There is a story in the Old Testament about the prophet Elijah and his successor who became the prophet Elisha.
Elisha began his ministry as a servant to Elijah as he was in the field plowing twelve yolk of oxen.
Elijah approached Elisha and threw his mantle upon him. This was the first mantle that Elisha received from Elijah. Each day Elisha followed Elijah closely and would not leave him for a moment.
After a season in which Elisha had served Elijah, the LORD was coming to take Elijah. He obviously knew this because he asked Elisha; What may I do for you before I am taken away?
Elisha responded; I want a double portion of your Spirit (anointing).
This word for spirit in the original Hebrew context is ruwach which is breath, wind, spirit. It is referring to the living breath of God, a living mantle.
Elijah replied, if you see me when I am taken from you it shall be so. Soon after, a chariot of fire with horses of fire appeared, separated them and took Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind.
His mantle fell upon Elisha and he received a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. Elisha’s ministry did not began until Elijah’s ministry ended.
The LORD is showing me that many of you have gone through great distress and are still mourning the loss of prophets and mentors who have gone to be with the LORD in the past few years.
You are still looking up wondering why Elijah was taken away. The LORD showed me that the Elisha’s who have been following the Elijah’s (who have been taken up) are going to receive a double portion of their mantle (anointing).
The prophetic sons and daughters will succeed the ministries of their spiritual mentors in the coming days. There will be an acceleration of the anointing that was placed on them and their ceilings will be our floors.
In 2 Kings 2:11 a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire and a whirlwind took Elijah up. Elijah’s mantle then dropped down and Elisha picked it up.
This is the second time a mantle from Elijah was placed upon Elisha. The first mantle was in the book of 1 Kings 19:19 as Elisha began serving Elisha, and the second time was in the book of 2 Kings 2:13 as he began to serve the LORD.
He then stood on the bank of the Jordan River, struck the water and asked: Where is the LORD God of Elijah?”
The LORD responded by dividing the water and Elisha crossed over. Elisha then had a ministry of miracles, signs and wonders.
Even after he died and was buried, a man was raised from the dead when his body touched Elisha’s bones as it was thrown into his grave. (2 Kings 13:21)
There is a mantle of prophetic authority being released. There are prophetic voices being raised up across the country and around the world.
They are carrying a new sound and a fresh word. They will have ministries of signs and wonders, and miracles will be performed through their hands as the anointing rests upon them and abides within them.
Just as Elijah was fed by the ravens, they will teach others how to be fed supernaturally in times of famine.
They will decree a thing and it shall be established because the LORD will confirm the words that He gives them to speak.
The anointing will be evident on them just as the sons of the prophets recognized that the spirit of Elijah rested on Elisha.
Scoffers will ridicule them just as they mocked Elisha saying, “Go up, you bald head.
They were not mocking his physical appearance, but they were mocking his anointing. They were insinuating that he “Go up” in the same way that Elijah went up in a horse and Chariot, (2 Kings 2:23),
But once again the LORD will defend His messengers and prophets, (1 Chronicles 16:22 and 2 Chronicles 36:16).
There will be men and women who have put their hands to the plow and not looked back. Their past is a vague memory because they know their destiny in God.
They are those who know how to call down fire from heaven to destroy the works of Baal.
Through their decrees and declarations they will thwart the strategies of the kingdom of darkness. They know how to dismantle his works of mass destruction and destroy the plans from the camp of the evil one.
They walk in divine wisdom, release unprecedented revelation and have keen discernment. The sword of the LORD will be in their mouths and they will be tenacious and unwavering in their faith because their strength is in Jesus.
They are those who follow him closely and will not deviate off the narrow path. The Holy Spirit will lead them and give them supernatural wisdom and direction when the river dries up.
These are those who will receive a double portion anointing. Supernatural encounters and signs will follow those who believe and many shall be used mightily in the days ahead says the LORD.
“And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over,” 2 Kings 2:9-14.
“Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm,” Psalm 105:15.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse,” Malachi 4:5-6.
Blessings in Christ Jesus,