The idea of certain books being called “UnInspired” has gone on for so long it is starting to affect our ability to think beyond the obvious. That we are believers does not mean we are not allowed to ask questions. For every question we ask, there has been an answer, supplied by God. The mistake we make is expecting these answers to come to us rather than search for them.
God works in mysterious ways and before us, his works have begun and it will continue after us. Understanding that we are not the first, nor would we be the last to get inspirations and answers from God, gives a clear sight into the wisdom of those he has inspired before us.
We must understand, that the Bible that we read, as beautiful and enough as it is, is missing some components and we will only be fooling ourselves if we believe that this is not so. There are books that have been removed because they were deemed unworthy of public consumption. One of those many books, is the Book of Enoch.
The text of the Book of Genesis says Enoch lived 365 years before he was taken by God. The text reads that Enoch“walked with God: and he was no more; for God took him” (Gen 5:21–24), which some Christians interpret as Enoch’sentering Heaven alive. Enoch is the subject of many Jewish and Christian traditions. If as Christians, we believe that Enoch walked with God as the Bible states, if we believe that he was mentioned in the Bible to be such active servant or prophet of God, why then do we fail to put into consideration, that he might have written a book or at least a record of things he saw.
Enoch like every man that walked with God, was given a privilege of seeing revelations, he saw the past, he saw the things to come and he predicted things that has now happened and is to happen. Enoch talked about the angels, the watchers that fell and his words correlates, ”correctly” I must add, to the things in Jude and in Genesis.
Examine the two texts below;
. . . 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. (NASB) Jude 14-15
. . . Behold, he will arrive with ten million of the holy ones in order to execute judgment upon all. He will destroy the wicked ones and censure all flesh on account of everything that they have done, that which the sinners and the wicked ones committed against him. – Enoch 1:9
To call the book of Enoch uninspired or unreal is to say that things discussed in the Bible verses that mentioned or made references to him is wrong. It is important to note that Jude often reports that Enoch prophesied. For instance;
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying . . . Jude 14
Furthermore, it might be easier to believe that Enoch wrote a book, a detailed description of what he saw happening around him and what he saw in revelations. In Islam, Enoch is known as Idris and he was associated with the origin of writing and technical arts. What does that tell you?
One thing I find really interesting about Enoch is his presence in the story of the second set of fallen angels. He was active, he was present and he even made efforts to plead for them. They begged him to plead on their behalf and he detailed all these, in his book, The book of Enoch.
Enoch is the ancestor of Noah, a man genesis said walked with God. Indeed he did, as he was the first to see revelations of the future, he saw the heavens and he was oppurtuned to have angels guide him in his journey during his revelations.
And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
Lamech was Noah’s father. Don’t you find it interesting that we all came from the son of perdition, cain?
Eleven Aramaic-language fragments of the Book of Enochwere foundin cave 4 of Qumran in 1948 and are in the care of the Israel Antiquities Authority. They were translated for and discussed by Józef Milik and Matthew Black in The Books of Enoch.
The book of Enoch is one of the Pseudepigrapha books and was apparently written during the second or first century before Jesus Christ. It should be noted that this book is usually regarded to be the Ethiopic Apocalypse of Enoch.
There is also a Slavonic Apocalypse which is called the second book of Enoch that was written late in the first century A.D. There is a third book or Hebrew Apocalypse of Enoch which is believed to have been written in the fifth to sixth century A.D. However, the book that is referred as the book of Enoch is the first book which contains one hundred and eight chapters which comprise five sections that are often also called books.
The first book of Enoch has five sections. James H. Charlesworth outlines the book as follows:
1. Book of the Watchers (1-36)
2. Book of the Similitudes (37-71)
3. Book of the Astronomical Writings (72-82)
4. Book of the Dream Visions (83-90)
5. Book of the Epistle of Enoch (91-107).