1 Kings 18:17-46
And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, Are you he that troubles Israel?
And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but you, and your father's house, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and you have followed Baalim.
Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel to mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.
So Ahab sent to all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together to mount Carmel.
And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt you between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
Then said Elijah to the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
Let them therefore give us two bullocks; 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 the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
And call you on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answers by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
And Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for you 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, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or perhaps he sleeps, 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.
And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
And Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.
And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be your name:
And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word.
Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that you are the Lord God, and that you have turned their heart back again.
Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.
And Elijah said to them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
And Elijah said to Ahab, Get up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Look, there is little cloud arising out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say to Ahab, Prepare your chariot, and get yourself down that the rain don't stop you.
And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
1 Kings 18:17-46
2 Kings 2
And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
And Elijah said to Elisha, Wait here, I ask you; for the Lord has sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said to him, As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they went down to Bethel.
And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said to him, Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from your head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
And Elijah said to him, Elisha, wait here, I ask you; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they came to Jericho.
And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said to him, Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from your head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
And Elijah said to him, Wait, I ask you, here; for the Lord has sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. And they two went on.
And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the water, and it were divided this way and that, so that they two went over on dry ground.
And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you, before I be taken away from you. And Elisha said, I ask you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.
And he said, You have asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so to you; but if not, it shall not be so.
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.
He also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted this way and that: and Elisha went over.
And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah rests over Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
And they said to him, Behold now, there be with your servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray you, and seek your master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the Lord has taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send.
And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not.
And when they came again to him, (for he stayed at Jericho,) he said to them, Did I not say to you, Don't go?
And the men of the city said to Elisha, Behold, I ask you, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.
And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
And he went forth to the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, So says the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.
So the waters were healed to this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spoke.
And he went up from thence to Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said to him, Go up, you bald head; go up, you bald head.
And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two female bears out of the wood, and tore forty-two of the children.
And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.
2 Kings 2
The prophet Elijah and John the baptist
Some people think Elijah was John the baptist. There is one problem with this, when John the baptist is asked if he is Elijah he denies it. So if he was Elijah why would he not admit that? John the baptist was not a liar.
Here are some different opinions about this subject. But as many has pointed out, reincarnation is not Biblical, it's not the way God works. I also believed that perhaps John the baptist was Elijah but I don't believe that anymore. If God took Elijah up in a chariot of fire and wanted him to go down to Earth and preach to us he would probably just send him down again.
Perhaps Elijah will come as a last warning to us? Also, John the baptist did not perform any miracles as Elijah did.
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