THE LIFE OF ENOCH
Many wonderful books of the past have been lost to our generation. The books of Nathan, of Ahijah, of Iddo, of Jehu, of Gad, of Shemiah, are all referred to in the Old Testament; but we aren't able to enjoy reading them in our day. The writers of Scripture referred to, and quoted from them in that day, in the same way many ministers quote from Billy Graham, and other authors of our day.
In the New Testament, the writers often quoted from the Old Testament. They also quoted from "The Book of Enoch." Jude quoted from it, and the writer of Hebrews reveals more about Enoch than the Bible tells so he was familiar with it. The epistles of Peter show that Peter was well acquainted with "The Book of Enoch."The early church referred to "The Book of Enoch" often in its early writings. They had, and enjoyed reading this great book--in the same way we may enjoy reading many Christian books today.
Through the years, though lost to much of the Christian world, the book was protected by the Christian church in Ethiopia. Then recently, seventeen manuscripts, or partial manuscripts have been released from those studying the Dead Sea Scrolls.
When I learned that copies of the book, dating back as far as 300 B.C. had been researched and translated, a great desire to study them arose. After much effort, the material became available. For the past seven years, I have compared, studied, and validated "The Book of Enoch."
It took much research and study, but having finally found the book to be HARMONIOUS with Scripture, I then began to study the book by subjects. After this study, having analyzed the message of Enoch in great detail, I decided to take the rough translations of Enoch and make a paraphrase of Enoch so Christians could more easily understand what the book has to say. This book is a topical study to compare and explain "The Book of Enoch."
In this first chapter, the life of Enoch will be examined. The Bible reveals only a little, but in Enoch's book we will find much more detail. By combining information of the Bible and of Enoch himself, we will see the life of Enoch with greater clarity.
Enoch was a great prophet who "walked with God." We first read about him in Genesis 5:18-24:
"And Jared lived 162 years, and he begat Enoch. And Jared lived after he begat Enoch 800 years and he begat sons and daughters. All the days of Jared were 962 and he died. And Enoch lived 65 years and begat Methuselah. And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah, 300 years, and he begat sons and daughters. All the years of Enoch were 365. And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him."
Then in Hebrews 11:5, the writer speaks of Enoch.
"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."
The name "Enoch" in Hebrew is "hanokh", which means "consecrated." Certainly Enoch consecrated his life to the Lord.
His life began 65 years before Methuselah was born, and yet he has not died. Enoch was raptured, and taken from this earth alive 69 years before Noah was born.
The book of Jude quotes from the book written by Enoch. (vv.14-15)
"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these saying, 'Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints. To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds, which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which the ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.'"
This "Book of Enoch" was known to the early church. Not only did Jude quote from it(showing not only his validation of the book, but also that God validated it by including it into the Holy Word); but Origen and Tertullian and others in the early church mentioned this book by name.
For many centuries this book of Enoch was read and enjoyed; and now in these last days we can once again read the book Enoch wrote and the early church found most fascinating.
Enoch is one of the "two witnesses" mentioned in the Bible.
"And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy 1260 days clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouths and devours their enemies; and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven that it rain not in the days of their prophecy, and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all their plagues, so often as they will. And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the streets of that great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where our Lord was crucified. And they of the people, and kindreds, and tongues, and nations shall see their dead bodies 3 1/2 days and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and shall make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt upon the earth. And after 3 1/2 days the Spirit of Life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet and great fear fell upon them who saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, 'Come up hither.' And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud and their enemies beheld them."
In the book of Zechariah of the Old Testament, these same two witnesses are seen:
"Then answered I, and said unto him, 'What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candle- stick and upon the left side thereof?' And I again and said unto him, 'What be these two olive branches which through the golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?' And he answered me and said, 'Knowest thou not what these be?' And I said, 'These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.'"
Nicodemus wrote a book that the early church enjoyed. Though it was not included in the Bible, it is a wonderful book. In Nicodemus 20:2-4, we are told:
"Two very ancient men met them and were asked by the saints, 'Who are ye, who have not been with us in sheol, and have not had your bodies placed in paradise?' One of them, answering said, 'I am Enoch.
who was translated by the word of God, and this man who is with me, is Elijah,the Tishbite, who was translated in a fiery chariot. Here we have hitherto been and have not tasted death, but are now about to return at the coming of the Antichrist, being armed with divine signs and miracles to engage with him in battle, and to be slain by him at Jerusalem and to be taken up alive again in the clouds after 3 1/2 days.'"
In "The Book of Enoch", Enoch describes the rapture of Elijah:
"These three angels who had taken me up, also brought the ram (Elijah) who had come up to me; and put us in the middle of the sheep during the judgment time."
Enoch had seen Elijah as the "ram" in Enoch 89:52:
"One of them (rams) was not killed - but the Lord of the sheep saved it and brought it up to stay with me."
This "ram" was called his "son" since Elijah was a descendant of Enoch.
"I and my son will join ourselves with these of the last days, and peace will come... Rejoice, you that are upright. AMEN."
Enoch married a woman named Edna (Enoch 85:3). They had many children, of whom we know only one by name--Methuselah (En. 81:5-6, 91:2). We commonly refer to Methuselah as the man who lived longer than any other...969 years. This is not true, for he died before his father, Enoch. Enoch still lives, and is now nearly 5400 years old.
The first part of Enoch's life, about which we are aware deals with his messages to the fallen angels who were sinning on the earth at that time.
"And as I, Enoch, was worshipping the Great Lord and King of Eternity, the angels called to me, Enoch, the scribe, and said: 'Enoch, scribe of righteousness, go tell the fallen angels, who have sinned with women and have become corrupt, that they will receive neither peace nor forgiveness of their sin. They will not even be able to rejoice in the children they have, for they shall see the slaughter of their children. They shall forever mourn and grieve over them. They will not have mercy or peace.'"
These fallen angels, to whom Enoch took this message, petitioned Enoch to intercede for them.
"They asked me to write out a prayer petition to the Lord, for forgiveness. They wanted me to deliver it to the Lord."
God listened to Enoch's intercession but would not grant their petition.
"Even though I wrote out your petition, the Lord showed me in a vision that it shall not be granted. Complete and final judgment is decreed against you, and you will not have peace."
Their punishment included a binding and containment in a place within the earth. Enoch announced their judgment to them.
"No longer will you be able to ascend to heaven but you will be bound inside the earth forever."
Peter referred to the angels who had sinned in his second epistle. He places the sin of the angels at the time just before Noah.
II Peter 2:4-5
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell (tartarus), and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto
judgment. And spared not the old world, but saved Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing a flood upon the world of the ungodly."
Jude, who quoted Enoch's book, also refers to the angels who sinned. He also identified their sin and the sin of fornication.
"And the angels who kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of that great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
Enoch's life is revealed in his book, and it shows him to be quite a prophet for God. We already knew from Jude that he preached about the second coming of the Lord about 5400 years ago and that prophecy is yet to be fulfilled. He was a prophet that had a message for the last days, even then. He will complete his message on the second coming, when he returns to be one of the two witnesses during the tribulation.
Enoch's book reveals some highlights of his life:
...He was given 3 great teachings to pass down. (37-69)
...He was given a vision of the whole of man's history. (85-90)
...He was given a time plan for God's dealings with man.
It revealed ten 700 year periods, totaling 7000 years. (93)
...He preached a great sermon of "Woes" directed
mostly to the people of the last days. (94-104)
...Enoch was taken on a tour of earth and shown places within the earth.
The place within the earth is called SHEOL. It contains-PARADISE, HELL, THE ABYSS, AND THE GARDEN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (EDEN). He observed 12 different chasms that lead to this inner part of the earth. He saw and describes the TREE OF LIFE, and the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL.
..Enoch was also taken up to the throne of God in heaven. There he was allowed to talk to the angels and to read books in heaven.
...Scientific principles and regulations of the sun, moon, stars, weather, and seasons are shown to Enoch.
...These principles were shown to Enoch for a reason. He would soon reveal the astronomical changes and prophetic events of two judgments:
(1) the judgment of the flood
(2) the judgment of the last days
Enoch shows how these two judgments are inter-related.
Luke 17:26 "As in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man."
(Enoch's prophetic message is remarkable in its adherence to the revelations of the Bible. There are no contradictions, but rather the prophecy and message of Enoch makes the prophecy of the Bible even clearer.)
...Enoch is raptured and records it in chapter 14.
vs. 8 "the winds seemed to make me fly up into the heavens..."
vs. 18 "I saw inside a high throne..."
vs.20 "The Great and Glorious One sat upon the throne"
vs. 24 "My face had been covered and I did not see fully His glory, and I trembled. The Lord Himself called me, 'Come here...'"
(Amazingly, this is much like John's vision of the throne room in Revelation 4-5. The "door" in Enoch 14 is much like the "door" of Revelation 3:8, 4:1. Also similarities are found when comparing the description of Enoch to the descriptions of Isaiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel.)
...Although Enoch was only the seventh generation from Adam, and did not have prophecies of the coming Messiah to read in a Bible as we have, yet he saw Someone with God who was receiving worship and praise. He marvelled and questioned..."Who could this be?" His description of the Lord almost sounds as though written by one of the New Testament period. Enoch shows a knowledge of Jesus' first and second comings.
...After his tour of Sheol, and visit to heaven, he is sent back to the earth to live with Methuselah for one year to write his books.
"These three angels that had been showing me about, then brought me to the door of my house, and said, 'Tell Methuselah...we will leave you with your children for one year, teach your children and write it down for them.'"
...Methuselah gathered the family and Enoch preached to them.
(The Bible, as we know it, was first given by God through the hand of Moses. The "Book of Enoch" was a written message for the 2000 years preceding the Bible. It especially had a message for the days preceding the flood of Noah's day, and then also for the days preceding the judgment of the last days. Just as Enoch was sent back in the days preceding the flood, he will be returning soon with a sermon to preach in these last days.)
...Enoch returned again in the days of Noah. Noah had called out to Enoch to explain some strange phenomena happening on the earth. (65:1-5) Enoch does return and tells Noah much, and even leaves a book with Noah to be passed down so the "Book of Enoch" will survive the flood. (68:1)
Enoch seems to be used of God as the prophet of the PRE-FLOOD days. He will also be one of the two prophets of the last half of the tribulation. So although he was raptured, he occasionally has and will return to warn mankind of judgments to come. His book was the only written revelation of God until the books of the Bible were given to us. For the second 2000 year period they had the Old Testament, and now for the last 2000 years--we have had the New Testament books added. Enoch claimed his books were for the PRE-FLOOD days and for the last days. (92:1) Enoch also predicted that other books would be given to the righteous. (104:12-13, 105:1) With the tribulation days soon to begin, it is appropriate that the "Book of Enoch" again be available to be read and studied. God has kept Enoch alive for over 5000 years to return and be one of the last prophets of God. ("The first shall be last..."Mt.19:30)
"The Book of Enoch" was written and compiled by Enoch himself. Some was added by Methuselah and Noah. This book was not included in the Bible, yet it does harmonize and agree with the Bible. From 400 A.D. to 1800 A.D.(approximately), the book was lost to most of the Christian world. The apostasy that ended the former rain revival and began a period that the world calls the "dark ages" is the period that the "Book of Enoch" was lost. But now in the latter rain revival days, the book has been rediscovered and will again be read, enjoyed, and referred to in the Christian world. Just as Daniel was told to "seal up" his prophecy, to not be fully understood until the last days--so Enoch is meant especially for us of the last days. Jude and others gleaned from it and so may we.
For whom was "The Book of Enoch" written?
Let's allow Enoch to answer us.
1:1 those "present at the day of trouble when the wicked and impious are removed from the earth."
1:2 "...not this generation, but for a generation that shall come in the distant future."
82:1-2 "...pass down for generations,...are for generations yet to come."
92:1 "...for them that dwell in the last days who are upright."
108:1 "for those in the last days."
This book has some very timely messages for the last days, and some very startling revelations. Be prepared to be shocked, but also in awe of the message written nearly 5000 years ago, by Enoch.