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." II Kings 2:9
Elijah represents a prophetic picture of the Lord Jesus Christ that was to come in the future. Elisha represents the church of the last days with the double portion anointing received by the passing of the mantle of power by Christ Himself.
In this prophetic overview of the things to come, Elijah appears on the scene and confronts the prophets of Baal just as Jesus confronted the Pharisees in His day. He gathered everyone to Mount Carmel and challenged the false prophets to call upon their god and then he would call upon his, and the god that answered by fire would prevail.
Israel was in a backslidden condition just as the church is today and they had no discernment of good and evil, but all of that was about to change. The prophets of Baal built their altar and put their sacrifice on it and cried out to their god with all of their might. They cried and screamed and leaped and shouted, but alas to no avail. Elijah mocked them and said that maybe their god, was busy, or had taken a vacation, or maybe he was asleep, in any case he never showed.
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. In Jesus day the church was in a shambles and the people were again in a backslidden state of disrepair, but He was about to change it all with the very sacrifice of His own life. What happens next is a prophetic look at the church that Jesus built.
Elijah took twelve stones, representing the twelve tribes of Israel but also representing a type of the twelve apostles of the Lord, Paul being the twelfth after Judas' demise. Elijah arranged the stones of the altar and put the wood on it and the bull that was to be sacrificed representing Jesus and the twelve as living sacrifices. Then he did a very strange thing, he poured twelve water pots of water on the altar and on the sacrifice that represented the washing of the water of God's word. A prophetic view of Jesus being the sacrifice for sin and the disciples being living sacrifices washed in the word and about to be empowered by the fire of God.
THE FIRE OF GOD
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 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 18:38,39
As the fire of God fell upon the sacrifice of Elijah so it also fell on the 120 waiting on the promise of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. Elijah was taken up into heaven by a chariot of fire and Jesus was also taken up into heaven. The "Double Portion Anointing" that Elijah possessed was passed to Elisha representing the church of the last days receiving power from on high.
Today people are running to and fro looking for the anointing of God and in most cases trying to receive it from men. Wandering from meeting to meeting having hands constantly laid on them seeking to be filled with whatever that individual seems to possess. The laying on of hands is a transference of something and today the buzz word is "Impartation", but just because someone says he is going to impart something to you it doesn't always mean that you will automatically receive the Holy Spirit.
Although in some cases in the New Testament the "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" was given through the laying on of hands, in many other cases the Spirit fell on those truly seeking the anointing of God. Because of one instance in the Bible where a man was raised from the dead by being put in the grave of Elisha, everyone is laying on the graves of dead men trying to receive what is now gone.
I don't want the anointing of John G. Lake or John Wesley or even Charles Finney, I only want the true anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ and that is what we need to be seeking! Jesus said, "He that believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father. "And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it." John 14:12-14
When the church begins to run out of oil in which I believe has already happened and their light begins to dim, then I believe the true "Bride of Christ" will begin to seek the Father for His impartation of power while the rest try and find it from man. These waves that are washing over the world right now are a mixture of some true and some false anointing and it is a dangerous time for believers to be involved with something they don't know about. The devil is doing everything he can to deceive even the very elect of God in these last days, don't be caught up in one of his schemes!
In the parable of the ten virgins the five wise took oil in their lamps and the foolish took none. When they all began to sleep at "Midnight", the darkest time of the night, representing the spiritual darkness that we are now in, they were awakened by a cry, "Behold the Bridegroom" and they all arose and trimmed their lamps. Then the foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out." but the wise said, no, lest there should not be enough for us, but rather go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves. Sound familiar?
Today many false prophets and even some who began with the truth are trying to sell the anointing, instead of equipping the saints, they are fleecing them by leading them to think that by the laying on of their hands it will empower them. Don't be deceived by their deceptive practices, the only way to receive the power and holy anointing oil is to spend time with the Father in communion asking in faith for the true impartation of His Double Portion Anointing!
"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those that were ready went in with Him to the wedding; and the door was shut. "Afterward the other virgins came also saying, "Lord, Lord, open up to us! "But He answered and said, ' Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." Matthew 25:10-13