Westerners see the world in linear fashion, Easterners typically see the world in circular fashion. Depending on where you live, determines your worldview, that is why for Westerners we typically view the word of God from Genesis to Revelation in a linear fashion, therefore, the book of Revelation is the blueprint for the end of the world as we know it. While those in the East may view the Bible as cyclical, so if you read Revelation 21-22 you see how it ties beautifully right back to Genesis 1, and we begin the cycle again. Israel lives cyclically. The feasts of the Lord (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles) are to remind them of the prophetic seasons of God and how they relate to the harvest seasons. The bible then can be cyclical generationally, monthly, yearly, or even seasonally. Since the bible is the story of the Hebrew people, the Jews, it has a cyclical nature to it and we as Westerners need to learn the cycles of scripture and the cycle of the stories if we are going to accurately understand the world in which we live. Is it any wonder the earth revolves around the sun, cyclical; we have cycles of the moon; and we live on one of many planets that are spheres/circles.
If we can grasp the idea of the cyclical nature of God as revealed in the Scriptures, we can more accurately determine what season we are in. The world is not ending, the rapture is not about to happen, and the second coming of Christ is not just on the other side of some invisible door. How do I know, well there are many scriptures that lay out the prerequisite for Christ’s return to rule on earth, one of which is Hebrews 10:11-13, “Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet.” I realize fear sells that is why people promote the rapture, the end of the world and other Matthew 24 agendas, but the Lord is looking for us to overcome, not succumb to the spirits of the age. He’s building a body that overcomes the evil one (Rev.12:11), that stands and resists the devil (Ephesians 6:13-14), that is more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37) because of His sacrifice for our sins.
Now that we have the cyclical nature of God and the call to be overcomers on our mind, let’s consider if we are in an Elijah season on earth right now. What are the clues we see that this could be where we are? Using 1 Kings 18 as our template, we have to begin with the prophet Elijah who was in hiding, being fed by ravens at the Brook Kidron out of the sight of the local leadership, all of the sudden comes into view, to the surprise of everyone. In an Elijah season you will see people who have been trained in the hiding to become visible and vocal.
Another clue we have is that the people were wavering between two opinions based on the voices of two types of prophets. One set of prophets were speaking for Baal/Jezebel, while the other prophet was speaking for Yahweh, the God of Israel. The prophets of Baal were speaking culturally while Elijah was speaking the voice of God. Both voices were familiar to the people, henceforth why the wavering between two opinions. John in Revelation 2 said something similar to the church of Thyitira, “I know your deeds, and your love, faith, service, perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” Notice the Mount Carmel showdown was a war of words, sound familiar?
The third clue we see in this story is the conduct of the prophets of Baal when their god was not answering them. They would cut themselves, rave for hours, jump on the altar, but there was no voice, no one answered them and no one paid attention. The prophets of Baal worked themselves and the people up into a prayer frenzy, thinking the more they performed the more their god would hear them. No matter how long or hard you pray to an idol, it will never answer (Psalm 135). Remember what Jesus said, “When I return will I find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). Faith is the access key to God, not frenzied prayer meetings like the prophets of Baal were leading.
We can see, we are right here in the Elijah season, the altars are ready, all the prophets and people are assembled, the king is in attendance and once God hears the voice of Elijah pray, fire is going to fall from heaven and all the people are going to declare the Lord He is God, the Lord He is God, but the fire has not fell yet. We are right now in the place where the people are wavering between two opinions because the prophets are in a war of words. But when Elijah, prays and asks the Father to send the fire, we will all know who is God, for Hebrews 12:28 says, “Our God is an all-consuming fire!”
I know it is a hard place to be right now, you can hear both sides of the prophetic coin, but there is a distinct difference between the Elijah prophets and the prophets of Baal being led by Jezebel, the prophetess. This is spiritual, this is a war of words, this is not a war of genders, races, colors, or parties, this is a war of words, we are in a narrative war and only one narrative is going to rule the airwaves of the nations, but until the fire falls, people will waver between two opinions. But once the fire falls, the people fall and declare Yahweh is God, then the Elijah prophets will destroy the prophets of Baal in prayer and righteousness will exalt the nations. We are at the wavering stage, but Elijah has poured water on the altar, so get ready, the fire is about to fall, I think I see a match in the hand of God.