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him, guilty of criticizing his behavior (2 Kings 1:9-15); While in a cave on Mount Horeb, the mount where God used to dwell during the exodus from Egypt, he stood at the arrival of Yahweh (1 Kings 19:9-12), who ordered him to stay on the mountain during his passage. The arrival (landing?) is accompanied by all the usual phenomena, we already know well: strong wind, earth shaking, fire, and then a gentle breeze. The Rapture of Elijah The episode that concerns us, however, is in Chapter 2 of the Second Book of Kings and is known as “the rapture of Elijah.” This is an event that modern terminology might define as a true abduction; a kidnapping at the hands of aliens. The term “rapture” may not be appropriate here, because what happened was consciously known in advance by the prophet Elijah. He was also accompanied by his followers who were also made aware of what was about to happen. We see the episode in detail (2 Kings 2:1 et seq.). The chapter begins with the departure of Elijah and his disciple Elisha from the city of Gilgal, which is: 142

When Yahweh lifts Elijah with a whirlwind The prophet calls on his young followers to stay, telling them that Yahweh has ordered him to go to Beth-El (“House of El”), alone, but Elisha refuses to obey and follows his master. Once there, they find other disciples that tell the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 2:3): You maybe know that the day when Yahweh was taking your lord from above from head? And he said: also I know So there is no doubt that all are aware of what was to happen and the text shows that they also know when: “today”, Yahweh is going to “take up” the prophet. Elijah and Elisha go then to Jericho, and here are the disciples who are aware of the impending departure of Elijah (2 Kings 2:5). The two start again toward the Jordan followed by 50 disciples who, however, keep at a distance; after crossing the river, Elijah asked Elisha (2 Kings 2:9): 143

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