Seth and Enoch
SETH was a worthy character, and was to
take the place of Abel in right doing. Yet he was a son of Adam, like sinful Cain, and
inherited from the nature of Adam no more natural goodness than did Cain. He was born in
sin, but by the grace of God, in receiving the faithful instructions of his father Adam,
he honored God in doing His will. He separated himself from the corrupt descendants of
Cain and labored, as Abel would have done had he lived, to turn the minds of sinful men to
revere and obey God.
Enoch was a holy man. He
served God with singleness of heart. He realized the corruptions of the human family and
separated himself from the descendants of Cain and reproved them for their great
wickedness. There were those upon the earth who acknowledged God, who feared and worshiped
Him. Yet righteous Enoch was so distressed with the increasing wickedness of the ungodly,
that he would not daily associate with them, fearing that he should be affected by their
infidelity and that his thoughts might not ever regard God with that holy reverence which
was due His exalted character. His soul was vexed as he daily witnessed their trampling
upon the authority of God. He chose to be separate from them, and spent much of his time
in solitude, which he devoted to
reflection and prayer. He waited before God and prayed to
know His will more perfectly, that he might perform it. God communed with Enoch through
His angels and gave him divine instruction. He made known to him that He would not always
bear with man in his rebellion--that His purpose was to destroy the sinful race by
bringing a flood of waters upon the earth.
The pure and lovely Garden of
Eden, from which our first parents were driven, remained until God purposed to destroy the
earth by a flood. God had planted that garden and specially blessed it, and in His
wonderful providence He withdrew it from the earth, and will return it to the earth again
more gloriously adorned than before it was removed from the earth. God purposed to
preserve a specimen of His perfect work of creation free from the curse wherewith He had
cursed the earth.
The Lord opened more fully to
Enoch the plan of salvation, and by the Spirit of prophecy carried him down through the
generations which should live after the Flood, and showed him the great events connected
with the second coming of Christ and the end of the world. (Jude 14.)
Enoch was troubled in regard
to the dead. It seemed to him that the righteous and the wicked would go to the dust
together, and that would be their end. He could not clearly see the life of the just
beyond the grave. In prophetic vision he was instructed in regard to the Son of God, who
was to die man's sacrifice, and was shown the coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven,
attended by the angelic host, to give life to the righteous dead and ransom them from
their graves. He also saw the corrupt state of the world at the time when Christ should
appear the second time--that there
would be a boastful, presumptuous, self-willed
generation arrayed in rebellion against the law of God and denying the only Lord God and
our Lord Jesus Christ, and trampling upon His blood and despising His atonement. He saw
the righteous crowned with glory and honor while the wicked were separated from the
presence of the Lord and consumed with fire.
Enoch faithfully rehearsed to
the people all that God had revealed to him by the Spirit of prophecy. Some believed his
words and turned from their wickedness to fear and worship God.
Enoch continued to grow more
heavenly while communing with God. His face was radiant with a holy light which would
remain upon his countenance while instructing those who would hear his words of wisdom.
His heavenly and dignified appearance struck the people with awe. The Lord loved Enoch
because he steadfastly followed Him and abhorred iniquity and earnestly sought heavenly
knowledge, that he might do His will perfectly. He yearned to unite himself still more
closely to God, whom he feared, reverenced, and adored. God would not permit Enoch to die
as other men, but sent His angels to take him to heaven without seeing death. In the
presence of the righteous and the wicked, Enoch was removed from them. Those who loved him
thought that God might have left him in some of his places of retirement, but after
seeking him diligently, and being unable to find him, reported that he was not, for God
The Lord here teaches a
lesson of the greatest importance by the translation of Enoch, a descendant of fallen
Adam, that all would be rewarded, who by faith would rely upon the promised Sacrifice and
obey His commandments. Two classes are here again represented which were to
exist until the second coming of Christ--the righteous and the wicked, the rebellious and
the loyal. God will remember the righteous, who fear Him. On account of His dear Son He
will respect and honor them and give them everlasting life. But the wicked, who trample
upon His authority, He will cut off and destroy from the earth, and they will be as though
they had not been.
After Adam's fall from a
state of perfect happiness to a state of misery and sin, there was danger of man's
becoming discouraged and inquiring, "What profit is it that we have kept His
ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord" (Mal. 3:14), since a
heavy curse is resting upon the human race, and death is the portion of us all? But the
instructions which God gave to Adam, and which were repeated by Seth and fully exemplified
by Enoch, cleared away the darkness and gloom, and gave hope to man, that as through Adam
came death, through Jesus, the promised Redeemer, would come life and immortality.
In the case of Enoch the
desponding faithful were taught that, although living among a corrupt and sinful people,
who were in open and daring rebellion against God, their Creator, yet if they would obey
Him and have faith in the promised Redeemer, they could work righteousness like the
faithful Enoch, be accepted of God, and finally exalted to His heavenly throne.
Enoch, separating himself
from the world, and spending much of his time in prayer and in communion with God,
represents God's loyal people in the last days, who will be separate from the world.
Unrighteousness will prevail to a dreadful extent upon the earth. Men will give themselves
up to follow every
imagination of their corrupt hearts and carry out their deceptive
philosophy and rebel against the authority of high heaven.
God's people will separate
themselves from the unrighteous practices of those around them and will seek for purity of
thought and holy conformity to His will until His divine image will be reflected in them.
Like Enoch, they will be fitting for translation to heaven. While they endeavor to
instruct and warn the world, they will not conform to the spirit and customs of
unbelievers but will condemn them by their holy conversation and godly example. Enoch's
translation to heaven just before the destruction of the world by a flood represents the
translation of all the living righteous from the earth previous to its destruction by
fire. The saints will be glorified in the presence of those who have hated them for their
loyal obedience to God's righteous commandments.
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