The Mantle – 11″ x 14″ lithograph
I Kings 19: 19 So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him.
“The Mantle” is a vivid portrayal of the transference of ministry to a new generation. Rich in symbolism, this painting depicts the correlation between the Old and New Testament. It contains both prophecy and its fulfillment visually.
Elijah, being a type of Christ, imparts the power, authority and anointing, as he cast his mantle upon Elisha, who will ultimately carry out the ministry that Elijah began.
The garment that is draped over the cross represents the mantle that Christ imparted to the Church. As Elisha, a type of the Church, was a recipient of the prophetic/apostolic ministry of Elijah, we are commissioned to fulfill the ministry that Jesus began. Because of this covenant gesture we have been given everything that is required to succeed, to destroy the enemy and recover all.
The mantle is a sheep skin, known to have been worn by prophets in that day. A lamb had to be sacrificed for Elijah to wear this symbol of authority and power. Just as Jesus, the precious Lamb of God, had to give His life to be the impartation of all that He is to us.
The compound in the background represents prosperity. Thou a wealthy and important man, Elisha laid down his place of authority in the natural realm to follow his mentor, Elijah, and responded to the high calling of God.
There are twelve tassels on Elijah’s robe which is the number of Kingdom government, apostolic authority, and God’s divine order. Jesus, our chief apostle, transfers that position of ruling and reigning with Him, to the Church.
The seven tassels on Elisha’s garment symbolize spiritual completion. The Church, having received the “greater works” anointing will establish the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, just as Elisha carried on the ministry that Elijah began with the “double portion” anointing.