Since the days of Prohibition, many believers have simply assumed that partaking of alcoholic beverages was sinful.
What is interesting is that in many other countries God-fearing Christians see no problem with alcoholic beverages.
The Giants fragments indicate that the Enochic tradition was richer than 1 Enoch suggests.
For example, when my grandmother and grandfather were dating, her parents were concerned about this young man because he liked to go to football games. Some Christians have condemned others for wearing make-up, going to the opera, or even sending Christmas cards.
Christians, it seems, have an incredible ability to invent rules and regulations.
It’s endemic to human nature—but it’s also a modern, unvarnished form of Pharisaism.
Our attitude toward alcohol may well be conditioned by our culture more than we realize.
There is an area of study that is, of recent, getting a lot of attention, that is the using of signs in heaven as prophetic displays, pointing to future events.
What are these signs and are there any truth therein?
One happened in seminary and turned my mental world upside down.
The other happened in the fall of 1979 and led to my coming to serve this church.
Qumran Cave 4 yielded fragments of 11 Aramaic manuscripts of parts of 1 Enoch that cover perhaps one fifth of the Ethiopic text, as well as nine Aramaic manuscripts of “the Book of the Giants,” a text not included in 1 Enoch.