Watchers And TheirCarnivorous Sons
We have seen in chapter one that all those in the celestial realm are vegetarian and that God also expected both humans and animals to practice radical vegetarianism. We have also seen that Abel pleased God because his pure oblation was much more excellent sacrifice than the bloody sacrifice of his brother Cain. In this chapter I will endeavour to demonstrate just how and when both humanity and the animal kingdom ceased to be vegetarian and who was responsible for the carnivorous diet and the fall from vegetarianism.
Essenes and the Ebionites did not believe in the fall of Adam as Christians do today. They believed that the world was relatively calm and with few exceptions both humans and animals lived in accordance with the original ordinances they were given. From their point of view, all this has changed after certain heavenly Watchers married the human daughters and with them procreated giants who were responsible for all evil and violence in this world. Through them, all living souls corrupted their way of life and through them for the first time humanity resorted to sexual immorality and the eating of strange flesh. Dr. Martin Larson, in his book The Essene Heritage says:
“It was the basic Essene doctrine that sin did not derive from Adam but from the activities of the fallen angels known as Watchers…Some of the lower angels came to this earth to give instruction…They became degenerate and could no more ascend to heaven. This was the Fall, precisely as we learn in Enoch and Jubilees…This, according to Essene-Ebionite doctrine, was the origin of that dreadful impiety, the eating of meat. Blood thus shed, polluted the air with noxious vapors; mankind was filled with diseases; and death came prematurely and in agony.”
The Essenes were strict vegetarians and they condemned the bloody sacrificial cult of the Jews. They regarded the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem as a slaughterhouse and would not participate in their bloody sacrifices. Professor Charles Pfeiffer in his book The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible on p. 43, gives us the following information regarding the Essenes:
“The Essenes did not take part in Temple worship. The sources indicate that Essenes repudiated the idea of sacrifice.”
In the classical work Josephus, The Jewish War, of which the general editor is Gaalya Cornfeld, on p. 147, we find the following remark:
“The Essenes did not offer sacrifices and there is no trace of an altar at Qumran. Neither did they participate in the Temple sacrifices.”
The Jewish Encyclopedia, art. Essenes, on p. 90, candidly admits that the Essenes recognised only the pure oblation and would not take any part in the bloody sacrifice:
“While the Pharisees took an active part in the daily Jewish life of the masses, even when the Temple worship was controlled by the Sadducees, the Essenes formed a separate sect. The reason seems evident: they deemed themselves the only true Israel and they regarded the religious observances in the cities and the Temple as corrupt. They refused, therefore, to participate in them and went to the wilderness of Judea, to seek God there. Nevertheless, this refusal was confined to animal sacrifices only and they did make offerings of flour and oil, as well as incense.”
The Essenes, just like the Jews of Elephantine, offered only a pure oblation and vigorously repudiated and condemned any form of animal sacrifice. The same is true of the Ebionites. Early manuscripts and the writings of the Church Fathers plainly show that the Ebionites repudiated bloody sacrifices and they maintained that one of the main reasons why Jesus came into the world was in fact to do away with bloody sacrifice and the eating of strange flesh. The Catholic Cardinal Jean Danilou in his book The Theology of Jewish Christianity, on pp. 63-64, writes:
“By combining the evidence from the Fathers and from the Ebionite documents it is possible to form some idea of Ebionite theology…there is a succession of prophets who maintain the tradition of the true religion, of whom Moses and Jesus are the chief. In this sense the conception of Adam as a prophet and impeccable is typical, as is also the importance of Moses. Jesus is seen as coming after them to reform Judaism and to lead it back to its purity…they see Jesus as a reformer of the law who brings it back to true ideas of Moses. As it exists in Judaism the law seems to them to be mixed with elements of diabolical origin which are of later date than Moses…The elements to be rejected is primarily temple worship, and in particular, bloody sacrifices.”
Rev. Findlay in his book The Apocryphal Gospels from the History of Christianity in the Light of Modern Knowledge says of the Ebionites:
“In any case we know that they …had an abhorrence of all bloody sacrifices and the eating of flesh.”
In the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, on p. 184, we read of the Ebionites:
“They rejected the Old Testament sacrificial laws and were vegetarians.”
But there was another Jewish sect which existed in old times and was located by the Church Father Epiphanius in ancient Gilead and Bashan. Epiphanius identifies them by the name Nasaraeans. These ancient Nazarenes rejected the Jewish Pentateuch claiming that many passages were corrupted and forged by the lying Jewish scribes. This is what Epiphanius had to say concerning this ancient Jewish sect:
“The Nasaraeans held that the Jewish form of the Pentateuch was not that which Moses received but a later fabrication; the Nasaraeans claimed that they possessed the true law.”
In Panarion 1:18 he supplies further information:
“The Nasaraeans – they were Jews by nationality – originally from Gileaditis, Bashanitis and Transjordan…They acknowledged Moses and believed that he had received laws – not this law, however, but some other…they would not offer sacrifice or eat meat. They considered it unlawful to eat meat or make sacrifice with it.”
This is what the great scholar Matthew Black has to say concerning the comment of Epiphanius:
“Special interest attaches to Epiphanius’s Jewish sect of the Nasaraeans, located by him in the ancient Gilead and Bashan. They display some of the same characteristics as their neighbours, the Dositheans, and like the Samaritans, had a variant, if not different, form of Pentateuch from the Jewish Pentateuch; they declared that the Jewish Pentateuch was not the one received by Moses, but a later fabrication. The second main difference was their rejection of all animal sacrifice and abstention from eating the flesh of animals” [The Scrolls and Christian Origins, p. 66].
Dr. M.D. Magee in his article entitled Pre-Christian Nazarenes states:
“The pre-Christian Nazareans, like the Samaritans also opposed Judaean traditions, believing that the Pharisees had enfeebled the Law of Moses. They were vegetarians and opposed animal sacrifices.”
In Panarion 1:19 Epiphanius further states that the Ebionites and the Nazoreans produced a great prophet named Elxai who was also accepted by Essenes and the pre-Christian Nasaraeans:
“The man called Elxai joined them later, in the reign of Trajan [early 2nd century], after the Saviour’s incarnation…He wrote a book by prophecy…He has no use for celibacy, detests continence and insists on matrimony…he confesses Christ by name…He bans burnt offerings and sacrifices, as something foreign to God and never offered to Him on the authority of the fathers and Law…he rejects the Jewish custom of eating meat and the rest, and the altar…Four sects have made use of him. Of those that came after him, Ebionites and Nazoreans. Of those that came before his time and during it, the Ossaeans and the Nasaraeans.”
All these true believers who rejected the bloody sacrificial cult of the Jews and who condemned those who killed animals in order to eat strange flesh held that the original vegetarian world was deceived and corrupted by the fallen angels identified as Watchers in the book of Enoch. This book was regarded as authentic and inspired by many in the early centuries. Later it was discarded and treated as an apocryphal work. Here are some excerpts from the book of Enoch which describe the fall and the origin of sin and the eating of strange flesh:
“In those days, when the children of man had multiplied, it happened that there were born unto them handsome and beautiful daughters. And the angels, the children of heaven, saw them and desired them; and they said to one another, Come let us choose wives for ourselves from among the daughters of man and beget us children. And Semyaz, being their leader, said unto them, I fear that perhaps you will not consent that this deed should be done, and I alone will become responsible for this great sin.
But they all responded to him, Let us all swear an oath and bind everyone among us by a curse not to abandon this suggestion but to do the deed. Then they all swore together and bound one another by the curse. And they were altogether two hundred; and they descended into Ardos, which is the summit of Hermon… And they took wives unto themselves, and everyone respectively chose one woman for himself, and they began to go unto them. And they taught them magical medicine, incantations, the cutting of roots, and taught them about plants. And the women became pregnant and gave birth to great giants whose heights were three hundred cubits. These giants consumed the produce of all the people until the people detested feeding them. So the giants turned against the people in order to eat them. And they began to sin against birds, wild beasts, reptiles, and fish. And their flesh was devoured the one by the other, and they drank blood. And then the earth brought an accusation against the oppressors.
And Azazel taught the people the art of making swords and knives, and shields, and breastplates; and he showed to their chosen ones bracelets, decorations, shadowing of the eye with antimony, ornamentation, the beautifying of the eyelids, all kinds of precious stones, and all coloring tinctures and alchemy. And there were many wicked ones and they committed adultery and erred, and all their conduct became corrupt…then Michael, Surafel, and Gabriel observed carefully from the sky and they saw much blood being shed on earth, and all the oppression being wrought upon the earth…You see what Azazel has done; how he has taught all forms of oppression upon the earth… Moreover Semyaz, to whom you have given power to rule over his companions, co-operating, they went in unto the daughters of the people on earth; and they lay together with them - with those women - and defiled themselves, and revealed to them every kind of sin. As for the women, they gave birth to giants to the degree that the whole earth was filled with blood and oppression…And to Gabriel the Lord said, Proceed against the bastards and the reprobates and against the children of adultery; and destroy the children of adultery and expel the children of the Watchers from among the people. And send them against one another so that they may be destroyed in the fight, for length of days have they not. They will beg you everything - for their fathers on behalf of themselves - because they hope to live an eternal life…And to Michael God said, Make known to Semyaza and the others who are with him, who fornicated with the women, that they will die together in all their defilement.
And when they and all their children have battled with each other, and when they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them for seventy generations underneath the rocks of the ground until the day of their judgement and of their consummation, until the eternal judgement is concluded… But now the giants who are born from the union of the spirits and the flesh shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, because their dwelling shall be upon the earth and inside the earth. Evil spirits have come out of their bodies. Because from the day that they were created from the holy ones they became the Watchers; their first origin is the spiritual foundation. They will become evil upon the earth and shall be called evil spirits. The dwelling of the spiritual beings of heaven is heaven; but the spirits of the giants oppress each other; they will corrupt, fall, be excited, and find obstacles. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of the people and against the women, because they have proceeded forth from them.”
And now please note some excerpts from the book of Jubilees - a manuscript discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls:
“And when the children of men began to multiply on the surface of the earth and daughters were born to them, which the angels of the LORD saw in a certain year of that jubilee that they were good to look at. And they took wives for themselves from all those whom they chose. And they bore children for them; and they were the giants. And injustice increased upon the earth, and all flesh corrupted its way; man and cattle and beasts and birds and everything which walks on the earth. And they all corrupted their way and ordinances, and they began to eat one another…For on account of these three the Flood came upon the earth. For it was because of the fornication which the Watchers, apart from the mandate of their authority, fornicated with the daughters of men and took for themselves wives from all whom they chose and made the beginning of impurity. And they begot sons, the naphadim, and all of them were dissimilar. And each one ate his fellow. The giants killed the naphil, and the naphil killed the elyo, and the elyo mankind, and man his neighbour. And everyone sold himself in order that he might do injustice and pour out much blood and the earth was full of injustice. And afterward, they sinned against beasts, and birds and everything which moves or walks upon the earth. And they poured out much blood upon the earth.”
Both the book of Enoch and the book of Jubilees clearly reveal that all injustice and violence - especially the sexual perversion and the eating of strange flesh - was introduced to humanity by the fallen angels identified as Watchers. Daniel 4:13 confirms that there are angels called by this name:
“In the vision of my mind in bed, I looked and saw a holy watcher coming down from heaven…This sentence is decreed by the watchers; This verdict is commanded by the holy ones” [The Tanakh].
Through the corrupt teaching of the Watchers and through brutality of their bastard sons who are identified as giants [nephilim], the Earth was full of injustice and violence. All flesh corrupted and altered their way of life and began to shed blood and eat the strange flesh. These giants were beings of great and enormous stature. The people of the earth could not produce enough food in their fields to feed these ever-hungry bastards and so they began to eat animals and humans in order to satisfy their enormous appetite. The Bible itself shows that these giants could have indeed been some three hundred cubits tall and of enormous strength. In Amos we read that the Amorites were of enormous stature and strength:
“Israel, the Amorites were there when you entered Canaan. They were tall as cedars and strong as oaks” [2:9].
Cedars are trees which are many metres tall. An oak tree is indeed a strong and powerful and an enormous tree. The sons of Anak were also of gigantic stature and the spies who spied the land of Canaan confirmed this:
“All the people that we saw in it are men of great size; we saw the nephilim there - the Anakites are part of the nephilim - and we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them” [Numbers 13:32-33 The Tanakh].
In a margin we are told to refer to Genesis 6:4 where the word nephilim also occurs in reference to the sons procreated by the “sons of God,” that is, the Watchers. For in Genesis 6:4 the same term “nephilim” is used to describe those giants. Revelation 10:1-2 shows that one powerful angel stood with his right foot on the sea and with his left on the land. Only a being of gigantic stature could do this. Soviet cosmonauts aboard space station Salyut 7 reported seeing seven angels hovering outside the portholes of their craft. These angels were of gigantic stature. The report is recorded in The Reader’s Digest Almanac of the Uncanny on p. 432: “Space is full of surprises, but what the occupants of Soviet space station Salyut 7 claimed they saw in the summer of 1984 was strange even by space standards. On day 155 of the mission Commander Oleg Atkov and cosmonauts Vladimir Solovyov and Leonid Kizim reported that the space station was bathed in the most dazzling orange light that momentarily blinded them. They wondered if there had been a fire or explosion on board. When their vision returned they looked out of the portholes and informed ground control that they could see faces. Outside the spacecraft hovered seven ‘angels.’ Their faces and bodies looked human, but they had wings. The angels kept up with the speed and movement of the space station for about 10 minutes before suddenly vanishing. The cosmonauts conceded they might have gone momentarily mad and after a few days were convinced they had suffered a group hallucination. Then, on day 167, the cosmonauts were joined by their three colleagues from the Soyuz T-12 spacecraft, Svetlana Savitskaya, Igor Volk and Vladimir Dzhanibekov. Again the space station was bathed in bright orange light, and the seven angels reappeared - each one, the witnesses said, ‘as big as an airliner.’ All six cosmonauts reported they saw the ‘smiling’ angels. When considering only the first crew, the episode could be written off as resulting from the stress of long-term space travel. Indeed, the crew went on to set a record of 237 days in space.
But such an explanation could not apply to the second crew - it was soon after their arrival at the space station that the ‘angels’ appeared again.” The Soviet cosmonauts reported that the angels were as big as an airliner. An international airliner is over 50 metres long. The Book of Enoch therefore is not wrong when it says that the bastard giants were about 300 cubits tall. Before I go into the Bible in order to show that the story in the Book of Enoch is genuine and true and that the Watchers who fell procreated the gigantic offspring who caused humanity to fall from vegetarianism, it is essential to present some excerpts from the Clementine Homilies where Apostle Peter clearly shows that Adam was not responsible for the sin in this world but rather the fallen angels and their bastard sons:
“But thus the matter stands. The only good God having made all things well, and having handed them over to man, who was made after His image, he who had been made breathing of the divinity of Him who made him, being a true prophet and knowing all things, for the honour of the Father who had given all things to him, and for the salvation of the sons born of him, as a genuine father preserving his affection towards the children born of him, and wishing them, for their advantage, to love God and be loved of Him, showed them the way which leads to his friendship, teaching them by what deeds of men the one God and Lord of all is pleased; and having exhibited to them the things that are pleasing to Him, appointed a perpetual law to all, which neither can be abrogated by enemies, nor is vitiated by any impious one, nor is concealed in any place, but which can be read by all. To them, therefore, by obedience to the law, all things were in abundance, - the fairest of fruits, fullness of years, freedom from grief and from disease, bestowed upon them without fear, with all salubrity of the air.”
The Book of Jasher confirms that while Adam lived the people listened to him and there was peace and wellbeing on earth:
“And all the days of the life of Adam, there was rest, and peace, and quiet, unto all men. For they listened unto all things, concerning which he spake unto them.”
The Fall was instigated by the Watchers and their offspring. Peter explains in Clementine Homilies:
“For of the spirits who inhabit the heaven, the angels who dwell in the lowest region…having become in all respects men, they also partook of human lust, and being brought under its subjection they fell into cohabitation with women; and being involved with them, and sunk in defilement and altogether emptied of their first power, were unable to turn back to the first purity of their proper nature…but from their unhallowed intercourse spurious men sprang, much greater in stature than ordinary men, whom they afterwards called giants…wild in manners, and greater than men in size, inasmuch as they were sprung of angels; yet less than angels, as they were born of women. Therefore God, knowing that they were barbarized to brutality, and that the world was not sufficient to satisfy them [for it was created according to the proportion of men and human use], that they might not through want of food turn, contrary to nature, to the eating of animals, and yet seem to be blameless, as having ventured upon this through necessity, the Almighty God rained manna upon them, suited to their various tastes; and they enjoyed all that they would. But they, on account of their bastard nature, not being pleased with purity of food, longed only after the taste of blood. Wherefore they first tasted flesh. And the men who were with them there for the first time were eager to do the like. Thus, although we are born neither good nor bad, we become one or the other; and having formed habits, we are with difficulty drawn from them. But when irrational animals fell short, these bastard men tasted also human flesh. For it was not a long step to the consumption of flesh like their own, having first tasted it in other forms.”
Peter goes on to show how the pure Earth was violated and the long lives shortened on account of poisonous juices of the flesh. He also states that the spirits of the giants survived their bodily destruction and were later known as the evil spirits or demons that are responsible for sacrificial cults, the butchering of animals, sex orgies and other evils which are rampant in this world. Peter points out that these demons have the power only over those who permit them to enter their bodies. In the Recognitions of Clement Peter goes on to say how the demons enter the human bodies because they are disembodied spirits and by a vicarious ways try to satisfy their cravings and lusts for sex and strange flesh:
“But the reason why the demons delight in entering into men’s bodies is that, being disembodied spirits and having perverted desires after meat and sex, but not being able to partake of these due to being spirits, and wanting organs fitted for their enjoyment, they enter the bodies of men in order to gain organs with which to satisfy their lusts, both meat and sex.”
Apostle Peter explained that the best way to prevent demon possession is to live a pure and simple life. Especially clean sex life and the abstention from animal flesh keeps the demons at bay. Jesus himself pointed out that worst kinds of demons come forth only through prayer and fasting. When demons are deprived of food and pleasure they are looking for, they leave in haste in search of other bodies where they could fulfil their depraved and degenerated nature. Apostle Jude clearly refers to the writings of Enoch and the fallen angels who indulged in perverted sex and partook of strange flesh:
“And the angels who kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgement of the great day.”
This fact is clearly related in the Book of Enoch to which Jude in fact refers. From 2 Peter 2:4 we learn that these angels were actually locked in Tartarus. Tartarus, in the light of Greek mythology, was a place where the rebellious Titans were locked. These angels had nothing to do with the so-called rebellion of Lucifer. Nor were these angels identical with demons or evil spirits. The demons and their chief evil spirit - Satan - are free to roam on this earth and are not in chains nor are they locked in Tartarus or the Abyss. Only the angels who did not retain their first state of existence but did voluntarily exchange their first estate for human bodies in order to marry the human daughters are locked away in the Abyss or Tartarus. Jude clearly states that the angels who are imprisoned in chains left their own original dwelling place. Rebelling angels in Christian tradition and teaching did not leave heaven but were rather expelled and thrown out. On one occasion the demons begged Jesus not to send them to Abyss [Luke 8:31].
These demons were the disembodied spirits of the giants whose fathers [Watchers] were locked away in Tartarus or Abyss. That is why they begged Jesus not to send them to the same place of terror. In Christian theology, Lucifer Satan and all his angels were never imprisoned in Tartarus or Abyss but were simply hurled down to this Earth where they are free to roam it and deceive the people. But Jude knows nothing of this theology but rather he refers to the Book of Enoch and the Watchers who were imprisoned in the Abyss [rendered bottomless pit, or deep in the KJV]. During the thousand years reign all the demons and their chief leader Semyaza - Satan will finally be locked away with their fathers in the Abyss [Revelation 20:3]. This also proves that Satan and his demons are now free to deceive and take possessions of the bodies of those who permit them - just as Peter says in the Clementine Homilies and the Recognitions of Clement.
But Jude also points out something else. He refers to Sodom, Gomorrah, and their surrounding towns and points out that they have practiced the same evil rites as the imprisoned angels did. They, just like those angels, were guilty of fornication and the eating of strange flesh [verse 7]. The word “strange” means “foreign, alien.” Dr. Spiros Zodhiates points out in his Complete Word Study Dictionary Of The New Testament on p. 665, that the Greek word “heteros” in Jude 7 means “foreign, strange.” He goes on to say that the same Greek word is used in Exodus 30:9 of the Greek Septuagint Bible. Please note the text: “Ye shall offer no strange [heteros] incense thereon.” The word “strange” in this text implies “foreign” or “forbidden” incense. The Hebrew word in the Masoretic Text is “zuwr” which means “strange” and “profane.” Jude thus says that the Sodomites were guilty of sexual perversion and of eating strange, forbidden and profane flesh of animals. Jesus also had something to say concerning the ante Deluvian world. According to him they were guilty of perverted sex, eating of flesh and drinking of wine. Jesus’ statement is recorded in the Essene Humane Gospel:
“for as in the days that were before the flood they were eating flesh and drinking sour wine, [fermented wine] and marrying for unnatural reasons, until the day that Noah entered into the ark and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.”
The canonical Mathean version mentions only “eating and drinking” and “marrying” which of course occurs at all times of human history and does not constitute any special sign at all which would help us identify the times we live in. But the saying recorded in the Essene Humane Gospel makes all the difference. Jesus here points out that the final age would experience the same degradation and perversion as did the age just before the Deluge. As in those days the Earth was filled with violence due to the slaughter of animals for food so shall it be in the final age. And as people married and indulged in sexual activities for “unnatural” reasons, so shall it be in the final age. Just look around you today. Billions of animals are butchered in our modern and sophisticated slaughterhouses so that carnivorous beings could gratify their barbarous habit and craving for animal flesh. Just take a look at all the available intoxicating beverages and the amount of alcohol consumed today and you will immediately realise just how accurate Jesus was. In addition, take a look at all the sexual activities in this world and all the pornography available which has nothing to do with the marriage for “natural” purposes, and again you will see just how accurate Jesus was. In fact, Jesus was much more specific when he spoke of the final age and the killing of animals for their flesh. He spoke of things that could not be applied to any previous age. Please note some excerpts of his predictions, recorded in the Essene Humane Gospel:
“…For many things shall take place upon earth that hath not taken place before, nay, nor seen by any generation, except those of that generation…Those that have power, shall gather to themselves in greed, the lands and the riches of the earth, for their own lusts, and thus shall oppress the greater number who have not. For in those days, the many shall be held in bondage, but yet not in prison, and they shall be used to increase the riches of the greedy. Yea, even the innocent beasts of the field shall be greatly oppressed, for every cruelty and lust shall be worked against my innocent brothers and sisters of the great household of God; for many shall lust after the taste of flesh, and blood shall flow freely as high as the bridle of a horse!…For I say unto ye this day, that a strange saviour shall rule the minds of many, and that generation shall believe not in the evil of the world, but shall judge all evil, good, and all good, evil…Yea, I tell ye, in that age to come, the Father’s Name shall be blasphemed in a manner like never before in the history of the world, greater than even the star count of heaven itself! For hands dripping with the innocent blood of my creatures will take up my name in vain and mislead many, and they will follow the ways of the Pharisees and not the true path of the pure oblation. Yea, many lies will be spoken of me in that age, things I spoke not unto ye, nor taught not, for they will lust after much flesh and sin, and their evil will mount higher than a new moon of thy season and many will believe, and be lost…
For verily I say unto ye, that age shall not pass till all those things be fulfilled…Yea, in that age to come, there shall be great lawlessness in the land, for every man shall seek his own advantage, and there shall be no natural love between brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers, for great shall the division of faith and belief be in that age of the end. In that age to come all things the prophets spoke shall come to pass yea, every sacred word to the letter, for in that time, troubles and tribulations shall engross the nations, and men shall not know a way to escape, for by their evil shall they be caught as a bird in a snare, and none shall escape just rewards. For in that age, many shall fall into Satan’s traps and be misled, striving after riches and material goods; many shall leave off from my laws and the love of riches shall blind them to truth. I tell ye, truly, never in the history of the world shall slavery be manifest as in that age, for Satan shall enslave the masses in manners unknown to thy generation, and the masses shall put their faith and hope in the vain promises of ever-speaking man. For all done in that age, will be accredited to man alone, for few shall know the tricks and deceptions of the evil one, who worketh every strange miracle and fooleth the people and leadeth them to destruction. For many shall not profess God, but believe in their own might and strength and entire nations shall war in my name and deceive many.”
Jesus also pointed out that the true believers and disciples are not gathered around “dead things” like vultures, but only round the table where “living” food is:
“For remember, wheresoever the carcass is, there will the vultures be gathered together. For these birds eat of the dead and do gather round for the feast and know not the living. Know ye also, therefore, that the true disciples of Christ are among the living only and are not found gathered round dead things.”
So many of those who claim the name of Jesus and who maintain that they are true followers of Jesus, feast like vultures on carrion and enjoy the flesh of the innocent creatures cruelly slaughtered and decapitated in the slaughterhouses. Jesus said that the flesh of the slain beasts which you eat, my Christian friend, will become your own tomb. This saying is recorded in the Essene Gospel Of Peace translated from Aramaic by Dr. Edmond Bordaeux Szekelly:
“And the flesh of the slain beasts in his body will become his own tomb. For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and whoso eats the flesh of slain beasts, eats of the body of death…Kill not, neither eat the flesh of your innocent prey, lest you become the slaves of Satan. For that is the path of sufferings, and it leads unto death.”
I have demonstrated from several extra-canonical sources that humanity did not eat animal flesh before the Watchers fell and their bastard sons caused havoc on this Earth. But most Christians would dismiss them since they are not quoted from the Bible - the only scriptures they recognise as canonical. Therefore I will now refer to Genesis 6 and plainly demonstrate that this chapter of the Bible in reality agrees and teaches exactly the same truth this extra-canonical literature does. The first thing we are told in this chapter is the fact that when humanity increased on this Earth and many beautiful girls were born, the “Sons of God” fell in love with them and desired them. After marrying them they procreated “nephilim” that is, giants who became mighty warriors and heroes. Please note the text as is translated in the King James Bible:
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose…There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”
Who were these sons of God? Those who blindly accept the traditional Christian view will tell you that they were holy men from the lineage of Seth. The beautiful daughters of men, they say, were girls from the lineage of Cain. The problem, therefore, is intermarriage between supposedly the righteous lineage of Seth and the sinful lineage of Cain. These conservative scholars argue that the Sons of God could not be angels since, in their view, angels are sexless and therefore could not marry. To support their view they always refer to the words of Jesus:
“they will neither marry nor be given in marriage, but they will be like the angels in heaven.”
Since Jesus said that angels in heaven neither marry nor are given in marriage, they conclude that they therefore must be sexless. But we shall see a little later that nothing can be further from the truth and that this text, along some other evidence, in fact proves that there are both male and female angels and that they could engage in sexual activities if they so choose. But before I demonstrate this fact, let us first of all see some other versions of the Bible and see how these translators understood the text and who they thought were these Sons of God. The Tanakh [released by the Jewish Publication Society]:
“When men began to increase on earth and daughters were born to them, the divine beings saw how beautiful the daughters of men were and took wives from among those that pleased them…It was then, and later too, that the Nephilim appeared on earth - when the divine beings cohabited with the daughters of men, who bore them offspring. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown.”
The Bible For Today:
“More and more people were born, until finally they spread all over the earth. Some of their daughters were so beautiful that supernatural beings came down and married the ones they wanted…The children of the supernatural beings who had married these women became famous heroes and warriors. They were called Nephilim and lived on the earth at the time and even later.”
The Good News Bible:
“When mankind had spread all over the world, and girls were being born, some of the supernatural beings saw that these girls were beautiful, so they took the ones that they liked…In those days, and even later, there were giants on the earth who were descendants of human women and the supernatural beings. They were the great heroes and famous men long ago.”
The Living Bible:
“Now a population explosion took place upon the earth. It was at this time that beings from the spirit world looked upon the beautiful earth women and took any they desired to be their wives…In those days, and even afterwards, when the evil beings from the spirit world were sexually involved with human women, their children became giants, of whom so many legends are told."
The Book of Yahweh Bible:
“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of the gods saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose…There were tyrants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of the gods came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown and of an infamous name.”
The New American Bible:
“When men began to multiply on earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of heaven saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as they chose…At that time the nephilim appeared on earth [as well as later], after the sons of heaven had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown.”
In a footnote, the translators say:
“The sons of heaven: literally the sons of the gods or the sons of God, i.e. the celestial beings of mythology.”
And, finally, please note the translation of Dr. James Moffat in The Moffat Bible:
“Now when men began to multiply over all the world and had daughters born to them, the angels noticed that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any one of them that they chose…It was in these days that the nephilim giants arose on earth, as well as afterwards whenever angels had intercourse with the daughters of men and had children born to them; these were the heroes who were famous in the days of old.”
All these Bible translators clearly understood that “bene elohim” are in fact the supernatural beings and not men from the lineage of Seth. Those who believe that Genesis 6 speaks of offspring crossed between holy and unholy lineages fail to satisfactorily explain just why the offspring was of gigantic stature and why were they the legendary heroes of the dim past. If the giants were born because their fathers were of the holy lineage then Isaac should have been even a greater giant since both his father and mother were holy. And John the Baptist then should have been the super giant since both Zechariah and Elizabeth were blameless before God and kept all his commandments [Luke 1:6]. Let us closely examine some passages of the Hebrew Bible and see how the term “Sons of God” was used and to whom did it always refer. This term appears several times in the Book of Job and virtually all commentators agree that it refers to the supernatural beings. In Job 1:6 and 2:1 the term “bene elohim” or “bene elim” is translated variously by Bible translators. Some use the term “sons of God” while others “divine beings,” “supernatural beings,” and “angels.”
No Christian commentator even insinuates that “sons of God” here are of the lineage of Seth. They all unanimously agree that the term refers to angels or some other higher divine beings - the members of the Divine Council. Job 38:1, 7 clearly shows that the “Sons of God” were in existence long before there was any human being. The term therefore does not and cannot be applied to any earthly people or lineage, since the Old Testament invariably uses the term in reference to the divine beings. In Psalm 29:1 the term “bene elohim” occurs. But in this passage the King James translators did not use the term “sons of God” but rather they translated the term “mighty.” The Psalmist actually calls on the “Sons of God” to praise Yahweh. In Psalm 89:6 [KJV 7] the Psalmist says that none among the “bene elim” [Sons of God] could be compared with God. Clearly the reference is to the higher Divine Beings and not men from the lineage of Seth. Another crucial text is found in Deuteronomy 32:8 where the term “sons of God” appears in most English versions. The King James Bible uses the term “sons of Israel” because it is based on the Hebrew Masoretic Text - composed in the 6th century of the Christian era. The early manuscripts and the versions of the Bible - including the Hebrew version discovered with the Dead Sea Scrolls uses the term “bene elohim” rather than “bene Yisrael.” The notion in this text is that the Most High assigned the nations to His sons to govern them.
Deuteronomy 32:7-9 ascribes these words to the lips of Moses:
“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generation: ask thy father, and he will shew thee, thy elders, and they will tell thee. When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.”
Here we have a song of antiquity, ascribed to Moses. This division of the nations took place many generations prior to the days of Moses. The text says that Elyon [Most High] divided the nations “according to the number of the Children of Israel.” The King James Bible and a handful of other English versions follow the reading of the Masoretic text. Many other English versions follow a different Hebrew text which reads “according to the number of the “Sons of God.” This reading is also supported by some LXX manuscripts, by the version of Symmachus, Old Latin and the scroll from Qumran. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, on p. 584, says: “the MT erroneously has “sons of Israel,” but the versions [e.g. LXX, Symmachus, Old Latin] and a scroll from Qumran support the reading “sons of God.” The translators understood the text of Deuteronomy 32:7-9 differently. Those who were influenced by modern monotheism identified Elyon [the Most High] and Yahweh as one and the same God.
James Moffat understood that a “guardian angel” [Moffat Bible] was appointed over every nation except the nation of Israel which was ruled by the Most High personally. The translators of the Good News Bible understood that “a god” was appointed over each nation by the Most High but that He ruled over Israel personally. The translators of the Living Bible - Life Application Bible - understood that “a supervising angel” ruled over each nation while the Most High ruled over Israel directly. The compilers of The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia understood that the Most High and Yahweh are two distinct beings and that Yahweh, like all other Sons [Gods] was merely an heir who inherited Israel from his Father Elyon. Please note the comment in Vol. 5, art. Sons of God, on p. 584:
“In Canaanite religion and myth, the term “sons of God” or “sons of the gods” referred to the gods in general. They were the deities of the pantheon who convened to render decisions regarding the governance of the world. Ugaritic mythological texts, e.g., call this divine council “the assembly of the sons of God” [or of El the chief god]…The same usage occurs, at least vestigially, in certain passages in the Hebrew Bible. Dt. 32:8 says that “When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of men, he fixed the bound of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God…In other words, the Most High assigned one of the peoples of the world to each of the divine beings in the council. As verse 9 indicates, Yahweh’s portion was Israel. The original notion seems to have been that Yahweh, God of Israel, stood alongside the other national Gods in a council presided over by the most high.”
Now it becomes clear why Jephtah recognised Chemosh as the national and authentic God of the Ammonites. It also becomes clear why so many passages in the Hebrew Bible clearly state that Israel is the actual inheritance of Yahweh. If Yahweh was the Most High God then he could not inherit anything - since everything would be his. But this fact proves that Yahweh was just one of the 72 sons who were appointed over the 72 nations of the ancient world. There are numerous texts in the Hebrew Bible which say that Israel is Yahweh’s inheritance [See: Deuteronomy 4:20; 9:26; 1 Samuel 10:1; 2 Samuel 14:6; 1 Kings 8:53; 2 Kings 21:14 and Psalm 33:12]. Psalm 82:1 correctly translated reads: “The Gods stand in the assembly of God, who judges in the midst of the Gods.” Now the picture is somewhat clearer. The Gods were the 72 Sons of Elyon [Most High] who ruled over the nations. These Gods were accused by the Most High of misrule and injustice:
“How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked…I said you are gods; you are all sons of the Most High. But you will die like mere men” [verses 2-7].
This psalm depicts the Heavenly Council in session. All the Gods - rulers of the 72 nations - are assembled before the Most High. He accuses them of misconduct and tells them that even though they are all his sons and therefore divine, they will die just like mere men. Many Bible commentators are aware of this. They are aware that these Gods - the Sons of God - [Most High] were members of the Divine Council which was presided by the Most High. Nelson’s New Bible Dictionary, art. Sons of God, on p. 1194, say:
“The sons of God presented themselves before God in what might be called a heavenly assembly.”
The Zondervan NIV Commentary, Vol. 1, on p. 746, says:
“The divine council is made up of the Sons of God.”
Hasting’s Dictionary Of The Bible, on p. 135, says:
“In a few passages in the Old Testament the term ‘sons of God’ is applied to divine beings, demigods or angels, members of the heavenly council…Thus in these cases the ‘children of God’ usually called ‘sons of God,’ were the family of divine beings of whom God was apparently the physical father.”
The Oxford Companion To The Bible, on p. 713, says:
“The sons of God are divine members of God’s heavenly assembly.”
In the Old Testament the term “Sons of God” in its strict application always refers to the sons of the Most High who are the members of the Divine Council. In its extended application it refers to angels. The final proof that this is the case and that this term does not and cannot be applied to humans from the lineage of Seth is evident by the very meaning of the Hebrew idiom. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, art. Sons of God, on p. 584, says:
“SONS OF GOD - divine beings. Just as ‘sons of man’ means human beings in Hebrew, so ‘sons of God’ means divine beings, i.e. gods.”
New Bible Dictionary, J.D. Douglas, art. Sons of God, on p. 1133, say:
“In the Old Testament [a] individual of the class ‘god.’ ‘Son’ [Heb. Ben, Aram. Bar] is commonly used in Semitic languages to denote membership of a class, as “son of Israel’ for “Israelite,’ ‘son of might’ for ‘valorous.’ ‘Son of God’ in Heb. means ‘god’ or ‘god-like.”
Did you get that? Just as ‘son of man’ in Hebrew means ‘a human being’ so the term ‘son of God’ means ‘a God.’ Just as dogs beget dogs, and men beget men, so does God beget Gods. In the New Testament all new born believers are “sons of God” because they are begotten of His Spirit and therefore partake of His divine nature. But none of new born believing humans ever beget nephilim that is, great giants - no matter how holy the person may be, thus proving that the fathers of the nephilim spoken of in Genesis 6 were indeed angels, just as the Book of Enoch clearly states. All the evidence therefore points to the fact that the fallen Watchers and their bastard sons were the first to taste flesh and kill for food. They were those who influenced humanity to pervert their original way of life and ordinances of God. Prior to this time all the living souls were vegetarian and they followed the way of life God prescribed for them in the beginning and they observed His ordinances. Only after the Watchers fell and the giants were born to them did all flesh corrupt their way and the Earth was filled with violence. This fact is actually clearly recorded even in the King James Bible. Please note the text of Genesis 6:11-12:
“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.”
The first thing I want to point out is the fact that the word “was” should actually be “became.” The Hebrew word “hayyah” was so correctly translated in Genesis 2:10 where it is said that the river became four branches. The word “hayyah” is defined by James Strong in his Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Hebrew Dictionary as follows: “to exist; i.e. to be, to become; to come to pass.” The Earth was not always full of violence. The creatures on Earth were not always corrupt. The Earth became full of violence and all flesh corrupted their way of life only after the Sons of God cohabited with the beautiful daughters of men and through this unnatural and forbidden union procreated monstrous Nephilim giants. The word “corrupt” means: “made inferior to the original version; immoral, debased or depraved; a disintegration of something once good and pure.” All flesh on Earth altered their original way of life and they became corrupt - just as the Book of Enoch explains. This fact alone proves that prior to that time the Earth was not corrupt nor was it full of violence. Only after the fall of the Watchers and after their bastard sons were born and they resorted to carnivorous diet and caused others to do the same did Earth become full of violence and the flesh corrupted their original way of life and good ordinances they received from Adam. The Fall therefore did not originate with Adam but rather with the Watchers and the giants they procreated. You will recall that in the Book of Enoch we were told that the giants had monstrous appetite and that the people resented feeding them. You will also recall that the descendants of these Nephilim giants were living in the land of Canaan. The spies reported that the land of Canaan was very fertile and that its fruits were the best on Earth.
A bunch of grapes was carried by two persons. Yet the land starved its inhabitants and was not able to satisfy the enormous appetite of the Anakim who were legitimate descendants of the Nephilim giants spoken of in Genesis 6. Thus Numbers 13: 32 speaks of the Nephilim giants in the same manner that the Book of Enoch does and therefore gives weight to the story of Enoch. Therefore those who kill animals in order to eat their flesh walk on the path of the monstrous Nephilim giants who were the first to kill for food and who thus filled the Earth with violence. Today billions of animals are cruelly slaughtered by merciless people so that they could gratify their lusts just, like those bastard sons of the fallen Watchers. Some are sure to argue that Watchers could not have married women since they are sexless! The Bible however, nowhere says that angels are sexless. Nor does the Bible anywhere say that angels cannot resort to metamorphosis. On the contrary, the Bible shows that angels did resort to metamorphosis when they appeared to people and at times were even able to partake of the earthly food. If angels are sexless, why then do they wear garments? What do they have to hide?
Even God is portrayed as wearing a garment. In Revelation all the saints are portrayed as wearing garments. If they will all be sexless - as generally supposed - why then wear garments? There are at least two passages in the Bible which strongly imply that angels do have genitals. In Isaiah 6:2 we are told that Seraphim have six wings. With two they fly, with two they cover their face, and with the remaining two they cover their feet. It is impossible to cover the feet with wings. The two wings which cover the face cover the body from waist upward. The two wings which cover the feet cover the body from waist down. The word “feet” is often used metaphorically in the Bible. They euphemistically represent the genitals. In Isaiah 7:20 “pubic hair” is referred to as “hair of the feet.” In Deuteronomy 28:57 it is said that good and tender mother would resort to cannibalism and would consume the afterbirth which comes from “between her feet” - a clear reference to genitalia. In 2 Kings 18:27 King James Bible uses the word “piss” [urine]. The Hebrew however says “foot water.” The same text is also recorded in Isaiah 36:12. In Ezekiel 16:25 God condemns Judah for offering her “feet” to her lovers.
All these expressions are used euphemistically to describe the male and female genitalia. Therefore Isaiah 6:2 strongly implies that angels are both male and female. This then also explains why Jesus said that the saved ones will neither marry nor be given in marriage but will be like the “angels” in heaven. If angels were sexless then Jesus would not have used them as an example - since sexless beings naturally do not marry. Only if the angels are indeed male and female - but do not resort to marriage - does the illustration make perfect sense. The other text which strongly implies that angels are indeed either male or female also comes from Isaiah. In Isaiah 34:14 the name Lilith appears in connection with the Satyrs - male goat demons. The translators of the King James Bible have rendered the name Lilith as “screech owl.” In the Center Reference this is corrected to “night monster.” Lilith is number #3917 in Strong’s, where it is thus rendered: “night specter.” Collier’s Dictionary defines the word “specter” in the following manner:
“spirit of the dead person; ghost; something that haunts or disturbs the mind.”
The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, on p. 359, says that Lilith is a
“name of a female night-demon haunting desolate Edom.”
The Zondrvan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, on p. 96, says:
“Isaiah referred to the familiar Akkadian female demon Lilitu by the Hebrew name of Lilith.”
Good News Bible renders “Lilith” in Isaiah 34:14 as “night monster.” In a footnote however it says:
“night monster: A female demon, believed to live in desolate places.” Jesus himself confirmed that demons lived in desolate places [Matthew 12:43].
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythology, Religion and the Unknown, on p. 163, art. “Lilith,” says:
“Chief of the demonesses of Jewish tradition...Lilith also attacked men who were sleeping alone.”
Lilith is also known as Succubus. Succubus is a female demoness, seeking sexual intercourse with men in their sleep. “Succubus” is a female counterpart of male demon called “Incubus.” Incubus is a male demon who seeks sexual pleasure with women in their sleep. The Jewish Encyclopedia, on p. 1226, says of “Lilith”:
“according to a popular etymology the “demon of the night”. She is mentioned in Isaiah 34:14. In the Talmud, Lilith is described as having human face, long hair, and wings, but the term Lilith also occurs as a noun denoting female demons generally. In mystical literature [Cabala], she became the queen of demons and the consort of Satan-Samael.”
Therefore those who reject the story told in the Book of Enoch and Jubilees and who deny that the Sons of God in Genesis 6 are actually angels, on the grounds that angels are sexless and therefore unable to copulate cannot substantiate their belief.