Did you know that that Book of Enoch is quoted in the Book of Jude in the Bible? Many people will say that this is heresy, but really it is not. If you were to read this chapter in its entirety, and also have foreknowledge of Genesis 6 and 2 Peter 2, it would make sense that these disciples of God used this book as a teaching tool for the saints. And as for this study, we will begin with the most interesting part in Jude, which is verses 14 and 15. It read, 2“and Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 1:14,15) This is in reference to Enoch, who saw the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Of which he said that He will come with His saints in the clouds, where He will also execute judgement upon the wicked. People that are in sin will know this for a fact, for they will be convicted of their evil in this day. And where does this quote come from? Is it in the Bible? No, it is not. It is from the Book of Enoch, which was left out of the Bible. In chapter 1, verse 9, it reads, “and behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones. To execute judgement upon all, and to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” (Enoch 1:9) As you can see, this is a direct quote from a book that was left out of the canon of the Bible. How interesting it is that before the canon process, that Jude used the Book of Enoch.
Peter also spoke of fallen angels, of which Jude refers to and quotes from as well. We will get to what Jude says next. As for Peter, he said, 1“for if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, 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 in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.” (2 Peter 2:4,5) The part about Noah is key, for now we know around what timeframe the fallen angels did come and leave their first estate, which is heaven. It really puts the pieces together as to why there were giants upon the land before the flood and why God had to wipe them out, for they were corrupted. But how did this happen, we will learn this in Jude and in the book of Enoch together. In Enoch, chapter 6, it reads, “and it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.’ And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: ‘I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.’ And they all answered him and said: ‘Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations.” (Enoch 6:1-4) This is also referenced in Jude, which we will read next. Now, before we get any further, we must ask the question, if Jude used the book of Enoch and now Peter, wouldn’t this book also have been important to them? If so, why was it thrown out of God’s Word during the canon process, of which Bible we use today?
As we read earlier, we know that Jude quoted from the book of Enoch, but did he reference that book twice in the same chapter? Yes, he did. Along with the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, Jude also referrers to angels who left heaven, in order to fornicate with women. These angels are now in chains, having no light but darkness until judgement day. These are the sons of God, which are referenced in Genesis 6. I wrote about them in the previous message, which I hope you read. Jude wrote, 2“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 1:6,7) This refers to the verses above in the book of Enoch. It also references chapter 10 in the book of Enoch also. There, he refers to angels who are bound in darkness awaiting judgement. It reads, “and again the Lord said to Raphael: ‘Bind Azazel hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert, which is in Dudael, and cast him therein. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may not see light. And on the day of the great judgement he shall be cast into the fire. (Enoch 10:4-7) There is even more detail about the different angel’s punishments in the book of Enoch. What we have in Jude is simply a reference to what is spoken of in more detail in the book of Enoch. So why isn’t the book of Enoch a part of the Bible? You decide. As for me, since it was referenced and quoted from, there is no harm in reading it along with the Bible.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will have an open heart and mind to things in the Bible and what it really says. That people will see past what their pastors have taught them in regards to the book of Enoch, but see what Jude and Peter said about it first. Lord, I know that this book would not be quoted from or referenced in the bible if it was not important for our day. Evil and wicked men may have removed this book during the canon process of the bible, but this is not stopping those people that see the worth of this book and still read it. Thank You, Lord, for also presersing this book of scripture till this day along with the Bible. I am amazed that we can still read it and not have to worry about any corruption to it. I am grateful to have in my hands the King James Bible, of which is not corrupted by men as well. It is when people start tampering with Your words is when we start to get these other translations like the ESV, NASB, NKJV, and others. They have crept into the world and have slowly taken out important verses and words from the Bible and added their own instead. This is so evil, but only a few people can see this, which is so sad. I am grateful that You have given me an open mind. If not, then I would also be defending my stance upon not using any other books but those in the canonized Bible. However, if You allowed Your own disciples to quote and use the book of Enoch, then praise the Lord. The Bible was not canonized then, and therefore, did not have grounds for removal yet of this important book, which Peter and Jude used. For this reason, I agree that Your words are pure and by taking out precious and important parts of it was not right. I am grateful for what I have now in the Bible, but also happy that you kept intact the Book of Enoch as well. I love You, Lord. Your Words are true. I just pray that people will see this as well. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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