My recent work on the recently published Book of Enoch Study Edition has brought into sharp focus for me, the full impact of the great apostasy.
The Book of Enoch has a special message for “those who will … keep the Torah in the last days.” (1Enoch 108:1). I hope to arrange a forum soon in which I plan to layout Enoch’s last days message. Today I want to discuss only a small part of it.
The Book of Enoch warns us:
5 For I know that violence must increase on the earth, and a great chastisement be executed on the earth, and all unrighteousness comes to an end: Yes, it shall be cut off from its roots, and its whole structure be destroyed.
6 And unrighteousness shall again be consummated on the earth, and all the deeds of unrighteousness and of violence and transgression shall prevail in a twofold degree.
7 And when sin and unrighteous-ness and blasphemy and violence in all kinds of deeds increase, and apostasy and transgression and uncleanness increase, a great chastisement shall come from heaven upon all these, and the Set-apart YHWH will come forth with wrath and chastisement to execute judgment on earth.
Woe to them who pervert the words of uprightness, and transgress the eternal Torah, and trans-form themselves into what they were not into sinners: They shall be trodden under foot upon the earth.
And now I know this mystery, that sinners will alter and pervert the words of righteousness in many ways, and will speak wicked words, and lie, and practice great deceits, and write books concerning their words.
Likewise Yeshua said:
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
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 Noah entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
For years I have taught about this great apostasy. I was prepared for the false doctrines. I was prepared for the proliferation of abortion and the acceptance of so-called “gay marriage.” What I was not prepared for was one other aspect in which these last days are like the days of Noah. We read in the Book of Jasher:
5 And also all the men who followed after YHWH died in those days, before they saw the evil which YHWH declared to do upon all the earth.
6 And after the lapse of many years, in the four hundred and eightieth year of the life of Noach, when all those men, who followed after YHWH had died away from among the sons of men, and only Metushelach was then left, YHWH said unto Noach and Metushelach, saying,
7 Speak you, and proclaim to the sons of men, saying, Thus says YHWH, return from your evil ways and forsake your works, and YHWH will repent of the evil that he declared to do to you, so that it shall not come to pass.
22 In that time, YHWH said to Noach and Metushelach, Stand forth and proclaim to all the sons of men all the words that I spoke to you in those days, peradventure they may turn the sons of man from their evil ways, and I will then repent of the evil and will not bring it.
23 And Noach and Metushelach stood forth, and said in the ears of the sons of man, all which YHWH had declared to them.
24 But the sons of men would not hearken, neither would they incline their ears to all their declarations.
(Jasher 5:5-7, 22-24)
I was totally unprepared to see a more righteous generation pass away and to find myself in a world with fewer and fewer righteous individuals on earth.
I started teaching this message of restoration, calling people to Torah, calling people out of Babylon, back in the 1980’s. I went into the ministry full time in the 1990’s. We had a major impact at the time. Many people came to a knowledge of Torah truth. Many people came to Messiah. And many people came out of Babylon to be grafted into the cultivated olive tree and to be fed by the root. Our free Davar Bible School free classes and other brought many to a knowledge of truth. Between 1999 and 2004 we hosted conferences in which people from all over the world came together.
In retrospect I now realize that many of those people were part of what we, for good reason, call “the greatest generation”. They are quickly passing from the earth. In fact the majority of them are now gone. Like Noach, I have been watching a more righteous generation pass from the earth, and a generation that cares very little about spiritual things replacing them.
I have been in full time ministry now, teaching this message of restoration for twenty one years (and part time for ten years before that). And support for this ministry has dwindled to a bare minimum in recent years.
I am sure Noach felt like he has a failed ministry at times, watching a righteous generation pass away and a new generation with little interest in his message arise in their place.
A darkness has truly descended over this planet.
But this generation, like Noah’s, has a choice. And many will be saved. Enoch also says:
10 And the righteous shall arise from their sleep, and wisdom shall arise and be given unto them.
11 And they shall have rooted out the foundations of violence and the structure of falsehood in it, to execute judgment.
I have become convinced that we must get back to the basics and reach out to the lost souls of this dark world. We must retool our free “Davar Bible School” classes and get them back up online. We want to continue to provide meat for mature believers, but we must also get back to teaching “milk” and evangelizing this dark world with the truths of Torah and Messiah.
In the last days there will be a “remnant” who accept the Messiah and keep the Torah (Rev. 12:17). All of us who are part of the Assembly of Elohim can help in this last days call!
The world is in darkness, and we need to exert ourselves to reaching the lost souls in it with the message of Torah and Messiah.
You be that new righteous generation that arises from their sleep and helps root out the structure of falsehood.
In times of national emergency we tend to see people pull together and do whatever is needed to overcome the crisis, how much more so is our responsibility to bring the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of Torah and Messiah to a lost world. As the remnant we should take our responsibility seriously in going even beyond the call of duty in helping to get the truth of Torah and Messiah to the world. I strongly believe at the WNAE we are doing our part.
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