by Yvonne Nachtigal | CO
In this segment of the Fallen Angel/Human hybrid series, we’ll look at what Jewish occult literature, the book of Enoch, and modern prophesy teachers say about the fallen angels and the nephilim. Starting with some dates, according to Robert McRoberts of ancient wisdom.com:
Talmudic text Targum Pseudo-Jonathan
“The original account of the Nephilim in Genesis 6:4 can reasonably be dated to ca. 6th century BCE. It appears that within a few centuries of the writing of Genesis an expanded account of Nephilim Mythology developed. In a number of Jewish texts such as the Book of Enoch the Nephilim are outcast members of Heaven’s angelic host who willingly followed their leader in defiance of God.
The interpretation of the Nephilim as supernatural giants developed into the Early Middle Ages with the Talmudic text Targum Pseudo-Jonathan. This text again identifies the Nephilim as clearly being supernatural creatures of angelic origin. This account is hard to date but can be reasonably placed between the 8th and 14th Centuries CE and was likely a key influence on Christian Medieval writings that speculate on either the angelic or demonic personas of the Nephilim.” Robert McRoberts
In the Jewish Encyclopedia we read:
“…a hybrid race of disembodied spirits, demons or fallen angels became “the evil spirits” who taught mankind all the arts of deception, witchcraft, and sin doing the work of destruction until the Day of Judgment. It is at this time that “the great dragon, the old serpent, he that is called Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world, shall be cast down and his angels with him”. He and his evil spirits are crushed and the heathen world will be converted to the belief in the Lord”.4
According to the Jewish Encyclopedia the Cabalists look to the book of Enoch for their views of demonology.
The Zohar (book of Spendor*) also identifies the Nephilim with the fallen angels. (*please use caution – link goes to a gnostic/occult website.)
Mystic and Freemason Manly P Hall writes at length about a world where angels lived among men and taught them ancient mysteries in his book “The Secret Teachings of All Ages.”
“Early initiates of the Qabbalistic Mysteries believed that its’ principles were first taught by God to a school of his angels before the fall of man. The angels later communicated the secrets to Adam, so that through the knowledge gained from an understanding of its’ principles, fallen humanity might regain its’ lost estate. The angel Raziel was dispatched from heaven to instruct Adam in the mysteries of the Qabbalah. Different angels were employed to initiate the succeeding patriarchs in this difficult science.”
Genesis chapter 6 is being interpreted by modern prophecy teachers to be saying much the same thing that these occult teachings purport while Genesis chapter 6 is anything but clear on the subject. Are we being encouraged to believe the accounts in occult literature to fill in areas that are not found in the Bible? Which brings up the question of the book of Enoch and the debate over it’s veracity.
In the book of Enoch chapter 15 we read the story of the fallen angels “defiling” themselves with human women:
Wherefore 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 4 of earth, and begotten giants (as your) sons? And 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 5 and perish. Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget 6 children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth. But you were formerly 7 spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling. 8 And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon 9 the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; 10 they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. [As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.] And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless 12 hunger and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them.
1 From the days of the slaughter and destruction and death of the giants, from the souls of whose flesh the spirits, having gone forth, shall destroy without incurring judgement -thus shall they destroy until the day of the consummation, the great judgement in which the age shall be 2 consummated, over the Watchers and the godless, yea, shall be wholly consummated.” And now as to the watchers who have sent thee to intercede for them, who had been aforetime in heaven, (say 3 to them): “You have been in heaven, but all the mysteries had not yet been revealed to you, and you knew worthless ones, and these in the hardness of your hearts you have made known to the women, and through these mysteries women and men work much evil on earth.” 4 Say to them therefore: ” You have no peace.”‘
In Jude verses 14-15 we read:
“Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: ‘See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.’”
The quote in Jude was apparently something that Enoch genuinely prophesied, or the Bible would not attribute it to him. This quote from Enoch may have been handed down by oral tradition, or there may have been copies of the book of Enoch in Jude’s day.
There are scholars today who support the first 37 books of Enoch as authentic, but none of them claim that the book of Enoch was written by the Enoch of the Bible, since Enoch lived seven generations after Adam, and before the Flood. Most would agree that its’ authenticity doesn’t mean it belongs in the canon of scripture though. For instance, Paul quotes Epimenides in the book of Titus (Titus 1:12), but we don’t take this as an endorsement of all the writings of Epimenides. The books of Enoch were considered by the church fathers to be “apocryphal”, meaning “secret” or “hidden.” Those who hold that the stories in Enoch are to be valued say that the church tried to cover up the more supernatural books, and that the reemergence of the book of Enoch today has been divinely orchestrated. So the question is whether we should believe that the book holds information God has deliberately been kept hidden until our time.
At first glance, when considering the account in Enoch, what stands out to me is the similarity between the stories in the book of Enoch and other occult literature, and the dis-similarity with what we find in the Bible. Here is an examination of Enoch on Christianity Stack Exchange that someone put some time into.
The Controversy – source
Jude 1:14-15 says this:
“It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
This quote from Enoch is not contained in the Bible, which has led many to wonder where Jude got this information.
In 1956, during the excavation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a book called “1 Enoch” (a.k.a. The Book of Enoch) was discovered. (NOTE: The excavation uncovered a variety of texts, many of which were not Scriptural.)
Enoch 1:9 says this:
And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of holy ones to execute judgement upon all, and to destroy [all] the ungodly: and to convict all flesh of all the works [of their ungodliness] which they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners [have spoken] against Him.
Clearly this is very similar to Jude 1:14-15. The question is: Why?
- Was Jude quoting The Book of Enoch?
- If so, does this mean the Book of Enoch should be considered Scripture?
- Were The Book of Enoch and Jude both quoting from an earlier text (i.e. the actual account of Enoch)?
- Was the author of The Book of Enoch actually quoting from Jude to make their book look more credible?
What we don’t know is when The Book of Enoch was written, who the author was, or what Jude was quoting. 🙂 (The best I can tell, the Biblical figure Enoch was not the author, but rather, someone who lived closer to the time of Christ, or possibly even after, based on some of the references.) There are many arguments on all sides of this debate, but the real question in the back of many Christian minds is:
Is it Scripture?
Is this the Holy-Spirit inspired word of God? This is where we can pretty confidently say “no”. If it were Scripture, we would expect it to be free of false doctrine. What we find instead is that false doctrine is one of the most prevalent themes in the book!
Taking a cursory look at the text up through Chapter 59, I found the following false doctrines. (I may be off on one here or there, but it should be sufficient to get my point across.)
- 1:1 Implies restoration during tribulation – not congruent with scriptures.
- 1:8 In conflict with the doctrine that peace was made at the cross. Also, in the last days tribulation will increase for the righteous – this “verse” seems to dispute that.
- 2:2-3 Appears to contradict 2 Pet 3:3-7
- 5:4 Is an admonition to some unknown party – this is very irregular relative to the scriptures (i.e. authentic ancient writings by God-fearing Jews)
- 6:3 Semjaza seems to be listed as the leader of the angels, which is not scriptural
- 6:3,8 None of these angels are mentioned in the Bible
- 8:1 Azazel isn’t even listed in 6:8 as one of the angels that fornicated with women
- 8:3 Araqiel and Shamsiel aren’t listed in 6:8 either
- 10:2 Enoch allegedly wrote about Noah, even though the Bible teaches that Enoch was taken up to heaven years before Noah was born.
- 10:4-6,12 Implies angels can be bound & hid in holes under rocks. This is contrary to scripture.
- 10:8 Ascribes all the sin of the fallen angels to one named Azazel – not scriptural.
- 10:15-11:2 Seems to imply that permanent restoration took place after the flood – clearly not true. It seems the true author of this book confused scriptures pertaining to the future restoration.
- 13:5-6,14:4-5,7 Implies fallen angels can’t talk to God – this contradicts Job. Also implies that angels were repentant, but weren’t received back by God – very strange doctrine.
- 14 Gives a very strange description of Heaven that conflicts with many scriptures
- 15:8-10 Very strange doctrine about “evil spirits” proceeding from unredeemable giants
- 17-18,21,23 Gives a very strange description of the earth & universe which is clearly not true. Also alludes to the ancient model of astronomy that held that there were 7 stars (the closest planets) which burned like the sun (they don’t.)
- 19:3 Discredits all other prophecy about the consumation of the ages.
- 20 Lists strange angels not in scripture, and incorrectly assigns the roles of Michael (the warrior) and Gabriel (the messenger)
- 21:7-10 Seems to contradict Biblical descriptions of the present & final judgement places for the fallen angels
- 22 Contradicts the Biblical descriptions of past, present & future dwelling places for the righteous who die
- 32:2-6 Seems to imply the Garden of Eden was still in existance after the Flood
- 33:1-2 Says Heaven rests on a foundation that is at the Eastern edge of the earth
- 33:3 He claims he counted the stars & individually mapped them, which is impossible scripturally (& scientifically)
- 34 Says the winds come out of a “portal” at the Northern edge of the earth
- 36:3 Says the stars come out of portals at the Eastern edge of the earth & move West
- 38:5-6 Contradicts Daniel & other prophecies about the Mellinial Reign
- 39:1-2 Very strange implications here about the “seed” of angels dwelling with men at the end… this contradicts the scriptures
- 40:7 Talks about the “Satans” – plural, different than the Bible, who gives that name to only one fallen angel. Also, implies Satan can’t stand in God’s presence, contrary to Job.
- 40:9 Once again mixes up the roles of the 2 Archangels & adds more names in. Michael’s role in scripture is related to conquoring nations & fighting spiritual wars, while Gabriel’s relates to bringing messages & visions to people.
- 41:1-2 Says the Kingdom of God is divided – it’s not & can’t be scripturally. Also describes sinners being repelled from a mansion, which is also not scriptural, unless you look at a parable Jesus told, which was not intended to be literal.
- 41:4-5 Says the sun, moon, winds, etc. are stored in chambers & released at appointed times.
- 41:6-7 Implies the sun & moon move opposite of each other
- 43:1-3,44 Very weird model of the nature of stars & lightning
- 47:4 Says God requires the blood of the saints… very strange
- 51:1 Says Sheol & Hell will give back to the earth, which isn’t scriptural – also Hell is a NT term, not OT
- 51:2 Disputes the Biblical doctrine that we are chosen. (We don’t have to wait until Christ’s return to be chosen.) This isn’t scriptural.
- General: Seems to imply Enoch came back down to earth after being taken up to Heaven, which is not scriptural.
I think Paul’s words are very pertinent here:
“As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.””
Christian Prophecy Teachers and the Fallen Angel Myth
By way of comparison, here are some things the modern teachers of the Nephilim story are saying:
“That God had to send such a universal fiat illustrates how widespread the altered DNA eventually became. In fact, the Bible says in Genesis 6:9 that only Noah—and by extension, his children—were found “perfect” in their generation… The meaning was not that Noah was morally perfect, but that his physical makeup—his dna [sic]—had not been contaminated with Nephilim descent, as apparently the rest of the world had become.” – Tom Horn
“Commentators too numerous to mention have seen in this passage the miserable story of a humanity corrupted by dark forces of spiritual wickedness in the heavens. They broke God’s law by descending into this dimension to mate with humans, producing a mutant race called, “giants.” These were the nephilim, Hebrew for “the fallen ones.” They were unclean and genetically corrupt creatures whose total preoccupation was evil in all imaginable forms. God determined that they were irredeemable; they had to be destroyed. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his and (genealogically and genetically) perfect. The Lord brought him through the judgment flood to start a new race.” – Gary Stearman
“Satan has tried many times throughout history to mingle his seed with men. He started in the Days of Noah, which resulted in God destroying the demon-human hybrids (Nephilim) in the Flood (Genesis 6)”… – Doug Hamp
“Before many generations, the human race was being polluted by this abominable union with demons…It was specifically because of this ultimate sin that God brought about a deluge of such magnitude that man and beast were drowned from the face of the Earth.” – I.D.E. Thomas
“They crossbred with humanity resulting in the hybrid known as the Nephilim! This was the reason for the flood, which by the way is recorded in cultures around the globe.” – L.A. Marzulli
“In the first book of the Bible we find an intriguing clue to the possible lineage of the coming Antichrist*…. In Genesis 3:14-15 we read the response of God as he, so to speak, takes Satan to the woodshed…. This is one of the most pivotal portions of scripture in the entire Bible. It sets up the battle between the seed of the woman… and the seed of Satan…. The Hebrew word translated seed is the word zera, meaning “offspring, descendants, posterity, and children.”Satan is going to have [biological] seed! Who is the seed of Satan, and what is his future destiny?” – Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman
“After the falling away Paul states that “the man of sin… the son of perdition” will be revealed. This is a fascinating insight that may relate to the very parentage of the Antichrist himself. The word translated “son” is the Greek word huios, which is used in a general sense to mean “a male offspring”…. The composite we can draw from these verses [2 Thess. 2:3-4] is disturbing indeed. We have examined in detail the intrigues of Genesis 6, where the fallen angels consorted with the “daughters of men” and produced supernatural offspring…. If the fallen angel interpretation is indeed a valid description of the state of affairs in Genesis 6, then it is likely that Satan, as a fallen angel himself, must also have the ability to cohabit with a human female. By definition any offspring produced by such an ungodly union would be the seed and the son of perdition!…
If the Antichrist does arise from such a union, then from a Biblical perspective, he would be a Nephilim (“fallen one”). While this notion may seem radical, it turns out that there is additional Biblical evidence that the Nephilim will play a major role in the end-times scenario… “ – Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman
It strikes me as cause for discernment that these teachers are bringing us a story so in-line with Cabalistic Jewish literature. We being presented with something that is an occult tale of a hybrid race, and we’re being told by some of the prophecy teachers that this will be the method by which the Catholic Futurist, Dispensational, one-man Antichrist will come into being. The abundant propaganda about transhumanism and gene manipulation seems to coincide with that. While evidence supports the fact that DNA manipulation research is occurring, what I’m questioning is that stories found in occult literature, that support a false prophetic timeline are being presented as Bible prophesy, and all in light of advancing global tyranny.
Best Selling Books
Those Bringing Us the Nephilim doctrine are Dispensationalists, Christian Zionists and Freemasons.
Best-selling books and DVD’s abound with this teaching by Dispensational, End-Times prophecy teachers. While they acknowledge that Jesus died for our sins, rather than focus on the basics of the Christian faith: Conviction of sin, the New Covenant in Christ, abiding in Him, the wonder of the believer’s inclusion in the kingdom of life which has come (Matt 12:28 and at least a dozen other places in scripture.) If a lot of money is being poured into something that has nothing to do with the gospel and the great commission or real current events. The question we should be asking is –
“WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO DISTRACT US FROM?”
Rather than true hope in Christ who has conquered death and hell, we are being presented with sensational teachings that distract us from walking responsibly as Christians, in the face of an unprecedented advancement of evil and world tyranny.
This teaching perpetuates fear as people prepare for the supposed ‘return’ of these monsters of old. As believers we are told not to fear.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:8
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” Hebrews 11:6
The teaching is very mystical and fantastic, “vain imaginations,” are also warned against in the Bible.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God..” 2 Cor 10:5
It is my opinion that an elaborate deception is in the making to “fulfill” an “End Times” script under the guise of these “prophecies”. In light of Project Bluebeam. mind control, aerosol disbursement found to contain psychiatric drugs among other things, and many other technologies that are all out surreal, I’m sure the elite have quite a Grand Illusion in store for us.
How do we reconcile a belief in the return of a race of part human / part fallen angel evil beings with the triumph won at the cross by Jesus Christ, who:
“…spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them…” Colossians 2:15
—It can’t be done.