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The Rapture, which is the last event to occur in this age, is itself a sign-less event. Christ will descend from heaven with a shout; we will be changed and rise to meet him in the air to disappear like Enoch did.
As the OT picture of the Rapture of the Saints… Gen 5:24 says: “And Enoch walked with God and he was not; for God took him.” (A Hebrew word meaning to seize or catch away) Heb 11:5 “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him:” (Translated - From two G words meaning to change/transfer, transport to a new place/ change sides.) That’s what we are waiting for; we are waiting for our transfer and to be transported to a new place, the New Jerusalem. It’s exciting to think about changing sides, from this side to the glory side!
Heb 11 continues; “for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” We know that “without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that cometh unto Him, must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Enoch had a faith-based relationship with the Lord, “he pleased God.” First John 3 says we receive those things we ask of the Lord because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. It is our duty and the Lord’s plan for us to be like Christ, always doing those things which are pleasing to God. (Ps 149:4; Jn 8:29; Rm 8:5-9; Eph 1:9; Col 1:10; Ph 2:13)
Four times the Bibles says, “The just shall live by faith.” (Hab 2:4; Rm 1:17; Gal 3:11; Heb 10:38) Hebrews 11:5,6 says, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death…” We too, like Enoch, have a faith-based, not works-based, relationship with the Lord. “For by grace are ye saved through faith…not of works lest any man should boast.” (Gal 2:8)
Notice too Gen 5:23 tells us that Enoch lived 365 years. Thousands of years before the modern calendar, Enoch just happened to live the same number of years as the number of days in our modern year. A coincidence? Perhaps…but a year was designated by the Lord to contain all but two cyclical events in Israel’s history…from days, weeks and months to the 4 seasons and the 7 Feasts. (The only exceptions were the 7th Year that they were to rest the fields and the 50th year of Jubilee). So I don’t see the 365 years of Enoch and the 365 days in our calendar as a coincidence but rather a picture of a completed cycle of the full church age.
Jude 1:14 tells us that Enoch was a prophet and he prophesied that the Lord would come with “ten thousands of his saints.” The Greek word translated here “ten thousands” is murias – a myriad; an innumerable number! He prophesied about the saints John saw in Rev 7:9…a great multitude, which no man could number…clothed in white robes, standing before the throne of God and before the Lamb.
BUT in Enoch’s day, who could have imagined there ever being such a number of people, much less of saints? Enoch was only the 7th (generation) from ADAM ! (Gen 4 & Lk 3:37,38)
Lastly, Rev 11:3, the Lord says, “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (7) And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. (8) And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. (9) And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. (11) And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. (12) And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”
* Many intelligent and godly people have different opinions as to the identity of the two witnesses of Rev 11…my opinion is that they are the only two people who have not yet died, as required by Heb 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
I believe those two men are Enoch and Elijah:
Enoch, who has yet to die…“was translated that he should not see death.” Heb 11:5
And Elijah, who did not die, but was “taken up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2Ki 2:11 “And it came to pass… there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
Time will tell if I am correct about who these two witnesses are.
Bro. Homer Hutto
Sometimes people tend to give greater importance to the ordinary than it deserves. This is especially true in the age of social media. As a result, the extraordinary, amazing, and truly praiseworthy can become diminished.
It is important not to allow our view of the spiritual realm—and most importantly, the redemptive work of our Savior—to suffer because of this tendency. Jesus Christ can never receive enough of our praise. This unit on the letter to the Hebrews emphasizes the greatness and surpassing worth of Christ over all created things, including angels, the high priests of the old covenant, and even Moses. This reality is particularly emphasized in the first lesson of this unit covering selected portions of chapters 1–3. Jesus is not only greater than all created things, but He supremely rules over all creation.
The next lesson, covering Hebrews 4–6, focuses on the need for Christians to mature in the faith. The expectation from Scripture is that all who follow after Christ are to grow up in Christ. Because Jesus is our Great High Priest, we can trust that He will provide the help we need to grow to full maturity in our faith.
The reality that Jesus is our High Priest is accentuated in Hebrews 7–8. Lesson 10 explores the fact Jesus’ priesthood, an everlasting priesthood, is greater than that of any priest who came before Him. Jesus is the high priest of a better covenant, the new covenant, that superseded the old covenant and its sacrificial system. The life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ made that covenant obsolete. As the teacher, you may wish to discuss the ways in which the Old Testament is still useful for members of the new covenant, even though the old covenant has been set aside. It is important to recognize and to teach the timeless value of the Old Testament, beyond the old covenant.
Not only is Jesus a greater high priest, but He also serves as the better sacrifice, one of infinite worth compared to the sacrifices the priesthood administered under the old covenant (Lesson 11). Jesus’ sacrifice was once for all and able to secure eternal redemption.
Anyone who has been a Christian for very long has come to realize it doesn’t mean the end of difficulties in this life. In fact, Jesus promised that His disciples would suffer because they followed Him. This reality can be especially difficult for some Christians when they face hardships. The audience of Hebrews was no different, as some were in danger of jettisoning their faith in Christ because of persecution. The author encouraged readers to persevere in the face of trails and stand firm to the end—a major focus of Lesson 12.
Christians should continue in this ministry of encouragement today. One way to encourage perseverance involves offering a godly example of faithful Christian living. As we study Lesson 13, we find that the writer of Hebrews knew the value of encouragement and provided for us several examples, including the great “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. These persons endured hardships because they had a vision of something greater that was to come. Likewise, Jesus serves as an example of faithful endurance in His mission. He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. This lesson, and indeed the entire unit, will help you encourage students to follow His example when we suffer trials by looking forward to our eternal hope, where we will rest in and enjoy God’s presence forever.
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