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THE SHOWDOWN AT MOUNT CARMEL
Few accounts evoke more drama than the showdown between the prophets of Baal and Elijah on Mount Carmel. Once again, for the sake of not bogging down, yet to affirm the consistent representation of Carmel as the garden of God at the higher level, the kingdom of God, we will attempt to keep this section direct and to the point.
Here again we find that Carmel consistently reveals the two works in the kingdom of God - Christianity and the Remnant. In this account in 1 Kings 18, we see that there was a contest between two beliefs. On the one hand there was the prevalent, more popular, and accepted belief of Baal. On the other hand there was the remnant belief and witness of Elijah. The test on Mount Carmel was to see which one could cause a sacrifice to ascend to God as a burnt offering.
Baal looked to the witness of Christianity, the prevailing and established work in the kingdom of God. Baal means - lord. And this is precisely what we have in Christianity. Christianity has deleted Yahweh's name and replaced it with "the LORD." Why? Because they are not to call Yahweh by His intimate name, but by a title - Lord. Christianity is in fact Baal worship, or "the Lord" worship.
On the other hand, there was Elijah who had the power to stop and start the rain. This is the Remnant work, even as we have seen in many other parallel witnesses. And this is the work that receives the witness that it will ascend to Yahweh. It must ascend for the body's sake, so that it can become the body's much needed sin offering and atonement/covering.
A great event is taking place now that makes the time we live in profoundly unique! Never before in the history of man has there been the choice that exists today. Here at the door of the return of Yahshua, He has set before us the test of Mount Carmel. Even as Elijah declared to those at Carmel, so it is being declared today - "How long will you hesitate between two opinions?" The call at Mount Carmel is to choose one or the other - Christianity or the Remnant!
Today, for the first time ever, men and women are challenged with either staying in Christianity, the body of Christ, or coming out of it and being the bride of Yahshua, the second Remnant. Christianity has been the first to attempt to get an offering to ascend to Yahweh, and they have failed for 2,000 years. All of their people have remained in the grave, cut off from the kingdom by death, even as prophesied in Zechariah 13:8 - "two parts in it (the kingdom, or 2,000 years) will be cut off and perish; but the third will be left in it (the kingdom on this earth, Christians in the last 1,000 year Millennial reign)." No matter what they try, no matter what they believe, they will fail. The power to ascend alive into heaven lies with the latter rain Remnant; they will ascend alive.
We will get back to this question offered by Elijah, but first we need to briefly establish an important confirming truth. This has never been discussed in any of the writings on this web site up to now.
We read in this revealing account that Elijah took twelve stones and rebuilt the altar of Yahweh, and had them to pour twelve pitchers of water on the offering, and equally had the trench around the offering filled with water. Now let me ask you - How many elders were there on thrones that were around the throne of Yahshua? Do you know? Were there not twenty-four? Yes, that is precisely the number - Revelation 4:4 & 10, 5:8, 11:16, and 19:4.
So now let us ask - How many elders are there now? Well, there are twelve; the twelve from the twelve disciples. So, how many does that leave that are needed in order to complete the required twenty-four? Another twelve! And where will these twelve come from? Well, the first twelve came from the twelve that served under the former rain; so, it is only reasonable that the other twelve elders will come from the latter rain. Twelve from the former; twelve from the latter.
The existence of these latter twelve are evidenced by the number of stones in the altar, or the pitchers of water poured onto Elijah's sacrifice on Mount Carmel - the same number as the number of elders needed to complete the required twenty-four. These twelve stones/twelve pitchers of water will be the twelve elders that are at the latter days showdown on Carmel, and will ascend alive as an offering to Yahweh, completing the twenty-four.
One may not necessarily realize the vast importance of this latter rain work; but when one sees that Yahweh will use this period to complete the number of elders to sit around the throne of Yahshua, its importance is made even more real. The latter rain is not just another revival; it is the establishment, actually the completion, of a work of Yahweh which will reign with Him on His throne for 1,000 years in the Millennium. This is only one more reason why the Remnant must come out of and be separate from the body of Christ/Christianity. It is a work that is governmentally separate from the old, and will complete that which began 2,000 years ago.
Upon closing this section, once again let us repeat the Elijah challenge offered on Mount Carmel. "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If Yahweh is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." Will the people now answer to this question? They did not on Mount Carmel. Will you answer? Are you one of the "7,000" who have not bowed the knee to Baal, even as Yahweh told Elijah (1 Kings 19:18)? You will either be in Christianity and not ascend, or you will come out of Christianity to be the offering that ascends to Yahweh. This is the test of Mount Carmel. What is your choice today?
Never before has there been this choice. But today, Yahweh has brought us to Mount Carmel. We are at the end of the drought where Elijah has prayed for rain. At the writing of this piece, a small cloud the size of a man's hand has already formed - a small group who, because of the internet, throughout the world await the rushing wind and the heavy shower that is most due and most needed!
This is your personal Mount Carmel! What will be your choice?
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