Something I noticed recently is that the Hebrew names of the old testament prophet Elishua and New Testament Messiah - Yehshua (Jesus) are essentially variations of the exact same Hebrew statement. Yeh'Shua has an identical meaning the only difference is instead of the generic word for God "EL" at the beginning his name starts with YEH (or Jo) prefix for the Tetragrammaton name of God (YHWH / Jehovah / Yahweh). Both meaning "Gods salvation"
This on its own would not be enough to draw any conclusions as the name is also used elsewhere (eg Joshua) but as the the prophet Elijah (whos name means 'MY God YHWH') has always been prophetically associated with John the Baptist and was prophecised to come before the Messiah I decided to take a closer look. The link between Elijah and John the baptist is stated in new testament scriptures (Mark 9:11 Matt 17:10) and usually stated to be prophecised in the Old testament in the book of Isaiah (40:3) and Malachi (4:5).
In isaiah 40:3-5 the interesting thing was when I read the verses before this. From the start of Isaiah 40 which prophecises John there is additional information which seems to be directly reference the "double portion" blessing. Elsewhere in scripture the "double portion" is related to being the "first born son".
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
It then immidiately goes into the prophecy linked to John the Baptist.
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord[a]; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.[b] Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
The double portion blessing is also mentioned again in Isaiah 61 which Jesus reads from directly in Luke 4:21 saying he is the fulfillment of the prophecy. See Isaiah 61:7
Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
With this in mind my final question: Is the prophet Elijah ('My God YWHW') giving his mantle and a double portion blessing at the River Jordan to the prophet Elishua ('Gods Salvation') in 2 Kings 2 a prophetic foretelling of Jesus Baptism in the Jordan river in Matt 3:13 where God sends the Holy Spirt upon Jesus ?
I would be interested to hear others opinions - especially any insight into the actions and symbology that take place between Elijah and Elishua in 2 Kings 2 and if there are any other scriptures that would support or disagree with this line of thinking.