Basically, I am recording what Abba has been showing me in His Word about the current relevance of Elijah. For some months, He has continually drawn me back to study Elijah and then recently He has totally compelled me to seek His face and learn from this prophet. The relevance to our time is HUGE!!
Elijah is best remembered for his showdown with the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, but as we are seeing so far, there is much background that must be explored to fully understand that event. By the time we are finished, I hope to show that indeed, ‘These are the Days of Elijah.’
At the end of part 2 we were looking at what Elijah was doing during the 42 months that he had stopped the rain. Chapter 17 is a picture of what is happening during the Great Tribulation. We have looked at vss. 1-16, now we will tackle the rest of 17.
Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18 So she said to Elijah, “What do I have to do with you, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance and to put my son to death!” 19 He said to her, “Give me your son.” Then he took him from her bosom and carried him up to the upper room where he was living, and laid him on his own bed. 20 He called to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, have You also brought calamity to the widow with whom I am staying, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray You, let this child’s life return to him.” 22 The Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived. 23 Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, “See, your son is alive.” 24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”
As previously discussed, remember that there are multiple levels to the understanding of Scripture. As with the previous verses, something much deeper than the surface story is being told here.
We have already established that the characters in this story are representative of others, prophetically. The roles here change very slightly, but the message is in keeping with prophecy.
We need to back up and take a broad view of this passage to see how it fits, then compare it to other Scripture.
The woman is the House of Judah and the son is Yeshua. There will come a time, late in the Great Tribulation, even as the Two Witnesses are caring for and protecting the Houses of Judah and Israel that Judah will realize that Yeshua is the Son and then Abba will reveal Him in power and glory even as they mourn. At this point, Yeshua will visibly return/be returned to Yerushlayim!! Let’s look at the details in this passage.
17 Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.
‘After these things’ indicates the lateness of the hour. This is LATE in the Great Tribulation. The House of Judah has long thought Yeshua dead. They think anyone within their ranks who accepts His call is dead to them. The time will come when that will not be rejection, but a sudden horror that they killed, allowed to died, their son. The SON!
[Please understand, MY sin hung the Messiah, the Lord of Glory, on the tree. I point the finger at NO ONE. However, we each must come to repentance and this passage is pointing to the time of corporate repentance for the house of Judah.]
18 So she said to Elijah, “What do I have to do with you, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance and to put my son to death!”
In this section, Eliyah is the Torah keeping Gentile whose presence reminds Judah of her sin. Eliyah’s ministry, as we saw in part 1 as we looked at Malachi 4, is one of restoration. Restoration cannot happen without an admission of guilt. Judah will cry out to the Torah keeping Gentile, ‘you have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance…’
The second half of this phrase indicates the dire nature of Judah at this point. The English rightly says, ‘my son,’ however, there is an untranslated article in the Hebrew used to point out the direct object that could be understood as ‘me, my son to death.’ Judah cries out in anguish when she is expecting to die.
19 He said to her, “Give me your son.” Then he took him from her bosom and carried him up to the upper room where he was living, and laid him on his own bed.
Eliyah is the instrument through whom Abba is going to reveal in fullness Who the Son is, but first Judah has to submit and place their fate completely in YHWH’s hands.
20 He called to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, have You also brought calamity to the widow with whom I am staying, by causing her son to die?”
“O Yahweh, my Elohim, have You also brought affliction upon the desolate house with whom I am sojourning by causing her (and her son) to die?” Literally, the word used for ‘widow’ is also translated ‘desolate house.’ How is that not a perfect descriptor of Yehuda who needs to see his Meshiach? WOW!!! A desolate house! And, in the context of much affliction, Judah will think they are about to die… I have the verses to prove this picture. Just wait.
21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray You, let this child’s life return to him.”
Admittedly, I am still praying and puzzling over the ‘three days’ here. I think I know what it means (Rev, 11:11), but I want to ponder it a little more.
22 The Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived. 23 Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, “See, your son is alive.”
This is a picture of the revealing of the Messiah to Yehuda and by extension, the whole House of Jacob (1 Kings 17:15). Yeshua will be brought down from the upper room and Abba will say, “See! Your son is alive!”
24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”
In this same time will Yehuda recognize Eliyahu, the Torah keeping Gentile, as truly serving Yahweh and speaking the Word of Truth. Halleluyah!
There are some other shadows in this passage referring to resurrection. From the timing of the giving of this prophetic story, it has been three ‘days’ and the reference to ‘three’ may point to ‘three days’ as in ‘a day is a thousand years, a thousand years is a day.’
I see the the major pointer, however, as the one I’m sharing here.
How about some Scriptural support for Judah mourning her son… Select verses from Zechariah 12 and 13. I recommend the whole passage for context:
12 The burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel.
Thus declares the Lord who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him, 2 “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. …. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5 Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the Lord of hosts, their God.’….10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.…..
13 “In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity….
8 “It will come about in all the land,”
Declares the Lord,
“That two parts in it will be cut off and perish;
But the third will be left in it.
9 “And I will bring the third part through the fire,
I will say, ‘They are My people,’
And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
In re-reading this Zechariah passage, two items jump off the page. No time to dissect right now, but these are definitely of related/great importance:
- “A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the Lord of hosts, their God.’ – WOW! Did you catch that? their God!! This plays even more into my understanding of who the Two Witnesses are!! WOW!!
- “And I will bring the third part through the fire,” Maybe this is the mystery of the three in I Kings 17:21. Connected reference to ‘three’ in a passage that has other clear connections!
So, let’s wrap up 1 Kings 17 by remembering the major points:
- Eliyahu was a Torah keeping Gentile who was grafted into Israel.
- Ahab is a type of antiMessiah. (Can’t wait to look into Jezebel, the woman that rides the beast, drunk with the blood of the prophets… Confirms Ahab in this role.))
- Eliyah stops the rain for 3 1/2 years, 42 months, 1260 days.
- Eliyah hides initially near home and is provided for by unclean ravens.
- Abba moves Eliyah to minister to the House of Israel and the House of Judah as the famine progresses. Abba, hints at the gathering of two sticks….
- Yehuda recognized and repents of sin.
- Abba uses Eliyahu to ‘reveal’ Son from heaven.
- All of this is what is transpiring DURING the 42 months of the Great Tribulation.
I had hoped to start chapter 18 in this section, but we’ve gone long enough. The story is gettin’ good, and I think Abba is revealing some important things here that tie directly to our day!! This next chapter is going to reveal the heart of churchianity. If you want to think ahead, read RT:Syncretism. That will really prepare you to understand 1 Kings 18.
Once we have a grip on chapter 18 we can reveal the Two Witnesses and their probable connection to the 144,000. I’m really praying for additional confirmation to what I believe Abba is showing me on this. Pray with/for me on this.
May Yahweh bless you and keep you. May Yahweh cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, May Yahweh lift up His countenance on you and grant you HIS peace.
B’shem Yeshua haMashiach, Sar Shalom!