I understand that Catholic teaching is that before the Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, nobody entered Heaven. The righteous (good) people who died were in the “Bosom of Abraham” in sheol where they were comforted - waiting for our Lord Jesus to open the Gates of Heaven. Now that the Lord has died for our sins, and rose from the dead, and ascended to Heaven, the gates of Heaven are now opened. This part I fully understand.
According to 2 Kings 2:11, “Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” Enoch also is thought to have entered Heaven (**Genesis 5:24 , Sirach 44:16 **and 49:14 , Hebrews 11:5).
Our Lord says in John 3:13:
“And no man hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven.” Douay Rhiems Bible
“No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.” New American Bible
I have seen many different answers to this from fellow Catholics on the internet. So now…
Did Elijah and Enoch enter Heaven before the Death and Resurrection of Jesus (as an exception)? OR were they also taken to the “Bosom of Abraham” waiting along with the other righteous people to enter Heaven? Has the Church said anything on this?
Thanks and God Bless!