“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.” (Heb. 11:5). The verb “pleased” (from eurasteo) means, “satisfied.” (Gingrich) Enoch pleased God; he satisfied God. To please God is to satisfy God.
God commended Enoch because Enoch’s faith in God. Enoch pleased God because of his faith in God. One day Enoch became a missing person. God had taken him. The verb “taken” is from metatithemi, which means “literally, as causing a change from one place to another transfer, bring to, transplant (HE 11.5b); passive be taken, be transferred (HE 11.5a) (Friberg); “to move from one place to another, to change one’s location.” (Louw-Nida) It means that God had transferred him from earth to heaven. Can you imagine that? Because God was pleased with Enoch, God removed him from earth and transferred him to heaven—literally.
Thus, Enoch did not die. Hebrews 11:5 says, “Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him.” He did not see death. Because Enoch did not die, he could not be found. In the Greek, the verb “found” is an imperfect tense in the passive voice. The imperfect tense speaks of continuous action in the past. Thus, it should read, “he was not being found.” He was not being found continuously. They looked for him again and again. But he was not found again and again. He became a mission person. He continued to be a missing person.
Where was Enoch? Nobody knew where he was. Nobody could find him. He never came home. His body could not be found. He just vanished from thin air. God had taken him. What a way to go to heaven!
Is that possible? Of course it’s possible! If God can create the universe, God can take you away! Who else did not die but went to heaven in the Bible? Elijah. God sent a chariot of fire and horses of fire. The chariot of fire came down from heaven. Elijah stepped on the chariot of fire. Then he went up and away to heaven on a chariot of fire.
But Enoch did not transfer to heaven by a chariot of fire. The Bible does not tell us how he got to heaven. The Bible says that God just took him away.
I have good news for you! When Jesus comes, He will also take us away. It’s called the rapture—the catching up of believers in the air. When Jesus comes, the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive shall be caught up together with them in the air (1 Thess. 4:16-18). If Jesus comes in our lifetime, we will be taken up to heaven like Enoch!