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Who Are The Angels In Chains?

Jude 6:

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.”

Just who are these angels that Jude is speaking of? There is hardly a hint anywhere in the bible as to their identity. Yet with the help of an extrabiblical text to shed light on the subject, we shall be able to unravel the mystery.

The term “Grigori” may not be familiar to you but who they are is probably something you have heard of. In the Book of Enoch and Jubilees they both use the term “Grigori” in reference to a certain group of angels. Both these books, while not considered canonical by most Christian communities, yet were well known by Jews and Christians alike in the first century.

Jubilees is quoted by many early church fathers, including Epiphanius, Justin Martyr, Origen, Diodorus of Tarsus, Isidore of Alexandria, Isidore of Seville, Eutychius of Alexandria, John Malalas, George Syncellus, and George Kedrenos.

The book of Enoch was also well known to both Jews and early Christians.

From Wikipedia:

“Various Aramaic fragments found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as Koine Greek and Latin fragments, are proof that the Book of Enoch was known by Jews and early Near Eastern Christians. This book was also quoted by some 1st and 2nd century authors as in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs. Authors of the New Testament were also familiar with some content of the story.[5] A short section of 1 Enoch (1:9) is cited in the New Testament Epistle of Jude, Jude 1:14–15, and is attributed there to "Enoch the Seventh from Adam" (1 Enoch 60:8)”

Both books are claimed canonical by a few Christian communities as well as Jewish. However it is not the canonicity we are concerned with. Statements in any book, old or new, can be true without having to claim the entire book is scripture.

Paul himself quoted unbelieving secular authors Aratus, Menander, and Epimenides.

When the author of a canonical book quotes a book such as Enoch, it merely tells us that the quote given is true. If that is not the case you now have an error, or untruth in the bible.

So what was the quote from Enoch?

Let me start by saying that “Grigori” comes from the Greek “egrgoroi”, which is the Hebrew equivalent of “Irin” that is translated as “Watchers”. These angels are also mentioned in

Daniel 4:13, 17, 23

First, let us start with the familiar verse in Genesis 6:4

 “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Here is how the story reads in Enoch 18:

The men took me on to the fifth heaven and placed me, and there I saw many and countless soldiers, called Grigori, of human appearance, and their size was greater than that of great giants and their faces withered, and the silence of their mouths perpetual, and there was no service on the fifth heaven, and I said to the men who were with me:

2 Wherefore are these very withered and their faces melancholy, and their mouths silent, and wherefore is there no service on this heaven?

3 And they said to me: These are the Grigori, who with their prince Satanail rejected the Lord of light, and after them are those who are held in great darkness on the second heaven, and three of them went down on to earth from the Lord's throne, to the place Ermon, and broke through their vows on the shoulder of the hill Ermon 1 and saw the daughters of men how good they are, and took to themselves wives, and befouled the earth with their deeds, who in all times of their age made lawlessness and mixing, and giants are born and marvelous big men and great enmity.

We are reading the same story as in Genesis, yet with more detail. These are the angels in chains that Jude is speaking of.

Jubilees 5 tell the same story as Enoch, with more detail than Genesis:

And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants.

And lawlessness increased on the earth and all flesh corrupted its way, alike men and cattle and beasts and birds and everything that walks on the earth -all of them corrupted their ways and their orders, and they began to devour each other, and lawlessness increased on the earth and every imagination of the thoughts of all men (was) thus evil continually.

Today we can find preachers who tell us that the Nephilim were the offspring of the sons of Cain and Seth, however, this was not the view of the early church, or Jews. Jewish Historian Josephus (who lived from about 37-100 AD) clears up this very point:

“Josephus Ant 1:3:1

Now this posterity of Seth continued to esteem God as the Lord of the universe, and to have an entire regard to virtue, for seven generations; but in the process of time they were perverted, and forsook the practices of their forefathers, and did neither pay those honors to God where were appointed them, nor had they any concern to do justice towards men. But for what degree of zeal they had formerly shown for virtue, they now showed by their actions a double degree of wickedness; whereby they made God to be their enemy, for many angels of God accompanied with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength; for the tradition is, That these men did what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants. But Noah was very uneasy at what they did; and, being displeased at their conduct, persuaded them to change their dispositions and their acts for the better; - but, seeing that they did yield to him, but were slaves to their wicked pleasures, he was afraid they would kill him, together with his wife and children, and those they had married; so he departed out of that land.

In one paragraph Josephus tell us that yes, the sons of Seth fell away, but fallen angels took women and their sons were giants.

This makes clear the reason for the flood, since mankind had been genetically corrupted.

Genesis 6:9

These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”

Noah’s ancestors were not genetically corrupted. Enoch goes on to say that there were 200 of these “Grigori” or “Watchers” that left their first estate and were now chained in darkness.

Peter tells of the same thing.

2 Peter 2:4

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;

Not all angels are chained in darkness.

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

It is important to put these pieces together if you are wanting to know just what angels are chained in darkness, as Peter and Jude proclaim.

Enoch speaks of how angels are in charge of certain aspects of humanity. Most simply consider angels messengers who only do when they are told to do something. Yet, this is not the case at all, they are involved in decisions with God, not because God needs their input, but because He desires it. This is clearly seen in the bible, yet often over looked, or simply passed by because it is not understood.

If you would like to understand how God uses angels to rule, and not just as beings that carry out orders, I have just the documentary for you.

The Unseen Realm

The Fallen Angels