Is the Book of Enoch Inspired?

My View of the Book of Enoch and Biblical Inspiration

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The book of Enoch has clearly impacted the New Testament (and arguably the Old Testament) tremendously, yet it is sadly neglected by most seminarian and Bible-College professors. This means that the pastors who sat under them are more ignorant than their professors and those in the pew are left to the internet to obtain information about the book of Enoch.

I, personally, do not recall the book of Enoch referred to even once in all my five years of college and seminary training back in the early 80’s.

Is the Book of Enoch Inspired?

Does it really matter if the book of Enoch is inspired?

However, one thing’s for sure, Enoch is extremely useful in knowing the thought process of the biblical writers, who were clearly, and fundamentally, influenced by the book.

Biblical Inspiration

God uses flawed people in a flawed culture with a flawed worldview, scientifically and culturally, to deliver His perfect message. And revelation is progressive, yet never contradictory, although it might appear so in the beginning.

Stated another way:

God makes Himself known through men according to their limited understanding, but the outcome is perfect according to God.

This is how our Redeemer is glorified: He takes what is flawed and makes it perfect so that our trust is in God and not men.

Therefore, I ask myself two questions when I approach Scripture:

First, What did the author mean?

Second, What did God breathe?

And these two never contradict, and they always speak to the same thing; however, the first according to man’s ability, the second infused according to God.

“For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2Pet. 1:21)

So I don’t search the scriptures merely to know what a man said, but what God “moved” them to say.  We may compare it to a loving father who interprets their infant son’s gibberish so that “out of the mouths of babes” gush words deeper than men or angels can fathom, yet still comprehensible having come from man, (Matt 11:25; 21:16; Eph. 3:10).

In conclusion, Scripture contains that which is of God and Man and resembles Jesus Christ.

A Brief Overview of The book of Enoch

The book of Enoch consists of five distinct major sections:

Most scholars believe that these five sections were originally independent works (with different dates of composition), themselves a product of much editorial arrangement, and were only later redacted into what we now call 1 Enoch. (Wiki)

NOTE: I will embed incidental information within boxes, as below. The title within the box is what most readers should know, and so feel free to skip over these sections!
Dating the Book of Enoch: 

Sections one and three of the Book of Enoch were written at least two centuries BEFORE the New Testament was written.

The second section, "The Book of Parables", is about the "Messiah: Son of Man". Ironically, the Book of Parables is conservatively dated to around the birth of Christ.

Scholars gather regularly to discuss the book of Enoch's influence on the New Testament and early Jewish development of thought. "The Enoch Seminar" is an academic group of international specialists in Second Temple Judaism and the origins of Christianity who share information about their work in the field and biennially meet. The group gathers about 200 university professors from more than fifteen countries. (Wiki)

At the 2005 conference, the date for this section of the book of Enoch ("The Book of Parables") is dated conservatively to about "the end of the reign of Herod the Great, or shortly after". (I.e., about the birth of Christ, plus or minus 20 years.)

Keep in mind that these scholars are in search of "the historical Jesus", as they put it. In other words, they are speaking from a root of unbelief, which is valuable in obtaining the least contested date for this part of the book of Enoch.)

In summarizing talks regarding its date (during the 2005 Camaldolo meeting), Paolo Sacchi writes:

"Earlier Walck remarked: "The dating of the Parables, while tentative, is important." I think that after the Camaldoli meeting the adjective "tentative" should be dropped, given the impressive amount of evidence gathered in support of a pre-Christian origin of the document. The burden of proof has shifted to those who disagree with the Herodian date. It is now their responsibility to provide evidence that would reopen the discussion." 

{"Enoch and the Messiah Son of Man: Revisiting the Book of Parables." The summary and conclusions of Paolo Sacchi in regard to research presented separately by Suter, Stone, Charlesworth, Hannah, Arcari, Eshel, and Olson. Pg. 511. Bold italics added.}

The title of the subsequent 2013 meeting is also telling: "Seventh Enoch Seminar (Camaldoli 2013): “Enochic Influences on the Synoptic Gospels”'"

My Approach to the Book of Enoch

My life’s work and calling, for the past 30 years, mainly regards biblical calendars and their associated patterns and related mysteries. These patterns form the hidden skeletal outline concerning the timing of every event in the Bible, large and small, and of the nations.

The orderly motions of the cosmos are demonstrated by the 364-day calendar of Enoch. This “Orderliness”, as demonstrated by this calendar, is fundamental to his book because this calendar reveals the POWER of “The Son of Man”. This is because the Son of Man is the one who holds all things together “by the word of his oath”, (that is, ‘by the Word of His power’), Enoch 69. The Son maintains the courses of the sun, moon, and stars, and they, in turn, govern all things.

“And these are the secrets of this oath… the heaven was suspended before the world was created, and forever…

And this oath is mighty over them and through it they are preserved and their paths are preserved, and their course (ie., the circuit of the sun, moon, stars, and even weather) is not destroyed… and they (the angels) rejoiced because the name of that Son of Man had been revealed unto them. And he sat on the throne of his glory“…

And henceforth there shall be nothing corruptible; For that Son of Man has appeared, and has seated himself on the throne of his glory, and all evil shall passway before his face…” Enoch 69:16,25,26b,27a,29

Carefully compare this to the opening words of the Book of Hebrews. Such parallels are numerous throughout the New Testament, and in the old.

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets (such as “Enoch”, Heb 11:5) at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (i.e., “The Son of Man”!), whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 

The Son  is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.”

 

Next article in this series: Enoch’s Prophecy of Seven 490-year Periods


Extreme Events (Enochian Calendar)

The SOUTH and NORTH California Record Fires

As I said in the previous article, at the end of each post in this series, extreme events that occur that are related to the Enoch Calendar are briefly summarized.

(Enoch’s calendar was held in reserve for the last day but does not replace the Jewish lunar calendar. It’s a second witness that “God has power over these things”, Rev. 16:9.)

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