What Happened to The Prophet Elijah

Elijah Secret Every Believer Should Know

Even the most devoted of God’s servants can experience discouragement and exhaustion, allowing their circumstances to overwhelm their daily trust in God. Elijah, a prophet of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, had witnessed and performed some of the most incredible miracles recorded in the Bible. Nonetheless, not long after he succumbed to depression and terror in response to King Ahab’s rebellious wickedness.

God Set a Drought on the Land

God told Elijah to declare a drought on the land. During this time, God repeatedly demonstrated his provision and care for Elijah, allowing him to drink water from a Creek that should have been dry and sending the Ravens to bring him bread and meat to eat 1 Kings 17:17. Now, Elijah, the Tishbite of the people who were staying in Gilead, said to Ahab, as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives before whom I stand for sure. There will be no rain or water on the grass in the early morning these years except by my word.

Elijah Did as The Lord Told Him

The Word of the Lord came to him, saying, Leave here and turn east. Hide yourself by the River Cherith, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the river. I have told the Ravens to bring food to you there. So, he went and did what he was told by the word of the Lord.

Ravens Brought Bread and Meat to Elijah

He went and lived by the River Cherith, east of the Jordan. The Ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and in the evening. And he drank from the river. But after a while, the river dried up because there was no rain in the land. Later, the Lord led him to the home of a widow who was suffering the full brunt of the drought.

God Miraculously Replenished a Widow’s Flour and Oil

She was down to her last morsels of food. But God gave Elijah the authority to assure her that her flour and oil would be replenished miraculously day after day. And they were. When the widow’s son died, Elijah prayed to God to bring him back to life. And he did.

The Word of The Lord Came to Elijah to Stay at a Woman’s House in Saidon

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Get up and go to Serapath, which belongs to Saidon and stay there. I have told a woman there whose husband has died to feed you. So, Elijah got up and went to Serapath. When he came to the city gate, he saw a woman there gathering sticks. He called to her and said, I ask of you, get me a little water in a jar that I may drink.

As she was going to get it, he called to her, I ask of you, bring me a piece of bread in your hand. But she said, as the Lord your God lives, I have no bread. I only have enough flour in the jar to fill a hand and a little oil in the jar. See, I am gathering a few sticks so I may go and make it ready for me and my son. Then we will eat it and die.

The Lord God of Israel Says The Jar of Flour and Oil Will Not be Used Up

Elijah said to her, have no fear. Go and do as you have said, but make me a little loaf of bread from it first and bring it out to me. Then you may make one for yourself and for your son. For the Lord God of Israel says, the jar of flour will not be used up. And the jar of oil will not be empty until the day the Lord sends rain upon the Earth.

So she went and did what Elijah said. And she and those of her house ate for many days. The jar of flour was not used up. And the jar of oil did not become empty. It happened as was spoken by the word of the Lord through Elijah.

The Woman’s Son Died

After this, the son of the woman who owned the house became sick. His sickness was so bad that there was no breath left in him. So the woman said to Elijah, what do I have to do with you? O man of God? You have come to me to have my sin be remembered and to kill my son.

God Brings The Son Back to Life Through Elijah’s Prayer

He said to her, Give me your son. Then he took him from her arms and carried him up to the room on the second floor where he stayed. And he laid him on his own bed. He called to the Lord and said, O Lord, my God, have you brought trouble to the woman I am staying with by making her son die? Then he lay upon the child three times and called to the Lord, saying, O Lord, my God, I pray to you, let this child’s life return to him.

The Lord heard the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child returned to him. And he became strong again. Elijah took the child and brought him down from the second floor into the house and gave him to his mother. He said, See, your son is alive.

The Woman Confirms Elijah is a Man of God

Then the woman said to Elijah, Now I know that you are a man of God. Now I know that the word of the Lord in your mouth is true. 1st Kings 17: 8-24.

God Summons Elijah to a Battle with Pagan Prophets

Then God summoned Elijah to a battle with pagan prophets on a mountainside overlooking the sea.

When the competition began, their so-called god did not appear to accept their sacrifice despite their demonstrative efforts to summon him. When it was Elijah’s turn, he prayed. And the living God consumed the Prophet’s sacrifice with fire from heaven. Despite the fact that Elijah had repeatedly soaked the altar in water. Now call together all Israel to meet me at Mount Carmel.

God Orders Elijah to Gather All the People Who Worship Baal and Ashura

And gather together 450 men who speak for Baal. And 400 men who speak for the false goddess Ashura, who eat at Jezebel’s table. So, Ahab sent news among all the people of Israel. And he brought the men who speak for the false gods together at Mount Carmel. Elijah came near all the people and said, how long will you be divided between two ways of thinking?

If the Lord is God, follow him. But if Baal is God, then follow him. But the people did not answer him a word. Then Elijah said to the people, I am the only man left who speaks for God. But here are 450 men who speak for Bail.

Elijah Challenged Everyone to Sacrifice Two Bulls

Bring two Bulls to us. Let them choose one Bull for themselves and cut it up and put it on the wood. But put no fire under it. I will make the other bull ready and lay it on the wood, and I will put no fire under it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord, the God who answers by fire.

He is God. All the people answered and said, that is a good idea. So Elijah said to the man who spoke for Baal, choose one Bull for yourselves and make it ready first, for there are many of you. Then call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it. So they took the bull which was given to them and made it ready.

The People Called Baal to Burn the Bull Offering

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, oh, Baal, answer us. But there was no voice. No one answered. They jumped up and danced around the altar they had made at noon. Elijah made fun of them.

He said, Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god. It might be that he is in deep thought or is turned away. He could be away traveling, or it may be that he is asleep and needs to have someone wake him. So they cried with a loud voice. They cut themselves, as they had done in the past, with swords and spears, until blood poured out on them.

When noon passed, they cried out until the time for giving the evening gift. But there was no voice. No one answered. No one listened.

Elijah Summoned All The People to Come Near Him

Then Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. So, all the people came near to him, and he built again the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. Then Elijah took twelve stones by the number of the families of Jacob’s sons. The word of the Lord had come to Jacob’s son, saying, Israel will be your name. With the stones, he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he made a ditch around the altar big enough to hold 22 jars of seed. Then he set the wood in place.

Elijah Ordered The People to Soak The Wood Three Times with Water

He cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt gift and on the wood. Then he said, do it a second time. And they did it a second time. He said, do it a third time, and they did it a third time.

The water flowed around the altar and filled the ditch also. Then the time came for giving the evening gift.

Elijah Prays for God to Bring Fire from Heaven

Elijah, the man who spoke for God, came near and said, O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known today that you are God. And Israel, let it be known that I am your servant and have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O Lord.

Answer me so these people may know that you, O Lord, our God, turn their hearts to you again. Then the fire of the Lord fell. It burned up the burnt gift, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and it picked up the water that was in the ditch. All the people fell on their faces when they saw it. They said, The Lord, he is God.

The Lord He is God

The Lord, he is God. First Kings 18:19-39 the crowds not only saw God’s fire in Elijah, but they also saw it in his Ministry literally. Elijah became frustrated with his people’s spiritual rebellion and enraged by the false prophet of Baal. He faced both forces atop Mount Carmel and defeated the Devil’s henchmen. Despite the fact that they outnumbered him 850 to one.

Elijah’s Bravery Demonstrated his Zeal for The Lord God

No one had seen anything like his bravery since the unremembered day David fought Goliath years before. And like the underdog David, Elijah confronted his adversary with zeal. His gaze was drawn to God’s Majesty, not the number of his adversaries. This heavenly vision provided the fuel that kept his courage burning.

Leaders Require Faith and Courage to Confront Their Adversaries

Leaders require courage at all times. No one who wishes to effect change can do so without courage. Elijah’s heart was filled with courage because,

One, his determination outweighed his reservations

Despite being vastly outnumbered, Elijah determined that Baal had to be confronted at all costs.

Two, his desire triumphed over his desperation

Despite the danger, Elijah answered to honor Yahweh above all else.

Three, his compassion outweighed his dissatisfaction

Elijah Desire People to Follow Yahweh

Despite his dislike for the people’s attitude, Elijah desired for them to find and follow Yahweh. While worshiping and praying alone atop the mountain, Elijah mustered the courage to summon fire from heaven. The fire within him drew down God’s fire, decisively defeating Baal.

God Summoned Elijah to Perform The Miracle to Bring Rain Back

Following this incredible display of God’s power, he summoned Elijah to perform another miracle.

The Prophet prayed for the drought to end, and God responded by sending a tiny cloud followed by a torrential downpour. Given all of his success, one would expect Elijah to be brimming with confidence, joy, and praise for the Lord at this point in his life.

Elijah Flees When Jezebel Vowed to Kill Him

When he learned that Queen Jezebel had vowed to kill him, he fled to the opposite end of the country, where he sat down under a tree and begged God to take his life. First  Kings 18: 41-46.

Elijah Predicts Rain on Israel

Then Elijah said to Ahab, Go up, eat, and drink, for there is the sound of much rain. So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel. He got down on the ground and put his face between his knees, and he said to his servant, Go up now and look towards the sea. So he went up and looked and said, There is nothing. Seven times Elijah said, Go again. The 7th time.

He said I see a cloud as small as a man’s hand coming up from the sea. Elijah said, Go and tell Ahab. Make your war wagon ready and go down so that the rain does not stop you. Soon the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was much rain, and Ahab went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the Lord was on Elijah.

Jezebel Sent News to Elijah She Will Kill Him

He pulled his clothing up under his belt and ran before Ahab to Jezreel First Kings 18:1-9. Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done. He told her how Elijah had killed with the sword all the men who spoke for Baal. Then Jezebel sent news to Elijah, saying, So may the gods do to me, and even more if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow. Elijah was afraid.

Elijah Begs God to Take his Life

He got up and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba of Judah, he left his servant there, but he himself traveled for a day into the desert. He came and sat down under a Juniper tree there. He asked that he might die, saying, It is enough now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my father’s. When he lay down and slept under the Juniper tree, an angel touched him.

The Angel of The Lord Feeds Elijah

The angel said to him, Get up and eat. Then Elijah looked and saw by his head a loaf of bread made ready on hot stones and a jar of water. So we ate and drank and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, Get up and eat, because this traveling is too hard for you. So he got up and ate and drank, and he went in the strength of that food for 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb the mountain of God.

The Word of The Lord Came to Elijah Saying: What Are You Doing Here?

He came to a cave and stayed there. The word of the Lord came to him and said, what are you doing here, Elijah? Elijah said I have been very careful to serve the Lord, the God of all for the people of Israel have turned away from your agreement. They have torn down your altars and have killed with the sword. The men who speak for you only I am left, and they want to kill me.

God Did Not Abandon Elijah

Fortunately, that is not the end of the story. God did not abandon Elijah when he discovered him, to put it mildly. Not at his best, no. The Lord picked him up, tossed him back into the fray, provided him with invaluable assistance in the form of the Prophet Elisha, and then whisked him away to heaven in a whirlwind. First Kings 19:11. So the angel said, go and stand on the mountain before the Lord and the Lord passed by.

God Tests Elijah

A strong wind tore through the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, the Earth shook. But the Lord was not in the shaking of the Earth. After the Earth shook, a fire came.

But the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he put his coat over his face and went out and stood at the opening of the hole. Then a voice came to him and said, what are you doing here, Elijah? He said I have been very careful to serve the Lord, the God of all.

For the people of Israel have turned away from your agreement. They have torn down your altars, and they have killed with the sword. The men who speak for you only I am left, and they want to kill me.

The Lord Sends Elijah to Damascus

The Lord said to him, go return on your way to the desert of Damascus. When you get there, set apart Hazael to be the King of Syria.

Set apart Nimish’s son Jehu to be the King of Israel. And set apart Elisha, the son of Sheaphat of Abel Mahola, to speak for God in your place. Jehu will kill the one who gets away from the sword of Hazael. Elisha will kill the one who gets away from the sword of Jehu. But I will leave 7000 in Israel whose knees have not bowed down in front of Baal.

And whose mouths have not kissed him.

Elijah Went Up Into Heaven in a Whirlwind

Second Kings 2:11 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. We are human, just like the Prophet Elijah. We become exhausted.

God Never Forgets His Promises

And when our minds and bodies get tired, we can become overwhelmed. However, the God who created us Psalms 103:14, for he knoweth our frame. He remembereth that we are dust. God never forgets his promises to us even when our memory of God’s great Kindness fades. The Prophet Elijah was aware of Israel’s idolatry.

Elijah knew God’s Judgement Had Arrived

He was aware that the time for judgment had arrived. He also knew that drought and famine were on their way to devastate Israel. He knew because he had declared God’s judgment. This all happened during a very sad period in Israel’s history when the people had all but turned their backs on God and their King had openly and boldly sinned against the Lord.

Elijah’s Pray for Judgement on his Own People

Imagine the bravery it took for one man to pray for judgment on his own people confront a wicked King and then stand before hundreds of false prophets and question their piety.

Although the Lord took Elijah to heaven a long time ago, this courageous prophet continues to pursue the claim that true leadership may require standing alone and speaking difficult truths.