Did Elijah go to heaven? Jesus said no one except Him had gone to heaven but the bible teaches us that Elijah and Enoch never died but went to heaven. So what is the explanation for this?
According to 2 Kings 2:12 “Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind” and Genesis 5:19 says that “Enoch walked with God then he was no more, because God took him away”. Both of these passages imply that Elijah and Enoch went to heaven. It is also implied that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are all alive and with the Lord in heaven (Luke 20:38) and all who are God’s people will be in heaven when they die (Luke 16:19 – 31)
The quote of Jesus
The quote of Jesus is in John 3 verse 13 “no one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven, the son of man”. Jesus is not emphasising the fact that no one has ascended into heaven, but that no one has ascended into heaven and come to earth from heaven. Jesus is talking to Nicodemus who was an expert in the law and scriptures of his day, but did not understand the spiritual things that Jesus was talking about. Jesus said to him, “we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen… no one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven, the son of Man”. He was pointing out to Nicodemus that when he spoke of heavenly things he was giving him first hand information because he had been there, seen it and spoke from personal experience.
How does this Bible passage speak to you? Please share your thoughts below!
Also read Am I predestined for heaven?100% Free Bible Course
We now offer a 100% free, Internet based Bible course. In 15 short lessons you will learn God's message for you in his Word.