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Elisha chose the Anointing.
He recognised that the greatest thing he could inherit from Elijah was the Anointing.
And when they had gone over, Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me. 2 Kings 2:9 AMP.
Receiving the Anointing was not easy for Elisha. Elijah told him that he had made a difficult request. Elisha had to battle for the Anointing. He had to battle to stay with Elijah. The battles took place in 4 locations: Gilgal, Jericho, Bethel and Jordan. Each of these 4 places is symbolic of something important on the road to the Anointing. The mention of each city brings memories of important spiritual events that took place in the Bible.
Fighting for a Double Portion in Gilgal:
At Gilgal, Elijah tried to get rid of Elisha. This was a test to see whether Elisha would persist in his quest for the Anointing.
WHEN THE Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were going from Gilgal. And Elijah said to Elisha, Tarry here, I pray you, for the Lord has sent me to Bethel. But Elisha replied, As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they went down to Bethel.
�2 Kings 2: 1-2 AMP.
The Symbolic Meaning of Gilgal:
- Gilgal The place of circumcision.
This is where the Israelites were circumcised after they crossed the Jordan. It symbolizes the pain of sacrifice: cutting away of the flesh, the painful cutting away of the world; painfully cutting away the things you love.
Joshua 4:19-24 AMP.Though all the people who came out were circumcised, yet all the people who were born in the wilderness on the way after Israel came out of Egypt had not been circumcised. Joshua 5:5 AMP.
1. Gilgal The place where the manna ceased.
The supernatural provision of manna ceased in Gilgal. From now on, the Israelites would have to sow and reap for themselves. They were no longer going to stumble into things accidentally. When you get to Gilgal you will be expected to deliberately do the right things that lead to the Anointing. We often stumble into many kingdom blessings. However, there comes a time when God expects you to deliberately work to get what you need. The time comes when God will expect you to deliberately choose a man of God to serve and to follow.
Joshua 5:10-12 AMP.
Fighting for a Double Portion in Bethel:
In Bethel, other prophets tried to discourage Elisha and dissuade him from following Elijah. Elijah himself advised Elisha to give up his quest for the Anointing and to stay away. But Elisha was too clever to fall for this suggestion.
The prophets' sons who were at Bethel came to Elisha and said, Do you know that the Lord will take your master away from you today? He said, Yes, I know it; hold your peace. Elijah said to him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray you, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho. But he said, As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they came to Jericho 2 Kings 2:3-4 AMP.
The Symbolic meaning of Bethel:
1. Bethel The place of dreams and visions.
This is the place where Jacob had dreams and visions of God. When you come to Bethel you will have visions and dreams and God will direct you in more supernatural ways.
3. Bethel The place of committing your finances to God.
It was at Bethel that Jacob committed his tithes to the Lord. Surprisingly, many people of God have difficulty in doing the right thing when it comes to finances. When you have been to Bethel, tithing will not be a problem for you.
Genesis 28:18-22 AMP.
5. Jericho The place of war.
This is the place where Joshua fought his first battle.
2. Jericho The place of authority.
It is in Jericho that Joshua cursed anyone who would attempt to rebuild Jericho. His words came to pass because he had become a man of authority in Jericho. When you get to the Jericho of your ministry, you will become a person of authority.
1 Kings 16:34 AMP.
Fighting for a double portion in Jordan:
Finally, they got to Jordan, the place of the Anointing. Elisha had to ignore the staring eyes of 50 unanointed prophets. Under the intense glare of these other ministers, Elisha persisted with his vision of getting a double portion and he got it!
�Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood [to watch] afar off; and the two of them stood by the Jordan 2 Kings 2:7 AMP.
The Symbolic meaning of Jordan.
1. Jordan The place of spiritual vision.
Elisha's eyes were opened at the Jordan and he saw spiritual chariots and spiritual horses. This was a condition for him to receive the Anointing: If you see me!! When you get to Jordan, you will begin to see important visions and dreams that will lead you to the heights of ministry.
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood [to watch] afar off; and the two of them stood by the Jordan 2 Kings 2:7 AMP. He said, You have asked a hard thing. However, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you--but if not, it shall not be so 2 Kings 2:10 AMP.
Having spiritual eyes and spiritual vision is key to receiving the Anointing. The eyes of Peter, James and John were touched at the mount of transfiguration. Paul's eyes were touched on the road to Damascus and he saw a bright light. Jesus eyes were opened and he saw a dove and heard a voice at Jordan. Every time you have a vision, you are being drawn nearer to the spirit realm.
3. Jordan The place of becoming a son with your father.
It is at Jordan that Elisha called Elijah his father. When you get to the place where you see your spiritual mentor as a father, you are qualified to receive the Anointing. You may initially see him as a friend, a Pastor or even a boss. But when he becomes your father you are ready to receive the blessings of a son or a daughter.
5. Jordan The place where you receive the Anointing.
Jesus was baptised and filled with the Spirit in the Jordan. The Jordan was parted 3 times by heavily Anointed people. The first time, the Jordan was parted by Joshua as he walked across with the people of Israel. The second time the Jordan was parted was when Elijah and Elisha crossed it together. The third time the Jordan was parted was when Elisha crossed back with the double portion he had just received.
May you come to Jordan where you receive the double portion of the Anointing!