Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Part 4 Recap: After the fall in Eden, Cain slayed his brother because of his jealousy. He went against his father’s teaching by presenting a gift to God which spoke of himself. Denominational teachers do the same by presenting stories about themselves rather than preaching Christ. The acceptable gift which Abel brought before God was an innocent lamb which spoke of Christ’s coming.

Part 5

Our character for this week is Enoch. Enoch was spoken about in four books of the bible, Genesis, Hebrews, Luke, and Jude. The book of Genesis tells us: “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (KJV 5:21-24). Where did he go? Enoch was taken by God and did not die, like we will one day. What should we understand from this fact? “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” (KJV Hebrews 11:5). Enoch was the very first prophet mentioned in the bible. He spoke of the coming of Christ. He was unique because he pleased God and the Lord took him directly to heaven, without seeing death.

The prophecy of Enoch is only mentioned once in the bible; in Jude. “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 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” (KJV Jude 1:14-15). He states that Christ will come to: execute judgment upon all. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (KJV 2 Corinthians 5:10). “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (KJV Hebrews 9:27).

Many are worried about these sayings. The judgement seems to be quite a scary thought. How are we to be prepared? To what standard are we held? Should we worry about what we were taught by man? The bible tells us: “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (KJV John 12:48). If the word shall judge us, do we know the word? To know the word, turn to John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (KJV). Now read John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (KJV). The word is God and specifically Jesus Christ; the one that came in the flesh. “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” (KJV Hebrews 11:6). What else did Enoch know?

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