|THE ELIJAH MESSAGE, CHRIST
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Elijah Message is that it did not die with John the Baptist.
Christ continued to teach the same message with even more power. To summarize John's message: he
taught baptism, repentance from sin, the coming of the Kingdom of God, the judgment of unrepentant
sinners, and the immediate advent of Christ.
Christ both performed and taught baptism. "After these things came Jesus and His disciples into the land
of Judaea; and there He tarried with them, and baptized." (John 3:22). "Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost... " (Matt. 28:
Christ also taught repentance from sin. "For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:17).
Further, Christ taught the coming Kingdom of God, in fact He did so in John's place. "Now when Jesus
had heard that John was cast into prison, He departed into Galilee... From that time Jesus began to
preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt. 4:12,17).
Christ also taught the judgment of unrepentant sinners. "He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved; but He that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:16).
Christ taught the immediate spiritual advent (baptism) of the Holy Ghost. "And, being assembled together
with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the
Father, which, saith He, ye have heard of Me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." (Acts 1:4,5).
Finally, Christ taught the eventual personal advent of the Holy Ghost. "But the Comforter, which is the
Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to
your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send
unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of
Me... Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the
Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of
truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall
hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for he shall receive of
Mine, and shall shew it unto you." John 14:26; 15:26; 16:7,13,14).
Additionally, Christ spoke for the Law of God, although the Bible is silent on whether or not John did. In
doing so, Christ was fulfilling the New Testament Elijah Message. "Remember ye the law of Moses My
servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments." (Mal. 4:4).
Christ said: "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass
from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matt. 5:18). With this statement, Christ fulfilled the messianic prophecy of
"And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week He shall cause
the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it
desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Dan. 9:
27). The week is the seven year exclusive ministry to Judah by Christ personally before the crucifixion
and by the apostles after the crucifixion. Christ caused the sacrifice to cease by fulfilling it as the Lamb of
God, Our Perfect Sacrifice. He caused the oblation to cease (be fulfilled) by presenting the wave sheaf
offering for the dead to His Father in heaven. (See Matt. 27:52,53; John 20:17).
Finally, completely fulfilling the New Testament Elijah Message, Christ spoke against marriage breaking.
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers,
lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." (Mal. 4:5,6). The estrangement of husbands and wives
interferes with the love between fathers and children.
Here is what Christ said. "It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing
of divorcement: but I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of
fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth
adultery." (Matt. 5:31,32). Christ also said: "And He saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife,
and marry another, committeth adultery against her (the forsaken wife). And if a woman shall put away her
husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery." (Mark 10:11,12). These verses are
harmonized by defining adultery as the breaking of the covenant of marriage.
Christ also partially fulfilled the pattern created by Elijah the Tishbite, the Old Testament Elijah. Elijah did a
miracle of stretching a tiny amount of food into food for three people for months. "So he arose and went
to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of
sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And
as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine
hand. And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a
little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son,
that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me
thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the
Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that
the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she,
and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil
fail, according to the word of the Lord, which He spake by Elijah." (1 Kings 17:10-16).
Christ fed the multitudes with a few loaves and fishes. "And when it was evening, his disciples came to
Him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go
into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye
them to eat. And they say unto Him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them
hither to me. And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the
two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and
the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that
remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and
children." (Matt. 14:15-21).
Through His personal three and a half year ministry to Judah, from His baptism at age thirty until the
crucifixion, Christ fulfilled the miracle of the ravens (unclean birds) feeding Elijah. Christ was fed by
unclean people, tax collectors and sinners.
"So he (Elijah) went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook
Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and
flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook." (1 Kings 17:5,6).
"And as He (Christ) passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus (a publican, tax collector) sitting at the
receipt of custom (taxes), and said unto him, Follow Me. And he arose and followed Him. And it came to
pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his (Levi's) house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with
Jesus and His disciples: for there were many, and they followed Him. And when the scribes and Pharisees
saw Him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto His disciples, How is it that He eateth and drinketh
with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, He saith unto them, They that are whole have no need
of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Mark
Like Elijah, Christ raised the dead. "And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the
mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. And
she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin
to remembrance, and to slay my son? And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her
bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto
the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by
slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said,
O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again. And the Lord heard the voice of
Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and
brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said,
See, thy son liveth." (1 Kings 17:17-23).
The miracle of resurrection which Elijah performed with some difficulty, was performed three times by
Christ with relative ease. Christ raised Lazarus (John 11:1-44), a young man (Luke 7:12-15), and a young
girl (Mark 5:35-42).
Christ fulfilled the forty days Elijah spent in the wilderness. "And as he (Elijah) lay and slept under a
juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And he looked, and,
behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink,
and laid him down again. And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and
said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and
went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God." (1 Kings 19:5-
"And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the
wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days He did eat nothing: and when they
were ended, He afterward hungered." (Luke 4:1,2). In repeating the miracles of Elijah, Christ proved
Himself to be a New Testament Elijah.
In discussing the Elijah Message of John the Baptist, I gave the reasons that there would be an end time
Elijah Message. First, only Judah and Jerusalem were judged in Christ's time, however the Bible predicts
a world wide judgment in many different scriptures. Also, the tribes of Israel, particularly those in the
Christian church, have become even more estranged from the Law of God than the men of Judah were in
Christ's time. Those in the Christian church worship on the wrong Sabbath and keep the wrong feast
days. Finally, in our day divorce is rampant and generally the mothers keep the children, so estrangement
between fathers and children is still common.
The pattern formed by the Old Testament Elijah is very important to us in the end time. Since Christ
Himself began to fulfill this pattern, later day Elijah messengers should eventually fill the pattern
Also, since Christ established a pattern of multiple Elijah messengers in the time of His First Advent, we
should expect to see multiple Elijah messengers in the end time. Moreover, since the Elijah messengers
in the time of Christ's First Advent, John the Baptist and Christ, were intimately associated with Christ's
ministry, we should expect the end time Elijah messengers to also be intimately associated with Christ.
Two such groups jump out, both possessed by Christ. "And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write;
These things saith He (Christ) that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works,
that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead." (Rev. 3:1).
Christ Himself came to John the Revelator in vision and told John the identity of the seven stars. "I was in
the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and
Omega, the first and the last... And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw
seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man...
And He had in his right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and His
countenance was as the sun shineth in His strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He
laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am He that liveth, and
was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. The
mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The
seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the
seven churches." (Rev. 1:10-13,16-18,20).
Old Testament prophecies also decree that there will be seven end time churches. (For full details see
No. 40, "The Seven Sisters Of Isaiah 4.") Each of these churches will be gathered by a person in the right
hand of Christ, one of the seven stars. Speaking of persons like these, Daniel said: "And they that be wise
shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for
ever and ever." (Dan. 3:12).
Righteousness is of God. "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that
shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord." (Is. 54:17).
God has defined righteousness as the keeping of His Law. "I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting
the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me;
and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments." (Ex. 20:5,6). "And
the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a
perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil (flees from law-breaking)?" (Job 1:
The seven stars take from all the apostate Christian churches seven groups of believers willing to show
their love for God by walking in His Law (as amended by Christ, who took away the sacrifice and the
oblation, see above). Most of the seven churches so formed will be broken off of the great
denominations. All will be walking in God's Law, just as Christ taught.
"Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the
statutes and judgments." (Mal. 4:4). Remember, Christ said: "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and
earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matt. 5:18).
All of these Elijah messengers must be teaching the Sabbath and the feast days which John, Christ and
Peter and Paul kept. "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or
of the new moon, or of the sabbath days..." (Col. 2:16). Also they must teach "the law of Moses... with the
statutes and judgments."
The seven Spirits of God are even more intimately associated with Christ than the seven stars. The seven
Spirits of God are seen in God's throne room as bone of Christ's bone, and flesh of His flesh. "And I
beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a
Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent
forth into all the earth." (Rev. 5:6).
Although the seven stars teach the Elijah message, it is the seven Spirits of God, "sent forth into all the
earth" by Christ, whose ministries must completely fulfill the Elijah message.
What remains to be fulfilled? Neither Christ nor John challenged the false teachers of the day to a
showdown, as Elijah did on Mt. Carmel, causing the men of Israel to kill every one of the prophets of Baal
(see 1 Kings 18:17-40). Nor did they call fire down from heaven to destroy those who threatened God's
prophets (see 2 Kings 1:9-12).
This week I began the discussion of the Elijah Message in the end time. God willing, next week, I will
Amo Paul Bishop Roden.
|Elijah the Tishbite, the widow of Zarephath and the child that Elijah resurrected.