Carol Garza (24 Jan 2012)
"Is it really NEAR?"

Hi Doves,
I often think of Elijah, Elisha and the prophets who knew the very day Elijah was going to be taken up.   A couple of weeks ago (I think)  someone here posted  on the same thoughts I ponder on.  I can’t remember who it was but I jumped for joy because while we are seeking the Lord for confirmation on the day of His imminent return, I absolutely whole heartedly believe we will know when we will be going up.
 
The Lord told them all He was taking Elijah up on a particular give  day.  (I will post the chapter at the end of this post.)
 
While there are other pictures of the rapture in the scriptures such as : Genesis 7 (Noah), and when Jesus took His disciples up the mountain to see Him go UP, (Acts 1:9-11)  the account that I hold dear and near to my heart is 2 Kings 2.   I don’t have a ‘confirmation’ per sae regarding January 27/28 but I can tell you all, last week, my spirit ‘bolted’ to write and write and write some more.  I have never written ‘left behind’ letters but I have been compiling my note books of the different biblical subjects I have studied over the years.  The topics are numerous but they all have one common thread:  The Return of Jesus Christ.
 
I must confess after November 2011 went by the wayside, I began losing interest in ‘watching’....as if I really could !  Ha!  Even with Ron and Mathman plus others being so certain of January 28th, pumping us all up, I did not have a spiritual jolt, until last week!!  And what a JOLT I received !!!  In all my years of watching for the Lord’s imminent return, I have never been so revved up like I am now.  It will be a whole week tomorrow that I got this ‘fire in my belly’.  
 
Again.  I do not have the knowledge Elijah, Elisha and the prophets had of Elijah’s rapture date, but with all my heart I believe we will all know as the moment approaches.  I do not know if it will be days, hours or minutes before.  But surely if E, E and the prophets knew, if Noah knew, we too will know.  May it be so Lord Jesus !  May it be so.
 
Ok...here is 2 Kings 2:1-12 for your encouragement!
 
Carol Garza
 
WHEN THE Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were going from Gilgal.

And Elijah said to Elisha, Tarry here, I pray you, for the Lord has sent me to Bethel. But Elisha replied, As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they went down to Bethel.

The prophets' sons who were at Bethel came to Elisha and said, Do you know that the Lord will take your master away from you today? He said, Yes, I know it; hold your peace.

Elijah said to him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray you, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho. But he said, As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they came to Jericho.

The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said, Do you know that the Lord will take your master away from you today? And he answered, Yes, I know it; hold your peace.

Elijah said to him, Tarry here, I pray you, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan. But he said, As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And the two of them went on.

Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood [to watch] afar off; and the two of them stood by the Jordan.

And Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up and struck the waters, and they divided this way and that, so that the two of them went over on dry ground.

And when they had gone over, Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.

He said, You have asked a hard thing. However, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you--but if not, it shall not be so.

As they still went on and talked, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire parted the two of them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

And Elisha saw it and he cried, My father, my father! The chariot of Israel and its horsemen! And he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.