Elijah, Come Out of the Cave! Now! (Part 4)

Click on following links for earlier articles: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

2. Elisha

The Lord said to him [Elijah], “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram; and Jehu, the son of Nimshi you shall anoint king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. (1 Kings 19: 15 – 16)

Elijah had one of the greatest days in the whole Bible when he called fire down from heaven, executed four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and prayed for rain. Now, forty-three days later, after struggling with fear, depression, hopelessness, and then, finally hearing the voice of the Lord in a cave, Elijah was directed to do three important things.

Interestingly enough, how many of the three things did Elijah actually accomplish?

So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle on him. (1 Kings 19: 19)

This is the only recorded time in the Bible where a prophet passed his mantle and anointing to another prophet. There are other examples of transference of power in the Bible, such as  Moses laying his hands on Joshua, but this is the only recorded time for this particular type of transference.

So how can I positively say that Elisha was an Elijah-type prophet?

Because Elijah only did one of the important things the Lord commanded him to do and that was anointing Elisha. But it was Elisha who then fulfilled the other two important things: by anointing Hazael king of Aram and anointing Jehu king of Israel.

Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit and then received it.

And finally, Jesus Himself linked Elisha with Elijah in His discourse at the synagogue in Nazareth.

But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah…and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in  Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman, the Syrian. And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things. (Luke 4: 27 – 28)

Yes, like Elijah, Elisha was a prophet of power. Also, in terms of signs, wonders and miracles as recorded in the Bible, Elisha’s ministry was second only to Jesus.

But once again, what sets Elijah and Elisha apart from the other prophets in the Old Testament? And who are the other three Elijah-type prophets?

(Continued in Part 5)

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7 responses to “Elijah, Come Out of the Cave! Now! (Part 4)

  1. Thanks, Larry, for getting us to think and wonder! It hurts sometimes, but it’s so good for me . . .ha!

  2. What happens to the anointing when any man of God dies or ascends like Elijah? Does it just disappear?

    When Elijah was ready to go, he told Elisha to stick with him right to the end if he wanted a double portion of the anointing.

    2 Kings 2v12. When the time came and Elijah disappears up to heaven, Elisha cries out, “my Father, my Father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen.”

    Skip forward to Elisha’s end, 2Kings 13v14. Here we see a rather faithless king of Israel arrives at Elisha’s death bed and says, “my father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen?”

    He obviously thought that he could make a grab for power before Elisha departs this world. He had clearly heard what had happened with Elijah and was trying it on!
    The rest of the story at that points is worth reading, (needless to say the faithless king didn’t get what he wanted,) but what follows is even more interesting.

    Elisha is now dead and buried.
    2Kings13v21 ….And it came to pass as they were burying a man, behold they spied a band of men and they cast the man into the sepulcher of Elisha, and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet!

    As the spooked burial party flee back into the city the dead man is running after them shouting “wait for me”.

    The anointing doesn’t cease when someone dies. It might end up in the grave but is always still available to those faithful ones who want to take hold of it.

    That is why John the Baptist could truly walk in the spirit of Elijah.

  3. Frank,

    Now, was it the anointing or was it God honoring the double portion conditions of Elijah’s anointing? This is one of those questions that I don’t have a good answer for… and may never have until I’m in heaven.

    But being a Leonard Ravenhill lover, I always say, “Go after the anointing with all your heart and in whatever way the Lord shows you.”

    For instance, in the Latter Rain Healing Revival of the 1950’s, Paul Cain would pray in tongues all afternoon before an evening service. Then, he would blindfold himself and lay on the backseat of a car while praying in tongues as a person drove him to the tent for the service. When he arrived, he’d remove the blindfold and walk into the tent to the stage for the service. At the podium, he’d speak into the microphone and call off names of people who were in the audience. These people would stand up and he’d give them some more information and the people would be healed.

    All of this he did without knowing ahead of time who was in the audience or the names of any sick people. Plus, Cain was about nineteen or twenty years old at the time.

    Once, some of the other healing evangelists talked Cain into not praying so much. They convinced him that the healing anointing would work without so much effort on his part.

    So, Cain did not pray that afternoon and did not lay down on the backseat of the car when he arrived at the tent. He had nothing! He walked up to the microphone and told the crowd, “I’m in sin. I have to go home and pray. Be here tomorrow night.”

    He left and performed miracles the next evening.

    Admittedly, Cain is thought of as a controversial figure by some (maybe many), but I’m of the belief that if a person is anointed, let’s try to learn from them.

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