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Lessons from the Book of Enoch (part 2)

It is important, if not essential, to grasp the relevance of the teachings found in the Book of Enoch, and why so many generations found the inspiration and the motivation to keep these teachings alive for millenia.
In the two previous articles devoted to this topic, we gave a general introduction concerning the historicity and the overall themes found in the Book of Enoch.
Now we would like to
delve a little deeper into these notions, and point out some of the interesting ideas we can draw from this reflection.
The Book speaks of angels, or intellects, which are connecting human beings to the knowledge of their divine source, and other angels, or intellects, which act as disconnecting agents from this Source.
What happens in terms of human existence according to Book of Enoch is entirely centered around these ideas. The human soul is either the battleground between these angelic forces, or the sanctuary of peace and resolution between them. Enoch the Prophet is the
ambassador of humanity, whose role is to operate a harmonisation from within, so even the angelic realm is pacified with human help, to only walk in the ways of the Lord, that is, to acknowledge and live according to His dominion over all things.
According to Enoch, There are two parallel worlds coming into a collision of cosmic proportions. One is the world of Ideas, an abstract and logical world of definitions, tautologies, and seemingly
independant natures, such as the world of mathematics, biology, astronomy, hypnosis and grammars, utilised for eogitistic gains ; the other is the world of harmony between the living species, the world of joy and gratitude to the Lord of all things.
When the flood took place, Noah is the symbol of the righteous human, who considered himself as a part of the great mosaic of life, taking along with him into the Ark all the living species, among which humans are only one particular kind.

The negative intellects had corrupted humanity, creating a world of violence based on greed and domination, to the price of the destruction of living species through cruelty. These angels had "mingled with the daughters of man", passing on secret sciences which led people astray from their purpose, by making them ignorant of the blessing of knowing the Lord, whose compassion extends to all living creatures. The good intellects, designed as the good angels, had the role of instructing humanity in the love and fear of the Lord, in the contemplation of His Love extended to all sentient beings, and the awe of His greatness in contemplating His magnificent heavenly creation.
In the Book, Enoch was sent to warn the negative angels of their impeding and irrevocable destruction. When these angels heard the warning, they begged him to intercede in their favor, but it was of no avail. They are told that at the end of humanity’s tribulations, they will be cast down into the chaotic void that has been reserved to seal their doom. The good angels guide the human beings who are devoted to their mission of serving the Lord, and they become more than the helpers of humanity, they are their friends in consciousness. Enoch writes his visions down, where humans are symbolized as animals from various species, who cross many centuries of struggle to liberate themselves from the imprint of the negative angels which took place during Enoch’s days. The good humans are symbolized as sheep, while the ones under the influence of the negative angels appear as wolves, donkeys, or other ’impure’ species.
This alluding to animals is not merely there to provide a symbol. It is there to suggest that in the eyes of the Lord according to Enoch, every living species count, and that humans are merely a single unit in this great web of life. When humans see the value in all of the living creatures, they become stewards and guides to the way back to the original intent of their creation. The main danger seems to lie in the arrogance that can plague humanity with the false promise and pretense of being superior to others. Only the Lord is superior, all others are equal, and in this belief and the behavior it inspires lies the secret of redemption of the human soul.
The event of the Tower of Babel, which happened after the flood, is a major point in this narrative. This is when humanity no longer saw itself as a single family, and embarked on the journey of nationhood. Nations were divided along linguistic lines, and each language carried along with it a whole description of the universe, that is, followed its own intellect, or angelic principle. It is the birth of religions, and their philosophies. This confusion was not entirely negative. The Bible recounts this event as being enacted from the Lord, who purposely chose to activate this separation. With the advent of Abrahamic faith, this was in fact used to encourage humans to recognize the divine. Each religion had ’sparks’ of the original truth, but now humans would have to unite, discuss, and ponder the different perspectives each nation cultivated, to formulate a universal truth. The Tower of Babel was in fact a way to divide the negative intellects, so that they would not affect all humans at once. The great positive angels or intellects transcended linguistic borders and could help humans who sought to find the truth beyond national or linguistic lines, just as Abraham did.
By studying the Book of Enoch, we discover a universal realm, where truth is spoken for everyone, beyond the division of ethnic or religious identities. This essential Book was preserved and taught for generations on the African continent, especially in Ethiopia, and more specifically, among the Beta Israel community. Its rediscovery for the western world meant that the biblical corpus was completed with a teaching that had disappeared for centuries. This teaching puts the whole biblical narrative under a new light. It is possible now, with the Book of Enoch, to read the entire Bible with a deeper understanding. Still, as we said in the previous articles on this topic, one certainly needs a well versed teacher in the traditional reading of the Book to appreciate the depth and the scope of its teaching.

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