WHY WAS AZAZEL THE SCAPEGOAT?

There is an ordinance in Leviticus chapter sixteen that says the people of Israel shall for atonement use two goats: one for sacrifice and the other as the scapegoat to run free into the desert to carry away the sins of Israel. The original Hebrew word for scapegoat was “azazel”, which means “goat for escape”. Azazel was also an angel that sinned greatly in the time of Jared. Genesis chapter six speaks of angels lusting after human women and marrying them, and even had children with them. These angels also taught humans to sin greatly, according to the book of Enoch, a genuine book of the Bible that isn’t included in most Bibles. Azazel was among these angels. One of the leaders, in fact. Azazel was not another name for Satan, as some believe. His fall came well after Satan’s, and they fell in two completely different ways. Satan wanted to become God while Azazel conspired to marry women and taught men to sin.

The scapegoat spoken of in Leviticus 16 was for Azazel, the fallen angel. In the book of Enoch the prophet, chapter ten verse eight, God said to ascribe all sin to him. This is done through the release of the scapegoat. One of the two goats, chosen by drawing lots, Aaron, and then later his descendants, was to put his hands upon the head of the scapegoat and confess all the sins of Israel to transfer them to it and release it away from the people (Leviticus 16:20-22).

There are ways to find the book of Enoch and I highly recommend it. It is easily one of the most fascinating books of the Bible, and Enoch was one very special prophet. One of two people in history who hasn’t experienced death (Genesis 5:21-24).

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