|Commentary on Enoch’s Second Vision
from the Book of Enoch, Chapter 86:1-3.
|The Fall of the Angels and the Demoralization of Mankind
86:1 And again I saw with mine eyes as I slept, and I saw the heaven above, and behold a star
fell from heaven, and it arose and eat and pastured amongst those oxen.
86:2 And after that I saw the large and the black oxen, and behold they all changed their stalls
and pastures and their cattle, and began to live with each other.
86:3 And again I saw in the vision, and looked towards the heaven, and behold I saw many stars
descend and cast themselves down from heaven to that first star, and they became bulls
amongst those cattle and pastured with [amongst] them.
86:1 This section has little Scriptural explanation. We are simply told, “The sons of Elohim saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of Elohim came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:2, 4.
In The Book of Enoch 6:3 we are told the name of this star or angel who first fell: “And Semjâzâ, who was their leader, said unto them: ‘I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.’” Yet even knowing that their action was evil and would have a severe penalty, these “stars” went forward with their rebellious purposes.
The Book of Jubilees tells the same story in these words: “And it happened, when the sons of the children of men commenced to increase over the face of the whole earth and daughters were born to them, that the angels of Yehuveh saw them in one year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took unto themselves wives, from all of them whomever they chose, and they bore them sons, and these were giants. And injustice increased over the earth and all flesh corrupted its way, from men to animals and to beasts and to birds and to all that walks upon the earth, all corrupted their ways and their orders and began to devour each other, and unrighteousness increased over the earth, and all the thoughts of the knowledge of all the sons of men were thus wicked all the days.” The Book of Jubilees 5:1-2.
86:2 Apparently the evil behavior of the fallen angels emboldened the hearts of evil men and compounded the evil actions and results. This sounds like divorce, wife swapping, or simply all-round disregard for marriage and family.
86:3 In response to Semjâzâ’s appeal, “in all two hundred” stars or angels joined in the rebellion. How these “stars” became “bulls” is not explained, but at least in part it was through their overt sexual involvement with the women. The Book of Enoch 6:6.
Originally Written: 15 September 2006
Latest Update: 10 December 2011
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