Apostolic Fathers who used and defended ~ The Holy Book of Enoch

Apostolic Fathers who used and defended ~ The Holy Book of Enoch


Apostolic Fathers
referenced, quoted, and defended: The Holy Book of EnochThe Ante-Nicene Fathers
collection of books contain many writings of the early leaders
of the Church. These early leaders were not necessarily part
of the Catholic faith, even though that sect claimed some
of them, and entitled sainthood upon those of which they approved. I will not be focusing on whether or not the
“church” gave their approval over these particular early church
leaders which are also known as the Apostolic Fathers. What
I do intend to show you is that prior to the council of Nicea
of 325 AD (and for a brief time afterwards)…many of these men
referenced, quoted, and defended the Holy Book of Enoch. Please note: Within the ANF Volumes are books
such as the Epistle of Barnabas, the Testament of the
Twelve Patriarchs, and other New testament Apocrypha of which
I hope to devote a separate work. This particular work focuses
upon the Apostolic Fathers and what is recorded within
the ANF collection of books concerning their testimonies
of the Book of Enoch. Irenaeus (taught of Apostle John) [ANF Vol
1] [Enoch, too, pleasing God, without circumcision,
discharged the office of God’s legate to the angels although
he was a man, and was translated, and is preserved until
now as a witness of the just judgment of God, because the angels
when they had transgressed fell to the earth for judgment,
but the man who pleased [God] was translated for salvation.] Clement (taught of Apostle Peter) [ANF Vol
2] Comments on the Epistle of Jude [Enoch also, the seventh from Adam,” he says,
“prophesied of these.” In these words he verifies the prophecy.”Those,”
he says, “separating” the faithful from the unfaithful,
be convicted according to their own unbelief. And again
those separating from the flesh. He says, “Animal not having
the spirit; “that is, the spirit which is by faith, which supervenes
through the practice of righteousness.] Tertulian [ANF Vol 3] [Enoch had preceded, predicting that “the
demons, and the spirits of the angelic apostates, would turn
into idolatry all the elements, all the garniture of the universe,
all things contained in the heaven, in the sea, in the earth, that
they might be consecrated as God, in opposition to God.”] [For Enoch, too, most righteous man, uncircumcised
and in- observant of the Sabbath, He translated from
this world; who did not first taste death, in order that,
being a candidate for eternal life, he might by this time show us
that we also may, without the burden of the law of Moses, please
God. Melchizedek also, “the priest of the most
high God,” uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath,
was chosen to the priesthood of God.] Tertulian [ANF Vol 4] Concerning the Genuineness of
“The Prophecy of Enoch” [I am aware that the Scripture of Enoch, which
has assigned this order (of action) to angels, is not received
by some, because it is not admitted into the Jewish
canon either. I suppose they did not think that, having been
published before the deluge, it could have safely survived
that world-wide calamity, the abolisher of all things. If that is the reason (for rejecting it),
let them recall to their memory that Noah, the survivor of the deluge,
was the great- grandson of Enoch himself; and he, of course,
had heard and remembered, from domestic renown and hereditary
tradition, concerning his own great-grandfather’s “grace
in the sight of God,” and concerning all his preachings; since
Enoch had given no other charge to Methuselah than that
he should hand on the knowledge of them to his posterity. Noah therefore, no doubt, might have succeeded
in the trusteeship of (his) preaching; or, had the
case been otherwise, he would not have been silent alike concerning
the disposition (of things) made by God, his Preserver, and
concerning the particular glory of his own house. If (Noah) had not had this (conservative power)
by so short a route, there would (still) be this (consideration)
to warrant our assertion of (the genuineness of) this Scripture:
he could equally have renewed it, under the Spirit’s
inspiration, after it had been destroyed by the violence of the
deluge, as, after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian
storming of it, every document of the Jewish literature is
generally agreed to have been restored through Ezra. But since Enoch in the same Scripture has
preached likewise concerning the Lord, nothing at all must be
rejected by us which pertains to us; and we read that “every
Scripture suitable for edification is divinely inspired. By the
Jews it may now seem to have been rejected for that (very)
reason, just like all the other (portions) nearly which tell of
Christ. Nor, of course, is this fact wonderful, that they did not receive
some Scriptures which spake of Him whom even in person, speaking
in their presence, they were not to receive. To these
considerations is added the fact that Enoch possesses a testimony
in the Apostle Jude.] Tertulian [ANF Vol 4] Continued
Ornaments and Embellishments [But, if the self-same angels who disclosed
both the material substances of this kind and their charms-of
gold, I mean, and lustrous stones-and taught men how to work
them, and by and by instructed them, among their other (instructions),
in (the virtues of) eyelid-powder and the dyeings
of fleeces, have been condemned by God, as Enoch tells us,
how shall we please God while we joy in the things of those
(angels) who, on these accounts, have provoked the anger and
the vengeance of God? Now, granting that God did foresee these things;
that God permitted them; that Esaias finds fault with
no garment of purple, represses no coil, reprobates no crescent-shaped neck ornaments; still let us not, as the Gentiles
do, flatter ourselves with thinking that God is merely
a Creator, not likewise a Downlooker on His own creatures.] Origen (taught of Clement) [ANF Vol 4] Book 1 [That all things were created by God, and
that there is no creature which exists but has derived from
Him its being, is established from many declarations of Scripture;
those assertions being refuted and rejected which
are falsely alleged by some respecting the existence either of
a matter co-eternal with God, or of unbegotten souls, in which
they would have it that God implanted not so much the power of
existence, as equality and order. For even in that little treatise called The
Pastor or Angel of Repentance, composed by Hennas, we have the
following: “First of all, believe that there is one God
who created and arranged all things; who, when nothing formerly
existed, caused all things to be; who Himself contains
all things, but Himself is contained by none.” And in the
book of Enoch also we have similar descriptions.] Book 4 […Enoch also, in his book, speaks as follows:
“I have walked on even to imperfection; ” which expression
I consider may be understood in a similar manner, viz., that
the mind of the prophet proceeded in its scrutiny and investigation
of all visible things, until it arrived at that first beginning
in which it beheld imperfect matter (existing) without “qualities.”
For it is written in the same book of Enoch, “I beheld the whole
of matter; ” which is so understood as if he had said: “I have
clearly seen all the divisions of matter which are broken up from
one into each individual species either of men, or animals,
or of the sky, or of the sun, or of all other things in this world.”
] (quotes from BOE chapter 17) Anatolius [ANF Vol 6] [I am aware that very many other matters were
discussed by them, some of them with considerable probability,
and others of them as matters of the clearest demonstration,
by which they endeavour to prove that the festival
of the Passover and unleavened bread ought by all means to be
kept after the equinox. But I shall pass on without demanding
such copious demonstrations (on subjects ) from which the
veil of the Mosaic law has been removed; for now it remains for
us with unveiled face to behold ever as in a glass Christ Himself
and the doctrines and sufferings of Christ. But that
the first month among the Hebrews is about the equinox, is
clearly shown also by what is taught in the book of Enoch.] Theodotus [ANF Vol 8] [“Blessed art Thou, who lookest on the abysses
as Thou sittest on the cherubim,” says Daniel, in
agreement with Enoch, who said, “And I saw all sorts of matter.”
For the abyss, which is in its essence boundless, is bounded by
the power of God. These material essences then, from which the
separate genera and their species are produced, are
called abysses; since you would not call the water alone the
abyss, although matter is allegorically called water, the
abyss.] […And already Enoch had said, that the angels
who transgressed taught men astronomy and divination,
and the rest of the arts.] Origen [ANF Vol 9] Commentary on the Gospel of John
Book 6 [Jordan Means “Their Going Down.” Spiritual
Meanings and Application of This.
Let us look at the words of the Gospel now before us. “Jordan” means “their going down.”
The name “Jared” is etymologically akin to it, if I may say so; it also yields the meaning “going down;” for
Jared was born to Maleleel, as it is written in the Book of
Enoch—if any one cares to accept that book as sacred—in the days
when the sons of God came down to the daughters of men.] This concludes the Apostolic Fathers references,
quotations, and letters of defense regarding the Holy
Book of Enoch. Thank you for watching, listening, sharing,
and commenting! Coming soon: More references to the Holy Book
of Enoch. God Bless you all.

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  1. The book of Enoch will lead many to the Lake of fire. Rev. 20:14-15. Yahweh's creation calendar has only 360 days.
    Yahweh ALWAYS tells His servants what is going to come to pass before it comes to pass. Amos 3:7
    Why only 66 books and not 67 or 68 books in the bible ???
    Did Yahweh tell us how many books would be in the bible so His SAINTS wouldn't be deceived ?
    YES: Yahweh told us in Moses law that there would be ONLY 66 books in the bible thousands of years BEFORE the bible was put together. 39 books in the OLD covenant (NOT testament) and 27 books in the NEW covenant scriptures. It is written in Leviticus and Exodus.
    Man had NO say in which books went into the bible. The Christians destroyed all the scriptures after they translated the scripture into the bible. Both old and New covenants were written in HEBREW. The wise shall understand. Bless you.

  2. I posted your video on this forum if you want to check it out :   https://www.christianforums.com/threads/the-book-of-enoch.8022611/page-10

  3. Christ established the Holy Catholic Church with St Peter when he gave him the keys to the kingdom. All Apostles were Catholic bc Christ established it. Its not just some sect. It is the one true faith with apostolic succession and the only one that actually uses the apostles as a guide for everything in the faith. It is the one that compiled the bible. And it is the one literally every other form of Christianity is protesting even eastern orthodox (the first great schism that have since returned to the communion of Rome)

    And this is why you will never convince a catholic of anything. You dont understand basic history of the faith and somehow think yourself qualified to add books to the bible. Books that mention the names of demons – things that should never be uttered

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