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:
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:
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:
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 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….”
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:
“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.