THE CRIMINAL ON THE CROSS Part IX
In Parts V, VI, VII and VIII, verses and words were examined to show that God did not extend immortality to Enoch. Those who believe and teach that God took Enoch to heaven do so in contradiction of the scriptures by either taking verses out of context or ascribing definitions to words that are not correct. They do the same with Elijah, whom God sent into heaven and they believe that Elijah is now in state of heavenly bliss.
Again, Jimmy Swaggart must be noted. He said on his program several months ago that God took Elijah to heaven because he had something important for him to do in heaven. Before going on, letís think on what Jesus told the disciples, In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:2-3) Notice that Jesus didnít say anything about Elijah or Enoch, and neither did he mention that Elijah was doing work in heaven. In John 4:6 Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Enoch and Elijah could not be in heaven because God had not revealed the acts of faith set in motion by the life, death and resurrection of His son. Jimmy Swaggart, and others who teach that Enoch and Elijah now reside in heaven, is wrong. (More on the teaching of Jimmy Swaggart concerning Elijah in Part X.)
The Bible is its own best commentary and relates exactly what happened to Elijah. Elijah was a very interesting prophet who did Godís work with some interesting behavior; mainly because he had a regular habit of disappearing when doing what God told him to do (See I Kings 18:7-17.) When Obidiah was told by Ahab where to go 18:5, he met Elijah, verse 7 and asked, Art thou that my lord Elijah? Verse 8 gives the answer: And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. Obadiah begins to complain to Elijah and plainly says he is not going to have any of it, verses 9-14: And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? 10 As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not. 11 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. 12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth. 13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water? 14 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me. 15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him to day. 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah. Verse 10 tells us that the people couldnít find Elijah and verse 11, where Obadiah is incredulous that he go tell Ahab that Elijah is here. It is the humorous lead in to verse 12 where Obidiah says that spirit of the Lord will carry Elijah off to parts unknown. Obadiah continued his tirade to Elijah in verse 14. Verses 15 and 16 reveal that they settled their quarrel.
God moved his servants around to accomplish his purpose and the people didnít think it was unusual. Ezekiel was taken away in Ezekiel 3:12-14; 8:3; and 11:24. Those types of events were common place in that day and knew that God was involved.
The next, Part X, will begin with II Kings and Elijahís disappearance.
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