THE BOOK OF ENOCH
INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF ENOCH
© S.N.Strutt Sept 2016
(The following is a rough draft on the INTRODUCTION to my new book:-)
The Book of Enoch, is in my opinion, one of the most interesting of the Apocryphal books, that I have had the privilege of studying.
Why? Because this book is in few words both miraculous, supernatural & inspiring!
Contrary to what others have stated, I believe that this book is an accurate account given by God to Enoch, through His angel Uriel, as well as some short passages by Noah.
It is stated by Enoch himself that he alone would see the visions that he saw (Enoch 19.3 “And I Enoch alone saw the VISION, the ends of all things; and no man shall see as I have seen.”)
That is very similar to the Introducution to the book of Revelations 1.1 : "The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave unto
Him and signified it by His angel unto His servant John..
The Book of Enoch, is probably the oldest book known to man and was originally written about 5300 years ago, or around 700 years after CREATION, and well before the FLOOD.
I propose, that unfortunately in our modern times, many Christians are conditioned only to believe the easy to believe topics, and most people do not embrace the truly miraculous, which used to be much more accepted in the “less enlightened days” of man’s wisdom.
I am reminded of the cryptic bible verse “For the things of the Spirit of God are not always understood by the mind of man, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, for they are spiritually discerned.”
I have heard writers dismiss most of the Book of Enoch as purely allegorical, with no real meaning to it.
This is very often the modern way, ie scepticism instead of simple faith.”
Another bible verse comes to mind:- “I fear lest by any means, even as Eve was corrupted by the Serpent, through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (Colossians 2.8)
Those who write sceptically about the book of Enoch, obviously have not taken the time, to really study what Enoch was saying. It also takes faith in God to understand it.
Some facts about the book of Enoch:-
1) It was read by many of the early Christians, including those who were willing to be martyrs for Jesus.
2) I have read an interesting lecture by a lady pastor, who stated that she has also studied the book of Enoch and other books of the Apocrypha for many years. When asked, why was the Book of Enoch not included in the cannon of the bible, she simply stated that the council of Laodicea, which was responsible for which books would be part of the original canon in 300 AD, decided to exclude any books deemed too radical or supernatural in content.
As I mentioned in my first book “Out of the bottomless Pit”, that Jesus himself, had nothing good to say about the compromising Laodicean church in his day, except to state that it was a luke-warm church, and he would end-up spewing it out of his mouth. (Revelations 3.15-16)
Obviously someone back there in 300 AD, did not like the radical and supernatural ways of true Christianity and the teachings of Creation, and wanted to water down & compromise the message, probably in an attempt to become more accepted by the majority of the people of those Roman times with their idol worshipping.
The Book of Enoch has 108 Chapters, some of them being very short. It would seem at times in reading the book, that certain portions of the book are sadly missing. As mentioned before, it becomes apparent in reading the Book of Enoch and other Apocryphal books, that most of the information given is most definitely inspired from God.
However, it would seem that for whatever reason, some details and in particular “dates” have been deliberately altered, as though someone wanted to hide the complete truth concerning the matter.
I will list some of these discrepancies eventually when comparing the 4 APOCRYPHAL books of Enoch, Jubilees, Jasher and II Ezdras with the Bible as to time frames and dates of events.
I am convinced that certain books were black-listed in the past because of the content.
In the case of both the books of Enoch and II Ezdras, it was because they both prophesied about JESUS centuries to millennia in advance of His 1ST and 2nd COMING.
Both of these Books, one around 5300 years ago and the other around 2500 years ago, were given
in visions and dreams, and brought to firstly Enoch and then Ezra by the same Arch-Angel or otherwise known as, one of the angels of the Presence of God, called Uriel,
or as sometimes called in Jewish writings Ariel.
Some very influential people influenced the putting together of the cannon of the Bible, which constituted what was inspired by God and what was not in 300 AD at the counsel of Laodicea.
As I have mentioned before, Jesus had nothing good to say about the church of Laodicea, so why was the council of Laodicea the ones ultimately responsible to decide the cannon of the BIBLE?
It is also important for bible readers to understand that there used to be 14 more books in the current King James bible until the late 19th century.
Why were those 14 books also taken out from the Bible? (See videos below about this particular topic)
The fact is that the early Christians all referred to the “Book of Enoch” and the “SEPTUAGINT” version of the Old Testament.
The Septuagint version of the Old Testament is more revealing, and has more details of the events.
Who would not want a book like II EZDRAS available to the public?
I would venture to guess those who are not in favour of Christianity, and especially ancient texts which prophesied directly about Jesus, proving that He was in fact the SAVIOUR hundreds, and even thousands of years before he was actually born on earth.
3) There are 108 chapters in the Book of Enoch, with some of them very short. The whole book only occupies around 120 pages. However the content is jam-packed with very interesting visions of heaven, Hell and Tartarus, Angels good and bad, God’s throne.
The Book of Enoch directly talks about Jesus and gives a panorama of the sequence of Events from Creation until the New Heaven & New Earth or around 7000 years of World History.
4) It is claimed that the Book of Enoch was written or compiled around 200-300 BC. I would agree that it could have been re-compiled at that date, but not originally written at that date. Why? Because if you study the book of Enoch in detail, and at length, you will come to realize that many of the things described by Enoch, could not have been “created as an original writing” almost 4000 years after creation. There are simply too many exact details of people, places, creatures, which no longer existed in 300 BC.
My take on the book of Enoch is that it was written originally before the FLOOD, and was written on stone tablets, from around 700 AC to 1000 AC or around 300 years before the flood at the latest, and taken by NOAH onto the ARK. The book was preserved until it was eventually re-written around 300 BC. You will find that there were lots of Jewish books which had both the written texts such as the Torah and also the oral versions of the Torah passed down from father to son. I read recently that according to the Jewish tradition, it was necessary to have both the written texts and the oral texts. Why? Because the written texts only gave a general idea such as the 10 commandments. i.e “Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image”. The oral text would specify exactly what that meant, and how to personally apply the law..
I would thus hold to the idea, that the Book of Enoch was both in written form and probably also remembered orally by some, and the whole amount of information available at the time that yet remained in 300 BC, was finally reassembled into the known book of Enoch of today. I say that because some parts of the book of Enoch are missing.
There are many things in the book of Enoch that simply could not have been known in 300 BC which you will have to study in depth for yourself, in order to also be convinced of this.
It is a wonderful and much neglected book, in this modern world; as it disproves many of man’s modern ideas, as it is indeed both radical & certainly points to the supernatural.
There are also some fantastic anomalies in the Book of Enoch to find answers for. For example according to bible time charts of which I have one in my possession, Noah was supposedly born around 90 years after Enoch, who was taken up to heaven or translated. (Hebrews 11.5) So how could Noah have communicated with Enoch, as stated clearly in the Book of Enoch itself in chapter 65?
I will attempt in this book to answer this question and other interesting anomalies like it.
I will type a chapter of the Book of Enoch and follow each chapter with my commentaries, which are just that, my opinions and speculations. Some of which could prove to be true, and are written with the express intention to motivate the reader to do more thorough investigations for him or herself, to prove whether correct or not, as I am sure that some of the ideas, speculations and conjecture and inspiration will be quite far out there to some people. I will also put cross references to the bible and other Apocrypha books where appropriate.
I have also in thoroughly studying the books of JUBILEES, JASHER, II EZDRAS, found them absolutely fascinating, and wondered why were they NOT included in the Bible?
I intend to write about each of these books, given time.
The book of Jasher is mentioned twice in the Old Testament, and covers the time period from the Creation until the days of Joshua. There are many connections between the above-mentioned books, with both similarities and differences. I would say they are all very fascinating, and interesting books, and a must for serious readers of scriptures, and not ones to be neglected. As one Jewish Rabbi has stated, those books fill in the gaps or sometimes give greater details than even the bible itself. After all, as John said at the end of the bible, in the gospel of John, that if everything that had happened should be written in a book, even the world itself could not contain the volume of the books that would have to be written.
So maybe it is just as well that the bible itself is not any larger in content.
I personally believe that the Bible is the most essential to know, especially for the basics.
However, for seasoned Christians, it is essential to broaden your vison & horizons in the knowledge of ancient texts, (both Jewish and non-Jewish) which parallel the bible so well.
I will attempt to show how there has been a massive COVER-UP concerning the meaning of these books, and the dates given often differ from one book to the other about the timing of the same events. Why? Did those of the past try to HIDE certain information and were certain books for the public and others only for the INITIATED?
I highly recommend eveyone to read the APOCRYPHA BOOKS OF ENOCH, JASHER, JUBILESS & I & II EZDRAS in particular.
Disclaimer by the Author: In reading these ancient books, it is essential not to start reading them with a sceptical attitude: Meaning that if in your mind, every jot and tittle doesn’t totally agree with the Bible, lock stock and barrel, then one simply rejects it all. Wrong move!
When I have both studied these books and written about them, I simply know, that I don’t know all the answers, and that only God knows the answers to all of these mysteries
I have simply prayed that God would lead, guide and help me by His Holy Spirit to find verses in the Bible, that do agree with verses in these ancient texts, & to also explain to the reader some interesting facts, and also expand some possibilities, along the journey of reading these books.
In my opinion, the Book of Enoch is amazingly accurate about most things of ancient history, but also talks about hidden things, which we may not fully understand in this life, as life was very different back in Enoch’s time.
In direct contrast to the teachings of Evolution, one discovers that in reading the Apocryphal books of Books of both Enoch and II Ezdras, that in the original creation of God, mankind was much stronger, taller, smarter and faster than we humans are today.
We are only now starting to learn a little of how it really was like back then before the Great Flood.
Being optimistic and not sceptical is the foundation to learning anything worthwhile. The men who wrote the above-mentioned books were prophets of God, to whom God, even revealed names of nations, peoples, places even before they existed. Such is the nature of prophecy!
2CO.11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
ECC.2:26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy. JAM.1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.
ADDED: 02/08/17 See the following website which gives excellent arguments for the book of Enoch and explains why it was black-listed and actually banned and subsequently disappeared for 1000 years. I wonder WHY?
You will find many verses quoted from "THE BOOK OF ENOCH" in my book "OUT OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT" :-
as a paper-back and on KINDLE at AMAZON:-OUT OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT
COMMENTARIES ON THE APOCRYPHA
The apocrypha is a selection of books which were published in the original 1611 King James Bible. These apocryphal books were positioned between the Old and New Testament (it also contained
maps and geneologies). The apocrypha was a part of the KJV for 274 years until being removed in 1885 A.D. A portion of these books were called deuterocanonical books by some entities, such as the Catholic church.
Many claim the apocrypha should never have been included in the first place, raising doubt about its validity and believing it was not God-inspired (for instance, a reference about magic seems inconsistent with the rest of the Bible: Tobit chapter 6, verses 5-8). Others believe it is valid and that it should never have been removed- that it was considered part of the Bible for nearly 2,000 years before it was recently removed a little more than 100 years ago. Some say it was removed because of not finding the books in the original Hebrew manuscripts. Others claim it wasn't removed by the church, but by printers to cut costs in distributing Bibles in the United States. Both sides tend to cite the same verses that warn against adding or subtracting from the Bible: Revelation 22:18. The word 'apocrypha' means 'hidden.' Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls dating back to before 70 A.D. contained parts of the apocrypha books in Hebrew, including Sirach and Tobit [source].
Keep this in mind when reading the following apocryphal books. Martin Luther said, "Apocrypha--that is, books which are not regarded as equal to the holy Scriptures, and yet are profitable and good to read." (King James Version Defended page 98.)