Elijah is Coming Chapter 1 | Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj

Preface

Over the past 36 years of my ministry, of which 35 years have been spend walking with God in visions and revelations, the Lord God, out of His great kindness and mercy, has favored me to received many visitations from the saint Elijah.

During such visitations, similar to the one where he and the saint Moses visited the Lord Jesus to speak with Him about His decease that He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem (Lk 9:30-31), the saint Elijah brought with him messages and counsels from the Lord. Let me share a few:

1. November 13, 2007: While I was deeply meditating the Scriptures, my spiritual eyes were opened and I saw the saint Elijah come into my living room in a chariot. The horses that pulled the chariot came to a screeching halt. The saint Elijah looked at me while still holding the reins of the horses in his hand as if he was in a hurry to immediately go to another place. He said, “You will be taken to the third heaven very soon to receive instructions. Prepare; be pure and clean.”

Then he took off. As the chariot was leaving, he turned back and repeated twice: “Be pure and clean for the visitation. I will come to take you.”

2. December 11, 2007: The Lord specifically asked me to go and pray on Mount Carmel. While praying on Mount Carmel for the rest time in my life, I saw the saint Elijah come down from heaven in a golden chariot. During the visitation, he pointed to the Valley of Jezreel and spoke about the future Battle of Armageddon.

3. March 4, 2013: I was in Nashville, Tennessee to attend the National Religious Broadcasters’ Conference. While praying in the morning, I saw the saint Elijah in the Spirit. He said to me, “Can we count on you to begin a TV channel in Hebrew? On it you must broadcast programs related to end-time events and prophecies related to Israel, the Middle East, Gog and Magog, and the coming of the four horses as described both in Revelation and Zechariah. This resulted in the birth of Angel TV | Hebrew channel in 2014.

4. October 2, 2016: While praying in Jerusalem on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Word of the Lord came unto me: “The Spirit of Elijah will be released all over the world. People will report seeing Elijah coming to them with scrolls. They will ask you what this means. You shall teach them the ways of the Lord. Prepare them to be prophets for God in these last days.”

During our annual Open Heaven Prophetic Conference which was held in Jerusalem in June 2017, the Lord Jesus speci cally mandated me to hold the last day (June 8) of the conference on Mount Carmel. I present here an overview of what I shared there:

“God is going to release something wonderful today. Not only upon all of you who are gathered here, but also upon the whole world. That is why the Lord moved my heart to have a live telecast here on Mount Carmel. This is the third time we have gathered on Mount Carmel for this conference over the years. We did not have any live broadcasts then. But from the time we began this conference in Jerusalem I felt a strong stirring in my spirit that the event on Mount Carmel should be televised live.

Over the past few days, the Lord showed me why. It is because there is going to be a worldwide outpouring of a special anointing. And what is going to take place here will have a ripple-effect throughout the world. All those who are watching live through television and through the Internet are also going to get the same blessing and anointing as you are.

When the Word of the Lord came unto me that Elijah is coming, the Lord also said to me, “People all over the world will report seeing Elijah and they will write to you.” Subsequently, I have received letters from many nations of the world from people testifying they have been visited by Elijah. Why is he visiting? It is to ful l his last days’ ministry as is prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6. The spirit and the power of Elijah is going to be released.

We read in the Bible that the spirit and power of Elijah came upon two prophets: Elisha and John the Baptist. However, in these last days the spirit and power of Elijah will come upon all. That is why you have been brought here. You are going to receive this anointing today. Not only you, but also all those who are afar off – watching by television and Internet.”

What happened next – during the prayer time – was phenomenal. You may read some of the testimonies at the end of the book.

Perchance – if God is willing – you, too, will be lled with the spirit and power of Elijah and receive a visitation from the saint, even as you read these pages. That is the sole reason why the Lord Jesus told me to write this book.

The saint-prophet Elijah is coming before the great and terrible day of the Lord! Believe with all your heart and you shall surely receive the spirit and power of Elijah!

Chapter 1 Prophet Elijah

Elijah was an important Israelite prophet. He was born at a time when gross darkness was hovering over Israel.

The name “Elijah” in Hebrew is Eliyahu, meaning My God is Yahu/Jah or my Lord is Jehovah. No background for the prophet Elijah is given except that he is a “Tishbite”, that is, from the village of Tishbeh, located within the territory of Gilead—a tribal division closely af liated with or the same as Manasseh.

He was of the sojourners from Gilead (1Kg 17:1), so he was of the Trans-Jordan Jews. He was a Benjamite. The tribe of Benjamin produced several heroes and mighty warriors. Besides these details, nothing is known of his family or birth.

His name meaning “My God is the Lord”, may be a title applied to him because of his challenge to the worship of Baal. The prophet Elijah is also thought to be the prophet Ahijah’s choice disciple.

When Did Elijah Live?

Elijah was a prophet and a miracle worker who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Ahab

(9th Cent. B.C.). The Bible also describes him as having lived during the reigns of Israelite kings Ahab, Ahaziah, and Jehoram.

His rst appearance is about half-way through the reign of King Ahab, son of Omri (who founded the northern kingdom in Samaria), which would put him at about 864 B.C.

Where Did Elijah Live?

He is called the Tishbite, meaning he was from Tishbeh, probably East of the Jordan River, though possibly in Naphtali. A Tishbeh in Upper Galilee in Naphtali is known from the apocryphal book of Tobit. So it’s possible that the prophet Elijah’s family had resided in Naphtali and had been displaced to Gilead during the Aramean wars of King Baasha’s reign

The prophet Elijah’s ministry was con ned to the northern kingdom of Israel. Once, he is recorded as having to ee from King Ahab’s wrath, rst taking refuge by the brook Cherith, and second, in Zarephath, a Phoenician city. On another occasion, he ed for his life from Queen Jezebel who threatened to behead him, and took refuge at a cave in Mount Horeb, aka Mount Sinai.

What Did Elijah Do?

The main ministry of the prophet Elijah was his battle against the Canaanite god Baal and Baal’s various priestly representatives— the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets Asherah. King Ahab had formed strong ties with Phoenician states and, in the process, had become lax in maintaining strict religious purity.

He even went so far as to marry Jezebel, daughter of the king of Sidon, who was also a priestess and worshipper of foreign gods. He allowed her to promote her religion in Israel leading a whole nation into apostasy.

The Lord God also performed many miracles through the prophet Elijah, including raising the dead (1 Kg 17:17-24), multiplication of food (1 Kg 17:8–16), and bringing re down from the sky (1 Kg 18:36-38; 2 Kg 1:10,12). All this established the prophet Elijah as a mighty and revered prophet in Israel.

He also established a school of prophets known as “the sons of the prophets” (2 Kg 2:3,5,7,15). Before his ascension, he anointed Elisha as prophet in his stead—his successor. The prophet Elisha, his most devoted disciple, then took over his role as leader of this school.

What Was Elijah Like?

The prophet Elijah was a human being just like any of us—a man of similar hopes and dreams, weaknesses and shortcomings, but also a man of deep faith in God. He was a bold, direct-to- the-point prophet of God. By un inchingly speaking forth the words of God, he made erce enemies, but his enemies could not overpower him.

The apostle James would later speak of the prophet Elijah’s faith saying, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit” (Jas 5:17-18).

Why Was Elijah Sent?

In his novel, A Tale of Two Cities (1859) Charles Dickens wrote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…” Likewise, during the darkest period of Israel’s history the Lord sent His greatest light – the prophet Elijah.

Elijah is regarded as a “reformer” prophet—his purpose was to call the Israelites back to the worship of Yahweh and away from the evil pagan religious cults that were growing in popularity. In 1 Kings 18, the prophet Elijah championed the worship of the true living God over that of the Canaanite deity Baal.

The prophet Elijah’s challenge is bold and direct. At that time, King Ahab and his beautiful but evil wife, Queen Jezebel, served the most despicable Canaanite idols, Baal and Ashtoreth, demons that demanded human sacri ces which also included the offering of blood as drink-offering, sexual immorality and perversion.

Baal was the Canaanite god responsible for rain, thunder, lightning, and dew. Queen Jezebel even built altars to these idols and masterminded the killing of God’s true prophets. In their place, she appointed false prophets, prophet-priests for Baal and temple prostitutes.

The prophet Elijah not only challenged Baal on behalf of God Himself, but he also challenged Queen Jezebel, her priests, King Ahab and the people of Israel. He was sent by God with one specific mission: to turn an entire nation back to serve the one and only true living God.

ELIJAH IN THE END-TIMES

The Book of Malachi foretells the prophet Elijah’s return “before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD” (Mal 4:5-6). The Lord Jesus made it clear that the prophet John the Baptist was “the Elijah” who had been promised to come (Matt 11:14). The New Testament describes how this “Elijah” was thought, by some, to be the Messiah (Lk 3:15). The prophet Elijah appears, together with the prophet Moses, during the Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus (Matt 17:3).

The prophet Elijah is mentioned four other times in the New Testament. The Lord Jesus, using him as an example of rejected prophets, said, “No prophet is accepted in his own country,” and then mentions the prophet Elijah, saying that there were many widows in Israel, but Elijah was sent to none other than the one in Phoenicia (Lk 4:24-26).

In the Epistle to the Romans, the apostle Paul cites the prophet Elijah as an example of God’s never forsaking his people—the Israelites (Rom 11:1-5). Hebrews 11:35 says, in part, “Women received their dead raised to life again…” referring to the prophet Elijah raising the son of the widow of Zarephath and the prophet Elisha raising the son of the woman of Shunem, citing both prophets as Old Testament examples of faith. In James 5:16–18, the apostle James says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much,” and then cites the prophet Elijah’s prayers which started and ended the drought and resulting famine in Israel as examples.

The prophet Elijah is one of the most interesting and colorful persons in the Bible. The Lord God used him during an important time in Israel’s history to oppose a wicked king and turn an apostate nation back to worshipping the true living God in the land of Israel. His ministry marked the beginning of the end of Baal worship in Israel. His life was lled with power and turmoil.

At times, he was bold, fearless, decisive and resolute. But, at other times, fearful, timid, vulnerable and tentative. He alternately demonstrates victory and defeat, followed by recovery. He knew both the awesome and incredible power of God and the depths of wavering faith and depression (1 Kg 19:1-18).

It is believed that the prophet Elijah shall return to Earth prior to the millennial Day of the Lord (Mal 4:5-6). The depth of the impression made by the prophet Elijah “on the mind of the nation” of modern Israel can be judged from the prevailing belief that the prophet Elijah would again appear for the relief and restoration of the country in the last days.

In the following chapters, we shall study further the coming of the prophet Elijah as a precursor to the arrival of the Messiah (and sometimes as harbinger of the apocalypse).