Moreover, Hanokh (Enoch), in the seventh generation starting with Adam, also prophesied (in the Greek, prophēteuō) about these men, saying, “Look! YHVH came with his myriads of holy ones to execute judgment against everyone, that is, to convict all the godless for their godless deeds which they have done in such a godless way, and for all the harsh words these godless sinners have spoken against him.
Jude 1: 14-15 CJB
The word prophēteuō in Greek is the same word used in other places such as:
Matthew 11:13 "For all the prophets and the Torah prophesied until Yochanan."
Mark 7:6 " Yeshua answered them, “Yesha‘yahu was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites — as it is written......"
"By trusting, Hanokh was taken away from this life without seeing death — “He was not to be found, because God took him away” — for he has been attested as having been, prior to being taken away, well pleasing to God."
If Enoch is said to have "prophesied" about these men, and this quote is nowhere in the Scriptures we have today, are we missing something? Scripture calls Enoch a prophet and then quotes from a book that is not in our Scriptures.
One of the arguments against the Book of Enoch is Paul's quote of a Cretin Prophet in Titus 1:12-13
"Even one of the Cretans’ own prophets has said, “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons” — and it’s true! For this reason, you must be severe when you rebuke those who have followed this false teaching, so that they will come to be sound in their trust.."
The statement regarding this quote and the quote from the Book of Enoch creates an argument that asks, should the words of this Cretin prophet be Scripture then. The problem with this argument is that we see prophets emerge in other places in Scripture that are not of YHVH; Balaam being the most famous example. Paul is speaking to Greek and trying to reach a common with them by using something well-known in their culture. It would be like a preacher today quoting from a movie.
The Cretin prophet, however, does not have the Scriptural backing for such an honor like Enoch does. Enoch is regarded as a righteous man in BOTH Testaments. It is well worth your time to read the book of Enoch and at least familiarize yourself with it. One of the authors of a New Testament epistle thought it was worth quoting.
By the way, “For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noach." (Matthew 24: 37)
What is the Book of Enoch all about? The days before Noach's flood.
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