These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire. Rev 11:4-6
Think on this.
Jesus is born on the last night of Sukkot, which runs Tishrei 15th -21st.
John the Baptist is born 6 months earlier in the month of Nisan.
Passover is Nisan 14/15.
Today those celebrating Passover leave a plate and glass of wine for the arrival of Elijah, who precedes the coming of Messiah according to Malachi.
Mal 4:5-6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
The angel told Zacharias, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:13-17
John is the fulfillment of Elijah’s arrival before Messiah.
John would begin his ministry at the age of 30, again around Passover. He preaches in the wilderness for five or six months until Jesus arrives for His baptism.
John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” John 1:29-31
And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist. Matt 17:10-13
Jesus said Elijah is coming first and has already come.
In Revelation 11:1-14 two witnesses appear to the world. They have power to withhold rain (like Elijah) and turn water into blood (like Moses).
Elijah and Moses appeared and talked with Jesus in Matthew 17:3
They are representative of the Law and the Prophets, which Jesus fulfills.
So Elijah and Moses appear “before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”
Conclusion and summary next time.