Transferring the Mantle of Prophetic Authority from Elijah to Elisha
II Kings 2:7 – “And the two of them stood at the stood at the Jordan. Elijah took his mantle and folded it over, and struck the water, which split apart o this way and that, and they both crossed over on dry land. As they were crossing, Elijah said to Elisha ‘Request what I should do for you before I am taken away from you.’ Elisha said, ‘May twice as much as your spirit be mine.’ Elijah said, ‘You have made a difficult request. If you see me taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if you do not, then it will not happen.’”
The most famous of all the Prophets of Israel was the Prophet Elijah. Throughout his life and ministry many miracles were recorded. His disciple Elisha was there to witness many of them.
In the last few moments in which Elijah and Elisha were together they were discussing matters of the Torah. Knowing that the time of his departure was imminent, Elijah turned to Elisha and asked him what gift he should give to him. In matters of Torah, what a person requests at such a time is a reflection of his spiritual essence for in the response given, it depicts what was more important to his disciple, Elisha.
We see this same spiritual imagery when HaShem came down and talked with the young prince heir to the throne of King David; Solomon, as he was now prepared to assume the royal duties to become King of United Israel. When G-d asked Solomon for one thing He could give to Solomon, Solomon replied, “Wisdom”.
Solomon knew fully that the kingship of Israel was not for him to possess, only for him to be given. He understood that the G-d of Israel was the “Keter” or the King of the Universe, and in His sovereign authority, there was no king, emperor, ruler or magistrate on earth whose position and titled were not first approved and appointed by G-d.
Solomon also knew that there was no reason for him to have become king of United Israel for Solomon was the twenty-first of King David’s sons by the last and tenth wife, Bathsheba. Solomon was also Bathsheba’s second and youngest son. In other words, Solomon was at the bottom of the totem pole of royal aspirants seeking to become the heir to the throne of King David.
Solomon knew that he also was smart. He had been given a great brain by HaShem, and that this gift from G-d was called “Binah”, that is ‘intuition’ and understanding. He used this gift with great skill and acumen and became known as the “wisest man” on earth.
Not only that, Solomon had access to all the royal archives of King David that had been saved by the ancient Hebrews such as the Torah scroll saved in the Ark of the Covenant and preserved in the Tabernacle of the Dwelling at Kirjath-jea. Included also in the royal archives were records and documents that were transferred from all the imperial courts surrounding Jerusalem to the royal library in Jerusalem the capital of King David realm. As such, Solomon had access to the hidden knowledge of his ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that came from all ages before him that were kept as part of the sacred archives associated with the Wilderness Tabernacle, prior to begin transferred officially to Jerusalem during King David’s reign.
Solomon also understood that of all the ten emanations of the Divine, there are three that are held solely by the behest of the Divine, to be given by the Divine King to whomever He so chooses. The rest of the seven emanations are given continuously throughout the universe for without them the universes, solar systems, and inhabited planets would not exist. So when the G-d of King David asked Solomon for one gift, he asked for ‘Chokhmah’, or ‘wisdom’.
So Elijah also posed the same question to Elisha and Elisha replied:
‘May Twice as much as your Spirit be Mine.’
There are numerous interpretations of what this reply actually meant;
- Elisha wanted twice the level of prophecy;
- Elisha wanted the ability to perform twice as many miracles as Elisha; or
- Elisha requested that he be treated as the first-born who would receive a double portion of the inheritance, or
- Elisha should receive twice the as much of the prophetic spirit as any of the other prophets of Israel.
Elijah knew and responded accordingly the following;
‘You have made a difficult request. If you see me taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if you do not, then it will not happen.’
According to some interpretation of the sages of Judah, Elisha’s request for enhanced prophecy was dependant not upon his mentor and teacher, but upon his own spiritual accomplishments. The only one who can grow spiritually and become one worthy of growing spiritually was the young disciples, Elisha himself. Spirituality could not be bought or sold, for prophecy and spirituality was not ‘commodities’ that could be willfully transferred to others.
As Elijah and Elisha were talking about the Torah to one another, what was happening in the world around them was of no concern to them. The fact that they were so engaged in the study of the Torah was the reason that they were not also consumed by the fiery entrance of this heavenly merkabah (chariot). Yet, according to the sages, ‘If Elisha was worthy of seeing the ascent of Elijah with the fiery horses and chariot of fire’, then he was worthy of possessing the spiritual and prophetic essence of his master, Elijah.
Yet, we wonder, was Elijah really saying to his prime student the following;
“If you can See It, You can Be It!”
“If You can Visualize it through the Pristine Prism of the “Eyes of G-d” it can become a Reality of your Life.”
The State of Israel and its Jewish citizens have just entered a new era of their lives. The world as we know it to be is rapidly becoming an era of the past. A new era of spiritual enlightenment is now unfolding before our eyes. The days of the Messiah is now upon us.
The nations of the earth are becoming divided and fragmented as witnessed in the Arab Spring that has consumed numerous nations in the Middle East. The European Union is becoming fragmented in polarity for every state wants their individuality and independence from each other; like the legs of the imperial statute of King Nebuchadnezzar whose legs were iron bonding with porcelain clay.
We saw this same fact in the recent election of the new president of the United States as America. Never has America been so polarized since the Civil War in the mid-19th century.
So the Labor Zionist State of Israel is now fading into the past, and a New Spiritual Zionist State of Israel is emerging. Never in the history of Israel has there been such a revival of spirit that was first witness during the “Eight Day War with Gaza” in December. This was not a revival of power, greed and control but a revival of the spirit of the Jews in Israel.
There was a remarkable transformation of the political climate as the religious right, the Jewish orthodox and observant, the visionaries, the futurists, the pioneers and the patriots of the settler’s movement all began to coalesce together in one mind and purpose. You could hear on the street the hidden word of the past, “The Maschiah” is here, not fully revealed but his spirit is enveloping us all.
So to the new government of Israel is now trying desperately to figure out what to make of the January elections. The division of Israel in the Knesset is as close as 61-59 in support or in opposition.
We can see the dividing of the “sheep and the goats”. We can see the fading into the dustbins of history the political architects of the past. Those wanting the New Knesset to take this era into the new spiritual era of the enlightenment of the future Messianic Era are now arising with high expectations and great motivation. This will propel them forward into this new era.
The new political leaders and parties are now having to grasp the “spiritual mandate” of the Divine; the Land if Holy, so the people who live upon the land must also be holy. Holy Land cannot be given away to those that will profane it. The Temple Mount was designed for the House of HaShem to rest upon it, so it must also become soon, “Holy unto the L-rd.”
The New Zionist State of Israel will come, whether the rest of the world wants it to come or not, because it is destined to come by HaShem in bi’etah (“in His own time”). HaShem will personally become involved in the installation of a new government dedicated to HaShem’s government of “Peace and Justice” based upon the principles of the halakhah of Torah.
So to the real patriots of Israel; “Look up upon High”. Visualize the transforming power of the Divine. Elevate your expectations and propel your life forward towards the “End of the Age”. It is the Beginning of a New Age”; the Age of HaShem’s Messiah.
Not only that, to all of G-d’s Chosen ones, the Jews of the House of Judah and the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel;
“If you can ‘See It’, You can ‘Be It’!
The Rise of the End Times State of Israel is unfolding before our eyes. This is an anathema to most of the nations of the world, who believe in the ascendancy of man rather than the ascendancy of the future Messianic Kingdom of G-d on earth.
We have to recognize that the G-d of Israel is working with imperfect people in order to restore this planet to a messianic era in which our lives can be focused on holiness, righteousness and justice. If you believe in the Sovereignty of G-d and that His will be completed before the revealing of the messianic age of our future, then you might desire to reconnect with the Biblical portrayals of what is and will be happening in your near future, Contact “Kol Ha Tor Vision”, the Voice of the Turtledove.
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