Importance Of Revelation – Elijah & Baal Prophets

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.

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Elijah: A Type Of The Church

After Elijah’s Mount Carmel victory and vindication
Jezebel fumed at the decapitation of Baal’s religion
For the cream of the Baal’s prophets had been decimated
Thus the prophet of the age was now a target of her retaliatory rage

Elijah fled for her threat-it was a curious life that he led
He that showed boundless courage in killing proponents of Baal’s image
Now took flight in fright from this queen of pagan parentage
A lesson on anointing’s effects-under its blessing the prophet was bold
Without it his fiery heart became cowardly and cold

God never forgot His servant as he fled to the safety of obscurity
In the solitary wilderness angels brought relief supplies
Elijah was depressed thinking he was alone resisting the pagan throne
Not so there were seven thousand knees that were godly to the bone
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Elijah’s Vindication

Elijah stormed out of the wilderness one sunny day
When Israel had abandoned their God and lost their way
He was the prophet of the day but no one knew his credentials
He belonged to no pool of prophets or school of theology

What makes the study of Elijah so important?
Frequency it is-for God used the Spirit of Elijah five times
In the Scriptures, four already past and one to come in the future
Same Spirit produces same characteristics and nay-saying critics
Each time and so in every land or clime Elijah comes
He is identified by the elect and villified by an unbelieving hordes

Elijah was a rugged man of the wilderness outdoors
From thence he came with a resounding ‘Thus saith the Lord’
For a famine in Israel that would not abate until he gave the Word

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Jezebel

Jezebel was a princess from the pagan land of Sidon
Probably a priestess as she was the daughter of Baal’s High Priest
In the spirit of a political alliance Israel’s church married Pagan State
After that date, Israel’s fate was sealed-her doom did not come late

Jezebel is more than a woman, it is a spirit at work through the ages
For the Jezebel metaphor pops up in Revelation too
Same spirit is at work in the New Testament church seducing sages

She came into Israel via union of pagan state with the elect people
For Ahab as an Israelite was elect even in his fallen estate
His marriage to Jezebel was a forerunner of the union
The merger of Christian church with pagan State
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Ahab

Ahab the son of Omri was wicked to the highest degree
In Israel’s chronicles there was none as bad
He was sold out to evil and sinned with unconcealed glee

His father became king after a deadly civil war
Ahab inherited the throne and proceeded to make infamy his own
His iniquity made Jeroboam’s apostasy seem like equity

Ahab’s original error that birthed future spiritual terror
Was to marry Jezebel the daughter of a proud pagan priest
He wanted to make his kingdom secure by marrying from next door
Jezebel’s people-Sidonians would be allies in war and peacetime
It made political sense but had the God of Israel incensed
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