(I Kings 18)
The Prophet Elijah feared not the multitude of the false prophets he confronted at Mount Carmel. Israel, for the most of its existence, has been submerged in the worship of false gods from the beginning; today it is no different. One can witness the mason’s symbol at the border between Egypt and Israel. It is a sad representation of the spiritual decay the nation is suffering. All through the Old Testament we read about Israel’s stubbornness in heeding God’s call to repentance. Four hundred plus years living in Egypt, Israel was brain washed concerning their beliefs seemingly forever. Nothing has made her to turn around from idolatrous gods. And today, worse yet, Israel is leading the nations on its idolatrous practices. Kabala, mingled with masonic, and other religious practices, (which I will not mention here), has taken the world by surprise. Spread all over the world, Israel is one nation that has influenced the entire world in the name of religion. Such a small nation, with such influential power makes one to wonder. Anti- Semitism is rampart in the nations, for many understands Israel’s influence in the world and they do not like it. As fruits leave a permanent mark on one’s clothes, so the nation of Israel has stained the world; never to leave it.
In the days of Elijah, drought came as God’s judgment on that land for three years. Not perceiving the reason why, they continued on their idolatrous ways. A nation now divided in two nations had lost the essence of their only true God. Embraced by the gods of the nations all around them, Israel became blind and forgetful. Baal, considered a fertility deity, was worshipped in many middle eastern countries, especially among the Canaanites, which God clearly warned Israel against them. The land of Canaan was from the beginning a land rooted in evil. It took its name from Noah’s grandson, Canaan, whose father was Ham, the carrier of a curse for seeing the nakedness of his father (Gen. 9:20-27). Ham’s descendants constituted the roots of Canaan. The Bible registers Ham’s genealogy as follows: Canaan became the father of Sidon his firstborn. Heth [the Hittites], the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Afterward the families of the Canaanites spread abroad and the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon as one goes to Geerar as far as Gaza, and as one goes to Sodom, Gomorrrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha (Gen. 10:15-19). Canaan was also home for giants, descendants from Anak, and of the Nephilim. Little seems to be of importance to us today, for its ancient history. However, history has a way of showing us the roots where we all came from.