“…ELIJAH CAME UNTO ALL THE PEOPLE, AND SAID, HOW LONG HALT YE BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS: IF THE LORD BE GOD, FOLLOW HIM: BUT IF BAAL, THEN FOLLOW HIM…”
April 27, 2000
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
“I, even I, am the Lord; and besides me there is no savior.”
Isaiah 43: 10,11
“…Is there a God besides me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any.”
Isaiah 44: 8
“Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour besides me.”
The Prophet Elijah has always fascinated me. I remember reading a religious paperback on Elijah some years ago that was based on Scripture – more or less historical fiction. The book went into more detail than what you would read in the Scriptures and just made you appreciate and respect this mighty man of GOD. Since that time, this renowned Prophet has always been one that I greatly admire. And perhaps that which has helped me to believe and trust in the Most High GOD of Israel with all my heart is the story about the Prophet Elijah gathering together all Israel and 450 prophets of Baal to prove that the Lord, GOD of Israel is GOD, and therefore we should follow HIM.
“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him…” I Kings 18:21
Elijah challenged these evil and wicked men of Baal to prove their false god was real, or he would prove that the Most High GOD of Israel is indeed the True and Living GOD. This man of GOD had the prophets of Baal to choose a bullock and to call on their god to consume their sacrifice. This they did; and they called on their man-made god until well past midday, but there was no reaction to their pleas for him to respond.
Elijah was what one would call very confident, poised, and assertive, and he demonstrated a brilliant sense of humor. At noon time when there was no sign of Baal even thinking about responding to these evil prophets, Elijah told them to, “Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.” You just have to admire his divine character and his love for his GOD, as he makes good of this noteworthy challenge and his win-win situation.
Evening approaches and Elijah takes twelve stones, according to the number of the Tribes of the sons of Jacob, and builds an altar IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. He put the wood in order and cut the bullock in pieces and placed it atop the wood. Then, Elijah filled four barrels with water and poured them on the bullock and the wood, not once, not twice, but three times! At the time of the evening sacrifice, the Prophet Elijah came near and called on the Lord GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel to let it be known that “Thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.” Elijah continued on to make sure that Israel and the prophets of Baal made no mistakes about this most important event that would prove the existence of the ONE True GOD, the GOD of Israel and all that HE requires of HIS People and of the Stranger who wishes to worship HIM.
Elijah was no doubt very optimistic, as his words were calculated and most assertive. He said, “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.” The Holy ONE of Israel wasted no time in proving HIS Existence and making HIS Presence known to HIS People and to these 450 idolaters by consuming the burnt sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the dust, and even the water that was in the trench. BLESSED BE THE MOST HIGH GOD OF ISRAEL AND BLESSED BE HIS HOLY NAME forever and ever for proving to HIS People that HE is GOD and that there is none else!!!
However, this wasn’t the first time that the Most High GOD of Israel manifested HIMSELF as being the ONE and ONLY GOD and Creator and Savior of the Nation of Israel.
“And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” Exodus 6:7
“Unto thee it was showed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him.
”Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he showed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.
“And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;” Deuteronomy 4:35 – 37
“…all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
“And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
“Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.” Exodus 20:18,20,22,23
“The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
“I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” II Samuel 22:3,4
One might have ever so many ideals about righteousness and loving thy neighbor and all that good stuff, but the truth of the matter is that we ALL must be obedient to the Word of GOD and use Righteous Judgment. That’s the bottom line! We cannot do as we please just because it seems the right thing to do. We must do what Our GOD tells us and not tamper with HIS Word. After all, if GOD made HIS Law “Perfect,” then there is nothing anyone can do to improve upon it. All we need do is obey and submit ourselves to this All-Mighty GOD and to none else.
“And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” I Samuel 15:22
“And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.
“Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s…” Deuteronomy 1:16,17
“For I the Lord love judgment…” Isaiah 61:8
In many, many instances, too many to cite herewith, Our GOD made mention that Israel “shall know that I am the Lord.” Sometimes for good reasons, but more so to bring calamity down upon those Israelites who transgressed HIS Laws and worshiped false gods, as was the case with the 450 prophets of Baal.
“But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;”
“And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
“And they shall know that I am the Lord, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.” Ezekiel 6:9,10
So, as you can see, the Most High GOD of Israel made HIMSELF known not only by delivering HIS Chosen People out of the hands of their enemies but also by bringing HIS Wrath down upon HIS People for committing iniquity against HIM in an effort to get them to return unto HIM. Unfortunately, not always did GOD’s Judgment against stiff-necked Israel cause them to realize the magnitude of their sins or cause them to return unto HIM.
“But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.
“Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the Lord.
In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
”O generation, see ye the word of the Lord. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? A land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?” Jeremiah 2:28 - 31
“…there is none among them that calleth unto me.” Hosea 7:7
These days, Nations, including GOD’s Chosen People, are too determined to worship any and everything but the Most High GOD of Israel, the Creator, and ONLY True GOD. And some choose to worship their idols, as well as the GOD of Israel. For the sake of clarification, an idol is an idol by any other name. If one is not speaking of the Most High GOD, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, then one has to be talking about a man, an image, an idol, or Baal, and all of these, if they are served, worshipped, and believed in are false gods!
“For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.” I Chronicles 16:26
“I have blotted out, as a think cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
”Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it…for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.” Isaiah 44:22,23
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed my live:
“That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19,20
Regrettably, even today, when Israelites proclaim and profess the GOD of Abraham, people want to know, “The God of who???” That about explains just how famous and how well known this Most High GOD is around this World – not very much, at all.
“Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:
“Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?
“Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness…” Jeremiah 2:4 - 6
Hence, it is definitely time for the Prophet Elijah to make another appearance because the Nations, including the Seed of Jacob, are even bigger believers in any and everything but the GOD of Abraham and more so than the 450 prophets of Baal. What a shame!
Until Elijah returns or rather makes his whereabouts known to us, let me challenge those of you who serve and believe in other gods to prove and justify your faith. I am aware of many different religions whereby; people serve and worship man and all manner of images, statues, and the moon and stars. However, never have I known any man or idol to compare with the All-Mighty GOD and Creator and HIS Works. As a matter of fact, all other gods are either contrived from the imaginations of man’s evil heart or are images MADE BY MAN AND MADE OF CLAY, CEMENT, WOOD, ETC., ETC.
Although people profess that their images are Gods, these deities have yet to prove themselves to be worthy of their status. Nowhere in the annals of history is there a credible record of the existence of a God other than the “Old Testament” GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (HIS Name and HIS memorial unto all generations, Exodus 3:15). Not even JC, who is supposed to be of the so-called Trinity, has proven himself to be a God and all that. This man’s 2,000-year “leave of absence” has provoked many questions even among those who believe in him. The questions, I feel need to be answered are the following: Why did JC say, “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled?” Why did he say, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand?” Shouldn’t JC have known that his thoughts were not GOD’s Plans??? And if JC is supposed to be the descendant of King David to sit on the throne in Jerusalem, then why did he leave, die, go to heaven, whatever??? Also, how can JC be the Spiritual and Divine “Son of GOD” if he is supposed to be of the “Seed” of King David? If we are to go by “lineage” then the whole Nation of Israel is to be considered the “Sons of GOD” just as TORAH Hebrew Israelites have proclaimed all along!
“…Israel is my son, even my firstborn:” Exodus 4:22
“When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” Hosea 11:1
Now, I am not a prophetess, and I can’t hold a candle to any one of GOD’s Prophets and certainly not to Elijah. However, I do fear the GOD of Elijah and trust only in this GOD to do HIS Will. I am the Servant of this GOD of Abraham, and I Exalt and Sanctify HIM and proclaim HIS Law and HIS perpetual existence. And for these reasons, My GOD just might listen to me when I present you nonbelievers with a variation of Elijah’s Test.
Since I can’t produce the same scenario that the Prophet Elijah created, my challenge cannot be exactly like his but will serve the same purpose: Exaltation of the Most High GOD of Israel and none else!
I challenge all believers in any god and in any form of worship to call on your god to prove him/herself. Plead with him/her/it to manifest, and then give your god three days to respond.
When you receive no answer, then call upon the True and Living GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in sincerity and in Truth to show you HIS Ways and HIS Paths, so that you can seek to follow HIM in Righteousness. If you intend to play games with the All-Mighty GOD, don’t expect to hear from HIM. However, if you, in all honestly, realize that something is wrong, and you want answers to the GOD’s Truth, then the Holy ONE of Israel, that is the GOD of Abraham will hear you and will respond.
Please know that Christianity, by definition, is NOT GOD’s Way. The very First Commandment won’t permit such worship of anyone or anything but the Most High GOD of Hosts. And Christianity purposely takes all the attention from GOD and places it on whom else – none other than JC. And how far has he gotten anyone other than to believe and have faith in that which has proven nothing? At least the GOD of Israel has a documented track record. All that HE has said has come to pass (Deuteronomy 28th Chapter).
Too long has this Great and Dreadful GOD of Abraham been forgotten and not recognized for all HIS Mercy and Compassion for those who seek to do HIS Will and Keep HIS Laws, Statutes, and Judgments. Too long has this GOD of Hosts been silent because of the iniquities of HIS Chosen People Israel. Too long has the GOD of Elijah not been served and worshipped in Jerusalem. It is time for all Nations to know the True Lord and Savior!
“When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house:
“Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers. I Kings 8:33,34
“Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake;
“(For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm) when he shall come and pray toward this house;
“Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.” I Kings 8:41 – 43
“Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.” Isaiah 63:16
“For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.”
“And it shall come to pass that from one new moon to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 66:23
Of a surety, sooner or later, all Nations that will be left of GOD’s Wrath will acknowledge HIM and worship HIM in Jerusalem.
“Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 38:23
“And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: IN THAT DAY SHALL THERE BE ONE LORD, AND HIS NAME ONE.” Zechariah 14:9 (Caps are mine.)
“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.” Zechariah 14:16
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2
“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” Nahum 1:7
“And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealth wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
“And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.” Joel 2:26,27
This Most High GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob wants HIS People and even the Stranger to serve and worship ONLY HIM and to keep HIS Laws. And YIHOVAH will not give HIS Glory to another (Isaiah 42:8).
“And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,
“When all Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
“Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:” Deuteronomy 31:10 -12
“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:7,8
GOD tells those of us living during these latter days to “Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments” (Malachi 4:4). Please notice that this Scripture is in the last book of the “Old Testament.” Therefore, GOD’s Laws, Statutes, and Judgments are still as good as gold. HE never changed them (Malachi 3:6), and HE never inspired anyone in the “New Testament” to advise Gentiles that they were exempt from keeping HIS Laws. As a matter of fact, when those Righteous Israelites return home to seek GOD (Jeremiah 50:4), YIHOVAH will see the sincerity in their hearts and put HIS Laws in their inward parts and write it in their hearts (Jeremiah 31:33 and Ezekiel 36:24 – 28). Our GOD, the Most High GOD of Israel will do this for us and for all who seek to do HIS Will and keep HIS Laws (Isaiah 56:6 – 8). All we need do is accept HIS Truth and live by it and reject and renounce all false gods and false worship. It’s just that easy!
Those who wish to worship the Most High GOD of Israel have nothing in their way and only GOD helping them to do what’s right. Those who hold fast to the “New Testament” hold fast to a theology that has nothing whatsoever to do with the GOD of Israel or HIS Righteous Law.
“…the Lord, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.
“And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods.” II Kings 17:36,37
“Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
“Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
“For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?” Deuteronomy 4:5 - 7
Does this Scripture seem like GOD changed HIS Mind about our Serving and Worshipping HIM according to HIS Laws, or does it appear that someone has been tampering with the GOD’s Truth??? Incidentally, there is only ONE Way to Serve GOD, and that is HIS Way, according to HIS Laws, Statutes, and Judgments. That is it!
“Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvelous works among all nations.
“For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.” I Chronicles 16:24,25
Let’s face it, GOD is GOD and there is none else, and HE wants all the Glory because HE is a Jealous GOD and won’t tolerate our believing in any man, angel, prophet, or Savior THAT HE SENDS to deliver us out of Egypt or out of any of the other Gentiles lands. Moses’ acts are very well documented, and we don’t believe in or worship him, so why must we worship others just because GOD sent them to save the Children of Israel out of the hands of their enemies. And I am not speaking of JC, as he saved no one out of anything, and much less the Children of Israel!
There is but ONE Lord and Savior, and HE is the ONLY GOD, the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Let us ALL seek to follow HIM according to HIS Will and HIS Way. We may as well, as there is no alternative if we seek to live in Righteousness and in GOD’s Peace!
“And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
“To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?” Deuteronomy 10:12,13
“Thou camest down also upon Mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:
“And madest known unto them thy holy Sabbath, and commandest them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:” Nehemiah 9:13,14
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
“In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54:13,14,17
AND GOD DOES NOT LIE!!! O how the Lord wants us all to believe, worship, and trust ONLY in HIM! O taste and see that the Lord GOD of Abraham, Moses, and Elijah that HE is GOD and there is none other! Taste and see the wondrous works of the All-Mighty GOD of Israel! O taste and see the merit in Keeping GOD’s Laws to the best of your ability! HE will bring all good things to pass if we just believe and trust in HIM and wait patiently for the appointed times for all things.
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 64:4
“Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” Psalm 37:34
And the Lord knows HE has got to get rid of the “wicked,” or there will be no peace in the valley for anyone! This World System is only growing more evil with each passing day.
Three prophecies are sure: The All-Mighty GOD of Israel will cause a Righteous Remnant of HIS People to return to their heritage and put HIS Laws in their hearts, the Seed of King David will reign on the throne in Jerusalem, and the Prophet Elijah is prophesied to return, and all three of these prophecies are for the Glorification and Exaltation of GOD and for HIS Holy Name’s Sake.
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.” Joel 2:32
“The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.” Zephaniah 3:13
“And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
“He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever.” II Samuel 7:12,13
“I [David] go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; (Brackets are mine.)
“And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
“That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.” I Kings 2:3,4
What more appropriate way to end this Message than to again make mention of GOD’s Divine Prophet Elijah who is destined to once again contend with the affairs of the Nation of Israel under the direction of the Most High GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
“BEHOLD I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH THE PROPHET BEFORE
THE COMING OF THE GREAT AND
DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD”
My People, if the Lord be GOD, then follow and serve and worship ONLY HIM! And I pray that everyone seeking to follow YIHOVAH will call on HIM and, thus, pass the Elijah Test. By the way, the 450 prophets of Baal were all killed.
ALL PRAISES AND GLORY DUE TO THE MOST HIGH GOD OF ISRAEL. LET US EXALT AND SANCTIFY HIM BEFORE THE WORLD IN TRUTH AND IN RIGHTEOUS!
A LawKeeper and Servant of the Most High GOD of Israel
For HIS Holy Name’s Sake
(Not to be confused with White European Jews and their Judaic philosophy)