Mount Carmel Showdown: Elijah Defends the One True God

“The statues started crashing to the ground, all of them at the same time, and the satanic altar was shattered into fragments.” –Quote from the Miracle Moment below.

We recently launched a YouTube and TikTok short series called Miracle Moments. This week’s story featured God breathing on an idol-worshipping temple. Below, you will find a story from the Bible with links that is sorta similar. But first, here’s the story for this post:

Below are the links to help you consider how you want to process what you saw/heard; we believe God is and has been at work, and there’s probably truth in this story somewhere:


In the vast tapestry of history, certain moments stand out as epic clashes between good and evil. On Mount Carmel, an iconic encounter unfolded as the prophet Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal in a divine showdown echoing through the ages. Chronicled in the ancient Dead Sea Scroll 6Q4 PapKings, this event underscores Elijah’s unwavering faith and power amid overwhelming odds.

Setting the Scene:

Ancient Israel grappled with moral decay, torn between worshipping the one true God and pagan deities like Baal. King Ahab, influenced by the wicked Queen Jezebel, led the people astray, promoting Baal’s worship and suppressing devotion to the Lord God.

Guided by the Holy Spirit, Elijah emerged as a voice of righteousness in a time of moral decay. He challenged King Ahab to a decisive confrontation on Mount Carmel, aiming to unveil the true and living God.

The Challenge and Gathering:

Elijah proposed a contest, a showdown to display the power of their gods. On Mount Carmel, a historically and spiritually significant location, both sides gathered to offer sacrifices. The stakes were high, and the outcome would unveil the true source of power and authority.

To validate this moment, we turn to the Bible, 1 Kings 18:21: “Elijah went before the people and said, ‘How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.’ But the people said nothing.”

Divine Intervention:

The prophets of Baal fervently called upon their god, yet no answer came. Elijah, confident in the Lord God’s might, prepared his sacrifice, drenching it THREE TIMES with water, seemingly making the task impossible.

With the people’s gaze fixed on Mount Carmel’s summit, Elijah prayed, invoking divine power that turned the impossible into reality. In a heavenly blaze, the Lord consumed Elijah’s sacrifice, leaving no doubt about the true God’s supremacy.

Scripture confirms this event in 1 Kings 18:37-39 (Bible): “Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” The fire of the Lord consumed the sacrifice, wood, stones, and soil, prompting the people to proclaim, ‘The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!‘”

Aftermath and Lessons:

Israel witnessed the undeniable power of the Lord, leading to repentance and a return to the one true God. ‘The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!‘”


The showdown on Mount Carmel, recorded in the Bible, stands as a testament to righteousness prevailing over idolatry and the enduring power of faith. Elijah’s unwavering trust in the Lord God, coupled with divine intervention on that sacred mountain, inspires believers throughout history. Like Elijah, let us boldly stand for truth and righteousness, confident that the God who answered by fire on Mount Carmel remains the same yesterday, today, and forever. ‘The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!‘”