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 

cause." (v.24-25).

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 

same level.

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