As told in TPM CHURCH, ROYAPETTA 08-FEB-2009 SUNDAY SERVICE
2 Kings 2: 11 "And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven."
Before Elijah had been taken to heaven he had to go/visit four places; according to the scriptures. These four places reveals the four important phases in our spiritual lives that we have to undergo before we caught up in the soon coming of Jesus Christ.
2 Kings 2:1 "And it came about when the LORD was about to take up Elijah by a whirlwind to heaven, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal". Gilgal is the place where God removed reproaches of Egypt from the people of Israel. This shows our repentance. The Lord Jesus had shown his unconditional love towards us and saved us from the dung of sin.
2 Kings 2:2 "“Stay here please, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel."
Meaning of the word Bethel is the House of God. The next thing we have to do is to come to the House of God. What does it shows? It shows our savings in the Christ Jesus.All the love of the world is based on some 'give and take' condition. But the love Jesus showed up on to us is unconditional.
Here the place Bethel shows our savings in the name of Jesus Christ and accepting him us the LORD. Bethel also shows anointing up on a child of GOD.
2 Kings 2:4 Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho". At the time of the ministry of JESUS, while he was crossing through Jericho, there was a man who was blind itself from the womb of his mother. On hearing that JESUS is passing thru the street, he cried aloud and said "O, SON OF DAVID ! HAVE MERCY ON ME". He is a blind man, he had never seen JESUS, HE never seen the miracles did by JESUS, but how he came to know that JESUS is the son of DAVID and only he can help him from his blindness. He had a very sharp ear and he heard from others about the miracle work done by jesus.
In our life we should always have a very eager to know who JESUS and and let him be MERCY ON YOU
2 Kings 2:6 Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan”. Jordan is a river which is always be violent throughout the year.In our life also there are situations where we will face problems like Jordan. But he still on LORD and know that he is able to work for you and deliver you from all your trouble. For that what you have to do? You should be still and silent. Let allow the LORD to work / fight for you.
After crossing the JORDAN only , the ELIAJ was caught up in the whirlwind.
Dear child of GOD, these four places shows the four path a child of GOD have to travel in his life. After successfully passing thru all these ways only you can caught up with JESUS.
Let the GOD help us in our ways.
PRAISE THE LORD.