– A Word by Ashley Cortes
The Lord showed me an image in my mind of an arrow and at the tip of the arrow was a pearl. I heard the Lord say, “This is for My prophets. Tell them they are my PEARLED ARROWS.”
The Lord highlighted two scriptures to me: Matthew 13:45 and 2 Kings 13:14-19. Both scriptures unveil vital roles of The Lord’s prophets.
Matthew 13:45 says, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” There are many parables that describe the Kingdom of Heaven before and after this particular verse, but I believe this one is significant to prophets.
Prophets are often the first ones to take God’s Kingdom, the one pearl of great price, into unchartered territories. They are the arrows propelling the Kingdom forward. Because of this, prophets need to have a revelation of God’s Kingdom in order to demonstrate it effectively. The actions of a prophet need to follow a Kingdom mindset. Prophets are intense seekers. They search out the mysteries of Heaven and heart of the Father to reveal God’s plans and purposes. Prophets must be willing to follow the Lord into unknown grounds to uncover fresh downloads from the Father. The Lord honors seekers, but I believe this is especially true for His prophets.
2 Kings 13:15-19, the second verse the Lord gave me says this: ‘And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and some arrows.” So he took himself a bow and some arrows. Then he said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” So he put his hand on it, and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot. And he said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”, so he struck three times and stopped. And the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But, now you will only strike Syria three times.”
Elisha was angry with the king because he did not have the vigor to strike the arrows more than three times. Prophets must have endurance. They are often the ones carrying the mantle of deliverance and with this, comes heightened warfare. The Kingdom of Heaven certainly does suffer violence, but it is the violent that take it by force and overcome. Prophets are called to the kings and called to press in for complete deliverance for the people. Prophets of God must RUN the race, not walk it and be fully equipped with the knowledge of Christ and His Kingdom. Even for today, I feel this is urgent to keep pressing in! Whatever it is you may be contending for this day, this month, or this year- don’t stop, don’t give in, and don’t back away. Keep striking the arrows and you will see God’s victory!