The rapture is a hot topic among many evangelicals today and has been for centuries. Christian groups have even split over debates about when the rapture would occur. Still today, many Christians are trying to study the prophecies in the Bible and even make predictions about Christ’s second coming. What we need to focus on is that we can have a foretaste of the rapture today.
1 Thes. 4:15,17
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
The Greek word for Christ’s coming is parousia which can also be translated presence. Anytime we are in the Lord’s presence we are experiencing a foretaste of the rapture. The first instance of rapture in the Bible was with Enoch. When properly examined, the few verses written about him can give us a window into his life.
Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
Enoch named his firstborn son Methuselah, meaning when he is dead, it will be sent. It just so happened that when Methuselah died the flood came. According to Matthew 24:38-39, the coming of the flood is a type of Christ’s coming.
For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
In the same way Enoch walked in view of the coming flood to judge the earth, we should walk with the Lord’s coming in view. Walking with the view of the Lord’s coming keeps us in the Lord’s presence. Enoch really loved God to have walked with Him for 300 years. Even more, God loved spending time with Enoch. We can see this by looking into the words walkandtook.
The Hebrew word for walk is halak which can also be translated: “to come continually and be conversant.”
The Hebrew word for took is laqach. In other passages it is also translated: “buy, draw, win, marry and mingle.”
God loved us so much He bought us and redeemed us by his blood. He is drawing us by His beauty. He is winning our love by being much more lovely than anything else in this universe. Our love for Him makes us the bride that Christ will come back for and marry. He is mingling Himself with us until eventually we will be one with Him for eternity. His coming back to us will be a result of our coming to Him day by day.