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The Book Of Enoch: Part 2

Should a person read any other book outside the Bible? This question itself is a heated topic when it comes to people and churches in our day to day. However, this question should be answered by God and not men. Therefore, we will get our answer from reading the Bible itself. How is this? We do this by seeing if prophets, disciples of Jesus, or other writers spoke on these other books or quoted from them in the Bible books themselves. If so, these books must have been of some importance to them and the people at large. One of these books that we see Jude and Peter quoting and referencing from is “The Book of Enoch”. You will see this as I reference those verses below, and how they read in the book of Enoch as well. So if they used and taught with it, then we could at least read it for ourselves, to understand why. But before we do this, let us look at the verses I am referring to, in order to see if I am telling the truth or not. Jude said, 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 the first chapter and nineth verse of the book of Enoch. 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) Now, isn’t this interesting that Jude would actually quote from the book of Enoch? It is just like Matthew quoting Isaiah about the birth of Jesus.

Jude also 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) Which Peter also 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) This is in reference to Enoch chapters 6 and 10. Those verses read, “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) “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) You can see the references to the verses in the book of Enoch above in Jude and 2 Peter. Therefore, they had the book of Enoch in their midst and quoted and referenced it.

Lastly, the book of Jubilees, which is dated around 200BC and earlier confirms the fact that there was a book of Enoch. It reads, “And in the eleventh jubilee [512-18 A.M.] Jared took to himself a wife, and her name was Baraka, the daughter of Râsûjâl, a daughter of his father’s brother, in the fourth week of this jubilee, [522 A.M.] and she bare him a son in the fifth week, in the fourth year of the jubilee, and he called his name Enoch. And he was the first among men that are born on earth who learnt writing and knowledge and wisdom and who wrote down the signs of heaven according to the order of their months in a book, that men might know the seasons of the years according to the order of their separate months. And he was the first to write a testimony and he testified to the sons of men among the generations of the earth, and recounted the weeks of the jubilees, and made known to them the days of the years, and set in order the months and recounted the Sabbaths of the years as we made (them), known to him. And what was and what will be he saw in a vision of his sleep, as it will happen to the children of men throughout their generations until the day of judgment; he saw and understood everything, and wrote his testimony, and placed the testimony on earth for all the children of men and for their generations. And in the twelfth jubilee, [582-88] in the seventh week thereof, he took to himself a wife, and her name was Edna, the daughter of Danel, the daughter of his father’s brother, and in the sixth year in this week [587 A.M.] she bare him a son and he called his name Methuselah. And he was moreover with the angels of God these six jubilees of years, and they showed him everything which is on earth and in the heavens, the rule of the sun, and he wrote down everything. And he testified to the Watchers, who had sinned with the daughters of men; for these had begun to unite themselves, so as to be defiled, with the daughters of men, and Enoch testified against (them) all. (Jubilees 4:16-22)

With all the references above, it should help you form your own opinion on the validity of the book of Enoch. People can try to tell you something else to believe, but now you have the facts about this specific book and if it is good to read it or not. As for me, if Jude and Peter used it, then I will never tell anyone not to. I may also read it on occasion, for it has worth. One thing that really sticks out when it comes to this book is the reference in Jubilees. These verses I just quoted above give the greatest case to seeing how the book of Enoch is actually inspired, even though many have and will say the opposite. In Jubilees 4, the writer gives us a brief summary of what you will read in the book of Enoch and it is spot on. Having read the Book of Enoch myself, I can say that it is a great read and does nothing to my belief in Christ but only strengthens it. As Jubilees says we see the vast knowledge of Enoch in his book. How he wrote down the signs of heaven, where he learned so much being in the presence with the angels of God. Even Genesis 6, of which talks about the sons of God, having married strange flesh who bore giants, is spoken of more in the Book of Enoch and in the Book of Jubilees here. Jubilees says that these sons of God were actually angels, of in other words Watchers. They sinned against God by marrying the daughters of men. This defiled them in their fornications with women. And Enoch did testify against them, as you will read in the Book of Enoch as well. Everything that was said of Enoch is true. He did write a book and God inspired him to do so. Therefore, it is good for anyone to read, like the early church members read as well. If there are other books that are referenced in the Bible, that are not in our canon, I’d love to know about them as well. Just know that the Bible will reference them in quoting or referencing them in verses if they are important for us to read. God bless you and I hope you find this message a blessing to your understanding of God.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will at least have an open mind to things of God. So many people have already so much from their pastors, they are not willing to have an open mind to other things. Instead, they are caught up in what people have told them, instead of searching the scriptures to see if what they have said is true or not. This goes into the fact of if we should be reading anything else but what is in our current canon of scripture that we have today. Lord, many people have struggled when it comes to doing this since people have led them to know that anything outside the Bible is not inspired. How interesting this is, God, that people can say such derogatory and mean things about the book that they have never read before. How people can put down a book without actually opening up its covers. This is like people prejudging the Bible before they read it as well. Lord this type of understanding is man-made and I pray that these people that are locked into their current ways will repent. All I know is that if Jude and Peter quoted and referenced from another book, called “The Book of Enoch”, then I ought to research it myself. People may not agree with this, but I am hungry to know what drove these two disciples of Yours, Jesus, to reference this book for myself. I also desire for Your mysteries to fall down upon me also. I am not and will never close-minded when it comes to learning. I pray that You will unfold wisdom, knowledge, and counsel to me every day as I seek You. You are my God and I worship You. I love You more than life itself, Jesus. I give You glory and praise, this day and forever. Every book that You inspire I want to know and learn of. Thank You, God. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

2 Peter 2
12 Peter 2 (KJV)
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
4 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;
5 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;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Jude 1
2Jude 1 (KJV)
1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 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.
7 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.
8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 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.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

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