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Enoch Walked With God

"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." (Genesis 5:24)

“Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24)

As we walk through the graveyard of Genesis Chapter 5, we come across something rather strange. We see a headstone that tells us about Jared, how long he lived, the fact that he was Enoch’s father, and then we read that he died. Then, a few feet away, we see another headstone that tells us that beneath it is buried Methuselah. It says that Methuselah was the son of Enoch and that he himself lived 969 years (longer than anyone else in the Bible) and then he, too, died. It seems that Enoch’s grave, however, is nowhere to be found.

We are not told very much at all about this mysterious person who “walked with God.” Yet it is interesting to note that when we compare what the Bible does say about him compared with the first “Enoch” that we read about back in Genesis 4:17-18, we are really told a great deal more. Cain intended the name of his son Enoch to live on forever, naming the city that he founded after him. Though that Enoch was the namesake of an entire city and although from him would descend great pioneers of the arts and humanities, the Word of God barely gives him a passing glance.

This Enoch, however, this Enoch was different. No city bore his name nor did any great civilization descend directly from his offspring, but this Enoch is given great prominence because he “walked with God.” He was faithful to the Lord and walked with Him. This is what God considers important. It wasn’t the Christian College that he founded, it wasn’t the huge megachurch that he pastored, it wasn’t the jam-packed stadiums that he preached to. Enoch is remembered and his name is recorded forever in the Scriptures because he walked with God. I can think of no higher aspiration than one day seeing those very words written by our own names in the Lambs Book of Life.: “He walked with God.”

“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 11:5)

Enoch was not found. People looked for him, but he had vanished. There was no trace of where he had gone. We know from the Book of Jude that Enoch was a prophet who unflinchingly warned of God’s judgments (Jude 14-15). This must have garnered him many enemies in a world that had already sunk into such depravity. I wonder what they thought when they sought him out and could not find him.

“Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

I believe that the translation of Enoch is a picture of the Rapture of those who are in Christ that will occur before the Tribulation. The Tribulation shall be the final judgment of God on an unrepentant world; the Flood was the first. As God took His own out of the world before He moved His hand in judgment with the Flood, so shall He do again before the final judgment. It has been calculated that the Flood came upon the Earth the very year that Methuselah, Enoch’s son, died. I do not think that this is a coincidence. God in His wonderful Grace spared Enoch from the wrath of judgment and even waited until his son was gone before releasing the flood waters.

Some well-meaning Christians have discarded the teaching of the Rapture of the Church because they do not see any Biblical precedent where God has taken His own out of the way of harm, only that He has given them the grace to go through it. I would suggest that what He did in the life of Enoch would definitely be such a precedent. While God certainly does not shield us from the troubles that are in the world (John 17:15), He has not appointed those who trust in Christ to receive His wrath and judgment (Romans 5:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:9). When we understand that the events of the Great Tribulation described in the Book of Revelation (e.g., Revelation 15:1, 16:1) are God’s judgments on an unrepentant world, we can see how the Lord will take His own out of the world before He releases His wrath upon it; just as He did with Enoch, the man who “walked with God.”

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published October 2, 2009]

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

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14 responses

  1. thanks for the article..enjoyed your word of god. most people who are believers understand about the horror of the great tribulation coming soon.What most Christians fail to comprehend? Its purpose is to bring the Jews back to Christ.

    After their experiences with the Gog and Magog debacle and the anti Christ,,they will then know the god of Isac,Jacob is the same one they hung on the cross some 2015 years ago…

    Most believers are scared of the rapture because of the uncertainty of our loves ones and friends. I am sure before it occurs, god will pour his holy spirit out on all gentiles for one last chance of not being left behind!! amen? thanks again

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  2. Thanks for reading and sharing your comments! I know that I am definitely praying for a great revival to occur before the Rapture.

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  3. I will admit that I have not spent a lot of time studying end times and could not hold my own in a conversation on this subject. Your post makes a lot of sense and gives hope to the believers that we won’t be here during that period of time. There are some scriptures that make me wonder if the rapture is before and not at the end. In this case, I HOPE I am very wrong, I want to be wrong.

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  4. A lot of sincere and faithful students of the Word of God have reached different conclusions concerning what the Bible actually teaches about the End Times. Many of these conclusions are certainly well-thought out and the Scriptural evidences are carefully presented. I believe, based on my own study, that the Bible teaches a Rapture which will occur prior to the events of the Great Tribulation described in the Book of Revelation.

    Having said that, I also maintain that the study of End Times (Eschatology) is an area wherein no servant of the Lord should be rigidly dogmatic. Many of the prophecies and events that as of yet remain to be fulfilled will become clearer to those to whom they directly pertain. In the grand scheme of things, it really should make no difference in how we live out our day-to-day walk with the Lord whether or not we are raptured before, during, or after the events of the Great Tribulation; or perchance that no such Rapture shall occur at all. We have the crystal clear promise that those who trust in Him will ever be with Him at the end of this life, and that should be enough for us to be faithful and dedicated.

    At risk of sounding morbid, the truth of the matter is that the very moment we die we will enter into eternity and, frankly, that could occur in an instant. Our commission as Christians is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world. As to when precisely we will enter the presence of God and what things He will call on us to endure in the meantime is entirely at our Lord’s discretion.

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  5. I agree with Loren whole heartily.. The only thing I would like to add?? The lord in past generations never let his followers suffer before he took the wrath out on sinners. aka Noah, Crossing of the red sea etc etc…

    The book of revelations is written in chronological order, after chapter 4 or f the church is in heaven with god. The tribulation period is starting..The only way for the anti-Christ to come on the scene is by the Holy Spirit being removed from this world..

    When the last gentile is saved, the rapture will take place. please read 1 Thessalonian 1-5? We who believe only have to keep our attention on the cross, the resurrection and the blood of Jesus.

    everything is going to be ok,, cheers mlb,,,,,,,If we pray for our love ones the Holy Spirit will deliver,,amen?

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  6. Nicely put. I agree that God has always taken His own out of the way before He released His judgments. I believe that when John is “called up” in Revelation 4:1, before the Tribulation begins, that this is representative of the Church being taken out of the world in Rapture.

    Well said: we who believe should maintain our attention on the Cross, Resurrection, and precious blood of Jesus.

    Thanks for sharing your comments.

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  7. Hi again :) — here’s the issue I have with the argument that God has always taken away His own before judgment. In Sodom & Gomorrah, He removed the righteous and then destroyed EVERY single person, not a single survivor was left. In the flood, He removed the righteous and then destroyed EVERY single person. That’s the analogy that is used to to show that we will be raptured before the tribulation. However, every single person is not destroyed in the trib. There will be survivors at the end of the 7 year. Not only that, there will be part of the church (the called out ones) who will come to to Christ (become part of the Church) during this 7 year period which never happened in previous times. They will experience the tribulation and if we are to use the analogy or type based on the Old Covenant, every single person should be destroyed just like the Old Covenant.

    That’s just one area that gives me pause in that argument or analogy used that God removes His own before passing judgment. He destroys all the unrighteous in the Old Covenant but doesn’t in the trib. Not only does He not destroy all of them, but some will survive and enter the 1000 year reign. There are other scriptures that have me leaning more toward a post trib rapture.

    Again, like I said, I’m not well versed in end time theology to hold my own in these discussions. And I’m not dogmatic that I’m right — that’s just my leaning. And I hope I’m wrong :) or I hope I’m already out of here when it comes to pass.

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  8. You bring up some really good points, thanks.

    The Tribulation is definitely a different type of judgment when compared with the Flood or Sodom and Gomorrah. The Tribulation is a judgment given with the purpose of bringing people to repentance and causing them to turn to the Lord, whereas the Flood and Sodom were simply judgments of utter destruction of those who were in rebellion. I think of God’s conversation with Abraham where Abraham asks if He would destroy the city of Sodom if there were even 10 who were “righteous” (Gen. 18:32). It reveals to us the absolute and utter depravity that the people of Sodom has sunk into, with apparently no hope of repenting and turning to God….ever.

    As you mentioned, during the Tribulation there will be multitudes who do in fact turn to God. Why are these not immediately raptured like those who were here before the Tribulation? I feel that this is very telling about how the temporal consequences of our sins have a way of staying with us even after we come to Christ. For example, Paul was stricken blind in his meeting with the Lord on the Road to Damascus. Even though he repented and turned to Christ, it is widely accepted that he apparently had ongoing problems with his vision for the rest of his life, even though God graciously restored his sight. There are those who have contracted AIDS or other serious, incurable venereal diseases due to sexual promiscuity before they came to Christ. After they repented, their eternal Salvation and destiny was secured; yet the temporal, physical consequences of their actions remained.

    Again, you definitely bring up some valid points and I do not want to seem that I am trying to argue over who is right or wrong in this area. Lord willing, we will be gone long before this happens and never have to concern ourselves with it :)

    Thanks for bringing in a different viewpoint, I really appreciate it when others give me a compelling line of reasoning that sends me back into the Word to reconsider my position!

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  9. I can understand how you say that the purpose of the trib is to bring people to repentance. If that is the case, then we cannot use the analogy or types of judgment from the Old Covenant for they were very different. In other words, if the Old Covenant judgments were for the purpose of utter destruction, then that cannot be used as a type or example of a different kind of judgement during the trib. That’s comparing apple to oranges.

    p.s. I understand that you’re not out to convince me that I’m wrong and certainly I’m not out to convince you that you are (I hope you are not). I really don’t know but these are the questions that I have that leads me to not be so dogmatic that it is pre-trib.

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  10. According to revelations, the whole world will be involved when the anti christ comes on board. this will be at the beginning of the tribulation,

    The tribulation period is to bring the people of Israel to repentance. the remnant is going to flee to the desert to get away from the rule of the Antichrist,

    Most of the people n the world including the Jews will believe the anti Christ is the messiah,,They will worship him,……………

    You must realize no one knows for sure everything that is going to happen. including when the rapture takes place, who will survive etc etc.. Some bible scholars say we will be involved in a nuclear war, famine and such calamity only god can stop the total destruction of the whole world.

    Whats great about freedom of religion,,people can believe what ever they wish,,the best way is to research the future ourselves by reading the bible and other books. If we pray the holy spirit will teach us the truth,..

    We can spend a life time debating religion, politics and the best way to raise kids, all I have to know is the gospel of Jesus Christ, believe it and everything will be ok in this life and the one to come.

    I refuse to debate anything anymore because no one really wins,,I f someone wants my opinion? I will gladly share what I believe, But, they can take it or leave it,,if I am wrong, God will in time show me…god bless mlb

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  11. when jesus/ and his army comes back and destroys the invaders at the battle of armageddon, the jewish people will then know Jesus was and is the messiah. the people who are coming back are the ones who were raptured
    ,,
    The battle of armageddon occurs at the end of the 7 year tribulation period..

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  12. Thank you for taking the time today to read this post and share your thoughts on it. God bless you.

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  13. Hey Loren, great article on Enoch…
    I also have enjoyed reading some of the Eschatological views about the Rapture…whether it be Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, Post -Trib One thing is for sure, for those of us who are Born Again in Christ, it will be a Pre-Wrath Rapture.
    I will also add, that though God definitely provided protection for His people during the time of Wrath onto others around them, He did not always take them out of the way completely, though they were always “Covered in the Blood of the Lamb” Case in point: On the first Passover, the Israelites were still in Egypt, yet, they were “Covered” and out of harms way…
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL
    sonsothunder

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  14. Hey, thanks a lot for reading this and taking the time to share our comments!

    Good point about being “covered by the Blood of the Lamb.” We read several times throughout the judgments (plagues) of Exodus how God protected His own, moreover, His judgments upon Egypt did not come upon them although they were still in the land (e.g., Ex. 9:26, 10:23).

    God certainly can shield those covered by the Blood from His judgment without taking them “out of the land”, and I personally feel that He will do just that for those who come to Christ during the Tribulation (safe from His judgment, although not necessarily from the actions of anti-Christ) and certainly for the 144,000 Jewish remnant.

    I wrote some posts about Noah and “Christ our Ark” on this website, as well, wherein I see Noah in “the Ark” as a picture of those “in Christ”during the judgment of the Flood. Enoch is illustrative of the believer raptured before judgment while Noah is illustrative of those in Christ saved through Tribulation.

    Thanks again for reading and commenting, God bless you!

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