2 Kings 2:1-14
Talks for Growing Christians
The Rapture of Elijah; Elisha's Ministry Begins
2 Kings 2:1-14
Lesson Number 2
- God arranges the departure schedule of His servants.
- Elijah's departure is a picture of the rapture.
- Why think of retirement when you could be like Elijah?
- Why not think like Elisha when it comes to vacancies?
- Who knew that Elijah was about to be taken home to heaven?
- On what issues was Elisha being tested? Did he pass?
- What was the last miracle of Elijah and the first miracle of Elisha?
- Is our departure to heaven (or, God forbid, hell) purely happenstance?
- Discuss Elijah's departure to heaven. Of what is this a picture? Support this with a New Testament passage.
- Elijah, Elisha and the sons of the prophets (2 Kings 2:3, 9)
- Was he really committed to the ministry? Was he ready to take on Elijah's mantle? Yes.
- The parting of the Jordan River (2 Kings 2:8, 14)
- No. It depends on our acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
- God knew the time and place and the means of Elijah's departure to heaven. A chariot of fire and horses appeared, and took him to heaven. God knows the time and place and the means of our departure from this earth. This is a picture of the rapture. See 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.
- What are your thoughts about death? What are your thoughts about heaven and hell? About the rapture?
- Are these thoughts based on Scripture? For example, turn to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Psalm 116:15.
- Elijah served the Lord in his retirement years by visiting and encouraging the student prophets. He tested Elisha’s commitment, and taught him along the way. He was a caring spiritual father right up to the end. If you are retired, how are you serving the Lord?
Elisha asked Elijah for a double portion of his spirit. He was willing to pick up the responsibilities of the prophetic office – the vacancy that would be left when Elijah was taken away. If you are not retired, have you willingly stepped into a vacancy?
In either retirement of workforce, can you say with Paul, “Lord,what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:6)
- "Ask what may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?" 2 Kings 2:9
- "Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me." 2 Kings 2:9