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The Prophets: Elijah
Elijah, from the Hebrew name pronounced ayl-ee-yaw, meaning God is the LORD (see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'), was a prominent prophet of the LORD during the time of wicked King Ahab and his wife Jezebel of The Northern Kingdom of "Israel" (see Kings of Israel and Judah).
Elijah appears first in the Biblical record proclaiming to Ahab that the LORD was about to bring a great drought upon the land.
"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.
"Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth"
When the prophesied drought came, the brook Cherith also dried up, so the LORD sent Elijah north to dwell with a widow whose own life was saved by Elijah's presence during the drought. Her son's life was also saved, miraculously raised to life, by the LORD, through Elijah (see The Spirit and Power of Elijah), during that time.
"17:7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 17:8 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 17:9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee." (1 Kings 17:7-9 KJV)
Elijah then returned to his testimony against Ahab and Jezebel. When the confrontation was over, hundreds of their prophets of Baal (see also Baal-zebub and Beelzebub) were killed (see Showdown At Carmel) and the drought was over.
"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.
When Jezebel saw that her "prophets" had been destroyed, she sought to murder the LORD's prophet. Elijah then left for the south, eventually reaching Mount Sinai (see Elijah's Journey To Mount Sinai) where the LORD appeared to him (in the same place that He appeared to Moses).
"19:8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
The LORD then commanded Elijah to journey back north (see The Fall Of Ahab and Jezebel). Along the way, Elijah met, and called to the LORD's service, the young man who would become his successor - Elisha (see Elijah's Mantle).
"19:19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
Elijah's name was also used generically for a prophet of the LORD (see The Elijahs). Jesus Christ stated that John the Baptist was the "Elijah" ("Elias" in the New Testament of the King James Version) of the time of Christ's first coming.
"11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Fact Finder: Elijah the prophet ascended into heaven on a "chariot of fire" during the reign of Jehoshaphat (i.e. Jehoshaphat was still king after Elisha had succeeded Elijah - 2 Kings 3:11). How then could King Jehoram, who succeeded Jehoshaphat as king, have received a letter from Elijah after Elijah was taken away into "heaven"? Where did Elijah really go?