Summary: God was pleased with Enoch's walk of faith with Him, God removed him from the wicked world alive; Abel, Enoch, and Noah and family are referred to as ANTIDELUVEIONS, that is, they lived before the flood.
#3~ ENOCH~ Heb.11:5-6 HALL OF FAITH 4-26-14
Today we'll continue with our study of Heb.11: -- often referred to as "THE HALL OF FAITH CHAPTER" also "THE CATOLOG OF THE FAITHFUL"
Chapter 11 is a LIST of OT examples of those who were faithful in difficult situations, often life threatening situations.
These witnesses are given to encourage the Hebrew readers, and all believers
from all dispensations, to remain faithful no matter what physical circumstances may come their way.
The faith of these dear people in this chapter is seen in various situations and at various times, but the one great thing they all had in common was faith in the One True God, they lived and died believing and trusting in God, and after all that is really what faith is, believing and trusting in God.
The first three witnesses of the faithful were men who lived before the flood, this is a good example of the faithfulness of God, He's still the same God that He's always been, I'm glad God never changes aren't you dear heart, men change but not God.
Last time we talked about "ABEL" -- today if the Lord be willing, we'll take a look at ENOCH, brother Enoch was raptured out of this world, he is a picture and type of the True Church, we'll also be caught away when God's time rolls around, and by what is obvious to any one that watches the news at all, and knows anything about end time prophecy it could happen any time.
All these happenings we see in the papers and TV news programs are nothing more that prophecy coming to pass, and then they only show what they want to, that is, we really don't see and hear it all.
~ Listen as I read our text from Hebrews 11: 5 --6.
5By 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.
6But 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.
Enoch is one of the mystery men of the Old Testament being mentioned only in > Gen.5:21-24 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
23And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
He was the first man after the fall not touched by death; the OT doesn't have much to say to do with the circumstances of Enoch translation, but simply say's that he "walked" with God."
~ Paul or the writer to the Hebrews points out, that only a man of faith could enjoy close communion with God. --- It seems that anyone who had this kind of fellowship with God surely must have pleased God, what a testimony to brother Enoch. --- Enoch fulfilled the purpose for which man was created;
>Rev.4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
~Jude said that Enoch was a prophet, From this it would appear that he was a preacher; that he predicted the coming of the Lord to judgment, and that he lived in the firm belief of what was to occur in future times.
Jude 14-15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15To execute judgment upon all, and to convince (convict) all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, (committed is to do something on purpose) and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
~ I want to point out that the word "ungodly" is found 4 times in these verses, 4 is the number of the world, and this is the way the world will be as we're nearing the coming of the Lord for His Church.
~Listen as I read verses 10-13 as to what Enoch prophesied, to do with this ungodly worldly crowd.
Jude 10 -- 13 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, -- in those things they corrupt themselves.
11Woe unto them! -- For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
~Three wicked examples from the history of Israel are provided to reveal the false prophets against whom Jude's epistle is directed: