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Was Elijah and Enoch not taken to heaven as it seems both did not die physically?

There are many things mentioned in the Bible that we are not told about. The above question is no exception. The life of Jesus from about two to twelve and then on to about 30 years old we have no divine record.

However, we can make some scriptural deductions about Elijah and Enoch from where they did not go. Since they were both caught up we have no record of them from there on. That they are not physically immortalized is clear, because 1 Corinthians 15:23 says, But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. He is the only man with an immortal body in glory now. Again we read, Hebrews 12:23, that in heaven there are only the “spirits of just men made perfect.” In 1 Timothy 6:16, Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. This is speaking about Christ, who is present there now.

It appears that God had some future purpose in taking them up, just like He did in burying Moses’ body. Moses and Elijah appears with Christ in a preview of the kingdom to come in Matthew 17. Two witnesses appeared in Jerusalem in Revelation 11 and had some of the characteristics of Moses Elijah and maybe Enoch.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Romans 11:33-34. He is the same God that has made a way to save sinners and yet be just in doing so. This He has revealed to us, but what happen the Elijah and Enoch we are not told.

Are you sure you know His plan of salvation, and have you entered in to it? Repent and believe the gospel Mark 1:15.

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