The Return of Elijah and Moses?


Okay, if you woke up in the morning and glanced at the news to find that Moses and Elijah, the prophets of God were right now in Jerusalem preaching to throngs of people; what would be your reaction?

Who are these wackos?

More crazies preaching about the end of the world!

Religious nut cases again!

If these guys start performing some amazing miracles then it’s showdown time on planet earth.

I do believe Elijah will return to preach in Israel some day soon, so go ahead and put me in the religious nut case category. That’s where I belong with the other nuts who read and trust in God’s Word. God’s Word will be proven to be trustworthy in the end, though we must wait long stretches of time between fulfilled prophecies. Soon, though we will see some things coming together for the final showdown between God’s Word and those in opposition to it.

I’m not sure if the other of the two prophets will be Moses. I’ve believed for years one of the two would be Enoch. That’s for another day’s discussion though.

I came across an article by Jack Kelly. He has a ‘boatload’ of excellent articles on his site and he is often posted on Rapture Ready also.

The following is the article by Jack Kelly


Sometimes our dreams have meanings. Sometimes they are clear messages. Sometimes they scare us, and sometimes they come to our waking world.

Clay Writer

John The Baptist; Elijah Or Not?

The Day Of The Lord

“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things,” says the LORD Almighty.

“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.

“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:1-6)

These are the last six verses of the Old Testament. They warn of two coming events, the last of which is given first. It’s the Great Tribulation, where the evil and arrogant will perish but those who revere God’s name will experience His healing and freedom. Elijah’s return is the other one, foretold in Malachi’s last paragraph.

Most scholars believe the writings of Malachi were God’s final word to the people of Israel before the birth of John the Baptist, who came about 430 years later to announce the coming of the Messiah. This confirms an earlier prophecy from Micah 5:2-5 that Israel would be abandoned for a time until she who is in labor gives birth (Micah 5:3).

Two Possibilities

John’s identity as the Elijah who was to come is the subject of some controversy, but as we’ll see it’s easily proven. More important is how this last prophecy in the Old Testament was written.  It reveals two possibilities.  One would have Elijah’s appearance cause reconciliation among the families of Israel and prepare them to successfully endure the coming judgment, after which they would enter the promised Kingdom. The other would result in the Lord striking the land with a curse and the End of the Age being delayed.

The key to understanding this is to realize that the judgment accompanying the Day of the Lord is a given. The Israelites would either be prepared, in which case they would have accepted both John and the Messiah he was sent to prepare them for.  This would have resulted in the fulfillment of all End Times prophecies and the establishment of God’s Kingdom on Earth.

Or they would reject John and Jesus and the land would be cursed.  In that case the End Times judgments would be delayed and the establishment of the Kingdom would be put on hold.  Therefore Malachi’s prophecy was like several others we’ve discussed that were given with two possible fulfillments depending on Israel’s response.

Three New Testament passages speak to this issue. The first is in Luke 1:11-17 and tells of the angel Gabriel visiting Zechariah, the man who would become John’s father.

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

When Gabriel appeared to Zechariah outside the Holy of Holies, He said that John was coming to minister in the spirit and power of Elijah, and used similar language to that ofMalachi 4:5-6. According to Hebrew tradition the mantle that Elijah had worn was stored beneath the incense altar near where Zechariah was standing. He retrieved it and took it home for the time when his son would need it.

The second is John 1:19-23.

Now this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.

They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No.”

Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ “

Why Did He Say That?

If Gabriel had specifically referred to Elijah in giving his prophecy about John’s life, why did John deny being Elijah when confronted by the priests? Of course he wasn’t the Messiah. Nor was he the prophet promised by Moses in Deut. 18:15, which was also a Messianic prophecy.  But why didn’t he admit to being Elijah? Or at least say he was called to minister in the spirit and power of Elijah? Surely  Zechariah had told him of the angel’s visit and the information he had imparted concerning the purpose of John’s life.

The fact that he wasn’t literally Elijah (although 2 Kings 2:11 tells us that Elijah went live into heaven) is too simple an answer. He could only have been speaking from the understanding that he would not be accepted as Elijah, knowing in advance that the people would reject his ministry.

The Lord clarified this in the third passage, Matt 17:10-13.

The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.

Just as the Lord would not be accepted as the Messiah, neither would John be accepted as Elijah. Both would have to come again. The proof of this is that the second possibility of Malachi 4:5 ended up being fulfilled. The land was cursed and the prophecies of a kingdom for Israel were put on hold.

Don’t get me wrong. Many people were prepared for the Lord when He came and were reconciled to Him at the cross. But the nation officially rejected him and that’s what matters in the context of the prophecy. Had they officially accepted him, there would have been a national revival and they would have been prepared for their coming King. He would have judged their enemies, and ushered in the long awaited Kingdom.

When they rejected John as Elijah and Jesus as the Messiah the second possibility ofMalachi 4:5 came to pass.   The End Times judgment was delayed, Israel’s clock was stopped and the door was opened to the gentiles, who would now precede Israel into the Kingdom. Hear the Lord’s own words on the subject at the end of the Parable of the Tenants.

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ” ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”

When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet (Matt 21:42-46).

I Knew That Would Happen

Of course God knew before He created Adam that He would be rejected as Israel’s Messiah, and often spoke through the prophets of bringing salvation to the Gentiles. But His own promises required that Israel have a bona fide offer of the Kingdom to accept or reject. Both John the Baptist (Matt. 3:1-2) and Jesus (Matt. 4:17) presented that offer and both were rejected.

Scriptures speak clearly of Elijah’s return in Rev. 11:3-6 where as one of the two witnesses, he performs miracles unique to the Old Testament Elijah right down to their duration. And of course they also speak clearly of Messiah’s return in ways that cannot be allegorized away or attributed to history.

And so the stage is once again set for the return of Elijah before the great and dreadful Day of the Lord.

But before that can happen, the Church, for whom the door was opened in part by Israel’s rejection of John the Baptist as Elijah, must exit. Hear Paul’s words.

I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

“The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”(Romans 11:25-29)

As the End of the Age approaches, three supernatural events will combine to bring Israel officially back into God’s forever family. First, God’s “impossible any other way” victory over a coalition of Moslem armies will move them to reinstate their Old Covenant relationship and build a Temple in Israel. (Ezek. 39:28-29) Then Elijah will appear along with Moses and with signs and wonders they’ll prepare Israel to expect their soon Coming King. (Rev 11:3-6) And finally, the Holy Spirit will come to remove their spiritual blinders and soften their hardened hearts to finally receive their Messiah. (Zech 12:10) He’ll judge their enemies and usher in their long awaited Kingdom, just like Malachi said He would. If you listen closely you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 12-08-12

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6 Responses to The Return of Elijah and Moses?

  1. I like those who are out of their minds for the Anointed One.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Hendrik Vorster
    Witnesses for Jesus Christ

  2. Israel says:

    jesus (yahshua) is a myth!! if he existed he was just a man trying to be a prophet…even muslims believe he was just a prophet! the roman empire fabricated the trinity as well egyptians and other ancient pagan nations believe in a trinity… the virgin birth is also an ancient pagan tradition from these nations….even G-D (Hashem) of Abraham said that he would send a false prophet to do miracles and to test us if we would keep his torah and commandments and not to listen to no one else but YAh!! there is no other G-D beside YAh!!
    Deuteronomy 13:1-5
    13 If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us go after other gods” (which you have not known) “and let us serve them”; 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or to that dreamer of dreams; for Yahweh your God is testing you, to know whether you love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after Yahweh your God, fear him, keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and you shall serve him, and cling to him. 5 That prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, because he has spoken rebellion against Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to draw you aside out of the way which Yahweh your God commanded you to walk in. So you shall remove the evil from among you.
    See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me” Deuteronomy 32:39 –”Yahweh is God; there is no one else.” 1 Kings 8:60 –Is it not I, Yahweh? And there is no other God besides Me, A righteous God and a Savior; There is none except Me.” Isaiah 45:21 —… Exodus 32:30 -35 – the Bible is clear and consistent : a person can not die for the sins of another. In other words, the sins committed by a person can not be eliminated by the punishment given to another. In Exodus 32:30-35 , Moses asks God to punish him for the sin committed by the israelites in regard to the golden calf. So God tells Moses that the person who committed the sin that has to take the punishment . Then, in Deuteronomy 24:16 , God says that just as a basic principle : “Every man shall be put to death for his own sin ‘ This concept is repeated in the Prophets , in Ezekiel 18 . ” The soul that sins shall die, the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him . ” The prophet Jeremiah looks to the day that the mistaken belief that a man ‘s death atones for the sins of another man will no longer be held by anyone : Jeremiah 31:29-30 , the prophet says: ” In those days they shall say no more , the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children ‘s teeth are set on edge . But every one shall die for his own iniquity : every man that eateth the sour grape , his teeth shall be set on edge .
    IN OTHER WORDS : NO ONE HAS TAKEN AWAY OUR SINS …. If we confess our sins to Yah (God) and stop sinning , and keep his LAWS AND STATUTES AND JUDGMENTS , THE SHABBAT ( Sabbath) AND keep his holy festivals (PASSOVER – UNLEAVENED BREAD , FIRSFRUITS , Shavuot , Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur , and the Feast of Tabernacles .. THEN HE WILL BE OUR ELOHIM ( GOD IS ONE ) and we WILL BE HIS PEOPLE ! THE HOLY SCRIPTURES IS GOD’S WORD, NOT THE PASTORS !
    shabbat shalom!!!

    • Israel says:

      that’s right! this is me…

    • ddclaywriter says:

      The Father himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent; him you believe not. Search the scriptures (the Torah and the prophets) for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And you will not come to me, that you might have life. I receive not honor from men. But I know you, that you have not the love of god in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and you receive me not: If another shall come in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust. For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words?

      The words of Jesus, the myth as you interpret, the one who confronted the Pharisees who he accused of killing the prophets they were so proud to boast that they followed.

      The scriptures spoke of a great prophet who was to come. They pestered John the Baptist if he was the One who was to come. He said no, but he was the one would come to prepare the way for Him who was sent. The one who was given to bare witness of the Light who was to come.
      (Jesus) The One who would be a light unto the Gentiles because darkness and blindness had descended upon the Jewish people who refused to see and accept the One whom the Father had sent. His only Son.

      The One like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days. The One who would be born of a virgin.

      For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called wonderful, counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

      Psalms tells us…
      Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

      What is this then that is written, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? Whoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

      How say they that Christ is David’s son? And David himself says in the book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou on my right hand till I make your enemies thy footstool. David therefore calls him Lord, how is he then his son?

      Beware the scribes (who boast in the law)…which devour widows’ houses, and for a show make long prayers; the same shall receive greater damnation.

      Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

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