ will last two years and a half, but others say three years and six months. And when everyone is
standing in despair, then will Elijah (Elias) come from Paradise, and convict the deceiver, and turn the heart of the
fathers to the children and the heart of the children to the fathers; and he will encourage and strengthen the hearts
of the believers.
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By Frederick S. Oliver, Amanuensis
What secrets perchance are about us?
We do not know as we lie there, our bodies resting, our souls filled with peace,
nor do we know until many years are passed out through the back door of time that
that tall basalt cliff conceals a doorway. We do not suspect this, nor that a long tunnel stretches away,
far into the interior of majestic Shasta. Wholly unthought is it that there lie at the tunnel's far end
vast apartments, the home of a mystic brotherhood, whose occult arts hollowed that tunnel and mysterious dwelling:
"Sach" the name is. Are you incredulous as to these things? Go there, or suffer yourself to be taken as I was,
once! See, as I saw, not with the vision of flesh, the walls, polished as by jewelers, though excavated as by giants;
floors carpeted with long, fleecy gray fabric that looked like fur, but was a mineral product;
ledges intersected by the builders, and in their wonderful polish exhibiting veinings of gold, of silver,
of green copper ores, and maculations of precious stones. Verily, a mystic temple,
made afar from the madding crowd, a refuge whereof those who, "Seeing, see not," can truly say:
"And no man knows . . .
"And no man saw it e'er."
Once I was there, friend, casting pebbles in the stream's deep pools; yet it was then hid,
for only a few are privileged. And departing, the spot was forgotten, and to-day, unable as any one who reads this,
I cannot tell its place. Curiosity will never unlock that secret. Does it truly exist? Seek and ye shall find;
knock and it shall be opened unto you. Shasta is a true guardian and silently towers,
giving no sign of that within his breast. But there is a key. The one who first conquers self,
Shasta will not deny.
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"Listen now to the song of life in thy heart. Say not, 'It is not there.' Listen deeper. This song is in every breast;
it may be obscure, yet it is there. Not the most wretched outcast but it is in him, for all are children of the Father,
which is I. Listen to My Song, for while thou art yet but man, I shall not speak continually, and thy strength must
sometimes be in memory of Me. Inquire now of the Earth-matter; of the
air, of the water, the wind; and seek the treasurers of the snow. My Peace I give unto thee."
At last I saw; I heard; and, my friend who readeth this, I speak. My words go to the multiplication by types, and then by
myriad copies through the world, to be known by those that "seeing, see and comprehend." And with each copy shall go my
love and greater, mine eye shall note each hungered seeker for the truth, and, be it in the palace, or cottage, there,
too, will I be, not figuratively, but my Spirit.
I had gone into a lonely mountain spot to hear this Voice, and now as I walked, a Being not Man joined me. Its presence
was one of light and glory and goodness. With it came Mol Lang, saying:
"This is one of the Beings of Good. Behold, Phylos, our Father's House hath many Mansions, and in these are Beings created
by Him, and endowed with volition like as Man, yet they are not human, never were, nor ever will be. Man shall be perfect
when the Spirit of the Father entereth him. Then shall he know all things, and be perfect. What is perfection? Absolute
harmony with His Infinite Creation. So there may be perfect men; also perfect Beings which are not Men, as this one
with us. This is a Good Being. But there is an opposite in the Things of the Creation. There are perfect Evil Beings,
which likewise are not, never were, nor ever will be human. What are these? They are in perfect harmony with the laws of
their existence, but those laws and their conditions are absolutely opposed to ours, and to good. Hence such are inimical
to our life and so, evil. Yet this sort seek us not, nor we them. In the scheme of Creation evil and good are evenly
balanced. What disturbs, harmony with us, therefore, disturbs them by disadjustment of balance. Hence they seek not our
harm. But Satan, know ye him? He was an Angel of Light, fallen, and come to so much the greater fall in that his height
was so lofty. 1 He is a rebel, and out of harmony.
"Life, Phylos, is limited, for it is but the action in the Mansion of Human environment. But existence is not limited.
Hence this Good Being with us is not Life, but of Existence. See, It goes. This is Its symbol, and the name of Its
Mansion ^. And when thy trials
draw about thee on the ground that figure and stand in it; go not out,
but call on the Father. He will send His ^ Beings to aid thee. Peace go with thee."