Do We Have To Die In Order To See Heaven?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer one of them.
Question: If you include Moses, there were 3 people who did not die a physical death. If two of those three are the end time witnesses then what happens to the third one? (Moses, Enoch and Elijah). My understanding is that all of us must die a physical death in order to see heaven, correct?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Rhonda, thank you for the question. I am not convinced that Moses did not die. Please turn your Bible with me to,
5 “So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.”
According to who?
The Word of the Lord.
6 “And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.”
Our Father buried Moses in the land of Moab and this verse even documents there is a sepulcher, but no man knows where it is.
7 “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.”
Our third verse documenting Moses death, though we have the mystery of his eye not being dim or his natural force abated. Which possibly indicates that God took Moses life, but this would have required God to have essentially killed the body of Moses as it is documented that he died and was even buried (Joshua 1:1-2 also documents Moses died).
I cannot find anything in the scriptures that would indicate God took Moses as He did Enoch and Elijah. So I do not believe there are three people who did not die a physical death. We only know without any doubt Enoch and Elijah did not die and they both could be the Two Witnesses, but there is no documentation in God’s Word to support that thought either.
Another thought on Moses, in Jude 1:9 we see that Satan contends for the body of Moses. There is no doubt that Satan is in Heaven right now, he has not been cast out (Revelation 12:9). There is also no doubt that Moses is in Heaven as well (2 Corinthians 5:8).
So why would Satan seek the bones of Moses if they do not exist?
If God took Moses there would be no bones to look for.
Hebrews 9:27 documents men are only appointed to die one time. Deuteronomy documents Moses did die, and we know the Two Witnesses will be killed so it seems unlikely that Moses is one of the Two Witnesses.
As you are aware I am sure, Luke 9:29-35 and Matthew 17:1-5 document Moses and Elijah were next to Christ when He was transfigured. Note, Moses and Elijah were not transfigured, they were already in their spiritual body so there would be no need for them to be transfigured. It is interesting to think this all over, but we do not have any clear documentation in God’s Word to identify who the Two Witnesses are.
To answer the rest of your question, 1 Corinthians 15:50 documents flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. All that means is we cannot enter Heaven in a flesh body.
However, if we continue and read 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 we know that not all of us will die. Those of us alive in the flesh at the return of the True Christ will instantly be changed into our true bodies, our spiritual bodies.