Did Jesus Endorse 1 Enoch As Holy Scripture?

by | May 5, 2017

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IT IS NO SECRET THAT ENOCH WAS IMMENSELY POPULAR within the Hebrew faith during the centuries leading up to Jesus’ ministry—a trend which would undoubtedly change hands into Christian circles for the following two or three centuries. Second century Apostolic fathers such as Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, Polycarp’s successor, hailed it as Scripture. So right there I’m in good company. Seminary students today are not taught the many New Testament phrases and theological teachings which finds first precedence in 1 Enoch. There are well over a hundred such cross-references. As I have already noted, the Gospel writers and Apostles basically took Enoch textually and ran with it. Enoch is the perfect puzzle-piece that seamlessly locks the Old and New Testaments together into a colorful tapestry. Even more tragic of an oversight by today’s teachers of the Word is the surmounting evidence that Jesus Himself used the book as a springboard for many of His sermons, including perhaps dozens of theological quotes which mirror or match that of Enoch’s.

In Luke 20:27-40 we read an account of the Sadducees, who did not believe in a resurrection from the dead, coming to Jesus with a question concerning which of seven brothers would be married to a woman in eternity if each in successive turn inherited her as a wife during their life on earth.

This is how Jesus responded.

34 And Jesus answering said unto them, “The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.”

Luke 20:34-36

Let us now mirror this with Enoch.

1And He answered and said to me, and I heard His voice: “Fear not, Enoch, thou righteous man and scribe of righteousness: approach hither and hear my voice.

2And go, say to the Watchers of heaven, who have sent thee to intercede for them: ‘You should intercede for men, and not men for you:

3Wherefore have ye left the high, holy, and eternal heaven, and lain with women, and defiled yourselves with the daughters of men and taken to yourselves wives, and done like the children of earth, and begotten giants as your sons?

4And though ye were holy, spiritual, living the eternal life, you have defiled yourselves with the blood of women, and have begotten children with the blood of flesh, and, as the children of men, have lusted after flesh and blood as those also do who die and perish.

5Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth.

6But you were formerly spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world.

7And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling.”

Enoch 15:1-7

 Jesus wasn’t saying that angels cannot marry. He was saying wives were not appointed to angels. Such was the wickedness in the hearts of men when the inhabitants of Sodom had hoped to have intercourse with the visiting angels. This is why Jesus’ brother Jude found little effort in comparing the sins of the Watchers with Lot’s neighbors in Jude 1:6-7. We have already rehearsed this scene of horror. The angel Uriel has taken Enoch to the very edge of the earth and beyond, in “a place which had no firmament of heaven above, and no firmly founded earth beneath it.” It is there where he witnessed the fate of those angels who left their own habitation. Let us therefore once again mirror Enoch 15:1-7 with Jesus, but rather than depending on Luke 20, let us compare the very same account in the Gospel of Mark.

 24 And Jesus answering said unto them, “Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? 25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven (Mark 12:24-25).”

Jesus said: “Ye know not the scriptures.”

Wait, what scriptures?

Jesus answers our questions. While Enoch certainly taught the resurrection of the righteous, we can be assured that Jesus referred his audience to Moses. But there is another ingredient to the conversation beyond Moses. Of the angels in heaven (for “ye know not the scriptures”), there is no other source available to us but Enoch.

Noel

19 Comments

  1. Flossie L Avery

    I’m sixty years old and have just recently heard of these lost books It makes me so sad and I’m stressing deeply Sooo sad that I didn’t know of these books earlier on in life I always felt that something was terribly missing because I never could understand the Bible at all Always felt the missing parts just didn’t know there was any I am grateful to all who have brought these books to light I was raised as an orphan and this just simply wasn’t taught Please pray for my understanding here and I do enjoy reading these books It has brought a sence of peace to my mind and heart….. Sincerely Louise

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    • Meagan Peter

      Mrs. Avery,
      Do you know what books are missing from the Bible? I would love to know, so that I can read them.

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      • Noel Joshua Hadley

        1 and 2 Baruch
        Jubilees
        Jasher
        Enoch
        2 Ezdras
        The Writings of Abraham
        The Book of Adam and Eve
        The Nazarene Acts of the Apostles
        The Ascent of James
        The Didache
        The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
        The Thanksgiving Psalms
        Wisdom of Solomon
        Prayer of Manasseh
        Prayer of Azariah
        Susanna
        Bel and the Dragon
        Tobit
        Judith
        1-4 Maccabees
        Ascension of Isaiah

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  2. Michael

    Yes the books that the some churches say “oh no that’s not inspired” are indeed a comfort to the soul. Jesus rebuked the Sadducees for not knowing “scripture”. Jude quoted from the Book of Enoch also.
    From the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established!

    The Book of Enoch is the inspired word of God, nuff said

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  3. Kevin

    If God did not appoint wives to the angels why do they have reproductive organs to get the earthly women pregnant? I’m not debating. I just want to learn more. I as well have been looking into Enoch more.

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    • Noel J. Hadley

      That’s a good question. I’m writing a lot more on the sons of God [elohim] in my current “The Divine Council” series.

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    • Shelly Stone

      Hello.

      Your question is valid. I have not read anywhere biblically that Angels have reproductive organs, but the Bible and the Book of Enoch say that the Angles left their first estate (heavenly appointment) and took the form of man and then produced children with the women of Earth. The Watcher Angels were given the ability to take on the form of Man so that they could interact with mankind. I hope this helps.

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  4. Michael Llamas

    Awesome insight Noel. Am interested in the Divine Counsel series. Send a link when you finish. Thanks

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    • Kevin

      I think you can just scroll up to the top of this page and click on “The Divine council” to read the series. If that’s the same series Noel is referring to.

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  5. scott

    very very very Good…

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  6. Edgar C Abao

    I have no idea what you’re talking about. But this is what Jesus said***
    “When God raises people from death, whose wife will this woman be? She had been married to all seven brothers. Jesus answered: You are completely wrong! You don’t know what the Scriptures teach. And you don’t know anything about the power of God. When God raises people to life, they won’t marry. They will be like the angels in heaven.(sic. Meaning they don’t marry. Resurrected people have glorified physical bodies. Angels are spirits. They can’t marry, they can’t PROCREATE. They are gender neutral.Resurrected people don’t need to PROCREATE. They don’t need to marry another resurrected being. They are collectively the Bride of Christ.
    Matthew 22:28‭-‬30 CEV
    https://bible.com/bible/392/mat.22.28-30.CEV

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    • Kevin

      I believe what Noel is trying to say is when Jesus said, “You don’t know the Scriptures”, what Scripture is He referring to which says the angels do not procreate? Where is it in the Old Testament? The suggestion in the article says it just might be that Jesus was referring to the Book of Enoch (which does talk about these things) calling it “Scripture.”

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  7. Hadassah

    I think it is inappropiate and unbiblical to call God’s holy angels ‘gender neutral’. The Bible always refer to Angels as ‘He’. Also ‘Sons of God,’ their names are always masculine.

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    • Noel Joshua Hadley

      I’m actually surprised that I wrote that. It’s been a few years now. I’ll have to go back and look.

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  8. Katman Lou

    I have been reading my Bible for 39 years and a few years ago I read the “forbidden books” and Enoch did indeed put so many pieces I felt were missing all these years into place. Thank you for this article.

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  9. John J. Octavi,

    Suggestion as to the Fallen Ones regarding question above where the ‘Fallen Angels’ would have sexual organs to impregnate the women of the earth: Simply stated; As when Adamah (Adam and Eve) spirit beings/ploarities ‘took on a fleshly body’ and became ‘living soul beings’ at the Command of the Heavenly Father, i.e. Adam and Eve’s ‘spirit-souls’ through descension gained sexual organs to pro-create in the ‘flesh’.

    So, too, were the Fallen Angels (before entering into lower vibratory realms toward the matter world (earth) would also have developed sexual organs as they descended.)

    Again: Angels and Adam and Eve and all spiritual beings in the higher worlds would not have been fashioned with sexual organs.

    Only as they descended becoming more ‘course’ did their ‘spirits’ fashion sexual organs.

    A bit redundant, but hopefully effective in understanding that at one time spirit-beings had no need for pro-creative organs.

    Only through becoming part of the lower worlds, especially this matter world did they need fleshly matter bodies to accommodate pro-creation.

    Probably explains why they need ‘mechanical vehicles’ to travel to this earth plane as well.

    Pure Angels (un fallen) and advanced regenerated spirit beings, offspring of the Heavenly Father would not need mechanical vehicles to ‘travel through time and space’ as they would only need to employ projecting their consciousness.

    Now, there are indications in the Bible that ‘mechanical vehicles’ might have been employed in visiting certain prophets on the earth, e.g. Ezekiel’s vision and Elijah being taken up in a ‘fiery chariot’ which might indicate that those angels that visited the prophets were of a lower class resonating at a level of consciousness where they would utilize a mechanical vehicle. However, a bit nebulous. Many visions of the prophets take place on a higher realm…beyond lucid dreams as ‘dreams’ are training wheels so-to-speak in leaving one’s body like St. Paul (ABE) Absent From )the) Body Experiences) of which many of us pneumatics experience in visitations of the “Cloud of Witnesses” and Christ, Yeshua, i.e., as we meet Him in the ‘atmosphere of His Holy Presence’. We must keep in mind that when Christ is experienced through visitation that Christ lowers His vibration and as we leave our bodies to ‘meet with Him’ we are able to experience is Light Body in our Light Body. If Christ would to ‘visit’ or ‘appear’ in His Glorified Ascension Light Body it would instantly snuff us out. So, He accommodates us as to our psychic makeup and holds back His complete glory in ministering those of us in those visitations. As far as the Cloud of Witnesses, it usually is that one’s ‘third-eye’ portal (Single-Eye-Focus) is opened to another realm where they can be seen ‘surrounding us’ (Heb. 12:1). We are somewhat above body consciousness (another plane) and so are able to see them in their ascended light bodies as well. Albeit those light-bodies vibrate/resonate at a lower level than Christ’s. However, as the Scriptures say: We of the regeneration (Sons and Daughters Offspring Spirits of the Heavenly Father) will take on the ‘same’ Ascension Light-Body as Christ because of the better resurrection. The Cloud of Witnesses have not experienced the Better Resurrection awaiting us to break through to it first, i.e. as the Scriptures state: “They are not made perfect without us.” The Ascension Light Body of Yeshua Ha Mashiach is not a re-animation of His former flesh body. Christ, Yeshua took on, bestowed of the Heavenly Father a Light Body so Glorified that no human being in all of history ever experienced. Not on earth or any other planet in the cosmos. Yet, because of His Perfect Sacrifice in bringing many Sons and Daughters to glory we have been bestowed the grace to partake of the same resurrection-ascension glorification through the “Better Resurrection” our Savior, Lord, and King provided for us. How Wonderful is that?!

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  10. John J. Octavi,

    A short comment regarding Haddasah’s comment: As per ‘neutral-gender’ being ‘unholy’ nomenclature. Well, regarding those ‘SONS’ of God who are in and ‘of’ Christ in their ONENESS; Paul mentions the neutrality. Perhaps better stated as equipoised in Gal. 3: 28. “In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, ‘MALE OR FEMALE’ — for ALL are ‘ONE’ in Christ!

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  11. Douglas Zachary

    These so called “missing books” were not considered “θεόπνευστος” (God-breathed) as a part of the Scriptures. They were never included in the Tanakh, the Old Testament Canon and we can say that Jesus endorsed the Tanakh as the legitimate OT canon, in that he never questioned the Jewish leaders about what Books should be in the “Scriptures”. It was a non-issue.
    Though these books were not God-breathed and worthy of inclusion of being in the Canon, this does not mean that they were avoided or that they were not quoted. Some have good insights or good stories. However, good insights and stories is not the criteria for acceptance in the Canon. I quote from the writings of many Christian scholars when they have special insights, but this does not mean I think there works should be in the Canon of Scripture.
    The fact that someone in Scripture quoted from one of these books to illustrate a point emphatically is no legitimate reason to think it should be in the Canon of Scripture. This is the scholarly perspective of academic, professional Christian Theologians
    DZ

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