Need For An Elijah Ministry
Elijah was a man
“apprehended” of God. 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 confirms the
importance of his ministry.
The word Elijah means “Jehovah is God.” Jehovah
is the covenant name for the God of Redemption, the self-existing
“Know therefore that the Lord your God He is God, the
faithful God, which keeps covenant and mercy with them that
love Him and keeps His commandments to a thousand generations.”
There are those in this present generation, who love the
Lord, and are in a covenant relationship with Him, who will
be used in this time of the end, as Elijah was in his generation.
“And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants
of Gilead, said to Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel lives,
before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these
years, but according to my word.” I Kings 17:1
Elijah is a type of a “prophetic end-time ministry,”
that speaks with power and authority.
Elijah is called the “Tishbite” because he came
from a place called Tishbe, which means, “being a sojourner,
or a prisoner.” We see in his name the totality of commitment
in being a “love slave” (Deuteronomy 15:12-18).
Paul referred to himself as the prisoner of the Lord, and
as being a “servant." In the original language,
the word “servant” is “doulos,” which
means, “love slave."
Paul is saying that he is a “love slave” - one
who has willingly given up his freedom, or choice of circumstances,
and has come under 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 to
the Lord. Because of the importance of the hour in which we
presently live, the Lord is especially seeking those who will
make a commitment, such as this.
Due to the urgency of the time in which Elijah lived, the
Lord sovereignly called and used him. Elijah appeared out
of nowhere; and came on the scene suddenly. He was a wilderness
dweller and walked “alone” with the Lord. 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 man sent from God.” John
was in the wilderness until the time of his showing to Israel
Elijah represents a special ministry for special times. He
came on the scene during the reign of King Ahab, who was married
to a wicked woman, Jezebel. This was during a time when Israel
was backslidden, and had fallen into immorality. Many false
prophets were prophesying at that time (I Kings 16:29-33).
Elijah was thrust into this situation, as 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.” Ezekiel
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 ministered
for a period of three and a half years, and did eight miracles.
James 5:17 says it did not rain for three years and six months.
He paralleled this to the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Revelation 11:2, the two witnesses prophesied forty-two
months. In Revelation 12:6, the woman fled into the wilderness
where she was fed a thousand two hundred and three score days.
Verse fourteen mentions a time period of “times and
times and a 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 as Elijah’s 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 to them Moses and Elijah
talking with Him ... And Jesus answered and said to them,
Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things.”
He is to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,
and the children to the fathers. This speaks of the restoration
of the family and home, which is 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 (Ephesians
4:11). I Kings 18:44 speaks of a cloud the size of a man’s
hand. This speaks of a hand ministry; Apostle, Prophet, 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 as “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” will 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 began 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?” I Peter
We are living in the time of the beginning of the judgments
of God. Everything will be judged or shaken; so that 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
Elijah was. May we become one of these.