Jude 1:14 (KJV) And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Within the pages of the Bible, we read very little about this man named “Enoch” and, yet, what we are told about him should cause any Christian to appreciate the wonderful testimony that he left behind. Besides his age, lineage and descendants, we are told basically four different things about Enoch:
1. “Enoch walked with God”
2. “God took him (Enoch)”; in other words, “Enoch was translated that he should not see death and was not found for God took him”
3. “he had this testimony, that he pleased God”
4.”Enoch… prophesied of these saying, Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints”
In our next devotion, I would like us to consider the fourth aspect of the Enoch’s testimony…”Enoch… prophesied of these saying, Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints”
Keep in mind, the event that Enoch is talking about is an end-time event that leads to the Battle Of Armageddon as taught in the book of Revelation and elsewhere. Following the rapture (the taking of God’s people to meet Him in the air and the resurrection of the believer’s body) we find Christ returning to the earth with His saints to fight the Battle of Armageddon. This battle will involve Christ coming to this earth and destroying the sinful powers of this world using the words of His mouth. (Rev 19:11-16, Zech 14:5, 2 Thes 1:7-10 etc). This then is followed by the final judgment and consigning of lost to the Lake of Fire while the saints are placed in a New Heavens and Earth to dwell eternally. (Rev 20:-22:)
When we read that Enoch spoke to others about this great future event we can learn much about the basic teaching that others received through the witnessing of Enoch:
1. Enoch spoke of Jehovah and His attitude against, and judgment of, sin.
2. Enoch spoke of the final victory over Satan, sin and death.
3. Enoch spoke of the future blessings of Jehovah’s people and their final victory in Christ.
4. Enoch was a living illustration of faith in Jehovah. Keep in mind, He was declaring to others a future prophecy. His faith in Jehovah was clearly shown by his certainty this prophecy would take place.
5. Enoch’s life exhibited love for His Lord and others. As he spoke of this prophecy, he was glorifying God and placing the attention of his hearers on God. He was warning others of their coming judgment and the blessings they can receive if they turned to this great and victorious God.
I believe that Enoch revealed other teachings of the Lord to his hearers beyond this one prophecy. In my mind, I am certain he related to them their need of salvation and the way that would lead them to the Lord. However, this part of his teachings is mentioned as a cornerstone of his ministry because by relating to others this one event that is yet to come that many of the basic truths about sin, judgment, the victory wrought by God and future blessings of His people can be clearly seen.
Do we make these truths clearly understood by others as well?
May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.
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