you ever received a prophetic word, but didn’t see it fulfilled? Do you find
yourself fighting a never-ending battle, with only momentary victories?
Lord doesn’t just want us to defeat the enemy’s tactics, because the enemy will
regroup and come back with a vengeance. We must destroy the works of the enemy.
This is why in the Old Testament He told the Israelites to destroy their enemy
by eradicating their entire tribe or race; men, women, children and even
animals. There are keys to spiritual warfare in the scriptures. If we apply
them, we will destroy the works of the enemy in our lives.
Elisha was deathly ill, Joash the king of Israel came to see him. Elisha told
him to take a bow and arrows, and he told Joash to put his hand upon the bow
and arrow. Elisha then put his hands over Joash hands. He had a window open
facing eastward and told King Joash to shoot the arrow through the window. After
King Joash released the arrow Elisha said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance
from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed
them.” (11Kings 13:15-17)
The Syrians occupied the lands to the
east; those lands would be reconquered, and restored to Israel by this prophetic and
Joash was obedient to take the bow and arrow (weapon), and by the leading and guidance of the prophet
Elisha he was able to aim the arrow in the right direction, where the enemies
were encamped. Elisha hands upon the king’s hands
were to represent the power, and guidance imparted to the bow shot as coming
from the Lord through the prophet Elisha.
Elisha prophetically proclaimed to Joash
that Israel would consume the enemy.
Another word for consume is destroy.
King Joash would destroy the Syrian’s defense and reclaim the land that was
This is also significant and
spiritually symbolic of our lives. We are to reclaim and take back what the
enemy has taken from us, whether it’s finances, health, our children, marriage,
ministry, or calling. However, in order to reclaim, or possess what is
rightfully ours, or the Lord’s we must first destroy, not defeat the works of
the enemy. But how do we do that? Lets see what the rest of the scripture says.
" And he said, Take the arrows. And
he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the
ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. And the man of God was wroth with him,
and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou
smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite
Syria but thrice.” (11Kings 13:18-19)
verse 17 King Joash received a prophetic word from the prophet of God, that he
would consume or destroy Israel’s enemy, the Syrians. Now in verse 19 Elisha
says that Joash would only defeat the Syrians three times. What happened? There
is a difference between defeating and destroying the enemy.
Joash was just going through the motions, just doing what he was told. He was
obedient but not passionate. There was no faith, zeal, persistent or a
righteous indignation against the works of the enemy.
James 5:16 says, “The effectual
fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
had previously said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance.” The arrows in our own
lives, is the word (scriptures) of God. These arrows are mighty in bringing
deliverance when we declare and apply them over our circumstances. Through
prayer the Holy Spirit guides us in discernment and revelation, so that the
Word of God is led in the right direction, the enemy. We must hit the mark with
fervent faith and persistency so as to not simply defeat the enemies’ tactics,
but destroy his works once and for all in our lives.
Joash used a bow and arrow, a common weapon during that era. Spiritually
speaking, the bow is symbolic of our faith. When we stretch our faith using the
word (arrow) of God, as a weapon against the enemy, we can defeat the works of
the enemy. When we are persistent we will prevail and destroy the enemy’s
is a prime example of one who defeated the devil in the wilderness by saying, three
times to the devil, “It is written”.
Jesus defeated the enemy tactics in the wilderness, but Jesus
destroyed the works of the enemy at the cross by fulfilling the Word (Matt.