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The Elijah Challenge: Who Is Right?


Last Updated: September 23, 2019

June 28, 2019

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On June 20, 2019, God inspired me to book another trip to Israel from September 23 - October 10, 2019. As I have discovered with previous trips, it is not always about going, but rather the story that God creates around the idea of going! It is on this basis that I issued an 'Elijah Challenge' to someone who doesn't believe that these trips are inspired by God. What is an "Elijah Challenge"?

In 1 Kings 18:19-40, Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to a competition in which he says, "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." - 1 Kings 18:24. I did this to prove that God is the inspiration behind this trip to Israel. He doesn't have to answer by fire, only in that He creates some sort of a story behind this trip to prove that He was the inspiration behind it!

So, time will tell if I was right, or not!

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On June 20, 2019, God again put it in my heart to book a trip to Israel. Whether or not I end up going on that trip is up to God, as I currently don't have the money to be able to go!

As with previous trips, God has always created a story around the idea of going, whether or not I ended up going on that trip or not! So, I assume this trip will be no different.

I have chronicled my previous trips to Israel in my new book, "Proving God with Numbers - Second Edition", and I am currently writing the third edition! I had no idea I would be writing a second edition, let alone a third! Nevertheless, it was God who prompted me to write the original edition of this book, and it was Him who prompted me to write the second and third editions as well! So, as long as God keeps writing new material for me, I will keep having things to write about in future editions of my book! That is one thing that I have realised through writing this book, that God never stops working for us, anywhere, anytime! So, I assume that will continue, as long as I am alive.

So, getting back to the original topic of this article, on June 20, 2019, just after 4 P.M., God inspired me to book the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. This is one of the most prestigious hotels in all of Israel, and where many global leaders choose to stay when they visit Israel. It has a long and storied history, stretching back to 1931 when it opened. I have stayed there twice before, once in 2010 on my first trip to Israel, and again in 2016 on my third trip. However, it is not cheap. The cheapest room starts at around US$500 per night, on up into the thousands of dollars per night for the most expensive rooms. So, if God wants me to go on this trip, He will have to find a way for me to pay for it!

So, we shall see if He eventually provides for this trip, or whether it is just about the story that He creates around the idea of going! Time will tell. The trip is due to depart N.Z. on September 22, and return on October 10, from Israel. An eighteen-day journey. I suspect the total cost of the trip will be around US$14,000, plus another US$3,000 for the trip to Auschwitz in Poland.

Here's a couple of things that I have already noticed about this trip to Israel:

  • My flight is due to arrive on September 23, exactly six months to the day that God prompted me to publish the second edition of my book! I published it on March 23, even before I was ready to!

  • The trip covers two important feast days in the Jewish Calendar - The Jewish New Year / Feast of Trumpets on September 30, and Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement on October 9. These two feast days are laid out in Leviticus 23:23, through to Leviticus 23:32. The fact that I arrive on September 23, and that these two feasts are laid out in Leviticus chapter 23, did not escape my attention!

  • On day 23 since God inspired me to book this trip to Israel, (June 20 = day 1, July 12 = day 23), He started giving me locations to visit/write down. These are listed at the bottom of this article.

  • On August 12, exactly one month to the day that God gave me the first location to write down, He gave me a second one to write down.

  • September 12 will be exactly 12 weeks to the day that God inspired me to book this trip, and it is also the 12th day of the 12th month in the Jewish calendar. (12th of Elul). This would be the sixth time that God has used the time period of "12 weeks" to mark three separate trips to Israel, starting in May 2018. See "12 Weeks" for more.

  • On August 10, I decided that if God provides for this trip, I would visit the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, in Poland, on the 12th of October.

    So, whether there is a story around that, remains to be seen!

Challenge

Incidentally, I issued a challenge to someone I know who doesn't believe that these trips are inspired by God! Here's what I said:

"How about we let God decide who is wrong and who is right over the next 3 months between now and September 22?

Since you don’t believe me, and I don’t believe you, we’ll let God decide who is right or not!

If He creates a story around this trip, whether I go or not, that will be proof enough for me, based on what He has done before. I don’t believe that these trips are about going or not, they are more about the story that God creates around them!"

That challenge was issued on June 26, 2019. So, for me, whether I go on this trip or not is besides the point. It is the story that God creates around it that is the point of these trips! Not whether I go or not.

So, we shall see what happens between now and my proposed departure date. If He does nothing, then so be it, I will look a little stupid. If, however, He creates some sort of story around this trip that backs up my claim that these trips are inspired by God, then that will be my proof that God was behind it! So, we shall see. Time will tell!

This article was originally published on June 28, 2019, and updated on the 5th and 6th of July. Additional updates will be made, as and when required.

Update: 27 July, 2019: On July 26, exactly one month to the day that I issued this challenge, this is what I discovered:

  • On 14 August, 2019, it will be exactly 7 weeks to the day that I issued this "challenge". The day that I issued this challenge (June 26), was the departure date from Israel, for a previous trip that God had inspired.

  • August 14, 2019, will also be exactly 7 months to the day that God gave me the last "thought for today" to put up on my website. That quote related directly to Elijah! Not only that, but the quote referred to the number seven, twice! Here is the actual quote:

"And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not." - 1 Kings 18:43-44

Here is the link to the page where it is located: Thought For Today. It was posted on January 14, 2019, which, as it happens, was the departure date to Israel for another trip that God had inspired!

Update: 25 August, 2019:

On August 9, the idea came into my head to book a tour of the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem. I decided I would visit it on the 26th of September, 2019, however, it didn't seem that God wanted me to book it. That was, until August 25th, 2019. At exactly 7:50AM New Zealand time, I booked the earliest tour I could on the 26th of September, for 12:50PM. The only other options were 5:20PM, 6PM and 7:20PM; all rather late in the day! So, I booked the 12:50PM tour instead. (Earlier tours on the same day were added at a later stage.)

Interestingly, that number, "12:50", is an important one for me. It is the number that God told me my old website business was worth to a company that should have bought it back in December 2009. $1250K or US$1.25 million. It is the reason why I have no money today! That conversation with God is still the one and only time that I have had a direct conversation with God, where I have had immediate responses to my questioning! If you would like to read the full article, I have written about it here: Talking with God. As a result of not taking their offer, I ended up practically bankrupt nearly 10 years later!

So, that conversation with God was essentially to tell me that I was right to reject their lower offer for my website, which was well below God's valuation of US$1.25 million! In any case, in a further interesting twist, the time that I booked that tour at 7:50AM, is exactly 12:50PM in Los Angeles where the company that should have bought my website is based!

And, as it happens, the 26th of September is exactly 3 months to the day that I issued this challenge to someone above! Whether or not this has any significance, only time will tell!

Update: 26 August, 2019:

Incidentally, on September 26, 2013, God got me to send an email to the company above, which I besought Him 2-3 times because I didn't want to send it, however, I sent it anyway! I won't disclose the contents of that email at this point, as I don't know if it has any significance or not, but given the latest events of yesterday, there may be more to it! The title of that email was "destruction", hence my unwillingness to send it. September 26, 2019, will be six years to the day that God prompted me to send that email.

Exactly one week after I sent that email, I was approached to sell my business website, and it was sold the following day on October 4, 2013 - four years after it should have been in December 2009.

Update: 23 September, 2019:

Incidentally, the day that I was due to arrive in Israel, is also the start of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, and Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The Autumnal equinox occurs at 12:50 AM Los Angeles time, 7:50 PM N.Z. time (Vernal equinox), and 10:50 AM Israeli time on the 23rd of September, 2019. The flight that I had originally booked and then cancelled, arrived at approximately 7:50 AM Israeli time from Hong Kong, where it was approximately 12:50 PM when it landed.

Incidentally, the length of time from when God prompted me to book the Western Wall tour at 7:50 AM on the 25th of August, until the Spring equinox in New Zealand at 7:50 PM, is exactly 29.5 days - the exact length of one lunar month which the Hebrew calendar is based on. The long-term average lunar month is 29.53 days.

Locations

On day 23 (July 12) since God inspired me to book this trip, He started giving me locations to visit/write down. The first one was the "Wadi Qelt" in Jericho.

#DateLocation
1.Jul 12Wadi Qelt, Jericho
2.Aug 12Yardenit, Jordan River
3.Aug 26Cana, Galilee
4.Sep 14Mt. of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee

Auschwitz

In early August, for whatever reason, the former Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, in Poland came to mind. So, I decided that if God provided for this trip, I would like to visit it, and tacked it on to the end of this trip. So, we shall see if He provides for this trip, or not!

God Bless.

Steve Moxham
June 28, 2019

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