Elisha & His Miracles
Priscilla Van Sutphin
I started doing this study because
the Lord said to me a couple years ago
that He was releasing the Elisha's now.
Years ago a young woman told me to
embrace the ministry of Elisha, that
“though Elijah was firey & dramatic,
Elisha was quiet but more powerful.”
I had no idea at that time of the symbolism involved in that Elisha represents the ministry of Jesus, whilst Elijah is the one who prepared His coming. Just as John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, & Jesus said, HE was the Elijah to come. God told me that these times would be a recapitulation of fulfilled prophecies. So now we're going to look at the life of Elisha & the types of miracles he did.
There is a teaching in the church that Holy Spirit only RESTED on the prophets, but not inside them like after Jesus came. But I find this questionnable. Someone just putting a dead body on the buried dead bones of Elisha was raised to life. So I would say, the Spirit of God still resided on Elisha's body though dead. I attended once a briss by a rabbi who I know walked in holiness, because when I came to it, I felt so powerfully the Spirit of God on him, that I was trembling, & shaking just like in church. It was held in the home of a woman who was a former prostitute & she and her ex mafia husband had turned to Christ & now were naming their son Matthew (which means Gift of God.)
Referring to an artist working on the temple...Exodus 31:3 KJV And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, & in understanding, & in knowledge, & in all manner of workmanship,
& in this passage He says: Numbers 27:18 So the LORD said to Moses, "Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him;
The Spirit did not ever say he only rested on the prophets or person. But the Spirit could be taken from them just as with Saul who disobeyed, whereas after Jesus gave his life for us, the Spirit promised He would NEVER leave except for blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Let's begin to look at Elisha & his life to see what we can learn about the end times army, & the Spirit of Christ in us the Hope of Glory for these end times.
1 Kings 19:15-21 AMPLIFIED
And the Lord said to him, [Elijah] Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; & when you arrive, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16 And anoint Jehu son of Nimshi to be king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah to be prophet in your place. 17 And him who escapes from the sword of Hazael Jehu shall slay, and him who escapes the sword of Jehu Elisha shall slay.
Wow, so Elijah is told to anoint Hazael king over Syria. And he's told to anoint JEHU to be King over Israel & Elisha to be the prophet to replace him. (Elisha means God of supplication as in crying out to the Lord,or God of riches.) Shaphat, the name of His father means to Judge, to govern,to pronounce sentence. Abel-Meholah, the name of the town he came from means meadow of DANCING – thus a place of worship. Then GOD says this amazing thing. He who escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall slay, & he who escapes Jehu, ELISHA shall slay!
This sounds to me like God awaited the right men to appoint together to destroy the wickedness in Israel, by setting it up so that strong men would deal with the rebellious, & if anyone escapes their sword, He had another in his place to deal with it. Back UP it seems to me was important to destroy the wickedness. That's why cops have partners , & why apostles had partners. One can set a thousand to flight and two can set ten thousand to flight the scripture says.
*1Kings 19:18 Yet I will leave Myself 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal & every mouth that has not kissed him.
1000 is the number of Divine completeness & the GLORY OF GOD
7 is the number of completeness, fullness, spiritual perfection.
Kissing Baal sounds gross but every mouth that has not honored that wicked demon or gone whoring after him, is the meaning here. The mouth is an instrument of perversion in Baal worship which is full of sexual perversion; As is Freemasonry in our nation. Kisses from God however, or Jesus, Mike Bickle got that it represented revelation from God. Witchcraft's Diviners get revelation from the opposite source.
1 Kings 19:19 So Elijah left there & found Elisha son of Shaphat, whose plowing was being done with twelve yoke of oxen, & he drove the twelfth. Elijah crossed over to him & cast his mantle upon him.
Elisha is sitting on the 12th ox & 12 is the number of apostolic government & power. Elijah casts his mantle on him. Just as John the Baptist pointed his followers to Jesus, Here there is a greater anointing coming on Elisha. Jesus said that John the Baptist was the Elijah to come. Jesus is coming into the church & with Him the DOUBLE anointing that came to Elisha, has been spoken by other prophets.
20 He left the oxen & ran after Elijah and said, Let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you. And he [testing Elisha] said, Go on back. What have I done to you? [Settle it for yourself.] 21 So Elisha went back from him. Then he took a yoke of oxen, slew them, boiled their flesh with the oxen's yoke [as fuel], and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, followed Elijah, and served him. [2 Kings 3:11.]
I feel like as I read this that the yoke he used for fuel, [representing] breaking the yoke of bondage to things of this world. And the oxen that wore it assuming it was two he boiled and gave to people to eat. He would not be using them anymore, so gave them to feed others. Much like Jesus called His disciples and they left everything to follow him. Also the Lord told the rich young ruler to sell all he had and follow him. Not all have to do that but early apostles did. And our things must not have us. We are only stewards of what we have. God owns it all, for it is from Him that all blessings flow. Elisha now follows Elijah to be discipled by him.
2 Kings 2:1-3 Amp
1 WHEN THE Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah & Elisha were going from Gilgal. 2 And Elijah said to Elisha, Tarry here, I pray you, for the Lord has sent me to Bethel. But Elisha replied, As the Lord lives & as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they went down to Bethel. 3 The prophets' sons who were at Bethel came to Elisha & said, Do you know that the Lord will take your master away from you today? He said, Yes, I know it; hold your peace.
So Elisha knows Elijah is to be taken up this day, & there is NO WAY he is going to leave him alone for he knows his calling, & tells him, NO WAY will I leave you. It reminds me of Ruth and Naomi, as Ruth would not let her go alone. The prophets at Bethel ask him if he knows Elijah is going up, he says yes, but HOLD YOUR PEACE. In other words have peace about that. This not an easy thing to lose the man who is his loving mentor – The man who confronted Ahab & Baal's prophets.
4 Elijah said to him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray you, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho. But he said, As the Lord lives & as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they came to Jericho. 5 The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha & said, Do you know that the Lord will take your master away from you today? And he answered, Yes, I know it; hold your peace.
Twice now young prophets question him about his knowledge of Elijah leaving. [Jericho is close to Jerusalem, & means to blow, to breathe, to smell to perceive from (H7306)]
6 Elijah said to him, Tarry here, I pray you, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan. But he said, As the Lord lives & as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And the two of them went on.
That's a third time now the place of meeting is changed by the Lord, & Elijah is urging Elisha to stay. To me it seems a test for Elisha. How much do you want this mantle? How far are you willing to go, how flexible are you? Things an apostle needs in his walk, are perseverance, and flexibility. Jesus gave up everything for us, to redeem us unto Himself, likewise we need to follow Him and do the same if we want more of Him.
7 Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went & stood [to watch] afar off; & the two of them stood by the Jordan.
50 is the number of jubilee, Freedom. So my impression is that it represents the freedom God brings to those He has called to go for Him, the complete breaking of chains.
8 And Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up and struck the waters, and they divided this way and that, so that the two of them went over on dry ground. 9 And when they had gone over, Elijah said to Elisha, ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.
Elijah like Moses, strikes the waters & they part so they can go over on dry ground.
The apostolic is the ministry of Jesus in our midst; easily recognized by holiness & the powerful miracles accompanying it. Interesting how Elijah says ASK WHAT I SHALL DO for you before I'm taken up. Was he asking him to ask God, or himself do you think?
10 He said, You have asked a hard thing. However, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you — but if not, it shall not be so. & 12 And Elisha saw it & he cried, My father, my father! The chariot of Israel & its horsemen! & he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes & tore them in two pieces. 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him & went back & stood by the bank of the Jordan.
Elijah says, you have asked a hard thing. Here it means tough or severe, cruel even. I think the hard thing is the responsibility Elijah knows what goes with such an anointing. But then he says [I'm sure by the Spirit], if you see me when I'm taken up, then you will have what you ask for. And indeed, he sees him, & the mantle is taken up by Elisha by the bank of the Jordan, & broken, he tears his own clothes, in a state of grief, that Elijah is taken from him, & Elisha takes the mantle & smites the waters, & says 'Where is the Lord God of Elijah?', & behold the waters part, & he was able to cross over just as he & Elijah had.
[ MIRACLE 1 ]
14 And he took the mantle that fell from Elijah & struck the waters & said, Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah? And when he had struck the waters, they parted this way & that, & Elisha went over.
15 When the sons of the prophets who were [watching] at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha. And they came to meet him & bowed themselves to the ground before him. 16 And they said to him, Behold now, there are among your servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray you, & seek your master. It may be that the Spirit of the Lord has taken him up & cast him on some mountain or into some valley. And he said, You shall not send. 17 But when they urged him till he was embarrassed, he said, Send. So they sent fifty men, who sought for three days but did not find him.
So the 50 [ Jubilee prophets – representing End times prophets] embarrass him as if he is selfish & think Elijah could be somewhere else, till he says yes to them to try & find Elijah. This is amusing because such doubt will likely be upon those around us in this hour when the Spirit is poured out, by even those who should understand. Other prophets. But of course they are proved foolish by their young new leader.
18 When they returned to Elisha, who had waited at Jericho, he said to them, Did I not tell you, Do not go? 19 And the men of the city said to Elisha, Behold, inhabiting of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees, but the water is bad & the locality causes miscarriage & barrenness [in all animals]. 20 He said, Bring me a new bowl & put salt [the symbol of God's purifying power] in it. And they brought it to him.
21 Then Elisha went to the spring of the waters & cast the salt in it & said, Thus says the Lord: I [not the salt] have healed these waters; there shall not be any more death, miscarriage or barrenness [& bereavement] because of it.
22 So the waters were healed to this day, as Elisha had said.
I believe this miracle #2 is representative of end times prophets breaking the barrenness off of those living in death & error in this hour. It says the waters were healed to this day. The language is similar when talking about end times in Ezekiel 47.
23 He went up from Jericho to Bethel. On the way, young [maturing & accountable] boys came out of the city & mocked him & said to him, Go up [in a whirlwind], you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead! 24 And he turned around & looked at them & called a curse down on them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods & ripped up forty-two of the boys. 25 Elisha went from there to Mount Carmel, & from there he returned to Samaria.
WOW! Don't make fun & mock true prophets. They disrespected the prophet, & instead of prophets reward got a prophet's curse, & BEARs come out of the forest. Not just bears, but SHE BEARS. Protective mothers destroy the huge group of boys mocking. 42 young men is a lot of men, so that seems like a flash mob to me!
Symbolically, 42 is the number of Israel’s oppression, Lord’s advent, achievement.
So this represents destroying the oppression over the people of Israel. And we are also grafted into Israel now with Jesus's redemption. God is very protective of His prophets. Though to us, sometimes it seems not because of the pain & suffering we've endured as a cost for what is coming. In this end times awakening God will greatly use his people in apostolic power/demonstration. Startling miracles of salvation, healing & deliverance will flow from His mighty army.
*Three Kings – Judah, Israel and Edom Go to Fight Moab
2 Kings 3:10-27 AMP
10 Then the king of Israel said, Alas! The Lord has called [us] three kings together to be delivered into Moab's hand!
Definitely not a vote of confidence...
11 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there no prophet of the Lord here by whom we may inquire of the Lord? One of the king of Israel's servants answered, Elisha son of Shaphat, who served Elijah,is here. 12 Jehoshaphat said, The word of the Lord is with him. So Joram king of Israel & Jehoshaphat & the king of Edom went down to Elisha.
Jehoshaphat responds to the King of Israel's fear by saying, is there no prophet?
He is informed of Elisha & he & Joram go down to see Elisha.
13 And Elisha said to the king of Israel, What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your [wicked] father Ahab & your [wicked] mother Jezebel. But the king of Israel said to him, No, for the Lord has called [us] three kings together to be delivered into the hand of Moab.
Elisha sees the king of Israel with them & responds in mocking adulation, how can I have anything to do with you [ and your wickedness]. Go to your father Ahab & mother Jezebel's - prophets [ of Baal] if you need help, like let them & their gods save you.
14 And Elisha said, As the Lord of hosts lives, before Whom I stand, surely, were it not that I respect the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would neither look at you nor see you [King Joram]. 15 But now bring me a minstrel. And while the minstrel played, the hand & power of the Lord came upon [Elisha].
But because Jehoshaphat was with the king of Israel, Elisha calls for the minstrel.
Here we see an example of how worship invites the Holy Spirit's presence that prophecy may be released to him. Worship brings Presence of God, for God inhabits the praises of His people, so Elisha received an answer. This end times army will be a worshipping army. Worshippers will be supernaturally led of the Lord.
16 And he said, “Thus says the Lord: Make this [dry] brook bed full of trenches.
17 For thus says the Lord: You shall not see wind or rain, yet that ravine shall be filled with water, so you, your cattle, & your beasts [of burden] may drink.
18 This is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord. He will deliver the Moabites also into your hands. 19 You shall smite every fenced city & every choice city, & shall fell every good tree & stop all wells of water & mar every good piece of land with stones.”
Miracle of the war trenches & confusion in the camp of the enemy.
So he tells them to dig trenches and the Lord would bring water to fill them so their animals could drink. This was another miracle. Then also He said they would have victory over Moab, destroying everything basically.
20 In the morning, when the sacrifice was offered, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, & the country was filled with water. 21 When all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to put on armor, young & old, gathered & drew up at the border. 22 When they rose up early next morning, & the sun shone upon the water, the Moabites saw the water across from them as red as blood!!!! 23 And they said, This is blood; the kings have surely been fighting & have slain one another. Now then, Moab, to the spoil! 24 But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up & smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them. And they went forward, slaying the Moabites as they went.
WHOA!!!! God intervenes, even in a way that would be startling to us, in changing their vision to see something other that what really was happening so as to lure them into the hands of Israel!!! God can do anything. In a time when I was very sick, going through the valley of the shadow of death, I couldn't pay for registering my car for many months, I would ask God to hide me from the police whenever I had to go out. He did it. Not saying to purposely disobey laws. Just that when in desperate place that is not your fault, God will do miracles.
25 They beat down the cities [walls], & on every good piece of land every man cast a stone, covering it [with stones]. And they stopped all the springs of water & felled all the good trees, until only the stones [of the walls of Moab's capital city] of Kir-hareseth were left standing, & the slingers surrounded & took it. 26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was against him, he took with him 700 swordsmen to break through to the king of Edom, but they could not. 27 Then he [Moab's king] took his eldest son, who was to reign in his stead, & offered him for a burnt offering on the wall [in full view of the horrified enemy kings].
Typical of baal worship, the king of Moab offers his own eldest son & kills him in sacrifice on the wall in full view of the kings. Disgusted, they all leave & return home.
Can you imagine? Unfortunately in this hour, it has become believable in our time due to all the uncovering of violence including violence against children. Slingers refers to those who CARVE in a circular motion so like those who clear weeds with a machete would be slingers.
And there was great indignation, wrath, & bitterness against Israel; & they [his allies Judah & Edom] withdrew from [Joram] & returned to their own land.
Miracle #5 - Mulitiplication of the Oil
2 Kings Chapter 4
1 NOW THE wife of a son of the prophets cried to Elisha, Your servant my husband is dead, & you know that your servant feared the Lord. But the creditor has come to take my two sons to be his slaves. 2 Elisha said to her, What shall I do for you? Tell me, what have you [of sale value] in the house? She said, Your handmaid has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.
3 Then he said, Go around & borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels — & not a few. 4 And when you come in, shut the door upon you & your sons. Then pour out [the oil you have] into all those vessels, setting aside each one when it is full. 5 So she went from him & shut the door upon herself & her sons, who brought to her the vessels as she poured the oil. 6 When the vessels were all full, she said to her son, Bring me another vessel. And he said to her, There is not a one left. Then the oil stopped multiplying.
Elisha tells her to fill up empty vessels [ jars] with oil, so the oil miraculously multiplies, so she can sell it to make money to pay her debt. Those in debt will be miraculously delivered of indebtedness in this hour too, through listening to His instructions. God will supply all our needs. Why do you think manna is falling in churches, on bibles? Why do you think angels are passing out gemstones, & manifestations of gold? It's not just so we can be greedy. It's a sign God is showing us, that HE can provide ANYTHING we need. HE IS OUR RESOURCE!! So be unafraid! Walk in confidence in His Word. He is instigating our FAITH in HIS provision, not blessing our greed or wantoness.
2 Kings 4:7 Then she came and told the man of God. He said, Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons live on the rest. 8 One day Elisha went on to Shunem, where a rich and influential woman lived, who insisted on his eating a meal. Afterward, whenever he passed by, he stopped there for a meal. 9 And she said to her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God who passes by continually. 10 Let us make a small chamber on the [housetop] and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then whenever he comes to us, he can go [up the outside stairs and rest] here. 11 One day he came and turned into the chamber and lay there.
Thus as Elisha continued to do the miraculous, He was provided for, and so it is with those given totally to God's purposes. He is FAITHFUL & will supply our every need.
Elisha’s Miracles - Part 2
Miracle #6 Removal of barrenness
2 Kings 4:12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. When he had called her, she stood before him. 13 And he said to Gehazi, Say now to her, You have been most painstakingly & reverently concerned for us; what is to be done for you? Would you like to be spoken for to the king or to the commander of the army? She answered, I dwell among my own people [they are sufficient]. 14 Later Elisha said, What then is to be done for her? Gehazi answered, She has no child & her husband is old. 15 He said, Call her. [Gehazi] called her, & she stood in the doorway. 16 Elisha said, At this season when the time comes round, you shall embrace a son. She said, No, my lord, you man of God, do not lie to your handmaid. 17 But the woman conceived & bore a son at that season the following year, as Elisha had said to her.
Thus, God will also in this hour remove the barrenness in our lives.
Barrenness in the Old testament ancient script is...mem,lamed,hhets,& hey right to left in Hebrew. So the bottom photo is mem meaning water, lamed, which looks like an upside down shepherd's staff & means moving something in a different direction, & can also mean authority as it means shepherd's staff used to direct sheep. Also means YOKE. Hhets is a tent wall, looking like the roman numeral 3. It means to protect from things on the outside like a tent wall would. And hey looks like a stick figure man with arms raised in worship. It means BEHOLD, breathe, sigh, & reveal or revelation as when revealing a great sight. [ I could not arrange these as I used to due to changed settings in Windows 10 ] Together it could mean water flowing in different direction, walls keeping out proper flow forward perhaps, causing one to sigh, and breathe heavily.
2 Kings 4:18 When the child had grown, he went out one day to his father with the reapers. 19 But he said to his father, “My head, my head!” The man said to his servant, Carry him to his mother. 20 And when he was brought to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, & then died. 21 And she went up & laid him on the bed of the man of God, & shut the door upon him & went out.
22 And she called to her husband and said, Send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, that I may go quickly to the man of God and come back again. 23 And he said, Why go to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath. And she said, It will be all right. 24 Then she saddled the donkey and said to her servant, Ride fast; do not slacken your pace for me unless I tell you. 25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When the man of God saw her afar off, he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite.
26 Run to meet her and say, Is it well with you? Well with your husband? Well with the child? And she answered, It is well. 27 When she came to the mountain to the man of God, she clung to his feet. Gehazi came to thrust her away, but the man of God said, Let her alone, for her soul is bitter and vexed within her, and the Lord has hid it from me and has not told me.
It is forbidden in Jewish tradition for a woman to touch the rabbi or prophet in this way. Probably also why she told her husband all will be well. She hid her agenda from her husband maybe.
28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? Did I not say, Do not deceive me? 29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins and take my staff in your hand and go lay my staff on the face of the child. If you meet any man, do not salute him. If he salutes you, do not answer him. 30 The mother of the child said, As the Lord lives and as my soul lives, I will not leave you. And he arose and followed her.
Interesting that she is doing what Elisha did to Elijah in swearing she will not leave [till she receives her miracle ]
Miracle #7 Raising the dead boy
2 Kings 4:31 Gehazi passed on before them and laid the staff on the child's face, but the boy neither spoke nor heard. So he went back to meet Elisha & said to him, The child has not awakened. 32 When Elisha arrived in the house, the child was dead & laid upon his bed. 33 So he went in, shut the door on the two of them, & prayed to the Lord. 34 He went up & lay on the child, put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, & his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself on him & embraced him, the child's flesh became warm. 35 Then he returned & walked in the house to & fro & went up again & stretched himself upon him. And the child sneezed seven times, & then opened his eyes.
Okay so picture this, the boys body gets warm, but is not fully resuscitated. So Elisha is walking to & fro in the house & AGAIN probably talking & praying intensely to the Lord, then stretched out his body on his again, & the child sneezed 7 X, then was resuscitated!!! Maybe the 7 sneezes were getting rid of 7 spirits, that attacked him??? 7 is also the number of completion.
36 Then [Elisha] called Gehazi and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she came, he said, Take up your son. 37 She came & fell at his feet, bowing herself to the ground. Then she took up her son & went out.
Imagine how grateful that Shunammite woman was then? So will people be grateful to those who work these miracles in this hour.
Miracle #8 Healing the poisoned pot of soup
2 Kings 4:38 Elisha came back to Gilgal during a famine in the land. The sons of the prophets were sitting before him, & he said to his servant, Set on the big pot & cook pottage for the sons of the prophets. 39 Then one went into the field to gather herbs & gathered from a wild vine his lap full of wild gourds, & returned & cut them up into the pot of pottage, for they were unknown to them. 40 So they poured it out for the men to eat. But as they ate of the pottage, they cried out, O man of God, there is death in the pot! And they could not eat it. 41 But he said, Bring meal [as a symbol of God's healing power]. And he cast it into the pot & said, Pour it out for the people that they may eat. Then there was no harm in the pot.
Meal here is flour. Sort of like throwing salt in the water to heal it, he throws flour in the pot, no doubt after praying over it, & getting instruction from the Lord, & the soup becomes edible. It says in Mark last chapter that those who believe, signs will follow them, and one sign is they will eat poison and not be harmed.
Miracle #9 Multiplication of the Bread for God's Prophets
2 Kings 4:42 [At another time] a man from Baal-shalisha came & brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, & fresh ears of grain [in the husk] in his sack. And Elisha said, Give to the men that they may eat. 43 His servant said, How am I to set [only] this before a hundred [hungry] men? He said, Give to the men that they may eat. For thus says the Lord: They shall be fed & have some left. 44 So he set it before them, & they ate & left some, as the Lord had said.
Thus in this hour too, God will provide for His prophets all they need in the way of food/provision for what He gives them to do. And prophets will walk in multiplication for others they minister to just as JESUS did. We have been seeing that already among God's true prophets. One lady in San Diego area was at a meeting and the prophet was speaking provision & multiplication & debt release & she owed something like $48,000 on her house as she was behind in payments. That night while she was at the conference, someone put that amount in her bank. Next day she was checking her bank account sa&w it. She called the bank to see how it got there, & they told her she put it in the account night before! Perhaps it was her angel, like when Peter came to the door of believers in Acts and they thought the girl only saw his angel.
2 Kings 5:1-2 NKJV [re Naaman the Syrian ]
1 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great & honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a might man of valor, but a LEPER. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman's wife.
2 Kings 5:1-27 AMP
3 She said to her mistress, Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy. 4 [Naaman] went in and told his king, Thus and thus said the maid from Israel. 5 And the king of Syria said, Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel. And he departed & took with him ten talents of silver, 6,000 shekels of gold, & ten changes of raiment.
6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel. It said, When this letter comes to you, I will with it have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of leprosy.
7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he rent his clothes & said, Am I God, to kill & to make alive, that this man sends to me to heal a man of his leprosy? Just consider & see how he is seeking a quarrel with me. 8 When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, he sent to the king, asking, Why have you rent your clothes? Let Naaman come now to me & he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.
First I was impressed that they even listened to the captured Israeli girl. Then the king sends gifts that Naaman could be healed as he is very valuable to him.
Miracle #10 Healing of Naaman the leper
9 So Naaman came with his horses & chariots & stopped at Elisha's door. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go & wash in the Jordan seven times, & your flesh shall be restored you & shall be clean. 11 But Naaman was angry & went away & said, Behold, I thought he would surely come out to me & stand & call on the name of the Lord his God, & wave his hand over the place & heal the leper. 12 Are not Abana & Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them be &clean? So he turned & went away in a rage.
Ok, so his pride is now raging because of being told to wash in the Jordan which he sees as inferiorly clean water than where he comes from. Alot of people don't like the messenger or the method someone might use. I'm sure that God was leading Elisha, & knew the reaction of Naaman, before he expressed it! God does have a sense of humor.He knew he was a prideful man. And so He led Elisha to do things this way.
13 And his servants came near and said to him, My father, if the prophet had bid you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much rather, then, when he says to you, Wash & be clean? 14 Then he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, as the man of God had said, & his flesh was restored like that of a little child, & he was clean.
This teaches us something about obedience to God, and His ways vs our own thoughts and opinions doesn't it? For it is when he listened & did what was told him, then GOD healed him, for it was not the river healing him, it was God. It was not the prophet healing him, it was God.
15 Then Naaman returned to the man of God, he & all his company, & stood before him. He said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel. So now accept a gift from your servant. 16 Elisha said, As the Lord lives, before Whom I stand, I will accept none. He urged him to take it, but Elisha refused.
Even when Jesus healed people, he told them to go offer a sacrifice to God at the temple, he wasn't demanding or taking money. The prophet is to TRUST GOD, not man for his provision, and though it may come from man, it is not for services rendered, but like a love offering.
17 Naaman said, Then, I pray you, let there be given to me, your servant, two mules' burden of earth. For your servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice to other gods, but only to the Lord. 18 In this thing may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master [the king] goes into the house of [his god] Rimmon to worship there, & he leans on my hand & I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, may the Lord pardon your servant in this thing.
This is interesting, as Naaman says he will not offer sacrifice any longer to any other gods, but asks that God may forgive his having to bow while his master offers sacrifice to his gods. And Elisha blesses him to go in peace. Then trouble....
19 Elisha said to him, Go in peace. So Naaman departed from him a little way. 20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not receiving from his hands what he brought. But as the Lord lives, I will run after him & get something from him. 21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. When Naaman saw one running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him & said, Is all well? 22 And he said, All is well. My master has sent me to say, There have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets. I pray you, give them a talent of silver & two changes of garments. 23 & Naaman said, Be pleased to take two talents. And he urged him, & bound two talents of silver in two bags with two changes of garments & laid them upon two of his servants, & they bore them before Gehazi. 24 When he came to the hill, he took them from their hands & put them in the house; & he sent the men away, & left. 25 He went in & stood before his master. Elisha said, Where have you been, Gehazi? He said, Your servant went nowhere.
26 Elisha said to him, Did not my spirit go with you when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Was it a time to accept money, garments, olive orchards, vineyards, sheep, oxen, menservants, & maidservants? 27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cleave to you & to your offspring forever. And Gehazi went from his presence a leper as white as snow.
WHOA !!! So Gehazi really blew it here. Took advantage of his position with Elisha & lied to gain money. A lesson for the church for sure. Then judgment comes to Gehazi & his whole family sadly is affected due to Gehazi's actions. Let's take heed church of God in watching our motives & actions as times become more difficult. GOD will take care of His own. We may not have all we want, but our needs will be met by the Lord & enough to help others. If He blesses you it will be because He wants you to be life to others. So guard your hearts from the love of this world.
The Floating Axhead
2 Kings 6:1-6 NKJV
And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us.
The sons of the prophets are asking for better living accommodations as there isn’t enough room in Elisha’s dwelling. Also I think this might represent the prophets who’ve been caged up in one place, or hiding go out among the trees – the men of the earth.
2 Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell." So he answered, "Go."
Unity in all participating in building a new house for the prophets, & a new house or foundation for the Lord !
3 Then one said, "Please consent to go with your servants." And he answered, "I will go." 4 So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. 5 But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, "Alas, master! For it was borrowed."
Elisha in this is a type of Christ, & the prophets are saying, please come with us ! [as we go confront those you are sending us to !] The iron ax head falls into the water. I was told that Ax heads when used alot, the wood at the joint of the handle will shrink, and that real axe men will soak their axes in OIL at the end of the day so that that junction swells and holds the ax head securely. But in this case, that has NOT been done. Axe head had not been soaked in oil; Therefore the ax head flies off while trying to hack on a perhaps hard wood tree. We know that OIL stands for the Holy Spirit. So proper use of the axe-head requires soaking in the presence of the Holy Spirit DAILY! – Going in His power and not our own!
6 So the man of God said, "Where did it fall?" And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. 7 Therefore he said, "Pick it up for yourself." So he reached out his hand and took it.
We’d discussed some things about 2 Kings & the death of jezebel in a prayer meeting. I was led to the above scriptures & contemplating them when I had a vision of a man chopping at a tree, but the wood is hard like the axe bounced off, but the axe-head fell into the water. Then I was pondering it, and how the axe was borrowed so the guy needed to get it back. So Elisha says to throw a stick [ a Branch] in and the axe head levitates to the top of the water so it can be grabbed up. I feel the branch thrown in the water is representative of Jesus: the Branch, that needs to be restored to headship in the church. It is the stick/branch that secures the ax-head so it can be put back on the handle. And the ax-head representing proper authority that is able to uproot the idolatry in the church and in the world.
Years ago the Lord showed me the end times army would be like Gideons. ( see: http://www.upstreamca.org/gideons.html)
Gideon’s first task was to tear down the idol of DAGON in his father’s house. Dagon according to legend was the father of BAAL. This end times army is up against the harlot church whose head is the Jezebel spirit. Jezebel was a worshipper of Baal and induced her husband Ahab into it.
Trees are likened to men, and this one was hard wood, which reminded me of the pride of man. What came immediately was Job 41 how leviathan has a tough coat that cannot be penetrated. Leviathan is the spirit of PRIDE.and here is an axe-man [ Gideon means “cutter of trees”] taking the ax to the hard tree, and the ax-head falls off. We cannot do our job & be effective if our ax head is not soaked in the OIL of the HOLY SPIRIT.
The proper anointing will enable the Gideons to go forth and do what they are called to do to bring down the roots of false doctrine in the church. The whole thing of Gideon being in the winepress, sifting wheat, has symbolically to do with searching in Scriptures to bring forth pure doctrine according to Conner’s book on symbols and typology in the Bible.
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We‘d just been praying for the Gideons & Jehu’s to be empowered with the Spirit of Might, & to be brought forth by the Lord. Jehu of course was commissioned to kill jezebel. When he arrived, he called to the Eunuch’s to throw her down ! There is witchcraft in the Father’s house today that needs to be thrown out the window. And there is a heap of witchcraft to be dealt with in the world, but we can’t be very effective if our own house is filled with control witchcraft and selfishness. You surely don’t want to be opposing someone like the jezebel spirit without being cleansed & filled up yourself. We need to be relying HIS strength & wisdom, & not our own.
The axe is held in the palms of your hands. We’d just been contemplating why jezebel’s palms of her hands were not eaten by the dogs. Several thoughts came:
We are inscribed in the palm of HIS HANDS the Word says.
Jezebel had bloodied hers with the killing of prophets, so that even those palms of her hands were not fit for dogs to even eat ! I don't doubt that beheading may have been the means.
Lord also pointed out to me how for centuries, true doctrine has been eaten away by the locusts, like it says in JOEL. So that the raising of the axe head in order to secure it again to an axe handle for the cutting of trees, has to do also with RESTORA-TION of what has fallen in the waters, & been lost. Lost anointings, lost courage in
Facing/confronting the sin in the church.
The cutting edge of the blade that whittles away hardness of trees can be likened to the [blade of righteousness]. Apostolic power requires apostolic HOLINESS which we can only receive by being in His presence…hence the OIL.
Trees are likened to men a lot in scripture, but can also represent the structures of men.
God is whittling away at trees in his church. He is RESTORING our lives and RESTORING the church to what it was meant to be, for it very quickly got off course in the first centuries. He is going to RESTORE apostolic power. When apostolic power came to the church, the FEAR OF THE LORD was restored and the church GREW. Men fell dead at the words of the prophetic apostle Peter. The proper fear of the LORD was reestablished in people. 3000 were saved in a day etc. Ezekial 34 talks about God restoring true shepherds and removing hirelings.
Beheading – addendum to The Floating Ax-Head
Also we had discussed the Nick Berg video I watched…which was probably NOT a good idea for me, but was sent me by a well intentioned friend. It caused me to go into travail, and wailing and weeping. In a sense I felt also I was crying for what lies ahead. And there were other things I did, like repent for the cutting off of heads of Native Americans here in California.
[They got $5 per head for them in gold rush days which is abominable in the sight of God. - I had just read that detail also in an article online about California] And as I did I had to have my head tucked in a pillow screaming and weeping after the video, The Lord said to me, “ Imagine if that were your son !”
“ Imagine If you were a Native American mother watching it happen to your son. Seeing his head sold in a shop by white gold prospectors !” And I was wailing some more and repenting for the sins of that generation, and pray God will wash the blood off our land and replace it with His blood in terms of redeeming the people of California.
I also felt when I watched it that there was something symbolic about it that God wanted to say. He often uses events to speak to me. David lobbed Goliath’s head off when he killed him with Goliaths own sword! Seems to have been a thing in the middle east to cut off heads. Samuel cut off the head of the Amakekite king in front of Saul, because Saul had not done it.
Here we have a young American Jewish boy who went to help the people who were there, and he gets beheaded by those called “extremists”.
He had an Israeli stamp on his passport the news said. Since then the vision of New York by an online friend came describing the Empire State building collapsing and water flooding out of it into the streets, and I feel the whole head chopping thing has to do with removing those in authority who are not meant to be there, and the bringing down of the EMPIRES of MEN in the church, since Judgment begins in the house of the Lord.
The prophet in the story of Elisha, whose axe-head fell off, may represent those whose oil has been quenched. Lost anointings are rampant in the church due to false doctrine being taught & the quenching of the Holy Spirit by spirits of control like Jezebel. Jezebel spirit always tries to kill the prophetic anointing, prayer & worship. A spirit of divination is always involved with jezebel, in trying to even BLIND the prophets to what God is showing them, & to steal from them. Remember how John the Baptist was beheaded by the spirit of jezebel in Herod’s wife Herodias ?
It was the eunuchs that threw jezebel out the window…the very ones she emasculated & whose fruitbearing ability was “cut off” were the ones who responded to Jehu & threw the witch out. To be capable of this act God will call many to taking off the head of the jezebel spirit. This means that you cannot harbor bitterness in your heart towards those in authority. But must walk in humility & forgiveness, the enemy having no place in you. You cannot be one who walks in VENGEANCE. But rather that you have GOD’s heart in the matter. Then you will be able to deliver HIS WORDS in the manner HE WILLS. And they will have the intended effect. We WAR NOT against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places !
🔥Back to Miracles of Elisha:
2 Kings 6:8 When the king of Syria was warring against Israel, after counseling with his servants, he said, In such & such a place shall be my camp. 9 Then the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, Beware that you pass not such a place, for the Syrians are coming down there. 10 Then the king of Israel sent to the place of which [Elisha] told & warned him; & thus he protected & saved himself there repeatedly.
11 Therefore the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing. He called his servants & said, Will you show me who of us is for the king of Israel? 12 One of his servants said, None, my lord O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber. 13 He said, Go & see where he is, that I may send & seize him. And it was told him, He is in Dothan. 14 So [the Syrian king] sent there horses, chariots, & a great army. They came by night & surrounded the city. 15 When the servant of the man of God rose early & went out, behold, an army with horses & chariots was around the city. Elisha's servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do?
Miracle #12 – Release of supernatural vision & supernatural blindeness on enemies
16 [Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them.
17 Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man's eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 18 And when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, Smite this people with blindness, I pray You. And God smote them with blindness, as Elisha asked.
19 Elisha said to the Syrians, This is not the way or the city. Follow me, & I will bring you to the man whom you seek. And he led them to Samaria. 20 And when they had come into Samaria, Elisha said, Lord, open the eyes of these men that they may see. And the Lord opened their eyes, & they saw. Behold, they were in the midst of Samaria! 21 When the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, My father, shall I slay them? Shall I slay them?
22 [Elisha] answered, You shall not slay them. Would you slay those you have taken captive with your sword & bow? Set bread & water before them, that they may eat & drink & return to their master. 23 So [the king] prepared great provision for them, & when they had eaten & drunk, he sent them away, & they went to their master. And the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.
The Lord is amazing, He blinded them, then opens their eyes, & they must have been terrified. The King asks if he can slay them, but God had a different plan, as He wanted them to have peace, which came no doubt through them sharing what had happened to them, and their final treatment.
24 Afterward, Ben-hadad king of Syria gathered his whole army & went up & besieged Samaria, 25 And a great famine came to Samaria. They besieged it until a donkey's head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, & a fourth of a kab of dove's dung [a wild vegetable] for five shekels of silver. 26 As the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, a woman cried to him, Help, my lord, O king! 27 He said, [For] if he does not help you [No, let the Lord help you!], from where can I get you help? Out of the threshing floor, or out of the winepress? 28 And the king said to her, What ails you? She answered, This woman said to me, Give me your son so we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow. 29 So we boiled my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, Give your son so we may eat him, but she had hidden her son. 30 When the king heard the woman's words, he rent his clothes. As he went on upon the wall, the people looked, and behold, he wore sackcloth inside on his flesh.
31 Then he said, May God do so to me, & more also, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day! 32 Now Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him. And the king sent a man from before him [to behead Elisha]. But before the messenger arrived, Elisha said to the elders, See how this son of [Jezebel] a murderer is sending to remove my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold it fast against him. Is not the sound of his master's feet [just] behind him? 33 And while Elisha was talking with them, behold, [the messenger] came to him [and then the king came also]. And [the relenting king] said, This evil is from the Lord! Why should I any longer wait [expecting Him to withdraw His punishment? What, Elisha, can be done now]?
Now that's logical right? Not. Kill the prophet, and eating your own children to save your life? 🤢.
1 THEN ELISHA said, Hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord: Tomorrow about this time a measure of fine flour will sell for a shekel & two measures of barley for a shekel in the gate of Samaria! 2 Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God & said, If the Lord should make windows in heaven, could this thing be? But Elisha said, You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.
Elisha declares there will be change in the economy the next day. But he tells him YOU WILL NOT EAT OF IT.
3 Now four men who were lepers were at the entrance of the city's gate; & they said to one another, Why do we sit here until we die? 4 If we say, We will enter the city — then the famine is in the city, & we shall die there; & if we sit still here, we die also. So now come, let us go over to the army of the Syrians. If they spare us alive, we shall live; & if they kill us, we shall but die.
Well at least going to the Syrians would be a quick death they figure.
MIRACLE #13 – Abrupt TURN AROUND in WARFARE & ECONOMY
5 So they arose in the twilight and went to the Syrian camp. But when they came to the edge of the camp, no man was there. 6 For the Lord had made the Syrian army hear a noise of chariots and horses, the noise of a great army. They had said to one another, The king of Israel has hired the Hittite & Egyptian kings to come upon us.
7 So the Syrians arose & fled in the twilight & left their tents, horses, donkeys, even the camp as it was, & fled for their lives. 8 And when these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into one tent & ate & drank, & carried away silver, gold, & clothing, & went & hid them [in the darkness]. Then they entered another tent and carried from there also and went and hid it.
Ok so they go a bit crazy with greed but then are convicted;
9 Then they said one to another, We are not doing right. This is a day of [glad] good news & we are silent and do not speak up! If we wait until daylight, some punishment will come upon us [for not reporting at once]. So now come, let us go & tell the king's household. 10 So they came & called to the gatekeepers of the city. They told them, We came to the camp of the Syrians, & behold, there was neither sight nor sound of man there — only the horses & donkeys tied, & the tents as they were. 11 Then the gatekeepers called out, & it was told to the king's household within. 12 And the king rose in the night & said to his servants, I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we are hungry; therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the open country, thinking, When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive & get into the city.
13 One of his servants said, Let some men take five of the remaining horses; [if they are caught & killed] they will be no worse off than all the multitude of Israel left in the city to be consumed. Let us send & see. 14 So they took two chariot horses, & the king sent them after the Syrian army, saying, Go & see. 15 They went after them to the Jordan. All the way was strewn with clothing & equipment which the Syrians had cast away in their flight. And the messengers returned and told the king. 16 Then the people went out & plundered the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, & two measures of barley for a shekel, as the Lord had spoken [through Elisha]. [2 Kings 7:1.]
So the wealth of the wicked went to Israel from the Syrian Army's retreat.
17 The king had appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have charge of the gate, & the [starving] people trampled him in the gate [as they struggled to get through for food], & he died, as the man of God had foretold when the king came down to him.
18 When the man of God had told the king, Two measures of barley shall sell for a shekel and a measure of fine flour for a shekel tomorrow about this time in the gate of Samaria, 19 The captain had told the man of God, If the Lord should make windows in heaven, could such a thing be? And he said, You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it. [2 Kings 7:2.] 20 And so it was fulfilled to him, for the people trampled on him in the gate, and he died.
So it sounds like because of his doubt and unbelief, he did not receive of the blessing of the turn around of events that came.
1 NOW ELISHA had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, Arise & go with your household & sojourn wherever you can, for the Lord has called for a famine,& moreover, it will come upon the land for seven years. 2 So the woman arose & did as the man of God had said. She went with her household & sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.
She knew Elisha's words were gold so followed the prophet's instructions and went to the camp of the Philistines.
3 At the end of the seven years the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, & she went to appeal to the king for her house & land. 4 The king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me all the great things Elisha has done.
5 And as Gehazi was telling the king how [Elisha] had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house & land. And Gehazi said, My lord O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha brought back to life. 6 When the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed to her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land even until now.
Restoration comes to those who listen to the prophets and follow God's instructions.
7 Elisha came to Damascus, and Ben-hadad king of Syria was sick; & he was told, The man of God has come here. 8 And the king said to Hazael, Take a present in your hand & go meet the man of God, & inquire of the Lord by him, saying, Shall I recover from this disease? 9 So Hazael went to meet Elisha & took a present with him of every good thing of Damascus, forty camel loads, & came & stood before him & said, Your son Ben-hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, asking, Shall I recover from this disease? 10 And Elisha said, Go, say to him, You shall certainly recover; but the Lord has shown me that he shall certainly die.
WOW. Now think about that a minute. We need to be brave & speak only what God tells us to speak for He knows all things, & all things are in His hands.
11 Elisha stared steadily at him until Hazael was embarrassed. & the man of God wept.
Elisha has the Lord's heart so though he said what God wanted, his heart was broken over the plans he saw that layed ahead...
12 And Hazael said, Why do you weep, my lord? He answered, Because I know the evil that you will do to the Israelites. You will burn their strongholds, slay their young men with the sword, dash their infants in pieces, & rip up their pregnant women.
13 And Hazael said, What is your servant, only a dog, that he should do this monstrous thing? & Elisha answered, The Lord has shown me that you will be king over Syria. 14 Then [Hazael] departed from Elisha & came to his master, who said to him, What did Elisha say to you? And he answered, He told me you would surely recover. 15 But the next day Hazael took the bedspread & dipped it in water & spread it on [the Syrian king's] face, so that he died. And Hazael reigned in his stead.
YIKES. It's not easy being a prophet. Especially when you have to prophesy negative things to those in the country you love. It is a heavy duty to see the judgments of God coming.
Chapter 9 – victory against JEZEBEL - God's miraculous overturn #14
1 AND ELISHA the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets & said to him, Gird up your loins, take this flask of oil in your hand, & go to Ramoth-gilead. 2 When you arrive, look there for Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi; & go in & have him arise from among his brethren & lead him to an inner chamber. 3 Then take the cruse of oil & pour it on his head & say, Thus says the Lord: I have anointed you king over Israel. Then open the door & flee; do not tarry.
Elisha saw how dangerous Jehu was.
4 So the young man, the young prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. 5 & when he came, the captains of the army were sitting outside; & he said, I have a message for you, O captain. Jehu said, To which of us? & he said, To you, O captain.
6 And Jehu arose, & they went into the house. & the prophet poured the oil on Jehu's head & said to him, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I have anointed you king over the people of the Lord, even over Israel. 7 You shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets & of all the servants of the Lord [who have died] at the hands of Jezebel. 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, & I will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel. 9 I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat & like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah. [1 Kings 21:22.]
10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, & none shall bury her. And he opened the door and fled. [Fulfilled in 2 Kings 9:33-37.]
11 When Jehu came out to the servants of his master, one said to him, Is all well? Why did this mad fellow come to you? And he said to them, You know that class of man & what he would say. 12 And they said, That is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus & thus he spoke to me, saying, Thus says the Lord: I have anointed you king over Israel. 13 Then they hastily took every man his garment & put it [for a cushion] under Jehu on the top of the [outside] stairs, & blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king!
….21 Joram said, Make ready. When his chariot was made ready, Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot. Thus they went out to meet Jehu and met him in the field of Naboth the Jezreelite. 22 When Joram saw Jehu, he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, How can peace exist as long as the fornications of your mother Jezebel & her witchcrafts are so many?
So it goes on to share how Jehu killed Joram& then Jezebel. So Elisha was instrumental in being told who to anoint for the task & following through no doubt praying & worshiping for the success of Jehu.
2 Kings 13:14-25
14 Now Elisha [previously] had become ill of the illness of which he died. And Jehoash king of Israel came down to him and wept over him and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel & the horsemen of it! [2 Kings 2:12.] 15 & Elisha said to him, Take bow & arrows. And he took bow & arrows. 16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put your hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it, & Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands. 17 & he said, Open the window to the east.& he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. & he shot. & he said, The Lord's arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Syria. For you shall smite the Syrians in Aphek till you have destroyed them.
18 Then he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, Strike on the ground. And he struck three times & stopped. 19 And the man of God was angry with him & said, You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck down Syria until you had destroyed it. But now you shall strike Syria down only three times.
GOD wants obedience but also enthusiastic belief I think. Perhaps Jehoash was too grieved over Elisha being sick, but Elisha gets angry he didn't strike the ground more often to destroy the enemy. We also need to do that work of battling till God shows us the victory & to have more CONFIDENCE in what God tells us to do.
20 Elisha died, & they buried him. Bands of the Moabites invaded the land in the spring of the next year. 21 As a man was being buried [on an open bier], such a band was seen coming; & the man was cast into Elisha's grave. And when the man being let down touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.
WOW, so even after being dead and buiried a year just one body thrown on Elisha's brought anointing that broke the yoke of DEATH ! I would love that much of God in me wouldn't you? Ask and you shall receive the Lord has said in His Word. Startling miracles are on the horizon. Hold on for the ride of your lives!!!
God bless you!
♥️ Love, Priscilla Van Sutphin