A. A. ALLEN’S SERMON ENTITLED….
WHERE IS THE LORD GOD OF ELIJAH?
“And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for THERE IS A SOUND OF ABUNDANCE OF RAIN!” (I Kings 18:41).
I WANT to confine my message to this one phrase tonight. “There is a sound of abundance of rain!” Do you hear the rain?
What kind of rain?
The Lord said, “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the later rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. (Zechariah 10:1).
I don’t know what kind of ear you have. But I am referring to two men in my message tonight - Elijah and Elisha; two of the greatest miracle workers of the Old Testament.
These two men performed every type of miracle that Jesus Christ performed. If these men of old, in the Old Testament day, under the Old Covenant, performed the miraculous and walked with God, heard from heaven and, by laying their body upon the cold corpses of dead people, brought them back to life again; if they performed the miraculous in their day, how much more can it be done today under the New Covenant; under greater promises which are given and provided for us in the New Testament!
There are many people today who, when you read something out of the Old Testament will say, “Oh, that was back under the ‘Old Law!’ That was back under the Old Covenant.”
I say, “Yes, thank God, it is! But if God did all that under the Old Covenant, way back there; how much more will He perform the miraculous under the promises of God which He gave under the New Covenant, for the New Testament Saints, because God hath set “In the church . . . first apostles . . . prophets . . . Teachers, after that MIRACLES, THEN GIFTS OF HEALINGS . . . Etc.” (I Corinthians 12:28).
Elijah had an ear that heard an abundance of rain and he let the devil (Ahab) know that it was going to rain! I am serving notice on the devil that it is going to rain! You might as well get ready, for I hear the sound of an abundance of rain!
Someone said, “Why, it isn’t raining yet!”
But Elijah heard it - and when you have a spiritual ear you can hear what God is going to do tomorrow. When you have spiritual discernment, you know what God is going to do next week.
Thank God, I have spiritual discernment and I know from God’s Word that there is going to be an early rain and a latter rain. (Deuteronomy 11:14; Jeremiah 5:24). We are in the midst of one of the greatest rain storms the world has ever known. This isn’t man-made rain, this is rain that is coming down from God out of heaven; genuine rain - God’s blessing, power, and glory! This is God’s anointing - signs, wonders and miracles, coming straight from heaven. I feel it pouring tonight!
Elijah went out on Mt. Carmel and began to pray with his head down between his knees. He prayed one time then sent his servant out to look for a cloud - a sign of rain. The servant returned and said, “I don’t see any sign of rain.”
Elijah put his head back down between his knees and prayed again. Then he sent his servant the second time; told him to look across the sea to see if he saw a sign of rain. Again the servant returned and said he saw no sign.
Elijah said, “That is strange! I heard the sound of rain! You should be able to see the sign. Go look again. The servant returned the third time with the same report - he saw no sign.
Elijah knew how to pray the rain down. He put his head down and prayed again and sent his servant out to look for the sign of rain. He did this until the servant had gone seven times to look for the sign. The last time he returned, he said, “…There ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.”
When he said this, Elijah knew that was what he had been hearing; this was what was coming - was on the way - because God had been letting him hear it for days.
What you are seeing tonight and what is happening across the nation today is what I have been hearing for years. THIS IS THE RAIN. You might as well start running like Elijah did! We are going to run for God.
This is the rain from heaven; this is the true rain! This is the rain that Elijah warned old Ahab was coming. When it started raining, it rained!
LET’S PRAY REVIVAL DOWN!
Preachers, have you prayed once for rain and it hasn’t come; have you prayed once for revival and it hasn’t yet come to your church? Have you been praying for a ministry that has never developed in your life? Put your head between your knees and begin praying again.
Have you been praying for the Gifts of Healings, for the Gift of Miracles? Have you been praying for God to open your blind eyes, or take your arthritis away?
Why don’t you get your head down between your knees and start praying again!
It is God’s Word - He has promised an abundance of rain!
As sure as He promised to heal you, He is going to heal you!
If he promised you the Gifts of Healings, He is going to give them to you. Just as sure as God has promised you the Gift of Miracles, He is going to bring it to pass in your life. If God has promised you a ministry, He is going to give it to you.
Mother, if God has promised you a miracle, He is going to bring it to pass. If you have prayed for your child to be healed, and he has not yet been healed, get your head down and pray again!
I have known for years that if you will keep your eye son Jesus; keep looking up, He is going to bring it to pass.
I see that cloud! It is just the size of a man’s hand; but you had better get ready, for the rain has already started falling. I mean an old-fashioned downpour of the Holy Ghost revival.
It is not only going to cover all around this great tent in Atlanta, but it is going around the world. Watch out, preachers. Because the rain has started falling doesn’t mean that the devil won’t have a little power once in a while. God does, at times, give the devil power to find out what you are made of; just to test and try you.
It wasn’t very long after Elijah predicted it was going to rain (and it came a deluge) until he was off sitting under a juniper tree, wishing he was dead, thinking he was the only one left serving God.
I will say this here, when God begins to give you supernatural discernment, supernatural gifts, the devil is going to jump on you with all the power of his might.
God has not said that discouragement won’t come; it will come to some of you ministers, lay members and servants of God; but there is one thing sure, God always has an angel at His disposal that knows how to come and give you meat; or give you strength to last 40 long days from just one meal.
I started with Chapter 18, but in Chapter 19, Elijah is asleep under the juniper tree, wishing he could die, when the angel touched him and said, “Elijah, rise and eat!” The angel had built a fire and charbroiled him a steak! He had prepared it just for him, and Elijah ate this and went in the strength of it forty days and forty nights; from that one meal that God sent him from heaven! Oh Glory!
This ought to encourage every one of you preachers, who might be discouraged.
Some preachers have asked me, “How many chairs do you have under your tent?”
I always reply, “I don’t know. I haven’t counted them. God didn’t call me to count chairs. I haven’t time to count them. God called me to preach the Gospel! These chairs aren’t bothering me. What is bothering me is the people sitting on the chairs. They need help; they need deliverance. I am not so concerned about how many chairs there are under the tent as I am about the people sitting in these chairs, bound, tied and fettered, diseased and afflicted. They must have a miracle in their body, in their soul, in their mind and in their spirit.”
ARE YOU DISCOURAGED?
God promised me that He is going to do it through my life, through my ministry, and through your life and your ministry. But remember this, some of you have tried and have been discouraged. You come under this tent and look at its size, then you see all these beautiful shiny vans out there and say, “Oh, My, the Lord is just so good to some people. Why doesn’t He do this for me?”
There was a time when I used to look at a tent. It wasn’t as large as this one; it was only about one third as large as this one, but it was the largest one I had ever seen. I thought, too, “Oh Lord, you are so good to this preacher. He has trucks, and lots of chairs, and is preaching to such crowds of people.” I was actually discouraged, but the Lord spoke to me while I sat on a back seat of that man’s platform and said, “Son, 13 years ago, I called you to do this. I met you in a prayer closet and told you to do this; in a time of fasting and prayer, I gave you a list of things to do - 13 things that stood between you and the miracle working power of God in your life. You have obeyed to a certain extent and have already marked many things off of the list, but you still have a part of that list that is left. If you had obeyed me when I told you to, 13 years ago, I would have done this for you thirteen years ago!”
Sitting on the back of that man’s platform in Fort Worth, Texas, I took that list out of my Bible and looked at it. With tears running my face, I said, “God forgive me. From this day on, I am going to be a new man. You are going to do for me what you have promised, because I am going to pay up, pray up, fast up, and pay the price!”
Don’t be discouraged; don’t go to sleep under an old juniper tree. There is no time to go to sleep. God has a work and a ministry for you and even though you have been discouraged and are weak. God has an angel that can charbroil you some meat on which you can go for forty days and nights in the strength thereof.
Are you weary? Have you been asleep under the Juniper tree, moaning and groaning? Have you been jealous of some other man’s ministry? Have you been fearful you will never make it?
God has a supernatural experience for you; God has an angel in heaven that can bring you meat from heaven to give you strength, when you need supernatural strength. I pray now that God will do that for you, in Jesus Name! “God send strength to those who have been discouraged; who need supernatural power, in Jesus’ Name!”
I am talking about miracles of Elijah. He raised the dead; he spoke a few words and the meat barrel never ran out of meal; nor did the cruse of oil ever get empty. He prophesied over a widow’s cruse of oil and it multiplied until the little woman never ran out of oil.
However, there came a time when the ministry of Elijah ceased, not because of a misfortune, but because of good fortune, when a whirlwind took him to heaven.
Did miracles cease because Elijah went to heaven in a whirlwind?
No! God sent fire down from Heaven; He sent a fiery chariot down and took him all the way to glory. God took him to Heaven alive! That was the greatest miracle of all, a man going to Heaven without dying!
If God sees fit to do something with me, these miracles are going to go on, because God is raising up an army, and I believe many of that army are here the first night under this new tent in Atlanta, Georgia!
A man named Elisha was crossing the river with a man named Elijah. He had one desire and that was that a double portion of the Spirit that rested upon Elijah should come upon him. He said, “Let a double portion of what He has upon him come upon me.”
ELIJAH’S GOD BECAME ELISHA’S GOD
Though the ministry of Elijah came to an end, Elisha, who got his mantle, performed grater miracles than Elijah had performed because he got a double portion of what Elijah had.
Elijah raised the dead!
If Elijah raised the dead with ONE PORTION, what could Elisha do with a DOUBLE PORTION?
Friends, God has a double portion for you, just as surely as he had for Elisha.
As Elisha stood there and saw Elijah disappear in the flaming chariot, he took up his mantle which had fallen from him and went back and stood by the river Jordan and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?”
He remembered that he had seen Elijah smite the waters of Jordan and they were divided; therefore, since he had received his mantle, he knew he could do the same thing. He took the mantle and smote the waters and “they parted hither and thither, and Elisha went over.” The same miracle took place in his ministry that he had seen take place in the life and ministry of Elijah.
Many of you have heard our radio programs, have sat under our ministry under the tent, and have read many accounts of the miracles that God has performed under our ministry in MIRACLE MAGAZINE.
ELIJAH’S GOD IS MY GOD!
Many ministers have seen what God has done through this ministry. Just a few seats back in the audience tonight sits a lady minister who has a marvelous testimony. You have read her story which we carried in MIRACLE AGAZINE (September 1959, page 4 and 5) titled “I Came 1700 Miles to Be Delivered!” This was one of the greatest miracles we have ever seen.
(This lady stood to her feet in the audience, as Brother Allen told this, and verified that his statements were true; that she was still gloriously delivered!).
This was one of our greatest battles, but also one of the greatest victories over demon power. Her deliverance was carried over our radio programs for a solid week, but we withheld her name; and when her story was published, we did not publish her picture, so as not to bring embarrassment to her, because she was a lady minister. Because she had failed to fully obey God, she had come horribly demon possessed. It took 10 men to hold her as she revolted at the sight of any male creature.
As she stood before me, I told all the ushers to go away except for four.
When I said that, one of the demons on the inside of her said, “It will take more than four to case me out!” He continued, “I have had her for many years and she is mine; I am going to keep her; you are not going to case me out.”
Finally, after 30 minutes of continual speaking, He said, “Do you see that woman with the red pillow in her chair?”
I answered, “Yes.”
He said, “I am coming out all right but I have chosen to enter into her.”
I said, “Devil, you are a liar! You are not going into that woman!” I sent a bunch of preachers to stand around her and pray for her. I said, “Put your hands on her; this thing is NOT GOING into that woman!”
Again the demon repeated, “I am coming out and I am going into that woman. I have chosen to go into her.”
It is a long story, but many of you have heard it on our broadcast. The demon had to go!
I have heard a lot of preachers say, “I want God to do this for me; I want God to do that for me.”
ELIJAH’S GOD WILL BE YOUR GOD
I don’t have anything to give you tonight like Elijah had to give, but I have Elijah’s God, and Elisha said “Where is The Lord God of Elijah?” He wasn’t crying about Elijah because Elijah had gone into Heaven; he said, “Where is Elijah’s God?”
He didn’t say, “I want Elijah!” He said, “I want Elijah’s God! Where is the Lord of Elijah?”
God said, “I am going to show you where I am; I am right here!” And a miracle took place; the waters of the Jordan River parted and God performed for Elisha the same miracle that He had performed for Elijah!
God is no respecter of persons! What He will do for one person, He will do for another! What He will do for one preacher; He will do for another preacher!
If you want the anointing and the power of God in your life, raise your hands and say, “God, I am determined to have it. Tonight I want a double portion, and by the grace of God I am going to find out where the Lord God of Elijah is! I believe you are here, and I must have a DOUBLE PORTION. Give me everything Brother Allen has and GIVE ME MORE!
e me a tent like this, only make it larger!
Now, put your hands up and let’s pray for a DOUBLE PORTION! Hallelujah!
Raise your hands and let’s rejoice in God!
Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
Elisha got a double portion of what Elijah had!
He did the same things that Elijah did; only greater miracles.
God, tonight, has a double portion for you; God has a double portion for every one of you!
JESUS PROMISED YOU POWER
Before Jesus went away He gathered together His disciples and He said unto them, “Behold, I give you power over all the power of the enemy.” He said Ye shall tread upon scorpions and upon serpents; greater work than these shall ye do!” (Luke 10:19).
It is a marvel, in itself, just to think of what Jesus did. But Jesus said, “Greater works than these shall ye do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12).
Didn’t God promise you power? Power over what?
POWER OVER THE DEVIL!
God promised you supernatural power over the natural! Supernatural power over all natural elements!
God promised you power over cancer, tumor, goiter, arthritis, and cataracts!
Even the sun will stand still. The mountain can be moved - if you will pray and not doubt in your heart.
God has promised you supernatural power over inanimate things!
Supernatural power will remove a tumor or a goiter; it will take cancer away!
In the fourth chapter of II Kings, Elisha met a little woman, a wife of a son of a prophet. She had two sons who were about to be sold into bondage. They were about to be taken captive and put in prison. They would no longer be their own; they were going to be bound; tied up, fettered.
I have read this story a thousand times, perhaps, but I had never before seemed to realize what this binding condition was.
This little woman was weeping because her two sons were going to be bound and taken from her.
Elisha asked her, “What shall I do for thee? What do you have in your house?”
She replied, “Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, but a pot of oil.” She had minimized the very thing that could bring her two preacher boys out of that cold dead “denomination.”
You may ask, “Where do you get that?”
I was praying about this and asked the Lord what He meant by that scripture. I asked, “Lord, what is that bondage? Those two sons were in bondage. Tell me what bondage was?”
The Lord said, “It is the cold, dead, formal bondage of dry denominationalism.”
When Elisha asked that woman, “What do you have?”
“She answered, ‘Nothing but a little pot of oil.’”
I thought, “She didn’t even seem to see the importance of the very thing she needed.”
Elisha said, “Bring me that pot of oil!”
She didn’t think that pot of oil could bring her boys out of bondage and save them from captivity.
Let me tell you, preacher, if you can find you a little pot of oil, don’t tell me you “haven’t anything - but …”
Don’t tell me you “have nothing but a little pot of oil.”
If all you have is oil - that is ALL YOU NEED!
THE ANOINTING OIL
“But - the yoke shall be broken because of the anointing,” and that oil is a type of Holy Ghost anointing!
If you have the anointing of the Holy Ghost, that is all you need.
When someone asks you, “What do you have?” do you reply, “Nothing but the Holy Ghost!”
If you have the Holy Ghost and are filled with the oil of the Spirit; are baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire, you should say, “I HAVE EVERYTHING!” Because when you have that, you have the “anointing that can break the yoke!”
When she brought that little pot of oil to Elisha, he said, “Bring me empty vessels - not a few!”
She borrowed all the vessels she could find that were empty and brought them to him.
He said, “Start pouring, woman! Just start pouring!”
She began pouring from her pot of oil into the empty vessels and soon found that they were all full.
Elisha said, “Bring me more vessels - bring me more vessels!”
She said, “There is not a vessel more! - I have filled every vessel.”
That little pot of oil she had had filled every vessel she brought; and it was that oil which brought her boys out of bondage; that oil - that supernatural oil which kept them out of captivity.
It was that oil - the supernatural power of God - one little anointing of oil that delivered those boys!
Some of you preachers are in bondage; you are bound, tied, fettered! You are not your own, you can’t even preach what God has called you to preach.
You are not free to go where God tells you to go!
What you need to do is to come out of bondage, get loosed, liberated and set free!
There is only one thing that will set you free and that is O-I-L!
Don’t tell me all you have is a pot of oil! Stop and start pouring it out!
Stand up and start pouring! God is going to meet you! It is the anointing that is going to set you free!
The thing that little widow woman minimized and thought was not important, was the thing that set her free, and it will save YOU!
You are going to have to find some oil and begin pouring! You will have to be anointed, as Elisha; with a double portion of the Holy Spirit!
DEATH IN THE POT
Move up, in the same chapter, II Kings 4:38-41, and there is another pot. In that pot was death. Everybody was starving; they had nothing to eat, and they went out and gathered herbs to make a pot of pottage. One of them gathered a lap full of wild gourds and put them into the pot. Of course, it filled the pot faster, and would give the people something to eat, so, the Bible says, he just picked a whole lap full. I don’t know what kind of a lap he had; what kind of garment he was wearing, but he filled his lap full of them and took them inside. There he chopped them all up and filled that pot full of them.
When they began dishing out that pottage, someone said - “My God There is death in the pot!”
Elisha said, “Wait a minute! I know what to do!”
“SONS OF THE PROPHETS”
I’m not at war with the sons of the prophets, nor am I at war with the prophets.
Why do you think the Bible says “The sons of the prophets?”
Who was the little widow woman, of whom I spoke a while ago - who was referred to in the first part of this chapter? She was a wife of a son of a prophet.
These were not the prophets; they were the sons of the prophets.
Do you know what that means?
These are not old-time Pentecostals; these are the sons of the old-time Pentecostals. This is the second generation of Pentecost that has gone modern.
About all many have to offer today is some poison gourds and they have chopped them up and put them in the brew, and the people are saying, “My God! There is death in the pot.” When people are starving to death, they must have something to eat beside poison gourds. That is not enough to feed starving people. It takes more than merely preaching against something; you must have a positive message.
Many preachers today do not have a positive message; they are not preaching on the miraculous and the positive. They are out to destroy the very thing that God is doing. They are preaching against every sign; every wonder and every miracle that God is doing today, until all they have gathered together is a bunch of poison gourds. They have chopped them together and have put them in the pot, and everybody is dying because there is poison in the pot!
God raised up Elisha to destroy the poison that was in the pot, which the son of a prophet (a religious young man, who could be likened to some of the second generation Pentecostals today) put in the pot.
The old prophets had something from God; it was the son of the prophet, the modern generation who had departed from the faith, who was putting poison in the pot.
It will take a double portion of the Spirit that Elijah had, to know (from God) what to do about the poison in the pot.
What did Elisha do about it?
He said, “I am not afraid of that pot. Don’t pour it out; we’ll just kill the poison in that pot.” All he did was take a hand full of meal …“and cast it into the pot.” (II Kings 5:41)
Someone will say, “Do you mean meal will kill poison?”
Yes, as an act of faith, it will!
As an act of faith, your shadow will heal the sick; a handkerchief will drive out a devil!
A SHADOW, A HANDKERCHIEF, A HANDFUL OF MEAL
There is no power in a handkerchief; there is no power in a shadow; but as an act of faith, God can use it to kill the devil, to destroy the power of the devil; to kill cancer, kill cataracts and anything else.
There was no power in that meal that Elisha sprinkled in the pot that destroyed the death in the pot, but he did it as an act of faith. He just sprinkled it in the pot and all the poison was taken away.
It was merely an act of faith!
He just believed that, if he sprinkled a little meal in the pot, all the poison would die.
I believe you can be bitten by a poison viper and, as an act of faith, just reach out shake it off, and say, “Why, nothing is going to happen to me!” and it will not hurt you!
Jesus said, “They shall take up serpents…” (Mark 16:18; Acts 28:3, 5, 6 Examples). Not that we are going around and coil them around our necks or carry a box with us, but I wouldn’t be afraid of one if it happened to bite me; I believe with all my heart that I would just shake the thing off and say, “You devil, you cannot hurt me!”
I believe you can be so filled with the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God, that even rattlesnake venom won’t hurt you, a child of God. He will kill the poison.
In II Kings 5:31, Elisha, as an act of faith, just sprinkled a little meal in the pot and, by so doing, he preserved and saved the lives of a multitude!
Preachers, YOU HAVE SOME MEAL!
I want you, as an act of faith to start sprinkling it in the pot and, when you do, you will find that God will perform the miracle!
SPEAK THE WORD
In the very next chapter of II Kings is the story of Naaman, terribly afflicted with leprosy, coming to Elisha for help.
When you have that kind of faith, all you have to say is what Elisha said, what Jesus said, “Go wash!”
Elisha merely said, “Tell him to go wash in the River Jordan seven times.”
Jesus said, “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam, and he (the man who was blind) came again seeing.”
Jesus said, to the Centurion, “Go thy son liveth!”
To the Syrophenician woman, He said, “Go thy way, you will find the devil has gone out of your daughter.”
Does it matter whether it is Jesus, Elijah, A. A. Allen, Brother Rogers, Boyd McClaren, or any other of God’s anointed servants?
If Elijah had enough faith to say, “Go wash in the River Jordan seven times” and, by so doing, Naaman was healed, YOU, TOO, CAN HAVE!
Of course, people said . . . “Who does he think he is?”
I will tell you!
He is a man of God, standing on the promises of God, who is not afraid to utter a few words, BY FAITH, like Jesus spoke!
I resolve, as the tent season opens under our beautiful new tent, this first night in Atlanta, Georgia that I am going to step out as I have never stepped out before! I am going to pray as I never prayed before!
I am going to fast as I never fasted before! I am going to seek God as I never sought Him before!
I am going to preach as I have never preached before and I AM GOING TO BELIEVE GOD AS I NEVER BELIEVED HIM BEFORE!
I am going to say some things I never said before because God has promised me greater miracles, under this large new tent, than we have ever seen under any of our old tents!
I have said again and again that, if there are any greater miracles than we have already seen in our past ministry, it will have to be the raising of the dead.
I believe Jesus meant what He said in Mark 16:15; Mat. 10:7, 8 “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel” and … as you go preach (the gospel); heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead…!”
Of course, every one of us will have to confess that the dead were not raised in exact proportion as the people were healed.
Jesus healed all that were brought to Him, but He didn’t raise all the dead.
Therefore, I don’t believe that God, in this day, is going to raise all the dead, but I believe the dead are going to be raised, because Jesus said, in John 14:12, “…The works that I do shall ye do also;” and I believe the words that Peter, Paul and John spoke, we can speak - because they were the words of faith!
Elisha merely spoke these words of faith, through a messenger “Go and wash in Jordan seven times!”
When Naaman obeyed and washed seven times what happened to him?
A miracle took place and all his leprosy was cleansed! He came back shouting and rejoicing because he obeyed a man of God, the prophet of God, named Elisha!
I have preached about Elijah and Elisha, but the one who took Elijah’s place, performed greater miracles than Elijah performed because he had a double portion of what Elijah had.
Get your eyes off personalities; get your eyes off preachers who have been successful. Just look a little bit higher and say, “God, I not only want what this man or that man has, I want a double portion!”
God has promised it to you!
YOU CAN HAVE IT!
I challenge you now, stand up and cry out, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” Prove Him in your own life, in your own ministry. You will find that He will meet the challenge!