Most believers can recite the cry of Elisha in 2 Kings 2:14 where Elisha takes the mantle of his spiritual father/teacher Elijah that had just fallen from heaven. He picks it up and strikes the waters of the Jordan River saying “where is the God of Elijah?” It is an often quoted phrase today, and many are seeking the anointing and power of Elijah to be poured out on these last days generations. The Jews are still looking for Elijah to return, ahead of the Messiah.
Each and every one of us is on a prophetic journey, whether we realize it or not. If you are not a follower of Jesus then you have yet to embrace the journey. For most who call themselves Christians, they are not even aware they are on such a journey. They try to follow the ordinances outlined in the Bible and follow Christ as best they can. They never connect with the reality that they are on a journey with the Lord and it is a prophetic one. It is prophetic since it is unfolding and is leading each one of us closer to our destiny in God. It is prophetic because we only know pieces of the plans that He has, but don’t know how He will get us there.
My Prophetic Journey
My prophetic journey began when I was about eight years old. I remember I was baptized when I was five or six by my father who was was also my Pastor. I remember saying I was born again, but I didn’t really understand. I was taught the Word, but I always felt there was more to life. When I was eight years old, I remember hearing a voice in my head saying, “Where is the God of Elijah?” I asked my father/pastor ‘where’s the stuff, and why does God not work like He did in the Bible?’
The answer I received was the typical answer from a pastor trained in a seminary that teaches what I now understand is known as cessationism. That simply means that God chooses not to perform signs, wonders, miracles, and healing, or that it went out with the last of the original Apostles. I was devastated to learn that the stuff I read about in the Old and New Testament was no longer valid.
Yet, I had these supernatural encounters, such as visions and dreams. Unusual stuff happened and I just seemed to have great discernment. As I grew up I always read my Bible and tried to pray, but there was always something not right. I rebelled often, yet I still had a hunger and thirst to know the God of Elijah, His word, His Spirit and His Son in a deep way. I also knew that I was not being told the full truth.
So I wandered through school and went to college like we are all told to do. I was trying to find the so-called American dream. I had heard about the Kingdom of God and Heaven but never really understood it. Still, one day I was driving to downtown Atlanta to school and it seems the heavens opened, and I saw a man with a beard, some sheep in a pasture, and I heard a voice say, “Feed My Sheep.” That vision changed my whole life. I sought to answer the call but everywhere I turned Christians, both leaders and non-leaders said that God didn’t speak like that today, or they simply looked at me like I was from Mars.
I didn’t give up as my dream life was a vehicle that God used to show me things and encourage other people. Finally in 1995 in Conyers, Ga. I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and nothing has been the same ever since. My prophetic journey has been filled with many wildernesses, and seasons of hunger and thirst for more of God.
Silences of God and Dark Night of The Soul
It doesn’t sound like God to be silent when He is always speaking, but I encountered a season where God was silent, and I was told by a prophet to embrace the silence. I quickly learned that God speaks in many ways and it was part of the process in growing and maturing on my journey. It was preparation for greater things. At one point I walked away since I no longer heard God or had dreams and visions. Later, God showed up in powerful ways and I soon began receiving words of knowledge and wisdom for many people.
I had experienced many moves of God, but when everything went wrong and we had no answers, our only hope was to cry out to God and trust Him. I didn’t have a vision or a word except that He would take care of everything if we followed Him. There were many ups and downs and turns and twists as the path often became obscure.
Miracles, Signs, and Healings!
Back when we first got married my mom had a massive cerebral hemorrhage and by all means should have died or been a vegetable for life. But God decided He needed her around and he healed her. We still didn’t know about divine healing. It seems that there have always things going on around me in the supernatural.
In 2012 I took my wife out for her birthday and a man came over at the cafe near the missions base where we worked. He asked if he could sit with us and as the conversation began he looked at me and said ‘minister out of the revelatory.’ Later I tried to follow up with that man and the phone number he left was valid and it was as if he came out of nowhere, and left suddenly. I always felt he was an angel. Since then we have seen many, many angels in many forms.
The Lord continued to increase dreams, visions, and angelic activity as we cried for more and were found faithful in what He had given us previously. I also began to experience periods where we would be on our last penny and food or money would show up. God used the least expected person or way to provide.
My prophetic journey has seen many battles and confrontations as the enemy has threw all it has to try to stop me and my family from advancing into our destiny. The journey continues and He is teaching me to do everything from the place of rest. That is the goal, where we are at rest at all times and we are trusting fully in the Holy Spirit.
Elisha’s prophetic journey began long before Elijah threw his mantle on him and told him to follow him. I still cry out for the God of Elijah, but what I have discovered is the God of Elijah is the God of Joseph (Joey). He answered by fire for Elijah, but for me He answers suddenly.
Your prophetic journey is unique to you. It is never ending and like everyone else’s it is full of encounters with God as well as seasons of dryness. Do not despair as you move on the journey, for God is always for you. I suggest that you sit down and write out your prophetic journey. Begin with encounters, including salvation, special dreams, and moments where God stepped in and changed the course of your life.
This is your story that He is writing. Continue to seek Him daily and expect Him to speak to you fresh every day. Study the prophetic journey’s of people in the Bible. Look at their lives and characteristics that they possess. I am sure that someone will stick out to you that you admire and wished that you had their anointing or that God would use you like that.
Our subject here, Elijah, seems to have burst on the scene when he proclaimed that it would not rain for seven years except at his word. But we know that the journey started long before that. He was most likely from a priestly family in the area of Tishbe. All that we have is the words recorded in the text, but we see a humble man with a heart for widows, and to see God’s justice and righteousness upheld. We see a man that knew how to call fire down from heaven, and intercede like a twisted potato chip. But we also see a man who had a little fear and looked for a cave to hide from the wicked queen’s threats.
He was a man who could turn hearts back to God and also train the next prophet. His journey ended when a chariot of fire from heaven came and took him to heaven. What was it about his life and character, like Enoch, that grabbed the heart of God to the point where God just brought him on up to live around the throne.
Whatever our prophetic journey, it must have a desperation in this hour for more of the presence of God, more Holy fire, and more of His glory. While he is developing our character and shaping our journey we must continue to seek Him with all of our heart. Don’t stop, the best is yet to be written for your journey.