- 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (New King James Version)
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
- From the Ashes of Angels – The Forbidden Legacy of a Fallen Race!
by Andrew Collins Extracted from New Dawn No.40
(January-February, 1997) from AndrewCollins Website
The Book of Enoch
Compiled in stages somewhere between 165 BC and the start of the Christian era, this so-called pseudepigraphal (i.e. falsely attributed) work has as its main theme the story behind the fall of the angels. Yet not the fall of angels in general, but those which were originally known as ’Œrin (’Œr in singular), ’those who watch’, or simply ’watchers’ as the word is rendered in English translation.
The Book of Enoch tells the story of how 200 rebel angels, or Watchers, decided to transgress the heavenly laws and ’descend’ on to the plains and take wives from among mortal kind. The site given for this event is the summit of Hermon, a mythical location generally association with the snowy heights of Mount Hermon in the Ante-Lebanon range, north of modern-day Palestine (but see below for the most likely homeland of the Watchers).
The 200 rebels realize the implications of their transgressions, for they agree to swear an oath to the effect that their leader Shemyaza would take the blame if the whole ill-fated venture went terribly wrong.
After their descent to the lowlands, the Watchers indulge in earthly delights with their chosen ’wives’, and through these unions are born giant offspring named as Nephilim, or Nefilim, a Hebrew word meaning ’those who have fallen’, which is rendered in Greek translations as gigantes, or ’giants’.
Visage Like A Viper
Yet aside from this still very fragmentary treatise, other Enochian texts have surfaced among the Dead Sea Scrolls which in my opinion are just as important. One of these is the Testament of Amram.
Amram was the father of the lawgiver Moses, although any biblical time-frame to this story is irrelevant. What is much more significant is the appearance of the two Watchers who appear to him in a dream-vision as he rests in his bed, for as the heavily reconstructed text reads:
[I saw Watchers] in my vision, the dream-vision. Two (men) were fighting over me, saying… and holding a great contest over me. I asked them,
’Who are you, that you are thus empo[wered over me?’ They answered me, ’We] [have been em]powered and rule over all mankind.’ They said to me, ’Which of us do yo[u choose to rule (you)?’ I raised my eyes and looked.]
[One] of them was terr[i]fying in his appearance, [like a s]erpent, [his] c[loa]k many-coloured yet very dark…
[And I looked again], and… in his appearance, his visage like a viper, and [wearing…] [exceedingly, and all his eyes…].
The text identifies this last Watcher as Belial, the Prince of Darkness and King of Evil, …. It is, however, Belial’s frightful appearance that took my attention, for he is seen as terrifying to look upon and like a ’serpent’, the very synonym so often used when describing both the Watchers and the Nephilim. If the textual fragment had ended here, then I would not have known why this synonym had been used by the Jewish scribe in question.
Fortunately, however, the text goes on to say that the Watcher possessed a visage, or face, ’like a viper’. Since he also wears a cloak ’many-coloured yet very dark’, I had also to presume that he was anthropomorphic, in other words he possessed human form.