Now as for Elijah’s role in the last days, he will turn the Jews about. They will embrace their fathers message of Messiah from their own Torah.
“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”
Malachi 4:5-6 NASB
Elijah the Tishbite, is also a gentile.
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “ As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”
1 Kings 17:1 NASB
But when Elijah comes in the last days he will have a ministry of restoration according to the above verses in Malachi as the sons are turned back to the Fathers. What does that mean?
There are those who say Elijah has already come. He preceded the Messiah at His first coming as John the Baptist, but listen to what scripture says of John:
…It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Luke 1:17 NASB
Although John fulfilled a part of this O.T. Scripture and prophecy, he did not fulfill the later part. The children would be turned back to the fathers, but the children, after Messiah had been rejected, were scattered. They forgot their Messianic roots which had been presented to them by the fathers such as Paul, Peter and the disciples, who became the fathers of the New Covenant, when they had presented the gospel to them, and pled with them — but there is a time coming when in the Tribulation that Elijah again as a Gentile chosen as a prophet of Israel will return. It is then that he will complete his mission restoring the hearts of the children to their fathers, their Messianic roots which brought forth “The Root”, Yeshua — the Christ.
During the Tribulation the role of the mainly Gentile New Covenant believer in Israel’s Messiah is not changed, for we have not yet fulfilled it. It is to make the nation Jealous. The gospel will be preached again in power as in the days of the Apostles. Men will pour out their souls and some will die at the hand of Antichrist’s system as in the days of the Apostles, and the final Remnant of the Nation Israel will be saved as was the first Remnant in the days of the Apostles.
How can we believe that the prophesied mission of the Ekklesia will go unfulfilled. We will take the gospel to the nation Israel – to all nations, and we will make Israel jealous for her God and His Messiah. And then the end shall come.
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Romans 11:11 KJV
Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
Romans 11:12,15 KJV
IF we desire to see Jesus return to bring about our life from the dead, or resurrection, then we will fulfill His command to us:
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 NASB
Today there is religious confusion spread across the world. Man says the age of which Jesus spoke is “The Church Age”. The church age is a term that you will not find in scripture. Here is what Jesus stated about the age of which He speaks.
Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
Luke 20:34-36 NASB
To Jesus this age involves man’s repopulation of the earth, and the next age begins with man’s resurrection, and this resurrection is always followed by the rapture in Paul’s teachings on this subject. The Rapture will not be pre-Trib, because the Gospel will not be spread and accepted by Israel until the end of the Tribulation. Nor will marriage be ended for those in the first resurrection until after the Tribulation. The doctrines of man will teach many things, all of which will be different than what Jesus taught His disciples, and instructed that they be delivered unto us. That deliverance has been made complete in His word.
Every teaching of man must comport with scripture otherwise it is false.
Are we living in the days of Elijah? — not yet, for the body is not yet unified in the teachings of the Lord as delivered unto the disciples for our understanding. So that we may deliver it unto the nations.
11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’
Revelation 2:11 NASB