And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.
And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
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Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going. How can we know the way?
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.
When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
Then the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,.
In the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, began to reign. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.
Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.
Now the famine was severe in Samaria. And Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. Ministries need heroes, too. Kings and prophets from long ago who proclaimed special messages and displayed examples of courage provide excellent heroes whom we can emulate in our lives today. Amazing Facts has chosen two of the greatest prophets in the Holy Writ as our designated heroes-Elijah and John the Baptist.
The last words of the Old Testament reveal a stirring and powerful prophecy that has often been misunderstood. Take a moment to become familiar with this passage. With the Spirit's help, we intend to bring new life to these words:. Perhaps we should first spend a moment explaining what this verse does not mean. In the time of Jesus, many people believed that Elijah would literally come back down from heaven to live again on earth, or possibly be reborn into a new man.
Jesus once asked the disciples, "Whom say the people that I am? They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias [the Greek form of Elijah]; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. The Jews lived with a sense of expectancy that Elijah would soon come to announce the advent of the Messiah. But this prophecy in Malachi was never intended to imply that the Old Testament prophet would be reincarnated.
John the Baptist: In the Spirit and Power of Elijah
No, it was Elijah's spirit of revival and reform that was predicted in Scripture to return. Speaking of the birth of John the Baptist, the angel Gabriel had said to Zacharias, "And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, 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.
Gabriel was the first to point out that John the Baptist fulfills this prophecy in Malachi. John was to precede the Lord to do a special work of revival and reform. Jesus later confirmed this fact when He said, "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. Malachi's prophecy, however, did not end with John the Baptist. There is also a modern-day fulfillment. Notice the prophecy says: "I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
So this other fulfillment points us to a period just prior to the return of Jesus the second time. Spirit and Power of Elijah To better understand this prophecy, we need to go back to the time of Elijah. Here we discover that the first person filled with the "spirit and power of Elijah" was not John the Baptist, but rather Elisha, the servant of Elijah.
When God revealed that He was about to take Elijah up to heaven, Eli-sha asked that he might receive a double portion of Elijah's spirit. And he [Elijah] said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. As Elisha witnessed Elijah's rapture, he was baptized with the double portion of Elijah's spirit that he requested. What will the Spirit and power of Elijah do?
In a literal sense, real revival brings a new expression of love to the family and then spreads from there into the community. The most basic unit of any society, government, or church is the family. The outpouring of God's Spirit will always result in love that leads to obedience of His commandments. Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments. This would, of course, include the commands that say: "Honor thy father and thy mother" and "Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
The Elijah message will bring the power of love and blessing into the families who receive it, and a curse upon those who reject it Malachi Notice that the angel Gabriel rewords the prophecy a little in Luke , "And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, 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. So in a spiritual sense, the Elijah message will also work to unite disobedient earthly children with their heavenly Father. Twelve Characteristics of the Elijah Message Let's look at the twelve outstanding characteristics of Elijah and John the Baptist that will also be present in the Elijah message of the last days.
Amazing Facts has adopted these points as a prominent part of its aim and mission. They were bold and fearless in preaching, even before kings. Elijah-Elijah told Ahab, "I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.
John-"John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. Both John the Baptist and Elijah were fearless in preaching a straight message before rulers and governments. Jesus said that this would happen again in the last days. We must not seek to find our approval among men, but rather with God. In order to effect a great revival, the Elijah message must be a bold proclamation of clear, uncompromising, and sometimes unpopular truth. They had a simple diet and lifestyle.
Elijah-"Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. Both Elijah and John were known for their simplicity in diet and for wilderness living. These basic rigors kept their mental faculties clear and their bodies strong, that they might be prepared for the special work God called them to do. Likewise, the church in the last days must be revived to the truth that there is a strong connection between the body and the spirit. What we eat and drink, as well as our personal living habits, have a direct effect on our mental clarity and ability to discern truth.
Rom Jeremiah in fact is an especially important Old Testament prophet.
In some ways, his entire life was a sign of faith. Scholars recognize the many prophetic signs he performed. Consider just a few of his prophetic actions in the account of his life in Scripture:. His calling in Jeremiah 1 in many ways mirrors the calling of Moses in Exodus 3. Jeremiah then is a kind of New Moses. It is no wonder then that he predicts the coming of a New Covenant, using language of a New Exodus:.
Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. Jer — This is evident in 2 Maccabees. As Onias the high priest is praying over the people, he spots none other than Jeremiah in the crowd:. Onias, who had been high priest, a noble and good man, of modest bearing and gentle manner, one who spoke fittingly and had been trained from childhood in all that belongs to excellence, was praying with outstretched hands for the whole body of the Jews.
Not surprisingly, John the Baptist evokes New Exodus imagery himself.
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Look at the language describing his ministry in Matthew This connection is evident in Luke 1, in which his birth is announced. In fact, in Matthew 3, John the Baptist is described as essentially wearing the costume of the Old Testament prophet:. Elijah, like Jeremiah, was described as a New Moses figure.
I could compile quite a list. Let me just name a few points of contact here. In short, Elijah is a New Moses. Not surprisingly then John is identified by Jesus as Elijah. This is made explicit in Matthew after the Transfiguration.
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Jesus replies,. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands. Matt In fact, it appears that John had his finger on the pulse of first century Judaism. As the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal, there were many Jews who were thinking eschatologically, preparing for the coming of the messianic age. Interestingly enough, the Jews at Qumran, apparently used language and performed rites similar to John the Baptist. For instance, in a striking parallel to the speech of John the Baptist recorded in the New Testament, we read in one Dead Sea Scroll text:.