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?
Let us begin with Enoch. There are only two Scriptural passages mentioning him by name. The first one is in the book of Genesis, chapter 5 and verse 24. Various Bible translations state that he walked with God and that he was taken (KJV, NKJV, NIV, HCSB, NRSV). The NAB says he "was no longer here." The NLB, Moffet and TEV translations state the he "disappeared."
The second Bible verse that mentions Enoch by name is found in Hebrews 11 and verse 5. Most translations state that because of his faith he was taken and 'did not see death' because God had taken him away.
The most significant aspect of ALL of the above Biblical references is that NONE of them says Enoch went to heaven! The word rendered as "was taken" (or as "translated" in the KJV Bible) comes from the Greek word metatithëmi (Strong's Concordance Number #G3346). It means to transfer, transport, exchange, change sides, carry over, change, or remove.
The gospel of John tells us, in no uncertain terms, that NO ONE 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! This is absolute proof that Enoch is not in heaven.