Are you aware that there are scriptural accounts of people who were so close to God that they were literally sucked off the face of the planet? Some actually bypassed death and were simply taken away to Heaven.
There are only a few scriptures about the life and experience of Enoch. But the little that is said is amazing.
The Good News Bible says that “he spent his life in fellowship with God and then he disappeared because God took him away.” Gen. 5:24
Could this kind of relationship be possible for us today? In the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews even makes mention of this in the “Hall of Faith” chapter:
“It was faith that kept Enoch from dying. Instead, he was taken up to God, and nobody could find him, because God had taken him up. The scripture says that before Enoch was taken up, he had pleased God.” Heb. 11:5 Good News Bible
In Genesis chapter 5 we find the list of genealogies stating his family and their ages. Enoch was only 7 generations from Adam. He was born when Adam was 622 years old. Adam lived to be 930. Enoch lived 365 years and was taken up. So Adam and Enoch had 308 years together.
It is safe to assume that most of the population was still in a somewhat limited area since the scattering at the tower of Babel had not yet occurred. It would also be natural to assume that families and extended families lived near each other. History tells us that families eventually became clans. So it is likely that Enoch and his patriarchal grandfather Adam would have spent time together. I can picture little Enoch on Adam’s knee as Adam related experiences of walking in the garden with God. [see footnote] Something in Enoch’s heart responded. A desire was born to be that kind of friend with the Lord.
The main point of the life of Enoch is that he walked so closely with God. Finally the Lord just bypassed death and translated him directly to Heaven. What a relationship! And apparently, according to Enoch’s own writings, this was not the first of such experiences for he had been taken away in the Spirit and received revelation many times before. He sets an example of deep spiritual intimacy and of travelling back and forth from here to Heavenly realms that is available to us as well.
I know beyond a doubt that God still wants this kind of close relationship with every one of us – and even more. There are many scriptures that tell us of how much He desires to be with us, in us and have us near Him. (2 Cor. 6:16,18, Eph.3:17,19 Amp., John 17:24) The same relationship that Enoch had … and Moses and David and Paul and countless others in the scripture … is available to us today. We may even actually get so close that He would rather have us there in Heaven with Him all the time.
I once heard a childrens minister explaining this story:
“One day Enoch and God were out for a walk and they walked so far that the Lord said, “Enoch, we are closer to My house now than we are to yours. Why don’t you just come home with Me?” And so he did. ”
How does this happen? In Enoch’s case it seemed to be the result of a lifetime of walking with God and pleasing Him. (Gen. 5:24) Any one of us can do that. The goal is to see how close to the Lord we can come, how deeply we can enter into His presence. We can even be carried away into Heavenly realms and receive wisdom and revelation to bring back here. And we thought space was the final frontier!
Footnote – We know that Adam fell and was punished and expelled from the garden. But after the fall in Gen. 3:21 God “made clothes of animal skins for Adam and his wife and He clothed them.” It was God Himself who made the first animal sacrifice, pointing forward to the sacrificial system under the Law and further to the sacrifice of His own Son. So Adam’s sin was atoned for like the other saints of the Old Testament and he was able to have a relationship with God once again. He must have taught his children and grandchildren the ways of the Lord. If not, none of them could have ever walked with God.