In this study of two narratives that are 800 years apart, we will be switching back between Elijah in solitude and Y’shua in solitude in the same location. This story shows that the devil knows the Bible really well. He memorized a little detail from the life of Elijah and he just went for it.
Cherished prophetic word I heard from brother Kirk today.
“The man of God is not to be ‘liked’. He is to be held accountable to God.”
With this teaching we gauge Laodicea now.
1 Kings 19:14
He (Elijah) said,
I have been very jealous for Yahweh, the God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars, and slain Your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
Elijah must meet God. He has wanted to speak with God. He felt discouraged at the crowd of believers in Judah the southern kingdom. They were not honoring God in their lives. As a prophet who is kidding Elijah? This scene is set after Elijah has fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. His mind was clear. His heart was pure.
Feeling it in America.
Then Y’shua came to speak with Elijah as God. 800 years later, Y’shua in His First Coming would go into the Judean wilderness and having also fasted for 40 days Himself He faces testing. Get this! Follow the Elijah arc. A small voice came to speak to Elijah.
Y’shua went immediately after the water mikveh (immersion-baptizo) by the man who went in the spirit of His servant, Elijah. Full circle ⭕️
Note a small voice came also to speak to Y’shua. Are you following? Shatain knows the Bible well and he pretends to be “like God”. Iniquity was found in him (Ezekiel 28). Let the mishpocha take heed. We need to know God so well that we cannot be deceived by shatain. Relationship is the only right way to walk with Christ. In religion shaty is fooling many today. It is a cold situation.
Y’shua knew immediately what shatain had up his sleeves. He was trying to trade (Ezekiel 28). The Word of Adonai told Ezekiel that the former cherub was already trading with “abundant traffic” in heaven. We need to note his honed skills. He still trades with people. The Bible calls that temptation of the devil. He wants trading partners. He devours like a prowling lion. His food is the dignity of the dignified. His food is the anointing of the anointed.
I for one, will not cooperate with the devil. Choose your partners well. Follow Christ.
Ezekiel 28:16 By the abundance of your traffic they filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I have cast you as profane out of the mountain of God; and I have destroyed you, covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Earlier, Shatain only got tipped off by the testimony of John that Y’shua was “the lamb of God” during the Jordan immersion when John spoke. He would come to immerse seekers in the Spirit of God.
John 1:32 John testified, saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending like a dove out of heaven, and it remained on him.
John 1:33 I didn’t recognize him, but he who sent me to baptize in water, he said to me,
‘On whoever you will see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’
John was filled with the Spirit of God. Therefore, he moved with divine knowledge that was not told him but revealed to him from God. He is a true witness for the Messiah.
Shatain has to find out here (Matthew 4) now for himself, whether a man, Y’shua, the Lamb of God, is God Himself! He tempted Y’shua to bow down to him in exchange of all the kingdoms that he owns. Shatain considers himself “a son” of God, being angelic creatures from aeons. He vies to be in the spot for the heir of God. His ambitions are far and high.
Here is a parallel scene from Luke’s account.
Luke 4:6 The devil said to him, “I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want.
Luke 4:7 If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours.”
He is pretending to be “the small voice” that Elijah heard too. He just has to speak softly. What a surprise for shatain to realize that his own God was in a man’s appearance.
He stole the kingdoms of the world from Adam in Eden. Now he is trading them, which he owns legally, for something that is greater. His price in his crosshairs is the Lamb of God. If the devil owns as his pet the Lamb of God, then there will be no redemption to be had for humankind. If you understand the epic quality of this scene in the Judean wilderness, and if you have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, you are now standing up with your arms raised high in praise of God!
Luke 4:8 Jesus answered him, “Get behind me Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'”
Since shatain is not His sheep, he did not recognize God’s voice. At that point shatain’s scheme to “own” the Lamb of God was foiled. Bummer (sarcasm). Church, heed this warning. Do you know the voice of God? Shatain wants to keep his gang. There is no paradise in his future.
So where are we heading in this?
In the same manner as Elijah, Y’shua was jealous for Father of His people Israel. You want to know what Y’shua thought about the Roman occupied Judea just read 1 Kings 19 below from Elijah.
1 Kings 19:9 He came there to a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, ☝️the Word of Yahweh ☝️ came to him, and he said to him,
What are you doing here, Elijah?
1 Kings 19:10 He said, I have been very jealous for Yahweh, the God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword: and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
– Later 800 years, people also sought to take away the life of Y’shua. Full ⭕️ Y’shua assumes the office of the Last Prophet in the canon. He is God.
A STILL SMALL VOICE
1 Kings 19:11
Go forth, and stand on the mountain before Yahweh.
Behold, Yahweh passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before Yahweh; but Yahweh was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but Yahweh was not in the earthquake:
1 Kings 19:12 and after the earthquake a fire; but Yahweh was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
1 Kings 19:13 It was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entrance of the cave. Behold, there came a voice to him, and said,
What are you doing here, Elijah?
Shatain was impersonating the Voice, Y’shua, before Y’shua, in the flesh. He is in fact, God’s still, small voice.
Smart and sneeky tactic.
A second time Y’shua declared Himself God to shatain.
Luke 4:12 Jesus answering, said to him,
“It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'”
Lesson: for a closer walk with Y’shua. Then you know Him. And love Him. And follow Him.