The Spirit of Elisha
The Spirit of Elisha
Restoration and the Foreshadowing of the Second Coming of our Messiah
And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. — 2 Kings 2:9
In recent months, I have witnessed an amazing restoration of things, situations, relations, and so on. Because most of these restorations and I might even say, mini-miracles, have taken place within mundane life, it would be so very easy to disregard any spiritual significance and just leave the shear number of restorations to chance. It has only been the very word, ‘restoration‘ that has come to my mind more often than I can recall, that has piqued my attention on the matter, so to speak.
It has been stated that while Elijah the prophet was the foreshadow of John the Baptist, the Spirit of Elisha may be seen as the foreshadow or prefigurement of Jesus:
“It is important to note that from this point, John the Baptist decreases and Jesus increases, in a similar way that Elisha took up the mantle of Elijah. Up until this point, it could be said that the oracle of God was being given through John, but after this, the Word was truly among us.”
And also from this website:
“It was under the prophetic ministry of Elisha that Jehu judged both Jezebel, the prophets of Baal, and Ahab’s sons. It was also under Elisha that the prophetic ministry was restored back to Israel. As we press forward and seek the double portion anointing, which is the fullness of His inheritance in Christ Jesus, we need to be mindful of the Father’s plan and be patient as the spirit of Elijah begins to move in our midst in order to establish His true government. It will be through the Elijah anointing that the Elisha ministry will be established and it will be under the Elisha ministry that the children will be restored back to the Father as the Ahab’s, religious spirit, and prophets of Baal are removed from within the church.”
Recall Malachi 4:5-6
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers…”
Could the Spirit of Elisha be working now in each of our lives? Elisha asked for and received a double portion of the power and spirit of Elijah. Still, his power was different in quality, as written at this website on the spirit and power of Elisha :
“The doubled spirit of Elijah did not produce a bigger bang, more spectacular drama. Instead it flowed in sweeter service and wider healing. Elisha brought no fire from heaven but sweet water from a spring. Not a national drought, but a single mom’s oil jar turned into an oil well.”
I can’t help but think of the 5 year old boy Landon Hoffman, who was thrown off the third floor of a Minneapolis Mall and his miraculous recovery, as stated by the family’s pastor in this article:
“Mac Hammond, the pastor at the family’s church, said the boy had gone through an MRI that lasted five hours. The results of said scan, as he described them, were “truly a miracle”.
“Doctors said they found no brain damage — not even any swelling,” Hammond said at a service.
“No spinal damage, no nerve damage … doctors are saying it is truly a miracle.”
The worst was feared when Landon was thrown from the third-floor Mall of America balcony. The 5-year-old tumbled almost 40-feet after being grabbed by 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda.”
Did not Elisha restore life in a young boy as written in 2 Kings 4:32-35?
32 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.
33 He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord.
34 And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.
35 Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
I will testify of two personal examples of truly miraculous restorations that I have witnessed recently:
1. My eight year old rooster has been more or less semi-disabled since about 2015, probably due to a fight with another rooster who has since passed. He has hobbled along very similarly to the Hunchback of Notre Dame (Remember that the rooster atop the burned and fallen spire of Notre Dame was found intact and considered restorable according to this article). This past weekend was warm and gorgeous and my rooster was outside on the front lawn with my dog and cats, standing straight up, his back straight, his tail up in the air and walking normally. That was already amazing. Then out of pure joy it seems, as it was a warm and sunny day, he started running!! I could not believe it. This is a rooster that I have had to hand feed at times. Still, he has outlived the entire flock, which in my mind was already miraculous.
2. My old phone has been broken at the seams for several years, but still usable. I could not have it fixed or checked out because the guts were coming out of the seams of the screen, the entire phone was bloated and the super strong armor casing around it was impossible to remove. I have tried in earnest, time and again, to remove the casing. I decided to just use the phone until it completely died and then break the casing and hope the phone doesn’t explode on me. I have not wanted to do this earlier than necessary because of concern about losing legacy apps and data. About a month ago, maybe less, I picked up the phone and everything was exactly the same, the casing impossible to remove as I fiddled with it a little as usual, and then it just came off. I was beyond shocked. After the initial shock wore off, which took a while — I took out the bloated battery and installed a battery from a different phone, but the same phone series. The once bloated phone returned to normal almost immediately. You would not be able to tell that the screen seams had been stretched open for years; all the phone guts returned to their rightful locations. For a week, I was in utter amazement. I could not believe it. I still can’t. The phone looks brand new.
For me, these examples are truly miraculous and represent full restoration. There are more examples, especially related to family relation restorations, etc..but I think these two have been the most amazing. Oh, also, the tree trunk on my young apple tree snapped in half last year due to straight line winds, and was held together only by a little piece of bark on one side. I duck-taped the trunk and staked it in order to hold the tree up. This year, the tree is no longer staked and the trunk has been fully restored. The tree trunk literally grew back.
If you have had the Spirit of Elisha and amazing restorations working in your life in recent months or in the past year, please share your story here in the comment section below!
All Glory to our Father, our Savior is Coming!!
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. — Job 42:10
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. — Acts 3:19-21
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. — 1 Peter 5:10