For several years, Elisha had faithfully served Elijah. Now, Elijah had been taken away by a chariot of fire leaving Elisha as the new prophet of Israel. Prior to his departure, Elijah inquired if he could do anything for his servant. Elisha responded that he would like a double portion of Elijah's spirit—a request that would only be granted if Elisha saw Elijah being taken away. Scripture records that, indeed, Elisha was allowed to see Elijah's departure, indicating that God granted his request. Elijah's mantle that had fallen from him; Elisha now took for himself.