Elijah Proves the Rapture

Friday, January 25, 2013 (All day)

Wasn't Elijah the prophet raptured to heaven?

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[Steve Myers] We recently did a program on the rapture and Dan wrote us on our BeyondToday.tv website with a question. He wrote, "I saw your program about the rapture and a question came to mind. Wasn't Elijah the prophet raptured to heaven?"

That's a really good question. In fact, that points to this particular passage in 2 Kings:2:11 and so some get the idea that somehow Elijah was carried up to the throne of God in heaven. So let's read that passage and begin to see if that's really what it says. It says, "Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." And so what happens is people assume that Elijah was whisked off to heaven in this whirlwind or this tornado, and yet that can't be because we know in John:3:13 it says no one has ascended to heaven.

So what we've got to decide is what heaven was Elijah taken to? Or what was he taken up in? And the Bible actually mentions three different heavens : one is the atmosphere, the sky that surrounds the earth (Genesis:7:11-12; Genesis:7:19; Job:51:11; Jeremiah:16:4), another is space where the stars and the planets are (Genesis:26:4; Exodus:32:13; Deuteronomy:1:10; Deuteronomy:28:62; Nehemiah:9:6; Psalm:8:3; Isaiah:12:10), and then there's a third heaven that the Bible mentions and that is the heaven of God's throne (Deuteronomy:26:15; Hebrews:8:1; 2 Corinthians:12:2; Revelation:4:2).

Now which one is referred to here in 2 Kings:2:11? Well we can find that out if we continue to read our Bibles. There's an amazing section in 2 Chronicles. If you were to look up 2 Chronicles and in this particular passage, it's in 2:12. Here we find the prophet Elijah mentioned again. And here's how the passage goes in 2 Chronicles chapter - oh, I wrote the wrong passage - 21, 21:12. It says, "A letter came to him," and that's Jehoram the king of Judah, "From Elijah the prophet saying, 'Thus says the Lord God of your father David'" (2 Chronicles:21:12). And then that letter goes on.

Now you might not think that's such a big deal, but what's interesting this King Jehoram is many years after the event where Elijah was taken into heaven. So what does that tell us? Well, five to ten years after that whirlwind took Elijah up, it set him down - not years later, but it took him up into the sky and set him down in a whole other location and it was on earth. Years later he's writing to the king to tell him what God has to say, and so it becomes very clear he wasn't taken to the throne of God. He wasn't taken to the stars. He was taken up in the air and set down in another location and later writes to the king to tell him what God has to say.

So I think it's very important when we see and hear things about the rapture that just cannot be true, it is easy to explain these things when we take the whole picture. So remember the context. Read carefully. Don't jump to conclusions and make sure you get the whole story.

That's BT Daily . We'll see you next time. 


rogeliofeir's picture

This is very enlightening. The Bible answers itself.

linda effenberger

linda effenberger's picture

A great BT Daily, but I would put a question mark at the end of the title, otherwise someone might not read the text or not hear what you are saying and believe that Elijah does prove the Rapture! You explain very clearly that Elijah was not raptured!


dust_i_am's picture

Wasn't Jehoram already King of Judah while Elijah was alive, based on II Kings 1:17?

If so, how do we know the letter from Elijah reached King Jehoram "many years" later?


Tholp1's picture

Elijah was taken up in a fiery chariot that came out of heaven. My only suggestion is that he was taken by the four living creatures. They are described in the Bible by many of the prophets as being fiery(Ezekiel:10:6-8)(Isaiah:6:1-6) and can swoop down so quickly(Ezekiel:1:13-14). Something went on in those years of his abscense "but how do we know the letter reached the king..."The Bible says so as Mr. Myers said."

Little lamb learning

Little lamb learning's picture

My King James Bible tells me in the ref section that the letter was written before his death. And 2 kings 2:12 does say went up by a whirlwind into heaven. The bible does not lie and it is not Gods wish to trick us, but you have to want to know the truth when you see it.

Sabrina Peabody

Sabrina Peabody's picture

Not all that is written in the reference section of your Bible is true. It would be good to check out multiple commentaries for a better picture. Not only that, if you haven't already read the Bible from beginning to end, that also gives the big picture of God's plan and way of thinking. See if that statement fits into the rest of the Bible's words.

Mavis Stucci

Mavis Stucci's picture

re dust_i_am: There were two Jehorams: Jehoram son of Ahab [896-884BC] (Samaria) and Jehoram (aka Joram) son of Jehosophat [893-885 BC] (Judah). Hope this helps.

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