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Carried Home

Carried Home

As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” (2 Kings 2:11)

In this vivid, miraculous account, Elijah’s earthly ministry comes to a dramatic close as he is swept up to heaven by a fiery chariot.

After years of faithful prophetic service, God carries his beloved servant home in a whirlwind – escorted by an angelic escort.

Passing of the Torch

Prior to his departure, Elijah has crossed the Jordan with Elisha, his successor. Before witnessing Elijah’s ascent, Elisha requests a double portion of his mentor’s spirit to carry on the prophetic work.

As Elijah is taken upward, Elisha cries out “My father! My father!” He tears his clothes in grief at the loss of his spiritual father.

Yet in the span of a verse, Elisha’s mourning turns to awe and celebration as he witnesses God’s supernatural power on display. He picks up Elijah’s fallen mantle – symbolic of the spiritual authority being passed to him – and proceeds to part the Jordan with Elijah’s cloak.

Elisha has inherited his mentor’s spirit and position in miraculous fashion.

The Hope of Heaven

Though God may not translate us to glory in a fiery chariot, Scripture offers magnificent hope of the home that awaits all believers.

In Christ, we journey on towards our ultimate heavenly destination, where we will fully know our glorious God. The apostle Paul wrote with conviction, “To live is Christ, to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

May this account stir fresh perspective! As you walk and work for your King, you too shall finish your race and behold Him face to face. Like Elijah, we will be carried home by the Savior you have served.

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