PLACES ENOCH WAS SHOWN
Where do we get our conceptions of heaven, hell, paradise, and other scriptural places? Sometimes we are told so little that we have added our own ideas to fill in the blanks. Ask any ten Christians and you'll receive ten different descriptions of heaven.
Enoch, after his rapture, was given a tour of many places. He gives some details that are startling, and will shake many conceptions we have developed. Yet, as I plan to show, Enoch's teaching is not unscriptural. In fact, the startling facts shown in Enoch explain and enlighten many scriptures. Be ready to have your ideas shaken. Check the scriptures and examine your ideas for scriptural support, perhaps you'll find Enoch to be more scriptural than we have been over the years.
Most of us know of Enoch's rapture to heaven, but that was only one stop on Enoch's tour, and that is where we'll start.
Heaven is a literal place. Jesus referred to it as a "place."
"In My Father's house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also."
Heaven is not a ghostly, unreal, indefinite state. It is as real a place physically as the city where you dwell. Heaven is a desirable place, as Paul described his "having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better." Enoch, as Paul, also felt this way, after he'd seen heaven.
In Enoch 39:8 we read:
"My soul longed to stay there..."
It is finally realized by anyone who gets even a glimpse of heaven, that earth is no comparison to what awaits us in heaven. Earth is the testing place, the battleground. Heaven is the victory place, the homeland. Our eternal home, the New Jerusalem, has been built and awaits us. Kids in school do not resign themselves to summer vacation, but eagerly desire it. Yet, many Christians "resign themselves to go to heaven." How God must be insulted.
In heaven, we'll have real physical bodies. Jesus went there in a body that could be touched and could eat. (Compare Luke 24:39, John 20:27, 1 John 1:11, and Acts 1:11) Elijah went to heaven in a physical body, (Hebrews 11:5). Many saints were resurrected after Christ's resurrection and went to heaven in a physical body, (Matthew 27:52-53). When I walk those streets of gold, it will be in a body of flesh and bone. It will be a glorified body, incorruptible and eternal, but still real.
In a vision of heaven, Enoch was shown the post-rapture day events in heaven, (Enoch 39). He saw all of us in heaven on rapture day, as John had also recorded in chapter 4 and 5. Both John's and Enoch's vision show an uncountable number of saints around a throne. They both heard worship and praise. Enoch even got caught up in the vision so much, that he joined in the worship. As John had seen "four living ones" about the throne worshipping, so Enoch saw four beings about the throne, and Enoch tells their names, (chapter 40). As the twenty-four elders in Revelation 4 and 5 fell down on their faces before the throne, so did Enoch fall before God, (Enoch 71:2).
Enoch describes what Revelation calls the "New Jerusalem." (Revelation 21:10-11) Both saw it made of stones, clear as "crystal", (Enoch 71:5-6). Enoch does not give as detailed a description as John of the buildings, but Enoch complements John's description by giving a more detailed description of the angels and saints all around that place, (Enoch 71). He also tells us how God looked there.
"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."
In Enoch 87:2-3 we find a description of Enoch's rapture.
"As I watched, seven beings in white came from heaven. Three of them lifted me up, and took me to a place high above the earth."
Also in Enoch 70:1-3
"After that, while yet living, I, Enoch, was lifted
up from the earth and taken to the presence of the Son of Man and of the Lord of Spirits. I, Enoch, was lifted up on the chariots of the Spirit and I vanished from among men. From that day on I was not counted among mankind, I was taken to the place of the chosen and the righteous."
"After this I was carried to the heavens. I saw the holy angels treading on flames of fire. Their garments were white, their faces and clothing, both, shown like glittering snow. I saw two rivers of fire, that glowed like hyacinth, and I fell on my face before the Lord of Spirits."
John and Enoch both had visions of heaven. The similarities are astonishing. Yet, it is also amazing at the different parts that caught the eye of each. John noted the size, the number of gates, the foundation, etc., while Enoch saw some of that, he emphasized the saints, the angels, and their worship, and even entered into the worship. Both were shown about by one or more of seven angels, (Enoch 46:2, Revelation 1:1, 19:9-10, 22:6-10). Their descriptions do not contradict, but harmonize. Enoch's description of God and his throne harmonizes with Ezekiel's, Daniel's, and Isaiah's.
Enoch, being a scribe, had a great interest in books. Therefore while in heaven, he is captivated by that part of heaven. John also mentions books in heaven, (Revelation 5, 10:8, 13:8, 17:8, 20:12-15, 21:7). But Enoch goes much further, and stresses the multitude, variety, and revelations of these books in heaven.
Compare Enoch 39:2; 81:1-2; 103:2-3; 104:1,7; 106:19; and 108:7.
Enoch spent much of his time, at first, in the books of heaven. He read history, pre-written. Much of his book is the retelling of the pre-written history that he had read in the books of heaven.
Enoch not only saw heaven, but was escorted to several other places. The location of several of these sites to which he was taken, the Bible calls "sheol."
Sometimes the Bible has the word "sheol" translated "hell," and sometimes "the grave." But "sheol" is not just "hell," but includes hell, as well as paradise, where the righteous souls went at death until Jesus's resurrection. Sheol was the "lower parts of the earth," the "nether parts of the earth," and the "heart of the earth." Sheol is shown in the Bible to include hell, paradise (Abraham's bosom), a great gulf (pit or abyss), and the garden of Eden.
Christ went to the "lower parts of the earth" at His death, but did not go to hell-fire, He was in paradise that day with the saved thief from the cross.
The Jewish people called paradise "Abraham's bosom." Paradise is located in the lower parts of the earth, (Matthew 12:40; Ephesians 4:8-10). "Paradise" comes from the Greek word "paradeisos." It means a park, a pleasure ground, a forest or orchard. In the Septuaguint, the word "paradeisos" is used for the garden of Eden. Before the resurrection of Christ, the righteous saints were taken to paradise. After "the Lamb of God" had provided the atonement for mankind, the saints were liberated from paradise and went to heaven.
"When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that He ascended, what is it, but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth."
Angels carried the righteous souls to this compartment, but men carried their bodies to the grave.
"... beggar died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom."
"Today, thou shalt be with Me in paradise."
Jonah went to paradise while dead in the fish.
"... out of the belly of hell (sheol) cried I."
"I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me forever."
Jesus was there during the three days and three nights his body was dead.
"thou wilt not leave My soul in hell (sheol), neither wilt thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption."
1 Peter 3:19
"By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison."
Since the resurrection of Jesus, saints do not go to paradise, but now go directly to heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:8
"...to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."
"having a desire to depart and to be with Christ..."
Another part of sheol is hell (hades). This is the torment part of sheol, and the lowest part of sheol.
"a fire is kindled... shall burn unto the lowest hell (sheol)."
"thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell (sheol)."
"her guests are in the depths of hell (sheol)."
"rich man... in hell (hades) he lifted up his eyes, being in torment... I am tormented in the flame."
The "great gulf" that was between hell and paradise in the story of the rich man and Lazarus is the "pit," the "abyss," and the "bottomless pit" that the Bible speaks about. Here, fallen angels and many evil demons are shown to be bound.
Now with these things in mind, prepare to have Enoch shake all your concepts of these places. Our minds already swim in wonderment at what the Bible says of these places. But in Enoch, we find a first hand description of one who had a guided tour of these places. He saw some beautiful things, and some horrible things.
"Then I came to a river of fire, that poured out into the great sea that is in the west. I saw all the great rivers, and finally came to a place of great darkness, where all flesh walks. I saw the mountains where it is dark all winter, and there I saw a place where the water of the deep places of the earth pours out. This place is the mouth of all rivers of the earth, it is known as the mouth of the deep. I saw there that it is also the source of the great winds."
Here Enoch is taken to an entrance of sheol. This entrance is located somewhere in the northern part of the world, where during the winter it is always dark. That puts it in the arctic. Through this opening, fresh water flows outward. Also it is a source of winds that blow out upon the earth. This concept, of an opening to the lower parts of the earth, is hard for men to accept. Many men of the world have already come to the conclusion that there is an extremely large hollow center of the earth.
Compare ideas presented in these books:
"The Hollow Earth" by Dr. Raymond Bernard
"The Smokey God" by Willis Emerson
"The Phantom of the Poles" by William Reed
"A Journey to the Earth's Interior" by Marshall B. Gardner
"Have the Poles Really Been Discovered?" by Marshall B. Gardner
"Paradise Found" by William F. Warren
"The Cradle of the Human Race" by William F. Warren...
Ancient writings of many peoples speak of a land like unto a paradise that exists in the far north. These people whose ancient writings refer to such a place include the Chinese, Egyptians, Hindus, Scandinavians, Eskimos, and others. The Scandinavians that land "Ultima Thule."
Peoples from many parts of the world have such teachings. From time to time these teachings have re-emerged. In many of the world's religions, remnants of the teaching exists. This should not make us as Christians reject such a concept. Charismatic Christians do not reject prophetic utterances in unknown tongues, simply because some false religions have similar experiences. Rather, we can realize that the devil tries to counterfeit and corrupt many things of God. But we can still seek out the truth in the Bible and "hold fast" those truths.
The Bible does teach much of the inner parts of the earth. The Word speaks more of hell than heaven. Yet, our concepts of the places within the Bible have been "fuzzy" at best. Let's see what Enoch tells us, and compare and validate the teachings with the Bible. Perhaps our "fuzzy" concepts can come in to focus.
Enoch calls the openings to this place "chasms of the earth," (Enoch 18:11).
Once inside this chasm, he saw sights almost beyond description.
"Into this chasm I was taken, until I came to a place that did not have heaven above,nor earth below, a place of neither up nor down, a deserted and lonely place."
Enoch was not in a boat, nor traveling on land. Rather, he was airborne with an angel. So, he is first in an area within the earth where gravity pulls in both directions, so there is no up or down.
In this area, we could call a "bottomless pit," Enoch saw something strange.
There I saw a terrible thing, seven large burning masses, and I questioned in my mind about this place. An angel said: "This is a place between gravity above and gravity below, that has become the prison of the angels that have fallen. These angels here have sinned against the Lord. They were like stars that would not come as commanded. The angels have been imprisoned to keep them from disturbing God's plan. The Lord was angry at these fallen angels and bound them until the end times. At the end of the ages, the Lord will bring them to their final end. Uriel then said to me: "The angels who were sinful with women of the earth will be bound here."
So, in this abyss, Enoch sees seven bound angels who appear as burning masses flying about. Their sin we do not know, but we do know that there are 207 such masses, at least, now in the abyss area. Uriel says the 200 fallen angels that sinned before the flood are also to be there.
2 Peter 2:4
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell (tartaros), and delivered them into chains of darkness to be reserved for judgment."
"Tartaros" is the proper word here in 2 Peter- not "hell," as we think of hell. "Tartaros" means a dark abyss, a place of punishment. In Greek writings, Tataros was a place inside the earth where the Titans, (giants who were born to the gods, and who were promiscuous with women), were held. Supposedly, when they lost their war with Zeus, they were cast there. The story sounds very similar to the truth Enoch and the Bible teach. The Greek and Roman myths do have a seed of reality in them. Their gods were the fallen angels, and their great heroes were the giants of Enoch's day. The stories, being passed down generation after generation, were corrupted in their form to the Greek myths. (Compare Enoch 19:1)
Then Enoch went to another place.
In Enoch 21:7, it says:
"Then I was taken to another place, more terrible than the first place- I saw a terrible fire that blazed high, and the place was surrounded by an empty area into which pillars of fire rose. The size of this place I could not tell."
This place Enoch saw is hell. The place the Bible tells us is "prepared for the devil and his angels." It seems to be located in the center of the hollow part of the inner earth, for it is surrounded by the empty area, or abyss, that Enoch just described. Its fiery pillars rose up, and it probably appeared from a distance like a sun to that inner earth.
Then I said, "How terrible and painful is that place to see. Then Uriel, the holy angel, said, Enoch, why do you have such terror? This is the prison prepared for the sinful spirits."
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones, that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited."
"... saw a deep valley burning with fire. The kings and rulers of the earth were thrown into that valley of fire. I watched as they made heavy chains for them. I asked the angel: For whom are these chains made? He answered: These are for the host of Azazel. They will be thrown into the lowest part of hell; their jaws will be covered with heavy stones, as the Lord of Spirits has commanded. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Phanuel will bind them and throw them into the furnace of fire that day. Thus the Lord of Spirits will have vengeance on their sin, for they become servants of Satan and led astray people of the earth.
On the "new earth", there will be openings, or chasms, for people to look down and see the tormented bodies of the wicked. (See Isaiah 66:22-24)
Hell is the lowest part of Sheol--in the center of the "nether parts of the earth." The empty area around this fiery hell is the "abyss."
Now Enoch goes to a third area of Sheol.
"From there I was taken to the third place, and he showed me a large tall mountain toward the West that had four hollow rooms. Inside, it was very large with smooth walls. Very smooth were those hollow rooms, and beautiful to see. Then Raphael, the holy angel, who was with me, answered and said: "These hollow rooms are for the spirits of the dead. These places were created for a gathering place of the souls of mankind. These rooms will hold these souls
until an appointed time that shall come in a future time--when a judgment will come upon them. I saw there the souls of men who had died, their voices were praying to heaven. I asked Raphael, who was with me, and said: "Who is that spirit that cries out to heaven in complaint?" He answered: "This is Abel's spirit who was killed by his brother Cain. He will cry out till all of Cain's offspring that
still kill others are judged."
These hollow areas are the place the Bible calls "Abraham's bosom," and "paradise." The description does not tell us much of this place--only that it consisted of four parts, and that he saw souls of those who were already there. Paradise is the place Jesus that Jesus told the repentant thief that he ( the thief ) would be with Jesus that same day. So it was in this part of Sheol that Jesus went the day He died on the cross. There, in paradise, He triumphantly released the souls that were imprisoned there. They could go now directly into God's presence in heaven, for the price had been paid (Ephesians 4:8-10).
From there, Enoch went to another part of Sheol.
"From there I was taken to another part where the mountain of fire that burned day and night was. As I approached, I saw seven great mountains..."
These seven mountains are close to one another, and the tops seemed like thrones. This is the throne that God will use as His throne for the final judgment. We refer to this judgment as the "Great White Throne" judgment.
"Michael answered: 'This high mountain, you saw, whose top is like a throne, is like God's throne, and is the throne where the Great Holy One, the Lord of Glory, the Eternal King, will sit when He comes to visit the earth at the end time.'"
These mountains appear to be very near the inside of the chasm that Enoch had been originally brought through. First he had been taken through the abyss to see the fires of hell in the center of Sheol. Since the earth is nearly 8.000 miles in diameter, this means that hell was nearly 4,000 miles within from this opening.
Now Enoch is brought back to the inside shell of the inner parts of the earth. This part of Sheol has three mountains, the center of which is the throne (Great White Throne). Then Enoch notices the trees that are on these mountains.
One especially catches his eye:
"One tree I saw was unlike any I'd seen before. Its smell was very fragrant, its leaves and flowers, and wood never withered or aged. Its fruit was like bunches of dates on a palm tree. Then I said: 'Behold, this beautiful tree! How beautiful and pleasant are its leaves and fruit.' Then Michael, a holy and honored angel, who was with me, answered: 'Enoch, why do you ask me about this tree?' Then I, Enoch, answered: 'I wish to learn about everything, but especially about this tree.' Michael answered: 'This ... is the one that no human has the right to touch until the judgment of the Lord's vengeance. When that end has come, then this tree will be given to the righteous chosen ones and to the humble. From this tree's fruit, life will be given to the chosen; towards the north, it will be planted in a holy place by the house of the Lord, the eternal King. At that time, they will rejoice in that holy place; they will partake of the fragrant tree to receive life, and lives will be long--sorrow, pain, toil, and punishment will not touch them.'"
So Enoch sees and describes the tree of life. From there Enoch travels past mountains, valleys, forests--- Continuing, he finally comes to an area abundant in waterfalls. Then a little further East, he sees an area with many fragrant trees. Each following mountain had other kinds of trees--each mountain was like an orchard of that type of tree. Then suddenly, they change direction and move North again, toward the chasm. Finally they pass over the angel "Zotiel," whose name means-"the blaze of God."
"So He drove out the man: and placed at the east of the garden of Eden, Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."
So this Zotiel was the flaming sword-like one that God placed to guard the entrance of the garden of Eden. Zotiel was inside the garden, and as Enoch is proceeding back to the entrance, he finally passes over Zotiel, the angel that is charged with keeping mankind from eating of the tree of life.
"I had come to the Garden of Righteousness. In that garden, I saw many large trees that were sweet-smelling, large, very beautiful, glorious, and the tree of wisdom. The tree of wisdom is like a carob tree, and its fruit is like bunches of grapes, beautiful and fragrant, even from afar. And I said:'This tree is beautiful, very beautiful.' The holy angel, Raphael answered me, "This is the tree of wisdom that your forefather and his wife ate and learned to know evil. Their eyes were opened, and they learned they were naked, and they were driven from this garden.'"
Man has always argued over where the garden of Eden is. They have suggested-- the middle east, Africa, Missouri, Utah, etc. Enoch tells us that the garden of Eden is inside the earth within Sheol. He says it is near the opening of the chasm in the North part of the world.
In chapter 77, Enoch divides the earth into four quarters.
"The earth is divided into four quarters. The first-eastern - because man dwelt in that area first. The second- southern- there the Most High descends,
and there the One who is blessed forever descends. The third- western - is called waning- because there all the lights of heaven seem to go down. The fourth - northern - which is divided into three parts. The first part contains the dwelling place for man. The second contains seas, waters, deeps, forests, rivers, darkness, mist. The third contains the garden of righteousness."
So Enoch places the entrance of the garden of Eden in the North part of the world, within the chasm that is there. Does the Bible say anything to confirm or deny this ???
Look at Ezekiel 31: 16-18:
"I made the nations to shake at the sword of his (Pharaoh's) fall, when I cast him down to hell (Sheol) with them that descend into the pit (abyss): and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth. They also went down into hell (Sheol) with him that was slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under the shadow of the midst of the heathen. To whom art thou thus like in glory and greatness among the trees of Eden? Yet thou shalt be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth."
So Ezekiel identifies the location of Eden to now be within Sheol, in the "nether parts of the earth." ("Nether" in the Hebrew means "lower parts" or "womb of")
Some question--"Why was this place not flooded and destroyed in the flood of Noah? Well, part of the flood waters came from within the earth and the other part from the clouds and upper thermosphere. After the flood waters came from this chasms, God had the chasms close up to prevent the water from flowing back into Sheol. This caused the water to be upon the earth -- even the mountains were covered. This was God's way to spare Eden and the rest of Sheol. Note in Enoch's description of the flood:
"The water channels were finally removed, and the channels of the earth were closed, and other abysses opened, The water began to run down into these abysses."
Compare Genesis 8:2:
"The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped (closed), and the rain from heaven was restrained."
Compare Ezekiel 31:15:
"...I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the the floods thereof, and the great waters were stayed."
(NOTE: THE PASSAGES IN EZEKIEL ARE SIMILAR TO THE PASSAGES IN ISAIAH 14, THAT REFER TO SATAN AND ALSO THE KING OF BABYLON. HERE, IN EZEKIEL, THESE REFER TO PHARAOH--BUT ONLY IN HOW HE IS SIMILAR TO SEMYAZA WHO WAS SIMILARLY JUDGED AND PUT INTO SHEOL. WE CALL THIS THE "LAW OF DOUBLE REFERENCE.")
There were 12 chasms shown to Enoch (chapters 33 -36 ) Three were in the North, three were in the South, three were in the East and three were in the West. The one that Enoch entered in the North seems to be the main entrance.
In China, there are caves that the locals claim lead down to the center of the earth. Microphones were lowered miles down recently and sounds of pain and suffering were heard. Even more recently similar reports were made about sounds heard where scientists had drilled miles down into the earth. Some have even suggested that large chasms may account for the Bermuda triangle phenomena, and similar phenomena that occurs in other parts of the world. Perhaps there is a relationship, and perhaps not. Enoch, however, does tell us there were 12 chasms on the earth.
Why hasn't mankind located the one Enoch entered? That one is in the arctic area--warm air emerging from it into the cold air of the arctic creates a cloud the obscures this area. Our weather satellites have only been able to get one unobscured photo of that area in all their attempts. That photo is included in this book. It does show a large strange opening that so far scientists have been unable or unwilling to explain.
"It was at the same place that I had seen the storehouses of the winds, mist, and clouds, especially the cloud that remains over the chasm since the world began."
Other chasms may be hidden in remote, hard to reach areas. Shallow, dangerous waters sometimes surround areas where many ships have been lost. Ships now avoid those areas entirely. The Northern and Southern parts of the world always have a cloud cover and ships avoid those areas because of icebergs. Caves catacomb down and have never been explored in many areas. Planes avoid flying directly over the North Pole area since compasses and altimeters go haywire over the area.
In 1947 Admiral Byrd, while trying to reach the North Pole - flew over an area that was iceless, with lakes, mountains covered with trees, and a monstrous animal resembling a mammoth. All this was reported by radio by the occupants of Byrd's plane. For nearly 1700 miles the plane flew over this area, then returned. After his initial news conference, all news of this was hushed. More information on this can be read in the book:
"The Hollow Earth" by Dr. Raymond Bernard.
In the book, "The Smokey God", written by Willis G. Emerson, we are told of a Norwegian named Olaf Jansen who traveled by boat into the area we are studying. He refers to a central "smokey" sun within the earth. This book deserves more study.
The book-"Phantom of the Poles" by William Reed taught the idea of a hollow earth, He suggests a crust of 800 miles. This would leave 6400 miles of inner diameter for Sheol.
Other strange things have happened to suggest that we don't know the earth as we have so assumed.
In "The Hollow Earth" by Dr. Raymond Bernard, we are told:
-the discovery of a mammoth frozen in ice was found in Siberia, The tusks were removed and wolves came and ate the carcass. Today its skeleton is in the Museum of Natural History in Leningrad.
-the strange fact that the musk ox migrate north in the winter--as do a strange species of bird seen in the far north.
-there is a Scandinavian legend of a land of paradise in the far north known to them as Ultima Thule.
Is there a Sheol? The Bible says so. Did Enoch get a tour of that place? Well, the teaching of Enoch does explain some obscure Scriptures, and also answers some scientific mysteries. These places that Enoch was shown are mentioned in Scripture, and yet our concepts of them have been "fuzzy." Enoch gives a first-hand description of them. His explanations confirm and enlighten many Biblical passages.