WHAT ENOCH SAYS ABOUT INTERCESSION
Why did God tell Enoch so much about the future? Certainly God does things for manifold reasons; and, of course, Enoch was told so he would pass down the prophecy for his own times, but especially for the last days. However, why was Enoch the one so chosen?
My premise is that Enoch was chosen because God knew that Enoch was an intercessor. God told Abraham about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah because God knew Abraham would intercede for the righteous in those cities. God told Moses about his plan to destroy Israel, because he knew Moses would intercede for them. Similarly, God told Enoch about the destruction of the flood, and the destruction of the last days because he knew Enoch would intercede.
"Enoch walked with God." We knew God was revealing much to Enoch in that walk, but what was Enoch doing? Did he simply listen? No, he interceded.
What is intercession? Intercession is arguing with God; it is pleading on behalf of another, that God's mercy would replace the deserved wrath of God.
Intercession is the "watch and pray" of the Bible.
"Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving."
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."
"Watch" means to be aware of what's happening, and where mercy is needed.
"Pray" is what we can and should do about those situations. Some people want to "watch and gloat," or "watch and gossip," or "watch and feel sorry"- but God searches for someone who will "watch and pray." To this group he will reveal much, for he knows they will pray, and this is what He desires us to do. Many want to know what is happening, but only criticize and gossip or brag on their knowledge. God wants us to watch and pray.
Prayer is asking.
"Ask, and it shall be given you."
"For anyone that asks, receives."
"Ask, and ye shall receive."
"Ye have not, because ye ask not."
"If ye ask anything in my name, I will do it."
Therefore, we should expect when we pray. Many people like to "window shop." They look and look and never buy. This is how many people pray, they ask and ask, but never expect to receive. One who prays should expect to receive. It is God himself who told us to ask. He desires people to ask, so that he may answer. Why would God tell us to ask so often if he didn't want to answer?
Too many think prayer is just an exercise to make us feel better. But the Bible says that God is, "Thou that hearest prayer." (Psalms 65:2)
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that God is "a rewarder of those that diligently seek him."
For many, prayer is like the electric horse at the market. A child puts a quarter in it, sits on it, and rises up and down, but never goes anywhere.
To the saint of God, prayer is asking a prayer-hearing God who wants to answer.
The prodigal son's brother could have had the robe, the ring, and the feast anytime, if he had asked the father. But he worked and worked, then complained because his brother returned and was blessed. But all that he had wanted was his for just asking. He had missed his opportunities.
Prayer is the most powerful form of energy. It can do what electricity cannot. It can do what an atomic bomb cannot.
Intercession is the "effectual fervent prayer" of James 5:16:
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
Man has been given a spirit that longs for continuous fellowship with God. God created man to fellowship with him. Prayer and intercession, along with worship and praise, are the methods we now have to fulfill our inner need and God's plan for man.
When a person can pray a deep agonizing prayer for others who have failed God, that person becomes more like God. For God "is not willing that any shall perish." God wants to show mercy, but he needs someone to ask.
"And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I shall not destroy it, but I found none."
What is an intercessor?
Someone who knows the dreadfulness of the judgement of God on sin-
Someone who has a deep love for mankind-
Someone who knows God wants to show mercy, not judgement-
Someone willing to stand in the gaps of broken hedges-
Someone who is sensitive to the Spirit, and thus allows burdens for others to be placed on him-
Someone who will not cease to pray until the burden lifts-
Someone who glorifies in the answer to prayer, but doesn't need or want the credit of being an intercessor.
Enoch was an intercessor.
"The visions were so horrible that I prayed earnestly to the Lord about them."
These are the words of Enoch's grandfather, who obviously had a lot to do with developing Enoch into the intercessor of God that he became.
"So I arose, prayed, and wrote down my prayer forgenerations to read."
Then in Enoch 84:1-6, the intercessory prayer of Enoch is recorded. He began with praise and worship to God building up his faith in the power of God, and the caring nature of God. (vss. 1-3). Then Enoch presented his request for mercy on the righteous ones. Note vs. 5: "I intercede for You to leave some men on earth."
Because of Stephen's intercessory prayer as he was being stoned, God dealt with Saul on the road to Damascus. Because of Moses' intercessory prayer, God allowed Israel to have the promised land after the doubting, complaining, fearful generation died. So here we see Enoch praying for a remnant to be spared. Because God had found someone to ask for that, God spared Noah and his family from the flood. God needs an intercessor to allow Him to do what He wants to do anyhow.
As God said in Ezekiel 22:30-31:
"I sought for a man among them....but I found none....therefore, I have poured out mine indignation."
God doesn't want to judge, but if no intercessor is found, He must judge sin.
God found in Enoch a person who willingly interceded. Enoch had a loving heart. He wept, he felt, he cared.
"Then I wept bitterly until I could not stop or endure it. My tears flowed because of what I had been shown. I had seen the events to come."
Don't be ashamed of tears. It is a lie of the devil that tears are not manly....or show a lack of faith. God loves the tears of His saints. We are encouraged to weep before Him.
Intercessory prayer develops love. That's why God tells us to pray for those who persecute us. We grow in love for them.
In the vision of man's total history, Enoch sees the prophets of the last days weep.
"The sheep were silent, but the rams wept."
The 'sheep' are God's people. The "rams" are the prophets of God. Too many of God's people are silent. No intercession or concern for a dying, about-to-be-judged world. But those who draw nearer to God become His prophets and weep and cry out to God for mercy.
In heaven, we will continue to be intercessors. Our years here on earth are to prepare us for heaven, and one thing we need desperately to develop is a ministry of intercession. Look at what Enoch says of the saints in heaven in the last days.
"The holy ones who then dwell in heaven will unite with one voice and intercede, pray, praise, give thanks, and worship the Lord of Spirits."
"I saw them dwelling with the angels. They were interceding and praying for the sons of men;"
We will not cease to pray at death, or at the rapture. We will pray and intercede in heaven. The Book of Revelation tells us we will become "a kingdom of priests." Priests are intercessors between man and God.
The angels in heaven are also intercessors.
"The third (angel) interceded for those yet on the earth."
Sometimes, our intercession seems to not reach God. Yet, it does, but God finally will respond as Enoch learned
"I began to intercede in behalf of the sheep. He heard my prayer but did not help the sheep. Finally, He called 70 shepherds and."
Finally, God began to answer the prayer Enoch had prayed for some time. The thought naturally comes - during delays to answered prayers - "Why doesn't God answer?" Yet God will answer in His time. Sometimes God has told man, "Don't intercede." God plans to judge, no matter what! Yet when a person intercedes with God, God finds a way to answer, at least in part.
For example, Abraham interceded to have Sodom and Gomorrah spared. God wouldn't spare the cities, but did allow Lot and his family to be spared. Moses interceded for the nation of Israel, God did allow the children to possess the promised land, though most of those with Moses had to die in the wilderness. Even when God must judge, the intercession of a person of God will have an
Enoch even interceded for the fallen angels. God wouldn't spare them, but did answer them through Enoch, and then through and angel. Also God, through mercy, probably because of Enoch's intercession, allowed them to spend 70 generations in the prison of the abyss before their final judgment when they shall be put into the lake of fire. This time in the abyss shows a little mercy upon them. God could have just sent them to hell.
God so wants to answer prayer, that He finds a way to answer the prayers of His own.
Too many have come to view prayer as just a spiritual exercise to get through daily, and they expect few if any results. But prayer is a force, it is a direct-line to an Almighty God who wants to be sought. He can, and does respond to every prayer. The day will come when God will answer and explain His answer to your every prayer.
"On the day of judgment, God will answer the prayer of the righteous. He will hear what sinners have done to the righteous. You sinners, will blush in shame, and your excuses will not avail. Those prayers of the righteous will be answered against you, no matter where you have fled."