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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Enoch: The Only Way to Fly

August 2

(Genesis 5:21-24 NIV) “When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. {22} And after he became the father of Methuselah Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. {23} Altogether Enoch lived 365 years. {24} Enoch walked with God, then he was no more, because God took him away.”

(Hebrews 11:5-6 NIV) “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who had pleased God. {6} And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

(Jude 1:14-15 NIV) ““Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones, {15} to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 

(1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NIV) “Listen! I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, {52} in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will all be changed.” 

(1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 NIV) “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. {18} Therefore encourage each other with these words.

There are two ways we can leave this world. One is the natural avenue of death, which is our portal to either heaven or hell. When we die, we no longer control our fate – God is in complete control. This is how most of humanity makes its exit. Then there is the way of Enoch. He was one of a very select group who did not die. God just spoke a word and “he was no more.” What a way to fly! The same thing happened later to a prophet named Elijah, and incredibly, it will happen again someday to many faithful believers when Christ returns. A trumpet will sound and millions will rise to meet the Lord in the air. Enoch and Elijah were obviously ready to fly. They walked with God here on Earth, and then, stepped right into eternity. Are you ready to fly? Are you walking in truth with Jesus? Will you hear the trumpet when it sounds? – Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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