Friday, April 24 2015
"Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that you are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again." Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!" I Kings 18:37-39
Elijah was one of the most powerful witnesses of God's power displayed in a man who dared to trust Him. Signs, wonders and miracles were standard operating procedures for him and nothing seemed impossible for this mighty man of God!
In the story of Elijah on Mount Carmel where he confronted the prophets of Baal and the prophets of Asherah there is a prophetic view of the future body of Christ, and the power they will possess as they receive the double portion of God's Holy anointing. Elijah is a type and shadow of the Lord Jesus Christ defeating the powers of darkness and false religion, He chooses twelve stones to build His altar and becomes the perfect sacrifice for all of mankind to receive forgiveness of sin.
Elijah begins by announcing to all the people that they should not falter between two opinions, in other words they should either follow God or continue to serve the Baals. Jesus did the same thing when He made His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem and confronted the Pharisees and they rejected Him. This story of Elijah is a powerful expression of God's power and glory poured out on His people who choose to give all to follow His Son! Next, Elijah challenges the false prophets to a duel of sorts and tells them to make a sacrifice and call out to their god and he would do the same, and the God who answered by fire would be the Most High God!
"Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God." So all the people answered and said, "It is well spoken." I Kings 18:24
AN ALTAR OF LIVING STONES
Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me." So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the the word of the Lord had come, saying, "Israel shall be your name." I Kings 18:30,31
This prophetic view of the church to come was displayed in the repairing of the altar of the Lord, the place of sacrifice, in which he took twelve stones symbolizing the twelve apostles who would become the divine government of God. Twelve is the number of God's government, not a hierarchical body of clergy but an apostolic force of intercessors to war with the powers of darkness in prayer and to build a spiritual foundation.
Apostles are the master builders of the church, without which, there will always be a man-centered structure that cannot contain the fire of God's Spirit. The modern day church is a carbon copy of the old priesthood that Jesus destroyed when He died on the cross. Elijah arranged the twelve stones, placed the wood on the altar, prepared the sacrifice, a type of Jesus yet to come and then poured twelve water pots of water on the sacrifice, the wood and the stones until it was drenched. The water, symbolizing purification was poured out on the entire altar until it filled the trench that was dug to contain it.
The prophets of Baal and Asherah cried and yelped all day around their sacrifice but to no avail, even cutting themselves as was their custom, but no answer from their god. Then Elijah called out to the Most High and fire fell from Heaven and consumed the sacrifice, the wood and licked up the water, scorching the stones that symbolized the apostles being filled with the Holy Spirit. Elijah then killed all the false prophets also symbolizing the destruction and victory over the powers of darkness.
Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The Lord, He is God! The Lord He is God!" I Kings 18:39
THE DOUBLE PORTION ANOINTING
So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. I Kings 19:19
Elisha is a type of the church of the last days, anointed by Elijah with a double portion of his Spirit and as we have also received of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said we would do even greater works than He because He ascended to the Father. The twelve oxen symbolized the plowing of the ground of the heart with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by the apostles yet to come in the future.
When Elisha received the mantle of Elijah he immediately slaughtered his oxen and burned his livelihood, symbolizing his receiving of the sacrifice of the blood of Christ, yet to come, and his willingness to follow the Lord in ministry. Just as we are born again, washed in the Savior's blood, we sacrifice our lives to follow the Lord in obedience to His call. The church of the double portion anointing will again arise from the ashes of man-centered religion and dead works to follow Jesus again by coming out of these dead and lifeless tombs, led by deceived and selfish men who are standing in the very headship of Christ!
We are the holy priesthood of God, called out to overcome the world, flesh and the devil. If you feel a stirring in your spirit about the condition of your spiritual life and are tired of trying to fit in a dead religious system led by men and not the Holy Spirit, then ask God to set you free from the bonds of an antiquated religious system that Jesus put an end to on the cross. Receive your destiny, and heed the call of Christ to be His ambassador to a lost and dying world in need of the "Double portion anointing!"
And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?" Elisha said, "Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me." So he said, "You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so." Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into Heaven. II Kings 2:9-11
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin