The Great Prophet Elijah fell into depression and hid in a cave because a wicked Queen named Jezebel ‘threatened’ to take his life. After doing wonderous works in proving God to others and killing the false prophets, he allowed fear to overtake him and hid in a cave where God sent ravens to feed thim. He was a thorn in Jezebel’s side, a pimple scratching at her heart. She hated him. The Bible says to beware when all men like you, that means that you are a man-pleaser and something is wrong. It could be a case of kindred spirits. Luk 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
Elijah had killed many false prophets and had proven God, Jehovah Jireh, Rapha, Tsidkenu, El Roi, El Shaddai, Nissi, to be the one and only True God Jezebel was angry. This is how the enemy acts when you do something that reveals him/her to the public. Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Everything is fine when what the enemy does to you is personal but when you reveal him openly as Jesus did on the Cross, he is intensely angry. he can’t touch you but he can work on your mind if you allow him/it to (evil entities.) he is hoping that your mind will change your heart toward God Almighty.
The Prophets of Baal Defeated
1Ki 18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
1Ki 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
1Ki 18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
1Ki 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
1Ki 18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress itfirst; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
1Ki 18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
1Ki 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
1Ki 18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
1Ki 18:29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
1Ki 18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
1Ki 18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
1Ki 18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
1Ki 18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
1Ki 18:34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
1Ki 18:35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
1Ki 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
1Ki 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
1Ki 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
1Ki 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
1Ki 18:40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
Elijah wasn’t trying to win any beauty contest, he wasn’t trying to be famous so others would respect him. Elijah only wanted to do the work of the Most High God and show people that God is real and possesses all power of the Heavens and the Earth. Elijah was God’s mouthpiece. Elijah was bold and did great works for the Kingdom of Heaven.
We know another great prophet named Nathan who was the Prophet to the Great King David who warned him of his sinning by killing a man to have his wife (Bathsheba.) It’s really something how the word “Bath” is in her name since that is how King David saw her naked, when she was bathing on a roof. David did not resist temptation then, in fact, David really should have been on the battle field fighting with Israel instead of roof-gazing at women. If he would have been doing what a King is supposed to do at that time, the sin of murder and coveting would have never happened. When you get out of alignment with what God wants you to do, that gives the devil open season on your soul. David got the married woman pregnant, (Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite). He literally had one of his men deliver a letter to the Captain of the Army, telling him to put Uriah on the front lines which would lead to a greater chance of getting killed. The Captain did what the King told him to do and Uriah was killed. David’s first baby to Bathsheba paid the price for their sin and died during delivery. Some of our “projects/babies” die from our committed sins. Be careful how you have or create your “babies.” All babies are not children of God or should I say, “created by God’s Divine plan.”
2Sa 12:19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
2Sa 12:20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
2Sa 12:21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing isthis that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
2Sa 12:22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
2Sa 12:23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
2Sa 12:24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.
2Sa 12:25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
Little Samuel was an aid to the Priest Eli. He was in Eli’s charge and helped him in the Temple. His mother and father, Hannah and Elkanah had him and dedicated him to God and named him “Samuel” meaning, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:19-20.) In verse 24 she had nursed the child, brought him up to be a young child and took him to Eli along with gifts and sacrifices. In those days, they approached the Man of God with gifts and sacrifices. They did not go empty handed as we do the Prophets of the Lord today, blabbing out our troubles in hopes of getting help from the Lord. There are so many false and empty confessions today, taking out the Prophets time from those who trust, know and love the Lord and aren’t afraid to donate to His ministers.
Samuel’s mother had already gone through a lot because Elkanah had two wives and his other wife provoked her miserably because Hannah could not have children. One can only imagine how this badgering had affected her mind and her body along with not being able to get impregnated. Just like God is with us today, the one most loved goes through more. Think of the badgering and hatred that Jesus went through for us. Think of what you are going through just for being loved by God. You will rise up and be just fine “Job” for it is written that no weapon formed against you shall prosper.
(1 Samuel 1:1-7) When Samuel’s mother had taken him as a child to Eli (1 Samuel 1:24-28) she reminded him that Samuel was a wonderful product of her weeping and “mouthing” words to the Lord in the Temple when he thought that she was drunk. (False accusation even from the Priest. himself, so, it is doable.) It seems that he lacked discernment along with having the stability to correct his sinning sons that were sinning within the Temple itself, including prostitution, etc. Sadly, Eli was a weak Priest and lost his ministry over his non-authoritative character. This is why we are told to be bold and be strong in the New Testament. This is the main problem that is recorded, that Samuel had to first correct the Man of God for.
The Lord Calls Samuel
1Sa 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
1Sa 3:2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
1Sa 3:3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
1Sa 3:4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
1Sa 3:5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.
1Sa 3:6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
1Sa 3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
1Sa 3:8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here amI; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.
1Sa 3:9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
1Sa 3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
1Sa 3:11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
1Sa 3:12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
1Sa 3:13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
1Sa 3:14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.
1Sa 3:15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
1Sa 3:16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.
1Sa 3:17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide anything from me of all the things that he said unto thee.
1Sa 3:18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.
1Sa 3:19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
1Sa 3:20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.
1Sa 3:21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
Samuel’s first assignment was to correct the Pastor. (Priest)
Samuel’s 3 callings of the Lord:
1 Sam 3:4, 1 Sam 3:6, and 1 Sam 3:8
These three times that God called Samuel are important to me and my ministry/calling. God works very mysteriously with me. Years ago, as I lay in bed sleeping, I heard an actual Heavenly voice speak into my ear, “Three three three.” It was so apparent that it woke me up. That was in February 2000, 21 years ago. Later, as I was researching the bible and listening to the Holy Spirit’s direction, I was led to Jeremiah 33:3 which says, “Jer 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” That resounded in my soul. I knew that God was giving me a clear message to always seek Him. Of course that had to be for a reason right? God always has a reason even if He is only proving at that time how much He loves us. I took that as God’s promise to me. A week later, I received a letter from Interfaith Foundation in Westchester, Ohio that had the title “Jeremiah 33:3.” Confirmation. For years, I kept seeing “333” everywhere, in many sermons, many bible studies, all over.
For many years I have heard God call my name no matter where I was at or who I was with. I keep asking Him why He keeps calling my name. I suppose that He calls me like He did Adam when He wanted to walk with him in the cool of the day. Upon being filled with the Spirit after researching 333, I was reminded by watching Billy Graham on television that God called Samuel three times. As soon as I heard it, it seemed as though God was using Billy Graham’s words to speak to me. “That’s it!” I thought. I know in my heart of hearts that God is calling me to Prophesy. He says, “You have not because you ask not” and I have asked many times.
To add, Prophet Tracy Allen Cooke has called my name specifically on tv and on social media. He called me 3 times with a ‘maybe’ 4th time. I wrote and asked why he keeps calling my name. I haven’t heard from him yet though. It felt so awesome and yet a bit scary to me. It gave me the fear of the Lord each time I hear my name. Prophet Tracy is known for calling out names, states, phone numbers, and addresses. He specifically calls my state, address, and name. Check these out:
I’ve been a Preacher for years, since even before 1992 but I tread lightly around the word and title of “Prophet.” I believe that we, as believers can be used as a Prophet once in a while but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are of the Title and Office of a Prophet. People have been calling me a Prophet for years but I just didn’t feel as though I was one. I kept gingerly backing off of that word. After reading about the calling of the Great Prophet Samuel, I now believe in my heart of hearts that God has called me into the gift and station of “Prophet.” I’ve watched Him work through me that left me startled at times to the point where I had no comment if someone would have asked me. I give God all of the Glory. I’ve noticed that when I post something on social media as a prophecy many people will comment in a confirmation-type of way that let’s the whole world know that it is real and touched them. Once again, confirmation. Speaking of confirmation, I just received this in my Informed Delivery email from the Post Office:
Hows that for confirmation? I also found after looking up Samuel’s situation in various Commentaries, most of the writers say nearly the same thing, that, “God made good all of Samuel’s predictions” or “The Lord accomplished whatever Samuel said.” This is a message, I believe, to me that God has called me to Prophecy and whatever I say, will happen. I am comfortable in saying that I am the Lord’s Prophet and will encourage, edify, uplift AND correct when needed, for whomever needs it. I say, “Here am I Lord!” The Word says in 1 Samuel 3:19 that God didn’t let ANY of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. That means that whatever Samuel said….happened. Do you remember the E.F. Hutton commercial that said when E.F. Hutton speaks, everybody listens?
My role now is to make sure that I watch all that I say and not allow the enemy to use my mind or my tongue. To everything there is a season, and this is certainly not a time for me to be sloppy in my speech. I know God wants me to enjoy my life but He also wants me to bless His people and all others who need to become His. Lord, let me be your mouthpiece….I accept. Amen.
P.S. You do NOT have to call me “Prophet Essie” or Prophet Scott.” 🙂
Thank you for reading and/or listening,
Rev. Esther “Essie” Scott
U. S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Washington, D.C. 20420 info on Flag Day.
This was the resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The resolution was made following the report of a special committee which had been assigned to suggest the flag’s design. A flag of this design was first carried into battle on September 11, 1777, in the Battle of the Brandywine. The American flag was first saluted by foreign naval vessels on February 14, 1778, when the Ranger, bearing the Stars and Stripes and under the command of Captain Paul Jones, arrived in a French port. The flag first flew over a foreign territory in early 1778 at Nassau, Bahama Islands, where Americans captured a British fort. Observance of the adoption of the flag was not soon in coming, however.
Although there are many claims to the first official observance of Flag Day, all but one took place more than an entire century after the flag’s adoption in 1777. T
he first claim was from a Hartford, Conn., celebration during the first summer of 1861. In the late 1800s, schools all over the United States held Flag Day programs to contribute to the Americanization of immigrant children, and the observance caught on with individual communities.
The most recognized claim, however, comes from New York. On June 14, 1889, Professor George Bolch, principal of a free kindergarten for the poor of New York City, had his school hold patriotic ceremonies to observe the anniversary of the Flag Day resolution. This initiative attracted attention from the State Department of Education, which arranged to have the day observed in all public schools thereafter. Soon the state legislature passed a law making it the responsibility of the state superintendent of public schools to ensure that schools hold observances for Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day and Flag Day. In 1897, the governor of New York ordered the displaying of the flag over all public buildings in the state, an observance considered by some to be the first official recognition of the anniversary of the adoption of the flag outside of schools.
Another claim comes from Philadelphia. In 1893, the Society of Colonial Dames succeeded in getting a resolution passed to have the flag displayed on all of the city’s public buildings. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin and the president of the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania, that same year tried to get the city to call June 14 Flag Day. Resolutions by women were not granted much notice, however, and it was not until May 7, 1937, that Pennsylvania became the first state to establish the June 14 Flag Day as a legal holiday.
Flag Day is a nationwide observance today, but Pennsylvania is the only state that recognizes it as a legal holiday.
Bernard J. Cigrand, a school teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, reportedly spent years trying to get Congress to declare June 14 as a national holiday. Although his attempts failed, the day was widely observed.
“Father of Flag Day” honors have been given to William T. Kerr, who was credited with founding the American Flag Day Association in 1888 while still a schoolboy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both President Wilson, in 1916, and President Coolidge, in 1927, issued proclamations asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, that Congress approved the national observance, and President Harry Truman signed it into law.
As believers, aren’t you glad that Jesus is your Banner? His banner over us is Love.
Son 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
He established this nation for us to live in with peace, prosperity, love, joy and abundance. America is a land of great abundance. It is up to us to make sure that it is distributed to all who are in need.
Leave no stone un-turned, no corner unchecked. Let’s share the Love of Jesus and help others who are in the need of help. Make sure that everyone has a meal and a place to rest their heads. As the Word of God tells us, “Let us reason together.”
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.