An Increase in Governmental Authority
The Lord raised up Elijah as a powerful prophet and used him in extraordinary ways. He prayed and it did not rain for three and half years then prayed again and it rained. He was the first one recorded in the Bible to have raised someone from the dead. He killed 450 prophets of Baal. He was one of two men that did not die but was taken up by God. He appeared with Moses to Jesus at the Mount of Transfiguration and many other things.
God placed a spirit upon Elijah that is not exclusive to him. Jesus said that John the Baptist was Elijah or in other words had the spirit of Elijah on him. The angel of the Lord said John the Baptist would be a forerunner in the spirit and power of Elijah, Luke 1. God says in Malachi 4:5-6; “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” This will happen during the days just prior to the second coming of Jesus.
One of the greatest things (perhaps the greatest thing) Elijah did was pass his mantle on to the next generation, Elisha. Elisha was found by Elijah plowing with twelve pairs of oxen and he was with the twelfth (government). Elijah went to him and threw his mantle on him, 1 Kings 19. When Elijah was about to be taken up in a whirlwind by the Lord he asked Elisha what he wanted him to do for him. Elisha asked him for a double portion of his spirit. Elijah told Elisha if he kept his eyes on him as he was being taken up he would receive the double portion but if he didn’t see him he would not receive it.
Here is what I hear the Lord saying; those who have their hands to the plow with their eyes on the Lord are receiving an increase in anointing and an increase in governmental authority.