The Book of Enoch

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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. source | source

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.

Jude 1:14,15
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 more elaborately...

Genesis 6:1-5
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
Chapter 6
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.

Chapter 7
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.

Chapter 8
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 . . .

Chapter 9
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.’

Chapter 10
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 translations.

I would like to also share from Appendix A in the book Lost In Translation: Rediscovering the Hebrew Roots of Our Faith:

Appendix A
Comparisons of Enoch with New Testament Scriptures (KJV)

Enoch Text from Enoch New Testament Text from New Testament, KJV
Enoch 64:4 And a voice was heard from heaven Matthew 3:17 And lo, a voice from heaven, saying
Enoch 6:9 The elect shall possess light, joy, and peace, and they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Enoch 50:2, 4, 5 He shall 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.
Luke 21:28

Matthew 22:30

Matthew 13:43
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.
Enoch 93:7 Those, too, 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. James 5:1

Luke 6:24
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Woe unto you that are rich! For ye have received your consolation.
Enoch 96:6, 7, 25 Woe unto 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. Luke 12:19-20 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.’
Enoch 105:26 And I will place each of them on a throne of glory, of glory peculiarly his own Matthew 19:28 Ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Enoch 62:11 In his judgments he pays no respect to persons. Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
Enoch 38:2 Where will the habitation of sinners be...who have rejected the Lord of spirits. It would have been better for them, had they never been born. Matthew 26:24 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.
Enoch 19:2 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 (The angel Raphael addressing Enoch in the region of the dead) Here their souls are a chasm. Luke 16:26 (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

Revelation 19:1
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.
Enoch 46:2 This is the Son of man...who will reveal all the treasures that which is concealed. Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Enoch 9:3,4 Then they 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 thee. Revelation 17:14; 19:16

Revelation 4:11

Hebrews 4:13
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 I blessed 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 afflict them. Revelation 22:2

Revelation 2:7

Revelation 22:14
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.
Enoch 85:2 And behold a single star fell from heaven. Revelation 9:1 I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth.
Enoch 10:15, 16 To Michael 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. Jude 6:1

2 Peter 2:4

Revelation 20:10
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 day.

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.
Enoch 21:56 I beheld 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. Revelation 20:1-3 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.
Enoch 79

Enoch 61:9
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.
Enoch 47:3

Enoch 50

Enoch 54
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.

In 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.
Enoch 40:1 After this I beheld thousands of thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand, and an infinite number of people, standing before the Lord of spirits. Revelation 5:11 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.
Enoch 45:3 In that day shall the Elect One sit upon a throne of glory, and shall choose their conditions and countless habitations. Matthew 25:31-32

John 14:2
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.
Enoch 44:4 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. Revelation 7:15

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 righteousness.
Enoch 92:117 The former heaven shall depart and pass away, a new heaven shall appear. Revelation 22:1 I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.
Enoch 61:4-9 The word 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

Matthew 25:31
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.

Then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape.

That 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.
Enoch 66:5-8 I beheld 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. Matthew 13:42

Mathew 25:41

Revelation 20:10

1 Timothy 4:12
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire.

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 lies.
Enoch 48:1-7 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. John 4:14

Revelation 21:6
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 life.

I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Enoch 2 26:2b Behold, he 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.’