According to 2 Kings 16:6, was the biblical prophet Elisha always able to see angel armies?

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Speaker 1

So Mark is asking, according to 2 kings 16:6, was the biblical prophet Elisha always able to see angel army?

Speaker 2

I feel like I say this all the time. This is my favorite story, this is my favorite verse, is one of my favorite stories because it is such an awesome one. Let’s take a look at it. The actual verse is second king, king six, not 16 six. So let’s take a look at that. Second Kings, chapter six, starting at verse eleven. And as a bit of background, this is time when God is revealing to Elisha, who is a prophet, what is going on with the king of Syria. If the king of Syria does something, you send troops to certain place. God tells Elisha, who then tells the king of Israel, and then the king of Israel takes appropriate action. And then the king gets serious. Like how did he know? There must be a mold, there must be someone leaking everything and he’s freaking out. So second kings 611. Here’s how it starts. It says, therefore, the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, will you not show me which one of us is for the king of Israel? Basically, who’s the spy, who’s the mole?

Speaker 2

And one of his servants said, none Lord O king. But Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom. So he said, Go and see where he is that I may send and get him. And it was told him, saying, surely he is in Dothan. Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there. And they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, alas, my master, what shall we do? And he answered, do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. Remember that verse? That’s a great memory verse right there. And then verse 17. And Elijah prayed and said, lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see. Then the Lord opens the eyes of the young man and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and cherries of fire all around Elijah. So this is kind of that story. Amazing, right?

Speaker 2

Love it. But nowhere in it does it say elisha actually saw those angels that we saw, we saw here. There’s nowhere. It says Elisha saw them with his own eyes. Maybe he did, maybe had special spiritual vision. But you know what? I don’t think he needed that. Rather, I think more likely Elisha knew what the Bible said. He knows God wants us to see by faith as it’s written two Corinthians five seven. For we walk by faith, not by sight. So Elisha had this immense faith and could have relied on Scripture totally to have this vision and the scriptures that were round at this time or possibly around this time. Psalm 34 seven, for example, the angel of the Lord encamped all around those who fear him and deliver them. Psalm 91, I can’t go into all of it, but Psalm 91, verses one through eight talk about God again being this protection. He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall bide under the shadow of the Almighty. And what’s really interesting verse eight actually talks about eyes. This is only with your eyes, so you look and see the reward of the wicked.

Speaker 2

And this concept of eyes and vision is this biblical theme that we see throughout the Bible. And in most cases, I would say the blindness is especially talking about spiritual blindness. We have the story of Jesus healing the guy who could not see. And then the story ends with this pharisees basically being suggested by Jesus be blind. They were the ones who are actually blind. So that’s a great question. Thank you. And what do you think? I think that’s a great answer for that question. Yeah, definitely agree with that.

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