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The Seventh Man Was Missing by Dr Alec Passmore

The Seventh Man Was Missing

Dr Alec Passmore

From the sacred annals of the early history of the world, we can discover where we came from, why we are here, and our ultimate life-purpose. On the stage of Patriarchal record, we may trace the shining luminaries of Godly human witnesses who lived before something went wrong, when human rebellion resulted in a worldwide flood. We are grateful for the inspired record, among many others, of a man named Enoch who lived a Godly life in a very ungodly society. The Holy Scriptures contain just three references to Enoch’s momentous life and influence; here they are: Genesis 5:21-24, Hebrews 11:5-6 and Jude verses 14-15 where the word ‘ungodly’ occurs no less than four times, speaking of the social conditions prevailing in Enoch’s days.

Here are some interesting historical details: Enoch was born of the Godly line of Seth. He probably knew our original genetic father Adam and his wife Eve and spoke with them about the good times before the fall. He lived in the terminal Godless generation before the judgement of the flood and called his son Methuselah, who lived for 969 years, the longest life recorded in human history. Methuselah’s extended lifespan is explained by his revealed name, ‘when he dies, the judgement will come’; the flood came 669 years after Enoch's translation. God in mercy delayed the impending judgement of the flood and extended Methuselah’s prophetic lifespan. It is interesting that the Scripture records that from the day of the birth of his son Methuselah, he walked with God (Gen. 5:22), no doubt in holy dread that every birthday of his son brought the world closer to God's holy judgement of the flood. This was the merciful longsuffering of God that waited (1 Pet 3:20).

HE WALKED WITH GOD - Gen. 5:24. A number of shining Patriarchs also cultivated sacred intimacy with the Creator: Noah walked with God - Gen. 6:9; Abraham walked with God - Gen. 24:40; Isaac walked with God - Gen. 48:15, and Amos 3:3 says ‘Can two walk together except they be agreed?” Enoch probably did not walk ‘face to face’ with the Lord in the flesh as Adam walked in the garden before the fall, Enoch's sacred walk of intimacy with the true and living God is spoken of in the Hebrew text as almost ‘arm in arm’ with God! They walked together in an unhurried communion of holy intimacy! Lines from WD. Longstaff’s Hymn come to mind: ‘Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord, abide in Him always, and feed on His Word. In our frantic run of life in the 21st century, we miss time for sacred intimacy! Enoch has no dramatic acts or ...



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