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There has not yet been a prophet in the end of time, which has presented the message the Bible describes for the Third Elijah. Obedience to all of the Law of Moses has not yet been presented with the power and spirit of Elijah. There are some which claim the Elijah Message has already been presented by the church. Clearly, this cannot be true, when you understand the Elijah Message is a call to remember the Law of Moses. It is not enough to present some portion of the Law of Moses. All the Law of Moses must be upheld.
4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Some wonder if Elijah himself may come down from heaven to preach the message. This does not seem likely to me. Some do not know their scripture and believe the lie that he was not taken to heaven. (See II Kings 2:1, II Kings 2:11, Matthew 17:3, Mark 9:4, Luke 9:30.) They suggest he will rise with the special resurrection before the Second Coming.
It may be the Third Elijah is not one person but a group of people. It is not the 144,000 for they are not sealed as a group until the end of the Third Elijah Message to the church. It may be those who will become a part of the 144,000.
I suspect the Third Elijah is a single person. This will be a person who proclaims the message in the spirit and power of Elijah. This will be a person who proclaims the message in the spirit and power of the Second Elijah, John the Baptist. This person will observe all the statutes of God recorded in the Law of Moses without exception. There have been some powerful advocates of the Law of Moses but none have followed all the statutes without exception and without excuse.
We may not fully understand God's method for the fulfillment of this prophecy until it occurs. We might not fully understand until we reach heaven. I believe it is valuable to look at God's patterns expressed in the Bible to create a picture of the Third Elijah.
The First Elijah
The first appearance of Elijah in the Bible is sudden, without introduction or background.
1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.We never learn about Elijah's lineage or background. All we know is he came from a town or region in Gilead known as "Tshb" which is never mentioned except in identifying Elijah. The transliteration of his name is Eliau, which is a combination of El, meaning God, and the first three letters of the name of God, IAUA.
I believe we can be quite certain Eliau was a deep student of the Bible who followed the direction of God in his life. I believe God calls those who are prepared. God works with us to prepare us as we work to follow Him. God does not bestow preparation on those who are called without effort on their part.
We know most about Eliau by his actions and words as a prophet of IAUA. It is clear from many passages IAUA directly guided the actions of Eliau. His appearance before Ahab indicates his boldness and willingness to follow the direction of God no matter how imposing the task.
I believe Eliau did not speak those words to Ahab except at the direct command of God. God's word through Eliau would end the drought, not the word of Eliau. Never elevate the servant above the will of his Master.
It is clear Eliau was intimately familiar with the power and voice of God.
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
We also have this interesting physical description.
8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.
The Second Elijah
The background of John the Baptist in comparison is very detailed. Luke chapter 1 records the announcement of his birth and the plan for his life.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
It is instructive to note the specific guidance commanded for John's life. He was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother's womb. His life in the desert apart from the cities, the society, and the councils of men is a significant characteristic.
80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.
When the time came, he did not go to the cities, Jerusalem, or the temple. He did not make presentations in the churches or before the leaders in the Sanhedrin. His simple dress and plain diet is specifically described as an important characteristic.
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
He had a major impact on the the children of Israel in his day drawing large crowds to hear his message. Again, Mark takes particular note of his plain dress and diet.
5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
The Messiah also noted John's boldness and the contrast of his simple clothing.
7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
The Messiah identified John the Baptist as the Elijah to come on two separate recorded occasions.
14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
He described the Elijah to come in the future and the Elijah who had already come and been killed.
10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
The Third Elijah
We will know the Elijah by the time at which he appears. The specific prophecy of the Elijah to come is clearly associated with last day events because of its association with a warning of the final judgment. Though the actual execution of the judgment is a thousand years later, the final chance to make a choice is near at hand.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
We will know the Elijah by the message he gives. The specific message of the prophet is for a return to the Law of Moses. This message only applies in these last days when the Law of Moses has been forgotten and rejected. In the time of John the Baptist the Law of Moses was remembered, cherished and practiced, if not always properly.
4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
We will also know the messenger by the results of the acceptance of the message, which is a return of the primitive religion and the faithful heart of the patriarch fathers to the true children of Abraham.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Who Is the Third Elijah?
I refer to the Third Elijah by the name Eliau, which is a proper transliteration of the Hebrew name. Do not make a mistaken connection. I use the pen name of Eliau in honor of and to point to the coming prophet. There are many reasons why I do not consider myself a candidate for this work. Seven years ago, I didn't even know there was such a thing as the Law of Moses. I believe Eliau must have a deeper knowledge and experience of the Law of Moses than I have. I do not have the calling and preparation by God from birth for this purpose such as we observe with John the Baptist. I can point out many other reasons but I assume you get the point.
I do not know the details of how God will fulfill His prophecies. I do not know exactly when it will occur. It clearly needs to be soon for the end of all things is at hand. I do know God will bring to pass what He has said. I am preparing to participate in the work of Eliau, when he appears. I am also seeking others who wish to prepare for this magnificent prophetic event, when it begins.
When we compare the characteristics of the First and Second Elijah, we can piece together a comprehensive picture of Eliau, which will leave little doubt in our minds when we see the fulfillment of prophecy. It is unlikely God will leave no room for doubt for He always values and expects faith. Eliau will certainly fail to meet human standards, which look on the outside.
Satan will certainly attempt to counterfeit the work of Eliau. Based on the observation of the world and the ways of Satan, we can expect certain characteristics of these counterfeits. They will certainly not hold to all of God's Truth. We can expect these people to be highly charismatic by the world's measure. They will have a certain type of success in the eye's of church members influenced by worldly standards.
10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
There have been several individuals who have had many of the characteristics of Eliau. When these are true to God's Word, we can consider them the spiritual forerunners. No one yet has had all of the critical spiritual characteristics and a significant number of the physical and social characteristics we can expect.
The teaching of the Law of Moses is the primary purpose specified by the Bible for the work of Eliau. We can expect Eliau to have been raised from childhood with training and experience in studying and practicing the Law of Moses. We can surmise the source of this training would be in Judaism. Somehow, he would not be indoctrinated or would break free of the bounds and clutter of Jewish tradition.
We can expect miraculous intervention from birth to prepare and focus Eliau for his work as we saw with John the Baptist. While we have no explicit record of this in the life of Elijah, he was raised in a general culture of following the Law of Moses no matter how corrupt practices were in his time. The ravages and degradation of sin in these last days and the complete denial for centuries of the Law of Moses in almost the entire Christian world, calls in a strong way for direct intervention by God to fulfill this purpose.
Eliau will follow all the Law of Moses. Beyond the observance of the yearly Sabbaths, there will be no part of the Law, no matter how small, which will be dismissed with excuses about why it does not apply or concern about prejudice, style, common practice, or worldly expectation. If you have not studied the Law, you won't even know what these little things are.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Do not be misled! Eliau will only promote the practice of the Law of Moses. Eliau will not dilute the message with any promotion of the practice of Jewish traditions. Eliau will never promote the rebuilding of the earthly temple in Jerusalem. Eliau will have no part in promoting the return or practice of animal sacrifices.
27 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.
Absolute loyalty to God requires a discipline against compromise. The pull of the things of this world is so strong I suspect Eliau will be forced to develop a strength of character which is so set against compromise that a perception of defiance will inevitably result. Any authority on this earth, no matter how spiritual, will be threatened by the independent devotion to God and His Word.
We understand from the descriptions of the first and second Elijah his manner of dress was different from the social norm. His dress was not fancy or designed for adornment and show. We have this testimony from IAUShUO.
24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?I suspect Eliau will not be wearing a suit and tie. I know he will wear the tassels as commanded by God.
37 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,Eliau will not be shaved as commanded by God.
5 They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
It is unlikely Eliau will be the actual name of God's messenger. The messenger comes in the spirit and power of Elijah but there is no precedent to believe they will ever be called by that name. John the Baptist certainly had a different name and even denied any association with the name of Elijah.
21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
I suspect Eliau will be single. There is no indication Elijah or John the Baptist were married and circumstances indicate they were not. A single man can have a single-minded devotion to God, which a married man cannot. A married man must share his devotion to God with his devotion to his wife.
32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
I suspect Eliau will not be found in the denominational ministry or denominational employment. It is a sad thing to say but any organization slips away from the purity of its purpose and the preservation of the organization begins to become a priority. Loyalty to the denominational organization is far too likely to result in a conflict with absolute loyalty to God. For the same reason, Eliau will not be successful as measured used by the world.
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
We see both Elijah and John the Baptist primarily in solitary places and non-social situations. I suspect Eliau will also not usually be found in social circles and social functions.
Finally, we must take careful note of one significant part of God's pattern. Elijah and John the Baptist were one of the chosen people following God, whatever the problems and failings of their time. Their work and influence was with the chosen people and did not significantly extend to those in the world. I believe the same will be true of Eliau. The message is primarily to those who are already following the Three Angel's Message.