The Jewish Apostle Peter explains that people praised God that a man above 40 had been healed. Enoch was the first man who was “taken by God”. But first he had to walk with God for 300 years.
After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
To be above 40 and a believer of Jesus was quit an age. Because in the first days of Christianity, the faithful were martyred like their Master by a violent and wicked generation.
Adam had to live on Earth for 930 years. After being banished from the Garden of Eden, this life was surely full of misery and pain. Since the Earth was full of violence and wickedness, Adams life must have been like a horror show. We do not know the final judgement of Adam. The Bible is silent on this topic.
Outside of Noah`s family, we can read about a man who was going to be saved by God of the Bible in his present time. That was Enoch. But Enoch had to walk with God for 300 years, before God took him away.
In the New testament area, God had already shortened mans life on earth to 120 years. For our own good, I presume. That non of us is able to cross that age limit, is a brilliant proof of the correctness and divinity of the Bible. God is faithful to the written Word. Many men might speak a lot of strange things, and claim they have got some revelations from God most High.
But the perfect written Jewish scriptures found in the Bible is the truth. It will never be proven wrong.
Since men should no longer walk on Earth more than 120 years, the Jewish Apostles did not have to suffer long on this fallen and wicked Planet Earth. If the purpose of our faith is a long, healthy and prosperous life on Earth, Jesus Him self could have died and resurrected at the age of 90. Jesus did not. He died in his early 30-ties. And only three years into His Ministry on Earth.
John the Baptist is another example. The cousin of Jesus was beheaded when the Messiah walked on Earth. We do not know the exact age of the apostle Steven, the day he was stoned to death. But I guess He was a young man, who was stoned to death before the even crossed 30 years of age.
Should we than long for, and desire, an early departure from our flesh?
Absolutely not. We are in the service of Jesus the Messiah, and He decides our entry point and the time of our departure. We serve Him with peace in our Heart and gladness on Earth, as we will continue to serve Him with gladness in the Kingdom of Heaven. We will walk with Him on Earth as long as it takes.
But to very frank. If I could chose today, I will say as Paul:
Philippians 1: 23-24.
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
A typical sign of an unsaved «Christian», is that He is scared of dying. Because He has not understood that He is saved, and are not sure where he is going. And as Paul explained.
«For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain».
Many false Christians teach that the purpose of our faith is a long life in the flesh. They are ruled by many fleshy desires, and have been deceived by the Prince of this World.
The purpose of our faith is the salvation of our soul, and eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
First published 29th of September 2009.
Written by Ivar