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Showdown At Carmel
Carmel, in Hebrew pronounced carm-ale, meaning a garden, or a park, was the name given to a highland area in Galilee running from the Mediterranean Sea to the plain of Esdraelon (there was also a town in the south, in Judea, by the same name i.e. "15:1 This then was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah by their families; even to the border of Edom the wilderness of Zin southward was the uttermost part of the south coast ... 15:55 Maon, Carmel, and Ziph, and Juttah" Joshua 15:1,55 KJV).
In the time of Joshua, Carmel in Galilee was allotted to the tribe of Asher.
"19:24 And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families.
"Elijah went up to the top of Carmel"
The prophet Elijah was sent by the LORD to warn Ahab and Jezebel that they were doing great evil (see The Fall Of Ahab and Jezebel). Their response produced a confrontation at Carmel.
"18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
The showdown ended with the execution of hundreds of Satanic "prophets" of Baal (see also Baal-zebub and Beelzebub).
"18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
The LORD's prophet was given to bring drought as a punishment on the corrupt kingdom: "17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, 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 KJV). Elijah was also given the miraculous means to make the rain return.
"18:41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, 18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea.
That event was mentioned in the New Testament (the King James uses "Elias" for Elijah in the New Testament).
"5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit." (James 5:17-18 KJV)
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