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“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not, for God took him.”

(Gen.5:24)

 

 

 

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death: and he was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

(Heb.11:5)

 

Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahaleel, Jared – all died. Chapter 5 in Genesis is the first obituary column- the first human deaths. “And he died” is said six times. But then the seventh came. Enoch is the notable exception- Enoch didn’t die. He showed forth forever the hope of eternal life and never dying for the godly person who pleased God – “That he should not see death” (Heb.11) says. He prefigured the born again saints of God at the second coming of Christ: the living in Christ. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thes.4:16,17)

  

   Enoch was a symbol of the rapture. God took him before death. He was translated and taken up to be with the Lord before the wrath of God was poured out in the days of Noah. Enoch was only the first of millions who shall be raptured and taken up before the great tribulation when the wrath of God is poured out again.

 

   Enoch’s name was taken from Cain’s name for his son. (Gen.4:17). This was a worldly unsaved Enoch. The first city ever built was named after a murderer’s son. He pleased man and not God. Yes, the world loves its own. God wants to contrast these two Enochs to show you what will happen at the rapture – one shall be taken and the other left. The saved godly Enochs will be taken up and the unsaved, ungodly Enochs will be left to face the day of judgment. TAKEN-Amen, because we please God.

 

   Enoch’s name means dedicated. Dedicated is embodied in the word saint. The born again saints are God’s temple, his church, and are consecrated to God. (The dedication of Solomon’s temple was the most important dedication in the bible). The true church awaits the rapture to be translated like godly Enoch and taken up. We are dedicated with the Holy Spirit to honor God with our lives and the rapture is our reward for pleasing God.

 

   During the first two weeks of December, 2002 there was a TV mini-series of U.F.O. alien abduction. It consisted of ten TV movies, two hours a night for ten nights. It was entitled- “Taken.” Stephen Speilburg is the producer. He also produced “E.T.” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” He’s a great believer in U.F.O.’s. The influence of TV and movies has conditioned people worldwide into an easy acceptance of aliens.

 

   Taken- They used the very word God uses for the rapture. Full-page ads were placed in major newspapers and on TV, showing people being beamed up to heaven abducted by aliens. People were supposedly taken away by force, against their will by aliens.

 

   But PTL, every saint of God is eagerly awaiting the rapture when the Lord Jesus comes back and translates us and takes us up to be with him. But the unsaved people on earth left behind after the rapture will have to have some other explanation for the sudden disappearance of millions of people worldwide. The alien abduction theory will be the one given. It’s the only plausible answer for people who have rejected the truth of God’s word. So instead of God’s truth they believe Satan’s lie- that aliens have abducted people by dematerializing them and beaming them up “Star Trek” style in a moment.

 

   Evil spirits are the ones behind these so called aliens. Evil spirits are preparing for an explanation of God’s rapture. It’s Satan’s masquerade- wearing a mask of aliens as a disguise to deceive. To make it even more deceitful and believable, they say God is an alien from outer space with higher intelligence who visited earth and called himself God. God becomes an alien in a spaceship who has come back to beam people up. Satan knows the rapture is soon to come and he’s preparing the lie and TV and movies are his main channel for accomplishing it.

 

   We have had visitors from outer space on planet earth since God created man on this earth - both good angels and bad angels, and the Lord himself visited earth. Bad angels are called “devils” and oppose the truth of God and use aliens to deceive. But the greatest visitor from outer space was the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “Ye are from beneath, I am from above: ye are of this world, I am not of this world” (John.8:23). His second visitation is soon to come. Are you ready? Are you saved?

  

   U.F.O.’S are the devil’s messengers of deception. They deceive people into believing the lie that will explain the rapture of the church. No doubt the false church leaders left behind will agree with this lie- saying that fundamentalists and fanatics were removed by these higher intelligences because of their intolerance of other religions and an obstacle to world peace. Most of the world believes the lie, “because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie” (II Thes.2:10,11)

 

   Enoch died not. He was translated without seeing death because he pleased God. He is the only one, besides our blessed Lord, of whom it is written- he pleased God. God the Father shouted out from heaven, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” And when we receive his Son as savior, we please Him also and we shall rapture up as Enoch did.

 

   Our Lord spoke of the rapture in (Matt.24:36-42) where he speaks of his second coming. He says, “Then shall two be in the field: the one shall be taken and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill: the one shall be taken and the other left.” (vs. 40,41). Some people will be sleeping in some parts of the world. Some will be up and working when the rapture comes. Two are sleeping together, one is born again and one is not. One is taken up and the other is left behind to suffer the wrath of God. Because one is saved and walks with God and the other doesn’t. Will you be taken?

 

   God takes his church up at the rapture and those left behind he takes vengeance on. “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Thes.1)

 

   The dead in Christ shall be taken first and then the living in Christ. Jesus said in (John10:18) “No man taketh my life from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again.” Those that are dead and sleeping in Christ or those that are alive and sleeping in bed- both shall be taken. Jesus Christ has power over death. He takes life again for his saints and he takes death away for his saints. He shows this at the rapture.

  

   In Acts chapter one we have the ascension of Christ. It is written, “he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight” (vs.9). taken up” is used also in verses two and eleven. This points also to the rapture. Christ was visible. Will we be visible at the rapture or invisible? Will we simply vanish when we’re translated and taken up or will the rapture be seen? But nevertheless, the Body of Christ was taken up to heaven and the church, which is his body, shall be taken up also at the rapture. Taken-taken-taken-PTL Jesus for saving us and glorifying us.

  

   In (II Thes.2) we also see the rapture. It is written in verses seven and eight. “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be revealed.” Clearly, from the early church until now, something specific has been preventing and hindering the rise of the Antichrist. When this someone is taken out of the way, then Antichrist comes. It is the church which must be taken to heaven before Antichrist comes. First the rapture must take place. The pre-tribulation Rapture of the church removes the restraining influence of God through the millions of true Christians, which makes it possible for Antichrist to be revealed. When the light and salt of God’s saints is taken away, then the world becomes totally wicked and then that Wicked is revealed.

 

   It is written in (Jude14&15) the prophecy of the second coming of Christ. God gave Enoch, the rapture man, this prophecy of the second coming nearly 6000 years before it took place. Enoch prophesied of the second coming in wrath upon the ungodly. First the rapture like Enoch, then the great tribulation- Amen. God takes away his saved people that please him before his wrath is poured out and that’s why we have this prophecy of Enoch in the book of Jude.

 

   It is written in (II Kings-chap.2) about Elijah the prophet, the only other person who is raptured up in the bible, that he was taken up by God without dying. and it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven” (vs.one). Also take away and taken are in (verses 3,6,10). Elijah and Enoch both are symbols of the rapture. Their departure from this earth and of being rewarded by not dying prophesies of the rapture and the multitude of God’s saints who share with these two giants of the faith and are taken up like they were. God is giving us additional wisdom concerning the rapture with the translation of Elijah and the rapture word “taken” is used four times. Elisha was with him and saw Elijah’s rapture. He saw him when he was taken. A specialized whirlwind parts the two as they walk with God.

 

   The two witnesses, the two prophets of (Rev.11) could very well be Elijah and Enoch come back to earth to prophecy of the second coming of Christ for three and a half years. And to be killed by the beast and to resurrect from death and be raptured to heaven. “And after three days and a 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. 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.” (Rev.11:11,12)

 

   The whirlwind and fire and double portion of the Holy Spirit in (II Kings) also points to Pentecost where there was fire and wind and the Holy Spirit. Only those who have been born of the Holy Spirit shall be raptured up. It’s God’s Holy Spirit that resurrects us and his Holy Spirit that raptures us.

 

   And today we also see the counterfeit Satan using these same scriptures as proof of alien abduction. The chariots being spaceships that beam up Elijah. A man wrote a book about it entitled- “Chariots of the Gods.” This will only deceive those who have not the spirit of truth and cannot discern the truth of God’s word. Don’t be taken in by the Devil’s lies. Don’t follow the world’s explanation for the rapture- that aliens have taken them. These so called aliens are evil spirits battling for the souls of mankind. There are hundreds of these U.F.O. religious cults worldwide. Mankind is being set up for the ultimate deception-to explain away the rapture of God’s saints.

 

   It is written in (Eph.2:12) “That at the time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.” All the unsaved are aliens of heaven because they are alienated from God because of there sins. They have alienation of affection- they don’t love God so it is no wonder that they believe in alien abduction rather than the rapture. The Devil is an alien of God and the children of the Devil are aliens of God also. The saved are no longer aliens and strangers and foreigners of heaven but are now citizens of heaven.

 

   The unsaved are worldly. They are citizens of this world. Spiritually they belong here, but they are aliens of heaven. They have no citizenship there. God’s laws keep them out just like our U.S. laws keep illegal aliens from other countries out. Some Mexican aliens become U.S. citizens according to the law. But only a remnant make it into the promise land of the U.S. And so it is with heaven, only a remnant of us aliens get saved and become citizens of heaven. We meet the criteria that God has set.

 

   Aliens are considered enemies. We have an Alien Enemy Act here in the U.S. which gives the president power to apprehend alien enemies during wartime. Know this- there will be no sneaking over the border into heaven by aliens of God. Not one single one will make it in. Ye must be born again into the kingdom of heaven. You’re born into it. Citizenship is by birth.

 

   It is written in (I Cor.15:51-53) “Behold I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality.” Oh yes, in a moment we shall be translated like Enoch and be changed into an immortal body and be taken up to heaven. Whether we be alive or dead at his coming, we shall have victory over death and the grave. When the living saints rapture up, then shall be fulfilled the words of Christ in (Matt.16:28)-“Verily I say unto you, there shall be some standing here, which shall not taste of death till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Praise The Lord Jesus.

 

   Yes, God will soon take away his true church before he pours out his wrath on a Christ- rejecting world during the great tribulation. First we will be translated (changed into another form) and then taken away to be with him forever. Because we believed the gospel when we heard it and got saved and so pleased God. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” One of our rewards for being saved and walking with God is being taken up out of this wicked world before God’s wrath falls. “For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Thes.5:9) The Rapture Reward- PTL!

 

   (John1:29) says- “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” In order for you to be taken at the Rapture, you must first have your sins taken away by Christ. Are you saved? Are you walking with God like Enoch before the earth was destroyed by God with a flood. Enoch was a picture of the Rapture. He disappeared. He was not found. “And Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him.” Will you be taken? Will you receive the Rapture Reward? - Then you must be saved.

 

  

 

  

If you want to be saved, “Call upon the name of the Lord.” (Jesus)

 

First- Repent of your sins- turn away from

         your wicked ways.

 

Second- Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in

              your heart.

 

Third- Confess with your mouth the Lord

           Jesus to others.

 

If this is done in truth, you will now be a new creature in Christ. Born again and a child of God with your sins taken away and ready to be taken to heaven.