|Commentary on Enoch’s Second Vision
from the Book of Enoch, Chapter 88:1-3.
|The Punishment of the Fallen Angels by the Archangels
88:1 And I saw one of those four who had come forth first, and he seized that first star which
had fallen from the heaven, and bound it hand and foot and cast it into an abyss: now that
abyss was narrow and deep, and horrible and dark.
88:2 And one of them drew a sword, and gave it to those elephants and camels and asses: then
they began to smite each other, and the whole earth quaked because of them.
88:3 And as I was beholding in the vision, lo, one of those four who had come forth stoned them
from heaven, and gathered and took all the great stars whose privy members were like
those of horses, and bound them all hand and foot, and cast them in an abyss of the earth.
|88:1 In Enoch 10:4 Raphael is given a similar command. He is told to “Bind Azâzęl hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert . . . and cast him therein.” Azâzęl is not this star; this is not the same picture. We are not told which angel is given this commission.
88:2 The Book of Jubilees clearly states that Yehuveh “sent into their midst His sword that each should slay his neighbor; and they began to slay one the other until they all fell upon the sword and were destroyed from the earth. And their fathers witnessed it; and after this these were bound in the depths of the earth, until the day of the great judgment for the coming punishment unto eternity over all those who have corrupted their ways and their works before Yehuveh.” See Haggai 2:22, Isaiah 9:19, and Ezekiel 38:21.
Originally Written: 15 September 2006
Latest Update: 10 December 2011
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