God Knows About Baal’s Inability to Bring Fire from Heaven–and Taunts Baal Again
Baal Cannot Bring Down Fire at Mt. Carmel;
Nor Can Baal Do It For the False Prophet Mohammad
Never let it be said that God does not have a sense of humor! This can be seen how God taunts Baal for his inability to bring fire from heaven to the offering. But the people are fooled by the False Prophet’s deceptions.
Although most people know this story of Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel in 1 Kings 18, it is also the story of the beast and the false prophet (Baal and Mohammad) in Revelation 13.
And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth.
Since Baal is the beast from Babylon worshipped in the Kaaba, God challenges Baal to see if the beast and the false prophet Mohammad can “even causing fire to come down from heaven.”
But Baal and Mohammad cannot bring fire out of heaven to the offering.
This is a taunt from God as before with Elijah–not a literal fulfilled prophecy. (God loves to taunt Baal). It is a deception of a great sign that the people are tricked to believe.
God already knows Baal cannot do this. Elijah proved Baal cannot bring fire from heaven in 1 Kings 18.
This is a very fascinating interaction between God and Baal in the Kaaba.
The Koran clearly confirms this fire from heaven problem for Mohammad in Koran 3:183.
They are those who said, “Indeed, Allah has taken our promise not to believe any messenger until he brings us an offering which fire from heaven will consume.” Say [Mohammad], “There have already come to you messengers before me with clear proofs and even that of which you speak. So why did you kill them, if you should be truthful?”
Satan, the deceiver, in Koran 3:183 produces a defense against Baal’s inability to bring fire from heaven to the offering.
Knowing that only God can deliver fire, Satan cleverly creates a deceptive story to avoid a second fire from heaven failure. This is in the Koran in chapter three. Satan’s story allows Mohammad, and those around him, to believe he could give a sign to call down fire from heaven in their view. This story prevents another repeat of Baal’s failure and the death of his prophet Mohammad.
Those around Mohammad are tricked into believing he can do this sign if he just asks. But he does not ask. In the Koran, Allah does not tell Mohammad to call down fire from heaven on an offering, just like in the days of Elijah, even when Mohammad is challenged by people around him to do this very thing. In Islam a prophet is called a messenger. The Koran says Mohammad and Elijah are both messengers, but Mohammad is considered the greatest messenger in Islam.
Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are forceful against the unbelievers.
As a messenger of Allah, Mohammad naturally thinks he has been given the same powers from Allah as Elijah the messenger. Mohammad believes he can bring fire from heaven, since Elijah already did it. But Allah does not instruct Mohammad to call down fire from heaven.
In the Koran Satan does not tell Mohammad to try to call fire down from heaven on an offering because the people still will not believe Mohammad.
The Koran effectively says Mohammad should not even try to do this. Satan is very clever. Satan keeps Baal and Mohammad from being humiliated. But the people are deceived into thinking he could have done if he just tried.
Satan basically says: “Mohammad there is no point in trying, so don’t do it.” So we never see that Baal could not deliver–again!
1 Kings 18:25-29
So Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one ox for yourselves and prepare it first for you are many, and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.” Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, “O Baal, answer us.” But there was no voice and no one answered.
And they leaped about the altar which they made. It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.”
So they cried with a loud voice and cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them. When midday was past, they raved until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice; but there was no voice, no one answered, and no one paid attention.
Revelation 13:11-14 (NIV)
Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth.
This is to be understood as included in what the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:9 calls “signs and wonders that serve the lie”, as among the things by which “a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie” would be characterized, and by which he would be sustained. This particular event connects the False Prophet and Beast to Baal very clearly. It also illustrates, in general, the striking and impressive pretended miracles the False Prophet would claim to perform.
2nd Thessalonians 2: 5-12
Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
Much more prophecy has been fulfilled than most people understand. Our job is not to focus too much on fulfilled prophecy–but rather tell as many people about the Gospel–while we still have time.
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