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THE BOOK OF ENOCH, THE BIBLE AND THE NEPHILIM GIANTS

Updated on March 2, 2015

The Christian biblical canon was not fixed until the fourth century.This task was undertaken by the Roman Church under Constantine, primarily by Augustine of Hippo. Augustine deviated from the apostles teaching and he introduced gnosticism and pagan teachings into the church under the influence of Jerome and Origen. It was at this time that some of the holy writings which were recognised as inspired by the apostles and the early church fathers were desecrated. We have been done a great dis-service by those theologians who rejected the validity of the Book of Enoch.

The Book of Enoch was not merely rejected as canonical; it was denounced with vitriol as heresy - vilified, suppressed, banned and thought to have been secretly destroyed due to its absolute disappearance for centuries. This can only be explained in terms of a deliberate agenda to deliberately suppress the truth about the role of the ‘sons of God’ i.e. fallen angels and their relationship with the "daughters of men". The "fruit" i.e. outcome that has come from the fourth century church fathers are the doctrines of purgatory, transubstantiation, priestly mediation, baptismal regeneration and the whole sacramental system. Origen was actually a universalist and was later condemned as a heretic. The Apostle Paul warned: For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.(Acts 20/29-30).

The argument that the Holy Spirit was guiding these men and their decision to define the canon of scripture is extremely naïve. Great damage was done and many have fallen foul of the traditions of the Roman Church which is at variance to the primacy of God’s word and the apostles teaching. The Bible tells us to humbly accept the truth of God’s word (James 1/21). Jesus Christ made it quite clear how he felt about the traditions of men: Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. (Mark 7/13; Matthew 15/3,6; Mark 7/9)

Prior to its rejection, the Book of Enoch was held in high esteem and accepted as authoritative by the early church fathers. Numerous phrases in the New Testament find precedents in Enoch and it is directly quoted as inspired prophetic literature by the Lord’s brother Jude in the New Testament. Some argue that Jude does not directly quote from the Book of Enoch, but this is a very weak argument. Jude identifies Enoch as a prophet and his wording is essentially word for word the same as Enoch 1/9:

Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, "Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands [μυριάσιν- a myriad] of his holy ones to execute judgement on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 14-15)

The Messianic Title "Son of Man" is found in the Book of Enoch and it is certain that Jesus Christ would have been acquainted with it. Jude also says: And 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. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude 6 ).

The word "strange" is héteros meaning "other" (Strong’s reference 2087). The place where the 200 Watchers who defiled the daughters of men are imprisoned under the authority of the angel Uriel is synonymous with Tartarus (2 Pet. 2:4; 1 Enoch; Jude v. 6 or the abyss or the bottomless pit cf. Luke 8:31; Revelation 9:1-11; 20:1,3). According to Greek mythology, Tartarus is the deepest, darkest chasm or abyss possible; even lower than Hades.

The suppression of the Book Enoch is a tragedy, because without it we have very sketchy information about the true situation that existed in the antediluvian time and the real reason for the flood. It also leaves a great proportion of the church at a disadvantage concerning the future role of fallen angels in the end times: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’" (Hosea 4/6; Isaiah 5/13). The fallen angels’ role in producing hybrid Nephilim with women was accepted not only by the early church fathers but also by ancient rabbinical sources and the Septuagint translators. Tertullian accepted Enoch and wrote - c. 200 that the Book of Enoch had been rejected by the Jews because it contained prophecies pertaining to Christ (wikpedia.org). Further evidence of authenticity is that seven fragments of the Book of Enoch in Aramaic text were discovered amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran.

The reason for the flood is explained in Genesis 6: .....the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose..... 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. (Genesis 6/1-6)

The Lord decided to blot out people, together with animals, creeping things and birds of the air. This is difficult to understand until it is realised that the ‘sons of God’ were fallen angels who inflicted great evil on the earth. Not only had they contaminated the human race by interbreeding with women (the daughters of men) resulting in the hybrid giant species of the Nephilim, they taught people forbidden knowledge and how to make weapons of war:

..... they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. (The Book of Enoch chapter 7)

Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals and the art of working them.....Semjâzâ taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, Armârôs the resolving of enchantments, Barâqîjâl, (taught) astrology, Kôkabêl the constellations, Ezêqêêl the knowledge of the clouds, , and Sariêl the course of the moon. (The Book of Enoch Chapter 8)

Enoch ascribes to Azazel the leader of the rebellious angels all the sins of the earth. Azazel is the Hebrew word for scapegoat (Leviticus 16/8-10). Azazel was the personification of impurity: …..the sending of the goat was, as stated by Naḥmanides, a symbolic expression of the idea that the people's sins and their evil consequences were to be sent back to the spirit of desolation and ruin, the source of all impurity. The very fact that the two goats were presented beforeYhwh before the one was sacrificed and the other sent into the wilderness, was proof that Azazel was not ranked withYhwh, but regarded simply as the personification of wickedness in contrast with the righteous government ofYhwh. (jewishencyclopedia.com)

The Book of Jasher (mentioned in Joshua 10/13; 2 Samuel 1/18) confirms that the Watchers took wives by force from the "daughters of men". Jasher tells us that the animals were also deliberately corrupted at that time in direct rebellion against God:

And the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals. (Jasher 4/18-19)

The Bible goes to great lengths to emphasise that each species was made "after their kind’" (Genesis 1). This is reinforced later when the animals to be preserved by Noah went into the ark: Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. (לְמִינָה֙ to their kinds [species]- Strong’s Number 4327: Genesis 1; 6/20; 7/14; 8/19 [see also Deuteronomy 14/13-18 and also Ezekiel 47/10 which refers to the Millennial River]). After the flood God specifically instructed the Israelites not to breed different kinds of animals (Leviticus 19/19).

The Book of Jubilees and Other Witnesses

…..and he called his name Jared; for in his days the angels of the Lord descended upon the earth, those that are called Watchmen, that they should teach the children of men to do judgement and right over the earth. (Jubilees 4:15)

And he (Enoch) testified to the Watchmen, those that sinned with the daughters of men; for they had commenced to mix with the daughters of the earth, so that they were defiled; and Enoch testifies against them all. (Jubilees 4:24)

And it happened, when the sons of the children of men commenced to increase over the face of the whole earth and daughters were born to them, that the angels of the Lord saw them in one year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took unto themselves wives from all of them whomever they chose, and they bore them sons, and these were giants. (Jubilees 5:1)

And concerning the angels whom he (God) had sent upon the earth, he was greatly enraged, that he would root them out of all their power;…(Jubilees 5:3)

And injustice increased over the earth and all flesh corrupted its way, from men to animals and to beasts and to bird and to all that walks upon the earth; all corrupted their ways and their orders and began to devour each other, and unrighteousness increase over the earth….. (Jubilees 5:2)

Further Witnesses:

"You destroyed those who in the past committed injustice among whom were even giants who trusted in their strength and boldness, whom you destroyed by bringing on them a boundless flood". (3 Maccabees 2/4)

For even in the beginning when arrogant giants were perishing, the hope of the world took refuge on a raft.... (The Wisdom of Solomon)

Here in early times the famous giants were born, a mighty race skilled in war.But God did not choose them to be his people or show them the way of knowledge.They died out because they had neither understanding nor insight. (Baruch 3/26-28)

Jewish historian Josephus confirms the Book of Enoch in his Antiquities of the Jews:

For many angels of God coupled with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength; for the tradition is, that these men did what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants."

Accounts about giants appear in the Bible, the Apocrypha and also in pagan mythology. These accounts are also confirmed by archaeological excavations, so that it cannot be doubted that these beings (giants) really did exist.

It must be concluded that every creature on the earth had become contaminated beyond redemption by the fallen angels and their interference in the human and animal genome - apart from Noah that is who was "blameless {without contamination} in his generation." Genesis 6 tells us that the problem of the fallen angels or "watchers" as Enoch calls them, was not eliminated by the flood - the Nephilim were also present after the flood: There were giants (Strong’s Number 5303 Nephilim) in the earth in those days; and also after that….. (Genesis 6/4) The second influx of the Nephilim was observed by the twelve spies sent by Moses into Canaan: And there we saw the giants (Nephilim), the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. (Numbers 13/33)

The original name of Anakim was Nephilim (Greek – gigantes; Hebrew - Nephilim – those who have fallen). In fact the second incursion of the Nephilim were all the "ims": Rephaim, Anakim, Emim, Horim, Zamzummim, Gibborim etc. Og the king of Bashan is described as one of the last of the Rephaites [Rephaim] (Joshua 12/4); the seven sons of Anak [Anakim] (Numbers 13/22); Goliath and his four brothers were from Gath, the remaining home of the Anakim (1 Samuel 18/4).

The defilement of every living creature by the fallen angels throws a completely different light on the reason that the Israelites devoted everything to the Lord by destruction. Every single thing in Jericho was accursed: And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword. (Joshua 6/21) And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein….. (Joshua 6:24)

All the evidence says that the second influx of hybrid Nephilim after the flood not destroyed by Joshua eventually became extinct. This seems feasible since hybrid species are generally sterile and cannot reproduce. However that was not the end of them, Enoch tells us that the Nephilim are now evil spirits or demons:

And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. [As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.] And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless hunger and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them. (Enoch 15/8-12)

The Return of the Nephilim?

Enoch states that his message is for a remote generation in the future (Enoch 1). He was writing for the benefit of the people living in the end times.

The Bible tells us that: Just as it was {Strong’s Number 1096 ἐγένετο: as it came to pass} in the days of Noah, so it shall be also in the days of the Son of Man. (Luke 17/26) What differentiates the "days of Noah" from any other time in history is the physical manifestation of the "sons of God" i.e. the fallen angels who completely defiled the human race and the animal kingdom. Jesus Christ warned us that the same scenario is set to repeat itself and this same wickedness will fill the earth.

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      TREENA GISBORN 20 months ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      Feel free to get in touch again Tim. Thank you for your thoughts. God bless.

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      Tim Snider 20 months ago

      Very well written and I'd like to get your permission at a later time to use excerpts from this article in a Genesis commentary I'm currently writing. In recent years (I haven't always know and understood these truths) I've taught very much the same things in regard to the books not included in the canon of Scripture. It's a shame because so much of what is not included the accepted canon is supplemented in these books (Maccabees, Jasher, the Book of Jubilees etc.) and fill in the missing pieces of the ecclesiastical puzzle we become embroiled in any time we take an in-depth look into the book of Genesis. I'm a writer myself and can certainly appreciate the academic approach you've taken with the subject matter. Thank you and perhaps we can collaborate at some future time regarding my views on the two Adam's I believe are clearly taught in Genesis 2-3 which may explain the reappearance of the Nephilim after the Great Flood. God Bless!

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      angelus2018 20 months ago

      I have made a video series called 'Book of Enoch Warnings for the last Generation' Watchers Nephilim Giants & Fallen Angels Explained

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGL0sfKNR5w&li... for people who are interested in getting more info about the Watchers, Nephilim, Rephaim Giants & Fallen Angels before Noah's flood. I think that Enoch writings are key to understand what happened in the past, in that way we will be able to understand what's coming in the future because Jesus said that the last times will be like in the days of Noah, and according to Enoch and the book of Genesis, giants, nephilim, rephaim & fallen angels were on earth in those days, and will be again for the coming of the son of men.

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      TREENA GISBORN 2 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      Absolutely right Fasteddie. God bless you

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      Fasteddie 2 years ago

      I think the book of Enoch was a very important book, important enough for Satan to corrupt it, after all Satan's goal is corruption on every level.

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      TREENA GISBORN 2 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      Good point Susannah. I do think it is an important book nevertheless and I am glad that it was rediscovered. Wicked men have tried to suppress the truth, but God has his ways of getting the truth out. Enoch is referred to in Jude so I think it deserves recognition. We do have the Bible and as you say God has preserved his Word. God bless you.

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      Susannah 2 years ago

      Do you not think that God, who inspired men to write his words and who has kept it safe these thousands of years, would have made sure that the book of Enoch was included in the canon if he had wanted it there? There is plenty of extra-biblical literature that can help us understand a lot of what was going on in ancient days, but if God had meant into be in the canon, I'm quite sure it would have been.

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      Droog 3 years ago

      The untold story of the Nephilim, see my book:

      http://www.djedefsauron.net/index.php?option=com_j...

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      TREENA GISBORN 3 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      Enoch is referred to in the NT and by the church fathers- this can be verified. I don't say that Enoch is canonical but it is an important piece of the jigsaw. God bless you.

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      Junior 3 years ago

      Hey Eliora, i would suggest to understand the word pseudepigraphal writings. To say that the early church fathers accepted the book of enoch is a gross understament.

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      TREENA GISBORN 4 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      Dear Pamitchrus - it is very true what you say about understanding the times that we live in. Think it is up to people like us to get the word out since the churches are compromising and the so called "leaders" are blind hirelings not shepherds. God bless you.

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      Pamitchrus 4 years ago

      Greetings and thanks for this wonderful article !!! How can one understand these days without knowing about those days ???

      Have you considered the unbelievable advances in the last century to have any connection with the forecast release of those fallen angels spoken of in the Book of Enoch and The book of Revelation ???

      Just a thought.. :0). remembering always that God sent his Son into the world to be the Savior of the world, and he did not fail having already declared from the cross " It is Finished " ..

      and lo we must be in the days of Lot for the homosexual community is knocking on the doors demanding their rights... note not knocking homosexuals, just stating the facts as pertaining to these days.. :0)..

      Fear not little ones, the day of our Savior turned Lord is at hand..

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      TREENA GISBORN 4 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      Thank you very much. God bless.

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      Forgotten sacred text of the canaan 4 years ago

      You did an amazing job talking about this post about Lost books of the holy bible.

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      TREENA GISBORN 4 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      You can buy the book of Enoch on Amazon it is not difficult to get. God bless.

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      TREENA GISBORN 4 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      FSlovenec - I just have to add: please do not make assumptions about who does and does not know the true Lord. "The Lord knows who are His" (2 Tim 2/19). If you can prove me wrong biblically then you may be able to say this, but otherwise do not accuse me of not knowing the Lord.

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      TREENA GISBORN 4 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      They were unanimously agreed in the main by Augustine, Origen and Jerome under Constantine. Origen emasculated himself; Augustine set the seeds of heresy and Roman Catholicism. Prior to these men, Enoch was accepted.... The Bible is God breathed - I absolutely agree, but I believe that we have been short changed and are missing some important information, especially about the Nephilim.

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      TREENA GISBORN 4 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      Thank you for your input. God bless you.

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      TREENA GISBORN 4 years ago from LEICESTER ENGLAND

      Thank you it is very good to get a positive comment. God bless you.

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      EnochAudio 4 years ago

      Luke 17:27, “They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”

      This is a great blog for the times that we are living in.

      The book of Enoch pretty much tells us that it is written for our generation. It is amazing to see how a book written so long ago is so relevant to our world today.

      Think about it, the book of Enoch talks about :

      - The fallen angels taught mankind how to smite the embryo in the

      wound - abortion

      - The cutting of roots - voodoo/ "root-working"

      - Charms - magic (heck we even have cereal named after it)

      - How to make weapons of war - guns control

      - the use of various plants - drugs

      I can only think about the technology that we use everyday. We don't know what the overall effects of such technology.

      With all of that said, I don't think that guns are evil nor technology. But I do think that we should wake up and stop being so depended upon these things.

      Thanks for the blog!

      https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-book-of-enoc...

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      Wakerra 4 years ago

      The book of Enoch isn't the only missing book from the Bible that contained some great writings. Heck, lots of the books in the bible are missing pieces, but that's not to say that the Bible is "low fat", or "diet" for lack of better terminology. I'd suggest studying your history a bit more first. Here are some great sources

      lds.org/scriptures/bd/lost-books?lang=eng&query=bible+dictionary

      lds.org/scriptures/bd/bible?lang=eng&query=bible+dictionary

      lds.org/scriptures/bd/canon?lang=eng&letter=c