Today I am going to discuss a very mysterious man from Genesis: Enoch. His legacy is so mysterious that the institutionalized church decided other sources concerning him should not be part of the official Biblical canon. This was a big mistake because a lot of spiritual wisdom and knowledge was lost to the masses because of that decision. We can’t blame them though—not long after the 1st century the literal interpretation of the Bible became so engrained in church leadership, they labeled anything they didn’t understand as “evil.” This is still happening today. But as we’ll soon see, the tracks leading us back to some of this ancient wisdom weren’t covered completely; clues in the official cannon are still there for us to discover today!
Even though Enoch is one of the most highly respected characters of the Bible, he is rarely discussed in detail. Why? Perhaps it is because Biblical references to him are so scant and “other-worldly.” But perhaps these reasons should also be enough to get the average person thinking about the Biblical significance of this character non-literally. If you have been following along with our non-literal interpretation of Adam and Eve and their progeny, Cain and Abel, then you are aware that each figure really represents an aspect of the mind; specifically they represent the fractured mind consisting of the higher nature and the ego. But Enoch is different. There is something special about him that seems to fix the problem of consciousness fracture.
Enoch comes from the line of Seth. This is logical since Cain’s line represents the ego. Naturally Seth’s line should represent our higher nature, and Enoch is the pinnacle of this higher nature awareness. We could even say that Enoch is the ultimate symbol of Christ consciousness in the Old Testament. Let’s review the Biblical clues that point to this.
If we return to Genesis chapter 4, verse 25, we learn that Eve, after losing Abel by Cain’s murder, bares another child named Seth. The godly line, as opposed to Cain’s line, now begins. By “godly line” we mean that this line represents the higher nature mind that relinquishes the ego and seeks the higher spiritual path over the egoistic one. We have our first clue of this one verse later, but in order for you to see this clearly, I want to quote two verses:
“And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel (higher mind), who Cain (the ego) slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.” (Gen. 4:25-26).
The highlighted portion of scripture above let’s us know that in a period of our history man began to use his higher nature awareness. If Adam and Eve are ultimately symbolic of spirit incarnating the physical plane (the fall), then this scripture represents the beginnings of spirit realizing its true origins again. It also begins the era where man begins to learn what Jesus stated in Luke 17:21:
“The kingdom of Heaven is within you.”
Let’s take it one step further: this marks an era where men begin to realize their own divinity! Is this blasphemous? Remember that even Jesus quoted to the Pharisees a Psalm that clearly reveals this taboo when he told them:
“You are gods; and all of you are children of the most high” (Psalm 82:6)
The problem for the traditional Christian mindset with this line of thinking is their concept of God (but we’ll save that for another postJ).
Before going any further, it is important for you to realize that the Enos in Gen. 4:26 is not Enoch. Seth and Enos are the beginning of the revelation of God. But the character we are going to focus on is Enoch, and he isn’t born until some hundreds of years later. In fact, the number of generations away that he is from Adam (the first fallen man) is significant. Enoch is seventh in the line from Adam. As you may already know, seven is the number of fullness and completion. As we’ll see in a moment, with Enoch it symbolizes the fullness and completion of GOD’S REVELATION! So seven generations after the fall from grace we have a symbolic spiritual resurrection in Enoch!
Also connected with the number seven is oath and covenant. Enoch’s covenant relationship with God also symbolizes one who has fully realized his own divinity to become fully awakened and ONE with God.
Does Enoch fit this bill from the scriptural context? Let’s see what the scripture tells us, and then hopefully all the mystery surrounding this character will be unveiled. Genesis 5: 23-24 states:
“And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
What strange language! What does the Biblical author mean when he says “he was not, for God took him?”
Remember, we must put all this into the context of the mind since this is the focus of the Bible. Enoch represents the mind of someone who has walked the spiritual path and attained enlightenment because he became one with God. We could also say that Enoch is the embodiment of the complete revelation of God in man. Therefore, Enoch is a forerunner and type of Christ as the spiritual resurrection.
The Hebrew word for not in the scripture above contains a primitive root that means:
1) to be nothing
2) to not exist
3) a non-entity
This sounds like quantum mechanics, which hints to us that the physical world is only there because there is an observer to observe it, which may reduce the world to consciousness! See the Double Slit Experiment to learn more about the strange experiments hinting at this truth. If you watch the series, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, you’ll see this kind of stuff—already known to the ancients—slowly gaining ground in modern science.
So why would the Biblical equate Enoch as being non-existent, or nothing? Think as nothing as no-thing! Raw spirit or consciousness is truly no-thing. It is infinite, yet it has no definitive location. It certainly cannot be explained by thought or ideas, but it can be experienced. When the conscious observer truly realizes that all matter and form arise from one’s thoughts, then you become aware of the higher nature of the self, which is non-physical and immortal. Upon this realization the path to spiritual enlightenment has begun. Enoch has realized this so completely that he symbolically becomes the higher self which is NOT a thing (the illusion of the physical body and the physical world), but rather that he is a spirit having a limited, conscious physical experience. In essence, Enoch symbolizes one who has completely crucified the ego as Christ symbolically did on the cross at Golgotha (place of the skull / mind).
Now we must ask ourselves, did a God “out there” literally “take” a man on this earth away in the story of Enoch? Not hardly. It’s all metaphorical and explains a process that all humans were meant to go through by experience on the physical plane.
How can we know this isn’t literal for sure? The literal camp argues that Enoch was a literal man who was literally taken to heaven by God. They also say he didn’t die. If this is what the Biblical author really meant, then the Bible contradicts itself. In the New Testament book of Hebrews, the author states:
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God has translated him…” (Hebrews 11:5).
But in that same chapter, the author also states that all these men of faith (Enoch included), died!
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them far off…and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
The literal camp cannot have it both ways. The story of Enoch is symbolic in the true esoteric sense, and it was written to teach you about something wonderfully housed by the physical body! Also note how the last part of the bolded verse says they “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims (incarnate spirit) on the earth (physical plane).
Now let’s return to Genesis 5:23, which states:
“And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years.”
Do you notice anything odd about this number? All of the other men mentioned in Adam’s line up to this point lived an extraordinary lifespan of over 800 years (most 900), but Enoch achieved Christ consciousness at 365 years. Why 365? Think of the fact that it takes 365 days for the earth to orbit the sun. We refer to this cycle as the solar year. Why would the end of Enoch’s physical incarnation be equated with the end of the solar year?
Perhaps now would be a good place to quote Malachi 4:2:
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings…”
Malachi mentions the sun of righteousness not the son. In ancient cultures all savior figures were identified with the sun. In other posts on this site I have mentioned that the ancient world taught that when spirit incarnated into a physical body that body became a type of death and tomb. However, this process was necessary to attain the spiritual resurrection. The sun was also an important symbolic manifestation of the savoir type. In a solar year the earth (physical matter) goes through all the seasonal cycles that complete the cycle of birth and death. Think of the trees and how they change during the year. In the very generic sense, we can view Enoch’s realization as the completion of a cycle that must happen in death (the tomb of the body on the physical plane) and birth (spiritually). However, in Rabbinical literature Enoch’s 65 years prior to having Jared is important as well as the 300 years after Jared until God took him. These numbers represent important aspects of the Zodiac. I am not an expert in rabbinical literature and must admit I wouldn’t do the subject justice unless I studied it more thoroughly. But I just wanted to wet your appetite and help you realize that there is so much more to the Bible than what we have been traditionally taught.
There are a couple of other important points you need to know about Enoch and the early church that I want to mention in this post. Let’s flip to the New Testament book of Jude where Enoch is briefly mentioned. Verses 14-15 state:
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed…”
If the Bible were meant to be interpreted literally, we would have to ask where Jude got this prophecy since it isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Bible. But the truth is that this prophecy actually comes from 1st Enoch 1:9. The first book of Enoch is also referred to as the Book of the Watchers, and the very first Christians used this book frequently. To them, it was scripture!
So what does this ultimately tell us about those who decided what the official cannon would be? I’ll let you decide! By the way, as another side note, Jude 9 is cited from a work called The Ascension of Moses, an ancient Jewish book that the early Christians also used frequently. You can learn more about those books by searching Google.
In closing I would like to mention that if you are a Christian that has understood the Bible from its exoteric interpretation only, I hope this article will nudge you to go beyond the traditional Christian mindset and be willing to learn the esoteric meanings of the Bible. To study the Bible exoterically is so limiting. As the Apostle Paul so aptly explains to us, an esoteric realization of the word causes spiritual life whereas the exoteric realization causes physical death. Why? Because until you realize the inner mysteries of the kingdom, you will remain in the delusion of the ego. This is the death that God told Adam he would experience the day he ate of the fruit of the tree. Feel free to sign up for e-mail updates (in the upper left corner of this blog) on new posts every few days if you enjoyed this article and want to go deeper in the Bible to unveil its hidden meanings!