Chapter II - Satanel: The Bringer of Death

Chapter II - Satanel: The Bringer of Death
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    There are many places to look for proof of Satan’s existence outside the Bible itself. For example, the Apocrypha has plenty to say about Satan and his many faces while teaching such wise proverbs as “When the ungodly curseth Satan, he curseth his own soul (Sirach 21:27).” There are many passages to be found confirming that Yahweh initially created Adam everlasting but through Satanel’s own envy of God’s throne he was cast to earth bringing with him another face known as death: “For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it” (Wisdom 2:23-24).

    The prophet Enoch was so special to Yahweh that he was granted ancient wisdom and secrets because “Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him] (Genesis 5:24 amp).” It is from the Books of Enoch that we get the name Satanel (oftentimes translated as Satanail) and this special diviner has this to say about the fall of Lucifer: “One from out the order of angels, having turned away with the order that was under him, conceived an impossible thought, to place his throne higher than the clouds above the earth, that he might become equal in rank to my (God’s) power. And I (God) threw him out from the height with his angels, and he was flying in the air continuously above the bottomless” (Enoch 29:3-4).

    This passage certainly aligns itself with the Bible’s own teachings on Satan and his desire to obtain equal rank with Yahweh Himself (Isaiah 14:13). It also further instructs the reader that the adversary was cast to earth by God to be “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). Still, Enoch gets much more specific with this disheartening description: “The devil is the evil spirit of the lower places, as a fugitive he made Sotona from the heavens as his name was Satanel, thus he became different from the angels, but his nature did not change his intelligence as far as his understanding of righteous and sinful things” (Enoch 31:4). As a subtle enchanter (Genesis 3:1), Satan was more knowledgeable than Adam and Eve and eventually through his manipulation and curses Yahweh pronounces death to the once immortal pair and their tempter (Genesis 3:19). Understanding that Satanel knows Yahweh’s laws better than us and works continually to twist them should inspire all Christians to make a diligent study of the eternal Law (1a).

    It is because of Satanel's fall that Jesus came to overcome death in the first place so hopefully this book will be able to convince you the enemy never wins. Satan's story is one of vanity and a sad one yet the tempter is also part of God's plan for the ages, almost Yahweh's left arm. The Book of Enoch 6:1-10 states; “It came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: "Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children." And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: "I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin." And they all answered him and said: "Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing." Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.” Enoch tells us that this attack took place (in the days of Jared) on the summit of Mount Hermon and that there were 199 additional angels who followed Lucifer's revolt in “chiefs of tens.”

These descended leaders are:

Satanail (Prince)
Samlazaz (Chief)

    For extra insight into why Yahweh send the flood in the days of Noah, continue reading the next chapter (and compare this with the account in Genesis 6:1-7); “All the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones” (Enoch 7:1-6).

    During Enoch's tour of the "fifth heaven" he also “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.” When he inquired about these massive men the angels told Enoch thus; “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 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 marvellous big men and great enmity” (Secrets of Enoch 18:1-7).

    It is these same “watchers" that are reserved for a part of the coming judgment upon the world of the ungodly. Jude wrote; “Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him (Jude 1:14-15). Satanel and the bastard offspring of his followers are merely part of Yahweh's divine plan of the ages.

    (1a) For example, the Martyrdom of Isaiah 2:1-7 says this about Satanel; “It came to pass after that Hezekiah died and Manasseh became king, that he did not remember the commands of Hezekiah his father but forgat them, and Sammael [Lucifer or "light-bearer"] abode in Manasseh and clung fast to him. And Manasseh forsook the service of the God of his father, and he served Satan and his angels and his powers. And he turned aside the house of his father which had been before the face of Hezekiah the words of wisdom and from the service of God. And Manasseh turned aside his heart to serve Beliar; for the angel of lawlessness, who is the ruler of this world, is Beliar, whose name is Matanbuchus ["worthless gift"]. And he delighted in Jerusalem because of Manasseh, and he made him strong in apostatizing (Israel) and in the lawlessness which was spread abroad in Jerusalem And witchcraft and magic increased and divination and augulation, and fornication, [and adultery], and the persecution of the righteous by Manasseh and [Belachira, and] Tobia the Canaanite, and John of Anathoth, and by Zadok the chief of the works” (Pseudepigrapha).

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