GO AHEAD, MOCK MY NAME
by Tony Alamo
Elisha was a farmer (a husbandman). He was plowing with several friends, and was using the twelfth plow. The Prophet Elijah was on his way from Horeb to Damascus. He found Elisha, and threw his mantle upon Elisha’s shoulders, which was a token of investiture with the prophet’s office. It was also a gesture of his adoption as a son. Elisha accepted the call. He delayed the call only to kiss his mother and father farewell and to give a feast of farewell to his people. After this, he followed Elijah and ministered unto him (I Kings 19:19-21). Nothing more is mentioned of Elisha in scripture until he accompanied his master to the other side of the Jordan, where he witnessed Elijah’s ascension. He picked up Elijah’s fallen mantle, parted the waters of Jordan, then was welcomed by the sons of the prophets as the successor of the prophet Elijah (II Kings 2:1-15).
After this, Elisha dwelt at Jericho (II Kings 2:18). The city had been newly built by a person named Hiel (I Kings 16:34), according to Joshua the son of Nun. Jericho was also the residence of a body of the “sons of the prophets” (II Kings 2:5).
While he was living there, the people complained to him of the foulness of Jericho’s waters. He remedied the foul evil taste by throwing salt into the source of the water in the name of Jehovah (II Kings 19:22). Elisha then left Jericho and went to Bethel. When he was getting near Bethel, he was met by a number of children who mocked him, crying, “Go up, you bald head.” They no doubt heard that Elijah was taken up to Heaven and thought it something funny to joke about it. This was showing dishonor to God by dishonoring His prophet. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two of the children. Elisha went from there to Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, and from there he went to Samaria (II Kings 2:23-24). The children torn to pieces are said by some to have been influenced to mock Elisha by their idol-worshipping parents, and that by the children’s deaths, the people of Bethel were to know that to dishonor GOD’S PROPHETS was to dishonor Him.
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying your flesh, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the watery death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God with Christ on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God in Christ on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourselves one to another and do what the Word says, so that the
church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God bless and reward you abundantly.
Yours in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Pastor Tony Alamo
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1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return