Enoch is first mentioned in Genesis 4&5. There are two particularly intriguing verses about him:

Gen. 5:24
Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

Hebrews 11:5
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.

These say that Enoch was taken, but they don’t say where he was taken to. However, we know that Enoch wasn’t taken to Heaven because, as the Lord Jesus says thousands of years after Gen. 4&5 , ‘No one has ascended into heaven…’ (John 3:13). So, what did happen to Enoch?

Because we aren’t actually told, all anyone can do is give an educated suggestion. To do this, we are going to look at some other facts the Bible tells us about Enoch’s life:

We know that Enoch ‘walked with God’ — which means he was a godly person (just as Noah was: Gen. 6:8): ‘he was commended as having please God’ — and we know that he was contemporary with a very ungodly man, Lamech (compare the family trees in Gen. 4:1,17-18 and Gen. 5:3-18): in Gen. 2:18-25 God said that a husband was to have only one wife, but Lamech was the first person to break this by having two spouses (Gen. 4:19); he also boasts about murdering someone who hurt him (Gen. 4:23-24).

With this in mind, the suggestion, based on Heb. 11:5, is that God took Enoch away from Lamech, so that Lamech couldn’t kill Enoch — Lamech was looking for Enoch, but he couldn’t find him. God saved Enoch from death at the hands of Lamech.

After this, though, we know that Enoch would still have died a natural death, just like everybody else does. Heb. 11:13 goes on to say this about the people in has mentioned, including Enoch:

These all died in faith…

The apostle Paul confirms this when he says that ‘…death reigned from Adam to Moses…’ (Rom. 5:14; Enoch lived between Adam and Moses). So, sometime after God saved Enoch from Lamech, Enoch died peacefully.

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