ENOCH AND ELIJAH


   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.

   Genesis 5:24: And Enoch walked with God; and he was not; for God took him.

   How did we ever interpret these two scriptures to mean Enoch went to heaven?  It says he was not found; that God took him.  Ask yourself, “where did God take him?

   The word “translate” in several bible dictionaries means to put or place in another place: to transport, to transfer.  It does not mean to make one immortal.  We can make a good case that God took him out of a very dangerous situation so that he did not die at that time, translating him to another location, even as Philip’s experience in the New Testament, when the eunuch could see him no more (could not be found).

   “Translated” is used by the King James version in Hebrews 11:5 for the original Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced meta-tith-ay-mee, which literally means “removed” or “taken away”. The Revised Standard version (which is based on the American Standard version) uses “taken”, which some say provides a clearer picture of what was actually written in the original words of the Scriptures.  Enoch was “taken away” so that he “was not found” and “would not see death”.  It had to mean, at that time, as we shall prove.  Yes, God took him out of the place he was in, but took him to another place, just like Elijah.  Compare the stories. They are similar.  To deny that Enoch died like all others, is to deny the plain teaching of scripture.  Do you believe that any man, not yet cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ could ever enter the unseen heaven?

   But again, we do not have to speculate, as when we compare scripture with scripture, we find the word of God has given us the final picture of Enoch’s death.

   CONCLUSION: Enoch, along with other men of faith, died.  Read on!

   Hebrews, 11: 1-13: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made from things which do appear.  By faith, Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it, he being dead, yet speaketh. 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.  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  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 which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.  By faith, Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  By faith, he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with
Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also, Sara herself received strength to conceive seed and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.  Therefore, sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the seashore innumerable.  THESE ALL DIED IN FAITH, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were
strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

   Yes, Enoch died, and he did not receive the promise of heaven. 

   Hebrew 11:16a – tells us that “they (Enoch and the others listed) desired a better country, that is, the HEAVENLY”. 


   Did Elijah die like all humans?  What does the bible say happened to him?  His apparent disappearance does not mean he went to heaven!  Or does it?

   2nd Kings 2:16-18: (The sons of the prophets speaking) And they said unto him (Elisha).  Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master (Elijah) lest peradventure the spirit of the Lord hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley.  And he said, Ye shall not send.  And when they urged him till he was ashamed (embarrassed) he said, Send.  They sent therefore fifty men and they sought three days, but found him not. and when they came again to him (Elisha) (for he tarried at Jericho), he said unto them, did I not say unto you.  Go not?

   After some persuasion, Elisha supports the idea to look for Elijah (although he does not believe they will find him as he is aware that God did not want him found.  After all, Elisha was a prophet; well aware of what God had done).

   They obviously did not search far enough, as we shall prove.

  When Elisha became the prophet, a man named Jehoram began to reign in Israel.  He reigned 12 years.  At that time, Jehoshaphat was in the 18th year of his reign in Judah.  He reigned 24 years.  So, Jehoram, King of Israel, reigned 6 of the 12 years while Jehoshaphat was in office.  When Jehoshaphat died, another man began to reign in Judah. His name was also Jehoram. He reigned 8 years.  During the reign of these two kings with the same name, Elijah sent a letter to the King of Judah’s Jehoram during his 6th year in office.  Both terms of these 2 Jehorams, ran consecutively for the first 6 years of Jehoram’s reign in Judah and the last 6 years of the other Jehoram’s reign in Israel.  This proves Elijah was still alive in the earth, as the beginning of the reign of the King of Israel’s Jehoram, marked the removal of Elijah. 

Draw a graph!  Do the math!

                                                            Here is a copy of Elijah’s letter

   2nd Chronicles 21:12: And there came a writing to him (king of Judah) from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah, But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a-whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself: Behold, with a great plague will the Lord smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods: And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

   This letter proves that he (Elijah) was alive and still somewhere on planet earth.  Others, in scripture, have been translated from one place to another while yet in their body: To mention another under the old covenant: Ezekiel, and another under the new covenant: Phillip.

   The spirit of Elijah that now rested upon Elisha when Elijah was caught up in the whirlwind, simply refers to the spirit of prophecy.  Elisha received Elijah’s mantle, (actually, a double portion), proving again, that it was not Elijah’s spirit, but the office he held.

 2nd Kings 2:11: And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

   People generally think the unseen heaven is the only heaven, so they reason that this is where Elijah went.  But scripture tells us there is more than one heaven.  The seen heaven of sky, stars and heights are all referred to as heaven.

   Hebrew words in the bible for heaven or heavens:

   Shamayim: A plural form meaning “heights” or “elevations” “region above the earth” “sky” “the invisible realm of God” “air”

   Morom: Equivalent to Shamayim: “high places: or “heights”

   Mayin: “the heavens (of this world)”  “the phrase heaven and earth combine into one, meaning the universe” “the totality of all that exists”

   Shahak: “sky” “firmament” Plural meaning: “clouds”

   Rakia: “firmamentum in the Vulgate, where we find “firmament” or “solid expanse”

   There is such a serious injustice done to the body of Christ when people put pen to paper or words to mouth concerning the scriptures when they think there is only one heaven, off somewhere in the distance beyond the sky.  We need to examine carefully, pet doctrines!


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