“Whose stature was each three hundred cubits. These devoured all which the labor of men produced; until it became impossible to feed them; When they turned themselves against men, in order to devour them; And began to injure birds, beasts, reptiles, and fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood. Then the earth reproved the unrighteous.” – Enoch 7:12-15
I’m envisioning a group of giants sitting around a forest fire having a barbecued brontosaurus…
Let’s do some math… A cubit is 1.5 feet. 300 x 1.5 = 450 feet. Just to give you some perspective if false religion has made you lose all grip on reality – the Statue of Liberty is about 300 feet tall…
The author of the book of Enoch lost all credibility with this one absurd passage but I can assure it’s not the only asinine thing written in the book. Apparently the degree of successfulness of this book and it’s themes is a staggering testament to carnal man’s preference for titular religious fantasy over truth.
What person in their right mind could assert the inspiration of Enoch? Truth is, at times in my life I fell for the lies in this book as well.
The ancient world was teeming with documents that presumed to be authoritative and inspired yet they were nothing more than cleverly crafted religious frauds. These writings were given a name, they are called, “pseudopigripha” meaning “false writings”.
It was common in the ancient world for an aspiring false prophet to ascribe to his work the name of a high profile saint, prophet or holy person in order to lend credence to it’s ideas. There is a name for this though, it is called lying. It was such a wide-spread practice that the early church had no small problem sifting through the reams of spiritual smut in search for scripture that was truly inspired.
One such book that comes down to us through the annals of time is the Book of Enoch.
In the time of Christ the BOE and its themes were massively popular with the Jews. The book itself was written some time after Daniel during the inter-testament period. The early church fathers knew of it but the book itself vanished from history until it was rediscovered in Ethiopia by James Bruce in 1773.
The book was soon translated into English, it would soon influence the church and be accepted by some as legitimately inspired.
One aspiring theologian who incorporated the themes of BOE into his systematic theology was none other than E.W. Bullinger. In his notes and his appendices (#25) he lays out his doctrine of the hybrids, no doubt an idea that he in some way derived from BOE – and as stated before Murray reproduced many of Bullinger’s errors and expanded on them.
Today the teaching is mainstream and trendy, with many bizarre conspiratorial notions to go with it. So we can thank the BOE for this resurgence of fervor about the hybrid nephilim…
Thankfully, the Chapel for their part doesn’t promote BOE on the same level as inspired scripture, but it is interesting that they do not repudiate BOE either. In fact, I once ordered a translation of Enoch from Murray’s booklist that he endorsed when I studied with them.
So is BOE inspired? Not in the least. It is filled to the brim with every sort of superstition, heresy and religious insanity known to man. It is pure wormwood. The poor soul who drinks from BOE’s water will be filled with madness.
“seen and whose words I have heard and written down?’ And he said to me: ‘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.’” – Enoch 40:9
That is pure blasphemy, the book is a work of damnation.