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The Vindicated Prophet

John Collins10/18/2012 9:33:00 AMMSG believers claim their prophet is "vindicated" because he healed some sick. We should examine that claim (and for now avoid arguing about WHO is the one that healed the sick).

vin·di·cate (vnd-kt)
tr.v. vin·di·cat·ed, vin·di·cat·ing, vin·di·cates

1. To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof.
2. To provide justification or support for: vindicate one's claim.
3. To justify or prove the worth of, especially in light of later developments.

1 KINGS 18:36-39
Elijah the prophet approached the altar and prayed "O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are the true God and that you are winning back their allegiance." Then fire from the Lord fell from the sky. It consumed the offering, the wood, the stones, and the dirt, and licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they threw themselves down with their faces to the ground and said, "The Lord is the true God! The Lord is the true God!"

When Elijah prophesied, He did so, boldly, publicly, and when HE gave Thus Saith the Lord, it came to pass, without exception. Look it up. In each case, the act of the prophet served a purpose, and the people who witnessed it had an opportunity to respond. The same spirit that was on Elijah was also on Elisha, according to the Bible. The same pattern followed him as well. Compare the Biblical "Spirit of Elijah" to WMB, who supposedly embodied Mal 4:5-6. When your vindication needs vindicating, something is amiss.