John Was Not Elijah
One rationale that John was not Elijah is that “THEY did not accept John the Baptizer as Elijah, so he was not the Elijah that scripture foretold” [Malachi 4:5]. With this rationale then, who do THEY accept as Elijah today? So with this same rationale, there is no way that anyone will ever be the foretold “Elijah to come” either. What is most wrong with this rationale is that it is in direct contradiction to what Jesus said…
Was William Branham Elijah?
As stated on Believe The Sign, “His followers (estimated at between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people) believe him [William Marion Branham] to be Elijah the Prophet, the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5.” As seen also in many of his teachings. This is significant as many of the followers of Brother R.G. Stair believe in William Branham also, but Brother Stair teaches that he [Brother Stair] is the Elijah messenger, the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5. Brother Stair believes he is the Malachi Messenger and teaches that Branham did not fulfill it.
The Testimony of Jesus
Jesus told His followers who asked this question about John and Elijah, that John was indeed the Elijah that was to come. Why look ye for another?
To use Jesus’ words to say that Jesus said “John was not the Elijah to come” on the account that “THEY did not receive him as such” would also disqualify anyone as Elijah today because THEY do not accept today’s Elijah’s as even holy men. THEY at least did receive John as a prophet and a holy man. Jesus did not say that John was not the Elijah to come on account that THEY did not receive him as such. Jesus made the point that THEY missed out on the Elijah to come because THEY did not receive John as fulfilling that scripture. Is that what we have done? Missed out on who Elijah was because some Elijah wannabe does not accept John as “the Elijah to come” and teaches others to do the same so that he can claim the title?
The Revelation of Jesus
Jesus clearly declared that John was the Elijah to come. Jesus further explained that those who did not believe that John was “the Elijah that was to come” missed out on the revelation because “Elijah has indeed come” [Mk 9:13]. Jesus tells His disciples, THEY that did not accept this truth are therefore THEY missed out on it. THEY in no way nullified this truth by THEIR unbelief. It was THEIR loss, not John’s. For Jesus tells us that not only has Elijah come in John but that “they did to him whatever they wished, just as it is written of him” [Mk 9:13]. Where is this fulfilled in any “Elijah Messenger” today?
False Elijah’s tell you what they want you to believe about this. Jesus speaks directly to these false Elijah’s saying, “But I [Jesus] tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him [Mt 17:12]. Is someone telling you to not recognize John as the Elijah messenger? Why are they twisting of the scriptures? It is to make themselves out to be some great one [Acts 8:9]? For what does it profit the Church today if John was not Elijah and another man is? One thing you can be sure or, anyone claiming that there is an Elijah Messenger to come is not pointing out someone other than themselves as this False Elijah Messenger.
Why Look Ye For Another?
Jesus said, “Elijah has indeed come”. Why then are some looking for another? Because some wish to be some great one [Acts 8:9], an Elijah, to be a Sign to the world or to the body of Christ. This is the common Messianic Complex that brings us many Elijah’s, Moses’, and Jesus’ today, and most of them end up in Israel, specifically Jerusalem. It is termed the Jerusalem Syndrome because of this. Brother Stair still preaches to this day that, “Elijah must first come”. He further says that “I’m not going to argue with you believing that I am Elijah” .
The Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord
Another rationale is that Malachi says THIS Elijah comes before the “great and dreadful day of the LORD” and that Jesus’ first coming was not the “great and dreadful day of the LORD”. Even if you want to believe that, and that this Day was some future Day, that does not stop the fact that John as Elijah came before this “great and dreadful day of the LORD” – does it? Malachi was speaking this to a people in expectation of the great and dreadful day of the LORD was at hand, as such, Malachi is saying that before that happens, long before in this case, that there will be a day of restoration by Elijah.
The Elijah Messenger
The Jews still await their Messiah because they missed out on the “Elijah messenger”, John. They still set a place for this “Elijah to come” at Passover awaiting his coming. They are without their Messiah because they still look for His forerunner, Elijah. Beware if this is the teaching that you are hearing. It puts you outside of the covenant of Christ, without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, awaiting the coming of an Anointed One to lead and guide you – the Elijah Messenger. Do not be fooled or of those who missed his coming because they would not receive John as Elijah. “Elijah has already come” [Mk 9:13, Mt 17:12]. Receive the Word of God on the matter, or side with the unbelievers who still look for Elijah to come. Your belief on the matter will determine your destiny. What you believe is very important. Why look ye for another?
A Pointer To Christ’s Return?
What did Jesus ask His followers to be looking for? The question asked of those who stand “looking for the coming of Jesus” is, “Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?” [Acts 1:11] As honorable as this may seem, it is a deadly distraction used by almost all cults and leads to impotence in the present truth. This same Jesus does not ask His followers to be “looking up” awaiting His return, or turning to another to lead and guide them. Scriptures tell us that Jesus’ return is not marked by Messengers, Elijah’s, or prophets, but that He “shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” [Acts 1:11], without all the fanfare of men seeking greatness to announce it. Anyone telling you any different is seeking their own glory – not Christ’s. They may (and usually do) emphasize the soon coming of Christ or that they are His special messenger, but all they are really doing is focusing you upon themselves. They are seeking their own glory, using Christ as a means to achieve it. They point only to themselves using Christ as an excuse to do so. “They use My Name in vain”. “In vain do they worship Me”.
Not according to the true Messengers of His departing. Jesus made it clear that His followers are to be about His business of preaching the gospel unto the world, and that they would still be doing that when He returned – not waiting for Him. [Mt 10:23] Jesus also told His followers that they would not be taken by surprised at His return, that that day should not overtake them as a thief for they are not in darkness [1Thes 5:4-5]. These Elijah wannabes are therefore telling you that you are in darkness and that you will not know the times without them. These are liars foretold of old that should come – believe them not.
You were told to abide in Christ as Christ has given you an anointing and “the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.” [1Jn 2:27]