And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free
In Christian eschatology, the return of Jesus has been wondered about, predicted, made the subject of bestselling books and even featured in movies based on such books and has been the subject of many gospel songs. The Christian world debates when the rapture will occur and whether it is set in a pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation context. I am of the post-tribulation view, but I will not venture into that in this post. What is evident is that a considerable amount of time has elapsed since Jesus’ death and resurrection and he has yet to return. In my post Prophetic Reality, I stated that a deliverance must once again be effected, but before that deliverance takes place there must be the restoration of all things. A major part of the restoration of all things is the restoration of the truth. As a demonstration of this I will once more focus on Elijah and his confrontation with the prophets of Baal.
I wrote extensively about Elijah in my post Prophetic Speaking and Backing Part 2 so I will not layout the background here to that extent. To briefly sum up, Elijah had challenged the prophets of Baal promoted and sponsored by idolatrous King Ahab and his wife Jezebel. It was like a showdown at high noon at the OK corral. It was one righteous man against a confederacy of evil and lies. Here are the scriptures I want to highlight. “And Elijah said unto all the people, come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. (I Kings 18:30-32) . .” The statement I want to spotlight in these scriptures is “And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down."
In the course of Israel’s history under the rule of King Ahab, the altar of the Lord had been left to disintegrate in the wake of the erection of altars to false gods, so that before Elijah could deliver Israel from the tangle of idolatry he had to first repair the altar of the Lord which represented the truth of who He is as opposed to the falseness of Baal. When the altar of the Lord is broken down lies are able to take root and the longer the altar has been broken the more tangled the web of lies become.
This is our situation in the world today in regards to history and Israel. I am willing to go all in as in a high stakes poker game, that the return of Jesus cannot happen under a tent of lies for it is the devil who Jesus dubbed the “father of lies.” (John 8:44) So it is the altar of truth that must be reestablished before the prophetic deliverance of Israel and the culmination of the age can occur. Once the altar is repaired and the purveyors of deception are destroyed, then once again the Lord can send the rain.