Sorry for what might seem like a frivolous title. But it exemplifies the entrance of a little-known, Biblical figure that possibly many Christians have never thought to consider.
His name is Elihu. And he is first mentioned in Job 32:2. If you have ever read the Book of Job, then you know the torment that Job went through, not just with his physical disabilities, but also with having to try to reason out his complaint with his three “friends” (i.e. Job’s comforters).
As well-intentioned as Job’s friends were in trying to “comfort” him, they just didn’t get it. They just didn’t understand the heart and the operations of God the Father and His Holy Spirit. So, after an arduous thirty-two chapters of following the plight of Job, we witness a refreshing change:
“So these three men ceased to answer Job…” (Job 32:1)
“Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.” (Job 32:2)
“Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.” (Job 32:3)
Wow, buckle your seatbelts, because Job and Elihu are fixing to go on a fantastic journey together with God through the power of the Holy Ghost! You see, Job had cried out earlier to God in the midst of his distress:
“Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.” (Job 31:6)
“Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me” (Job 31:35)
For Christians who feel like Job sometimes, it comes out more like this:
“My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalms 42:2)
“Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.” (Psalms 42:7)
Well, the noise of God’s waterspouts are preparing to blast over Job. He doesn’t realize it yet, but he’s about to get an answer to his prayer in a much more powerful way than he had anticipated or desired. And this will be accomplished through the obedience of a young, humble, submitted and obscure saint named Elihu.
“Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they (Job’s friends) were elder than he.” (Job 32:4)
“And Elihu … said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.” (Job 32:6)
“I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.” (Job 32:7)
“But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” (Job 32:8)
To quote Shakespeare, “Aye, there’s the rub!”
“Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.” (Job 33:1)
“My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.” (Job 33:3)
“The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” (Job 33:4)
“Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead:” (Job 33:6)
Did you catch that? Through the Spirit of God that is coming upon Elihu, God is going to grant Job’s petition and answer all of his questions … as though God were actually standing there in front of Job in person.
Through the remainder of Chapter 33, Elihu continues to exhort Job to listen to his words. And then, beginning in Chapter 34, Elihu changes pace and begins to admonish Job:
“Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.” (Job 34:35)
“My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.” (Job 34:36)
“For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.” (Job 34:37)
With ever-increasing frequency, and with boldness, authority and correction, Elihu continues his reasoning with Job. This continues throughout Chapters 35 & 36 until, in the middle of Chapter 37, we begin to notice a change in the tone of Elihu’s voice. It begins to sound a little more personal, as though God is speaking directly to Job. It also begins to sound a little stern. Elihu starts asking some tough questions to really get Job’s attention.
“Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.” (Job 37:14)
“Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?” (Job 37:15)
“Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?” (Job 37:16)
“How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?” (Job 37:17)
“Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?” (Job 37:18)
This questioning of Job’s natural wisdom continues with ever-increasing momentum and force until, finally, at the beginning of Chapter 38, God Himself shows up on the scene. Though the physical body of Elihu is still standing before Job, it is no longer Elihu’s anointed insight and revelation which is coming forth from his mouth; it is the very word of wisdom coming forth from the Spirit of Christ that is upon him:
“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,” (Job 38:1)
“Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2)
“Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.” (Job 38:3)
“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.” (Job 38:4)
“Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?” (Job 38:5)
“Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;” (Job 38:6)
“When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:7)
“Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said,” (Job 40:1)
“Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.” (Job 40:2)
“Then answered the Lord unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,” (Job 40:6)
“Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.” (Job 40:7)
“Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?” (Job 40:8)
“Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.” (Job 40:10)
“Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.” (Job 40:14)
What powerful words these are! And you can just imagine how they were cutting into the heart of Job! Instead of the noise of waterspouts billowing over Job, God’s very presence in the form of a powerful whirlwind is standing before Job, convicting him of his sins and penetrating into the very depths of his soul.
But what of Elihu? What’s he doing during all of this?
Well, he’s doing what he’s been doing all along … talking to Job. Only now, it’s no longer Elihu speaking, but the Holy Ghost in the form of a whirlwind.
Now, at this point in time, Job no longer sees Elihu … he sees a powerful whirlwind standing before him! This is similar to what Moses must have experienced as he stood before the burning bush. Only, in this instance, it’s a man instead of a bush!
When the Holy Ghost fell upon Old Testament saints, it changed them. Eli, the priest, told Saul:
“And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee … thou shalt be turned into another man.” (1 Samuel 10:6)
Well, Elihu must have received a bit more of a spiritual “punch” than Saul, because Elihu was turned into a whirlwind!
His natural form was either enveloped or entirely changed just like the face of Moses was changed when he came down from the mount (See Exodus 34:29-30). Just like Elijah was changed when he was caught up by the chariots into heaven (See 2Kings 2:1,11). Just like Stephen was changed when he was brought into the council before they murdered him:
“And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.” (Acts 6:15)
And just like Jesus, when He was transfigured before Peter, James and John! They were so awestruck by what they saw, that they wanted to build a temple right there and then, and eventually fell on their faces in fear! (See Matthew 17:2-6)
You can be assured that Job witnessed the presence of God in such a miraculous fashion, that it literally broke him to the point of finally confessing:
“Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.” (Job 40:4)
“Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.” (Job 40:5)
“I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.” (Job 42:2)
“Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.” (Job 42:3)
“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.” (Job 42:5)
“Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:6)
Wow! What an experience! Job was totally smitten by what he was hearing … and, more importantly, by what he was actually seeing!
Are you catching on to where all of this is leading?
What do you think is going to happen to God’s last day witnesses? Do you think they will all be cowering under rocks?
Even now, the anointing of God is increasing upon His little-known saints … slowly but steadily … just like Elihu. They are being called and groomed in the midst of their trials and afflictions. And as they submit to this process, the Lord is preparing them to be able to stand in the evil day. And right before His return, His elect will begin to shine like the sun because of the glory of God which will come upon them. And, in this glory, they will bear witness of the Gospel throughout the Earth as a testimony to all nations, kindreds and tongues. They will testify with the same power and authority as Elihu did … because of the glory of God that will be resting upon them! Many will be martyred, but still others will be alive to hear the last trump and be caught up together to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds! They will be just like the Church of Philadelphia:
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which will come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Revelation 3:10)
Oh … Glory Hallelujah!
If the Father cared enough to answer the simple prayer of Job, crying out for deliverance and healing, how much more do you think the Father is going to answer His only begotten Son’s prayer (of which we are all a part) which He prayed shortly before His crucifixion:
“These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son (and His saints to come) also may glorify thee:” (John 17:1)
“And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John 17:5)
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.” (John 17:9)
“And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.” (John 17:10)
“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (John 17:14)
“As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” (John 17:18)
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;” (John 17:20)
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:21)
What will finally make us all one in Him and empower us in these last days to become true witnesses of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:” (John 17:22)
Don’t sell God short! He still has a powerful work to accomplish in these last days.
“For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;” (Haggai 2:6)
“And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Haggai 2:7)
“The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Haggai 2:9)
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