Some servants of Hashem are meant to have a special destiny.
Enoch and Elyahou were known as obedient and committed, Not knowing death is a rare, special favor that Hashem has in reserve for a few chosen ones. Whoever doubts that His servants’ death truly affects the Almighty should read John 11, Eleazar’s (Lazarus) resurrection.
Take a second to meditate on the following verse of John 11:35:
Yeshua is Lord. Yeshua has the power to resurrect His friend. Yet his death deeply affects His heart.
“In the sight of the Lord, the death of his faithful ones is valued.” Psalm 116: 15
Enoch (Hanoch), a righteous man in the middle of a corrupt generation
“Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah and he had other sons and daughters; So all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:21-24
My Tanakh renders the last sentence this way: “Hanoch walked in a way that pleased God, when he disappeared, God had withdrawn him from the world.”
The Hebrew verb ( לָקַח) lakach has the meaning of carrying away, snatching, fetching. It clearly indicates God’s strong will to carry Enoch away in order to transfer him into a better place.
I do believe that people who walk in holiness, especially within a sinful and corrupt generation are highly favored by the Most High. Being taken by our Lord before the end of our days is a special mark of affection.
Elyahou (Elijah)’s ascent
The closeness of the prophets to Hashem is a beautiful love story. All of them have willingly laid down their lives in the tiniest details to our Lord. They have become His eyes, His mouth, His hands…they sometimes speak in signs and in symbols for the common mortal to understand Hashem’s thoughts.
Elyahou’s ministery has been marked by an ardent will from the prophet to get rid of the prophets of Baal. The prophet has been taken care of in a very supernatural way, nourished by the ravens of meat and bread. On his word, the rain was stopped for three years in the land of Israel.
Elyahou was filled with the Spirit constantly.
When the prophet ascends to Heaven in a chariot of fire in the presence of Elisha, his disciple, the only object that he leaves is his mantle. The mantle Elyahou is wearing is not just any piece of garment. It is very symbolic of wearing the Spirit. One all the stories revolving arount the tallit in Judaism may be entitled to ask if this mantle that is spoken of in the second Book of the Kings is indeed a tallit. If we do consider the many stories in Judaism revolving around the tallit, it would really make sense, especially because Elisha requests a double portion of the Spirit.
In his most recent video, David Hines makes a parallel between Elyahou’s mantle and the Shroud of Turin as a powerful testimony of the Spirit. Check it out.
On a side note, Elyahou is the prophet , in Jewish tradition, who will revive the Messiah ben Yosef.
Choose to walk in righteousness in the middle of a corrupt generation. Be the salt of the earth. Be zealous for Hashem and spread His Good News of Salvation. Remember that any true follower of Yeshua is withdrawn from the world, even during his lifetime.
May the Spirit of Adonai be with you, always.
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