Enoch - taken by God
Every one in history has participated in the process of death except for two men in the Old Testament: Enoch and Elijah. Every one will undergo the process of death unless the resurrection comes in our lifetime.
Gen. 5:24 “Enoch walked with God” – The Septuagint says, “Enoch pleased God” –
Heb. 11:5 “he had this testimony that he pleased God”
We are told what the Lord has always sought these qualities in those who please him “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
Enoch is born in the year is 622 from the creation of Adam.
Gen 5:21-23 “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.”
Enoch’s testimony, at the age of 65 years old he did not have a relationship with God until his son Methusaleh was born, which is 687 years from Adam. Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah. He fathered Methuselah, who was prophesied the flood would come when he died. Enoch walked with God for 300 years, something not said of any other during his day.
As time progressed in the ancient world man became more corrupt, prior to Noah there is only one man recorded in the Bible to have walked with the Lord,
Enoch lived in a time of little faith. Enoch was taken when the lifespans were still lengthy. He is removed from the earth in the year 987, almost 60 years after Adam dies.
This is the time period where the corruption on earth began to increase dramatically.
Enoch had the shortest life on earth because he was taken by God at age 365 and his son Methusaleh, had the longest lifespan of those born (969 years). When he died that was the year the flood came.
Heb 11:5 “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him." Enoch represents the spiritual Gentiles, as there was no Jewish people yet. Elijah who was later taken represents the Jews who were made from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Enoch was not seen when he was taken but Elijah was witnessed to be taken by his protégé to whom he left his mantle to.
Jude writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter
1:20-21), quoted not from the book of Enoch but knew Enoch was known to have
said. This is confirmed by the same idea about the Lord returning with His holy
ones to render judgment found specifically in Zechariah 14:5, Isaiah 66:15, and
Jude 1:14-15 “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, "to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."
Enoch is the first prophet mentioned as he prophesied judgment by the Lords return.
The "ungodliness" prophesied about in Jude 14, 15 could refer to what Enoch saw around him – what began in the days of Enosh, calling on the Lord (Gen.4:26) could very well mean profaning the Name of the Lord and increased in his day. Few, even with Adam as their grandfather, obeyed what was passed on. In Gen. 5:22 we read Enoch walked with God.” Then it is some time later we read in Gen. 6:9 Noah walked with God.” It was for this reason Enoch was raised up to prophesy against it and was separately taken by God. Yet he is speaking of the end of the age we now live in where Jesus will appear "with his ten thousands of holy ones."
Methuselah, Enoch’s son begot Lamech (Gen 5:25) in the year 874 from Adam. Here we see God at work revealing the future. After 182 years Lamech has a son: Noah: saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed” (Genesis 5:29). We see Him the knowing what has transpired from Adam. Methusaleh is 850 years old when Noah began to build the ark.
As the population increased so did sin. In Noah’s day it was coming to its zenith. Genesis 6:1 "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." Here is the countdown date for the flood.
The Hebrew word strive is yadon, (in Gen. 6:3) the Spirit was restraining sin, first through the preaching of Enoch, and then Noah. God specifically gives mankind 120 years of grace before the judgment. The flood occurred in Noah’s day in the year 1656 from Adam.
The population of the earth was much smaller at this time (possibly a billion), unlike it will be in the end.