One of the most notable stories in the Book of Enoch is the story of the Watchers. Here's an excerpt from chapter 6 of the Book of Enoch:
And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And these are the names of their leaders: Sêmîazâz, their leader, Arâkîba, Râmêêl, Kôkabîêl, Tâmîêl, Râmîêl, Dânêl, Êzêqêêl, Barâqîjâl, Asâêl, Armârôs, Batârêl, Anânêl, Zaqîêl, Samsâpêêl, Satarêl, Tûrêl, Jômjâêl, Sariêl. These are their chiefs of tens.As I've pointed out in previous posts (here and here), the word 'angel' means 'messenger'. The 'angels' and the 'Watchers' may very well be the same type of entities (or species, whatever term you prefer), but they apparently have different roles in their society. Some relay messages, some are apparently just supposed to watch. The fallen Watchers taught men things such as cosmetics, building weapons, writing, and astrology. The passage above says of the fallen Watchers that "they were in all two hundred." But does that mean there are only 200 Watchers? Or does it mean that only 200 Watchers are fallen? Could there be more Watchers out there?
I've pointed out before some similarities between the elusive 'aliens' of today and the angels and demons spoken of in ancient texts (here, here, here, and here). In the past, the beings known as 'angels' typically only appeared to certain individuals. Today, most people never see any aliens. And last I checked, there is no ancient story of a group of angels descending on the Roman Forum and declaring, "Hey, were those angels people have been talking about all these years," and then shaking hands with the emperor. Nor have any aliens landed on the White House lawn and shook hands with the President either. Is it a coincidence that angels and 'aliens' tend to be elusive?
And what about these Watchers? The Book of Enoch is not the only place that watchers are mentioned; the book of Daniel also mentions watchers (lowercased though, and Daniel does not elaborate about them). There are those among UFOlogists today who have postulated that the reason aliens are so elusive is because they are merely here to observe. I wonder how many among those who have considered that theory have considered that the idea that the earth is being observed is a very ancient idea? Indeed, it seems the ancients thought they were being 'watched' too. So could the aliens that are allegedly observing us be Watchers? Could they be Watchers that didn't break the Watcher status quo and have continued to watch throughout the millenia?
The Book of Enoch may be folklore akin to Greek mythology. But maybe some of these old stories are at least based on truth. Maybe some of the best evidence for that comes from comparing ancient folklore with some of our modern 'folklore'.
P.S. View an update to this post here.