The Elijah Message – Fear God and Give Glory to Him

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Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.[Malachi 4:5,6.] Those who are to prepare the way for the second coming of Christ, are represented by faithful Elijah in the 144,000 as John came in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for Christ’s first advent.

The matter of the Elijah today is a very important matter.  In fact, not knowing the Elijah message of the last day could be the difference in your reception of the “seal of God” or, “the mark of the beast.”  Elijah is a type of the 144,000 who are to “prepare the way for the second coming of the Lord” and will be “translated without death.”

Elijah’s message comes when Israel is completely apostatized from the true God

Elijah was sent in the name of God to lead by the faith of Jesus.  Elijah has a three part message of the “restoration” of all things.   This again, is happening today.

1. Turn to God [Fear God, gospel]A

2. Come out of the confusion and the false churches [Babylon is fallen]

3. Keep the commandments of God [Faith of Jesus]

Finally, he is translated without death which is a type of the 144,000 of Revelation 14.

There is much to demonstrate. This will be the first of a three part series on the Elijah message. John the Baptist also had a message which he proclaimed in the “spirit and power of Elijah”[Luke 1:17].  The 144,000 will do the same.  In order to understand the last message we must understand the messages of these men as well as the message of Revelation 14.

Revelation 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

This message of Elijah is found in Revelation 14.  A message of three angels is their.  Firstly, we will discuss the “First angel.”

The First Angel Fear God and give glory to him

[Revelation 14:6-7]  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

“Fear God and give glory to him” and “Worship him.” In Elijah’s day, many feared a different God.  They had tore down the altars of the LORD and built up alters to Baal all throughout Israel.  The altar represented the true God and the sacrifice of his only begotten son whom he loved.  It also represented His love for us.

1 John 4:9  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

The altar of the LORD represents his sacrifice of the innocent son of God.  Israel had setup altars throughout to a false deity called BAAL. The same thing has happened today in modern Israel.

All Israel had turned away from the gospel.  The very gospel is portrayed in a verse.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God gave his son.  This is the gospel.  This is the altar that we are about to see that the Elijah before the great and coming day of the LORD will set back up in Israel.  The first angel’s message.   “The everlasting gospel.”

Therefore, this is the manifestation of God’s love.  This is how much God loved us that He gave his only begotten Son.  This doctrine pervades today that has taken away from this love toward us and has destroyed the foundation of our faith.  As well this,  this doctrine that has set up a different altar in the temple of God to a different God.

Once again, the same  message Elijah sent is being sent to the church of today to “restore” worship to the only true God.  What does the bible tell us about our God and who is he?

1 Corinthians 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father

This is who he is, the father and God of Jesus Christ our Lord who is the son of the father.  A false doctrine has gained it’s way into our church today.  A doctrine “denying the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ”[Jude 4].

The Scriptures clearly indicate the relation between God and Christ, and they bring to view as clearly the personality and individuality of each. [Hebrews 1:1-5 quoted.] God is the Father of Christ; Christ is the Son of God. To Christ has been given an exalted position. He has been made equal with the Father. All the counsels of God are opened to His Son. (Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, page 268)

1 Corinthians 1:3  Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Almost every book in the New Testament begins with a similar greeting.  The title, God, is always used in reference to the father, and there is no reference to a third being. Nowhere in the scriptures is the title, “God,” used in reference to the father, son, and holy spirit,  at the same time.

A doctrine called the trinity has denied this.  This doctrine denies who God is and who his son is.  This doctrine does not “manifest the love of God toward us”[1 John 4:9].   It denies Christ is the son of God, and makes God out to be an office of three beings, an impersonal God pervading all nature.  Co-eternal, co-equal friends is what it says when you analyze it rather than a “father and son”.

These 3 beings pretending to be a father and son as if God is a liar and did not send his only begotten son. In other words, “Role playing.”  Is this what our God is? Is our God an “it” or a “them?”  John says, “if we don’t believe God gave his son we make him a liar”[1 John 5:10].

That means if you say he acted as a son and was not the literal son of God but merely roleplayed the son, you are denying the love of God and making him a liar.  Also, you don’t believe he is the father.

1 John 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

The Bible tells us who is a liar?  It tells us those who deny Christ is the literal son of God.  The same message is brought forth in Proverbs about denying the father and the son and who is a liar.  It also tells us not to add to God’s word.  Believe what is revealed.

Many unscriptural terms have come about from this unscriptural creed called the Trinity such as “God the son” or “God the Holy Spirit” or “Trinity.” Finally, not believing Christ was “truly the son of God”[Matthew 27:54].

Proverbs 30:4-6  Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?…. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Liars deny a literal father and his son. They add to God’s word and make God look like a liar by saying he didn’t give his “literal” son.  They deny His love towards us.

Let me ask you something?  If I were to give you my friend to die for you, what kind of person would I be?  I wouldn’t be giving too much, would I?  I wouldn’t be giving anything myself.  This is what the Trinity makes God the father look like.

Consider this. If I would give my only begotten son in whom I am well pleased, my son who was daily my delight.  Who is my express image, a little me, someone who resembles me in character, and love and giving, who is an express image of what I am like.  An innocent and perfect son, who would do everything to please his daddy joyfully, and I allowed him to give up his life on your behalf while you are “yet sinners” who would beat him, maim him, spit on him and  finally kill him, making him suffer the most horrible death which you deserve.

Wicked and perverse as you are, I gave my perfect child for you.  Would you begin to see that in spite of your wickedness, and while you are yet sinners, I really love you still and am willing to do almost anything to have you turn from your wicked way, however by no means I can clear the guilty.   The devil doesn’t want you to see this manifestation of God’s love.

Romans 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Ezekiel 33:11  Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

This is our God.  Why will you die? And the Trinity destroys the concept of this love.  We as like as Elijah are jealous for the LORD our God. [1 Kings 19:10,14].

Let us go through the story as it in 1 Kings 18 and see the amazing turn of events in Elijah’s day, and see how it is being fulfilled again in our day.

Modern day Elijah Message

Ecclesiastes 1:9  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

God has told us what shall be again, by telling us about what has been so that when it comes again, we will discern it.   History repeats itself.  Elijah is come again.

Here is a modern Seventh Day Adventist publication today to show you how they have actually destroyed the concept of God’s love and setup a different altar.  Please notice the fact that they had to accept “Roles” or in other word, “pretend to be a father and son.”

“In order to eradicate sin and rebellion from the universe and to restore harmony and peace, one of the divine Beings accepted, and entered into, the role of the Father, another the role of the Son. The remaining divine Being, the Holy Spirit,… By accepting the roles that the plan entailed, the divine Beings lost none of the powers of Deity…. The divine Beings entered into the roles they had agreed upon before the foundations of the world were laid.” (The Week of Prayer issue of the Adventist Review, October 31, 1996)

This statement above is saying that God didn’t really give his son.  They don’t see that the Bible says, “God gave his only begotten son.” They teach a different gospel because it absolutely destroys and gives us a misconception of the love of God.

Galatians 1:6-9  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Now, imagine God gave a created being that he made to die for us.   Wouldn’t we see God’s love for us?  Even, if he gave an angel we would still not see God’s love for us.  This is why so many Christians today have no love in their heart despite their profession of it.

Who your God or father is affects your overall mentality and your character.  If your God would burn people in an eternal torment. This will affect who you are.  Traits are past on from generation to generation.  It has lead to many torturing others, burning others on stakes, and many evil things that God would never condone.  Your father’s many traits and characteristics are passed onto you.  If your father has love, then you will probably love too.  If your father is abusive, his characteristics you might accept.

The message is, “Fear God and give glory to him”[Rev 14:6].  It doesn’t say, “Fear God and give glory to them” nor does it say, “Fear God and give glory to it “as a Trinitarian would have to say if they maintained honesty.  The gospel doesn’t say, “God the father, son, and Holy Ghost so loved the world that they gave one of their members.”  If this seems like mockery of a false God, I apologize.

1 Kings 18:27  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, 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.

The Trinity is contrary to sense.  We only want you to see the truth of this.  Please understand that this message is being dually fulfilled. God expects no man to believe anything contrary to sense.  God mocked his children when they followed after false gods.

God desires man to exercise his reasoning powers; and the study of the Bible will strengthen and elevate the mind as no other study can. Yet we are to beware of deifying reason, which is subject to the weakness and infirmity of humanity.[Ellen White Steps to Christ Page 109-110.]

God is seeking to turn your hearts back again as he did in Elijah’s day and to turn from this false god which defies reason.

God entrusted a church with the three angel’s messages of Revelation 14 and called them Seventh Day Adventists.  Most of these Adventists today will tell you that they worship a different God than the God the pioneers of the Adventist faith have worshipped.  Here are a couple statements from the General Conference body today:

“Adventist beliefs have changed over the years under the impact of ‘present truth’. Most startling is the teaching regarding Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord…… the Trinitarian understanding of God, now part of our fundamental beliefs, was not generally held by the early Adventists.” – Adventist Review, Jan 6, 1994. p.10.

“Most of the founders of Seventh-day Adventism would not be able to join the church today if they had to subscribe to the denomination’s Fundamental Beliefs. More specifically, most would not be able to agree to belief number 2, which deals with the doctrine of the trinity.” – Ministry, October 1993, p. 10.

Many are well aware that none of our pioneers who established the church, including Ellen White herself could not be members of the church today.  This should come as somewhat of a shock as this was the very foundation of our faith.

Jude 1:3-4  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

The faith delivered to the saints has been changed.  The very foundation, the stone upon which the church, was built that Jesus Christ is the “literal” son of God.

“Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast; they are not remembering how they have Breceived and heard. Those who try to bring in theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the sanctuary or concerning the personality of God or of Christ, are working as blind men. They are seeking to bring in uncertainties and to set the people of God adrift without an anchor.” {Ellen White, Manuscript Release No.760, p. 9} 1905

Destroyed for lack of knowledge of him

Go to your church today and ask did God truly gave his son?  Ask, was Christ begotten in the days of eternity? Ask, was Jesus Christ truly the son of God?  You will see how they deny the gospel, how they deny “God’s love for us” in that “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all”[Romans 8:32].

God is not a Trinity anywhere in scripture.  God is the father of Jesus Christ.  Christ is the son of God.   The antichrist is a liar.  God didn’t lie.  God is the father who loved us so much that he gave his only begotten son.

The trinity is unscriptural.  The way spiritualizers have disposed of or denied the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ is first using the old unscriptural Trinitarian creed, viz., that Jesus Christ is the eternal God, though they have not one passage to support it, while we have plain scripture testimony in abundance that he is the Son of the eternal God.” (James White, January 24, 1846, The Day Star)

Some people today call it the “three in one Godhead” because they think that the word “Trinity” is unscriptural.  They don’t understand that the “three in one, one in three godhead” concept is unscriptural and is nothing less than the trinity in disguise.

The inexplicable Trinity that makes the Godhead three in one and one in three, is bad enough; but that ultra Unitarianism that makes Christ inferior to the Father is worse. Did God say to an inferior, “Let us make man in our image?” (James White, November 29, 1877, Review & Herald)

What is the greatest commandment in scripture?

Mark 12:29, 32, 34  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: ….And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: …..  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.

“None other God but he.” “HE” is singular.  When the scribe answered Jesus, Jesus didn’t answer back to the scribe and say, “Actually sir, God is a trio, or a trinity.  And I’m actually part of it,” or did he say “it’s called a godhead, and I am the second individual of three co-eternal beings that actually make up God.”  No.  Jesus didn’t say that.  He said. “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.” Understanding that the Lord our God is a “HE,” not an “IT,” or a “THEY,” brings you that much closer to the kingdom of God.  This is the first and great commandment.  There is not a greater.  Not even the Sabbath is more important than this commandment.  This doctrine shows God’s love for us.

Can we be true to God by holding to doctrines that have no scriptural authority?  The answer is “no.”   We should not because we are not obeying His word.  Can we continue in willful ignorance of this doctrine?  Let’s see why God’s people are destroyed.

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledgebecause thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee

What knowledge are they rejecting?  Let’s see the context of this verse:

Hosea 4:1  Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

They don’t know who God is.  This is the knowledge they reject.  God is a mystery to them.

“The mystery of the Trinity is the central doctrine of the catholic church.  Upon it are based all the teachings of the church”[Handbook for todays Catholic Page 11]

Do you know your God if he is a mystery to you?  All of the teachings of Babylon are based on the Trinity.  Again, how important is knowledge of God to us? Jesus told us:

John 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Knowledge of him is eternal life.

2 Peter 1:2-3  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

All things that pertain to life and godliness come from knowledge of God.  This is why this is the first and great commandment. Lack of knowledge of God is what people are destroyed from.  This is eternal life to know him. The willful ignorance of this knowledge of God is what will destroy them.  Are you ready to give up a doctrine if scripture does not support it?  Are you willing to be a Berean and “search the scriptures with all readiness of mind?”[Acts 17:11]

Do the leaders accept the truth

Remember Elijah appeared to be pretty much alone in all Israel.  The leaders didn’t accept the doctrine in that day.  Same thing happens today.  When a man comes to you and asks, “John 7:48:  Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?”  You can know that the Lord has reserved 144,000 men who have not bowed to the image of BAAL. [see Romans 11].

Let us go to the story of Elijah to see what they say of us today in Israel.

1 Kings 18:17  And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?

This is the same thing that they say today.  “Why do you want to cause trouble?  Don’t talk of our God as though it is false.  He is a mystery that cannot be explained and when you talk about it, you trouble Israel or the modern day church.” The message that God used by Elijah was intended to bring them back to a unity of the true faith.  It was condemned by the leaders of Israel in Elijah’s day.  It is condemned by the leaders of the church today.  Yet, we are called “Troublers” of the church.

Who has actually brought the trouble on Israel or the church?

1 Kings 18:18  And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

They forsook the first and great commandment by following other gods. They were the ones that had troubled Israel.  This is the same for the church today.  They are the ones that trouble Israel by following a different god.

Isaiah 9:16  For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

They were destroyed because of lack of knowledge of God.  The leaders of the church have caused God’s people to err.  They followed BAAL then, they follow Trinity the image of BAAL today.  There is nothing new under the sun, what has been shall be again.

No Latter Rain because of following other God’s

James 5:17  Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it Crained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

What is it that caused no rain according to scriptures?  The law tells us that if we follow other gods, there will be no rain in the seasons.

Deuteronomy 11:16-17  Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the LORD’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

So in Elijah’s day there was no rain as God’s word had said because they followed other God’s.

1 Kings 18:1  And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

Elijah was about to bring rain on the earth, after three and a half years with no rain.  What is it that must be done first before the rain will come.  Let’s see what Hosea tells us.

Hosea 6:1, 3, 6  Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up….Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth…… For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Notice that when we return to know Jehovah, that rain would come.  Knowledge of God is something that will bring the rain on the earth.  Elijah was pointing the people towards knowledge of the true God.

What will happen after the people turn to the true God of Israel from worship of the false God.

1 Kings 18:39,41  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, heis the God…And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

They stopped halting between two opinions and turned to the true God, then there was rain.  We can see that if we return to the LORD who is YHWH or Jehovah the God and father of Jesus Christ this will bring the rain.

What does the rain symbolize for us today?

The rain is a symbol of the Holy spirit.  In the East, the former rain falls at the sowing time. It is necessary in order that the seed may germinate. Under the influence of the fertilizing showers, the tender shoot springs up. The latter rain, falling near the close of the season, ripens the grain and prepares it for the sickle. If you read [Revelation 14:14-20], you will notice the earth is reaped after the 3 angels of [Revelation 14:6-13].

The latter rain of the Holy Spirit prepares the children of God for the second coming. D

Joel 2:23,28  Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month….And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

You can see that the rain is the Holy Spirit. The former rain was to fall at sowing time which was at Pentecost in AD 31 with the apostles.

Acts 2:16-18  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

The latter rain is falling in the form of this message to prepare the earth for the sickle to separate the wheat from the tares at the end of the world.[Matthew 13:39,40]  which will come when they turn back to know Yahweh.

Hosea 6:3  Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

This message of restoration to worship of the true God is what brings the latter rain.  The “General Conference body of Adventists” look like they are teaching this message, however, obviously they are not.  They are praying for rain. They are trying everything to receive the rain, but yet the Bible tells us what to do to receive it, and they are becoming entrenched further in this error.  The Bible tells us what would cause the latter rain to be withheld?  What is it that withholds the rain?  Following false gods is causing the latter rain to withheld.

Jeremiah 3:3  Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.

The name of our one God the father, is written on our foreheads.  What name is written on the forehead of the 144,000?

Revelation 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, havinghis Father’s name written in their foreheads.

The name of the God of the 144,000.  The name of the  God of Jesus and our God.[Revelation 3:9, John 20:17] The father’s name, the only true God[John 17:3].

The rain is withheld from the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists because they worship a false god.  Because they have the name of the God of the whore of Babylon written on her forehead[Jeremiah 3:3], there is no latter rain. What is the name of her God?

“The mystery of the Trinity is the central doctrine of the catholic church.  Upon it are based all the teachings of the church”[Handbook for todays Catholic Page 11]

The MYSTERY of the Trinity is the name of her god.  Now if we were to look for the name of the god of the whore itE would likely be written on her forehead.

Revelation 17:5  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT.

And so it is.  MYSTERY, which is great confusion.  The Hebrew word Babel or Babylon actually means confusion.   The trinity is the great confusion.  Adventists actually accept it, but claim their Trinity is different than the Catholic Trinity.  Is this not great confusion?  Why would they use the same name, but yet say they worship a different god?  In fact, you can ask a number of people and almost every one of them has a different view of who there god is.  Is it not rightly called “Confusion the great.”

Jeremiah 3:3  Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.

Worshipping a false god is a symbol of a whore’s forehead. There is no rain in Israel because they worship a false god, which is what Jeremiah prophesied by saying, “the rain is withheld because of a whore’s forehead”[Jeremiah 3:3] .

Elijah would restore worship to the father and restoring the altar of the LORD.  “Worship Him”[Revelation 14:6]. This would bring the latter rain outpouring of the Holy spirit which would ripen the earth for harvest.

Like Elijah, these people are called, “Troublers of Israel.”  They will be called, “dividers,” but they speak the truths of God’s word and will faithfully give the last message.

We allow God’s word to be presented in its purity.  We do not use vain philosophy or follow in vain traditions of men.

Altars cast down in all Israel

1 Kings 19:10  And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

The altars were cast down. The altar of the LORD is a symbol of worship of sacrifice.  The sacrifice represents the son of God as we discussed. It seems as though we are alone in Israel.  What does Elijah do with the altar that represents the true God?

1 Kings 18:30  And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

Jezebel had used the secular powers[kings of the earth[Revelation 18]] to persecute and kill the prophets throughout Israel at this time[1 Kings 18:13].  This will be discussed much more in the second angels message about, “Committing fornication with the Kings of the earth.” Elijah and the real prophets of God were labeled dividers.

The final call of Elijah will be a call to restore the altar of the LORD.  A call of restoration to the true worship of the true God, Elijah will call the people to make the decision about who they worship.

How long halt ye between 2 opinions?

1 Kings 18:21  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. And the people answered him not a word.

There are 2 opinions today about God.  Some say there is “one God the father”[1 Corinthians 8:6] then they say 2 sentences later, “there is one God a trinity of beings, the father, son and holy ghost.”  How long halt ye between two opinions?

Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Romans 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

2 Corinthians 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Jams 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

All Israel today is called to take a stand.  Who is the LORD?  The call is made to take your stand.  Let’s see what Israel answered him. Let me tell you that this is the way it is today.

“And the people answered him not a word”.[1 Kings 18:21]

The same answer is given today among the people of Israel.  It’s a mystery, and we shouldn’t discuss it? Let’s not talk about is as they say?  Is this what God has called them to do???

1 Peter 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Sadly, Israel really could not answer him a word.  They could not defend the God they believed in.  They had compromised with idolatry to worship of a false god one that could not be “known”.

Elijah has come today to make known the God of Israel.

What does Elijah say of himself?

Mark 9:12  And he answered and told them, Elijah verily cometh first, and restoreth all things;

Malachi 4:5-6  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Restoration is Elijah’s message.

These are few notes about John that seem contradictory. However understanding we will see, John was not the literal Elijah.  Let us see what the bible says:

Matthew 17:10-12  And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come.And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things.  But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed.

Please, note that they didn’t know Elijah.  The church rejected him. This will be the same again.  The leaders will not recognize him.

Matthew 11:14  And if ye will receive it, this is Elijah, which was for to come.

Many will not receive it.  Speaking of John what did Jesus say?

Luke 7:28  For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

Jesus said there was not a greater prophet than John the Baptist born of women.  What did John say of himself?

Johm 1:21  And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elijah? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that Prophet? And he answered, No.

Is he Elijah?  Is he that Prophet?  He didn’t claim it.  Yet, Jesus called him the Elijah that was to come, the greatest prophet born of women.   How was he the Elijah?

Luke 1:17  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

It was his message, going forth in the spirit and power of Elijah, a voice crying in the wilderness, and to prepare ye the way of the LORD with the same message of restoration.

This message exposes the false systems of worship that are setup.  While Israel does not believe Christ is, “Truly the son of God,” but pretended to be.  In John’s day, the leaders of Israel didn’t believe he was “the son of God,” either.  Elijah tells the people, “Come near me,” see what the scripture saith about the “only true God,”[John 17:3] and his son Jesus Christ.  The love of God for us lost souls in that, “He,” God the father was willing to give his only begotten son to die for a lost race.

Jesus prayed something and this prayer is answered:

John 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  Elijah restores the altar that was broken down.

Come near unto me and see

1 Kings 18:30  And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

What is Elijah doing here?  He is telling the people.  Come and see what you have done to the altar of God.  Come and see how you have trampled on the truth, “That God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.”  Come and look at the altar that you have destroyed.

Hebrews 10:29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

This is the Christian world today.  They have broken down the altar of the LORD and worshipped another god in his place, setting up a different altar in the groves.

One may object and say we do teach that Christ is the son of God and died for our sins.  This may seem true on the surface, but Elijah is calling you to come and look more closely at the altar you have setup. In every church today, almost they teach the Trinity.  They deny Christ is the literal son of God.  Even Jehovah’s Witnesses who deny the Trinity still don’t say God gave his only begotten son, but rather say Christ is created.   This is the truth as well with most Messianic Jews who don’t believe that Christ had a pre-existence before birth. This also denies, “The record that God gave his son”[1 John 5:10].

This god has pretty much united the churches today.  They have all come to worship this mysterious and peculiar god, even the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.  This god is a basis for acceptance into the World Counsel of Churches.

“According to the WCC constitution “agreement with the basis upon which the council is founded”  is a precondition for membership.  A later study by the central committee concluded that there was no need to change the basis though it was necessary to explain it’s meaning and make clear that…….the “Trinity” was implicit in it.”[From the WCC official website]

Ellen White actually said this unity on this peculiar something of a god would unite Christianity.

The religious bodies all over Christendom will become more and more closely united in sentiment. They will make of God a peculiar something in order to escape from loyalty to Him who is pure, holy, and undefiled, and who denounces all sin as a production of the apostate. [ Ellen White 1 NL 123.7]

Two Bullocks

1 Kings 18:26  And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.

Notice they “made” an altar to Baal.  What does God’s word say about these altars?

Exodus 34:13  But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

Instead, they broke down the altars of the LORD throughout Israel.  Many really do it ignorantly and believe that they are right in it.    Elijah called for two bullocks:

1 Kings 18:23  Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:

What was a bullock for with regards to the congregation?

Numbers 15:24-26  Then it shall be, if aught be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savor unto the LORD, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance: And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.

A sin through ignorance, many unknowingly worship the Trinity.  If they will turn back to the LORD after he accepts their sacrifice, he will forgive them for their ignorance.

Ecclesiastes 3:15  That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

So today, they have built up an altar to a different God.

Deuteronomy 32:17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God, to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

For anyone who is unsure that our pioneers were in entire unity in regards to the truth about God, there is a link, “The pioneers on the Trinity,” available on our website.  They knew who they worship.  They had the truth about God.  New gods came up which our fathers never worshipped.

Truly the son of God

Some will contest that the Trinity is scriptural. However, even the theologians ofF the general conference of Seventh Day Adventists will say:

“Some will tend to resist this doctrine (the trinity) because it is not found expressly stated in the scriptures.” Adventist Review Aug 20 1993 P-8

A statement like this is deceptive because they will not be completely honest and admit that there is not a single verse in scripture that says, “God is the father, son and holy spirit.” As it teaches, three co-eternal beings un-originated are all a god in there own right, yet one god. If this was true, then to be honest,  neither being could truly be a father and son. Thus, the love of God and his altar are tore down.

When the Trinitarian is really called upon to defend the Trinity, they will actually deny that Christ is, “truly the son of God.” [Matthew 27:54.]  They say in the pulpit that God gave his son. Yet in reality, they deny it. “How long will they halt between two opinions?”

The Trinitarian in frustration will normally confess that it is a mystery.  This because of no evidence from scripture as well as the 100’s of contradictions that you end up with when you believe in the Trinity.

When one only sees God only as a mystery which cannot be understood or known, they can really not rise to understand who he is.  They will not have that love in there heart of self-sacrifice which overcomes the world.  If God is a mystery that cannot be known, then we cannot have eternal life[John 17:3].  Jesus prayer that we might,“know the only true God,” cannot be answered.

1 John 5:20-21  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

So we are called “divisive,” “troublers,” or “evil.”  Many times after showing the truth of God, many will misrepresent our words saying we believe Christ is created rather than begotten and are “Arian.” Also, they resort to unchristian name calling and other evil and unchristlike acts. Whether Arius believed Christ was “begotten” or “created,” is actually not known.  However, the spirit that uprooted the Arians was antichrist, and that spirit comes from the owner of that spirit the one in whom  is the god of the Catholic church.[See Revelation 13:2.]

“The mystery of the Trinity is the central doctrine of the catholic church.  Upon it are based all the teachings of the church”[Handbook for today’s Catholic Page 11]

1 John 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

Your spirit comes from the God you worship.  The spirit of this god helped the “little horn” power pluck up these nations by the roots[Dan 7:8].  And the spirit of this god is entered into the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.

As the church adopts the doctrine, we see day by day the more it adopts the same spirit that this doctrine manifests which is the spirit of persecution, the spirit that restricts liberty of conscience, the spirit that continually violates God’s commands, and the spirit that denies Christ came in the flesh equals the spirit of antichrist.

This truth restores the heart to God, takes that resentment, and bitterness out of the heart.  This is why we stand up for this truth.  This truth shows the value of what God gave.  This truth gives you the hearer the heart of sacrifice.  This knowledge that Christ is, “the son of God,” will bring us to “unity of the faith.”

Ephesians 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God,

1 Kings 18:25-28  And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye aremany; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, 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. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

These men had called upon their god all day long. Finally, Elijah began to mock them, and they began to cut themselves. Priests in OT times were forbidden to cut themselves:

Leviticus 21:5  They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.

They called upon their god until the time of the evening sacrifice:

1 Kings 18:29  And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

This evening sacrifice is the time at which the son of God would die. [Mark 15:34-37].  As the time of the evening sacrifice, Elijah calls the people to draw near.

1 Kings 18:30  And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

The alter is the cross of the Old Testament

The altar in Old Testament times was to the patriarchs what the cross is to Christians today.  The symbol of God’s love and lamb which was sacrificed for us.

The father and son always knew of the possibility that sin could enter.  They had pre-ordained a plan of salvation before the world was.

Acts 2:23  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

Romans 16:25  Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Revelation 13:8  ….. whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

In counsels between the father and son[Zech 6:13,14], they had pre-determined a plan to save man should man fall.  The precious son of God would give his life.  Not only to die as a man, but his estate in heaven.

Isaiah 53:6-7  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own ways and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

This truth will destroy the hold of the devil.

The overcomer

1 John 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Revelation 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Satan seeks to destroy this truth and has people questioning, “If thou be the son of God?”[Matthew 4:3, 4:6, 26:33, 27:40].   Only believing God’s word and that Christ is the literal son of God will bring unity of the faith which overcomes the world[Ephesians 4:13, Romans 10:17, 1 John 5:5]

1 Kings 18:31  And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:

Israel means “overcomer” amazingly. [Genesis 32:28]

Elijah set up the altar to show something.  This altar was built of 12 stones.  In order to make an altar of 12 stones. they would have to be huge stones.  This would take a lot of work.  In this. Elijah could have used some help but he setup this altar himself.  The restoration of the altar of the LORD was not aided by Israel so in type this was symbolic.  These men were defiled and had to be purged for use as Elijah:

2 Timothy 2:21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Hosea 4:1  Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

What results in rejecting the knowledge of God which his people are destroyed from?

Hosea 4:2, 4, 5  By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest. Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother

They reject reproof.  They reject knowledge of God and thus fall in a day.  See the second angel’s message.

Hosea 4:6,10-12  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. ..For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.   Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.  My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.  I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.[See Rev 18]

When they follow another god, they will fall.  They were warned about this. We will read more about that in the second angel’s message.  A correct knowledge of God will bring forth a righteous character.  The Bible tells the character of those who reject God’s word and choose doctrines that can’t be found in God’s word.

2 Thesselonians 2:10-12  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Now today, the work of restoration is being performed by a people who go forth in the, “spirit and power of Elijah”[Luke 1:17].   The opposition of all of Israel is against them, yet they will continue in faith.

1 Kings18:31-33  And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood,

Elijah gathered the stones himself, restores the alter himself, digs the trench around the altar himself, lays the wood himself, prepares the bullock himself, and lays it on the altar himself.  All this work, Elijah does himself and he restores the altar.

Please notice, he does everything himself and has no one help him in anything with regards to the work of setting up the altar.  We will see what he did have Israel to do.  None of this work in restoration did Israel do.  Why?

Johm 7:17  If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Only those who will do his will that God get to carry forward the sacred work.  The people who don’t do his will, can’t carry His cross.

Luke 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

The 12 stones and The rock upon which the church is built

The twelve stones represent the twelve tribes.  They were scattered all over the earth when Elijah saw them lying on the ground. They are scattered across the earth today.[James 1:1.] They were not “fitly framed together, with Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone.”[Ephesians 2:20,21.]

This foundation and rock upon which the church is built, is that Jesus Christ is the son of God.[Matthew 16:18.]  This is the foundation of our faith.  “Peter had expressed the truth which is the foundation of the church’s faith” (Desire of Ages page 413).

1 Corinthians 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

These spiritual lessons are all here.  Elijah was a masterbuilder.  The others could not partake of this building process and the kingdom was divided at that time.  There was one faith and that was in unity.  Elijah thought he was the only one in Israel.

Romans 11:3-4  Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to theimage of Baal.

The kingdom was divided and scattered and this symbolized in the scattered 12 stones representing the 12 tribes. The spiritual lesson was this foundation of the altar. Today, it seems we are alone and all the church worships a god our fathers did not know.  God has reserved 144,000 who have not bowed to the image of Baal.

Believing in 3 co-eternals, gives you no option, but to deny Christ is truly the son of God. How can you believe God gave his son when really god is 3 co-eternal beings and Christ is a co-member who pretended to be the son? Sadly, many believe this, without support from the scriptures. Many do so willfully and conscientiously knowing that there is only, “one God the father,” and that “Christ is the son of God.”

Matthew 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Please notice how opposite this statement is to this unscriptural belief.

Fundamental Belief No.2 “The Trinity”

There is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit a unity of three co-eternal Persons.

Texts for co-eternal Persons—Nil

Texts for God is the Father, Son & Holy Spirit – Nil

“A plan of salvation was encompassed in the covenant made by the Three Persons of the Godhead (no text) who possessed the attributes of Deity equally…. One of the divine Beings accepted and entered into the role of the Father, another the role of the Son…” [again no text given].

Adventist Review Oct. 31, 1996 p.12 week of prayer. (Note, this is a paper endorsed by the church and deemed worthy to be presented to the worldwide church)

We’ve concluded that the father and son accepted roles according to modern Adventist theology which has adopted the Trinity doctrine from Babylon.  This being true that they do not believe Christ is the son of God, however they do not deny it.  How long will they halt between two opinions? This creed that Babylon has adopted is a different gospel that is powerless and leaves the people weak, and sickly and missing “Eternal life”[John 17:3].  In this, they make excuses for continual known sin as they have no power to overcome, though there are so many promises.  They must deny them as denying one truth leads to denying many truths.

The son of God who is not really the son of God

This was the same as the church leaders in Jesus day. Peter said, “Thou art the son of God.”   What did Caiaphus the leader of the Jewish church say?

Matthew 26:63, 64: But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Obviously, Caiaphus didn’t believe him. The only reason for the asking was so he could have him killed.  The church of Caiaphus fell hours after this and was left desolate when they spoke the words, “We have no king but Caesar.”  This will be discussed more in the second angel’s message.

To the Trinitarian, the title of “Son of God,” is merely that and not true in all actuality.  The term “Father,” is also merely a title and not actually literal as well.

Notice this from another Seventh-day Adventist minister:

“The Father–Son relationship in the Godhead should be understood in a metaphorical sense, not in a literal sense”. (Max Hatton, Understandingthe Trinity, p. 97)

METAPHORICAL – a figure of speech in which a term is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable. (Macquarie Dictionary)

Of course, no text is given to show that this is a metaphorical relationship between the father and son. If we are to understand this as they believe it today, when God gave his only begotten son, it was only a figure of speech and not literally true.  This is really saying, God did not give his son.

1 John 5:10  …. he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

Also, if he never really had a son to give, that means he is not his father.

1 John 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

Barrabbas “Son of the father

Actually there was a man named “Barabbas.”  His name actually means, “Son of the father.”  This is obviously, “Son of the father” in name only or metaphorically. All Israel chose the metaphorical son in Israel’s day as well.  “There is nothing new under the sun”[Ecclesiastes 1:9] It’s not the first time that this has happened. Let us look at the story of Barabbas:

Matthew 27:17 “Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?”

When Pilate asked them to choose between Barabbas and Christ, they chose Barabbas.  One “son of the father” was the representative of God, the other the representative of Satan.  They chose the one who only had the title “Son of the father” and was not literally “the son of the father.” Interestingly, it seems as though God’s people today reject the literal, “son of the father” and have chosen one who only pretends to be the “son of the father.”

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Matthew 27:20  But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

Hopefully, you can see the same thing happening again.  The multitude today have been persuaded by the leaders to accept a false christ.

“A nation’s sin and a nation’s ruin were due to the religious leaders” (Desire of Ages 738. Read also p. 739)

The people have been deceived again by the leaders.  Returning to the story of Elijah, we see that the same thing had happened to them and “they could not answer him a word.”  They were deceived and didn’t want to discuss it. Therefore, Elijah setup an altar with a bull that he did all the work himself.  Finally, he asked them to do something.

God was going to bring fire from heaven.

What is fire from heaven?

Acts 2:2-4  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Interestingly, the fire from heaven was also a symbol of God’s spirit.  The devil will try to bring fire from heaven and will deceive with those miracles which are a gift of the Holy spirit.[Revelation 13:13-14, 1 Corinthians 12:28.]

What work did Elijah allow Israel to do?

The Holy spirit will work in us to finish the work today.  What was the only thing Elijah asked Israel to do after doing all the hard work of restoring the altar himself.  What was Israel doing to this fire??

1 Kings 18:33-35  …… Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.  And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.  And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.

What lesson does this show us?  All Israel had done in the work was to keep the fire of the spirit of God from heaven from coming.  They were merely trying to put the fire out.  What happened there of them trying to put this fire out?  You need to saturate everything in order to keep it from burning.

They were working against God.  This was all that Elijah had them do in all this work after building the alter and dressing it.  This water was a symbol of there stubborn resistance to God’s truth.

God only permitted them to take part in the work that they were worthy of.  That work was resisting the truth.  They try to put out the fire of the truth of the “son of God.”

In this day, it had not rained for 3 1/2 years.  Water was a precious commodity. The precious resources were used to put out the fire of God’s work.  The same is true with the all the books being printed by the modern day Seventh Day Adventist General Conference body.   The people united in pouring water on the Elijah message then. Also, by the modern day publications of the General Conference which is to be a precious commodity today, are doing the same thing.

What does God and Elijah seek to do in spite of the spirit of rebellion?

1 Kings 18:37  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.

He seeks to restore them back to him still.  He has given this last precious message of his love.

What does the church claim today?

Matthew 23:30  And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

This is already happening and will become much more aggressive shortly. Persecution happens to all those who live godly in Christ Jesus, to those who would faithfully bring the true message.  Many will not receive it.  Let us hear the climax of this memorable day.  The Elijah message does restore hearts back to their father.

1 Kings 18:36-39  And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thouart the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

As you can see and hear if you have ears to hear, the beautiful truth of the gospel shines through this message.

Revelation 14:6-7  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

It is not a miracle that restores worship to the true God.  This is Satan’s method.[Revelation 13:13.] It is a correct knowledge of him, as he has revealed himself to us by his word, by his love and not by fear as Satan would have it.

1 John 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

This truth of God and his Son was the knowledge that turned their hearts back again.  This, the gospel and truth of the first angel is the first angels message call to restore the altar of the LORD. “Worship Him who created heaven and earth”[Revelation 14:7.]

See the other links below:

Truth About God

Let us Make a Name – SDA General Conference fornication with the Kings of the Earth

The Whore of Babylon –

The Foundation of Our Faith

The Godhead in Black and White

Foundation and Pillars of our Faith Changed

Israel my Firstborn

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