[anzac] WHY ELIJAH -in the last days?

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"Why Elijah in the Last Days?"
-copyright (c)2004 Thomas B. Fideler.

Recently, the online newsletter, The Voice from Zion, 
published an article entitled, "The Spirit of Elijah" It was 
this timely article that provoked me to ask, "Why Elijah?"

"Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before 
the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. And he 
will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and 
the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and 
smite the land with a curse." (Malachi 4:5-6).

Why would God choose the sign and personage of Elijah 
for a Last Days' ministry? Were there not others from which 
to choose - other mighty men of God?

The era in which Elijah ministered was a unique period in 
the history of the Jews. King Ahab and the wicked Jezebel 
governed Israel, the northern half of the divided kingdom. 
They were unencumbered by any allegiance to "Yahweh" 
(the Hebrew name of God, but rendered, "LORD" in most 
English translations of the Old Testament). In fact, they 
were what we might term, fundamentalist Baalites, "doing 
more to provoke the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger than 
did all the King's before him." (1 King's 16:33).

King Ahab, his murderous wife and the priests of Baal were 
passionate about their unholy personal purpose. They ruled 
as though their calling was to extinguish all worship and 
knowledge of the Living God from the land of Israel, to break 
down and destroy the "altars of the Lord." It was unto this 
setting and time that God called and raised up his servant Elijah. 

Now let your heart ponder the era in which we live today. 
What is the nature and calling of the secular fundamentalists 
in our own country who are rising up to extinguish the 
worship and knowledge of the Living God from the land? 
With great passion and personal conviction of purpose they 
are breaking down the "altars" of the Lord, so as to remove 
every trace and memory of the Living God from our society. 
The current-day "prophets of Baal" promote and promulgate 
any ungodly form of worship, relationship, passion, activity 
or subject matter, in their quest to fully pay homage to their 
god called Freedom. This form can be more succinctly 
stated, "freedom from rules that make me feel guilty." The 
only rule is that none of these activities shall involve the 
knowledge or worship of the God of the Jews or Christians - 
and especially not His Son - lest you end up having your 
right to freedom removed. The average non-Christian and 
complacent ("good enough is good enough") Christian is 
being made ready for the charismatic powers of the Anti-
Christ and the false prophet, when they come on the scene 
with new hope and promises.

Elijah was a man of flesh just as common as our own (see 
James 5:17). Yet he was filled with the Spirit and power of 
the living God; he shook all of Israel. When he prayed the 
rain stopped for three years and six months; when he 
prayed, fire from God came down out of heaven and 
consumed the altar as well as the offering-after which he 
led the slaughter of 450 prophets of Baal. And then, when 
he prayed, the rain returned. All this caused the Jews of 
the northern kingdom to declare, "The LORD he is God! 
The LORD he is God!" More literally they were saying, 
"Yahweh, he is God" since Baal also means "lord or master." 

If there is one message that is clearer to me each day it is 
this: We serve a living God who will do all that he has said 
and who has all the power that is needed to accomplish 
what he has asked us to do! If the LORD is God, serve 
him, in fullness of spirit and power with all our hearts, not 
allowing ourselves to be lured into complacency or fear. 
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"The Spirit of Elijah"
-by Voice from Zion.
 
What can one man do in his brief lifetime if he is willing to 
be a living conduit through which the power of God may 
descend on men? There is absolutely no limit to the 
possible usefulness of such a life. 

The life of the prophet Elijah is an example for today of 
such a life. As he came to manhood the tide of human 
events had been running strongly against the truth of God. 
Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab, rose to power in Israel 
and began to systematically kill off the prophets of God 
and to establish the pagan worship of Baal. The system 
was supported by an immense organization of idolatry 
administered by priests of Baal that like a fungus growth 
infected the national life of Israel to its very heart. 

Yet, the circumstances were changed instantly when 
Elijah arose and said to king Ahab, "As the Lord, the 
God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there 
shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my 
word." the situation began to change. (1 Kings 1:1)

At the time Elijah spoke to king Ahab most of the Jews 
living in the northern kingdom of Israel believed their God 
Jehovah was dead and defeated, but to Elijah He was the 
one supreme reality of life. Because of his faith and 
through the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit this 
lowly and unkempt man dared to stand and speak forth 
the word of God, "As the Lord God of Israel lives" to king Ahab. 

In his spirit there was the conviction by the Holy Spirit 
that he was chosen by God as one of his called and 
recognized servant messengers, and it was in this 
capacity that he stood before the king of Israel. 

IN WHAT CAPACITY DO YOU STAND TODAY? 

In America today are not the prophets of Baal killing off 
and seeking to silence the prophets of God and the Elijah's 
of the 21st century? Consider what happened to the dear 
Judge in Alabama when he refused to obey the order to 
remove the granite stone monument with the 10 
Commandments inscribed on it? Not only did the 
prophets of Baal force the removal of the stone monument 
displaying the 10 Commandments, they saw to the orderly 
and swift removal of the judge.

The same prophets of Baal have removed prayer and the 
10 Commandments from our nation's schools. The same 
prophets of Baal have forced the teaching of evolution - 
that there is no God - into our nation's school system. 
The prophets of Baal have arisen in some of our major 
Christian denominations and have ordained homosexual 
priests. The prophets of Baal have recently declared in 
one of our state courts that homosexuals may now legally marry.

IF THEY HATED ME THEY WILL HATE YOU!

Jesus said the days would come when we who are of God 
would be hated! "If the world hates you, you know that it 
has hated Me before it hated you... 'A slave is not greater 
than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also 
persecute you" (John 15:18-20).

The days are fast approaching when it will be like the days 
of Elijah when to most, Jesus will seem to be dead and 
powerless. What will you do when you see this happening? 
Will you be an Elijah who stood before the king and 
effectively declared, "I know that my redeemer lives?"

When you are called before men and persecuted for the 
love of Christ what will you do? 

Will you be an Elijah and begin to stand to turn the tide 
against the rising idolatry so that the existence and power 
of Jesus Christ may be vindicated? Do not be quick to 
say, "Yes Lord, send me," for the price will be high. Only 
if you are filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit can you 
hope to overcome the powers and principalities that will 
arise against you. Yet, if like Elijah you know and believe 
that "My redeemer lives," you will prevail. 

Source: http://www.voicefromzion.org/artman/publish/article_88.shtml
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