The Mantle of Elijah and the Mantle of Jesus

Posted by Tony L Smith on Monday, June 6, 2011

Most every one knows or has at least heard the story of Elijah, Elisha and the double anointing. I'll give a brief summery of the only parts needed to help bring understanding to this hub.

Elisha was touched purposely by Elijah with is mantle early on in the story of their relationship. Elisha was plowing with a team of oxen, Elijah came by and flung at least momentarily his mantle across Elisha. (1Kings 19:19) Elisha got so excited by this act that he sacrificed the oxen, told his mom and dad he was leaving and hit the road with Elijah. I think it even kinda shocked Elijah for he was continually saying ‘what have I to do with you?', but non the less he allowed the youth to follow and serve him.

Their travels went many places before the event of which every one, especially the prophets seemed to know in advance about Elijah being caught up to heaven.

Along their journeys Elijah would ask the 'What do you want?' sense he could not get rid of Elisha. To this Elisha would respond 'I want a double portion of the anointing that’s on you'. Elijah responds 'If you see me when I go up, then you can have your request'. Wow, no way I'm leaving your side now! was the response of Elisha's heart.

A good point here is to understand that Elisha was not asking for twice as much as Elijah had. He was asking for the elder sons portion. It was Jewish custom to divide the inheritance 2/3 to the oldest son and 1/3 to the younger. But starting with 2/3 of the family wealth could be increased to way much over twice the amount. He was not asking for an amount, but an inheritance that was worth more because it implied a promise of a greater sort.

So the place of this event was at the Jordon river. Both men had just crossed over on dry land to the opposite side of the river from the city of Jericho.

2Ki 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.

Oh WOW! Elisha got to see it. This was probably the same manifestation that Ezekiel and Apostle John saw and recorded. Ezekiel commented about the wheels and the living creatures having lightning flashes going back and forth in them, could be described as a chariot of fire.

2Ki 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.

2Ki 2:13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

2Ki 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.

The bible is full of parallels and symbols. They were on the outside of the promised land. Elisha went over to the river Jordon and smote the waters saying where is the God of Elijah, the waters parted and Elisha walked over into the promise of God, the elder son’s anointing.

Its also a unique fact that the other young prophets wanted to go and look for Elijah’s body, to which Elisha knew they would not find it.

And yes a double portion rested on Elisha and he went on to perform at least twice as many miracles as Elijah did.

I will attempt to reveal who the very mantle of Jesus fell to when it fell to the earth

 Elisha stuck with Elijah till he saw him carried into the heavens. In an unique parallel the disciples of Jesus stuck with Jesus until His trial and death. They rejoined Him after He rose from the dead, during the time when He appeared to them and talked with them over the 40 day period. 40 is number that is a prelude to a promise or an inheritance. Examples: 40 days to the promised land, 40 years wandering in wilderness before able to enter promised land, 400 years of silence between the Old Covenant and the coming of the New Covenant, Jesus 40 day fast before walking into His purposed destiny. You may know of many more but you get the point.

After the 40 days that Jesus gave His disciples some last instructions He lead them out to Bethany and was received up into heaven. Luke 24; 50. All His disciples got to see this event; a man in the same body that He suffered in had rose from the dead in, that had just ate fish with them, was lifted up into heaven. Wow, what a brain job that must have did on them, they are in awe. They worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem.

One of the times Jesus appeared to His disciples in that 40 day period He did and said some interesting things.

Joh 20:21 He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.

Joh 20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.

Joh 20:23 Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.

He puffed on them, or maybe He blew on them and said ‘receive Holy Spirit’, then He gave them some unique instructions. The power to forgive or not to forgive is what He released to them. He was prophetically releasing His very own mantle and the power it welded. The power over guilt and shame by the forgiveness of sin was now placed on His disciples shoulders. He was releasing the mantle

The full manifestation of the mantle came on the day of Pentecost when Holy Spirit (the mantle) fell. His disciples immediately smote the waters that separated them from the promise manifestation of God saying ’Where is the God of the Lord Jesus’. The promise had come.

The ability to carry this mantle was secured by His shed blood, which when acknowledged will clear the conscience of guilt and shame. The blood replaces guilt and shame with innocence and confidence plus the ability to walk in harmony with Holy Spirit (the mantle of Jesus).

The subject matter of John 14 also was the very same positioning with the Father that Jesus had, the very same mantle. Read the whole chapter in context and you will realize He was not talking about the sweet by and by after you die. He was securing a relational position and His very own anointing so we could walk in it. He said also He would send Holy Spirit when He went away.

He sent back to us His very mantle.

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