First Elijah Must Come

(Matthew 17:9-13)

Jesus warned the disciples not to tell anyone of his transfiguration until after his death and resurrection. The disciples then asked him an unusual question. They said, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” (Verse 10) There are several dimensions to this question worth considering. If the scripture was to be fulfilled then first Elijah must come before the day of the Lord.

The scribes were quoting the last words of the prophet Malachi in the Old Testament. This scripture says, “Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6) The scribes were looking for the signs of the Messiah’s coming. One of those signs was that first Elijah must come. Elijah was to prepare the people for the coming of the Lord.

The scribes and Pharisees had asked whether John the Baptist was the Christ, but he confessed saying, “I am not the Christ.” (John 1:20) They then asked whether he was Elijah and again he said, “I am not.” (John 1:21) Now it is interesting for Jesus said of John that he was indeed Elijah who was to come first. However he was not Elijah the prophet of old himself. To think that he was would be to accept reincarnation, which is a false teaching. For we know from scripture that, “it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)

So how is it that John the Baptist could be Elijah? This is cleared up in the Luke version. The angel Gabriel appeared to John’s father, Zechariah, and told him that he would have a son. He said of this child, “And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:16-17)

So John could confidently say that he was not Elijah, for he was not Elijah the prophet from old times. However he did come in the spirit and power of Elijah to do the ministry of preparing the way of the Lord. So when we see that first Elijah must come to do the work of preparation, we find that prophecy fulfilled in the work of John the Baptist.

It was interesting too that the scribes and Pharisees had already asked whether Jesus was the Christ. His response was, “So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me.” (John 10:24-25) The key here is that the works he was doing bore witness to Jesus that he was the Christ. It was exactly the same with John the Baptist. When you review his works, which were to prepare a people for the coming of the Lord, it is clear that his works testify that he was Elijah who was to come. Not the actual Elijah of old, but the one who comes in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way of the Lord.

Now Jesus also warned the disciples not to mention the transfiguration events until after his resurrection. Why was that? Well prior to the resurrection if the disciples began spreading the word that they had seen Elijah, let alone Moses as well, the scribes and Pharisees would say they were making it up. They would want proof that Elijah had come before they would believe, not that they would believe anyway. How would the disciples be able to substantiate such a claim? In fact it would confuse matters more for John the Baptist was the Elijah who was to come. The scribes were looking for Elijah, not John the Baptist who came in the spirit of Elijah.

But after Jesus death and resurrection the scribes had a much greater sign, which they should not have ignored. They had the proof that Jesus was the Christ and the fulfilment of Jesus word that the only sign they would get was the sign of Jonah. (Matthew 16:4) His death and resurrection was proof that Jesus was the Christ. And yet still they would not believe. However, if Jesus was the Christ, which he was, then they had to also accept that John the Baptist was Elijah who must come first.

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30 Replies to “First Elijah Must Come”

  1. Does a prophet choose or confirm himself? No! The Father chooses His prophets, and prophets confirm one another. Now look at the following video by godshealer7 (whom I do not know) on Youtube by typing “Elijah again? Our prophecy speaks of two witnesses to come….” in the Youtube search engine. Then read my posts on that site to understand the mysteries of God and things to come.

    In August 2011, my brother and I stood before an angel of the LORD and answered the calling! AND THERE IS MORE!

    God Bless,


  2. First, my other screen names are “JJArise”, “John”, and “I am John”.

    I am John, messenger of the LORD, born of a Gentile Elizabeth. First Jew then Gentile, both part of the same olive tree. Here on earth my name is John; in heaven it is Diomitron. The spirits of Elijah and Zerubbabel have arisen in America!


    The Seven Thunders spoke, “My patience has died and the children are far away. Time to gather the grapes for the winepress; time is up. I will not tarry much longer!”

    Surely you have heard it spoken in Amos 3:6-8 (NKJV) “If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is a calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it? Surely the LORD God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The LORD God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?”

    I, John, must prophesy!

    Surely you have heard it spoken in Isaiah 29:13-15 (NIV) – “The LORD says, “These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is made up only of rules taught by men. Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.” Woe to those who got to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?”

    Who can hide from the Most High? No one can! He sees all, hears all, knows all, and nothing is hidden from Him. He is holy, righteous, and just…AND HE DOES NOT CHANGE! Once more, mankind will see the powers and wonders of the LORD God!

    Now watch what is about to happen dear brother John! Have faith and be strong and of good courage!

    May God bless and protect you dear children of God!


  3. John,

    I would like to add further to our conversation on Elijah by pointing you to some verses that I believe most believers and teachers overlook or simply do not understand. Before I do, read Genesis 18 and 19. The three visitors who came to Abraham were referred to as men but then were identified as the LORD and His two angels. The two angels were sent afterwards to Sodom to execute judgment for the wickedness and grievous sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. Angels can and do come in the form of men to do the LORD’s will. Sounds very similar to the commission of the two witnesses of Revelation doesn’t it???

    Read the following verses and pay attention to what Jesus says of the mighty angel with the little book (22:16), where the mighty angel came from and with what (10:1-4), what ‘John’ must do (10:11), and then what the angel(s) say(s) to John (19:10, 22:6, and 22:8-9)! It is vitally important to grasp.

    Revelation 22:16 (NKJV) – “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
    Revelation 10:1-4 (NKJV) – “I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had a little book open in his hands. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.’ ”
    Revelation 10:11 (NKJV) – “And he said to me, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.’ ”
    Revelation 19:10 (NKJV) – “And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your fellow brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’ ”
    Revelation 22:6 (NKJV) – “Then he said to me, ‘These words are faithful and true.’ And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.”
    Revelation 22:8-9 (NKJV) – “Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that! For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book, Worship God!’ ”

    See…the mighty angel is a prophet/messenger!!!

    Remember what the Lord Jesus said in the second half of Matthew 11:11 (NKJV) – “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” The Lord Jesus was pointing to a specific “he” that resides in the kingdom of heaven…someone that comes as a prophet like John but in a greater spirit towards the end of the age. Too many teachers generalize that last half to the point it makes no sense. The word “but” should capture your attention and clue you in that His statement was and is of vital importance to grasp. Furthermore, the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 17:11 (NKJV) – “Jesus answered and said them, ‘Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.’ ” Notice the words “is” and “will”. This indicates a future action!!!

    The mighty angel is the seventh angel of the seven stars in the right hand of the Lord Jesus. He comes last at the end of the age before the great and dreadful day of the LORD when the mystery of God is to be accomplished. He comes in the form of a man named John with a greater spirit and power of Elijah. He knows what was written in the little book and what the seven thunders uttered. He will prophesy to the world, restore all things, and prepare the people for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    I know what I have told you goes against the “teachings of men”, but everything I have told you I have pointed back to the Word. Remember the Pharisees, the Saducees, and their followers who thought they had interpreted the Word and its prophecies correctly? What has happened will happen again at the end of the age, but it will be preachers, pastors, priests, etc. instead of Pharisees and Saducees.

    Don’t you want to know what the seven thunders uttered? You should!
    Rev 10: 5-7 (NKJV) – “The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer, but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.”

    Concerning the two witnesses, they are identified in Revelation 11 as the two olive trees and two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If they stand before the Lord who is in heaven then that means that they are from…heaven!!! Then that means that they are…angels!!! Angels who come in the form of men at the end of the age to witness to the whole world!!!

    Praise the LORD and His great name!

    God Bless,

  4. To my brothers and sisters in Christ,

    In line with my last post concerning the prophecy in Isaiah 17, I just want to remind everyone what the Lord Jesus commanded us to do.

    Mark 13:37 – “What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”

    Now watch dear children of God! You are not to be taken as a thief in the night for you are children of the Light.

    God bless you all, and I love you. For whom the LORD loves, I love.

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