EXCEEDS A DROP OF WATER."   (2 Esdras 9:14 NEB).

"The angel replied: 'The seed to be sown depends on the soil, the colour on the flower, the product on the workman, and the harvest on the farmer. There was once a time before the world had been created for men to dwell in;  at that time I was planning it for the sake of those who now exist. No one then disputed My plan, for no one existed. I supplied this world with unfailing food and a mysterious Law; but those whom I created turned to a life of corruption. I looked at My world, and there it lay spoilt, at My earth in danger from men's wicked thoughts; and at the sight I could scarcely bring Myself to spare them. One grape I saved out of a cluster, one tree out of a forest. So then let it be: destruction for the many who were born in vain, and salvation for My  grape and My tree, which have cost Me such labour to bring to perfection."  (2 Esdras 9:17  22 NEB).

"In the last days, then, the inhabitants of the world will be punished for their arrogant lives by bitter sufferings. But you, Ezra, should direct your thoughts to yourself and the glory awaiting those like you. For all of you, paradise lies open, the tree of life is planted, the age to come is made ready, and rich abundance is in store; the city is already built, rest from toil is assured, goodness and wisdom are brought to perfection. The root of evil has been sealed off from you; for you there is no more illness, death is abolished, hell has fled, and decay is quite forgotten. All sorrows are at an end, and the treasure of immortality has been finally revealed. Ask no more questions, therefore, about the many who are lost. For they were given freedom and used it to despise the Most High, to treat His Law with contempt and abandon His ways. Yes, and they trampled on His just servants; they said to themselves, "There is no God", though well aware that they must die. Yours, then, will be the joys I have predicted; theirs the thirst and torments which are prepared. It is not that the Most High has wanted any man to be lost, but that those He created have themselves brought dishonour on their Creator's Name, and shown ingratitude to the One who had put life within their reach. My day of Judgement is now close at hand, but I have not made this known to all; only to you and a few like you.'"  (2 Esdras 8:50-62 NEB).

"Just as everything that is done on earth has its beginning and end clearly marked, so it is with the times which the Most High has determined: their beginning is marked by portents and miracles, their end by manifestations of power. 'Whoever comes safely through and escapes destruction, thanks to his good deeds or the faith he has shown, will survive all the dangers I have foretold and witness the salvation that I shall bring to My land, the country I have marked out from all eternity as My own. Then those who have misused My Law will be taken by surprise; their contempt for it will bring them continual torment. All who in their lifetime failed to acknowledge Me in spite of all the good things I had given them, all who disdained My Law while freedom still was theirs, who scornfully dismissed the thought of penitence while the way was still open     all  these will have to learn the truth through torments after death. Do not be curious any more, Ezra, to know how the Godless will be tormented, but only how and  when the just will be saved; the world is theirs and it exists for their sake.'"  (2 Esdras 9:5-13 NEB).

It is of paramount importance that mankind learn the truth of their obligations to the Most High and carry them out now, rather than wait and learn the truth through torments after death!  (2 Esdras 9:12 NEB).

One of the "manifestations of power" during the "last days" was the destructive earthquake in the Indian Ocean on 26th December 2004 in which 230,000 people were killed by the resulting tsunami that swept the coastlands of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand. This was the Judgement of God upon those worshipping the images of demon false gods. Tourists who died there shared in the retribution of God for having attended a place where they knew the indigenous population worshipped false gods.  (2 Esdras 9:6 & Exodus 20:3-6 NEB).

In fulfilment of Revelation 11:13, a tenth of the city was destroyed and 7,000 men were killed in the earthquake in Mexico City in 1985. Another manifestation of the power of the Most High has been the war and ongoing desolation of Babylon/Iraq, where over 100,000 people have been killed so far. We now await the imminent Rule of God when all those who "destroy the earth" shall themselves be destroyed.  (Rev 11:18 NEB).