O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Recently, I read a pseudepigraphal (not accepted as canonical or Divine in origin) work called “Book of the Secrets of Enoch” This particular version I read came from a compilation of apocryphal and pseudepigraphal books in a paperback book called “Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Book of Eden”, published by LB Press, ISBN 0-529-02061-0. It lists for $9.99.
Anyway, if you would like to get some background on what Jewish sects and the Early Church considered scriptural in some cases, and in others, some valuable historical material, you might like the book.
When I read the introduction to the Book of the Secrets of Enoch (also called 2 Enoch by some), there was a curious remark that said that Enoch had been taken to heaven, and there it was revealed that AFTER the creation of the earth, the 8th day was to be an endless age of eternal life.
While I do not accept this book as scriptural in any way, it is pretty well accepted in the dating of the book that it was written sometime in the 1st century, probably before the destruction of the temple in 70AD. Its background language and cultural pedigree comes from Greek thinking, but has undoubtedly Jewish leanings. It was written in Slavonic, and was only translated to English in the 19th century. Although there is no reference to Jesus, I found it curious that there are a few sayings almost word for word taken from the words of Jesus in the New Testament. But by and large, the teachings in it are moral in nature, borrowing heavily from Jewish thought, and leaning towards a closed Jewish sect for original authorship.
All that said, I wanted to share what the book said about the “8th day” of creation. We recently had a discussion about this subject, and although the book proves nothing about the validity of that idea (that we are now living in the 8th day of eternity), it DOES validate the antiquity of such an idea. Apparently, the idea that the number 8 in scripture, is an old and well established idea interwoven into old testament thought and culture. Here are the relevant extracts, and I offer them as food for thought and discussion:
“ 1)And I appointed the eighth day also, that the eighth day should be the first-created after my work, and that the first seven revolve in the form of the seventh thousand, and that at the beginning of the eighth thousand there should be a time of not-counting, endless, with neither years nor months nor weeks nor days nor hours.”
“ 6)There will be one aeon, and all the righteous who shall escape the Lord’s great judgment, shall be collected in the great aeon, for the righteous the great aeon will begin, and they will live eternally, and then too there will be amongst them neither labour, nor sickness, nor humiliation, nor anxiety, nor need, nor brutality, nor night, nor darkness, but great light.
7) And they shall have a great indestructible wall, and a paradise bright and incorruptible, for all corruptible things shall pass away, and there will be eternal life.”