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*                           I Kings 18

I Kings 18 is somewhat a continuation of I Kings 17 as, at the beginning of I Kings 17, Father sent His Prophet Elijah to Ahab the king of Israel—the ten northern Tribes, not including the House of Judah—to tell him that because of the sins he has been committing, in his honoring, serving and worshipping false gods and idols,—remember the two golden calves that Jeroboam had fashioned—allowing the sodomites to remain in the land, practicing orgies and asherah worship in the high places,—right there on the Mount of Olives—and causing all the People in Israel to do the same, that He would be sending a famine in the land for the length of time that he determines to be enough. Of course—as we know—this famine is representative of the famine of the end of this generation, when satan is here in his role of the pretend-to-be-jesus: antichrist.

After telling Ahab about the famine, Elijah was to immediately flee from the territories of Israel and go to Zarephath, which belonged to Zidon, although it was almost directly between Tyre and Zidon. He was to find a widow woman there who Father had commanded to sustain him. In doing so, she would also be sustaining herself, because Father would ensure that the oil and meal she had would not run out until He stopped the famine and again brought the rain. As we read concerning this widow woman, she was representative of Father's Elect. I can claim and boldly state this because, as Paul tells us in the New Testament in I Corinthians 10:11, all the happenings of the Old Testament came about to them to be ensamples—examples—to be written for our admonition, for us living in the final generation of the Flesh Age. Our ensamples in I Kings 17 were as follows: (1) Elijah is sent to this woman—again, representative of Father's Elect—to feed and sustain her during the famine. In this ensample, it was with oil (Truth) and meal (Bread of Life) provided during the drought which would last a total of 3 1/2 years. This correlates to the 42 months of the tribulation of antichrist spoken of in Revelation 11 and 13, or 1290 days of Daniel 12, which has been shortened down to a five-month period as Father delineated in Mark 13:20 and Revelation 9:4-5. (2) We know that Elijah is going to be one of Father's two witnesses because of the events which happened to Elijah while he walked in the flesh: i.e. he fed this woman and her son for the 3 1/2 years; implored (three times) from Father the fire to come down from heaven and consume the king's captain and his army of 50s; was prophesied by Malachi in the Book named for him (Malachi 4:4-6); and was on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus (and Moses) in Matthew 17. (3) When Elijah met the widow woman, she was gathering the "two sticks," which was\is representative of the Nation—or House—of Israel being divided at this point in time—and still to this day—and will be until the first day of Jesus' return for His Second Advent, the beginning of His 1,000 year Millennial reign, when those two sticks (read of in Ezekiel 38) are brought back together to again form one stick.

So, while Elijah was with the woman, her son fell ill and then died, Elijah implored of and prayed to Father three times to restore the boy's life, and Father heard his prayers and the soul of the boy came into him again and he revived. The woman when she saw her son said to Elijah, I Kings 17:24 Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.".

Elijah has completed the task father had sent him to accomplish, and in this Chapter we'll be reading more of Father's tasking's of Elijah. Things are about to get exciting and interesting brethren, so, without further ado, let's get to it, I Kings 18:1:

With that introduction being said, let's go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: Father, we come to you right now to thank You for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to receive Your Spiritual Meat; and Father, we ask You to open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see Your Truths, open our hearts and minds, and prepare us to receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your understanding of Your Word, we seek Your knowledge of Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name, thank You Father, Amen.

15:25-22:40 ISRAEL. (Division.)
16:29-22:40 Ahab.
16:29-22:40 AHAB. (Introversion and Alternation.)
16:34-20:43 Public events. War with Syria.
16:34-20:43 PUBLIC EVENTS (Division.)
17:1-19:21 The drought.
17:1-19:21 THE DROUGHT. (Alternation.)
18:1-46 Mission to Ahab.
18:1-46 MISSION TO AHAB (Alternation.)
18:1 Command.
18:1 Promise of rain. Given.

I Kings 18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah (God of YHVH; or, my God is YHVH) in the third year, saying, “Go, shew thyself unto Ahab (brother (that is, friend) of (his) father; or, uncle); and I will send rain upon the earth.”   ->   Father determined that the drought has been going on long enough, therefore the three and a half year famine is about to come to an end; so, He lays it upon Elijah's heart to return to Samaria to see Ahab and inform him of this fact.

Though Father can and will protect His Prophet, this is an extremely dangerous tasking that Father is instructing Elijah to embark upon as, the last time the two laid eyes on each other, Elijah told Ahab that Father instructed him to tell him—Ahab—that due to his honoring and serving the false gods and idols and causing the House of Israel to do the same, Father was sending a drought for the foreseeable future; therefore, you know that the king and queen are not too happy with Elijah, so much so that, Ahab had even sent many of his servants throughout the kingdom in order to try to find Elijah, every one of them came back empty-handed as they simply had no clue as to where he was, and this search was nothing compared to that which we'll be reading of here in a few minutes. Of course, we know that Father first hid him by the brook Cherith, which is before Jordan, and then after a while, He sent him to see the widow woman.

How surprised do you suppose Ahab will be seeing Elijah standing in front of him after all this time, and what do you suppose Ahab will think Elijah is here to tell him as, you know that Ahab and Jezebel haven't changed their ways and are still worshipping baal, and even though this the beginning of their reign over the House of Israel, they have already been committing exceedingly more evil and vile acts, to the point that, Ahab has already been noted back in I Kings 16:30 for committing more evilness than all the kings before him.

Oh, and did you notice brethren that baal wasn't able to stop the drought and cause the rain to fall from heaven and water the earth again? This ending to the drought truly will be pleasing to Elijah as, he would also like to see it ended not only for the people’s sake; but, for all the animals as well as, they too have really suffered a hardship during this time.

In the third year=This is the third, or last full year towards the end of the three and a half years.

Elijah=Has been well entitled "the grandest and the most romantic character that Israel ever produced." "Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead" is literally all that is given us to know of his parentage and locality. Of his appearance as he "stood before" Ahab with the suddenness of motion to this day characteristic of the Bedouins from his native hills, we can perhaps realize something from the touches, few but strong, of the narrative. His chief characteristic was his hair, long and thick, and hanging down his back. His ordinary clothing consisted of a girdle of skin round his loins, which he tightened when about to move quickly I Kings 18:46. But in addition to this he occasionally wore the "mantle" or cape of sheepskin which has supplied us with one of our most familiar figures of speech. His introduction, in what we may call the first act of his life, is the most startling description. He suddenly appears before Ahab, prophesies a three-years drought in Israel, and proclaims the vengeance of Jehovah for the apostasy of the king. Obliged to flee from the vengeance of king, or more probably of the queen (compare with I Kings 19:2) he was directed to the brook Cherith. There in the hollow of the torrent bed he remained, supported in the miraculous manner with which we are all familiar, till the failing of the brook obliged him to forsake it. His next refuge was at Zarephath. Here in the house of the widow woman Elijah performed the miracles of prolonging the oil and the meal, and restored the son of the widow to life after his apparent death I Kings 17. In this or some other retreat an interval of more than two years must have elapsed. The drought continued, and at last the full horrors of famine, caused by the failure of the crops, descended on Samaria. Again Elijah suddenly appears before Ahab. There are few more sublime stories in history than the account of the succeeding events --with the servant of Jehovah and his single attendant on the one hand, and the 850 prophets of Baal on the other; the altars, the descending fire of Jehovah consuming both sacrifice and altar; the rising storm, and the ride across the plain to Jezreel. 1 Kings 18. Jezebel vows vengeance, and again Elijah takes refuge in flight into the wilderness, where he is again miraculously fed, and goes forward, in the strength of that food, a journey of forty days to the mount of God, even to Horeb, where he takes refuge in a cave, and witnesses a remarkable vision of Jehovah I Kings 19:9-18. He receives the divine communication, and sets forth in search of Elisha, whom he finds ploughing in the field, and anoints him prophet in his place. I Kings 19. For a time little is heard of Elijah, and Ahab and Jezebel probably believed they had seen the last of him. But after the murder of Naboth, Elijah, who had received an intimation from Jehovah of what was taking place, again suddenly appears before the king, and then follow Elijah's fearful denunciation of Ahab and Jezebel, which may possibly be recovered by putting together the words recalled by Jehu II Kings 9:26,36,37, and those given in I Kings 21:19-25. A space of three or four years now elapses (compare with I Kings 22:1,51; II Kings 1:17) before we again catch a glimpse of Elijah. Ahaziah is on his death-bed I Kings 22:51; II Kings 1:1-2, and sends to an oracle or shrine of Baal to ascertain the issue of his illness; but Elijah suddenly appears on the path of the messengers, without preface or inquiry utters his message of death, and as rapidly disappears. The wrathful king sends two bands of soldiers to seize Elijah, and they are consumed with fire; but finally the prophet goes down and delivers to Ahaziah's face the message of death. No long after Elijah sent a message to Jehoram denouncing his evil doings, and predicting his death II Chronicles 21:12-15. It was at Gilgal --probably on the western edge of the hills of Ephraim-- that the prophet received the divine intimation that his departure was at hand. He was at the time with Elisha, who seems now to have become his constant companion, and who would not consent to leave him. "And it came to pass as they still went on and talked, that, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." Fifty men of the sons of the prophets ascended the abrupt heights behind the town, and witnessed the scene. How deep was the impression which he made on the mind of the nation may be judged of from the fixed belief which many centuries after prevailed that Elijah would again appear for the relief and restoration of his country, as Malachi prophesied Malachi 4:5. He spoke, but left no written words, save the letter to Jehoram king of Judah II Chronicles 21:12-15..

Ahab=Son of Omri, seventh king of Israel. He married Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal king of Tyre; and in obedience to her wishes, caused temple to be built to Baal in Samaria itself; and an oracular grove to be consecrated to Astarte, see I Kings 18:19. One of Ahab's chief tastes was for splendid architecture which he showed by building an ivory house and several cities. Desiring to add to his pleasure-grounds at Jezreel the vineyard of his neighbor Naboth, he proposed to buy it or give land in exchange for it; and when this was refused by Naboth in accordance with the Levitical law Leviticus 25:23, a false accusation of blasphemy was brought against him, and he was murdered, and Ahab took possession of the coveted fields II Kings 9:26. Thereupon Elijah declared that the entire extirpation of Ahab's house was the penalty appointed for his long course of wickedness. [ELIJAH ] The execution, however, of the sentence was delayed in consequence of Ahab's deep repentance I Kings 21:1. ... Ahab undertook three campaigns against Ben-hadad II. king of Damascus, two defensive and one offensive. In the first Ben-hadad laid siege to Samaria, but was repulsed with great loss I Kings 20:1-21. Next year Ben-hadad again invaded Israel by way of Aphek, on the east of Jordan; yet Ahab's victory was so complete that Ben-hadad himself fell into his hands, but was released contrary to God's will I kings 20:22-34, on condition of restoring the cities of Israel, and admitting Hebrew commissioners into Damascus. After this great success Ahab enjoyed peace for three years, when he attacked Ramoth in Gilead, on the east of Jordan, in conjunction with Jehoshaphat king of Judah, which town he claimed as belonging to Israel. Being told by the prophet Micaiah that he would fall, he disguised himself, but was slain by "a certain man who drew a bow at a venture." When buried in Samaria, the dogs licked up his blood as a servant was washing his chariot; a partial fulfillment of Elijah's prediction I Kings 21:19, which was more literally accomplished in the case of his son II Kings 9:26..

18:2-40 Obedience.
18:2-40 OBEDIENCE. (Extended Alternation.)
18:2-6 Ahab and Obadiah.

I Kings 18:2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria (Watch Station; or, Watch Mountain).   ->   Elijah being Father's Prophet, is obedient and leaves the woman's house in order to go and see his enemy, I'm sure there was just a little apprehension and trepidation on Elijah's part in doing so. Though there is a famine in the land because of the drought and lack of water, it's ironic as, Samaria means "Watch Mountain" in the Hebrew tongue, and it was where they were to "watch" for the hearing of the Word of Father; however, there is also a famine in the land for the very reason of the lack of hearing the True Word of Father at this time as, for the past 65 plus years, even since Jeroboam fashioned those two golden calves, and even into some of Solomon's reign, the hearing of the Word of Father has been replaced with worshipping the two golden calves, idols and non-sense.

Sore famine=This is one of thirteen famines mentioned and recorded in Father's Word: Genesis 12:10; 26:1; 41:54; Ruth 1:1; II Samuel 21:1; here in I Kings 18:2; II Kings 4:38; 7:4; 25:3; Nehemiah 5:3; Jeremiah 14:1; Luke 15:14; and Acts 11:28. Brethren, there is also a "sore famine" covering the earth today as, though there are many Christians throughout the earth today, there are also many other people who either claim there is no god, or are serving other gods and idols; but, even in Christianity, there are many who are unknowingly starving for the Truth in Father's Word as, they sit in their church houses and think and believe they are being fed; but, are actually only being fed the Salvation message, and not the entire Word of Father, i.e. His entire Plan from the beginning of time when He formed the earth in the First Earth Age, and what is to transpire at the end of this Flesh Age into Jesus' 1,000 year Millennium, to what happens at the end of the Millennium and into the Third Earth Age, or the Eternity.

Samaria=This city is situated 30 miles north of Jerusalem and about six miles to the northwest of Shechem, in a wide basin-shaped valley, six miles in diameter, encircled with high hills, almost on the edge of the great plain which borders upon the Mediterranean. In the center of this basin, which is on a lower level than the valley of Shechem, rises a less elevated hill, with steep yet accessible sides and a long fiat top. This hill was chosen by Omri as the site of the capital of the kingdom of Israel. He "bought the hill of Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of the owner of the hill, Samaria" I Kings 16:23,24. From the that of Omri's purchase, B.C. 925, Samaria retained its dignity as the capital of the ten tribes, and the name is given to the northern kingdom as well as to the city. Ahab built a temple to Baal there I Kings 16:32,33. It was twice besieged by the Syrians, in B.C. 901 I kings 20:1, and in B.C. 892 II Kings 6:24-7; II Kings 6:20, but on both occasions the siege was ineffectual. The possessor of Samaria was considered Deuteronomy facto king of Israel II Kings 15:13,14. In B.C. 721 Samaria was taken, after a siege of three years, by Shalmaneser king of Assyria II Kings 18:9,10, and the kingdom of the ten tribes was put an end to. Some years afterward the district of which Samaria was the center was repeopled by Esarhaddon. Alexander the Great took the city, killed a large portion of the inhabitants, and suffered the remainder to set it at Shechem. He replaced them by a colony of Syro-Macedonians who occupied the city until the time of John Hyrcanus, who took it after a year's siege, and did his best to demolish it entirely. (B.C. 109.) It was rebuilt and greatly embellished by Herod the Great. He called it Sebaste=Augusta, after the name of his patron, Augustus Caesar. The wall around it was 2 1/2 miles long, and in the center of the city was a park 900 feet square containing a magnificent temple dedicated to Caesar. In the New Testament the city itself does not appear to be mentioned; but rather a portion of the district to which, even in older times it had extended its name Matthew 10:5; John 4:4,5. At this clay the city is represented by a small village retaining few vestiges of the past except its name, Sebustiyeh, is an Arabic corruption of Sebaste. Some architectural remains it has, partly of Christian construction or adaptation, as the ruined church of St. John the Baptist, partly, perhaps, traces of Idumaean magnificence, St. Jerome, whose acquaintance with Palestine imparts a sort of probability to the tradition which prevailed so strongly in later days, asserts that Sebaste, which he invariably identifies with Samaria was the place in which St. John the Baptist was imprisoned and suffered death. He also makes it the burial-place of the prophets Elisha and Obadiah..

I Kings 18:3 And Ahab called Obadiah (serving YAH; or, servant of the LORD), which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:   ->   Can you imagine the quandary that Obadiah is in serving under Ahab? Here he is,—as I pointed out in the verse, Obadiah's name means fearing, revering or serving Father YAH—the governor, or steward of Ahab's palatial palace, and Ahab allows no serving—and you can also wager, no mentioning—of Father YHVH within the Nation. He's already in a bigger predicament that isn't mentioned just yet; but, we're about to read of as, he is already doing Father's Work in hiding some of Father's Prophets who have remained in Samaria from Jezebel, who is trying to kill them all off, in favor of her prophets and priests of baal.

Now=Did you notice the beginning of the parenthesis which will continue until the closing of the next verse?

Obadiah=An officer of high rank in the court of Ahab I Kings 18:3. He was a devout worshipper of Jehovah, and at the peril of his life concealed over a hundred prophets during the persecution by Jezebel I Kings 18:3-16..

I Kings 18:4 For it was so, when Jezebel (chaste) cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)   ->   Every Prophet of Father's that Jezebel knew of, or had people telling her of, she was killing. She wasn't allowing them to just flee Samaria; she was flat out killing them because they served Father. Brethren we're getting very close to this taking place in this Country today, and it is already happening around the world where Christians are indeed being killed for serving Him. Fret not as, they may be physically dead in the flesh; but, we serve a God of the Living and therefore, we know where they are: i.e. living spiritually with Him. But, in any case, here is Jezebel killing off all of Father's Prophets who are trying to bring Father's Word to His Children, and when Obadiah hears of what Jezebel was doing, he intervenes on their behalf, divides them into two groups of fifty each, and takes them and hides them in a cave, and also feeds them, and what does he have to feed them with? Bread and water.

Bread and water=Bread (The Bread of Life, Jesus taught us in the Gospel of John, John 6:33,35,48 and 51, that He is the Bread of Life), and "water" ("the Living Waters," we can read of the Living Waters in the Gospel of John: John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, "Give me to drink."   ->   Though we are reading of Samaria here in I Kings 18,—approximately 820 BC—as being the capital city of the ten northern tribes, after the House of Israel was taken into captivity by the Assyrians some 600-700 years previous to Jesus' First Advent, Samaria is now—as Jesus is teaching here in Johninhabited by the people the Assyrians had brought in to fill the land after they had taken the House of Israel captive; therefore, it is very unusual for Hebrews to associate with the Samaritans. [4:8] (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)   ->   Notice the parenthesis in this verse, meaning that, what was inside the parenthesis was of a special note in order to give us information, backfill, if you will. [4:9] Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, "How is it that Thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans."   ->   As I noted in my commentary in verse vJohn 4:7 above, at this time, it was unusual to unheard of for a Hebrew to speak to or associate with a Samaritan, be it a man or a woman, hence the woman's surprise at Jesus' talking to her. [4:10] Jesus answered and said unto her, "If thou knewest the gift of God, and Who it is that saith to thee, 'Give me to drink;' thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water."   ->   If thou knewest the gift of God=Jesus Himself is The Gift of Father to all His Children as, it is only by Him, through Him, and of Him that we now have a way back to Father as He tells us in John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [3:17] For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. [3:18] He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God., now on to John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him., now to John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him That sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life., and now John 6:40 And this is the will of Him That sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: andI will raise him up at the last day.", and finally John 12:44 Jesus cried and said, "He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him That sent Me.. Prior to this was only the law, and the law could not save anyone as, the law wasn't flawed, man was and is. Man cannot live without breaking the law and that was the reason why Jesus had to go and "preach onto the spirits in prison" as can be read in I Peter 3:18-20. [4:11] The woman saith unto Him, "Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that living water?   ->   Of course the words Jesus was speaking to the woman here must have been very alien to this her, especially considering she was a Gentile; however, as we know the Prophet Isaiah wrote concerning this well of Salvation, and we can read of it in Isaiah 12:1-6: Isaiah 12:1 And in that day thou shalt say, "O Lord, I will praise Thee: though Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou comfortedst me.   ->   In that day=In what day brethren? That answer to that is quite simple really, it’s the first day of Jesus’ 1,000 year Millennium, and on that day, all flesh which are still alive and living in this Age of the Flesh will be changed back into their spiritual bodies, and every knee will bow to Jesus Christ and every tongue shall confess that He is Father’s Saviour, Father told us concerning this in Revelation 20. It matters not if you were an atheist, a religion of a different flavor, or what, on that very first day of the Millennium, every single tongue will confess that Jesus is Father’s Saviour. Also on that first day, our adversary satan will be cast into the abyss for the duration of the Millennium, and all those who were deceived by him while in the flesh will then have the opportunity to come to know the truth, they will see Jesus so there will be no doubt in their minds as to Who He is; but, they will not be able to approach Him, and with satan in the pit they will be able to hear the truth unhindered. Remember also that, on this day of His return, He will not be pleased with those of His bride who while in the flesh at the end of the Flesh Age went whoring in ignorance after the wrong husband, they went and sought the first to arrive, the pretend-to-be husband, and were spiritually impregnated with his lies. However Jesus' anger be turned away and there will be great sorrow and shame in the minds of those of His bride that have committed such abominable acts. Yes, it's true, our Father is a Jealous God; but, as He is saying here, the time for His being angry and jealous is over, at least for the next 1,000 years. Again, though, He has told us that at the end of the Millennium, He will allow satan free from the pit in order to try and draw to him any who desire to continue to follow him; then, Father will cast into the Lake of Fire satan, and all His children who did indeed desire to whore after him, thereby eliminating everything that is wicked and idolatrous in order that there be no sin any longer. [12:2] Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for The Lord YHVH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.   ->   Our Father created the role of His Son Yeshua (translated Saviour) to be The Saviour to His Children, It is the role He designed in order that He too--like us--became flesh, though unlike us, His role in the flesh as stated in Hebrews 2:14 was to defeat death, or satan: Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; [2:15] And deliver them; who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.   ->    Therefore, He has indeed become our Salvation. [12:3] Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.   ->   Yes brethren, it is with immense wonderful joy that we may go to our Creator and draw from the fountains His Salvation. Seriously, how can anyone not take wondrous joy in that knowledge, in that surety, that, through Him, we can have eternal life with our Creator. Salvation=Check this word out in your Strong's Concordance brethren as, it is Hebrew word number: H3444 - ישׁוּעה, - yeshûâh, pronounced - yesh-oo'-aw, and means: Feminine passive participle of H3467; something saved, that is, (abstractly) deliverance; hence aid, victory, prosperity: - deliverance, health, help (-ing), salvation, save, saving (health), welfare.. It is from this Hebrew word for "salvation" that we get Jesus' name in the Greek. As we are studying in the Book of Isaiah, let’s go yet again to Strong's Concordance and look up the name of the author of the Book Isaiah in the Hebrew as it is Hebrew word number: H3470 - ישׁעיהוּ    ישׁעיה, - yesha‛yâh or yesha‛yâhû, pronounced - yesh-ah-yaw', yesh-ah-yaw'-hoo, and means: From H3467 and H3050; Jah has saved; Jeshajah, the name of seven Israelites: - Isaiah, Jesaiah, Jeshaiah.. As we see, its name means, "Jah [Yaw] has saved," and the name is derived from the prime form of Yaw. Therefore as we are seeing, the underlining title of the Book of Isaiah is "Yaw has saved." Brethren, this is in the past tense for, when Jesus went to the cross, He did so in order to pay the full price for your every one of our sins. In other words, if you have accepted Jesus "Yesha'yah", and you love our Father "Yaw," then Salvation has already come to you if you believe Him. When we see how names do have actual meanings, then the verses become so much more alive to and for us. [12:4] And in that day shall ye say, "Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted.   ->   That day=Remember brethren that the "that day" which this verse is talking of, is the First Day of Jesus' Second Advent, that first day of His 1,000 year Millennial Reign here on the earth and, on "that day, all the people, every one of His Children, will sing praises to Father YHVH, not as the translators translated it “Jehovah.” Everyone will again remember His name as when they knew it in the First Earth Age, and they will praise the One and Only True Lord God, and know His Holy name. They will praise Him in the language that He spoke it in, the language we all spoke before He brought about the babylonian tongue because His children were trying to create their own salvation by building the tower of babel after He brought about the flood during Noah’s day to destroy the offspring of the fallen angels who came and mated with flesh women as can be read in Genesis 6. However, today, when you call on the name of our Father speaking His name in the language you were taught as a child, He understands you in whatever language you speak to Him in. When you declare His wondrous works among the peoples; then, the rest of His Children will know that they can also be saved. We will make mention that His name is exalted, because He is the Supreme Being, above all. He is our Creator, our Father, and as such, He is richly deserving of our honor, love and service to Him. We were and are created for His pleasure, not the other way around, as is commonly taught today. Father's greatness speaks for itself, and every Blessing that you have, comes from Father. [12:5] Sing unto the Lord; for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.   ->   Sing=What a beautiful, beautiful thing brethren when we consider that while our forefathers were in bondage to the Egyptians for those 430 years, there was no singing, only sighing and groaning; now though, since Father has delivered us from that bondage--as He will deliver us from the bondage of His and our adversary satan at the end of this Age, and at the end of the Millennium--as is recorded in His Word, there are ten (10) songs of Praise for Father: Exodus 15:1-19; Numbers 21:17-18; Deuteronomy 32:1-43; Judges 5:1-31; I Samuel 2:1-10; II Samuel 22:1-51; Luke 1:46-55,68-79; 2:29-32; and Revelation 14:3. Our Father’s Enormity, His Prominence, and His Eminence engulf not only His earth; but, the entire universe which He created. We can see his handiworks in the smallest atom, with all its particles and forces at work, to the entire universe. It was Father Who set the stars in their place, the planets in their orbit, and marked the sky with His eternal plan through the constellations, and other heavenly markings. There is nowhere on the face of the earth that His truth cannot be seen by man. Even in the new technologies Father's Word can be found and presented clearly around the world. In all their “infinite wisdom” man likes to discredit Father; however, it was Father Who actually gave man the wisdom that he has! [12:6] Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.   ->   Yet again, I remind you brethren, this time is on the very first day of the Millennium, when Jesus returns for His Second Advent at the sounding of the seventh and final trumpet, and "that day" will be a time when all Father's children—no gender here, as we’ll all be the “bride” of Christ, and again no gender in that either—are all changed back into our spiritual bodies, and there will be a shout for victory like as never before, because we will be back Home with Father, back where we belong. On “that day” "The Holy One of Israel:" Jesus Christ will be here in our presence, and the entire world will see and know exactly Who He is. The stupor of spirit of slumber will be taken from their spiritual eyes and all people will bow in praise and worship at His Greatness. Our minds will be clear, and will have been restored to full understanding and knowledge and wisdom, and we will see and remember exactly how things were in the First Earth Age and during the Age of the Flesh; but, for those who will be on the receiving end of the teaching and disciplining, that shouting for joy won’t last long—unless of course, on “that day,” that very first day, they have made up their mind and know and understand that they will not follow after satan at the end of the Millennium—as, they will immediately be under scrutiny because of their status at the end of the First Earth Age, and at the end of the Flesh Age. So, as we see, this is taking place here, as Jesus is offering this woman of Samaria His living water of Salvation, if she will but ask. Just as the physical water comes from this well of Jacob, so also does the living spiritual water come from the spiritual well that is Jesus Christ. The subject in this chapter here, is that Christ is the well that the living water of salvation comes from. Deep=As an historical note, this well in the year 1969 AD was found to have been still 105 feet deep, and at that time is still contained 15 feet of water. [4:12] Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?"   ->   Art Thou=This poor woman, she is really confused as to Who Jesus is, listen to her as she asks Him “surely you’re not greater that our father Jacob?” This woman is not in the lineage of Jacob, the name "father Jacob" is actually a title in reference to the name of the location that they are at, and as such, she is telling Jesus,—a lie actually—we have had this well since Jacob dug it,--yes Jacob dug the well; however, and remember, we are in Samaria, therefore this land has changed hands several times up to this point in time--and it has satisfied both us and our cattle; therefore, how is it that You think You can offer me any better water. Remember also, this well is 105 feet deep and Jesus doesn't have a water bucket. Of course, also keep in mind that this woman still thinks Jesus is speaking of drawing water from the well of Jacob, and not in reference to the Living Waters which only He can provide. This is why she in honesty is asking, "From where then does this living water that You offer me come from?" [4:13] Jesus answered and said unto her, "Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:   ->   Here, Jesus is telling the Samarian woman that each time that she drinks from this very well, yes, she may temporarily quench her thirst; however, her thirst soon returns and she needs to drink again. This is representative of Father's Children who are dying of thirst today because they don't Study His Word, and most of those who do at read it, are not gleaning it to obtain the Truth; they are still stuck on the milk of Salvation. Don't get me wrong, Salvation is a wonderful thing as Jesus is teaching this woman here; however, once you have Salvation, then, you must continue to Grow in Father's knowledge and start partaking of the meat in order to learn of His entire plan. [4:14] But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."  ->   Well of water springing up=We just read of this Well of Salvation in Isaiah 12. But check out two words here in your Strong's Concordance for, though they are different Strong's numbers and hence different Hebrew words, they both have similar meanings, let's start with "Well," in the Strong's Concordance it is Greek word number: G4077 - πηγή, pēgē, pronounced - pay-gay', and means: Probably from G4078 (through the idea of gushing plumply); a fount (literally or figuratively), that is, source or supply (of water, blood, enjoyment), (not necessarily the original spring): - fountain, well., and now “springing up,” it in the Strong’s Concordance is Greek word number: G242 - ἅλλομαι, - hallomai, pronounced - hal'-lom-ahee, and means: Middle voice of apparently a primary verb; to jump; figuratively to gush: - leap, spring up., Jesus is that fount and only through Him we can partake of that living water of His Word, and thus we then know what the future brings, and where we will be. We know that the Love of our Father, and His gifts to us are forever, and you just cannot contain this knowledge. The water of salvation is a gift from God. His Living Waters, His Truth, and His Vitality are so plentiful and active that it spills over the sides of the fount and saturates everything it touches around you. When the Spirit of Christ enters into a person, and you take the waters of salvation, which come into you when you study His word, you can't contain it within you, but you just have to tell others. It bubbles, and spills out your soul and into the minds of those around you. So, anyway, Obadiah has been giving the Prophets the very crucial things which have been missing throughout all the rest of the land for the past three and a half years. There has been no water, and even when our Prophet Elijah went to see the widow woman she was down to her last handful of meal trying to make bread for her and her son to eat and then die.

Fifty=In Biblical numerics, fifty denotes jubilee or deliverance. It is the issue of 7 x 7 (72), and points to deliverance and rest following on as the result of the perfect consummation of time.

Jezebel=Wife of Ahab king of Israel. She was a Phoenician princess, daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians. In her hands her husband became a mere puppet I Kings 21:25. The first effect of her influence was the immediate establishment of the Phoenician worship on a grand scale in the court of Ahab. At her table were supported no less than 450 prophets of Baal and 400 of Eastward I Kings 16:31,2118:19. The prophets of Jehovah were attacked by her orders and put to the sword I Kings 18:13; II Kings 9:7. At last the people, at the instigation of Elijah, rose against her ministers and slaughtered them at the foot of Carmel. When she found her husband east down by his disappointment at being thwarted by Naboth I Kings 21:7, she wrote a warrant in Ahab's name, and sealed it with his seal. To her, and not to Ahab, was sent the announcement that the royal wishes were accomplished I Kings 21:14, and on her accordingly fell the prophet's curse, as well as on her husband I Kings 21:23, a curse fulfilled so literally by Jehu, whose chariot-horses trampled out her life. The body was left in that open space called in modern eastern language "the mounds," where offal is thrown from the city walls II Kings 9:30-37..

I Kings 18:5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, “Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.”   ->   We see how desperate things have become, for now are they not only worried concerning their own welfare; but, for the well-being of their livestock as well,—losing livestock means, losing a food source—therefore Ahab is sending Obadiah out to search out any and all the bodies of water in order to see if he can find not only water; but, animals and fresh growing green grass as well. If you were paying attention, you read the past-tense statement in this verse, i.e., "that we lose not all the beasts," indicating that they have already lost some of their livestock.

Go into=The Septuagint and the Syriac both read, "go, and let us pass through all the land," did you notice that the Septuagint and Syriac both indicate that not only was Ahab sending Obadiah out; but, that, Ahab too would be going out to search for water sources.

I Kings 18:6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.   ->   The vile king has his reasons for wanting to go and search, he wants to find not only water, grass, and livestock; but, he also wants to see if he can pressure anybody to tell him where Elijah is. What he doesn't yet understand is, that though he his sending Obadiah out on a mission for him, Obadiah has his own—actually Father's— agenda, yes, he too will indeed be looking for water, grass, livestock and Elijah;—Elijah to notify him of the king's angry disposition—however, he'll also be looking to see if he can find any more of Father's Prophets in order to hide them from Ahab too, just a little bit of covert activity.

Notice again though brethren, that, Ahab is going to journey out of Samaria in order to try and find "water" and "pasture;" however, he has no concern for seeking Father YHVH Who brought about this drought because of Ahab's actions to begin with. Not to worry as he is again about to hear from Father anyway as, Elijah is on his way to see him.

18:7-8 Elijah.

I Kings 18:7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, “Art thou that my lord Elijah?”   ->   As Obadiah was on his pursuit looking for water, pasture, livestock, Elijah and any of Father's other True Prophets, alas, he at least runs into one of them and which, or more better put "who" is it? Why, none other than Elijah who was returning to Samaria in order to tell Ahab the drought is over. Notice brethren that, Obadiah did indeed recognize and knew who Elijah was; but, he asks if he is indeed Elijah just to be sure.

18:8-16 Ahab. Elijah’s message.
18:8-16 AHAB. ELIJAH’S MESSAGE. (Introversion.)
18:8 Command to Obadiah.

I Kings 18:8 And he answered him, “ I am: go, tell thy lord, ‘Behold, Elijah is here.’ ”   ->   Elijah replies that yes, he is who Ahab is looking for, and not only that; but, that he is already on his way to see Ahab, and Obadiah can go before him to tell the king that Elijah is on his way.

Ahab will most likely take this as some wonderful news as, he'll think that now that he has this Prophet of Father's, you know, the one who told him the drought was about to come upon all the land; well, now that he has him back within his grasp, he'll force him to tell him that the drought is over and poof, it'll come to an end. Brethren, the drought is indeed going to come to an end; however, it isn't because of Ahab's forcing Elijah to make it so, Remember, in verse v18:1 above, Father told Elijah to return to Ahab and notify him that the drought was coming to an end; so, this is Father's doing, not, Ahab's.

Good news right? Not so fast. Good news for the people as yes, the drought indeed is coming to an end; however, not so good news for Ahab, Jezebel, and all her baal prophets, as, things are about to get interesting, and not for the good for them.

18:9-14 Expostulation of Obadiah.
18:9-14 EXPOSTULATION OF OBADIAH. (Introversion and Alternation.)
18:9 Danger of Obadiah.

I Kings 18:9 And he said, “What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?   ->   After hearing Elijah say that he was on his way to see Ahab, and that he--Obadiah--should go before him to notify the king that the very man he seeks is on his way to see him, Obadiah is sort of incredulous as, he knows that when Ahab had first sent him out to search the kingdom looking for Elijah, whenever he visited a town or city, he had to have them sign a document swearing that Elijah was not within the town's borders. He likewise also knows that should he now go and tell Ahab that Elijah is indeed returning to see him, the first question out of the king's mouth is going to be, why he wasn't found when Obadiah was out searching for him. So, he is basically asking Elijah, are you trying to get me killed? If I now go before you to notify Ahab that you're en route to see him, he's going to think I've been hiding you from him, and he'll therefore have me killed for lying to him.

18:10 Ahab’s search of Elijah. (past).

I Kings 18:10 As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, ‘ He is not there;’ he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.   ->   Obadiah reminds Elijah that, as he just told him, the king and he have been looking for him—Elijah—for the past three and a half years, and in every town they went into, they made the leaders of the town sign documents attesting to the fact that Elijah was not in that municipality.

The LORD thy God=Let's translate this properly: YHVH thy ELOHIM, in other words, our Father YHVH—Covenant Maker and Keeper—in His role of our Creator.

18:11 Command. Of Elijah.

I Kings 18:11 And now thou sayest, ‘Go, tell thy lord, ‘Behold, Elijah is here.’ ’   ->   Sadly, you can hear in his voice and by what he is saying, the fear that Obadiah has for king Ahab, and not for our Father ELOHIM. He fears him more than Father Who can do far more harm to him than Ahab could ever even think of doing. Ahab can only kill his flesh body, thus returning him Home to Father ELOHIM, Father can kill his spiritual body too, as can be read in Matthew 10: Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.   ->   Thus, as we see, Obadiah's fear is of the wrong person.

18:12 Ahab’s search of Elijah. (future).

I Kings 18:12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth.   ->   Obadiah is afraid that when he turns to go and tell Ahab that Elijah is on his way to see him, that, Elijah instead will get cold feet, turn and head in the opposite direction, thus leaving him--Obadiah--holding an empty bag so to speak.

I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth=Oh, no doubt that Obadiah has indeed feared Father from his youth; however, right now he is in more fear of Ahab than Father YHVH.

18:13 Ahab’s search of Elijah. (future).

I Kings 18:13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD'S prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?   ->   Again, we hear in Obadiah's voice the concern for is life from Ahab as, here he is asking Elijah whether or not he had heard of his heroic feat wherein when he found out that Jezebel was slaying Father's Prophets, he rounded up over 100 of them and hid them by fifties in caves and sustained them by taking bread and water to them on a daily basis. And now, you want to send me back to Ahab--by myself--with the news that you are coming to see him, and with my knowledge that should you decide to change your mind in route, then it will be me who will end up like one of Father's other Prophets who Jezebel slew.

18:14 Command. Of Elijah.
18:14 Danger of Obadiah.

I Kings 18:14 And now thou sayest, ‘Go, tell thy lord, ‘Behold, Elijah is here:’ ’ and he shall slay me.”   ->   Brethren, Obadiah here is beginning to sound like many of today's Christians, i.e., in total fear of satan in his role of the pretend-to-be-jesus: antichrist. They are so afraid of his being here that they completely forsake Father's Word in favor of man's traditions and believe the lie that they are going to be raptured out of here so they won't have to be here when he is. Father's Word says nothing about a rapture,--I did an extensive Study on this very subject--that was all started as a lie by a sick woman in the 1830's, who "dreamed a dream," two laypersons were by her side and heard what she said and took it as gospel and sold it to the world. Sadly, today they even make movies about this false teaching.

18:15 Assurance of Elijah.

I Kings 18:15 And Elijah said, “As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.”   ->   Elijah gives Obadiah a solemn oath that after he--Obadiah--goes before him--Elijah--to notify king Ahab of his coming to see him, he will indeed be right behind him and show himself this day to the king. That it was Father YHVH Who told me to go and see Ahab, and as such that is what i must now do, therefore, I'll not turn and flee for my own safety after you start on your way to see Ahab to notify him I'm on my way.

18:16 Ahab and Elijah.
18:16 Obedience of Obadiah.

I Kings 18:16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.   ->   After getting his reassurance from Elijah that he will indeed follow him into Samaria to see the king, Obadiah then returns to Samaria, and sees Ahab and notifies him that, the one whom he is looking for is right behind him and on his way to see him. Remember, it hasn't rained for three years, and it therefore is dry everywhere, so you can bet that Ahab is quite anxious to hear what Elijah has to say to him.

18:17 Ahab and Elijah.

I Kings 18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, “Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”   ->   As soon as Ahab sees Elijah he asks him, "Are you the one who is troubling the Israelites by bringing this drought upon all the land?" Let that sink in and think about that question for a moment brethren as, here Ahab actually almost believes that it was Elijah and not Father YHVH who brought about this famine. The last time these two men saw each other, Elijah told Ahab that because of his--Ahab's--sins, in his worshipping baal and causing all Israel to do the same, He--Father YHVH--was going to bring a drought in the land until He decided He was going to allow it to rain again. So, in reality, it was and is Ahab who is doing the troubling of the people Israel.

18:18 Elijah.

I Kings 18:18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim (Baal, a Phoenician deity).   ->   Here Elijah reminds Ahab what I just stated above, that it wasn't him--Elijah--who troubled Israel, it was Ahab who did the troubling. Had not Ahab followed in his father Omri's footsteps and served those two golden calves that Jeroboam had set-up, had he not allowed the sodomites to stay in the land, had he not married the Phoenician princess Jezebel and set up, honored, served and worshipped her false gods, including baal, and caused all the Nation to do the same; had he on the other hand, been more like Asa, king of the House of Judah and immediately upon his ascension to the throne, removed all the evil wickedness in the land; then, things wouldn't be as they are today, nor would Father YHVH brought about the drought for the past 42 months.

With this bit of news behind them, Elijah is now about to turn his attention on Jezebel's 850 prophets. If Ahab thought he was angry with Elijah because of the 42 month famine, he hadn't actually seen his own anger, because he is about to spool in free-spool mode before this day is through.

Baalim=The supreme male divinity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish nations, as Ashtoreth was their supreme female divinity. Some suppose Baal to correspond to the sun and Ashtoreth to the moon; others that Baal was Jupiter and Ashtoreth Venus. There can be no doubt of the very high antiquity of the worship of Baal. It prevailed in the time of Moses among the Moabites and Midianites Numbers 22:41, and through them spread to the Israelites Numbers 25:3-18; Deuteronomy 4:3. In the times of the kings it became the religion of the court and people of the ten tribes I Kings 16:31-33; 18:19,22, and appears never to have been permanently abolished among them II Kings 17:16. Temples were erected to Baal in Judah I Kings 16:32, and he was worshipped with much ceremony I Kings 18:19,26-28; II Kings 10:22. The attractiveness of this worship to the Jews undoubtedly grew out of its licentious character. We find this worship also in Phoenician colonies. The religion of the ancient British islands much resembled this ancient worship of Baal, and may have been derived from it. Nor need we hesitate to regard the Babylonian Bel Isaiah 46:1, or Beaus, as essentially identical with Baal, though perhaps under some modified form. The plural, BAALIM , is found frequently, showing that he was probably worshipped under different compounds, among which appear: BAAL-BERITH (the covenant Baal) Judges 8:33; 9:4, the god who comes into covenant with the worshippers; BAAL-ZEBUB (lord of the fly), and worshipped at Ekron II Kings 1:2,3,16; BAAL-HANAN. a. The name of one of the early kings of Edom Genesis 36:38,39; I Chronicles 1:49,50. b. The name of one of David's officers, who had the superintendence of his olive and sycamore plantations I Chronicles 27:28; BAAL-PEOR (lord of the opening, i.e. for others to join in the worship). We have already referred to the worship of this god. The narrative (Numbers 25) seems clearly to show that this form of Baal-worship was connected with licentious rites..

18:19-40 Ahab. Elijah’s proposal.
18:19-40 AHAB. ELIJAH’S PROPOSAL. (Introversion.)
18:19 Baal’s prophets. Assembled.

I Kings 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.”   ->   Elijah tells Ahab to call an assembly together at Mount Carmel, he wants Ahab to bring all the People of Israel, and he also wants Jezebel's false prophets and false priests to be there as well. How do you think Ahab and Jezebel will respond to this calling?

How could Ahab, or for that matter any Christian today, expect to be blessed when they incorporate, introduce and bring in the traditions of men, and allow those traditions to take precedence over Father’s Word. Sadly, the “pastors” today never seem to get around to teaching Father's Word; but, instead seem to get off on their side tracks, and teaching things which have nothing to do with Father's Word, they sure do love their little messages and sermons. Brethren, we are to Study Father's word in order to find our direction, and then when we follow His instructions, He blesses us for being obedient. Today, the common sayings are "all you have to do is have faith” and “just believe," yet those dear Christian souls are never given the True Word; but, only those traditions which are created by man and within their religious system. This is not Father's way, it is man's way. We are to listen to Father and seek His Truth through His Word which He has provided in order to ensure we are able to Study It. This is also why we have teachers who will search out and Study the manuscripts for the truth. Sadly, there are many Christians today who have for decades sat in the same church house, in the same pew, and still don’t know the most basic principles of Father’s Plan,—they only know the message of Salvation—and then they wonder why Father never blesses them. They have no knowledge or idea of our Father's true emotions and feelings; what He thinks on serious matters; or what is important to Him. Our Father does care for you, He loves you, and He wants to Bless you with good many Blessings; however, what He wants in return is for you to also love Him, He wants you to have the Knowledge of Him, and He wants each of us to come to Him in repentance of our sins, in order for Him to forgive us of our sins. It is up to you to seek that path out the path to God, and you do it through His Word.

Remember, Carmel is 18 miles from Jezreel—where Ahab has set up and established his royal palace—and 16 miles from the sea. It sits above the Kishon valley and brook,—which has also sat dry these past three and a half years—overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and at the base is an 8 foot deep perennial spring, with a roofed reservoir. The reason I mentioned this spring is because in a moment we'll be reading of quite a bit of water being poured out onto an altar, and I wanted to mention to you now, just where it was that they were getting all this water. To this day even, this area is known as "Mar-Elias," or "Saint Elijah," "Elias" being the Greek pronunciation and spelling of Elijah.

18:20 Baal’s prophets. Assembled.

I Kings 18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel (fruitful [plentiful] field; or, fruitful place, or park).   ->   After hearing Elijah tell him that he'd like to have all the people and Jezebel's false priests and prophets gathered together at Carmel, Ahab—without questioning him as to why—complied with his request and sent word throughout the land for everybody to gather together at Carmel.

So, now begins the test—before all the Israelites, in order that they see with their own 2 eyes—between Elijah and his God,—the One and Only True Living GOD, Father in His role of ELOAH—and the false prophets and their god, Baal.

Carmel=A mountain which forms one of the most striking and characteristic features of the country of Palestine. It is a noble ridge, the only headland of lower and central Palestine, and forms its southern boundary, running out with a bold bluff promontory, nearly 600 feet high, almost into the very waves of the Mediterranean, then extending southeast for a little more than twelve miles, when it terminates suddenly in a bluff somewhat corresponding to its western end. In form Carmel is a tolerably continuous ridge, its highest point, about four miles from the eastern end, being 1740 feet above the sea. That which has made the name of Carmel most familiar to the modern world is its intimate connection with the history of the two great prophets of Israel, Elijah and Elisha II Kings 2:25; 4:25; I Kings 18:40-42.. It is now commonly called Mar Elyas; Kurmel being occasionally, but only seldom, hear.

18:21-38 Conflict with prophets.
18:21-38 CONFLICT WITH PROPHETS. (Alternation.)
18:21-24 The People. Elijah’s appeal.

I Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, “How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him.” And the People answered him not a word.   ->   Once he had everybody gathered together, the first thing Elijah does is dispense great big heaping dose of reality in the form of a question, and at the same time a warning, to which I'll also do the same brethren. See, Elijah asks all the people gathered at Carmel, "how long they think they can fool Father by trying to serve Him and every other form of false god and idol they think will do them some good?" He is asking them the very same thing I'll ask of you. How and what do I mean you ask? Every Spring the—just about—entire Christian world celebrates and worships the exact same false gods that our forefathers were worshipping here in I kings 18, they were going into the groves and worshipping "asherah.". Though today, "asherah" is better known as "ishtar," and the Christian world calls it "easter," oh, don't get me wrong as most Christians truly do not understand and\or know, or have any idea that that is who they are serving and worshipping, they ignorantly believe the lie that "easter means resurrection." The word "easter" appears only one time in all of Father's Word and you find it in Acts 12:4, where we read that king Herod was in the process of vexing the church and had just killed James the brother of John, and when he saw that it pleased the "Jews," he was also going to continue and kill Peter; however, the "Days of Unleavened Bread" began, so, therefore, Herod put Peter in prison intending after "easter" to, bring him forth to the people, in other words, the "Jews." Check out that word "easter" in your Strong's Concordance and you'll find it's true word and meaning, you'll find it is Greek word number: G3957 - πάσχα, - pascha, pronounced - pas'-khah, and means: Of Chaldee origin (compare [H6453]); the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it): - Easter, Passover.; so, in reality, there is no "easter" as, you know as well as I do that Herod being a Roman, did not celebrate Israelite—Passover—superstitions; but, I'd bet you a dollar to donuts that he partook of and joined in those orgy celebrations.

Halt ye between two opinions=Brethren, our forefathers back in the day of Elijah were just as lost as they are today, back then they were of two or more opposing opinions and today they're still of two or more opposing opinions, we read in Malachi 4:5-6 that just prior to Jesus' return for His Second Advent, that Father will send this same Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers, thus ending all other opposing opinions.

I Kings 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the People, “I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.   ->   All the people are there on Mount Carmel, and before them stands Elijah, king Ahab, and those four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal. The people all know exactly who each are, including the Baal prophets as, they have been “ministered to” by these false prophets during their worship of baal for the past three years. Elijah is reminding the people that he is the only man standing before them who represents, serves, and worships the One and Only True Living God: ELOAH, and it has been all these other men who have been causing all your trouble in Israel. Let's just put this into perspective concerning to today. What you would have, would be Elijah saying, you have me, or those four hundred and fifty of those "one verse reverends," who do you want to serve under? Sadly, if you would take a popularity poll of all the people gathered there on Mount Carmel and in the church houses today, what you would find is that Elijah would not be voted that most popular. People didn't want the Truth back in Elijah's time and likewise also they don't want to hear it today either.

Now think about this a minute brethren, as, who is not represented here on Carmel? Where are those four hundred priests of the groves? Why, they are back in Jezreel sitting before Jezebel, what are they doing back there? Remember, Elijah told Ahab to bring every last one of them to Mount Carmel; however, apparently, the prophets which directed what went on in the groves, i.e. those who directed and oversaw the sexual orgies they practiced during their religious ceremonies, were closer to Jezebel than her prophets of Baal, and in this, we see that Jezebel obviously enjoyed her times of going and whoring around in the asherah groves, more so than she did her time worshipping baal.

I Kings 18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:   ->   Elijah tells the people that they are about to find out who the One and Only Living True God is. He tells them that the false prophets of baal are to go and get two bullocks, one for themselves and one for him. It is their choice which two they get, and it'll even be their choice which one of the two they select for placing on their altar. After selecting the one they want, they are then to prepare their altar, placing wood upon it as they usually do, and then they are to cut their bullock into pieces and also dress it as they normally do for their worship of baal. They can even call on baal first, while he and all the people stand back and watch to see what happens. He’ll not interfere or hinder them in any manner. They can do everything as normal; however, they are not to put any fire under the altar.

Once they have completely dressed out their altar and bullock, then he'll—Elijah—do the same, exactly as they have done.

I Kings 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God That answereth by fire, let Him be God.” And all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”   ->    Elijah continues by telling the people that once that both altars are dressed out, the prophets of baal can then start calling on baal. Again, he'll not hinder them, not interfere with them, or in any other manner impede their calling on their god until he answers their calling. How will that answer be given? By way of acceptance of the sacrifice by a Consuming Fire from above. It is the only acceptable answer, no other answer other will have satisfied the challenge requirements. For their part, all the people of Israel hear and accept Elijah's challenge, and agree to the terms.

18:25-29 Bullock of the prophets.
18:25-29 BULLOCK OF THE PROPHETS. (Alternation.)
18:25 Elijah.

I Kings 18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, “Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.   ->   With the terms of the challenge agreed to, Elijah now tells the prophets of baal that they can now begin to first dress their altar, then once it is dressed out, they can cut and dress their bullock, and add it to the altar. They can do everything as normal; except, put fire on the altar. The answer as to who is the One and Only True Living God will be by way of acceptance of the sacrifice by Consuming Fire from above. Of course Elijah won't let their charade go on forever, he'll only give them so much time before he starts to call on Father YHVH.

18:26 The prophets of Baal.

I Kings 18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us.” But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.   ->  So, after building their altar and dressing out their bullock and placing it on the altar, they then begin calling on baal to hear their pleading and accept their sacrifice. There is only one problem brethren,—and they should have known this themselves before they even started—baal is not real; therefore, baal can neither hear their pleading, nor can baal accept their sacrifice. The only thing they are about to do is make fools of themselves, right before the eyes of all Israel. The even more sad part brethren is that, even though all Israel will see this, in the not too distant future, the people will again begin serving baal.

From morning till noon they called on baal and there was no answer, they did all sorts of foolishness, still to no avail. That nicely built altar with the fresh cut bullock just sat there not being accepted or consumed, and the people never questioned as to why this was.

So, who is this "baal" that they were calling upon? We know by looking in the Strong's Concordance that "baal" is Hebrew word number: H1168 - בּעל, - ba‛al, pronounced - bah'-al, and means: The same as H1167; Baal, a Phoenician deity: - Baal, [plural] Baalim.; well then, if H1168 is the same as H1167 let’s go there next and see what the Strong’s says concerning it, H1167 - בּעל, ba‛al, pronounced - bah'-al, and means: From H1166; a master; hence a husband, or (figuratively) owner (often used with another noun in modifications of this latter sense: -  + archer, + babbler, + bird, captain, chief man, + confederate, + have to do, + dreamer, those to whom it is due, + furious, those that are given to it, great, + hairy, he that hath it, have, + horseman, husband, lord, man, + married, master, person, + sworn, they of..

OK, so "baal" is in the singular, and as the Strong's points out, the plural then is "baalim." "Baalim" has the same Strong's number as "baal;" therefore, there is no need to bring in the Strong's here. I will however, bring in and incorporate this concerning baalim: ""Baalim" refers to a specific pantheon of gods worshiped by the heathen. Baalim could also be a simple plural noun, referring to the variety of gods worshiped by the surrounding heathen, or Baalim might refer to the idols, carved images, and statuettes so often found among the heathen and in heathen Baal worship. In several passages, it is clear that this simply refers to the several gods worshiped by the heathen (Judges 3:5-7; 10:68; Hosea 2:17). There is at least one instance where this may be reasonably interpreted as referring to the images and idols of Baal worship (I Samuel 7:34). There are a few instances where this word might be seen as an intensive plural or referring to a pantheon of gods; however, there is no passage which is so compelling as to demand that interpretation. The plural use of the noun; and its occasional use to refer to the images and idols, is a consistent application of this plural noun, which does no damage that I can see to the interpretation of any of the passages wherein the word is found.".

When we speak of baal, we have to include the worship of "ashtaroth", because they are tied together as a unit. Where ever baal worship exists, the groves are mentioned, as well as the word "asherah." The word "Asherah" in the Hebrew is from the root word "Aahar." and it means "to be straight, erect, and upright." It is from this word that we get the moral reference, "to be upright," hence happy and prosper.

The male part called "asherah"—baal— is distinguished from "ashtaroth" the female goddess, yet the images are worshipped together. The "ashtaroth" being representative of the productive (or passive) principle of life; and "baal" or "asherah" being representative of the generative (or active) part of the process for producing life. In other words, this is using the sexual process in a form of worship, and the shaping of the trunks of the trees as the idols and images (groves) are done to excite the worshippers into the practice, and Father hates the practice.

It was from this form that the religious practices of "evolution" that we have today came from, giving "chance," and the reproductive processes of men and women the credit of creation and salvation for mankind. It leaves Father ELOHIM—the Creator—our Heavenly Father, out of His creation process, and man ends up worshipping the creation and himself, rather than the Creator, Who is The ONE and ONLY True Living God.

In some religions, symbols mean everything; and the "asherah, or the "phallus" was the symbol for the baal worship. The forming of this symbol in their formed images, was made from the topping of a tree, and the shape of it became the image of worship. What started out to be the honoring of the origin of life, became a corrupted form of worshipping of the organs that produce the life. These symbols in turn, became the incentive to all forms of impurity, which in time turned into nothing but sexual orgies.

Since the creation of man on the sixth day and no written knowledge of what they were worshipping, we don't really know when this all started. However, we also can look to what was happening and happened when the fallen angels came in Genesis 6, we know that they were mating with women and doing who knows what else sexually with them; but, suffice it to say that is was probably perverted, and from it also they were worshipping the reproductive organs.

We do know some of this started also in the ancient Canaanite religions, which originated way back in Nimrod's day who was the grandson\step-son of Noah, the son of Ham and Noah's wife, Ham's own mother. Ham had four sons and their names were Cush, Mizraim, Phut, and Canaan. Canaan was the father of the Canaanites who were the originators of baal, and ashtoreth. Nimrod was the son of Cush. It was for this reason that Father gave the commandment to Israel that when they entered into the Promised Land—Father told Abram that He was going to allow some of this to come to pass back in Genesis 15, but as soon as they came out of Egypt;—they were to utterly destroy all of the Canaanites, and tear down their images and destroy their groves. That's right! Father said to utterly destroy all the men, women and children, and even their animals. Sadly, they did not listen to Father; they did not destroy the Canaanites but mixed in with them and also the Gibeonites (the Hivites) as we can read of in Joshua 9. Because of their disobedience to Father, the Israelites have brought all their troubles upon themselves.

From the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: "the supreme male divinity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish nations, as Ashtoreth was their supreme female divinity. Some suppose Baal to correspond to the sun and Ashtoreth to the moon; others that Baal was Jupiter and Ashtoreth Venus. There can be no doubt of the very high antiquity of the worship of Baal. It prevailed in the time of Moses among the Moabites and Midianites, (Numbers 22:41) and through them spread to the Israelites (Numbers 25:3-18; 4:3). In the times of the kings it became the religion of the court and people of the ten tribes, (I Kings 16:32-33; 18:19,22) and appears never to have been permanently abolished among them (II Kings 17:16). Temples were erected to Baal in Judah, (I Kings 16:32) and he was worshipped with much ceremony (I Kings 18:19,26-28; II Kings 10:22). The attractiveness of this worship to the Jews undoubtedly grew out of its licentious character. We find this worship also in Phoenician colonies. The religion of the ancient British islands much resembled this ancient worship of Baal, and may have been derived from it. Nor need we hesitate to regard the Babylonian Bel, (Isaiah 46:1) or Beaus, as essentially identical with Baal, though perhaps under some modified form. The plural (Baalim), is found frequently, showing that he was probably worshipped under different compounds, among which appear —(a) BAAL-BERITH (the covenant Baal), (Judges 8:33; 9:4) the god who comes into covenant with the worshippers. (b) BAAL-ZEBUB (lord of the fly ), and worshipped at Ekron (II Kings 1:2,3,16. (c) BAAL-HANAN. (1) The name of one of the early kings of Edom (Genesis 36:38,39; I Chronicles 1:49,50). (2) The name of one of David's officers, who had the superintendence of his olive and sycamore plantations I Chronicles 27:28). BAAL-PEOR (lord of the opening , i.e. for others to join in the worship). We have already referred to the worship of this god. The narrative (Numbers 25) seems clearly to show that this form of Baal-worship was connected with licentious rites.".

18:27 Elijah.

I Kings 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, “Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.”   ->   After about four hours or so of listening to these false prophets call on a non-entity, Elijah decides he's going to have a little fun at their expense; so, he starts mocking them and their false god. Did you notice all the different sorts of mocking he did?

Cry aloud=Check these two words out in your Strong’s Concordance brethren, "cry" is Hebrew word number: H7121 - קרא, - qârâ', pronounced - kaw-raw', and means: A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications): - bewray [self], that are bidden, call (for, forth, self, upon), cry (unto), (be) famous, guest, invite, mention, (give) name, preach, (make) proclaim (-ation), pronounce, publish, read, renowned, say., and "aloud" is made up of two separate words, the first is: H6963 - קל קול, - qôl or qôl, pronounced - kole, kole, and means: From an unused root meaning to call aloud; a voice or sound: - + aloud, bleating, crackling, cry (+ out), fame, lightness, lowing, noise, + hold peace, [pro-] claim, proclamation, + sing, sound, + spark, thunder (-ing), voice, + yell., and the second is: H1419 - גּדל גּדול, - gâdôl or gâdôl, pronounced - gaw-dole', gaw-dole', and means: From H1431; great (in any sense); hence older; also insolent: - + aloud, elder (-est), + exceeding (-ly), + far, (man of) great (man, matter, thing, -er, -ness), high, long, loud, mighty, more, much, noble, proud thing, X sore, (´) very.. So, what we have here is, Elijah is sarcastically telling them to call out as loud as they can to baal; after all, he is a “god of all gods.” But, then he goes even further, after “baal” doesn’t answer their cries, he then derisively tells them that since baal isn’t answering their cries that, maybe baal is talking with one of its other worshippers or answering their cries for prayer; or maybe baal is withdrawn to a private place as in taking a potty break; or maybe it has departed on a long journey; or just maybe baal is taking a nap and wishes not to be disturbed.

18:28 The prophets of Baal.

I Kings 18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.   ->   After their manner=Their manner was to bring in an emotional aspect of devotion, through trances, dancing, and\or twirling around, all the while cutting themselves with knives, lances, spears, or javelins until they bled. Can you imagine what a spectacle they must have made of themselves? For four hours this foolishness went on before Elijah put a stop to it.

18:29 The prophets of Baal.

I Kings 18:29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.   ->   All throughout the day, through noon and to the time of the evening sacrifice did the false prophets of baal continue their charade, over 8 hours brethren and not once did baal answer them. Had not Elijah stopped them they would have even continued until the people had all gone home as, they could not let it be known that, baal was not real. Oh, sure, after all the people were gone they would have later chastised them and told them that, "no sooner had they gone home then baal appeared," or some other such non-sense.

Again, let's put this into today's manner as, todays false preachers are also going to continue preach their false messages right up to the time of the sacrifice. And Who is our Sacrifice today? Jesus Christ; however, having never truly Studied Father's Word and only having taught "their messages," they don't know or realize that the first christ to appear is the false, and they are going to preach right up to the time he arrives, and then preach to their congregations that he has now returned, the only problem brethren, is that, they have now unwittingly led their congregations to the false, to the pretend-to-be-jesus.

18:30 The People. Elijah’s call.
18:30-38 Bullock of Elijah.
18:30-38 THE BULLOCK OF ELIJAH. (Repeated Alternation.)
18:30-32 Altar. It’s repairing.

I Kings 18:30 And Elijah said unto all the People, “Come near unto me.” And all the People came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.   ->   Repaired the altar that was broken down=When they kicked Father out of the nation, they had even gone so far as to purposely break all the altars to Father in order that no "lay," or individual offerings could be offered to Father, and then also in order to set up their altars to baal, and their orgy groves.

Did you notice brethren that the false preachers of baal didn't have to repair their altar. Their altar was the altar which Saul had set up back in I Samuel 15 when he forsook Samuel and rebelled against Father.

Did you also notice that Elijah had told all the people to come near and gather round him in order that they had a perfectly clear, uninterrupted view of him, and of what he was about to do. It's now time for Elijah to go to work.

I Kings 18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, “Israel shall be thy name:”   ->   Israel shall be thy name=When did Father change Jacob's name to Israel? That happened in Genesis 32, so let's go there and read of it: Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.   ->    Why was Jacob left alone, and what was happening at the time? Jacob and all his wives—Leah, Rachel, and their handmaidens Bilhah and Zilpah—and his offspring—his twelve sons, the patriarchs of Israel, and their sister Dinah—were returning from Padanaram—the land of Jacob's Mother Rebekah and her brother, Leah and Rachel's father, Laban—to Jacob's place of birth, the land of Canaan. Jacob had fled from there many years previous as his brother Esau had sought to kill him because Esau had felt that Jacob had cheated him when in fact, that was not the case, Jacob purchased Esau's birthright for a bowl of red pottage. When it came time for Isaac to bestow the First Fruits Blessing on his son, Rebekah had told Jacob to dress as Esau and claim it as it was his to claim since Esau had sold it to him. When Esau returned and realized that he would no longer be receiving the First Fruit Bless, he became angry and then sought to slay his brother. Rebekah then told Jacob to flee Canaan and go to her brother Laban. Now that many years have passed and Jacob is a wealthy man, he decided he'd return home to see his family and if need be, repay his brother to make amends. He is alone at present because, he sent his servants, messengers, and his family, with all his cattle ahead of him as, they are about to enter into Seir, the land of his brother Esau. his thought process is that he will send them before him with the gift of the oxen, asses, flocks and both men and womenservants for his brother that maybe he might find grace in Esau's sight. So, now, at present he is alone, and low and behold, the next thing he knows is, he's in a wrestling match with a man; though, this is no ordinary man, it's The Angel of Father YHVH. They wrestled all night until the morning dawn broke on the horizon.[32:25] And when He saw that He prevailed not against him, He touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as He wrestled with him.   ->    Jacob whose name means: “Heel catcher, or grabber;” because, as he and his twin brother Esau were in the process of being birthed by their mother Rebekah, Jacob reached his hand out of his mother’s womb and grabbed, or caught hold, of Esau’s heel. Hence, he will forever be known as a contender and a fighter, and we’re reading of just how much so, here in Genesis 32 as he is wrestling with Father. Father could have defeated him at any time; however, Jacob living up to his namesake, just would not relent, that was the kind of man that Jacob was. So, as the wrestling continued into the break of day, finally Father reached out and touched Jacob on his thigh, and in doing so, He threw it out of joint. Father then told Jacob to let Him go, and Jacob finally understanding Who he was wrestling with, told Father that he would not let Him go unless He first Blessed him. Father then asked Jacob his name—though He didn’t have to as, He knew who Jacob was, the reason He asked was to have Jacob first pronounce his name in order that (as we're about to read) He could then tell Jacob that his name would no longer be such—and when Jacob replied that his name was Jacob, Father then told him that he would no longer be called Jacob, i.e. heel catcher or grabber; but, Israel, i.e. thou hast power with YHVH. Father had a special love for Jacob, and He had wanted to test the man upon whom His plan was to rely upon. Father was very pleased with the one He had selected as, He now knew that His chosen one was not a person who would hide behind women and children; but, one who would forever stand his ground. [32:26] And He said, "Let me go, for the day breaketh." And he said, "I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me."   ->    Father came to Jacob at night to wrestle with him, nighttime in order to prevent Jacob from actually seeing His face, though Jacob will later state—in verse v32:30 below—"for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved;” no, he didn't really see Father's face, only Father and His face's form. [32:27] And He said unto him, "What is thy name?" And he said, "Jacob."   ->    As I already stated, Father didn't need to ask Jacob his name, for He knew who He was "contending" with. This was only to get Jacob to state his name and then hear Father change it to Israel.When Father asked him, Jacob replied, my name is the contender: Yacob. [32:28] And He said, "Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed."   ->    Jacob=Jacob is used of the natural Jacob and his natural seed; whereas, Israel is used of the Spiritual Jacob and his Spiritual seed.

Israel=YHVH Commands, orders, or rules. Man continually attempts to "command," "order," and\or "rule;" however, in the end, he always falls short and fails. Out of some forty odd Hebrew names compounded with "EL" or "YAH," Father YHVH is always the doer of what the verb means, i.e. "Dani-EL," YHVH Judges.

Prince=Commander giver, or orderer. Here "prince" is used not to dignify; but, to reproach. The word "prince" in the Strong's Concordance is Hebrew word number: H5387 - נשׂא נשׂיא, - nâśı̂y' or nâśi', pronounced - naw-see', or naw-see', and means: From H5375; properly an exalted one, that is, a king or sheik; also a rising mist: - captain, chief, cloud, governor, prince, ruler, vapour., with which we can compare in the following verses: "princes(couriers) found in Genesis 26:26; "chief of soldiers" found in Genesis 39:1; "officer" found in Genesis 40:2; "chief" found in Genesis 40:3; "jailer found in Genesis 47:6; "herdsmen" found in Exodus 1:11 and following.

Hast thou power=Hast thou contended? the answer is yes, Jacob contended with his brother Esau in their mother's womb as they were being birthed, and thus he got his name "Jacob," which is referred to here in reproach, not eulogy, and he contended here with Father until Father gave him his Blessing.

Prevailed=Succeeded. Jacob had contended for the birthright and succeeded as found in Genesis 25:29-34; he had contended for his Blessing from Father as can be read here in Genesis 27; he had contended with his father-in-law Laban as found in Genesis 31; those were all "men" he had contended with and prevailed; and now, he contends with Father and has power; but, does not prevail, hence Father changes his name to "Isra-EL, "YHVH commands," in order to teach him the greatly needed lesson of dependence on YHVH. [32:29] And Jacob asked Him, and said, "Tell me, I pray Thee, Thy name." And He said, "Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after My name?" And He blessed him there.   ->    Jacob asked Father His name; though, like Father, he needn't have bothered because, he knew with Whom he was "contending". Father didn't tell Jacob His name; though He did indeed give His Blessing to Jacob. [32:30] And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: "for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved."   ->    Peniel=Peniel in the Strong's Concordance is Hebrew word number: H6439 - פּניאל פּנוּא, - penû'êl, or penı̂y'êl, pronounced - pen-oo-ale', or pen-ee-ale', and means: From H6437 and H410; face of God; Penuel or Peniel, a place East of Jordan; also (as Penuel) the name of two Israelites: - Peniel, Penuel.. To this point in the Adamic seed-line’s history, it was believed that if you had seen Father “one-on-one,” in other words, “face-to-face,” that you would die; however, Jacob not only saw the form of Father, he wrestled with Him and lived to tell about it. Jacob saw Father face-to-face, and after that meeting, Israel was a changed man, and not in name only. [32:31] And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.   ->    He=He is emphasized in this verse in order to call attention to the fact that Israel was not only late; but, he was limping as well.

Halted="Limped." This is the sign that it is Father YHVH Who commands, and Who has real power to overcome. Typical of the National humiliation which is required before entering on the Blessing. [32:32] Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because He touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.   ->    Sinew=The ligament of the Hip Joint, in other words, it is tendon in the—here, Jacob's—upper leg, and when it shrank, it left Israel crippled.

Let's return now to I Kings 18.

18:32 The trench.

I Kings 18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.   ->   Elijah takes the twelve stones and rebuilds the Altar to Father, even though they are up on Mount Carmel and Judah and Benjamin are not present, they are still represented by these stones as being there.

Measures=Dr. Bullinger in Appendix 51 of his Companion Bible notes this as being approximately 1 peck. That would make this trench as being approximately 3 feet across, and thus being able to hold a pretty good amount of water.

18:33 Altar. Arrangement of wood.
18:33-35 The water.

I Kings 18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, “Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.”   ->   After rebuilding the altar, Elijah then lays the wood upon it, he next cuts up the bullock which the false prophets for bail had left him, and then after he's finished cutting it up, he laids it on the altar as well. Then he does something which nobody expected him to do, he commands those false prophets of baal to fill 4 barrels of water and pout is all out completely covering the altar, the wood and the bullock.

Remember, there has been a drought throughout the land for the past three and a half years, water is scarce; but, this is why Elijah had selected this place, he knows there is water to be found in the reservoir here. It still is pretty amazing that anybody complied with what he demanded though, especially considering that nobody's had water for 3+ years. He's not done yet with the water though, he'll be telling them to get more in the following verses.

I Kings 18:34 And he said, “Do it the second time.” And they did it the second time. And he said, “Do it the third time.” And they did it the third time.   ->   After telling them to pour out the original 4 barrels, and their complying, he then tells them to do this 2 more times, making a total of twelve barrels of water, again representative of the twelve tribe of Israel.

One thing that is pretty much guaranteed brethren certain; and that is that, this fire will neither light with a match nor a blow torch even if they had one. There is no way that any human being could ever light this fire. Elijah is making the odds about right for one man and God to compete against the world system.

Wood=The Septuagint adds "and they did so."

I Kings 18:35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.   ->   He filled the trench also with water=All that water from those twelve barrels not only soaked the altar, the wood and the bullock; but, it also completely filled the trench that he had had them dig.

18:36 Altar. Time for offering. Prayer.

I Kings 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.   ->  Abraham, Isaac, and Israel=Normally, when spoke in this fashion, Father is mentioned as being YHVH of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; however, here, Elijah replaces the natural seed: Jacob, with the Spiritual seed: Israel.

Let’s check out these words, “offering,” and “evening sacrifice” in our Strong’s Concordance to come to their proper meanings. We’ll start with “offering,” in the Strong’s it is Hebrew word number: H5927 - עלה, - ‛âlâh, pronounced - aw-law', and means: A primitive root; to ascend, intransitively (be high) or active (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literally and figuratively: - arise (up). (cause to) ascend up, at once, break [the day] (up), bring (up), (cause to) burn, carry up, cast up, + shew, climb (up), (cause to, make to) come (up), cut off, dawn, depart, exalt, excel, fall, fetch up, get up, (make to) go (away, up), grow (over), increase, lay, leap, levy, lift (self) up, light, [make] up, X mention, mount up, offer, make to pay, + perfect, prefer, put (on), raise, recover, restore, (make to) rise (up), scale, set (up), shoot forth (up), (begin to) spring (up), stir up, take away (up), work., and this from Appendix 43 of Dr. Bullinger’s Companion Bible: “alah”=To offer up, especially a burnt offering, from its name: “olah,” the burnt offering, so called from the Hiphil of the verb “alah,” to cause to ascend (as the flame and the smoke ascend by burning)> In the Greek, we find it is “hohlcausta,” which conveys its meaning as being wholly burnt., and now “evening sacrifice” in the Strong's it is Hebrew word number: H4503 - מנחה - minchâh, pronounced - min-khaw', and means: From an unused root meaning to apportion, that is, bestow; a donation; euphemistically tribute; specifically a sacrificial offering (usually bloodless and voluntary): - gift, oblation, (meat) offering, present, sacrifice., again from Appendix 43 of Dr. Bullinger’s Companion Bible: Minchah=The meal offering, a present as such. Hence a gift-offering, not necessarily to gain admittance but to secure favor. It might be sacrifice by blood, or more generally and later, without blood. It was the offering which was offered up by both Cain and Abel, and of Jacob’s gift to Esau. In Exodus and Leviticus it acquires a special limitation, and is the only word rendered ‘meat,” or better “meal offering,” though it does have a wider signification than literal “meal.” So, we see that Elijah waited until the time appointed by Father as, there were certain times of the day that He specified that His offering would be accepted, and one of these times was during the evening sacrifice. Elijah laid Father's evening oblation, or sacrifice is in place at His chosen time, Elijah purposely had the false prophets of baal soak it with those 12 barrels of water, thus making it quite soggy, there is a reason for this. So let’s pay attention to the words that Elijah spoke here, thus we’ll go over them again, “I have done all these things at Thy Word.” This phrase, "At Thy Word" means at "YHVH's Word," and it was Father Who had told Elijah every move and action he had made i.e., going to camp by the brook Kidron and letting the ravens feed him, then going and living in the loft of the widow woman's house in the land of the Kenites, and now coming and revealing himself to king Ahab, he followed everything perfectly right up to the time that he is about to offer up this evening sacrifice. We can contrast Elijah here with most of the “so-called” denominational ministries of today, as they are out to show the world what their super preachers can do, and it is the "super preacher" who gets the money, and the glory. Let me tell you something, Elijah didn't have anything to do with what is about to take place, it was all Father's doing. Whenever Father directs you to do something, that is what you do, do not pay attention to what any board of elders, board of directors and any other such board contrives for you to do, for the sake of increasing congregational size, or for getting more money into the offering plate. Until Father gives you instructions, you sit tight in order that you don't make a fool of yourself. Get the point? This is exactly what Elijah did, only what Father YHVH told him to do.

18:37 Altar. Time for offering. Prayer.

I Kings 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.”   ->   That the People may know that Thou art the LORD=This is the reason and purpose of Father's Prophets brethren, so Father's Children, all of us, may know that He and He alone is ELOHIM, Creator of us all.

Turn their heart back again=The Prophets commission and tasking—from Father—is to bring Father's Truthful Word to His Children in order that, they return their hearts to Father. This is also this very Elijah's assignment and charge for the end of this Age as can be read in Malachi 4, let’s turn there and read it: Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.   ->    What day is this brethren? It's the very last day of Jesus' 1,000 year Millennium, the day of the Great White Throne Judgment, and on that day, all those who continue to follow satan in his final rebellion against Father will go into the Lake of Fire along with satan and will be consumed from within. [4:2] But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.   ->    To all those who revere Father, it is going to be a time of remembrance and blessing. Our earthly bodies with all its aches and pains will be shed, as well as those ailments which this life has brought upon us. Should any of Father's children, i.e. those whose sins are covered by the precious blood of our LORD Jesus Christ worry about that "day of the Lord"? Absolutely not, for Father is going to take very good care of His own, and He will hold them in high respect. We’re going to be free of all earthly binding shackles, and it's going to be a time of pleasure and joy which we simply cannot imagine in this earthly body. "Grow up"=In the Strong's Concordance this is "poosh" and means to act proudly, or to leap for joy. [4:3] And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.   ->    Were you paying attention brethren, did you really read this verse? I'll recall it for you: "ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this," so, in other words, Father is telling us that He—like He already stated in verse Malachi 3:17Will spare His righteous Children, while at the same time pour out those broad shallow cups of Revelation 16 upon His Children who care not a thing about Him. Every one of Father’s wicked children shall be blotted out and be gone forever, completely removed from Father's Book of Life, and out of the minds of all who knew them. Their soul will be completely consumed from within, Jesus said in Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him Which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [gehenna].", what’s going to happen to them? Paul tells is in Hebrews 12: Hebrews 12:29For our God is a consuming fire.”, and Father explains it when telling satan what He is going to do to him as can be read in Ezekiel 28:18: Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.. [4:4] Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.   ->    Father is reminding His Priests through Malachi that, Moses was Father's first prophet to His People Israel; whereas, Malachi is His last in the Old Testament. Father's Commandments were given to us to keep us out of trouble; He has told us in His Word, that if we break one of those Commandments, then there is a price to pay. Today the blood ordinances are done away with, because our Lord Jesus Christ became those sacrifices, and rituals. Jesus' blood was shed for one and all times; yet, part of those judgments are still in effect, for our civil laws of our land, are based upon the law given to Moses. The health laws are always in effect, and for the violation of them is not sin, but sickness, and poor health, and if we break Father's health Laws by eating the scavengers which were created by Him to clean His earth, then our bodies become sick because we have ingested that dirt and filth that they ingested when they cleaned His earth of the decaying body of a dead animal. It's funny, most everybody will say "ewww" if you ask them to eat a vulture; however, those same people are all too happy to eat a pig, a catfish, or any of the shell fish which Father tells us not to eat, because they were all designed BY HIM for the same purpose: to clean His earth. [4:5] Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:   ->    Elijah is the Prophet that Father sent to Ahab to try and turn him to restore worship in the House of Israel back to Father YHVH. Sadly, this never came to pass; but, that doesn't mean that Father is going to give up trying to get His Children to return their hearts to Him. This is one of the last promises that Father gave us in the Old Testament, He promised us that "Elijah the prophet" would return before the coming of the Lord. Why is this important? Because Elijah teaches the Truth in Father’s Word, and not the traditions of men. When Father does send Elijah to earth prior to the "Day of the Lord," I don't think the world, including those calling themselves Christians, will be listening to him for, Elijah will be attacking all their customs, dogma, traditions, and also their way of life, and calling their sins,—just that—"sin." To most of the kurch world, any attacks on their satanic doctrines, which they have adopted, and continue teaching to this day, brands one an outsider. When Elijah the prophet returns, he will be condemning them and their teachings. Elijah will be preparing the way for Jesus’ return. We read in Malachi 3:1, and in Matthew 3:3, where John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah, in order to prepare the way for Jesus Christ at His First Advent. Elijah will also prepare the way for Jesus' Return. Elijah the prophet=This is one of only two placesII Chronicles 21:2 being the other—in all Father's Word where Elijah is actually identified as "Elijah the Prophet," in all other places he is identified as Elijah the Tishbite to indicate his own person; but, here as Elijah the prophet because, had Israel received Emmanuel: i.e. God in the flesh when He came as His only begotten Son Jesus, then John the Baptist would have been reckoned as Elijah; and, at His Last Supper, the wine representing His blood, would have been—as it will yet be—reckoned as "the blood of the (New) Covenant" as foretold in Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:8-13; 10:15-17; and 12:24. [4:6] And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.   ->   We see in this verse that there are two fathers; this coincides with and supports Matthew 13:34-43, in either case, it won't be long now until the hearts of the children with be turned to their fathers, Father's Children to His, and satan's children to his. When our adversary satan arrives in his role as the pretend-to-be-jesus: antichrist, it will be far too late, for you will either be sealed with Father’s Word before that time, or you will no longer be able to be sealed. The sealing is in the mind of each individual, and the seal is the understanding of Word of God in your mind. There will be no double mindedness at that time, for you will either be of God, or of satan.

18:38 The fire.

I Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.   ->   Fire of the LORD fell=This is how Father has respect unto and accepts several public sacrifices in His Word, by fire Divinely sent.

We can read in several other places in Father's Word of Father's Fire. Of particular note is what transpired in Leviticus 8-10 when Moses and the Israelites consecrated Aaron and his sons as the High Priest and Priests of Father YHVH, in doing so, three different fires are mentioned: so, let's look at all three. In Leviticus 9:24 we read: Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.   ->   I can imagine having been there and seeing this fire come out from Father and consuming that sacrifice, this must have been pretty much as happened here on Mount Carmel before Elijah, king Ahab, the 450 false prophets of baal and all the Israelites who were gathered round, I'll bet all those—save ole Elijah as, I'm pretty sure he knew what was coming—gathered also shouted—out of fear—and fell on their faces; next, we read in Leviticus 10:1 of Nadab and Abihu's strange fire being used to light that fire on Father's Altar after they had allowed it to go out. Leviticus 10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.   ->   How did Father reply? We can read of that one verse later in Leviticus 10:2 where Father is now a devouring fire, as He called Nadab and Abihu Home to Him: Leviticus 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.. Another place where Father accepted a Sacrifice to Him was in Judges 6; so, let's turn there next and let me set the background a little as, in this reading, the Angel of the Father's Angel appears to Gideon: Judges 6:16 And the LORD said unto him, "Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man."   ->   How does Father respond? He again tells Gideon that He will surely be with him to lead and guide him in order to give the Israelites the victory over the Midianites; just as He was with Moses when He led the Israelites up out of the hand of pharaoh and the Egyptians. [6:17] And he said unto Him, "If now I have found grace in Thy sight, then shew me a sign that Thou talkest with me.   ->   This really is typical reply or response from anyone of us in the flesh. But, Words are strength; especially when they come from Father – when you are looking at Him in the person, however Gideon has his doubt and is telling Father to – prove to me that you will give me the victory. [6:18] Depart not hence, I pray Thee, until I come unto Thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before Thee." And He said, "I will tarry until thou come again."   ->   This "present" is an "offering;" and it was customary of the time that you offered something to somebody when you are asking a favor of them. Father had told Gideon to go and get his gift and He would wait until he returned with it. This was not just any man waiting, but Father Himself. [6:19] And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak and presented it.    ->   Notice that it was "unleavened" cakes of bread; – meaning that Gideon knew he was asking Father to wait while he went and prepared a gift offering for Him; so Gideon wasn't going to delay by adding yeast and waiting until the dough rose – he wouldn't be so presumptuous or inconsiderate. He – Gideon had a lot to do to prepare this present to Father, he had to slaughter a goat, bake the unleavened bread and he made that bread with an "ephah of flour," which is about twenty pounds of flour - these were had times; and we see that this offering to God just about emptied Gideon's cupboards. This place that God waited was under a popular oak, for there is no other description given as to its location other than in verse v6:11 above where it stated Ophrah - meaning female fawn. [6:20] And the Angel of God said unto him, "Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth." And he did so.   ->   Notice this is now the "Angel of God" - ELOHIM and contrasts with verse v6:11 earlier where He was in His role of Covenant God. Gideon did exactly as ELOHIM told him to do, even though it may have seemed to Gideon like it was wasting the precious food - the unleavened bread, the meat and the broth. Remember, these were hard times, and food was hard to come by because as we had already read, the Midianites kept stealing all the Israelites had. Yet when ELOHIM told Gideon to place them on the rock that was there and then pour the broth over the altar, Gideon followed God's instructions. [6:21] Then the Angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the Angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.   ->   Here Father accepted Gideon's sacrificial offering and He showed so by touching the staff He had to the altar which Gideon had set up to Him.

Let's return now to I Kings 18:38.

This is what happened at the end of Elijah's sacrifice, and it is also what will happen at the end of the Millennium. We know that our Father is a consuming fire. In order to prove to the fools who turned their backs on him in favor of all the false things of man, Father came down in a mighty force, and licked up with fire, every bit of Elijah's sacrifice, including the stones that the altar was made of, the wood, and even the water which filled the trenches, all of it was gone instantly. Remember that they were right in the middle of a draught, and the air would have been filled with dust, and even that dust was gone.

18:39 Confession of the people.

I Kings 18:39 And when all the People saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, “The LORD, He is the God; the LORD, He is the God.”   ->  After witnessing Father’s consuming fire fall from heaven, all the Israelites bowed themselves with their faces to the ground and proclaimed, “YHVH, He is The ELOHIM, YHVH, He is The ELOHIM;” both times with the Article, and twice as a double witness to their proclamation of surety.

18:40 Baal’s prophets. Slain.

I Kings 18:40 And Elijah said unto them, “Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon (winding), and slew them there.   ->   Why did Elijah tell the People of Israel to take hold of Jezebel's 450 prophets of baal and slay them? Because he was following Father's orders as He laid out to Moses and the Israelites back in Deuteronomy 13, so let's go and read what Father said they were to do with anybody who tried to lead them away from Him toward other, false gods: Deuteronomy 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,   ->   Father is giving commandment that should one arise within Israel, or if somebody tries to come into the camp or territories of Israel who wants to lead them away from him, someone who has eaten a sour pickle and has had a dream that there are other gods and they want to lead Israel to those false gods, here is what they are to do. [13:2] And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, 'Let us go after other gods,' which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;   ->   Father is telling our forefathers that there will be some who come saying they know better than you and know "better gods to serve;" however, you shall not serve any other god. Brethren, very shortly there will be one who comes claiming to be Jesus Christ, though the first one to come along claiming such is not the True Christ; therefore, you do not follow after him, don't be deceived as Paul tells us in II Thessalonians 2: II Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,   ->   Paul is telling them and us to pay attention, because many men will come with false doctrines and will deceive many so as to confuse, and lead people to the wrong christ. But, Christ will not return until the apostasy (lack of hearing Father's Word: Amos 8:11) is in full swing, and satan, as the anti-christ, (or instead of christ as this reads in the Greek) stands in Jerusalem, proclaiming that he is Christ and then he will be revealed as the false christ. We are beginning to see the falling away and the apostasy take place now, as Father's Word is being attacked on a daily basis. Christianity and the name Christ, the ONLY means by which we can be saved and have eternal life with Father, is being supplanted by many false doctrines, idols and other religions, the muslim being one of them. [2:4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.   ->   Does this sound like he'll be coming in and destroying the earth? No! Satan will be right there in the temple saying, I am Christ and I have returned, so you can now stop taking communion in My absence. This is the abomination of desolation that Jesus was talking about in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14, where He was quoting from Daniel 11:31 and 12:11, satan saying and portraying himself as God. If you still believe that there is a rapture of the church, you obviously cannot comprehend what you read, because verses v2:1-4 of this Chapter make it very plain and clear that satan comes first. [2:5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?   ->   Paul is asking the Thessalonians (and us) don't you remember I already stated this? How could you have gotten it confused? I'll go over it with you again... [2:6] And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.   ->   Yes he'll be revealed in his time alright, when is that? At the sounding of the sixth trumpet which is the second woe trumpet. We can read that the fifth angel sounds, and that a star falls from heaven in Revelation 9:1, this star is satan, identified as Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12-16, and he goes to the bottomless pit where the fallen angels are kept to loose them, and as Revelation 9:2-10 tells us, to allow them to run loose on the earth, bringing in and establishing the deception of satan's lies in preparation for satan's ruling dominion. Oh, reading everything in Revelation 9:2-10 sounds so scary but, if you are familiar with Father's Word, you'll understand that this is all spiritual, and it is nothing but lies and deceptions and as Revelation 9:4 tells us, they cannot hurt anybody that is sealed with the truth of Father's Word in their mind. Revelation 9:5 then tells us, that this time can only be for five months, not seven years or even 3 1/2 years, like a lot of preachers say. Satan himself doesn't actually show up and take control until the sixth trumpet sounds, which is the second woe. That is when he will actually be here de facto, in charge and proclaiming himself as God. And it is in this time that he will be revealed. [2:7] For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.   ->   It is during this time that the fallen angels are at work here on earth, satan up to this point is actually still being held in heaven by Michael the arch angel. Michael releases satan at the sixth trump as can be read in Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,   ->   (notice the coma here meaning the sentence continues into the next verse) [12:8] And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.   ->   satan and his angels, as we'll see, are about to be ejected [12:9] And the great dragon was cast out that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:   ->   How many? The whole world, except as Revelation 9:4 tells us, those sealed with the truth of God's Word. Satan will be cast out unto the earth, and his angels will be cast out with him. Satan (as a man {but not in the flesh because he will never be born of woman} and anti-christ) and his angels now have full control over the whole earth. So satan and his angels are here for that five (5) month period deceiving the whole world, and then he is revealed for whom he is and then Christ returns consuming his role as "instead of jesus", and turning all of us which are still alive in our flesh bodies, into our spiritual bodies. [2:8] And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the LORD shall consume with the brightness of His coming:   ->   Our adversary satan gets revealed as to whom he is first, and then Christ returns. That plain, that simple. [2:9] Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,   ->   These signs and wonders are exactly the same as we’re reading of here in Deuteronomy 13:2. [2:10] And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; (they perish spiritually because they accepted satan's lies as truth) because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.   ->   They believed those preachers that told them they would be raptured by the first one that appeared, and when satan showed up they accepted his lies and his mark, whereby when Christ returns and they now see the fake for who he is\was and the True Christ of who He is, they will be wishing for mountains to fall upon them for their shame. What sadness, all those years they sat in their church listening to a false doctrine, clutching that security blanket, only to have it pulled out of their hands at the end. For you preachers that teach this false doctrine, I pray for you, because you will be held accountable for every soul that you have deceived with this falseness. [2:11] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:   ->   See the colon - indicating it continues: [2:12] That they might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.   ->   Father said, "you want to believe a lie and not My Word, then I'll allow you too, not only that but I'll make you believe even more lies." "You want to listen to man and not Study for yourself deeply enough, and ask Me for understanding and knowledge?" "I'll allow you to be fooled and deceived into worshipping satan as anti-christ." Harsh words indeed, but they're Father's Words, not mine. [13:3] Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.   ->   The LORD your God=YHVH your ELOHIM. Our Father does indeed prove us to see whether we love Him or not. How does He do this? By allowing false preachers to preach out of the imagination of their own hearts, and anyone who listens to them, if they’re not grounded and founded in Father’s Word will be deceived by them and believe their lies. For years, when I would flip through the channels on my TV and would come across one of the “super preachers” i.e. the Jimmy Swaggarts, the Billy Grahams, the John Hagees, oh you name whoever, I would immediately almost become angry and say “get off my TV” and quickly change the channel. I never fully understood why I did this, just knew and accepted that I did. Today I know why, it was and is because of Father’s Holy Spirit telling me and showing me to stay away from those false preachers, as He didn’t want me anywhere near them. Sadly, they make millions of dollars a year deceiving the masses who willingly throw their money at them. They’d rather listen to a preacher than a Teacher who sits and reads Father’s Word Book-by-Book, Chapter-by-Chapter and Verse-by-Verse, claiming, oh that’s too boring, or some other such non-sense. Father knows what they do and say, it’s His way of Proving them. Same thing with when we Vote, how many people claim to be Christian; but, yet, vote for the people who are absolutely against the things of Father, and instead vote for abortion, homosexuality and such? Many, far too MANY! [13:4] Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto Him.   ->   And=Note the polysyndeton, thus calling attention to, and emphasizing each item. "Cleave"=Moses already had told the People to "cleave" unto Father back in Deuteronomy 10:20: Deuteronomy 10:20 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; Him shalt thou serve, and to Him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.. [13:5] And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.   ->   And thus we see why Elijah is now commanding the Israelites to take Jezebel's 450 baal prophets down to the brook Kishon and slaying them. We need to do more of this in this Country today as, far too many have lead the United States away from Father in order to follow after other false gods.

Brook Kishon=The river, a torrent or winter stream of central Palestine, the scene of two of the grandest achievements of Israelitish history -- the defeat of Sisera, Judges 4, and the destruction of the prophets of Baal by Elijah I Kings 18:40. The Nahr Mukutta, the modern representative of the Kishon, is the drain by which the waters of the plain of Esdraelon and of the mountains which enclose that plain find their way through the plain of Acre to the Mediterranean. The part of the Kishon at which the prophets of Baal were slaughtered by Elijah was doubtless close below the spot on Carmel where the sacrifice had taken place..

18:41-46 Promise of rain. Fulfilled.
18:41-46 PROMISE OF RAIN. FULFILLED (Alternation and Introversion.)
18:41 Command. To Ahab.
18:41 Reason.

I Kings 18:41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, “Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.”   ->   Get thee up=Here Elijah tells Ahab that he hears rain approaching; therefore, he is to return to the place where the sacrifice had just take place on the top of Mount Carmel, and once at the top, he is to get himself something to eat and drink. Elijah too will be joining Ahab there momentarily.

18:42 Obedience of Ahab.
18:42 Elijah. Ascent of Carmel.

I Kings 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,   ->   Ahab does as Elijah tells him, and as soon as he gets to the top of Mount Carmel he immediately starts to eat and drink some of the left-over water that was brought up from the reservoir. Elijah on the other hand, when he gets to the top, the first thing he does is “casts himself on the ground.” Check this out in your Strong’s Concordance brethren as this is a very rare word\phrase, and is only used 3 times in all of Father’s Word, and all 3 times are here in the two Books of the Kings, you find it in your Strong’s Concordance as Hebrew word number: H1457 - גּהר, - gâhar, pronounced - gaw-har', and means: A primitive root; to prostrate oneself: - cast self down, stretch self.; so, in other words, Elijah first kneeled on the ground bowing with his face toward the ground; and then, he laid flat and prostrated himself, thus completely humbling himself before Father, he begins to Pray. We know that Elijah was giving much praise and thanksgiving to Father for keeping His Word. So, now, Elijah was waiting on Father to see what he should do next. Though they are now back at the top of Carmel, it still hadn't started to rain, as Elijah promised Ahab that it would.

18:43 Rain. Expectation of.

I Kings 18:43 And said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up, and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again seven times.”   ->   After Praying to Father, Elijah then tells his young servant to go up to a higher portion on the mount and look toward the sea in order to see if there was any sign of rain clouds yet. His servant does as commanded and then replies that, "no, there is no sign of rain yet," Elijah then tells him to do this seven more times. Specifically seven, not six, not eight, or any other number of time, specifically seven.

Seven=Seven in Biblical numerics denotes Spiritual Perfection and Completeness.

18:44 Rain. Expectation of.
18:44 Command to servant.
18:44 Reason.

I Kings 18:44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand.” And he said, “Go up, say unto Ahab, ‘Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.’ ”   ->   What happened? Exactly on that seventh time returning to the highest point on Mount Carmel, Elijah's servant sees what he was sent to find, a little rain cloud forming, one no larger than a man's hand.

Upon hearing his servant's reply, Elijah next tells him to go to the king, and tell him to get his chariot ready, climb onto it and ride down off the mount and all the way back to Jezreel without stopping. See, Elijah he knows that there is about to be a great down pouring of rain very shortly, and those old dry dusty roads are about to turn into muddy wheel traps where Ahab’s chariot wouldn’t be able pass. Even before he ordered his servant to go up seven times, Elijah knew what Father was saying, He was starting to fulfill His promise. The prophecy of a drought was over and it was now time for the rain, the heavy latter rain. This was the ending, or the spiritual completeness of this divine intervention of the prophecy that Father had promised. Father used Elijah to let His children know that He was still on His throne.

18:45 Obedience of Ahab.

I Kings 18:45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel (YAH will sow).   ->   As ole Ahab is coming down off Mount Carmel the sky fills with thick black rain clouds, and the rain begins to fall. What else was in the sky brethren? "The wind." Check out this word "wind" in your Strong's Concordance and you'll find it has a little more meaning than just an ordinary wind, it is Hebrew word number: H7307 - רוּח, - rûach, pronounced - roo'-akh, and means: From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions): - air, anger, blast, breath, X cool, courage, mind, X quarter, X side, spirit ([-ual]), tempest, X vain, ([whirl-]) wind (-y).; so, in other words, Father was in that wind and He was causing it to blow up a tempest as He was angry at Israel for turning away from Him in order to serve other, false gods.

Jezreel=A city situated in the plain of the same name between Gilboa and Little Hermon, now generally called Esdraelon. [ESDRAELON] It appears in Joshua 19:18 but its historical importance dates from the reign of Ahab, B.C. 918-897, who chose it for his chief residence. The situation of the modern village of Zerin still remains to show the fitness of his choice. Int he neighborhood, or within the town probably, were a temple and grove of Eastward, with an establishment of 400 priests supported by Jezebel I Kings 16:33; II Kings 10:11. The palace of Ahab I Kings 21:1; 18:46, probably containing his "ivory house" I kings 22:29, was on the eastern side of the city, forming part of the city wall, comp are with I Kings 21:1; II Kings 9:25,30,33. Whether the vineyard of Naboth was here or at Samaria is a doubtful question. Still in the same eastern direction are two springs, one 12 minutes from the town, the other 20 minutes. The latter, probably from both its size and its situation, was known as "the spring of Jezreel." With the fall of the house of Ahab the glory of Jezreel departed..

18:46 Elijah. Run to Jezreel.

I Kings 18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.   ->   Not only was Father in the wind; but, His "hand" was on His Prophet Elijah too, lol. "Hand" is used here and actually means: power. As we see, by Elijah's overtaking Ahab's chariot. Can you imagine the look on Ahab's face as he watches Elijah run past him, lol? Oh to have been there and see Ahab's face, see, Father surely does have a sense of humor.

Girded=Girdles were worn by everybody back then, even by the men, they were taken off, or wrapped around the waist and up through the legs in order to secure the gown so that the people could work, journeying, or as in this case: run.

Ran=Remember brethren, Mount Carmel is approximately 20 miles from Jezreel, that means that Elijah ran for over 20 miles acting for the most part as the king's "royal runner;" as, there probably was no other servant to be such. In either case, Elijah, outrunning both horses and the king's chariot, ran ahead of Ahab all across the great plain of Esdraelon beating him back to Jezreel.

Do you think all that happened in this Chapter with the two altars, and now Elijah running before Ahab will get Ahab's attention? No, he'll continue to be his foolish self, and when he tells his wife Jezebel what transpired, how do you think she'll receive the news? Elijah better still have the hand of Father on him as, she be out for his head.

Dec 2014

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