Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Day of Elijah

The Day of Elijah
Feb 8, 2010
Malachi 4:5 "See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord comes."

In the Old Testament, Elijah was a great man of God. Not only did he speak prophetic words from the Lord, but his own life became a prophecy of what will happen in the end times, coming to the end of days, that time was Jesus comes back to earth. If you read about Elijah's life very closely, and every other time his name appears in the Bible, you will see it is associated with the coming of the Lord, the first (Jesus' birth) and then the second coming. The "Elijah" that appeared before Jesus' birth is believed to be John the Baptist. The prophecy of the second "Elijah" will happen just before Jesus comes again to this earth, and we may even be witness to it. It may not happen as the exact incarnate form of Elijah, but a modern day prophet will rise up in these last days. This man's life will look similar to the life of the Elijah from thousands of years ago. I know this sounds like a sci-fi movie, but the Bible is rather clear about this.

Go back to 1st and 2nd Kings and read about the life of Elijah; you will get a glimpse of what this next Elijah will be like. He was a very powerful man of God, a prophet who spoke the word of the Lord and carried out His directives. There was one particular time-period in Elijah's life where there were many political battles, with kings trying to kill kings in order to maintain power. The Lord asked Elijah to prepare for battle, to join in, and He suited the prophet with an army of 7,000. Listen to how the Lord describes Elijah's army, "Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel--all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him." God did not provide Elijah with an army that was akin to 300 Spartans, career trained to kill. God provided an army of spiritual leaders.

This similar scenario will happen in the end of days, which is coming very soon, if not now. Though you and I may not be the incarnate of Elijah, we are asked to be a part of those seven thousand, a part of the army of God who has not been defiled by this world or been entrapped by what this world has to offer. You may have felt called to do great things for the Lord in your life, but you are waiting, waiting for that time when He calls on you, to use you for greatness. That time is coming soon, if not now. You are called to serve the Lord in this spiritual battle. But if you are going to be a part of the seven thousand who has not been enticed by this world, you must remain pure to God, set apart from this world.

The battle you will be asked to fight will be a spiritual battle and it will not be easy. God cannot use you, though, if you have bowed down to this world or have been intimate with the enticement of the flesh. God does not want you in His army if your life looks like that of a non-believer. This is not just keeping out the satanists and murderers; this is keeping out the greedy, the liars, the sexually deviant, the gossips, and even the lazy. God wants an army of pure spiritual soldiers who are able to fight in these battles soon to begin. He wants you to stay pure from the filth of this world; He has called you to be in His army of spiritual leaders. He will call on you and you will fight. AND you will win.

1. Re-read 1st & 2nd Kings with the second coming in mind.
2. How can you consider yourself one of the 7,000?
3. How can you remain pure for the coming spiritual battles?

Add. Scriptures for Study: 1 Kings 19:15, Matt 11:13-15, Eph 6:12, 2 Cor 10:3, Phil 1:10, Phil 2:15, 1 John 3:3

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