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Cain's wanderings, whereas the true Enoch is taken from the earth and its ungodliness.
Methusael and Methuselah both name their sons Lamech! Lamech's sons in the line of
Cain are concerned in a further attempt to cover with a veneer the earth that is cursed,
whereas the true Lamech names his son Noah, looking away to the rest that God alone
The first words of the Lord's answer to the disciples' question concerning the sign of
His coming were:--
"Take heed that no man deceived you, for many shall come in My name, saying, I am
the Christ; and shall deceive many" (Matt. 24: 4, 5).
Peter gives this warning in II Pet. 2:; so also does Jude whose citation of Enoch's
prophecy we are studying. He says:--
"There are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this
condemnation, ungodly men . . . . . woe unto them, they have gone in the way of Cain
. . . . . Enoch prophesied of these . . . . ."
Scripture has given us warning that the teaching concerning the coming of the Lord
will not escape corruption.
"Ten thousands of His saints."--These words are quoted by Moses in the blessing of
"The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; He shined forth from
Mount Paran, and He came with ten thousands of His saints: from His right hand went a
fiery law for them" (Deut. 33: 2).
There can be no doubt as to the meaning of the word "saints" here. The law of Sinai
we know from various Scriptures was mediated by angels (Acts 7: 53; Gal. 3: 9;
Heb. 2: 2).
"The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is
among them as in Sinai" (Psa. 68: 17).
"A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him; thousand thousands
ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him"
(Dan. 7: 10).
"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels"
(Matt. 16: 27; 25: 31).
"The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels"
(II Thess. 1: 7).
These quotations are sufficient to prove that the "saints" or "holy ones" of Enoch's
prophecy are "angels" and not the redeemed. This also is the meaning of Zech. 14: 5:
"And the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with Thee", and of Joel 3: 11:
"Thither cause Thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord"; also of I Thess. 3: 13: "The
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints."