Need For an Elijah Ministry
Elijah was a man who was apprehended of God with vision,
purpose, anddirection for his life and for Israel. He is mentioned
68 times in the OldTestament and 30 times in the New Testament,
a total of 98 times. This numberof references shows the importance
of his ministry.
The word Elijah means "Jehovah is God." Jehovah
is the covenant Name of thethe God of Redemption, the self-existing
God. "Know therefore that the LORDthy God, he is God,
the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy withthem
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 untoAhab, 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 atype 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 thetotality
of commitment in being a "Love Slave" (Deut 15:12-18).
Paul referredto himself as the prisoner of the Lord. Paul,
a "servant." The Greek word forservant is "doulos,"
which means "love slave."
Paul is saying that he has made this commitment to the Lord
as a love slavewho has willingly given up his freedom or choice
of circumstances. Paul gavehimself over to the Lordship of
Jesus Christ. Hebrews mentions the men offaith who were strangers
and pilgrims or sojourners. This speaks of a peoplewho are
separated unto Him. The Lord, in our day, is seeking those
who willmake a commitment such as this.
Elijah appeared out of nowhere; he came on the scene suddenly.
He was awilderness dweller and walked "alone" with
God. Aloneness with God is not thesame as loneliness. Elijah
was always "available" to the Lord. Therefore, hecould
be sent with a specific message at the opportune time. The
Bible says ofJohn 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 toIsrael
(Luke 1:80). Elijah represents a special ministry for special
Elijah came on the scene during the reign of King Ahab.
King Ahab wasmarried to a wicked woman, Jezebel. This was
during a time when Israel wasbackslidden, and had fallen into
immorality. Many false prophets of Baal wereprophesying 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 peoplewho have character
built within them, a holy people. "And I sought for a
manamong them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in
the gap before me forthe land, that I should not destroy it:
but I found none" Ezek 22:30. The Lordis 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. Heministered for a period of three and a half years.
James 5:17 says it rainednot for three years and six months.
He paralleled the ministry of our LordJesus 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 twohundred and three score days. Verse 14 mentions
a time period of "times andtimes 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 theProphet before the great and dreadful day of
the Lord. "And, behold, thereappeared unto them Moses
and Elias talking with him ... And Jesus answered andsaid
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 thechildren to the fathers. This speaks of
the restoration of the family and homethat is so desperately
needed today. John the Baptist came in the spirit andpower
of Elijah (Luke 1:13-17). There is yet another coming of an
Elijahanointed ministry for the last days. Acts 3:19-21 tells
us this will happenprior 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 ofApostles, Prophets, Evangelist,
Pastor, and Teacher. Note that on the Mount ofTransfiguration
there appeared Moses and Elijah. This speaks of the Apostolicand
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 anointedones stand before the Lord of the whole earth.
The Lampstand is a type of theChurch. God is building His
House, whose house we are. Verse 7 tells us thatthe Headstone
shall be brought forth with shoutings of Grace, Grace. Westarted
by Grace, we shall conclude with Grace. Jesus is the Head
of theChurch, 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 thatjudgment must begin at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us, whatshall the end be of them
that obey not the gospel of God?" 1 Peter 4:17. Theseare
days of the judgments of God. Everything is being judged or
shaken, sothat which is unshakable will be established.
6. A ministry of prayer. James 5:17. Elijah was a man of
prayer. He wasone with the Lord and His Word. He was able
to say, "There will be no rainaccording to my word."
He and the Word had become one through prayer.
The Lord is seeking those in this hour who will become as