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BIBLE STUDY: Solving The Mystery Of What Really Happened To Enoch and Elijah

Where are Enoch and Elijah today? Were they really taken up into Heaven before they died? Does Scripture predict, as some claim, that one or both will return to earth before the Second Coming of Christ? Join us today as we let the Bible clearly answer all these questions for us, and let Scripture alone do away with all the confusion so many have on this subject! We will also learn the Scriptural Truth about God’s promised reward to His Saints; and what Jesus Christ, Himself, reveals about the exact timing of the delivery of that Reward!

Bible Study Instructions: One Nation Under God Ministries (www.onug.us) publishes and distributes weekly Bible Studies, worldwide – free of charge, to anyone who requests them, in both printed and electronic formats. Our Studies are intended to be a simple and fun way to learn the Scriptures, and are very easy to follow! We adhere to Jesus Christ’s Biblical instructions to teach and feed the flock of God portions of meat in due season, on weekly Sabbaths, and on the seven annual Holy Days throughout each calendar year (Luke 12:42 / Isaiah 28:9-10 / Matthew 13:52). Using both the Old and New Testaments, our Bible Studies are designed to present a premise, make a statement, or ask a question – followed by one or more Scriptural references. Just look up and read from your Bible the Scriptures listed. Comments following questions elaborate on the Scriptures you just read. Pray always before beginning any study of God’s Word, asking God to open both your eyes and your mind to His Truth; then Prove everything you read, is in fact the Truth, by comparing it to The Word of God (1 Thessalonians 5:21 / 2 Timothy 3:15-17). Then use the Biblical System of Checks and Balances, and SEE if both Jesus Christ, and the First Century Church of God Apostles – also Did, Said, and Taught these SAME THINGS (Galatians 1:1-12, 5:25 / 1 Peter 2:21, 25 / 1 John 2:3-6)! That’s all there is to it! Our Bible Studies are based on the King James Version, unless otherwise stated. We will be praying for your eyes to “see” (Matthew 13:11-17); and we are always available to answer any of your questions! Be Blessed, in Jesus’ Name! - One Nation Under God Ministries (www.onug.us).

This Bible Study was originally intended for my son, Bobby (who was 10 years old at that time). One afternoon, after reading his Bible, my son came to me slightly distressed; he had some questions about what really happened to the prophet Elijah. Bobby already knew God’s Truth about the dead; but someone in the community in which we lived, showed my son a Scripture he hadn’t read before, and his faith in what he knew about the Bible and The Plan of God, was shaken! My son had tried to search the Scriptures on his own, in order to make sense of what appeared to be a contradiction in the Word of God; but he just couldn’t find a solution on his own. Now he was coming to me for help!

That’s what we do; when we don’t understand the Word of God, or we have questions, we should always go to Dad! Our Heavenly Dad, Who is ALWAYS there to help us out (Deuteronomy 4:29 / Jeremiah 29:13 / Matthew 7:7-12)!!! Whenever we have a need: whether it be physical, financial, mental, emotional, or spiritual; we should ALWAYS go to our Heavenly Father, Who will ALWAYS Provide for us, IF WE ASK HIM TO!!! Notice what James, the brother of Jesus Christ teaches us on this same subject (James 1:1-8). Let us ASK God today, to show us His Truth, BELIEVE that we shall Receive His Truth; then let us STAND on That TRUTH, and make any CORRECTIONS necessary to our thoughts, words, and actions – to incorporate that Truth into our lives from this point forward (John 17:17)!!! www.onug.us

Well, the way the LORD has taught me to understand His Plan and His Truth, is to use the Isaiah 28:9-10, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, and Matthew 13:52 precepts to govern our Bible Studies; and I have also learned that when one voices a question openly about the Bible or doctrine, many others may also have the same inquiry silently, but for many different reasons, they never speak the question out loud, so that it can be answered Authoritatively (Matthew 7:28-29). We must have Conviction about what we read in The Word of God (Psalm 111:10 / John 8:42-45 / Luke 6:46)!!! Just Ask God, Believe, Receive, and Obey!!!

So today we investigate Scripture, for young inquiring minds, like my son; and perhaps for you too! The Truth of God is an eternal constant. What really happened to Enoch and Elijah is very important to know; it was also very important for Abraham, and Sarah, for Moses, and for King David to know. What happened to Enoch and Elijah was important for the Disciples to know; the Apostle Paul wrote about it, and it is equally important that you and I know about it too! We must also be able to Scripturally prove this Truth (1 Thessalonians 5:21), and to teach it, from our very own Bibles, the Way Jesus showed us to teach His Truth (Matthew 13:52-54); in order to keep the ravening wolves from stealing and destroying God’s The Father’s Tremendous Truth about His Promises and His Reward (Amos 3:7-8 / John 15:15 / Revelation 10:7 / Genesis 6:13, 18:17-19 / Jeremiah 23:16-40 / Matthew 11:28-30 / Ezekiel 29:21 / Daniel 2:47, 9:22-23)!

Now let’s get into the meat of our Study today, by asking the question:

Who was Enoch?                                          www.onug.us

           

It’s alright if you don’t know, because we are going to tell you! The people in the Bible are our elders, our forefathers; they are our ancestors, our family that we still have yet to meet in person, in the future – but we will, one day very soon (Acts 17:26 / Genesis 3:20 / Psalm 65:2-4 / John 10:16 / Hebrews 11:13,39-40)!!! www.onug.us

Enoch was the great, great (times 6) grandson of Adam (or the seventh from Adam) as listed in the generations of Adam (Genesis 5:1-32). He was the son of Jared, the father of Methuselah (who lived to be 969 years old), and the great-grandfather of Noah (Genesis 5:18-32).

It is interesting that the Bible says twice in the generations account, that Enoch “walked with God”, starting from the age of 65 years old, until he was 365 years old – for another 300 years (Genesis 5:21-24)! But what does it mean to walk with God (Deuteronomy 6:1-19, 10:20-22, 13:1-5)?

Now we know a man or woman that walks with God, Learns from God, and Obeys what God Tells him or her to do! The two (God and You) are in Agreement with each other: we Yield to God’s Ownership of us, His Authority over us, His Way of Communicating, His Way of Educating, His Way of Changing us into Obedient and Blessed Sons (2 Chronicles 7:14 / 1 John 3:1-10).

So if you are under the age of 65, and haven’t quite got your act together with your Heavenly Father yet; there is still hope, as the story of Enoch shows us!!! Now let’s go back to Genesis 5:24 and read: “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

Where did God take Enoch? Did God take him to His Throne in the third Heaven? No! Because Jesus Himself said: “No man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man which is in heaven” (John 3:13). Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35); and the Bible is NOT open for private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20). If we will simply look to Scripture the answers will unfold (2 Timothy 3:15-17)! www.onug.us

There are a few more references to Enoch in the Bible, so let’s look at them and see if we can glean from them a little more clarity:

  1. Luke 3:37 – Jesus Christ’s great, great [times 69] grandpa through Mary’s lineage was Enoch, [times 75 was Adam], and [times 76 was God the Father Himself!].

Godless educators in modern academia want you to believe you evolved out of primordial soup, became a tadpole, then a monkey; that you lost your fur and your tail, and now have evolved into a human – all by yourself – with no need for a “make believe” God to Create anything! But God wanted you to know the TRUTH! That’s why God gave us Genesis Chapter 5 and Luke Chapter 3! Jesus wanted you to know who YOUR Great, Great, Great Grandfather was – from Adam – right up until today; He wanted you to know how many years it has been since Creation (5957 years), and even where Enoch fits into your family tree! That way, when you read stories likes these in the Bible, YOU will know that they are REAL HISTORY and not the fables, lies, and fairy tales that you continuously get from those who don’t believe in God!  

The world is less than 6,000 years old, and Enoch was (through Mary); Jesus Christ’s Great, Great Grandpa (times 69 “Greats”). Now all this doesn’t help us very much in understanding what “God took him” means; but God put this genealogy in His Word for a reason, and we are going to study it, and we are going to know that it is in here, for our own personal edification (meat in due season), and more importantly, for God’s Very Great GLORY!!! Amen!

Now let’s look at “Number next…”

2) 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.”            

 

 

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You should know that from Creation, to the worldwide Flood of Noah, was 1656 years! We can prove this from the Scriptures because we can see that Lamech, or Methuselah's son, has his own son when he is 182 years old (Genesis 5:28). This makes 1056 years since Creation, if we graph it all out on paper - and we have!!! :o)
Lamech's son was Noah (Genesis 5:29). Noah was 500 when he had Shem (Genesis 5:32). This takes us to the year 1556 since Creation.
The Bible is very clear in what year the worldwide Flood happened (Genesis 7:11). Add another 100 years to Noah’s life and our previous date of 1556 years; and we can prove a worldwide Flood happened in the year 1656 from Creation!
The CREATOR GOD:
1) From Creation to the Flood = 1656 years.
2) Abraham is born 292 years after the Flood.
(292 + 1656 = 1948 years since the Creation at Abraham’s birth).
3) Abraham receives God’s Promise and leaves Haram at age 75
(1948 + 75 = 2023 years since Creation, when Abram leaves).
4) Paul (Galatians 3:17) says the Israelites left Egypt 430 years after God gave the promise to Abraham (430 + 2023 = 2453 years from Creation, when the Exodus begins).
5) 1 Kings 6:1 tells us Solomon began to build the LORD’s temple 480 years after the Exodus, in the 4th year of his reign (2453 years + 480 = 2933 years from Creation, when the temple building began).
6) 1 Kings 6:37-38 tells us it took 4 years to finish laying the foundation of the temple, and another 7 years to complete the building, for a total of 11 years (2933 + 11 = 2944 years from the Creation, until Solomon’s temple was finished).
7) Rabbinic sources and archeologists state the first temple stood for 410 years before it was destroyed (2944 + 410 = 3354 years from Creation, when the first temple was destroyed in 586 B.C.). In 2017 A.D., that would have been about 2,603 years ago (2017 [AD] + 586[BC] = 2603 years ago from today) that the first temple was destroyed.
8) Jesus was born in 3 B.C. (The current Gregorian calendar that we use today has a 4 year error). Still, using the current B.C. or now BCE (before the common era) formula, we see Christ was born in the flesh about 3904 years after Creation (Luke 3:23-38); or using the destruction of the first temple as a Biblical guide, Jesus was born 586 years after it was destroyed (3354 + 586 = Jesus was born 3940 years from Creation)!
9) If we can prove Biblically that 3940 years from Creation that Christ was born; and we know that was only 2017 - 2021 years ago (3940 + 2017 = 5957); then today, we are only living about 5,957 years after God created Adam – in the beginning!!! (2 Peter 3:3-13 / Exodus 31:15-17 / Revelation 20:4-6). Evolution is a LIE, and a demonic one at that!!! Are you teaching people that the LORD delays His Coming? Or are you teaching them to WATCH and giving them Meat in Due Season? Whether or not you are FAITHFUL to Sabbath, THAT IS WHAT tells the whole world YOUR ANSWER!!! www.onug.us

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So, what does “translated” or “translation” mean here (Hebrews 11:5)? The key is in the words, “he pleased God”. Enoch had to have Faith in order to please God (Hebrews 11:6). So Enoch Walked with God, he Obeyed God, and he Followed God in His Paths by Faith (Proverbs 3:1-6)!!! No one can Walk with God unless they are in Agreement with The Will of God and Doing it (Amos 3:3). The Bible honors Enoch by telling us that in his generation, he was the only recorded person who Followed The Ways of God (Exodus 31:13 / Luke 6:46-47) – even if it did take him the first 65 years of his life to get it right! www.onug.us

So how long after Enoch’s conversion (repentance and baptism), did Enoch walk with God (Genesis 5:22)? Moses did not write that Enoch is still walking with God on the golden streets in heaven! How do we know for sure (Genesis 5:23)? The Bible is clear in the fact that ALL of Enoch’s days added up to 365 years, and not one year more! If Enoch did not die, but rather was changed by God into an immortal son of God in Glory (or spirit – Hebrews 2:9-10); than his days would have kept piling up, and today Enoch would be way older than 365 years old! The expression “all his days” is used many times in Genesis Chapter 5, to convey exactly how old all these Patriarchs were when they “died” and “ceased to live”! Enoch died and is dead today (Hebrews 9:27)! To date, only Jesus Christ has died, was dead, and has come back to life again to live “forever more” (Revelation 1:17-19)!

The word, “Translation” has to fit with other scriptures (Isaiah 28:9-10). We cannot just assume it means “did not die” because that’s what your pastor or your grandmother taught you. We must learn to PROVE all concepts and beliefs by Scripture (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Moses did NOT write that Enoch did not die, as some would have you believe! Moses wrote: “Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). The Apostle Paul in speaking of the same event, wrote that Enoch, “was not found, because God had translated him” (Hebrews 11:5). The Bible does NOT say Enoch went to heaven when he was translated. Instead it says ‘he was not found’!!!

The original Greek word for “translate” is meta-tith-emi. Arndt-Gingrich’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, 1969 edition, states on page 514, that the primary meaning of translate (metatithemi) is to “convey to another place…  or to transfer”. This same Greek word is also found in Acts 7:16.

In Acts 7:16 metatithemi is rendered as “carried over”; or that after Jacob died, his body was “carried over”, “translated”, or “transported” to Sychem, where he was buried! Your Bible says Jacob was transported or translated to the place of his burial (Genesis 3:19)! Moses wrote that God “took” Enoch - because God removed, or translated, or transported, Enoch’s body, so that it was not found; God took Enoch and buried him, as any “relative” would do for a family member whom they dearly loved (1 John 3:1-3)!!! www.onug.us

God does not change (Malachi 3:6 / Hebrews 13:8). After writing the words you just read; Moses too would later die (Deuteronomy 34:5-7). Moses lived until he was 120 years old and still possessed keen eye sight, and strength in his body. God too would bury His friend Moses, as He did Enoch, “but no man knoweth of his sepulcher unto this day”. God removed, translated, transported, Moses’ body after he died; and just like Enoch, he “was not found” either – even until this very day!

Enoch and Moses were both “translated” (their bodies were transported), but they were NOT made immortal! They each died, and their bodies were each taken away by God; God buried each of them in such a way, and in such a place, that neither of them (or their graves – or bones) have been found since (Psalm 34:18-20). “Translate” does NOT mean to make immortal (Colossians 1:12-13)! Here the Bible tells us that Christians are already “translated”; but you and I know that Christians can and still do die every single day! We do not have immortal bodies (not yet), because you and I currently exist in this world, and have flesh and blood bodies (John 3:6-8).

Jesus was very clear on the matter! We do not get spirit bodies, we do not get eternal bodies to replace our flesh and blood bodies, until the First Resurrection of the dead; and that only happens at the return of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:20-23,34-58 / 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 / Daniel 12:1-4). What Paul is saying in Colossians 1:12-13 is that we were once part of the darkness of this evil world; but now we are removed, “translated”, transported from darkness and this world – into the light of the Kingdom of God! We no longer hold a passport in Satan’s world or his government; now we have been “naturalized” or had our citizenship transferred to God’s Kingdom (Philippians 3:19-21). How clear! We now belong to the Kingdom of God - after Baptism and receiving God’s Holy Spirit; but we must wait for The King’s Return to receive our Reward of Eternal Life and our new glorified spirit bodies (Revelation 22:12-14)! Amen! www.onug.us

Enoch is included with many of the other faithful in Hebrews 11 (Hebrews 11:1-4). Abel is clearly dead here, just like Enoch, yet Abel’s deeds - as do Enoch’s, speak to us today, even though they both are dead! But some may ask, what about verse 5?

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death…” (Hebrews 11:5).

Is the Bible saying that Enoch did not die? Look at verse 13:

“These ALL died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13). Certainly, Enoch is included in those who died, and are buried in their graves to this very day!

Some Christians use a fairy tale here, in order to keep their unscriptural concepts about the afterlife moving forward. I am being nice here, but Jesus said that if you are not following His Truth, as He taught it, you are a LIAR and the Truth is NOT in you (John 8:44)! Scoffers of God’s Word will often tell ignorant and unsuspecting churchgoers that upon the death of the body, the soul, or mind, floats up to heaven to be with Jesus. Of course they cannot use a Scripture to validate this lie, but I have seen some try to misquote 2 Corinthians 5:8 here. I have also heard several ministers eulogizing at funerals say, “to be absent the body is to be present with the Lord”. But that is NOT what 2 Corinthians 5:8 says! They ignore that Paul also wrote 1 Corinthians 15:35-36, 42-43, 51-53 first! They also ignore the Biblical definition of those who “sleep” or “the dead” (Ecclesiastes 9:1-6). Dead people do not know anything anymore! Their ability to remember anything, their love, and their hatred, and their ability to do anything under the sun… is perished! Their mind, and their thoughts, perish and die right along with their flesh and blood bodies! www.onug.us

Let’s go back to Hebrews 11 and see this again (Hebrews 11:13, 24-26, 35, 39).

“And these ALL (Enoch and Moses included), having obtained a good report through faith, RECEIVED NOT THE PROMISE” (Hebrews 11:39).

What promise did ALL these NOT receive? The promise of ETERNAL LIFE, of course (Titus 1:2 / 1 John 2:24-27 / John 15:15-16). They ALL were given spiritual insight to KNOW the Plan of God, and about the two Resurrections of dead (Hebrews 11:40 / Daniel 12:1-3 / Revelation 20:4-6). They all knew the mind and the body decay, and cease to work, until they are made alive again by Jesus at their appointed resurrection! God has a BETTER PLAN than floating off to heaven to be a cloud potato for all eternity upon our death (Hebrews 11:40). All the righteous men and women of old, will only receive their promise of eternal life, when and at the same time, that you and I receive the Promise – at the return of Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)!!! One for ALL, and ALL for One – at the Second Coming of Christ (Revelation 5:9-10, 20:4, 6)!!! www.onug.us

What death did Enoch escape?

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death…” (Hebrews 11:5).

Ok, I can see from Scripture that Enoch is actually dead, and is waiting for the promise of eternal life in the grave that God laid him in. But that being the case; what “death” did Enoch escape, in Hebrews 11:5? It still seems a little confusing to me!

The Bible speaks of more than one kind of death. There is the first death that is that appointed unto all men (Hebrews 9:27-28 / Ecclesiastes 9:1-6). This death cannot be avoided; it is inevitable for all humans, with one minor exception - for those Christians who are alive, on the earth, at the return of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17). They will simply be changed into spirit beings at Christ’s appearing! God even shortens Satan’s last three and a half years of world rule in order to keep these Saints alive until the return of Jesus (Matthew 24:22 / Mark 13:20 / Matthew 10:23). www.onug.us

Others living in the flesh were allowed to see a “future vision” of Christ in His Glorified state, along with how Elias (Elijah) and Moses will appear during the First Resurrection of the dead at the return of Christ (Mark 9:1-13). Peter, James, and John did in fact taste of death some years after seeing this vision; and they are all still dead today. Jesus also allowed many of His disciples to see the actual post-resurrected Christ, in His Glorified state; being received into Heaven before they too died their first deaths in the years following (Matthew 16:27-28 / Acts 1:9-11). They, like Enoch, like King David, are still dead in their graves today (Acts 2:29, 34). All these died the first death, and now “sleep” in Christ, as we have proven from the Word of God today!!!

The Second Death is the death that Enoch escaped. Although his body died physically; God will raise him up again in the First Resurrection at the return of Christ (Revelation 20:6, 14-15). Enoch has secured his Crown, he will not be hurt by the Lake of Fire (which is the Second Death) because of his Faith and Obedience! Jesus also spoke of how men could escape, not the first, but the second death (John 11:26 / Revelation 2:23).

Understanding the Two Translations:                www.onug.us

Now we should understand Hebrews 11:5. The verse clearly speaks of two translations.

1) The first was on the condition of Faith (Colossians 1:13). This is a figurative translation from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light (Colossians 1:9-12). Enoch walked worthy of the Lamb unto all pleasing! When you and I are Baptized and receive God’s Holy Spirit - we are then translated to God’s Kingdom, as citizens of Heaven, and assigned as Ambassadors to that Kingdom, here on earth! As Enoch did; you and I will live and die here on this earth waiting for a new country (Hebrews 11:13-16, 10 / Revelation 21:1-7).

2) The second translation, following a figurative “citizenship” translation, was indeed a literal translation, or removal. God literally removed, transported Enoch’s body so that he was not found. God took him physically away from the people, just as he later took Moses. God then buried each of them so well that neither has ever been found since! www.onug.us

Now let us ask the question:

Did Elijah (Elias) go to Heaven?

Elijah was a prophet of God in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Ahab in the 9th century B.C. His name in Hebrew literally means, “My God is Yahweh”, or maybe more appropriately today - “God The LORD; the Strong LORD” since nobody alive knows how to actually pronounce the Ancient Hebrew language anymore. Elijah was used by God to defend and teach the worship of the True God, over the Phoenician god Baal.

Most people in Biblical circles today teach that Elijah was taken up to heaven by a whirlwind, and that he is there to this very day, with the other saints of God (2 Kings 2:1-25).  www.onug.us          

Yet Jesus Christ’s own Words tell us this is NOT so! 875 years after Elijah was taken up by this whirlwind, Jesus Himself comes down from the very third heaven where God the Father dwells, and enlightens those who have ears to hear, with the Truth of God (John 3:13 / Matthew 19:11, 13:11)! www.onug.us

Is this a Bible contradiction? Is it possible that Elijah could ascend up to the heaven of God’s Throne, especially after hearing Jesus Christ say that ONLY He Himself could; and that neither Elijah, nor any other human for that matter (“No man”) would, could, or did ascend up to heaven (Malachi 3:6 / Hebrews 13:8)? Where then did Elijah really go?

The Three Heavens mentioned in the Bible:

The Bible speaks of three heavens, and we number them in the order of their creation. www.onug.us

1) The first heaven: where the birds fly, and the clouds float, in the air (Genesis 1:1-8, 20, 27:28 / Deuteronomy 33:28 / 1 Thessalonians 4:17 / 2 Kings 2:1, 11). There is only wind in one of the three heavens – the first heaven!

2) The second heaven: where the sun, moon, and stars are (Genesis 1:14-19 / 1 Corinthians 15:40-46).

3) The third heaven: where God’s throne is (Genesis 1:31, 2:1-4 / 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16 /1 Corinthians 15:47-54 / Hebrews 8:1-5).

We can see in Hebrews 8:1-5 that the tabernacle that Moses made unto God was a physical shadow of the Throne Room in the third Heaven! “See, saith HE, that thou make ALL things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount” (Hebrews 8:5). Why was that? Because Jesus Christ is our High Priest, and only his representative - a high priest (Revealtion 5:10, 20:6) could enter into the Holy of Holies, or the inner chamber of the Old Testament temple. The old temple was only a shadow of the Real Throne in the third heaven, and ONLY Jesus our High Priest can actually enter into the third heaven (Hebrews 4:12-16, 5:1-14)! …and ONLY the Saints shall be able to enter God’s City which comes down from heaven (Revelation 22:14, 21:1-7)!!! If people only KNEW the TRUTH of God, the silly fairytale of floating off to heaven would be seen for the satanic lie that it really is!!! www.onug.us

Why did God take up Elijah (2 Kings 2:1, 11)? It was NOT to give him eternal life or immortality (Hebrews 11:32, 39-40)! The answer is in 2 Kings 2:3 & 5! Christ is the head of the Church, and Elijah was the head of the group of prophets God was using in his day. God had sent Elijah as His Prophet, to the wicked king Ahab and to his son, Ahaziah. God had determined that Elisha would replace Elijah, and now direct His Work on earth. Ahaziah the king had died (2 Kings 1:17-18) and there was a new king ruling.

God chose to perform an AWESOME change of command ceremony! The faithful prophet leaves with Divine Favor, and a new one comes in with equal Divine Favor (2 Kings 2:9, 12-15). Command Flags, Command Swords, or “The Mantle” was passed from one to the next! A Mantle was worn by prophets and priest as the simple insignia of their office. This was how God preserved the name and the office of His Prophets!

Elijah was taken up in the air, but where did he go? Did God say he would die?

The sons of the prophets knew Elijah would not die; that is why they were insistent on looking for him (2 Kings 2:16-18)! They also knew God could not take him beyond the earth’s atmosphere (Isaiah 14:14 – going to the Third Heave is Satan’s and his followers desire); and that God would not let him float in the air forever!    www.onug.us

The Kings:

Judah: Jehosaphat’s son was Jehoram

Israel: Ahab and his son, Ahaziah, also had another son Jehoram who began his sole reign in 849 B.C.

Immediately before Elijah disappeared into the distance, up in a whirlwind; a new king had come to the throne in Israel (2 Kings 1:17, 3:1). The new king’s name was Jehoram of Judah (Joram), and he was another son of King Ahab. The first year of Jehoram’s reign was sixth year of his joint reign (first with his father Ahab, then later his brother, Ahaziah) and it was 849-848 B.C.

During Jehoram’s reign, over the Nation of Israel, Elisha was the recognized prophet of God (2 Kings 3:11).

At this same time, in the neighboring Kingdom of Judah (remember Israel was split); the son of Jehoshaphat (Judah) began to co-reign (I guess it was the “in” king thing to do in those days!) along with his father (2 Kings 8:16). This king, who began to reign in the fifth year of the joint reign of Jehoram or Joram (king of the Nation of Israel) was associated with his father, in ruling with authority, for almost six years. In 845 B.C., Jehoshaphat died (four full years after Elijah was taken up in the whirlwind). Remember, that Elijah disappeared almost immediately after Jehoram of Israel began his sole reign in 849 B.C. www.onug.us

When Jehoshapat was dead, his son Jehoram, now sole king in Judah, slew his brothers and some of the princes to further secure his throne (2 Chronicles 21:1-4). The year after the death of Jehoshapat, Edom revolted from Judah’s king Jehoram (2 Kings 8:20-24 / 2 Chronicles 21:8-10). After a brief war, Jehoram of Judah set about to build pagan temples and introduced pagan practices (2 Chronicles 21:11). He did much evil in God’s sight!

Four full years after Elijah disappeared, God chose his old prophet to write a letter and have it sent to the wicked Jewish king! We can find the letter in 2 Chronicles 21:12-15. From the wording of the letter, it is clear that Elijah wrote it AFTER being taken up in a whirlwind! He had not died, nor did he go to the third heaven! www.onug.us

Elijah speaks in the letter of events that happened after his being caught up, as past events. This could not happen if he were dead. Elijah speaks of the wicked king’s disease as yet future. Two years after the king became diseased, the king died, in 843 B.C., having reigned only eight short years (2 Chronicles 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. The son was not going in the ways of his obedient father, Jehoshapat; and God used Elijah to set him straight! www.onug.us

The Bible does not tell us how much longer Elijah lived, after writing the letter. But Scripture is clear; the aging prophet found favor with God, was removed or translated from his present location, to another place somewhere on this earth – and Elijah eventually died and was buried. God will always attend His Saints funeral services (Psalm 116:15 / Hebrews 11:13-16 / 1 John 2:25 / Hebrews 11:39-40 / 1 John 3:1-3 / Daniel 12:1-3)! And Our Big Brother, Jesus Christ, will be there when we wake up from that death that He calls sleep (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)!!!

But What about The Mount of Transfiguration?

Were Moses and Elijah really there; or was this just a vision – with the two Old Testament prophets still dead in their graves?

Let’s see what the Bible actually says on the matter (Matthew 17:1-9 / Mark 9:2-10 / Luke 9:28-36):

In Deuteronomy 18:15-18 God established the foundational principle for the prophetic office in Moses, “like me”. We also see that God would raise the prophet up from among the Israelite peoples, with other Scriptures showing us he could be appointed from any of the twelve tribes, and from any occupation – he did not have to be a Levite (or priest. He would stand apart from the system already installed). This prophet will be a mediator between both God and men. A prophet, such as Moses or Elias (Elijah) simply and broadly throughout Scripture, is a man who is given a message by another of greater authority, and speaks for Him to those for whom the message is intended. Thus, Moses was a prophet for God; and Aaron was a prophet for Moses.

The two greatest prophets of all time were John the Baptist (who was the last and greatest prophet under the Old Covenant; and Jesus Christ (Who is the First and Greatest Prophet of the New Covenant) – read Matthew 11:7-11. John fulfilled Malachi 3:1. To understand more about John, we should read briefly about his birth (Luke 1:5-7, 15-17). John the Baptist was a type of Elijah; he was NOT the Elijah of old; as “he shall go before Him in THE SPIRIT AND POWER OF ELIAS (ELIJAH)”. On two separate occasions (Matthew 11:13-15 and Matthew 17:10-13), Jesus Christ tells us John The Baptist - IS THE ELIJAH TO COME!!! Jesus is telling those who have ears to HEAR, that John was the Elijah to come – or that John the Baptist fulfilled Malachi 4:4-5!!!  www.onug.us

By now, you and I should know that ALL these prophets: Enoch, Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist, and Jesus The Christ, ALL fulfilled their missions and ALL DIED!!! Only Jesus has thus far been resurrected and ascended to heaven (Revelation 1:17-19 / 1 Corinthians 15:20)! The rest wait in their graves for Christ to Come; and for YOU and I to join them in the First Resurrection (Hebrews 11:39-40 / 1 John 3:1-3)!!! The Two Witnesses which shall appear during the last Three and a half years before the coming of Christ CANNOT BE Moses and Elijah – as they are dead – and will remain dead until Christ gives them life again (Daniel 12:1-3 / 1 Corinthians 15:21-23)!!! www.onug.us

 

The Meaning of the Vision:                               www.onug.us

 

Leaving the mountain, Jesus told his disciples, “Tell the VISION to no man” (Matthew 17:9). A vision is not reality, but a glimpse of future events (Deuteronomy 34:5-6). Both Elijah and Moses are still dead in their graves today (Hebrews 11:39); but they will come up at the last trumpet, as surely as You and I will (Hebrews 11:40 / Daniel 12:1-4 / Revelation 22:19-21)!!! Praise God for His Magnificent Plan and His Wonderful Grace! If we too serve the LORD as Enoch and Elijah did; if we serve the LORD as Moses and John the Baptist did – we will still die WITHOUT floating up to God’s Throne in heaven; but we will COME OUT OF OUR GRAVES, as ALL the prophets and saints will - on that day!

The Day of The Lord - is the Day on which Jesus Returns for those whom God the Father has given to Him!!! These are the things which SHALL BE hereafter!!! You and I will come back to life along with Enoch and Elijah; and together we will meet the LORD in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)!!! Now that is something which you and I can take to the bank! Amen!!!

“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself! And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the Second Time, without sin, unto Salvation” (Hebrews 9:24-28)!!!

Praise God! You and I now know The TRUTH of God! You and I now know what really happened to Enoch and Elijah too!!!                                                             www.onug.us

God’s Fall Holy Days (Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles, and The Last Great Day) are the Truth of God. These Holy Days are how God’s Church LOOKS FOR CHRIST TO APPEAR A SECOND TIME!!! They are kept by those who are obedient to God, and are rejected by all those whom Christ will reject at His Second Coming!!! (Matthew 7:13-14)!!!

The Fall Holy Days show us God’s Plan. When we keep these Holy Days we become the very Voice of God to this fallen world; we are in effect saying, by our actions on each Feast Day, “Come LORD Jesus, Come” (Revelation 22:12, 17, 20-21 / Matthew 10:32-33 / Luke 12:8-9)!!! Now YOU Know what Confessing Christ really means (Exodus 31:13)!!!

The faithful and obedient in Christ will always keep God’s True Holy Days and Sabbath; and will reject the pagan lies and substitutions of God’s truth (Revelation 22:11-15)! God’s Holy Days are meant for Christians to ENJOY! They truly are FEAST DAYS, meant to be enjoyed by God’s elect everywhere, throughout time, FOREVER!

God’s (Fall) Holy Days in 2017:

The Feast of Trumpets: Thursday, September 21st

The Day of Atonement: Sabbath, September 30th

The Feast of Tabernacles: Thursday, October 05th - October 11th

The Last Great Day: Thursday, October 12th, 2017

YOU can get your own Holy Day Calendar at www.onug.us

If you have never faithfully kept God’s seventh day Sabbath holy or God’s Holy Days, the way Jesus Christ did – in the flesh, and in the fellowship of other followers of the Son of Man; we invite you to obediently enter into God’s rest today, and to keep the Feasts of the LORD (Hebrews 4:1-11 / Leviticus 23:1-44)! Contact us to find out where we fellowship and worship God, in your area, on His Sabbath Days (Exodus 31:12-18). We would love to hear from you and help get you started! (239) 353 – 1303.

We are honored that you joined us today, in the Study of God’s Word! We hope that you will join us again next week, and that you will continue to share what you have learned here, with others – at home, at work, and in your neighborhood (Matthew 28:18-20 / Mark 16:15-20)! May our Great God, Bless you and keep you, until then – in Jesus’ Mighty Name!!!

  • Submitted by R.C. Brown III

One Nation Under God Ministries                          www.onug.us

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God is calling YOU to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and the first century church, can you hear His Voice (1 John 2:6 / Matthew 11:29)? The Sabbath and Holy Days show us God’s Plan. When we keep these Holy Days we become the very Voice of God to this fallen world; we are in effect saying, by our actions on each Feast Day, “Come LORD Jesus, Come” (Revelation 22:12, 17, 20-21)!!! We are actually confessing Christ before men (Matthew 10:32-33)!

The faithful and obedient in Christ will always keep God’s True Holy Days and Sabbath; and will reject the pagan lies and substitutions of God’s TRUTH (Revelation 22:11-15)! God’s Holy Days are meant for Christians to ENJOY! They truly are FEAST DAYS, meant to be enjoyed by God’s elect everywhere, throughout time, FOREVER!!!

If you have never faithfully kept God’s seventh day Sabbath holy or God’s Holy Days, the way Jesus Christ did – in the flesh, and in the fellowship of other followers of the Son of Man; we invite you to obediently enter into God’s rest today, and to keep the Feasts of the LORD (Hebrews 4:1-11 / Leviticus 23:1-44)! Contact us to find out where we fellowship and worship God, in your area, on His Sabbath Days (Exodus 31:12-18). We would love to hear from you and help get you started! :o)

Join us on-line every Sabbath and Holy Day at www.onug.us ! You can download our Bible Studies, or join us on facebook and “listen in” to our webinar Bible Study each week!

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Telephone: (239) 353 – 1303

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”But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one” (John 10:26-30).

Christians must learn to read the Bible, interpret the scriptures according to Biblical principles (Isaiah 28:9-10, / Matthew 13:52), and begin to apply the precepts they learn in their walk with God. Individual study is essential; coupled with fellowship times of group study, worship, and discussions of personal insights and observations.

We strive, each Saturday, to foster an open and welcoming atmosphere where Spirit led confirmation, clarification, questions, and correction can be made in the fellowship of other students of God’s Word.

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