Old Man Methuselah and What Is To Come
Bruce Collins

As most people know, there were two Enochs in Genesis. Although bearing the same name, we can surmise that they were vastly different men.

One Enoch was the offspring of Cain. He was a third generation man. It is interesting to note that although the number three is pertinent in Christian faith to the teachings of the Trinity, the number three also has occultic significance. This Enoch was third generation of the ‘godless’ lineage.

However, there was another Enoch. He was from the line of Seth, a Godly man. Enoch, interestingly enough, was the seventh generation since Adam. Seven, of course, is the number of God. We know that this is important to understanding the Enoch of which we speak about because it was specifically mentioned in the New Testament.

From Jude (KJV):

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

15To 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.

Enoch’s offspring was Methuselah. My understanding is that Methuselah means "death and sent". Of course, Enoch was giving his child a prophetic name. For when Methuselah died, death would come in the form of a flood.

Isn’t it amazing the level of grace that God extends to each of us? For Methuselah did not die quickly, "And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died." (Gen 5:27, KJV) For 969 years, Methuselah was a warning to the people to return to God. God allowed Methuselah’s life to tarry because He is a merciful Father.

Enoch saw many things that he reported. He gave warning to the people of things to come. The Bible says in Genesis that Enoch walked with God. Hebrews 11 tells of Enoch’s great faith. Isn’t it interesting that Methuselah is not recognized for his faith, but his father and grandson, Noah, are credited?

The Bible tells us that the last days would be as the days of Noah. Enoch was taken in a form of ‘rapture’ away from the tribulation that was to come. Enoch had done his part. Noah, however, did endure the tribulation and he most certainly triumphed.

We see that the world today is not very different from those ‘early days.’ We have what seem to be horrific ‘birth pains’ of extreme weather, roaring and tossing seas, tornadoes, earthquakes, famines, pestilences and, yes, flooding.

Yet, the media, our government officials and the public at large seem to be skipping along the yellow brick road, on their way to some utopian outcome. Nobody, not withstanding evil orchestrations to bring this to pass, sees the bridge out ahead.

Not one financial channel is reporting the inevitable monetary crash that is coming. Very few news anchors are talking about the world government that keeps marching along in the shadows. Christian churches in the West are trading repentance, righteous living and service to God for ‘name it and claim it’ blessings, ‘childish’ expectations and luxuries.

One thing that is certain, we see that Americans are still spending like there is no tomorrow. Perhaps, there is some ‘instinctive’ knowledge there?

Enoch served obediently when the Father needed him to sound the warning.

"Oh Enoch, you’re so old covenant! Just join the crowd, inspire us with ‘feel good’ messages and then charge us $19.95 for each Book of Enoch, bound in rich Corinthian leather, of course. Maybe you could tone down some of that ‘fallen angels are evil’ doom and gloom stuff? After all, they are part of the culture now! You don’t want your ministry to be accused of Giant intolerance! What about writing another book with some positive affirmations? If you play your cards right, you’ll have enough money for a full staff with a brand new, member financed Cessna Donkey and we can even move E Ministries into a bigger, elegantly plush cave with expensive stick figure murals!"

Are there many today with a platform or pulpits who, as Enoch of old, are sounding the alarm to prepare body, soul, and mind or perish? Has a modern day Methuselah (death and sent) been born and is the clock ticking as I type this column? Will only Noah and his family be spared from the ‘eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage’ daily sleepwalking?

2 Timothy 3: 1-5 (The Message):

‘Don't be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They'll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they're animals. Stay clear of these people.’

We tend to believe the great turning away, as prophesied in the scriptures, is in the future. Did it already happen and is it ongoing?

Just as in the days of Noah, Love tarries.

2 Timothy 3:12-17 (The Message)

‘Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there's no getting around it. Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. They're as deceived as the people they lead astray. As long as they are out there, things can only get worse.’

‘But don't let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother's milk! There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.’

Is there an Enoch today? Or, will Enoch, and a friend, soon return to give witness to Jehovah in one last "day of Noah"?

2 Timothy 4:1- 5 (The Message):

‘I can't impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don't ever quit. Just keep it simple.’

‘You're going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They'll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you're doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God's servant.’

"Fear not, for I am with you…"

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.