The Open Scroll - Let it be Known Today That You are God in Israel

Let it be Known Today That You are God in Israel

By Bob Schlenker  (Prints about 3 pages)

This article relates the prophetic scenario that is about what Elijah prayed,  the turning of Israel's hearts back again to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. You may want to read the entire of 1 Kings 18 to familiarize yourself with the account before you continue. Ready?
Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Your name shall be Israel." 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, "Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood." 34 "Do it again," he said, and they did it again. "Do it a third time," he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench. 36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again." 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, "The LORD--he is God! The LORD--he is God!"  1 Kings 18:30-39
The 12 stones make up the altar, representing the 144k, 12k from each tribe as the stones were one for each tribe. When it says Jacob was the one to whom the word of the Lord had come saying, "Your name shall be Israel," it's like, what, are we so ignorant we didn't already know that? The use of the name Jacob usually signifies that those people are "unregenerated" and the name Israel signifies that they are revived, regenerated people. We should get the point then, that this altar represents a revived Israel, spiritually. They have overcome. For example, consider the following verses.
Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."   Genesis 32:28

But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, "I'm convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die." Genesis 45:27-28
The bull on the altar represents the Y'shua, the ultimate sacrificial offering. (Hebrews 10) The placing of the bull on the wood alludes to the sacrifice of the wooden cross, a burnt sacrifice wholly devoted to God. (The bull on the other altar represents the anti-Messiah Beast, the one worshiped by the false prophets.)

The four large jars of water poured three times totals 12 large jars of water, one for each stone in the altar; for each tribe of Israel. This act represents baptism, identifying the offering, the wood and the altar and trench with Y'shua in his death and resurrection. The baptism of the 144k is therefore in view, which is their anointing and sealing with holy spirit. It is also the washing of water (mikvah) by the word (Torah) that makes them holy. The phrase three times is a resurrection symbol.  Upon the sealing of the 144k, the Bride theft resurrection will occur. See Romans 11:15.

Elijah prayed for God to "let it be known today that you are God in Israel," and that is what will happen when the 144k are sealed. Hallelujah! He will be God in Israel and it will be known in that day! The 144k are the first wave of Israel to have their hearts turned to the Lord. As a result of the Lord answering the prayer, they will know that the Lord is God, that YHWH is Elohim!
Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of his son? Tell me if you know!  Proverbs 30:4
They will know - and they will know Y'shua!

The Fire that fell consumed not only the sacrifice and the wood, but the altar stones, the soil and the water in the trench as well. The fire from God indicated his acceptance of their offering. The fire is also the baptism.
John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  Luke 3:16
This baptismal fire is like what came when the day of Shavuot was fully come in 33 A.D.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.  Acts 2:1-4
For the 144k, it will be an Acts 2 kind of experience. Did you notice the prominence of tongues in those verses in Acts? The tongues of fire were visible signs, evidence of God's acceptance of their offering, The tongues that were spoken languages were evidence of their having received God's spiritual blessing. There was an exchange of firstfruits on that day, as I have noted in a study that remains to be posted online. (Maybe someday, Lord willing.) Well, these tongues of fire could be seen licking up the water in the trench, because after all, that's what tongues do with water.
See, the Name of the LORD comes from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke; his lips are full of wrath, and his tongue is a consuming fire.  Isaiah 30:27

Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.  1 Kings 18:38
The things recorded in the passage in 1 Kings took place on Mount Carmel. The name Carmel means "fruitful field." The Lord's harvest field will indeed be fruitful when the time comes for the great contest between God's servants and the servants of Baal. Consider the fruit evidenced in those who had gathered on that Mount.
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. 1 Kings 18:39
And the people will know as Elijah prayed, that he was His servant and that he did all those things at His command. The Bride and the 144k, what a team! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Baruch haba b'shem Adonai!