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God tells his angels about the flood

261px-Fallen_angels_NishriThen said the Most High, the Holy and Great One spake, and sent Uriel to the son of Lamech, and said to him: ‘Go to Noah and tell him in my name “Hide thyself!” and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may escape and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world.’

And again the Lord said to Raphael: ‘Bind Azazel hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert, which is in Dudael, and cast him therein. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may not see light. And on the day of the great judgement he shall be cast into the fire. And heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons. And the whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin.’ And to Gabriel said the Lord: ‘Proceed against the bastards and the reprobates, and against the children of fornication: and destroy [the children of fornication and] the children of the Watchers from amongst men [and cause them to go forth]: send them one against the other that they may destroy each other in battle: for length of days shall they not have. And no request that they (i.e. their fathers) make of thee shall be granted unto their fathers on their behalf; for they hope to live an eternal life, and that each one of them will live five hundred years.’

And the Lord said unto Michael: ‘Go, bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is for ever and ever is consummated. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. And whosoever shall be condemned and destroyed will from thenceforth be bound together with them to the end of all generations. And destroy all the spirits of the reprobate and the children of the Watchers, because 16 they have wronged mankind. Destroy all wrong from the face of the earth and let every evil work come to an end: and let the plant of righteousness and truth appear: and it shall prove a blessing; the works of righteousness and truth’ shall be planted in truth and joy for evermore. 

And then shall all the righteous escape,
And shall live till they beget thousands of children,
And all the days of their youth and their old age
Shall they complete in peace. 

And then shall the whole earth be tilled in righteousness, and shall all be planted with trees and be full of blessing. And all desirable trees shall be planted on it, and they shall plant vines on it: and the vine which they plant thereon shall yield wine in abundance, and as for all the seed which is sown thereon each measure (of it) shall bear a thousand, and each measure of olives shall yield ten presses of oil. And cleanse thou the earth from all oppression, and from all unrighteousness, and from all sin, and from all godlessness: and all the uncleanness that is wrought upon the earth destroy from off the earth. And all the children of men shall become righteous, and all nations shall offer adoration and shall praise Me, and all shall worship Me. And the earth shall be cleansed from all defilement, and from all sin, and from all punishment, and from all torment, and I will never again send (them) upon it from generation to generation and for ever. 

And in those days I will open the store chambers of blessing which are in the heaven, so as to send them down upon the earth over the work and labour of the children of men. And truth and peace shall be associated together throughout all the days of the world and throughout all the generations of men. (Book of Enoch, Section I, Part II, X-XI)

God sends Arseyaleyor to communicate to Noah – the son of Lamech – the intention to send the Flood. Then he talks with his archangels, telling them what to do concretely to stop the evil on earth.

Dudael’s desert was the place where the scapegoat was sent in the Yom Kippur festival. In fact, according to the Bible, Azazel lived in that desert (Lev 16:10). The apocryphal text explains what Raphael did – in Hebrew the name Raphael means God heals – to defeat Azazel. The text is full of images and symbols that still live in the traditional vision of hell, that is an underground place of darkness and fire. According to the ideology of the Book of Watchers, the cause of the corruption of the earth (see Gen. 6:12) is totally ascribed to Azazel. In fact, the text says that not all men will perish, almost suggesting that not only Noah and his family survived. However, it is preferable to understand symbolically these images, seeing in them the degeneration of the human race that was not intimately united with God because of the transgression of the first man (Gen 2). However Azazel was not simply part of the fallen angels. Here Azazel holds particular importance. He is the forerunner of what later for the first Christians will become the figure of Satan, the prince of devils, and the cause of every sin.

The total liability of the earth’s corruption attributed to fallen angels, is confirmed and strengthened in the speech of God to Gabriel (Gabriel is a hebrew name that means God is my strength). In fact, he will destroy the fallen angels and their children, i.e. the giants. The vigilants – i.e. that fallen angels – ask Gabriel that their children may live on the earth five hundred years. He also ask that they may live eternally after death. This thought will be expanded in other traditions of the Book of Watchers, according to which only the body of the giants was destroyed, while the souls continued to live on earth.

God also speaks with Michael (Michael is an hebrew name that means Who is like God?). The text speaks about the destruction of the fallen angels and of the giants. The giants will kill each other, while the fallen angels – mangled by the vision of the massacre – will be tied up until the day of judgment. At the judgment they will be thrown in prison for eternity, i.e. in the fiery torments of hell. This fate will befall even the wicked of the earth. The text also speaks about the destruction of the giants souls, as a condition for the coming of an era of justice and peace on earth. The era of a thousand years is an image that is found also in the book of Revelation. The idea of a destruction of souls is a very naive view, because mankind continues to be corrupt and unjust. Precisely for this reason, the tradition contained in other chapters of the Book of Watchers – i.e. the chap. XII-XXXVI – says that the souls of the giants will continue to live to tempt men. 

What about these pictures? They are to be taken literally? This is an important question. From the answers depends the literal or symbolical interpretation of the hell of Christians.  

Simone Venturini

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