Thursday, March 02, 2006

John the Baptist Missed the Memo:

I just received this bit of religo-spam at our church email account:

March 2 2006 Ms. Lee Jai Cook, Roaring Springs, TEXAS USA. [1.806.348.7315]

Arrival of the Prophet Elijah

Christians expect the arrival of Jesus in the not too distant future in fulfillment of his promise to come again.
However, the prophecy in the Bible at Malachi 4:5,6 seems to state that God will send Elijah to earth before Jesus returns:
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 . . .

Just where Elijah's arrival might fit into the Events of the End Times I don't know. However, it appears certain that we can expect the arrival of Elijah in the near future.

Anyone else get this too?


Lynn of St. John's said...

No but yesterday we talked about prophecy during our Life Light Study ( chapter 7 ) in 2 Peter.This email seems to qualify as a "Cleverly Invented Story" 2 Peter 1:16-18. Our attention was focused on Jesus' Transfiguration and we discussed what the significance of Moses and Elijah being there with Jesus.For some reason my DCE didn't agree with me but I believe God chose Moses and Elijah because He had provided bread for them to eat when they were hungry and He is the Bread of Life that comes down from heaven, that if any one should eat of we will live for eternity with Him in His kingdom which is not of this world. I believe the Bible tells us that He fead the children of Isreal in the desert as they wondered there 40 years. And God sent ravens with food for Elijah before he went to the widows house.
Our Lord Jesus resisted the temption of the devil and is victorious over him, His words are, " Man does no live by bread alone but by very Word of God ." This is not a "Cleverly Invented Story" it is the truth and every Sunday that we recieve the means of God's Grace in Lutheran Worship we are like Moses and Elijah, Jew and Gentile being nurished for our journey.

Preachrboy said...

Interesting connection with the bread... I wouldn't make that the ONLY reason they were there. Perhaps the cheif reason is to show Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament hopes. I love the line, "They saw ONLY Jesus". There's a sermon right there.

I find the Transfiguration Gospel is worthy of almost endless meditation and study. So many deep things going on there. So much Old Testament and how it connects to the New Testament. The mountains... Moses and Elijah in all their significance vis-a-vis Christ (types, etc...). The "strange circumstnaces" surrounding both men's death/departure from Earth (and would Christ's be normal either?). Much to ponder here...