Will You Stand Afar Off or Draw
Near to the Jordan River?
In the book of II Kings, chapter 2, we find Elijah and Elisha, standing
at the brink of the Jordan River, ready to cross over to the new
day. Every person of God who is following on to know the
Lord, must come to this place of overcoming the old man nature if we
are to enter into the new day that lies directly ahead of us.
“And Elijah said unto him (Elisha),
Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he
said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave
thee. And they two went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets
went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. And
Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters,
and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on
dry ground.” II Kings 2:6 - 8
Elijah and Elisha had just passed Gilgal, Bethel, and Jericho.
Throughout these journeys Elisha never took his eyes off Elijah, see
“Gilgal, Bethel, and Jericho Stopping Off Places”
by George Kirkpatrick.
There were no stopping off places for these two men of God. Now they
had come to the Jordan River. The Jordan River is the symbol of death
which each of us must cross over. Are we striving and
pressing into this place as Elijah and Elisha, or are we as the sons of
the prophets who are standing afar off?
The Sons of the Prophets
We need to realize these were the sons of the prophets who knew what
their fathers’ visions were, but they were unwilling to actually come
to the brink of the river of death. They only desired to view
from a place afar off. These are like the five foolish virgins in
Matthew 25. They were unwilling to prepare for the total dying to the
flesh and allow the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit to do its final
work in their lives.
When persecution comes, will we be like Peter who also stood afar off?
“And they that had laid hold on Jesus
led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the
elders were assembled. But Peter followed him afar off unto
the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to
see the end - - - and verse - - -70 But he (Peter) denied before them
all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.” Matthew 26:57 - 58
Today, all are aware that judgment is about to come upon America and
the world. But as Peter, many are only following the Lord afar off, not
willing to lay down their life in the Jordan River. Are we as
those who declare that this overcoming process is too hard? Or will be
a Moses, the servant of God?
“And the people stood afar off, and
Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” Exodus 20:21
Can we truly say we are ready for the judgment that is shortly to come
upon the earth? Are we ready to enter into the thick darkness with God
at our side? Peter had to ultimately make this decision. In
the book of Psalms we find David and Asaph were required to come to
“My lovers and my friends stand aloof
from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.” Psalm 38:11 - -
- and “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust
in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.” Psalm 73:28
David, surely, had to forsake family and friends to follow on to know
the Lord. Many in our Spiritual family and our close friends we
fellowship with in the Spirit are alas only viewing the river of death
from afar off, unwilling to lay down their lives of flesh and blood to
cross over and overcome the river of death.
Job finally had to come to this place of
“For I know that thou wilt bring me to
death, and to the house appointed for all living.” Job 30:23
Jonah had to come to this place of
totally dying to the flesh.
“The waters compassed me about, even to
the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about
my head.” Jonah 2:5
Our example, Jesus Christ, our elder
brother, had to come to this place.
“And he came out, and went, as He was
wont, to the mount of Olives; and His disciples also followed Him. And
he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and
prayed,Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:39 and 41 - 42
Jesus, as Job and Jonah, knew He must
come to the brink of the river of death.
“And when he rose up from prayer, and
was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said
unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
We need to ask ourselves, “Will we be as
the disciples who also were viewing from afar off?”
Is God going to require any less of
Be not as the sons of the prophets and the disciples who viewed from
afar off, many of which eventually laid down in their Adam sleep, not
willing to follow on to know the Lord.
following related books by George Kirkpatrick
Job The End Time
Son The Day of Preparation
Even the Very
Elect Those Who Say and Do Not
Though These Three Men