THE GREAT TRIBULATION AT MOUNT CARMEL (part 1)

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10-22-23 God is Thought. The brightness of our revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrines, our building blocks, our Godly thoughts laid one upon another, ascending into the mind of Christ. Thought is a manifestation of “energy” (electricity analogy). These study notes are archived at tabernacleofmoses.org.

 

PREFACE

TO THE GREAT TRIBULATION

(1 Kings 17:1-3) And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants [Heb: a part of, a dweller] [rather than a visitor] of Gilead [1], said unto Ahab [2], As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but [the rain (revelations) shall return] according to my word. And the word of the LORD [3] came unto him [Elijah], saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward [to patiently wait for the Lord’s coming] [4], and hide thyself [5] by the brook [Heb: stream] Cherith [Heb: (our) covenant], that is before [i.e., that leads us into the river] Jordan [Heb: the descender] [6,7].

1.    Gilead: Heb: heap of testimony, heap of witness, rolling forever, mass of testimony, mound of stones, rocky region.

a.     Commentary: “Gilead” = spiritual Gilead is a place where all stony-hearted persons may confess their sins and experience those sins being melted away. Gilead is the spiritual place of our living sacrifice” (Rom 12:1), symbolized by the Old Testament brasen altar and the New Testament cross. (A good place to dwell, to live).

2.    Commentary: “Ahab” = Ahab (a type and shadow of Satan) was the wicked king of the dissolute (syn: degenerate, depraved, self-indulgent) northern kingdom of Samaria, consisting of the rebellious ten tribes of Israel.

a.     (1 Kings 16:30) And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were [kings] before him.

3.    (Rev 19:13) And he [Jesus Christ] was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. [ref. John 1:14, the Bible]

4.    (Luke 21:19) In your patience possess [Gk: to get, acquire, (own): obtain, purchase] ye your souls [i.e., your thoughts].

5.    Commentary: “and hide thyself” = from evil King Ahab who will shortly be found (2 Kings 2) franticly searching for the prophet Elijah to immediately end the curse of no rain. Why? Because Ahab knows that his entire kingdom will certainly be defeated, undoubtedly lost, if he cannot find forage (fodder, food, hay, grass) ASAP to sustain (feed) the multitude of war horses in his army of chariots. Therefore, Ahab will desperately comb the hills in search of his (supposed) enemy Elijah to end the years and months of extreme drought which are causing extreme famine and consequently extreme (great) tribulation in his northern kingdom, but no famine/tribulation came upon the southern kingdom (ref. the land of Goshen, & Amos 4:7) populated by righteous Judah and Benjamin.

a.     (Amos 4:7) And also I have withholden [Heb: restrained] the rain [fig. of Holy Spirit revelations] from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered [Heb: dried up: X utterly].

6.    Commentary: the river “Jordan” = “the descender” (from God) is a river of flowing water (flowing revelations, flowing life, flowing love), a type and shadow of the Holy Spirit, herein creating a vivid picture of we/us being carried (like a piece of broken wood) upon the horizontal cross member (the brook Cherith stream) to intersect with and join the “vertical” (from God) Jordan river pathway from/to Heaven, i.e., the cross, suggesting the vertical “precept upon precept” and horizontal “line upon line” net of a multitude of connected crosses (us, “arm in arm,” so-to-speak) in Isaiah 28:9-13.

a.     (Matt 13:47,48) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net [of crosses; the redeemed, which we are a part of], that was cast into the sea [of humanity], and gathered of every kind [both good and bad]: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels [i.e., alien spacecraft, flying saucers??], but cast the bad away.

 

 

THREE AND ONE HALF YEARS OF SORE FAMINE = THE GREAT TRIBULATION

(1 Kings 18:1,2) And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah [who is a type and shadow of Jesus Christ, and a type and shadow of we who are “in Jesus Christ”] [1] in the third year [of the 3 years of “sore (great) famine,” i.e., 3 years of Great Tribulation] [2], saying, Go, shew thyself [reveal thyself, having been hidden (“and hide thyself” 1 Kings 17:3) from Ahab] unto Ahab [the king of Samaria whom the Bible identifies as being the most evil king of Israel up to that time] [3]; and I will send rain upon the earth. And Elijah went to shew himself [as an example (model) of an obedient instrument of The Lord God whom Elijah served] unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine [Heb: hunger: suffer to famish] in Samaria [in the northern kingdom of divided Israel where the rebellious ten tribes lived, herein symbolizing widespread rebellion within the northern kingdom of unbelievers and separation within “the church” of Israel].

1.    (James 5:17,18) Elijah was a man subject to [Gk: similarly affected by] like passions as we are [a], and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not [causing a great famine and consequently causing the Great Tribulation] on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit [i.e., us].

a.     Commentary: “Elijah = generally, Elijah’s “passions” were just like ours, for he is our type and shadow. Whatever Elijah did after receiving the mantle, the active fullness of the Holy Spirit, i.e., “the garments of salvation… the robe of righteousness,” we shall soon be able (called) to do ourselves, and more. 

                                                             i.      (John 14:12) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me [Jesus Christ], the works [Gk: acts: deeds, labors] that I do shall he [the believer] do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father

2.    (Luke 4:25) But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up [i.e., no rain (revelations) for] three years and six months, when great famine [and consequently Great Tribulation, “the third seal” Rev 6:5,6] was throughout all the land;

a.     (Rev 6:5,6) And when he [Jesus Christ, the Word of God, the Bible: John 1:14] had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast [the third alien] say, Come and see [see now, a command]. And I beheld, and lo a black horse [utterly black, completely negative, i.e., the absence of light]; and he that sat on him [in possession of the reins of control over the immense power of the work “horse,” e.g., power over the fake news media (the government propaganda machine)] had a pair of balances [Gk: a “yoke,” a coupling, fig. servitude: scales] in his hand [Gk: power]. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts [four aliens] say, A measure of wheat [the good grain] for a penny [for a day’s wages], and three measures of barley [a much lesser quality grain, commonly eaten by poor impoverished families and livestock] for a penny [for a day’s wages]; and see thou hurt not [take not of] the oil and the wine [which is reserved for the governing rulers].

3.    (1 Kings 16:30) And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him.

AHAB FINDS ELIJAH ON MOUNT CARMEL

(1 Kings 18:17-19) And it came to pass [“in the third year” of King Ahab’s increasingly desperate search for Elijah to end the famine], when Ahab [finally] saw [found] Elijah, that Ahab said unto him [unto Elijah], Art thou he that troubleth [Heb: to roil the water; fig. disturb or afflict] Israel? And he [Elijah] answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou [have troubled Israel], and thy father's house [i.e., and king Omri’s heritage], in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim [Heb: Baal, a Phoenician deity: Baal, (plural) Baalim] [i.e., Satan (plural) and his fallen angel underlings, many false idols]. Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel [Heb: a fruitful (plentiful) field] [a strong type and shadow of heaven], and the prophets [fallen angels, unclean spirits] of Baal [Satan] four hundred and fifty, and the prophets [fallen angels, unclean spirits] of the groves [Heb: Asherah or Astarte; a Phoenician goddess] [the wife of Baal in Canaanite mythology] [1] four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's [the wife of king Ahab] table [2].

1.    Commentary: “the groves” = literally, the groves = the woods; symbolically, mankind is symbolized as trees (wood) in the Bible (Psa 1:1-3). In Jezebel’s forest (her woods), each tree (person) was an Asherah worshipper.

2.    (Rev 2:20-23) Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest [Gk: permit] [allow] that woman Jezebel [a false teacher, “and women rule over them” Isa 3:12], which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space [Gk: time] to repent [Gk: to think differently, reconsider /// to exercise the mind] of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her [with Jezebel] into great tribulation [INTO GREAT TRIBULATION], except they repent [Gk: to think differently, reconsider] of their deeds. And I will kill her [unsaved] children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts [i]: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

                                                             i.      (Heb 4:12) For the word of God is quick [Gk: alive], and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow [even of the tiny most miniscule things], and is a discerner [Gk: decisive, discriminative /// a judge] of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

HOW LONG HALT YE?

(1 Kings 18:20,21) So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel [Heb: a fruitful (plentiful) field] [fruitful for regenerated people, only]. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye [Heb: hop; fig. skip over; hesitate; dance: leap] [dither, waver, vacillate] between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

 

(1 Kings 18:22-24) Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet [Heb: an inspired man] of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let them therefore give us two bullocks [Heb: young bulls]; 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 [prepare in order] the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

 

(1 Kings 18:25-26) And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; 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 [until the peak of day], saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they [(emphatically now)] leaped [Heb: hopped; danced] upon the altar which was made [by them].

 

(1 Kings 18:27-29) And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked [syn: ridiculed, taunted, derided, made fun of] them, and said [sarcastically], 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 [1,2]. And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice [until 3 pm], that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

1.    (Lev 19:28) Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

2.    (Deut 14:1) Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

 

 

FINAL COMMENTARY

Next week (God willing), we shall continue to interpret the revelations of end-time prophecy in action (part 2), with an exegesis of 1 Kings 18:30-46. This prophecy is about to fully happen, and is partially happening right now, before your very eyes. Check it out. Thank you. God bless you.  J  (It’s all joy).