Judgment of Azazel:
Scapegoat of the High Priest
Part 2
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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
January 14, 1999

Last Updated :
March 13, 2018

New Testament Confirms Authenticity Of The Book Of Enoch, Jesus Went To Preach To Spirits In Prison, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Watchers = The Holy Ones, Satan Is One Handsome Devil, Beauty And Pride Were The Cause Of Lucifer's Fall, Beware Of False Angels Of Light, Ascribe All Sin To Azazel, Closing Remarks, Suggested Reading List

Continuing our discussion from part one, while the previous verses may seem foreign to some of you, so much so that you may even doubt their Divine Inspiration, as I point out in "The Book of Enoch: Truth or Heresy?", in addition to the previous verses which are found in the Book of Genesis which definitely seem to verify the authenticity of Enoch's words, we also find several verses in both of Peter's Epistles, as well as in Jude's Epistle, which fully confirm what is being stated here. Consider the following profound words:

"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 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, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
1 Peter 3:18-20, KJV

"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;"
2 Peter 2:4, KJV

"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."
Jude 1:6, KJV

Notice that in the previous verses, Peter tells us quite plainly that Jesus Himself went to this prison -- which is apparently located deep within the bowels of the Earth -- in order to preach to the spirits which are currently imprisoned there. I likewise discuss this very same prison in articles such as "Hell, the Lake of Fire and Universalism". Peter then makes a direct association between these disobedient Angels, and the great evil which occurred in the days of Noah; which resulted in the wrath of God being poured upon the Earth by way of the Flood. Notice also that Peter mentions the chains of darkness, exactly the same as does Enoch. Jude likewise refers to the chains of darkness, and confirms the words of Moses in the Book of Genesis, as well as the words of Enoch, by telling us that these Angels left their "First Estate" -- that is, their place in Heaven -- in order to come down to the Earth, where they fulfilled their sexual lusts with the fair women of Earth.

Finally, you will notice that all four writers -- that is, Moses, Enoch, Peter and Jude -- agree that these rebellious demons are currently being held in their prison in Hell, for a time, until the Great White Throne Judgment. It is at that time that they -- and their boss, Satan -- will all meet their final fate in the Lake of Fire, as per these verses which are found in the Book of Revelation:

"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Revelation 20:10-15, KJV

Notice that in the previous verses from the Book of Enoch, these Fallen Angels who were led astray by Satan, Semjaza Azazel, and the rest of the rebellious demons, are referred to as the "Watchers". This word finds its origin with the Aramaic word "iyr"; which means waking, watchful, wakeful one, watcher or angel. The Watchers are also mentioned one time in the Book of Daniel, and are also known as the Holy Ones. At this current time, as far as I know, this is the only place in the entire KJV Bible where this Aramaic word is even found. So again, it presents us with yet another deep mystery which is hidden within the Word of God. It may possibly be that the Watchers who followed after Satan and Azazel, broke away from the Watchers who are mentioned by the Prophet Daniel. However, I don't know this for certain. Consider the following verse:

"This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men."
Daniel 4:17, KJV

One thing we do know, is that the Celestial Beings which Daniel saw, were indeed glorious to behold. It is logical to assume then, that the Fallen Angels who rebelled against the Lord, must also be rather beautiful in appearance. In fact, as I point out in the series "Satan: King of Tyrus, King of Empires", Satan himself seems to be one very handsome fellow. As the Scriptures make clear, it was partially due to his majestic appearance, that his pride caused him to fall from grace. Consider the following mysterious verses which are woven into the prophecies regarding the fall of the King of Tyrus in the Book of Ezekiel:

"Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee."
Ezekiel 28:12-17, KJV

It may possibly be due to the fact that the Fallen Angels are so wonderful in appearance, that the Apostle Paul gave the First Century Christians such a stern warning to beware of these false ministers of light. Perhaps Paul wasn't just referring to the false spiritual light of the Devil's human emissaries, but also to the awe-inspiring appearance of the demons themselves. Consider the following verses:

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
2 Corinthians 11:13-15, KJV

As a final point in this article, what I would also like to call to your attention, is the fact that in the verses which are found in the tenth chapter of the Book of Enoch where Azazel is mentioned, we are told "to him ascribe all sin". This is precisely what we read in the Book of Leviticus as well. You will recall that the sins of the people were to be cast upon the second goat when Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon its head. In other words, to ascribe all sin to Azazel, is to blame him for all sin, just as the scapegoat was forced to take upon itself the blame for the sins of the people. As I pointed out earlier, it was in this manner that the first sacrificial goat was exonerated of all guilt, and thus preserved as an innocent, pure and acceptable sacrifice to the Lord.

Thus it seems that this may be the true significance of the scapegoat -- or of Azazel -- in the Old Testament; and why it was a necessary part of the sin offering. It was through Azazel's rebellion, as well as that of his co-conspirators in sin, that humanity learned the evils that it practiced in the days before the Genesis Flood, and which it continues to practice to this very day. For more information regarding this topic, may I suggest that you read the article "Child of the Lamb or Child of the Goat?".

With these profound thoughts, I am going to bring another article to a close. I trust that it has been a blessing in your life. If you have enjoyed reading this article, please consider sharing its URL with your online friends. If you have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, etc., I would also appreciate if you would take the time to click on the corresponding link that is found on this page. Thanks so much, and may God bless you abundantly!

For additional information, I encourage you to study the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this article, or which are related to this article, and which are likewise located on the Bill's Bible Basics web server:

Billy Meier and the Pleiadian UFO Encounter
Child of the Lamb or Child of the Goat?
Hell, the Lake of Fire, and Universalism
Nephilim: The Giants of Genesis
Satan: King of Tyrus, King of Empires
The Book of Enoch: Truth or Heresy?
The Lamb of God Was a Goat!

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