English: God took Enoch, as in Genesis 5:24: "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." (KJV) illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible; illustrated by Gerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others, and published by P. de Hondt in The Hague; image courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mystery ends right now! Find out what really became of Genesis hero ...
First Posted: March 07, 2009
8:45 pm Eastern
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
When some people hear the name of Enoch from the Bible, they often wonder
what really happened to this Old Testament prophet.
They know the Bible says "Enoch walked with God," and that "Enoch was translated that he should not see death."
But what do these puzzling verses really mean?
Did Enoch, a champion of God from the Book of Genesis somehow cheat death and
get miraculously transported to heaven? Or is there a much simpler answer, one
that's actually revealed in the Bible?
After all, it is "appointed unto men once to die" (Hebrews 9:27), "as in Adam all die" (1 Corinthians 15:22), and Jesus Himself said no one has gone to heaven except Himself (John 3:13).
"Some think what happened to Enoch is a huge mystery that we won't be able to solve until Jesus returns, but you can find out the truth of Scripture right now if you just crack open your own Bible and see the words on its pages," says WND Executive News Editor Joe Kovacs, author of the best-selling book, "Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told."
"I think I underestimated the public's confusion about what happened to Enoch, so I didn't focus on him in my book. But I'm very happy now to help people see with their own eyes what Scripture actually says, as well as what it doesn't say."
First of all, the King James Bible does not say Enoch never died, vanished
into thin air or was somehow was whisked off into heaven, the unseen dwelling
place of God. Those words are simply not on its pages.
If you look closely, though, what the Bible actually does say is that Enoch died.
Yes, it's in your Bible. Enoch died.
"In Hebrews chapter 11, there is a list of famous heroes from the Old Testament," says Kovacs. "There are great names mentioned including Abraham, Noah, Abel and Enoch. And guess what the Bible says about these outstanding characters who followed the true God of the universe. It says they all died."
- These all died in faith, not having received the promises (Hebrews 11:13, King James Version)
Feel free to open up any translation of your own Bible right now, and you'll see that these Old Testament heroes all died.
- All these faithful ones died without receiving what God had promised them ... (New Living Translation)
- All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised ... (New International Version)
The Bible clearly says Enoch and the others "all died." Now that you're aware
of that, what about those puzzling verses?
Some people get confused when they read, "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God" (Hebrews 11:5).
Note what this verse does not say. It does not say Enoch went to heaven. Remember, Jesus said no one, and that includes Enoch, has gone to heaven except Jesus himself:
- And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven (John 3:13, KJV)
- No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – the Son of Man (John 3:13, NIV)
The confusion is caused by the word "translated" in Hebrews 11:5. In its
original Greek language, the word is "metatithemi," and means
transported, transferred, removed, taken away or carried over.
That Greek word "metatithemi" is used just four other times in the Bible, and never has anything to do with not dying or sauntering off to heaven.
For instance, in Galatians 1:6, it's rendered as "removed":
- I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel
OK, now back to Enoch.
Enoch was a preacher of righteousness and we're told that he "walked with God" (Genesis 5:22) and that "God took him" (5:24).
Incidentally, Scripture also says "Noah walked with God," and Noah did not vanish into thin air to dwell with God in heaven. Noah died at the ripe old age of 950 (Genesis 9:29).
As mentioned before, "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."
We already know that Enoch did in fact die, so what does it mean when the Bible says "God took him," "God had translated him" and that he should "not see death"?
"It means exactly what it says," Kovacs explains. "God literally took him. God transported or removed Enoch from his location so that he would not be found. Why? Because apparently there were people who wanted him dead."
More specifics about Enoch are provided in Jude 14, 15 where it mentions Enoch blasting false prophets: "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 which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."
Enoch was a tough talker of his day, preaching a righteous message the ungodly of the world did not wish to hear. So it's not hard to understand that some of these wicked guys wanted to kill him.
"We're not given the details," says Kovacs, "but we are told that God transferred Enoch so that he would 'not see death,' in other words, not be slain. Remember, God also transported Elijah miraculously, airlifting that prophet to another location. Elijah did not go to the heaven of God's home, but merely to the 'first heaven,' the sky, and came back to live out the rest of his days right here on Earth. He even wrote some less-than-pleasant mail to the evil King Jehoram of Judah after his famous angelic chariot ride in the sky." (see 2 Chronicles 21:12-15)
"God took Enoch away from those looking to murder him, but the Holy Scriptures tell us outright that Enoch eventually died, not having received the promises. It's time to put away the fables and get back to the facts. The Bible does agree with itself when people read all of it."
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Yet another "whisking away" happened in the New Testament to Philip, who was miraculously transported by God at the moment he baptized an Ethiopian eunuch.
- And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus ... (Acts 8:39-40)
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In "Shocked by the Bible," Kovacs also explains that if people just read for themselves without any preconceived notions, they'd quickly discover:
- "Three Wise Men" are never mentioned in the story of Jesus' birth, and no wise men at all are shown present at the manger scene the night Jesus was born. (They showed up later at a house when Jesus was a young child)
- The Bible doesn't outright declare the day, month, year or even season Jesus was born
- There's no mention of a Christmas tree or any tree in the gospels recording Jesus' birth. However, there is a custom mentioned in the Old Testament that shows people decorating trees with silver and gold. You might be astounded to find out what God says about such a practice
- Noah brought a lot more than just two of certain animals aboard the Ark
- The word "Easter" has vanished from modern Bible translations
- God sought to kill Moses, shortly after telling him to lead the Israelites to freedom
- Jesus did not come to make everyone understand His message, and personally said so
- Jesus made personal appearances in the Old Testament
And these are merely the beginning of hundreds of facts that will stun even those who thought they had a strong knowledge of the Bible.
"If you've never been into the Bible, or even if you have, there's no need to fear," says Kovacs. "I make it quick, easy and fun for you to find out the juiciest, most interesting stuff that never seems to get mentioned in church. And I'm not talking about trivial facts and difficult names no one can pronounce."
"Shocked by the Bible" has become an instant smash since its release, hitting No. 1 in three Bible-related categories several times on Amazon.com with readers giving it high praise, and the author being interviewed on dozens of radio shows. Denver's No. 1 host, Peter Boyles of KHOW , raves, "I'm drawn to this book. It is so well written."
"Shocked by the Bible" skyrocketed to the No.1 spot in three Amazon.com categories several times since its release
It reached the No. 1 spot on the WND Best-Seller list several times. International demand has even led to a deal to have "Shocked" translated into the Korean language.
"If you think you really know the Bible, better think again," warns Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. "Your parents never told you this stuff was in the Bible," adds radio talker and author Melanie Morgan. WND founder Joseph Farah simply says, "'Shocked by the Bible' is nothing short of genius."
Kovacs, the executive news editor of WND, has written countless reports in
his 25-year news career. Many have focused on biblical issues such as chariot wheels
said to be found in the Red Sea, searches for Noah's Ark and
the Ark of the
Covenant, and controversies over Christmas and
Easter holidays as well as the Saturday-vs.-Sunday
He has received many awards for news excellence from the Associated Press and United Press International. He's run television, radio and print newsrooms in the U.S., as well as Budapest, Hungary. Kovacs is also regarded as one of the premier creative headline writers in the news business today.
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