God will bless our families. He will attract those that are not closed to Him.
We long for the day when we will be raptured. Today, we will analyze what Enoch did to find grace before God. We should learn and be prepared for the Lord’s coming.
Isaiah 57:1 (CEB)says, “The righteous person perishes, and no one takes it to heart. Loyal peopleare gathered together, and no one understands that because of evil the righteous one passed away.”
We can see in this verse that one feature of a righteous person is that they are loyal. This is a person that he fulfills God’s assignments.
Isaiah 57:1 (ICB)says, “Those right with God may die, but no one pays attention. Good peopleare taken away, but no one understands. The people who do right are being taken away because of evil.”
This version shows us that we will be raptured “because of evil”. We have seen that evil has increased in the world to make people believe that God is not in control. Regardless what happens, God is in control. Another characteristic of those who will be raptured is that they are good people.
Isaiah 57:1 (NASB)says, “The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; And devout menare taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil”
Another characteristic of those that will be raptured is that they are devout people.
The Bible shows the name “Enoch” four times:
- The son of Cain
- The son of Reuben
- The son of Midian
- The son of Jared
Since leaders guide and influence followers, let’s see the characteristics of the fathers of those four “Enoch”:
Enoch, the son of Cain
Genesis 4:17 (NASB)says, “Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.”
We know that the name “Cain” means possession, possessed, or spear. This name appears in 18 verses (number which means “rebellion”). We should analyze ourselves and see how we influence others.
Genesis 4:8 (NASB)says, “Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”
This shows us what Cain was teaching his son Enoch.
Jude 1:11 (NASB)says, “Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.”
The way of Cain was a way of violence. God does not please with that attitude, because He is love. We can find five ways related to Cain:
- Way of discussion (Mark 9:34)
- Way of murder (Acts 25:3)
- Way of bloodshed (Romans 3:16)
- Way of indecision (Luke 8:5)
- Way of religiousness (Luke 10:31)
These ways should not influence us, but we should be influence by the example and the word of God.
Enoch, the son of Reuben
Genesis 35:22 (NASB)says, “It came about while Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard of it.”
Numbers 26:5 (NASB) says, “Reuben, Israel’s firstborn, the sons of Reuben: of Hanoch, the family of the Hanochites; of Pallu, the family of the Palluites.”
What Reuben did was an abomination before God, and he gave this example to his son Enoch (also written “Hanoch”).
Genesis 30:14 (NASB) says, “Now in the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field…”
The days of harvest represent the rapture and the field represents the world. We should not do anything that displeases God. Do don’t have much time left. This is the time to get closer to God because the trumpet will be blown soon.
Reuben was the grandfather of Dathan and Abiram (Deuteronomy 11:6). These rebelled against Moses. Rebellion has invaded the world nowadays.
Enoch, the son of Midian
1 Chronicles 1:33 (NASB)says “The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah.”
Abraham was the father of Midian. He was the father of faith, and that is what he taught and showed his descendants. Our hope is to be raptured together with our family.
Midian means judge, the one that works hard, reprimands or covers. One aspect necessary to be raptured is to be covered so we can cover others. We also have the work to talk to others and tell them that Christ can change our lives.
Enoch, the son of Jared
Genesis 5:18-19 (NASB)says, “Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and became the father of Enoch. Then Jared lived eight hundred years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters.”
Jared means sentence, decision, govern, rest. This is what Jared taught his son, and this is what we should teach our children. We should make the decision to get closer to the Lord with all our strength and be prepared for his coming. Rest (or repose) is a signal that we will be raptured soon. Jared was included in Jesus’ genealogy.
Enoch means dedicated, initiated, disciplined. Enoch, the son of Cain, and Enoch, the son of Reuben, changed their genetics. That is what we should do if we didn’t have a good example in our home.
Genesis 5:23 (NASB)says, “So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.”
We long for the day when we will be raptured, but in the meantime, we should live according to the prophetic proclaims we receive. That way, we will evolve every day until we attain to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
Hebrews 11:5 (NASB)says, “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasingto God.”
This is by faith. We should believe that He will do it. We can also see that Enoch pleasedGod. He was obedient to Him, and that is what we should do. We will be justified by faith, and faith is the key.
Hebrews 11:6 (NASB) says “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
Enoch believed in God. We must also believe that the Lord is coming and that we will be raptured. All God’s promises will become real in our lives if we have faith. Let’s remember that if faith has no works is dead.
Hebrews 13:16 (NASB)says, “And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
Hebrews 13:15 (NASB) says, “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”
These verses show the sacrifices that please God and will allow us to be raptured. Praise and faithfulness please Him.
Philippians 4:18 (NASB)says, “But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.”
Tithing ang giving offerings are sacrifices that please God. This is an important tool to be raptured.
Romans 12:1 (NASB) says, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
Our integral being must be surrendered to God.
Mark 12:33 (NASB)says, “And to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
How much do you love God? That’s the most important and pleasing sacrifice we can do. If we fall in love with God, look for Him, and long for his presence, we will be among those that will be raptured.