The Book of Enoch was treasured by the ancient Nazarenes as an inspired book of prophecy authored by Enoch himself.
(Click on the Book of Enoch for a new Messianic/Sacred Name translation of Enoch from the original Aramaic)
Yeshua's own half-brother Y'hudah quotes from the Book of Enoch
And Chanokh [Enoch], the seventh from Adam,
prophesied about these men saying:
Behold, YHWH comes with ten thousands of his set-apart-ones,
to execute judgment on all, co convict all who are wicked
among them of their wicked deeds which they have committed in
a wicked way, and all the harsh things which wicked sinners
have spoken against him.
(Yhudah (Jude) 1:14-15 HRV)
Some commentators have tried to minimize the importance of this
quotation, claiming that Y'hudah was only quoting the Book of Enoch
in the way that Paul quoted Greek philosophers. In fact there are
two very important features in Y'hudah's citation.
First of all, while the Book of Enoch is quoted (specifically 1Enoch
1:9), Y'hudah attributes his quote, not to the Book of Enoch, but to
the man Enoch (Enoch, seventh from Adam). Since we have copies of
the Book of Enoch which predate the Book of Y'hudah, this quote
tells us that Enoch seventh from Adam wrote the Book of Enoch.
Secondly Y'hudah uses the word "prophecy". Y'hudah tells us that
this quote from Enoch which comes from the Book of Enoch
is "prophecy". That is a very important statement.
Regarding prophecy Kefa (Peter) writes:
knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture
is of any private interpretation; for prophecy never
came by the will of man, but set-apart men of Eloah
spoke as they were moved by the Ruach HaKodesh.
(2Kefa (2Pt.) 1:20-21 - HRV)
So if, as Y'hudah tells us, the Book of Enoch is "prophecy" then Kefa
tells us that it was inspired by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
Paul has some important words for us about Scripture that is
Every writing which was written by the spirit is profitable
for teaching and for reproof and for correction and for
instruction in righteousness, that the son of man of Eloah
may be complete and whole for every good work.
(2Timothy 3:16-17 - HRV)
So if the Book of Enoch is prophecy then it was inspired by the Ruach
HaKodesh. And if Enoch was inspired by the Ruach then it is
profitable for teaching and for reproof and for correction and for
instruction in righteousness.
In other words, if Y'hudah is telling the truth then we should be
using the Book of Enoch as Scripture and not taking it lightly!
As a matter of fact the ancient Nazarenes treasured the Book of
Enoch and used it along side the books we know today as canon. This
is evidenced by fact that Y'hudah quotes Enoch. R.H. Charles listed
128 locations where the Ketuvin Netzarim (The writings of the
Nazarenes, commonly known today as the "New Testament") is clearly
influenced by statements in the Book of Enoch.
The Book of Enoch was used within Judaism at least as early as the
second century B.C.E.. Seven fragmentary Aramaic copies were found
among the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Zohar also cites the Book of Enoch
by name (Zohar 1:37b) and makes much use of its account of the
fallen angels Shemikhaza (which the Zohar calls Uzael) and Azzazel.
The earliest Gentile Christians also accepted and made use of the
Book of Enoch. Many of the so-called "Church Fathers" either quoted
Enoch, or made use of it. Among these were the author of the
Epistle of Pseudo-Barnabas, Justin Martyr (2nd C.), Irenaeus (2nd
C.), Clement of Alexandria (2nd C.) and Origin (3rd C.). Tertullian
(160-230 C.E.) even called the book "Holy Scripture". The book was
even canonized by the Ethiopic Church.
LOSS OF THE BOOK OF ENOCH
In the fourth century the Book of Enoch came under fire from
such "Church Fathers" as Augustine, Hilary and Jerome. The Book of
Enoch was soon banned except in the remote Ethiopic Church, which
had canonized it. The original Hebrew was lost completely to time
and has yet to be recovered. The Aramaic and Greek versions
disappeared as well (portions of these have since been discovered.
The complete text has survived only in Ethiopic.
RESTORATION OF THE BOOK OF ENOCH
The Book of Enoch predicts its own restoration as our last days
But when they write down truthfully all my words in their languages,
and do not change or diminish ought from my words but write them all
down truthfully -all that I first testified concerning them. Then, I
know another mystery, that books will be given to the righteous and
the wise to become a cause of joy and uprightness and much wisdom.
And to them shall the books be given, and they shall believe in them
and rejoice over them, and then shall all the righteous who have
learnt therefore all the paths of uprightness be recompensed.'
FOR WHOM DID ENOCH WRITE?
The Book of Enoch is especially given for the benefit of those
believers in the last days who are Torah Observant:
The words of the blessing with which Enoch
blessed the chosen and righteous,
who will be living in the day of tribulation,
when all the wicked and godless are to be removed.
Another book which Enoch wrote for his son Methuselah
and for those who will come after him,
and observe the Torah in the last days.
MESSAGE OF THE BOOK OF ENOCH
Yeshua warned that the last days would be like the days of Noach (Mt.
24:37-38 - HRV) And this is a major theme of the Book of Enoch.
Enoch forewarns of the coming judgement of the flood, and parallels
this with the judgement of the last days. The Book of Enoch even
prophecies that in the last days:
"women shall become pregnant and abort their babies
and cast them out from their midst"
The Book of Enoch tells of how 200 fallen angels led by Shemikhazah
and Azazel "saw and lusted after" human females and copulated with
them producing a race of giants (1Enoch 6) and taught mankind
secrets such as sorcery, the making of weapons (1Enoch 7-8) and how
to perform an abortion (1En. 69:12). YHWH's judgement finally
comes. Shemikhazah and "all his associates" are bound fast "for
seventy generations" until "the judgement that is forever is
consummated" (1En. 9:11-12) (compare Y'hudah 1:6 & 2Kefa 2:2-10).
The giants are killed by the flood but their spirits remain on earth
as evil spirits (1En. 15:8-12). In the last days the fallen angels
will return again (1Enoch 56:5).
Now if one counts the generations from Enoch to Yeshua one finds
there were sixty-nine generations (Luke 3:23-37). So the seventy
generations ended one generation after the life of Yeshua. This
brings us to an interesting statement made by the Nazarene writer
Hegesippus around 185 C.E. as he recounted the beginning of the
Up to that period the Assembly had remained like a virgin
pure and uncorrupted: for, if there were any persons who
were disposed to tamper with the wholesome rule of the
proclaiming of salvation, they still lurked in some dark
place of concealment or other. But, when the sacred band of
Emissaries had in various ways closed their lives, and that
generation of men to whom it had been vouchsafed to listen to the
godlike Wisdom with their own ears had passed away, then did the
confederacy of godless error take its rise through the treachery
of false teachers, who, seeing that none of the emissaries any
longer survived, at length attempted with bare and uplifted
head to oppose the proclaiming of the truth by proclaiming
"knowledge falsely so called."
The generation which followed the life of Yeshua and his emissaries
was the generation in which Shemikhazah and his associates were to be
released. And this was the very generation in which false teachers
began with bare and uplifted head to oppose the proclaiming of the
truth, the very generation in which the apostasy began.
The long night of the apostasy is ending. The Book of Enoch is again
coming to light that it may be a cause of joy and uprightness and
much wisdom to those who observe the Torah in the last days. The
culmination of all things is at hand.