Suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire… and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2 Kings 2:11
Paul Enns wrote about his brother-in-law, who, while dying, exclaimed, “Who are all those people?” He saw the room filled with unseen figures. Paul said, “I realized the reality: Angels had come to escort him home, and he was already seeing the people who were welcoming him into heaven! … The angels are God’s royal attendants, giving the believer a grand entrance into the royal court of the Lord Jesus.”1
Jesus said as much in His story about the beggar, Lazarus, who was escorted to heaven by angels (Luke 16:22). Elijah was escorted to heaven by chariots of fire, and Jesus said that at the end of the age, He “will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds” (Matthew 24:31).
When it comes to our final moments, we have nothing to worry about. Christ has paved the way, and the angels will make sure we don’t have to make the trip alone.
The very moment earth’s door closes and heaven’s door opens—at that very moment—there will be an excited, joyful, and exuberant reunion. Paul P. Enns
- Paul P. Enns, Heaven Revealed (Chicago: Moody, 2011), quotes from chapter 2.
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