© 2016 – Reprinted with permission from Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore newsletter September 2016
by Bruce Johnson
The Book of Enoch is an apocryphal or secret book. It was well known to ancient priesthoods, but was not available to the uninitiated masses of people. The meaning of the symbols is clear to the one who has “eyes to see”, but is intentionally hidden from the literal interpreter. We resume with more corresponding symbols from Revelations and the Book of Enoch.
God, heaven, and angel symbols-the elect one sitting on a throne, the voice of God, alpha and omega, 10,000 saints praising God, archangels, lesser angels and cherubim, paradise, angels teaching secret knowledge, winged beings, angels sounding musical notes, Book of Life, war in heaven, a new heaven, angelic prophecy, a holy building or city from heaven, birth of a divine child, ascending to heaven, spiritual fires, white cloth, and written names or marks related to judgment.
Building and tool symbols-temples, pillars, pillars of fire, doors, roof of stars, walls, throne, gates, city, house, cornerstone, foundation stones, circular, square ,and cross shapes in architecture, a tool to measure the righteous, and a scale to weigh souls.
Satan, hell, and negativity symbols-Satan as the leader of evil angels, evil spirits and demons, Satan teaching secret knowledge, birds eating the flesh of evil-doers, sinners suffering in hell after judgment, fallen angels cast into hell by archangels, sinners perishing by swords and fire, evil women fornicating with leaders of the earth, being drunk with blood, hell as a dark, smoky abyss within the earth, hell contains a lake of fire that smells of sulfur, hell as a place of eternal torment, hell as a locked prison, references to Babylon, and various woes to the sinners.
The book Biblical Allegorism, by Frank L. Riley, is a good study in allegory interpretation. Adelaide Hall’s book- Important symbols in their Hebrew, Pagan & Christian Forms shows how various philosophies interpret common symbols. Gnosticism and Early Christianity by R.M. Grant shows the influence Gnosticism had on the apocalyptic beliefs of the early Christians. We complete the groups of cryptic symbolism shared by Revelations and the Book of Enoch in article 3 to be published in October.
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.