The Book of Enoch
Is the book of Enoch something of God, or is it a book of false doctrine
that Christians should stay away from? While I don’t use it to determine
doctrine, I find it interesting and worth looking at in comparing to the
foundation of scripture from the accepted canon of books. Fragments of the
book of Enoch written in Aramaic were discovered in
Qumran Cave 4, showing that it was among the other copies of scripture
hidden away there. The Sanhedrin at Yavneh rejected it in 90 AD, and while
many church fathers quoted from it, the council of Laodicea in about 363-364
AD rejected it after which time it disappeared from view. It resurfaced
around 1733 AD and in 1912 the R.H. Charles edition was published.
I’ve included elements of it here, as it is referred to in several
places in scripture and gives more insight into the pre-flood world, the
fallen angels and the Nephilim. I also believe these were possibly the primary
reasons for the global flood, to preserve the lineage of Yeshua (Genesis
6:9-13) the Messiah from Adam through Noah to David and Bethlehem.
And Enoch also, the
seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh
with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and
to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds
which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which
ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Where does the book of Enoch say this?
Enoch I 1:9
And behold! He cometh
with ten thousands of His holy ones To execute judgment upon all, And
to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh Of all the works
of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, And of all the
hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.
The above mention is the only direct reference I’m aware of, but
as we will see below, it is not the only synchronous part of the Bible and
book of Enoch. I think that Enoch is important for Christians because it
expands on the stories we all know as well as revealing some details. A
quick example of the expounding that reveals the “why” of things
And it came to pass,
when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were
born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they
were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the
LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also
is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were
giants in 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 became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And
God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that
every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Enoch I chapter 6-10:4
And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that
in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And
the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and
said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among
the children of men and beget us children.’ And Semjaza, who was
their leader, said unto them: ‘I fear ye will not indeed agree
to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great
sin.’ And they all answered him and said: ‘Let us all swear
an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon
this plan but to do this thing.’ Then sware they all together
and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in
all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of
Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn
and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And these are the
names of their leaders: Samlazaz, their leader, Araklba, Rameel, Kokablel,
Tamlel, Ramlel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, Asael, Armaros, Batarel,
Ananel, Zaq1el, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel. These are
their chiefs of tens.
And all the
others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose
for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves
with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting
of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they became pregnant,
and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who
consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain
them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they
began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and
to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth
laid accusation against the lawless ones.
And Azazel taught men
to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made
known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and
bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying
of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures.
And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and
they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjaza
taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, ‘Armaros the resolving
of enchantments, Baraqijal (taught) astrology, Kokabel the constellations,
Ezeqeel the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiel the signs of the earth,
Shamsiel the signs of the sun, and Sariel the course of the moon. And
as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven . . .
And then Michael,
Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from heaven and saw much blood
being shed upon the earth, and all lawlessness being wrought upon the
earth. And they said one to another: ‘The earth made without inhabitant
cries the voice of their cryingst up to the gates of heaven. And now
to you, the holy ones of heaven, the souls of men make their suit, saying, “Bring
our cause before the Most High.”’ And they said to the Lord
of the ages: ‘Lord of lords, God of gods, King of kings, and God
of the ages, the throne of Thy glory (standeth) unto all the generations
of the ages, and Thy name holy and glorious and blessed unto all the
ages! Thou hast made all things, and power over all things hast Thou:
and all things are naked and open in Thy sight, and Thou seest all things,
and nothing can hide itself from Thee. Thou seest what Azazel hath done,
who hath taught all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal
secrets which were (preserved) in heaven, which men were striving to
learn: And Semjaza, to whom Thou hast given authority to bear rule over
his associates. And they have gone to the daughters of men upon the
earth, and have slept with the women, and have defiled themselves, and
revealed to them all kinds of sins. And the women have borne giants,
and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness.
And now, behold, the souls of those who have died are crying and making
their suit to the gates of heaven, and their lamentations have ascended:
and cannot cease because of the lawless deeds which are wrought on the
earth. And Thou knowest all things before they come to pass, and Thou
seest these things and Thou dost suffer them, and Thou dost not say
to us what we are to do to them in regard to these.’
Then said the Most
High, the Holy and Great One spake, and sent Uriel to the son of Lamech,
and said to him: Go to Noah and tell him in my name “Hide thyself!”
and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth
will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come upon the whole earth,
and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may
escape and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the
world. And again the Lord said to Raphael: Bind Azazel hand and foot,
and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening.
Slightly more revealing of the details and it all seems to fit. I think
it makes the flood make more sense too. I’ve heard many people who
are against the Bible bring the flood up as something that a loving God
wouldn’t do. Makes more sense as to why He did it when you see what
was really going on. It was for the sake of the rest of the history of humanity
that God destroyed the world. Humans would have been wiped out by the Nephilim
and genetic manipulation eventually. Noah was perfect in his generations
though, so God saved him and through his lineage, Christ would be born eventually.
Want to read it for yourself? Here are some free online sources of the
I would like to also share from Appendix A in the book
Lost In Translation:
Rediscovering the Hebrew Roots of Our Faith:
Comparisons of Enoch with New Testament Scriptures
Text from Enoch
Text from New Testament, KJV
||And a voice
was heard from heaven
||And lo, a voice from heaven, saying
shall possess light, joy, and peace, and they shall inherit the
||Blessed are the meek, for they
shall inherit the earth.
Enoch 50:2, 4, 5
select the righteous and holy from among them; for the day of their
salvation has approached.
...and they shall become angels
in heaven. Their countenances shall be bright with joy...the earth
shall rejoice; and the elect possess it.
|Your redemption draweth nigh.
In the resurrection...they are as the angels of God in heaven.
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom
of their Father.
who acquire gold and silver, shall justly and suddenly perish. Woe
to you who are rich, for in your riches have you trusted; but from
your riches you shall be removed.
|Go to now, ye rich men, weep and
howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
you that are rich! For ye have received your consolation.
Enoch 96:6, 7, 25
you, sinners, who say, ‘We are rich, possess wealth, and have
acquired everything which we can desire. Now then will we do whatsoever
we are disposed to do; for we have amassed silver; our barns are
full’... They shall surely die suddenly.
||Compare the parable of the
rich man whose barns were full, and who said to himself, ‘Soul,
thou has much goods laid up for many years, take thine ease, eat,
drink, and be merry.’ But God said unto him, ‘Thou fool,
this night thy soul shall be required of thee.’
||And I will
place each of them on a throne of glory, of glory peculiarly his
||Ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
||In his judgments
he pays no respect to persons.
||For there is no respect of persons
the habitation of sinners be...who have rejected the Lord of spirits.
It would have been better for them, had they never been born.
||Woe unto that man through whom
the Son of man is betrayed! It would be good for that man if he
had not been born.
||So that they
sacrifice to devils as to Gods.
1 Corinthians 10:20
||The things which the Gentiles sacrifice,
they sacrifice to devils, and not to God.
Enoch 22:10, 12
angel Raphael addressing Enoch in the region of the dead) Here
their souls are separated...by a chasm.
||(Abraham addressing the rich
man from the region of the blessed) Between us and you there
is a great gulf fixed.
Enoch 39:3, 4, 7
||A cloud then
snatched me up...placing me at the extremity of the heavens. There
I saw another vision. I saw the habitations and couches of the saints...with
the angels...under the wings of the Lord of spirits. All the holy
and the elect sung before him, in appearance like a blaze of fire,
their mouths being full of blessings, and their lips glorifying
the name of the Lord of spirits.
2 Corinthians 12:1-4
|I will come to visions and revelations
of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ...caught up to the third heaven...whether
in the bosdy or out of the body I cannot tell; God knoweth. How
that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words,
which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
I heard a great
voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia, salvation, and
glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God.
||This is the
Son of man...who will reveal all the treasures that which is concealed.
||In whom are hid all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge.
said to their Lord, the King: Thou art Lord of lords, God of gods,
King of kings. The throne of thy glory is for ever and ever, and
for ever and ever is thy name sanctified and glorified. Thou are
blessed and glorified. Thou has made all things; thou possessest
power over all things; and all things are open and manifest before
thee. Thou beholdest all things, and nothing can be concealed from
Revelation 17:14; 19:16
|King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Thou art worthy O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power;
for thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are,
and were created.
Neither is there any creature that is not
manifest in his sight; but all things whcih are naked and opened
unot the eyes of him with whom
Enoch 24:10, 11
the Lord of glory, the everlasting King, because he has prepared
this tree for the saints, formed it, and declared that he would
give it to them... The sweet odour shall enter into their bones;
and they shall live a long life on the earth, as thy forefathers
have lived; neither in their days shall sorrow, distress, and punishment
|On either side of the river was
a tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded
its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing
of the nations.
To him that overcometh will I give to eat
of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have
right to the tree of life.
a single star fell from heaven.
||I saw a star fall from heaven unto
Enoch 10:15, 16
also, the Lord said, Go and announce his crime to Samyaza and to
the others who are with him who have been associated with women...
Bind them for seventy generations underneath the earth, even to
the day of judgment, and of consumation , until the judgment, which
shall last forever, be completed. Then shall they be taken away
into the lowest depths of the fire in torments, and in confinement
shall they be shut up forever.
2 Peter 2:4
|The angels which kept not their
first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in
everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great
God spared not the angels when they sinned, but cast
them down to hell, and committed them to pits of darkness, to be
reserved unto judgment.
The devil that deceived them was
cast into the lake of fire and brimstone... and shall be tormented
day and night forever.
columns of fire struggling together to the end of the abyss, and
deep was their descent. But neither its measurement nor magnitude
was I able to discover... Uriel, one of the holy angels... said,
This is the prison of the angels and here they are kept forever.
||And I saw an angel come down from
heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit (abyss) and a great
chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the devil and... cast him
into the bottomless pit, and shut it, and sealed it over him.
|In the days
of sinners the years shall be shortened... and everything done on
the earth shall be subverted and disappear in its season... In those
days the fruits of the earth shall not flourish in their season...
heaven shall stand still. The moon shall change its laws, and not
be seen at its proper period... and all the classes of the stars
shall be shut up against sinners.
And trouble shall seize
them when they shall behold this Son of woman sitting upon the throne
of his glory.
Matthew 24:7, 21-22, 29-30
||There shall be famines and earthquakes
in divers places... great tribulation, such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be. And except
those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved...
immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be
darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall
fall from heaven... then shall the tribes of the earth mourn; as
they see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power
and great authority.
|He sat upon
the throne of his glory, while the book of the living was opened
in his presence, and while all the powers which were above the heavens
stood around and before him.
In those days shall the earth
deliver up from her womb, and hell deliver up from hers, that which
it has received, and destruction shall restore that which it owes
He shall select the righteous and holy from among them.
those days shall the mouth of hell be opened into which they shall
be immersed; hell shall destroy and swallow up sinners from the
face of the elect.
Revelation 20:11-13; 15
||I saw a great white throne, and
him that sat on it... and I saw the dead, small and great, standing
before the throne; and the books were opened, which is the book
of life, and the dead were judged out of those things that were
written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave
up the dead which were in it, and death and hell delivered up the
dead which were in them... And whosoever was not found written in
the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
I beheld thousands of thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand,
and an infinite number of people, standing before the Lord of spirits.
||I beheld, and I heard the voice
of many angels round about the throne... and the number of them
was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.
||In that day
shall the Elect One sit upon a throne of glory, and shall choose
their conditions and countless habitations.
|Then shall he sit upon the throne
of his glory; and before him shall be gather edall nations; and
he shall separate them one from another.
In my Father’s
house are many mansions.
||In that day
I will cause my Elect One to dwell in the midst of them. I will
change the face of the heaven; I will bless it and cause those whom
I have chosen to dwell upon it.
2 Peter 3:13
|He that sitteth upon the throne
shall dwell among them.
Nevertheless, we, according to his
promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth
heaven shall depart and pass away, a new heaven shall appear.
||I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.
of his mouth shall destroy all sinners, and all the ungodly who
shall perish at his presence... Trouble shall come upon them, as
upon a woman in travail. One portion of them shall look upon another;
they shall be astonished, and shall abase their countenances; and
trouble shall seize them, when they shall behold this Son of woman
sitting upon the throne of His glory.
2 Thessalonians 1:9
1 Thessalonians 5:3
2 Thessalonians 2:8
|Who shall be punished with everlasting
destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of
Then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail
upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape.
wicked whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, then shall he sit
upon the throne of his glory.
that valley in which... arose a strong smell of sulphur which became
mixed with the waters; and the valley of the angels, who had been
guilty of seduction, burned underneath its soil. Through that valley
also rivers of fire were flowing, to which the angels shall be condemned
who seduced the inhabitants of the earth.
1 Timothy 4:12
|And shall cast them into a furnace
Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels.
And the devil that
deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone.
The Spirit saith expressly, that in the latter times some shall
fall away from the faith... through the hypocrisy of men that speak
||In that place
I beheld a fountain of righteousness which never failed, encircled
by many springs of wisdom. Of these all the thirsty drank, and were
filled with wisdom, having their habitation with the righteous,
the elect, and the holy.
|But whosoever drinketh of the water
that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall
give him shall be in hima well of water springing up into everlasting
I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain
of the water of life freely.
Enoch 2 26:2b
comes with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon
them and destroy the wicked, and reprove all the carnal for everything
which the sinful and ungodly have done and committed against him...
[who utter with their mouths unbecoming language against God, and
speak harsh things of his glory.]
Jude 14, 15
||Enoch also, the seventh from Adam,
prophesied of these things, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord cometh
with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all,
and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which
they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things which ungodly
sinners have spoken against him.’