Moses, Satan, And Jude

Q. I have a question about Jude’s comments on Satan arguing with the archangel Michael over the body of Moses and the fact that Moses might be one of the witnesses in Revelation. If God buried Moses and kept the burial place a secret (maybe it was so the Israelites wouldn’t “worship” the burial site and make an idol of it) why would Satan be so concerned? Since it is appointed once for man to die, do you think God knowing His plans for Moses during the tribulation would take Moses to heaven like He did Enoch and Elijah?

A. You’re referring to Jude 1:9. I remain convinced that Moses and Elijah are the two witnesses of Rev. 11:3. As far as the body of Moses is concerned, all we know is that God buried it in Moab (Deut. 34:6) and no one knows where. There’s no reason to believe that he was actually taken live into heaven like Enoch and Elijah were.

The passage from Hebrews 9:27 about dying only once is a general principle, but there have been several exceptions (such as Lazarus) so bringing Moses back to life would pose no problem for God. And in fact three of the disciples did see Moses and Elijah together on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:3).

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