What does the Bible say about Enoch

Enoch: The man who was no more

05/02/2003 Genesis | Prophecy | Judas

William J. Hocking

"And all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was no more, for God took him away" (Gen. 5:23, 24).

In the selected picture gallery of Hebrews 11 there is a portrait that protrudes from the shining witnesses of faith. He is the only one on this list “who has been raptured so that he should not see death”. For “before the rapture he had the testimony that he had pleased God” (Heb 11: 5).

This highlighted difference is also noted in the historical account of Enoch (Gen. 5: 21-24). The most significant fact in the brief account is the extraordinary manner in which it was deposited. The reference to other antediluvian patriarchs ends each time with the sad statement: "and he died". But Enoch says: "and he was no more, for God took him away". According to the New Testament, "he was not found because God had raptured him" (Heb 11: 5).

Henoch walked with God

Why is this particular hint made in the case of Enoch? There was a moral and spiritual value in his life that made him different from others of that evil age. His character and ways made him pleasing to God, for it is said: “Enoch walked with God.” “Do two people walk together unless they have agreed?” Asks the prophet (Amos 3: 3). God is light, and by faith Enoch walked in light where there can be no darkness.

In Hebrews, the Spirit of God gives the key to the ruling principle in Enoch's life, “by faith” (Heb 11: 5). Faith is the essential ability to see earthly events in the light of divine revelation.

Enoch knew by faith that the evils of his time were related to his origin in Eden. He must have learned from Adam himself, with whom he was a contemporary for more than three hundred years, how sin came into the world and with it death as its wages. The curse on the ground, the sweat of his brow, all testified to the presence of sin. By faith Enoch knew the cunning and power of the serpent, and by that same belief he held fast to the shining hope that one day the woman's seed would crush the serpent's head and deliver the world from the bondage of corruption. Enoch believed God against whom he and his forefathers sinned, and he walked with Him.

Enoch and the coming of the Lord

“He who deals with wise people becomes wise” (Prov 13:20), and walking with God one learns God's wisdom. This custom of Enoch resulted in his being instructed in God's ways toward the lawless world. How did it come about that man's malice prevailed on earth and the thoughts of his heart were continually evil? How did it come about that the righteous Abel's blood cried out for vengeance in vain? Why did God withhold his punishment from Cain the fratricide? Enoch knew because he walked with God and learned from Him.

Before the destruction of the ungodly cities of the plain, the Lord said, “Should I hide what I am about to do from Abraham?” (Genesis 18:17). Thus God revealed the purpose of his judgment to man who walked with Him. Taught by God, Enoch looked forward to "the day of wrath and the revelation of the righteous judgment of God" (Rom. 2: 5).

The first known prophecy of mankind

Therefore, Enoch, the seventh of Adam (not Hanoch, the third of Adam, who was a son of Cain, Gen. 4:17) was able to prophesy of things to come in the rulership of the world. Jude reveals what the Old Testament withholds, namely Enoch's prophecy. This antediluvian prophet said: "Behold, the Lord has come in the midst of his holy thousands to carry out judgment against all ..." (Jude 14.15).

This prophecy is remarkable in some ways. It is the earliest known; God probably gave them to Enoch during Adam's lifetime, but certainly soon after Adam's death. It heralds the judicial appearance of the Lord Jesus, which is still to come even now. In his prophetic vision, Enoch saw the Lord already present to judge, for he said: "Behold, the Lord has come". He saw it with the prophet's inspired eye.


The flood was undoubtedly a partial fulfillment of Enoch's warning of the coming judgment on evil. But the full fulfillment occurs at the coming of the Lord "in the midst of his holy thousands".

We know that the Lord is yet to come and all the saints with Him (Zech 14: 5; 1 Thessalonians 3:13). Then the Lord Jesus will give retribution to those who do not know God (2 Thes 1,8).

It was given to the man of God, who mourned the widespread wickedness of his day, to see that justice would prevail, but that all evil would be duly judged. But long before that Judgment Day, pious Enoch was taken away from the scene of boundless wickedness on earth.

The account of Enoch being taken away in Genesis is short and simple: "and he was no more, for God took him away." This statement is expanded upon in Heb 11, where we read: “By faith Enoch was raptured so that he should not see death, and he was not found because God had raptured him; for before the rapture he had the testimony that he was well pleased with God. "

This was the special honor bestowed on the man who stood on God's side in the midst of the fall of Adam's lineage. Enoch was taken to heaven, the abode of righteousness and holiness, from where the Lord himself will come.

The rapture of Enoch is an indication of the rapture at the return of Christ

In the manner of his departure, Enoch illustrates the rapture of the living believers when the Lord Jesus comes from heaven with a gathering cry. Then the redeemed, who are still alive at that point in time, will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air and then be with Him forever (1 Thes 4,15-17)

Enoch “was no more”. “God took him away.” He was “raptured so that he should not see death”. He was "not found because God had raptured him," that is, He had moved him to another place.

Believers, in the congregation of God, “will not all fall asleep”. But "everyone will be transformed". Christ will "transform our body of lowliness into conformity to his body of glory" (Phil 3:21). The analogy with Enoch's rapture is unmistakable.

Rapture from a world ripe for judgment

Enoch was taken from a world ripe for judgment so that he might eventually return with the Lord. So the saints who are now living are also taken away to be with the Lord, so that, as Paul says: "When the Christ our life is revealed, then you too will be revealed with him in glory" (Col 3: 4) .

This sudden and silent transfer of the multitude of living believers, along with those resurrected from their graves, to a hidden meeting place in the air, is the primal and still unfulfilled hope of the congregation. Scripture does not say that there is another sign to be fulfilled before that happy moment. “For something that is still very small, and the one who is to come will come and not forgive” (Heb 10:37).

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