All the prophets knew—
The ministry of the Prophet Elijah had come to an end. He was about to be taken by the Lord from this earth.
Elisha also knew what he wanted—
A double portion of his master’s anointing.
And he would not be distracted.
Three times, he was told to “Tarry here…”, but Elisha would not.
Was it because he was loyal to his master? He would serve him till the end.
Or was he just determined to receive this thing he desired?
Everywhere they went that day, trainee prophets kept coming to tell Elisha what he already knew—
“Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head today?”
Always, his response was the same—
“Yes, I know it: hold ye your peace”.
Most times, while God is working, we do not have a full understanding, or a complete picture of what He’s doing. At times like this, it’s best to keep your mouth shut, and your tongue in check so that you do not with your own mouth, undo what God is doing in your life.
Elisha, just like these other prophets, knew what God was about to do. He was determined to be a part of this move of God. He was focused, and would not be distracted.
He would not discuss the matter with people who were content with only talking about this thing God was about to do.
At Jericho, fifty of the trainee prophets went as far as viewing from afar off—
But that was as far as their faith could carry them.
The mantle was about to be transferred—
The Lord would not just take a prophet without placing another in the stead of the one He had taken.
They knew this, but these peeping prophets could only watch from afar.
Could they have been part of this move of God had they desired it enough to be more than just spectators?
I believe so.
They could have received from the Lord the same anointing as Elisha, and be part of this new thing God was doing.
When you sense a move of God, what would be your response?
Would you follow, completely yielded to God, trusting Him with your life, even when He has you crossing Jordan with no boat in sight?
Or would you be a peeping prophet, content to only be a spectator, and maybe talk about what you have properly discerned, till you’re blue in the face?
Remember what our fathers used to tell us—
“Your action is so loud, I cannot hear what you’re saying”.
If you say you trust God, do you trust Him enough to keep believing until you see the manifestation of what you have believed Him for? Or would you make other arrangements, just in case?
The mantle fell.
The Prophet Elisha saw it, and he received the hard thing he had asked for.
And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. 2 Kings 2:15.
While following though, be careful to not open up yourself to just any spirit.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. 1 John 4:1–2.