Elijah and Enoch

by | Sep 29, 2010

I recently read that Elijah and Enoch were both taken into the third heaven and remain alive today, possibly to return to earth as God’s “two witnesses,” and finally be slain and resurrected. How can they be at the throne of God in flesh and blood when 1 Corinthians 15:50 says, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”?

Dan Russell

Dear Dan,

I know of no reason to believe that Elijah and Enoch continue to exist in heaven without a glorified body. 1 Corinthians 15:50 is an excellent text to rebut the idea that these two patriarchs are still living in perishable bodies. As the following context indicates, it is not necessary to die in order to have a glorified body. In 1 Cor. 15:52 the phrase, “and we will be changed,” refers to believers who are alive on the earth when the trumpet sounds.

As Paul notes in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, “We who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Saints who are alive when Jesus returns to this earth will receive glorified bodies as they are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.

Since Paul says we will receive imperishable bodies, the two witnesses who are slain in revelation must not be persons who have received glorified bodies.

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