The Need for an Elijah Ministry
Pastor, Allentown Penna
Elijah was a man who was apprehended of God with vision,
purpose, and direction for his life and for Israel. He is
mentioned 68 times in the Old Testament and 30 times in the
New Testament, a total of 98 times. This number of references
shows the importance of his ministry.
The word Elijah means "Jehovah is God." Jehovah
is the covenant Name of the God of Redemption, the self-existing
God. "Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God,
the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them
that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations"
Deut7:9. He has a people who are in a covenant relationship
"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 bedew nor rain these
years, but according to my word" I Kings 17:1. Elijah
is a type of a prophetic end time ministry.
Elijah is called the "Tishbite." He came from
a place called Tishbe. Tishbe means "being a sojourner,
or being a prisoner." We see in his name the totality
of commitment in being a "Love Slave" (Deut 15:12-18).
Paul referred to himself as the prisoner of the Lord. Paul,
a "servant." The Greek word for servant is "doulos,"
which means "love slave."
Paul is saying that he has made this commitment to the Lord
as a love slave who has willingly given up his freedom or
choice of circumstances. Paul gave himself over to the Lordship
of Jesus Christ. Hebrews mentions the men of faith who were
strangers and pilgrims or sojourners. This speaks of a people
who are separated unto Him. The Lord, in our day, is seeking
those who will make a commitment such as this.
Elijah appeared out of nowhere; he came on the scene suddenly.
He was a wilderness dweller and walked "alone" with
God. Aloneness with God is not the same as loneliness. Elijah
was always "available" to the Lord. Therefore, he
could be sent with a specific message at the opportune time.
The Bible says of John the Baptist, who came in the spirit
and power of Elijah, "There was a mansent from God."
John was in the wilderness until the time of his showing to
Israel (Luke 1:80). Elijah represents a special ministry for
Elijah came on the scene during the reign of King Ahab.
King Ahab was married to a wicked woman, Jezebel. This was
during a time when Israel was backslidden, and had fallen
into immorality. Many false prophets of Baal were prophesying
at that time. (I Kings 16:29-33).
Elijah was thrust into this situation. He was a man of Faith
and Courage. The Church is in need of an "Elijah"
ministry today. This speaks of a people who have character
built within them, a holy people. "And I sought for a
man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in
the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy
it: but I found none" Ezek 22:30. The Lord is yet seeking
such in our day.
Let us consider the characteristics of an Elijah ministry.
1. A supernatural or miraculous ministry. Elijah did eight
miracles. He ministered for a period of three and a half years.
James 5:17 says it rained not for three years and six months.
He paralleled the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Rev.
11:2, the two witnesses prophesied forty-two months. Rev.
12:6, the woman fled into the wilderness where she was fed
a thousand two hundred and three score days. Verse 14 mentions
a time period of "times and times and half time."
These time periods all equal three and a half years. Daniel
12:7 also indicates the same time period of tribulation and
distress. There will be a need for a special ministry such
at Elijahs' during this time. Let us be prepared.
2. A ministry of restoration. Malachi 4:5,6. The Lord will
send Elijah the Prophet before the great and dreadful day
of the Lord. "And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses
and Elias talking with him ... And Jesus answered and said
unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things"
Matthew17:3,11. He is to turn the hearts of the fathers to
the children and thec hildren to the fathers. This speaks
of the restoration of the family and homet hat is so desperately
needed today. John the Baptist came in the spirit and power
of Elijah (Luke 1:13-17). There is yet another coming of an
Elijah anointed ministry for the last days. Acts 3:19-21 tells
us this will happen prior to the return of Jesus Christ. "I
will restore" Joel 2:25, Acts 1:6.
3. A five-fold ministry to the Body of Christ. (Eph 4:11).
I Kings 18:44speaks of a cloud the size of a man's hand. This
speaks of a hand ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist,
Pastor, and Teacher. Note that on the Mount of Transfiguration
there appeared Moses and Elijah. This speaks of the Apostolic
and Prophetic ministry of a corporate man. The Apostle, the
Word; the Prophet, the Spirit. Jude 12 speaks of certain ministries
who are clouds without water. These do not have the anointing
of the Word nor of the Spirit.
4. A ministry of the two Witnesses. (Zechariah Chapter 4).
Two anointed ones stand before the Lord of the whole earth.
The Lamp stand is a type of the Church. God is building His
House, whose house we are. Verse 7 tells us that the Headstone
shall be brought forth with shoutings of Grace, Grace. We
started by Grace, we shall conclude with Grace. Jesus is the
Head of the Church, His Body. (Ephesians 2:18-21). The headstone
completes the building.(Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 16:18,19; 21:42).
5. A ministry of judgment and deliverance. "For the
time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them
that obey not the gospel of God?" 1 Peter 4:17. These
are days of the judgments of God. Everything is being judged
or shaken, sot hat which is unshakable will be established.
6. A ministry of prayer. James 5:17. Elijah was a man of
prayer. He was one with the Lord and His Word. He was able
to say, "There will be no rain according to my word."
He and the Word had become one through prayer.
The Lord is seeking those in this hour who will become as