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Ancient of Days

There I beheld the Ancient of days, whose head was like white wool, and with him another, whose countenance resembled that of man. – Book of Enoch 46:1

I’m stuck.  Part of it is me, part of it is my spirit.  I made it up to chapter 46 a couple weeks ago and haven’t moved past.  I got focused away from the Lord for a bit, then I was focused on my writing, but over it all, I’m stuck on the phrase “Ancient of Days”.

Why?  Because my heart said stop.  I can’t go on yet. This is the type of thing I do sometimes.  When I feel there is something deep that the Lord is trying to whisper to me, I don’t want to move on.  I want to get it.  And there is something here.

First I searched the Bible, knowing I’ve seen that wording before.

I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire. – Daniel 7:9

Later on you see references to the Son of Man as well along with the Ancient of Days.  It mirrors even in the description of how he looks to Enoch, which is neat to see.  Similar experiences from Enoch to Daniel, and Daniel had some of the greatest revelations we know.

Next I do my typical, BibleHub.com.  I pull up the verse, look at the translations, and then look to the Hebrew to see what each word “could” mean.  Without context and actually knowing Hebrew well, I can’t be sure, but often little fun clues pop up.  Got some thoughts there, but not a lot.

So I finally did what I typically really avoid doing.  I googled it.

Why do I avoid this, because there’s so much junk out there.  And sure enough, I start wading through it.  I find the theologies and commentaries dry.  I want life in the words, and they do a word study and correlation ( similar of course to what I did ), and give their conjectures.  Basically, we think it’s God, but it may be Jesus.  The Ancient of Days seems to refer to the one that existed before days were created.  And that’s it.

Really.  I didn’t see anything past that.  When I hit such an intriguing name of God and nothing.  Oh, I wandered of the deep ends of the net and even ended up off looking at the Behai faith and a guy who says Enoch became an Angel and thinks that we are reincarnated.  Interesting to run across, but feels worthless in my spirit.  No, I find nothing.

So now I’m down to where I should’ve began, at the feet of Jesus.  There’s actually another translation for the Hebrew word they use as “Ancient”.

Venerable – commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity;worthy of veneration or reverence, as because of high office or noble character.

Now that gives me something that fits better along what I was thinking.  Ancient of Days to me is the one who was there in long ages past.  They have the wisdom of knowing what all has occurred.  The one who was there in the beginning when it all began.  Before time, before the earth, before creation.  The one who’s hands molded us from clay.  The Ancient of Days who is the beginning, but also the end.  All roads lead back to Him.  And this ancient of Days will take His seat to judge.  This Ancient of Days is there waiting for us.

So I go on my knees and do what I often do in intercession.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. – Hebrews 4:16

As I typically do, I close my eyes in stillness and go to my quiet place, my garden with the Lord.  I wait and reach out for Him and come before Jesus.  I always start there.  Something in me just says that it’s right to always start at Jesus.  Then I ask Him to come with me before the Father.  I have never felt any hesitation, concern or lack of interesting.  I always get the feel of “Yes, lets go there”.  And I imagine myself coming before the throne.  I think of the throne and the temple, but now I think of the Ancient of Days who has taken His seat upon that throne.  And I kneal, with nothing else I can say.  What do you bring before that One.  What can you do but honor and just stand amazed.

Is it my imagination, yes.  Does that mean it isn’t real?  I’ll let you decide, but the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

 

 

 

It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” – ‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:14-15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Have you caught on that I like lists?

1. Enoch prophesied – this is our first indication that Enoch was more than just someone who pleased God. Not sure if I’d say he is a prophet, but he prophesied of the end times, and it’s important enough to show up in scripture.  I personally don’t think he was called as a prophet(not immediately).  In one of those verse on spiritual gifts you get the 5-fold offices, prophet, apostle, evangelist, etc.  I don’t think he was necessarily one of those.  I think he walked close to God and as you do that, God begins to manifest out of you. Was it not 1 Corinthians 13 that told us that love is better than all the spiritual gifts?  Because love is God, and the spirit will move in that, not just in gifts but in the spirit itself.

2.  Where did this quote come from?  Ever wonder about that?  Well, there’s a book of Enoch. We know from history this was one of the important books to Jews in Jesus time but it was lost for a long time and only popped back up in the last 100 years or less.   This is a quote directly from that book which in my eyes gives it a lot of credibility. It’s not the Bible, but neither are a lot of other books we read.

Ok, short list.  But this is the direction I am heading next.  The Book of Enoch.  I’ve already started reading it ( I read part of it before ).  Unfortunately this will take time for me to go slowly and think about it all.  I’m mainly looking for hints on His walk.  Not much there in the first couple chapters.

 

So next I want to go into the book of Enoch for a while. You can find it ——.

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. ‭‭- Hebrews‬ ‭11:5-6‬ ‭NASB‬‬

This was the next passage about Enoch ( except for genealogies that just mentioned him in passing ).  Let’s go over the parts of this I found interesting.

1. By faith – This wasn’t an all God thing.  Of course God took Him up, but it was done by faith, Enoch’s faith.  His faith was such that the Lord could take Him up.  Why does that stick out to me, because this wasn’t God’s plan that was just going to happen.  Enoch enabled this by His faith.  If not just Enoch, why not others?

2. Death is not the best choice – His faith qualified him to go and not have to face death. I point this out because death is a result of sin. We weren’t created to die, in fact our spirit cannot, but because of sin this body can.  Go look at God’s words to Adam when he sinned.  He would die.  That means had he not, I believe he wouldn’t have.  So we weren’t made to die, which means that wasn’t God’s original plan.  This makes me think that death is a result of sin, but isn’t actually necessary.

Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death. – John 8:51

3. God took him – Might be obvious, but this is not something we do.  Our faith can enable it, but God is the one who does the work, we just allow it.

4. Pleased God – Why else should it mention it except that being pleasing to God was the main contributor as to why he was brought up.  Before he was taken up, this was his “witness”.  It was evident in His life that He pleased God so much.  To me, this implies that He pleased God so much, God decided to draw Him so near that he just left the earth.

Whether you are willing to accept it or not, there’s a section of The Final Quest by Rick Joyner that discussed the life of this beggar.  I cannot remember his name, and don’t want to go skimming the book to find it right now.  If you want to read it all, go get the book, but I’ll do a quick recap.  This man lived in poverty, had nothing to his name.  God said this man only had “one portion” of His love.  One day he ran across a cat and started to kick it, but mustered up all the love he had and just shoved it out of the way.  The Lord was moved enough he doubled the love.  This lead to something a little better, then he increased it again.  One day he ran across a tract and got saved.  That increased his love.  So he gave everything he could to buy tracts and share Jesus with others.  This continued on and on, up to a point that God said something like “all of heaven was entreating me to bring Him home”, so he let him die as a martyr trying to save someone in the cold and he came up to heaven.

The reason I brought this up, was that this man exhibited so much of love in his faith, that the heavens themselves wanted him to go home.

5. Must believe – “believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  This is something the Spirit keeps bringing to my attention. We really must believe that He is(seems obvious but do you always live that way?) but also that he rewards those who seek him. Not those who serve a lot, or those who give a lot, or those who are ministers or teachers. No, He rewards those who seek him. We can all do this. It must be ingrained in your heart that the reward is in seeking and finding God. Part of that(and faith) is to do all He asks, but it’s more. It’s your heart, desires and attention that must become more and more focused upon him.

I felt like the Spirit was telling me that I should spend some time on Enoch.  More specifically, that I should take some time looking at his life and help others to understand.  I don’t necessarily think it was for you guys on here, but you get to be the trial run.  We’ll work our way through scripture and then move on to other references.  To start, let’s just go over the main scripture for Enoch.

Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. – ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭5:21-24‬ ‭NASB‬‬

 To start, let’s just go over the main scripture for Enoch.  Enoch gets me excited.  I don’t remember hearing many messages preached on him, just that he walked with God and was taken away.  We didn’t know much more to say about that than this.  What do you preach to other Christians about how to apply this?I felt like the Spirit was telling me that I should spend some time on Enoch.  More specifically, that I should take some time looking at his life and help others to understand.  I don’t necessarily think it was for you guys on here, but you get to be the trial run.  We’ll work our way through scripture and then move on to other references.  To start, let’s just go over the main scripture for Enoch.

Point #1 – Walking with God

So what did it mean that he “walked with God”?  That is much of the mystery.  I believe it’ll be more clear as we go along, but I fall back to some of Sadhu’s teaching on walking with God.   To me, it means to walk along side, to know, to talk, to see, and to know each other intimately.  Sadhu had his definition for it that I can’t remember. I know it’s in that series about walking with God.  My definition is probably based off of his, so close enough.  I just think how I’ve seen others walk, or even think of the Bible.  God talks to them.  They see visions, dreams, angels.  The Lord works closely with them.  Think of Adam in the garden, God would walk along side and explain things.  True friendship where there is two way communication.  Working together where the spirit is leading and guiding as you work.  Trust.  Basically, all things that are so far above our typical walk.

Point #2 – We can do this.

Growing up, this was just another one of those scriptures that was one of “those” people in the Bible that were special.  We couldn’t expect to be treated like this, could we?   Of course we could.
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality. – Acts 10:34
We have to stop thinking that we can’t do things that God has shown can be done.  If Enoch could do this, why couldn’t we.  One thing he had going for him was that when he was born, Adam was still alive.  Imagine hearing the stories of Adam walking in the Garden with God.  However, we have Christ, and the Spirit.  I can’t imagine how he could find such a walk without Jesus revealed.  He must have found that revelation, and reached forward to it.  It’s like David, who had a heart after God but without Jesus was still walking under a harder covenant.

Point #3 – He was just a man

Think about it, he wasn’t even like many of the figures in the Bible.  He had, what, 10 scriptures written total with him mentioned?  I like to think that he wasn’t even a big “pivotal” figure in the Bible, as it wasn’t planned for him to lead Israel, walk with Jesus, etc, and yet he found a way.  He wasn’t a big prophet or apostle, and yet, how many people can say they walked so close to God, that God just took them home.  Enoch, Elijah, maybe Moses.  Were there more?  I can tell you yes, though I can’t give you proofs.  This still happens.  People who are so close to God that He just brings them up as they don’t need to die.  Those who overcome death itself.  That’s the plan for the end-time army, but Enoch got ahead.  I think he just drew some close to God in a relationship that he was there for that very purpose.

Point #4 – Normal family man

Notice, he didn’t walk with God until his first child was born.  After than, he had more sons and daughters.  That means he did this as a husband and father.  He took care of his family but still walked with God.  That says he’s not much different than me.  He wasn’t like Paul who said it’s better to not be married and focused on God, he found the way in that.  I personally find that encouraging.

 

How do we do this?  I hope to find more exciting things as we keep looking at Enoch to help encourage me but also to explain to me how Enoch was able to.  Relationship should be our goal, not results.

Be an Enoch not a Noah

Sadhu talked about walking with God ( I think it was this message  ) and contrasted Enoch and Noah as two where the Bible says they “walked with God”.  Noah was righteous/blameless.  The impression I got is that he walked righteousless, without sin ( not fully without, but just lived really well ).  I’m reminded of the verse, “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”.  Book of Enoch even spoke of Noah as this special child.  Enoch it just says walked closely with the Lord.  Sadhu said much more, and I’m blending together things I’ve heard.  Part of it is from Rick Joyner’s book The Path, where he met Enoch or Elijah, I think another part was actually a webinar with Paul Keith Davis related to this.  At one point he spoke with Elijah asking about Enoch, and he was told that Enoch was just so full of love, that’s what made him so special.

Ok, back to the store.  What I’ve found is when I sin, I try to cut myself off because I feel unworthy.  I’ll hold God at a distance until I feel I’ve proved myself and then move back.  Strangely, sometimes after a sin ( and of course this is what started this whole thing ), it’s like God feels even closer.  After I’ve repented of course.  So this last time we have this sort of conversation(in my head where I’m unsure exactly what parts are my soul, my spirit, or His spirit ) about this.  How can I reconcile that we have a relationship of Holiness with God, and this thought that when I sin, I shouldn’t feel like God pushes me away.  In fact, I should stay close.  The prophet the other day was reminded me that my relationship with God was built around who I am ( his child ) and less about what I’ve done.  Don’t let that stop me from working with Him.  So we’re going back and forth and I’m trying to reconcile, and what I hear is “Be an Enoch and not a Noah”.

Let me preface, this was for me.  This doesn’t mean it’s for everyone, but it has concepts that I believe apply or I wouldn’t put it up here.  What this meant to me, is to build that relationship with God, and mainly to love Him, and let that be my basis for walking closely to God.  It’s who I’m with, not how well I do.  Yes, I often fall into sin, but I shouldn’t let that push me down.  Say I’m sorry, and then step right back close with the Lord.  Of course, this is hard for me to think is ok.  And I find myself at that funny place where I pretty much tell God “this doesn’t fit with my theology”. I made this comment making the point like Kenneth Hagin did in his book, that his theology wasn’t God’s.  The answer was “maybe your theology needs to be changed”.  This is a grace in God.  We know this, but we don’t always walk in it.

Now if you start sinning and decide it’s ok and you’re not repentant, that’s a different story.  I think that will start cutting your off quickly; however,  if you don’t understand or you’re trying and have trouble, God works with that.  David was a man after God’s heart but did a couple big sins.  Because of that relationship, God sort of overlooked it.  Don’t get me wrong, David got to reap what he sowed, but he could have been punished much more, but God honored their relationship, and even blessed him in the end.

So, be an enoch. Be a person who loves God so much that you just try to walk with god, have that relationship and take that presence with you always.  When you sin, say you’re sorry and repent, but don’t let it stop that closeness.  In fact, marvel in the grace that God still draws you near.  That’s worth more than anything else.

I feel as I try to get closer to God, that I can’t make myself holy, I just can’t.  But if I build that relationship and draw close to Him, He loves it.  He loves when you’re hungry for Him, when you want to be with Him and talk and spend time.  When you build that up, it’s like favor from God.  Think about a close friend or your spouse, you just do things for them.  They don’t need to earn it, they deserve it for being your friend/spouse.  Become a lover of God, make him your beloved(Song of Solomon), and He’ll just do stuff for you.  I think He’ll just show up one day and go “hmm, it’s time to be free of this”, and remove that desire or show you the way and just wipe it out.  Because He wants you to be better.  Not because you half to, or the law says, and that’s where we get off.  We try to do it ourselves.  Instead, just love God more.  That will lead to holiness.