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   JUDGMENT OF AZAZEL : SCAPEGOAT OF THE HIGH PRIEST



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Published On : January 14, 1999

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Day Of Atonment, First Goat, Second Goat, Christ's Sinless
Sacrifice, Fate Of Second Goat, Identity Of The Second Goat
Nephilim, Anakim And Rephaim, Sins of Azazel, In Chains Of
Darkness, Great White Throne Judgment, The Watchers, Satan
Is A Handsome Devil, False Angels Of Light, Azazel To Blame




As I explain in the in-depth series 'The Lamb Of God Was A
Goat!', of the various observances which were commanded by
the Lord according to the precepts of Mosaic Law, one of the
most important feast days was the Day of Atonement. As can
be seen by the following verses, the sacrifices which were
made on this day, were not only used to purify the holy
sanctuary, the tabernacle and the altar, but they were also
used to cleanse the priests, as well as the entire Israelite
congregation, of their sins:

"And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the
seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall
afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one
of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among
you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for
you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins
before the LORD. It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and
ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. And the
priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate
to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead,
shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen
clothes, even the holy garments: And he shall make an
atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an
atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for
the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests,
and for all the people of the congregation. And this shall
be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for
the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And
he did as the LORD commanded Moses." (Leviticus 16:29-34)

As a part of the Day of Atonement observance, a bullock, a
ram and two goats were to be used by Aaron the High Priest,
as an atonement for sin. Aaron and his sons were required to
perform these sacrificial rites before the congregation, in
front of the door of the Tabernacle. This is described for
us in considerable detail, beginning in the fifth verse of
Leviticus chapter sixteen. As will be noted in that chapter,
the bullock was used as an offering for Aaron's own sins, as
well as for those of his house, while the goat upon which
the lot fell, was used as an offering for the sins of the
people. Consider the following verses:

"And he shall take of the congregation of the children of
Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram
for a burnt offering. And Aaron shall offer his bullock of
the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an
atonement for himself, and for his house. And he shall take
the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door
of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast
lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other
lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon
which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering
...Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is
for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do
with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and
sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:"
(Leviticus 16:5-9, 15)

As I explain in the aforementioned series, it was this first
goat which was slain upon the Lord's altar for the sins of
the people, which served as a symbol of the Final Sacrifice
which would be made by our Lord in the New Testament. Let us
turn our attention now, to the fate of the second goat. The
Book of Leviticus refers to this second animal, upon which
the lot did not fall, as the scapegoat. The following verses
explain to us why this second animal was referred to by this
name:

"But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat,
shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an
atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into
the wilderness...And when he hath made an end of reconciling
the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and
the altar, he shall bring the live goat: And Aaron shall lay
both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess
over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and
all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them
upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the
hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall
bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not
inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness."
(Leviticus 16:10, 20-22)

While the first goat was slain as a means of atonement for
the sins of the people, notice that their actual sins were
placed upon the head of the second goat. In other words,
similar to the manner in which we use the word 'scapegoat'
in our modern day, the blame for the sins of the people was
cast upon the second goat, and not upon the first goat. In
essence, the first goat was an innocent sacrifice for the
sins of the people, just as Jesus Christ, who also knew no
sin, became our Final Sacrifice for sin. Consider the words
of the Apostles Peter and Paul:

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
(2 Corinthians 5:21)

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain
conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But
with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without
blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before
the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last
times for you," (1 Peter 1:18-20)

"Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who,
when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he
threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth
righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body
on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
(1 Peter 2:22-24)

So what we see then is that while Jesus Christ bore our sins
upon the Cross, which was symbolized by the first goat, the
actual blame for said sins was not really cast upon Him, but
rather it was cast upon someone else; who in the atonement
sacrifices was symbolized by the second goat. This is a very
important point which I will explain in a moment.

Not only was the second goat not killed, but as the previous
verses indicate, it was released into the wilderness, after
Aaron had laid the sins of the people upon its head. It has
been suggested by some students of the Bible that this goat
actually became demon-possessed due to the volume of sins
which were laid upon it. As I explain in 'Jesus: Sacrificial
Goat Or Sacrificial Lamb?', the word 'goat' is derived from
the Hebrew word 'sa`iyr', pronounced saw-eer', which means
hairy, he-goat or buck. The Hebrew lexicon also states that
'satyr' may refer to a demon possessed goat, similar to the
New Testament story of the possessed swine in Matthew
chapter eight:

"And there was a good way off from them an herd of many
swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou
cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they
went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of
swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and
perished in the waters." (Matthew 8:30-32)

According to Greek mythology, a satyr is a woodland diety
often depicted with the pointed ears, legs, and short horns
of a goat. While it may be true that the freed goats became
demon-possessed, there is no Biblical evidence of which I am
aware which clearly confirms this.

Another belief suggests that the scapegoat was let go into
the wilderness in order that it might die; however, again,
there is no clear Biblical indication that this was the
original purpose for releasing it into the wild. I tend to
believe that, being a rather hardy animal which is capable
of eating an assortment of food, it probably survived quite
well for some time to come. In fact, this idea is confirmed
by the following information taken from Easton's Bible
Dictionary. As you will see, it is because of the very fact
that some of these goats apparently did survive, that the
Jews later changed the Mosaic Law, which I seriously doubt
was of the Lord, and pushed the animal down a steep slope in
order to make sure that it did die:

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"At a later period an evasion or modification of the law of
Moses was introduced by the Jews. "The goat was conducted to
a mountain named Tzuk, situated at a distance of ten Sabbath
days' journey, or about six and a half English miles, from
Jerusalem. At this place the Judean desert was supposed to
commence; and the man in whose charge the goat was sent out,
while setting him free, was instructed to push the unhappy
beast down the slope of the mountain side, which was so
steep as to insure the death of the goat, whose bones were
broken by the fall. The reason of this barbarous custom was
that on one occasion the scapegoat returned to Jerusalem
after being set free, which was considered such an evil omen
that its recurrence was prevented for the future by the
death of the goat" (Twenty-one Years' Work in the Holy
Land). This mountain is now called el-Muntar."

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It is at this point of our discussion that we are going to
uncover some very deep spiritual truths concealed within the
pages of the Bible. Allow me to ask you; if Jesus Christ is
represented by the first innocent goat which was slain upon
the altar as an atonement for the sins of the Israelites,
then who does the second goat, upon whom the blame and all
of the sins were cast, represent?

While the Authorized King James Version of the Bible uses
the phrase 'the scapegoat' in verse eight from the sixteenth
chapter of the Book of Leviticus, in certain other English
Bibles, I have been told that this phrase is translated as
'Azazel'. In other words, in those Bibles, verse eight ends
with the phrase 'the other lot for Azazel'; it does not end
with 'the other lot for the scapegoat'. This is because the
actual Hebrew word used here is 'Azazel'; which means entire
removal, or scapegoat. This is the only verse in the entire
Authorized King James Version of the Bible where Azazel is
even mentioned. It is interesting to note that it also means
dubious or doubtful. As you will see in a moment, this is an
important point as well.

So exactly who is Azazel? According to the information found
in the apocryphal work, the Book of Enoch, Genesis chapter
six, the Epistle of Jude, and the Epistle of Peter, we are
given the understanding that, along with Semjaza, he was one
of the leaders of a band of some two hundred Fallen Angels
who rebelled against the Lord's authority; and who descended
to the Earth, in order to have sexual intercourse with the
beautiful daughters of men.

As I discuss in detail in such articles as 'Nephilim: The
Giants of Genesis', and also in 'The Book Of Enoch: Truth Or
Heresy?', this ungodly union resulted in the birth of a race
of giants, who have also been referred to as the Nephilim,
from the Hebrew word 'nephiyl'. This word itself is derived
from yet another Hebrew word; that is, 'naphal', pronounced
naw-fal', which means to fall, to lie, to be cast down, or
to fail. It is for this reason that these beings of old are
also often referred to as the Fallen Ones, or as the Old
Ones. Consider the following verses found in the Book of
Genesis, and in the Book of Enoch:

"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face
of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the
sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair;
and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the
LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for
that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and
twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days;
and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the
daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same
became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
(Genesis 6:1-4)

"And 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. 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: Samlazaz, their leader, Araklba, Rameel,
Kokablel, Tamlel, Ramlel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, Asael,
Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqiel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel,
Jomjael, Sariel. These are their chiefs of tens."
(Enoch 6:1-8)

"And 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)

Even after the Flood in Noah's days, the Bible mentions
various other tribes of giants. These included the Anakim
and the Rephaim, who were also known as the Zamzummims and
the Emims. All of these were smitten in the land of Canaan,
from the time of Moses and Joshua, to the time of King
David. Goliath of Gath and his brother Lahmi may have been
some of the final giants who were slain by the invading
Israelites. Consider the following verses:

"And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come
of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers,
and so we were in their sight." (Numbers 13:33)

"Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the
Moabites call them Emims...(That also was accounted a land
of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the
Ammonites call them Zamzummims;" (Deuteronomy 2:11, 20)

"For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of
giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it
not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the
length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the
cubit of a man. And this land, which we possessed at that
time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half
mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the
Reubenites and to the Gadites. And the rest of Gilead, and
all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half
tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan,
which was called the land of giants."
(Deuteronomy 3:11-13)

"All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth
and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for
these did Moses smite, and cast them out." (Joshua 13:12)

"And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom
unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem:
and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth
before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of
the valley of the giants northward:" (Joshua 15:8)

"And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then
get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself
there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if
mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee." (Joshua 17:15)

"And the border came down to the end of the mountain that
lieth before the valley of the son of Hinnom, and which is
in the valley of the giants on the north, and descended to
the valley of Hinnom, to the side of Jebusi on the south,
and descended to Enrogel," (Joshua 18:16)

"And there went out a champion out of the camp of the
Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six
cubits and a span." (1 Samuel 17:4)

"And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines,
where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew
the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear
was like a weaver's beam." (2 Samuel 21:19)

"And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan
the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the
Gittite, whose spear staff was like a weaver's beam."
(1 Chronicles 20:5)

As you will see by the following verse sets taken from the
Book of Enoch, just as the sins of the people were placed
upon the scapegoat before it was sent into the wildnerness
in the Book of Leviticus, it is also upon the demon leader
Azazel, that the Lord lays a lot of the blame; as well as
the responsibility for the rebellion which began in the
sixth chapter of the Book of Genesis:

"And Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and
shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals
of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and
ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of
the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all
colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and
they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and
became corrupt in all their ways. Semjaza taught
enchantments, and root-cuttings, Armaros the resolving of
enchantments, Baraqijal (taught) astrology, Kokabel the
constellations, Ezeqeel the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiel
the signs of the earth, Shamsiel the signs of the sun, and
Sariel the course of the moon. And as men perished, they
cried, and their cry went up to heaven" (Enoch Chapter 8)

"'Thou seest what Azazel hath done, who hath taught all
unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets
which were (preserved) in heaven, which men were striving to
learn: And Semjaza, to whom Thou hast given authority to
bear rule over his associates. And they have gone to the
daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the
women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all
kinds of sins. And the women have borne giants, and the
whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and
unrighteousness.'" (Enoch 9:6b-10a)

The end result of this demonic attack against God's creation
in Genesis chapter six, was the corruption of humankind; so
that after being petitioned by those Angels who had remained
loyal to Him, the Lord chose to destroy both the giants, and
humankind, as we see from the following verses found in the
Book of Enoch, as well as in the Book of Genesis:

"'And now, behold, the souls of those who have died are
crying and making their suit to the gates of heaven, and
their lamentations have ascended: and cannot cease because
of the lawless deeds which are wrought on the earth. And
Thou knowest all things before they come to pass, and Thou
seest these things and Thou dost suffer them, and Thou dost
not say to us what we are to do to them in regard to
these.'" (Enoch 9:10b-11)

"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the
earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his
heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD
that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his
heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have
created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and
the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it
repenteth me that I have made them." (Genesis 6:5-7)

"And to Gabriel said the Lord: 'Proceed against the bastards
and the reprobates, and against the children of fornication:
and destroy [the children of fornication and] the children
of the Watchers from amongst men [and cause them to go
forth]: send them one against the other that they may
destroy each other in battle: for length of days shall they
not have. And no request that they (i.e. their fathers) make
of thee shall be granted unto their fathers on their behalf;
for they hope to live an eternal life, and that each one of
them will live five hundred years.'" (Enoch 10:9b-11a)

As Enoch describes in the following verses, because of their
sins of rebellion, and leading the people of Earth astray,
one day Azazel and the rest of his demonic hosts, or armies,
will have to face the Judgment Seat of Christ; referred to
below as 'Mine Elect One'; at which time they will be cast
into the lake burning with fire and brimstone, where Satan,
the Beast and the False Prophet are also thrown according to
the Book of Revelation. In fact, the first group of verses
below suggests that evil Azazel and his demonic hordes are
subordinates of Satan:

"And I asked the angel of peace who went with me, saying:
'For whom are these chains being prepared?' And he said unto
me: 'These are being prepared for the hosts of Azazel, so
that they may take them and cast them into the abyss of
complete condemnation, and they shall cover their jaws with
rough stones as the Lord of Spirits commanded. And Michael,
and Gabriel, and Raphael, and Phanuel shall take hold of
them on that great day, and cast them on that day into the
burning furnace, that the Lord of Spirits may take vengeance
on them for their unrighteousness in becoming subject to
Satan and leading astray those who dwell on the earth.'"
(Enoch 54:4-6)

"When I have desired to take hold of them by the hand of the
angels on the day of tribulation and pain because of this, I
will cause My chastisement and My wrath to abide upon them,
saith God, the Lord of Spirits. Ye mighty kings who dwell on
the earth, ye shall have to behold Mine Elect One, how he
sits on the throne of glory and judges Azazel, and all his
associates, and all his hosts in the name of the Lord of
Spirits.'" (Enoch 55:3-4)

"And again the Lord said to Raphael: 'Bind Azazel hand and
foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in
the desert, which is in Dudael, and cast him therein. And
place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with
darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his
face that he may not see light. And on the day of the great
judgement he shall be cast into the fire. And heal the earth
which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of
the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the
children of men may not perish through all the secret things
that the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons.
And the whole earth has been corrupted through the works
that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin.'"
(Enoch 10:4-9)

"And Enoch went and said: 'Azazel, thou shalt have no peace:
a severe sentence has gone forth against thee to put thee in
bonds: And thou shalt not have toleration nor request
granted to thee, because of the unrighteousness which thou
hast taught, and because of all the works of godlessness and
unrighteousness and sin which thou hast shown to men.'"
(Enoch 13:1-3)

"And the Lord said unto Michael: 'Go, bind Semjaza and his
associates who have united themselves with women so as to
have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness.
And when their sons have slain one another, and they have
seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast
for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till
the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till
the judgement that is for ever and ever is consummated. In
those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and
to the torment and the prison in which they shall be
confined for ever.'" (Enoch 10:11a-14a)

While the previous verses may seem foreign to some of you,
so much so that you may even doubt their Divine Inspiration,
as I point out in 'The Book Of Enoch: Truth Or Heresy?', in
addition to the verses found in the Book of Genesis which
definitely seem to verify the authenticity of Enoch's words,
we also find several verses in both of Peter's Epistles, as
well as in Jude's Epistle, which fully confirm what is being
stated here. Consider the following profound words:

"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for
the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to
death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which
also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which
sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of
God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a
preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by
water." (1 Peter 3:18-20)

"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them
down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to
be reserved unto judgment;" (2 Peter 2:4)

"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left
their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains
under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
(Jude 1:6)

Notice that in the previous verses, Peter tells us quite
plainly that Jesus Himself went to this prison located deep
within the bowels of the Earth, in order to preach to the
spirits which are currently imprisoned there. Peter then
makes a direct association between these disobedient Angels,
and the great evil which occurred in the days of Noah; which
resulted in the wrath of God being poured upon the Earth by
way of the Flood. Notice also that Peter mentions the chains
of darkness, exactly the same as does Enoch. Jude likewise
refers to the chains of darkness, and confirms the words of
Moses in the Book of Genesis, as well as the words of Enoch,
by telling us that these Angels left their First Estate,
that is, their place in Heaven, in order to come down to the
Earth, in order to fulfill their sexual lusts with the fair
women of Earth.

Finally, you will notice that all four writers, that is,
Moses, Enoch, Peter and Jude, agree that these rebellious
demons are currently being held in their prison in hell, for
a time, until the Great White Throne Judgment; when they,
and their boss, Satan, will all meet their final fate in the
Lake of Fire, as per these verses from the Book of
Revelation:

"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of
fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet
are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from
whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was
found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and
great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and
another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the
dead were judged out of those things which were written in
the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the
dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the
dead which were in them: and they were judged every man
according to their works. And death and hell were cast into
the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever
was not found written in the book of life was cast into the
lake of fire." (Revelation 20:10-15)

Notice that in the previous verses from the Book of Enoch,
these Fallen Angels who were led astray by Satan, Semjaza
Azazel, and the rest of the rebellious demons, are referred
to as the 'Watchers'. This word finds its origin with the
Aramaic word 'iyr'; which means waking, watchful, wakeful
one, watcher or angel. The Watchers are also mentioned one
time in the Book of Daniel; and are also known as the Holy
Ones. At this current time, as far as I know, this is the
only place in the entire Bible where this Aramaic word is
even found; so again, it presents us with yet another deep
mystery hidden within the Word of God. It may be that these
Watchers who followed after Satan and Azazel, broke away
from those mentioned by the Prophet Daniel:

"This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the
demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the
living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of
men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up
over it the basest of men." (Daniel 4:17)

One thing we do know, is that the Celestial Beings which
Daniel saw, were indeed glorious to behold. It is logical to
assume then, that those who rebelled against the Lord, are
also beautiful in appearance. In fact, as I point out in
'Satan: King Of Tyrus, King Of Empires', Satan himself is
one very handsome fellow; and it was partially due to his
majestic appearance, that his pride caused him to fall from
grace. Consider the following mysterious verses which are
woven into the prophecies regarding the fall of the King of
Tyrus:

"Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus,
and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up
the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast
been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy
covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl,
the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the
carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of
thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast
created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I
have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God;
thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of
fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou
wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the
multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of
thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will
cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will
destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the
stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy
beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy
brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee
before kings, that they may behold thee."
(Ezekiel 28:12-17)

It may possibly be due to the fact that the Fallen Angels
are so wonderful in appearance, that the Apostle Paul gave
us such a stern warning to beware of these false ministers
of light. Perhaps Paul wasn't just referring to the false
spiritual light of Satan's human agents, but also to the
awe-inspiring appearance of the demons themselves. Consider
the following verses:

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no
marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also
be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end
shall be according to their works."
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

As a final point in this article, what I would also like to
call to your attention, is that in the verses from the tenth
chapter of the Book of Enoch, concerning Azazel, we are told
'to him ascribe all sin'. This is precisely what we read in
the Book of Leviticus as well. You will recall that the sins
of the people were to be cast upon the second goat when
Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon its head. In other
words, to ascribe all sin to Azazel, is to blame him for all
sin, just as the scapegoat was forced to take upon itself
the blame for the sins of the people. As I said earlier, it
was in this manner that the first sacrificial goat was
exonerated of all guilt, and thus preserved as an innocent,
pure and acceptable sacrifice to the Lord.

Thus it seems that this may be the true significance of the
scapegoat, or of Azazel, in the Old Testament; and why it
was a necessary part of the sin offering. It was through
Azazel's rebellion, as well as that of his co-conspirators
in sin, that humanity learned the evils that it practiced in
the days before the Great Flood; and which it continues to
practice to this very day. For more information on this
topic, may I suggest that you read the article 'Child Of The
Lamb Or Child Of The Goat?'. With these profound thoughts, I
am going to bring another article to a close. I trust that
it has been a blessing in your life.

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