Elijah’s unique role as a prophet
Miracles proved that his prophecies and prayers came true.
Experiencing and Predicting Droughts: 1Ki 17:1,7; 18:1-6; Jas 5:17
1Ki 17:14 The prophecy foretold the provision of flour and oil.
Rain prophesied: 1Ki 18:41,44-45
1Ki 17:17-24 A miraculous event occurred when the son of the widow was brought back to life.
Elijah prayed and fire fell from heaven. 1Ki 18:36-38; 2Ki 1:10,12
The death of Ahab and Jezebel, and of Ahab’s line prophesied and fulfilled: 1Ki 21:20-24; 22:37-38; 2Ki 9:30-37
The word of the LORD came to him 1Ki 19:9-18 Also see: 1Ki 17:8; 18:1; 21:17,23,28; 22:38
Elijah’s ministry to Israel
He confronts Ahab, king of Israel 1Ki 18:16-18 Also see: 1Ki 21:20-22
He challenges the people of Israel 1Ki 18:21
He challenges Baal and his prophets 1Ki 18:20-29,36-38
The prophets of Baal are sentenced to death and executed Also see: 1Ki 18:40
Elijah calls down fire on Ahaziah’s messengers 2Ki 1:1-14
He predicts Ahaziah’s death 2Ki 1:16-17
He appoints successors to continue the fight against Baal worshippers 1Ki 19:15-17 Also see:1Ki 19:19-21 Elisha is called; 2Ki 8:13-15; 9:1-13 Jehu is anointed by one of Elisha’s assistants.
He does not die but is taken up to heaven
Elijah’s lifestyle and character
It was one of simplicity Also see: 1Ki 17:2-6; 19:4-5; 2Ki 1:8
He was a man of action and physical endurance 1Ki 17:1,3,9
Parallels between Elijah and Moses
2Ki 2:8 Also see: Ex 14:21-22; Jos 3:14-17; 2Ki 2:14
Elijah’s return is awaited by Israel
Some Jews believed John the Baptist was Elijah returned Lk 1:17 Also see: Mal 4:5-6
Jesus Christ recognizes John as Elijah: Mt 11:14; 17:9-13 Mk 9:9-13
Jn 1:21 John the Baptist denies being Elijah.
Similarities of lifestyle and dress between Elijah and John: 2Ki 1:8; Mt 3:4 pp Mk 1:6