The Elijahs of God will Arise


-Extracts from "Placebo" by Howard Pittman.



There are at least three men of God in history who have  walked
under  the  mantle  and  anointing of the great prophet Elijah:
Elijah  himself, the  prophet Elisha, and also John the Baptist
(who came 'preparing the way of the Lord' at His first coming).
Now that we are approaching Christ's return, the  Bible  states
that  we  can  once  again expect God to raise up such bold and
anointed  messengers who will go forth "in the spirit and power
of Elijah" just prior to His return.

"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before  the  coming
of  the  great  and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn
the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of  the
children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with
a curse" (Mal 4:5-6). Jesus Himself stated that, "Elijah comes,
and will restore all things..." (Mt 17:11). The task  of  these
end-times Elijah ministries is to "prepare the way of the Lord"
and to "make straight a highway for our God"  (Is 40:3).  These
are to be the spiritually 'violent' new ministries that God has
been  speaking  about over the last few years or so. What glor-
ious days these will be, when such ministries arise  to  defend
the name and the honour of the Most High once again.

The  following  is an extract from the book "Placebo" by Howard
Pittman. Mr Pittman was a Baptist preacher who,  on  3  August,
1979,  went into a near-death coma following the sudden rupture
of the main trunk artery in his body cavity and the collapse of
his veins through blood-loss. He was brought back from the dead
twice by the doctors who were working on him in  the  hospital,
and  it  was during this period that his spirit was transported
into the heavenly realm and he was shown  much  about  his  own
life,  the state of the church, and significant events that lay
in the immediate future by God.

One of the startling facts that God first placed before him was
that his self-righteous life of  Christian  work,  passing  out
tracts, etc, was an 'abomination' in God's sight, as it was all
done  from  selfish,  pharisaical  motives. This was a complete
shock to Howard (as you can imagine) but he  realized  that  it
was  absolutely  true.  Another thing that God told him to tell
others when he got back to earth was: "For those who call them-
selves Christians, this is the Laodicean Church Age in which we
live.  A  high  majority  of so-called Christians are, in fact,
living a deceived life. They talk Jesus and play church, but do
not live it... Because of this our Lord said He would spue them
out of His mouth. The  Bible  describes  the  condition of this
type Christian in Revelation 3:14-22."

God  also  spoke  to  him about the coming 'Elijah' ministries.
He was to share with others that, "God is now in the process of
recruiting an army with which He will shake this old world  one
more  time.  By  working through His soldiers, God will produce
great miracles that will shake the established hierarchy of the
so-called organized religion that is in this world today. These
soldiers that God is now recruiting will demonstrate the  power
of God to a greater extent than did the disciples in the Pente-
costal age. Some will be even greater demonstrations than  that
of  Elijah... God's recruitment for this army has been going on
for some time. Some of these soldiers have been brought up to a
certain level of faith and placed in a "holding" position where
they shall remain until He has brought all the new ones  up  to
that  level. Remember, the Bible says that He is the author and
finisher of our faith. It is going to be through the  faith  of
the soldiers that God will demonstrate His great power. As  was
stated  earlier,  for a long time He has been recruiting a few.
Now the recruitment has begun in earnest because God  is  about
to perform the great miracles through His army that He promised
us He would do in the Bible. John the Baptist brought the spir-
it of Elijah into this world and he did not even  know  he  had
it.  He denied it, but Jesus confessed that it was so. The pur-
pose of that spirit was to  make  straight  the  paths  of  the
coming of the Lord.

"I  declare  unto  you  that you the soldiers who are being re-
cruited now to join with those who have been recruited  in  the
past,  will bring to this world the spirit of Elijah. Again the
purpose is to make straight the paths of the coming of the Lord
for He is about to come again! You that sleep, now is the  time
to  awaken!  You  that  have been in that "holding" pattern for
years, look up! You're about to be put to work! To the new  re-
cruit,  I  would  say  study  the Bible diligently and seek the
Lord's will in every aspect of your life.  Time  is  short  for
your spiritual training, but you will be used in ways you never
thought possible if you seek the Lord FIRST in your life.

"You  who  are  to be chosen will be the soldiers of the latter
rain as referred to in scripture. This recruitment is  for  the
end  of the great revival spoken of by the prophet Joel and be-
gun on the day of Pentecost. The end-time of that great revival
is the beginnning of the latter rain, so you must  prepare  for
the battle with the discipline of a professional soldier.

"Know this also. There shall be a time or process of  "culling"
those  who  are not qualified to be a member of this "Gideon's"
army. Just as in Gideon's army in the Bible, only a select  few
will  be  fit for service in the army of Christian soldiers the
Lord will use in the battle of the latter rain."
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{"Placebo" by Howard Pittman. PO box 107, Foxworth, Mississippi 39483, USA.}