The Book of Enoch
The original Aramaic version of the Book of Enoch was considered lost until the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in caves near Qumran in 1947.
The book had been composed well before the birth of the Christ Jesus, and it was once cherished by Jews and Christians alike. Even today some scholars consider it to be an important piece of Jewish mystical literature. But it fell out of favor in the fourth century because of the opinions of some very powerful Christian church patriarchs and theologians.
Even so, there are some things about the Book of Enoch that are important to know at this point in the evolution and development of humanity.
For example, the Essenes were familiar with Enoch’s writings, as was their student Jesus. In fact, many of the key concepts used by Jesus in his teaching reflect terms and ideas in the Book of Enoch, and with modern scholarship and research it has become increasingly clear that Jesus had not only studied the Book of Enoch, but adopted some of its concepts and elaborated on its descriptions of a kingdom to come and its theme of inevitable judgment and punishment of the wicked.
The judgmental, punitive theme was often used in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible or Torah and Tanakh) especially with regard to the enemies of the Israelites, but it was also used with regard to wayward Israelites too. Most of the prophets preceding Jesus warned and rebuked Jewish wrongdoers as well as gentiles, and the prophet Jesus followed that precedent, warning and rebuking the greedy rich, the tyrants, the profiteering money lenders, the selfish, the idolaters, the self-indulgent, and the religious hypocrites.
The Book of Enoch was held in high regard by the early Christians, because over a hundred phrases included in the Christian canon or New Testament that were written by the followers of Jesus find precedents in the Book of Enoch.
One example of that is the following quote in the book of Jude from Enoch 1:9: "In the seventh [generation] from Adam, Enoch also prophesied these things, saying: 'Behold, the Lord comes with his holy myriads, to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in such an ungodly way'." (Jude 14-15)
As is shown in other articles discussing traditional Christian beliefs, Jude was wrong in his assumption that Enoch was referring to Jesus of Nazareth.
However, it was true when Jesus said he had come not to judge the world, and could deliver only part of the testimony that would save it because humanity was not yet ready for the full truth. He said he had to go away and be seen no more, but God would send another son of man representing the Spirit of truth, who would issue judgement, guide humanity to the truth, show things to come, and glorify the Christ who is in heaven with God, but would first be rejected by his generation and suffer many things. (Summarizing what is stated in Luke 17:20-25, John 8:28, John 12:47-48, John 16:7-15 and Revelation 19:10)
However, the modern son of man regards condemning and punitive language outdated, because it does not reflect modern, enlightened thinking regarding wrong doers, nor does it recognize God as the loving, compassionate and merciful intelligence and Supreme Consciousness that God our Great Spirit-Parent is.
While the terms "ungodly" and "sinners" are popular among some self-righteous people who think they are "holier than thou," it is not appropriate now. It is theocratic, and has no place in modern, civilized society.
Today wise, humble, gentle, peaceful people understand that only love will overcome hate, only good will overcome evil, and we should try to love even our enemy because our enemy is often a reflection of our self.
Of course, ancient Christian biblical language threatens punishment because it followed even more ancient prophetic precedent. That precedent appeals to men who tend to be patriarchal, judgmental and punitive, who perceive God as a wrathful, vengeful God. However, like any overly rigid, strict father who doesn’t "spare the rod," thinking they can rule either by intimidation or force and physical punishment, they lack true Wisdom, which is the merciful, forgiving, nurturing, female aspect of God, as King Solomon wrote.
Solomon’s Book of Wisdom states: "Wisdom is beneficent and kind. She is the aura of the power of God, the radiance of the eternal Divine Light, a spotless mirror of God. She renews all things, and passing into holy souls from age to age, She produces friends of God and prophets. She is firm, but Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all Her paths are peace. She is a Tree of Life to them that lay hold upon Her. And Wisdom is far better than weapons of war."
Granted, serious discipline and even chastisement is sometimes called for in raising and correcting children properly. However, we may now understand that physically harmful punishment can be counterproductive, and it can even cause children to be physically abusive when they become adults.
We should all realize the error of religious patriarchs who tend to assume that God is "He" who loves what they love and hates what they hate. But the idea that God is exclusively a male and is sacredly authoritative is at the expense of all females. It is a sexist and outdated idea that has for centuries led to divisive sexual mores, some of which have been and still are harmful. Just ask women subject to a Jewish or Christian or Muslim patriarch who demands obedience to his male authority. They will probably welcome the news that God has both male and female aspects, and that the aspect of God’s Wisdom is female in nature.
However, speaking again of the Book of Enoch, it is important because the title of a son of man, the "Elect One," is emphasized in it, and that was known by the Jewish Essenes and the most knowledgeable original Christians. That is why in the original Greek, Luke 9:35 states: "This is my son, the Elect One: hear him."
However, in spite of that, the Roman Catholic Bible (since 1582) and the Protestant King James Bible omits that very important fact. It states: "And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, 'This is my beloved Son: hear him."
The English translators wanted to make this verse agree with a similar verse in Matthew and Mark. But, Luke's verse in the original Greek is more accurate, because like Enoch, it recognized Jesus as an "Elect One," which is why more modern English versions of the Bible added the term "chosen one."
This is a very important distinction, because it supports what the modern son of man has declared, that Jesus was a son of God but not the one and "only begotten," that Jesus was literally a chosen, elected son of man, the son of Joseph, as is explained in the articles about The Virgin Birth Story, The Martyrdom of Jesus, The Resurrection Story, and The Second Coming Story. For Jesus of Nazareth was one of many who have been called son of man and have been the "Elect" of God.
The "Elect One" is a term found fourteen times in the Book of Enoch, which also refers to the Elect One as "The Chosen One," as the Book of Isaiah does. Only God anointed, elected and chose one who is from your midst, and of your brethren, as promised by Moses, Jeremiah, Enoch, Isaiah, Jesus and other prophets. (And this is different from the term "the elect" when it refers to more than one person but a number of people who are called by God and found worthy to be chosen for a specific but lesser mission, for many serve the Spirit of truth in their own way.)
This is important to understand also because while the spiritually anointed Christ Jesus was an Elect One, it is another "Elect One" and chosen one, another son of man, who Jesus promised would come who has delivered this judgment, as is explained in the article titled Prophecies Re: He Who Fulfills Them.