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The Mantle of Elijah and the Mantle of Jesus

Updated on July 13, 2016

Elisha calling after Elijah

The Mantle of Elijah and the Mantle of Jesus

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.

Elijah taken up

The Mantle fell to the ground

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 2:12And 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.

Elisha Parting the Jordon

I’m going to cut this writing off right here and finish it on the next hub, sometimes the longer ones are harder to stay focused on. Stay tuned for the next hub, I will attempt to reveal how the very mantle of Jesus fell to the earth!


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    • Tony L Smith profile image

      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      thanks WBA. There is truly more for us that the Father so freely gives. But awesome gifts require discipline and maybe wholeheart-ness to walk in them.

      Let us pick up the mantles and increase.

    • profile image 6 years ago from upstate, NY

      TLS- Thank you for sharing this awesome story! True fathers always want more for thier sons than what they had! Elisha had the heart of a true son therefore he was able to receive the blessing of the elder son's anointing.

      My understanding is that there are many anointings available to pick up for those willing to pay the price.

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      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      thanks jagendelight. One of the main themes of AWC ministry is the progression fathers,sons,inheritance, The kingdom is built on relationships

      I bless you also


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      jagandelight 6 years ago from Florida

      I love the story of Elijah and Elisha, reading this article whetted my appetite for more. Don't wait too long to bring the next portion of the meal to the table. God bless you.

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      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting LadyE

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Inspiring Thanks.

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      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      Thanks Tamarjo, you are an encouragement

      Glad you came by

    • Tamarajo profile image

      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Love the parallels of the Old explaining the new. Enjoying the teaching and looking forward to the next.

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      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      thanks for stopping it Michael, Jesus is awesome isn't He!?

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      Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Good so far next one ought to be great the mantle of Christ!