The Prophetic Mantle

 

The Prophetic Mantle: Every prophet is a reformer. Woe to the prophet-less culture, for it, has no one to tell it when it’s headed to destruction and guide it back to safety. – Wallace Henley

5The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”

2 Kings 2:5 NRSV

The Prophetic Anointing

In the Second Book of Kings, we begin to understand the value of the prophetic mantle; “He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan” (2 Kgs. 2:13). The mantle itself does not have any power.

We don’t need to have an actual physical mantle today in order to receive the prophetic anointing and ministry. The prophetic mantle is figurative of the anointing that individuals believe. In the “pool,” the prophetic mantle deals with a deeper prophetic anointing than simply operating with a spiritual gift.

Like Elisha, when he picked up the mantle that Elijah left behind, believers become endowed with the anointing of the prophet when they receive the prophetic mantle.

We need to recognize that not everyone with a prophetic anointing is a prophet. There is a thin line between the two — even if it’s sometimes indiscernible, the line still spells a difference. To have a prophetic anointing means that you must bear a mantle upon your higher calling. A  pastor may be considered a prophetic pastor, a teacher may be called a prophetic teacher.

The higher calling specifically for these individuals is pastor and teacher, and the prophetic mantle is just icing on the cake, i.e. it is possible that the believer’s main calling may not be in the prophetic realm. Other examples of callings that can be strengthened by the prophetic mantle include being prophetic intercessors, prophetic counselors, prophetic evangelists, or prophetic writers.

 

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