Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - Little is known about the Watchers, the Fallen Angels who were the “sons of God”. The subject of the Watchers is controversial, and scholars think the Watchers deliberately ‘created’ the hybrid giants to destroy God’s creation as punishment for being cast out of heaven.
The Watchers And The Nephilim In The Bible
In the Bible, there are many references to the giants Nephilim who were offspring of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men” before the Great Flood.
Genesis 6:1–4 1 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.
Mentioned only a few times in the Bible, we have to seek our answers about the Watchers in Book of Enoch, one of the most important non-canonical apocryphal works.
Enoch, the Initiator was pre-flood messenger and Initiator. He was the great-grandfather of Noah and one of the first people, who talked face to face with the Lord. He gathered all secret knowledge he had been given and wrote it down for future generations of mankind.
Is The Book Of Enoch Five Different Books?
It is in the Book of Enoch we find the most interesting accounts of the Watchers.
Most scholars believe that the Book of Enoch is really five different books that were written in different time periods and redacted together by editors until it became its current version before A.D. 100.
The five different “books” are subdivided with their approximate dates thus:
The Book of the Watchers (Chapters 1–36) 3rd century B.C.
The Book of Parables (37–71) 1st century B.C.
The Book of Heavenly Luminaries (72–82) 3rd century B.C.
The Book of Dream Visions (83–90) 2nd century B.C.
The Book of the Epistle of Enoch (91–107) 2nd century B.C.
The Watchers In The Book Of Enoch
Enoch tells that in ancient times, 200 heavenly Watchers rebelled against God in heaven. Led by the angels Semyaza and Azazel, the Watchers came to Earth on Mount Hermon, where they mated with human women. This resulted in the birth of bloodthirsty hybrid giants and later led to the Great Flood.
The well known and acclaimed work of Dr. Joseph Lumpkin has been enlarged to include new research on the Books of Enoch, Fallen Angels, the Watchers, and the Nephilim. After presenting extensive historical backgrounds and brilliant translations of The First, Second, and Third Books of Enoch, Lumpkin takes time to piece together a historical narrative of Fallen Angels, the Watcher, and the Nephilim, using his extensive knowledge of ancient texts. The history of the Fallen Angels is sewn tightly together using such books as Enoch, Jasher, Jubilees, The Book of Giants, The War Scrolls, and many others. The story will astonish you... Read more
The Book of Enoch remarkable details about the Watchers. There is no complete record of the names of all 200 Watchers, but some of their names are mentioned. The two most important of these Watchers were Semyaza and Azazel, who was later considered to be a demon and is occasionally identified as the devil, or as one of his chieftains.
Azazel who was the leader of the Fallen Angels is often identified with Lucifer (the Lightbringer) or Lumiel (‘the light of God’).
The Watchers revealed occult secrets to mankind. They went against God’s will and taught humans not only various creative arts, but valuable knowledge related to science and technology, agriculture, the use of cosmetics, metallurgy, medicine, astrology, astronomy and much more was also a gift from the Watchers to mankind.
Unfortunately, the Watchers also taught humans how to engage in war.
As punishment for giving humans so much secret knowledge, God sent a Great Flood to wipe out the Watchers along with all wicked giants. However, some of the Fallen Angels survived and fled to other countries where they continued to teach mankind occult secrets. The Watchers were never destroyed, and their secret knowledge was spread across various cultures. Many would say that their knowledge has survived until this day.
Some secret societies are said to be in possession of knowledge that was inherited by the Watchers, who were led by Lucifer, the Bringer of Light.
Were The Watchers Humans?
The true identity of the Watchers and the Nephilim has been a controversial subject debated among scholars for millennia.
Some researchers think that the Watchers were no heavenly angelic beings. According to the Sethite view for example, the Watchers were no supernatural beings. They are believed to be humans from the “righteous” lineage of Seth.
In this Gustave Dore engraving from Milton's Paradise Lost, Satan, the Fallen Angel.
Julius Africanus, a Christian traveler and historian of the late second and early third centuries wrote that “the descendants of Seth are called the sons of God on account of the righteous men and patriarchs who have sprung from him, even down to the Saviour Himself; but that the descendants of Cain are named the seed of men, as having nothing divine in them, on account of the wickedness of their race and the inequality of their nature, being a mixed people, and having stirred the indignation of God.”
This is one of many opinions dealing with the identity of the Watchers. The problem with this view is that the “Sons of God” are nowhere in Scripture ever signified as the descendants of Seth. In fact, every single use of “Sons of God” elsewhere in the Old Testament is always a reference to angelic beings.