Possible Answers to a "Quick Question," from A Sister (20 Oct. 2019)
(Please note: for some strange reason, many messages I send over the Internet, end up with many question marks throughout the post. Please bear with me. – John)
I believe that the death of Elijah Cummings was a sign from God. The question becomes, "Which sign?" The answer to that question, will probably require either revelation knowledge, or a matter of time.
The sign that we are seeing here is not "the coming," of Elisha or Elijah, but of the "ending," of Elisha or Elijah. Jesus gives us John the Baptist as a pattern.
Mat 11:7 ¶ And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, ....
Mat 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. ....
Mat 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
And how did John the Baptist see this time?
Jhn 3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. ....
Jhn 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. ....
Jhn 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
Therefore, this may be the sign that the Elijah ministry was now ending, and that the Jesus ministry would be increasing.
Now we must also recognize that Elijah Cummings, was in no manner "an Elijah." His character was more of the antithesis of a biblical prophet. Could Satan be mirroring the pattern of John the Baptist and Jesus? Could this be a sign of the coming of "the antichrist?"
And of course, the death of an Elijah might be the sign of the "coming of an Elisha." An individual with a double portion of either the Holy Spirit or a demonic spirit.
Concerning the timing of this "sign," being in the middle of the seven day feast of tabernacles plus the eighth day of "holy convocation", we have the pattern of Jesus himself.
Jhn 7:2 Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. ....
Jhn 7:8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. ....
Jhn 7:10 ¶ But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
Jhn 7:11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? ....
Jhn 7:14 ¶ Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.
This pattern shows Jesus attending the feast of tabernacles in secret, and then revealing himself during the middle of the feast.
Mal 3:1 ¶ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, (tabernacle) even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
To go into the "Feast of Tabernacles," would result in an extremely long answer to a "short question." Suffice it to say, an understanding of this feast is sorely lacking in most of Christianity today.