|Commentary on Enoch’s Second Vision
from the Book of Enoch, Chapters 87:1-4.
The Advent of the Seven Archangels
87:1 And again I saw how they began to gore each other and to devour each other, and the earth
began to cry aloud.
87:2 And I raised mine eyes again to heaven, and I saw in the vision, and behold there came
forth from heaven beings who were like white men: and four went forth from that place and
three with them.
87:3 And those three that had last come forth grasped me by my hand and took me up, away
from the generations of the earth, and raised me up to a lofty place, and showed me a tower
raised high above the earth, and all the hills were lower.
87:4 And one said unto me: “Remain here till thou seest everything that befalls those elephants,
camels and asses, and the stars and the oxen, and all of them.”
86:5-6 to 87:1 Even the strong and powerful among men could not stand up to the vicious and forceful ways of these giants. If the leaders were “affrighted,” how much more the children.
87:2 Nine times in Revelation we are told that “seven angels” serve before Yehuveh. In Enoch 40:9-10 we are given the names of “the four angels of Yehuveh of spirits”: “‘This first is Michael, the merciful and long-suffering: and the second, who is set over all the diseases and all the wounds of the children of men, is Raphael: and the third, who is set over all the powers, is Gabriel: and the fourth, who is set over the repentance unto hope of those who inherit eternal life, is named Phanuel.’ And these are the four angels of Yehuveh of Spirits and the four voices I heard in those days.” In Enoch 9:1 we are also given four names, three identical to the above list, one variant: “Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel.” Revelation 8:2, 6; 15:1, 6-8; 16:1; 17:1; 21:9.
Then in Enoch 20:1-8 we are given all seven names and a detailed explanation of their work: “And these are the names of the holy angels who watch. Uriel, one of the holy angels, who is over the world and over Tartarus10 (the corrupt). Raphael, one of the holy angels, who is over the spirits of men. Raguel, one of the holy angels, who takes vengeance on the world of the luminaries. Michael, one of the holy angels, to wit, he that is set over the best part of mankind and over chaos. Saraqâêl, one of the holy angels, who is set over the spirits, who sin in the spirit. Gabriel, one of the holy angels, who is over Paradise and the serpents and the Cherubim. Remiel, one of the holy angels, whom Elohim set over those who rise [resurrected ?].”
87:3 The three angels which effected Enoch’s translation were Uriel, Saraqael, and Remiel: the angels over “the world [“leader of them all,” that is, the luminaries] and over Tartarus” the one “who is set over the spirits, who sin in the spirit.,” and the one “whom Elohim set over those who rise [resurrected ?].” Enoch 20:2, 6, 8 [Enoch 74:2].
87:4 This verse indicates what is later clearly stated in Enoch 90:31: “Thereafter those three who were clothed in white and had seized me by my hand who had taken me up before . . . took me up and set me down in the midst of those sheep before the judgment took place.” Enoch will return to earth.
Originally Written: 15 September 2006
Latest Update: 10 December 2011
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