Elijah is Raptured
2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Elijah was in this world, but he had never been of this world. His life had been full of dramatic happenings. More than once, Elijah had called down fire from heaven. He was the prophet, who had miraculous happenings more than the others. He will go to heaven as he had lived on the earth, in a miraculous happening. It is stating in the verse above, the ascension of Elijah in “a whirlwind”, as if it had already happened. Elijah, like Enoch, is still alive. They did not go the way of the grave. Elijah followed Enoch in being taken into heaven without dying.
Gen. 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
“Chariot of fire and horses of fire” – The horse-drawn chariot was the fastest means of transport and the mightiest means of warfare in that day. Thus, the chariot and horse symbolized God’s powerful protection, which was the true safety of Israel. They had to be separated, so Elijah would go up, and not both of them. God divided them with His fire.
Psalms 104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire.
The chariot of fire and the horses of fire accompanied Elijah up, but he went up in the whirlwind.
This was the end of a remarkable ministry, one that was in many ways similar to the ministry of Moses.