You know I was just meditating on the word ‘mantle’ today. And the Lord led me to see that a mantle is nothing more than a coat. A piece of cloth/clothing used to cover the body.
I have heard ppl today use the word mantle and make it to have some deep spiritual meaning. Some would say that a mantle is a spiritual thing, the mantle is the ‘anointing’ of someone who we respected in the past-but who are now dead and gone. And we covet their anointing.
We get this belief system from the story of Elijah and Elisha. More in particular, 1 Kings 19, when Elijah has his encounter with the Lord while he is hiding out from Jezebel. After he gets the Word of the Lord, he goes to Elisha and hit him with his coat-as if to anoint him-as he goes about the mission to bring down Jezebel.
Later on, in 2 Kings 2, this is when Elijah and Elisha are DIVINELY separated….by the HOLY GHOST. Verse 1 says the Lord was taking Elijah up to heaven. Not that he was gonna die. Three times, Elijah tried to prepare Elisha for his departure. First, he tells him, ‘Im going to Bethel.’ Then to Jericho. Then to Jordan. All three times, Elisha wasn’t having it. He responded, “As the LORD lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.”
On the 3rd time, Elijah took off his mantle/his coat, and smote the Jordan. It parted and the both of them crossed over. Elijah asked Elisha ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Elisha coveted after the ONLY anointing he had ever known or see…or beheld…which was that of Elijah’s! So, of course, he wanted it.
Elijah told him ‘This is a hard thing. But if you see me when Im taken, then you got it. If you dont see it, you cant….’
Elijah was trying to build Elisha’s FAITH.
I want you all to see this: in this realm, dispensation of the world, the Holy Ghost WAS NOT GIVEN! The only power ppl in the OT ppl witnessed was thru the hands of other ppl. Chosen vessels God set apart to dispense that power and glory in this earth realm. But b/c the Holy Ghost was not yet poured out on the earth, b/c we were yet in our sins, because only a select few vessels were usuable in the hands of God….AND since the WORD OF THE LORD was Precious and RARE in those days…then YES, they practically WORSHIPPED man. This is why Elijah, Moses and other prophets had to be taken away after a few years. Because it was (and is) the nature of man to worship flesh. And if flesh is all they see and behold, man will worship….FLESH.
So we know the story, how it ends. Elijah is taken up in chariot of fire and Elisha wallks in ‘Elijahs’ anointing,’ which in essence really ISN’T his…but GOD’S!!!
Moses had to be supernaturally taken away, too. Hmmm…
WE ARE NOW IN A DIFFERENT DISPENSATION! THE HOLY GHOST HAS BEEN POURED OUT!
We no longer have to covet the anointing-or the mantle-of another! NO MATTER HOW POWERFUL THEY ARE!!!!!!!
B/c no matter HOW powerful they are, WE MUST REMEMBER THAT POWER BELONGS TO GOD!!!!! AND NOT MAN!!!!! THE VERY POWER THEY POSSESS CAME FROM THE LORD!!!!!
IN THIS DISPENSATION, WE NOW EACH HAVE OUR OWN, SPECIAL, UNIQUE MANTLES!
We dont need to wait til someone dies and then go off into the spirit somewhere, to call upon the mantle of Roberts, Kuhlman, Allen, McPherson or any of the other greats of the past to do the will of God for TODAY!!!!
THANK GOD FOR THOSE VESSELS! BUT THEY POSSESSED THE ANOINTING THAT THEY NEEDED, FOR THEIR TIME, THEIR DISPENSATION!
BUT WE REQUIRE A GREATER ANOINTING, A GREATER GLORY! A GREATER POWER!!!
We must NOT venture off into idolatry and witchcraft by calling on the mantles and spirits of dead men and women of God. THIS IS NOT pleasing to God….not at all!
There IS NO power in the so called mantles of the past.
There is ONLY power the anointing that destroys EVERY yoke! And that anointing-unlike evil spirits-are NOT transferrable! I know-the most popular of preachers have taught this, but that is error and deception.
The ANOINTING comes STRAIGHT from GOD HIMSELF! SEEK GOD FOR THE ANOINTING….PRESS IN FOR HIS ANOINTING AND POWER!!!!!
Seek that from NONE other!
The reason why it is so important to me that you all understand this is b/c that today a mantle is something entirely diff’t than what it was in the OT. In the OT, the mantle, or the addereth, the prophet’s garment, glory, simply put, a cloak. But in the NT, the word ‘mantle’ is NOT found. I wonder why?
A cloak is an outer garment. More specifically, A loose outer garment, such as a cape. Something that covers or conceals.
We have ALL heard it said, ‘The OT is the NT concealed and the NT is the OT REVEALED…’
Well, the reason why the prophets in the OT had to go around wearing cloaks is b/c the whole spirit of prophecy HAD to be concealed! For the Holy Ghost had not yet been released in the earth and JESUS CHRIST had yet to come! So it all had to stay a mystery!
But in the NT, there was no longer any need to conceal, only to REVEAL!
So the equivalent word for mantle in the NT would be garment.
But I must share with you that cloaks were NO LONGER NEEDED after Jesus was revealed and manifested n this realm!
After the birth of the early church, cloaks only became important to those who were workers of witchcraft….and the religious!
Religious people place over-importance on outer garments. This is why after the apostles were martyred, and the fake church was instituted, they started putting extravagant outer garments, cloaks and robes on the leaders…that was supposed to give them importance, pre-eminence, power and authority!
They could only imitate and emulate the power that THEY were aware of and knew about.
I want you to take a good look at the picture I posted to this note: it is a robe that a witch or a warlock would wear.
I am sure in many a satanic cult or witches coven, they STILL have these rites of passages like the one that occurred between Elijah and Elisha. ‘What?’ I can hear many of you say right now…
‘How could u say that? That was Elijah and Elisha! Are you saying the exchange of power that occurred between those two was demonic?’
What I AM saying is that it was necessary ….FOR THEN. But NOW?
NO! It is not necessary!
We can go STRAIGHT TO GOD OURSELVES and HE CAN ENDUE US WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH…not merely from some garment! And THAT exchange WE KNOW will be a godly one. A pure one. A holy one. AN ordained one!
Remember, the devil is a master imitator. Whatever God does, he wants to do. You better believe, if he could imitate impartation services, he could….and does. I PROMISE you…at many sacrifices and satanic rituals, there are demonic ‘impartation services’ too. They are ppl that pull on the ‘mantles’ of ppl like Anton Lavey, the founder of Satanism, who passed in the late 90s. Or Jim Jones. Or even Hitler.
Yes, there are evil ppl that COVET power….and they DO NOT CARE WHERE OR WHO is the source of that power!
This is why we have to be SO VERY CAREFUL of the experiences that we embrace in the church! Teachings and doctrines that we wholeheartedly accept, w/o balancing that thing in the spirit or against the integrity of the SCRIPTURES…we are OPEN PLAYING FIELD FOR DEMONIC activity…in our lives, in our homes, and in our churches!
So before you start praying for mantles….ask God to open your understanding and not to be deceived or duped by religion.
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