Where Are The Elijahs Of God?
We hear it said, written and declared and we even sing These are the days of Elijah. Well it was certainly prophesied that Elijah would come again as recorded in Malachi 4. But didn’t Jesus say that “if you care to believe it, John (speaking of the Baptizer) is Elijah that was to come.” So does that mean that Malachi’s prophecy was fulfilled?
If you understand Biblical prophecy it can and often does have multiple fulfillments. Obviously Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father and promised to return. Orthodox Jews are looking for Elijah as they don’t believe the Messiah has come the first time. But Messianic Jews or those Jewish people who have believed and accepted Jesus (Yeshua) as Messiah still believe that ‘Elijah’ is coming.
Is it really Elijah that is coming back? John the Baptist was called Elijah by Jesus, yet his name was John, not Elijah. So what we are talking about is the mantle or anointing that rested on Elijah resting on John. Revelation 11 records two super witnesses that perform signs, wonders, and miracles that mirror Elijah and Moses. Perhaps at least one of them may be Elijah literally come in the flesh. I heard a minister and have heard others since declare that it is a ‘spirit’. Yes, the Holy Spirit is the one working in and through us, but I believe that in this hour the Holy Spirit is raising up many with the same power and anointing that Elijah had in 1 Kings.
Malachi 4:5 declares, “behold I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord.” There has been some great and many terrible days, but THE great and terrible Day of the Lord has not come. Before that day ‘a voice crying’, as John said, must and will be heard. The power and spirit upon Elijah will be unleashed and the forces of darkness cannot stop it. This time we will make up for Elijah’s mistakes. This time Elijah will not bow to Jezebel.
But what was Elijah’s secret? What set him apart, and made him so special? Prayer! Yes, prayer and intercession, not that other prophets and leaders of the day didn’t pray. We put so much emphasis on the power encounters and miracles that we forget what the Bible says about Elijah as a ‘praying man’. James 5:18 tells us that Elijah was a man of like passions as we are. He also prayed and it did not rain for 3 & ½ years. He was a man of fervent prayer. When was the last time anybody declared it will not rain accept at his or her word? Not that Elijah was proud or boastful, but he spoke from a place of relationship with the Father. He spoke the Father’s heart.
In 1 Kings 18:42-43 we see the prophet in deep intercession. This occurs after the victory at Mt. Carmel. While the king and others are feasting and eating and partying we find Elijah in deep intercession. Instead of celebrating the world’s way he is back on his face crying out to God. This is no ordinary intercession. It says he bowed to the ground and put his face between his knees. This is Romans 8:26 intercession with groanings that cannot be uttered. Elijah is so overcome by the spirit that he is crouched down to the earth, perhaps at some point twisted like a potato chip. He blocks out everything else except interceding and receiving the word from the Father. Do you get the picture? The battle was not over, in fact it is never over until Jesus comes and reigns supreme.
God is calling for intercessors who are willing to be used by the Spirit of God in prayer in unlimited ways. Fasting is necessary as well as giving ourselves over at whatever time of the day or night to be a vessel of earnest Elijah-like intercession. The Lord is calling for His prophets/prophetic people, not just intercessors but all of the body of Christ, to be continually before Him. While the world and even many in the church celebrate false victories we must be like Elijah and say now is not the time for feasting and celebrating. This is the hour for God’s Elijah’s to arise and spend more time on their face before God, praying through the burdens he brings to us.
It is time for ‘a voice crying’ to be willing to be used in deep intercession, and then in turn to go and face the modern prophets of Baal and declare the ‘Word of the Lord’, and go back into intercession. It’s not a one man show, but many voices are the ‘one voice’. If you are reading this you have a voice and God can and will use you in your home, school, workplace, or in the marketplace. It’s time to listen and when God speaks declare what He says. I hear the sound of abundance of rain.!!!!!!!!!!!!
The God of Elijah is waiting for His Elijahs!!!