Micaiah and Elijah the Prophets. During the reign of Ahab two distinguished prophets flourished.
- Micaiah's history is very brief. Ahab formed a military alliance with Jehoshaphat, and they went to war against the king of Syria. Before they went into the battle, Ahab's prophets were called, and they uttered their predictions concerning the result of the contest, after which Micaiah was called, and in a very impressive manner predicted the result of the engagement, and his predictions were fulfilled ( 2 Chronicles 18:1-34 ).
- Elijah is one of the most dramatic characters in history. Both his appearance and departure from the scenes of earthly conflict are most remarkable. He appeared at a time when idolatry held high carnival in the court of Ahab, and when all Israel had apparently departed from the Lord ( 1 Kings 16:29-17:1 ).
The chief events in life were,
- he appeared to Ahab, king of Israel and predicted that there should be neither rain nor dew except by his word ( 1 Kings 17:1 ; James 5:17 );
- he was fed by the ravens at the brook Cherith ( 1 Kings 17:2-7 );
- he arrived at Zarephath and dwelt there ( 1 Kings 17:8-16 );
- he restored the widow's son ( 1 Kings 17:17-24 );
- he appeared to Ahab the second time ( 1 Kings 18:1-19 );
- he repaired the altar of the Lord and destroyed the prophets of Baal ( 1 Kings 18:20-40 );
- the end of the drought and the race from Carmel to Jezreel ( 1 Kings 18:41-46 );
- he fled from the anger of Jezebel ( 1 Kings 19:1-3 );
- he sat down under a juniper tree and prayer for death ( 1 Kings 19:4 );
- the angel of the Lord appeared, fed, and strengthened him ( 1 Kings 19:5-8 );
- the Lord spoke to him at Mount Sinai and assured him that there were seven thousand in Israel who had not bowed their knees to Baal ( 1 Kings 19:9-18 );
- by the Lord's authority he anointed Elisha of Abelmeholah as his successor ( 1 Kings 19:15-21 );
- he predicted the terrible end of Ahab and his wife ( 1 Kings 21:17-29 );
- he called fire down from heaven ( 2 Kings 1:1-12 ; Luke 9:54 );
- he predicted the death of Ahaziah ( 2 Kings 1:13-18 );
- he was carried to heaven in a chariot of fire ( 2 Kings 2:1-18 ).