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Wednesday, March 8 2017

The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: Elijah And Elisha

"The Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up ... The Spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha"

Elijah became one of the greatest of the LORD's prophets. His name even became synonymous with the word prophet i.e. John the Baptist was the "Elijah to come" (Matthew 11:14).

But of himself, Elijah was an ordinary man, no different than any other: "19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers" (1 Kings 19:4 KJV). Elijah's wisdom and miraculous power was that of the Holy Spirit that was manifested through him for the purpose of the service to the LORD.

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The drought:

"17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

17:2 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 17:3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan." (1 Kings 17:1-3 KJV)

Fire from heaven:

"18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God." (1 Kings 18:37-39 KJV)

The resurrection of the widow's son:

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"17:21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.

17:22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

17:23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

17:24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth." (1 Kings 17:21-22 KJV)

When the time came for Elijah to retire (see the Fact Finder question below), Elisha continued that prophetic service to the LORD. Upon Elijah's departure to a safe place, the Holy Spirit that empowered Elijah was given to Elisha.

"2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee.

And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

2:10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2:12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

2:13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 2:14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

2:15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. 2:16 And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley.

And he said, Ye shall not send.

2:17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not." (2 Kings 2:9-17 KJV)

As such, with a "double portion" of the Holy Spirit that was given to Elijah, Elisha did even more miracles in the service of the LORD (see The Beginning Of Elisha's Miracles and Did Elisha Have Chariots of Fire Too?).

Fact Finder: According to the Holy Scriptures, where did that "chariot of fire" really take Elijah?
See Where Did That Chariot Of Fire Take Elijah?


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This Day In History, March 8

1126: Alfonso VII was proclaimed king of Castile and Leon.

1576: Spanish explorer Diego Garcia de Palacio first sighted the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copan.

1618: Johann Kepler discovered what humans call the third Law of Planetary Motion (see also The First Scientist).

1702: King William III of England was killed in a riding accident at age 52. Queen Ann became the English monarch.

1736: Nader Shah, founder of the Afsharid dynasty, was crowned Shah of Persia (Persia became known as Iran in the 1920s; see also How Hadassah Of Benjamin Became The Queen Of Persia and The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).

1765: One-quarter of Montreal, Quebec was destroyed by fire.

1782: The Gnadenhutten massacre. 96 Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity, were murdered by Pennsylvania militiamen in supposed retaliation for raids carried out by other "Indians" (see also The First Chinese American War).

1801: During the Napoleonic Wars, the British forces under Ralph Abercromby captured Aboukir Bay from the French. Abercromby was killed in the battle (Britain put only a small fraction of its military forces into the War of 1812-14 against the U.S.; the bulk of the British army and navy was involved in fighting Napoleon's French Empire in Europe and Africa e.g. British Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over the French fleet at Trafalgar and Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo).

Waterloo
1844: King Oscar I ascended to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.

1917: Riots and strikes in St. Petersburg marked the beginning of the communist revolution against Czar Nicholas II in Russia.

Russian Revolution
1920: Abdullah was proclaimed king of Iraq, but he declined the throne which was later given to his brother Faysal I. Abdullah later became the king of Jordan when it became independent in 1946 (many of the present-day artificial borders between the Arab nations were imposed by Western imperial nations).

1921: Spanish Prime Minister Eduardo Dato was assassinated in Madrid.

1921: Following Germany's failure to pay reparations from the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), French troops occupied Duesseldorf and other towns in the Ruhr.

1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Japanese forces entered Rangoon, Burma, the day after British forces evacuated (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).

1948: The U.S. Supreme Court ("In God We Trust") ruled that religious teaching in public schools violated the U.S. Constitution.

1965: 4,000 U.S. marines (marine troops have been known for over 2,000 years, in ancient China and Greece; today, about 60 countries have marines; see Send In The Marines) arrived at Da Nang in South Vietnam to become the first U.S. combat troops to become involved in the Vietnam civil war. Earlier French imperialism in southeast Asia resulted in the ancient nation of Vietnam being divided into North and South Vietnam, a foreign-imposed partition of the Vietnamese people that did not end until the early 1970s after the U.S. had involved itself in the Vietnamese civil conflict for over a decade.

Vietnam
1973: "Irish Republican Army" terrorist car bombs exploded outside the Old Bailey courthouse and Scotland Yard police headquarters in London, killing one person and injuring 238. On the same day a referendum in Northern Ireland favored maintaining ties with the United Kingdom.

1983: U.S. President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire." The Soviets responded by calling the U.S. an "evil empire."

2004: A new constitution of Iraq was signed by the U.S.-installed "Governing Council." The puppet regime was however unable to stop the insurgency that demanded genuine independence for Iraq.

2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.



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