The LORD is the master of timing and vindication of the faithful. Things were looking a bit dim during Elijah’s day with virtual total apostasy. The showdown between between Elijah and the pagan prophets was serious, but Elijah trusted the LORD. After so much nonsense all day, Elijah stepped forward in humility, prayed a simple prayer, and God delivered.

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This happens today when facing the false prophets of secular humanism. Before the early manuscripts were discovered, the bigoted monk hypothesis was used to mock, intimidate, and silence Christians. The 19th century was supposed to see the end of Christianity, but the faithful persevered through some of the most atrocious 20th century conditions.

It was during this time that some of the most astounding discoveries were made with regard to manuscripts; some had already occurred in the 19th century. Probably one of the greatest in the 20th was the Dead Sea Scrolls, especially that of Isaiah. All these centuries it laid there … preserved ready to be discovered at the right time. The secular humanist zealots had been seething, mocking, and persecuting, yet there it remained: unhindered. Then, at a time when the fever pitch of the haters of God were shaking the foundations of the temple, the earthquake of God’s Providence moved, and they were discovered.

In time, the Great Isaiah scroll which prophesied the very manner of Christ’s death (which was said to be made up well after the time of Christ by bigoted monks of course because its prophecy was “too accurate and precise about the crucifixion”) was made public and now stands as a pillar of God’s faithfulness in the preservation of His Word.

Like others, I stand in awe when I read the Hebrew of the Isaiah scroll, something I am slowly teaching my older daughters to read as they slog through Fuller and Choi’s Hebrew. It is absolutely awesome and stunning to behold and read a document that the haters of God abhor yet vindicates the faithful in a time of great apostasy and virulent hatred of the LORD God of hosts.

Be encouraged. Be still and know that He is God.

And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and 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. – 1 Kings 18:36
Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” – 1 Kings 18:37
Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. – 1 Kings 18:38
And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.” – 1 Kings 18:39