Parallels Between Jesus & Elijah

1. Ascended to Heaven

Both Jesus Christ and Elijah ascended to Heaven in front of a crowd (2 Kings 2:11, Luke 24:51).


2. Did Not Eat for 40 days in the Wilderness

A meal prepared by angel strengthened Elijah on a 40 day journey in the wilderness (1 Kings 19:4-8). Jesus Christ wandered in the wilderness for 40 days without any food (Luke 4:1-3).


3. Confronted Leaders

Elijah confronted the king of Israel, Ahab (1 Kings 18:18). Jesus Christ confronted Pharisees who are the high priests of Jerusalem (John 8:44, Matthew 23:33).


4. Angels Ministered to Both Men

An angel ministered to Elijah before his 40 day journey (1 Kings 19:5-7). Angels ministered to Jesus Christ after Satan tried to tempt him (Mark 1:13, Matthew 4:11).


5. People Fell on Theirs Knees Before Both Men

When Elijah destroyed several soldiers, one captain fell on his knees before him and repented (2 Kings 1:13). When Jesus Christ performed a fish miracle, Simon Peter fell on his knees and repented (Luke 5:8).


6. People Seek to Kill Both Men

Jezebel and the Israelites sought to kill Elijah (1 Kings 19:2, 1 Kings 19:14). The Pharisees and other Israelites sought to kill Jesus Christ (Mark 3:6, John 8:59, Luke 4:29).


7. Prophets

Both men were prophets and God spoke to them directly (1 Kings 19:9-11, Matthew 21:11, John 12:28).


8. Raising the Dead

Elijah rose a little boy from the dead (1 Kings 17:17-21.  Jesus Christ rose his friend from the dead (John 11:17-44).



Both men had followers (Matthew 10:2-4, 2 Kings 2:9-15).


10. Walked on Water

Elijah used his coat to struck the water in two so both him and Elisha can walk (2 Kings 2:8). Jesus Christ walked on water along with Peter (Matthew 14:25-29).


11. Appeared After Going to Heaven

Elijah appeared along with Moses on a mountain talking to Jesus Christ (Mark 9:4). Jesus Christ appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:5).


12. Wrote Letters

Jehoram received a letter from Elijah about now following the ways of the Lord (2 Chronicles 21:12). Jesus Christ wrote a letter to the 7 churches about following the ways of the Lord (Revelation 1-3).

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