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Israel in the time of Elijah, and the first appearance of the prophet (i kings xvii. i). State of Israel First appearance of Elijah Gilead Elijah straining Civil condition of the Northern Kingdom I ts religious condition Ahab and Jezebel Peculiar sinfulness of the idolatry of the time Importance of the era Elijah comes forth His outward appearance His message and its nature Elijah withdraws from Ahab Light from the Apocalypse Witnessing to facts, and theology. It is with the suddenness of a flash of lightning and a clap of thunder out of an Eastern sky, that Elijah the prophet bursts upon us in the narrative of the Old Testament. As he was taken away, when his work was done, in a chariot of fire, with horses of fire, going up by a whirlwind into heaven, so it may be said he came. Everything was going on in Israel in its ordinary way. The people were at peace ;and nothing seems to have disturbed their king as he pursued the evil courses on which he had embarked; as, not content with walking in the sins of Jeroboam, he formed his unhappy alliance with Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Zidonians ;or as, yielding to the influence of her more wicked and powerful mind, he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria, and made a grove, and did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him (chap. xvi. 32, 33).
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