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“Elijah”

 

"What is your business here, Elijah?" To this he said: "I have been absolutely jealous for Jehovah the God of armies; for the sons of Israel have left your covenant, your altars they have torn down, and your prophets they have killed by the sword, so that I only am left; and they begin looking for my soul to take it away" (1 Kings 19:14)

The New American Bible (Saint Joseph Edition) translates Malachi 3:23,24 (same as Malachi 4:6 in many translations); "Lo, I will send you Elijah, the prophet, Before the day of the LORD comes, the great and terrible day, To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the land with doom."

For more details of “Elijah”, see the home page or the Malachi link.

Daniel 11:31-35 gives us a time frame when the work of "Elijah" occurs. This is the "straightening" or "cleansing" of God's people during their time of tribulation. This work happens during the entire 3 and a half years that start with the destruction / conquering of Jerusalem of our day. Although this "Elijah" may exist today, it seems that the noticeable effects of the cleansing work do not start until after the destruction / conquering of Jerusalem of our day.

Malachi 4:5,6 states that this “Elijah” (which could be a person or group) comes “before the coming of the great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah.” How long before "the coming of the great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah" does this "Elijah" come? I can not find an exact time but we have the example of John the Baptist who was known as an "Elijah". He could not have been doing his work very long before the arrival of Jesus (when Jesus was baptized).

Bible prophesy and other bible principles would have to be clearly understood by an "Elijah", for a "straightening" to occur.

  1.  Daniel 12:9 states “…Go, Daniel, because the words are made secret until the time of [the] end.” So it can be reasoned that the "Elijah" of our day would have this understanding to use for the "time of [the] end".
  2. Also, if the presented interpretation of prophesies on this web site are correct, this could be part of the "Elijah" work - Because it would be presenting correct scriptural understanding that can be used by God's people to "cleanse" their worship.

The messages from Elijah of old were not deemed to have God's backing by the people (in general) until they literally had seen a sign. It is also interesting how God’s people did not know who to take sides with. Many may had been “born into” worshiping this way and been told it was correct their entire lives. (1 Kings 18:21: “Then Elijah approached all the people and said: “How long will YOU be limping on two different opinions? If Jehovah is the [true] God, go following him; but if Baal is, go following him.” And the people did not say a word in answer to him.) (1 Kings 18:36, 37: And it came about at the time that the grain offering goes up that Elijah the prophet began to approach and say: “O Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that you are God in Israel and I am your servant and it is by your word that I have done all these things. Answer me, O Jehovah, answer me, that this people may know that you, Jehovah, are the [true] God and you yourself have turned their heart back.”)

  1. As it was back then, I do not expect many, if any at all to put faith in this timeline or anything mentioned in this site until Jerusalem is captured (or conquered with a minimum of reverting back to its condition before the 1967 "six-day" war - see timeline, Daniel 8:13,14) by the king of the north of our day (Daniel 11:31) - which I firmly believe is bible based.
  2. It is up to speculation of how many of Israel heard Elijah before people put faith in his word but I am sure the word spread fast. The same thing most likely happened with John the Baptist’s work. To what extent this message of straightening out will be known (and possibly somewhat acted upon) before God's people put full faith in it is yet to be seen (8/18/2010).

The "Elijah" in Jesus' day and for our day is mentioned at Matthew 17:1-13 (Same account at Luke 9:28-36 and Mark 9:1-13): "Six days later Jesus took Peter and James and John his brother along and brought them up into a lofty mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shown as the sun, and his outer garments became brilliant as the light. And, look! there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, conversing with him. Responsively Peter said to Jesus: "Lord, it is fine for us to be here. If you wish, I will erect three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." While he was yet speaking, look! a voice out of the cloud, saying: "This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved; listen to him." At hearing this the disciples fell upon their faces and became very much afraid. Then Jesus came near and, touching them, said: "Get up and have no fear." When they raised their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus himself only. And as they were descending from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying: "Tell the vision to no one until the Son of man is raised up from the dead." (Verse 10) However, the disciples put the question to him: "Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" In reply he said: "Elijah indeed, is coming and will restore all things. However, I say to YOU that Elijah has already come and they did not recognize him but did with him the things they wanted. In this way also the Son of man is destined to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples perceived that he spoke to them about John the Baptist."

  1.  Notice that "Elijah" was to come "and will restore all things" although John the Baptist was dead at the time of this statement.

Matthew 11:7-14 speaks of John the Baptist as an "Elijah": "While these were on their way, Jesus started to say to the crowds respecting John: "What did YOU go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed being tossed by a wind? What, then, did YOU go out to see? A man dressed in soft garments? Why, those wearing soft garments are in the houses of kings. Really, then, why did YOU go out? To see a prophet?  Yes, I tell YOU, and far more then a prophet. this is he concerning whom it is written, 'Look! I myself am sending forth my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way ahead of you!' Truly I say to YOU people, Among those born of women there has not been raised up a greater then John the Baptist; but a person that is a lesser one in the kingdom of the heavens is greater then he is. But from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of the heavens is the goal toward which men press, and those pressing forward are seizing it. For all, the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John; and if YOU want to accept it,  He himself is Elijah who is destined to come.'

  1.  This shows us that John the Baptist was not of the kingdom of the heavens. Yet he was of a priestly line (Compare Luke 1:5). This along with other reasoning indicate that the "messenger" to straighten things out is not of the spiritual priestly class that will rule with Christ (Revelation 5:9,10). Elijah of old was not either. As far as I know, prophets used to straighten things out went to the priestly class, kings, and people to warn them of their ways but it seems that most came from outside the "priestly" class. (John was of a literal priestly line and he did warn the people - Luke 3:7-14) Does this mean it will happen this way today? I can not say for sure. - Compare Isaiah 9:13-17 - Revised 7/3/2011

"Elijah's spirit" is defined in part at Luke 1:17 "Also, he will go before him with Elijah's spirit and power, to turn back the hearts of fathers to children and the disobedient ones to the practical wisdom of righteous ones, to get ready for Jehovah a prepared people."

Isaiah 40:3 "Listen! Someone is calling out in the wilderness: "Clear up the way of Jehovah, YOU people! Make the highway for our God through the desert pain straight. Let every valley be raised up, and every mountain and hill be made low. And the knobby ground must become level land, and the rugged ground a valley plain. And the glory of Jehovah will certainly be revealed, and all flesh must see [it] together, for the very mouth of Jehovah has spoken [it]".

  1.  John the Baptist referred to this scripture when ones asked who he was (Luke 3:4-6)

In Luke 1: 67-79 John the Baptist (also known as an "Elijah") was prophesied to : "And Zechariah its father was filled with holy spirit, and he prophesied, saying: "Blessed be Jehovah the God of Israel, because he has turned his attention and performed deliverance toward his people. and he has raised a horn of salvation for us in the house of David his servant, just as he, through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, has spoken of a salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all those hating us; to perform the mercy in connection with our forefathers and to call to mind his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to Abraham our forefather, to grant us, after we have been rescued from the hands of enemies, the privilege of fearlessly rendering sacred service to him with loyalty and righteousness before him all our days. But as for you, young child, you will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go in advance before Jehovah to make his ways ready, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender compassion of our God. With this [compassion] a daybreak will visit us from on high, to give light to those sitting in darkness and death's shadow, to direct our feet prosperously in the way of peace."

Malachi 4:6a "And he must turn the heart of fathers back toward sons, and the heart of sons back toward fathers;"

  1.  See Isaiah 1:4; 59:20; Jeremiah 23:11,12; Daniel 11:35

Malachi 4:6b "in order that I may not come and actually strike the earth with a devoting [of it] to destruction."

  1.  This reminds me of the account of Sodom and Gomorrah at Genesis 18:23-33 where Abraham humbly "pleaded" with Jehovah not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah and got Jehovah to say in verse 32b "I shall not bring it to ruin on account of the ten." (Talking about not ruining Sodom and Gomorrah if Jehovah found 10 righteous ones there) Well, we know what happened. And the current situation of "all of" Jehovah's people offering "polluted bread" (apostasy) by including false teachings as part of his word (although most are unaware of this) certainly does not make them legally righteous in his eyes. (Isaiah 9:16,17 and Jeremiah 17:13) Jehovah has grounds for a spiritual divorcing (See Malachi).
  2. Psalms 14:2-3 "As for Jehovah, he has looked down from heaven itself upon the sons of men, to see whether there exists anyone having insight, anyone seeking Jehovah. They have all turned aside, they are [all] alike corrupt"

Jude verses 18-19: "... "In the last time there will be ridiculers, proceeding according to their own desires for ungodly things." These are the ones that make separations, animalistic [men], not having spirituality."

  1.  The word "ridiculers" is noted by the reference bible to be literally "players in sport [of mocking]".
  2.  This word "mocking" reminds me of Elijah mocking the priests of Baal (1 Kings 18:27). He was a righteous and spiritual man but he was mocking false worship. His mocking and Jehovah's action did cause a division among Jehovah's people but it was with the intent of cleansing false worship from among Jehovah's people. The "Elijah" of our day does not fit into this category of men mentioned in verses 18 and 19 because those ones proceeded according to their own desires for ungodly things.

To see more reasoning on why the "Elijah" for our time is not of the priestly class see the Malachi link.

To see other related prophesies on why a straightening was and is needed, see the links for the different books of the bible.

 

   
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