Where we’re coming from

Jesus prophesied about  signs that would appear in the sky when He told the disciples that they would see  The Sign Of The Son Of Man In HeavenThere are other times in the scriptures when The Lord Said He Would Come But Did Not Appear In The Flesh. Let us examine the scriptures. 

Enoch  prophesied that the Lord would come with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment upon the ungodly and to destroy them

Enoch spoke this prophecy about a remote generation or a people who would appear in the earth in the distant future. It is important to note that Enoch prophesied that the Lord would come forth from His camp in heaven, appear in the earth. Prophet Enoch specified that the Lord would appear in Sinai and would come with “ten thousands of His holy ones to execute judgement upon all, And to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh Of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed.”

Enoch was born in 622 and lived for 365 years. He never died because God translated him into heaven in 987. (How old is the earth?)

According to Enoch’s prophecy, the Lord would appear in the earth, specifically in Mount Sinai, leading an army of holy ones who would destroy the sinners.

1 The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be
2 living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said   –  Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is for to come.

3 Concerning the elect I said, and took up my parable concerning them:
The Holy Great One will come forth from His dwelling,

4 And the eternal God will tread upon the earth, (even) on Mount Sinai, [And appear from His camp] And appear in the strength of His might from the heaven of heavens.

5 And all shall be smitten with fear  And the Watchers shall quake, And great fear and trembling shall seize them unto the ends of the earth…

9 And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones To execute judgement upon all, And to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh Of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him (Book of Enoch, The Watchers, chapter 1).

When was Enoch’s prophecy fulfilled?

Enoch’s prophecy was fulfilled 1681 years later to a “remote generation” indeed on the 15th day of the third Jewish month in the year 2668. Given that God told Moses to count Abib as the first Jewish month, this would be equivalent to 15th June 2668.  On that day, the nation camped before Mount Sinai.  Apostle Moses went up into the Mountain to meet with God who officially reclaimed the nation and said that Israel “will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19: 6).

Three days later, the Lord appeared to the entire nation with loud fanfare:

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.

17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.

18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain[b] trembled violently.

19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him – Exodus 19.

It was on Sinai that the Lord gave the Law and told the nation how they were to live and serve Him.

Forty years later, as Moses prepared for his departure, he blessed Israel and said that Enoch’s prophecy had been fulfilled when the Lord revealed His Law to Israel in Sinai and sent them forth to possess the Promised Land, destroying the wicked nations who opposed them:

And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death

And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them – Deuteronomy 33: 1 & 2

Apostle Paul confirmed that Lord Jesus Himself was the one who led His people through the wilderness

Apostle Paul confirmed that Jesus was the one who accompanied Israel through the wilderness. He was the One who protected them in the Pillar of Cloud and Fire. It was Jesus who descended and spoke with Moses in the sight of the people and whose Presence covered the Tabernacle whenever Moses went in to meet God.

It was Jesus who defended them against their enemies. When we meditate on the doings of the Lord in the desert and His dealings with the children of Israel, we conclude, like Apostle Paul, that we must persuade men everywhere to repent because we know the terror of the Lord  (2 Cor 5: 11)

10 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.

They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.

They all ate the same spiritual foodand drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ – 1 Corinthians 10

Apostle Jude cited Enoch’s prophecy about the Lord coming with 10,000s of His saints

More than 1620 years later, Apostle Jude also referenced Enoch’s prophecy in the context of his era. As I review the context of Apostle Jude’s writings, it has become clearer to me that the Apostle actually said that the Lord would fulfill Enoch’s prophecy again by coming with 10,000s of His saints to destroy the wicked.

The wicked of whom Jude spoke referred to the Apostates who were creeping into the church, turning the grace of God into lasciviousness and who were guilty of denying the deity of the Lord Jesus – these are the hard things that the unbelievers spoke against the Lord.

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

Apostle Jude compared these Apostates or “filthy dreamers” to the rebellious Jews who God killed in the wilderness, the fallen angels, cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Cain, greedy Balaam and Core.  Scathing in his rebuke, Jude did not mince words when he described the false teachers as:

8 … filthy dreamers (who) defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

12 spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

It seems to me that Apostle Jude boldly declared that Enoch’s prophecy would continue to be fulfilled because the Lord would come with 10, 000s 0f His saints to judge these wicked ones.

14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints

15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him – Jude 1: 15

The relevance of Enoch’s prophecy in our era

When we examine the circumstances in which we live, we see that Enoch’s prophecy continues to be fulfilled even in this era. In our era:

  • the nations and the false church have given themselves over to the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. I am informed that the tax exempt churches of America cannot speak against homosexuality or they would break the law. I wonder if the church would allow a nation to go to hell.
  • way of Cain is manifest in the nations and the church – the spirit of murder
  • the warlocks and the witches prophesy lies and teach false doctrines from from the pulpits, going after the way of Balaam for reward.
  • there are uprisings, conflicts and breakaways in the nations and the church, after the manner of Core or Korah who rebelled against Moses and who was killed by God.
  • In addition, satan has reared the head of jihad against the saints and Jews, and the jihadists are murdering the saints and threatening to rule the world.

Can the Lord come again to rule in the earth?

Who is on the Lord’s side? This is the era of the separation of the sheep from the goats. Will we stay on the side lines and be silent? If we do, we will be judged with the wicked. Will we earnestly contend for the faith? Will we pray? Will we intercede? This is the power those who went on before:

33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.

34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens – Hebrews 11.

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