Where are Enoch and Elijah?
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Question: Are Enoch and Elijah in Heaven or some other place? On the other hand, did they die like all men?
Answer: Enoch and Elijah, and their apparent disappearance to heaven mystify many Bible readers. Some believe they are evidence proving those who die righteously will go to heaven. So, what does the Bible REALLY say happened to these two men?
Only two places in the Bible discuss Enoch by name, Genesis 5:24 and Hebrews 11:5. Concerning the reference in Genesis, various Bible translations state that he walked with God and that he took him (KJV, NKJV, NIV, HCSB, and NRSV). The NAB says he "was no longer here." The NLB, Moffet, and TEV translations state the he "disappeared." For the reference in Hebrews 11:5 several translations state that because of his faith he was taken and 'did not see death' because the Eternal took him away.
In these references, you will not find a SINGLE mention of heaven or that God miraculously whisked Enoch away to receive his eternal reward ahead of everyone else. The Greek word in Hebrews 11 from which the phrase "was taken" is derived (the King James Bible uses the word "translated") is Strong's Concordance Number #G3346. This word in the Greek means to transport or transfer a person.
The gospel of John tells us, in no uncertain terms, that not a SINGLE person has gone to heaven except the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) who came from heaven (John 3:13). The apostle Peter reiterates this point in Acts 2:29 and 34 when, preaching to a large crowd of people on the day of Pentecost, he proclaimed that King David was not only dead (and his body was still in its tomb) but that he had NOT gone to heaven! The only one resurrected, again according to Peter, was Christ!
What happened, however, to the prophet? We find out answer in 2Kings 2.
Elijah and Elisha set out from Gilgal . . . then suddenly a chariot of fire pulled by horses of fire came between them, and Elijah was taken up to heaven by a whirlwind. (verses 1, 11)