The Elijah Message
by Arthur Reece
“To make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). Some think this place is up in heaven. Others think it is a mansion in the sky. But, you can read about it in the Word of God. It is referring to a place of refuge where the Christians will be protected so that certain ones will survive the coming tribulation that will come upon the whole earth. Not all Christians will go there; but during that time of great trial, many will die for their faith. In the Book of Revelation, chapter 12, it is called “the wilderness.” The scripture says, “The woman (symbolic of the true church) fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent” (Rev. 12:6 & 14).
Several scriptures mention “fleeing into the mountains” near the time when Jesus returns. “And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains… and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee” (Zech. 14:5). Both Elijah and John the Baptist spent time in the wilderness. Our Lord Jesus spent time in the wilderness; as well as Moses – and many others in the Bible. As God provided for the children of Israel in Goshen, when they came out of Egypt, so will he provide for the end time remnant. They will be nourished there for three and a half years. That will be a time, not only of great trials, but also of the saints having total dependence upon God. We will see him do great miracles in providing for us. “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:4). Some people will ridicule this teaching and be like the ones in Moses’ day. “Yea, they spake against God; they said, ‘Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?’” (Psa. 78:19). Yes, that’s exactly what he will do.
Some of the saints will die for standing up for the truth – and not be alive when Jesus comes again. But, if you lose your life for Christ’s sake and the Gospel, you will save it unto Eternal Life. “He that endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). You must endure, either to the end of your life in the flesh, or to the end of the tribulation. He that is faithful unto death shall receive a crown of life. Through much tribulation shall you enter the Kingdom of God.
“Watch therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36). This verse does not mean that God will take you out of the world before these things come to pass. It means that he will keep you from the evil; and give you the power to escape the pollutions and corruption of the world. Jesus said, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). You will have “…escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Pet. 2:20).
If you are chosen to enter the wilderness during this time, you will be alive when Jesus comes again. Those who remain and are alive shall be caught up to be with the Lord; but the dead in Christ shall rise first. Whether these saints flee to the mountains, or into the wilderness, or to some other place of refuge, the main thing is that we follow the direction of the Lord. He will lead us in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake. This is what the 23rd Psalm is all about.
The Lord is gathering together his Holy Remnant: those who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Come out of the midst of Babylon (the world’s religious and political system that denies the Word of God). “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4). It is time for God’s people to flee from the cities. Not only the natural cities; but the spiritual cities of destruction. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:13-14).
The prophets of Baal are still deceiving many churches into believing the Devil’s lies. Jesus said, “The truth shall make you free.” In Romans, chapter 6, we’re told that we are made free from sin, and become servants of God, and have our fruit unto holiness, and the end is everlasting life. But all who live godly in Christ Jesus still suffer persecution; and Satan is still making war against the saints. The spirit of Jezebel is in the world’s churches, and the pastors are just like Ahab. Even though the prophets of Baal continue to rise up, the End Time message is still coming forth in the Spirit and power of Elijah. Soon the fire will fall and consume all the false prophets. There will be no mercy shown to them. If any come preaching another gospel, let them be accursed!
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful
day of the LORD.” (Mal. 4:5).
As Jesus said that John the Baptist was the Elijah for his generation, his message was to prepare a people for the First Coming of the Lord. The final Elijah Message will prepare a people for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. “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” (Luke 1:17).
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
(Written September 2010, Edited May 2011)