After the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a still, small voice. (I Kings 19:12).
In this blog portion, I will ask multiple questions. I pray the questions are thought-provoking, and that you will share some of your thoughts. First picture the heart of someone who wandered about in sheepskin, and camel skin. Men of flesh described in the book of Hebrews as men the world was not worthy of. Ponder a world not worthy of such men as these. Do men like these exist today? What kind of power does a man or woman like that have? It’s a power that doesn’t come from men. No amount of money or titles can purchase it.
“They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.” (Hebrew 11:37-38).
MEN OF WHO THE WORLD WAS NOT WORTHY!
These men like Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, and others were acquainted with fire before Acts chapter two ever happened.
Pour kerosene on a heart and strike a match. Got a visual? These were men who had fire in their souls. These men like Jeremiah, Ezra, Samuel, and Moses were a different breed. These men had zeal, and His Word shut up tightly in their bone marrow.
Jeremiah said, “But if I say, “I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name,” Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it.”
‘Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out. (Leviticus, 6:13). The lamps of the Menorah were to have fresh oil every morning. Only pure, new olive oil of the highest quality was suitable to light the Menorah. Yeshua informs us that we are lamps—a city set on a hill. A light shining in the darkness.
How can we kindle a flame daily that never burns out?
And how can we refrain from offering strange fire like Aaron’s sons?
How can we burn like a burning tree that is on fire but not consumed?
Fire and chariots of fire have always interested me. Elijah was a man who called fire down from heaven. He was a man who watched fire lick up water. We read later of this blazing prophet going up in a whirlwind. Yeshua went up to the Heavenly abode, where he sat down at the Right Hand of the Father. “And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:50-51). The Book of Acts explains that a cloud hid him from their sight. He was the cloud by day and the fire by night. But even more interesting is the place—Bethany. Yochanan (John the immerser) was said to have ministered there. Bethany has multiple meanings. Abarim states it is a House of Answer, Business, Affliction, and Singing. Different circumstances happened at this place. Not only was Lazarus brought forth from the grave, but Yeshua was anointed for burial here. Lazarus was sick for two days and resurrected on the 4th day. This is a picture of the 6,000-year timeline we see concerning the flood as well. Eddie Chumney has an amazing teaching on this. He explains:
“Noah was 600 years old when the flood (judgment) came upon the earth. In Genesis (Bereishit) 7:11-12, it is written:
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month,
the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the
fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven
were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and
This is a spiritual picture/blueprint given to us by the G-d of Israel that after 6,000 years (the end of the Olam Hazeh), judgment (the tribulation/birth pangs of the Messiah/Chevlai shel Mashiach) will come upon the earth.” For more, click here.
We see the ravens coming to the ark, and we see the ravens feeding the prophet Elijah. Many symbols have deeper meanings. The raven did not have the olive leaf. He was not white like the dove that ascended on Yeshua as he came up out of the waters. The raven left and didn’t return.
Could the resurrection of the dead be hidden in Elijah and Elisha’s lives and their deaths, as well? Elisha and Elijah were both prophets and both powerful. They part waters, raise the dead, cure leprosy, and make an ax head float. If Elijah went up into the heavens in a whirlwind and Elisha’s bones raised the dead, shouldn’t we dig deeper and see what may be hidden? The prophet, Elisha, who died in his disease, had enough anointing in his bones to spark a fire and cause a dead man, deader than a doorknob, to stand upright.
“Once, as the Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders, so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. And when he touched the bones of Elisha, the man was revived and stood up on his feet.” (II Kings 13:31). Can you picture the scene? Dead bones bring life. Oh, friends, one day, we will stand up on our feet and come forth out of the grave. Yah is our salvation. This is Elisha’s name. Yeshua will save us from death, he who took the keys to death and the grave.
“When Elisha got sick with his illness from which he would die, King Joash of Israel came down to him, wept over him, and cried, “Avi, Avi, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” (II Kings 13:14, TLV).
Why would this king say, “The chariot and its horsemen?” We see angelic messengers on horses in Zechariah. We even read about King Yeshua on a white horse in the book of Revelations. The Father and His Heavenly abode are often described as a chariot of fire, and like the whirlwind, we read concerning Elijah.
“Then you will see this, and your heart will be glad,
And your bones will flourish like the new grass;
And the hand of the LORD will be made known to His servants,
But He will be indignant toward His enemies.
For behold, the LORD will come in fire
And His chariots like the whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
For the LORD will execute judgment by fire
And by His sword on all flesh,
And those slain by the LORD will be many.
“Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens,
Following one in the center,
Who eat swine’s flesh, detestable things, and mice,
Will come to an end altogether,” declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 66:14-17, NASB).
“Behold, he goes up like clouds, And his chariots like the whirlwind; His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are ruined!” (Jeremiah 4:13).
“Did the LORD rage against the rivers, Or was Your anger against the rivers, Or was Your wrath against the sea, That You rode on Your horses, On Your chariots of salvation?’ (Habakkuk, 3:8).
Chariots and horses are entirely unique to use as a description of the Holy One. Wouldn’t you agree? If you read Ezekiel chapter one, you get an even greater picture of chariots of fire and a throne room of fire, although the word chariot is not mentioned. Here are a couple of verses, but if you have time, look at Ezekiel and his heavenly visions.
“I looked and saw a whirlwind coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing back and forth and brilliant light all around it. In the center of the fire was a gleam like amber, 5and within it was the form of four living creatures.” 1:4-5.
Above the expanse over their heads was the likeness of a throne with the appearance of sapphire, and on the throne high above was a figure like that of a man. From what seemed to be His waist up, I saw a gleam like amber, with what looked like fire within it all around. And from what seemed to be His waist down, I saw what looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded Him.
The appearance of the brilliant light all around Him was like that of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell facedown and heard a voice speaking.” 1:26-28.
When we fall face-down, we have seen unspeakable things. Such matters Paul described as too wondrous to speak of. He said he was caught up in Paradise and heard things that are not to be told that no mortal is permitted to repeat. Can you imagine? The Bible has a well of water, treasures hidden inside that cause one to meditate on a Creator so powerful no words are found in dictionaries to describe the glory of HaShem. Who are we that He is mindful of us? We fall humbly on our faces.
How do Elijah and Elisha’s deaths speak life and a future time when the Messiah will return on That Day?
If Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind, and Elisha was to receive a double portion of his spirit, why did Elisha die in his disease? Are we dying in disease? Is the earth crying out? Are the oceans full of trash? Famine, pestilence, sexual sins so horrendous, to mention such things is forbidden according to scripture. We are told not to even speak of them. But one day, these symbols hidden in Elijah’s whirlwind and Elisha’s dead, diseased bones will come about. Dead men will walk through objects, fly, and take on a new appearance. They will be full of light. Clothed in light. His Glory!
Interesting things are hidden in the book of Kings. Elijah appears out of nowhere.
Elijah is given the title of prophet and “Tishbite,” probably because he came from a place (or a family) by the name of “Tishbe.” A place of that name lay within the boundaries of Naphtali (comp. Tobit i. 2).
The etymology of the word Thishbe:
From the noun תושב (toshab), sojourner, from the verb ישב (yashab), to sit or dwell.
Elijah, therefore, came from the land east of the Jordan to wage war against the worship of Baal. His very name means Yah is my God. Before Elijah (Eliyahu ha-nabi’) is taken up in a whirlwind, he is given a command to anoint Elisha and spread his mantle over him. Different scholars guess at this timeline of training; some say it was a period of 7 or 8 years. Seven is the number of completion, and eight is an unspeakable joy; it is a time when we will live in new bodies and behold the glorious One.
Wherever Elijah was found, Elisha was sure to be sitting, following, listening, learning, and helping the older prophet with his task. “Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah” (2Kings 3:11). Elisha served as Elijah’s servant, pouring water.
Elijah is a man who called fire down from heaven. “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.” (James 5:17).
This is the timeline mentioned at the end of days—3 ½ years.
“But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle to fly from the presence of the serpent to her place in the wilderness, where she was nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.” (Rev 12:14).
“And the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by Him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times, and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been shattered, all these things will be completed.” (Daniel, 12:7).
We see in both these prophets’ lives the whole resurrection story from our leprous bodies being washed seven times. To oil that never runs out. To sleeping children raising up from death. The ax of his Word given to his prophets being restored. I believe every hidden gem concerning the coming of the Mashiach and the resurrection of the dead, including the great tribulation, is found hidden in their miracles.
(The King) He again sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty. When the third captain of fifty went up, he came and bowed down on his knees before Elijah, and begged him and said to him, “O man of God, please let my life and the lives of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight. 14“Behold fire came down from heaven and consumed the first two captains of fifty with their fifties, but now let my life be precious in your sight.”
Abraham begged for any righteous in Sodom to be spared, and he started with the number 50.
The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” (Genesis 18:16).
What are all these ’50s about, and how is fire connected to the beginning and the end? The very first word in our Bibles is Bereshit. The first and last two letters form the word covenant—brit. The remaining middle letters form the word fire. Fire is a funny thing. It destroys, and it purifies. We see fire throughout the scriptures. A fire that rains down from heaven. A burning bush. Fire on the mountain when the covenant was given. And Peter talks about a fire that will consume the earth at the end.
“Beloved, do not let this one thing escape your notice: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.
But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and its works will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to conduct yourselves in holiness and godliness 12as you anticipate and hasten the coming of the day of God when the heavens will be destroyed by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with God’s promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. (II Peter 3:8-13).
The Hebrew letter nun has the numerical value of the number 50. The pictograph for nun looks like a seed. Fifty is life, fish, and a seed. The first mention of Nun in the Bible is Joshua; he was the son of Nun. The son of ‘Life.’ He was the first to enter the promised land—a picture of Yeshua Messiah. There are 50 years for a Jubilee year. All these things are about a time when the faithful who speak life and bear fruit will arise from death and stand up on their graves. It’s the 5th Feast when the trumpet sounds and the dead in Messiah arise first.
That whirlwind of clouds will happen. Those bones in the grave will revive. Our Father is not slack concerning His promises.
“I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him” (Dan. 7:13).
“BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.” (Revelation 1:7).
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