You are referring to what we read in Genesis 5:21-24, “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” 

Let’s look at the final three statements from this portion.

“Enoch walked with God.”  This statement is made in both verse 22 and verse 24.  This refers to the very godly life that Enoch lived.  His name even means ‘dedicated.’  I’m sure he ‘walked with God’ before his son, Methuselah was born, but it seems that after the birth of his son, he was particularly known for his walk with the Lord.  We learn in Hebrews 11:5, “By faith Enoch was translated that HE SHOULD NOT SEE DEATH; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that HE PLEASED GOD.” The word ‘translated’ is more accurately rendered as ‘transferred.’ Because Enoch walked with God and pleased Him, he was transferred to Heaven without experiencing death.  Was Enoch’s walk with the Lord greater than other Godly men?  That’s hard to say.  It was also said of Noah that he walked with God in Genesis 6:9, yet he was not transferred to Heaven without dying.  God sovereignly chose to take Enoch to be with Himself.  Let us all be reminded that to walk with God is so much greater than to be admired of men.

“And he was not.” We must admit that something extraordinary took place here.  Indeed, as we saw in Hebrews 11:5, Enoch “was translated that he should not see death.”  It is an argument against the scriptures to say that Enoch died.  The Word is clear that he DID NOT DIE!  He was on the earth one moment and then he was not.  He was gone.  The Amplified Version says that “he was not found among men.”  The NET versions says that “he disappeared.”  Simply put, Enoch was no longer on the earth because:

“God took him.”  The same word for ‘took’ is also translated as ‘fetch and fetched’ in Genesis 18:4-5.  It literally means that the Lord came for Enoch and fetched him to be with Himself.  Years later, the Lord would act similarly towards Elijah and take him also.  We read in 2 Kings 2:11, “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”  Elisha was witness to this divine transfer, while it seems no one saw Enoch taken to Heaven.  In both cases, the Lord took these men to Heaven without them experiencing a physical death. 

Why did the Lord take Enoch in this fashion?  We have already discussed one of the reasons in Hebrews 11:5 in that Enoch pleased God with his life.  We learn from 1 Corinthians 10:11, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”  The Lord recorded the events in the Old Testament for examples for us.  What do we learn from Enoch’s transfer to Heaven?  When we consider the time when Enoch was taken, we realize that the flood (God’s wrath upon the earth) happened just after Enoch was taken from the earth without experiencing death.  This is a wonderful type of the church being raptured just before the Tribulation Period begins when the Lord pours out His wrath upon the earth.  When the Lord returns for His church “we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).  We also read in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”  The translation of Enoch is an excellent example of what will happen to the believers in the Lord when He returns.  (431.6)