As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. (Comp. I. Elijah's work was done; his long controversy with Israel, with an apostate king and a rebellious people, was drawing to a close. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. (b). Ahaziah's evil reign in Israel 1 Kings 22:51—2 Kings 1:18 (continued) Second Kings begins with Ahaziah's reign that fell during the 33-year period of Israel and Judah's alliance (874-841 B.C. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Of this the Jews were convinced. 11. https: The following information is provided below: WHAT ELISHA SAW How did God view Elisha’s request for two parts of Elijah’s spirit? 1999. Default. For if I go not away the Comforter will not come, but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.’, Manifold are the forms of that new and continuous activity of Christ into which He passed when He left the earth: and as we contrast these with the utter helplessness any longer to counsel, rebuke or save, to which death reduces those who love us best, and to which even his glorious rapture into the heavens brought the strong prophet of fire, we can take up, with a new depth of meaning, the ancient words that tell of Christ’s exclusive prerogative of succouring and inspiring from within the veil: ‘Thou hast ascended on high; Thou hast led captivity captive; Thou hast received gifts for men.’. 1685. He will so come as He has gone. 1870. Thus he who had burned with holy zeal for God and his honour, was now conveyed in fire into his immediate presence. How full of heavenly joy was the soul of Elijah while he foreknew and looked for this instant happiness! But Elijah being to carry his body with him, this heavenly guard appeared visibly: not in a human shape, though so they might have borne him in their arms; but in the form of a chariot and horses, that he might ride in state, might ride in triumph, like a prince, like a conqueror. Notice: (1) Christ’s ascension is the complement of His resurrection. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Whither they went is not told; probably some height of the mountains of Gilead, Elijah’s native country, was the scene of his departure. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, And it came to pass, as they still went on and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire. The New Testament sufficiently points out the conformity between Elijah and John the Baptist: nay, John is even called by the name of this prophet: and Christ himself so calls him in the encomium which he passed upon John; Matthew 11:14. He has ascended that He might fill all things, that He might pour out His Spirit upon us, that the path to God may be trodden by our lame feet, that the whole resources of the divine nature may be wielded by the hands that were nailed to the Cross, that the mighty purpose of salvation may be fulfilled. "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". The souls of all the faithful are carried by an invisible guard of angels into the bosom of Abraham. There is no outward sign to accompany His slow upward movement through the quiet air. https: John Trapp Complete Commentary. In Him our nature is taken up to the throne of God. He came from heaven, and He returns to heaven, as to His natural home. It is perhaps not without significance that the place of the one event was on the uplands or in some of the rocky gorges beyond Jordan, and that of the other, the slopes of Olivet above Bethany. fire.—Literally, and, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire. And the same conclusion is inferentially drawn in the analogous case of Elijah. Their King shall pass before them, and the Lord at the head of them.’. Psalms 18:6-15; Psalms 104:3.) See, it is said, the source of your New Testament story is only the old legend shaped anew by the wistful regrets of the early disciples. Death is a door, not a wall; we do not stop, we pass through.’, (2) ‘He passed the day joyfully—thus it is narrated in the old Chronicle about the Venerable Bede—till the shadows of the evening began to fall, and then the boy who was writing his translation of St. John said: “Dear master, there is yet one sentence to be written.” He answered: “Write it quickly.” Soon after the boy said: “The sentence is finished now.” “Thou hast well said it is finished!