The Watchers Standing on Mount Hermon

7 Astonishing Insights Into Enoch and the Watchers


To understand the Bible, we must explore its ancient context.

This involves understanding concepts that may seem strange today but were fundamental to the biblical authors.

The Bible talks about God’s Divine Council, which includes both faithful and rebellious spiritual beings. In my article Unveil the Divine Hierarchy: Who is the True God of the Gods, I explored this and introduced the scholar Dr. Michael Heiser.

One important ancient Jewish text is the Book of Enoch. Although it’s not part of the official Bible, it was widely read and influenced the biblical authors. For example, Jude mentioned Enoch and his insights:

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these.” (Jude 1:14, KJV)

Let’s explore some surprising facts about Enoch and the Watchers together!


1. The Identity of The Watchers


Enoch, renowned in the Bible for his righteousness and close relationship with God, is the main narrator of the Book of 1 Enoch. In this book, he calls the rebellious beings in God’s Divine Council ‘The Watchers.”

Enoch vividly describes the Watchers’ descent to Mount Hermon on Earth, their interactions with humans, and their grave sins.

The Watchers’ actions were a direct rebellion against God’s order. Their wrongdoings caused spiritual and physical chaos, disrupting the harmony God intended for creation.

1 Enoch 6

4. “And they all answered him and said: ‘Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.’

5. Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.

6. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon.”


2. The Sin of the Watchers


According to the Bible, the primary sin of the Watchers was having children with human women. This created a race of giants called the Nephilim.

“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.” (Genesis 6:4, KJV)

The Book of Enoch explains further that these beings not only had children with humans but also committed acts of extreme violence. They devoured humans, ate each other’s flesh, and drank blood.

1 Enoch 7

3. “And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells:

4. Who consumed all the acquisitions of men? And when men could no longer sustain them,

5. The giants turned against them and devoured mankind.

6. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh and drink the blood.”


3. Forbidden Knowledge and Moral Decay 


According to Enoch, The Watchers gave humans forbidden knowledge.

This included the making of weapons for warfare, which was considered forbidden as it led to widespread violence.

“And Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates.” (1 Enoch 8:1)

The Watchers also shared knowledge about herbs, plants, and other substances for magical concoctions and sorcery.

“Amazarak taught all enchantments and root-cuttings.” (1 Enoch 8:2)

The term “pharmakeia” is not used directly in the Book of 1 Enoch. However, it is used in the Greek translations to describe the use of drugs, potions, and spells. It is the root of the English word “pharmacy.”

The Watchers also taught astrology and much more than this. They spread forbidden and corrupting knowledge, which led to widespread moral decay.


4. The Great Flood and Divine Judgment


As celestial beings, the Watchers cannot be harmed physically. So, a natural disaster like the Great Flood would not affect them as it would physical beings.

God’s judgment was comprehensive, addressing both human and divine wrongdoings.

The Flood specifically targeted the hybrid beings (Nephilim) created by the union of The Watchers and human women.

People Drowning in The Great Flood
People Drowning in The Great Flood

According to the Book of Enoch, The Watchers were bound as a precursor to their ultimate fate. At the final judgment, they will face eternal punishment.

1 Enoch 10

4. “And again the Lord said to Raphael: ‘Bind Azazel hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness.

11. 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… till the judgment that is forever and ever is consummated.’”


5. And also after the Flood


Dr. Heiser points out that early Jewish thought believed the Nephilim reappeared after the Flood, as mentioned in Scripture.

“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:33, KJV)

Dr. Heiser also suggests that this idea fits into a broader theme of cosmic geography and spiritual warfare. This view sees the Nephilim narrative as part of an ongoing battle between good and evil.

There are three speculative but possible theories to explain the presence of Nephilim in the Bible after the Flood:

  1. Another angelic rebellion.
  2. Some Nephilim survived the Flood.
  3. Genetic lineage was carried through the wives of Noah’s sons.


6. Scriptural References Underline the Book of Enoch



“Behold, He put no trust in His servants; and His angels he charged with folly.” (Job 4:18, KJV)

Interestingly, the Greek Septuagint (LXX) translation reads, “He puts no trust in his servants, and He observes a perverse way in His angels.”


“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day… giving themselves over to fornication…” (Jude 1:6–7, KJV)

Jesus’ half-brother referred to these angels who had left their spiritual habitat to manifest on earth.


“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not.” (Revelation 12:7–8, KJV)

The cosmic battle described in Revelation can be seen as a continuation of the cosmic conflict initiated by The Watchers.


“By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah.” (1 Peter 3:19–20, KJV)

Dr. Heiser argues that this reference is directly tied to the story of the Watchers, who were imprisoned for their sins.


“For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.” (1 Corinthians 11:10, NKJ)

Dr. Heiser suggests that Paul’s instructions about head coverings may have been to prevent illicit interactions similar to those between the Watchers and human women in the past.


7. Jesus’ Mission and the Reversal of the Watchers’ Corruption


A complete solution for the problem of evil

Traditional interpretations often focus on Adam and Eve’s fall as the primary source of sin. However, the story of The Watchers adds another layer.

Their descent and forbidden knowledge also significantly contributed to the spread of sin and corruption.

This understanding shows that evil is complex, involving both humans and supernatural beings. This highlights the widespread nature of evil and the need for a complete solution.


In the New Testament, baptism symbolizes the believer’s identification with Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

But Dr. Heiser suggests baptism is also a spiritual declaration of allegiance to God, a participation in Christ’s cosmic victory over the forces of evil.

Kingdom of God

According to Dr. Heiser, Jesus’ mission and advancing the Kingdom of God includes reclaiming territory for God’s rule and restoring divine order.

His miracles, exorcisms, teachings, and resurrection are seen as direct confrontations with the forces of darkness.

“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15, KJV)



By including the Book of Enoch about The Watchers, we can better understand the complex nature of sin and evil.

This aligns with Scripture’s view of Jesus as the Christ who reconciles everything to God and explains the promise of a new Heaven and Earth.

Such a perspective reveals the ongoing restoration of the entire cosmos, emphasizing the profound interconnectedness of our spiritual journey.


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