Last night, after toiling over my decision to take a tiny step deeper, I finally decided to lie down and listen to a 3-hour long read-through of that arcane Jewish scripture that so many Christians have warned me about, the Book of Enoch. They say it has become the basis for Enochian occultism and Gnostic appraise of the angels, but when I heard it for myself, I found the content perfectly sound with canonical scripture and the Word of God, and many other Christian theologians would agree. My personal belief is that God did not include it in the Bible because of how misled many can become after feeling the gravity of the knowledge therein, but seeing as how God valued Enoch enough to translate him into heaven before his time, I think it’s fair to trust that these ancient writings are inspired by the wisdom of God, not the “Watchers”, although like anything, if fallen into the wrong hands, could be used for evil. I think for anyone who has a solid understanding of the truth, this book may flesh out the rest of this body of forgotten history. For a bit of background info, the Book of Enoch, dated from 300 BC, was extant in the Ge’ez language of ancient Ethiopia with Aramaic fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls to prove its authenticity. Enoch himself was the seventh child from the bloodline of Adam and the great-grandfather of Noah. It was later written that Enoch “walked with God: and he was not; for God took him”, denoting his premature departure from the earth. The first section of this book is called The Book of the Watchers, and it goes on to explain the destined places created for the judgment of the unrighteous and imprisonment of the Watchers, who were those fallen angels that came to mankind and demoralized them by fathering the Nephilim, a race of offspring interbred through the women of earth. It lists the names of these angels, Azâzêl, Semjâzâ, Râmêêl, Barâqîjâl, and many more, who taught mankind various wisdoms, such as the utilization of metals, the beautifying of the eyelids with make-up, the knowledge of astrology, astronomy, weather, and the unlocking of many of the secrets of heaven and earth, which eventually led them astray from God. It’s at this point that Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel, chiefs among the righteous angels, appealed to God to warn Noah to prepare an Ark and wash away the wicked with a global deluge.
“The Lord said to Raphael: ‘Bind Azâzêl hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert, which is in Dûdâêl (God’s Cauldron), and cast him therein. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there forever, and cover his face that he may not see light. And on the day of the great judgment he shall be cast into the fire. And heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the Watchers have revealed and have taught their sons. And the whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azâzêl: to him ascribe all sin.”
The next section, The Book of Parables, is an even more profound glimpse of the future in the visions given to Enoch, not only elaborating on the destiny of the fallen angels, but of the leaders of the earth as well, who it says work in accordance with Satan’s will and will be judged accordingly. In this book, we also get our first mention of the pre-existence of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, who becomes the hope for mankind’s salvation and our entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven. It talks about the tree of life bearing life-preserving fruit reserved only for those that are saved. Enoch is also shown the different dimensions and locations where the souls of men are divided, each the wicked from the pure, and held until the day of judgment. But, what struck my interest most about this section is how Enoch was taken up into the chambers of Heaven and show the throne of God, which he could hardly find words to describe.
“And he translated my spirit into the heaven of heavens, and I saw there as it were a structure built of crystals, and between those crystals tongues of living fire. And my spirit saw the girdle which girt that house of fire, and on its four sides were streams full of living fire, and they girt that house. And round about were Seraphin, Cherubic, and Ophannin: and these are they who sleep not and guard the throne of His glory.”
Four of the fragments of the Book of Enoch found at Qumran, where the rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls were recovered, contain the knowledge of the movement of the heavenly bodies as revealed to Enoch during his ascent to heaven guided by Uriel. This details the phases of the moon and the solar calendar, which made it possible to celebrate the sacred festivals simultaneously with the Temple of Jerusalem.
“And I saw the chambers of the sun and moon, whence they proceed and whither they come again, and their glorious return, and how one is superior to the other, and their stately orbit, and how they do not leave their orbit, and they add nothing to their orbit and they take nothing from it, and they keep faith with each other, in accordance with the oath by which they are bound together.”
Remember that this was written long before such in-depth knowledge of the universe could possibly have been known by man, and here, we’re seeing an early description of planetary orbit as bound by divine laws set in place by God at the beginning of creation. These same laws divide the winds and reckon the portals through which they can serve or punish the earth. The earth is round for many reasons, but above all, so that heaven would always be situated above, and humanity forever beneath it. The thought of this kind of inferiority might arouse anger in a foolish man, but as Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” I find it tremendously humbling to discover our origins in greater depth and acknowledge God as being in control, but I’m sure that the arrogance of many will disagree. It’s like when you’re 11 and you think you know everything and have need of nothing, and then at 15, you realize that it was all child’s play compared to your new comprehension of the world, which has been broadened through maturity, and the older you get, it dawns on you that what great knowledge you thought you had was but a mere illusion of youth. It reminds me of the dying moments of Anton LaVey, author of the Satanic Bible, when he went into shock and received his final revelations, crying, “Oh my, what have I done? What have I done? There’s something very wrong.” I think you have to wonder about how much faith should be put in things that perish and decay. The Book of Enoch helped realign my perspective on who’s really in control of all of this. It is written that God knows the end from the beginning, and neither was he ever born, nor will he ever die. Time was created for man, but the Father in heaven lives in timelessness with his angels. This poses the question, why doesn’t God simply destroy evil and do away with it if He already knows what becomes of it in our future? I believe that God is letting our history play out as a witness to both man and the angels so that we may see firsthand as he reveals himself to us as a just, merciful and loving God. This project called “Earth” will forever stand as a symbol of the Lord God’s true character and a lesson against all wickedness that we may choose him over evil and be mindful of the result of sin, which brings chaos to his divine order. The errs of this world were not God’s mistake, they were man’s choice. If man were not given this choice, perfect love would not have been possible. Love was the whole plan; this is the one and only truth.