Other Religions Angels and Miracles The Prophet Elisha and an Army of Angels The angels were sent by God to protect Elisha and his servant Share Flipboard Email Print In 2 Kings, the Bible describes a heavenly army of angels protecting the prophet Elisha and his servant from an earthly army. Piciu Andrei/EyeEm/Getty Images Angels and Miracles Religious Texts An Introduction To Angels All About Miracles Prayer and Meditation Famous Archangels By Whitney Hopler Religion Expert B.A., English, George Mason University Whitney Hopler is a writer and editor who has covered faith since 1994. She is the author of the upcoming book "Waking Up to Wonder." our editorial process Whitney Hopler Updated July 26, 2018 In the book of Kings (2 Kings 6), the Bible describes how God provides an army of angels leading horses and chariots of fire to protect the prophet Elisha and his servant and opens the servant's eyes so that he can see the angelic army surrounding them. An Earthly Army Tries to Capture Them Ancient Aram (now Syria) was at war with Israel, and the king of Aram was disturbed that the prophet Elisha was able to predict where Aram’s army was planning to go, warning Israel’s king so that he could devise Israel's army’s strategy. Aram’s king decided to send a large group of soldiers to the city of Dothan to capture Elisha so that he wouldn't be able to help Israel win the war. Verses 14 to 15 describe what happens next: "Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. 'Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?' the servant asked." Being surrounded by a large army with no escape terrified the servant, who at this point could see only the earthly army there to capture Elisha. A Heavenly Army Appears for Protection The story continues in verses 16 and 17: "'Don’t be afraid,' the prophet answered. 'Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.' And Elisha prayed, 'Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.' Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." Bible scholars believe that angels were in charge of the horses and chariots of fire on the surrounding hills, ready to protect Elisha and his servant. Through Elisha's prayer, his servant gained the ability to see not just the physical dimension but also the spiritual dimension, including the angelic army. Verses 18 and 19 then record, "As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the lord, 'Strike this army with blindness.' So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. Elisha told them, 'This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.' And he led them to Samaria." Elisha Shows Mercy to the Enemy Verse 20 describes Elisha praying for the soldiers' sight to be restored once they entered the city, and God answered that prayer, so they could finally see Elisha—and also the king of Israel, who was with him. Verses 21 to 23 describe Elisha and the king showing mercy to the army, holding a feast for the soldiers to build friendship between Israel and Aram. Verse 23 ends by saying, "The bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory." In this passage, God responds to prayer by opening people's eyes both spiritually and physically, in whatever ways are most useful for their growth.