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Who was the man that went to heaven without dying?

Hello Donnie,

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The Bible speaks of two men that were translated to heaven without dying- Enoch and Elijah.

Enoch was translated that he should not see death” (Hebrews 11:5), and “God took him” (Genesis 5:24),

The translation of Enoch was designed by God, not only to reward the piety of a godly man, but to demonstrate the certainty of God’s promised deliverance from sin and death. The memory of this remarkable event has survived in Jewish tradition (Ecclesiastics 44:16), in the Christian record (Hebbrews 11:5; Jude 14), and even in heathen fables. The Jewish Book of Jubilee says that he was carried into heaven, where he wrote down the judgment of all men. Arabic legends have made him the inventor of writing and arithmetic.

About Elijah, the Bible says, “Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11). The “chariots of God” were evidently the angels (Psalm 68:17). The angels are God’s messengers, “sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14). Heavenly messengers and divine agencies are represented in different forms to human sight and in prophetic vision.

Elijah was a type of the living saints in the last days who will be translated without seeing death. At the transfiguration, where Peter, John, and James were given a preview of the second coming of Christ in His power and glory (Luke 9:28–32), Elijah appeared as a representative of the saints who will be translated when Jesus comes, and Moses as a representative of the righteous who die and will be raised from their graves to accompany their Savior to heaven.

In His service,

The ProofDirectory Team

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