Greetings in Christ!
It is my understanding that the souls of those who repose in Christ, and also those such as Enoch and Elijah, experience a "foretaste" of Paradise; it is not Paradise in its fulness, per se, because the Kingdom of God will only be completely consumated when Christ returns. I don't believe it contradicts the Christian message at all. Hope this helps.
Hi Michael and welcome...
Enoch and Elijah did not die.....
There were two saints of the Old Testament who did not die: Enoch was translated,
and he was not found; and Elijah went up in the fiery chariot.
Therefore, they will come back as the two witnesses and preach against Antichrist.
Just as the Holy Baptizer of Christ, John, heralded the first coming of Christ,
when He came meekly, as a servant,
so the glorious Elias will herald the second coming of Christ,
when He will come in al power and majesty, as a King, swiftly, from the Mount of Olives.
The church knows that both Enoch and Elias will come back to the earth in it's very last days,
and preach Christ.
They will be slain by the antichrist,
and lay in the streets for three days,
after which the Lord will come and usher in the New, unwaning age.
Antichrist will allow men everything,
as long as they "fall down and worship him"; and the whole world will submit to him.
Then there will appear the two righteous men,
who will fearlessly preach the faith and accuse Antichrist.
According to Church tradition,
they are the two Prophets of the Old Testament,
Elijah and Enoch,
who did not taste of death,
but will taste it now for three days,
and in three days they must rise.
Their death will call forth the great rejoicing of Antichrist and his servants.
Their resurrection will plunge them into great confusion and terror.
Then, the end of the world will come.......
The evil and false religion in the world will culminate in the reign of Antichrist,
a world ruler who will seem to bring peace out of the world disorder and will seem to be Christ come again to earth,
reigning from the restored Temple in Jerusalem.
But there will be those who see through the deception.
two Old Testament prophets who did not die will return to earth — Elijah to convert the Jews, and Enoch to preach to the other nations.
The short reign of Antichrist — only three and a half years - will end in new disorders and wars,
in the midst of which Christ Himself will come from heaven,
preceded by the sign of the Cross,
and this world will be consumed by fire and totally renewed,
at the same time that the bodies of the dead will arise from the tomb and be rejoined to their souls in order to stand before God's final judgment.
Now, with this general background of the events of the last times, let us look at the prophecies regarding Russia.
"The prophets Enoch and Elijah will come from heaven,
and they, too,
will explain to all the people and cry out: 'This is Antichrist, do not believe him.'
And he will kill them, but they will resurrect and fly into heaven.
Lord have mercy on me a sinner
Sorry to both Sean and Michael......Shawn I didn't realise you asked the question....Again sorry
Also your not new here....
Im seeing things....better get some sleep.
Glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ.