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Elijah
« on: September 18, 2012, 12:03:35 PM »

Quote from: from an earlier Sabbath School Quarterly Spring #6 2011
Read 2 Kings 2:15–18. Try to put yourself in the place of these prophets from Jericho. Why might they have reacted as they did, trying to find Elijah, even though they knew that he had been taken? 


It is obvious from earlier texts that the prophets knew Elijah was going to be taken. The text doesn’t say if they themselves saw the event. In one sense, it doesn’t really matter, because they knew that the “Spirit of the Lord” had taken him. To where, though, was another matter. For some reason they believed that Elijah still could be found “on some mountain or in some valley” (vs. 15, NIV). Perhaps not prepared for the idea of someone being whisked off to heaven like that, they assumed the Lord did something else with him. And though they had the words of Elisha not to bother trying to find him, they insisted on it anyway.

Interesting, that these young men in the school of the prophets went looking for Elijah. 
They felt Elijah would be found.
Yet, the one sent to them who had the spirit of Elijah, stood right before them!

Could we be doing the same?
Thinking that Elijah must be found
When the "spirit of Elijah" stands right before us in the person of God's last day messenger?
We are to go forth in spirit of Elijah to proclaim the last day message.

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In the closing work of God in the earth, the standard of His law will be again exalted. False religion may prevail, iniquity may abound, the love of many may wax cold, the cross of Calvary may be lost sight of, and darkness, like the pall of death, may spread over the world; the whole force of the popular current may be turned against the truth; plot after plot may be formed to overthrow the people of God; but in the hour of greatest peril the God of Elijah will raise up human instrumentalities to bear a message that will not be silenced. In the populous cities of the land, and in the places where men have gone to the greatest lengths in speaking against the Most High, the voice of stern rebuke will be heard. Boldly will men of God's appointment denounce the union of the church with the world. Earnestly will they call upon men and women to turn from the observance of a man-made institution to the observance of the true Sabbath. "Fear God, and give glory to Him," they will proclaim to every nation; "for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. . . . If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation." Revelation 14:7-10. {PK 186.3}

God will not break His covenant, nor alter the thing that has gone out of His lips. His word will stand fast forever as unalterable as His throne. At the judgment this covenant will be brought forth, plainly written with the finger of God, and the world will be arraigned before the bar of Infinite Justice to receive sentence. {PK 187.1}

Today, as in the days of Elijah, the line of demarcation between God's commandment-keeping people and the worshipers of false gods is clearly drawn. "How long halt ye between two opinions?" Elijah cried; "if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him." 1 Kings 18:21. And the message for today is: "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen. . . . Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." Revelation 18:2, 4, 5. {PK 187.2}

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Re: Elijah
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2012, 05:16:24 AM »

Quote from: from an earlier Sabbath School Quarterly Spring #6 2011
Read 2 Kings 2:15–18. Try to put yourself in the place of these prophets from Jericho. Why might they have reacted as they did, trying to find Elijah, even though they knew that he had been taken? 
 

Could we be doing the same?

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In the closing work of God in the earth, the standard of His law will be again exalted.

Today, as in the days of Elijah, the line of demarcation between God's commandment-keeping people and the worshipers of false gods is clearly drawn. "How long halt ye between two opinions?" Elijah cried; "if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him." 1 Kings 18:21. And the message for today is: "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen. . . . Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." Revelation 18:2, 4, 5. {PK 187.2}

We might have to watch out that we do not think we accept the Elijah message when we support man made traditions and think it is all right to break one of the ten commandments when accusing others who prefer to follow the unadulterated message from God.
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Re: Elijah
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2012, 07:27:43 PM »

We read in the book of Isaiah these words "Prepare ye the way of the Lord. Make straight His paths". 
Then in the book of Mark we read those words again attributed to  John the Baptist as the forerunner of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. 
Unlike Elijah, John the Baptist did not do any miracles, yet scripture recognises that John the Baptist preached in the spirit and power of Elijah.

What was his message?
 Mark 1:4  He "preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins."
He preached of One coming whose shoes he was not worthy to untie. (see Mark 1:7)
He preached that the coming Messiah would baptize with the Holy Spirit. (see Mark 1:8)
 

It was a message of repentance, like that of Elijah on Mt Carmel.
It was to urge so-called people of God to return to the Living Lord God.

And so the end time Elijah message
 is a call to  spiritual Israel to repentance.
It's a call to return to primitive godliness and dependance upon Christ for salvation.
It's a call to pray for and accept the outpouring of the holy Spirit in our lives.
Elijah prayed for physical rain and it came down in torrents.
In the endtime there is a drought as well, we must pray for the latter rain -- the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.


in many ways -- it is similar to the Laodicean message.
A message to God's luke warm people
to repent,
to accept Christ's gifts for righteousness
to open the door and let Jesus fill our lives
and overcome in His power.

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