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The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. This is why God said that we must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. We will never be able to find the truth, unless we can worship Him with the heart of our spiritual eyes.So let me write these words, and make them PLAIN. Since history repeats itself; let me draw you a map of the Jews 4000 years ago—and the Christians today.
4000 years ago the Old Testament talked about Elijah’s Mission. The Jews were promised by God that He would send them Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Malachi 4:5
1) The Israelites saw Elijah go up by a whirlwind into the Heaven 2King 2:11. The SECOND COMING of Elijah was the return of Elijah who had ascended into heaven. The Jews surely believed that Elijah would descend from the heaven. There were even scriptures to support their belief like Daniel 7:13: I saw in a night vision, and behold, one like the SON OF MAN came with CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.. The Jews held on to all their PHYSICAL Eyes had seen, but the ways of the world (physical knowledge) is foolishness to God because God is a spirit. The ways of God is foolishness to the world because the world is physical. Galatians 5:17, the desires of the flesh is opposed to the spirit. John 1:19-When talks about Jesus being the Son of God reached the Jews ears; they sent Priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask John the Baptist who he was. Are you the Christ, he said I am not. Are you the prophet, He said no. Then who are you John, they asked. John said that he was the voice of one crying in the wilderness making the way straight for the Lord. John 1:19-24. Because of John’s up-right standing with all the people that were following him, his word carried lots of weight. The people believed John. So if there were no Elijah, and John said he wasn’t Elijah; then to the Jews there could be no Jesus. The Jews believed in John, who was born in a respected family of Zacharias, had a miraculous birth and lived an ascetic live( practicing self denial) Luke 3:15– the people thought John could be the Christ. So they rejected Jesus, from a lowly carpenter’s family, unlearned youth, violated the Sabbath day Matthew 12:1-8, Jesus befriended the tax collectors, Prostitutes, and sinners, He put himself in the same position as God, and told the people that they had to love Him more that their own family!! Wow! That was enough for them to recognize who was telling the truth, from who was lying. They thought that they had wisdom, but it was foolishness to God. 1st Corinthians 3:19. John was about six months older than his cousin Jesus, and He had already won the hearts of the Jews and many were following him. All the people that were following John were to follow Jesus, as well as John himself. However, when Jesus disciples asked Jesus, why the Scribes say that first Elijah must come. Jesus said to them, Elijah does come, and he is to restore all things, but I tell you Elijah has come. The disciples understood that Jesus was speaking to them about John. Matthew 17:10-13 Jesus went on the say in Matthew11:14 –If you can believe it, John himself is the Elijah who was to come before the Kingdom. Right Here you heard John saying that he wasn’t Elijah, and there is Jesus saying that he was. Jesus was speaking in the SPIRITUAL, when He said that John himself is Elijah. Jesus meant that they both were working for the same mission. John was that SPIRITUAL CLOUD of Elijah to witness for Jesus. To the Jews , what Jesus said made no sense. This is why Jesus said if you can’t understand physical things how can I tell you about spiritual things? John 3:12 –We have failed to understand that God ‘s will cannot be fulfilled without human being doing their part as well. God had kept His promise to the Jews as He said He would and sent Elijah the prophet to them. The New Testament speaks of John’s mission in Luke 1:17 – God sent His ARCH ANGLE, GABRIEL to tell ZACHARIAS, THE FATHER OF JOHN THE BAPTIST IN REGARDS TO JOHN’S BIRTH, THAT JOHN WOULD GO BEFORE THE LORD IN THE SPIRIT AND POWER OF ELIJAH, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS TO THEIR CHILDREN…. TO MAKE READY A PEOPLE PREPARED. (Also, Isaiah 40:3) What this means, is Elijah is in the spirit world working with John on the earth to fulfill the SAME MISSION. This is God’s part. God was the direct cause of John being born to Zacharias, and Elizabeth in her old and barren years. God had sent John from heaven to represent Elijah who had the same mission of making the way straight for the Lord. John’s part was to say YES to the Jews when they asked if he was Elijah. God called John for this mission, and predestined him for GREATNESS. If John had completed this mission, he would have been chosen. If John didn’t fulfill his mission; it would be passed on the someone else at a later time, and John would no longer be that GREAT PERSON, but lower than the least in the kingdom, because his MISSION that God sent him to the earth to do was soo great. This is God fulfilling His 95 % portion of responsibility, by sending the SECOND COMING OF ELIJAH THROUGH JOHN THE BAPTIST.. John had to fulfill his 5 % portion of responsibility in order for God’s mission to be completed 100%. It has always been about God and us. God works through us. (continued in -part two)
Written by Rev. Elma King- April 23, 2012