|ENOCH, MOSES AND ELIJAH||
ENOCH, MOSES AND ELIJAH
is often claimed that Enoch and Elijah both went into heaven and into the
presence of God.
The Bible teaches that NO ONE ascended into heaven during the Old Testament
Jesus spoke this during His ministry, and at that time, NO ONE from the Old
The Bible also teaches that no one has received a resurrection body except
The saints who were “raised” at Matthew 27:52-53, did not receive a
is claimed that Enoch ascended into heaven according to Genesis 5:22-24 and
Enoch had a special fellowship with God that resulted in a non-typical “death”
The NASB renders Hebrews 11:5 as,
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.
The translation, “taken UP” is inaccurate. The verb is metatithemi, and
indicates a change of PLACE.
The NKJV translation renders it more accurately.
By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
And the NIV as well:
“By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”
Both translations preserve the meaning of the verb as,
The record at Genesis 5:24 does not indicate anything to the contrary.
was removed from the presence and sight of other humans so that “he was not,”
The phrase at Hebrews, “did not see death” refers to the EXPERIENCE of death
The fact remains that he did not ascend into THE heaven,
What agrees with all of Scripture is that this soul was removed from his body
and placed in Paradise
Another person who received a special, private burial by God,
fact, since God’s plan called for a special future assignment for Moses (one
of the two witnesses of Revelation 11), in a RE-ANIMATED human body (not
resurrection), there was a huge angelic dispute between Michael the Arch-angel
and Satan. The only reason Mike could win this dispute was by
both these cases, there souls went into paradise, known also as Abraham’s
See Topic: DEATH: Physical
is also claimed that Elijah was taken into heaven based on 2 Kings 2:11-12.
But once again, according to John 3:13, this is quite impossible.
What the Hebrew says is “into the heavens,” which simply means that he went up
into the sky
And like Moses, God has a plan to use Elijah in the future as one of the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
See Topic: The Two Witnesses
For related information see Topic: The Saints in Heaven
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