by Irene Baron

 Noah's_Ark_by_Edward_Hicks_(1846)God has many names. In the ancient scripture, the Book of Enoch, God is called the “Ancient of Days, “Head of Days,  and “Lord of Spirits.” Enoch was one of two men who ascended into heaven before death. Elijah was the second man to do so. Enoch ascended the first time to be given information for Earth inhabitants. The second time he remained in heaven. His controversial book has been discussed by many Biblical scholars. Some believe Enoch dictated to scribes during his life with his descendants dictating or writing additional parts. Some of those descendants, who wrote sections relating what happened during the flood and later, were Noah, his three sons and their offspring.

In an address to Enoch, God discussed His creations and said, “I am self-eternal, not made with hands and without change.  My thought is My counselor, My wisdom and My word are made, and My eyes observe all things how they stand here and tremble with terror. If I turn away my face, then all things will be destroyed.”  God went on to say, “For I created all forces and there is none that resists Me or that does not subject himself to me. For all subject themselves to My monarch and labor for My sole rule. Give them the books of the handwriting and they will read and will know Me for the creator of all things and will understand how there is no other god but Me.” He went on to say, “I created man from invisible (spiritual) and from visible (physical) nature, of both are his death and life and image. He knows speech like some created thing, small in greatness and again great in smallness, and I placed him on Earth, a second angel, honorable, great and glorious, and I appointed him as ruler to rule on Earth and to have My wisdom, and there was none like him of Earth of all My existing creatures.” He went on to say, when discussing Adam, “For I have seen his nature, but he has not seen his own nature. Therefore (through) not seeing, he will sin worse.” Enoch said, “After sin, (what is there) but death?” This is a significant statement in that God called humans "second angels."

God cursed ignorance. He cursed not man, nor the Earth nor other creatures, but Man’s evil fruit and his works. God created the laws of nature, the manner by which everything in the universe happens.  Every law of physics follows His laws of nature that includes all that happens within and on the surface of our solid Earth, such as earthquakes, volcanoes. and all motion of the atmosphere which surrounds the planet. Movements are small or big enough to move continents. The laws of nature are followed in all happenings within our lakes, rivers, streams and bodies of water to include all the named oceans and seas.

The laws of nature were set by God. That great deluge of water, and everything that happened in our atmosphere during the time of Noah, followed the laws of nature set by God.  The miracle is that God determined what and how everything associated with the great flood needed to be accomplished and did so. He prepared for the flood by having Noah born. Angels told Enoch about his descendent, Noah, and was told to tell his family what the angels told him in order for them to prepare for Noah and the flood event which would destroy mankind.  

To learn about Noah, it is interesting to learn his history beginning with Adam. Adam was the first generation of Biblical patriarchs. Adam lived about 930 years, 40 years less than his later descendent Methuselah, son of Enoch. Almost every reader of the Old Testament, Book of Genesis, remembers the stories about the creation of the first man, Adam, and his first two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain killed Abel. By this deed, Cain was removed as the legitimate heir to Adam and was driven by God to the east and into exile from the Garden of Eden. It is in this section of Genesis that readers surmise there are Earth inhabitants elsewhere in addition to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were created to be perfect. Others on Earth were not. We read that in the east, Cain marries and builds a city where music and metal work are developed. 

Genesis readers learn the next child born to Adam and Eve was Seth. It was from second generation Seth that the line of Biblical patriarchs, including Noah, descended. The direct descendants of Adam who are considered Biblical patriarchs include the following generations. More detail can be found at: .

1                   SETH
2                   ENOSH
3                   KENAN
4                   MAHALALEL (MA-HA-LA-LEL)
5                   JARED
6                   ENOCH
7                   METHUSELAH
8                   LAMECH
9                   NOAH

It was during Lamech’s lifetime that Adam died. Lamech was Enoch's grandson and Noah’s father. Noah was the first child born in the family after Adam’s death. In generations before Noah, an angel called Semjaza and his followers found humans beautiful and mated with them. The matings created giants which were abominations in the sight of God. They were so evil, it was determined they, and all humans on Earth, be destroyed. The punishment would come from God. He would open the chambers of water above and the fountains beneath the Earth. All the waters were to be joined to destroy all who dwelled on Earth and those who dwelled under the ends of heaven. They would recognize the unrighteousness they wrought on the Earth and would perish. God stated that men had rejected his commandments and his yoke. Worthless seed had grown. That seed didn’t fear God and would not bow down to him. They bowed to vain gods and denied God’s unity. God stated, “They filled the whole earth with untruths, offences, abominable lecheries, namely one with another, and all manner of other unclean wickedness which are disgusting to relate. Therefore, I will bring down a deluge upon the Earth and will destroy all men, and the whole Earth will crumble together into great darkness.

In the Book of Enoch we learn that the birth of Noah, Enoch’s great grandson, caused fear. From birth, Noah was very different from past generations. The difference? Noah’s skin was white. No one knows if he was an albino, for up to that time there were no albino humans. There was therefore no name for an albino. It may be Noah was the first Caucasian due to a mutation. Because the feared color of his skin created such terror in his parents, we realize his parents and previous generations were not white. That fact agrees with the Human Genome Project which, by studying the DNA of humans around the Earth, determined the first human was black. This is supplemented by ancient art work at famous archeological sites which illustrate the ancient humans in power. Kings, queens, etc. were black. Noah lived 950 years. At about age 500, he had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth (Jaaf-eth).

When people were given tasks to accomplish as requested by God, they are given the gift of the Holy Spirit which dwells within them.

Noah had to prepare all that was to be placed on the ark, including copies of the scriptures used at that time in history. Since the Book of Enoch about his great grandfather survived, it must have been one of the sets of scriptures he saved.  After the ark was built by angels and Noah's family, according to Enoch's prophecy, and all preparations made for the flood, the waters of the flood poured down through the “windows of heaven from the “waters kept above the dome of heaven at the time of creation and springs up from an abyss of waters beneath the Earth.” In modern day explorations, fresh water has been found almost eight miles deep in Russia. It was found at the base of the nine inch-wide Kola hole which was sealed in 1995.

When the ancient deluge began, within 40 days the highest mountains of the Earth were covered in water. The waters remained for over five-months and then began to subside. Noah was saved in the ark along with his wife, his three sons, and their wives. According to the stories in the Old Testament, Noah also saves a male and female pair of “every living thing of all flesh” and seven-pairs of “all clean animals.” Detail:_Noah_Sacrificing_After_the_Deluge_by_Benjamin_WestThe ark came to rest on a mountain in the Ararat Range in northern Mesopotamia. 

Noah sent out a raven and a dove. After 375 days, Noah and his family left the ark. Until that time, no human consumed meat. All humans had been vegetarians. For the first time since being placed on Earth, after the flood humans are allowed to eat meat.

Noah offered a sacrifice and God promised to never send another such flood. God said, “In vain have I destroyed all who dwell on the Earth.” He swore by His great name, “Henceforth, I will not do so to all who dwell on the Earth and I will set a sign in the heaven; and this shall be a pledge of good faith between Me and them forever. So long as heaven is above the Earth, and this is in accordance with my command. When I have desired to take hold of them by the hand of the angels on the day of tribulation and pain, because of this, I will cause my chastisement and my wrath to abide upon them,” saith God, the Lord of Spirits. “Ye mighty kings who dwell on the Earth, ye shall have to behold Mine Elect One (meaning Jesus, Immanuel) how he sits on the Throne of Glory and judges Azasel, and all his associates, and all his heavenly hosts in the name of the Lord of Spirits.” Enoch made many different prophecies about Jesus in his book.

The images used within this text are copyright free and listed as free Domain images as they are over 100 years old. By placing your cursor over each image, you will see the name of the images and the artists. The upper one is Noah's Ark by Edward Hicks. The lower one is a detail of "Noah Sacrificing After the Deluge by Benjamin West.

The Book of Enoch and other ancient texts can be found in the Internet Sacred Text Archive.