It was prophesied that John the Baptist would preach and prosecute his work “in the spirit and power of Elijah.” All who have ever read Elijah’s debate with the prophets of Baal, or who are familiar with the fire and fervor of John, know what that means (1 Kgs. 18:17-40; Matt. 3:1-12; 14:4)! Such a spirit is much needed today in the work of the gospel (2 Cor. 10:3-5; Phil. 1:17; 2 Tim. 4:2-5). “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority” (Titus 2:15). The following quotation from Foy E. Wallace, Jr., in Bulwarks Of The Faith, speaks to the same effect:
“The subjects that have been handled in this meeting are weighty, dealing with issues of vast importance to the church, to society, to all individuals, young or old, great or small….The subjects that have had to do with denominational dogmas and doctrines involve issues and controversies that have been debated through the years; but concerning which the young generation has not had the advantage of the thorough indoctrination, such as had our fathers before us, under the early preachers of the church, preachers under whom some of you were reared, and under whose preaching I was tutored. They indoctrinated us. We knew what it was all about. I am firmly convinced that the rising generation should have the opportunity of hearing these issues thoroughly discussed and debated, that they may be anchored to the truth and able to meet “every wind of doctrine” in modern forms of error.
Continue reading » Contending for the Faith: The Spirit of Elijah
The book of Deuteronomy, which was written somewhere around 1450 BC, records the final words of Moses to the nation of Israel, before their long-awaited entry into the promised land of Canaan. One of the things Moses told the people was this:
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. (Deuteronomy 18:15)
At first blush, this may not seem very exceptional; throughout the long history of the Israelites, God sent many prophets to them. However, God did not send many prophets like Moses. Continue reading » Evidences of Faith: A Prophet Like Moses
The prophets of God were His mouthpieces to Israel, the way in which He revealed His will to the people. Regarding the office of prophet, Jehovah said in Deuteronomy 18:18-22, “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’; when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.” Continue reading » Editorial: To Who Shall I Speak and Give Warning? (Jeremiah 6:10-ff)