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Send Me A Double Portion!

John Collins02/03/2013Through false teachings in the Message, the cult of William Branham, one of the most wonderful blessings of the Bible has been altered: the "double-portion."  

When Elijah and Elisha were crossing the Jordan in 2 Kings 2, Elijah knew he was about to leave this world and enter into the kingdom of heaven.  He asked Elisha if there was anything he could do before he was gone, and Elisha asked that a "double-portion" of his spirit be given to him.  

Pretending to be a Kentucky-English mistake, Branham called this a "double-potion."  While our minds were focusing on the funny wording, a fast one was slipped over our eyes.  Slight-of-hand replaced the true meaning of this phrase, and Branham taught us that Elisha received double the "power" Elijah had.

At the surface, this may be somewhat true, but the meaning is much, much deeper.  Elijah was not an all-powerful sorcerer, and Elisha did not receive double the "power" of Elijah to become twice as powerful.  Prophets, though respected, were not placed into power in the Old Testament, and certainly were not intended to advance to the prestige Branham placed them under.

In fact, Branham's teaching that "only one major prophet was on the scene at the same time" is broken in this chapter.  Though many major prophets were "on the scene" with other "major prophets" during their times, Elijah and Elisha walked together in this very chapter.  The term "major prophet" itself is part of the deception, because it implies that they are some sort of sorcerer instead of a humble mouthpiece for God.

According to Deuteronomy 21:15-17, a father was obligated to acknowledge his firstborn as the principal heir, and was to be given a "double-portion" of his estate as inheritance.  In our language this seems as though he is receiving "double," however this is not the case. 

The firstborn is entrusted with the blessings from the father so that he may bless others with his inheritance.  As portions are divided equally among his siblings, the firstborn child received the blessing of two in the divided inheritance.  If there were two sons, the inheritance was divided by three, two of the portions going to the firstborn.  If there were seven sons, the eldest received one eighth, because the inheritance was divided by eight.

Why?  Because the blessing given to the firstborn was to be shared with others.  As one of his siblings starts to struggle, the eldest son was to offer freely from his inheritance to lift his brother back up.  When one is in need, there is ample supply to help.  

Paraphrasing this scripture into today's terms, Elisha was asking Elijah to receive his blessing of inheritance as he entered into the kingdom.  He was asking Elijah not to leave with everything; Elisha wanted to be able to help others with the same spirit that Elijah had.  Standing with them were fifty sons of the prophets, each one growing in the spirit.  Elisha wanted to bless them with the portion that Elijah had, and wanted to be endued with enough of the same Spirit to lift each of them up.  Branham called this "Endued with power."

As God's children, we have received that same power through the Holy Spirit.  Isaiah not only prophesied of the coming Messiah, he prophesied that the same power be given as a "double-portion" inheritance to God's children.

"You shall be called the priests of the Lord; they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God; you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their glory you shall boast.  Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy."  (Isaiah 61:6-7)

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Have we taken our inheritance when it was offered to us?  Or did we let some false prophet steal our inheritance by telling us that only the "all powerful prophet" was to be endued with the power?  Have we accepted our double portion, or did we refuse it to let some false prophet be the one who gives it to us?  Did we stand before God, as he graciously gave His Son for us to empower us with the Holy Spirit, and tell Him 'no'?  Did we refuse our inheritance?