THE ASCENSION OF ISAIAH
AND it came to pass in the twenty-sixth year of the reign of
Hezekiah king of Judah that he called Manasseh his son. Now he
was his only one.
2 And he called him into the presence of Isaiah the son of
Amoz the prophet, and into the presence of Josab the son of
Isaiah, in order to deliver unto him the words of righteousness
which the king himself had seen:
3 And of the eternal judgments and torments of Gehenna, and of
the prince of this world, and of his angels, and his authorities
and his powers.
4 And the words of the faith of the Beloved which he himself
had seen in the fifteenth year of his reign during his illness.
5 And he delivered unto him the written words which Samnas the
scribe had written, and also those which Isaiah, the son of Amoz,
had given to him, and also to the prophets, that they might write
and store up with him what he himself had seen in the king's
house regarding the judgment of the angels, and the destruction
of this world, and regarding the garments of the saints and their
going forth, and regarding their transformation and the
persecution and ascension of the Beloved.
6 In the twentieth year of the reign of Hezekiah, Isaiah had
seen the words of this prophecy and had delivered them to Josab
his son. And whilst he (Hezekiah) gave commands, Josab the son of
Isaiah standing by.
7 Isaiah said to Hezekiah the king, but not in the presence of
Manasseh only did he say unto him: "As the Lord liveth, and
the Spirit which speaketh in me liveth, all these commands and
these words will be made of none effect by Manasseh thy son, and
through the agency of his hands I shall depart mid the torture of
8 And Sammael Malchira will serve Manasseh, and execute all
his desire, and he will become a follower of Beliar rather than
9 And many in Jerusalem and in Judea he will cause to abandon
the true faith, and Beliar will dwell in Manasseh, and by his
hands I shall be sawn asunder.'
10 And when Hezekiah heard these words he wept very bitterly,
and rent his garments, and placed earth upon his head, and fell
on his face.
11 And Isaiah said unto him: `The counsel of Sammael against
Manasseh is consummated: naught will avail thee."
12 And on that day Hezekiah resolved in his heart to slay
Manasseh his son.
13 And Isaiah said to Hezekiah: `The Beloved hath made of none
effect thy design, and the purpose of thy heart will not be
accomplished, for with this calling have I been called and I
shall inherit the heritage of the Beloved.'
AND it came to pass after that Hezekiah died and Manasseh
became king, that he did not remember the commands of Hezekiah
his father, but forgot them, and Sammael abode in Manasseh and
clung fast to him.
2 And Manasseh forsook the service of the God of his father,
and he served Satan and his angels and his powers.
3 And he turned aside the house of his father, which had been
before the face of Hezekiah (from) the words of wisdom and from
the service of God.
4 And Manasseh turned aside his heart to serve Beliar; for the
angel of lawlessness, who is the ruler of this world, is Beliar,
whose name is Mantanbuchus. and he delighted in Jerusalem because
of Manasseh, and he made him strong in apostatizing (Israel) and
in the lawlessness which were spread abroad in Jerusalem.
5 And witchcraft and magic increased and divination and
auguration, and fornication, a [and adultery], and the
persecution of the righteous by Manasseh and [Belachira, and]
Tobia the Canaanite, and John of Anathoth, an by (Zadok) the
chief of the works.
6 And the rest of the acts, behold they are written in the
book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
7 And, when Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw the lawlessness which
was being perpetrated in Jerusalem and the worship of Satan and
his wantonness, he withdrew from Jerusalem and settled in
Bethlehem of Judah.
8 And there also there was much lawlessness, and withdrawing
from Bethlehem he settled on a mountain in a desert place.
9 And Micaiah the prophet, and the aged Ananias, and Joel and
Habakkuk, and his son Josab, and many of the faithful who
believed in the ascension into heaven, withdrew and settled on
10 They were all clothed with with garments of hair, and they
were all prophets. And they had nothing with them but were naked,
and they all lamented with a great lamentation because of the
going astray of Israel.
11 And these eat nothing save wild herbs which they gathered
on the mountains, and having cooked them, they lived thereon
together with Isaiah the prophet. And they spent two years of
days on the mountains and hills.
12 And after this, whilst they were in the desert, there was a
certain man in Samaria named Belchira, of the family of Zedekiah,
the son of Chenaan, a false prophet, whose dwelling was in Bethlehem. Now Hezekiah
the son of Chanani, who was the brother of his father, and in t
he days of Ahab, king of Israel, had been the teacher of the 400
prophets of Baal, had himself smitten and reproved Micaiah the
son of Amada the prophet.
13 And he, Micaiah, had been reproved by Ahab and cast into
prison. (And he was) with Zedekiah the prophet: they were with
Ahaziah the son of Ahab, king in Samaria.
14 And Elijah the prophet of Tebon of Gilead was reproving
Ahaziah and Samaria, and prophesied regarding Ahaziah that he
should die on his bed of sickness, and that Samaria should be
delivered into the had of Leba Nasr because he had slain the
prophets of God.
15 And when the false prophets, who were with Ahaziah the son
of Ahab and their teacher Jalerjas of Mount Joel, had heard-
16 Now he was a brother of Zedekiah - when they persuaded
Ahaziah the king of Aguaron and (slew) Micaiah.
AND Belchira recognized and saw the place of Isaiah and the
prophets who were with him; for he dwelt in the region of
Bethlehem, and was an adherent of Manasseh. And he prophesied
falsely in Jerusalem, and many belonging to Jerusalem were
confederate with him, and he was a Samaritan.
2 And it came to pass when Alagar Zagar, king of Assyria, had
come and captive, and led them away to the mountains of the Medes
and the rivers of Tazon;
3 This (Belchira), whilst still a youth, had escaped and come
to Jerusalem in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, but he walked
not in the ways of his father of Samaria; for he feared Hezekiah.
4 And he was found in the days of Hezekiah speaking words of
lawlessness in Jerusalem.
5 And the servants of Hezekiah accused him, and he made his
escape to the region of Bethlehem. And they persuaded...
6 And Belchira accused Isaiah and the prophets who were with
him, saying: `Isaiah and those who are with him prophesy against
Jerusalem and against the cities of Judah that they shall be laid
waste and (against the children of Judah and) Benjamin also that
they shall go into captivity, and also against thee, O lord the
king, that thou shalt go (bound) with hooks and iron chains':
7 But they prophesy falsely against Israel and Judah.
8 And Isaiah himself hath said: `I see more than Moses the
9 But Moses said: `No man can see God and live'; and Isaiah
hath said: `I have seen God and behold I live.'
10 Know, therefore, O king, that he is lying. And Jerusalem
also he hath called Sodom, and the princes of Judah and Jerusalem
he hath declared to be the people of Gomorrah. And he brought
many accusations against Isaiah and the prophets before Manasseh.
11 But Beliar dwelt in the heart of Manasseh and in the heart
of the princes of Judah and Benjamin and of the eunuchs and of
the councilors of the king.
12 And the words of Belchira pleased him [exceedingly], and he
sent and seized Isaiah.
13 For Beliar was in great wrath against Isaiah by reason of
the vision, and because of the exposure wherewith he had exposed
Sammael, and because through him the going forth of the Beloved
from the seventh heaven had been made known, and His
transformation and His descent and the likeness into which He
should be transformed (that is) the likeness of man, and the
persecution wherewith he should be persecuted, and the tortures
wherewith the children of Israel should torture Him, and the
coming of His twelve disciples, and the teaching, and that He
should before the Sabbath be crucified upon the tree, and should
be crucified together with wicked men, and that He should be
buried in the sepulchre,
14 And the twelve who were with Him should be offended because
of Him: and the watch of those who watched the sepulchre:
15 And the descent of the angel of the Christian Church, which
is in the heavens, whom He will summon in the last days.
16 And that (Gabriel) the angel of the Holy Spirit, and
Michael, the chief of the holy angels, on the third day will open
17 And the Beloved sitting on their shoulders will come forth
and send out His twelve disciples;
18 And they will teach all the nations and every tongue of the
resurrection of the Beloved, and those who believe in His cross
will be saved, and in His ascension into the seventh heaven
whence He came:
19 And that many who believe in Him will speak through the
20 And many signs and wonders will be wrought in those days.
21 And afterwards, on the eve of His approach, His disciples
will forsake the teachings of the Twelve Apostles, and their
faith, and their love and their purity.
22 And there will be much contention on the eve of [His advent
and] His approach.
23 And in those days many will love office, though devoid of
24 And there will be many lawless elders, and shepherds
dealing wrongly by their own sheep, and they will ravage (them) owing to their
not having holy shepherds.
25 And many will change the honor of the garments of the
saints for the garments of the covetous, and there will be much
respect of persons in those days and lovers of the honor of this
26 And there will be much slander and vainglory at the
approach of the Lord, and the Holy Spirit will withdraw from
27 And there will not be in those days many prophets, nor
those who speak trustworthy words, save one here and there in
28 On account of the spirit of error and fornication and of
vainglory, and of covetousness, which shall be in those, who will
be called servants of that One and in those who will receive that
29 And there will be great hatred in the shepherds and elders
towards each other.
30 For there will be great jealousy in the last days; for
every one will say what is pleasing in his own eyes.
31 And they will make of none effect the prophecy of the
prophets which were before me, and these my visions also will
they make of none effect, in order to speak after the impulse of
their own hearts.
AND now Hezekiah and Josab my son, these are the days of the
completion of the world.
2 After it is consummated, Beliar the great ruler, the king of
this world, will descend, who hath ruled it since it came into
being; yea, he will descent from his firmament in the likeness of
a man, a lawless king, the slayer of his mother: who himself
(even) this king.
3 Will persecute the plant which the Twelve Apostles of the
Beloved have planted. Of the Twelve one will be delivered into
4 This ruler in the form of that king will come and there will
come and there will come with him all the powers of this world,
and they will hearken unto him in all that he desires.
5 And at his word the sun will rise at night and he will make
the moon to appear at the sixth hour.
6 And all that he hath desired he will do in the world: he
will do and speak like the Beloved and he will say: "I am
God and before me there has been none."
7 And all the people in the world will believe in him.
they will sacrifice to him and they will serve him saying:
"This is God and beside him there is no other."
9 And they greater number of those who shall have been
associated together in order to receive the Beloved, he will turn
aside after him.
10 And there will be the power of his miracles in every city
11 And he will set up his image before him in every city.
12 And he shall bear sway three years and seven months and
13 And many believers and saints having seen Him for whom they
were hoping, who was crucified, Jesus the Lord Christ, [after
that I, Isaiah, had seen Him who was crucified and ascended] and
those also who were believers in Him - of these few in those days
will be left as His servants, while they flee from desert to
desert, awaiting the coming of the Beloved.
14 And after (one thousand) three hundred and thirty-two days
the Lord will come with His angels and with the armies of the
holy ones from the seventh heaven with the glory of the seventh
heaven, and He will drag Beliar into Gehenna and also his armies.
15 And He will give rest to the godly whom He shall find in
the body in this world, [and the sun will be ashamed]:
16 And to all who because of (their) faith in Him have
execrated Beliar and his kings. But the saints will come with the
Lord with their garments which are (now) stored up on high in the
seventh heaven: with the Lord they will come, whose spirits are
clothed, they will descend and be present in the world, and He
will strengthen those, who have been found in the body, together
with the saints, in the garments of the saints, and the Lord will
minister to those who have kept watch in this world.
17 And afterwards they will turn themselves upward in their
garments, and their body will be left in the world.
18 Then the voice of the Beloved will in wrath rebuke the
things of heaven and the things of earth and the things of earth
and the mountains and the hills and the cities and the desert and
the forests and the angel of the sun and that of the moon, and
all things wherein Beliar manifested himself and acted openly in
this world, and there will be [a resurrection and] a judgment in
their midst in those days, and the Beloved will cause fire to go
forth from Him, and it will consume all the godless, and they
will be as though they had not been created.
19 And the rest of the words of the vision is written in the
vision of Babylon.
20 And the rest of the vision regarding the Lord, behold, it
is written in three parables according to my words which are
written in the book which I publicly prophesied.
21 And the descent of the Beloved into Sheol, behold, it is
written in the section, where the Lord says: "Behold my Son will
understand." And all these things, behold they are written
[in the Psalms] in the parables of David, the son of Jesse, and
in the Proverbs of Solomon his son, and in the words of Korah,
and Ethan the Israelite, and in the words of Asaph, and in the
rest of the Psalms also which the angel of the Spirit inspired.
22 (Namely) in those which have not the name written, and in
the words of my father Amos, and of Hosea the prophet, and of
Micah and Joel and Nahum and Jonah and Obadiah and Habakkuk and
Haggai and Malachi, and in the words of Joseph the Just and in
the words of Daniel.
ON account of these visions, therefore, Beliar was wroth with
Isaiah, and he dwelt in the heart of Manasseh and he sawed him in
sunder with a wooden saw.
2 And when Isaiah was being sawn in sunder, Belchira stood up,
accusing him, and all the false prophets stood up, laughing and
rejoicing because of Isaiah.
3 And Belchira, with the aid of Mechembechus, stood up before
Isaiah, [laughing] deriding;
4 And Belchira said to Isaiah: 'Say, "I have lied in all
that I have spoken, and likewise the ways of Manasseh are good
5 And the ways also of Belchira and of his associates are
6 And this he said to him when he began to be sawn in sunder.
7 But Isaiah was (absorbed) in a vision of the Lord, and
though his eyes were open, he saw them (not).
8 And Belchira spake thus to Isaiah: "Say what I say unto
thee and I will turn their hearts, and I will compel Manasseh and
the princes of Judah and the people and all Jerusalem to
9 And Isaiah answered and said: "So far as I have
utterance (I say): Damned and accused be thou and all they powers
and all thy house.
10 For thou canst not take (from me) aught save the skin of my
11 And they seized and sawed in sunder Isaiah, the son of
Amoz, witha wooden saw.
12 And Manasseh and Belchira and the false prophets and the
princes and the people [and] all stood looking on.
13 And to the prophets who were with him he said before he had
been sawn in sunder: "Go ye to the region of Tyre and Sidon;
for for me only hath God mingled the cup."
14 And when Isaiah was being sawn in sunder, he neither cried
aloud nor wept, but his lips spake with the Holy Spirit until he
was sawn in twain.
15 This, Beliar did to Isaiah through Belchira and Manasseh;
for Sammael was very wrathful against Isaiah from the days of
Hezekiah, king of Judah, on account of the things which he had
seen regarding the Beloved.
16 And on account of the destruction of Sammael, which he had
seen through the Lord, while Hezekiah his father was still king.
And he did according to the will of Satan.
The Vision Which Isaiah the Son of Amoz Saw
In the twentieth year of the reign of Hezekiah, king of Judah,
came Isaiah the son of Amoz, and Josab the son of Isaiah to
Hezekiah to Jerusalem from Galgala.
2 And (having entered) he sat down on the couch of the king,
and they brought him a seat, but he would not sit (thereon).
3 And when Isaiah began to speak the words of faith and truth
with King Hezekiah, all the princes of Israel were seated and the
eunuchs and the councilors of the king. And there were there
forty prophets and sons of the prophets: they had come from the
villages and from the mountains and the plains when they had
heard that Isaiah was coming from Galgala to Hezekiah.
4 And they had come to salute him and to hear his words.
5 And that he might place his hands upon them, and that they
might prophesy and that he might hear their prophecy: and they
were all before Isaiah.
6 And when Isaiah was speaking to Hezekiah the words of truth
and faith, they all heard a door which one had opened and the
voice of the Holy Spirit.
7 And the king summoned all the prophets and all the people
who were found there, and they came. and Macaiah and the aged
Ananias and Joel and Josab sat on his right hand (and on the
8 And it came to pass when they and all heard the voice of the
Holy Spirit, they all worshipped on their knees, and glorified
the God of truth, the Most High who is in the upper world and who
sits on High the Holy One and who rest among His holy ones.
9 And they gave glory to Him who had thus bestowed a door in
an alien world had bestowed (it) on a man.
10 And as he was speaking in the Holy Spirit in the hearing of
all, he became silent and his mind was taken up from him and he
saw not the men that stood before him.
11 Though his eyes indeed were open. Moreover his lips were
silent and the mind in his body was taken up from him.
12 But his breath was in him; for he was seeing a vision.
13 And the angel who was sent to make him see was not of this
firmament, nor was he of the angels of glory of this world, but he had come from the
14 And the people who stood near did (not) think, but the
circle of the prophets (did), that the holy Isaiah had been taken
15 And the vision which the holy Isaiah saw was not from this
world but from the world which is hidden from the flesh.
16 And after Isaiah had seen this vision, he narrated it to
Hezekiah, and to Josab his son and to the other prophets who had
17 But the leaders and the eunuchs and the people did not
hear, but only Samna the scribe, and Ijoaqem, and Asaph the
recorder; for these also were doers of righteousness, and the
sweet smell of the Spirit was upon them. But the people had not
heard; for Micaiah and Josab his son had caused them to go forth,
when the wisdom of this world had been taken form him and he
became as one dead.
AND the vision which Isaiah saw, he told to Hezekiah and Josab
his son and Micaiah and the rest of the prophets, (and) said:
2 At this moment, when I prophesied according to the (words)
heard which ye heard, I saw a glorious angel not like unto the
glory of the angels which I used always to see, but possessing
such glory ad position that I cannot describe the glory of that
3 And having seized me by my hand he raised me on high, and I
said unto him: "Who art thou, and what is thy name, and
whither art thou raising me on high? for strength was given me to
speak with him."
4 And he said unto me: "When I have raised thee on high
[though the (various) degrees] and made thee see the vision, on
account of which I have been sent, then thou wilt understand who
I am: but my name thou dost not know.
5 Because thou wilt return into this thy body, but whither I
am raising thee on high, thou wilt see; for for this purpose have
I been sent."
6 And I rejoiced because he spake courteously to me.
7 And he said unto me: "Hast thou rejoiced because I have
spoken courteously to thee?" And he said: "And thou
wilt see how a grater also that I am will speak courteously and
peaceably with thee."
8 And His Father also who is greater thou wilt see; for for
this purpose have I been sent from the seventh heaven in order to
explain all these things unto thee."
9 And we ascended to the firmament, I and he, and there I saw
Sammael and his hosts, and there was great fighting therein and
the angels of Satan were envying one another.
10 And as above so on the earth also; for the likeness of that
which is in the firmament is here on t he earth.
11 And I said unto the angel (who was with me): "(What is
this war and) what is this envying?"
12 And he said unto me: "So has it been since this world
was made until now, and this war (will continue) till He, whom
thou shalt see will come and destroy him."
13 And afterwards he caused me to ascend (to that which is)
above the firmament: which is the (first) heaven.
14 And there I saw a throne in the midst, and on his right and
on his left were angels.
15 And (the angels on the left were) not like unto the angels
who stood on the right, but those who stood on the right had the
greater glory, and they all praised with one voice, and there was
a throne in the midst, and those who were on t he left gave
praise after them; but their voice was not such as the voice of
those on the right, nor their praise like the praise of those.
16 And I asked the angel who conducted me, and I said unto
him: "To whom is this praise sent?"
17 And he said unto me: "(it is sent) to the praise of
(Him who sitteth in) the seventh heaven: to Him who rests in the
holy world, and to His Beloved, whence I have been sent to thee.
[Thither is it sent.]"
18 And again, he made me to ascend to the second heaven. now
the height of that heaven is the same as from the haven to the
earth [and to the firmament].
19 And (I saw there, as) in the first heaven, angels on the
right and on the left, and a throne in the midst, and the praise
of the angels in the second heaven; and he who sat on the throne
in the second heaven was more glorious than all (the rest).
20 And there was great glory in the second heaven, and the
praise also was not like the praise of those who were in the
21 And I fell on my face to worship him, but he angel who
conducted me did not permit me, but said unto me: "Worship
neither throne nor angel which belongs to the six heavens - for
for this cause I was sent to conduct thee j- until I tell thee in
the seventh heaven.
22 For above all the heavens and their angels has thy throne
been placed, and thy garments and thy crown which thou shalt
23 And I rejoiced with great joy, that those who love the Most
High and His Beloved will afterwards ascend thither by the angel
of the Holy Spirit.
24 And he raise me to the third heaven, and in like manner I
saw those upon the right and upon the left, and there was a throne there
in the midst; but the memorial of this world is there unheard of.
25 And I said to the angel who was with me; for the glory of
my appearance was undergoing transformation as I ascended to each
heaven in turn: "Nothing of the vanity of that world is here
26 And he answered me, and said unto me: "Nothing is
named on account of its weakness, and nothing is hidden there of
what is done."
27 And I wished to learn how it is know, and he answered me
saying: "When I have raised thee to the seventh heaven
whence I was sent, to that which is above these, then thou shalt
know that there is nothing hidden from the thrones and from those
who dwell in the heavens and from the angels. And the praise
wherewith they praised and glory of him who sat on the throne was
great, and the glory of the angels on the right hand and on the
left was beyond that of the heaven which was below them.
28 And again he raised me to the fourth heaven, and the height
from the third to the height from the third to the forth heaven
was greater than from the earth to the firmament.
29 And there again I saw those who were on the right hand and
those who were on the left, and him who sat on the throne was in
the midst, and there also they were praising.
30 And the praise and glory of the angels on the right was
greater than that of those on the left.
31 And again the glory of him who sat on the throne was
greater than that of the angels on the right, and their glory was
beyond that of those who were below.
32 And he raised me to the fifth heaven.
33 And again I saw those upon the right hand and on the left,
and him who sat on the throne possessing greater glory that those
of the forth heaven.
34 And the glory of those on the right hand was greater than
that of those on the left [from the third to the fourth].
35 And the glory of him who was on the throne was greater than
that of the angels on the right hand.
36 And their praise was more glorious than that of the fourth
37 And I praised Him, who is not named and the Only-begotten
who dwelleth in the heavens, whose name is not known to any
flesh, who has bestowed such glory on the several heaves, and who
makes great the glory of the angels, and more excellent the glory
of Him who sitteth on the throne.
AND again he raised me into the air of the sixth heaven, and I
saw such glory as I had not seen in the five heavens.
2 For I saw angels possessing great glory.
3 And the praise there was holy and wonderful.
4 And I said to the angel who conducted me: "What is this
which I see, my lord?"
5 And he said: "I am not thy lord, but thy fellow
6 And again I asked him, and I said unto him: "Why are
there not angelic fellow servants (on the left)?"
7 And he said: "From the sixth heaven there are no longer
angels on the left, nor a throne set in the midst, but (they are
directed) by the power of the seventh heaven, where dwelleth He
that is not named and the Elect One, whose name has not been made
known, and none of the heavens can learn His name.
8 For it is He alone to whose voice all the heavens and
thrones give answer. I have therefore been empowered and sent to
raise thee here that thou mayest see this glory.
9 And that thou mayest see the Lord of all those heavens and
10 Undergoing (successive) transformation until He resembles
your form and likeness.
11 I indeed say unto thee, Isaiah; No man about to return into
a body of that world has ascended or seen what thou seest or
perceived what thou hast perceived and what thou wilt see.
12 For it has been permitted to thee in the lot of the Lord to
come hither. [And from thence comes the power of the sixth heaven
and of the air]."
13 And I magnified my Lord with praise, in that through His
lot I should come hither.
14 And he said: "Hear, furthermore, therefore, this also
from thy fellow servant: when from the body by the will of God
thou hast ascended hither, then thou wilt receive the garment
which thou seest, and likewise other numbered garments laid up
(there) thou wilt see.
15 And then thou wilt become equal to the angels of the
16 And he raised me up into the sixth heaven, and there were
no (angels) on the left, nor a throne in the midst, but all had
one appearance and their (power of) praise was equal.
17 And (power) was given to me also, and I also praised along
with them and that angel also, and our praise was like theirs.
And there they all named the primal Father and His Beloved, the
Christ, and the Holy Spirit, all with one voice.
19 And (their voice) was not like the voice of the angels in
the five heavens.
20 [Nor like their discourse] but the voice was different
there, and there was much light there.
21 And then, when I was in the sixth heaven I thought the
light which I had seen in the five heavens to be but darkness.
22 And I rejoiced and praised Him who hath bestowed such
lights on those who wait for His promise.
23 And I besought the angel who conducted me that I should not
henceforth return to the carnal world.
24 I say indeed unto you, Hezekiah and Josab my son and
Micaiah, that there is much darkness here.
25 And the angel who conducted me discovered what I thought
and said: "If in this light thou dost rejoice, how much more
wilt thou rejoice, when in the seventh heaven thou seest the
light where is the Lord and His Beloved [whence I have been sent,
who is to be called "Son" in this world.
26 Not (yet) hath been manifested he shall be in the
corruptible world] and the garments, and the thrones, and the
crowns which are laid up for the righteous, for those who trust
in that Lord who will descend in your form. For the light which
is there is great and wonderful.
27 And as concerning thy not returning into the body thy days
are not yet fulfilled for coming here."
28 And when I heard (that) I was troubled, and he said:
"Do not be troubled."
AND he took me into the air of the seventh heaven, and
moreover I heard a voice saying: "How far will he ascend
that dwelleth in the flesh?" And I feared and trembled.
2 And when I trembled, behold, I heard from hence another
voice being sent forth, and saying: "It is permitted to the
holy Isaiah to ascend hither; for here is his garment."
3 And I asked the angel who was with me and said: "Who is
he who forbade me and who is he who permitted me to ascend?"
4 And he said unto me: "He wo forbade thee, is he who is
over the praise-giving of the sixth heaven.
5 And He who permitted thee, this is thy Lord God, the Lord
Christ, who will be called "Jesus" in the world, but
His name thou canst not hear till thou hast ascended out of thy
6 And he raised me up into the seventh heaven, and I saw there
a wonderful light and angels innumerable.
7 And there I saw the holy Abel and all the righteous.
8 And there I saw Enoch and all who were with him, stripped of
the garments of the flesh, and I saw them in their garments of
the upper world, and they were like angels, standing there in
9 And there I saw Enoch and all who were with him, stripped of
the garments of the flesh, and I saw them in their garments of
the upper world, and they were like angels, standing there in
10 But they sat not on their thrones, nor were their crowns of
glory on them.
11 And I asked the angel who was with me: "How is it that
they have received the garments, but have not the thrones and the
12 And he said unto me: "Crowns and thrones of glory they
do not receive, till the Beloved will descent in the form in
which you will see Him descent [will descent, I say] into the
world in the last days the Lord, who will be called Christ.
13 Nevertheless they see and know whose will be thrones, and
whose the crowns when He has descended and been made in your
form, and they will think that He is flesh and is a man.
14 And the god of that world will stretch forth his hand
against the Son, and they will crucify Him on a tree, and will
slay Him not knowing who He is.
15 And thus His descent, as you will see, will be hidden even
from the heavens, so that it will not be known who He is.
16 And when He hath plundered the angel of death, He will
ascend on the third day, [and he will remain in that world five
hundred and forty-five days].
17 And then many of the righteous will ascend with Him, whose
spirits do not receive their garments till the Lord Christ ascend
and they ascend with Him.
18 Then indeed they will receive their [garments and] thrones
and crowns, when He has ascended into the seventh heaven."
19 And I said unto him that which I had asked him in the third
20 "Show me how everything which is done in that world is
here made known."
21 And whilst I was still speaking with him, behold one of the
angels who stood nigh, more glorious than the glory of that
angel, who had raised me up from the world.
22 Showed me a book, [but not as a book of this world] and he
opened it, and the book was written, but not as a book of this
world. And he gave (it) to me and I read it, and lo! the deeds of
the children of Israel were written therein, and the deeds of
those whom I know (not), my son Josab.
23 And I said: "In truth, there is nothing hidden in the
seventh heaven, which is done in this world."
24 And I saw there many garments laid up, and many thrones and
25 And I said to the angel: "Whose are these garments and
thrones and crowns?"
26 And he said unto me: "These garments many from that
world will receive, believing in the words of That One, who shall be
named as I told thee, and they will observe those things, and
believe in them, and believe in His cross: for them are these
27 And I saw a certain One standing, whose glory surpassed
that of all, and His glory was great and wonderful.
28 And after I had seen Him, all the righteous whom I had seen
and also the angels whom I had seen came to Him. And Adam and
Abel and Seth and all the righteous first drew near and
worshipped Him, and they all praised Him with one voice, and I
myself also gave praise with them, and my giving of praise was as
29 And then all the angels drew nigh and worshipped and gave
30 And I was (again) transformed and became like an angel.
31 And thereupon the angel who conducted me said to me:
"Worship this One," and I worshipped and praised.
32 And the angel said unto me: "This is the Lord of all
the praise-givings which thou hast seen."
33 And whilst he was still speaking, I saw another Glorious
One who was like Him, and the righteous drew nigh and worshipped
and praised, and I praised together with them. But my glory was
not transformed into accordance with their form.
34 And thereupon the angels drew near and worshipped Him.
35 And I saw the Lord and the second angel, and they were
36 And the second whom I saw was on he left of my Lord. And I
asked: "Who is this?" and he said unto me:
"Worship Him, for He is the angel of the Holy Spirit, who
speaketh in thee and the rest of the righteous."
37 And I saw the great glory, the eyes of my spirit being
open, and I could not thereupon see, nor yet could the angel who
was with me, nor all the angels whom I had seen worshipping my
38 But I saw the righteous beholding with great power the
glory of that One.
39 And my Lord drew nigh to me and the angel of the Spirit and
He said: "See how it is given to thee to see God, and on thy
account power is given to the angel who is with thee."
40 And I saw how my Lord and the angel of the Spirit
worshipped, and they both together praised God.
41 And thereupon all the righteous drew near and worshipped.
42 And the angels drew near and worshipped and all the angels
AND thereupon I heard the voices and the giving of praise,
which I had heard in each of the six heavens, ascending and being
2 And all were being sent up to that Glorious One whose glory
I could not behold.
3 And I myself was hearing and beholding the praise (which was
given) to Him.
4 And the Lord and the angel of the Spirit were beholding all
and hearing all.
5 And all the praises which are sent up from the six heavens
are not only heard, but seen.
6 And I heard the angel who conducted me and he said:
"This is the Most High of the high ones, dwelling in the
holy world, and resting in His holy ones, who will be called by
the Holy Spirit through the lips of the righteous the Father of
7 And I heard the voice of the Most High, the Father of my
Lord, saying to my Lord Christ who will be called Jesus:
8 "Go forth and descent through all the heavens, and thou
wilt descent to the firmament and that world: to the angel in
Sheol thou wilt descend, but to Haguel thou wilt not go.
9 And thou wilt become like unto the likeness of all who are
in the five heavens.
10 And thou wilt be careful to become like the form of the
angels of the firmament [and the angels also who are in Sheol].
11 And none of the angels of that world shall know that Thou
art with Me of the seven heavens and of their angels.
12 And they shall not know that Thou art with Me, till with a
loud voice I have called (to) the heavens, and their angels and
their lights, (even) unto the sixth heaven, in order that you
mayest judge and destroy the princes and angels and gods of that
world, and the world that is dominated by them:
13 For they have denied Me and said: "We alone are and
there is none beside us."
14 And afterwards from the angels of death Thou wilt ascend to
Thy place. And Thou wilt not be transformed in each heaven, but
in glory wilt Thou ascend and sit on My right hand.
15 And thereupon the princes and powers of that world will
16 These commands I heard the Great Glory giving to my Lord.
17 And so I saw my Lord go forth from the seventh heaven into
the sixth heaven.
18 And the angel who conducted me [from this world was with me
and] said unto me: "Understand, Isaiah, and see the
transformation and descent of the Lord will appear."
19 And I saw, and when the angels saw Him, thereupon those in
the sixth heaven praised and lauded Him; for He had not been
transformed after the shape of the angels there, and they praised
Him and I also praised with them.
20 And I saw when He descended into the fifth heaven, that in
the fifth heaven He made Himself like unto the form of the angels there,
and they did not praise Him (nor worship Him); for His form was
like unto theirs.
21 And then He descended into the forth heaven, and made
Himself like unto the form of the angels there.
22 And when they saw Him, they did not praise or laud Him; for
His form was like unto their form.
23 And again I saw when He descended into the third heaven,
and He made Himself like unto the form of the angels in the third
24 And those who kept the gate of the (third) heaven demanded
the password,a and the Lord gave (it) to them in order that He
should not be recognized. And when they saw Him, they did not
praise or laud Him; for His form was like unto their form.
25 And again I saw when He descended into the second heaven,
and again He gave the password there; those who kept the gate
proceeded to demand and the Lord to give.
26 And I saw when He made Himself like unto the form of the
angels in the second heaven, and they saw Him and they did not
praise Him; for His form was like unto their form.
27 And again I saw when He descended into the first heaven,
and there also He gave the password to those who kept the gate,
and He made Himself like unto the form of the angels who were on
the left of that throne, and they neither praised nor lauded Him;
for His form was like unto their form.
28 But as for me no one asked me on account of the angel who
29 And again He descended into the firmament where dwelleth
the ruler of this world, and He gave the password to those on the
left, and His form was like theirs, and they did not praise Him
there; but they were envying one another and fighting; for here
there is a power of evil and envying about trifles.
30 And I saw when He descended and made Himself like unto the
angels of the air, and He was like one of them.
31 And He gave no password; for one was plundering and doing
violence to another.
AFTER this I saw, and the angel who spoke with me, who
conducted me, said unto me: "Understand, Isaiah son of Amoz;
for for this purpose have I been sent from God."
2 And I indeed saw a woman of the family of David the prophet,
named Mary, and Virgin, and she was espoused to a man named
Joseph, a carpenter, and he also was of the seed and family of
the righteous David of Bethlehem Judah.
3 And he came into his lot. And when she was espoused, she was
found with child, and Joseph the carpenter was desirous to put
4 But the angel of the Spirit appeared in this world, and
after that Joseph did not put her away, but kept Mary and did not
reveal this matter to any one.
5 And he did not approach May, but kept her as a holy virgin,
though with child.
6 And he did not live with her for two months.
7 And after two nomths of days while Joseph was in his house,
and Mary his wife, but both alone.
8 It came to pass that when they were alone that Mary
straight-way looked with her eyes and saw a small babe, and she
9 And after she had been astonished, her womb was found as
formerly before she had conceived.
10 And when her husband Joseph said unto her: "What has
astonished thee?" his eyes were opened and he saw the infant
and praised God, because into his portion God had come.
11 And a voice came to them: "Tell this vision to no
12 And the story regarding the infant was noised broad in
13 Some said: "The Virgin Mary hath borne a child, before
she was married two months."
14 And many said: "She has not borne a child, nor has a
midwife gone up (to her), nor have we heard the cries of (labor)
pains." And they were all blinded respecting Him and they
all knew regarding Him, though they knew not whence He was.
15 And they took Him, and went to Nazareth in Galilee.
16 And I saw, O Hezekiah and Josab my son, and I declare to
the other prophets also who are standing by, that (this) hath
escaped all the heavens and all the princes and all the gods of
17 And I saw: In Nazareth He sucked the breast as a babe and
as is customary in order that He might not be recognized.
18 And when He had grown up he worked great signs and wonders
in the land of Israel and of Jerusalem.
19 And after this the adversary envied Him and roused the
children of Israel against Him, not knowing who He was, and they
delivered Him to the king, and crucified Him, and He descended to
the angel (of Sheol).
20 In Jerusalem indeed I was Him being crucified on a tree:
And likewise after the third day rise again and remain days.
22 And the angel who conducted me said: "Understand,
Isaiah": and I saw when He sent out the Twelve Apostles and
23 And I saw Him, and He was in the firmament, but He had not
changed Himself into their form, and all the angels of the
firmament and the Satans saw Him and they worshipped.
24 And there was much sorrow there, while they said: "How
did our Lord descend in our midst, and we perceived not the glory
[which has been upon Him], which we see has been upon Him from
the sixth heaven?"
25 And He ascended into the second heaven, and He did not
transform Himself, but all the angels who were on the right and
on the left and the throne in the midst.
26 Both worshipped Him and praised Him and said: "How did
our Lord escape us whilst descending, and we perceived not?"
27 And in like manner He ascended into the third heaven, and
they praised and said in like manner.
28 And in the fourth heaven and in the fifth also they said
precisely after the same manner.
29 But there was one glory, and from it He did not change
30 And I saw when He ascended into the sixth heaven, and they
worshipped and glorified Him.
31 But in all the heavens the praise increased (in volume).
32 And I saw how He ascended into the seventh heaven, and all
the righteous and all the angels praised Him. And then I saw Him
sit down on the right hand of that Great Glory whose glory I told
you that I could not behold.
33 And also the angel of the Holy Spirit I saw sitting on the
34 And this angel said unto me: "Isaiah, son of Amoz, it
is enough for thee;... for thou hast seen what no child of flesh
35 And thou wilt return into thy garment (of the flesh) until
thy days are completed. Then thou wilt come hither."
36 These things Isaiah saw and told unto all that stood before
him, and they praised. And he spake to Hezekiah the King and
said: "I have spoken these things."
37 Both the end of this world;
38 And all this vision will be consummated in the last
39 And Isaiah made him swear that he would not tell (it) to
the people of Israel, nor give these words to any man to
40 ...such things ye will read. and watch ye in the Holy
Spirit in order they ye may receive your garments and thrones and
crowns of glory which are laid up in the seventh heaven.
41 On account of these visions and prophecies Sammale Satan
sawed in sunder Isaiah the son of Amoz, the prophet, by the hand
42 And all these things Hezekiah delivered to Manasseh in the
43 But Manasseh did not remember them nor place these things
in his heart, but becoming the servant of Satan he was destroyed.
Here endeth the vision of Isaiah the prophet with his ascension.