Book Review: Fallen Angels


Title: Fallen Angels

Author: Ken Johnson, Th. D.

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

 

 

Back Cover: Fallen Angels

Using only the Bible, Dead Seas Scrolls, the writings of the ancient rabbis and the writings of the ancient church fathers this book puts together the history of the creation of angelic beings, the fall of Lucifer and his angels, the fall of Azazel, and the fall of Semyaza and his angels. Learn the history of the Nephilim (giants) both pre-flood and post-flood. Find details of many angels, demons, and nephilim in the dictionary at the back of the book. Even find out the exact location on earth of the fallen angel Azazel.

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Book Review: Fallen Angels

This is a wonderful overview of angels from their creation, their role in God’s kingdom, and to include the fall of some of the angels. I really enjoyed the section on the various classes of angels. The section on demons is helpful as well.  The contents of Fallen Angels are as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Creation of Angels
  • Lucifer’s Rebellion
  • Azazel’s Rebellion
  • Semyaza’s Rebellion
  • Nephilim History
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Dictionary of Angels and Demons (A-Z)

Johnson also states that this book can be a companion guide to his book Ancient Paganism (review coming soon). Fallen Angels is 139 pages, well laid out and both easy to read and understand.

 

My thoughts about Fallen Angels

I appreciated all the Scriptural reference that Johnson provided in the book. There was one point he made that I struggle to find where he obtained it. The point was that Azazel fell first and there were actually two rebellions. He states the information is in Enoch and Jubilees, but did not quote chapter nor verse and I couldn’t find it anywhere in either books. So, Johnson believes that Azazel fell first, and legend has it that he mated with Naamah, Lamech’s daughter and had children by her called the Sedin. Then the other angels saw what he did and with Semyaza leading the 200 unholy Watchers, there was a second rebellion. Again, I couldn’t find this in either books, but I could have missed it. (For anyone reading this review, if you know, please feel free to leave a comment with the location of this information, thanks!) Also, Johnson mentions there are two leaders, but 1 Enoch only mentions that Semyaza was their leader. If there were two rebellions in fact, then there could be perceived two leaders. 

With that being said, I do find it interesting that Azazel was “ascribed all sin.” (1 Enoch 10:8) There were two hundred that sinned and to Azazel the sin was ascribed, though all of them were judged (awaiting punishment) for their transgressions against God. So, whatever the reason, he was made responsible for the sin. In light of that, perhaps the legend is correct that he sinned first, though 1 Enoch and Jubilees doesn’t say so clearly. It does however share all that Azazel taught mankind, through his wife. For instance, how “…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 (chemistry?), and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all coloring tinctures. (1 Enoch 8:1) Of the group of fallen angels, it was said that “…they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants.” (1 Enoch 7:1)

It’s believed that Naamah was evil, though I’m not sure where they get this information from either. If she indeed did sin with Azazel, then that would explain why they said she was evil. I’m confident there is a reason that God listed her in the account of Genesis, when so few women were mentioned. And, we see no reason in Scripture for her to mentioned in the genealogy of Lamech. And since it’s not common to list the daughters, it’s was interesting to see her name listed among her brothers. We do see that Rebekah is mentioned in Genesis 22:23 in the genealogy of Nahor and Milcah, instead of her brother Lamech, which is also odd. We also see that Dinah is mentioned as the daughter of Jacob and Leah, but sadly we see why she was mentioned once we read of her sad circumstances in Genesis 34. Perhaps Naamah’s involvement in the sin of the unholy Watchers is the reason why she is mentioned. One day we will find out all the events of that time and have a better understanding of those that were named in the Bible and the roles they played. I just find it interesting that people are so quick to call someone evil, when the Bible gives no clear record of what they did. It has to be some extra biblical source that I’m not aware of, but then, I wish they would site their references more clearly.

One of my favorite parts of Johnson’s books is when he includes the writings, thoughts and beliefs of the church fathers. I appreciate it for the fact that it helps me to better understand what the early church fathers believed and taught on various topics and to see how close we are to those teachings today.

One interesting feature of the book was seeing some of the demons mentioned in the Bible, but I had no idea they were demons. This cast a new light on the gravity of the passages. 

As I was reading this book and a few others on this topic recently, I searched through the Bible for mentioning of angels, fallen and holy. I was surprised that they are mentioned so many times. I did the same for the giants and likewise, I was shocked how many times they showed up in Scripture, under various names and clans, both pre- and post-flood. 

Interestingly, I did get an interesting supposition on Lucifer and Satan, based on this book, other teachings and various Bible verses that I’m researching further. 

 

Would I Recommend Fallen Angels

Yes! If you’d like to learn more about the story behind the flood and the sin of the unholy Watchers in Genesis 6:1-2, this book will give you a great foundation and overview of the subject. It’s well researched and other than my issue with finding where Johnson got the information on Azazel rebelling first, that there was a second rebellion and that Naamah was evil, I thought is was well documented. 

I don’t believe this would be too hard for anyone to understand and the fact that Johnson references so much in the Bible, it’s a great way to verify that he is sharing Scriptural information. 

 

And, that’s a wrap…Fallen Angels

I hope you found this review helpful. If so, please share it with your family and friends, so they can learn about this great book too. You can click here or on any image of the book on this page to see it on Amazon. Thanks for taking the time to read this review and God bless!

Ally

 

“This book on the Fallen Angels is compiled from the King James Bible, Talmud, Mishna and midrashim of the Jews, including the Ancient Book of Jasher. It also includes information from Jewish messianic festivals and Dead Sea Scrolls, like the books of Jubilees and Enoch, and information from the ancient church fathers on angels, demons, Nephilim, and other spirits.”1

 

Notes

1 Ken Johnson, Fallen Angels (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013), 5

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