Prophet Elisha and House of the Resurrected Son:

The Jewish Nation as the Prominent Wife of God
(Update 3/2/17)
BY LEVI
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When God, our Elohim YHVH, brought Israel up out of the house of bondage in Egypt, He became a type of Husband to the sojourning nation. He protected them, provided for them, gave them His covenant, and vowed to be with the tribes over the ages. In return, they vowed to live as a moral and just people, faithful as a nation of holy priests (kohanim) only to Him- to set their faces against pagan deities in the cherished land in which they were promised to receive. This allegorical relationship of God as a Husband, and bringing the national wife (twelve tribes and a mixed multitude) into His Holy Land, to His earthly home, can be found throughout the Old Testament.
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In this article, we will forego the temptation to expound upon how they callously broke that covenant time and time again, century after century, which made their sacrificial feasts repugnant in His sight (see Isa. 1:11-31). Instead, we will focus upon the glory of Israel as the prominent wife and how the things written in the shadows of the Old Covenant confess the New Covenant of resurrected Christ- a second chance for the nation that will be realized by the people with the help of the spirit of Elijah (cf. Jer. 31:31-34; Mal. 1:12-14; 2:1-17; 3:1; 4:4-6; Acts 3:19-21).
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The House of Israel was given a divorce decree circa 722 B.C. (see Jer. 3:8), but there were many wonderful people of God left in the nation of Judah, whom the Lord YHVH kept a covenant with for His servant David’s sake, at least until the generation of Christ’s sacrifice and their long Diaspora (scattering throughout the nations 70 A.D.). God planned for Jews to retain their covenant identity for the rebirth of Israel, for the return of their Moshiach, the Great King; so even upon scattering them, with their last stance against Rome for the land occurring c. 135 C.E., He always planned to bring them back as a prominent wife for the coming messianic Kingdom.
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At the time of Christ’s crucifixion, the remaining, southern nation of Judah (i.e., people of Judea, Samaria, Galilee), collectively, became a “widow” in God’s perspective. As written in the introduction to this similitude, Elohim YHVH saw the sacrifice of the Son as His own sacrifice for the people, for the Son was possessed with His Holy Spirit to be their Great King. He was their Immanuel, meaning Elohim Among Us. Hence, Romans crucifying Christ was like killing their national husband, their King, for Messiah was the Presence of YHVH who led them out of Egyptian bondage, which Apostle Paul (a Pharisee convert) compared to a “Rock” that followed them. Hence, a promise was left that at the coming of Messiah (their Moshiach), they would forget the shame of their national youth and betrayal, for the nation of Israel will again become the married “wife” of the LORD (i.e., as a Kingdom under Messiah).
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Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth [earlier history], and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD [YHVH] of hosts [multitudes] is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God [Elohim] of the whole earth shall he be called. (Isa. 54:4-5) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Today, we do not yet see our God accepted over the whole Earth, yet we see billions of people as His hosts among Christians and Jews. Thus, those who know the prophecies- Old and New- discern that the Messiah will arrive and submit the rebellious nations with a “rod of iron,” and He will marry Jerusalem at that time- meaning, He will join them in a national covenant as God’s people. God again chooses Jerusalem for the Messiah, with all of her children brought in, and His throne is an everlasting dominion (cf. Dan. 7:13-14; Zech. 2:8-12).
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In the following parable (defined here as a true, foreshadowing similitude) of the prominent woman who made a little chamber for Prophet Elisha, we will compare the married woman in the story to the Hebrew nation and perceive how she represents the Jewish people awakening to Christ.
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Moedim Paradigm of Millennial Time, IM
Moedim Paradigm of Millennial Time, IM

A little historical background is in order to help discern this parable. First, she lived in the town that King David’s wife, Abishah, meaning ignorant of the Father, was from. This is telling because God has blinded the Jewish people to His identity in Christ (see Rom. 11), and they rejected Him so that Gentiles would have an opportunity to explore the holy Jewish texts without the feeling that they were somehow imposing upon an exclusive national religion. Remember, “David” is another name for the awaited King Messiah, meaning beloved, and his wife’s place of origin indicates that the national wife of God must be taken from ignorance about the Father into the New Covenant relationship in Jerusalem.

The town of Shunem means double resting-place, which implies that national Israel will have a second chance to enter a Great Sabbath of millennial rest with God. I have demonstrated this fact of the Moedim Paradigm via previous articles on Noah’s Ark and the two wives of Jacob (Israel). Elisha the Prophet came across the prominent woman’s path with a double spirit of Elijah, meaning a second work of the spirit through him. And, indeed, rabbis who know the Holy Scriptures have taught for millennia that Prophet Elijah will return to turn back Jewish hearts and announce the coming of Messiah. When Jews begin to accept Christ as a nation, the Kingdom of Heaven- the millennial Great Sabbath- will be at the door!

Truth be told, the spirit of Elijah was already reborn in John the Baptist to prepare Israel for Christ’s first coming to the nation. He was not Elijah by name nor the same physical body, but the spirit within him was the same. However, Christ pointed to Elijah returning for a second time to “restore all things,” which John the Baptist was not appointed to do (see Acts 3:19-21). Just as there are two arrivals of Messiah, there are two arrivals of Elijah to prepare the way before Him. This double or second work was foreshadowed by Prophet Elisha. Thus, Elijah will open-up all the mysteries of the Scriptures before joining with Moses in Israel to warn the world with signs and wonders, during the separation of the sheep from the goats, for the second half of the Apocalypse week.
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And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem [double resting-place], where was a great woman [people of Israel]; and she constrained him to eat bread [share in the nourishing Word, fellowship]. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said to her husband [symbolizing praying to God], Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber [restore the Temple Holy Place], I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. (2 Kin. 4:8-10) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Elisha eating at the woman’s estate is comparable to John the Baptist receiving his Bread of the Word in the House of Judah (also called Judea), as well as the fellowship of Elijah when he shares in Scriptures with modern Israel. Most of the Jewish people of the early first century perceived that John was a mighty prophet sent from God (cf. Matt. 14:5; 21:46; Mark 11:32; Luke 20:6), and, in like manner, many Jews will recognize Prophet Elijah by his spirit when he is revealed to introduce the Conquering King Messiah.
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Holy Place and Ark of Covenant In Most HolyNotice that the prominent woman planned on the prophet coming back, and consider that she had a chamber built on the wall in anticipation of his coming. It had a seat, just as the Temple’s Holy of Holies (also called the “Most Holy” chamber) had a Mercy Seat (i.e., Throne of God on Earth). It had a table, just as the Holy Place in the Divine Temple had a Table of Showbread. Next, the chamber that she built had a little candlestick placed within it, which correlates with the Temple’s Menorah in the Holy Place.
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From a panoramic, prophetic perspective, none of these simple items are mere coincidence, but their mention in the Holy Text points to the fact that true Jews are now expecting the King Messiah, and they expect Elijah the Prophet to precede Him. Jews who know the ancient prophecies desperately seek to rebuild the Holy Temple for His arrival. In fact, many of these things are already underway, and Revelation discloses that the Temple of YHVH will be in the process of rebuilding when the prophets Moses and Elijah begin prophesying from there and elsewhere in Israel for 3.5 years (see Rev. 11).
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And it fell on a day, that he [Elisha] came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. And he said to Gehazi [lit., Valley of Vision] his servant, Call this Shunammite [lit., person of a double resting-place]. And when he had called her, she stood before him. And he said unto him [Gehazi], Say now to her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king [Great King, God], or the captain of the host [the Messiah]? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. (2 Kin. 4:11-13) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Prophet Elisha spoke with the woman in a way that would be considered very peculiar in most of today’s cultures. She came only as far as the doorway but would not enter the sacred chamber. Israelite women were very prudent back then and acted much as the more orthodox among Jews do today in religious separation from men in prayer and worship. Yet there is more to this than discretion, for she often spoke with him and shared bread. Elisha would not speak directly to her in this instance. Instead, he spoke through his servant when she came to the chamber, for there were limitations on the relationship of Israelites to the things of God in the Old Covenant (Tanakh). The people, besides the appointed Levites, could not enter into the Holy Place, and the Most Holy was only entered once a year by the High Priest (or kohan).
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The Spirit of God usually spoke to the people at a distance through His prophets, and the prophets shared visions and dreams to bring warnings and correction. Remember, the Israelites in the wilderness showed great reverence for their Elohim YHVH at the mountain of the LORD; rather than the people meeting directly with their God, they elected for Moses to serve as an intermediate for receiving His instructions. Elisha asked the prominent woman if he should put a word in for her before the King, which was a common title for God and the Messiah in the Old Testament, and before the Commander of the Host, which is the Messiah (Angel of YHVH), and that is how the prophets served Israel in the ancient kingdom years. The people stood at a distance, and sacred servants were intermediaries.
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The Shunammite woman’s response to the question that Elisha asked indicates that he suggested he could bring her to a better place to live, perhaps prophetically pointing to the Great Sabbath paradise to come. She lived near Philistines and the Valley of Jezreel in the northern nation of Israel, which was not the most favorable location for a woman of her integrity and prominence. Her response was that she was content to dwell among her own people. She showed the same commitment that many Israelites now have towards staying in their own land, among their own countrymen, as opposed to being scattered among the nations of the world. This commitment to the Holy Land, at the time the nation receives Christ, was written in the foreshadowing story.
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And he [Elisha] said, What then is to be done for her? and Gehazi answered, Verily, she hath no child, and her husband is old. And he said, Call her [second time calling her]. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. And he said, About this season, according to the time of life [appointed time of the Way, the Truth, and the Life], thou shalt embrace a son [embrace the Son of God]. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie [false prophesy] unto thine handmaid. (2 Kin. 4:14-16) KJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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For centuries the prophets of Israel and Judah declared to the Hebrew people that the Son of God was coming to them, but so much time had passed without His deliverance that the people- not all, but many- would no longer believe them. The prophecies seemed false after such a long relationship with their Husband, God. And although they accepted John the Baptist as a prophet of YHVH, as the woman in this story accepted Elisha, they still found it difficult to believe that Messiah would be born among them (see Isa. 9:6-8). Prophets such as Daniel even foretold the time of Christ’s first coming (see Dan. 9:24-27; 1 Pet. 1:10-12), but the people had hardened their hearts. John prophesied that the Son of David was coming to her, but, as Scriptures predicted, “Who has believed our report? And to whom is the Arm [Extension] of the YHVH revealed?” (See Isa. 53:1.)
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We rightly reason that Israel having to wait for over a millennium (and longer if we consider that the first messianic prophecy dates back to the days of Adam and Eve, c. 4000 B.C.) caused some of the people to simply give up on the ancient faith. Indeed, most Jews of today do not believe, and many of them will believe that Elijah is lying to them about the appointed time (moed) of the Son’s arrival. As Apostle Peter prophesied, unbelievers would say in our age, “Where is the promise of His coming?” Most Jews and Christians alike simply do not discern the appointed time of Life and the Divine “signs of the times.” They do not perceive that Jerusalem above gives birth to the Kingdom over the ages; hence, the coming of Christ will come quite suddenly in their perception, for time has deterred their faith.
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And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. (2 Kin. 4:17) KJV
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Elisha, operating under the mantle of Elijah with a second portion of his spirit (see 2 Kin. 2:9), points to the fact that many people will come to discern the appointed times through Elijah and declare them to Israel. Elijah has received much criticism for saying that he was the only one left, although indeed he was the only one left standing as the other prophets and servants hid in caves or became indifferent to the faith for fear of saving their lives; but for the end of the age, we find that others will take-up the mantle like Elisha and rightly divide the waters of the Word.
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And when the child was grown [matured], it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. (2 Kin. 4:18) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Like Christ, the young man went about his father’s business- to the field among the reapers. As Christ said, the fields in Judea were already white for the spiritual harvest, and He and His servants began reaping the fruits of the coming Kingdom. That began the true Feast of Firstfruits. Then comes the Ingathering.
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Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish the work. Say not ye, There are yet four months [indicating four millennial days since Adam, see Moedim Paradigm], and then cometh the harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes [discern heavenly things], and look on the fields; for they are white [matured] already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together [Feast of Ingathering, Sukkot]. (John 4:34-36) KJV; intrpl. mine
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And what happened when the married woman’s son went about his father’s business of reaping? As we might expect, the Angel of Death quickly came for him, to take his life, so that the things written in the shadows of old would again profess the Suffering Servant Messiah:
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And he [the long-awaited son] said unto his father [symbolic of Abba], My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. (2 Kin. 4:19) KJV; intrpl. mine
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In this messianic similitude, the foreshadowing son cried out to his father for deliverance from the pain in his head. But what was the father’s command? “Carry him to his mother.” Upon searching the Scriptures, we find that another Promised Son cried out to His God and Father while gathering the harvest; the biblical Head of the Body of Believers (Eph. 5:23)- the Son in the “Godhead”- cried out in anguish before being sent to Jerusalem (the mother), and from there His afflictions increased unto death.
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Then saith he [Jesus/Yeshua] unto them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye [apostles, fellow reapers] here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup [of affliction] pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Matt. 26:38-39) KJV; intrpl. mine
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And what part of the Anointed One’s body suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, meaning oil pressing (at the foot of the Mount of Olives)? It may be that His entire body was in pain as He was pressed to carry the sins of the world, but likely His body was robed, and the apostles saw that His head was sweating blood, for He fell upon His face to the ground:
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And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luke 22:44) KJV
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Thereafter, Christ was carried to Jerusalem by Temple soldiers, and, as we shall see, His reaping of souls was cut short by his death and left to others, just as the son in the parable. And until His death, His head suffered beatings by the soldiers and puncturing by a crown of thorns:
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And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, an bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian [lit., who hears from the wall], who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of the skull. (Mark 15:17-22) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Moreover, Christ was carried to Jerusalem, and Jerusalem above (the spiritual realm) is the “mother of us all” (see Gal. 4:26). There, the long-awaited, firstborn Son had His head beaten by fists and ripped by a crown of thorns, until the Head of all the faithful died at the place of the skull, the dead Head. On the hills of Moriah, the Chosen, He died just as the son of the prominent woman had died on her knees. And we who have ears to hear, as the passerby Simon did, take-up His cross before the people to confess the Son of God.
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And when he [the carrier, helper] had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. (2 Kin. 4:20) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Prophet Amos foretold of a time when the sun would go down at noon, when the holy feast of Israel’s harvest would turn into mourning and bitterness, like the death and funeral of an only son (Amos 8:9-10). This is the prophesied noon of darkness written in the shadows to profess the Substance of our faith:
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And when the sixth hour [noon in the Hebrew 12-hour day] was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour [three o’clock]. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi [Elohim], lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mark 15:33-34) KJVl intrpl. mine
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Some critics of Christ and Christianity point to the Lord’s sacrifice and ask why, if Christ had so much faith, He would call out to God on the cross, asking why the Father forsook Him. What they fail to discern is that the Suffering Servant Messiah had to fulfill all that was written about Him. He had to be stricken on the head (see Micah 5:1), and He had to cry out about being forsaken by God (see Ps. 22). To His last breath Yeshua HaMashiach did the work of His Father, then He committed His Spirit into the Father’s hands.
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And what is a skull except a head with the veil of the flesh removed? Thus, Yeshua’s death at Golgotha expressed that the veil into the Most Holy in Heaven, obscuring hidden things of the mind of God, would be removed or ripped open so that believers might ascend before Him (i.e., in the spirit with prayers). Now we can boldly go before the Throne of Grace- the spiritual Mercy Seat– knowing that a price has been paid for our transgressions, granting us atonement that does not annually pass away.
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And Jesus said unto him [repenting thief], verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour [noon], and there was darkness over all the earth [land] until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the vail of the temple [that hid the Most Holy things from the people] was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. (Luke 23:43-46) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his flesh. And having an high priest over the house [Heavenly Temple] of God. (Heb. 10:19-21) KJV; intrpl. mine
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When Christ sat down at the right hand of God, He sat down at the true Mercy Seat in Heaven, which the seat on the Ark of the Covenant in the Temple only served as a shadow. Since the Testimony of Jesus Christ is the “Spirit of prophecy,” according to the Book of Revelation, those who read the Scriptures with the Holy Spirit are able to sit with the Lord and learn of the high heavenly things and all of His historical works, even great mysteries that profess Him. We can conceive of this new liberty of entrance into the Holiest Chamber in the story of the prominent woman of Israel entering the prophet’s chamber, as a testimony of Christ’s new and living way:
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And she [married woman] went up, and laid him [her dead son] on the bed of the man of God [went into the chamber], and shut the door upon him, and went out. And she called unto her husband [symbolic of Israel praying to God], and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the younger men, and one of the asses [donkeys], that I may run to the man of God [Elisha], and come again [return to the Father and Son]. And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well [expressed faith before the Great Sabbath to come, searching for the prophet]. Then she saddled the ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel [lit., fruitful; she went to bear spiritual fruit]. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off [seeing her come around in the prophetic distance], that he said to Gehazi his servant [fellow believers], Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee [Is Israel at peace without the Son]? is it well with thy husband [Is God pleased]? is it well with thy child [Is Messiah pleased]? And she answered, It is well. (2 Kin. 4:21-36) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The prominent wife left her son up in the prophet’s chamber, which again represents the Most Holy Place above. After she left her house, she looked for the prophet of God to give her son back to her. She pretended that she did not have faith, but she actually did. What does this mean except that after Christ died on the hills of Moriah, and His Spirit was raised to the heavenly Temple in care of the Father, and that Jews left the House of Judah and went into the Diaspora, searching for Prophet Elijah to announce the living Messiah? Has this not been the historical case for Jews, as taught in Rabbinical Judaism for centuries? Surely it has been, and these truths were scribed by their own rabbis. The prominent wife was a mother on a Divine mission, in a rush to find her awaited restoration. Hence, she had to appear with faith at the base of the fruitful mountain, just as Jews must turn back their hearts to the things that they received in the days of Moses before they can receive the resurrected Son. The truths of their Moshiach must be raised in their hearts. The Sun of Righteousness must dawn for them with healing in His wings.
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Now listen very closely to the simple lie that she told Gehazi, the servant of the prophet: “It is well.” First, she accused the prophet of lying about her having a son in her husband’s old age, and then she lied about everything being fine after she lost her son. Is it not hilarious the way our God shows His panoramic picture of redemption? Have Jews not asserted for almost two millenniums that all is well without Jesus? All is well with the Father. Have they not lied to the servants of the prophets who seek to help her with Him? Exactly how has the Diaspora been all this time? I dare say that it has been a horrible ordeal for Jews all over the world. Although they deny needing the Son, the prophets have seen them coming back around from a distance.
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Like the prominent woman of Israel, Jews, collectively, would accept no help from the servants of God, for they insist to this day upon Elijah revealing their King Messiah. For centuries they have repeated “Until Elijah comes,” meaning that they would set aside their disagreements over the Word until he appears to restore all things, open-up the Scriptures, and announce and anoint the Messiah.
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Consider the father’s response before she left the house: “Why are you seeking the prophet today, when it is neither the new moon nor the Sabbath?” This statement amplifies a disagreement that rabbis and scholars had with Christ when He healed people on the Sabbath days, and it shows that the Messiah was indeed correct in both Law and Spirit. Before the rabbis outlawed it, Hebrews centuries before them considered the Sabbath day a special day for healing and miracles. Further, the father’s question points to the Great Sabbath millennium, when the nation is healed by the King Messiah. (Note: Sects of Judaism teach that Elijah cannot appear on the Sabbath Day, but Elijah does appear immediately before the millennial Day of YHVH, and Jews who are willing will return to the mountain of God to produce new spiritual fruits in truth.)
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And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed [lit., bitter] within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me. (2 Kin. 4:27-28) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The KJV does not fully reveal the emotional condition of the mother as it is found in Hebrew. Rather than “vexed,” the passage more accurately reads that the prominent mother was marar which literally means bitter (even in an increasing state of bitterness). From a prophet perspective, this is important for bringing the shadows to the Light, because the mother of the promised Son of Man was, of course, Mariam (Mary), which shares the same root and meaning. Only, the term marar indicates a trickling bitterness over time (like slow poisoning), which looks more towards the long Diaspora ills, whereas Mary suggests bitterness in quick rebellion. The prominent woman would have been as Mary when she quickly rushed from her house after the prophet, then growing in marar (trickling bitterness) until she found him.
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Indeed, I had overlooked this until the Holy Spirit sent me back to reread what she said, but in doing so I recalled how the Israelites in the wilderness had (at one point) only bitter waters, and they rebelled in murmuring against God until Moshe had them throw a tree in to make them sweet and refreshing; and, of course, that tree symbolizing the cross of sacrifice bringing refreshing and healing to the harsh judgments within the waters of the Word (the Law). So again, every single word has meaning in the works of God from shadows of old to the Substance that we have in the life and times of Jesus Christ.  
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In the beginning of the prominent woman’s relationship with Elisha, she perceived him to be a prophet, but after her son died she became upset with him, thinking he had somehow deceived her. Likewise, first century Jews believed in John the Baptist as they did the earlier prophets, that they were sent from God, but after Christ the Son died, they counted John a deceiver. Further, they consider him a deceiver to this very day, even as they seek him (the same spirit of Elijah) to restore all things and again reveal the King Messiah. Jews to this day claim that they were not seeking a Son from God, but merely a messianic king like David, but the prophet will not give them a new Messiah; rather, they must receive new hearts as they turn back to the same promised Son. 
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Gehazi’s treatment of the grieving woman was quite harsh. It expresses the conduct that Christians have had towards Jews during the Diaspora- showing little patience even when they were down on their knees in trials and tribulations. History bears the record of this truth. Christians- and I write collectively- have not discerned the sorrows and anguish that Jews have carried over the centuries, thinking that they were either deceived about a glorious Kingdom and Holy King or that they had failed God in some way so as not to deserve it. They’ve tasted all the bitter prophecies coming to pass as punishments in judgments, but where have all the wonderful blessings of the Kingdom been? Thus, YHVH my Elohim has given a command even in the midst of their rebellion, to reach in and show compassion, to turn back their hearts in this dark age of doubts:
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Song, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break forth in singing, O mountains! For the LORD [YHVH] has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted. But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, and my LORD has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget a nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands [arms nailed open in love]; your walls are continually before Me. Your sons [builders of Jerusalem] shall make haste; your destroyers and those who laid you waste shall go away from you. Lift up your eyes, look around and see; all these gather together and come to you. As I live,” says the LORD, “You shall bind them all as an ornament, and bind them on you as a bride does. For your waste and desolate places, and the land of your destruction, will even now be too small for the inhabitants; and those who swallowed you up will be far away. The children you will have, after you have lost the others, will say again in your ears, ‘The place is too small for me; give me a place where I may dwell.’” (Isa. 49:13-20) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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As Prophet Isaiah said from the Lord YHVH, “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” And this comfort to Jerusalem and Divine pardoning of Jews comes because she has already “received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins” (see Isa. 40:1-11). Both Babylon and Rome destroyed the city of Jerusalem, but Messiah will come out of Zion to deliver the people and city during her coming trials, when the nations come again to ravish and destroy in their wicked schemes.
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Elisha exemplified the comforting that God has for those who seek Him, which comes from the Holy Spirit,  “The Comforter,” whom Christ promised would come after His sacrifice. But even Elisha lacked a full understanding of what “vexed” the Shunammite woman, which is why he stated that God had hidden the matter from him. This shows that while God commands comfort for His people, I.e., the Jerusalem mother, only a personal relationship with the Father through Son brings full comfort and comprehension of the many ills we face in life. God restores things while all others, even the prophets, fall short of His glory.
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Nevertheless, the Lord chose to wait until the woman returned home and Elisha entered the chamber before He would raise her son, and this comes with several prophetic implications. For one, it shows that God will not send His Son back to the House of Israel until an appointed time, after the appointed prophet is sent to prepare the way for Christ to dawn in their hearts. The Jewish people first had to return to their homeland after the Diaspora and show faith.
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Next, Christians, as servants with the Testimony of Christ (the “Spirit of Prophecy”), had to learn that they could not resurrect the Son of God in Jewish hearts without the awaited prophet. Indeed, after centuries Jews have not accepted their attempts at conversion, and this is perceivable in the parable. When God has a plan, He sticks to it, even when we would rather take the easier routes and portion it out for others to fulfill.
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Then he [Elisha] said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff [commission, authority] in thine hand, and go thy way: if you meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee [Elisha]. And he arose and followed her. (2 Kin. 4:29-30) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Jews, as a collective or nation, have refused to follow anyone to the Son except Elijah, whom they teach will appear during Pesach and reveal the Messiah to them. Sadly, many Christians have not figured this lesson out in almost two thousand years, which has caused much anguish and harsh persecution. As Gehazi was harsh towards the Israelite woman but more than happy to go ahead of them to perform the Divine act, Christians have hastily girded their loins in seeking to raise Christ in their hearts and convert them, to take the restorative role of the appointed prophet. So what we find from the promised son parable are confessions from Jews that (1) God lives, and (2) they will to not follow any other servant of God in this matter- only the one appointed to reveal Messiah to the nation.
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And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but their was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. (2 Kin. 4:31) KJV
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During the Roman Catholic crusades, a common belief held among them was that if they could recapture the House of Judah for their popes, specifically Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, they could hasten the coming of the Son of God and Kingdom of Heaven in Israel. In other words, they acted prematurely in seeking to perform God’s will. They did not know the appointed times. Yet, after it became apparent over years that they could neither convert the Jewish people (as a whole nation) nor hasten their awaited Second Advent, their will to fight was weakened. They began to lose against Muslims in the Promised Land, and eventually they surrendered and abandoned their mission and dream of fulfilling the Holy Scriptures. It was a historical embarrassment for the papal heads who claimed (and still claim) that they had all authority on Earth, reigning for the Christ. The proper order is for the married wife to first enter her own household (i.e., homeland), followed by the prophet whom she sought to restore her son, and finally the servant These things confess shadows of God’s greater plan of restoration for Israel and the Jews.
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And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain [the two of them], and prayed unto the LORD. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm.  (2 Kin. 4:32-34) KJV; intrpl. mine
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From a strictly clinical perspective, what Prophet Elisha did makes no sense whatsoever, unless he was performing some ancient form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but from a prophetic perspective it reveals quite a bit. First, the prophet had to look upon the death of the Son of God for restoration of life, which requires entering the spiritual Most Holy- the chamber- alone in prayer. After recognizing the death of the Son and entering prayer, he had to align his flesh with the Son’s, which means conforming to His death for us, which, biblically speaking, means crucifying the flesh with Christ (see Gal. 2:20; 5:24). He also had to position his mouth with the Son’s mouth, which means his words had to match the Son’s words and the  rest of the Scriptures. Further, he had to see eye to eye with the Promised Son to accomplish His will (see Isa. 52:7-10).
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Finally, the prophet had to stretch himself out and measure up to the Son of God, meaning the fullness of the stature of Christ in which members of the Body of Believers are called to attain (see Eph. 4:13). Only when we align our lives with Christ crucified can the Son rise in our hearts and be seen among us. This is how Jerusalem will be restored for her Lord with the way prepared for the Son of God. Then He will come down to dwell with her once again.
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Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him; and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. (2 Kin. 4:35) KJV
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Moedim Paradigm Resh ShinBreath often represents the Spirit of God for life, but in ancient times sneezes meant the casting out of spiritual impurities. This suggests that the seven years of the Apocalypse, also called “times” in Daniel and Revelation, will be a period of casting out evil spirits from the “Body of Christ,” before the Son comes down from Heaven to Jerusalem. Just as Christ took on the sins of the world and crucified the flesh, believers must also suffer trials before Christ returns on Earth. The three and a half years of the two witnesses will be complete in the seventh year of the final week foretold by Prophet Daniel, and the seventh time will be the first year of the Great Sabbath (seventh millennium).
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Interestingly, the prophet walked to and from in the house that represents Israel, and the first time he was not able to unite the son with his mother, although he brought good news (the Gospel). He could have reported to her that the child grew warmer, much as John the Baptist preached of the coming King and Kingdom of Heaven (how near it was), but the nation was not joined to the Lord. The second time, he who had a second portion of Elijah’s spirit finishes the job (see Eph. 2:6; Rev. 11:3-12). Then his servant (believers) was called to unite the mother and son.
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And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite [lit., double resting-place]. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out. (2 Kin. 4:36-37) KJV; intrpl. mine (NB: Some will resist in bitterness until the evil spirits of bitterness and rebellion are cast out in the seven times, see Rev. 3:9.)
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In conclusion, the prominent woman of Israel had not been deceived at all about her promised son, not by Elohim YHVH nor by His servants the prophets. There was merely a mystery in waiting in which she did not have full knowledge of, which was orchestrated according to the greater desire and will of our Omniscient Almighty- a confession for all of humankind revealed in time. She first received a promised son that she had not asked for, and then he mysteriously died while reaping, in what appeared to her to be a breach in the promise (i.e., not fulfilling the prophecies), but there was a transcendent reason for every aspect of her trials. Indeed, in the grand scheme of biblical history, her little boy’s suffering would come to witness the Promised Son of God- our Suffering Servant Messiah. In distress and poisoned with bitterness, she had a case that she had been deceived without cause, but the cause proved to profess something much greater as an act of love.
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If you, the reader, have suffered or experienced devastating losses, and your heart has been broken to shatters by the many tragedies of this mortal life, know that you are not alone in your heartfelt plight. Our earthly lives are written in the temporary shadows of this historical battle between good and evil, even until glory and peace and love prevails with eternal righteousness. In due time, all good things will be restored in an even brighter light, where, as Christ says, the moth cannot destroy nor can the thief take forever away. God is very near to the suffering and the broken-hearted, as opposed to the exalted mountains of pride, and there is a reason worth believing that we are suffering as witnesses in the shadows as evidence of Messiah, even when our vision is temporarily blurred by our bitter- yet passing- waters of sorrows.
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