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God Is The Lord
by Wayne Blank
Elijah was a great and powerful prophet of God who lived during the 9th century B.C. He faithfully preached the word of The Lord, and while doing so he displayed great powers, from calling down fire from heaven, to raising the dead. But was Elijah somehow more than just human? No. Elijah was a normal human being who was empowered by God's Holy Spirit to enable him to serve God.
"I am not better than my fathers"
Elijah was an ordinary human being, who knew hunger (1 Kings 19:6), weariness (1 Kings 19:5), and fear (1 Kings 19:2-3), just like any other. After being threatened by the wicked Jezebel, he "went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers" (1 Kings 19:4 KJV)
Elijah was a great man of God, but human. Merely human, with no power of his own. So how did Elijah perform those great miracles? By God's Power and God's Spirit.
When Elijah declared a drought upon the land, it was God who actually did it. (1 Kings 17:1)
Just as the Law of God spans the entire Bible, so too does the role of the prophets, whose purpose was to provide a witness and a warning at critical times. Elijah, apart from his own ministry in his own time, was chosen to symbolize the function of the prophets, just as Moses represented God's Eternal Law (see Jot and Tittle). Moses and Elijah were seen in the future Kingdom of God, in vision, in The Transfiguration, for that reason.
The term "Elijah" continued to be used to represent some of God's prophets. John The Baptist was the Elijah, the prophet, who was to prepare the way for the first coming of Jesus Christ (see John's Last Days):
"For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John; and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come." (Matthew 11:13-14 RSV)
But John was John, John wasn't Elijah, he was the "Elijah," the prophet who was to come. That same "spirit and power of Elijah," which is actually the Spirit and Power of Almighty God, will again surface, in the most powerful and spectacular version ever, in "the two witnesses" of God, just prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ
Fact Finder: What does the Word of God tell us about "the two witnesses"?