Genesis Chapter 5 covers the generations from Adam to Noah.
I will never forget the time my son called me and asked (without even a “Hi Mom.”), “What happened to m’ man Enoch?”
My response: “Huh?” I soon realized he was talking about Enoch in the bible. The bible is very brief about Enoch’s demise. In fact, it’s so brief it’s easy to completely miss. From Genesis 5:1 through 5:23 we are introduced to each generation starting with Adam. We are told four details of each man: his name, his age at the birth of his first son, the number of years he lives after the birth of his first son, and his age at death (Except for Adam, in which we are told his age at the birth of Seth who is his third son-as far as we know).
Adam had Seth at age 130 years. Then he lived 800 more years and had other sons and daughters. So Adam lived 930 years, and he died.
Seth was 105 when he had Enosh. He lived 807 more years, had other sons and daughters, so his years were 912, and he died.
Then we are given the details of Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, and Enoch, who was the father of Methuselah and others. He lived to be 365. Verse 24 tells us “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”
The generations of Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah were listed after, and after each man’s information was stated, “and he died” – except for Enoch (and Noah b/c his story continues into Chp. 6). So, to repeat my son, “What happened to m’ man Enoch?”
Well, apparently he never had to die. God just took him. Why? Because he walked with God. Didn’t the others walk with God? Maybe – probably – we know that Noah did, but Enoch must have been special because we are told in two separate verses that “Enoch walked with God” (verses 22 and 24). Is it odd that God just took Enoch? Well, it’s different, but it happened to Elijah in 2 Kings chapter 2 also, and in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, we are told that one day we will be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air to always be with Him, so we know that it will happen again.
Now many people will say that the word “rapture” is not in the bible, but the description of the Rapture – as Christians understand it – is in the bible. It’s very clear. The dead in Christ shall rise first then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them. This is what we know as the Rapture, and it is in the bible. People have differing opinions on when the Rapture will take place. Will it be before the tribulation described in Revelation, mid-tribulation, or at the end of the tribulation? There are verses that support each theory, but from what I’ve read (and hope), I’m on the pre-trib. train.
Genesis is a long way from Revelation, but we will get there…eventually (double entendre). In the mean time, if you want to know more about the Rapture, there’s soooo much out there on the web. If you want to ask questions or comment, that would be great. I will answer them as best I can. FYI, an interesting factoid: unless there were gaps between the generations listed, there were 1656 years between the creation and the flood.