I am not going to engage in argument as to whether this book should be considered "Biblical Canon" or not. I will say if you study the Bible, you should study this book as well. I think there is a good chance it was part of God's plan for this Great Book to disappear for a long time, then reappear during the generation it was intended for. We first learn of Enoch in Genesis, Chapter 5, but it leaves the Bible student with questions. Hebrews , Chapter 11, has some answers and The Book of Jude quotes Enoch! How did Jude come to know the words of Enoch? They are not in the Bible. The answer of course is The Book of Enoch.
The quote in (Jude 14-15) & (1 Enoch 1:9) is as follows: "In the seventh (generation) from Adam, Enoch also prophesied these things, saying: 'Behold, the Lord came with his holy myriads to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners spoke against him'."
( The 7th generation? Yes 7 is significant IMHO)
The opening verses of The Book of Enoch tell us that the revelations in this book were not meant for Enoch's generation, rather a remote generation, and of course the book would make more sense to the generations after Christ. We know that the early church made use of The Book of Enoch, but it was then all but lost, until recent times. It could be that this book was meant for our generation, ( the generation of the fig tree) as it is becoming available again now, after being concealed for over 1,000 years.
I don't think it's an accident that the Book is quoted in our accepted "Biblical Canon", while the book itself was not included. Now that the Book has resurfaced it's text is pure , due to the fact it was untouched for more than 1,000 years. This is a major reason I think it's likely a part of God's plan that the people it's intended for to get it in the purest possible form. Think about it, it was quoted in the Bible so that when it did reappear, the Word of God itself authenticated it.
The Enochian writings, in addition to many other writings that were excluded (or lost) from the Bible (i.e., the Book of Tobit, Esdras, etc.) were widely recognized by many of the early church fathers as "apocryphal" writings.
The term "apocrypha" is derived from the Greek word meaning "hidden" or "secret". Originally, the import of the term may have been complimentary in that the term was applied to sacred books whose contents were too exalted to be made available to the general public. I will be making more of these available in eBook format, so be sure to keeep an eye on my auctions.
In 1773, rumors of a surviving copy of the book drew Scottish explorer James Bruce to distant Ethiopia. True to hearsay, the Book of Enoch had been preserved by the Ethiopic church, which put it right alongside the other books of the Bible. Bruce secured not one, but three Ethiopic copies of the book and brought them back to Europe and Britain. When in 1821 Dr. Richard Laurence, a Hebrew professor at Oxford, produced the first English translation of the work, the modern world gained its first glimpse of the forbidden mysteries of Enoch.
The famous R.H. Charles edition was published in 1912. In the following years several portions of the Greek text surfaced. Then with the discovery of cave 4 of the Dead Sea Scrolls, seven fragmentary copies of the Aramaic text were discovered.
Food for thought:
I have a Theory, you may or may not agree with, but it's something to consider. The Bible tells us in Chapter 11 in The Great Book of Revelation that 2 witnesses will give testimony, be killed and refused burial. The Bible tells us who ONE of those is in the final book of The Old Testament.
4:5 " Behold, I will send Elijah the prophet Before
the coming of the great and dreadful day of the
Enoch very likely will be the second . One reason is,out
of all God's prophets , only Elijah and Enoch did not
die. Both were taken up to Heaven in a whirlwind. We were
told this about Elijah in 2Kings 2:11
"Enoch ascended into Heaven in a whirlwind with horses and chariots of fire " Jasher 3:36 excerpt
Second reason, Enoch was the 7th generation from Adam. 7 usually means completeness, Biblically speaking.
Revelation 10:7 "But in the days of the sounding of the seventh Angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servents, the prophets."
(Notice, it's the seventh Angel, not the 6th. It's also written in the seventh verse. This is no accident.)
No book reveals more about the mystery of God than does The Book of Enoch. It's no stretch to think Enoch is part of God's plan for the end times. I believe that's the hidden meaning in the fact that he was born the 7th generation from Adam. The seventh from the beginning will help in the end.
Do you still think all Angels are good ? Are
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