The Book of Enoch
The Bible tells us Enoch was the seventh of ten antediluvian patriarchs from Adam to Noah. In other words, Enoch was Noah’s great-grandfather. According to the Bible, these patriarchs lived to incredible ages. Adam, for example, lived to be 936 years old. Noah made it to 950. But not poor Enoch – he was last seen at the tender age of 365.
There is a catch, however. As Genesis 5:24 tells it, Enoch did not die: “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not; for God took him.” Does that mean Enoch entered heaven alive? Is he still alive today? With the increased interest in ancient astronauts, some people have begun to ask a completely different question – is the story of Enoch really the story of an alien abduction?
Most of what we know about Enoch comes not from the Bible but from the Book of Enoch – which, interestingly, was once considered to be part of the Bible, but was later deemed not authentic and removed. There are in fact three different books of Enoch, but the first one, known as Enoch 1 and ascribed to Enoch himself, is considered “the” Book of Enoch.
Although not in alignment with the canonized Bible, the Book of Enoch makes for fascinating reading. It tells of the Watchers, angels who were sent to Earth to care for mankind but who lusted after and mated with human females, giving rise to a hybrid race of savage giants known as the Nephilim. Some scholars believe God sent the Great Flood to rid Earth of these abominations. The book also describes Enoch’s journey to Heaven (an awe-inspiring place of fire and ice), his contacts with superior beings, and his revelations about a future time of tribulation and the coming of a Messiah.
Is the Book of Enoch just a hallucinatory vision? Or is it the actual story of a man’s experiences interacting with extraterrestrial beings who abducted him and took him to a world where there was electricity, glass, and futuristic technology no human being had ever seen?
What do you think?