Elijah: Bold Prophet Who Vanished in a Whirlwind

On this podcast, Kevin and Crystal take a closer look at a man of boldness for the Lord and extraordinary faithfulness.Episode #20- Elijah: Bold Prophet Who Vanished in a Whirlwind

On this podcast, Kevin and Crystal take a closer look at a man of boldness for the Lord and extraordinary faithfulness. A man who, one day, was caught up to heaven in a whirlwind, never tasting death as a reward for his obedient service to God. You can find his story in 1 Kings 17-19 and 2 Kings 2. We are talking about Elijah. His name means, “The Lord is my God,” and he was a prophet who lived around 900 BC. Back in those days, being a prophet wasn’t easy and his main task was to give King Ahab bad news. His life was often in peril because of this, but the Lord always protected and cared for Elijah.

With very little introduction, Elijah comes on the scene to prophesy a coming drought upon the land of Israel due to the people’s idol worship and their wicked ruler. Ahab was an evil king who ruled the northern kingdom from 874 to 853 BC. Because the people had turned from worshiping the one true God to bowing down to idols, God sent Elijah to declare His judgment upon them. They would endure 3 1/2 years of drought to show them that their idol Baal, the god of rain and fertility, had no power over the Living God who could control all things, including the weather.

After challenging King Ahab, Elijah was warned by God to hide for a time, and while there, the Lord used ravens to supply him with food. As the drought and famine worsened across the land, Elijah met a widow living nearby. Because of her sacrificial giving to Elijah, she, her son, and Elijah were provided for. Miraculously, the widow’s barrel of flour and jar of oil never run out.

Sadly, the severe drought did not move King Ahab to repent from his wicked ways. As the drought years came to an end, God sent Elijah to Ahab to propose a power challenge between God Himself, the 450 priests of Baal, and the 400 priests of Asherah. In front of the whole nation, the one true God shows His power over the false gods. Still, despite God’s powerful display, Elijah became fearful and ran for his life from Ahab and Jezabel, falling into a deep depression. However, rather than be angry, the Lord lovingly ministers to Elijah and speaks to him there.

Listen in to hear the full story and find out what we can learn from this great, though very human, prophet of God that we can apply to our lives as believers.

Next week- Please be sure to tune in next week when we’ll get the inside scoop about a man who has a whale of a tale to tell!

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

Scripture references:

  • 1 Kings 17-19
  • 2 Kings 2
  • Luke 1:17
  • Malachi 4:5–6
  • James 5:17–18
  • 1 Corinthians 16:13
  • 2 Corinthians 3:12
  • 2 Timothy 1:7-8
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

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