In Genesis, we find the historical descendents of Adam….listing Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch (7th generation), Methuselah, Lamech, to Noah, who was the 10th generation. In Hebrew, the number 10 designates “complete order or complete cycle. We see some examples in: the 10 commandments,
-giving 10% tithe,
-the 10 plagues in Egypt,
-the 10th day of the Hebrew first month is the day determined to select the sacrificial lamb for Passover,
-10 Days of Awe for opportunity to repent until the Day of Atonement,
-the 10th day of the seventh month is designated as the Day of Atonement (which is the final day of God’s judgment),
-10 of the 12 spies brought back a bad report,
-Sodom would have been spared had there been 10 righteous people,
-the 10 lost tribes of Israel,
-the parable of the 10 virgins,
-the beast in Revelation has 7 heads but 10 horns.
We can see that with Noah being the 10th generation, there is a completed cycle. We will find that after this 10th generation completes, God begins to do something new!
Now, notice the age these people lived to…Adam lived to be 930 years (vs 5). All the other descendents lived about the same number of years, except Enoch! If with God a day is as 1000 years (2 Peter 3:8), and the curse would cause death “in that day” (Genesis 2:17), then they all died within that day of 1000 years.
Except Enoch, he only lived to be 365. First, isn’t it interesting that 365 is also the number of days to complete an earthly human year? What might this signify? Keep it in mind.
Amazingly, Enoch did not die. The Amplified version of the Bible says that Enoch walked in habitual fellowship with God and in reverent fear and obedience with God…and he was not found among men, because God took him away to be home with Him…vs 21-24. Wow! He was caught up to God because he was righteous in God’s eyes and walked closely with Him. This sounds to me like a foreshadow of God’s remnant bride at the end of the human rule age/generation who get caught up to be with Him!
Also, notice that Enoch is the 7th generation. In Hebrew, the number 7 designates “complete righteousness, rest, wholeness, stability” and is considered a holy number. Some examples are:
-God rested on the 7th day,
-7 spirits of God (Isaiah 11:2),
-wisdom has 7 pillars (Proverbs 9:1),
-7 feasts of God,
-the blood was sprinkled on the alter 7 times,
-7 x 7 years brings in the Jubilee year,
-7 priests marched around Jericho for 7 days,
-Elisha told Namaan to wash in the river 7 times,
-Jesus said to forgive 7 x 7 times,
-the 7 churches of Revelation as well as the Lamb with 7 eyes and horns, 7 thunders, 7 seals, 7 trumpets, and 7 bowls.
Enoch is found righteous and complete (7), he walks with God (365 human years)…and Enoch is the 7th generation!
Another interesting thing about Enoch being caught up to God without dying….is that in Hebrews 9:27, we read…”it is appointed and destined for all men to die once and after this comes certain judgment.” Based on this, many believe that Enoch will be one of the witnesses in the last days…and at that time come to his appointed time to die by martyrdom. Could be.
Hebrews 11:5 references Enoch to reinforce and remind us of the relevance of Genesis to us believers today. There is no other reference to Enoch in the Bible except Jude 1:14. In Jude, the Book of Enoch is quoted….to teach that the same way the people were in those days, they will be again in the last days.
So, why don’t we have the Book of Enoch in our Bibles? It is also an ancient book of the Hebrews. BUT, it was not canonized by the Holy Roman Catholic church as acceptable in their Bible of sacred scriptures. I have read the Book of Enoch online…and it will give you a unique picture of the heavenly dimension of God…where He lives in the third heaven. You can find this book online. I will leave you to your own judgment on this…read and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to you.
So, we conclude with Genesis 5: 29, “He named him Noah, saying, “This one shall bring us rest and comfort from our work and from the dreadful toil of our hands because of the earth which the Lord cursed.” This is because Noah means rest and comfort. In the next chapter, we will see why they so desperately needed some rest and comfort from the curse in the earth.