by Bill Burns


The Lord is raising up the warriors of the morning, and He is preparing the prophets of His warfare.  These are those who will war in conjuction with God’s angels to pull down the strongholds of the rulers of darkness.

The spirit of Elijah has come, and is resting upon some spiritual fathers (apostles) to train the Elisha’s of this day who will be prophets that are to  be commissioned for war against the enemy.  The reality of this statement is found in:

Mal 4:5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

Mal 4:6  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."

These prophets (warriors of the morning – Dread Warriors) will break the curses of the enemy against the land (earth).  They will have a double-portion of the spirit of Elijah, who was also a prophet of war (the 400 prophets of Baal).  Before Elijah is taken up, the Lord instructs him to anoint some folks to kill the Lord’s enemies.

1 Ki 19:15  Then the LORD said to him: "Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria.

1 Ki 19:16  "Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place.

1 Ki 19:17  "It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. (A prophet of war)

Elisha’s prophetic call is to destroy the enemy’s ability to take Israel (God’s people) captive.  Elisha – God is Savior; these will represent the Savior.  The name Shaphat means to judge and Abel Meholah means meadow of dancing (dancing upon the works of the enemy until he is destroyed underfoot, and the meadow (land) will be set free from the curse.

Elijah calls Elisha:

1 Ki 19:19  So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him.  (This is happening today)

1 Ki 19:20  And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, "Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you." And he said to him, "Go back again, for what have I done to you?"

1 Ki 19:21  So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen's equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

12 = divine government, oxen symbolize power.  The government of God will be established as His judgment comes upon the enemy.  Elijah’s mantle represents the authority of the prophetic call and also signifies God’s glory (anointing).  Jesus, a type of Elijah on the Day of Pentecost, gave His mantle…the Holy Spirit.

Elisha served Elijah, followed him and was trained by him.  The places that Elisha followed Elijah to represent the process by which Elisha was prepared as a prophet of war.

2 Ki 2:1  And it came to pass, when the LORD was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

Gilgal means a wheel rolling (like on chariots).  Joshua took 12 stones (divine government) out of the Jordan (anointing), and set them in a circle (wheel--eternal) in Gilgal where Joshua circumcised the sons of Israel who would go to war.  Circumcision is a sign of the removal of the flesh and covenant with God.  Covenant speaks of personal relationship and total dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Ki 2:2  Then Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Bethel." But Elisha said, "As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!" So they went down to Bethel.

Bethel means house of God.  It means a house built by God and not man.  Jacob named the place where he placed his head on a stone Bethel (Christ the Solid Rock—mind of Christ).  Jacob saw the angels ascending and descending into and from heaven on a ladder, which represents Jesus.

John 1:51  And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

Jacob said this is the “gate of heaven.”  Jacob poured oil on the Rock identifying Christ (the Anointed One) as the One who would build His house.

The prophets of war now being raised up will be associated with a house (assembly) that God and not man has built.

They will not  be lone rangers.  They will work with others that Jesus has set in His house to bring the victory forth.

2 Ki 2:4  Then Elijah said to him, "Elisha, stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Jericho." But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!" So they came to Jericho.

Jericho is the third place that Elisha went to.  Jericho represents a place of victory over the walls that Satan has built in the land.  The walls of Jericho came down (angelic help) when Israel entered the Promised Land and began to dispossess the enemy.  The priests blew the trumpets, and the people shouted on the 7th day, and the walls of Jericho came down.  Jericho means fragrant – sweet is the smell of victory.

2 Ki 2:5  Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, "Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?" So he answered, "Yes, I know; keep silent!"

2 Ki 2:6  Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan." But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!" So the two of them went on.

2 Ki 2:7  And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

2 Ki 2:8  Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

2 Ki 2:9  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."

Ask for a double portion anointing (first-born anointing).  Jordan represents anointing.

2 Ki 2:10  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."

2 Ki 2:11  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.

2 Ki 2:12  And Elisha saw it (the source of Elijah’s power), 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.

2 Ki 2:13  He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.

2 Ki 2:14  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.

What was it that Elisha saw that guaranteed him the victory over the enemy?  “The chariots of Israel and its horsemen.”  All through Elisha’s training we found clues that pointed to these secret weapons of God by which the enemy of God would be defeated.

2 Ki 6:8  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."

2 Ki 6:9  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."

2 Ki 6:10  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.

2 Ki 6:11  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?"

2 Ki 6:12  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 Ki 6:13  So he said, "Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him." And it was told him, saying, "Surely he is in Dothan."

2 Ki 6:14  Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

2 Ki 6:15  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?"

2 Ki 6:16  So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them."

2 Ki 6:17  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 Ki 6:18  So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and said, "Strike this people, I pray, with blindness." And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

Prophets of war in the type of Elisha are about to be raised up.  They will have a double portion (the anointing of the spirit and authority from God to utilize the chariots of fire).  King Joash understood Elisha’s power with God and His angels.  Listen to what he was concerned with when it was time for Elisha to go home to be with the Lord.

2 Ki 13:14  Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. Then Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over his face, and said, "O my father, my father, the chariots of Israel and their horsemen!"

Joash was saying what will we do now when you are gone?  You are the only one who has power with God because His angels fight for you.

The Most High is going to commission a whole company of prophets for war.  They will ride in the heavenlies on chariots of fire, and the kingdoms (dominions) of Satan will fall, and the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.  AMEN