Greetings Beloved! May peace and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be multiplied to you. With each passing day of turmoil and distress of nations, I am becoming increasingly more thankful that I am a citizen of the Kingdom of Light and not the Kingdom of Darkness.
We are only passing through this “vale of tears”. There used to be a standard for ambassadors that they would only stay in different countries for a certain period of time, because the longer they stayed the more they would become assimilated and identified with the nation they were assigned to. We are ambassadors of
Lord of ALL – heaven and earth! But He is not king of this world system. The “god of this world” (II Cor. 4:4) is Satan and his season of dominance is very short lived.
Our Lord Jesus promised to come again to take us to Himself that where He is we will be with Him forever. So we can never feel completely at home in this strange land that we are presently living in. Those who are born again of WATER (in Jesus name) and SPIRIT (Holy Ghost) have their names written in the LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE. That book is in heaven, my friend, and we must conduct ourselves in purity and holiness so that our names should never be removed.
Just as ambassadors have a limited stay in their assigned country, perhaps this is a “sign” that our time here is limited and the Lion of Judah will come with a shout and the sound of a trumpet to remove us from our temporary assignments to our permanent home in heaven. Now that is something to shout about.
We recently enjoyed a wonderful visit from Costa Rica of Brother Arley and my son Caleb. The Lord did so much in such a short time that it was a marvel. We had two revivals – one at the First Apostolic Pentecostal church of Amity, AR and the second at my home church, Apostolic Lighthouse, Branch, TX.
The Lord stretched my faith to a new level as I interpreted/translated for Brother Arley from Spanish to English twice. I knew the Lord had granted my understanding of other tongues to a new level as the messages that came forth blessed the saints and God did far more than my limited Spanish skills would have allowed.
I wanted to share one of the messages with you to prayerfully lift your spirit to a new level of expectancy for the days ahead. I have received a few letters expressing that things are becoming even more difficult in prison to praise God freely and find a place of private devotions with the Lord. When we come to the place of divine discontent it can be a very good thing to stir ourselves to seek more of the Lord’s anointing in our life. The more we seek Him the more we will find Him. He will strengthen us and deliver us from all of our fears and afflictions.
Brother Arley’s message came from II Kings 2:1-15. I recommend you get your Bible and follow the scriptures along with me for the Lord to open the eyes of your understanding.
In verse one we see that Elijah was often taken up into heaven in a whirlwind and Elisha had witnessed this event. “And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.” The words “would take up” indicate that this remarkable supernatural event had taken place at least one other time before and Elisha must have been astonished. We can only assume that the Lord caught up Elijah (similar to how the saints will one day be caught up to meet the Lord in the air) in order to converse with him in the heavenly realm undistracted by the earthly realm. The heavens are a parallel universe that we can not see with our natural eyes, but angels (ministering spirits) flow between the two realms quite easily.
Elijah had been in Gilgal. Gilgal means a place of suffering. Every born again saint needs to go through this place of dying to the self life. Elijah was testing Elisha for he told him to “tarry” in Gilgal until he returned. However, Elisha had no intention of remaining behind.
“And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.” II Kings 2:2
When the Lord calls us forward we must go. Now Elijah and Elisha are in Bethel which means “the house of God”. It is not enough to stay in the place of suffering, we must find our Bethel. For those in prison it might be the gathering a few saints for wherever 2 or 3 are gathered the Lord Jesus is in the midst of them. When saints gather together it is called church or congregation. The church is critical for preparation, discipleship and instruction in the ways of God. But Bethel was not the final resting place for Elijah. The Lord bid him on.
“And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here (in Bethel), I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, as the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.” (v. 4)
If you recall, Jericho was the first place of conquest for Joshua and the Hebrews who were qualified by faith to enter Canaan land. Jericho had heard the reputation of the great and mighty God who had delivered the Hebrews from Pharaoh by parting the Red Sea. Even though 40 years had passed from that event, Jericho had more fear of the Lord than many of those who perished in the wilderness. We get our strength at Bethel to go forward and conquer territory or souls that are bound in the Kingdom of darkness.
Elijah was still on a journey that did not stop at Jericho. “And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.” (v. 6)
The Jordan River holds a significant role in the Old and New Testament. It was in the Jordan River that John the Baptist baptized our Lord Jesus Christ even though John said “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?” But Jesus was not only the Lord of Glory indwelling human flesh, but also the pattern Son for us to follow in His footsteps. “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting on him.” (Matthew 3:16)
The anointing came upon Jesus in an even greater dimension at Jordan even though He was the “Anointed One” from His birth. This event at Jericho was an “open heaven” experience where He was anointed by the Holy Ghost for His ministry.
Returning to II Kings, let us understand what the Spirit is saying. Elijah wanted to see if Elisha would follow him all the way, even through the greater anointing of the Jordan River. If you are following along in your Bible you will see that there were 50 prophets following Elijah and Elisha and they kept telling Elisha that the Lord was about to “take away thy master”. So this particular day was a day of destiny and it had been revealed to 50 prophets, but they were not permitted to follow Elijah as Elisha was.
“And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.” (v.8)
“And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapt it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. (v.8)
“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.” (v.9)
“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.”
Elisha had passed the test thus far and had followed Elijah from Gilgal to Jordan but now he knew his master would soon be taken up in a whirlwind and he wanted a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Now in these final moments Elisha had to keep his eyes fastened on Elijah at all times and not be distracted by anything. He passed the test.
Elijah dropped his mantle (representative of Divine authority) on the ground and Elisha picked up the mantle. Many mistakenly picture that this mantle fell on Elisha, but scripture doesn’t say this. Elisha had to physically go and pick it up. There is a double portion of the anointing of God for all of us but we will have to actively pursue it.
Beloved the days we are living in are extremely difficult and different than any other time in any of our lives. We will have to have this “double portion” to not only “endure unto the end” but conquer and live victoriously and let the love of God shed abroad in our hearts reveal the Kingdom of Heaven and the King of Heaven to a perishing and distressed world.
There is coming a time when the angels will put in their sickle and gather the harvest of the earth that has come to maturity. When a field of wheat is sown there is the early rain to soften the soil so the seeds can break forth, and then as the wheat matures there comes a specific point in time where latter rain is necessary to bring the wheat to its fullness. Let us pray for a latter rain outpouring of the Holy Ghost that will equip us to fulfill the destiny God has placed on our hearts.
I pray this message was a blessing to you as it was to me. – Sister Vicki