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6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
During Enoch’s lifetime, men were progressively growing more evil, generation by generation. This evil culminated in the earth’s destruction during the time of Enoch's great grandson Noah (Genesis 6:11-13). Tradition states that Enoch was disturbed at the things that he saw and spoke out against them. He prophesied of the Lord’s return in judgment (Jude 14-15). He saw Jesus coming from heaven with ten thousands of His saints. In other words ten thousand times ten thousand times ten thousand, etc.
Jude 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 ¶ To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. Enoch pleased God because he had faith in God. Because he pleased God, he was translated to heaven. He was not found because God took him.
It strikes me odd that there are over 3000 Christian denominations, many of whom think that their group will be the only one caught up to meet the Lord. I think we might want to think again. Jesus shed His blood and has poured out His Spirit upon people from, "all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues." John saw them as an innumerable number that no man could number. All clothed with the righteousness of Christ, loudly magnifying God and the Lamb.
Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
There are many parallels between our time and the time of Enoch. Our society is growing more evil everyday. Do you see anything in the above list that is not prevalent today, and much more prevalent than it was even ten years ago? For example, did you ever think that your children would have to contend with guns and knives when attending school?
The apostle Paul warned us in 1 Timothy of conditions in the last days.
1 Timothy 3:1 ¶ This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Perilous times: Most everyday there are killings all around us. What used to be confined to the ghettos is now prevalent in the best sections of town. The old west is beginning to look pretty tame in comparison. How about men being proud boasters and lovers of their own selves? How about our Supreme Court putting its stamp of approval upon same sex marriage? Without natural affection? Every category mentioned by the apostle is progressively growing worse.
We will see Enoch’s prophesy fulfilled. How long can this world continue when nations such as Iran and N. Korea having nuclear weapons. Not to mention those nations who already possess them. Recently, the leader of Iran boasted that Israel would not exist in 25 years.
We are certainly seeing the prophesy of Jesus fulfilled that in the last days there would be distress of nations with perplexity (Luke 21:25). However, because of our faith, these things don’t get us down. We can boldly affirm Paul’s statement of Philippians 3:20 that, "our citizenship is in heaven." As the old song says, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through." We are looking for the Lord Jesus to appear from heaven (1 Thes. 1:10) , just as Enoch prophesied.
In spite of the increasing evil that surrounds us, we, like Enoch can have the testimony that we please God. We please Him by believing and obeying His word and taking His promises at face value.
We, like Enoch, will be translated to heaven (1 Thes. 4:17). Our earthly man may die but we have an absolute promise from an absolute God that we will live forever (John 11:25).
If we have faith in Him, we will obey Him (John 14:15, 15:10). If we have faith, we will believe His promises (Matthew 17:20).
We, like Enoch, will be ushered into the presence of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). We will be totally assured that we have pleased Him when we hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant....” (Matthew 25:23).
Hey, maybe we'll have a little chat with Enoch also?
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