“And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:22-24
- “Enoch walked with God”
- “and he was not”
- “God took him”
“[God took him] God ‘translated’ him without dying as in Elijah’s case (2Ki.2:1-25; Heb. 11:5). His biography is brief but outstanding—one sentence revealing the history of 365 years, 300 of which were spent believing, being humble and holy, walking with God.” Dake
“Genesis 5:18-24 The Enoch and Lamech mentioned here should not be confused with those in chapter 4. The Enoch in verse 18 is the seventh from Adam (Jude 14), not the third. By faith Enoch walked with God for 300 years and pleased the Lord (Heb_11:5). It seems that the birth of his son had a sanctifying, ennobling influence on his life (v. 22a). It is good to start well, but it is even better to continue steadfastly to the end. The word walk implies a steady, progressive relationship and not just a casual acquaintance. To walk with God is the business of a lifetime, and not just the performance of an hour. Enoch was transported to heaven prior to the flood just as the church will be raptured (caught up) to heaven … (1Th. 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10).” Believer’s Bible Commentary
How is Enoch’s walk with God “by faith” and translation to be alone with the LORD a picture of Christ’s New Testament saints present relationship and their future with Him?
In summation: Enoch “by faith” pleased God, he walked with God, and was translated to be alone with God – safe and sound and secure. This is the picture of all born again abiding saints in Christ in in His salvation and in this last hour before He returns to take them away to be with Him in pristine glory forever. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5
“By faith … he pleased God.”
“And was not found” – was secured, all alone with God, safe and sound with the LORD.
Jesus is coming and like Enoch, those who remain true to Him, will be with Him forever (Matthew 10:22; 24:13; Colossians 1:22-23; Hebrews 3:6, 12-15; 10:26-39; Revelation 21:4, etc.).
When a man loves a woman, he proposes to her and if she agrees to marry him, he goes and works hard, he prepares a place, a sovereign dwelling place for him and his wife to dwell. The bridegroom desires to have his bride all for himself – “that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3).
Heaven’s coming Bridegroom has been preparing a place for His beloved bride for 2,000 years now! Compare that with what He did in just 6 days! (Genesis 1)
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. … 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:1-6
In Walking with God, Enoch “Prophesied” or Preached
Did You ever catch this about Enoch? WHO were the “These” of Jude 14 that Enoch preached about?
Many don’t realize what living by faith includes as is seen in the life of the beloved Enoch. By faith, as he walked with God, like his LORD Jesus, Enoch foretold of the “MANY false prophets” who would “deceive many” (Matthew 24:11). Catch this revelation embedded in the one-chapter book of Jude beloved. Read verse 14 then back up and begin reading in verse 3 and you will see exactly who “these” were of whom Enoch “prophesied” (preached about).
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,” Jude 14
When you read the verses previous to verse 14 in Jude, you will see exactly who “Enoch … prophesied” about whom the LORD and His saints are coming to judge. The “these” Enoch prophesied, preached about are the apostates, those who departed from the LORD after being with Him. And he goes all the way back to eternity past where Lucifer and a third of the angels rebelled in Heaven and were expelled irrevocably (v6). And he speaks of some of God’s own people whom He saved out of Egypt (sin, the world) who later rebelled and the LORD “destroyed” them (v5). Read Jude.
We’ve been translated and we’re going to be translated like Enoch – to ever be with our LORD!
By the blood of Jesus and our faith in Him, we’ve been and will be “translated … into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:12-14
Like Enoch, who was taken away to be with the LORD, “so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
Our heavenly Father is going to gather into one place, Heaven, the New Jerusalem, all of His beloved saints.
“That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:” Ephesians 1:10
Death means separation. The LORD of life caused Enoch to escape death which is a picture of how Christ has conquered death so His people never have to suffer it, never have to suffer being separated from Him. Like a good husband, God has made full provision for His beloved people – to be with Him in pristine bliss forever!
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:26
Is what God did with Enoch, when He took him away, a foretaste of the end of the last enemy, death?
“Death itself shall be destroyed, all enemies conquered, and the kingdom of an emancipated universe finally handed back by the Mediator to the Father.” FB Meyer
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Due exclusively to the perfect redemption of Christ, in glory, soon, for His people, there will be no more…
No more death for the righteous!
“In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28
“the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
God made man to be in communion with Him and when man sinned in the Garden, that bond, that relationship was broken, separation came. God is holy and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
So, Jesus came to the earth, born of a virgin, sinless, to reconcile, to bring back the relationship between God and His fallen creation. Jesus died to conquer death (separation).
“Forasmuch then as the children (human race) are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15
Soon, ultimately, and with absolute finality, death, hell, and every rebel will be “cast into the lake of fire.”
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14-15
YOUR PRAYER: Holy Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I want to be like Enoch – walking by faith with You and ultimately translated, taken away with You. Please forgive all my sins afresh my dear LORD. Forgive me for the evil, for my sin of seeking to live this life without You – not according to Your stated terms. I here and now repent, I turn back to You. Let me now be crucified with Christ, raised up by Christ, and used mightily of Thee dear LORD. Let Your holy fear fill my heart, to depart from the snares of death. In Jesus’ Name.