Pre Tribulation Rapture Types in Genesis

2.  Enoch

Not much is said about Enoch in Scripture, but he has an interesting story, he was "taken", it does not say he died.  There is "The book of Enoch" which is very interesting reading, but it is not considered inspired.  Enoch lived 365 years, which is interesting as there are 365 days in a year...

Gen 5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
Gen 5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Gen 5:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
Gen 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Hebrews 11:5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Enoch's testimony of the Second Coming
Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
 And when Enoch's son Methuselah died, then the flood came, in the same year.
Genesis 5:27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
Genesis 5:25  And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech.
Genesis 5:28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
Genesis 5:29 And he called his name Noah
Methuselah lived to the age of 969 years old.  When he was 187, Lamech was born and he lived another 182 years 'til Noah was born.
187 + 182 = 369.  So, Noah was born when Methuselah was 369.
The Flood came when Noah was 600.  600+369 is 969, which is how old Methusalah was when he died, so scripture confirms  that Methusalah died when the flood came...
Gen 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
So after Methuselah died at age 969, that was the same year the flood came.

Enoch walked with God, and Enoch could symbolize the Father.
Methuselah, the son of Enoch, could typify the Son of God?

Do both Enoch and Methuselah teach about the rapture?

Jesus was taken up to God in Acts 1, the first to be born in an incorruptable body to immortality. Methuselah did not have immortality, and was not raptured as Enoch, but Methuselah did live longer than any man in the bible.  Methuselah's death just before the flood could symbolize the pretribulation rapture.   Enoch, was taken, which is like the rapture.  Can we accept this if we realize that Jesus symbolized both the Father and the Son?

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Thus, Methuselah's death right before the flood, (through the type of his father Enoch's rapture, through the type of Jesus's rapture who symbolized both the Father and the Son) is a type of the rapture right before the tribulation.

Of course, we can simplify, and just look at Enoch, and say Enoch is a type of "rapture" prior to the tribulation of the flood.  But through Methuselah, and Jesus, I believe we have a more clear understanding, that the rapture happens right before the tribulation, the same year.



3.  Noah entering the ark.

Scriptures in Matthew 24, Luke 17, and 2 Peter 2, indicate that the story of Noah teaches about the return of Jesus:

Matt 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matt 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Matt 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Luke 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Those who deny the pretribulation rapture call attention to the fact that Noah "went through" the tribulation of the Flood.  Also, they point out that as the wicked were destroyed in the flood, so too will the wicked be taken away at the end of the tribulation.  I don't disagree with either point; that Noah survived the time of trouble, and that the wicked will be destoryed at the end of the tribulation.  But those are NOT the only comparisons to be made.

The Bible emphasizes that the people are acting as if LIFE IS PERFECTLY NORMAL, "they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day" (Matt 24:28), that the world is taking NO NOTE of the COMING judgment.

But the great tribulation to come IS a time of judgment, and DURING that judgment, life will NOT be normal.  Half the world will be killed as first a quarter of the people on the earth die, and then a remaining third die.  Men will be tormented for five months with pain from the plague of the mark of the beast.  Men will try to kill themselves, and not be able.  There will be supernatural beings such as the antichrist and the two witnesses who both have the power to command fire to come down from heaven.  This is NOT a description of life as normal.

Further, Peter speaks of deliverance; that God will "deliver the godly out of temptations" (2 Peter 2:9), and this is a statement about how Noah's experience is a comparison to how the pretribulation rapture will deliver the righteous before the tribulation.

What WAS Noah's experience?  Was it like those saints of the tribulation who will face martyrdom and persecution?  NO!  Was Noah being persecuted by the wicked during the time of judgment?  NO!  Did Noah have to endure the tribulations of the judgment and swim hard or hold his breath underwater in the SAME ENVIRONMENT as the wicked?  NO!

What WAS Noah's experience?  As we will see, Noah went into the ark, the place where God was, and God shut the door behind him, and Noah floated above the waters which brought the judgment that came upon the world.  Likewise, the pretribulation rapture will take believers up into heaven, through the "open door", to be in the place where Jesus Christ is, above the earth where the judgment will come upon the world.

Here are a few specific details of how Noah's example teaches about the pretribulation rapture.


God calls Noah into the ark, and 7 days later, the flood comes.  So, Noah is a type of the rapture before the 7 year tribulation, at the end of which all of God's enemies are destroyed at Armageddon, like in the flood.

Genesis 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Genesis 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
Genesis 7:5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

I understand verse 4 & 5 to mean that Noah obeyed, and went in when the Lord told him to.

Controversy arrives when people forget that Noah was the type to obey god, and they assume the "selfsame" day in verse 13 refers to the same day the rain fell.  The only way you can assume that Noah went into the ark late, is if you assume that Noah did not obey the Lord for a period of seven days.  Do you think it is realistic that Noah, after spending 120 years to build an ark, would disobey a direct command from God for a period of 7 full days right before the world was destroyed, in direct contrast to the scripture in verse 5?

I think that the "selfsame day" in verse 13 refers to the action phrase at the end of verse 16, "as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in".

Genesis 7:13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
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Genesis 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
Note, back up in Gen 7:1, we saw that God calls to Noah from inside the ark, to come in, which is similar to "Come up hither" in Rev.  And the door is also a strong symbol of the rapture.
Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

The parallel gets even stronger when we realize Noah's ark is a type of heaven.

Noah's ark is like the ark of the covenant, in that God's presence is in both.  Remember, God told Noah to "come into" the ark, indicating that God was in the ark.  (Genesis 7:1)   God's presence was also in the ark of the covenant:

Exodus 25:22  And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
Even the construction ratios are the same: 3 to 5.  Noahs' ark is 30 to 50, The ark of the covenant is 1.5 to 2.5 cubits.
Gen 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
Gen 6:15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

Exodus 25:10  And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

The ark of the covenant is a symbol of heavenly things.
Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
Thus, the ark that Noah went into, like the ark of the covenant, is also a symbol of heaven, like that heavenly bridal chamber of the wedding.  And Noah, entering the ark seven days before the flood, to be in the place where God was, and God shutting the door behind him, is a symbol of the pre tribulation rapture.

Remember, the seven days symbolize seven years, a day for a year.  A day is for a year when considering a length of time of a judgment as shown from a type; see Moses and Ezekiel.

Num 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

Ezek 4:6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.


Here is an interesting verse, if we consider that waters represent people from Rev 17:15.

Gen 8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth:

Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

As the first day of the first month of the calandar year, it supports the Feast of Trumpets rapture, as the Feast of Trumpets takes place on the first day of the 7th religious month, which is the first calandar month of the new year.
Num 29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.
Thus, if the waters represent people, and the waters "were dried up from off the earth" on a certain day, then that indicates the rapture on "the Feast of Trumpets".

Further, Christians carry the waters of the Holy Spirit.  At the rapture, the waters being dried up from off the earth is like the "removal of the restrainer" in 2 Thess 2.



Noah mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament:
Hebrews 11:7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

1 Peter 3:20  Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

The verses in Matthew 24 & Luke 17 also contain some verses about who is "taken" and who is "left"; and there is also a parable about "where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together".  These verses also teach about the pretribulation rapture.  See my commentary on Matt 24.

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