Many believers and non-believers alike think the Bible and similar ancient texts were created by man to provide an explanation as to why and how we got here. For some, the reasons and writing are divinely ordained. For others, the stories and myths told through these texts were written to make the unexplained a little more explainable.
The Book of Enoch is one such ancient text. Enoch barely gets a nod in the Bible - he is acknowledged as an ancestor to Noah, and that's about it - but his own book tells a story of demons, archangels, and giants. According to the text, a group of angels called Watchers taught humans a trove of unholy concepts, and God imprisoned them deep inside the Earth as punishment.
While the Book of Enoch doesn’t specify where exactly on Earth the Watchers lie dormant, some conspiracy theorists - notably Steven Ben-Nun - think the fallen angels of Enoch have been imprisoned in the Antarctic ice, are still alive, and are waiting for their redemption.
While this isn’t the first creepy Antarctica story to surface, it’s definitely the most devout.
The Book of Enoch is an ancient text thought to have been lost for centuries. It is not part of Biblical scripture since it is not officially recognized by Judaism or Christianity. This ancient text was discovered in the 18th century by explorer James Bruce but had been part of smaller Ethiopian Christian and Jewish sects since at least around 160 BCE.
The Book of Enoch is lengthy text, coming in at five volumes and 108 chapters. It contains references to angels, giants, and some other supernatural beings. No one knows for sure why it is not part of the Old or New Testament canons, but it was popular among ancient peoples and there are some references to the beings Enoch describes in the King James Bible.
In the Book of Enoch, Enoch, a seventh generation human after Adam and Noah’s great-grandfather, reveals how fallen angels, known as Watchers, came down from Heaven full of lust for mortal women and in rebellion against God.
While still in Heaven, Watchers were given the task of keeping an eye on the human race. They were to report to God regarding humanity’s progress, but they were told never to intervene in the natural evolution laid out by the creator. Despite this, the Watchers were taken by the beauty of humanity, and came down from Heaven full of lust for mortal women and a need to “choose… wives from among the children of men and beget… children.”
Two hundred angels came to Earth in search of carnal pleasure. Once the Watchers arrived, they continued to ignore God’s decree, and instead taught humans many things, including how to forge arms and jewelry. Eventually, they incurred God's wrath for ignoring His word.
The Watchers landed at Mount Hermon, on the border of modern Lebanon and Syria. In the King James Bible, Genesis 6:1-5 may describe how the Watchers interbred with humans to create a new race of giants.
When men began to multiply on the face of the Earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and took them wives of all which they chose. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also afterward, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old,men of renown.
The Nephilim, together with the Watchers, taught the human race about pagan practices and other skills that simultaneously advanced civilization and corrupted humanity. As the Book of Enoch explains, from these teachings “arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways.”
Azazel, the leader of the Watchers, taught men to make tools for war and women to make themselves more attractive with jewelry and cosmetics. Shemyaza taught magical spells; Armaros taught the banishment of those spells; the angel Baraqijal taught astrology; Kokabiel gave humans knowledge of astronomy; Chazaqiel taught them about weather; Shamsiel gave humans knowledge of the sun cycles; Sariel taught them the lunar cycles; Penemuel instructed humanity to read and write, and Kashdejan gave humanity the knowledge medicin