ELIJAH’S FIERY RIDE
As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw Elijah no more. He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed over. 2 Kings 2:11,12,14
I have been thinking about the coming of the Lord more and more recently, wondering what it will be like, who will go, and how to be prepared for that great and terrible day. I think there are some interesting things to take notice of in the life of Elijah during his last days before he was “raptured”. He made some visits to some spiritually significant locations before he was taken up into heaven, each with powerful prophetic significance. First, he went to a town called Gilgal. Gilgal is the place where the children of Israel restored the covenant of Abraham, they circumcised an entire generation, before they stepped into the promised land. What does that say to us? Make a definitive decision in your heart, leave the world behind, dedicate your life totally to the Lord. This is major preparation for the coming of the Lord. The next town Elijah went to was Bethel, the house of God. This is the place of the anointing and the place of accountability, this is where God has chosen to dwell and to reveal Himself. Being connected to the local church is essential for spiritual preparedness. Next, Elijah journeyed to Jericho, the place of fragrance. There is nothing like the beautiful fragrance of Christ, this speaks to us of His beauty and the attractiveness of His nature. Draw near to the Lord, surrender to His allurements, you are receiving final preparations to meet your Lord in the air. The final stop on Elijah’s spiritual journey was the Jordan River. Jordan means the descender, this is where we go lower still. Christ Himself was baptized in the Jordan River. The Lord humbled Himself to be baptized by the prophet John, as He did, He stepped into His anointing for His earthly ministry. Humility is the way into the anointing, humility is the final step in preparing yourself for the world to come, releasing your rights and yielding your all to the Lord. Before he knew it, Elijah was looking into the face of God, swept away by the fiery chariot. Before we know it we will hear the trumpet blast and find ourselves caught up to be with the Lord in the air.