Q: In what ways were the prophets of God subjected to “un-friendly fire”?
A: “Friendly fire” is a military term used to describe an accidental attack from one’s own forces that can result in injury or death. Unfortunately, God’s prophets dealt with these kinds of attacks from their own people and they were anything but friendly.
Take Moses and Elijah, for example. Moses, despite his role in leading his people out of Egypt, was constantly under attack from them. For 40 years, the Israelites attributed the many hardships of their wanderings to this meek prophet and his God (Exod. 15:23, 24, 16:1-3; Num. 11:1-6, 14:1-4).
Even Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ siblings, troubled him. Using his marriage to his Ethiopian wife as a pretext, they challenged Moses’ leadership over Israel and his connection with the Lord (Num. 12:1, 2). But what was the end goal of Moses’ ministry? To bring his people into the Promised Land (Exod. 3:8-10).
From the beginning of his prophetic ministry, Elijah was always in the crosshairs of the kings of Israel. King Ahab viewed Elijah as a threat to the apostate system of worship that he, his wife, and his prophets forced upon their nation. As such, they pursued this godly fugitive as a troubler and enemy of Israel (1 Kings 18:10, 17, 18, 21:20).
King Ahaziah, after hearing the doom pronounced upon him by Elijah, sought to forcibly silence the one who dared to challenge his order to seek after Baal-zebub (2 Kings 1:1-16). But what was the end goal of Elijah’s ministry? To turn the hearts of God’s people back to Him (1 Kings 18:36, 37).
God’s prophets, even now, are subjected to the same “un-friendly fire” as they were. Their messages are disregarded and they themselves are treated with indifference or contempt. This assault upon the truth is not coming from the wicked, but from the very ones who profess to serve God. As Israel of old attacked their prophets then, God’s people today smite their fellowservants who give this last-day message.
The end goal of these divine messengers? To turn the hearts of God’s people back to Him and to prepare them to enter the Promised Land of Heaven, just as Moses and Elijah worked to do.
We are turning our backs on Bible prophecy, the very means God provided to save us from the final judgment. By disregarding His prophets, whether by word or action, we are repeating the fatal mistake of His people before us. We cannot, we must not, allow our resistance to Bible prophecy to keep up from claiming the reward of righteous.
This is the time when all who serve the Lord must pray. They must pray to overcome their resistance to studying Bible prophecy and to accept the truths that God will reveal to them. These things are about to happen. Will you be ready when they do?
“Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God” (2 Kings 17:13, 14).
“But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants…” (Mt. 24:48, 49).
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Mal. 4:5,6).