The Northern Kingdom had eight kings in its first 58 years as a nation. This story about the great prophet Elijah occurred during the reign (874-853 B.C.) of King Ahab. Ahab married Jezebel, daughter of the king of Sidon, who worshiped Baal. Ahab built a temple to Baal and consecrated priests to serve Baal. In an encounter between Elijah and King Ahab, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal. The challenge was to see which god — Baal or God — would answer his prophet(s).
Bible Reference: Jonah chapter 3 and 4. Heart of the Story: Jonah was the only Old Testament prophet sent directly to the Gentiles. The theme of Jonah is the God’s divine mercy is applied without favoritism to Jews and Gentiles. Back Story: Jonah was from the tribe of Zebulun. His ministry was between 800-750 B.C. about the time of King Jeroboam II in the Northern Kingdom. By the end of 721 B.C., Assyria conquered and deported the Northern Kingdom Jews. The Book of Jonah b
Bible Reference: Book of Daniel Heart of the Story: Daniel was a Jewish prophet who lived in Babylon. We remember him because he lived through a night in a lion’s den, but, there is so much more to this sage and prophet. Back Story: About 605 BC, Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. besieged Jerusalem and King Jehoiakim gave the city over to Nebuchadnezzar after a short siege. King Jehoiakim, his wives. and various members of the Jewish nobility were taken captive into Babylon. W
Heart of the Story. Zechariah was a Jewish prophet when the Jewish exiles returned to Jerusalem from Persia. God gave Zechariah a vision which was a parable. The parable identified that the Jews would no longer be the mighty cedar of Lebanon. Story In about August 520 BC God spoke through the Jewish prophet Haggai. God told the Jews to finish building the temple. Haggai identified that the drought in Judea was the result of God’s temple remaining in ruins. Although returned J
References: Acts 11:27-30; Acts 21: 10-12. Heart of the Story: Agabus was a first century Christian prophet. He was so well-regarded that knowledgeable hearers immediately accepted his prophetic words. Storyline: Very likely Agabus was an elder in the Jerusalem church. In Acts Luke recorded two incidents in which Agabus foretold events. Both occurred outside Jerusalem, the first in Antioch (modern Antakya) in the Roman province of Syria and the second in Caesarea Maritime (Ca