Enoch and Elijah

When I asked the Lord a while back about the apparent contradiction in Hebrews 11 — the one that says that Enoch was translated “not to SEE death” and was “not found,” but that he is also included with all those who “died in the faith,” the Lord’s answer to me was, “The truth can be found in the name of Enoch’s son, David.”

So I prayed and I meditated on the name “Methuselah” for a while, which at its core means: “When he is dead it shall be sent”…

Well, after only a short time of meditation, this began to look pretty simple and clear to me. That which was to be “sent” when Methuselah died was the flood; a great deluge of DEATH in the earth, and something that Enoch was not “to SEE,” so God simply took him. In other words, and the way that it was presented to me (by the Lord), is that Enoch became so pure in his walk with the Father that he would have gone on living for a very, very long time. Because of this, and because it was not in the Father’s plan for Enoch to live on into the time of Noah’s flood (to be swept away in the food, or to be on the ark with Noah’s family), God simply took him away somewhere, to die a normal physical death, most likely. The scriptures simply say that Enoch was translated and was “not found,” and that he did not “see death.” But this does not mean that Enoch never died.

In regard to Elijah, it appears that he also was translated away somewhere to die as all men do, and that he too “was not found.” I’ll cut right to the chase here…

Several years AFTER Elijah was supposedly “taken away to heaven,” king Jehoram actually received a letter from Elijah! (2 Chron. 21:12). I had to do a little math on this one, but it seems that about 4 years after Elijah was supposedly “taken to heaven” he actually wrote a letter to king Jehoram in which he rebuked the king for acts of wickedness that took place long AFTER Elijah was ‘taken away.’ In this letter, Elijah speaks of these wicked things of Jehoram as PAST events, and Elijah speaks of the punishment for these things as something yet FUTURE. So the idea of some that Elijah wrote this letter BEFORE he was removed by the whirlwind, is simply proved wrong…

The truth of all of this, as I understand it, is that Elijah was taken away into the heavens (the sky) by a whirlwind and was then set down somewhere simply “not to be found” by anyone. I see this as a merciful and loving act of the Father, as Elijah had been used by God as head, or leader of the sons of the prophets, but God wanted Elisha to assume that leadership, so he had Elijah pass his mantle on to Elisha. Now, for Elijah be put in subjection to Elisha (his student), and this openly before his other students, well, that would have been a great humiliation for him and even seen by some of the prophets in that day as a demotion for Elijah. So, it seems that God simply “took him,” and that, I think, to spare Elijah the great prophet some gross humiliation (What a loving Dad!).

Now, some other questions arise in my mind whenever I discuss these two men of God who “were not found,” and they are this: Just how does Moses, whose body also was “not found,” fit into all of this? What’s up with these three guys anyway, and what do the three of them represent to us upon whom the end of the age has now come?

Well, I don’t really know. I thought that I did, but I don’t want to speculate about it. So, I’ll just wait on the Lord for further revelation about this, and if He decides to give me some, I’ll write about it then.