[quote=blackfish152]There are two old Testament examples of assumption into Heaven: Genesis 5:24 for Enoch and 2 Kings 2:11 for Elijah.
John 3:13 …says that no one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended, the Son of Man.
Now apart from the seeming contradiction in the above 2 verses, can anyone reconcile them?
Also how is it possible for these 2 OT men, to enter heaven before the Merits of Calvery were made possible for the forgiveness of sins, such that man may enter into the Presence of the Lord God.
Two other possible candidates for pre-general resurrection assumption are Noah and Moses. Though we are later told that Noah “died,” Genesis 9:29, Genesis 6:10 also says that Noah “walked with God,” using the precise same Hebrew word applied to Enoch. Additionally, though we are told that Moses “died,” Deuteronomy 34:5, we are ALSO told that the Archangel Michael fought with Satan for Moses body – and presumably WON it, Jude 1:9, so that, low and behold, just as we see assumed Elijah standing with Christ at the time of the Transfiguration, we see Moses there, too.
Now, why does John 3:13 read the way it does?
Read the context, and you will see your answer.
11 Amen, amen, I say to you, **we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. **12 If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. John 3:11-13.Apparently, what John 3:13 means is, “No one has gone up to Heaven and then come down so that he can describe to you what he saw], except the One Who has come down from Heaven, the Son of Man.”
He wasn’t denying prior assumptions. He was just denying that there were any eyewitnesses to Heaven available to the human race.