Enoch: The Oldest Man That Ever Lived

GENESIS 5: 21-24
And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters;
And all the days of Enoch were Three hundred sixty and five years;
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
[Dake A.R. Bible].

[v22: And Enoch walked with God]: Heb. ‘halak’, to walk up and down, be conversant. Cp. Ex. 2:5; 14:29; Lev. 26:30; Josh. 5:6; 1 Sam. 8:3; 12:2.

Enoch and Noah were the only antediluvians ‘who walked with God’ [5:22; 6:9].
Abel, Enoch and Noah are the only ones referred to in the Bible as being godly during this age [4:4, 5:22; 7:1; Lk.17:26-27; 1Pet.3:20; 2Pet.2:4-5; Heb.11:1-7; Jude 14].
This ‘walk’ with God might have been as literal as with Adam [2:19; 3:8].

[v22: And Enoch walked with God After he begat Methuselah 300 years]: Why not before Methuselah was born? Could it be that something happened at this time that would have turned him to God. It is clear that at this time he did receive a revelation from God, for he named his son ‘Methuselah’, which means “when he is dead it [the deluge] shall come.” He also foretold the 2nd Coming of Christ to destroy the ungodly [Jude 14].

[v23: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years]: That is, all his days on earth at that time. Besides living 365 years on earth, he has now lived about 5,310 years in heaven, making around 5,675 years he has lived without death.
He will return as one of the two witnessed of Rev. 11 to complete his earthly life and die [Rev.11:7], as is appointed unto all men [Heb.9:27].
It is said of each of the others in this chapter that “he died” [v5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 27, 31], but not of Enoch “he was not, for God took him” [v24].

[v24: and he was not, for God took him]: That is, translated him without dying as in the case of Elijah [2 Kings 2; Heb.11:5].
His is one of the briefest and most outstanding biographies – one sentence revealing the history of 365 years, 300 of which were believing, humble, holy walking with God.

[v27: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty and nine years: and he died]: The longest earthly life on record.
His father still lives in heaven and will again live on earth and die as one of the two witnesses [Rev.11:3-11].
Enoch, therefore, and not Methuselah is the oldest man that ever lived.

All men would have lived forever if man had not sinned. All will live forever physically in the new earth and carry out God’s original program [Rev. 21-22, notes].
– Dake Annotated Reference Bible: page 5, notes.


  1. Kevin says

    Hi, I actually came across your site while researching Genesis 23, .. a link one your site that read “Enoch: The oldest man…” caught my eye. I actually hold the Methuselah, oldest man view for other reasons however, when you put it as Enoch, the oldest who ever lived, lived implies that his life came to an end. However, to put it another way, stating that Enoch is the oldest living person creates another set of contingent arguments as well. Hey, once again, its just my view… not attempting to make or break doctrine over it… I love Bible discussion and by His grace make moment by moment choices to put it into practice (I’m a work in progress).
    In Christ’s Love,

  2. Geoffrey says

    Dear Kevin,
    Nothing you read in the scripture is by

    Accident Every name Date and type is ordained

    by God. Enoch,s hebrew name is Anochi

    meaning I AM this is one of the many

    cross over names between Hebrew and Egyptian ,

    The reason why Enoch has to be the 7nth from

    Adam is because 7 means perfe or complete

    in this way enoch represents the perfect

    pattern for how to relate to our Father God

    also means zion or heaven now.

    While humanity is bogged down in time god is

    not bound by or obsessed with time .

    Enoch 365 years are godsway of saying look I can take him to me any time I chose but only if his is willing and abel

    as you look trhu the scvripture you will see

    a charactor reappearing as a scribe of God

    who is wearing a garment of white linen

    symbolic of righteousness . espesialu in
    Ezekiel 9/4 who carries an ink well and
    sometimes a measuring rod.

    the hebrew people believe this is the angel
    Metatron who is literaly the born again
    Enoch The word Metatron means meta
    ( to Measure) and tron devise / machine

    In ezekiel 9/4 he marks the belivers with a

    sign of their foreheads. Which is also

    mentioned in Revelation.

    the hebrew word used hereis tav which

    prior to our lords crucifiction was the

    sign of the cross the jewish rabbis changed

    it to look like a door . how ironic

    if you or others wish to know more about the

    truth in scripture it would be my honour and

    obligation to expoud what the spirit has

    shown me in his grace and wisdom over the

    last 7 years Brother Geoffrey
    . i

    l 9 / 4

  3. Campbell says

    The last para.-‘All men would have lived forever if man had not sinned’. By reference to Genesis It appears that Adam was free to partake of the tree of life, being forbidden to eat only of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If he had partaken of teh tree of life, then the consequences seem that he would have lived for ever Gen. 3;22. Therefore the reason for his failure to live forever was not because he sinned; rather, it was because he did not eat of the tree of life-either before or after he sinned.
    Further; it was the tree of life which was in the midst of the garden (Gen. 2;9) According to Eve (Gen. 3;3) it was the tree in the midst of the garden which was not to be eaten from. A further question is raised i.e.- from where did Eve get her information about what to eat and what not to eat? She was not around when God instructed Adam. It could only have been either Adam or God who informed her. If it was Adam then did he tell her the truth?
    Incidentally they were surely to die in the day in which they ate of the tree. They did not however die in that day. It could be said that the serpent was right enough. However I find it interesting that no one quite made it to 1000 years. This reminds me of a day being as a thousand years to the Lord.

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