Quick recap of Elijah the Tishbite:
The twelve tribes of Israel were divided into two groups. Jeraboam (sp?) was the king of 10 tribes in the North, and Rehoboam (sp?) was king of two tribes in the South. Both were evil but Jeraboam was more so. He did not want both kingdoms to be united, because they both served the same God. All Jews were required by law to go up to Jerusalem three times a year to observe Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles. Jeroboam knew that as long as his people regarded the high priest in Jerusalem (who favored the rule of Rehoboam) as their spiritual authority, his control over the ten tribes would not be secure. So, Jeroboam’s scheme included displacing the religion of Israel with a “new” religion. And these people accepted this new religion quickly.
In comes Elijah who was not a great man – just an ordinary person who happened to be a prophet of God. He did not like all that he saw them doing and so he prayed that the rain would cease, and it did. (which caused a great famine) Elijah set out to Samaria to find King Ahab and said: “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word . . .”(1 Kings 17:1)
The king didn’t believe him.
How long did it not rain? “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.” (James 5:17)
End time parallel…
Revelation predicts that during the Great Tribulation, there will be no rain for three and a half years (the same length as Elijah’s day)! A worldwide famine is coming for the same reasons that a nationwide famine occurred in Elijah’s day.
“These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” (Revelation 11:6, KJV) (speaking of the Two Witnesses)
See how the OT and NT are beautifully woven together? How the OT is a shadowing of the NT? Amazing! Moving on….
Israel did not repent.
After that time had passed, the suffering, death etc. Elijah petitioned God to let I rain again. “Again he [Elijah] prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:18) insertion mine.
Then…“After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.’ So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab . . .” (1 Kings 18:1,2)
“When he saw Elijah, he said to him, ‘Is that you, you troubler of Israel?’ ‘I have not made trouble for Israel,’ Elijah replied. ‘But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals.’ ” (1 Kings 18:17,18)
In the kings mind, Elijah is cause of all the trouble, famine, death etc.
Elijah said: Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.’ So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel.” (1 Kings 18:19,20)
It was a battle between Baal and Jehovah God!
They all assembled along with the prophets of Baal. Elijah said to get two bulls, one for them and one for him. He said to cut them up into pieces and have your god call down fire. They called on Baal from morning till noon and no fire. Then it was Elijah’s turn. He even dug a trench around the altar and had them fill it with water three times. He called upon God and He sent fire that burned up the offering and the water. (1 Kings 18:30-39)
End time Parallel
A time is coming when the devil [the Antichrist] will be allowed to appear on Earth. He will masquerade as God and to prove His assumed divinity, the devil will do many miracles, signs and wonders. His crowning deception will be his ability to call fire down from Heaven in full view of men! “And he [the lamb-like beast] performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth [into thinking he was Almighty God.] insertion mine.
In Elijah’s day, the True God called down fire, but during the Great Trib., the false god will call down fire thus deceiving people who do not love the truth. And the truth is the AC must come first, then Jesus.
“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day (the second coming) will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He opposes and exalts himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, and even sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God . . . The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4,9,10)
So this calling down of fire is a parallel in reverse! Those who love the truth will not be deceived by following the dazzling light show of the AC.