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Biblical and Apocryphal Background to Sorcery in theNations

Part 1

Pre-flood History and Sorcery

According to the book of Enoch, sorcery and violence were introduced to humankind through the agency of angelic powers that descended in the earth before the flood. 

The angel Semjaza (taught enchantments) was the leader who influenced other angels to descend and take the daughters of men for wives, and to have children by them. There were 200 who descended in the days of Jared (Genesis 5) on the summit of Mount Hermon.

These were chiefs of tens: Samiazaz, Arakiba, Rameel, Kokabiel (taught constellations), Tamiel, Ramiel, Danel, Ezeqeel (knowledge of the clouds), Baraqijal (taught astrology), Asael, Armarso (taught the resolving of enchantments), Batarel, Ananel, Zaqiel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, and Sariel (the course of the moon). Enoch chapter 6:3-7. Also, look at chapter 8. Araqiel taught signs of the earth and Shamsiel the signs of the sun.

Enoch Chapter 7 

And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms 2. and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they 3. became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed 4. all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against 5. them and devoured mankind (I would think cannibalized them). And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and 6. fish, and to devour one another’s flesh (cannibalism), and drink the blood

My opinion is that many of the Laws in Torah, the prohibitions, were the result of the activities of the rogue angels in the earth, and their offspring, the giants.

Chapter 8, Azazel

And Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all 2. colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they 3. were led astray, and became corrupt, in all their ways. More to read on Azazel in Chapter 9.

Enoch further states that an opening was made in the desert at Dudael, and Azazel was bound hand and foot and cast into the darkness. According to chapter 10, on the day of the great judgment (great white throne judgment), he is destined to be cast into the lake of fire. 

Maybe just a coincidence, but on the Lord’s feast of Yom Kippur, the goat sent away with the crimson thread tied to its horns was called Azazel. The priest would shove the Azazel goat over a cliff to ensure it would not return to Israel. So, there are some similarities in these two accounts. 

Jude verse 6: And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode. He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.

In Chapter 69, Gadreel 6. showed the children of men all the blows of death, and he led astray Eve, and showed [the weapons of death to the sons of men] shield and coat of mail, and the sword of battle, and all the weapons 7. of death to the children of men. Kasdeja showed 12. the smitings of the embryo in the womb, that it may pass away (abortion).  

The constant opinion of antiquity is that the angels cohabited with the daughters of men. In The Complete Works of Josephus, The Antiquities of the Jews, Chapter 3:72-74, it states: 73. for many angels of God kept company with women, and begat sons that proved to be unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength; for the tradition is, That these men did what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants. This would be the Titans.

The Ancient Book of Jubilees mentions that in the days of Jared (Genesis 5), the angels of the Lord descended on the earth, those who are named the Watchers. Chapter 4. Ken Johnson, Th.D.

In The Scroll Of Yahubelim (Jubilees): 22. And he testified to the Watchers, who had transgressed with the daughters of men; for these had begun to unite themselves, so as to be defiled, with the daughters of men, and Chanok (chapter 4)Also, this was in the days of Jared, the son of Mahalalel: 15. for in his days the malakhim of YHWH descended on the eretz (earth), those who are name the Watchers (chapter 5)Rabbi Simon Altaf.

Both The Ancient Book of Jubilee and The Scroll of Yahubelim (Jubilees) mention the Watchers were to instruct the children of men, and that they should do 16. judgment and uprightness on the eretz (earth). Chapter 4.

Another source, The Book of Jasher, called those Watchers judges and rulers who went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice. Chapter 4, verse 18. Start Classics

This may be interesting to some, a fragment from the Dead Sea Scrolls records a discussion between Noah’s father, Lamech, and his mother, Bath-Enosh. Bath-Enosh means daughter of humanity. 

Then I considered whether the pregnancy was due to the Watchers and Holy Ones, or (should be ascribed) to the Nephill[im], and I grew perturbed about this child.            Vaca ( . . .)

Then I, Lamech, became afraid and went to Batenosh, [my] w[ife … saying, “Dec]lare [to me] by the Most High, by the Lord of Greatness, by the E[ternal] King [whether the child comes from the] heavenly beings! Everything will you truthfully tell me, whether [ … … ] you will tell me without lies: is this [ … … swear] by the Eternal King until you speak truthfully to me and not with lies [ … ].” Then Batenosh my wife spoke with me forcefully. [She we]pt and said, “O my brother and master, recall for yourself my pregnancy [ … … ] marital relations, and my breath within its sheath (?). (Can) I truthfully [tell you] everything?” [ … … ] then I was perturbed even more. Vacat

When Batenosh my wife noticed that my face had changed (its) expression [ … … ] then she gained control of her emotion(s) and spoke with me. She said to me, “O my master and [brother, recall for yourself] my pregnancy. I swear to you by the Great Holy One, by the Ruler of Hea[ven] that this seed is yours, that this pregnancy is from you, that from you is the planting of [this] fruit [and that it is] not from any alien, or from any of the Watchers, or from any heavenly bein[g. Why has the appearance] of your face changed like this upon you? And (why) is it disfigured, and your spirit dejected like this? [ … for I] tell you (this) truthfully. Vacat. Genesis Apocryphon (1 Qap Gen), Col 2, translated by John C. Reeves.

Genesis Apocryphon (1Qap Gen), col 2; trans John C. Reeves

John C. Reeves | Translation Of 1Q Genesis Apocryphon II-XXII (charlotte.edu)                           Blumenthal Professor of Judaic Studies, and Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Lamech is questioning Noah’s appearance that must have been similar to the offspring of the divine beings and women. He had a concern that Bat-Enosh had intercourse with a divine being. Enoch gives a description of Noah being comely, or goodly, when he was born. Scholars struggle with the Hebrew word tovot for comely. It is more than beauty to the eyes and think it is more connected to light, which would be Hebrew ‘ohr’. Genesis declares that the light was tov, or good, which means it is functional. It is the same with Moses being comely, he was functional, bringing light of God in a darkened Egypt. Yeshua is the light of the world. The light that brings function, instruction, life, and provision. Function executes its duty of doing (practicing, observing) good, tov.

Summary: The ancient Apocryphal writings are beneficial to learning the history and experiences of a people from long ago. Their preservation does bring some challenges because the accounts are quite extraordinary. We understand that Yeshua points out Noah and Lot as examples in relation to their times. The old world and the cities in the plain both exhibited rebellion and judgment. 

Matthew 24

37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

One would think if Noah is connected to what Lot experienced in Sodom, likely there was a repeated pattern of violence and uncontrollable sexual behavior. 

The other thing we see is that while Noah and Lot saw this great rebellion, they both were spared the destruction that was issued. In the context around the verses of 37 through 44, this is implied with these verses speaking of one of two people being taken to be destroyed at His coming and the other one spared. 

Yeshua also teaches in Matthew 24

21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

One can assume that whatever was experienced in Noah’s time will not compare to what is yet forthcoming upon the world.