Uzziah was a great king of Judah. He had followed the Lord from his youth. He knew the Word. God had blessed his loyalty. He was by many accounts the greatest king since Solomon.
After Elijah was taken bodily into heaven, the double portion of his Spirit came upon Elisha, who witnessed his rapture first hand.
Ahab married a pagan queen called Jezebel. She was a dominating female. She vented her spleen of idolatry on Israel. The whole nation fell into the error of Baal worship. Not Elijah.
He called for a showdown with Baal’s prophets. To offer a sacrifice that must be divinely consumed by fire. Elijah called for this contest according to a God-given vision.
The fiery consumption of the evening oblation soon vindicated the prophet that came by revelation. And those who came by their own volition paid the ultimate price for their indiscretion.
God in His wisdom chose Moses to be the leader of the Exodus. He was consistent with His Word. For the Word comes to the prophet.
Korah, Dathan and Abiram had other ideas. They challenged Moses. Surely he was not the only holy man. All the congregation of Israel (Israel was the church in the wilderness) were holy.
This was true. For all of Israel was under the blood of the atonement. The lamb/heifer/bullock died for them.
But the same God that provided an atonement also specified a prophet-leader. To reject that under any guise was to reject the leadership of God in that age.
Korah et al, discovered the consequence when the ground opened and they and their entire families (followers) were buried alive never to be seen again.
Those who hide under the umbrella of the Atonement and reject the Word-prophet, will find themselves soon buried in the earth’s bowels.
While Israel trudged through the wilderness, they encountered their cousins – the Moabites who were descendants of Lot.
Israel had a prophet called Moses who had a message. His message was timely for he arrived on the scene at the time prophecy said he would – 400 years later.
Moab, had a prophet too. A true prophet. He saw visions. God spoke to him regularly.
Both prophets knew how to approach God. Both would offer same sacrifices, speaking of the coming Lamb. Both built seven altars.
But Balaam opposed the Exodus. He sought to derail it. Moses was for it. He could see that it was the vindicated Word for that age.
Balaam had the form of godliness but not the revelation of the prophetic truth. Greed blinded his eyes. Today his name is mentioned in infamy. Be like Moses. Believe the prophecy for your era. Join the exodus.