Enoch holds a rare distinction in the Bible: He did not die. Instead, God "took him away."
Only a short sentence, "Enoch walked faithfully with God," in Genesis 5:22 and repeated in Genesis 5:24 reveals why he was so special to his Creator. In this wicked period before the Flood, most men did not walk faithfully with God. They walked their own path, the crooked way of sin.
Enoch did not keep silent about the sin around him. Jude says Enoch prophesied about those evil people:
"See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him." (Jude 1:14-15, NIV)
Enoch walked in faith the 365 years of his life, and that made all the difference. No matter what happened, he trusted God. He obeyed God. God loved Enoch so much he spared him the experience of death.
For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:5-6, NIV)
What happened to Enoch? The Bible gives few details, other than to say:
"...then he was no more, because God took him away." (Genesis 5:24, NIV)
Enoch was a loyal follower of God. He told the truth despite opposition and ridicule.
Faithful to God.
Enoch and the other Old Testament heroes mentioned in the Faith Hall of Fame walked in faith, in the hope of a future Messiah. That Messiah has been revealed to us in the gospels as Jesus Christ.
When we trust Christ as Savior and walk with God, as Enoch did, we will die physically, but will be resurrected to eternal life.
Ancient Fertile Crescent, exact location not given.
Referenced in the Bible:
Genesis 5:18-24, 1 Chronicles 1:3, Luke 3:37, Hebrews 11:5-6, Jude 1:14-15.
Children: Methuselah, unnamed sons and daughters.
After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. (NIV)
Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. (NIV)
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: "He could not be found, because God had taken him away." For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. (NIV)