“Now when men started to grow in number on the surface of the ground and daughters were born to them, the sons of the true God began to notice that the daughters of men were beautiful. So they began taking as wives all whom they chose.” –Genesis 6:1,2
The account of Genesis chapter 6 presents us with an incident that occurred at least 120 years prior to Noah’s Flood.This was the arrival of an unconfirmed number of angels on planet earth.Their arrival marked the beginning of pangs and distress for the antediluvian world of that time and was indeed one of the most remarkable events in the history of mankind.Although the Bible explains their arrival at the beginning of chapter 6 of Genesis nevertheless it remains silent about their departure.One thing is sure, in order for spiritual beings to have physical relationships with earthly women they had to materialise or acquire bodies suitable for reproducing offspring with their wives.
The concept of materializing angels is not foreign to the pages of the Bible.In the Old Testament, we find a time and again angels being commissioned to deliver special messages to Jehovah’s servants on earth and while they do so they engage in activities only a human body would. For instance, the three angels that visited Abraham ate and drunk with him. The angels that visited Lot were threatened with physical rape from the men of Sodom and Gomorrah.Finally, Jacob wrestled with an angel during the night and didn’t give up until the angel dislocated his hip.
Therefore, it is safe to assume that the angels that descended, during Noah’s days, here on earth must have had physical human bodies.That creates a problem though! Since all but eight were drowned by the waters of that time so must have the mortal, perishable bodies of those angels drowned too.These angels left their human shell behind and escaped to the immediate atmosphere. The brother of Jesus, Jude, confirms this development in his letter the bears his name.We read: ” And the angels who did not keep their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place, he has reserved with eternal bonds in dense darkness for the judgement of the great day.” (Jude 6)
These angels escaped the destruction of their human families and fled to heaven hoping to reunite with God’s heavenly family but as Jude, the brother of Jesus explains Jehovah denied them access to his immediate presence deeming them as beings heavy with error.Instead, he imprisoned them in Tartarus, a prison for spirits here on earth.There, they remain until their judgement in God’s appointed time.This creates another conundrum though as we shall shortly see.
Writing to the congregation of Ephesus in the first century C.E. ,almost 3,000 years after the Deluge the apostle Paul had this to say :
“…because we have a struggle,not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Paul is warning Christians against the wicked spirits in “heavenly places” but didn’t we just see how these fallen angels are already imprisoned? How is it that these fallen angels are still roaming about after all these thousands of years?
The Bible remains silent to this seemingly unresolved puzzle, nevertheless, other extra-Biblical sources provide a satisfying answer.The Book of Jubilees an ancient Jewish religious work of 50 chapters that deal with the traditions of the Jews provides us with a glimpse of the events that followed immediately after the Flood of Noah and the settlement of the sons of Noah in the new earth.The book of Jubilees is considered part of the Bible by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and was well known amongst the early Christians.Early fathers of the Church make reference to it and frequently quote from its pages such as Origen, Justin the Martyr and Diodorus of Tarsus to name a few.Until recently only a few fragmental parts of this book existed dating back to the 15th century C.E. but the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 changed this forever. The discovery of extensive fragments of this book amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls proves that the book was in circulation in the last 2 centuries before Jesus’ birth.
The book of Jubilees offers a solution to this problem. We read in Jubilees 10:8,9:
“And the chief of the spirits, Mastêmâ(=Satan), came and said: ‘Lord, Creator, let some of them remain before me, and let them hearken to my voice, and do all that I shall say unto them; for if some of them are not left to me, I shall not be able to execute the power of my will on the sons of men; for these are for corruption and leading astray before my judgement, for great is the wickedness of the sons of men.And He said: Let the tenth part of them remain before him, and let nine parts descend into the place of condemnation.”
It would seem from this passage that in the aftermath of the Flood of Noah these fallen angels were still around for a limited time pending their imprisonment.Satan requested that not all be imprisoned but a tenth at least to remain with him as part of his post-flood demonic administration. Without a small part of the fallen angels joining him after the Flood, it would have been impossible for the Devil to “execute power over the sons of man”. Satan feels that it his right to exercise power over mankind as part of his arrangement with God to prove his claims that man will only worship God from selfish motives.
Although the book of Jubilees is not on the same level as the Bible it does shed light and gives us needed information to fill in the gaps of the destiny of the fallen angels after the Flood.It also bonds well with everything we know well so far.It explains how it is possible to have fallen angels in two different places , in the Abyss and in our immediate heaven. It also explains well that Jehovah allowed Satan not only prove his claims after the Flood but also provided him with enough angelic power to run his administration over the nations.