In the days of the prophet, Elijah, there were fifty sons who learned under him, but something happened that changed their way of thinking and tainted them.
During Elijah's ministry, Ahab and Jezebel reigned in Israel. They worshipped Baal and not the true God. They hated Elijah and what he stood for. While it is not recorded in the Bible, it had been known to me that these prophets dined with the evil leaders of Israel. Here is why I believe it so:
1 Their lost sight of faith. Before Elijah went up to heaven, these prophets kept asking, "Do you know that Elijah will be taken from you?" After Elisha saw Elijah go up to heaven, he saw Moses with him. He said, "My father! My father! The horses and chariots!" He called out Moses as his father just as he called out Elijah as his father." The fifty sons of the prophet didn't see it as Elisha saw it for later, they asked if they could find Elijah. They thought God had swallowed him up and threw him down somewhere (2Kings 2:16) They lost their spiritual vision.
2. They were at Jericho. It was Joshua who pronounced a curse on Jericho and who burned down the town yet the men of Israel called Jericho, a pleasant land. "And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren." (2 Kings 2:19) Now, I know it said the men of Israel, but could have been prophets. Do you see the contradictions? While they call the land pleasant, they admitted to its lack. Dining with darkness blinded them to reality.
3. They were cursed. In another instance, they were chopping trees. While doing so, one of the axes, a prophet lost an ax head and cried out, "it was borrowed!" In those days, if you couldn't afford your own ax, you had to borrow. Just as people in these days borrow money to pay something off. Poverty is under the curse. Jesus hadn't come to take the curse from us so anyone who didn't obey God and his commands, fell under the curse of the law. (Read Deut 28) Even their children were cursed and had no respect for the prophet of God. As Elijah went up a hill, young people called out, "Go on up baldhead." They knew that Elisha was without his master so we bald. It's like them saying, let's see you do what Elijah without your covering. They sure didn't see him take up the mantle of Elijah and Moses in one. (Watch video below for more on that).
So what does this has to do with the body of Christ today? True men and women of God are calling our current administration Ahab and Jezebel. There are leaders of the church who had "taken the cup" of that administration and lost faith. They believe the lies of the mainstream media and instead of faith become sight, it's the other way around. Are they under a curse? That's not for me to say. These same people are disrespecting the true prophets and calling for them to apologize because their words didn't come to pass. And are people prophesizing in the church? I don't know, and I haven't seen it happen, but it could very well be so. Just because what they prophesize hadn't come to pass doesn't mean they were wrong. God operates on his own time table, not ours.
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.