Elijah, Enoch, Elisha Isaiah, Moses and Jeremiah
By Bishop Mettaous
[Pray to the Lord on our behalf, O perfect man,
the righteous and the just Enoch, that He may
forgive us our sins] Enoch: a Hebrew name, which means ‘consecrated’ or
‘experienced’. The church gives three titles to this great
man: perfect, righteous, pious.
He is Enoch about whom the Holy Bible wrote: “And
Enoch walked with God; and he was not found, for God
took him.” (Gen. 5:24). God took him, meaning he was
taken alive, and he will come back with Elijah, fight the
false Christ and then die.
He lived for 356 years before God took him.
[Pray for the Lord on our behalf, O Elijah the
Tishbite and his disciple Elisha, that He may
forgive us our sins]
Elijah: a Hebrew name, which means ‘My God is
Jehovah’, the Greek word for this name is Elias. He is
called the ‘fiery prophet’ because of his zeal for
worshipping the true God, and his hatred to worshipping
the idols, which was common in Israel at the time of the
cruel queen Jezebel. He had a great intimacy with the
Lord, he prayed not to rain and it didn’t for 3 ½ years,
then after killing the prophets of the Baal at Mount
Carmel, he prayed and it rained. Elijah was taken to
heaven alive in a chariot of fire, the church celebrates this
event on 6 Tubah.
Elisha: a Hebrew name which means ‘God is salvation’.
He followed Elijah as a prophet, and the Lord performed
many miracles through him, even after his death, “So it
was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the
tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and
touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his
feet.” (2 Kings 13:21). History records that Elisha’s
body, together with St. John the Baptist’s body were
transferred to Egypt. When St. Makarious – the Bishop
of Edko martyrised – he was buried with them, and at
that time some miracles were performed from their
bodies, some of which were:
A Mute Boy Speaks:
When they were placing St. Makarious’ body next to St.
Elisha and St. John the Baptist, there was a mute boy 12
years old who saw St. Elisha the Prophet and St. John the
Baptist embracing St. Makarious, so the boy spoke and
shouted [Look dad, these two men are embracing the
man who was martyrised, they are telling him: welcome
our brother, come and rest with us in peace]. All the
people present witnessed the miracle and glorified the
Healing the Paralysed:
A paralysed person was creeping amongst the crowd
asking for a charity, and accidentally he was pushed on
the bodies, so he immediately stood up and started
running everywhere and glorifying the Lord.
The church celebrates the commemoration of Elisha the
Prophet on 11 Hatour. [Pray for the Lord on our behalf O Moses the
Archprophet and Isaiah and Jeremiah that He
may forgive us our sins]
These three prophets are considered the greatest among
the prophets of Israel concerning the pouring of the spirit
of prophecy on them remarkably. Moses wrote the first
five books of the Old Testament, 187 chapters, Isaiah
wrote his book, 66 chapters and Jeremiah wrote his book
52 chapters and Lamentations 5 chapters.
Moses: A Hebrew name which means ‘taken from
water’. He is the Archprophet who used to talk to God a
lot. Brought up in Pharaoh’s house, he delivered the
children of Israel from the slavery of Egypt. He led them
40 years in the wilderness tolerating their murmuring and
weaknesses. He died at the age of 120 years, “Then
Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo,
to the top of Pisgah, which is across from Jericho. And
the Lord showed him all the land of Gilead as far as
Dan, all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and
Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western
Sea, the South, and the plain of the Valley of Jericho,
the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said
to him, "This is the land of which I swore to give
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, "I will give it to
your descendants.' I have caused you to see it with your
eyes, but you shall not cross over there."
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, opposite
Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he
died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigour
diminished. And the children of Israel wept for Moses
in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of
weeping and mourning for Moses ended.” (Deut. 34:1-
The church celebrates his commemoration on 8 Tut.
Isaiah: a Hebrew name, which means ‘God Saves’. He
was Isaiah the Son of Amos, who prophesied at the era of
5 kings of Judah about matters concerning Jerusalem, the
glory of eternal life, the birth of Jesus Christ, His
suffering and Crucifixion, as if he could see the entire
incidents in details. That is why he is called the
‘Evangelist Prophet’. Manasseh the king cut his body in
two with a wooden saw, and the church celebrates his
commemoration on 6 Tut.
Jeremiah: a Hebrew name which means ‘God
establishes’. He started his prophecy at the age of 15,
according to the Divine order, “Before I formed you in
the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified
you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jer.
1:5). He used to rebuke the people of Jerusalem for
disobeying the Lord. He prophesied about the coming of
Lord Jesus and His sufferings. He was martyred in
Egypt when the Jews stoned him, the church celebrates
his commemoration on 5 Bashans.