Did Elijah go to heaven in the flesh?

Nov 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Did Elijah go to heaven in the flesh?

This is really a two part question

1) Did Elijah do to heaven?

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.  (Joh 3:12-13)

Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. (Act 2:29)

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
(Mat 11:11)

2) Did Elijah do to heaven in the flesh?

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  (1Co 15:50-54)

After a quick review of the scriptures quoted above. We will give our reasoning: First is that Elijah did not go to heaven. He is part of what we call the Ancient Worthies, a class of Godly men or women, who followed after God. John the Baptist being the last of this group. Jesus opened up a “new and living way.” which by implication of that statement it was not opened up before his death, therefore none had the opportunity of entering in. We are told two things in the scriptures quoted above, 1) King David, a man after God’s own heart, was still in his tomb, he hadn’t gone anywhere in the hundreds of years that had elapsed. 2) we are told that who ever is least in the Kingdom of Heaven was greater than John the Baptist, meaning John was not of the Kingdom of Heaven.

So now that brings up another question or questions. If Elijah didn’t have the oppotunity of going to heaven, because there was no way at that time, what became of him? We know he loved and served God, and he is used in Anti-type to describe the Church class, the second coming of Messiah and Jesus even equates Elijah with himself.

The answer we seek is in Hebrews 11. That chapter goes in great detail of all the Ancient Worthies, some by name, most not. The very last verse explains everything.

God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. (Heb 11:40)

God having provided something better for us (the Bride of Christ, the heavenly Kingdom), that they (the  Ancient Worthies just listed), should not be made perfect.

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The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace. Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. (Psa 45:13-16)

The Kings daughters are the Bride of Christ, and this is describing the wedding scene. Thy fathers (The Ancient Worthies) shall be thy children (because as Jesus is the 2nd Adam, and everlasting father, the Christian becomes the 2nd Eve and mother of the human race), whom thou makest princes (a ruling power) in all the earth (“thy kingdom come in earth”).

The Christian is part of the 1st resurrection, which by being first, implies that there is another. The other resurrection is not heavenly, but earthly.  And that is the subject of another time.

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