Elijah Coming Before Christ!!
From "Thy Kingdom Come" - March 2014 - a publication of the Association of the Covenant People, Burnaby, B.C. Canada.
"I will send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; and he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." (Malachi 4:5-6)
Why has this Vital Prophecy of Malachi, the greatest of Prophecies, second only of importance to the Return of Jesus Christ, been so neglected, so little spoken of or written about?
(One very good reason is what Jesus said about the end time coming of the Elijah in Matthew 17:9-13. Jesus said the Elijah had come, in verse 13 the disciples understood Jesus as meaning John the Baptist. But notice verse 11. Jesus knew the prophecy was dual; it also had an end of this age meaning. And the Elijah would "restore all things." You do not hear about this prophecy because 99.9 percent of Christians do not think there is any need to "restore all things." They think everything is just fine, with their theology, and everyone "gets to heaven" in different ways - Keith Hunt)
Surely these words are plain enough for the most simple mind to understand, yet there are many Christians in the world and in our own Israel Truth organizations today that believe and teach that this prophecy was fulfilled in John the Baptist, (in the Spirit and Power of Elijah).
(Yes they think it is a prophecy already fulfilled, and will not be for the end times as clearly shown by Malachi - before the coming of the "great and dreadful day of the Lord." It is simple to understand, IF you have the mind of a child. Remember Jesus saying that unless you become as little children you cannot enter the Kingdom of God - Keith Hunt)
John the Baptist was indeed the Forerunner and Herald of Christ's First Coming, our Saviour who laid down His life for the Redemption of Israel. But Elijah the Prophet is to come as Christ's Herald at His Second Coming, as The King of Glory. Furthermore the missions of John and Elijah are entirely different, John was to pave the way for Christ's short ministry among His Own People, and the road to Calvary for the Suffering Messiah. Elijah's mission prior to Our Lord's Second Advent is to lead Israel, God's Servant Nation, back to God, to prepare a People to meet their King. Elijah's mission can be said to be twofold, first as Leader of the Nation, and secondly as Administrator to proclaim the Law of the Lord to the people, as Malachi puts it, "the turning of the hearts of the fathers and the children."
(Nope....the Elijah to come will NOT be the leader of any nation, just as John the Baptist was not, and just as the original Elijah was not. His coming per se has nothing to do with leading "Israel" back to God. It is all about exactly what the original Elijah and John the Baptist did.... teaching the truths of God's word and calling people to REPENT of sin and finding the way to true Salvation - Keith Hunt)
Let us reason together and use our own common sense that God has given us. Is there a mortal man in the whole House of Israel that could accomplish the stupendous task that had fallen upon Elijah? A man after God's own heart. Can you think of any leader in the western Christian nations, or any noted theologian for that matter, qualified to take complete control of an Israel nation during the Period of Transition, from the abolition of the old order of things to the restoration of a New Order? Not exactly a New Order, God's Laws are eternal. They existed before the World began and exist today but we do not obey them. Therefore we and the whole of Mankind suffer.
(TRUE there is no leader of any nation, that will fulfill this prophecy. It is not some "statesman" to look for. And it is not any man within 99.9 percent of popular Christianity either - Keith Hunt)
When we do turn to the Lord and obey His laws we shall experience a prosperity beyond our wildest dreams, and who would know more about the Laws of God than Elijah, who was schooled by the Spirit in the days of Ancient Israel. Let us give God's Word our profound thought and study. ■
YES YOU NEED TO GIVE SERIOUS THOUGHT TO THIS PROPHECY, FOR THE END TIME ELIJAH WILL NOT BE LIKED BY 99.9 PERCENT OF CHRISTIANITY. HE WILL BE RESTORING ALL THE TRUTHS OF GOD; HE WILL BE PROCLAIMING IT LOUD AND CLEAR, AS JOHN THE BAPTIST DID, AND WAS DISLIKED AND HATED BY THE POPULAR RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR PEOPLE OF HIS DAY.
AND ONE LAST THING ABOUT THIS END TIME PROPHECY, 99.9 PERCENT OF PEOPLE WILL NOT RECOGNIZE WHO THE END TIME ELIJAH IS, JUST AS THEY DID NOT RECOGNIZE JOHN THE BAPTIST FULFILLING THIS PROPHECY. EVEN JESUS HAD TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO HIS FOLLOWERS AS SHOWN IN MAT.17:13.
HE THAT HAS AN EAR TO HEAR WITH SHOULD HEAR!