Reversing Hermon | Michael S. Heiser
Enoch, The Watchers and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ… Reversing Hermon is a groundbreaking work. In unveils what most of the modern Church have never heard regarding how the story of the sin of the Watchers in Enoch 6-16 helped frame the mission of Jesus, the messiah.
Jews of the first century expected the messiah to reverse the impact of the Watchers’ transgression. For Jews and Jesus’ day, the Watchers were part of the explanation for why the world was so profoundly depraved. The messiah would not just revoke the claim of Satan on human souls and estrangement from God, solving the predicament of the Fall. He would also no only bring the nations back into relationship with the true God by defeating the principalities and powers that governed them. Jews also believed the messiah would rescue humanity from self-destruction, the catalyst for which was the sin of the Watchers and the influence of what they had taught mankind.
The role of Enoch’s retelling the Genesis 6:1-4 in how New Testament writers wrote of Jesus and the cross has been largely lost to a modern audience. This book rectifies that situation. Topics include:
- Understanding Genesis 6:1-4 and the Sin of the Watchers in Their Original Context: How the ancient Mesopotamian story of the apkallu aligns with Genesis 6:1-4, was preserved in 1 Enoch, and sets the stage for the theme of reversing the evil of the Watchers.
- How the theme of reversing the transgression of the Watchers colors the gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus, his genealogy, and his ministry.
- How the writings of Paul and Peter allude to the sin of the Watchers, and present Jesus as overturning the disastrous effects of their sins against humanity.
- How the descriptions of the antichrist, the end-times Day of the Lord, and the final judgment connect to Genesis 6 and the nephilim.
Though every topic addressed in Reversing Hermon can be found in scholarly academic literature, this is the first book to gather this information and make it accessible to Bible students everywhere. The book also includes lengthy appendices on the ancient debate on the inspiration of the book of 1 Enoch, New Testament allusions to the book, and academic sources for studying 1 Enoch and the Book of Giants from the Dead Sea Scrolls.