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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Faith Demonstrated Through Ascension”
“For God took him”
Can you imagine how difficult it must have been to walk with God during those pre-Flood years, when gross immorality and godlessness were rampant, and only a small remnant of people remained faithful to God?
Oh, wait a second, I think we can.
Just like everyone else, Enoch was living in the shadow of God’s judgment, and by what we are told in the book of Jude, Enoch conveyed this message that the Lord was coming in judgment.
Now, does this mean that God took Enoch to spare him from the coming judgment? Well, it is a definite possibility, but the one thing that the Bible makes abundantly clear is that it was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven.
“By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death.” (Hebrews 11:5a)
Enoch’s ascension is a foreshadowing of the rapture of the church before God’s final judgment during the end times. Our world today is also filled with depravity, dishonesty, and decadence that we are likewise living in the shadow of God’s coming judgment.
The rapture is described by the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
Now, whatever your take is concerning when the rapture will occur, the promise is that it will take place, and all those who believe in Jesus Christ, will be “caught up,” in the clouds to meet with Jesus.
Enoch had faith in God, walked with Him, and then God took him to be with Him. Enoch’s life and faith demonstrated that it is possible to be faithful to God.
Warren Wiersbe, in his commentary on Hebrews said, “No matter how dark the day or how bad the news, we have the promise of our Lord’s return to encourage us and motivate us to be godly. One day sin we’ll be judged, and God’s people will be rewarded for their faithfulness, so we have every reason to be encouraged as we walk with God.”
We’ll be looking at Enoch’s “Walk of Faith” this coming Sunday morning.
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