Ministry of Elijah & Elijah

I wouldn’t want to be president of the United States because you have to live in Washington D.C. and hang out with the politicians.  That would be like going to prison and hanging out with the snitches.

But heck, I certainly wouldn’t want to be a king back then, you have no idea when you’re going to be executed, even by family.  I haven’t seen any more good, or powerful kings.  Are there anymore 1 prophets that were like Moses? 

Back to the president, we haven’t had a real president since Reagan, and I know You can do anything, so would You mind giving us one? 

I mean right now we have Allah’s little brother and he doesn’t know if he’s coming or going.  If Romney would have won the only thing that would have been different is the skin color.

An icon of Elijah from Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai
Elijah was a prophet and a wonder-worker in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Ahab (9th century B.C.), according to the biblical Books of Kings.

According to the Books of Kings, Elijah defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the Canaanite god Baal (which was considered as idol worship); he raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and was taken up in a whirlwind (either accompanied by a chariot and horses of flame or riding in it).

In the Book of Malachi, Elijah’s return is prophesied “before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord,”making him a harbinger of the Messiah and the eschaton in various faiths that revere the Bible.

“And 2 Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As theLord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,

Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan” (1 Kgs 17:1-3).

So Elijah did what God told him to do and everything worked out as God said it would.

“And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,

Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.

And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.

And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.

And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.

And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.

And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?

And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.

And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?

The Cave of Elijah, Mount Carmel, Israel.
Elijah’s Cave is nestled at the base of Cape Carmel in Haifa, below the lighthouse and Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery.

An important shrine to many religions, the chapel includes the very cave in which the Hebrew prophet Elijah is believed to have lived and taught.

History of Elijah’s Cave

Many important events in the life of the Prophet Elijah (9th century B.C.) are said to have happened in this revered cave: he lived and meditated here before defeating the pagan prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel; he hid here when fleeing the wrath of King Ahab and his wife, Jezebel; and Elijah established his school here upon his return from exile.

The cave is sacred to Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Druze, all of whom venerate the prophet Elijah.

There was a mosque here until 1948.

Tradition also has it that the Holy Family (Mary, Joseph and Jesus) found shelter in this cave for a night on their return from Egypt.

And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.

And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

Stele Showing the Storm-God Baal
This sandstone sculpture from Ugarit depicts Baal the Storm-God.

“The god is shown brandishing a mace and a spear, the extremity of which is tipped with vegetation; this is an allusion to the beneficial effects of the rain released by the storm.

A young and popular god, celebrated in beautiful mythological texts discovered at Ugarit,

Baal is also the tutelary god the dynasty: the king of Ugarit is shown in prayer beneath the arms of Baal.

The style is both attentive to anatomical detail and nobly hieratic.

This stele of Baal is one of the finest pieces of sculpture that has come down to us from Oriental antiquity.”

And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth” (1 Kgs 17:7-24).

“And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly:

For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)

And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts” (1 Kgs 18:1-5).

So Ahab went one way and Obadiah the other and he ran into Elijah, and he knew who he was and fell on his face and said,

“…Art thou that my lord Elijah?

And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?

As the Lord thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

Challenge to Baal
When Ahab confronts Elijah, he refers to him as the “troubler of Israel.”

Elijah responds by throwing the charge back at Ahab, saying that it is Ahab who has troubled Israel by allowing the worship of false gods.

Elijah then berates both the people of Israel and Ahab for their acquiescence in Baal worship.

“How long will you go limping with two different opinions?

If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal then follow him” (1 Kgs 18:21).

And the people were silent.

The Hebrew for this word, “go limping” or “waver”, is the same as that used for “danced” in verse 26, where the prophets of Baal frantically dance.

Elijah speaks with sharp irony: in the religious ambivalence of Israel, she is engaging in a wild and futile religious “dance”.

At this point Elijah proposes a direct test of the powers of Baal and Yahweh.

The people of Israel, 450 prophets of Baal, and 400 prophets of Asherah are summoned to Mount Carmel.

Two altars are built, one for Baal and one for Yahweh.

Wood is laid on the altars.

Two oxen are slaughtered and cut into pieces; the pieces are laid on the wood.

Elijah then invites the priests of Baal to pray for fire to light the sacrifice.

They pray from morning to noon without success.

Elijah ridicules their efforts.

They respond by cutting themselves and adding their own blood to the sacrifice (such mutilation of the body was strictly forbidden in the Mosaic law).

They continue praying until evening without success.

Elijah now orders that the altar of Yahweh be drenched with water from “four large jars” poured three times (1 Kgs 18:33–34).

He asks God to accept the sacrifice.

Fire falls from the sky, consuming the water, the sacrifice and the stones of the altar itself as well. Elijah seizes the moment and orders the death of the prophets of Baal.

Elijah prays earnestly for rain to fall again on the land.

Then the rains begin, signaling the end of the famine.

And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the Lordshall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth.

Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord‘s prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?

And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.

And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day” (1 Kgs 18:7-15).

So Obadiah went an told Ahab and he came and met Elijah.  And Elijah said,

“…Art thou he that troubleth Israel?

And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.

Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table” (1 Kgs 18:17-19).

So Ahab brought all the prophets to Mount Carmel, and Elijah said,

“…How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

“Chair of Elijah” used during the brit milah (circumcision) ceremony. The Hebrew inscription reads “This is the chair of Elijah, remembered for Good.”

This chair was created by the Jews. This makes no since to me because the Jews do not believe in Jesus, but they worship Elijah.

Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:

And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken” (1 Kgs 18:21-24).

Elijah told him Ahab to go first so they did as Elijah had said and the people called on Baal from morning until noon, saying,

“…And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.

And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded” (1 Kgs 18:26-30).

Elijah called the people over and gathered 12 stones in reference to the 12 tribes of Israel, and made his altar. 

He then made a trench big enough that could hold two measures of seed, and the trench went all around it. 

He then put the wood in order, cut the bullock up, laid it on the wood, and then poured four barrels of water on the bullock and on the wood three times so that the water filled the trench.  Elijah then said,

“Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

The upper part of the Transfiguration (1520) by Raphael, depicting Elijah, Jesus, and Moses (holding the Tablets of the Law).
Elijah makes an appearance in the New Testament during an incident known as the Transfiguration.

At the summit of an unnamed mount, Jesus’ face begins to shine.

The disciples who are with Him hear the voice of God announce that Jesus is “My beloved Son.”

The disciples also see Moses and Elijah appear and talk with Jesus.

Peter is so struck by the experience that he asks Jesus if they should build three “tabernacles”: one for Elijah, one for Jesus and one for Moses.

There is agreement among some Christian theologians that Elijah appears as a witness of the prophets and Moses as a witness of the law for the divinely announced “Son of God.”

Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.

And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain” (1 Kgs 18:36-41).

1 God did raise a prophet like Moses, Jesus Christ, as He promised in Deuteronomy:

“The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?

When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him” (18:15-22).

The sinuous hill stretching north from the village is Tsoungiza, the site of the main prehistoric settlement in the valley.

“Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him” (Jn 7:16-18).

“Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things” (Jn 8:28).

“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak” (Jn 12:49-50)

“For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people” (Acts 3:22-23).

This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear (Acts 7:37).

2 As Moses was more-or-less the Jesus Christ of the Old Testament, Elijah was John the Baptist of the Old Testament. 

Yet, he was practically identical to John the Baptist, and possibly did have the same spirit (Mal 4:5, Matt 11:12-14, Lk 1:14-14-17, Jn 1:19-24), especially since Elijah never died. 

Also, John the Baptist and Elijah wore the exact type of clothing, lived in the wilderness, and their personalities and heart were the same. 

Also, John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin and six months older, and during Jesus’ transfiguration Moses and Elijah appeared (Matt 17:2-3, Mk 9:2-4, Lk 9:28-31).

Elijah

A statue of prophet Elijah slaughtering the false prophets of baal, at the Carmelite “Muhraqa” monastery, on Mt Carmel, Israel

Elijah, a Tishbite from the region of Gilead, was a prophet in Israel during the reigns of Ahab, Ahaziah and Jehoram.  All his life Elijah was active in the defense of God.    His teachings brought him into constant conflict with the Kings of Israel, and on one occasion had to flee for his life.  He fought against the cult of Baal, and clashed frequently with Ahab’s wife Jezebel, who had introduced the pagan cult in Israel.

Elijah performed some extraordinary miracles as a prophet of God, he brought the dead son of a widow back to life (1 Kings 17:22-23), caused a jar of meal and a jar of oil to constantly refill during a drought, caused fire to come out of the sky and consume a burnt offering, ended a drought, and ran faster than King Ahab’s chariot.

In 1st Kings 19 the Lord revealed Himself to Elijah. Elijah parted the waters of the Jordan River, by striking it with his mantle, and crossed on dry ground with his understudy, Elisha.  “As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlpool into heaven” (2 Kings 2:11).

Elisha then picked up Elijah’s mantle and became a prophet of God.  Elijah remains one of the most intriguing of the prophets.  In the New Testament, the angel Gabriel tells Zechariah that his wife Elizabeth will bear a son “with the spirit and power of Elijah” (Luke 1:17).

Many have identified John the Baptist with Elijah the forerunner of the Messiah.  Some thought Jesus to be Elijah but Jesus rejected this, attributing the roll to John the Baptist.  Elijah, with Moses appears with Jesus at the Transfiguration.  The story of Elijah is found in 1 and 2 Kings, and in 1 and 2 Chronicles.  The name Elijah means “Yah is my God”