The Enigmatic Book of Enoch

The Book of Enoch

The Book of Enoch is one of the most enigmatic writings I’ve encountered. The Book of Enoch is not in the Bible, yet contains some passages that appear to be similar to some passages of the Bible. The Book of Enoch is so highly-regarded by Ethiopian Orthodox Church that they consider it canon. For these reasons and more I felt that the Book of Enoch should almost be considered like a lost book of the Bible. However, I was not ready to proclaim it a lost book of the Bible because I understood that God kept it out of the Bible for a reason.

I encountered an article called “The Book of Enoch Exposed” by David J. Stewart a while back. Stewart posits that the Book of Enoch is heresy and is a book is a satanic deception that is intended to “corrupt God’s word”. This article caught my attention because it was really the first time I encountered an article that forcefully attacked the Book of Enoch, and it is a good thing I found this article because my original feelings about the book were wrong.

Stewart cites Chapter 40 of Enoch which mentions an angel who supposedly is “set over the repentance unto hope of those who inherit eternal life”:

(7) And I heard the fourth voice fending off the Satans and forbidding them to come before the Lord (8) of Spirits to accuse them who dwell on the earth. After that I asked the angel of peace who went with me, who showed me everything that is hidden: ‘Who are these four presences which I have (9) seen and whose words I have heard and written down?’ And he said to me: ‘This first is Michael, the merciful and long-suffering: and the second, who is set over all the diseases and all the wounds of the children of men, is Raphael: and the third, who is set over all the powers, is Gabriel: and the fourth, who is set over the repentance unto hope of those who inherit eternal life, is named Phanuel.’” (Enoch 40:7-9)

Stewart rightly condemns Enoch 40:9 for its unbiblical teaching about the presence of an angel who deals with matters relating to eternal life:

“That statement in itself contradicts everything the Word of God teaches. We read in 1st Timothy 2:5 that Jesus Christ is the ONLY Mediator between God and men, not some angel named Phanuel… “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Repentance is strictly between a man and Jesus Christ alone”.1

Stewart also rightly attacks Enoch 48:1-3 because the passage contradicts Revelation 1:8 where Christ said “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”.

“(1) And in that place I saw the fountain of righteousness Which was inexhaustible: And around it were many fountains of wisdom: And all the thirsty drank of them, And were filled with wisdom, And their dwellings were with the righteous and holy and elect. (2) And at that hour that Son of Man was named In the presence of the Lord of Spirits, And his name before the Head of Days. (3) Yea, before the sun and the signs were created, Before the stars of the heaven were made, His name was named before the Lord of Spirits.” (Enoch 48:1-3)

This passage in Enoch implies that Christ’s role as deity is temporary when the Book of Revelation makes it clear that Christ’s role as deity is eternal.

Steweart also attacks other aspects of the Book of Enoch, including the book’s claim that giants/Nephilim were taller than Noah’s ark. I suggest people read the entire article to see many of the scriptural problems that the book has.

My Stance on Book of Enoch

I would not look to the Book of Enoch for a new source of revelation. The book has many eschatological prophecies, but they do not concern anything that the Bible does not already cover. The unbiblical passages of the Book of Enoch destroy the book’s credibility.

Some people have cited a passage like Jude 1:14 to say that a biblical figure thought highly of the Book of Enoch (I know because I mistakenly did):

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,” (Jude 1:14)

Stewart argues and I now agree that Jude 1:14 is not an endorsement of the Book of Enoch. While Enoch did prophesy those words there is no proof that the prophecy originated from the Book of Enoch. The prophecy simply could have been something that passed from generation to generation.

Finally, I do not believe it is possible for a book to be suppressed from the Bible. To believe that a book has been suppressed from the Bible is to say that man or a spiritual entity is strong enough to prevent the Word of God from being incorporated into the Bible. I do not believe that is possible because God is stronger than man or the spiritual forces of evil. If God wants a certain book included in the Bible it will get included.

  1. Stewart, David J. “Book of Enoch Exposed”. 17 Mar. 2009. Last Accessed 28 Oct. 2017. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/book_of_enoch.htm

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Lee wayne Biela
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Lee wayne Biela

LOL ….YOU ARE MIS GUIDED ON THIS BOOK AND NOTHING YOU SAID IS RELEVANT….GODS WORD CANT BE STOPPED?….THATS FUNNY BECAUSE IN DANIEL THATS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED..ONE OF THE ANGELS HAD A MESSAGE FOR DANIEL AND WAS STOPPED…HE COULDN’T GET THROUGH…AND IF IT WASNT FOR MICHEAL THE MESSAGE WOULD HAVE STOPPED THERE….GOOD TRY …YOU NEED TO DO MORE RESEARCH…

Amanuel
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Amanuel

Yes God is stronger than men that’s why the book of henok and all other books are included in our bible
You should study more before you say some thing that you don’t know about. our fathers and there fathers before themhave studied the bible for more than century’s so who make you the expert to tell us that we are wrong

ps don’t you ever disrespect our bible

Michelle
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Michelle

I appreciate all of the insight on the book of Enoch. After a point, I felt my head spinning after listening to so many differences of opinions. I understand the verse in the bible better now the NIV 1 Cor1: 19-21, “As the scriptures say, ‘I will destroy human wisdom and discard their most brilliant ideas.’ So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made them all foolish and has shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find him… Read more »

Jon
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Jon

In reference to the Dead Sea Scrolls I would like to share a God incident. When I went to the Dead Sea area and listened to our tour guide, I asked if all the books of the OT were in the Dead Sea Scrolls? He said all but the Book of Ester, because it did not have God’s name in it. Later back in the US I spoke to a small group of people joining our church. I spoke about the trip to the Dead Sea caves. One person asked if all the OT books were in the Dead Sea… Read more »

daniel ramirez
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daniel ramirez

I really enjoy ready ur blogs and I have read a majority of the dead sea scrolls. But something u said at the end of this blog stood out to me which was ur last paragraph. Ur right in the fact that nothing is more powerful than god but he put us on this earth with freewill. He doesnt stop evil things from happening cause he wants us to look to him for the strength within ourselves to battle for the good. So to say he wouldn’t allow Scripture/ things to not be allowed in the bible doesnt make sense… Read more »

bob
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bob

the church has always keep things under wraps that is why Jesus will burn it down and bring in the new church

leo
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leo

The only way we can understand GODS truth is to Truely surrender ourselves to JESUSCHRIST in order to understand and see what he reveals to those who are truely HIS and HIS children as it is written in Luke 10:17-24.

Wayne
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts

Stephen Jennison-smith
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Stephen Jennison-smith

When I skim read the book of Enoch I came to the conclusion that there may be some divine revelation in it but that man had also messed around with it and so muddied the waters. As Billy Graham said something similar to, “You would need divine revelation to know what was divine and what was not.”

Connie
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Connie

Ditto on Prophecy Proofs answer.

Wayne
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Thank you for clarifying your position. It seems I misinterpreted some of the things you said earlier.  I understand your position clearly now. My own preference is to rely on the King James Bible, but people are free to follow what they believe is appropriate.

anonymous
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anonymous

i agree with both of you.  please dont think i am dismissing anything.  i have a great respect for both of you and wish you well. my only point is that just because i agree with Fenis Dake for example, that doesnt mean dake is 100% correct.  he is just a man like anyone else. i certainly dont have all the answers.  who am i?  im insignificant. i have great respect for creation science and was pretty much raised on it so i know a bit more than you think and agree with much of it although we still cannot… Read more »

Wayne
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I respect what creation scientists do because they try to defend the Bible’s account. Secular scientists may not agree with a lot of what creation scientists say, but secular scientists don’t know everything. This is just my opinion on this matter. I’m not trying to start a debate on the topic.

anonymous
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anonymous

well please remember that “creation science” is at best guessing.  they really have no evidence whatsoever.  matter of fact secular science would scoff at everything we are discussing. the verse you are quoting does not say there was no rain until after the flood.  it just says there was no rain at that particular time.  this is extremely important to note because its nuances like this that allow us to rectify biblical history and science.  the first few verses of genesis are a prime example.  the gap theory… as well as the idea of re-creation vs creation.  i believe genesis… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

If you are familiar with creation science, it posits that the hydrological cycle with which we are familiar did not begin until after the Flood when the canopy was smashed and all the water that was above the firmament was released into the atmosphere, as well as the water that was released from the underground reservoirs.  Just as said in the verse I already quoted, there was no rain on the earth until after the Flood.  The world may have brought forth weeds and thorns, but the basic makeup of the way it was did not change.  It was still… Read more »

Wayne
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I understand what you are saying. Just use discretion.