The Upper Forces by T. De Witt Talmage

T. DeWitt Talmage
II Kings 6:17

As it cost England many regiments and two millions a
year to keep safely a troublesome captive at St.
Helena, so the King of Syria sends out a whole army to
capture one minister of religion - perhaps fifty
thousand men to take Elisha. During the night, the
army of Assyrians came around the village of Dothan,
where the prophet was staying. At early daybreak the
man-servant of Elisha rushed in and said, "What shall
we do? There is a whole army come to destroy you. We
must die; we must die." But Elisha was not scared a
bit, for he looked up and he saw the mountains all
around full of supernatural forces, and he knew that
if there were fifty thousand Assyrians against him
there were one hundred thousand angels for him; and in
answer to the prophet's prayer on behalf of his
affrighted man-servant, the young man saw it too.
Horses of fire harnessed to chariots of fire, and
drivers of fire pulling reins of fire on bits of fire;
and warriors of fire with brandished sword of fire,
and the brilliance of that morning sunrise was
eclipsed by the galloping splendors of the celestial
cavalcade. "And the Lord opened the eyes of the young
man; and he saw; and, behold, the mountain was full of
horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." I
have often spoken of the Syrian perils which
threatened the destruction of American institutions -
the bribery, the low morals, the drunkenness, the
political abandonment; but this morning I speak of the
upper forces of the text that are to fight on our
side. If all the low levels are filled with armed
threats, I have to tell you that the mountains of our
hope and courage and faith are full of the horses and
chariots of divine rescue. You will notice that the
divine equipage is always represented as a chariot of
fire. Ezekiel and Isaiah and John, when they come to
describe the divine equipage, always represent it as a

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