Even though Enoch was born with a sinful nature, his life shows a relationship with God which was not broken by sin. Adam received the prophesy of the first coming of the Messiah; Enoch, the next man who “walked with God,” prophesied the second coming of the Messiah: “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds . . .” (Jude 14, 15). These words give insight into the pre-Flood godlessness of Enoch’s generation. Enoch’s biography consists of four verses in Genesis (5:21-24) plus two references in the New Testament. One in Jude, which was referenced above, and one in Hebrews: 11:5: “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found, because God had translated him” (11:5). These scriptures tie him with Elijah as the only two men who have not seen physical death.
His epitaph was written, although there was no tombstone upon which to write it! Gen. 5:24 records it like this, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” How remarkable! One might imagine that a modern epitaph might look like this:
The man’s name was Enoch
Giant of a prophet, thundered against godlessness,
Proclaimed a coming Lord
who would judge sin.
Taught his great-grandson, Noah, how to hear from God.
Oh, one other thing. His story is not yet over!
His story is not over because he still has a mission to do. He will be one of the two witnesses during the coming Tribulation Period who “are to be slain when they have ‘finished their testimony,’ and then resurrected (Revelation 11:7-12) and translated.”[ii]
Regarding Enoch’s walk with God, Henry Morris states:
Enoch’s “walk” with God was probably not literal in the sense in which Adam had walked with Him in the garden before the Fall. Enoch shared the fallen nature of all men and thus could not physically even “look upon God and live,” unless God chose to veil His glory in theophanic revelation, . . . by faith, in prayer and by obedience to His Word, Enoch maintained close fellowship and communion with God, a privilege equally possible to us today (Col. 2:6; Gal. 5:25; II Cor. 5:7).