What would life be like without true spiritual vision? Many people already know. They are not aware of a spiritual kingdom because their senses have not been awakened to recognize its presence. It is possible to develop our spiritual eyes to see beyond the natural scope of our existence. We can remove the veils that blind. We can learn to look again. Our eyes can be opened to the vision which lies beyond the natural, into the realm of possibilities.
Now, imagine what life would be like if we were spiritually blind. Imagine a world without seers; a world where people are blinded by a dense spiritual cloud of darkness.
The Word of the Lord is Revealed
Elijah’s spiritual journey took him through many emotional transitions and geographic locations to become a voice; not an echo or a sound. Elijah said to Ahab, “I stand before the Lord God of Israel there shall be neither dew nor rain for years, except by my word.” The word of the Lord came to Elijah saying go east of Jordan and hide himself by the brook Cherith He isolated himself in with God at Cherith, a place of circumcision, testing and cutting away of the flesh. He was delivered from fear and the reproach of his old life. In Cherith he learned to trust God for both his natural provision in the water brook and supernatural provision through the ravens. Natural famine or drought brings spiritual change. It releases poverty and death so the brook, Elijah’s natural provision dried up.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, "Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you." So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, "Please get me a little water in a jar that I may drink." 1 Kings 17:8–10 NASU
Next, Elijah entered through the gate of Zarephath. Gates represent authority and greater opportunity. Usually gates shutout the enemy and provide safety to those who dwell within. But, these gates represented Elijah coming against the fiery gates of hell to gain new authority. Zarephath means the place of smelting metal, which is needed to form weapons and tools of warfare. He learned to take his authority over the enemy in Zarephath. Jezebel’s father Ethbaal, ruled as priest and king in this area of Sidon.
God sent Elijah to Zarephath so a pagan widow could provide for him during the famine. He found her gathering sticks which represents her childlike faith, because the fathers provided the fire once the sticks are gathered. Elijah came with heavenly fire to ignite her sticks. She prepared their meals from the little oil and meal that never ran out. She gave her all when she trusted the word of the Lord in Elijah. God provided for her and delivered her from starvation.
Elijah gained his fiery authority through intense warfare in Zarephath. When Elijah recognized who God was in him and who he was in God the word of the Lord sent him to find and confront Ahab, who represented Satan’s rule.
On his way to locate Ahab, Elijah met Obadiah. Elijah commanded Obadiah to tell Ahab, the king, that “I am here!”(This is a much bolder authoritative stance than Elijah’s previous one, “I stand before the Lord God of Israel.”) “Go gather the prophets of Baal and the people of God and meet me on Mount Carmel. Elijah called the people to repentance. The fire of God fell upon a rebuilt altar. It consumed the wood, stones, dust and the water soaked sacrifice. Elijah commanded the people to seize the prophets of Baal. He executed them by sword at the Brook Kishon. Although the false prophets were destroyed the spirit of Jezebel’s witchcraft and control still reigned.
Elijah said to Ahab, “There is the sound of abundance of rain.”
Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; he bowed down with his face between his knees. Then he commanded his servant, “Go up and look toward the sea seven times.” The seventh time there was a cloud, as small as a man's hand, rising out of the sea. Elijah sent his servant to Ahab with the message “Ready your chariot, and go down the mount to Jezreel, before the heavy wind and rain stops you.” The hand of the Lord came upon Elijah empowering him to outrun the chariot.
Elijah was able to destroy the false prophetic vessels but he could not defeat the spirit behind Jezebel without becoming a voice. Jezebel threatened his life so he and his servant retreated to Beersheba, the place where Abraham dug seven wells. Elijah left his servant in Beersheba. He could not go into angelic territory accompanied by anyone. Elijah journeyed into the wilderness by himself. There an angel told Elijah to eat heavenly food. The angel appeared to him twice. Each time the angel touched Elijah he fed him angel’s food to supernaturally empower him to do the impossible. The angel’s word, touch and food gave him strength to travel to Horeb in forty days and nights. Horeb is also known as Sinai, the same place where Moses received the Ten Commandments.
Elijah went into a cave on the mount of God. The word of the Lord came to Elijah there as a Theophany of Jesus, and asked, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah responded, “Lord I have served you but the Israelites have broken their covenant with you. They have destroyed Your altars and killed Your prophets. I am the only prophet they haven’t killed.”
We will meet the same Word of the Lord, Jesus, which appeared to Abraham and Isaac in the cave but, we will only encounter the Father when we quietly stand on the Rock Jesus. Elijah waited on the rock for God’s voice to speak. As he waited in silence he saw the Lord pass by.
Elijah Heard the Whisper
As we progress through life we will experience at least four sounds. The winds of change will blow, our foundations will shake, crumble and be rebuilt, the fire will fall to consume the chaff and ignite the glory. After we learn to discern these sounds the still small voice of the Lord will prevail.
In hei there is a silence. The still small voice speaks to our subconscious through a ‘whisper’ that reveals truth. Think of the prophet Eliyahu (Elijah) –a whisper spoke or a silence, a sound of a gentle blowing or breath, compared to the great and strong wind that rend the rocks, the quaking of the earth, lightning and fire.
The divine names of God carries hei, therefore the Shechinah (Shekinah) is present. Hei is connected to neshemah ‘soul;’ the breath of life that God breathed into the first man Adam; associated with the vitality of intelligence or (comprehension) or spiritual perception. It connects and alludes to shamah ‘God is present here.’
The Prophet Elijah lodged himself in a cave in Horeb and complained to God, “I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” The incarnate Word of the Lord came to and then passed by Elijah. Before we can see the Father, we must see both the written Word and the living Word, Jesus.
Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He said, "I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." So He said, "Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord." And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 1 Kings 19:9–21NASU
Elijah wanted to hear God’s voice but he was looking for the lightening, thunderings and the earthquakes. But how does God manifest Himself? God manifested in the Hei, in the breath, in a whisper of the still small voice that came to Elijah. The unmovable voice of God said this is the essence of Who IAM. We can know God in this way. God reveals Himself in the silence of a whisper. We expect God to demonstrate Himself in the audible voice or some undeniable demonstration of His might and presence. Often, it is in the stillness within that He begins to speak to us. In that breath of Hei is the Shekinah. His presence abides there.
We are waiting on the weightiness of His kabhod glory to fall upon us. So God connects to our soul through His spirit, the breath of life, which God breathed into Adam. We are able to comprehend His presence in that still voice. Every living person on earth is wired to be able to hear the still small voice of God. If God speaks to us or shows Himself to us in other ways that is just an added blessing. I want to know God in all of His different dimensions and manifestations. Like Moses I long to know Him face to face; where He speaks to me plainly and not through a veil of mystery. As we continually hunger for Him He will reveal Himself to us.
Before we become the voice of the Lord we will experience the sounds of the rain, fire, wind, and the earthquake in our life. The rain will fall. The earth will quake and shake. The wind will blow and the fire will fall.
Pentecost released a sound from heaven like a mighty rushing wind. Fire settled on their heads and Peter gave voice to the presence of the Holy Spirit latter rain. In life we have many earth shattering experiences but they only change a few lives. When we hear His voice we will release a revival wind of fire that will change the world like the Apostles did.