Who is Azazel?
Many times, we read about stories and characters in the Bible outside of Scripture and, we chose to adapt a naïve approach to them. We failed to remember that the Bible itself tells us that the gospel is foolishness for those who are perishing (First Corinthians 1:18). The gospel is crazy; impossible to grasp or comprehend without the Holy Spirit giving us understanding. After all, folks who are lost, are blinded by the devil (Second Corinthians 4:4).
As I engaged in the study of ancient books written by recognized Godly men, I know that many will questions the points that I have and will be making in this series. I noticed that a lot of these knowledge is hidden and, I could say, lost in translation.
In dealing with the central question of this series we must established that God did not actually destroy his creation; he destroyed a perverted version of it. Every time his creation is messed with, it leads to evil; it is never good. If you look at the viruses that are spread around the world, including the Coronavirus, is always men experimenting on animals and experiments gone wrong. The monsters that come out of messing with our genetics, the genetics of animals and nature in general, always bring forth destruction. The fallen angels were guilty of bringing such perversion into the world; however, Azazel is key in understanding what took place next. Enoch said of Azazel,
“And the whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azazel, to him ascribe all sin.”
On the previous article we saw the other fallen angels teaching stuff that humans were not supposed to learn. I dealt with the other fallen angels first, but Azazel was actually mentioned first in this school of evil. Even as the list of the things he taught was larger than the other fallen angels, he was blamed for 100 percent of the iniquity of the world.
Azazel was not mentioned as one of the leaders of these 200 hundred angels that corrupted the human race, but as he appears, he does it with a bam. It seems like from the moment he appeared he took charge. Perhaps, the other fallen angels were teaching under Azazel’s leadership as, it is Azazel who gets all the blame for the iniquity of the world. But what exactly did Azazel taught humans? Enoch gives us the answer to this question.
- Azazel taught humans the art of war: Azazel introduced the art of war amongst humans. He taught men how to make swords, knifes, shield, and breastplates. Azazel was guilty of spreading violence all over the earth. God never intended for men to engage in wars.
- Azazel taught humans the art of seduction: This is geared to the women. He taught them how to make bracelets, ornaments, the use of antimony (Makeup), the beautifying of eyelids, all kinds of costly stones and all coloring tinctures (Perfumes). So we can say that this led to fornications, adulteries and sexual perversions. If you study the Scripture you will see that sexual sins are all over the place and seems to always be at the center right before God’s judgment.
I wanted to know if Azazel is mentioned in the Bible, after all, he is guilty of spreading all iniquity and, indeed he is. We find Azazel in Leviticus 16:8-10 tells us,
Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 Then Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the Lord fell, and make it a sin offering. 10 But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat. (NASB 1995)
The word Scapegoat here is the Hebrew word, ʿazāʾzēl: meaning, “A noun referring to a scapegoat. It is taken as a designation of the goat on which the sins of the nation were laid, hence, a scapegoat on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:8, 10, 26).” One goat is sacrificed and dedicated to God as a sin offering, the scapegoat is release into the wilderness on the Day of Atonement. “The scapegoat was thrown over a cliff to die outside the city of Jerusalem, and its sacrifice remove the nation’s sins for a year.” This ceremony serves as a reminder of the iniquity brought by Azazel.
Some believe that Azazel is Satan, however Enoch clears this point when he states that “…the Lord of Spirits may take vengeance on them (the fallen angels) for their unrighteousness becoming subject to Satan and leading astray those who dwell on the earth.” Make no mistake about it, as bad as these angels were, they were under the leadership of Satan.
To be continued…
 The Complete Book of Enoch, 2015 by Dr. Jay Winter, p. 14
 The Complete Book of Enoch, 2015 by Dr. Jay Winter, p. 12
 Warren Baker and Eugene E. Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2003), 818–819.
 The Complete Book of Enoch, 2015 by Dr. Jay Winter, p. 42
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