What does it mean that Enoch was “translated” in Heb 11:5.
Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Here is the definition of the word “translated” in Greek.
From G3326 and G5087; to transfer, that is, (literally) transport, (by implication) exchange, (reflexively) change sides, or (figuratively) pervert: – carry over, change, remove, translate, turn.
Here is an example of another use of the word.
Act 7:14 Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
Act 7:15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,
Act 7:16 And were carried (G3346) over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.
The world literally means to transport, or carry. So the question is, where was Enoch carried.
Well we know that he could not have gone to heaven, into the Kingdom of God, because no man has ascended up to heaven but Christ.
Joh 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
We also know that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, and no one before Pentecost in the book of Acts was given the holy spirit.. no one had been born again yet.
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
This leads us to conclude that Enoch was merely transported somewhere on earth, and merely ascended into the physical heavens of the earth in the process. This was possibly done that he may avoid death at the hands of one of his enemies, the scriptures are not specific.
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We’re also told a few verses later in Hebrews that “these all died in faith” including Enoch. He certainly cannot be in the Kingdom God if he is dead.
Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Ecc 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
A very similar things happened to Elijah.
2Ki 2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
2Ki 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a
whirlwind into heaven.
Elijah later writes a letter, clearly showing that he was still alive and on the earth.
2Ch 21:12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith
the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah
Obadiah acknowledges that the Spirit of God moves people from place to place when he says the following:
1Ki 18:12 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.
Obadiah is in fear of his life, proving that he sincerely believes that God will remove Elijah from this place so he may not be found by King Ahab.
I hope this helps to answers your question,