"The Adam Clarke Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mac/2-kings-2.html. Elijah is translated; a chariot of fire and horses of fire are commissioned to snatch him away from the earth and carry him to heaven; but our Lord is borne upward by His innate power. BibliographyGill, John. Christ’s Ascension is no withdrawal of the Captain of our salvation from the field where we are left to fight, nor has He gone up to the mountain, leaving us alone to tug at the oar, and shiver in the cold night air. He came from heaven, and He returns to heaven, as to His natural home. The mantle that passed from one to the other was the symbol of office and authority transferred; the functions were the same, whilst the holders had changed. The heaven to which Elijah went was the abode of God’s saints, who rest from their earthly labours, but employ themselves in higher and holier works than it enters our minds to conceive. It is perhaps not without significance that the place of the one event was on the uplands or in some of the rocky gorges beyond Jordan, and that of the other, the slopes of Olivet above Bethany. He was not taken; he went. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-2.html. BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on 2 Kings 2:11". 1871-8. He cast his mantle upon him, which had such an influence, that he left all and followed him. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-2.html. Luke 9:30-31. As regards the miraculous removal of Elijah and Enoch (Genesis 5:24), Von Gerlach remarks: “All such questions as whither they were removed, and where they now are, and what changes they underwent in translation, are left unanswered by the Scriptures.” It may be added, that the ascension of Elijah into heaven is nowhere alluded to in the rest of the Bible. Of course, Elijah’s body was changed into the spiritual body. 2 Kings 2:11 says that a chariot of fire came down from heaven and took Elijah up in a storm (for obvious reasons sometime translated as ‘whirlwind’, but ‘storm’ is a more normal translation). When Christ ascended up on high, He relinquished nothing of His activity for us, but only cast it into a new form, which in some sense is yet higher than that which it took on earth. "Commentary on 2 Kings 2:11". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/2-kings-2.html. --- Heaven; (see ver. Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Bethel.” In what follows after Elijah has been taken up, we have a dim foreshadowing of the history of the Church.—above all the Apostolic Church, after the ascension of its Lord.—(1) Elisha wrought a miracle with the mantle of Elijah; the mantle of our ascending Lord has fallen upon the Church. Prophecy, indeed, in its latest voice, spoke of sending Elijah the prophet before the coming of the day of the Lord, and Rabbinical legends delighted to tell how he had been carried to the Garden of Eden, whence he would come again, in Israel’s sorest need. Notice: (1) Christ’s ascension is the complement of His resurrection. CHAPTER 2. Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.—Rather, Elijah went up in the storm heavenward, or, perhaps, into the air. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/2-kings-2.html. xii.) https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-2.html. "Commentary on 2 Kings 2:11". III. 5. 2Kings 6:17 : “Horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”), Parted them both asunder.—Or, made parting between them twain, i.e., the appearance of fiery chariots and horses came between Elijah and Elisha, surrounding the former as with a flaming war-host. Theme. "I am not the prophet personally, as you expect him to appear, though I am come in his spirit and in his power, mystically, but not identically the same." Angels are meant by chariots and "horses of fire," because, like chariots of war, they are the strength and protection of the Lord's people, and because of their swiftness in doing the work. The popular conception, which we see embodied in such pictures as William Blake’s Translation of Elijah, that the prophet ascended to heaven in a fiery car drawn by horses of fire, is plainly read into, rather than gathered from, the sacred text. So let us take our share in the ‘great joy’ with which the disciples returned to Jerusalem, left like sheep in the midst of wolves as they were, and ‘let us set our affection on things above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.’. that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire; either angels in this form, see Psalm 104:4, in which they appeared for the glory and honour of the prophet, and as emblems of his flaming love and zeal for the purity of religion, and that his assumption might be conspicuous to Elisha; and perhaps by this means might be seen by the fifty men on the other side Jordan: this chariot, drawn with these horses, was not seen in the heaven, but as running on the earth, and came between the two prophets, and separated them from each other, taking up Elijah into it by means of a wind whirling about him, and which was no other than the ministry of angels; or these might be a conflux of exhalations or clouds, formed in this likeness by a supernatural power, and, by the solar rays striking on them, might appear fiery or red; and so his assumption was much in such like manner as our Lord was taken up in a cloud, Acts 1:9. and Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven; body and soul; such a change passing on him, as he went through the region of the air, which divested him of his mortality and corruption, and fitted him for the invisible world. But Elijah being to carry his body with him, this heavenly guard appeared visibly: not in a human shape, though so they might have borne him in their arms; but in the form of a chariot and horses, that he might ride in state, might ride in triumph, like a prince, like a conqueror. Elijah is the second man to be honored by escaping death. A silent gentleness marked Him even in that hour of lofty and transcendent triumph. 2 Kings 2:11-18. He has done no work which another may do again for new generations. Church Pulpit Commentary. It also suggests very plainly that Elijah was lifted to the skies by power acting on him from without. Nor is this absence of any vehicle or external agency destroyed by the fact that ‘a cloud’ received Him out of their sight, for its purpose was not to raise Him heavenward, but to hide Him from the gazers’ eyes, that He might not seem to them to dwindle into distance, but that their last look and memory might be of His clearly discerned and loving face. 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