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REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

"THE LOST AGES." 

FROM ETHIOPIAN MANUSCRIPTS OF AN ANONYxMOUS, 
IN EIGHT VOLUxMES. 

TRANSLATED FROM 
AMHA^ IC IN ENGLISH 

BY 

FR;- ROT HER. 




FIRST VOLUME. 



CAMBRIDGE: 

THE HARVARD PRINTING CO.MPANY, 
1890. 



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Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 

1890, in the Office of the Librarian of 

Congress at Washington, 

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 



REVELATION OF GENESIS. 



In the beginning God created the heaven 
and the earth. And the earth was waste 
and void ; and darkness was upon the 
face of the deep ; and the spirit of God 
moved upon the waters. 

The spirit of God is the beginning of 
all ; thus it is written in the book of 
Moses ; the Lord is the God of all spirits, 
and besides the matter of Moses spoken 
with God shall not be forgotten, as fol- 
lows : Moses said unto God : Behold, 
when I come unto the children of Israel, 
and shall say unto them, The God of your 
fathers hath sent me unto you ; and they 
shall say to me. What is his name ?^ what 
shall I say unto them ? And God said 
unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM ; and 
he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the 



^ REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

children of Israel, T AM hath sent me 
unto you ; I AM was the beginning of all, 
and thus is the end of all. 

After the beginning the waters were on 
the face of all deep, and also on the face of 
all high they moved. And the spirit of 
God moved upon the waters, and thus 
elements of fire came amidst the waters, 
but were scattering on all face of the deep 
and high. And there was light according 
to the word of God. And God saw the 
light that it was good, and God divided 
the light from the darkness. And God 
called the light Day and the darkness he 
called Night. And there was evening, 
and there was morning, one day. 

In the beginning of creation there was 
evening, but when the light was amidst 
the waters thus there was morning 
and thereafter the light changed with the 
darkness, and evenifig with morning 
according to the wisdom of God. Because 
of the spirit of God the waters were stir- 
ring and thus produced the elements of 
fire. And the waters soared with the fires. 



THE LOST AGES. 3 

On the face of heaven there was no length 
and breadth, no height and depth before 
man's comprehension, and each of the 
elements of water and fire returned to its 
place according to God's word. And there 
was evening and there was morning, one 
day, and thus one day is one Eternity, 

Because of the holiness of God the book 
Genesis was written by Moses's hand, and 
that did not omit nor add anything, but to 
the image of God to man it is given from 
child to child, to science, to study, to 
exploration, to the greatest work that 
ever comes before man, to the spiritual 
work. 

On the Pentateuch in each chapter 
this word is written : God created in six 
days heaven and earth and the sea and all 
that is in them, and rested on the seventh 
day. 

Before the face of God man was like the 
child whose intellect was hidden. And 
God being the true father put the man 
who was called Adam into a beautiful 
garden, and brought unto man the 



4 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

beasts of the field and the fowls of the 
air that he should see them and learn to 
give names to them. And also he gave to 
man wife. But when man from time to 
time received intellect he made sins pur- 
suant to God's wisdom, for it was the will 
of God that man, the image of God, from 
child to child, shall augment intellect, and 
that from time to time knowledge and 
science shall multiply among men, and 
also that man shall learn to distinguish 
between good and evil. And God said to 
man from time of old, thus it is : Choose 
the good and abhor the evil, but God knew 
all this also, and in his heart said: The 
thought of man's heart is evil from his 
youth. 

The darkness was in the beginning, but 
thereafter the light came, and thus the 
man was evil in his vouth, but became 
good by his age. God made the firmament 
and divided the waters which were under 
the firmament from the waters which were 
above the firmament : and it was so. And 
God called the firmament Heaven. And 



THE LOST AGES. 5 

there was evening, and there was morning, 
a second eternity. On the face of heaven 
a great many firmaments were created that 
are far mightier than the firmament of the 
earth, but God had not spoken on that 
creation that it was good ; and perhaps it 
may be that several firmaments will be 
annihilated at the coming time pursuant to 
God's thought. 

And God said, Let the waters under the 
heaven be gathered together unto one place, 
and let the dry land appear ; and it was so. 
And God called the dry land Earth, and 
the gathering together of the waters called 
he Seas : and God saw that it was good. 

And God said. Let the earth put forth 
grass, herb yielding seed, and tree bearing 
fruit after its kind, wherein is the seed 
thereof, upon the earth : and it was so. 
And the earth brought forth grass, herb 
yielding seed after its kind, and tree bear- 
ing fruit, wherein the seed is thereof, after 
its kind ; and God saw that it was good. 
And there was evening and there was 
morning, third eternity. And God said of 



6 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

the earth, the dwelling of man, that it was 
good, even of the third eternity creation, 
bat that God saw how the second eteinity 
creation was good it was not written in the 
book of Moses. Because of his holiness it 
was so on the ground that man was not 
able to explore the multitude of heaven 
firmaments like the earth. This reason 
seemed stronger than that reason that from 
the multitude of heaven firmaments several 
will break in at the coming time. 

And God said, Let there be lights in the 
firmament of the heaven to divide the day 
from the night ; and let them be for signs, 
and for seasons, and for days and years ; 
and let them be lights in the firmament of 
'heaven to give light upon the earth : and it 
was so. And God made the two great 
lights; the greater light to rule the day, 
and the smaller light to rule the night; he 
made the stars also. And God set them 
in the firmament of the heaven to give 
light upon the earth and to rule over the 
day and over the night, and to divide the 
light from the darkness : and God saw that 



THE LOST AGES. 7 

it was good. And there was evening, and 
there was morning, fourth eternity. 

And God created the great sea monsters 
and every living creature that moved, which 
the waters brought forth abundantly 
after their kinds ; and every winged fowl 
after its kind ; and God saw that it was 
good. And God blessed them, saying, Be 
fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters 
in the seas, and let fowl multiply on the 
earth. And there was evening, and there 
was morning, fifth eternity. 

And God said. Let the earth bring forth 
the living creature after its kind, cattle and 
creeping thing, and beast of the earth 
after its kind : and it was so. And God 
made the beast of the earth after its kind, 
and the cattle after their kind, and every- 
thing that creeps upon the ground after its 
kind; and God saw that it was good. 
And God said, Let us make man in our 
image after our likeness ; and let them 
have dominion over the fish of the sea, 
and over the fowl of the air, and over the 
cattle, and over all the earth, and over 



8 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

every creeping thing that creeps upon the 
earth. 

And God created man in his own image, 
in the image of God created he him : male 
and female created he them. And God 
blessed them : and God said unto them, 
Be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the 
earth and subdue it, and have dominion 
over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl 
of the air, and over every living thing 
that moves upon the earth. And God said, 
Behold, I have given you every herb 
yielding seed, which is upon the face of all 
the earth, and every tree and every 
fruit of the tree yielding seed ; to you it 
shall be for food ; and to every beast of the 
earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to 
everything that creeps upon the earth, 
wherein there is living soul, I have given 
every green herb for food ; and it was so. 
And God saw everything that he had 
made, and, behold, it was very good. And 
there was evening, and there was morning, 
sixth eternity. 

And the heaven and the earth were fin- 



THE LOST AGES. ^ 

ished; and all the host of them. And on 
the seventh day God finished his work 
which he had made, and he rested on the 
seventh day from all his work which he 
had made. And God blessed the seventh 
day and hallowed it, because in it he rested 
from all his work which God had created 
and made. 

God created the heaven and the earth 
and all their host in six eternities, and 
rested on the seventh eternity. And 
when God created all them, there was a 
great deal of pain and sorrow in the 
spirit of God which man from generation 
to generation shall never be able to com- 
prehend thereof. And after God had 
created man in his image, after his like- 
ness, he rested on the seventh eternity, for 
he saw how the creation of man was very 
good. 

The heaven, and the earth, and all their 
host were created from the first eternity 
until second eternity connectedly, and 
thus from second eternity until third 
eternity connectedly, and from third 



10 REVELATTON OF GENESIS. 

eternity until fourth eternity connectedly, 
and from fourth eternity until fifth eternity 
connectedly, and from fifth eternity until 
sixth eternity connectedly, and on the 
seventh eternity God rested from all work 
that he had made. And God blessed the 
seventh eternity and hallowed it, for before 
God it was there written that the heaven 
and the earth and all the host of them 
were very good. The creation of man in 
God's image, after his likeness, is a perfect 
work of the Lord. And after God had 
given to man dominion over all beasts that 
are on the earth, and over all things that 
move in the seas, and over all things that 
soar in the air, then he rested unto the 
seventh eternity. Therefore God gave 
commandment to man. Thus said he: 

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it 
holy. And thus it becomes very much to 
man from generation to generation that he 
learn to remember the seventh day and 
to hallow it. And God said unto man : 
This Sabbath be a sign unto you of the 
covenant that is established between me 



THE LOST AGES. 11 

and you. And in the book of Moses it 
was written that the commandment in 
behalf of the Sabbath shall be kept by the 
children of Israel, and by the strangers 
that dwell among them. 

And God had driven out Adam from the 
garden because of his disobedience, and 
thus it shall not become to the children of 
Israel that they transfer the Sabbath from 
the seventh day to another day of the 
week. And God brought forth manna of 
two-fold unto the children of Israel on the 
sixth day for the following day, for the 
Sabbath, but from the people some men 
went out on the seventh day to gather and 
found none. And the Lord said unto 
Moses : How long refuse ye to keep my 
commandments and my laws ? See, for 
that the Lord hath given you the Sabbath ; 
therefore he giveth you on the sixth day 
the bread of two days ; abide ye every 
man in his place, let no man go out of his 
place on the seventh day. Because of the 
holiness of God appeared the Lord before 
the children of Israel in cloud and fire, and 



12 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

said : Remember the Sabbath day to keep 
it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and 
do all thy work ; but the seventh day is a 
Sabbath unto the Lord thy God ; in it thou 
shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, 
nor thy daughter, nor thy man servant, 
nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor 
thy stranger that is within thy gates ; for 
in six days the I^ord made heaven and 
earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and 
rested the seventh day ; wherefore the 
Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed 
it. 

For these words God did not add more 
things nor did he also omit anything. But 
God had spoken that man, the image of 
God, and his likeness shall be like the 
creator, and by the time shall be perfect 
from generation to generation. 

And man by his heart shall ask himself : 
What is the Sabbath of the Lord ? What 
shall I do to hallow the Sabbath ? And 
every man himself shall learn the reason 
of the Sabbath, and when he understands 
that in meeting and school he shall praise 



THE LOST AGES. 13 

his father, the creator, by offerings of 
righteousness, by wise talk, by good works. 
And when man understands the reason of 
the Sabbath out from his whole soul, the 
day of the Sabbath shall be unto man like 
the day of delight, like time of hallelujah. 

And Christ said to his brethren, the 
Jews, the Sabbath is for man's sake, the 
man is not for Sabbath's sake, and thus the 
son of man is Lord of the Sabbath. 

And when man understands the reason 
of the Sabbath fully he will hallow that 
day with joy, and thus man is Lord of the 
Sabbath. God, for his image's sake, for 
man's sake, had labored six eternities with 
a great deal of pain and sorrow, and after 
he created man perfectly he rested on 
the seventh eternity. Therefore God 
commanded that following after the fourth 
commandment to man, thus it is : Honor 
thy father and thy mother, that thy days 
may be long upon the land which the 
Lord thy God giveth thee. And man was 
created in the image of God. And after 
man had begotten his child with pain and 



14 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

sorrow, this child himself shall know how 
much it becomes for him to honor his 
father and his mother, but when the child 
does evil before his father the latter shall 
be stricken with pain and sorrow, and thus 
God shall be stricken with pain and sor- 
row when man does evil before his creator. 
This history ought not to be forgotten, as 
follows : And when men began to multiply 
on the face of the earth, and daughters 
were born unto them, the children of God 
saw the daughters of men that they were 
fair : and they took them wives of all that 
they choose. And the Lord said. My 
spirit shall not strive with man forever, 
for that he also is flesh ; yet shall his days 
be a hundred and twenty years. Monsters 
of men were on the earth in those days, 
and also after that, when the sons of God 
came in unto the daughters of men, and 
they bare children to them ; the same were 
the mighty men which were of old, men 
of renown. And the Lord saw that the 
wickedness of man was great in the earth, 
and that every imagined thought of his 



THE LOST AGES. 15 

heart was only evil continually. And it 
repented the Lord that he had made man 
on the earth, and it grieved him at his 
heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy 
man whom 1 have created from the face of 
the ground ; both man, and beast, and 
creeping thing, and fowl of the air ; for it 
repents me that I have made them. But 
Noah found grace before the Lord, for 
Noah was a righteous man, was perfect 
amidst his generation, and walked with 
God. When God thought to annihilate 
man by the flood of waters it grieved him 
exceedingly at his heart, for man, the 
likeness of God, was created after six eter- 
nities with a great deal of pain and sorrow, 
for God expected from his son, the man, 
that he walk with God and be perfect 
after the spirit of his creator. And, 
behold, the earth was corrupt before God, 
and the earth was filled with violence. 
And God saw the earth, and, behold, it 
was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted 
his way upon the earth. And God was in 
his heart exceedingly aggrieved, for on that 



16 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

cause he was hindered to rest his Sabbath, 
and for the men, the children of God had 
perverted the way of their creator by- 
wickedness and violence, and had polluted 
the Sabbath of the Lord foully. 

Before the flood of waters after Adam 
there were several wise men that preached 
before their people the word of the Lord ; 
and out from them was Enoch, called in 
the book of Moses. Many books were lost 
by the flood of waters that were taught by 
God to wise men, in order to teach other 
men for good works. 

Adam was brought up in the beautiful 
garden, for he was like a little child 
before the Lord. And when Adam pros- 
pered in body and spirit, his father, the 
Lord, brought the beast of the field and 
the fowl of the air unto him that he 
should learn dominion over them. And 
among these animals was the serpent, 
called in the Pentateuch, thus it is: And 
the serpent was more subtle than any 
beast of the field which the Lord God had 
made. 



PREFACE. 



The Bible is a common property of man- 
kind, a sanctuary in every household. 

But many say, the old reverend book is 
pretty well worn out because of breeding 
of modern intellect and thought among 
mankind. 

And the other many mourn it, the decay 
of the religious tower. But all this is not 
the fault of the Lord, but of men, because 
they clothe the pillar of religion with 
rubbish of human convenience and with 
rust of narrow mind. 

The anonymous Author, it seems to the 
translator, has stretched forth his hand to 
purify the old Bible from all the atmos- 
phere that ought not to envelope it, to the 
injury of modern mankind at large; the 
'-'- New Bible," or New Pentateuch, as the 
reader may choose to call it, sets forth to 



II PREFACE. 

proclaim the majesty of the living God. 
It bears witness against all, and at the 
same time divides favor unto all alike, 
regardless of birth and race. 

The Great Problems that are set up 
ever before mankind are treated in the 
'' New Bible " as follows : 

How was the creation by God in the 
six days of the Lord ? 

What means the sabbath of God in the 
seventh day of the Lord ? 

Who were the races that reigned there 
before Adam ? 

Why were Adam and Eve called the 
parents of present mankind ? 

How was woman created of man ? 

Was the sin of Adam a curse for man- 
kind? 

Who was the serpent who was there 
with Adam ? 

What was the Great Sign of God unto 
Cain that nobody shall punish him for his 
fratricide ? 

Who were the children of God on earth 
up to Noah's time, up to the flood ? 



PREFACE. Ill 

What means the righteousness of Enoch ? 

Who was Noah, the builder of the 
Great Ark ? 

What natural causes led to the great 
flood of waters ? 

The first Ethiopian volume, as written 
by the anonymous Author, holds a short 
review about the known stories from the 
creation up to the building of Babel, and 
scatters here and there new passages and 
stories, but the other seven volumes dwell 
exclusively on the lost ages up to the time 
of Noah. 

The Translator. 

New York, 1890. 

[All rights reserved,] 



IS MAN aODLIKE? 



Praise the Lord. 

Look upon thy fort, 

The great I AM liveth, 

Put his name in song and harp, 

Ring of all the good he giveth. 

Call out into pagan ears, dull and sharp, 

God's grace ascendeth over heaven 

Up, down, to dust, unto human leaven 

Hear the voice of the Lord, 

The Creator openeth his mouth, 

From star to star goeth the decree forth, 

Man is Godlike in and out. 

In God's image is he created. 

Wonder ye, dust breatheth, 

See ye, stone is clothed with flesh, 

Be ye of the divine decree proud. 

For he maketh thee of cement fresh, 

Angels of truth cry out, 



VI IS MAN GODLIKE? 

Man is but an endless something 

Of the image of the great Laborer, 

Humanity is only any infinite anything 

Of the likeness of the Creator. 

Voice of wonder here, 

Voice of awe there, 

Is dust like God: 

In God's image is man good : 

In human skall God's spirit stayeth : 

Yea, the mouth of the Lord sayeth, 

Nay, He decreeth in the angel's chorus. 

Behold, He is become as one of us, 

Man knoweth good and bad. 

Even he, the crown of the Lord's Sabbath. 

The Author. 



THE LOST AGES. 17 

And the earth was created under the 
soaring fires of the third eternity, and 
brought forth the grass and the tree 
wherein is seed that grew from a little 
seed. But for the earth's sake, for 
herself's sake, two great lights were fin- 
nished to give light upon the earth, and 
signs for day, season, and years. And the 
stars were made after the spirit of God, 
but on the endless face of heaven a great 
many firmaments were created like the 
earth, and of them there is no end. And 
these firmaments were called stars like the 
earth. And unto the Lord from eternity 
to eternity there is no Sabbath because of 
the creation of new stars. But for this 
earth, after God had created man on the 
face thereof, unto the Lord there was 
Sabbath in the time of the seventh 
eternity. Therefore this reason will be 
very well understood how God did not say 
that the creation of heaven firmaments 
which he made in the second eternity was 
good, and how the book of Moses was 
silent on this matter. 



18 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

From the midst of the fourth eternity 
until the beginning of the fifth eternity 
the seed of fish moved in the water, hav- 
ing living soul, and from this little seed 
many fishes grew and multiplied, and at 
the last time great sea monsters became 
living inside of the water, and also from 
the water the seed of fowl came; and 
afterwards the fowl began to soar under 
the heaven, and the creation of them was 
by the warmth of the sun finished at the 
end of the fifth eternity. From the midst 
of the fifth eternity until the beginning 
of the sixth eternity, because of the 
warmth of the sun, the seed of worm came 
from the water, and thereafter the creep- 
ing thing began to move upon the earth, 
and from this creeping thing out the beast 
of the field grew living after its kind, and 
unto their completion grew pursuant to the 
spirit of God. 

In the midst of the sixth eternity, from 
the monkey out, the seed of man began to 
grow, and in a warm and good country 
(garden) prospered unto its completion 



THE LOST AGES. 19 

pursuant to the spirit of God. And before 
Adam the likenesses of man were destroyed 
from the face of the earth pursuant to the 
spirit of God. And when Adam became 
living in the garden at the end of the 
sixth eternity, God saw that man, the 
likeness of God, of the image of his father, 
was good. And, blessing man, he gave to 
him dominion over the beast of the field. 
And God again saw the creation of six 
eternities, and, behold, all this was very 
good, and in the seventh eternity, sitting 
on the throne of heaven, he rested. 

Therefore God said by the hand of the 
wise and prophets to the children of Israel 
that they shall remember to hallow the 
Sabbath of the Lord. And concerning the 
coming time of the earth God expected 
that through the hand of Israel man be 
perfect in his spirit pursuant to God's 
spirit. And the perfection of the spirit 
that is in man is a great, and hard, and 
quite painful work before the Lord, but 
men shall struggle one with another by 
a great deal of wickedness and trouble for 



20 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

several times, and among men intellect, 
and knowledge shall multiply, and hence- 
forth the longing of God for man's per- 
fection will be fulfilled at that time. 

From the remains of animals and creep- 
ing things there were some living until the 
birth of Adam, having language of man, 
and thus the serpent was playing before 
Adam and his wife in the garden like 
other animals which God had brought to 
them. Adam and his wife liked the ser- 
pent, for he was more subtle than other 
animals. The serpent and other animals 
that were in the garden were stricken 
with fear before Adam and his wife pur- 
suant to God's spirit. Adam and his wife 
were themselves naked, but they learned 
dominion over these animals. And the 
parents of Adam, and also the parents of 
his wife, with those together, perished at a 
former time from the face of the earth, 
pursuant to the spirit of God, for they 
were not able to understand the rights and 
commandments of the Lord. And after 
the creeping thing had multiplied on the 



THE LOST AGES. 21 

earth under the sun, two sexes came in the 
fifth eternity time which were called male 
and female, and because of the holiness of 
God thus a short word was written in the 
Pentateuch concerning the creation of 
Adam and his wife, that the generation of 
Adam and Noah shall understand this 
word by their child-like spirit and shall 
learn the fear of their father, God. 

From the rib of the male creeping thing 
went forth the female creeping thing at 
the time of sleeping in its lustfulness. And 
on this account the word of the Pentateuch 
will be understood concerning the creation 
of Adam and his wife. 

And when the creeping thing began to 
move under the heat of the sun these took 
by little and little to feeling, and there- 
after smelling entered through its nostrils, 
and these became living souls pursuant of 
God's spirit. And the creeping things 
without number were perishing at the 
time of sunset, and thereof remained few 
that could grow pursuant to God's spirit. 
And these creeping things had a good 



22 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

smelling, but these were blind, without 
eyes, and when these raised their nostrils 
unto the sun, these, by means of hard 
longing took to seeing ; and at that time 
fear went forth over these creeping things 
because of the hard struggle that was 
among them, and thus by little and little 
took to good hearing. And from these 
creeping things the fowl of the air, the 
beast of the field, and cattle all went forth 
after its kind from the fifth eternity until 
the sixth eternity. 

And Adam was the first man who re- 
ceived the first right, and commandment 
by God, his father. But the serpent and 
other beasts from the lost generation hav- 
ing man's language, and likeness of man 
were playing near by of Adam and his 
wife in the garden, but the likeness of 
God had not yet come upon them ; and 
therefore they served to Adam and his 
wife with fear. And God brought some 
of these remaining animals into the gar- 
den to tempt man. 

And Adam and his wife grew very 



THE LOST AGES. 23 

largely in their body, and also had veiy 
much strength, and therefore all beasts 
which were near by them feared Adam 
and his wife. 

But after Noah's time men began to 
diminish in their bodies, and also their 
lifetime became short pursuant to God's 
spirit. And this case was so, for intellect 
and knowledge multiplied among men that 
they may have dominion over all animals 
that are on the earth and in the sea. 

The serpent ate from the fruit of the 
tree, but not from dast of the earth ; he 
ate with his master Adam, and his wife 
together in the garden, but Eve liked the 
serpent much, and told to him the com- 
mandment of God. And the serpent hav- 
ing yet not the likeness of God had evil, 
ajid subtle thoughts, and also ate before 
Eve from the fruit of the tree which God 
had commanded to man not to eat from. 
And the knowledge of Adam to distinguish 
between good and evil was still hidden, and 
pursuant to God's wisdom, was opened by 
the mouth of the serpent. Adam and his 



24 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

wife were from their race the first, who be- 
came aware of their nakedness ; they 
sewed fig-leaves together, and thus made 
themselves aprons. The friendship that 
was then between Eve and the serpent 
changed into bitter enmity pursuant to 
God's spirit. The likeness of the serpent 
is sin, for it is of the likeness of man, but 
not of God. And therefore it will be 
understood that the thought of God be 
perfectly high and sublime before the 
children of men. Thus said he : 

Thou sin, I will put enmity between thee 
and man, between thy seed, and his seed ; it 
shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt 
bruise his heel. And when God saw how 
Adam and his wife after the likeness 
of God knew good and evil and put 
aprons over their nakedness, thus said 
he : Behold, the man is become as one of 
us, to know good and evil, and now, lest he 
put forth his hand, and take also of the 
tree of life and eat, and live forever, 
therefore God the Lord sent him forth from 
the garden of Eden to till the earth where- 



THE LOST AGES. 25 

on he was created. But according to the 
wisdom of God, the disobedience of Adam 
was going to good, and became a great 
blessing for the children of Adam. And it 
is the will of God the creator, that the 
children of Adam shall till the earth, and 
thus struggling with sorrow and need, shall 
walk until to the likeness of God, for he 
had created the earth and all that is in the 
earth in six eternities, with a great deal of 
pain and sorrow. And God did his father- 
. hood unto Adam and his wife, and when 
he drove them out of the garden he made 
for them coats of skin, and clothed them. 

And Adam begat many children, and his 
children began to multiply, and desired 
very eagerly to multiply from time to time 
exceedingly, that they might take posses- 
sion of the whole eailh. And this great 
eagerness will be understood concerning 
the daughters of Lot who thought all men 
being destroyed from the face of the earth, 
and thus bare children to their father. 

The word of God that is wi-itten in the 
Pentateuch, thus said he : The thought of 



26 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

man's heart is evil from his youth ; even 
this shall not be forgotten. 

And so was his first-born son who 
was called Cain ; he slew his brother Abel 
for jealousy, and also repented for his evil 
deed, and took from Adam's daughters one 
as his wife, and parting from his father he 
went forth into a far off countiy. 

After Cain had parted from his fattier, 
Seth became before Adam his first-born 
son. The great sorrow of God ought not 
to be forgotten forever, when he thought 
to destroy the people of Adam by the 
flood of waters, even the work of six etej*- 
nities, the crown of his creation : it grieved 
the Lord in his heart exceedingly, for all 
the men who were on the earth, contrary 
to God's spirit, filled the earth with evil 
and violence. And God was aggrieved in 
his heart, for the Lord asked, to his holiness 
and his justice, the question whether the 
work of six eternities shall be destroyed in 
a moment, by forty days' flood of waters 
from the face of the earth. Henceforth the 
word of God spoken by hand of the 



THE LOST AGES. 27 

prophet, Isaiah ix, 12, will be so well 
understood how he said : I will make man 
more worth than fine gold, even the man 
more praised than the gold of Ophir. 

And the Lord rejoiced when he saw 
Noah being a wise man who walked after 
the spirit of God, but God counted for the 
lost men again one hundred and twenty- 
years that they shall hearken to the voice 
of Noah; and in face of this people he 
built his ark. And Noah bought from this 
people wives for his three sons, and also 
took servants in sufficient number that they 
help him to finish his ark. And those men 
were bought as slaves, and it may be per- 
haps that Noah could not buy maid ser- 
vants for them because of the jealousy of 
the chiefs and men of raak. And thence- 
forth these servants dwelt with Noah and 
his sons together in the ark, when the 
flood of waters fell upon the earth. And 
the Pentateuch told a short word that at 
the time of Noah many men were by their 
names known for their strength, for their 
cunning ; they thought themselves as the 



28 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

children of God and mighty men, and be- 
cause of their great lustfulness they 
polluted themselves with all beasts that 
may bring forth strange seed, and that 
they may multiply perception and knowl- 
edge concerning the creation of the 
stranger seed. And thereafter they did not 
know the meaning of sin. And when God 
brought forth in the heart of Adam and his 
wife the knowledge of good and evil it was 
good before the eyes of the Lord, but their 
children destroyed the probation of heart 
entirely, even the spirit of God, and put- 
ting this to scorn and laughter, they 
filled the face of the whole country with 
their pollution and with their violence. 

Henceforth the word of the Lord spoken 
by the hand of Isaiah v. will be fully 
understood. So said he : 

Let me sing for my wellbeloved a song 
of my beloved touching his vineyard. My 
wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fat 
hill, and he digged a trench about it, and 
gathered the stones out thereof, and 
planted it with the choicest vines, and 



THE LOST AGES. 29 

built a tower in the midst of it, and also 
hewed out a winepress therein : and he 
looked that it should bring forth grapes, 
and why brought it forth wild grapes ? 
And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, 
and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, be- 
twixt me and my wellbeloved. What 
should have been done more to my vine- 
yard that I have not done to it? Wherefore 
when I looked that it should bring forth 
grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And 
now, I will show, tell you what I will do 
to my vineyard: I will take away the 
hedge thereof, and it shall be to pasturage ; 
I shall break down the fence thereof, and 
it shall be trodden down ; and I will lay it 
waste ; it shall not be pruned nor hoed, 
but there shall come up briers and thorns; 
I will also command the clouds that they 
rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of 
the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, 
and the men of Judah his plant of delight. 
And he looked for judgment, but behold, 
shedding of blood was there ; for righteous- 
ness, but behold, cry was there. 



30 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

But Noah built before his people a great 
ship pursuant to God's word, and took 
from all animals, and from all living things 
that were on the face of the earth the male 
and female, and brought them into the 
ship. And this strange work became in 
the mouth of all his people the object of 
laughter and mockery. 

The word of Christ on the flood of 
waters shall not be forgotten. The flood 
of waters fell suddenly upon the people of 
Noah; and all beasts remaining at the time 
of Adam's birth, and having likeness of 
man perished in the waters with all men, 
and all living souls that were on the face 
of the earth together, and also great beasts 
terrible with their figures, and from which 
Noah had not taken any one after God's 
command died. 

When the flood of waters ceased, the 
sun arose, and behold, on the heaven there 
was seen a very great bow, very beautiful in 
colors, and it shone upon the earth many 
days as long as the sun rose each day till 
the waters passed away from the face of 



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THE LOST AGES. 31 

earth. And Noah and his children 
and their servants were witnesses of the 
bow of the Lord. According to the child- 
like spirit of men the Lord God said unto 
Noah, and unto his sons with him, so is it : 

And I, behold I establish my covenant 
with you, and with your seed after you, 
and with every living creature that is with 
you, the fowl, the cattle, and every beast 
of the earth with you ; of all that go out 
of the ark, even every beast of the earth. 
And I will establish my covenant with you ; 
neither shall all flesh be cut off any more 
by the waters of the flood ; neither shall 
there any more be a flood to destroy the 
earth. And thence God said : 

This is the token of the covenant which 
I make between me and you, and every 
living creature that is with you, forever. 
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall 
be for a token of the covenant between me 
and the earth. And when I shall cover 
the heaven with the cloud over the earth 
my bow shall be seen in the cload, and I will 
remember m}^ covenant which is between 



82 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

meaiid you and every living creature of all 
flesh ; and the waters of the flood shall no 
more be there again to destroy all that is 
clothed by flesh. And the bow shall be 
in the cloud, and I will look upon it that I 
may remember the everlasting covenant 
between God and every creature that has 
living soul, and that is clothed with flesh on 
the earth. 

And God said unto Noah : This is the 
token of the covenant which I have 
set up between me and all over llie earth 
that is clothed by flesh. 

The bow of God is in truth the hope of 
the Lord, for he foresaw the good that 
shall come from the seed of Noah, and 
even for this the Lord expected that at the 
coming time all men shall understand the 
ways of God's spirit, and shall from their 
heart choose and love, to walk in the way 
of judgment, and righteousness. 

And henceforth the waters of the flood 
shall not be there a second time, forever, 
but when God rises to judge over the earth, 
the fire of his wrath shall bu rn upon the earth. 



THE LOST AGES. 33 

The covenant of the heart's language is 
established between the child, and his 
father, and his mother, between man and 
man ; and when the man and his wife be- 
gat the child, a strong covenant was there 
between them, and henceforth the covenant 
of the Lord which is established with all 
living souls, with man and animals that 
were created from since six eternities, will 
be well understood. And the man loving 
his wife knew her, and she conceived, and 
bare to him a child with pain and sorrow, 
and when the man saw how this child was 
after his image he loved it, and they both 
guarded the child with pain and sorrow, 
and when the child knew his parents a 
strong covenant was there in their hearts 
between themselves. And when the 
animals brought forth the young upon the 
earth, the mother loved her young from all 
her soul, but when the young grew, it went 
forth from the side of the mother, and 
also the mother sent it off at the time of 
its growing. 

And thus God after six eternities full of 



34 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

pain and sorrow created Adam, the likeness 
of the Lord, and gave to man right and 
command for life, that it may take root in 
his heart, and stay in man's heart. And 
it is the full longing of God to rest, to 
dwell in man's heart. And it is not upon 
the elevated height nor in the handsome 
house, be it from fine stone, be it from 
costly gold. And this is the Sabbath of 
the Lord, that his likeness, the children of 
man, shall know the good work of God 
their father, by their hearts, and guard it, 
and shall praise the wonderful creation of 
God by exploring it from all their soul. 
Therefore God on the seventh day had 
given to man the Sabbath, that man shall 
from time to time learn the meaning 
of the Sabbath. And the Sabbath of God 
shall be kept within the heart of man 
from child to his child, for after God had 
fought and conquered the darkness and 
emptiness in six eternities with a great 
deal of pain and sorrow that shall never be 
comprehended by man, even in the seventh 
eternity, there was Sabbath unto the Lord. 



THE LOST AGES. S5 

And this is the Sabbath of the Lord that 
the everlasting life which he gave unto 
man, the likeness of God, had conquered 
the darkness, and emptiness. Henceforth 
it shall become very much to every man to 
keep the Sabbath holy from week to week 
after the thought of his heart, after the 
advice of wise men. And this is the bow 
of the Lord that is seen in the cloud, for 
ever, that the living of man, the everlast- 
ing life, is established before the face of 
the Lord, 

Prior to the time of Noah there were 
several languages spoken among men ; but 
after the flood of waters, Noah, three sons 
with him, their wives and their servants 
remained on the earth. 

Therefore Noah was called the father of 
all man's seed. And after Noah the whole 
earth was of one language, and of one 
speech. And the children of Noah knew 
that their multiplication over the earth 
shall bring s(^attering surely and thus they 
thought to hinder tlieir scattering by the 
building of a tower which shall go up unto 



36 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

heaven. And the Lord came down to see 
the city, and the tower, which the children 
of Adam built. And the Lord said, Be- 
hold they are one people and they have all 
one language, and this is what they begin 
to do ; and now shall it not be withholden 
from them which they purpose to do. Go 
to, let us go down, and there confound 
their language that they may not under- 
stand one his next's speech. And the 
Lord raised among them fiery jealousy, and 
in that country was fiery strife, but Nim- 
rod who was called a mighty hunter before 
the Lord, conquered his enemy, and built 
Babel thereon. Many families of Noah's 
generation being conquered withdrew be- 
fore Nimrod far off that they might seek 
good country, and dwell therein, but their 
children after much time were changing, 
and forgetting the language of Noah. And 
thus it will be understood, this is the will 
of God, that men shall fill the earth for 
dominion, and that their language shall 
vary among them, and that for this cause 
intellect and knowledge shall multiply 



THE LOST AGES. 37 

among them pursuant to the spirit of God. 
God, before Adam and his wife destroyed 
their parents, the likenesses of man, from the 
earih, for the likeness of God had not yet 
come upon them. And from the sons of 
Adam he took Noah, and made him again 
the father of man, by the token of his 
covenant, for God expected to see for man 
the coming of good times. And the Lord 
being a true father and holy God showed 
before little man, before Noah and his 
children, the bow of heaven in the cloud, 
and by short words said unto them : This 
bow that is seen in the cloud shall be a 
token of the covenant that is between 
God and al! living souls that are on the 
earth ; but when man learns to understand 
the meaning of the bow of the Lord, be. 
hold the sublime thought of God that was 
hidden from man's reasoning is revealed 
before the wise men. The bow of the 
Lord shall show the hope of the Lord for 
the time that shall come from the cloud 
out over man. And henceforth from 
among the children of Noah he chose 



38 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

Abram, and said unto him: Get thee out 
of thy country, and from thy kindred and 
from thy father's house, unto the land that 
I will show thee, and I will make of thee a 
great nation, and I will bless thee and 
make thy name gi'eat, aud be thou a bless- 
ing, and I will bless them that bless you, 
and them that curse you will I curse, and 
in thee shall be blessed all the generations 
of the earth. 

When the Lord created heaven and 
earth he said to his Godhood : I will give 
to man the earth, and all that is in the 
earth, even unto my likeness ; and after 
man had multiplied on the earth I will 
give the earth to the man who is of my 
likeness, and who walks with me. And 
the earth, after my work of six eternities, 
shall not be in vain, but at ihe coming 
time shall the earth be filled with man 
who is fully of my likeness, and who walks 
with me. And, thereafter, the Sabbath of 
delight shall be unto me from eternity 
until eternity. Henceforth the word of 
Moses spoken unto Joshua son of Nun will 



THE LOST AGES. 39 

be thus well understood ; thus it is : Art 
thou jealous for my sake"^ Would God 
that all the people were prophets, that the 
Lord would put his spirit upon them ! 

God is the truthful father, and the holy 
God, and this the being of the Lord is seen 
in the Pentateuch, and in all holy books. 
And after God had finished the work of 
six f ternities, thus said he : Behold, I have 
given you every herb yielding seed, which 
is upon the face of all the earth, and every 
tree yielding seed, and every fruit of the 
tree that bears fruit, to you it shall be 
for food, and to every beast of the earth 
and to every fowl of the air, and to every 
thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein 
there is living soul, I have given every green 
herb for food. And it was so. And God 
saw every thing that he had made, andf 
behold it was very good. And there was 
evening and there was morning, sixth 
eternity. Eternity, And what is this 
word? Behold, the answer is found 
readily. The prayer of Moses, the man of 
the Lord in Psalm 90 shall be thus readj: 



40 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

A thousand years in thy sight are but as 
yesterday which passeth away, and as a 
watch in the night. 

Unto the Lord it is an easy thing that 
he create all the world by short times. In 
the holy scriptures there were several 
stories that the dead became living because 
of the will of God. But the Lord is sub- 
lime in His Godhood ; elevated in His 
spirit, and in all His council there is no 
vain thing. 

Behold, when man with his wife begets 
his likeness, when they raise up the child 
by sorrow and guard it, this is the fruit of 
their labor, of their painful strain unto 
them, and hence it becomes being honored, 
being blessed unto them. And the gold 
of Ophir could not bring away the fruit of 
•man, the child, out from his heart. And 
when man with his wife raise up the 
child several years with all their love, and 
guard, it becomes a glorious work unto 
them ; and it is forbidden within his heart 
and within his thought, that the child, the 
fruit of his labor of much time, of hia 



THE LOST AGES. 41 

sorrow, shall be good for nothing. And, 
behold, the word of God ought never to be 
forgotten, and it is written in the Penta- 
teuch that man was created in the image 
of God, in the likeness of God. And 
when the child grows up strong, it becomes 
thus a Sabbath unto his parents. And, 
too, these parents shall bless their Sabbath 
within their heart. And, thereafter, the 
word of the Loi d will be very well under- 
stood, how it happened, that He after six 
eternities of labor blessed his Sabbath, and 
hallowed it, at the time of Adam's birth. 

The holiness of God could not be unto 
telling, unto writing within the Pentateuch 
that God created all the world in six 
eternities. At that former time the intel- 
lect of man was still hidden before the face 
of the Lord. And in the spirit of God 
there is no haughty thing, but he had thus 
spoken unto man, unto Adam and his 
children that he had created heaven and 
earth, all the being of the earth in six 
days. And hj the Lord the sublime 
thought was there written, that man from 



42 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

generation to generation till the face 
of the earth to his use, and, thereafter, till 
the words of God to the light of his heart. 

And when the children of Israel saw in 
the wilderness the manna that rained from 
heaven, they spake the one to another : 
This white thing, that lies on the 
face of the wilderness, what is that ? 
And Moses said unto the children of 
Israel: This is your bread, given by the Lord. 

And the Sabbath of the Lord, that he 
blessed on the seventh day and hallowed 
it, wherefore is it ? And for this question 
the answer is here that the Lord God had 
created heaven and earth in six eternities, 
and the Lord had given the just command- 
ment, the law of truth to man that he 
remember to hallow the Sabbath of the 
Lord within his hearb. 

And Moses, the man of the Lord called 
by his prayer like in Psalm 90, so said he : 
The time of our years is seventy years, and 
even if it holds strong, eighty years, yet 
their pride is but labor and sorrow, for it 
is gone flighty, and we go by flying. So 



THE LOST AGES. 43 

teach us, that we bring in our heart toward 
wisdom, number our days. 

Therefore it becomes to every man that 
he remember to hallow the Sabbath of the 
Lord each week, for the lifetime of man is 
short, the time of seventy years. And to 
every man it is commanded that he till the 
ground of the Sabbath of the Lord, that he 
sow the reason of the Sabbath of God in all 
the spirit of man and that he eat the fruit of 
this labor to the glory of God their creator. 

And when man by one moment begets 
the child, it shall come well nigh that a 
great many children should be unto this 
man ; this father would be capable to destroy 
many children as good for nothing, and his 
heart should be filled with vain thought 
and cursing. And, if God created heaven 
and earth, and, to the very word, the earth 
alone in six days, this God could be unto 
destroying of the whole earth many times 
again ; and therefore the Sabbath of the 
Lord should go in vain, and in man's heart 
sublime thoughts for praising his God 
could not take root there. 



44 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

And when God saw that the wickedness 
and violence of the children of Adam pre- 
vailed and increased exceedingly on the 
face of the earth, he was aggrieved in his 
heart for he saw his Sabbath that was 
after his labor of six eternities now thus 
being defiled and destroyed. And again 
he gave for the children of Adam one hun- 
dred and twenty years that the seed of the 
goodly and righteous shall be found upon 
the earth in sufficient number. And when 
the Lord found Noah being a righteous 
man he was exceedingly delighted with 
such delight, whose height man shall never 
comprehend. And he saved Noah and his 
children thus from the flood of waters, and 
established with them an everlasting 
covenant, and thereafter, the Sabbath of the 
Lord was returning there. And the being 
of the earth, and the living of man was 
again good in the face of the Lord ; hence 
God set up in the cloud the token of his 
hope, the great bow; and this bow thus 
established the Sabbath of the Lord, for 
God forsaw that by the coming time of 



THE LOST AGES. 45 

judgment there shall stay on earth many 
men being righteous. 

And when God brought in man upon 
the earth he sent things of the tempter in 
the face of man, for in the council of God 
there was written that man being in the 
garden without labor and sorrow, shall not 
be living forever. Was the playing of the 
tempter withholden from the face of man 
the work and creation of the Lord should 
go like nothing. Hence it is thought by 
the Lord that a great many men shall fall 
in their struggle with the tempter and 
shall fill the house of hell until over its 
roof, but that few men being like fine gold, 
like costly stone in the house of God shall 
find there the everlasting life ; this is that 
God longed for. 

And the Lord by his own will let write 
down throughout the Pentateuch, and the 
holy books a great many things of the 
tempter that man from generation to 
generation shall go free whether he shall 
understand the word of God or throw it 
behind. Hence the sayings of wise men, 



46 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

the teaching of Jesus went into truth; so it 
is : Blessed are the poor in spirit, for 
theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

And in the Pentateuch there is written 
about this very thing, so it is. And the 
Lord God created man from the dust of 
the earth and breathed in his nostrils the 
breatli of life, and man became living soul. 
And, behold, the poor in spirit believe 
readily that word of creation, but to the 
men who hold themselves as being wise 
men snares are given readily by the Lord 
And these men called themselves wise men 
therefore they were fools before the Lord 
for they talked the story of this creation 
to laughter. 

By the first man who was called Adam 
there was a childish spirit as well as by 
his children. Therefore God spake in his 
true fatherhood unto Adam and his child- 
ren the Pentateuch of creation, that 
they shoul 1 keep and deliver the word of 
God unto their generation throughout all 
times. And unto the Lord it may not be 
come to talk for the second time the story 



THE LOST AGES. 47 

of the creation unto the latter man, for 
God had spoken the story of the creation 
unto Adam who lived for nine hundred 
and thirty years, once one time. See, a 
man begat the child, and raised it up, and 
thereafter told the story of Lis birth to 
his child, and thus the Lord had spoken 
unto his son Adam the story of the creation 
one time. 

This is the first commandment of God 
that he gave unto man who was called 
Adam : Remember the day of Sabbath 
that thou shalt hallow it. Six days shalt 
thou labor, and do all thy work. But the 
seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy 
God, in it shalt thou not do all thy work, 
for the Lord had created heaven and earth, 
and seas and all that is in them in six days 
and rested on the seventh day. Therefore 
the Lord blessed the day of Sabbath and 
hallowed it. 

The birth of man, the day of Adam's be- 
getting was Sabbath unto the Lord. There- 
fore the just commandment shall come un- 
to every man till forever that he remember 



48 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

the birth of man, the begetting of Adam 
on the seventh day each week, and say 
before his father the Lord praises of 
delight. 

See, ye all of mankind, and hear : re- 
member in your hearts, and keep it ; the 
Lord your father shall have delights of 
heaven when you understand the Sabbath 
of the Lord, the day of your birth, and 
when you make this day the day of hallelu- 
jah and praises. 

The mockers that are in mankind shall 
do mockery about that narration of the 
Pentateuch. Thus it is : God created 
man of the dust of the earth, and breathed 
through his nostrils the breath of life, and 
man became a living soul. And also the 
mockers shall mock about the creation of 
Adam and his wife, for it was written in 
the Pentateuch how woman was made 
from the bone of man. 

In this narration of the Pentateuch the 
snare is there seen that shall catch the man 
who loves evil and sin. And this man 
refused to believe in that word of the 



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THE LOST AGES. 49 

Pentateuch, and hence he was saying : In 
all the world there is no Lord nor from 
the Gods any one, and I shall go ahead to 
do sin, and I shall run to think evil 
thoughts, for there is no Lord or God who 
punishes sin. 

This is the will of God that man shall 
struggle with the tempter all times, and 
at the end shall be there a conqueror 
or a conquered. Therefore the Lord had 
called every man by the name Israel, for 
he had struggled with God and man, and 
prevailed against them. 

And in the Pentateuch, when it spoke 
of the creation of heaven and earth, there 
is much riddle by the Lord, that every 
man shall strain his soul to lifting up, and 
to investigation of that riddle. And man 
became honored by his earthly work, but 
he became more elevated for the labor of 
his spirit, and thereafter was cumbered as 
a child of the Lord. 

The mockery of the mocker shall take 
to holding its peace before this narration. 
Thus it is : 



50 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

The spirit of God is the beginning of 
all. And, thereafter, the spirit of God 
moved upon the waters. On the face of 
heaven there is no end. And there were 
the elements of water scattered, but there 
on all the face of heaven was darkness, in 
the high and deep. And, the spirit of 
God was moving amidst the waters. And 
thereafter, the waters were awakening up, 
and the flames of fire came out thereof. 
And on the face of heaven the 
fires moved with the waters to and fro, but 
until the flames of fire multiplied in their 
scattering there was first eternity. And 
behold there was light in all face according 
to the word of God. And when the flame 
of fire came into a place there was light, 
and hence was called day, but when this 
flame went behind the elements of waters, 
there was again darkness, and this was 
called night. 

In the midst of the first eternity the 
seed of firmaments being made by the fires 
wei'e separated from the waters, and thus 
many firmaments began their existence. 



THE LOST AGES. 51 

And all this was before the existence of 
our earth. And hence God called the 
multitude of these firmaments Heaven, but 
it was not written in the Pentateuch how 
God saw for the creation of heaven that it 
was good, for he is making forever of 
many new firmaments after the existence 
of our earth on the face of heaven. And 
among those firmaments there was the 
existence of the sun, our sun. And also 
the seed of our earth began in its place its 
growing. And all this was in the second 
eternity. 

But our earth was finished in the midst 
of the third eternity, and the earth began 
to bring forth all the herb wherein is the 
seed, and the tree wherein is the seed, and 
which bears its fruit. And all this 
became good at the end of the third 
eternity. 

And unto our earth the exact sign of 
day and year had not yet come until the 
sun, and the moon, and the stars, with 
them together, perfected their course in 
their rising, and going down well, that 



52 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

they separate upon the earth between day 
and night, and that they give unto our 
earth perfect signs for day, for year, for 
time. And all this was in the fourth 
eternity. 

In the midst of the fourth eternity, the 
seed of the fish wherein is living soul was 
moving within the water according to the 
word of God. But within the water the 
seed of the fish was male, and there was 
yet no female by it. Many fish and things 
that moved in the water perished for their 
lustfulness. And from all these one male 
fell very sick by its lustfulness, and there- 
after threw a bone from its body, and thus 
the female seed began its growing by the 
side of the male. And that male guarded 
the female and begat with her the young ; 
and all this was by the side of the water. 
And from the water the seed of, the fowl 
came. And the inhabitants of the water 
being male began to move upon the earth, 
but a great many perished, and few out of 
them remained that could dwell upon the 
earth and upon the water. And behind 



THE LOST AGES. 53 

the male the female creeping began to go 
forth from the water, and begat with the 
males the offspring upon the earth. And 
until the offspring multiplied in seed, 
there were several kinds that returned not 
to the water. And from these the fowls 
came forth, and began to fly under the 
heaven. And God saw it that it was good. 
And the multitude of the fish and fowls 
grew up unto their perfection. And God 
blessed them thus, saying : Be fruitful and 
multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and 
let fowl multiply on the earth. 

And the creeping things that went forth 
from the water perished upon the earth, 
for breath was not going through their 
nostrils. And few caught breath accord- 
ing to the spirit of God and became living 
upon the earth, but the breath was not 
yet strong unto them, and they returned to 
the water, but came again upon the earth 
until the breath was strengthened in the 
nostrils. And all this was in the fifth 
eternity. 

Several kinds that went forth from th^ 



54 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

fish got wings that they fly above the 
water. And from these the seed of the 
fowl went forth, but they were bound to 
the water much time, until another kind 
was there, that 'flew under heaven and 
returned no more to the water. From the 
small seed of the creeping things in the 
water went forth great sea monsters after 
much time, and also from the small fowl 
came forth the eagle after much time. 
From the creeping in whose nostrils the 
breath was strengthened went forth all 
beasts of the field after their kind, and the 
animals of the earth after their kind. 
The creation of these animals began in 
the midst of the fifth eternity, and was 
finished until the midst of the sixth eter- 
nity by their kinds, according to the spirit 
of God. And God saw it that it was good. 
And God said : Let us make man in our 
image, after our likeness ; and let them 
have dominion over the fish of the sea, and 
over the fowl of the air, and over the 
cattle, and over all the earth, and over every 
creeping thing that creepeth upon the 



THE LOST AGES. 55 

And God created man in his own 
image, in the image of God created he 
him ; male and female created he them. 

In the midst of the sixth eternity, from 
the monkey the seed of man went forth, 
but was perfected until the end of the 
sixth eternity, being male and female, 
according to the spirit of God. And 
many peoples having likeness of man per- 
ished out from the face of the earth, for 
the likeness of God had not yet come upon 
them. And when from these men Adam 
and his wife came up in the garden, God 
blessed them, and God said unto them : 
Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish 
the earth, and subdue it, and have domin- 
ion over the fish of the sea, and over the 
fowl of the air, and over every living thing 
that moveth upon the earth. And God 
said : Behold, I have given you every herb 
yielding seed, which is upon the face of all 
the earth, and every tree and the fruit of 
the tree bringing forth fruit, and yielding 
seed, to you it shall be for food, and to 
every beast of the earth and to every 



56 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

fowl of the air, and to every creeping 
thing that creepeth upon the earth wherein 
is living soul, I have given every green 
herb for food, and it was so. 

And God saw everything that he had 
made, and, behold, it was very good. And 
there was evening, and there was morning, 
sixth eternity. 

And throughout the Pentateuch it was 
there written, six times, there was evening 
and there was morning, for pach day; and 
wherefore is it so ? 

The answer is it that before the face of 
God, in the language of the Lord, one 
eternity is like a day of man, for in the 
language of man one eternity is there not 
known. 

And when man, the likeness of God, 
was not yet there upon the earth, unto the 
Lord there was no Sabbath. And when 
God saw man having not the likeness of 
God he destroyed man after his right, for 
God had not yet found his Sabbath. But 
when man having likeness of God was 
found on the earth there was Sabbath unto 



THE LOST AGES. 57 

:he Lord. Therefore God blessed this day 
tnd hallowed it. Within the thought of 
nan eternity and the meaning of eternity 
ras not known. Therefore God gave the 
verlasting commandment unto man that 
every man remember to hallow his Sab- 
bath on the seventh day. And the Lord 
is supreme in his holiness, and the heart 
of the Lord is full of holy and truthful 
thought. And thus the Lord appeared 
unto Moses and said unto him, thus it is: I 
will make all my goodness pass before 
thee, and will proclaim the name of the 
Lord before thee ; and I will be gracious 
to whom I am gracious, and will show 
mercy on whom I have mercy. Thou 
canst not see my face, for mai. shall not 
see me and live. And the Lord said : 
Behold, there is a place by me, and thou 
shalt stand upon the rock, and when my 
glory passeth by I will put thee in a cleft 
of the rock, and will cover thee with my 
hand, until I have passed by, and I will 
take away mine hand, and thou shalt see 
my back, but my face shall not be seen. 



58 REVELATION OF GENESIS. 

And hence God spoke unto man: My 
back shalt thou see, but my face shall not 
be seen. And what are these words? 
And it is the answer that the spirit of 
God is the beginning of all, and from 
since eternity until eternity he labored 
and created until man was created at the 
latter time. Therefore God said unto 
man : My back shalt thou see, but my 
face shall not be seen. 

The full longing of God is for that he 
make his Sabbath in the heart of every 
man. The Sabbath of the Lord was not 
above in heaven, but, after he had created 
man upon the earth, he wanted to rest in 
the heart of every man. Thus the Sabbath 
of the Lord shall be in man's heart forever. 

And Moses said unto the children of 
Israel, thus it is : For this day when I 
bide thee commandment is not hidden nor 
far off from thee. Nor is it in heaven, 
when thou sayest, who could go up for us 
toward heaven and bring it down to us 
that we may hear and do it ? And nor is 
it beyond the sea, and when thou sayest, 



THE LOST AGES. 59 

who could pass over the sea for us and 
bring up it to us that we may hear and do 
it? Only but the word is very near unto 
thee, that thou put it in thy mouth and in 
thy heart. The word of the Lord came 
unto Solomon, thus said he : 

This is the house which thou art build- 
ing, if thou wilt walk in my statutes and 
execute my judgments, and keep all my 
commandments to walk in them, then will 
I establish my word with thee, which I 
spake unto David, thy father. And I will 
dwell among the children of Israel, and 
will not forsake my people, Israel. Hence 
H becomes to every man that he build his 
sanctuary within his heart, for the spirit 
of God is hating all wickedness. And the 
spirit of God is filled with holiness and truth, 
and is loving all goodness and all judgment. 

And the everlasting Sabbath of the 
Lord is in the heart of the righteous man, 
and the delightful resting of God is in the 
thought of the goodly man. And this is 
the holy secret of the Lord. 

End of the First Volume. 



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The name of the author will be given 
out in due time, when all benefits of inter- 
national rights shall be assured for him. 
A brief sketch of the translator's life is 
here given : A native of Hungary, he was 
educated in the Vienna Deaf Mutes Insti- 
tution, and was also a former pupil of Mr. 
Greenberger, Principal of the Improved 
Institution for the Deaf, Lexington Ave- 
nue, New York. Since 1875 he became an 
inhabitant and citizen of the United States 
under the name '' Francis Rother," while 
his family name was Franz Rotter. 
Being eager from his youth to become one 
of the pioneers of the coming Ethiopian 
civilization, he studied the Abyssinian 
languages and received an invitation by 
King John of Abyssinia to enter his 




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empire. But he was hindered from 
welcomed by his Ethiopian majesty by the 
war condition that prevailed there (1887- 
1888.) He was called and known by the 
mute society and their newspaper under 
the by-word " Round World." As the 
other seven volumes, being written in 
Ethiopian, require much labor and are 
likely to be followed by others, and ought 
to be spread in many languages, the aid of 
an enterprising publisher is wanted. 

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