Last Updated on March 3, 2021
Was John Not Elijah?
One rationale is that John was not Elijah because “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… We’ll get to that in a moment.
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 (Matt 17:11). Why look ye for another? (Matt 11:3)
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 yet alone some great prophet. THEY at least did receive John as a prophet and a holy man (Matt 14:5).
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. John didn’t miss out on being Elijah because of their unbelief, THEY missed out.
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? Is someone deceiving and misleading you into rejecting Jesus’ revelation of Elijah?
The Revelation of Jesus
Jesus clearly declared that John was the Elijah to come (Matt 11:14-15). 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“ (Mark 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” (Mark 9:13). Where is this fulfilled in any “Elijah Messenger” today?
False Elijah’s will 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 (Matt 17:12). Are you of those who don’t recognize John to be the foretold Elijah? Is someone telling you to not recognize John as the Elijah messenger?
Why are they twisting the scriptures? Is it 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 of, anyone claiming that there is an Elijah Messenger to come is not pointing out anyone other than themselves to be this Elijah Messenger. They are blowing their own trumpet to get glory from men (Matt 6:2).
Why Look Ye For Another?
Jesus said, “Elijah has indeed come” (Mark 9:13). Why then are some looking for another (Matt 11:3)? Or telling you to look 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. The same destination that Brother Stair has his sights on.
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” (2014). You will not hear Brother Stair quote to you Jesus’ words that “Elijah has indeed come” (Mark 9:13).
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 (Matt 11:14-15). “Elijah has already come” (Mark 9:13; Matt 17:12). Receive and believe the Word of God on the matter, or side with the unbelievers who still look for Elijah to come. Your belief in 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 while using Christ as an excuse to do so. “They use My Name in vain”, “In vain do they worship Me” (Ex 20:7).
Not according to the true Messengers of His departing (Acts 1:11). 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 (Matt 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 (Jude 1:14-16).
You were told to abide in Christ (John 15) 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” (1John 2:27).
We are not to abide in an Elijah or some special messenger, or even a prophet. We are to abide in Christ alone (John 15:1-27; 1John 2:27). It’s when we get away from doing this that we open ourselves to other voices that present themselves to be the signs that we must heed or we will not know what God is doing for this time. That is the lie of the deceiver.
Much like what the Serpent told Eve in the Garden. Assuring her that God was not enough – you need a man to lead you. Like some pervert from Acts 8:31 with Philip and the Ethiopia eunuch. That man was not saved and when he got saved Philip was taken from him – because he no longer needed a man to guide him (Acts 8:31, 39). If you’re saved you have God’s anointing on you through His spirit in you (1John 2:27). Flee from these liars trying to sell you on their Elijah anointing. You have a better one.
This issue of abiding in Christ (the true Vine) brings up another false teaching which many take to be scripture, Keep yourselves in the love of God. This is taken out of context from Jude 1:21. The context is not applied by some as seen in the next verse, Be merciful to those who doubt (Jude 1:22).
These same proponents of YOU keeping yourself in the love of God (which they will define for you) show no mercy on those who doubt their words. In fact, these men are defined three verses prior, These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit (Jude 1:19 NASB). Which is the ending of their defining by Jude.
Jude also identifies these same men as having ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and that they speak harsh things against Him (God and His people) (Jude 1:15). Jude drills down further to show us just who he’s talking about here, that are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage (Jude 1:16). This list of attributes (fruits) narrows the field of who he’s speaking of. We covered all of them and Peter’s parallel in the articles Test the Spirits and The Advantage of Admiring Persons.
All these things are characterized (are the character of) many of those claiming to be the Elijah messenger today. Still, we find one of these Elijah wannabees quoting several words out of the midst of this, Keep yourselves in the love of God. Why is this? To what advantage does this give him? (Jude 1:16)
These certain men have crept in unawares, they profess to us they are godly men but their works they deny this with their abominable works, disobedience to God’s holiness, and unto every good work reprobate (Jude 1:4; Titus 1:16). To the pure all things are pure (Titus 1:15). But these perverts use that verse against us because they tell us that if we were pure we would see their wickedness as pure. Yet it is their defiled mind and conscience that has nothing pure in it that perverts even purity (Titus 1:15).
They are not pure because then all things would be pure to them and they would not do impure things. The reason (that they don’t understand) that all things are pure to pure people is that they walk in purity. Titus is not saying (as these perverts do) that if you’re pure then even wickedness will be seen as purity. This is Satanic heresy! Propogated by sexual perverts so they can justify a grace for them to continuing in their sins (Rom 6:1-2).
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace,
with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body;
but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body
That He might present it to Himself a glorious church,
not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;
but that it should be holy and without blemish
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works