Summary: It is imperative we need to know how-to live-in light of the second end time.
Lat week we began a new series entitled: Biblical Instruction for End Time Living. And in that first sermon, we talked about how the Bible tells us about two end times: the days of Noah and the days of the coming of the Son of Man. Noah’s end time occurred by flood; and the second ending will occur by fire. The flood ending has already occurred; the ending by fire is yet to come. We know Noah lived in the first end time, and we might truly be living in the second end time.
And so, I believe it is imperative we need to know how-to live-in light of the second end time. And last week, we learned three things about the way Noah lived as the end time approached in his life that we should be incorporating in our lives as the second end times nears in our life. Noah had a great reverence for God, and we should too; Noah walked with God and we should thrive to walk with God, and Noah planted seeds by telling his generation about God, and we should be found telling our generation about Jesus.
Today we shift from Noah to another man near the first end times and his name is Enoch. Not very much is said Enoch in the Scripture, but we are going to gleam how he lived by what is said. And once again, we need to apply how he lived as he approached the first end time to our lives as we approach the second end time.
Genesis 5:21-24 (NIV)
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.
22 And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters.
23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years.
24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
Hebrews 11:5-6 (NIV)
5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
WHEN YOU WALK WITH GOD, YOU DISCOVER THINGS THAT OTHERS DO NOT KNOW OR UNDERSTAND.
24 Enoch walked with God...
Behind Southwest Hospital is a walking track. And this is what I have observed, if two people are walking together then it should be called a talking track because they are spending more energy talking than they are walking. The emphasis is on the communication not on the walking.
Enoch walked with God. I don’t believe that God needed the exercise; and Enoch must have been in surprisingly good shape himself because he lived 365 years before He was taken. None of us will be able to say we lived that long! So, I think the emphasis when God walked with Enoch was on the communication. God was revealing things to Enoch as they walked.
Now listen to the promise of God when you walk with Him and talk with Him. I am going to share one Scripture from the Old Testament and one Scripture from the New Testament.
Psalm 25:14 (NKJV)
14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.
Luke 8:10 (NKJV)
10 And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.'
God says if you are willing to walk with me and talk with me then you will discover the secret things those others do not know or understand. And in Enoch’s walk with God, he discovered the secret things. Let me show you. At the age of 65, Enoch became a daddy, he had a son, and Enoch called him Methuselah. Methuselah names means: When He Is Dead It Shall Be Sent (Referring to the Flood). The world around Enoch knew nothing about an upcoming flood but Enoch knew because God shared with Enoch the secret things in those walks.
The people in Noah’s day had the sign of that gigantic ark that Noah was building to signal the end is coming. Those who have gone to see the replica of the Ark in Kentucky usually comment how big and massive it is. But the Scripture in Matthew 24 says that the people just went on living. They ate, they drank, and they were given in marriage; no clue about the upcoming flood despite Noah’s daily preaching to them. Noah walked with God; he knew the secret things of God; he knew that a flood was coming.