Moses and Elijah on Mount Sinai and Mount Herman

In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt, the same day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai (Ex. 19:1). Sinai was the mountain where Moses had his first encounter with God, and Mount Sinai was the chosen place for God to come down to the people in order to establish a covenant with them. Mount Sinai itself could not contain the holiness of God and was wrapped in smoke. So awful and terrifying was the sight that Moses said I am terrified (Heb. 12:21). God introduced Himself to the people by saying, I am the Lord your God, Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me; but showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments (Ex. 20: 1, 5b-6). Moses stayed at Mount Sinai with God forty days and nights receiving the tablets of God’s covenant with Israel, written by His own hand. After forty more years in the wilderness leading the people to their Promised Land, Moses the servant of God died in His presence and he was buried by God Himself.

Elijah, the prophet of God, called a meeting with all Israel and the 850 false prophets at Mount Carmel, to challenge them. He came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt and limp between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him (I Kings 18:19, 21). He then suggested, Let two bulls be given us; let they choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. I will dress the other bull, lay it on the wood, and put no fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord; the One Who answers by fire, let be God (I Kings 18:23-24). It seemed a good idea to all. So they took the bull given them, dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, O Baal, hear and answer us! But there was no voice; no one answered… At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is musing, or he has gone aside, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened (I Kings 18:27-28).

When Elijah performed his part of the deal, the Lord God showed up powerfully and mightily; His fire consumed the burning sacrifice, and the entire altar, leaving the people in awe of Him, saying, The Lord, He is God! (vs.39). After that, Elijah, under God’s power, slew all Baal’s and Asherah’s prophets. But Jezebel had something to say about that with his life for the lives of all her prophets, by saying, So let the gods do to me and more also, if I make not your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow (I Kings 19:2).

Afraid of what Jezebel’s could do to him, Elijah ran away for his life and came to Beersheba of Judah, [over eighty miles and out of Jezebel’s realm] and left his servant there. But… he himself went a day’s Journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a lone broom or juniper tree and asked that he might die… (I Kings 19:4). Exhausted, hungry, and physically weak, he laid asleep under the broom or juniper tree. He was awakened by an angel, who had come to him two times with food- a cake baked on the coals, and a bottle of water.  He said to him the second time, Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you. He arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and nights to Horeb, the mount of God (I Kings 19: 6-8).

God came to Mount Sinai and asked Elijah a question, What are you doing here, Elijah? Then he replied, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword, and I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. The Lord God told him to stand on the mount before Him and the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks, but the Lord was not in the wind; after an earthquake, again, the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after a fire a still, small voice. When Elijah heard the voice, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?

Elijah gave Him the same answer as before, and the Lord gave him assignments to do and assured him that He will leave Himself 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him (I Kings 19). Elijah did not die, but was translated to heaven by a chariot of fire and horses of fire and he went up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:11).

These two servants of the Lord both fought idolatry among their people, Israel. They witnessed miracles and supernatural wonders. God spoke to both of them face to face. There was a relationship between them and God; their role on earth did not end when they left the earth; it continued when they came to Mount Herman to meet the Lord YAHSHUA at His last forty days on earth. Luke reports that Moses and Elijah appeared in splendor and majesty and brightness and were speaking of YAHSHUA’S exit, which He was about to bring to realization at Jerusalem (9:28-33).

In conclusion, I believe that they were the ones at the tomb as witnesses of the Lord’s resurrection, and His exit from the earth. I believe also that they will be the two witnesses of Revelation 11, because they were Israel’s prophets and spiritual leaders. Israel, without a doubt familiar with them, will acknowledge and accept them as witnesses in the tribulation period. No excuse here for them not to accept their testimony.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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