On the Coat Tails of Elijah

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD, And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Malachi 4:5,6

2K2:6 - And Elijah said unto Elisha, "Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan". And Elisha answered, "As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee".

Elisha stuck to Elijah like toast on pleasant bread.

Many today are looking for the coming of Elijah -- but maybe he has already come?? And maybe the great and terrible day of the LORD was when He suffered at Calvary. Jesus told us that John the Baptist was Elijah (if you are able to receive it..).

"For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it,
this is Elias, [Elijah] which was for to come".
Matt 11:14

Elijah's story begins in 1Kings 17.

Elisha's story begins in 1Kings 19:19

Elijah is spelled 'Elias' in the New Testament.

Elisha is spelled 'Eliseus' in the New Testament.

Miracles of Elijah are primarily in FIRE!

Miracles of Elisha are primarily in WATER!

Elijah divided the Jordan river using his mantle.

Elisha did about twice the miracles of Elijah.

Elijah does everything himself; personally.

Elisha, son of Shaphat, delegates authority.

Elijah the Tishbite is always hungry; needing food.

Elisha heals the poisoned pot and multiplies the food.

Elijah proved on Mount Carmel that the real GOD
was the one who sent down Fire! .

Elisha was furnished a special room by the Shunammite
woman and prophesied the birth of her son.

Elijah "went up" to heaven in a whirlwind.

Elisha's bones restored a dead man to life! 2K13:21

Many died by Elijah's hand during his era.

Many were saved during Elisha's term as prophet.

Like John-the-Baptist, Elijah was a hairy man,
and wore a leather garmet.

Elisha asked for and received Elijah's mantle
and the double-portion of his spirit.

Elijah called down fire on two squads of 50 men.

Elisha healed the waters of Jericho with a cruse of salt. 2K2:21

Elijah's regime began with a severe 3 yr. famine. 1K18:1

Elisha was called "Father" in 2K6:21

"The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven". 1Cor15:47

It's the "old one-two" from the Lord, like Cain/Abel, Esau/Jacob, Peter/Paul, etc. First the old man of the flesh, then the hidden man of the heart. As believers, we are NOT supposed to have the spirit of Elijah, but rather ELISHA. The pattern tells us "we must be born-again".
It's ELISHA who typifies the Spirit of Christ and the New Commandment to love one another. John13:34.

Because prophecies sometimes have more than one fulfillment, it's possible that John the Baptist was simply a first personification of Elijah, and we may be looking for him again. On the Mount of Transfiguration, Mk9, it was Elijah and Moses who appeared to Jesus and his three closest apostles. These two; Elijah and Moses, are often considered to be the two witnesses of Rev11:6 because of their association with stopping rain, and changing water to blood.

And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. Mark9:2-4.

"After six days" from what? Just as God took six days for his Creation, so mankind has been given six days on Planet Earth, and when a thousand years are as one day, it means our time is almost up! This end-time scene assures us We'll be getting new bodies and meeting the Saints, including Elijah and Moses, up in Heaven.

Three Dispensations

One example of multiple fulfillments is about the two dreams of the Pharaoh. First he dreamed about the seven cows who ate the seven cows, and next he dreamed about the seven ears of corn who ate other seven ears of corn. Joseph interpreted his two dreams and told him about the seven years of good harvest which would be followed by seven years of famine. Sure enough, it came to pass like Joseph said, and he was chosen to be in charge of the 'bread' they were so desperate for, just prior to the exodus from Egypt. And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth. Gen47:15

Now, since we learned about Jesus being the True Bread and The Word, we can recognize the allegory of the Bible being the 'bread' that was stored up for us to read in these latter days. So the dreams can be seen as having a double fulfillment, with the first seven years applying to the Rachel-7 of the Jews, and the second seven to the Leah-7 of the Gentiles.
The Two Wives a type of The Two Covenants; lasting 2,000 yrs. each. Gal 4:24.

1,000 years = 1 Day

Jesus said: "But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias[Elijah], when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus[Elisha] the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian". Lk4:25-27

The name 'Elijah' means
"My God is Jehovah".
Strong #0452

The name 'Elisha' means
"God of Salvation".
Strong #0477

Elijah and Elisha both raised a son (not daughter) from the dead in a curious body-to-body maneuver. 1K17:21 and 2K4:34. Hindsight reveals this as a precept for the resurrection of Christ and 'his Body'.

It was said of Elisha, that he "poured water on the hands of Elijah", 2k3:11. Elijah's hands definitely had "blood" on them, and the logic is the same as that of Pontius Pilate who "washed his hands" of the crucifixion of Jesus.
"When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Mt27:24.

Elijah thought that himself was the only one left who was serving God, but was told about 7,000 others who also were serving. 1K19:18. That same spirit of "only me" has infected the Body of Christ today, but there are probably seventy times 7,000 others who are also serving.

In the Old Testament it was Naaman who was told by the Prophet Elisha to go dip in the River Jordan seven times, 2K5:10, for the cleansing of his leprosy. Elisha didn't actually go to the door himself, but sent his servant Gehazi. Now, in the present times under the New Covenant, it's THE WORD in the mouth of disciples who minister to the afflicted.

When Elisha wanted the double-portion of Elijah's spirit, he had to ASK. Elijah told him his request would be granted IF he "saw him when he ascended on high". 2K2:10. Until we SEE it with eyes of faith for ourself, and ASK for the Holy Spirit, it won't be ours.

The Shunammite woman, 2K4, exemplified "faith" without the word actually being used, when she maintained her statement "It is well", despite the terrible circumstance of the death of her son. She's the very one who had a special chamber with table, stool, and bed, for the prophet Elisha to use -- have YOU made room in your heart for the Son of God?
Elisha had occasion to prophesy the "miracle birth of a son", and both he and Elijah were instrumental in resurrecting sons from death in a similar body-to-body manner. The miracle birth of Jesus, and how the church is the Body of Christ, are major tenets of Scripture.

Why or how someone like Elisha could "die sick", 2K13:14, puzzled me the longest, until I recollected how Jesus himself "bare our sicknesses", Mt8:17. Even the bones of Elisha showed the power of God by raising the dead, 2K13:21, and of course it's the death and resurrection of Christ which has caused the gospel to go forth like leaven throughout the entire world.

The Great Delegator: like Elisha.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost". Mt28:19

Want to be rebuked by Jesus?   And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. Luke9:54-56.


Elijah seems a lovable cuss, but he represents the old-man of the flesh, doing it in his own strength, whereas Elisha represents the new "hidden man of the heart", 1Pet3:4, who believes the Word, the Bread, the Living Water, and has the born-again Spirit of Christ.
Don't pray for the return to the Elijah days!

"Let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price". 1Pet3:4.


ELIJAH, and then ELISHA, were two prophets chosen by God,
They followed one after the other, but not like two peas in a pod.
The differences between them were substantial; they weren't alike at all,
Except in their duty to God, and in the way they obeyed His call.

ELIJAH would call down fire--be careful what you say or do,
'cause he would prove that God is real, and make it hot for you!
Elijah takes it on himself to see that things get done..
He does it in the name of God...they didn't yet know of the Son.

But he's always very hungry, and gets fed miraculously,
by the ravens and the widow, and the angel by the Juniper Tree.
The Word of God hadn't yet been born when Elijah walked the earth,
and his hunger would not be abated until the spiritual food came forth.
So when his job was over and his replacement was on board,
he threw his mantle to Elisha, and into the heavens he soared.

"If you see me taken up", Elijah told Elisha,
"then the double-portion that you've asked, is granted.."
Sure enough, he got his wish, 'cause he saw Elijah go,
and he received the thing for which his heart had panted!

Now ELISHA was completely different--he didn't use fire at all!
It was water that he specialized in; and he had a servant at his beck and call.
He had no trouble with food--he healed it, and caused it to grow;
His double-portion of the Holy Spirit cured all manner of woe.
The power of the Spirit in Elisha went deep into his bones...
When a dead man accidentally touched them, he raised right up and ran home!

ELISHA was a white headed "eagle" of God, that the Children all thought of as bald,
They couldn't bear to be civil to him, so he suffered them to be mauled.
Now the Children of this generation are still cruel when they don't understand,
But with teaching and training they'll grow up to know not to build their house on the sand.

Elijah was like John the Baptist, whose ministry introduced Christ,
and Elisha was a type of Jesus, who brings us the Living Water of Life.
Together they're yoked to the Chariot of God--they're two birds of a feather..
It's the OLD TESTAMENT and the NEW TESTAMENT, spiritually harnessed together!

There's more to this story than can be told in verse, and more than meets the eye,
If you ever expect to contend with the horses, don't look for pie in the sky.
The Chariot of Fire that came "after" Elijah, is the spiritual vehicle of God,
To bring us the secrets of Scripture, and show how our feet should be shod.

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