The Prophet Enoch:
Noah’s great-grandfather Enoch, was born about 5400 years ago. *The 6th generation of Adam would father a son named Methuselah–who lived to be 969 years old, dying about one week before the Great Flood. Like other Prophets, Enoch also wrote a book; however, his book was not included in the Bible–even though his words were supposedly well-known to the writers of the Holy Word. A reference (or quote) from Enoch’s book is found in Jude 1: 14-15
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.
- “And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones to execute judgement upon all, And to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
*Enoch IS the 6th Generation of Adam, or the 7th Generation of Man.
Adam (died age 930) begat Seth; (1) Seth (died age 912) begat Enos; (2) Enos (died age 905) begat Cainan; (3) Cainan (died age 910) begat Mahalaleel; (4) Mahalaleel (died age 895) begat Jared; (5) Jared (died age 962) begat Enoch; (6) Enoch (did not die–was taken by God at age 365) begat Methuselah; (7) Methuselah (died age 969–he was the oldest man recorded in the Bible) begat Lamech; (8) Lamech (died age 777) begat Noah. (9) Noah (died age 950) was the 9th generation of Adam. (Or the 10th generation of Man) We’ve created this graph to illustrate how the knowledge and history of Creation was passed on personally by Adam– down to Noah’s father, Lamech.
Excluding Enoch, Adam and his descendants (down to Noah), lived a total of 8,210 years– or each, an average lifespan of 912.22 years!
“Enoch Pleased God”
Genesis 5: 21-24; 21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Hebrews 11: 5 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.
Additional information: Rev. Perry Stone believes and presents a logical study that indicates Enoch will be one of the “Two Witnesses” who will return to Earth during the Tribulation. Rev. Stone adds that Elijah will be the other Witness, and both Enoch and Elijah will be slain by the Antichrist, 42 months into the Great Tribulation. Much has been written regarding Enoch’s miraculous disappearance from Earth—his years on Earth represented about one-third of the average life-span of men during the first 10 generations. *Dr. David Reagan concurs with Perry Stone re: the two witnesses.
Commentary: “Enoch was the seventh from Adam. Godliness is walking with God: which shows reconciliation to God, for two cannot walk together except they be agreed. It includes all the parts of a godly, righteous, and sober life. To walk with God, is to set God always before us, to act as always under His eye. It is constantly to care, in all things to please God, and in nothing to offend Him. It is to be followers of Him as dear children. The Holy Spirit, instead of saying, Enoch lived, says, Enoch walked with God.
This was his constant care and work; while others lived to themselves and the world, he lived to God. It was the joy of his life. Enoch was removed to a better world. As he did not live like the rest of mankind, so he did not leave the world by death as they did. He was not found, because God had translated him, Heb. 11:5. He had lived but 365 years, which, as men’s ages were then, was but the midst of a man’s days. God often takes those soonest whom He loves best; the time they lose on earth, is gained in heaven, to their unspeakable advantage.
See how Enoch’s removal is expressed: he was not, for God took him. He was not any longer in this world; he was changed, as the saints shall be, who are alive at Christ’s second coming. Those who begin to walk with God when young, may expect to walk with him long, comfortably, and usefully. The true Christian’s steady walk in holiness, through many a year, till God takes him, will best recommend that religion which many oppose and many abuse. And walking with God well agrees with the cares, comforts, and duties of life.”–Matthew Henry.