The Story of Elisha's
Elijah was a great prophet of God during the
times of the Kings of Israel. He performed many
miracles of healing and brought many victories in
battle through his faith. He even raised the son
of his landlady from the dead after he died. As
Elijah grew older another prophet named Elisha
joined him as Elijah's servant and following him
wherever he went. Elisha's greatest ambition was
to be a prophet like Elijah and to bring
deliverance to his people through his faith in the
power of God.
When it became time for Elijah to complete his
ministry he knew through the revelation of the
Spirit of God that he would not die but be taken
up to heaven alive without dying first. In the
Bible we have accounts of only two men who did not
die but who were taken directly up to heaven
alive. The first was Enoch , the father of
Methuselah. Genesis 5:24 states, "And Enoch
walked with God; and he was not, for God took
2 Kings 2:1 states, "And it came to pass, when
the LORD was about to take up Elijah into heaven
by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from
Gilgal" The verses following through verse 13
describe the efforts of Elijah to get Elisha to
stay behind . Elisha kept protesting and
emphatically stating that he was determined to
stay with him because he knew that Elijah was
about to be taken to heaven by a miraculous
Elijah asked, "What do you want me to do for you
as I leave?"
Elisha replied, "Please let a double portion of
your spirit be upon me."
"You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if
you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be
so for you; but if not, it shall not be so."
Shortly afterward as they walked and talked
"suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses
of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah
went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha
saw it, and he cried out, 'My father, my father,
the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!' So he
saw him no more. And he took hold of his own
clothes and tore them into two pieces. He also
took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from
him, and went back and stood by the bank of the
Jordan." 2 Kings 2:11-13.
After that Elisha received a tremendous anointing
from the LORD God. The Spirit of God was evident
in all of the things that he did and said.
Exactly has Elijah had promised him Elisha
performed twice as many miracles of healing and
victories than Elijah had done. His life was
filled with the power and anointing of God.
Nevertheless, Elisha died and was buried in a
grave. The only area of in which he had not
performed twice the number of miracles than Elijah
was in the raising of people from the dead.
Elijah had raised from the dead the son of his
landlady (1 Kings 17:71-24) and Elisha also had
raised from the dead the son of his landlady (2
2 Kings 13:20, 21 states, "Then Elisha died, and
they buried him. And the raiding bands from Moab
invaded the land in the spring of the year. 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."
Through this miracle of the raising from the dead
when the dead body touched Elisha's bones long
after Elisha had died we see the fulfillment of
the promise of God. God had promised Elisha
through Elijah's words that he would have a double
portion of Elijah's spirit which meant that he
would have twice as many miracles as Elijah. The
promises of God are true. Faith is only believing
that God did not tell us a lie when He gave us
promises through His word. Elisha believed what
God had said and God honored Elisha's faith even
though the final fulfillment did not occur until
after the death of the one who believed in God's
1. God's word is true, and we can believe God's
2. If we truly believe that God is not a liar and
will fulfill all the promises that we believe and
the results will be seen sooner or later.
3. We should not let discouragement and unbelief
keep us from obtaining the blessings we need from
the hand of God.