Ascension: We Have a Whirlwind of Hope First, there’s an adumbration of the ascension here, showing us that we have a whirlwind of hope.
It’s interesting that we’re studying this passage at the very time the new Superman movie has been released.
He made His exit from this world as supernaturally as He had made His entrance.
The story of the transfer of power from Elijah to Elisha is full of incredible lessons for us, and it’s told in 2 Kings 2. This week I was supposed to have a quick in-and-out trip to Denver, but it didn’t work out that way because I was stranded in Chicago.
I found that these two men made good roommates, and more I read over this passage, the more I realized how prophetic and predictive it is.
It seems to me—and this is the point of my message today—that this Old Testament chapter of 2 Kings 2 gives us a miniaturized depiction of New Testament living. I don’t want to arbitrarily turn 2 Kings 2 into an analogy or allegory; but I do think there are clear biblical patterns here that border on being “types” of New Testament truth.
In the old Star Trek programs, Captain Kirk was always saying, “Beam me up, Scotty”—and that is sort of what happened with Elijah.
Let’s begin reading this chapter with verse 1: When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way to Gilgal.