Spirit of Elijah - Part 1

     The Prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 40:3, mentions that ‘A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.’ Who is this voice of one crying in the wilderness, one who has chosen a different life and conveys such a different message from the contemporaries around them?  Who is this that speaks priceless yet costly truth, lives a life that asks of them everything they own, and calls for a change that positions a people and even a nation for their destiny?  The people who God is preparing for such a time as this will change the world but only at great cost to themselves as well as to those who are able to hear the message they bring.  God is preparing His people for a revival that exceeds all others.  This soon coming move of God will be preceded by those who operate in the ‘spirit and power of Elijah’.

     Prior to the birth of John the Baptist, his father Zacharias was visited by an angel with a message as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.

“It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”  Luke 1:17

 

Spirit and Power

     To operate in the ‘spirit and power of Elijah’ is to operate with the same Holy Spirit’s strength and power or force that Elijah operated in. Jesus told those around Him that it was important they understand that He had authority to flow in miraculous power because a new kingdom or dominion of God had come and become active.  To simply look at the miracle might cause someone to miss the fact that a new dynamic was taking place.  Jesus’ miracles themselves were simply the outcome of a new kingdom authority expressed in deliverance, healings, resurrections, and changed lives.  This power was a seat of authority that extracted fallen man from the treacherously gained dominion that satan tricked away from Adam and Eve through lie and deceit.

     John, while operating in the spirit and power of Elijah, revealed a heart or motivation and an authority that was a reflection of God’s heart towards mankind.  Elijah is the personification of God’s deliverance.  Throughout the centuries the Jewish people have been awaiting Elijah to come and sit and to drink the prepared cup of wine at their Seder supper - the Seder supper that reminds them of the Exodus and Elijah who  is the voice preceding deliverance for the people of God.  Christians, too, all around the world are attempting to make sense of what is happening around them and when the Lord will deliver them from this life’s troubles.  However, for those in Africa and Arab nations, at the hands of such groups as ISIS, their speculation is currently a whole lot different from those in western nations, in America, England, or even in South America where life is much more difficult.

     Jesus Christ Himself while speaking of the restoration of all things agrees that ‘Elijah is coming’ and also that he ‘already came’ as the following verse from Matthew 17:10-12 shows us.

10 And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11 And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; 12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”  (NASB)

     John the Baptist had already been killed by the time Jesus spoke the words recorded above and like Elijah who preceded him, he spoke a message that delineated clearly the difference between God’s standards and this world’s standards.  He, like Elijah, confronted the leaders of the nation and spoke a message of repentance and coming judgement.  They both called for repentance from all who would listen, they challenged those in places of leadership to turn and follow God, and they both specifically addressed sexual sins.  Their hearts were not bitter or angry but woefully broken for the people who they loved, for Jehovah whom they served, and the hope which they saw existed only in the Hand of a Fiery yet Merciful God!  The spirit and power of Elijah will bring with it a call of repentance and it will also bring a quickening to the Church to humbly prepare.

     We must be ready for a mighty move of God’s Holy Spirit.  That move will bring the revival we all long to see – a revival in the world and a within our churches.  Bob Jones said that the Lord told him he would not die until he saw the beginnings of a revival that would yield a billion souls. We have great days ahead of us but there will be a shaking like never before.  You do not yield a billion souls apart from such a shaking - that shaking has begun.

     In coming weeks, I will be expanding on a number of items brought up here but for now, I leave you with Malachi 4:5-6, which undoubtedly Zacharias, the Father of John the Baptist, remembered when the angel visited him with news of a coming son – a coming shift – one called to prepare the way.   

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” (NKJV)

    

Spirit of Elijah