Q. I recently heard a Bible teacher on TV say that Enoch died and then was resurrected before ascending. I have never heard this before; I have always believed he was taken alive to heaven. What is your view?
A. This person’s statement is a serious departure from traditional Christian thinking. For generations evangelicals have seen Enoch as an early model of the Church. According to tradition he was born on the day that would become Pentecost and a literal reading of the Bible indicates he was “raptured” before a judgment that destroyed the unbelieving world.
I don’t know of any Biblical support for his claim. Genesis 5:24 says Enoch walked with God, in other words he was a faithful believer, and then God took him away. There’s no mention of his death, only that one day he was no more, as if he had disappeared.