1) Both Elijah and Christ raised the dead:
1 Kings 17:22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
John 12:1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was,
which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
2) Both Elijah, who never dies, and Christ were immortal:
2 Kings 2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take
up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We
have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands
the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not
3) Both Elijah and Christ
ascended into Heaven before witnesses:
it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and
parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12And Elisha saw it,
And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and
carried up into heaven.
4) Both Elijah and Christ
1 Kings 18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
Matthew 2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And
when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be
Elijah and Christ were threatened by the authorities with death:
1 Kings 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the
children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and
I, even I only, am left; and
they seek my life, to take it away.
Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put
him to death.
6) Both Elijah and Christ
were hunted by the Jewish authorities:
19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for
the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy
prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek
my life, to take it away.
John 7:25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?
7) Both Elijah and Christ
hid in a cave/tomb:
19:9 And he
came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto
him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the
whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days
and three nights in the heart of the earth.
8) Both Elijah and Christ
pondered in the wilderness 40 days and forty nights:
And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty
days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
9) Both Elijah and Christ
walked on across the water:
2 Kings 2:8 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.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
10) Both Elijah and Christ let a person follow them across
2 Kings 2:14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters,
and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither:
and Elisha went over.
Matthew 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter
was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water,
to go to Jesus.
11) Both Elijah and Christ
wrote one thing, a letter, to people on Earth AFTER they had ascended:
2 Chronicles 21:12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah
the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat
thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto
him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he
sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Both Elijah and Christ appointed a successor, Elisha, by Elijah, and Peter, by Christ:
2 Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask
what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee,
let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon
this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Both Elijah and Christ gave a successor the power to raise the dead:
2 Kings 8:5 And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to
life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi
said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom
Elisha restored to life.
Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him
to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes:
and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
Both Elijah and Christ gave a successor the power to heal:
2 Kings 5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none;
but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
rise up and walk.
15) Both Elijah and Christ
gave a successor a symbolic authority, the cloak to one, the keys to the other:
1 Kings 19:19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing
with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah
passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys
of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever
thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
16) Both Elijah and Christ
asked that the this "cup" be taken from them:
1 Kings 19:4 But
he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
Matthew 26:39 And he went a little
farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let
this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
17) Both Elijah and Christ had miraculous births:
Three different theories regarding Elijah's origin
are presented in the Haggadah: Mention must be made of a statement which, though found only in the later cabalistic literature
(Yal?u? Reubeni, Bereshit, 9a, ed. Amsterdam), seems nevertheless to be very old (see Epiphanius, l.c.), and according to which Elijah was an angel in human form, so that he had neither parents nor
Behold, a virgin shall be with child,
and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
18) Both Elijah and Christ
destroyed the pagan worshippers and priests. Elijah destroyed the priests of Baal, the other, the Pantheon of Rome, 380AD:
1 Kings 18:40 And Elijah said unto them,
Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down
to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
History: Universal Christianity in 380AD
Revelation 20:4 I saw thrones
on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because
of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They[a] had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.
They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
19) Both Elijah and Christ
were promised faithfulness three times, Elisha in the former and Peter, in the latter:
2 Kings 2:2 I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.
2 Kings 2:4 I will not leave thee.
So they came to Jericho.
2 Kings 2:6 I will
not leave thee. And they two went on.
John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son
of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou
me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love
thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
20) Both Elijah and Christ condemned a Jezebel:
2 Kings 9:36
Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the
LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In
the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants
to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Behold,
I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
Elijah and Christ re-dedicated the Israelite people to God by raising up a new altar or temple:
18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came
near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the
number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel
shall be thy name:
John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this
temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
22) Both Elijah and Christ chose one
man upon which to build his following:
2 Kings 2:15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said,
The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to
meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
23) Both Elijah and Christ were subject of a three day 'search'
for their presence:
2 Kings 2:1 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not.
Luke 2:46 And it came to pass, that after three
days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking