Recently the Holy Spirit told me that prophets were going to begin to relate to Him differently. He talked of a coming “prophetic shift.” Let’s examine this shift from the life of Elisha.
After Elijah was taken to heaven his prophetic mantle was passed on to another prophet: Elisha. Elisha’s ministry would prove to be quite different from his predecessor’s. When Israel was under attack by the Syrian army, the enemy king’s top-secret battle plans kept getting back to Israel. Scripture says that the Syrian king’s heart was “sore troubled” and he thought there must surely be a spy in his inner circle. He assembled his counselors to locate the traitor. Some believe that the Syrian king gathered his own soothsaying prophets to identify the conspirator. At the meeting the spy was in fact identified. It was Elisha the prophet of Jehovah. Counselors told the king that Elisha “telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.” Can you imagine that, a prophet that could hear the most private affairs of the Syrian king?
The biblical testimony doesn’t end there. Scripture goes on to say that the king of Syria dispatched a great army to capture Elisha. They located him in Dothan and by cover of darkness surrounded the city. The next morning Elisha’s servant saw the militant army’s threatening position. Think about this: one prophet of God so frustrated the plans of the Syrian king that he could do nothing until he was taken out of the way. Don’t tell me that prophets aren’t dangerous to the enemies of Christ. I am sure that the whole city awoke in fear. Elisha’s panicked servant ran to the man of God asking, “What shall we do?” “Fear not,” said Elisha, “for they that are with us are more than they that are with them.” Then Elisha prayed, “Lord open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man and he saw and behold the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16-18). When the Syrian army entered the city to capture Elisha they discovered just how extreme the prophetic gift really was. When accosted, Elisha prayed and the Lord smote the Syrian army with blindness. By the time it was over one seer of Jehovah had captured an entire army.
Elisha’s prophetic ministry is a true example of a prophetic shift. Israel’s inhabitants were familiar with Elijah’s operations but experienced the prophetic ministry in a far different way through Elisha. Could this type of prophetic demonstration be an example of the coming prophetic shift that the Lord spoke to me about? Like Israel of old, I believe the Church is going to experience a new way of relating to prophetic ministry in the days ahead.