Enoch Is the Prophet Nobody Understands
By Gerald Flurry • March 12
The Prophet Enoch is mentioned only briefly in the Bible. He walked with God (Genesis 5:22, 24) and is recorded in Hebrews 11, the “hall of faith” (Hebrews 11:5). He is the prophet nobody understands.
We need to understand Enoch because he is relevant to this end time. His message is a dual prophecy, declared anciently but applicable to today. Each of us will be touched by this prophecy.
The Apostle Jude wrote about Enoch. If we don’t understand his Enoch prophecy, we won’t understand the entire message of Jude, and we won’t understand Enoch’s message either. Jude is the most urgent message yet that God has given to His one true Church.
The book of Jude is a dire warning to the world and a fantastically beautiful picture of a new civilization soon to be ruled by Jesus Christ! Let’s focus on his teaching about Enoch, in particular.
In my free booklet Jude, I write:
Jude was written about a.d. 68–69—just before the a.d. 70 destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. That destruction was only a type of a far greater calamity in this end time.
Jude discusses the “last time” (verse 18) for good reason. The Greek word for last means “extreme, most remote,” in reference to “time generally that which concludes everything” (Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible).
The Greek word translated time means “measure of moments” and “time of opportunities.”
As the Apostle John wrote, we are in “the last hour.” But here, Jude refers to moments—or a time frame of less than an hour—a time of minutes, or moments.
The fact that God has revealed the truth of Jude to me means there is very little time left before Christ’s return.
The Seventh From Adam
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints” (Jude 14). Jude wrote just one chapter, and this is his only reference to Enoch. This is a prophecy, not a record of history, as I will show. Most Bible believers have no idea what it means.
Here’s the cause of confusion, as I write in Jude:
Jude describes Enoch as being the seventh from Adam. If you study the genealogy, you’ll see that he was actually the sixth “from” Adam. How do we explain this?
We have to look at this spiritually. Christ was the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). When He came to Earth, He made Peter the physical head of the first era of the Church. Today we are living in the seventh era from that second Adam. There is a type of Enoch today—the seventh from Adam, or in this seventh, Laodicean era.
Jude is talking about the second Adam, Jesus Christ, not the first Adam! Count seven Church eras from Christ in the first century to the present day, and you come to this lukewarm Laodicean era.
Christ Himself promised that God’s Church would never die: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The word rock here should be capitalized. The Church is founded upon the Rock, Jesus Christ, our Head. Christ appointed the Apostle Peter to be the human leader of the first Church era, Ephesus. He was the first from the second Adam. The second Adam succeeded where the first Adam failed. Christ was perfect! He resisted sin and conquered the devil. (Study my free booklet on Jude to learn more.)
Since God’s Church is guaranteed to never die, it exists to this day and will continue right on down to the Second Coming. (My free book The True History of God’s True Church explains in detail the seven Church eras.) During this seventh Church era, the Laodicean era, there is a seventh from the second Adam. The ancient Enoch is a type of this end-time human leader of God’s Church, under Christ.
Only the Lion of the tribe of Judah can unseal the Bible (Revelation 5:5). God reveals His truth to His apostles and prophets (Ephesians 3:5). Bible students know that Enoch warned about the Flood and the end of the world, but they don’t understand that he was a type of another man in this end time. The end of the world back then is a type of the end of the age of man’s rule over man very soon. A new civilization is coming!
Let’s look at Jude’s verse about Enoch again: “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints” (Jude 14). This is similar to Deuteronomy 33:1-2, which mention that number and Mount Paran, where the tourist site Petra is located. God will protect His Church, His 10,000 or so saints, in that area. This is not necessarily a precise number, but it’s at least a ballpark figure.
The correct translation of this verse puts “cometh” in the past tense—came. To be positive and filled with vision, we must think about this the way God does, as if it has already been fulfilled! It’s as if Jesus Christ is already here, ruling the world! This future is guaranteed. What a wonderful faith this is, bringing us so much hope and joy.
God uses a man to deliver this message. People must look to God, not the man (Jeremiah 17:5). It’s about the message.
Anciently, Enoch prophesied about the end of Noah’s world, just a type of what will happen in this end time. “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37-39). The world was once destroyed by water; it will soon be destroyed by fire.
God’s Church is split. His people are divided. Ninety-five percent of them have rebelled against God. Only one woman—the loyal remnant Church—will be taken to a place of safety, while the rebels will be left behind to suffer through the Great Tribulation (verse 41).
This is tragic, but the end result is the rule of Jesus Christ over the entire Earth! He will intervene before mankind is completely annihilated (verse 22).
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (verse 42). Be careful, and watch! These prophecies will soon be fulfilled.
“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 21-23). Do everything you can to get this warning out. We can snatch people out of the fire of the Great Tribulation and make a real impact on the world!
“Hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” means not getting cozy with worldliness. It will rub off on you. Instead, pour yourself into delivering God’s truth. This is God’s Work. The end-time Elijah of the sixth Church era feared God and proclaimed the message mightily, turning many people to God. Follow that example.
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (verses 24-25). God’s truth is dangerous knowledge, in a way, because we can fall. But the second Adam is ready to help us! That’s a promise from God!
Contend for the Faith
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). Jude isn’t talking about something ethereal and intangible—the faith is a body of beliefs. Contend is a military word. For as long as Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), there will always be a fierce battle over God’s truth. There is no truth in him at all.
The end-time Elijah restored all things—all true biblical doctrines—to God’s Church (Matthew 17:11). The truth has been restored, and God expects us to keep it! We must fight for it!
The Philadelphia Church of God fought in court for six years for the rights to 19 foundational writings of Herbert W. Armstrong, which the Worldwide Church of God tried to blot out after he died in 1986. Our initial hope was just to lease those works, but God worked a miracle so we could own the copyrights. We now proclaim this truth to the world and send those writings to the world for absolutely no price at all. This is a spectacular body of beliefs!
We have the truth. It should fill our lives to the point that we will constantly fight to preserve it and to share it with the world. We must fight and win.
Empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, we can be used to save people physically and spiritually by delivering this truth. What an opportunity! This is a time of opportunities for God’s people. The greatest reward in the Bible awaits us: sharing King David’s throne with Jesus Christ for a Millennium over Earth, and then for all eternity over the entire universe! This is our beautiful goal!Read More