Men and women of the Bible



Moses did not die, but was translated and taken into heaven




Mormons teach that Moses did not die but he was translated and taken into heaven. Here is what we read in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism: ‘Along with Elijah, he returned to the mount of transfiguration spoke with Christ, and bestowed certain keys of the priesthood upon the chief apostles. Because he needed a body of flesh and bones to perform this errand and because the resurrection was yet forthcoming, Moses was translated and taken into heaven, like Enoch and Elijah …’ (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York-Toronto 1992, vol. 2, page 959).




First of all, let me tell you that when Elijah and Moses appeared on the holy mountain they did not bestow the keys of the priesthood upon the apostles Peter, James and John.

As for Moses, the Scripture does not teach that Moses was translated and taken into heaven like Enoch and Elijah, but it teaches that Moses saw death, as it is written: “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day. And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses. And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel” (Deuteronomy 34:1-12). To confirm that Moses died I remember you that God said to Joshua: “Moses, my servant is dead” (Joshua 1:2) and that in the epistle of Jude we read as follows: “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee” (Jude 9)