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Enoch — His Elevation and Vision of The Coming Christ

   The canonical Scriptures contain but scant information about Enoch. In a few brief passages we learn that he was of the line of Cain, the son of Jared, and the father of Methuselah. His name signifies one. who is disciplined and dedicated, and his translation to heaven without passing through the gates of death indicates that he had attained consciousness of immortality while still functioning in an earthly body. "By faith," writes Paul, "Enoch was translated," and "before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." In the words of the Genesis account, "Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him."

   When Enoch had lived "sixty and five years he begat Methuselah, the wise;" and thereafter, it is stated, "Enoch walked with God." The age of Enoch at this time is significant since it holds the numerological key to his attainment. Sixty-five contains the powers of the master number eleven. The Masons hold this to be the most important of all numbers because, according to their teachings, anyone possessing two units (11) within, may come into possession of all things. It means the attainment of equilibrium between the two poles of spirit, after which wisdom is begotten and a union with the divine self realized. Such an one becomes, like Enoch, a seer and a prophet announcing the coming of the Cosmic Christ to the world, and the birth of His consciousness in individuals.

   Enoch's prophecy appears in the apochryphal Book bearing his name. In it he refers to the Christ as the Messenger who descended "through all the heavens" down to Earth to "free it from the fetters of darkness." Enoch, the seventh from Adam, beheld in the seventh heaven the glory of that coming event. In the account of his elevation to that exalted realm where past, present and future are one, the patriarchal seer described successive steps of ascending consciousness that culminate in Initiation and union with God. Enoch's ascent through the seven spheres which took him to the throne of God is a variation of the initiatory work recorded in the Seven Days of Creation, at the end of which God rests; also, as revealed in the Seven Visions of John, the last of which closes on "a new heaven and a new earth."

   The following excerpt from the Book of Enoch describes the prophet's ascent through the heavenly spheres under the guidance of an Angel until, reaching the seventh and highest, he beholds the coming to Earth of the greatest of all divine Messengers, the Christ, the fulfillment of His mission, and His reascent into the presence of the Great Glory.

 — Corinne Heline

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