To him therefore ascribe the whole crime. An etiological interpretation of 1 Enoch deals with the origin of evil. By shifting the origin of mankind's sin and their misdeeds to illicit angel instruction, evil is attributed to something supernatural from without. This motif, found in 1 Enoch, differs from that of later Jewish and Christian theology ; in the latter evil is something from within.
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As evident from Leviticus , priests were prohibited to marry impure women. Accordingly, the fallen angels in 1 Enoch are the priests counterpart, who defile themselves by marriage. Just like the angels are expelled from heaven, the priests are excluded from their service at the altar. Unlike most other apocalyptic writings , 1 Enoch reflects a growing dissatisfaction with the priestly establishments in Jerusalem in 3rd century BC. The paradigmatic interpretation parallels the Adamic myth in regard of the origin of evil: In both cases, transcending ones own limitations inherent in their own nature, causes their fall.
This contrasts the etiological interpretation, which implies another power besides God, in heaven. The latter solution therefore poorly fits into monotheistic thought. Accordingly, the fallen angels represent creatures of Greek mythology , which introduced forbidden arts, used by Hellenistic kings and generals, resulting in oppression of Jews. The concept of fallen angels is also found in the Second Book of Enoch. It tells about Enoch 's ascent through the layers of heaven. During his journey, he encounters fallen angels imprisoned in the 2nd heaven.
At first, he decides to pray for them, but refuses to do so, since he himself as merely human, would not be worthy to pray for angels. In the 5th heaven however, he meets other rebellious angels, here called Grigori , remaining in grief, not joining the heavenly hosts in song. Enoch tries to cheer them up by telling about his prayers for their fellow angels and thereupon they join the heavenly liturgy. Strikingly, the text refers to the leader of the Grigori as Satanail and not as Azael or Shemyaza, as in the other Books of Enoch.
The narration of the Grigori in 2 Enoch —7, who went down on to earth, married women and "befouled the earth with their deeds", resulting in their confinement under the earth, shows that the author of 2 Enoch knew about the stories in 1 Enoch. The equation of an angel called Satanail with a deity trying to usurp the throne of a higher deity, was also adapted by later Christian in regard to the fall of Satan.
The Book of Jubilees , an ancient Jewish religious work, accepted as canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Beta Israel , refers to the Watchers, who are among the angels created on the first day. Afterwards, he becomes their leader: . Both the first Book of Enoch and the Book of Jubilees include the motif of angels introducing evil to humans.
However, unlike the Book of Enoch, the Book of Jubilees does not hold that evil was caused by the fall of angels in the first place, although their introduction to sin is affirmed.
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Further, while the fallen angels in the Book of Enoch are acting against God's will, the fallen angels and demons in the Book of Jubilees seem to have no power independent from God but only act within his power. Although the concept of fallen angels developed from early Judaism during the Second Temple period, rabbis from the second century onward turned against the Enochian writings, probably in order to prevent fellow Jews from worship and veneration of angels.
Thus, while many angels were individualized and sometimes venerated during the Second Temple period, the status of angels was degraded to a class of creatures on the same level of humans, thereby emphasizing the omnipresence of God. The 2nd-century rabbi Shimon bar Yochai cursed everyone who explained the term Sons of God as angels. He stated, Sons of God were actually sons of judges or sons of nobles. Evil was no longer attributed to heavenly forces, now it was dealt as an "evil inclination" yetzer hara within humans.
In some Midrashic works, the "evil inclination" is attributed to Samael , who is in charge of several satans. The reacceptance of fallen angels in midrashic discourse was probably influenced by the role of fallen angels in Islamic lore. The first fall of angels is attributed to Samael. Samael refuses to worship Adam and objects to God favoring Adam over the angels. Thereupon he descends to Adam's abode and tempts him into sin. While the first fall of angels probably was rooted in the motif of the fall of Iblis in the Quran and the fall of Satan in the Cave of Treasures , the second fall of angels echoes the Enochian narratives.
Again, the "sons of God" mentioned in Gen —4 are depicted as angels.
During their fall, their "strength and stature became like the sons of man" and again, they give existence to the giants by intercourse with human women. Although not strictly speaking fallen , evil angels reappear in Kabbalah. Some of them are named after angels taken from the Enochian writings, such as Samael.
In the narrative, the Zohar affirms but simultaneously prohibits magical practices. Luke refers to "Satan falling from heaven" and Matthew mentions "the devil and his angels", who will be thrown into hell. All Synoptic Gospels identify Satan as the leader of demons. Origen and other Christian writers linked the fallen morning star of Isaiah 14 of the Old Testament to Jesus' statement in Luke that he "saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven", as well as a passage about the fall of Satan in Revelation —9.
Christian tradition has associated Satan not only with the image of the morning star in Isaiah , but also with the denouncing in Ezekiel —19 of the king of Tyre , who is spoken of as having been a " cherub ". The Church Fathers saw these two passages as in some ways parallel, an interpretation also testified in apocryphal and pseudepigraphic works.
During the period immediately before the rise of Christianity, the intercourse between the Watchers and human women was often seen as the first fall of the angels. According to the Church Fathers who accepted the doctrine by Origen, these angels were guilty of having transgressed the limits of their nature and of desiring to leave their heavenly abode to experience sensual experiences. Justin Martyr c. Justin also held them responsible for Christian persecution during the first centuries.
The Babylonian king, who is described as a fallen "morning star" in Isaiah —17, was probably the first time identified with a fallen angel by Origen. The image of the fallen morning star or angel was thereby applied to Satan by early Christian writers,   following the equation of Lucifer to Satan in the pre-Christian century. By the third century, Christians began to reject the Enochian literature.
The sons of God came to be identified merely with righteous men, more precisely with descendants of Seth who had been seduced by women descended from Cain. The cause of evil was shifted from the superior powers of angels, to humans themselves, and to the very beginning of history; the expulsion of Satan and his angels on the one hand and the original sin of humans on the other hand. Others denied any physical relation to material elements, depicting the fallen angels as purely spiritual entities. Augustine, in his Civitas Dei describes two cities Civitates distinct from each other and opposed to each other like light and darkness.
On the other hand, the heavenly city is inhabited by righteous men and the angels led by God.
In Augustine works, evil originates from free will. Augustine always emphasized the sovereignty of God over the fallen angels. The obedient angels are endowed with grace , giving them a deeper understanding of God's nature and the order of the cosmos. Illuminated by God-given grace, they became incapable of feeling any desire for sin.
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Devils and Demons and the Return of the Nephilim
Ephesians 4 states:. We are renewed in the spirit when we have salvation in Jesus Christ.
And we are not to leave any space in our lives for Satan to enter. Satan entered the space of the ark because Ham invited him. Is it possible that Canaan was already showing the appearance of being part Nephilim? This is not stated in scripture, but we will see a similar distinction made for another infamous hybrid being below.
Bloodlines of the Nephilim – A Biblical Study | Beginning And End
What we can know with certainty that it is from the line of Ham that we find the resurgence of the Nephilim giants. The Bible is full of lineages and the Bible student should take note that they hold significance in bettering our understanding of Scripture. The first grandson of Ham who receives special designation in Genesis 10 is King Nimrod. And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. Just as Canaan received a special distinction in his genealogy, Nimrod gets several extra verses!
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