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Elijah is among the first of those prophets. He lives within the northern Jewish state through the reign of King Ahab, who's married to a overseas girl: Jezebel, previously a Phoenician princess from what's now Lebanon. Jezebel desires to wipe out the Jewish faith and substitute it along with her personal, which reveres Canaanite gods reminiscent of Baal. So she creates an 850-member congress of pagan prophets, which she is helping fund. Then she starts exterminating Israelite prophets, forcing the fortunate survivors into hiding. a few reside in caves. Others, like Elijah, go away the rustic for a time. yet Elijah ultimately returns with a vengeance—on a undertaking from God. He demanding situations all Jezebel’s prophets to a religious duel. They meet on a hill within the Mount Carmel range—one prophet opposed to 850. The problem is to name down hearth from the sky to deplete a sacrificed bull. That’s correct up the alley of Baal, the god who's occasionally pictured with thunderbolts in his fingers. because the god of fertility in kinfolk, flocks, and box, he’s thought of the resource of rain that retains every little thing alive. Jezebel’s prophets pray all day. They dance, scream, or even reduce themselves to get their god’s realization. “Perhaps he's having a pipe dream, or is relieving himself,” Elijah scoffs. “Or might be he's away on a visit” (1 Kings 18:27). Jezebel’s prophets surrender within the night. On Elijah’s flip, he soaks the altar with water. Then he prays a brief prayer: “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, turn out this day that you're God in Israel and i am your servant” (1 Kings 18:36). hearth flashes from heaven, burning up even the stone altar. At Elijah’s command, the gang executes Jezebel’s prophets as Jewish legislations calls for: “False prophets or visionaries who try and lead you off target has to be positioned to loss of life, for they inspire uprising opposed to the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 13:5). The victory, even if, is short-lived. King and queen proceed worshipping fake gods. And many of the kingdom follows their lead. greens to die for someday Ahab stated to Naboth, “Since your winery is so handy to my palace, i want to shop for it to exploit as a vegetable backyard. ” I Kings 21:2 Ahab and Jezebel have a getaway palace in Jezreel, on a hilltop overlooking the sprawling Jezreel Valley. a few Bible scholars name it the Valley of Armageddon. Ahab wishes a vegetable backyard within sight, so he asks a farmer named Naboth to promote him a winery that has been in Naboth’s kin for hundreds of years. via legislation, the land must remain in Naboth’s relations. So Naboth refuses. Ahab pouts. And Jezebel plots. As a former princess from a rustic the place the king may possibly just do approximately something he sought after, Jezebel needs to imagine Ahab is performing extra like a peasant than a king. Writing in Ahab’s identify, she orders the elders in Naboth’s homeland to set him up for execution. They’re to name a public assembly and set up for 2 liars to accuse him of cursing God and the king—a capital offense. The assembly ends with electorate stoning Naboth to demise. Ahab confiscates Naboth’s land. whereas he’s there claiming it, Elijah arrives with a message from God.