Elijah-company of Prophets
God is raising a company of believers at this end-time
which have been coined "the Elijah
saints". These saints will all be prophets of the
calibre of the old Elijah the prophet.
Hence the terminology "Elijah saints" was coined.
I believe this is taking place now and
I therefore will like to talk today on the hard-life a
prophet is called to live. Since there
will be multitude of saints raised up to this level
of prophets at this end time, it is a
worthwhile exhortation to remind ourselves that
prophets are called to a relatively hard
I will cite some examples to point out that prophets
1) are always rejected by their people,
2) usually are unsociable and therefore common believers
are not comfortable around them.
3) God does not make life easy for the prophets either.
A missionary called Papa Elton spoke one time
in our college fellowship in 1974 or 75,
and he described the hardship prophets are passed
through by God. Then he asked, "after
hearing all of these, does anyone still wish to
be a prophet?" I remember a brother raised
up his hand that "yes, he will still like to be
a prophet". Papa Elton did not believe him
and was skeptical. The fact of the matter is,
most of the time, God does not choose those
who say they will like to be prophets. God does
not choose those who are excited at the
job and are jumpy to accept the position. It were
those who are running away from it.
When they are running away, God corners them and
arrest them. That may be the reason
why the life of those prophets are always hard.
Because, when one is running from God's
call, God will use iron hand to deal with the person.
You may say, wouldn't it be better if
God use those who run to him to be made prophets,
rather than wrestling with those who
don't want the job? Perhaps God knows those
folks have a different agenda.
Rejection was part of the life of the
prophets: Rejection by the people they were called to
minister to. Now, the Lord Jesus Christ made
us to know that we are called to have the
same life-style. Don't expect the people to
clap for you. Don't expect them to kiss you
because you make the lame to walk. They may
even stone you. Apostle Paul preached in a
city and made a lame man to stand up and walk.
The crowd first thought he was a god, but
minutes later, they stoned him unconscious. (Act.14:9-12).
Christ said, "if they had hated me, they will
hate you also." Therefore, know that this is
the life the Lord has called every Christian
to live. However, when talking about these
Elijah company of believers, these prophets
will be in the front-line for such rejection,
not only by the public, but also by the carnal
Christians in the churches. Remember God
always only send prophets of this calibre when
apostasy is high, so as to call people back to order.
I will list three examples to show that most
of the prophets were rejected in the bible.
An example was the prophet Elijah himself.
It came to a point that Elijah told the Lord
that he was the only prophet left.
Elijah was reporting to God: "And he said,
I have been very jealous for the Lord God
of hosts: because the children of Israel
has forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine
altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword;
and I, even I only, am left; and they seek
my life, to take it away." (1Kgs.19:14).
That must be rough upon him, wasn't it.
They wanted to kill him, and he ran. That is
rejection! Why would he run away? Remember
what Elijah did: he called the fire of God
down upon the sacrifice before the people in
the mount Camel showdown. All the people
shouted "The Lord is God!" You think the
people should have said "this is a true prophet
of God, let's all follow him". Well, for
a while, that was their response. The prophets of
Baal were arrested and killed in support of
Elijah. But the second day, or hours later,
Elijah received a letter from the queen Jezebel,
sworn to kill him as Elijah killed those
Baal prophets. Elijah might think king Ahab
also had changed his mind since the king was
present when those false prophets were slain.
Therefore Elijah ran for his life.
What I am pointing out is that Elijah was rejected.
Jeremiah the prophet also had it very rough.
God made it clear to Jeremiah before he was
sent, that the people would fight against him.
This means, God let it be rough against those
prophets. There may be reason for that. All
the prophets were rough-handled by men to
whom they preached. They were rejected by men.
So we shouldn't expect anything less.
Even church folks may not embrace you. For a
while they may embrace you, but in the end,
they may persecute you. So let's be prepared
for this, if we are called at this end-time to be
in the company of the Elijah-saints. That
shouldn't make you run away or be afraid. It
should make you be ready and prepared to serve God.
Those who are called to be
prophets however cannot avoid it. Like Jeremiah
said when he attempted to stop speaking
for God because of the opposition he was facing,
"his word was like fire shut within my
bones". He could not keep it in, but had to
speak to the people the words of reprove which
God put in his mouth.
Even though these prophets were persecuted,
God did not let them have it easy either.
Being persecuted by men is one thing, the
hand of God was heavy upon them is another
thing. Even if they tried to refuse to
deliver the message to the men for fear of rejection,
they cannot, because they are hooked. God
will deal with them very terribly. Now whom
will you rather suffer from: from the hand
of God or from the hand of men? That is why
God does not call everybody into the class
of prophets. God uses iron hand upon them to
do what he called them to do. They have
got to say what he told them to say, no matter the
response they will get from the recipient.
For example, in Jeremiah 38, (verses 3-6),
he said "thus saith the Lord, this city shall
surely be given into the hand of the king
of Babylon's army, which shall take it."
Now the rulers did not like what Jeremiah
prophesied and they wanted Jeremiah killed.
"Therefore the princes said unto the king,
We beseech thee, let this man be put to
death: for thus he weakeneth the hands of
the men of war that remain in this city, and
the hands of all the people, in speaking
such words unto them: for this man seeketh
not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.
Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he
is in your hand: for the king is not he
that can do any thing against you."
God saved him only by changing the mind of
those princes, so that instead of killing him
immediately, they decided to throw him into
a dungeon. (a muddy well). Someone else
came later to rescue him out of there.
Another example of the rejection of a prophet
is the story of Micaiah. (1Kg.22). I am
laying this foundation to show that the life
which God has called us to live is a rough life,
so that people can be ready for anything, to
be bold against anything the enemy wants to do.
Micaiah prophesied to Ahab. He told them the
conference which took place in heaven to
make Ahab fall, and that a lying spirit had
been sent to Ahab's personal prophets:
"Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put
a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy
prophets, and the lord hath spoken evil concerning thee."
The king did not believe him, and he
was rejected. In fact in verse 24, "But
Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah (one of
the other prophets) went near, and smote
Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way
went the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak unto thee?"
Some religious people will also confront
you if you are a prophet of God. Some church
leaders will confront you or speak against
you from their pulpit and via the press.
"And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah,
and carry him back unto Amon the
governor of the city, and to Joash the
king's son; And say, Thus saith the king, Put
this fellow in the prison, and feed him
with bread of affliction and with water of
affliction until I come in peace." (v.27).
He did not come back alive anyway.
The prophet that told them the truth was
rejected, and imprisoned. All these prophets were
rejected by the people. So if someone
says he is a prophet, and he is being praised by the
people, well, he better check what he has been preaching.
The next point is the characteristic of these prophets.
They are not sociable! Why is that?
Sometime it is the anointing upon them that
irritates the nominal believer. They may talk at
ackward time. Prophets are usually like that,
because they speak for God. And because of
the iron hand of God in their life, they
dare not hold back a word of God from the people
when God gave the word. The word through
the prophets, most of the time, is to correct
people, and those who do not want to be corrected
will always be offended.
There is anointing upon them also so that
whereever they appear, people don't feel
comfortable around them. Their personality
may be completely unpresentable: that is what
God had regularly been chosing. The prophet
may be not in the same class socially with
the rest of the people, or they look at him,
and they just don't like him. They may not know
why they don't like him, but it is the
anointing upon the prophet that does not make the
people like him. The anointing irritates
the devils and irritates the lukewarm spirits, and
the compromising demons which hang around the
body of believers. People have to watch
out for this. That anointing upon the prophets
is what irritates them. He may speak at
ackward time: to the men listening it will look like ackward time.
I said something long time ago in the midst
of few brethren who were conversing, and a
brother yelled "God purnish you for saying
such a thing!" Whereas I didn't say that of
myself, it just came from the Holy Ghost.
That is how anointing can be upon a person and
the person will be branded as unsociable by the believers.
Folks could have suggested that the prophet
speak in a gentler way, you know,
diplomatically. But they cannot, lest
they lose the heat of the message. Let me show to you
why they cannot. In the book of Ezekiel,
the Lord implied, if he tells the prophet that a
wicked man will die, and he refuses to tell him,
(or he changes the word till the seriousness
was lost), the prophet himself is in trouble. (Eze.3:17-18)
"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman
unto the house of Israel: therefore hear
the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely
die; and thou givest him not warning,
nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked
way, to save his life; the same wicked
man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood w
ill I require at thine hand."
This is why the prophets will say the word as
it comes to them, and it may be unsociable
I said the anointing upon the prophets alone
irritates some people and they will not know
why they do not like the man of God. For example,
when I was still in college, there was
a time I just completed a 3-day or 7-day fast,
and I went into the computer room to do my
homework. As I entered the computer lab, one student,
who must have had a devil inside
him, turned around nervously from the computer
to stare at me. As I walked inside looking
for a vacant computer to work with, this student
huriedly packed his books and ran out of
the computer room. About 15 minutes later,
I decided to go to the other computer room,
and I met this same fellow there. The same
thing happened again with the same student
when I entered the room. I quickly gathered
that the boy had a demon upon him, and was
restless around my anointing.
There is anointing upon the prophets which
will be totally not comfortable around the
lukewarm, those who have a wrong spirit,
those who hate correction, and those who are
worldly. I remember watching a television
program when well-dressed christian ladies,
with glassy dresses were on the stage, and
a roughly-dressed evangelist was narrating his
wild experiences in the jungles and in the
streets of evangelism. One of the ladies
patethically commented to him, "well, by
the way we are dressed, we are not even fit to
follow you to those evangelistic outreaches, isn't it?"
If you are looking for a very presentable
personality, don't look for a prophet. Their
appearance may irritate just as their word
may burn the lukewarm. If you are looking for a
fashionable person, you will be irritated by a prophet.
John the baptist said about the Lord Jesus Christ
that he comes to purge the floor. The
life of prophets is like that. "I indeed baptize
you with water unto repentance: but he
that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose
shoes I am not worthy to bear. He
shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with
fire. Whose fan is in his hand , and he
will throughly purge his floor, and gather the
wheat into the garner; but he will burn
up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Mat.3:11-12).
Do you see the purging mentioned in that verse?
That is the purging that will be
uncomfortable with those who do not want to
be corrected. It is the anointing of a prophet,
which God puts upon them. God makes
sure of that! because of his hand upon them, even
if they themselves want to be sociable, they just can't.
The Lord said he was hated without a cause.
No matter what he did, the people still did
not embrace him. "If they have hated me,
they will hate you also". That is the anointing
that is upon every believer, but it will be
more visible upon the prophets of God.
"If the world hated you, you know that
it hated me before it hated you. If you are of
the world, the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world, but I
have chosen you out of the world, therefore
the world hated you." (Jn15:18). "If I had
not done among them the works which none
other man did, they had not had sin: but
now have they both seen and hated both me
and my Father. But this cometh to pass,
that the word might be fulfilled that is
written in their law, They hated me without a
We who are filled with the Holy Ghost
are examples of Christ. The prophets carry more of
the anointing so that people just may
not see eye-to-eye with the prophet. He may have
never said anything to the people, yet
his lifestyle will make them withdraw from him.
They are not comfortable when he is around.
I remember all the years I was fasting regular
long fasts. The other brethren were not
comfortable around me. I did not know why. It
was just the fasting lifestyle. Those who
are eating and feasting everytime will not be
comfortable around those who are fasting all
the time. Their conversation are not at the
The third point is that God also does not
make it easy for a prophet. It may be because they
are not always the people that jump up and
say "I'll like to be your prophet, O Lord!" They
are those who try to run away and God cornered
them. For example, Jeremiah was one
person who said "Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot
speak: for I am a child."
But the Lord said unto him "Say not, I am a
child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall
send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou
shalt speak." "Thou therefore gird
up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them
all that I command thee: be not dismayed
at their faces, lest I confound thee before them." (Jer.1:6-7,17).
All the prophets have a struggle with God, and
are now to struggle with men. They are
caught in between! Whom are they going to obey?
They will fear God, and not be afraid of
the people to whom they are sent. This is why
God does not make it easy for them.
God do honor them, but God does not make it
easy for them. If they disobey, or try to run
away, God does not make it easy for them.
Remember Jonah! It's like if you are grabbed
by your hair, and you are told your hair will
be pulled out if you don't gently follow.
Because it hurts, you will follow. That kind
of summed up the rough hand of God upon his
Remember Jonah. He didn't want to go,
and God did not leave him alone. He ran, but
God made the sea to stop him, and a fish to
catch him. Inside the whale-like fish, he cried
unto God, and after three days, he was spued out.
God said, "will you go now and won't
you?" See? God didn't make it easy for his
prophets. That is why the prophets come with
fire on their faces! That is why they may
look like saddists. They will be like saddists if
they are dragged by the hairs of their head in agony by God.
Ezekiel wrote the same thing (Eze.3:14)
"So the Spirit lifted me up, and took me away,
and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my
spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon
It shows that it was not a jolly ride. He was
in bitterness. So at this endtime, God is
sending multitudes out in the Elijah company
of saints. They better know these because
God's heavy hand will be upon their back,
and he is not making it easy for us either.
People that understand this, will honor
the prophets, and take the word from the mouth of
the prophet as from the Lord. Better to take
the word humbly and not to fight the word
because of the way the messenger presents it.
Ezekiel was made to eat dung to prophesy a
point. God does not make it easy for the prophets.
After all these is said, God stands by the
prophets so that the word of his prophets will
come to pass. When the prophets are obedient
to the Lord, the heavy hand of God upon
them is eased. When the obedience is
complete, they can now go and face the king or the
governor to whom they are sent.
I pray that the believer will honor
God by being submissive to the word. When the
believer comes in contact with the
ministration of the prophet, may we not offend nor fight
the word, in Jesus name. Amen!
Bro. Julius Adewumi
Gospel Distribution Ministry