WAS THE PROPHET TAKEN TO HEAVEN?
Some people assume that Genesis 5:24 and Hebrews 11:5 declare that took Elohim Enoch to heaven. Is this true?
Genesis 5:24 24 And Enoch walked with : and he was not; for God took him.
Hebrews 11:5 5 By belief, Ḥanoḵ was translated so as not to see death, “and was not found because Elohim had translated him.
None of these verses tell us how or where Yahweh took him; they only tell us that He was taken. Did Yahweh Elohim take Hanok to heaven? Off course not, because himself said
Yohanan 3:13 13 And no one has gone up into the heaven except He who came down from the heaven – the Son of Aḏam.
Further ahead, Hebrews 11 lists the men and women who were loyal in Scripture (among them Hanok) and concludes that
Hebrews 11 39 And having obtained witness through the belief, all these did not receive the promise
It is obvious then, that Enoch did not go up to heaven nor did he receive the promised eternal life.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH HANOK?
Genesis tells us that in the end Hanok died
Bereshith 5:23-24 23 So all the days of Ḥanoḵ were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Ḥanoḵ walked with Elohim. Then he was no more, for Elohim took him.
He lived 365 years and no more; he is not alive still and walking with Elohim. The expression <all the days> is used in the same chapter referring to, at least, eight people more and all of them, of course, died.
Hebrew 11:5 says the Enoch <was translated so as not to see death> the same word is used referring to the remains of the Patriarch Jacob and his sons, which were transferred from Egypt to the land of Canaan, where they were finally buried.
Acts 7:15-16 15 And Yaʽaqoḇ went down to , and died, he and our fathers,16 and they were brought over to Sheḵem and laid in the tomb that Aḇraham bought for a price of silver from the sons of Ḥamor, the father of Sheḵem.
The Scriptures simply do not tell us all the details of what happened to Hanok. However, they do tell us that Elijah was translated in a similar manner and that later he died.
Yahweh Elohim told Moses to go up to Mount Nebo to die there and seemingly, he was alone
Deuteronomy 32:48-50 48 And spoke to Mosheh that same day, saying, 49 “Go up this mountain of the Aḇarim, Mount Neḇo, which is in the land of Mo’aḇ, which is opposite Yeriḥo, and look at the land of Kenaʽan, which I give to the children of Yisra’ĕl as a possession, 50 and die on the mountain which you ascend, and be gathered to your people, as Aharon your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people,
Later on, Elohim buried his body in an unknown place, probably to avoid it from becoming idolised.
Something similar could have happened with Hanok.
THE CASE OF ELIYAHU (ELIJAH)
Did the Prophet (Nabi) Eliyahu go to heaven?
This is a biblical event that is sometimes quoted to support the belief that the just go to heaven after death (a belief rooted in Christianity) and according to them, this occurred to the Prophet (Nabi) Eliyahu, a prophet of Yahweh Elohim that lived in the ninth century BCE. The Tanach (Old Covenant) says:
Melakim Bet (2Kings) 2:11
11 And it came to be, as they continued on and spoke, that see, a chariot of fire with horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Ěliyahu went up by a whirlwind into the heavens.
Does this contradict the statement that Yahshua made some 900 years after?
Yohanan (John) 3:13
13 And no one has gone up into the heaven except He who came down from the heaven – the Son of Aḏam.
How can we explain this apparent Scriptural discrepancy? A careful analysis shows us that both passages can be easily reconciled (They are contradictory only in Christian versions of the Scriptures that have been mistranslated since the beginning).
A thorough study shows us that there are three “heavens” that are mentioned in Scripture. One is the place where Yahweh Elohim resides, the place of His throne, the resurrected Yahshua Ha Mashiach is also there. Speaking of Mashiach, who is our High Priest, the Brit HaDasha (New Covenant) tells us:
Ib’rim (Hebrews) 8:1
1 Now the summary of what we are saying is: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Greatness in the heavens,
The abode of Yahweh Elohim is called heaven specifically:
Debarim (Numbers) 26:15
15 Sons of Gaḏ according to their clans: of Tsephon, the clan of the Tsephonites; of Ḥaggi, the clan of the Ḥaggites; of Shuni, the clan of the Shunites;
Another heaven named in Scripture is what we call sidereal space where the sun, moon, planets, comets, asteroids and stars are. Prince David spoke of this when he was meditating on the impressive creation of Yahweh Elohim with these words:
Tehillim (Psalms) 8:3
3 For I see Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have established.
The “stars of heaven” are mentioned in many verses [Bereshith (Genesis) 26:4; Debarim (Numbers) 1:10; 28:62; Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 13:10]
In addition, there is another heaven, which is the atmosphere that surrounds our planets formed by oxygen and other gases. This heaven is mentioned in verses like Bereshith (Genesis) 7:11-12 describing the universal flood in the days of Noach (Noah):
Bereshith (Genesis) 7:11-12
11 In the six hundredth year of Noaḥ’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of the heavens were opened.
12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.
Scripture also talks about “the fowls of heaven” which fly above our heads
Iyob (Job) 35:11
11 teaching us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 16:4
4 They shall die of deaths from diseases, they shall not be lamented nor be buried, but be like dung on the face of the earth, and be consumed by sword and by scarcity of food. And their corpses shall be meat for the birds of the heavens and for the beasts of the earth.
To know which of the heavens that Scripture is referring to in the verse we are studying it is necessary to study the context in detail. It was to the lower part of the third heaven, the atmosphere of the earth, where Eliyahu was translated. Let us look at proof of this.
Yahweh Elohim had previously told Eliyahu that he had to anoint a prophet called Elisha as his successor
Melakim Aleph 19:16
Later on Eliyahu said to Elisha
Melakim Bet 2:9 (pv)
Then they spoke about the gifts of Elohim that Elisha would need to fulfil Eliyahu’s role.
Eliyahu was now gone. His followers and students now knew that Elisha was their new leader.
Verse 15 pv
Many Tanach readers assume that at this point Eliyahu became immortal and taken to heaven, to the place where Yahweh Elohim resides. However, it was not so. The sons of the prophets (Nevi’im) knew that the whirlwind had simply translated him to another place on earth. They said to Elisha:
Verse 16 pv
The disciples (talmidim) were concerned about Eliyahu’s security, so they sent a group of 50 men to look for him. They looked for him for three days but they could not find him:
Another verse proves in a convincing manner that Eliyahu did not go to heaven. Scripture tells us that a few years after the whirlwind took him, Eliyahu wrote a letter to Yehoram King of Yahudah. Let us see what happened as it is registered in Scripture. Eliyahu’s last act, which we know the date of, happened during the reign of Ahazyah, king o Yisra’ĕl, when Eliyahu told him he was going to die for his sins (Melakim Bet 1:3, 17). The reign of Ahazyah lasted only one year (around 850 BCE). Eliyahu’s translation and replacement are registered in the next chapter of Melakim Bet. History narrates the events in Elisha’s life; among them is an encounter with Yehoshaphat, king of Yahudah (Melakim Bet 3:11-14). A few years later (around 845 BCE), Yehoram, son of Yehoshaphat, succeeded his father as king of Yahudah (Melakim Bet 8:16).
Yehoram was a perverse king and led the nation of Yahudah to rebel against the commandments (mitzvah) of Yahweh Elohim. A few years into the reign of Yehoram and years after his disappearance, Eliyahu wrote a letter to Yehoram to warn him against the grave consequences of his sins.
Dibre ha Yamin Bet 21:12-15 pv
This letter proves that the prophet (navi) Eliyahu was still alive on earth a few years after he was translated by the whirlwind and replaced by Elisha. Yahweh Elohim had chosen Elisha to succeed Eliyahu and to be His prophet (navi); He did it by transferring Eliyahu to another place and sfter allowed him to continue living a few years more, as the letter to Yehoram proves
After Eliyahu wrote this letter, Scripture does not mention anything regarding him again. However , he obviously had to die as we read in
Ib’ rim 9:27 pv
Eliyahu, the same as other prophets (nevi’im, just men and women of the emunah , died in the faith () without receiving eternal life in the Kingdom of Elohim (Ib’rim 11:39)
As we can see in these verses, a detailed study of the Scriptures allows us to understand that Eliyahu’s miraculous ascent in a whirlwind relates to his transfer to another geographical place and not with eternal life in heaven.
We should not give in to the evil inclination of “taking a text out of context£ to create A RELIGIOUS IDEA OR BELIEF. We should examine scrutinise thoroughly to know the whole truth of the matter
Baruch ata Yahweh, Baruch ata Yahshua Ha Mashiach
(Blessed be Yahweh, Blessed be Yahshua the Messiah)