A mantle, by biblical accounts, is an outer garment worn for warmth and protection. The style of a mantle could be an indicator of the vocation or profession of the one wearing it. Prophets and kings were known to wear mantles of fur skin, distinguishing them from common folk. The animal skins spoke of a life of sacrifice and consecration to the Lord. It said “authority,” not “luxury” as fur implies in our time.
The Hebrew word for mantle in 1 Kings19:19 is addereth, meaning prophet’s garment. We read in this account how Elijah invited Elisha to serve him by casting his own mantle over Elisha’s shoulders. The message conveyed was, “Elisha, I have chosen you to be my successor. Follow me.” Elisha didn’t have to wonder, “What am I called to do?” The mantle made his election abundantly clear. Because of the Elijah/Elisha account in particular, the mantle has come to be synonymous with one’s calling in the Kingdom and the authority that calling necessitates for operation.
Your mantle is ageless.
Spiritual mantles are transcendent in nature. Your mantle existed before you were born, and will remain long after you’re gone if the Lord waits to return. Just as King Solomon taught, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Our gift clusters may cause the mantle to manifest differently in our lives than in our predecessors, but no mantle is individual. Have you ever watched a gifted preacher who reminded you of someone else? When I think of Dr. Rod Parsley, I envision a modern-day George Whitefield. Anyone familiar with Kathryn Kuhlman can certainly see traces of her in Pastor Benny Hinn. Undoubtedly, you have recognized similarities in anointings among ministers that you have been exposed to, especially among generational ministries.
Honor is the conduit for transcendency.
Mantles can skip a generation, and often do. This phenomenon is attributed to a lack of honor among the generations. If the older generation fails to invest in the younger, the mantle will find no place to land. By teaching the younger generation our ideas, philosophies and scriptural perspectives, we are conditioning them to operate in our mantle. Should we fail to transmit our “spirit,” the mantle will go dormant. If the younger generation refuses to honor the elder, the mantle will pass on to one who is willing to wear it. Often, it will lie in waiting for many years until another generation is willing to be what the mantle requires.
When a mantle re-emerges in a later generation, it won’t re-appear diminished. For instance, we are seeing a resurgence of the healing anointing, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the days of John G. Lake, A.A. Allen or Oral Roberts. The prophetic anointing that William Branham operated in decades ago, is now being distributed among willing carriers of the mantle. Branham walked in an astounding demonstration of the word of knowledge and wisdom. It is again being given to make known the thoughts and secrets of men’s hearts for the salvation of their souls.
A vision came to me, one day, of a large mantle being divided into pieces and then distributed among many. The Lord spoke to my spirit that this is what happens when there is no spiritual “son” or “daughter” willing to inherit. I then saw many pieces coming together to form a patchwork coat of many colors that some had been given. Through humility and submission to the anointings of former generations, some would be granted to walk in sampling of many great anointings, resulting in a ministry of grace and favor. Lord, let it be granted not only to me, but all who read these words!
It’s time to explore your mantle.
Steve Thompson, one prophetic voice, has made a bold declaration that I feel is absolutely accurate. “Our predecessor’s ceiling has become our floor.” This is how it should operate as revelation unfolds in an accelerated pace in these last days. In the growing light of our day, (Prov. 4:18) we can expect to ascertain depths of the anointing that were seemingly unknowable in years gone by. The great cloud of witnesses are standing on the brim of heaven, watching and waiting to see what we will do with their mantles. When they finally welcome us to the Victor’s Circle, they will be saying, “I never knew that mantle was capable of so much!”
Father, help us honor the generations that have gone before us by exhausting the potential they entrusted us with. Forgive us for dishonoring the legacy of our spiritual lineage. We submit humbly to the conditioning necessary to wear the dormant mantles of great men and women of yesteryear. Lord, show us what our mantle is capable of producing. Take us to new heights of Kingdom demonstration in this age of acceleration and revelation, amen.
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There is an ancient trust of what a mantle represents and the possibilities it affords the individual believer. As you read, you will be infused with insight concerning your spiritual inheritance, how it culminates in you, and how you bring it to bear for the generations ahead.
Own your mantle as together, we answer these questions:
- Where do mantles come from?
- How do I know if I’m being called to wear a mantle?
- How do I identify my mantle?
- Can I have more than one?
- Can I step into a mantle prematurely?
- Can I claim a mantle from the past?
- Can a mantle be taken away?
- How do I position myself for inheritance?
- Is it possible to outgrow my mantle?
- What is the mantle of the bride?