The ELIJAHS OF GOD will ARISE -Extracts from "Placebo" by Howard Pittman. There are at least three men of God in history who have walked under the mantle and anointing of the great prophet Elijah: Elijah himself, the prophet Elisha, and also John the Baptist (who came 'preparing the way of the Lord' at His first coming). Now that we are approaching Christ's return, the Bible states that we can once again expect God to raise up such bold and anointed messengers who will go forth "in the spirit and power of Elijah" just prior to His return. "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse" (Mal 4:5-6). Jesus Himself stated that, "Elijah comes, and will restore all things..." (Mt 17:11). The task of these end-times Elijah ministries is to "prepare the way of the Lord" and to "make straight a highway for our God" (Is 40:3). These are to be the spiritually 'violent' new ministries that God has been speaking about over the last few years or so. What glor- ious days these will be, when such ministries arise to defend the name and the honour of the Most High once again. The following is an extract from the book "Placebo" by Howard Pittman. Mr Pittman was a Baptist preacher who, on 3 August, 1979, went into a near-death coma following the sudden rupture of the main trunk artery in his body cavity and the collapse of his veins through blood-loss. He was brought back from the dead twice by the doctors who were working on him in the hospital, and it was during this period that his spirit was transported into the heavenly realm and he was shown much about his own life, the state of the church, and significant events that lay in the immediate future by God. One of the startling facts that God first placed before him was that his self-righteous life of Christian work, passing out tracts, etc, was an 'abomination' in God's sight, as it was all done from selfish, pharisaical motives. This was a complete shock to Howard (as you can imagine) but he realized that it was absolutely true. Another thing that God told him to tell others when he got back to earth was: "For those who call them- selves Christians, this is the Laodicean Church Age in which we live. A high majority of so-called Christians are, in fact, living a deceived life. They talk Jesus and play church, but do not live it... Because of this our Lord said He would spue them out of His mouth. The Bible describes the condition of this type Christian in Revelation 3:14-22." God also spoke to him about the coming 'Elijah' ministries. He was to share with others that, "God is now in the process of recruiting an army with which He will shake this old world one more time. By working through His soldiers, God will produce great miracles that will shake the established hierarchy of the so-called organized religion that is in this world today. These soldiers that God is now recruiting will demonstrate the power of God to a greater extent than did the disciples in the Pente- costal age. Some will be even greater demonstrations than that of Elijah... God's recruitment for this army has been going on for some time. Some of these soldiers have been brought up to a certain level of faith and placed in a "holding" position where they shall remain until He has brought all the new ones up to that level. Remember, the Bible says that He is the author and finisher of our faith. It is going to be through the faith of the soldiers that God will demonstrate His great power. As was stated earlier, for a long time He has been recruiting a few. Now the recruitment has begun in earnest because God is about to perform the great miracles through His army that He promised us He would do in the Bible. John the Baptist brought the spir- it of Elijah into this world and he did not even know he had it. He denied it, but Jesus confessed that it was so. The pur- pose of that spirit was to make straight the paths of the coming of the Lord. "I declare unto you that you the soldiers who are being re- cruited now to join with those who have been recruited in the past, will bring to this world the spirit of Elijah. Again the purpose is to make straight the paths of the coming of the Lord for He is about to come again! You that sleep, now is the time to awaken! You that have been in that "holding" pattern for years, look up! You're about to be put to work! To the new re- cruit, I would say study the Bible diligently and seek the Lord's will in every aspect of your life. Time is short for your spiritual training, but you will be used in ways you never thought possible if you seek the Lord FIRST in your life. "You who are to be chosen will be the soldiers of the latter rain as referred to in scripture. This recruitment is for the end of the great revival spoken of by the prophet Joel and be- gun on the day of Pentecost. The end-time of that great revival is the beginnning of the latter rain, so you must prepare for the battle with the discipline of a professional soldier. "Know this also. There shall be a time or process of "culling" those who are not qualified to be a member of this "Gideon's" army. Just as in Gideon's army in the Bible, only a select few will be fit for service in the army of Christian soldiers the Lord will use in the battle of the latter rain." ~"Placebo" by Howard Pittman - published in the early 1980's.