Q. Thank you, Jack, for your response to my question regarding the contention between the archangel Michael and the devil over the body of Moses after his death.
If Moses and Elijah are indeed the two witnesses spoken of in Revelation 11, then where does Enoch fit in, considering that he and Elijah are the only ones mentioned in the Bible who were taken directly to Heaven without seeing death?
A. Enoch plays a unique role in God’s plan. He couldn’t be a more obvious model of the Church if they’d named him that. According to Hebrew tradition Enoch was born on the 6th of Sivan. Centuries later that day was set aside for the celebration of Pentecost, which is the day on which many Christians celebrate the birth of the Church.
Enoch’s name means “teaching”, which is the primary role of the Church (Matt. 28:19-20). His life is described as a walk with God in Genesis 5:22, which is how we describe the Christian life. And then one day he suddenly disappeared. God had taken him away without experiencing death (Hebrews 11:5), just as He’s promised to take one generation of the church away without experiencing death (1 Thes. 4:16-17).
After Enoch was gone the flood came and the world that existed at the time perished. After the Church is gone the Great Tribulation will come and the world that exists now will perish.