The enlightenment teaching of the Essene was known as THE WAY. The Way became the final interpretation of the Law and the Prophets, as revealed by Yeshua Messiah. The Way also became the enlightened transitional teaching of the early church.
“The word of the blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the righteous, who were to exist in the time of trouble; rejecting (to the rejection of) all the wicked and ungodly. Enoch, a righteous man, who was with God, answered and spoke, while his eyes were open, and while he saw a holy vision in the heavens (which was in the heavens). This the angels showed me.”
Enoch himself was righteous and his eyes were open, meaning he was awake and enlightened into the higher principles of God. Enoch now becomes the recipient of the ‘branches of knowledge’ handed down from Adam and Eve, now unto the seventh generation. The revealed holy vision given to Enoch brings with it a holy commission to fulfill, indicated by, “The word of the blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the righteous.” This begs the question of what each person’s revelation is and what their commission to fulfill may become. For Enoch, his revelation is broad, knowledgable, and his commission will course to where the deep waters flow.
“The time of trouble” relates to a time of spiritual confusion, enough confusion that the wicked had to be separated out from those who had remained godly. It is into this world Enoch begins his ministry. Turmoil roils upon the planet. God, through His angels, tries to educate man into pathways of righteousness. During this time period, a new and disturbing element appears upon the earth scene.
The early chapters of Enoch introduce those who oversee the heavens, the beauty of the earth, and briefly mentions the Watchers. Chapter six of the Book of Enoch begins with an introduction to the fruitfulness of the earth, then, by contrast, we come to those souls whom we know as the Watchers:
(4) “But you endure not patiently, nor fulfill the commandments of the Lord; but you transgress and calumniate His greatness; and malignant are the words in your polluted mouths against his Majesty. (10) But you, ye unholy, shall be accursed.” It is in chapter seven that the trouble begins.
Next, we find out why these Watchers have become cursed, En. 7.2: “And when the angels, the sons (children) of heaven, beheld them, they became enamored of them, saying to each other, Come, from the progeny of men let us select for ourselves wives, and let us beget children.”
Who are the Watchers? In the Book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar mentions that in his second dream (4.13), “I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven.” “Holy one, coming down from heaven” indicates ‘angel’ as the identity of the Watchers, or “angels, the sons of heaven.” Jeremiah 4.16, “Yes, proclaim against Jerusalem, that Watchers come from a far country and raise their voices against the cities of Judah. (17) Because she has been rebellious against Me, says the Lord.” Not all angels are Watchers, but all Watchers seem to be angels.
From the Book of Jubilees, 4.15: “For in his days the angels of the Lord descended on earth those who are named the Watchers, that they should instruct the children of men, and they should do judgment and uprightness on the earth.”
“Angels of the Lord descended” seems to infer that the Watchers entered into flesh. They were to provide instruction to humans who were already going astray, as noted in the chronicle of Enosh. Further, Jubilees 5.1 recounts the same story as Enoch 7.2, that the angels may have then fallen to the lusts of the flesh even as they instructed men and women.
The Damascus Document of the Dead Sea Scrolls gives a recounting of the Watchers, which reveals this belief in the Watchers as ancient angelic beings.
“Because they walked in the stubbornness of their heart the Heavenly Watchers fell; they were caught because they did not keep the commandments of God. And their sons also fell who were tall as cedar trees and whose bodies were like mountains. All flesh on dry land perished; they were as though they had never been because they did their own will and did not keep the commandment of their Maker so that His wrath was kindled against them” (Exhortations II). “Tall as cedar trees” is always accepted as hyperbole. For example, a man of the people called Raphia of the Philistine tribe, Goliath is known to measure 9′ 9″, six cubits (18″) and one span (9″).
Angels are not known to incarnate, yet these angels “descended,” otherwise there would be no way of later producing children. As angels entering flesh, it is the rabbinical teaching that they would have to leave an aspect of their holiness behind. They may have begun by teaching while remaining outside the body, but the descent into flesh now exposes what will become the furtherance of their sinful nature. They became enamored of their own earthly powers or influence, which could only be continued in associations with women, thus effectuating the bearing of progeny. This kind of power in and of itself is a great seduction, and they knew ahead of time that this trespass would not be condoned. In short, within the heavens, the Watchers initiate a rebellion.
As we move from the introduction of Enoch and into the litany of events concerning the Watchers, it is clear that the Watchers have connived a plot or plan. It is also clear that the intent is not only toward the appeal of women, but the final goal seems to entail having children. In other words, that which the Watchers will create. Their children, they presume, will have a continuing effect. Otherwise, why bother? It seems they are about establishing their own kingdom, devoid of God’s direct presence, nor with His permission. Essentially, they are usurping God’s creation, yet usurping for their own purposes.
Just as there is a certain order to the heavens and the souls who abide in the heavens, there is a certain order ascribed to every soul’s life. The life plan, or what is often described as God’s plan for your life, is an important consideration in understanding the Way. Moving out of season can cause great problems, either immediately or later on. The Watcher’s break from the proper order by no longer just observing or teaching mankind, but by participating. They may have considered a plan of reincarnation, wherein they would continue to be their own children. Even though mixed with earthly women they would always be of superior intellect, thus ruling upon the earth.
Considering their angelic status, why would they be devising such a plan? Why are they attempting to alter God’s order? There is more involved here than just a lust for women or sex. The Watcher’s participation soon brings about a serious confusion on earth.
THE WATCHERS REBEL
For this rebellion to be successful preparations must now begin. Chapter seven, verses 3, 4 & 5: “Then their leader Samyaza said to them; I fear that you may perhaps be indisposed to the performance of this enterprise; (4) And that I alone shall suffer so grievous a crime. (5) But they all answered him and said; We all swear; …and that we will not change our intention, but execute our projected undertaking.” That Samyaza alone might suffer, “That I alone shall become the payer,”* indicates a knowledge of the consequences, or cause and effect. “They all swore together and bound one another by it (the curse).”
*OT Pseudepigrapha, Charlesworth.
It is primarily one soul who pushes for these events, Samyaza, who is at the head of the Watchers. It is also just as clear that those who undertake this venture have given some thought and discussion to the matter of entering the body, and they readily agree to the undertaking; even further, that their progeny will be intended to elevate man after their own fashion. This refashioning of the world after themselves is not only a serious crime against God but will lead to horrendous and long-lasting consequences.*
*, see Numbers 13. 32-33, Anakites.
Are they trying to assume the godly attributes of creation? Enoch Ch. 10.11 answers this question: “And the Lord said unto Michael: Go, bind Semjâzâ and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness.”* The uncleanness does not refer to the women, but the angels. Angels are defiling themselves by defiling the order of God’s creation concerning man, improperly mixing heavenly and earthly. They violate the divine order of creation, thus producing specifically unholy children, in this case, perverted beings known as giants, the Nephilim.
It is later when the Nephilim are finally destroyed that the Watchers and their demon progeny are released from the body and upon the earth as evil spirits, En. 15.8-12: “But now the giants who are born from the (union of) the spirits and the flesh shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, for their dwelling shall be upon the earth and inside the earth.”* There seems to be no other good explanation for the Watcher’s rebellion, but that they are overwhelmed by a lust for power. Familiarity with women will produce this conduit into power, their children, and thence to the continuation of their race. For their part, the women may also have been agreeable. After all, sex with an angel is a status few women could attain, and there is no indication the women were taken against their will.
Why would any of this information be of use to those who walk in the Way? The Watchers raise moral and ethical questions that run deep into the human psyche. The first issue is one of obedience. The Watchers knew their behavior was out of God’s order. If so, why did they persist? Lust for power is surely one reason. Yet, lust does not exist of itself. Whether called the ego, the fleshly self, it becomes that portion of “I” that is willing to break any rule regardless of consequences. Even amidst a direct knowledge of God, their lust prevailed. Other attributes might be mentioned, such as recklessness and false-pride.
By reading through the scriptures above, each person can observe pitfalls and difficulties with divergent pathways. From time to time everyone should seriously self-inspect. Oftentimes simple reflection helps keep a person’s pathway cohesive, well-directed, and purposeful.
SONS of GOD
For the sake of balance, a more conventional version of this story should be presented. Pious men, represented as the descendants of Seth, as opposed to angels who left their heavenly estate, interpret the Watchers as a priesthood who oversees, those entrusted to watch over society. This explanation emphasizes the reference to “sons of God” (Gn. 6.4), a subject discussed in the article, Noah. ‘Sons of God’ is an often-used term to indicate levels of achievement within the high priesthood. These men would be considered especially godly, worshippers and beneficiaries of God.
John the Disciple uses this term in John 1.12, “But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on His name: (13) Which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” This passage essentially initiates the born-again experience (received him), but with the caveat that further development should occur, so that you too may have the “power to become the sons of God,” lending the view of one who is very devout, perhaps accomplished, and something more than just a believer. In other words, the true ‘sons of God’ is a station of progression and is used to describe a person that has some measure of enlightenment with God.
It is believed that these men took upon themselves the notion of taking any woman they wanted, and their own pollutions begat a ‘race’ or lineage which became arbitrary and oppressive, consuming all possessions and otherwise corrupting everything. The central theme here is the taking of pagan women into marriage, even multiple partners. These would be the women whom the Watchers (priests) were assisting in developing upon the pathway of the One God. This group of souls, those who watch-over, would have been in the line of Seth. In this version, the lineage of Seth now falls into polluted behavior. The situation becomes hopeless, for this is the godly line of the race, now mixing with the fallen lineage. The leadership of the priesthood and the priests themselves no longer just oversee and protect, but by lust enter into rebellion.
It is not peculiar that their children, who most commentators name as the Nephilim, are worse. Those entering into darkness never want to be alone, and those who rebel always seek company. Hence, this priestly company sought amongst themselves how to indulge their lust for women and this lust for power, what would become exercised as autocratic and brutal. It is their children in great numbers who will inherit, and who will continue to rule. In this much more conventional interpretation the angels mentioned in the Book of Enoch are messengers only, and thus would not have the will to rebel. Therefore, the described rebellion remains among men.
A further discussion is also added: that if the angels did rebel and entered the physical body, which would be necessary for sex, then the flesh may ‘taint’ them and thus degrade angelic status and purity. This viewpoint would provide a certain cover or explanation for designating them as fallen angels. Jesus stating that he is watching the morning star begin to fall,* which is a reference to the then-named Lucifer (Satan, Samyaza), brings us on a straight line concerning current NT theology. The mentioning of giants also seems literal. There are a number of scriptures referring to giants, among them Deut. 3.11, describing Og the king of Bashan, the last of the giants, and measuring nine cubits (13′ 6″).
*Lk. 10.17-18, “Then the seventy returned with Joy saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name.” (18) And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
ORDER of EVENTS
The intent of the Watchers remains out of season and fundamentally wrong at the root, regardless of any other considerations. In some fashion, they have lost convicting-conscience. “And lawlessness increased on the earth and all flesh corrupted its way,” (Jub. 5.2). With the risk involved this grasp for power appears totally unreasonable, yet they selfishly pursue their own order of events.
Their intention to ‘create’ must include some fascination with sex and the assumption of godlike powers over God’s own creation, as opposed to the natural course of events, or God’s plan. Reflections of this rebellion are carried into the New Testament:
Jude 6 states, “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own habitation, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.” “Keep their proper domain” indicates an order to souls and a structure each operates within and indicates that different orders of souls specialize in different functions. It also lends some credibility that angelic beings did enter the flesh, at least Jude believes so at the time he spoke.
As will be mentioned throughout this series, there is a proper order for all events. Further, that an order to the very creation of souls does exist, that souls operate or belong to groups with specific intents and purposes, and that last there exists a proper order to each soul’s progression. All of these factors entail lessons for the Way. In I Corinthians, v. 23, Paul writes, “But each after his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at his coming.” Man lives “by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt. 4.4), not by his own designs. It appears that the Watchers tamper with the plan of soul progression, which becomes the root of the evil. Angels do not have the wisdom, much less the authority to perform after such a manner.
In the end, it seems obvious that the souls of the Watchers (angels) are not the same as those souls of earth. They are of a different order. The interbreeding of angels and women produces giants, essentially a new race upon planet earth. Being of mixed order, the soul-nature of the giants produces a warped being. With the understanding that there is an order to all things, it becomes much more obvious as to why the actions of Samyaza are so detrimental. The sacredness of the creation of each soul, as well as the individual soul itself, should not be denigrated, thwarted, or as the Watchers would do by this mixing, perverted.
In Chapter IX of Enoch, the crux of how the Watchers proceed is exposed. Mankind is educated out of season, outside the proper order to events, especially concerning “the secret things which are done in the heavens.” Verse five tells us much: “Thou has seen what Azazyel [one of the band of Watchers] has done, how he has taught every species of iniquity on earth and has disclosed to the world all the secret things which are done in the heavens.”
Samyaza and those who follow him are moving past God’s plan and substituting their own. The Way teaches that responsibly following assigned duties is critical to soul expression and soul growth.* In modern times this is often referred to as following a life-plan, or God’s plan for your life. Within this context, the ‘bringing down of heaven to earth’, as the Watchers have done, has caused nothing but trouble, or inequities.
*Mt. 6.1-4, Do good to please God but do not do good to please men.
Certain matters of the heavenly realms seem not best for man to have, or its application restrained to heaven, or at the very least arrive only in the proper season. Jesus teaches in the Way when he explains in Lk. 12.42, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season.” The steward has his station or place. If he is wise and faithful he will eventually rule the household and receives his fair portion at the proper time. This scripture deals with the faithful servant as opposed to the evil servant, from verses 35-48, and conveys very well as applied to the Watchers. The Watchers can no longer be considered faithful servants.
Man can become overwhelmed by such knowledge out of season, as we see in En. 8.9:
“And men, being destroyed, cried out; and their voice reached to heaven.” Abuse and destruction are now being wrought upon the earth. En. 9.6, “Samyaza also has taught sorcery, to whom thou hast given authority over those who are associated with him. They have gone together to the daughters of men; have lain with them… (7) And have discovered crimes to them.” “Crimes” might be likened to knowledge out of season.
Once the lust to sex, progeny, and earthly power binds them, the Watchers essentially begin to run after themselves—forsaking the true light, but more than willing to follow the lights of their own lusts and desires. They believe in their own notions and what may transpire but cannot know the exact details of how events might unfold. They are living in their imaginations, and without any thought to the proper order to events. As the calumny proceeds, for them, course corrections are no longer available.
The Watchers oversee, but they do not hold the power and majesty of the archangels or God Himself. Were the Watchers content with their position? What were the Watchers truly after? Or, by the assertion of their own powers of creation were they wanting to overthrow the order of the heavens, thus to assume what they might consider their more rightful place? The resolutions to these questions lie in their offspring, who will initiate evil events upon planet earth.
A resolution to the plague of the Watchers will soon arrive, detailed in our next presentation, Noah.
En. 10.6: “And heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons.”*
*R. H. Charles