Elijah the Thisbite was one of the great prophets of Israel and stood out not for the prophecies of future things, neither did he write any prophetic book, such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel or Daniel did. What made of Elijah a great prophet? He had a ministry: the ministry of death. The ministry of death is also the ministry of condemnation (1 Kings 17:1). Elijah stood before king Ahab, who adopted in Israel the worship of Baal, god of the Canaanite, who practiced sacred prostitution. There were in Israel 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah, a Canaanite goddess. She was the mistress of the sea, the consort of EL, the father of the gods (1 Kings 15:13). There were 400 prophets of Asherah in Israel.
Elijah, the Thisbite, in order to prove to Israel and to the king Ahab that Jehovah was the only God, commanded those prophets to edify an altar and to cut a calf in pieces and place it on the wood. And Elijah prepared another altar. They would call on Baal, and Elijah would call on Jehovah. The true god would be the one who answered by sending the fire. The prophets of Baal got tired of crying to Baal. At noon Elijah laughed at Baal (1 Kings 18:22-29). Then Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of Israel, and edified the altar of Jehovah; he divided the calf into pieces and placed it on the wood; he poured water over its four corners three times (1 Kings 18:30-36). Then Elijah called on Jehovah and fire came down from heaven and consumed everything: the water, the calf, the wood, and the stones. The people, that is to say, the prophets of Baal and Asherah, began to shout: JEHOVAH, HE IS GOD! JEHOVHA, HE IS GOD! This was a true mass conversion, but Elijah led them to the brook Kishon, and killed them there! It is the ministry of death, which destroys the souls of men (1 Kings 18:40). After these things Jezebel said: Tomorrow you will be in the tomb in the company of the prophets of Baal. The wicked queen sent her men after the prophet, who fled to the wilderness. He walked 40 days to Mount Horeb in the strength of the food that the angels gave him, and came to a cave (1 Kings 19:1-9). Jehovah visited Elijah in the cavern, moved him from there, and sent him to anoint Hazael king of Assyria. And he also anointed Elisha, son of Shaphat, as prophet in his place. And he anointed Jehu, son of Nimshi, as king over Israel. And Jehovah said to him: “It shall happen, that he who escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and he who escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill” (1 Kings 19:15-17; 2 Kings 8:7-15). It was the ministry of death, and the anointing to kill. The anointing was the clothing with the holy spirit of Jehovah. Fantastic! Elijah was filled with the holy spirit that kills, and passed his spirit to others. Who was Hazael? He was a servant of Ben Haddad, king of Syria. It is amazing! Elijah anointed kings and prophets to kill. It was the ministry of death to which Paul refers in the second letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 3:7-9).
We are certain of one thing. The spirit that was in Elijah was a killer and destroyer of souls. Ahab, the wicked, died. His son Ahaziah ruled in his place. And his son Ahaziah fell through the lattice of a high room and got sick. He sent messengers to enquire of Beelzebub, god of Eckron, whether he was going to recover. The angel of Jehovah sent Elijah to meet the messengers and say: “‘Is it because there is no God in Israel, that you send to inquire of Baal Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed where you have gone up, but shall surely die.’” He said to them, ‘What kind of man was he who came up to meet you, and told you these words?’ They answered him, ‘He was a hairy man, and wearing a leather belt around his waist.’ He said, ‘It is Elijah the Tishbite.’ Then [the king] sent a captain of fifty with his fifty to him. He went up to him; and behold, he was sitting on the top of the hill. He said to him, ‘Man of God, the king has said, “Come down!”’ Elijah answered to the captain of fifty, ‘If I am a man of God, let fire come down from the sky, and consume you and your fifty!’ Fire came down from the sky, and consumed him and his fifty” (2 Kings 1:1-12). The ministry of death of Elijah, given by Jehovah, is confirmed.
We go on to the New Testament. The evangelist Luke tells the following case about Jesus: “It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before his face. They went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him. They didn’t receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51-53).
And his disciples James and John seeing this, said: “‘Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?’ But he turned and rebuked them, ‘You don’t know of what kind of spirit you are. For the Son of Man didn’t come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them’” (Luke 9:54-56). In this passage Jesus is revealing the following truths:
- Jehovah came to destroy the souls of men, for he was the one who sent the fire.
- The spirit of Jehovah was not the same spirit of Christ, and if the spirit of Jehovah is not the same spirit of Christ, for the spirit of Jehovah is destructive, as it is written in 1 Kings 19:15-17, and the spirit of Christ is saving (Titus 3:5), we conclude that the holy spirit of Jehovah is not the Holy Spirit of the Father, for the spirit of Jehovah was an enemy to Israel (Is. 63:10), and the spirit of the Father, which is the Holy Spirit that Christ has poured, did not exist in the Old Testament: “For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn’t yet glorified ” (John 7:38-39). The Greek renders, THERE WAS NOT.
- If the spirit of Jehovah is not the spirit of Christ, Jehovah is not Jesus Christ, and Jehovah is not the Father, either, but he is the god who blinds men (Is. 6:10; 2 Cor. 4:4).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira