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How Did Elijah Went to Heaven?


Elijah was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind of fire chariot by God. It happened when Elijah and Elisha were traveling to Gilgal. At that time, Elijah told Elisha to stay behind while he go to Bethel. Elisha refused to be stayed behind and he insisted on following Elijah so they went to Bethel together. While at Bethel, a group of prophets informed Elisha that God is going to take away his master, Elijah to heaven. Elisha replied he knows and told them to be quiet.

After going to Bethel, Elijah informed Elisha that God is sending him to Jericho. Again, Elisha insisted on following him so they went together to Jericho.

After going to Jericho, Elijah told Elisha that God is sending him to Jordan. Once again, Elisha insisted on following him so they set out to Jordan together.

When they arrive in Jordan, Elijah used his cloak to beat the water of the Jordan River so that the water is divided to the left and right. After they had crossed the Jordan River, Elijah asked Elisha what he can do for him before he is taken up to heaven. Elisha replied he wanted a double portion of his spirit. Elijah replied that he will receive a double portion of his spirit if he manage to see him while he is being caught up into the sky to heaven.

Suddenly, a chariot and horses of fire appeared and fetched Elijah up to heaven. While Elijah was being taken up to heaven, he threw his cloak down and Elisha picked it up. He beat the cloak against the water of the Jordan and it divided into 2 sides so that he can crossed over.

A group of prophet asked Elisha if he want them to find Elijah because they thought he was probably transported by the Spirit to another place. Elisha said not but he said yes later after they insist. After 3 days of searching, they still didn’t find Elijah and Elisha reminded them didn’t he told them not to search.

Before Elijah went to heaven, God told Elijah to appoint Elisha to replace him. Elisha was plowing with 12 yoke of oxen at the time Elijah called him. When Elijah saw Elisha, he threw his cloak over him. Elisha promised to follow him after kissing his father and mother goodbye. Elijah slaughtered his oxen, burned the wooden yoke, cooked the meat and gave it to the people. After that, he followed Elijah and became his servant.

God works all things for the good of his people. He knows the future of everyone on the earth. Elijah was taken to heaven so that Elisha could replace him and become a prophet. There is a time for everything to happen. When the time came for Elijah to be taken to heaven, God prepared another person called Elisha to replace him. God only choose the right person to his work. Those who want to do God’s work must be called before they will find success in the ministry. You can read about this in 1 Kings 19:19-21.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30 KJV)

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9 KJV)

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work (2 Timothy 2:20-21 KJV)

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24 KJV)

But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (2 Corinthians 1:18-20 KJV)

If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. (2 Timothy 2:13 KJV)

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. (Deuteronomy 7:9 KJV)

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