Men of the Bible Series: Elijah
The prophet Elijah urged the people of ancient Israel to turn from sin and to return to the true God. He proclaimed to King Ahab there would be no rain; then God sent Elijah into hiding as the drought dried up the streams and withered the crops of Samaria. (1 Kings 18:1):
"As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand,
there shall not be dew nor rain these years,
but according to my word. " 1 Kings 17:1-15
Elijah’s greatest public miracle involved a contest with the 450 prophets of the devil on Mount Carmel. He invited these false prophets and all Israel to a demonstration to show that Baal had no power at all against the God of Israel. To show God’s power, Elijah told the large crowd that God would give convincing proof that day that He was Israel’s only true God. So the contest commenced. Throughout the day, the false prophets called on their god to send down fire and consume an animal sacrifice—but to no avail. At the end of the day, Elijah called on Israel’s God to send fire to swallow up the sacrifice prepared for Him. God responded to Elijah’s prayer and in a moment before thousands of witnesses the fire from heaven consume the carcass, all the water in the trench and all the wet wood, burning up even the stones!
The Lord Took Elijah Into Heaven by a Whirlwind
in a Chariot
"And Elijah said unto Elisha, tarry here, and fifty men of the sons of the prophets stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. v11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha took up the mantle [cloak] of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan."
2 Kings 2:1-11
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