Exploring Prophecy #1 – Open Heavens:
“Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.” And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.” Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?” And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” (2 Kings 6:8-12).
Over the next couple of days, we are going to explore the gift of prophecy. The above story is an interesting example of the prophetic gifting in the Old Testament. The King of Syria was making war with Israel, but whenever they would plan to have their camp at a certain location, the Spirit of the Lord would speak to Elisha, the man of God, and tell him where the enemy was going to camp out. So the man of God would warn the King of Israel, and they were able to escape the clutches of their enemies. As can be expected, this greatly angered the King of Syria, who said to his servants, “All right, who’s the traitor? Who’s on Israel’s side, and who has been telling them our strategies?” One of the servants responded by saying, “No one, king! Elisha the prophet is telling the King of Israel all the deep secrets of your heart.” If you were in a terrible battle, wouldn’t it be great to have a prophetic word from God telling you the strategies of the enemy?
“So (the king of Syria) said, “Go and see where Elisha is, that I may send and get him.” And it was told him, saying, “Surely he is in Dothan.” Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:13-17).
Wow! Here, Elisha and his servant Gehazi were in a city surrounded by a great army, and when Gehazi woke up in the morning and went out, he was filled with fear. “What shall we do?” However, the calm prophet Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid—we’ve got more on our side.” And then Elisha prayed that the Lord would open Gehazi’s eyes to see what the man of God could see—into the spiritual realm. When God opened his spiritual eyes, he saw that the mountain was filled with an angelic army of horses and chariots of fire all around them.
There’s so much more to life on planet earth than what we can see with our natural eyes, and that’s why we need to believe God for open eyes that can see into the spirit realm. Over the next couple of days, as we study the gift of prophecy, this is my prayer for you, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know…the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19).
Pastor Chris Jordan