Elijah had faced the greatest trial of his life, and won the greatest victory for the name of YaHWeH/Jehovah. He had prayed a simple prayer to God,
“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. 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.” 1 Kings 18:36-37 (KJV)
The LORD God heard Elijah’s prayer, and did just what Elijah asked for. Fire fell (v. 38), burnt the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the dust, and licked up the water in the trench which Elijah had placed around the altar to display the power of God. This was no magicians trick; no wizards wand was needed; it was the fire of God falling just as the man of God had requested.
The people of the Northern kingdom of Israel fell on their faces declaring, “The LORD, He is the God; the LORD, He is the God.” At that moment in time there was no doubt in their minds who the God of Israel and the earth was. Now these prophets and priests of Baal needed to be dealt with; and they would be dealt with unto death.
“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, and slew them there.” 18:40
When the LORD is God there is no room for false prophets and teachers. They will be dealt with quickly. The prophet Jeremiah was confronted by a false prophet, who prophesied differently from his own prophecy, and the LORD told Jeremiah to return to Hananiah and tell him that due to his lies he would die within the year (Jeremiah 28). That prophet died by the hand of God Himself; just as the prophet had said.
Why deal so harshly and directly with false teachers and prophets? These had in large part been responsible for leading the nation into apostasy, turning their backs on the GOD of Israel, leading them into all kinds of debauchery and rebellious living against the GOD of all creation. It needed to be seen by Israel that this will not be tolerated.
In this the Christian of 2012 can learn that the LORD God will not tolerate false teaching in the Christians life; and we are to weed out those teachings from our lives that distract us from Him; the LORD of the universe. We are to keep our individual lives free from false teaching, teachers; from unholy living; and keep these things from our local congregations. When a church begins propagating lies, heresy, and distracts from the Word of God and from our Lord Jesus Christ that church will fall, and its fire will go out. No matter how large the attendance is, how great the crowd is at their weekly gatherings; it can still be without the fire of God.
When Elijah had dealt with the false prophets, then he told Ahab,
“And Elijah said unto Ahab, ‘Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.” 18:41
For 3.5 years there had been no rain. The land was parched, dry, brooks were dry the rivers were low, water was in short supply. Now without even seeing a cloud, the prophet tells the king, “…There is a sound of abundance of rain”. The fire of God had fallen from the heavens. The people had seen the fire of God fall, and they had fallen on their faces crying out, “The LORD, He is the God” and the liars had been put away. Now rain was coming. Refreshment, renewing and restoration to the land was coming.
You can turn to the LORD God today, and live forever. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; that He died for your sins, was buried, and bodily arose from the grave; and is one day returning for His own. He is the fire that John the Baptist spoke of in Matthew 3:11. “…He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire…”
When God’s people return to the LORD there will be and we can hear “…The sound of Abundance of Rain”.
-Tim A. Blankenship