The Book of Enoch is Authoritative

by Joel Ramshaw

The book of Enoch is the most important apocryphal book. It is inspired by God, equal to scripture, and authoritative for teaching. Throughout its pages it lines up consistently with the rest of scripture. The book is often ignored and excluded though, because it takes people out of their comfort zone. People who reject the book of Enoch usually only read it with an analytical, strictly-literal, scientific-western mindset, not realizing his visions and parables need to be interpreted spiritually. Enoch’s book was highly regarded among early Christians. The Bible quotes it authoritatively:

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.”
Besides the direct quote in Jude, many other Bible passages were influenced by Enoch:

Jesus spoke of the rich man and Lazarus and the division of “Abraham’s bosom” in hell. Christ had learned this from Enoch’s book, chapter 22:

“1 And thence I went to another place, and he mountain [and] of hard rock. 2 And there was in it four hollow places, deep and wide and very smooth. How smooth are the hollow places and deep and dark to look at. 3 Then Raphael answered, one of the holy angels who was with me, and said unto me: 'These hollow places have been created for this very purpose, that the spirits of the souls of the dead should 4 assemble therein, yea that all the souls of the children of men should assemble here. And these places have been made to receive them till the day of their judgement and till their appointed period [till the period appointed], till the great judgement (comes) upon them.' I saw (the spirit of) a dead man making suit, 5 and his voice went forth to heaven and made suit. And I asked Raphael the angel who was 6 with me, and I said unto him: 'This spirit which maketh suit, whose is it, whose voice goeth forth and maketh suit to heaven ?' 7 And he answered me saying: 'This is the spirit which went forth from Abel, whom his brother Cain slew, and he makes his suit against him till his seed is destroyed from the face of the earth, and his seed is annihilated from amongst the seed of men.' 8 The I asked regarding it, and regarding all the hollow places: 'Why is one separated from the other?' 9 And he answered me and said unto me: 'These three have been made that the spirits of the dead might be separated. And such a division has been make (for) the spirits of the righteous, in which there is the bright spring of 10 water. And such has been made for sinners when they die and are buried in the earth and judgement has not been executed on them in their 11 lifetime. Here their spirits shall be set apart in this great pain till the great day of judgement and punishment and torment of those who curse for ever and retribution for their spirits. There 12 He shall bind them for ever. And such a division has been made for the spirits of those who make their suit, who make disclosures concerning their destruction, when they were slain in the days 13 of the sinners. Such has been made for the spirits of men who were not righteous but sinners, who were complete in transgression, and of the transgressors they shall be companions: but their spirits shall not be slain in the day of judgement nor shall they be raised from thence.' 14 The I blessed the Lord of glory and said: 'Blessed be my Lord, the Lord of righteousness, who ruleth for ever.'”

No where in the Old Testament is there any mention of hell being divided into separate compartments for the righteous and unrighteous with a gulf in between. The only possible source Christ could have been quoting from is the book of Enoch.

Let us look at another New Testament reference:

2 Peter 2:4, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment….”
The original Greek text for ‘hell’ in this verse actually says ‘Tartarus’ instead of the normal word ‘Gehenna’ or ‘Hades.’ This is highly significant, as it is the only time this word Tartarus is used in the New Testament. Tartarus to the Greeks was considered as the lowest part of hell, the deep abyss where the Titans were imprisoned.
          Now some persons may say the “angels who sinned” is simply Peter referring to Lucifer’s rebellion. This cannot be the case however, as Lucifer and his angels were never imprisoned in hell, but actually wander “to and fro” across the earth, as is mentioned in the book of Job for instance.
          So then who are these angels Peter is referring to who are imprisoned in hell, if it is not Lucifer and his cohorts? The book of Enoch holds the answer to this. In fact, the “angels who left their first estate” happens to be the Watchers who descended from heaven to marry human women and teach them the secrets of science, esoteric knowledge, and occultism.

Enoch 6:1-2 “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 they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon”
Enoch 7:1-3, “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.”
(We see this story is briefly referenced in Genesis 6:1-2, “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.”)

Enoch has multiple accounts of the Watchers being imprisoned in hell. Here is one passage:

Enoch 21:7-10, “And from thence I went to another place, which was still more horrible than the former, and I saw a horrible thing: a great fire there which burnt and blazed, and the place was cleft as far as the abyss, being full of great descending columns of 8 fire: neither its extent or magnitude could I see, nor could I conjecture. Then I said: 'How 9 fearful is the place and how terrible to look upon!' Then Uriel answered me, one of the holy angels who was with me, and said unto me: 'Enoch, why hast thou such fear and affright?' And 10 I answered: 'Because of this fearful place, and because of the spectacle of the pain.' And he said unto me: 'This place is the prison of the angels, and here they will be imprisoned for ever.'”

So we learn the angels the Bible speaks of as being ‘imprisoned’ are actually the Watchers. Most fallen angels are still free to wander across the earth, not imprisoned by any means.

Matthew 8:28-29, “And when Jesus was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?”

From the above passage we can see, most fallen angels are not imprisoned in hell yet or being tormented. That will come at “the time” (final judgement). For now, they are free to wander the earth, looking for persons and places to gain access to. From using the book of Enoch in tandem with the Bible we can makes sense of some difficult and mysterious concepts. For example, that one class of rebellious angels, the Watches, are imprisoned in hell while most rebellious angels (Lucifer’s rebellion) are still free to roam the earth.

Enoch 1:2 “And he took up his parable and said - Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is for to come”

Enoch was written for the “end times generation” that is why it was not translated until now.

Enoch 12:1 “Before these things Enoch was hidden, and no one of the children of men knew where he was 2 hidden, and where he abode, and what had become of him….”

Hebrews 11:5 “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

We can see the amazing symbolism. The word “translated” is used to describe how Enoch the person was removed from earth and taken to heaven. It has another hidden meaning however. The book of Enoch has been “translated” for us out of Ethiopic script because of its testimony that pleases God. It now is available for all to read.

Some people object that the book of Enoch was written only in 300-400 B.C. so it could not have been written by Enoch himself. This is an understandable concern, but it does not at all mean the book is fake. Many of the original bible books were lost during Israel’s rebellion. Even the central Torah books were missing until being discovered by the priest Hilkiah during the cleaning of the temple. The book of 2 Esdras has an interesting take on how the apocryphal books may have come about:

2 Esdras 14:37-48
“So I took the five men, as he commanded me, and we went into the field, and remained there.

And the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying, Esdras, open thy mouth, and drink that I give thee to drink.

Then opened I my mouth, and, behold, he reached me a full cup, which was full as it were with water, but the colour of it was like fire.

And I took it, and drank: and when I had drunk of it, my heart uttered understanding, and wisdom grew in my breast, for my spirit strengthened my memory:

And my mouth was opened, and shut no more.

The Highest gave understanding unto the five men, and they wrote the wonderful visions of the night that were told, which they knew not: and they sat forty days, and they wrote in the day, and at night they ate bread.

As for me. I spake in the day, and I held not my tongue by night.

In forty days they wrote two hundred and four books.

And it came to pass, when the forty days were filled, that the Highest spake, saying, The first that thou hast written publish openly, that the worthy and unworthy may read it:

But keep the seventy last, that thou mayest deliver them only to such as be wise among the people:

For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom, and the stream of knowledge.

And I did so.”

According to this narrative, the priest Esdras (Ezra) had a period of intense spiritual inspiration where he was able to rewrite many of the lost books of the Bible as well as some apocryphal books. This may have been when the book of Enoch was written. Just because Enoch himself may not have directly penned the current version of the book that bears his name, does not mean the book lacks divine inspiration. Many of the bible books were written by authors long after the events took place. This writers relied on divine inspiration to piece together the fragments of stories passed down through history, into the current version of the Bible we have now.

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