Were Enoch And Elijah Raptured?

Q. We were discussing in our Sunday School class Abraham’s Bosom. Most of the class understands that before Jesus paid for all of our sins on the cross, no one could be with God in Heaven. Therefore the Old Testament saints went into Abraham’s Bosom to await their redemption which happened at Jesus’ resurrection.

Then someone asked about Enoch and Elijah as it is generally believed that they were translated, without dying, into heaven. Is heaven where they went?

A. Yes, this is what most scholars believe happened to them. Genesis 5:24 says that Enoch walked with God and was no more because God took him. 2 Kings 2:11 says that Elijah went up into heaven in a whirlwind.

Using the Biblical injunction of Deut. 19:15 that a matter is established on the testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses, the experiences of Enoch and Elijah can be cited to prove the validity of the Rapture of the Church. Both went directly into the presence of the Lord without dying first.

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