The Fallen Angels

Some of the oldest books from the Judeo-Christian tradition speak of a war in heaven, and of angels rebelling against God.  This time, we are not speaking of the legend of Lucifer or Satan, as told by John Milton in Paradise Lost, but instead the very old story of the rebel angels in the Book of Enoch, one of the “Lost Books of the Bible.” The Book of Enoch was lost to Western civilization for nearly a thousand years, but it was retained as part of the Ethiopian Bible and rediscovered to the West in the 18th century.  The story in the Book of Enoch is referenced briefly in Genesis 6. Here is the King James version:

2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God 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.

  A much longer version of the same story is found in the Book of Enoch. 

 In Genesis, we read that the sons of God or “Watchers” (original Aramaic word: Irin, Greek: ἐγρήγοροι) came down to Earth because they wanted human wives, and they gave birth to the Nephilim, or “giants” as in the King James translation.  The sons of God are not explained in Genesis.  In Enoch, they are depicted as rebel angels. The leader of these rebel angels was Semjâzâ.  Sixteen other angels are also named as prefects of the rebel group.  The total number of the rebels was said to be 200. According to the story, Semjâzâ wanted to select a wife among the Earth humans, but did not want to be the only one to commit such a crime. It was apparently absolutely forbidden for the angels to mate with the humans. The two hundred angels swore together upon a mountain, called Armon (or Hermon), to follow Semjâzâ in his plan.  The women who conceived bore giants, who ate everything in sight, and even turned on human beings to devour them.  Also, these angels are said to have taught mankind many things, including the manufacture of knives, swords, armor, and mirrors; the use of paint, cosmetics, and dyes; sorcery and division of roots; astronomy and the “motion of the moon.”  The book says that “impiety increased, fornication multiplied, and they transgressed and corrupted all their ways.”

Enoch enters the story because he is the one who the giants ask to petition God for leniency. He meets with God and is told to deliver a message from God to the rebels, and tell them of their punishment.  The punishment is for “teaching every species of iniquity upon Earth.”  The solution that God comes up with is to wipe out civilization on Earth in a deluge.  Gabriel is sent to the Earth to excite the Nephilim against each other, and bind the rebel angels underneath the Earth for seventy generations.

The Book of Enoch is not the only text to reference the Nephilim or giants. The story about the giants is also told in a book, of which only a few fragments exist from the Dead Sea Scrolls, called the Book of the Nephilim.  In this fragmentary text, the name Gilgamesh is given as the name of one of the giants.  In this book, the giants are troubled by visions and dreams that foretell their demise, and they ask Enoch to interpret their visions and tell them how long they have to live.  Enoch has a journey in the heavens, and afterward returns and tells everyone that there is going to be a great Flood that will wipe out all life in the deserts and the seas.  So this genetic contamination of the human race is cited as the reason for the Flood.

The Book of Jubilees, another “Lost Book of the Bible,” has yet another version of the Genesis story with elements missing from Genesis that are similar to the Book of Enoch. The Zohar, a central work in the Jewish Kabbalah, contains another retelling.  This is by no means exhaustive, as more references can be found in the Nag Hammadi texts found in Egypt in the 20th century, which represent a collection from Gnostic Christianity.

Of course, my interest in the story stems from the question of the true nature of these “angels”.  If they could mate with human beings, then they must not have been purely spiritual beings. They must have either been spiritual beings that took bodily form so they could mate with humans, or they were a closely related, but more advanced, hominid species.

You may know about the writings of Zechariah Sitchin. Now, there are definitely things that bother me about Sitchin’s writings. I find that he fails to be convincing on many levels, mostly because he has few references to the actual texts that he uses as a basis for his beliefs.  I am just left unsure how seriously to take his writings because of this.  I want to see that such-and-so a story comes from such-and-so a clay tablet, and I want to see the translation and maybe even the original cuneiform alongside it.  And I am not amenable to notions that can’t be astronomically validated, such as that there is a large unknown planet moving around that is due to return at some point.  So I have been trying to find my own answers by looking at those original texts that I can find.

I am of the view that the angels were a race of beings from space (“heaven”), and that the old writings are remembrances of such beings.  I’m sure there is a mix of mythology and fact, since our modern standards of veracity are much different from those in ancient times.  I think we can look at these writings not as literal truths, but as vestiges of  historical realities that have long been forgotten.  Perhaps one day we will meet these angels once again and find out their version of those ancient events. Interestingly, the female ET that Billy Meier met was named Semjase.

For further reading:

Michael Salla articles on this subject:–extraterrestrials

The Book of Enoch (online English translation):

The Book of Enoch and the Church Cover-up (article):

The Book of Jubilees (English translation):

Chaldean Genesis (not mentioned in this blog entry, but nonetheless interesting):


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