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"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world"
Revelation 12:9

Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie

2Thessalonians 2:10-11

For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Romans 11:32







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Just as the days of Noah...


But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 24:37-39


Are Homosexuals born that way? ....... Interracial Marriage




America Israel, And Great Britain In Prophecy


The Mark Of The Beast


The True Church


The Secret Rapture


The Dreadful Day Of The Lord



Answer To An Atheist


For The Evolutionist


Can a Christian Believe in Evolution?


Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


Does God Exist?


7 Proofs God Exists


The Bible Superstition Or Authority


Seven Keys To Understanding The Bible


How To Study The Bible


How To Understand The Bible


How Do We Know We Have The Complete Bible


Answers To Questions About Genesis


Why There Seems To Be A Gap In The Bible


How The Bible Counts A Generation


The Bible Verses The Dead Sea Scrolls


Should We Use The Old Testament


The Hidden Knowledge


How Religion Deceives You


A World Held Captive


The Ark And Noah


Weeks Of Daniel


The Exile In Stone





The Bible Story For Children


Volume I


Volume II


Volume III


Volume IV


Volume V


Volume VI



Genealogy And The Bible Family Tree


God As King


Who Really Discovered America


Oldest Known 10 Commandments Were Found In America


USA And Britain's Common Wealth In Prophecy


Tea Tephi


Britain's Coronation Chair And Jacob's Pillow Stone


Jacob's Pillar Stone


The Two Witnesses


Russia In Prophecy


The Middle East In Prophecy


Who Are The Arabs


Seeing The world Throgh Islamic Eyes


The Race Question


The Origin Of The Races


Military Service And War


Why Does God Allow Wars


The Sure Way To End The Fear Of Nuclear War


What Is Armageddon?


There Is A Way To Escape


Understanding The Way To Peace


World Peace How It Will Come


The key To Human Survival


Petra The Safe Place


Is There Life After Death


World Peace And How It Will Come



The Mark Of The Beast


Mark Of God's People


The Key to Revelations


The Book Of Revelations Unveiled At Last


Christian Symbols, The Fish, Cross, And Crucifix


The Pagan Cross


The Cross


The Council Of Laodicea



Why The Church


Fundamental Doctrines


How And Why We Know We Have The Truth


The Abomination That Maketh Desolate


God's Temple Excepts The Mark Of The Beast


Joseph Tkach Sales God's Church


WCOG Changes Name


WCOG vs. Philadelphia COG Court Records


God's Church Is The Temple


The True Church


The History Of The Church


Where Is The Original True Church


Beginning History Of The Worldwide Church Of God


The Real History Of The True Church


Foundation, History, Authority, And Doctrine Of The Worldwide Church Of God


Philadelphia Era Of The Church


Just What Is The Church


God's Church Does Not Compromise


Worldly Churches Are Social Clubs


The Tongues Question


Tongues- Is The Pentecost Experience Being Repeated Today



Does God Exist


7 Proofs God Exist


What About God Revealed Knowledge


Why God Is Not Real To Most People


Is God Fair


How To Put God First


God Was King


God's Divorce


Is Jesus God


Should We Pray To God Or Only To Christ


70 Weeks Of Daniel


Was Jesus Really Dead


Why Christ Died


If You Lived At Time Of Christ Would You Have Believed Him


The Mystery Of MELCHIZEDEK Solved


What Is Man


How God Planned To Reproduce Himself


What Led To The Creation Of Man


What Is The Soul


Why You Are Alive


The Incredible Human Potential At Last Revealed


Why Humans Were Put On Earth


The only real value of a human life


Bridging The Gap Between Human Mind And The Ultimate Spirit Composed Sons Of God


What Science Can't Discover About The Human Mind


Human nature - Did God create it?


Human Nature And How A Whole World Is Deceived About It's Origin


Why Were You Born


You Were Born To Be King


The Great Purpose Of Your Life


Man To Rule The Universe


Your Children - FUTURE GODS


If You Were God How Would You Look At The World Today


God's Invisible Agents


Where Is Enoch And Elijah


Lazarus And The Rich Man


Can Men Actually Communicate With Departed Spirits?


Life After Death


Is There life After Death


Did God Create A Devil


Is There A Hell



God's Holy Days Or Pagan Holy Days


List Of Holy Days


How Often Should You Partake Of The Lord's Supper


Should The Lord's Supper Be On The 14th Or 15th


How To Observe The Passover In Your Own Home


The Resurrection Was Not On Sunday


Does Easter Really Commemorate The Resurrection


Easter


What Is The Purpose Of The Resurrection?


The Plain Truth About Easter


The Pentecost


How To Figure The Pentecost


The Sabbath A Perpetual Covenant


Which Day Is The Sabbath Of The New Testament?


Why Do You Observe Sunday


Neglecting The Sabbath


Christmas


Should You Celebrate Birthdays


Halloween


New Years Eve


Valentines Day



Is Tithing In Force Under The New Testament


Should Christians Tithe


Should You Pay Tithes


The Man Who Couldn't Afford To Tithe


Did You Ever Know Why Money Is The Root Of All Evil


Does God Hate The Rich



Has Time Been Lost


God's 19 Year Cycle


Calendar With Holy Days


God's Calendar


What is a Prophetic Year



The World's Oldest Surviving Inscription Of The Ten Commandments Found In America



Job, Joseph And His Brothers (Israel's Sons) Built The Great Pyramid



The Truth About The Free Masons



There Is Nothing New Under The Sun


The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. Ecclesiastes 1:9-11



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God's Great Sex Law


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Are Homosexuals Born That Way


Interracial Marriages


Why Marriage


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The Family Breakdown


Child Rearing


The family - God's Plan For Mankind


Conspiracy Against The Family


The Surprising Origin Of Modern Education



Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


Does God Heal


The Plain Truth About Healing


What is Faith


What kind Of Faith Is Required Of Salvation


Are We Back On Track When We Lost Faith


How To Receive Answers To Your Prayers


Have Christians Lost Their Power?


The Plain Truth About Fasting


The Importance Of Fasting


Is all Animal Flesh Good Food


What Fish And Fowl Are Good For Food


The Key To Radiant Health


10 Simple Rules That Lead To Health


Why Man Must Suffer



Christ's Gospel Was Suppressed - Not Heard From First Century Until Now!


The Startling Revelation Of What Was Christ's Gospel


What Is The True Gospel?


The Gospel Jesus Taught


The Gospel Is Education


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All About Baptism


Baptism By Fire


What Do You Mean Born Again


Are The Ten Commandments Necessary


Were The Ten Commandments Nailed To The Cross


Were The Ten Commandments In Force Before Moses


The Ten Commandments


What Is Salvation


What Is The Reward Of The Saved


What Do You Mean Reward For Your Works


Just What Do You Mean Conversion


What Is True Spirituality


Conversion Sudden Experience Or Life Long Process


False Conversion


A Letter From Armstrong To The Newly Converted


What Is A Liberal


Is It Wrong To Be A Cultured Individual


The Old And New Covenant


Let God Fight Your Battles


The Law, The Catholics, And You


Do Christians Sin


Education For Life


Keep Your Eyes On The Goal


How FAR May I Safely Go, In Doing What I Want But Know I Ought NOT?


Christianity Is A Growth Process


Are You Being Tested


How You Can Overcome


How To Prevent Sin


What Is The Worst Sin


How You Could Commit The Unpardonable Sin


What Do You Mean The Unpardonable Sin


Ending Your Financial Worries


The Blessings Of Abundant Living


How To Live Life Abundantly


The Way Of Life That Causes Success


The Seven Laws Of Success


Should You Try To Change Others


Should You Listen To Others


We Must All Speak The Same


The True Meaning Of Predestination


Is Your Ultimate Fate Decided For You In Advance


What Is Friendship


What Is Emotional Maturity



The Incredible Human Potential


Christ's Gospel Was Suppressed - Not Heard From First Century Until Now!


The Startling Revelation Of What Was Christ's Gospel


The Incredible Human Potential At Last Revealed


Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


What Led To The Creation Of Man


How God Planned To Reproduce Himself


Bridging The Gap Between Human Mind And The Ultimate Spirit Composed Sons Of God


Why Today's World Evils


Why The Church


Just What Do You Mean Conversion


Human Nature And How A Whole World Is Deceived About It's Origin


Is There Life After Death


World Peace And How It Will Come



Jesus Is Coming Soon...Too Good To Be True


What Is The Kingdom Of God


What Will You Be Doing In The Next Life


Looking Into The World Tomorrow


Where Will The Millennium Be Spent


TheWonderful World Of Tomorrow



Mystery Of The Ages


The Seven Mysteries


How The 7 Mysteries Were Revealed


Who And What Is God


Mystery Of Angels And Evil Spirits


The Mystery Of Man


Mystery Of Civilization


Mystery Of Israel


The Church


The Kingdom Of God



Software


Theophilos


ESword



Herbert W. Armstrong


Armstrong's Calling


Armstrong's Conversion


How Christ Educated His Apostle


This Is The Life


How I've Been Providentially Protected From Harm And Death


No! I Was Never A Jehovah's Witness Or Seventh Day Adventist


The Little Book


The 19 Year Time Cycle


The Need To Make The Truth Plain


Must God's Ministers Be Ordained By The Hands Of Man?


You Won't Believe It Armstrong's Final Sermon


End Time Elijah


Armstrong's Autobiography



Josephus Antiquities Of The Jews


Josephus War Of The Jews


Josephus Against Apion


Josephus Hades


Josephus Autobiography








Enoch was translated that he should not see
death. Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. Yet the Bible reveals they are not in heaven today! Where are they? Here's the astounding truth


Where are Enoch and Elijah?


WHERE IS ENOCH?


Enoch was translated. Where did he go? Was he immediately taken to heaven? No! Because Jesus Himself said: 'Wo manhath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man (John 3:13). Here are Jesus' own words that noman, except Himself, had ascended into heaven!


And how did He know? Why, He came from there! Then where is Enoch? Let's see what the Bible says.




Enoch Walked With God


At the age of 65 Enoch had a son named Methuselah. And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and he begat sons and daughters (Gen. 5:22).


Here was a man that pleased God, a man that walked with God.


Enoch had to have faith, for in Hebrews 11:6 the apostle said, But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. So Enoch walked with God. He obeyed God, and followed Him in His paths by faith. No one can walk with God unless he is in agreement with the will of God and doing it. Amos the prophet said: Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3.) So in his generation Enoch was the only recorded person who followed the ways of God;even though it took him sixty-five years to learn to walk with God!


But how long did Enoch walk with God? The scripture says that he walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years. So Enoch followed God's ways for three hundred years. Notice that Moses did not record that Enoch is still walking with God. The scripture says that Enoch walked with God for three hundred years and not one year more! Then Enoch is not still walking with God! Why?


Because all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years (Gen. 5:23). Allthe days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Not just part of his days, but all his days! If Enoch did not die;if he were changed to immortality;and thus continued to walk with God, then his days would have been more than three hundred and sixty-five years. But the Bible plainly says that all his days were just that many, and no more!


This expression all his days is used in the same fifth chapter of Genesis about a dozen times and always it means that the person lived for that length of time only and he died. So Enoch lived no more than three hundred and sixty-five years because allthe days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. As he lived only for this length of time then he must have died!


But what about his translation? Does that mean he didn't die?


That's what some people carelessly assume without proof.




What Really Happened at Enoch's Translation


Remember, Moses didn't write that Enoch did not die. Rather Moses wrote that Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him (Gen. 5:24). Paul records the same event by saying that he was not found, because God had translated him (Heb. 11:5).


Thus the scripture records that Enoch was not found
because God tookhim, or translated him. The Bible does not say that Enoch went to heaven when he was translated. Instead it says he was not found.




Certainly Enoch was translated, but what does the word translate mean?



The original Greek word for translate is metatithemi.According to Arndt-Gingrich's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament,1969 edition, the primary meaning is to convey to another place ... transfer (p. 514).


This same Greek word is rendered carried over in Acts 7:16. Here we read that after Jacob died his body was carried over;transported, translated;to Sychem where he was buried! That's what your Bible says! Jacob was transported or translated to the place of burial!


That is why Moses said that God took Enoch. God removed;translated;him so that he was not found. God took Enoch and buried him!


In Deuteronomy 34:6 we read also how God took Moses from the people after which he died and was buried by God. But no man knoweth his sepulchre unto this day. God removed Moses;God translated him;and he was not found either!


So Enoch was not made immortal after all! He was taken away and was not found. All his days were three hundred and sixty-five! That's as long as Enoch lived.


Notice another proof that translate does not mean to make immortal. It is found in Colossians 1:13: the Father hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translatedus into the kingdom of his dear Son. Here the Bible says that Christians are already translated;but Chris­tians still die! We are not immortal bodies, but mortal flesh and blood. Although we were once part of the darkness of this world, now we are translated, removed from darkness into the light of the Kingdom of God.



Didn't Receive the Promise


Enoch is included by Paul (in Hebrews 11) among the fathers who obtained a good report through faith; but these all,having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise(Heb. 11:39). What promise? The hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began (Titus 1:2).


So Enoch therefore is one of these all who have not yet obtained the promise of eternal life and inheritance. Enoch and all the worthies of old will receive the promise of eternal life at the return of Christ, the same time Christians obtain it (Heb. 11:40). That is yet future!


Since Enoch has not yet inherited eternal life he must be dead! This is exactly what Paul writes in Hebrews 11:13. Paul says Enoch died! Notice it. These alldied in faith, not having received the promises. Who were these all?


Paul tells us: Abel, Enoch, Noah, and the patriarchs and their wives. Hebrews 11:1-12 lists those who had faith and Enoch is included among them. Then in verse 13 Paul proved that they had not inherited the promises by saying: These all[including Enoch] diedin faith.

But what about Paul's saying that Enoch should not see death?



Which Death Did Enoch Escape?



Enoch lived only three hundred sixty-five years. Then what could Paul possibly have meant by saying: By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found because God had translated him? This verse nowhere says that Enoch did not die. Rather, it says that Enoch shouldnot see death. But what does it mean?


Remember, there is more than one death mentioned in the Bible. There is a first death, and there is a second death (Rev. 20:6). Which death did Paul mean?


The first death is appointed unto men (Heb. 9:27). That death cannot be humanly evaded. It is inevitable. That death Enoch died, as we have already proved.


But Paul was not writing about that death. The phrase should not see is in the conditional tense of the verb, having reference to a future event. It is not in the past tense, that he did not see death;but that he should not see death. So this death that Enoch escaped by being translated is one that he can escape in the future on certain conditions!


Did Jesus ever speak of a death that might be escaped?


He certainly did! In John 8:51 Jesus said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death;shall never see;that is, suffer;the second death! And again in John 11:26, Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die;or shall not die forever.


This death is one that can be escaped on condition that men keep the saying of Jesus and believe Him. This death is not the first death, because Christians who keep Jesus' sayings die this first death. Then the death which Enoch should escape must be the seconddeath which will never touch those who are in the first resurrection (Rev. 20:6). And Enoch will be in the first resurrection because he met the conditions!


Enoch had faith. He believed God and walked with God, obeying Him. In keeping the sayings of God, Enoch kept the sayings of Jesus too; because Jesus did not speak of Himself, but spoke what the Father commanded Him (John 14:10).


Thus Enoch met the conditions so that he should not see death. The second death shall never touch Enoch, because of his faith and obedience.




Two Translations


Now we can understand Hebrews 11:5: By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.


This verse plainly mentions twotranslations.


Examining this verse fact by fact, we notice that Enoch had faith and was translated. This translation;removal, transference;was on condition of faith. Now what translation mentioned in the Bible is on condition of faith? Why, the one we read about in Colossians 1:13. The Father hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.


This is a figurative translation;a figurative removal or transference from the spiritual darkness of this world to the light of the family or Kingdom of God and Christ. In verse 10 Paul shows that to abide in this Kingdom we must walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing. This is exactly what Enoch did. He walked with God, and pleased God




Is David in Heaven


If heaven be the reward of the saved, where the righteous go immediately at death, we should certainly expect David, of all people, to be in heaven. God called David, king of Israel, a man after mine own heart (Acts 13:22). Further, in Acts 7:46 we are told that David found favour before God. Yet the Apostle Peter, in the first sermon of the New Testament Church, was inspired to say: Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried,and his sepulchre is with us unto this day (Acts 2:29).


Peter then added: For David is not ascended into the heavens (verse 34).


Plainly, David is dead and buried, in his grave, and notin heaven! God's Word says so!


In Hebrews 11:32, David is included among those
who died in faith. Now turn to verse 39 of this same chapter: And these all[and that includes David], having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they [including David and all the worthies of old] without us should not be made perfect.


David's resurrectionis spoken of in Jeremiah 30:9: But they [Israel] shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up. Notice the time setting of this event is yet future. Ezekiel adds, ... And my servant David shall betheir prince for ever(Ezek. 37:25). This is the time ; still to occur ; when David will receive eternalinheritance in God's Kingdom.


Furthermore, David could not possibly be in heaven. Jesus said, over 1000 years after David had died, No manhath ascended up to heaven ... (John 3:13). Jesus had been in heaven. He knew!


David himself knew and described what happens to man at death. He wrote: His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish (Psalm 146:4). There is no knowledge or consciousness in the grave (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10). The dead, Scripture says, await a resurrection (I Thess. 4:15-17; I Cor. 15:50-52; Dan. 12:2).


How plain! David is dead and buried, awaiting the resurrection with all of God's saints. At that time he will receive the promises. To find out what these promises are (you'll be surprised to find they do not include heaven at all!), be sure to read What Is the Reward of the Saved?


Then Enoch, the same as Christians, was delivered from the power of sin and darkness in which he had been living for sixty-five years. He was removed (translated) from the ways of the world and lived three hundred years according to God's ways so that he might inherit eternal life at Christ's return, and should not suffer the second death.


By faith Enoch was separated;removed or translated; from the world, the same as Christians who are not to be a part of the world, although living in the world.


Not only was Enoch figuratively taken from the society of his day, but he was also literally removed;translated;so that he was not found.


God took him
physically away from the people, just as He later took Moses. And God buried each so well that neither has ever been found since!


A Premature Death


We have already read that all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years (Gen. 5:23). Now look at the entire fifth chapter of Genesis. The shortest lifespan described, aside from Enoch's, is the seven hundred and seventy-seven years lifetime of Lamech. The longest is Methuselah's nine hundred and sixty-nine. But Enoch lived only three hundred and sixty-five. Why?


Clearly Enoch died a premature death! He did not complete his normal life cycle. He was cut off, as it were, in the midst of his days.


But what happened? Does the Bible give us any clue?




Lamech's Boast



Lamech, a descendant of Cain (not the same person listed in the genealogy of Genesis 5), boasted to his two wives: I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold (Gen. 4:23-24). The man was Cain. Hence Lamech's reference to the fact that God would take vengeance on anyone who dared to murder Cain. But who was the young man?


Enoch at age three hundred and sixty-five would certainly be considered a young man by his generation.




THE LONGEVITY OF THE PATRIARCHS PRIOR TO THE FLOOD



Adam


930


Seth


912


Enos


905


Cainan


910


Mahalaleel


895


Jared


962


Enoch


365


Methuselah


969


Lamech


777


Noah


950




Why were all the days of Enoch only 365 years?



Enoch walked with God. Furthermore, he prophesiedof the coming of Christ to execute judgment and to convict the ungodly (Jude 14-15). He was in effect a preacher of righteousness (compare II Peter 2:5).


But God's message has never been popular. As a servant of God, Enoch undoubtedly convicted and enraged many by his message. His life was in danger. Finally that ungodly generation tolerated Enoch's preaching no longer. By comparing Lamech's saying with the age of Enoch at his death, we may deduce from Scripture that Lamech (by himself or with a mob) stilled Enoch's voice by murder.


Don't think this strange or unusual. Hebrew tradition reveals that Noah, the great grandson of Enoch, had to flee for his life in order to carry out the Work of God.


But Noah was very uneasy at what they [the pre-Flood world] did; and being displeased at their conduct, persuaded [urged] them to change their dispositions and their acts for the better: but seeing they did not yield to him, but were slaves to their wicked pleasures, he was afraid they would kill him, together with his wife and children, and those they had married; so he departed out of the land (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews,book I, chapter 3, section 1, Whiston translation).


God allowed Enoch to be martyred. But He would not permit his body to be desecrated or publicly displayed. God physically removed his body, very likely in the sight of his murderers;before they could defile it. Otherwise how would anyone have known that God had taken him?




A Sign from God


God gave this sign of physical removal as a type for all those who should later follow Enoch's example of faith. He was taken physically from the people just as Christians are to be spirituallyremoved from the ways of this world. The physical translation or carrying away of Enoch was also a sign from God that his faith had been accepted;God often gives signs (Isaiah 38:7)


The question may arise, why did God allow His righteous servant Enoch to die? The Bible contains;if you have eyes to see;a chronicle or obituary of the death of the prophets and apostles of God throughout history. Many of the greatest men of the Bible were martyred.


God is concerned with one's physical welfare. But He is more concerned with one's spiritual state and one's eternal life. Enoch had to be willing to die for the truth he preached.


Like every true saint, Enoch is awaiting the hope of the resurrection and the return of Jesus Christ, the Messiah (Jude 14, 15).




DID ELIJAH GO TO HEAVEN?



You have been told that Elijah went to heaven. Yet over 875 years after Elijah was taken up by a whirlwind Jesus Himself said: 'No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man (John 3:13).


Is this a Bible contradiction? Did Elijah really ascend to the heaven where God's throne is;even though Jesus said he didn't?


If Elijah is not in heaven today, then where did Elijah go.'
Which Heaven?


There are three heavens mentioned in the Bible, not just one! And if, as Jesus said, no man, which included Elijah, had ever ascended to the heaven where He came from, then the heaven into which Elijah was taken was a different heaven!


Which one was it?


The third heaven is the heaven of God's throne, where Jesus is today. Jesus, being the High Priest of God, is the only one who has the right to be in that heaven with the Father.


Notice why! Hebrews 8:1-5 explains that the original earthly tabernacle under the Old Covenant, with its most holy place, or compartment, was the type of the throne of God in heaven. Only the high priest;type of Christ as High Priest now;was allowed to enter!


The second heaven represents the expanse of this great
universe;the space where we find the sun, moon, stars, comets and planets. How often do we find the Psalmist admiring the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon, and the stars, which thou hast ordained (Psalm 8:3; see also Genesis 1:15-17).


Beside the heaven of the stars, we find that the atmosphere, the air that surrounds this world, is also called heaven. Birds fly in the midst of heaven;certainly not God's throne in heaven;for we read in Genesis 1:20 of fowl that may fly above the earthin the open firmament of heaven. In blessing Jacob, Isaac said, God give thee of the dew of heaven, and Moses joyed that the heavens shall drop down dew (see Gen. 27:28 and Deut. 33:28).


This first heaven, from which dew comes, means the atmosphere, where the clouds and the wind roam. Everyone of us is right now breathing the air of heaven!


Since Elijah could not have gone to the heaven of God's throne, then to which heaven did he go?;for the scripture reads: ... And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:1, 11).


The answer ought already to be quite obvious! Elijah went up by a whirlwindinto heaven;not to the heaven of God's throne, but into this earth's atmosphere, the firstheaven.


There could be no whirlwind in any other place but in the atmosphere surrounding this earth;in the first heaven, in which the birds fly. You certainly have seen reports of the great lifting power of a whirlwind, haven't you?




Why Taken Up?



What was the reason for this unusual act of God? Why did He take Elijah up into the atmosphere? Was it to make him immortal? No! The Scripture says no word about that! The ancient prophets;including Elijah;did not receive any promise of immortality prior to or apart from us. Notice it in Hebrews 11:32 and 39: These all,having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise! And we shall not receive it until Christ returns (Heb. 11:40).


So Elijah was not to be made immortal;for that would give him pre-eminence above Jesus. But what does the Bible
reveal as the reason for his removal? II Kings 2:3 and 5 has the answer.


Notice now what the sons of the prophets said to Elisha: Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head today? Or as the Smith and Goodspeed translation has it, Do you know that today the Lord is about to take away your master from being your leader? Christ is the head of the Church today as Elijah was the head or leader of the sons or disciples of the prophets in that day. God had sent Elijah as His prophet to wicked king Ahab and to his son Ahaziah. Now God wanted Elisha to direct His work, as Ahaziah the king had died (II Kings 1:17-18) and a new king was ruling.




So what did God do?



He could not allow Elijah to be among the people with Elisha directing the work now. That would have been the same as disqualifying him! Since God never takes an office from a man when that man has been performing his duty well, the only thing God could do would be to remove Elijah so that another could fulfill the office.


This God did. When he was taken up, Elijah's mantle dropped from him and Elisha picked it up. See II Kings 2:12-15.


And what did the mantle mean?


In Clarke's Commentarywe note that it was worn by prophets and priests as the simple insignia of their office (vol. 2, page 484).


The purpose of God in removing Elijah was to replace him with another man who would occupy Elijah's office in Israel for another generation. This work had to start under a new king, for Ahaziah had just died. And Elijah was already aging. So as not to disqualify Elijah in the sight of the people, God took him away from the sons of the prophets and the people, allowing the mantle which signified the office of Elijah to drop into the hands of Elisha. Thus God preserved the name and office of His prophet.


How Taken Up?


Having crossed Jordan near Jericho, Elijah was taken up by a whirlwind in what appeared to be a chariot and horses of fire.


The violent motion of the wind pulled the mantle off the prophet as he was seen to ascend into the sky. You probably remember reading the promise of Elijah that Elisha would have a double portion of the Spirit of God if he would be allowed by God to see Elijah taken up (II Kings 2:9). All this meant that Elisha was to be the leader, the new head of the sons of the prophets.


Having ascended into the air, Elijah was borne away out of the sight of the new leader;beyond the horizon. But;




Where Did Elijah Go?



This has been the perplexing problem to so many!


He did not ascend to the throne of God. Jesus said so! Yet he couldn't remain in the air forever.


And God did not say that Elijah was to die at that time. If he were, Elisha could have assumed his new office without the removal of Elijah, for we know that Elisha died in office after fulfilling his duty (II Kings 13:14).


The sons of the prophets who knew that their master was to be removed also knew that Elijah was not to die then. That is why they were fearful that the Spirit of God might have allowed him to drop upon some mountain, or into some valley (II Kings 2:16). Elisha knew that God would preserve Elijah from falling, but at their insistence he permitted men to go in search for him;to no avail.


Elijah was gone!


And where to? Certainly the whirlwind used by God could not take him beyond the earth's atmosphere. Neither does the Bible account leave Elijah in the air!




The Answer Unfolds


Immediately before Elijah dis appeared into the distance a new king had come to the throne in Israel (compare II Kings 1:17 with 3:1). The new king's name was Jehoram, or Joram, as this name is sometimes spelled. He was another son of Ahab. The first year of Jehoram's sole reign, which was the sixth year of his joint reign;first with his father Ahab, then his brother Ahaziah,;was 849-848 B.C. During Jehoram's reign Elisha was the recognized prophet of God (II Kings 3:11).


Meanwhile, in Judah, the son of Jehoshaphat began to
reign as co-regent along with his father (II Kings 8:16). This king, who began to reign in the fifth year of the joint reign of Jehoram, king of Israel, was also named Jehoram (or Joram). This Jehoram was associated with his father Jehoshaphat on the throne for nearly six years.


Jehoshaphat died in the year 845 B.C. This was a full four years since Elijah had dis appeared (remember, he had dis appeared almost immediately after Jehoram of Israel began his sole reign in 849). When Jehoshaphat was dead, his son Jehoram, now sole king of Judah, slew his brothers and some of the princes to further secure the throne (II Chron. 21:1-4).


The year after the death of Jehoshaphat, Edom revolted from Judah's king Jehoram (II Kings 8:20-24 and II Chron. 21:8-10). After that brief war, Jehoram of Judah set about to build high places and introduce pagan customs (II Chron. 21:11). He followed the ways of the nations about him and did evil in God's sight.


A full four years had now expired since Elijah was taken from the people. But what do you think was about to happen?




A Letter Comes From Elijah!



Yes, after this wicked rule by the Jewish king, God chose Elijah to write a letter and have it sent to the king!


The contents of the letter are found in II Chronicles 21:12-15. In part it reads: Because thou hast not walked in the ways of... thy father ... but hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel... and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father's house, which were better than thyself... thou shalt have great sickness by disease.


From the wording of the letter, it is clear that Elijah wrote it after these events had occurred, for he speaks of them as past events, and of the disease as future. Two years after the king became diseased, the king died (843 B.C.);having reigned only eight short years (II Chron. 21:18-20).


This proves that the letter was written in the fifth year after Elijah had been taken to another location by the whirlwind.


God used Elijah to convey the message because he was the prophet of God in the days of the present king's father;and the son was not going in the ways of his obedient father, Jehoshaphat.


The letter he had others deliver was recognized as his;proving that he was known to be alive someplace. Just how much longer he lived, the Bible does not reveal. But in that it is appointed unto men once to die;Elijah must have died somewhat later. See Hebrews 9:27. All human beings born of Adam, and that includes Elijah, must die;for we read: In Adam all die (I Cor. 15:22). Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are (James 5:17);subject to human nature and death! Elijah the prophet, being mortal flesh as we are, died. He is certainly one of the prophets (Heb. 11:32) who died in faith not yet having received the promise (verses 13 and 39).


To suppose that God gave him the power of an endless life of nearly three thous and years already is to read into the Bible what is not there! He was mortal, subject to death, and after being lifted into the atmospheric heavens, spent the remaining years of his life at some unidentified location on the earth, living as every human being, before he naturally died.




Was Elijah on the Mount?



Now what about the appearance of Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus? The record of the event is found in Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-36.


Leaving the mountain, Jesus told his disciples: Tell the visionto no man (Matt. 17:9). A vision is not a material reality but a supernatural picture observed by the eyes.


Moses died, and was buried (Deut. 34:5-6). Both he and Elijah were still dead in their graves, but in vision both they and Jesus were seen in the glory of the resurrection;an event to which Moses and Elijah have not yet attained (Heb. 11:39). The vision was granted the disciples after Jesus had spoken of the glory of immortality in the coming Kingdom.




An Elijah to Come



The only remaining text that may have puzzled people is Malachi 4:5-6.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet


before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.


This little-understood prophecy refers to the time immediately before God's intervention in human affairs, prophetically called the Day of the Lord.


Jesus spoke about this prophecy in Matthew 17. He showed that the work of John the Baptist was a preliminary fulfillment of Malachi's prophecy: And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias [Elijah] must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto
you, that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed [whatever suited them]. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist (verses 10-13).


Luke was also inspired to write about the work of John: And he [John] shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord (Luke 1:17).


Luke said John was in the spirit and power of Elijah,not that he was literally Elijah. That Elijah had died centuries before. But John the Baptist was empowered by the same spirit which had guided the Elijah of old to point Israel's eyes to the true God, and for much the same purpose.


An Elijah is yet to come
, however, said Christ;afterJohn was already dead. So just as John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus Christ at his first coming, another is to come before the great and terrible Day of the Lord, as a forerunner of Jesus Christ at his second coming. He, like John, will come in the spirit and power of Elijah to fulfill the commission of Malachi 4:5, 6 lest I come, says God, and smite the earth with a curse.


The world of Christ's day did not recognize John as coming in the power and spirit of Elijah. And neither will the world today recognize the one whom God sends in the spirit and power of Elijah shortly before the terrible Day of the Lord, when the Jesus Christ of your New Testament will intervene in world affairs to set up the government; Kingdom;of God on earth.


How plain the Bible is! Elijah is dead in the dust of the earth awaiting the resurrection of the just. Elijah, some years after being removed in the whirlwind, went to the grave, but will rise again to live forevermore!


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