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Elijah's work (not his mission)

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September 2018

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Some perpetual questions ....

Is there really an immortal soul?

Do you know the difference between the "love" that is of Christianity
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Here's another great site on the character of God written in a way that's very easy to understand.

In this reply the old-fashioned words of the KJV have been modernised, and in some instances, the man-made punctuation has been altered for greater understanding.  Some of the comments are adapted from books in my library.  No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly.  All the ideas expressed in this article, right or wrong, are my own.   


The great mass of professing Christians will meet with bitter disappointment in the day of God. They have not upon their foreheads the seal of the living God. Lukewarm and halfhearted, they dishonor God far more than the avowed unbeliever. They grope in darkness, when they might be walking in the noonday light of the Word, under the guidance of One who never errs (Letter 121, 1903).  {7BC 970.6}

Query:

    1 Kings 19:

2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time. 3 And when he saw [heard] that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to [the south of] Judah, and left his servant there.  4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers

Why did Elijah leave God’s protection and run away from that death threat? 

And what does that mean for us who live in the days of the last Elijah?

 

 

Response:

You are no doubt referring to the prophecy in Malachi which says:

    Malachi 4:

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers [bring harmony in the church], lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. 

(Just in passing, to see my understanding of his message see note 4.)

The first thing that we need to know about him is contained in the following text:

    James 5:

16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man subject to like passions [emotions and understandings] as we are, and he prayed earnestly [at the Spirit’s direction] that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. 

So he was not a superhuman!   He appears on the scene from about 874BC in the times of Ahab and Jezebel.

We have already been told about another man who came in the spirit and power of Elijah since that prophecy was given, and so we may look at his experiences too to get a complete picture of what might yet be, for there is obviously a further one to come.  (Matthew 11:11-15.)  There may have been others in the past, and maybe even some to appear in the near future, but we have not been told about them in the Bible, apart from the 144,000.

   {Volume 1 Selected Messages 412.2 to 412.3}     [Spoken Jan 29, 1890]

The Jews tried to stop the proclamation of the message that had been predicted in the Word of God; but prophecy must be fulfilled.  The Lord says, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord”.  (Malachi 4:5). 

Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he appears, men may say, “You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way.  Let me tell you how to teach your message.”  {1SM 412.2} 

There are many who cannot distinguish between the work of God and that of man.  I shall tell the truth as God gives it to me, and I say now, If you continue to find fault, to have a spirit of variance, you will never know the truth [for you are not willing to be taught].  Jesus said to His disciples,

“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now” (John 16:12). 

They were not in a condition to appreciate sacred and eternal things; but Jesus promised to send the Comforter, who would teach them all things, and bring all things to their remembrance, whatsoever He had said unto them.  Brethren, we must not put our dependence in man.  “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” (Isaiah 2:22). 

You must hang your helpless souls upon Jesus.  It does not become us [it’s not sensible] to drink from the fountain of the valley, when there is a fountain in the mountain.  Let us leave the lower streams; let us come to the higher springs.  If there is a point of truth that you do not understand, upon which you do not agree, investigate, compare scripture with scripture, sink the shaft of truth down deep into the mine of God's Word. 

You must lay yourselves and your opinions on the altar of God, put away your preconceived ideas, and let the Spirit of Heaven guide you into all truth.  {1SM 412.3}

Let’s look at the experience of the original Elijah and move from that into our time, for we too, will be facing a death threat from Babylon, our “Jezebel”, who will have joined with the Israel [not Judah] of our time [the union of the Roman Catholic church and the Protestants of the United States of America].

Elijah did have a part to play in the world, but his main work, like that of John the Baptist, was in the real church.

[Don’t confuse the shadow church with the real one. 

The shadow will be broken up and will leave God, while the reality will harmonise even while physically separated!  Also, I am not positive who these people represent, so will have to leave you with the Spirit to find out.]

After warning his physical church of the impending disaster (the severe drought which would last until he spoke again, 1 Kings 17:1-9) and being looked after by the LORD through the ministration of the birds, Elijah was given the privilege of bringing a boy back from death (1 Kings 17:10-24) and this revived the faith of the widow who was then caring for him.  It also helped Elijah in accepting the power of God.

The next chapter describes how one righteous man was able to save many of God’s people by hiding them in caves (1 Kings 18:1-40), and how Elijah so far misunderstood God’s character that he caused the deaths of all the prophets of Baal in the triumph of his victory!  But in verses 41-46 he was given the sign that the ordeal of Israel was over, and that the test was just beginning. 

Let’s backtrack a bit:   [Ahab reigned from about 874-853BC.]

    1 Kings 19:

1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.  2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time. 

3 And when he saw [heard] that, he arose, and went for his life [doing his own thing], and came to Beersheba, which belongs to [the southernmost part of] Judah, and left his servant there.  4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 

And he wasn’t any better, for he was so much like them that the LORD could not use him without an additional lesson

    1 Kings 19:

5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said to him, Arise and eat6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake [loaf] baked on the coals, and a cruse [jug] of water at his head.  And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. 

7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for you

8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat [food] forty days and forty nights to Horeb [Mount Sinai] the mount of God.  [He was blessed twice to enable him to learn his lesson.]

     {Desire of Ages 301.1} 

Elijah knew not what he was doing when in the desert he said that he had had enough of life, and prayed that he might die.  [1 Kings 19:4.]  The Lord in His mercy did not take him at his word.  There was yet a great work for Elijah to do; and when his work was done, he was not to perish in discouragement and solitude in the wilderness.  Not for him the descent into the dust of death, but the ascent in glory [translation without seeing death], with the convoy of celestial chariots, to the throne on high. 

And what was that work?  Let’s read on and see if we can find out.

So the first lesson came:

    1 Kings 19:

9 And he came thither to a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, What do you here, Elijah

10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel [both kingdoms] have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars, and slain Your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left [it is easy to believe that we are the last]; and they seek my life, to take it away.  [Modern Israel (that is, the Protestant world) should be compared with the daughters of Babylon, for it was not of God when it was “born”, but of rebellion and separation.] 

11 And He said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD

And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent [blew on] the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12 and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small Voice

So his first lesson was that God does not use force under any circumstances!  He always responds with the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. 

To a man who lived among warring nations who fought every two or three years (if not every year) this was an entirely new thought.  Yet this is something that he should have known, for it is quite plain in the scriptures, including the Old Testament (to those who “listen” as well as “read”).  The period in 1 Kings 22:1 is so unusual that it is noted: “And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel”! [1] 

Are you following the pattern for our day?

   {Review and Herald, June 19, 1888 paras. 4-5}  [Before the 1888 Conference]

Sunday evening I spoke in the [church?] hall [in Fresno, California], which was filled to its utmost capacity.  My subject was Christ riding into Jerusalem.  Although I felt weary and exhausted, the Lord gave me freedom in speaking, and the people listened with interest. 

There were in the audience men of intelligence, whose knowledge of the truth had enabled them to exert an influence to strengthen and encourage the churches they had left in the East [of the United States].  Their removal had left offices vacant, and the churches have felt weakened because of the loss of the very help which these men, if sanctified through the truth, could have given.

Is it not possible that the Lord may say to some of these as he said to Elijah, “What doest thou here?” Elijah might have thought that the journey from Samaria to Horeb had been ordered of the Lord, that it was a divine path which he was traveling; but the inquiry alarmed him.

It awakened him from deception.  It reminded him of the weakness of his faith in flying from the wrath of Jezebel.  If the voice of God could be heard by some of these brethren in Fresno, inquiring, What doest thou here? would not the question bring them to consider closely their motives in coming to this place?

They might see, by examining their hearts, that they are not where God placed them, but where they have placed themselves; they might see that they have mistaken their duty, and that they do not belong in the society in which they are found.  {RH, June 19, 1888 par. 4}

In the Laodicean state of the church at the present time, how little evidence [or witness] is given of the direct, personal guidance of God!

Men place themselves in positions of temptation, where they see and hear much that is contrary to God, and detrimental to spirituality [like Lot in the city of the plains].  They lose their warmth and fervor, and become lukewarm Christians, who are, in a great measure, indifferent to the glory of God, and the advancement of his work. 

If God calls his servants to positions where the influence is of a worldly character [such as Daniel in the king’s court], he will give special grace that they may be enabled to overcome the evil consequent upon their circumstances.  There should be religious fervor corresponding to the faith and doctrines we have accepted as truth.  

If this were the case, how earnestly would prayers be offered to know the will of God, and how diligently would the heart be kept, out of which are the issues of life! The servants of God become estranged from the truth by associating with the world, and by partaking of its spirit.  When this is done, the truth is not appreciated as a sacred and sanctifying truth.  {RH, June 19, 1888 par. 5} 

Elijah’s defence was that he had done many wonderful works in the name of the LORD, but that was not accepted, for he had mis-represented the character of God while doing them!  See Matthew 7:21-23.

    1 Kings 19:

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave [for he had hidden from the elements, being greatly afraid again].  And, behold, there came a voice to him, and said, What do you here, Elijah? 14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left [in this area]; and they seek my life, to take it away. 

[This is the same excuse as in verse 10, but this time it had a different meaning for he had accepted the first lesson.  And a second!  Consider verse 18 “Yet I have left Me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal [the god of force], and every mouth which has not kissed [worshipped] him”.] 

  {Prophets and Kings 170.1 to 171.1}   [Published 1917]

Elijah had thought that he alone in Israel was a worshiper of the true God.

But He who reads the hearts of all revealed to the prophet that there were many others who, through the long years of apostasy, had remained true to Him.  “I have left Me,” God said, “seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”  {PK 170.1}   [We need to learn this to fit us for our understanding.]

From Elijah's experience during those days of discouragement and apparent defeat there are many lessons to be drawn, lessons invaluable to the servants of God in this age, marked as it is by general departure from right. 

The apostasy prevailing today is similar to that which in the prophet's day overspread Israel.  In the exaltation of the human above the divine, in the praise of popular leaders, in the worship of mammon, and in the placing of the teachings of science above the truths of revelation, multitudes today are following after Baal [in the church as well as outside of it].  Doubt and unbelief are exercising their baleful influence over mind and heart, and many are substituting for the oracles of God the theories of men. [The theory of evolution was first proposed about 1858. The “big bang” about 1927.] 

It is publicly taught that we have reached a time when human reason should be exalted above the teachings of the Word.  The law of God, the divine standard of righteousness, is declared to be of no effect.  The enemy of all truth is working with deceptive power to cause men and women to place human institutions where God should be, and to forget that which was ordained for the happiness and salvation of mankind.  {PK 170.2} 

Yet this apostasy, widespread as it has come to be, is not universal. [Yet!] 

Not all in the world are lawless and sinful; not all have taken sides with the enemy.  God has many thousands who have not bowed the knee to Baal, many who long to understand more fully in regard to Christ and the law, many who are hoping against hope that Jesus will come soon to end the reign of sin and death.  And there are many who have been worshiping Baal ignorantly, but with whom the Spirit of God is still striving.  {PK 171.1} 

A typical example of an Elijah:

    {Great Controversy 142.3} 

To the reproaches of his enemies who taunted him with the weakness of [support for] his cause, Luther answered: “Who knows if God has not chosen and called me, and if they ought not to fear that, by despising me, they despise God Himself? Moses was alone at the departure from Egypt; Elijah was alone in the reign of King Ahab; Isaiah alone in Jerusalem; Ezekiel alone in Babylon . . . God never selected as a prophet either the high priest or any other great personage; but ordinarily He chose low and despised men, once even the shepherd Amos. 

“In every age, the saints have had to reprove the great, kings, princes, priests, and wise men, at the peril of their lives . . . I do not say that I am a prophet; but I say that they ought to fear precisely because I am alone and that they are many. 

“I am sure of this, that the word of God is with me, and that it is not with them.”

In the end, God will have the perfect number of witnesses, 12,000 from each of the twelve character types that humans need to get an understanding of His character.  Revelation 7:3-8.  This number is necessary because God will demonstrate abundantly, and also because His true people are scattered all over the world, in amongst the 7-8 billions of humanity, and it will require more than one bodily Elijah to reach them, although one man will undoubtedly start it, for that is how it has been in the past with Elijah and John the Baptist.  

       {Review and Herald, September 18, 1913 par. 6} 

Facing King Ahab and the false prophets, and surrounded by the assembled hosts of Israel, Elijah stands [on Mount Carmel, 1 Kings 18], the only one who has appeared to vindicate the honor of Jehovah.  He whom the whole kingdom has charged with its weight of woe is now before them, seemingly without support, either human or divine; apparently defenseless in the presence of the men of war, the prophets of Baal, the monarch of Israel, and the surrounding thousands. 

But Elijah is not alone. 

Above and around him are the protecting hosts of heaven, -- angels that excel in strength.  Realizing his source of power, Elijah could say, “The Lord is with me as a mighty, terrible One: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.” [But consider also Daniel 3:16-18.] 

The next person of interest in our story is the man with the vineyard who was killed by Ahab and Jezebel.  [See note 1.]

Before that experience the LORD gave Elijah some things to do which were seemingly unconnected with his main mission, but as we read on we will find that Elijah did not physically do these things, except make the call to Elisha to be his servant and successor!

    1 Kings 19:

15 And the LORD said to him, Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when you come, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria [one of their greatest enemies].  (For his story see note 2.)

Why?  Of what use is it to a prophet of God to recognise those who are leading out in opposition?  In this ceremony, the Son of God did not ordain these men to their positions, but tried to warn them so that they would not continue!  Elijah just had to recognise them as potential enemies. [Do we really know ours?]

His next commission was to recognise that there would be a new leader of the ten tribes when he was told to anoint someone else to take his place as prophet! 

1 Kings 19:

16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shall you anoint to be king over Israel. [We should note that it was a prophet in training who actually did it many years later!] (See note 3 for the story.)

and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shall you anoint to be prophet in your room [in your place].  [This occurred about 857BC.]

17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapes the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.  [There will be wholesale slaughter even among the people of God.]

[But, remember, God does not punish, hurt or destroy any one at any time for any reason as men do (except in words of warning)!]

18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him. 

19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat [the last of the three missions he had been given], who was plowing with twelve [different] yoke [pairs] of oxen before [with] him, and he with the twelfth [so it must have been a very big area to be prepared which tells us that his was a very wealthy family]: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. 20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray you, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.

[This was NOT like the rich young man of Jesus’ time.  Luke 18:18-23.]

And he said to him, Go back again: for what have I done to you? [It’s your choice and timing.] 21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave to the people, and they did eat [as a “thank You” offering]. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered to him [helped wash his hands, etc.  2 Kings 3:11]

At the end of the period of drought Elijah had been given a sign:

    1 Kings 18:

42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink [as the people had in Noah’s day]

And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth [on his knees], and put his face between his knees, 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. 44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he [the servant] said, Behold, there arises a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand.  And he [Elijah] said, Go up, say to Ahab, Prepare your chariot, and get you down, that the rain stop you not.  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. 

46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab [guiding him] to the entrance of Jezreel [during that time of darkness]

He was a helpful Christian even to his enemies.

   {Review and Herald, January 9, 1900 par. 10-11} 

Jacob wrestled with the angel all night before he gained the victory.  When morning broke, the angel said, “Let me go, for the day breaketh.” But Jacob answered, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” Then his prayer was answered.  “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob,” said the angel, “but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” [Genesis 32:28.]

We need the perseverance of Jacob, and the unyielding faith of Elijah. 

Time after time Elijah sent his servant to see if the cloud was rising, but no cloud was to be seen.  At last, after seven times, the servant returned with the word, “There ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand.”  Did Elijah stand back and say, I will not receive this evidence;

I will wait till the heavens gather blackness?  --  No.  He said, It is time for us to be going.  He ventured all upon that token from God [of which he had been told by another man], and sent his messenger before him to tell Ahab that there was the sound of abundance of rain.  {RH, January 9, 1900 par. 10} 

 [Soon our eyes were drawn to the east, for a small black cloud had appeared, about half as large as a man's hand, which we all knew was the sign of the Son of man.  {EW 15.2}]  It is such faith as this that we need, faith that will take hold [of little evidence but the word of God], and will not let go.  Inspiration tells us that Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are.  Heaven heard his prayer.  He prayed that rain might cease, and there was no rain.  Again he prayed for rain, and rain was sent. 

 And why should not the Lord be entreated in behalf of his people today? Oh that the Lord would imbue us with his Spirit! Oh that the curtain might be rolled back that we might understand the mystery of godliness!  {RH, January 9, 1900 par. 11} 

 Conclusion:

Hopefully, we have now seen that behind the great mission of Elijah there were many small details which can be of use to us in our time.

  

 Who wants to add (or subtract!) from these thoughts? I won't argue as I have stated, but I will publish your Scriptures so that we may review all the words of God on the subject.  Some of the comments on this page are adapted from books in my library.  No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly.

 

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“If God is so powerful and so good why doesn’t He heal all the world’s sicknesses and problems?”   

 

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 Note 1:       [The dates given for these events are only approximate.]

Here is the story of Naboth:  

    1 Kings 21:

1 And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 And Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near to my house: and I will give you for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to you, I will give you the worth of it in money.  [This seems a reasonable request, except .  .  .  ] 

3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you[God intended that the possession of the land should stay in the family forever.  It could be rented or leased out, but not sold, and Naboth intended to keep the spirit of the commandment of the LORD.] 

4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said,

I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.   And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread [he sulked]5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said to him, Why is your spirit so sad, that you eat no bread? 6 And he said to her, Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite, and said to him, Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if it please you, I will give you another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give you my vineyard.  7 And Jezebel his wife said to him, Do you now govern the kingdom of Israel? [You are the boss here and can override the word of God.]  Arise, and eat bread, and let your heart be merry: I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.   

8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters to the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth. 9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people: 10 and set two men, sons of Belial [Satan’s agents who would lie under oath], before him, to bear witness against him, saying, You did blaspheme God and the king.  And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die [this was a death decree written by the religious side of the marriage of church and state].

11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent to them. 12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. 13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king.  Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died. 

14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead[So the people of the world bowed to the union of church and state and obeyed.]

15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead. 16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it [although it should have been taken over by a close relative.  Leviticus 25:23-28.  Consider also Numbers 27:1-11.] 

17 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 

18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it. 19 And you shall speak to him, saying, Thus says the LORD, Have you killed, and also taken possession?  And you shall speak to him, saying, Thus says the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your blood, even yours.  

20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you found me [out], O my enemy? And he answered, I have found you; because you have sold yourself to work evil in the sight of the LORD. 21 Behold, [God says] I will bring evil upon you, and will take away your posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that urinates against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,

 22 and will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith you have provoked Me to anger, and made Israel to sin. 

23 And of Jezebel also spoke the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. 24 Him that dies of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dies in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.   

25 But there was none like to Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. 

26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly [humbly before God – he repented of his (and his wife’s) action].  

28 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 

29 See you how Ahab humbles himself before Me?  Because he humbles himself before Me [and I can still protect him], I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house.  [The result of the sin was delayed, but showed up in his son.] 

 

 Note 2:

We first come across Hazael in the following text:   [His dates are: c. 842-800BC]

    2 Kings 8:

7 And Elisha [not Elijah] came to Damascus [this was about 812BC]; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come hither8 And the king said to Hazael [his right-hand man], Take a present in your hand, and go, meet the man of God, and inquire of the LORD by him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease?

9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Your son Benhadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, Shall I recover of this disease? 10 And Elisha said to him, Go, say to him, You may certainly recover: howbeit the LORD has showed me that he shall surely die.  [What a riddle!]

11 And he [Elisha] settled his countenance stedfastly [on Hazael], until he was ashamed [embarrassed]: and the man of God [who represented His character] wept [bitterly]12 And Hazael said, Why weeps my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel: their strong holds will you set on fire, and their young men will you slay with the sword, and will dash their children, and rip up their women with child. [This was a warning, an attempt to save him, not a condemnation, which is why Elisha wept.]  

13 And Hazael said, But what, is your servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? [He didn’t know that he had that in him!] And Elisha answered, The LORD has showed me that you shall be king over Syria. 14 So he departed from Elisha [thinking about that], and came to his master; who said to him, What said Elisha to you? And he answered, He told me that you should surely recover [half the truth].  

15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he [Hazael] took a thick cloth, and dipped it in water, and spread it on his [the king’s] face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.  [And the riddle was complete. Hazael was king from about 812-800BC.] 

In the end, it was Elisha who carried Elijah’s message to him, having had the mission passed on to him.   LISTNUM 1)This shows us that it is not important who the messenger is physically – only that they carry the word of the LORD.

 

 Note 3:  — Smith's Bible Dictionary

 

There are five men named Jehu mentioned in the Bible.

jehu Je'hu (the living).

  1. The founder of the fifth dynasty of the kingdom of Israel, son of Jehoshaphat.  2 Kin 9:2  He reigned over Israel 28 years, b.c. 884-856.  His first appearance in history is when he heard the warning of Elijah against the murderer of Naboth.  2 Kin 9:25

In the reigns of Ahaziah and Jehoram [possibly between 853-841BC], Jehu rose to importance [although he had served under Ahab as well].  He was, under the last-named king [Jehoram], captain of the host in the siege of Ramoth-gilead.  During this siege he was anointed by Elisha's servant, and told that he was appointed to be king of Israel and destroyer of the house of Ahab.  2 Kin 9:12 The army at once ordained him king, and he set off full speed for Jezreel.  Jehoram, who was lying ill in Jezreel, came out to meet him, as it happened, on the fatal field of Naboth.  2 Kin 9:21-24 Jehu seized his opportunity, and shot him through the heart.  2 Kin 9:24

Jehu himself advanced to the gates of Jezreel and fulfilled the divine warning on Jezebel [the widow] as already on Jehoram.  He then entered on a work of extermination hitherto unparalleled in the history of the Jewish monarchy.  All the descendants of Ahab that remained in Jezreel, together with the officers of the court and the hierarchy of Eastward [they followed the system of Assyria], were swept away [killed off].  

His next step was to secure [the city of] Samaria.  For the pretended purpose of inaugurating anew the worship of Baal [the god of force], he called all the Bailouts [those who supported the government] together at Samaria.  The vast temple raised by Ahab, 1 Kin 16:32 was crowded from end to end.  The chief sacrifice was offered, as if in the excess of his zeal, by Jehu himself [who was not a priest].  As soon as it was ascertained that all, and none but the idolaters were there, the signal was given to eighty trusted guards, and [a] sweeping massacre removed at one blow the whole heathen population of the kingdom of Israel.  This is the last public act recorded of Jehu. 

The remaining twenty-seven years of his long reign are passed over in a few words, in which two points only are material:—He did not destroy the calf-worship of Jeroboam:— [and] The transjordanic tribes suffered much from the ravages of Hazael.  2 Kin 10:29-33  He was buried in state in Samaria, and was succeeded by his son Jehoahaz.  2 Kin 10:35  His name is the first of the Israelite kings which appears in the Assyrian monuments.

  1. Jehu son of Hanani; a prophet of Judah, but whose ministrations were chiefly directed to Israel.  His father was probably the seer who attacked Asa.  2 Chr 16:7  He must have begun his career as a prophet when very young.  He first denounced Baasha, 1 Kin 16:1, 7 and then, after an interval of thirty years, reappeared to denounce Jehoshaphat for his alliance with Ahab.  2 Chr 19:2, 3  He survived Jehoshaphat and wrote his life [story] 2 Chr 20:34
  1. A man of Judah of the house of Hezron.  1 Chr 2:38
  1. A Simeonite, son of Josibiah.  1 Chr 4:35
  1. Jehu the Antothite was one of the chief of the heroes of Benjamin who joined David at Ziklag.  1 Chr 12:3

  

 Here is the Bible record of the prophet Jehu:

 1 Kings 16:

1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani [the prophet] against Baasha [the king of the northern kingdom at the time], saying, 2 Forasmuch as I exalted you out of the dust, and made you prince over My people Israel; and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam [the separator of the kingdoms, the former servant of Solomon.  1 Kings 11:26-35], and have made My people Israel to sin, to provoke Me to anger with their sins; 3 behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the posterity of his house; and will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

4 Him that dies of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dies of his in the fields shall the fowls of the air eat [be unburied, a great calamity]. 5 Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did, and his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel? 6 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah: and Elah his son reigned in his stead.

7 And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed [murdered] him [that is, Jeroboam, 1 Kings 15:25-29. ]

 

 

But what about the bad Jehu?     [From c. 841-814BC.]

2 Kings 9:

1 And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said to him, Gird up your loins, and take this box [flask] of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead: 2 and when you come thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber [a private place]; 3 then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus says the LORD, I have anointed you king over Israel. 

Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not [for he has a quick temper!] 

[{Prophets and Kings 214.2} 

While Ahaziah [the king of Judah] was visiting his uncle [the king of Israel] at Jezreel, the prophet Elisha was divinely directed to send one of the sons of the prophets to Ramoth-gilead to anoint Jehu king of Israel.  The combined forces of Judah and Israel were at that time engaged in a military campaign against the Syrians of Ramoth-gilead.  Jehoram had been wounded in battle, and had returned to Jezreel, leaving Jehu in charge of the royal armies.] 

4 So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. 

5 And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said,

I have an errand to you, O captain.  And Jehu said, To which of all us? And he said, To you, O captain. 6 And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, Thus says the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed you king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. [Remember why God does this!] 

7 And you shall smite the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that urinates against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel: 9 and I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah: 

10 and the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her.  And he opened the door, and fled.

[Now is another good time to remember, that God does not punish, hurt or destroy any one at any time for any reason (except in words of warning!]

11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said to him, Is all well?  Wherefore came this mad fellow to you? And he said to them, You know the man, and his communication. 12 And they said, It is [undoubtedly] false [for they did not believe the word of the LORD]; tell us now.  And he said, Thus and thus spoke he to me, saying, Thus says the LORD, I have anointed you king over Israel. 

13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment [cloak], and put it under him [as a make-shift throne] on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king [an open act of rebellion]. 

14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram.  (Now Joram had kept [an army at] Ramoth-gilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria. 15 But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.)

And Jehu said, If it be your minds [to support my cause], then let none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to tell it in Jezreel. [His was to be a reign of terror.] 

16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there.  And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram. 17 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company.  And Joram said, Take a horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, Is it peace [with Syria]? 18 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus says the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What have you to do with peace? [That’s not important right now.] Turn you behind me. [Join the rebellion.]  And the watchman told, saying, The messenger came to them, but he comes not again

19 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, Thus says the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What have you to do with peace? turn you behind me. 20 And the watchman told, saying, He came even to them, and comes not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he drives furiously.

21 And Joram said, Make ready.  And his chariot was made ready.  And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his [own] chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion [vineyard] of Naboth the Jezreelite.  22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of your mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?  [That was his excuse for his rebellion.]  (See note 5.)

23 And Joram turned [his chariot around with] his [own] hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah. 24 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram [in the back] between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot. [This was about 841BC.] 25 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and you rode together after [in the service of] Ahab his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him.

26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, says the LORD; and I will requite [avenge] you in this plat [this area], says the LORD.  Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD. 

27 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house [a short cut].  And Jehu [and his men] followed after him, and said, Smite [assassinate] him also in the chariot.  And they did so at the going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam.  And he fled to Megiddo, and died there. 28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David.

29 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah.

30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head [covered her hair], and looked out at a window. 31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?

[See 1 Kings 16:8-12.]  

32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? Who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs [her servants]. 33 And he said, Throw her down.  So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and [with them] he trode her under foot. 34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and [then] said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter. 35 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.

36 Wherefore they came again, and told him.  And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion [palace] of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: 37 and the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel. [There was to be no grave or memorial.]  

[{Volume 2 Bible Commentary 1038.2}

Men are slow to learn the lesson that the spirit manifested by Jehu will never bind hearts together.  It is not safe for us to bind our interests with a Jehu religion; for this will result in bringing sadness of heart upon God's true workers.  God has not given to any of His servants the work of punishing those who will not heed His warnings and reproofs.  When the Holy Spirit is abiding in the heart, it will lead the human agent to see his own defects of character, to pity the weakness of others, to forgive as he wishes to be forgiven.  He will be pitiful, courteous, Christlike (RH April 10, 1900).]  

2 Kings 10:

1 And Ahab had seventy [other] sons in [the country of] Samaria [he obviously had other wives and concubines].  And Jehu wrote letters, and sent to Samaria, to the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to them that brought up Ahab's children, saying, 2 Now as soon as this letter comes to you, seeing your master's sons are with you, and there are with you chariots and horses, a fenced city also, and armour; 3 look even out the best and meetest [fittest] of your master's sons, and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house. 

4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, Behold, two kings stood not before him: how then shall we stand? 5 And he that was over the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the bringers up of the children, sent to Jehu, saying, We are your servants, and will do all that you shall bid us; we will not make any king: do you that which is good in your eyes. [They joined the rebellion.]

6 Then he wrote a letter the second time to them, saying, If you be mine, and if you will hearken to my voice, take you the heads of the men your master's sons, and come to me to Jezreel by tomorrow this time. 

Now the king's sons, being seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, which brought them up [as part of their families]. 7 And it came to pass, when the letter came to them, that they took the king's sons, and slew seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him them to Jezreel. 8 And there came a messenger, and told him, saying, They have brought the heads of the king's sons.  And he said, Lay you them in two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning. [A parody of the sacrifice made with Abraham.  Genesis 15:6-17.] 

9 And it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and said to all the people, You be righteous [fair-minded]: behold, I conspired against my master, and slew him: but who slew all these? [Their foster parents! Therefore they are worse than me!] 10 Know now that there shall fall to the earth nothing of the word of the LORD, which the LORD spoke concerning the house of Ahab: for the LORD has done that which He spoke by His servant Elijah. [He was claiming that he was doing the LORD’s will!]

11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining. 

12 And he arose and departed, and came to [the city of] Samaria.  And as he was at the shearing house in [on] the way [which was like a motel today], 13 Jehu met with the brethren of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, Who are you? And they answered, We are the brethren of Ahaziah; and we go down to salute the children of the king and the children of the queen.  14 And he said, Take them alive.  And they took them alive [as prisoners] and [then] slew them at the pit of the shearing house, even forty-two men; neither left he any of them.

15 And when he was departed thence, he lighted on [he saw] Jehonadab the son of Rechab [the one who had killed Saul’s son. 2 Samuel 4:5-11] coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is your heart right, as my heart is with your heart? [Are you on my side?] And Jehonadab answered, It is. [And Jehu said] If it be, give me your hand.  And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot. 16 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD.  So they made him ride in his chariot.

17 And when he came to [the city of] Samaria, he slew all that remained to Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him [that is, his family], according to the saying of the LORD, which He spoke to Elijah. [But the LORD and Baal have different ways of destroying!!]

18 And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said to them,

                 Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much.

[He was to be far worse than any before him.  Consider Daniel 12:1.]

19 Now therefore call to me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live.  But Jehu did it in subtlety [trickery], to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal. 20 And Jehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal.  And they proclaimed it. 

21 And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left that came not.  And they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was full from one end to another.

22 And he said to him that was over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshippers of Baal.  And he brought them forth vestments. [He dressed them in religious garments, praising them.] 

23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said to the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the LORD [the God of peace], but the worshippers of Baal [the god of force] only. 

24 And when they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings [to Baal, with Jehu leading out], Jehu appointed fourscore [80] men without, and said, If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escape, he that lets him go, his life shall be for the life of him. 25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go in, and slay them; let none come forth.  And they smote them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house [the temple] of Baal.

26 And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burned them. 

27 And they broke down the image of Baal, and broke down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house [toilet block] to this day. [The ultimate act of treachery.] 

28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel. [And set up a far worse religion. The 8th head?  Revelation 17:11.] 

29 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Bethel, and that were in Dan [they were the symbols of the god of force]. 30 And the lord [that is, Satan] said to Jehu, Because you have done well in executing that which is right in my eyes, and have done to the house of Ahab according to all that was in my heart, your children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.

32 In those days the LORD began to cut Israel short [of food etc. Matthew 24:6- 7]: and Hazael [of Syria] smote them in all the coasts of Israel; 33 from Jordan eastward, all the land of Gilead, the Gadites, and the Reubenites, and the Manassites, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, even Gilead and Bashan.

34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel? 35 And Jehu slept with his fathers: and they buried him in Samaria.  And Jehoahaz his son reigned in his stead.

36 And the time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years [of which not much is recorded]

  

    {Testimonies to Ministers 333.1}    [Written in 1900]

I inquired why those who could read their Bibles and see the perils of these last days were so ready to snatch up matters they had best let alone.  How can they connect with men who are advancing principles that originated in the councils of demons? Why do they not see that this is no work the Lord has set them to do?

The answer came, Because their hearts are lifted up unto vanity.  They are beguiled.  They do not know how weak they are.  There are many who will be deluded, and who, by pen and voice, will cast their whole influence to create an evil condition of things (a condition that will exist just the same whatever they may do); but they should not be bound up with the evil workers. 

All who are longing for some engagement that will represent Jehu riding furiously will have opportunity enough to distinguish themselves.  Their arm will be linked with his who was once an exalted angel, and who has not forgotten his manners in the heavenly courts.  These manners he will assume; and in representing persons, he will lure many whose life is not hid with Christ in God. [See 2 Corinthians 11:14.]

    {Counsel to Writers 72.2} 

The truth should be presented with divine tact, gentleness, and tenderness.  It should come from a heart that has been softened and made sympathetic.  We need to have close communion with God, lest self rise up, as it did in Jehu, and we pour forth a torrent of words that are unbefitting, that are not as dew, or as the still showers that revive the withering plants.  Let our words be gentle as we seek to win souls.

God will be wisdom to him who seeks for wisdom from a divine source

. . .   {CW 72.2} 

God's plan is first to get at the heart.  Speak the truth, and let Him carry forward the reformatory power and principle.  Make no reference to what opponents say; but let the truth alone be advanced.  The truth can cut to the quick.  Plainly unfold the word in all its impressiveness. -- Testimonies, Vol.  6, pp.  394-400.  (1900.)  {CW 73.1} 

 

 

 

Note 4:

{Early Writings 269.1 to 272.3}    [First written 1852 - Published 1882]

The Shaking

I saw some, with strong faith and agonizing cries, pleading with God. 

Their countenances were pale and marked with deep anxiety, expressive of their internal struggle.  Firmness and great earnestness was expressed in their countenances; large drops of perspiration fell from their foreheads.  Now and then their faces would light up with the marks of God's approbation, and again the same solemn, earnest, anxious look would settle upon them.  {EW 269.1}

Evil angels crowded around, pressing darkness upon them to shut out Jesus from their view, that their eyes might be drawn to the darkness that surrounded them, and thus they be led to distrust God and murmur against Him.  Their only safety was in keeping their eyes directed upward.  Angels of God had charge over His people, and as the poisonous atmosphere of evil angels was pressed around these anxious ones, the heavenly angels were continually wafting their wings over them to scatter the thick darkness.  {EW 269.2} 

As the praying ones continued their earnest cries, at times a ray of light from Jesus came to them, to encourage their hearts and light up their countenances.  Some, I saw, did not participate in this work of agonizing and pleading.  They seemed indifferent and careless.  They were not resisting the darkness around them, and it shut them in like a thick cloud.  The angels of God left these and went to the aid of the earnest, praying ones.  I saw angels of God hasten to the assistance of all who were struggling with all their power to resist the evil angels and trying to help themselves by calling upon God with perseverance. 

But His angels left those who made no effort to help themselves, and I lost sight of them.  {EW 270.1} 

I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans.  This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth.  Some will not bear this straight testimony.  They will rise up against it, and this is what will cause a shaking among God's people.  {EW 270.2} 

I saw that the testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded. 

The solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely disregarded.  This testimony must work deep repentance; all who truly receive it will obey it and be purified.  {EW 270.3} 

Said the angel, “List ye!” Soon I heard a voice like many musical instruments all sounding in perfect strains, sweet and harmonious.  It surpassed any music I had ever heard, seeming to be full of mercy, compassion, and elevating, holy joy.  It thrilled through my whole being.  Said the angel, “Look ye!” My attention was then turned to the company I had seen, who were mightily shaken.  I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping and praying in agony of spirit.  The company of guardian angels around them had been doubled, and they were clothed with an armor from their head to their feet. 

They moved in exact order, like a company of soldiers.  Their countenances expressed the severe conflict which they had endured, the agonizing struggle they had passed through.  Yet their features, marked with severe internal anguish, now shone with the light and glory of heaven.  They had obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude and holy, sacred joy.  {EW 270.4} 

The numbers of this company had lessened.  Some had been shaken out and left by the way.  The careless and indifferent, who did not join with those who prized victory and salvation enough to perseveringly plead and agonize for it, did not obtain it, and they were left behind in darkness, and their places were immediately filled by others taking hold of the truth and coming into the ranks.  Evil angels still pressed around them, but could have no power over them.  {EW 271.1} 

 I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth with great power.

It had effect.  Many had been bound; some wives by their husbands, and some children by their parents.  The honest who had been prevented from hearing the truth now eagerly laid hold upon it.  All fear of their relatives was gone, and the truth alone was exalted to them.  They had been hungering and thirsting for truth; it was dearer and more precious than life.  I asked what had made this great change.  An angel answered, “It is the latter rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel.”  {EW 271.2} 

 Great power was with these chosen ones.  Said the angel, “Look ye!” My attention was turned to the wicked, or unbelievers.  They were all astir.  The zeal and power with the people of God had aroused and enraged them.  Confusion, confusion, was on every side.  I saw measures taken against the company who had the light and power of God.  Darkness thickened around them; yet they stood firm, approved of God, and trusting in Him.  I saw them perplexed; next I heard them crying unto God earnestly.  Day and night their cry ceased not: “Thy will, O God, be done! If it can glorify Thy name, make a way of escape for Thy people! Deliver us from the heathen around about us.  They have appointed us unto death; but Thine arm can bring salvation.”

 These are all the words which I can bring to mind.  All seemed to have a deep sense of their unworthiness and manifested entire submission to the will of God; yet, like Jacob, every one, without an exception, was earnestly pleading and wrestling for deliverance.  {EW 272.1} 

 Soon after they had commenced their earnest cry, the angels, in sympathy, desired to go to their deliverance.  But a tall, commanding angel suffered them not.  He said, “The will of God is not yet fulfilled.  They must drink of the cup.  They must be baptized with the baptism.”  {EW 272.2} 

 Soon I heard the voice of God, which shook the heavens and the earth. 

[Soon we heard the voice of God like many waters,

which gave us the day and hour of Jesus' coming.  {EW 14.1}]

 There was a mighty earthquake.  Buildings were shaken down on every side. 

I then heard a triumphant shout of victory, loud, musical, and clear.  I looked upon the company, who, a short time before, were in such distress and bondage.  Their captivity was turned.  A glorious light shone upon them.  How beautiful they then looked! All marks of care and weariness were gone, and health and beauty were seen in every countenance.  Their enemies, the heathen around them, fell like dead men; they could not endure the light that shone upon the delivered, holy ones.  This light and glory remained upon them, until Jesus was seen in the clouds of heaven, and the faithful, tried company were changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, from glory to glory.  And the graves were opened, and the saints came forth, clothed with immortality, crying, “Victory over death and the grave”; and together with the living saints they were caught up to meet their Lord in the air, while rich, musical shouts of glory and victory were upon every immortal tongue.  {EW 272.3}

 

 

 

 Note 5:

https://www.geni.com/people/Jezebel/6000000000793555533

Mother of

Athaliah, Queen of Judah;

Ahaziah son of Ahab, 8th King of Israel;

Unknown Sons, Sons;

IOAS [Ioas] and

Joram Yehoram son of Ahab, 9th King of Israel

 

Then came Jehu!


 

 

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