Asked in The BibleOld Testament
Did Enoch die or was he taken to Heaven?
October 11, 2011 12:52PM
He was taken into heaven.
In Hebrews' "faith chapter" eleven, the earliest of God's faithful are listed... among whom is 'Enoch' [Heb.11:5].
Of these faithful, verse 13 clearly says: "THESE ALL DIED IN FAITH...".
Verse 5 mentions that Enoch "...was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him...".
It does NOT say that Enoch was taken to heaven.
In fact... centuries later... Jesus assures us: "...NO MAN HATH ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN..." (John 3:13) -- except for Himself, who came from heaven, as a man, and went back there.
Either Jesus Christ, who came from heaven, knows who's in heaven and who isn't... or He made a mistake and Enoch and Elijah are really up in heaven [as some men teach in spite of Jesus' Words]... or Jesus is simply a liar; and Enoch, Elijah, and millions of other people are all up in heaven as many religions in the world teach.
The "death" that Enoch "should not see" [future tense] is the "SECOND DEATH" that Jesus promises that His servants will "not be hurt by."
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the SECOND DEATH." (Rev.2:11)
"Blessed and Holy is he that hath part in the First Resurrection [at the time of Jesus' return to earth]: on such the SECOND DEATH hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Rev.20:6)
The first who are gathered by the angels at Jesus' return are the "dead in Christ"... before those saints still living on the earth are gathered together into the clouds with them.
"...the DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air... Wherefore comfort one another with these Words." (I Thess.4:16-18)
Among these "dead in Christ" shall be Enoch [as well as Paul, who when he wrote to the Thessalonians, thought Jesus would return during his lifetime, and that he would be one of those who would be 'alive and remain'].
And Enoch, Paul, Peter and all the other "dead in Christ" shall experience the First Resurrection... be raised from the dead IMMORTAL... and be incapable of dying again, forever more -- or "not be subject to the SECOND DEATH" -- that those who experience the "Second Resurrection" at the end of Christ's thousand year rule will be.
"...This is the SECOND DEATH. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire." (Rev.20:14-15)
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My Son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers... shall have their part in the Lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the SECOND DEATH." (Rev.21:7-8)
THIS is the "death that Enoch should not see" -- the Second Death. Not the "first one," that's appointed to us:
"...it is appointed unto men ONCE TO DIE, but after this the Judgment..." (Heb.9:27)
Enoch died his first, "appointed death." But God determined that he "should not see" the SECOND one.
Enoch is dead... and like all the rest of the "dead in Christ"... he's "asleep in Christ" [I Cor.15:18] and awaiting the return of the Lord from heaven, where He now is.
That's what the Bible says about Enoch. Nowhere does it say that God took him to heaven. That has always been a false assumption on the part of men.
Jesus says that Enoch is DEAD... and that no MAN, other than Himself... who came from there... is in heaven.
It's really a no-brainer. We either believe what Jesus says -- or we don't.