Monday, May 15, 2017

The Book of Enoch on Extraterrestrials

The Book of Enoch is one of those books that almost made it into the Bible but was then rejected as "apocryphal", even though Enoch and the book itself are mentioned and referred to several times in the Bible. The only people who accept the book as an official part of their holy scriptures are Ethiopian Jews and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and a few more obscure religious groups around the world. Official sources say the book was written 300 B.C. but since it is ascribed to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, some speculate that it was written before the great flood

The first part of the book is about "The Watchers", a group of "angel"s sent to earth to watch over humans. 200 of those angels committed transgression by having sex with humans, creating a hybrid race called the Nephilim. Of the Nephilim it is said that they were giants and savages that endagered and pillaged humanity. It is said that the "Watchers" taught humans reading, writing, weaponry, cosmetics, sorcery, about the stars, meteorology, and many other arts and that this was problematic because it robbed humans the opportunity to discover the arts by themselves. They "revealed the eternal secrets which were preserved for heaven, which men were striving to learn.” the book says.

"The Gods" were not pleased about the intervention of "The Watchers" in human affairs. (The same story of interventionists vs. non-interventionists is told in Greek Mythology, Sumerian Mythology as well as various Asian myths about the old days of mankind). Apparently there were also experiments in cross-breeding between animals and humans going on.

"And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood."

[ And then Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from heaven and saw much blood being shed upon the earth, and all lawlessness being wrought upon the earth. … And they have gone to the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all kinds of sins. And the women have borne giants, and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness.

Disgusted by all this, "the Gods" decided to have a Great Flood to rid the earth of the Nephilim and other ghastly creatures (according to the Book of Enoch. The Bible says that the Nephilim are bound "in the valleys of earth" - beneath the earth?- until Judgement day).

Then said the Most High, the Holy and Great One spoke, and sent Uriel to the son of Lamech, and said to him: Go to Noah and tell him in my name "Hide thyself!" and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may escape and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world."

Another book in which the angels, sent by God, are referred to as "The Watchers" is the pseudepigraphic "Book of Jubilees", the biblical book of Daniel and throughout ancient Jewish legend and folklore. In the Book of Enoch "The Watchers" only became fallen angels after mating with humans and teaching them forbidden and secret knowledge which they, according to Enoch, were not ready for.

In Genesis we read the following about the Nephilim:

When men began to multiply on earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as they chose. Then the Lord said: "My spirit shall not remain in man forever, since he is but flesh. His days shall comprise one hundred and twenty years." At that time the Nephilim appeared on earth, after the sons of God had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown. (Genesis 6:1-4)

The relevance of the first Book of Enoch was recently strengthened when, among the Dead Sea Scrolls the "Book of Giants" was found, dated to 200 B.C. and talking about a time before the great worldwide flood when giants and dragons fought each other. Some of the names mentioned in "The Book of Giants" are also mentioned in the Talmud.

The ancient Gods were often depicted as flying chariots and dragons

So in summary a group of angels were sent to earth as watchers. Since they had sex with humans we must assume that they had bodies, that they were present in physical form. Possibly the "higher ups" were non-physical or celestial or ultraterrestrial whereas the "Watchers" were what we would call humanoids, extraterrestrials.A part of those angels became "fallen angels" because they intermixed with humans, intervened in their affairs and taught them things they were supposed to learn by themselves. As a result of the sins a race of savage cannibalistic beasts that ate flesh and drank blood arose and turned paradise into a nightmarish place. Whoever had created earth decided to have it destroyed with a Giant Flood which only a few species should survive. Some beings fled or were locked into the "Underworld" which would either be hell on the astral-planes or dwellings below the surface of the earth or both. Apparently humankind are like children that need to be watched over by "The Watchers" but without too much intervention because it would stifle their maturity. Today, many thousands of years later, the non-intervention policy is apparently still ongoing (this time more successfully) with a few ocassional interferences happening.

The Book of Enoch answers several mysteries. The age old question "why didn't the Gods leave evidence of their stay" is answered by the very policy of non-interference. The question of why certain knowledge is kept secret is answered by the "so that you can discover it out of your own power". The book also somewhat confirms legends and tales of an advanced people that existed before a great flood that were destroyed because things went bad. Of course, the entire tale is indirectly confirmed by other ancient sources...Sumeran, Chinese and Pre-Columbian to name a few...

1 comment :

Ken said...

FYI, in case it may be of interest: new book "In Consideration of the Book(s) of Enoch" by Ken Ammi
A review of the issues which encircle the Book(s) of Enoch, including: textual issues, the early church’s opinions, relationship with the Bible, was it inspired?, does it belong in the Bible?, is it end times revelation?, that which is stated therein regarding Cherubim, Seraphim, Satan, Angels, giants and the Nephilim, etc., etc., etc.