There have been events throughout history where everyone expected civilization would self-destruct. The only reason the world still exists today is because of God’s continued intervention to protect it. Elijah lived during a time when people completely ignored God and disregarded His purpose for them, endangering their own survival. The prophet appeared suddenly on the scene and gave the message that honoring God’s presence in the nation would be the only thing that would keep it from being destroyed. Elijah was the man that God was preparing to use to demonstrate this message through great acts of power.