It hadn’t been long since Enoch had made the prophecy about the coming Messiah. He had just got telling the multitude that the Judgment of God was coming. He had said, “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.” The people had, once again, rejected his warning and despised him even more for preaching.
As Enoch made his way back to his house he heard a trumpet much like the one that announced the closing of the gates each night. This trumpet sounded just long enough before dark that a traveler could make it into town if he was one mile away.
But, there was just one problem with this trumpet signal; it was the middle of the day. Fortunately, Enoch knew what it meant and he quickly gathered a piece of leather and hastily inscribed his last words to humanity. He marched out to the city gate and slipped out, but not before nailing his leather parchment on the gate.
An hour later, the dust settled as Enoch’s cloak fell to the ground, empty.
Enoch is first mentioned, in the Bible, in Genesis 5:18. Now, you may notice that a man named Enoch is mentioned earlier in verses 4:17-18 but, take note this is a different Enoch (one descended from Cain).
So, the Enoch we are talking about is the great-great-great-great grandson of Adam.
Enoch has been a man in the Bible that has perplexed and amazed many. Why? Well, this God-fearing man was taken away from the world, by God Himself. You can read the following verses with ease that they are true and accurate.
Genesis 5:22: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah.
Genesis 5:24: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
You may have a different translation than the above but the Hebrew word for “took” actually means to fetch or carry away (Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary). So, what does this mean? It means that God fetched or carried Enoch away to heaven to be with Him!
Why did God do this?
We know that Enoch lived 69 years before Noah was born and 547 years before the starting of the ark. The time that Enoch lived in was a time of evil and iniquity that was so great that God had to destroy all the wicked people! It is also possible that Enoch was the only righteous person on the earth at that time.1
Jude speaks of Enoch in a way that no other New Testament writer did. Jude quotes from the Book of Enoch. We do not have this book now but we know that what Jude said Enoch said was true since the Bible is the Word of God and that Enoch spoke the prophetic truth. This does not, however, mean that the Book of Enoch should be part of the Bible or that it is wholly inspired by God.
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.
Whether Enoch was taken for safety issues is not important. What is important is that Enoch walked with God so that he fulfilled his time on earth for this righteousness God took him up to be with Him.
1 Methuselah, Enoch’s son, was only 300 years old when Enoch was taken up to heaven. The tradition holds that Methuselah was a righteous man but, being only 300 years (about 25-30 years if whittled down to our perspective) he could have been a rebellious youth by the time Enoch was taken. It is very obvious that Noah had to have had a icon in his life that taught him about God. Most believe this was Methuselah since he was so close to the man who God took up to heaven.