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Hebrews 11:5 ” By faith Enoch was taken from this life so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”

It tells us in Genesis 5:22-24 that Enoch lived for 365 years…faithfully walking with God…and then he was no more, because God took him away.  The word used here is “translated”, or conveyed to heaven without tasting death.  The only other person to experience this was the Old Testament prophet Elijah.   But unlike Enoch,  Elijah’s departure was witnessed as he was carried off by a whirlwind. (II Kings 2:11)  What these two men did have in common though was their unshakable faith in desperate times, godliness in the face of persecution, and the boldness to speak the truth no matter what.

Matthew 3:4-6 ” John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.”

It tells us in Luke 1:17 that John the Baptist ministered in the spirit and power of Elijah…down to the same attire.  For the Prophet Elijah was recognized by what he wore – a garment of hair with a leather belt around his waist ( II Kings 1:8).  This garb in fact was so powerful that false prophets started copying his dress in order to deceive the people. (Zechariah 13:4)  Initially, the curious crowd might have been drawn by the wild-looking man, but when John shouted, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near!”  divine conviction fell upon them.

I Kings 16:30-31 ” Ahab, son of Omri, did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam, son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him.”

Queen Jezebel brought her false religion and idols with her and tried to force it on Israel.  She was extremely intelligent, cunning, evil…and  ruthless in destroying anyone who stood up to her…killing off many of the Lord’s prophets.  This Jezebel spirit seeks to infiltrate, and once in,  tries to attack, undermine and destroy people, marriages, Churches, and Ministries.  This critical spirit worms its way in with charisma and manipulation slowly taking control only then to turn…causing major dissension, strife, in-fighting, and malicious gossip. Those in Leadership positions are especially in their sights to destroy.  Even strong Christians can be brought down by this Jezebel spirit…look at Elijah.  Even though he had just defeated 400 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel…when Jezebel threatened him…he ran.  Elijah was so distraught and depressed he wanted to quit and just walk away from God…until God strengthened him and gave him a Word.

I Kings 17:14 ” For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.’ “

There was a great famine in the land due to a drought. The prophet Elijah had been instructed by the Lord to find a certain widow in Zarephath who would supply him with food.  But when Elijah found her and asked for bread,  she told him she had only enough flour and oil to feed herself and her son for the very last time.  Elijah then said to her, “Don’t be afraid.  Go home and do as you have said.  But make a small cake of bread for me first.” In other words, “Before you feed your loved ones, I want you to trust God and feed me first.”  Elijah was asking the widow to stretch her faith farther than it had ever been stretched before.  He was challenging her to put her faith in God for the family’s provisions…no matter how long the famine lasted.  He reassured her that by trusting God the jar of flour and jug of oil wouldn’t run dry…and they miraculously didn’t.   Oh, to have the faith of that widow!  Her eyes only saw a handful of flour and a dribble of oil left…but yet she bravely stepped out in faith, trusting God to provide for her family.