Searching for Elijahs
A common topic discussed in the Church in recent years is the statement which is quoted from 2 Kings 2:14: “Where is the Lord the God of Elijah?” Elijah had just ascended into heaven via a whirlwind. Elisha had received his mantle which represents the anointing, the power of the Holy Spirit in his life. He took the mantle and tapped the water, made the statement, the water parted, and he crossed over.
As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. Elisha saw it and cried out,”My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. He also took up the mantle of Elijah which fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan. He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over. 2 Kings 2:11-14
Elisha was Elijah’s disciple. Elijah was a very powerful prophet who raised the dead, and called rain and fire down from heaven. Something else that he did was amazing too: he had a School of the Young Prophets (as referred thereto by Bob Gladstone). He surrounded himself with those willing to learn the ways of God. In essence, he was a father to a whole company of prophets who would carry his vision from God into the coming generations. (ref 1 & 2 Kings)
Here was a man who was absolutely possessed by the Spirit of God, to the degree that he would not even face death but be taken up to heaven, while he was still alive! God did call him to raise up another in his place. The revelation did not leave with him, it grew into further revelation through his disciples, especially Elisha. The power and the move of God did not leave with him, it was magnified through those he trained up to walk in his footsteps.
Elijah knew after Elijah was gone, now was the time for him to walk in the prophetic call of God. Now was the time for him to be the prophet to his generation. This is the reason for the statement; “Where is the Lord the God of Elijah?” He already knew God, but now he was stepping into his call, replacing Elijah as a prophetic light and voice to Israel.
Now was the time, the commissioning and birth of his ministry, through the waters of the Jordan river. This was a birth that had to be supernatural, so he called upon the God of his father to lead him in power, just as the Lord had done beforehand in Elijah. Elijah may have left, but his call and his vision-his mantle, did not. Elisha received the mantle that the Lord placed on Elijah. And now he would relate to God in a whole new way. Walking with the Lord the way Elijah did required an understanding of that relationship, producing the exclamation Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah.
Elisha’s call to fulfill Elijah’s call was part of him accomplishing his own call. This is the essence of the hearts of the fathers turning to the children and the children to the fathers. A “generational transfer” as we so often hear it explained. I, however, would call it a generational transfiguration. Each generation has more revelation than the previous generation in light of the understanding of the knowledge of God for the unfolding of the times. Therefore, when this revelation is passed from generation to generation, there is a multiplying of powers, not just addition. The more clear it gets and the more it unfolds, the more of God’s plan for the ages will be revealed to us.
When you have the previous generation’s revelation and the new generation’s revelation together, a larger part of the picture is seen than ever before, bringing the church closer to the fullness of Christ (Eph 4:11-13). Thus it is right to make the statement ourselves Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah? in this context. The Lord has not changed, He is still there, still present. He has given us all the power we need in each and every situation to accomplish His will. Consequently I believe that the Lord and the earth would say this:
Where are the Elijahs of God?
Behold I am going to sent you Elijah the prophet before the coming great and terrible day of the Lord. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse. Malachi 4:5-6
Now we know according to the Gospel of Matthew that Jesus declared John the Baptist as Elijah who was to come (v 11:14). Also Elijah is still to come: “Elijah does first come and will restore all things” (Mark 9:12; 11 ref). So we see here two fulfillments of one prophecy. Many believe Elijah will himself return as one of the two witnesses mentioned in the book of Revelation. That may be true. I believe there is a generational fulfillment in that as well. We need mentors and fathers to take their knowledge of God and pour the substance of that wisdom into the young ones around them. And, the young ones need to embrace need to embrace and learn from them without trying to do it all on their own. The generations must come together for the world to see a true picture of who our God really is. The love of a Father…
Elijah was a father in the faith. He walked in the power of God. We need those who are full and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, those who actually know God to the degree that Elijah did. Where are those who can heal the sick and raise the dead, in Jesus’ name?
And it shall come about in the last days, God says; “That I will pour out my Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions and your old men will dream dreams: Even on my bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth My Spirit, and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:17-18
This was Peter’s explanation for the drunk-like state of those who had been baptized in the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The verse before this he says; “This is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel…” This the fulfillment of that prophesy, for there to be a people in the last days-which can also be translated new Jesus age-that live in this state of prophetic application. This is the demarcation that we are children of God in the end times: We are full of the Spirit and walking in the power of the Spirit. We need models to look up to who walk in the Spirit like this, and we need to become models for those in our midst. Where are the Elijahs of God?
Now when Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. (Acts 17:16, read through 34 for context).
His spirit was being provoked from within him. Is your spirit provoked within you when you see evil, or are you entertained by it as I often am? What is it going to take for us to hate sin and quit making excuses for it? For us to quit putting Christian labels on it just so we can do it? I used to be provoked constantly, then I became soft. Live life in freedom, but by all means be provoked. Be provoked by sickness and heal it! Be provoked by death and raise it! Be provoked by sin and preach against it! Be provoked by hate and love it!
Paul’s spirit was provoked–a synonym could be taunted. The idols were taunting him or egging him on. Likewise, Goliath taunted the armies of the living God (1 Sam 17). When David heard him, he could not hide from Goliath behind the rocks with the other men. By default, because of the residency of the Spirit, he was forced to take a stand! Forced to silence the voice of the enemy! Forced to protect his people! Forced to display to an entire nation that his God would deliver him!
Are you an Elijah?
This will be a revolution of the Spirit (Gladstone). Quit turning the other cheek to sin, sickness, and death. Be provoked and stand like Elijah and Elisha, like Paul and David; act, overcome. Victorize yourself and those around you! Where are the Elijahs of God? Are you an Elijah, declaring the way of the Lord?
After Elijah was taken up, the prophets asked Elisha if they could go search for Elijah. Elijah was gone but his call was resting on Elisha. There is a searching in the earth today for an Elijah generation. I declare: let that be you and I.
This is a revision of a post I did in October of 2006. Recently I realized that I needed to get more on fire for Jesus. I was not reading the Word and praying nearly as much as I used to. Right after a struggle with sin I asked the Lord what was going on. The answer was sharp and immediate; “You are not provoked!” was the response He placed in my spirit. I got this post out and read it right away and knew that God was setting my back on the path to freedom. Preaching against sin is not a religious spirit, that is a top tactic to those who are experiencing a new freedom of expression in God. Sin will turn your freedom into slavery with you even realizing it, for the sake of being non-religious. Be free, and, be free from sin. It’s like duct tape on the skin, it hurts to pull it off but it feels great once its gone.
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