The Spirit and Power of John and Elijah

         People desire that which is real. We’ve been faking our Christianity for a very long time in this country, and it has taken a severe toll. Congregants pine away on pews, though with a stiff upper lip and feigned smile. Most know their hearts are not being touched nor their souls fulfilled but carry on as if their duty is to expect far less than what the Lord promised.

         I came that they may have life…

         After so many years of going through mere motions and never seeing their heart’s desire, Christians get old and weary in their soul. It’s as if a promise was made in the distant past that never came true and never will, but many still long for it anyway, defeated within but ever-dutiful without.

         Do we ever expect another Pentecost? A Great Awakening? A powerful revival that rocks the core of society and thousands upon thousands come to the Lord? Why did such things happen in the past but not now? What did those guys do that was all that different? What are we not doing?

         Well, let’s see. They obeyed. They wanted the will of God more than anything else. They had an incredible burden for souls. They travailed and interceded like there was no tomorrow. They were dead serious. They would not be denied.

         They hit the devil right between the eyes.

         “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces! But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet.” [Matthew 11:7-9]

         John the Immerser set the spiritual tone for the Lord’s ministry. He turned Israel on its ear. Even the hoity-toity evil-hearted religionists were coming out to get baptized. They were scared on the inside but remained jerks on the outside. They knew full well that John’s ministry was of God. Yet John refused to have anything to do with them. He never went to their synagogues. He never hung out in their cities. He would remain in the wilderness and not be affected by all their hypocritical garbage. His job was to prepare the way and it was the most difficult of tasks. Therefore, he stayed clean and pure and powerfully anointed. He had absolutely no fear.

         Those who would repent made the trek out of societal and religious nonsense. They put forth all the required effort to go out to the wilderness. They heard his great preaching and appreciated his no-nonsense manner. Their spirit rose within them: This is what we need!

         “It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” [Luke 1:17] [1]

         This is what we need. It is what the Lord always supplies if it be the cry of our heart. John was not Elijah, but he had the same incredible prophetic anointing. Such a great anointing always precedes great movements of the Spirit of the Lord.

         Look around. Is there a genuine non-counterfeit prophetic anointing indicative of John the Immerser or Elijah the prophet “out in the wilderness” somewhere near you? If so, the Lord will be coming to your place, and maybe soon. It’s a matter of proper preparation and His perfect timing. He always goes where He is welcome, though it seems such welcomes are in short supply… 

         © 2011 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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Posted on June 12, 2011, in Teaching and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. We should all feel this way, who among us settles for less than we are owed? God offers us all much more than this life we live, short by all standards. He gave us a way out of our sin, shame, and shortcomings. He loves us, I for one don’t think he is asking too much.

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  2. I just noticed something significant in the past few days:

    Jesus died outside the walls of Jerusalem. Elijah was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire on the other side of the Jordan River. John the Baptist died at Machaerus Prison on the other side of the Jordan River/the Dead Sea.

    This definitely has to mean something.

    I remember the Lord told me to hitchhike to New Hamburg, New York from Iowa back in 1998. I then took a train from New Hamburg to New York City. I visited a church in NYC; I used to get their newsletter for a few years. I stayed in the sanctuary for two hours and then I took a walk to the Hudson River. When I left that church, the Holy Ghost fell powerfully on me. The Lord blessed me for leaving that church.

    Sometimes the power of God/the will of God is outside the camp, outside the walls of Churchianity—on the other side of the Jordan River, so to speak.

    Hebrews 13: 11-13: “For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.”

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    • Great comment, Tim. Thanks. I mentioned this phenomenon in Real Christianity (Page 282 of print book). The most obvious sign is that the Lord, Elijah, and John were opposed by the controlling authorities of the nation or Jerusalem, proving the people in control, especially religious control, were in opposition to God and thus rebellious to the ones sent by God. But it goes deeper, and one can discover a pattern, or “a copy and shadow of heavenly things” [Hebrews 8:5].

      The same thing happened with Naboth, when, after his sham conviction, he was taken outside the city of Jezreel to be stoned. Elijah and John the Immerser, of course, had the same powerful prophetic anointing. Their lives were thus similar. The Lord Jesus fulfilled the purpose of the scapegoat (See Leviticus 16).

      There is much here to study and it is very rewarding. There was a reason John was way out there in the wilderness conducting his ministry.

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  3. Thanks Tim. I always thought wild honey was better than the processed variety…

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