Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16 KJV)
In the account of the vision of the altar, Arlette says "when I had seen the altar, the Lord had spoken these words to me, that it was about obedience, and sacrifice". Farther down she has this to say:
Later my friend and I would pray that the fire of God's purification would come down from heaven. We prayed for the fire to burn off the dross within His children's lives. That the fire would consume anything, any thoughts, actions that would take them from Jesus. We prayed for the baptism of fire to fall upon the church. We prayed that God's children would be released from anything that kept them in bondage to the world. Freedom, the joy of the Lord, and the Baptism of Fire so that God's Bride stood reflecting the glory of His presence to the world.
With that in mind I offer these comments on another Altar of Sacrifice that we find in scripture, that of Elijah.
Here is the text from first Kings telling the story of Elijah's Altar of Sacrifice and what followed.
1 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, and slew them there.
41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.
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,
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 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.
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 to the entrance of Jezreel.
Now we're going to point out some things about this passage starting at the end and proceeding to the beginning.
The two key points here are that Elijah outran Ahab's chariot [v46] and that there was a great rainfall [v45].
The significance of Elijah outrunning the chariot can be seen by stringing together a couple verses relating to it.
Joshua 3:15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)
Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
You can see in the verse from Jeremiah 12 that what Elijah has done here is contend with the horses. The horses of Ahab's chariot. Not only did he contend or compete with them, he outran them even after they had a tremendous head start.
In the structure of the quote from Jeremiah, the Lord is making an analogy. Here is how it boils down. Running with footmen compares to competing against horses as a time of peace [land of peace means peace in the land] compares to the swelling of Jordan. You would think he would compare it to a time of war. But he compares it to the swelling of Jordan. In the quote from Joshua, we see that the swelling [flooding] of Jordan comes at harvest time. So this is telling us two things. First, Elijah's supernatural empowerment to out run horses is connected with the idea of Harvest Time, and the Harvest Time may be a time of war. Notice he says peace, wherein thou trustedst. In harvest time you can't trust in peace, or horses and chariots, only in the LORD.
And of course, you can figure that all this is pointing to the End Time Harvest.
(Matthew 13:39) ...the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
In verse 45, there is mention of great rain. The background to the whole story of Elijah's sacrifice is found one chapter back in 1 Kings 17.
(1 Kings 17:1)And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
Elijah had declared that there would be no rain in Israel. [The drought lasted 3 and a half years.] No rain means no crops, no food or water and famine in the land; no harvest. Rain coming will reverse all that. So rain itself speaks of Harvest time. In the context of End Time Harvest, it speaks of a special type of coming of the Lord or presence of the Lord, known in prophetic jargon as The Latter Rain. The term comes from Hosea 6, where two days signify the so called church, and the third day refers to the Millennium or Kingdom Age. The key phrase is in verse 3: he shall come unto us as the rain.
1-Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
If you look closely at Hosea 6: 1-3 here, you can see a pattern or sequence set out.
A. Return to the Lord.
B. He will revive us.
C. He will bring Harvest.
A similar pattern, but much more elaborate, can be seen in the passage telling of Elijah's sacrifice.
1. Elijah calls the people back to the Lord, [repentance]
2. Elijah calls down fire, [revival]
3. Elijah announces the coming of rain [harvest].
What's interesting are the details of how Elijah prepares the altar and the effects of the fire.
In those days the people of Israel had been led into worship of Baal. Elijah's sacrifice was a contest between The Lord and Baal. 'Baal' is a word that means "lord" but it does not refer to the True Lord, Jehovah or JHWH. It's like the word 'Allah' which means 'God' but does not refer to the Real God but a false or substitute God. [An anti-christ as it were.]
Since we're looking at this from an End Time Prophetic viewpoint, let's look at Who Is Israel. There is a great deal of squabbling and disputing going on today over this question, with various factions of the church staking claim to one viewpoint or another.
If you consult a dictionary, you almost always find multiple definitions with multiple meanings under each one. Shouldn't we be mature enough to allow the possibility that God can use multiple meanings in his word?
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