Elijah: The Forerunner

Sunday, September 30, 2018 ()

Bible Text: Matthew 17:1-13 | Series:

Elijah: The Forerunner

Matthew 17:1–13

Elijah did not die a natural death. He was taken up into heaven alive. According to prophecy Elijah will return again in the end times before the day of the Lord.

  1. Malachi prophesied the coming of Elijah - Malachi 4:4–6
    1. Malachi called the people to remember the Law of Moses.
    2. Elijah will come before the Messiah to bring reconciliation between the Lord and Israel. The fathers are the forefathers who God made promises to. The children are Israel who would receive the disposition of their forefathers who trusted the Lord and walked with Him.
    3. If the nation will not repent under the preaching of Elijah then the Lord will strike the earth with a curse (destruction).
  1. The angel Gabriel prophesied that John would come in the spirit and power of Elijah - Luke 1:13–17
    1. John the baptizer was not a reincarnated Elijah - John 1:19–28
  1. Jesus said John partially fulfilled the coming of Elijah - Matthew 11:14
    1. John called the nation to turn to the Lord - Matthew 3:1–12
      1. John called the people out from their place of sin.
      2. John commanded the people to ready their hearts.
      3. John preached that those who receiving his water baptism were pledging to receive the Messiah, who would then baptize with the Holy Spirit (for salvation) and with fire (for judgment).
    2. John wrestled with God’s plan just as Elijah did and Jesus answered John just as the Lord answered Elijah. Jesus declared that He was fulfilling the word of God in mighty and miraculous ways - Matthew 11:1–6
    3. John is called the greatest prophet by Jesus because he was the one prophet that directly revealed Jesus as Messiah. All afterwards are greater because of the finished work of Jesus and the completed message they preach which will continue to divide people between those who will receive it and those who will not - Matthew 11:7–14
    4. John was rejected and put to death - Matthew 14:1–12
    5. John did not completely fulfill the prophecy of Elijah - Matthew 17:11–12
      1. Jesus said that Elijah will yet come to fulfill the prophecy.
      2. If Messiah must first fulfill the prophecies of rejection, then the forerunner to the Messiah must also be rejected. The fate intended for Elijah (“I alone am left; and they seek to take my life” 1 Kings 19:10) has fallen upon John the Baptist.

John has come in the spirit and power of Elijah. He preached repentance and identified Jesus as the Messiah, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!