|New International Version (©1984)|
Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.
New Living Translation (©2007)
Jesus replied, "Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready.
English Standard Version (©2001)
He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
And He answered and said, "Elijah is coming and will restore all things;
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
"Elijah is coming and will restore everything," He replied.
International Standard Version (©2012)
He answered them, "Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
Yeshua answered and he said to them, “Elijah does come first so that everything may end.”
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Jesus answered, "Elijah is coming and will put everything in order again.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things.
American King James Version
And Jesus answered and said to them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
American Standard Version
And he answered and said, Elijah indeed cometh, and shall restore all things:
But he answering, said to them: Elias indeed shall come, and restore all things.
Darby Bible Translation
And he answering said to them, Elias indeed comes first and will restore all things.
English Revised Version
And he answered and said, Elijah indeed cometh, and shall restore all things:
Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus answered and said to them, Elijah truly will first come, and restore all things:
Weymouth New Testament
"Elijah was indeed to come," He replied, "and would reform everything.
World English Bible
Jesus answered them, "Elijah indeed comes first, and will restore all things,
Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus answering said to them, 'Elijah doth indeed come first, and shall restore all things,
Barnes' Notes on the Bible
Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things - He did not mean by this that Elijah was yet to come, for he tells them immediately Matthew 17:12 that he had come; but he meant to affirm that it was a true doctrine which the scribes taught, that Elijah would appear before the coming of the Messiah. To "restore" means to put into the former situation. See Matthew 12:13. Hence, it means to heal, to correct, to put in proper order. Here it means that Elijah would put things in a proper state; he would be the instrument of reforming the people, or of restoring them, in some measure, to proper notions about the Messiah and preparing them for his coming. Before the coming of John their views were erroneous, their expectations were worldly, and their conduct were exceedingly depraved. He corrected many of their notions about the Messiah (see Matthew 3), and he was the instrument of an extensive reformation, and thus restored them, in some degree, to correct views of their own system and of the Messiah, and to a preparation for his advent.
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible
Elias - shall first come, and restore all things - Or will reform, αποκαταστησει; this word our Lord quotes from the Septuagint; who render the Hebrew והשוב לב אבות על בנים vehesheb leb aboth al banim, he will cause the heart of the fathers to turn to the children, by, ος αποκαταστησει καρδιαν πατρος προς υιον, who will convert, or restore, the heart of the father to the son. We are not therefore to understand the version of the Septuagint quoted by our Lord in any other sense than the Hebrew will allow. No fanciful restoration of all men, devils and damned spirits, is spoken of as either being done, or begun, by the ministry of John; but merely that he should preach a doctrine tending to universal reformation of manners, and should be greatly successful: see Matthew 3:1-7, and especially Luke 3:3-15, where we find that a general reformation had taken place,
1. among the common people;
2. among the tax-gatherers; and
3. among the soldiers.
And as John announced the coming Christ, who was to baptize with the Holy Ghost, i.e. to enlighten, change, and purify the heart, that the reform might be complete, both outward and inward, he may be said, in the strictest sense of the word, to have fulfilled the prophecy: and that he was the Elijah mentioned by Malachi, the words of Gabriel to the virgin Mary prove; Luke 1:17. And he (John) shall go before him (Christ) 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, etc.; and that his ministry was powerfully effectual for this purpose, we have already seen.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
And Jesus answered and said unto them,.... By way of concession,
Elias truly shall first come: this is indeed a tenet of the Scribes, and it is also certain, that there is a prophecy in Malachi 4:5 of the coming of Elias; of one that goes under that name, not of Elias the Tishbite, in person, but of one that was to come in his power and spirit,
and restore all things. The Syriac and Persic versions render it, "shall perfect, or complete all things", that are prophesied of him; and shall put a period to the law and the prophets, and close the Mosaic economy, and direct persons to Christ; in whom are the perfection of the law, and the fulfilling of the prophets. The Arabic version reads it, "he shall teach you all things"; the whole of the Gospel being to be reduced to these two heads, repentance towards God, and faith in Christ; both which were taught by the true Elias: but the truest sense of the phrase is to be learned out of Malachi 4:6. "He shall restore, he shall turn all things, the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers"; and as this is explained inLuke 1:17 "he shall turn the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, and make ready a people prepared for the Lord": which is other, and better sort of work, than what the Jews assign to their Elias, whom they expect, and whom they make to be a restorer of all things, in their way: they often speak of his purifying (q) of things, or pronouncing things pure, that were defiled; and among others, that he will purify bastards, and "restore them" to the congregation of the Lord (r). Though Maimonides (s) denies, that when he comes he will pronounce defiled that which is pure, or pronounce pure, that which is defiled. They pretend (t), that he is now employed, and very busy, in writing everything that is done in every age; so that when he comes, he will be able to give an account of everything: and nothing is more common with them, than to say concerning any matter, that there is any doubt or difficulty about it (u), , "let it be left till Elias comes".
(q) T. Bab. Chagiga, fol. 25. 1. & Becorot, fol. 33. 2. & 34. 1.((r) Kimchi in Zech. ix. 6. (s) Hilchot Melacim, c. 12. sect. 2. Vid. Misn. Ediot, c. 8. sect. 7. & Maimon & Bartenora in ib. (t) Seder Olam Rabba, p 46. (u) Misn. Bava Metzia, c. 1. sect. 8. T. Bab. Bava Metzia, fol. 3. 1. & 37. 1. & Bava Bathra, fol. 94. 1.
Vincent's Word Studies
Elijah cometh first. An abstract statement expressing the fact that Elijah's coming precedes in time the coming of the Messiah. It is a point of Jewish chronology; just as a teacher of history might say to his pupils, "The Saxons and Danes precede the Normans in England." Elijah had already come in the person of John the Baptist.
Geneva Study Bible
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
17:11 Regulate all things - In order to the coming of Christ.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
17:1-13 Now the disciples beheld somewhat of Christ's glory, as of the only begotten of the Father. It was intended to support their faith, when they would have to witness his crucifixion; and would give them an idea of the glory prepared for them, when changed by his power and made like him. The apostles were overcome by the glorious sight. Peter thought that it was most desirable to continue there, and to go no more down to meet the sufferings of which he was so unwilling to hear. In this he knew not what he said. We are wrong, if we look for a heaven here upon earth. Whatever tabernacles we propose to make for ourselves in this world, we must always remember to ask Christ's leave. That sacrifice was not yet offered, without which the souls of sinful men could not have been saved; and important services were to be done by Peter and his brethren. While Peter spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, an emblem of the Divine presence and glory. Ever since man sinned, and heard God's voice in the garden, unusual appearances of God have been terrible to man. They fell prostrate to the earth, till Jesus encouraged them; when looking round, they beheld only their Lord as they commonly saw him. We must pass through varied experiences in our way to glory; and when we return to the world after an ordinance, it must be our care to take Christ with us, and then it may be our comfort that he is with us.
The Return of Elijah
from Heaven Prophecy by Joel Smith (opinions on Elijah)
Two thousand years ago the Jewish people were expecting to see
Elijah literally return from heaven to announce the appearance of the Messiah.
The Jewish people of 2000 years ago were expecting to see the Old Testament Prophet Elijah literally, physically descend from heaven. They had been promised that this was going to happen by the Old Testament Prophet Malachi. This prophecy reads:
"For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and... all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch... And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts.... Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD" -Malachi 4:1-5
According to the Old Testament book of II Kings, Elijah the Prophet had ascended "into heaven" in a "chariot of fire." (see: chapter 2) This spectacular event supposedly happened about 850 years before Christ. Later, in about 450 BC, Malachi prophesied that this same Elijah, who had ascended into heaven, was also going to return from heaven to herald the coming of the Messiah... the Christ.
As a brief comment on terms used here, please note that the word "Messiah" has the same meaning as the word "Christ". The word Messiah is Hebrew and is translated as Anointed. The word Christ is Greek and is also translated as Anointed. They are the same word from two different languages.
Elijah who had ascended "into heaven" in a "chariot of fire" was going to return from heaven to announce the coming of the Messiah... the Christ.
The reason why the return of Elijah prophecy was so important is that it became one of the primary reasons why the Jewish people rejected Jesus' claim to be the Messiah. The Jewish religious leaders of two thousand years ago knew that Elijah was going to return before the Christ was going to come. So, they concluded, that Jesus or anyone else who claimed to be the Messiah before Elijah visibly returned from heaven had to be an impostor.
"CHRIST... HAS NO POWER UNTIL ELIJAH COMES"
The story of how the 'return of Elijah' prophecy was actually fulfilled can be found in two separate places in the New Testament. It can also be found in a 1900 year old, non-Biblical, Christian book that provides us with what is probably the most graphic example illustrating the importance of this prophecy.
Justin Martyr was a very prominent Christian at a time when Christianity was still in its infancy. In "Eerdman's Handbook to the History of Christianity" Justin Martyr is described as "the most notable of the second century [Christian] apologists." (p. 108)
Justin Martyr lived approximately 100 AD. He wrote a book titled The Dialogue with Trypho the Jew. This book is a record of a discussion between Justin Martyr and Trypho- a Jewish rabbi. This "dialogue" begins with Justin telling the rabbi that he believes that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. The following excerpt contains this rabbi's response.
"When I (Justin) had said this, [the students who were with the rabbi] laughed; but he smiling, says, 'I approve of your other remarks, and admire the eagerness with which you study divine things; but it were better for you abide in the philosophy of Plato..."
Before Justin became a Christian he was a follower of the Greek philosophers and he still wore the characteristic flowing robes of a Roman philosopher. The quote continues:
"...It were better for you abide in the philosophy of Plato rather than be deceived by false words, and follow the opinions of people of no reputation... for when you have forsaken God, and reposed confidence in man, what safety still awaits you?"
Now, here's the important part:
"...But Christ- if he has indeed been born, and exists anywhere... has no power until Elijah comes to anoint him, and make him manifest to all. And you, having accepted a groundless report, invent a Christ for yourselves, and for his sake are inconsiderately perishing." -Ante Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1, p. 198.
In this one short passage, this rabbi reveals exactly what the Jewish religious leaders and the Jewish people of two thousand years ago were expecting to see before the Messiah appeared. Trypho knew that Jesus could not possibly have been the Messiah because he knew from the unmistakable text of the 'return of Elijah' prophecy that anyone who claimed to be the Christ before Elijah the Prophet had visibly returned from heaven would have to be a false Prophet.
This prophecy was one of the primary reasons why the Jewish people rejected Jesus' claims to be the Messiah. No one had seen Elijah return from heaven yet... so how could Jesus possibly have been the Messiah?
"I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH..."
Two thousand years ago, the Jewish people were expecting to see Elijah literally, physically descend from heaven... possibly in the exact same "chariot of fire" that he had used to ascend "into heaven." Furthermore, they also expected that soon after Elijah's return, the Messiah was going to appear. And they knew that when the Messiah came, he not only was going to free them from Roman domination, but he also was going to exalt Israel over all the nations of the earth. The Jewish people had good reason to believe these things. These expectations are derived from explicit statements made in the Bible. Jesus explains how these prophecies were actually fulfilled.
According to the Old Testament account, about 850 BC Elijah the Prophet ascended "into heaven." (see: II Kings 2) Then, about four hundred years later (in about 450 BC) the Prophet Malachi promised that Elijah will return from heaven before the Christ appears.
Malachi's prophecy reads:
"try me in this, says the Lord of Hosts: shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven, to pour down a blessing upon you without measure... Lo, I will send you Elia (Elijah), the prophet before the day of the Lord comes, the great and terrible day."-Malachi 3:10-24 (CATHOLIC DOUAY BIBLE)
ELIJAH ALREADY HAS COME
The Jewish religious leaders of Jesus' day were well aware of the 'return of Elijah' prophecy. At one time the rabbis had asked Jesus' disciples to explain how Jesus could possibly have been the Messiah when it was obvious that Elijah had not returned from heaven yet.
The Apostles couldn't answer this question, so they asked Jesus:
"Why do the Jewish leaders insist Elijah must return before the Messiah comes?"Jesus answered by first affirming that this question was valid and that this prophecy indeed was true. He said:
"They are right. Elijah must come and set everything in order..."But then, to everyone's surprise, Jesus explained:
"In fact, he [Elijah] already has come, but he wasn't recognized, and was badly mistreated by many... Then the disciples realized he was speaking of John the Baptist."-Matthew 17:10-13 (LIVING BIBLE-CATHOLIC EDITION) (this account can also be found in: Mark 9:11-13)
Clearly, Jesus taught that this was a true prophecy. Jesus agreed that Elijah indeed "must return before the Messiah comes." But then, to the surprise to everyone there, Jesus claimed that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of this prophecy.
WHAT WERE THE RABBIS EXPECTING?
Jesus' explanation was not well received by the Jewish religious leaders. The rabbis considered them selves to be the greatest experts of Judaism in the entire world. They knew what their prophecies said and they certainly thought they knew what was going to happen when the Messiah finally did appear. As far as they could see none of these prophecies had been fulfilled, Elijah had not returned and there certainly was no visible evidence that the Messiah had come. Nothing had changed. Everything was just as it always had been.
How, they wondered, could John possibly have been the return of Elijah? Malachi didn't say anything about Elijah's return being in some mysterious, unrecognizable way. Neither does he say that some other man is going to be born hundreds of years later and that this man somehow was going to be the return of Elijah. Instead, Malachi clearly says that Elijah himself was going to return. That's not a difficult concept to visualize. Elijah ascended into heaven in a chariot of fire. And he's going to come back. Visibly. Physically. In the flesh. Or so they thought.
The rabbis did not believe Jesus' explanation that John the Baptist was the return of Elijah. And why should they? They knew that Elijah was supposed to visibly return from heaven and, as the elect of Judaism, it's very likely that they would have expected to be among the very first to welcome him when he actually did return. After all, how could they possibly miss anything as obvious as a Prophet of God floating down from out of the sky in a chariot of fire?
Malachi's prophecy explicitly says that Elijah himself was going to return... not some other man. Instead of Elijah personally returning from heaven, what the rabbis actually got was John... a dirty looking fellow, who wore a leather loincloth, a camel's hair robe and who ate locusts for lunch. John the Baptist actually ate grasshoppers! John did not fit any picture that the rabbis might have had of what the spectacular second coming of Elijah was going to be like. John the Baptist didn't come floating down from heaven. Instead, he came into the world in the same way as everyone else. John had a mother. He had a father. John had been born as a child and he had grown up just like everyone else. On the other hand, Elijah had been born eight hundred and fifty years before John. John was not named Elijah. John had a different body, a different personality, different teachings and a different purpose.
The rabbis might have also pointed out that even John himself had said that he was not Elijah. At one point, early in his ministry, John the Baptist was asked whether he was Elijah. He answered that he was not. (see John 1:21)
Nothing about John would indicate that he was Elijah. Elijah had physically ascended "into heaven" in a "chariot of fire." And, everyone believed that the same Elijah who had disappeared into heaven was himself, personally going to return... possibly even in the same "chariot of fire" that he had used when he ascended up into heaven.
In what way could John the Baptist have been the return of Elijah? Certainly not literally. This apparent contradiction can be resolved by a statement made at the beginning of the Gospel of Luke where it explains that John went
"on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah." -Luke 1:17 (KJV)
Elijah had returned from heaven in the "spirit". John went "on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah."-Luke 1:17 (KJV) Viewed this way, both John and Jesus were right. The man named Elijah who had lived eight hundred years earlier had not literally, physically returned from heaven in the flesh as just about everyone expected. Instead, the fulfillment of the 'return of Elijah from heaven' prophecy had nothing to do with Elijah's physical body. It was the return of the same "spirit and power" of God that had animated Elijah eight hundred years earlier that had returned to also animate John the Baptist. The reality of Elijah's return was the appearance of yet another totally separate and distinct Prophet of God. (Yes, Jesus did refer to John as a Prophet.) This is the true meaning of "the return."
The same is also true with the rest of Malachi's prophecy which clearly states that Elijah's and the Messiah's enemies would be totally burned up. Malachi wrote that their opponents
"shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up... it shall leave them neither root nor branch... ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet..."
In what way did Jesus or John burn up anyone like "chaff" "with unquenchable fire" to the extent that they were "ashes under the soles of [their] feet..."? Clearly these prophecies too were not fulfilled in any kind of literal, physical way. However, like the unexpected fulfillment of the 'return of Elijah prophecy', these prophecies were again fulfilled in a non-literal, spiritual manner. John the Baptist, speaking of Jesus, said:
"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire: Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."-Matthew 1:11
Malachi said that the Christ's enemies "shall be stubble (chaff): and the day that cometh shall burn them up... ." And here John the Baptist said that Jesus "will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
None of these prophecies were fulfilled in any kind of literal, physical, visible way. The return of Elijah prophecy truly had been fulfilled unexpectedly, in a way that people could not see and in a way that could not be objectively verified. This was not the way that the rabbis were expecting these prophecies to be fulfilled and this certainly was not an explanation that they were willing to accept. Is it any wonder that these Jewish priests found it impossible to even seriously consider the possibility that John the Baptist was the return of Elijah?
Even today, two thousand years later, the Jewish religious experts still await the second coming of Elijah. And every year at the Passover meal, Jewish mothers, in a time honored tradition, still set an extra place at the table for Elijah hoping that this will be the year when he finally returns to join them.
JESUS CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN TOO
One day as Jesus was speaking to his disciples (along with a group of other people) he was heard to say:
"I have come down from heaven..."
A number of rabbis were present in the crowd and when they heard Jesus claim that he had come down from heaven, they "began to grumble about him" and they asked
"Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?' How can he now say, "I came down from heaven?"
Good question. The rabbis had known his mother and his father. They knew that he had been born as a child just like everyone else. Some of them might even have known him as a young boy and might have watched him grow up over the years. How could Jesus possibly have come "down from heaven"?
When his disciples heard Jesus claim that he had come "down from heaven" they too were extremely skeptical. They said
"This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?" And then this passage says that "From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him."-John 6:41,60,66 (NIV)
Most people know that Jesus had twelve Apostles. But, most people don't know that Jesus also had either 70 or 72 disciples (depending on which early manuscript you accept). It was these other disciples who abandoned him. These were the ones who "turned back and no longer followed him."
Apparently, both the antagonistic Jewish religious leaders and Jesus' own beloved disciples rejected his statement that he had come down from heaven because they thought that he was speaking literally. And from what they knew of Jesus' life... they knew that this was not very realistic.
The disciples didn't have the insight to see what Jesus was really saying. As Jesus stood there watching his disciples walk away, knowing that they were not going to come back, he proceeded to explain this "mystery" of His coming down from heaven. Jesus said:
"The Spirit (original Greek: PNEUMA) gives life, the flesh (Greek: SARX) counts for nothing: The words I have spoken to you are spirit (Greek: PNEUMA) and they are life."-John 6:63 (NIV)
"The words I have spoken to you are spirit..." Jesus apparently was trying to explain that when he said such startling things as "I came down from heaven", he was not speaking of his physical, fleshly body coming down from heaven and that his "words" should not be understood in their outer literal sense. Instead, Jesus was trying to tell us that he was speaking of non-fleshly, spiritual realities. It was the "Spirit" of God which dwelled in him that had descended from heaven... not his physical body. The same thing was true of John the Baptist. Jesus said that John too had come down from heaven.
Have people today learned anything from these important lessons from the past? Two thousand years ago people were expecting to see a spectacular, supernatural event which no one could mistake or misinterpret. What they actually got was the appearance of an entirely new Prophet... one who appeared with the same "spirit and power" of God which had, in centuries past, also descended upon Elijah.
Two thousand years ago, the Jewish people were expecting to see the visible return of a man from heaven who would burn up his enemies like chaff. Today we find that most Christians are also expecting to see the visible return of a man from heaven who is also going to burn up his enemies. What's the difference between then and now? Is the Bible consistent? Yes. Does God change? No. Is there a lesson to be learned here that most people haven't grasped yet?
God's principle governing how a prophet returns from heaven has been clearly explained- twice. both Jesus and Elijah came down from heaven... although not in the way that most people expected. Jesus' coming down from heaven the first time he appeared was not a fleshly occurrence. Neither was John's.
WHAT'S THE POINT?
According to Jesus, this prophecy concerning the return of Elijah from heaven was not fulfilled literally... in a way that most people could easily identify. Instead, it was fulfilled in a way that most people were not prepared to recognize. Elijah did return. But, it was his "spirit and power" which had returned... and not his fleshly body.
This is the hidden, true meaning of the return of the Prophets. In all of recorded history, not one of God's Messengers, has ever literally, visibly come down from heaven in the flesh. This inner reality of return has been clearly explained in the Baha'i writings:
"a return is indeed referred to in the Holy Scriptures, but by this is meant the return of the qualities, conditions, effects, perfections, and inner realities of the lights which recur in every dispensation. The reference is not to specific, individual souls and identities." -Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Baha, page 183
Another place in the Baha'i Writings we can read:
"In the Divine Scriptures and Holy Books "return" is spoken of, but the ignorant have not understood the meaning... For what the divine Prophets meant by "return" is not the return of the essence, but that of the qualities; it is not the return of the Manifestation, but that of the perfections. In the Gospel it says that John, the son of Zacharias, is Elias (Elijah). These words do not mean the return of the rational soul and personality of Elias in the body of John, but rather that the perfections and qualities of Elias were manifested and appeared in John."-Some Answered Questions by Abdu'l-Baha, page 288
Ask yourself... if you had lived 2000 years ago do you think that you would have been one of the few who had the insight to recognize John the Baptist as the fulfillment of the 'return of Elijah' prophecy? Chances are, like the disciples of Jesus, you would not have understood how this prophecy had been fulfilled until after it had been explained to you.
Why is the example of the 'return of Elijah' prophecy important? Today we have the exact same circumstances that we had two thousand years ago. Today most Christians are expecting to see Jesus Christ literally, visibly return from heaven. Baha'u'llah, the Prophet founder of the Baha'i Faith, unmistakably claims to be the fulfillment of the 'return of Christ from heaven' prophecies. Is Baha'u'llah truly the Promised One? Has history repeated itself? Did Baha'u'llah come down from heaven? Yes! In exactly the same way that John the Baptist and Jesus came down from heaven two thousand years ago.
or is history repeating itself?
Elijah and the Priests of Baal
“Chapter 34: Elijah and the Priests of Baal,” Old Testament Stories, 132
There were some wicked people in the kingdom of Israel.
They worshiped an idol named Baal.
There were 850 priests of Baal.
They were wicked priests.
The prophet Elijah talked to King Ahab. He told Ahab to bring all his people to a mountain.
Elijah wanted the wicked priests of Baal to come, too.
Elijah said they must choose to worship God or Baal.
They could not worship both. It is wicked to worship idols.
Elijah wanted to show the people that idols have no power.
Elijah asked for two bulls for a sacrifice.
He asked for some wood.
He gave a bull and some of the wood to the priests of Baal.
He kept a bull and some wood for his sacrifice.
Elijah told the priests not to burn the sacrifice.
He told the priests to pray to their idol. He said Baal must burn the sacrifice.
The wicked priests prayed to Baal all morning.
They jumped on the altar and shouted.
Baal did not answer. Baal was only an idol.
Elijah told the priests to pray louder.
He made fun of them.
He said their idol must be sleeping.
The wicked priests prayed louder and louder.
They prayed all day. Baal did not answer.
The priests’ sacrifice did not burn.
Elijah told the people to come close to him.
Elijah told them he would pray to God.
He said God would send fire down from heaven.
God would burn his sacrifice.
Elijah built an altar of stones.
He dug around the altar.
Elijah put the bull and some wood on the altar.
Elijah asked men to bring four barrels of water. He told them to pour the water on the sacrifice.
Then he asked the men to bring four more barrels of water.
Again they poured the water on the sacrifice.
He told them to bring four more barrels of water. They poured the water on the sacrifice, too.
Elijah prayed to God. Elijah wanted the people to worship God. He asked God to help him.
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God sent fire down from heaven.
The fire burned Elijah’s sacrifice.
It burned the wood and the stones.
It dried up all the water.
The people saw the power of God.
They knew the idols had no power.
All the wicked priests of Baal were killed.
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Helias :: Strong's Number 2243
KJV New Testament Greek Lexicon
|Original Word||Word Origin|
|ÅHlivaß||of Hebrew origin (0452)|
|Transliterated Word||TDNT Entry|
|Phonetic Spelling||Parts of Speech|
|hay-lee'-as ||Noun Masculine|
|Elijah = "my God is YHVH" I am that I am|
- a prophet born at This be, the unflinching champion of the theocracy in the reigns of the idolatrous kings Ahab and Ahaziah.
- He was taken up to heaven without dying, whence the Jews expected he would return just before the advent of the Messiah, whom he would prepare the minds of the Israelites to receive YSHUA
RSTESOT.TV ASK ELIJAH Samuel Elijah Maccabee
“Chapter 35: Elijah Talks with Jesus,” Old Testament Stories, 136
King Ahab had a wicked wife named Jezebel. Jezebel heard what Elijah did.
She sent a man to Elijah. The man said Jezebel would kill Elijah.
Elijah went into the wilderness so Jezebel could not kill him.
He found a place to hide. He slept under a tree.
An angel came to Elijah.
The angel gave him food and water.
Elijah ate and lay down again.
The angel came again.
He told Elijah to eat more.
The angel said Elijah would travel a long way.
Elijah ate and drank again.
Elijah traveled 40 days and 40 nights. He fasted. He did not eat or drink.
Elijah went to the mountain where Moses had seen the burning bush.
Elijah lived in a cave in the mountain.
God asked him what he was doing there.
Elijah said the people did not obey God’s commandments.
They killed God’s prophets.
Elijah was the only prophet who had not been killed.
The people wanted to kill him, too.
God told Elijah to stand on the mountain. A strong wind blew.
It was so strong it broke rocks into pieces.
After the wind there was an earthquake.
Then there was a fire.
After the fire Elijah heard a quiet voice. He knew it was the voice of Jesus Christ.
Jesus came to him. He talked to Elijah. Jesus said he would choose a new prophet. His name was Elisha.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/TheassemblyofGod2/doc/343317075748442/ The Hour of Temptation by Shepherds Chapel Part 1 Alright good day to you welcome to the Shepherd’s Chapel, hey welcome to this family bible study hour. There you got it right on the screen “The Hour of Temptation”. We’re going to talk on that subject. It is an hour, and you know what temptation is. So, it is, if you would, that time allotted that people will be tempted. That is exactly what it means and that’s exactly what it says. Tempted by whom? Well the false messiah which is quite contrary to what most people teach concerning the very last hour. We’re going to go into that hour and we’re going to understand, if we may, how you escape that hour. I would like to lay this groundwork if I may; I’m hustling for an analogy that I might use. One can be deceived a little bit and in thinking, “Hey that is a good pastime”, or something like that. Or possible you may like some particular food that you eat and it’s really tempting to you and then you realize that it is really bad for you. And if it ever makes you sick just one time, you don’t find it tempting any longer. In fact you sort of abhor it and steer away from it. So the true secret to escaping the hour of temptation is naturally, having Christ and our Father’s blessings. But also, it is knowing who is doing the tempting and then you won’t find him tempting at all. It is that temptation, not a temptation of the world, which is bad in and of itself, but a temptation during that gathering of the end times as Christ would warn in Mark 13. He didn’t say maybe that the false messiah would come. He said that he would come. And he would come himself before Christ would return, and before there was any gathering out. And that is simple enough to where a child could understand but it is not taught.
So therefore, let’s pick up on the terminology of “The Hour”. It’s used many times in our Father’s word, The Hour of Temptation. Let’s ask a word of wisdom and let’s go to our Father’s word and let’s take one or two of these places where it is mentioned and affix the subject matter and the object so that way it isn’t just words that I might speak, but it is the word of God that speaks.
You are all familiar with the Book of Revelation in chapters 2 and 3 which address the 7 churches and who those 7 churches are and that they are types of churches you will find even unto this day. And naturally, where the hour of temptation is utilized is in that letter that was written, in the subject matter to the church of Philadelphia, the prophecy. You’re familiar with that church in that it was one of the churches that Christ found nothing wrong with. As well, He found nothing wrong in the church of Smyrna. If your church does not teach what was taught at the church of Philadelphia or Smyrna then really, your church is not teaching what pleases our Father. In other words because they are the only two churches he found nothing wrong with out of the 7, He insists that anyone with a little bit of intelligence should know and understand and be saying to themselves, “I’ve got to have that information. I’ve got to understand it.” So with that thought in mind, let’s go to the 3rd chapter in Revelation and let’s pick it up with verse 8 concerning Philadelphia which you will find that identified in verse 7. Verse 8, and it reads:
Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door,
In other words with the works of that church and what it teaches you have an open door that allows you to see into the word of God with understanding. Not just to read it and have it confuse you, but to read it and then understand what you have read.
and no man can shut it:
No man can deceive you or shut the door of your mind to what is fact and what is truth.
for thou hast a little strength,
In other words within your own self with Him you have a lot of strength.
and hast kept my word,
What is it that they have kept? They have “kept my word” being the word of God. Beloved it is the most important thing in your life today for longevity. That is to say for the eternity, quite frankly. And that is, you don’t keep man’s word or some organizations word with the subject even being two churches, but God’s word; all of His word.
and hast not denied my name.
Now name is important in this and also because it is His name that will be dropped at the Great Apostasy. Oh they will use the name “YHVH’s savior” in as much as that’s what the name Jesus means or Yeshua, but they will affix it to the wrong party because of the deception. Why? Because of the information that follows in the next verse. They don’t have it. Listen to it:
Rev 3:9 Behold,
Or “Look here”, or “Look very closely”.
I will make them of the synagogue of Satan,
Who are we talking about? Synagogue simply means satan’s own church. After antichrist appears on this earth it will be established. Though by this name it is repulsive, but when a person is deceived and they see this one, the most beautiful of all the beings that God created in a sense, other than his own personage, then we see the deception for his coming. Why is he called the false Christ, the spurious messiah? Because he pretends to be Christ. Is that so difficult to understand? Of course it isn’t. He pretends to be Christ and he comes and establishes his temple of the end times. Paul puts it very adequately when in chapter 2 of Thessalonians, he calls it the temple of God, he sits in the temple of God claiming to be God. That’s exactly what he will do. Nothing difficult to understand. Many people wonder, “Well, who is this one?” Well, you just read it, satan. By whatever name you wish to call him. Son of perdition. There’s only one.
which say they are Jews,
His children claim to be of Judah, is what it’s saying, called “Ioudaios” in the Greek. And it causes a great deal of consternation for our brother Judah, because they are Kenites, that is to say that bad part of the fig tree.
and are not, but do lie;
They are not of Judah and they do lie. That is to say the Kenites.
behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Now that is not to say that the Kenite is going to worship you, but as it is written, on the first day of the millennium, and we’re about to go to that last hour here in a moment, you will be at the feet of Christ. Every knee shall bow to Him INCLUDING the Kenite. Why? Well, because they are going to worship Him when they see satan placed in the abyss for a period of 1000 years for the millennium. And they will know that Christ is all-powerful and in awe they will bow to the King of Kings. Yes, even they… Will some of them be saved? I think so. They will have that right. God is fair and He loves every soul that He created and He is long suffering, with the exception of those such as Esau that He would hate. And that is well written of in Romans chapter 9. Now why did we come here? Because here, we see the open door of the truth. And your church either teaches what we just covered in that 9th verse; for also the church of Smyrna in chapter 2 verse 9 makes the same statement. Those 2 churches have that one thing in common and that is that they have the Key of David, which is to say, they had an open door into the scripture and they could understand the migrations of the peoples and understand God’s plan of salvation and the Great Deception of the end times. Now, let’s read on, verse 10:
Rev 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience,
Not accepted someone else’s but have kept the word of God which is to say this word and His patience. Do you not remember why this is written from 2nd Peter chapter 3 along about verse 7 or 8 that God is long suffering? Meaning He has all kinds of patience and it is His hope that all will repentance. Remember He is patient.
I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon
all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Now I realize that many teach, “Well you don’t have to know this book of Revelation cause you’re going to be gone”, well you’re just NOT. The absolute subject here is the hour of temptation, which is Christ’s “so-called” return to the gathering together with those that He loves. In other words, God has the ability to allow you to escape the hour of temptation. Why? Because it won’t be tempting to you. It will be an abomination. It will be the desolation of that abomination spoken of by Daniel the prophet. Why? Because that book is open to your mind and you can see it and understand the deception that will be prevalent in this earth age at that time. And you don’t find it tempting. And more so God will allow those to escape it and will even be utilizing or using the servants that He has called out to see that truth and to bring forth that testimony which we’ll be covering in the next segment. The next lecture following this one, we’ll go into that a little stronger if we may. Well, how do we know that’s the end times? How do we know that’s the hour of temptation? Because it is referred to over and over with everything in context in subject in order to that end.
We’re going to go over to 2nd Peter for just a moment as a thought just struck me here. We’re going there… 2nd Peter… and we’re going to talk about the end times just a little bit if we may, and what would be transpiring there at that time. Chapter 2, in 2nd Peter, and verse 1:
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even
Now you listen to me. Listen to the word
as there shall be false teachers among you,
That means you today.
who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Some might say, “Well No Christian is going to deny the Christ” Well if you put somebody in his place… if you think you’re going to fly away and all of the sudden pretty boy shows up on the scene performing miracles which he is able to do in the sight of men, and he will be saying the very things that you want to hear. And being a supernatural entity, he is able to perform miracles that are so awesome that most people are not mentally or spiritually prepared for it. So they will deny the true Christ simply by accepting that synagogue of satan and believing truly and totally that he is Christ. Verse 2:
2 Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
In other words those that believe that that first messiah that shows soon on the scene is the true Christ and anyone that denies him they will speak evil of that person. You can rest assured they will. As normal as any Christian would if someone talks against Christ, they are going to unknowingly defend him. There’s just one problem. By not patiently sticking to the word of God and by listening to men’s traditions, they will go to the first messiah rather than the 2nd as is so aptly brought forth in the word of God by Christ Himself as we will discover those events that transpire in this hour, this hour of temptation. Verse 3:
2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words
Feigned words are fabricated words.
make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
In other words God is aware of what’s happening. Verse 4:
2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned,
That’s to say in the first earth age that third, as it is written in the 12th chapter of that book of Revelation, that followed satan himself. If he didn’t spare them:
but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
As it is written in the book of Jude. Verse 5:
2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world,
That is to say the first earth age. Now let’s come back to this one and we’ll go to Noah.
but saved Noah the eighth [person],
Even in Noah’s flood.
a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
God didn’t spare them. But the fallen angels that inner-mixed with the daughters of Adam as it is written in Genesis 6, and there was only one family that was clear of that in that sense. In other words, what is he saying here? God was able to deliver Noah from that hour of temptation. He was able to deliver him from His own wrath, that is to say God’s wrath. Let me just go one step further on that. How did He do that? Through Noah’s obedience to build the ark. Noah was obedient to God. Are you? Verse 6:
2 Peter 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned [them] with an overthrow, making [them] an ensample
Or in other words an example.
unto those that after should live ungodly;
In other words it was an example of what sodomy and the things that were transpiring there in Sodom and Gomorrah and you remember what happened to the two angels that went to the city and approached Lot… In other words He was able to do what? Verse 7:
2 Peter 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
In other words what God was able to do with Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone was a prime example of what shall be in this end generation at Hamon-gog and Armageddon. It was a type. It was an example of what God is about to do. Will you be spared? If you follow after the wicked one you will perish with the wicked as far as escaping the first death. In other words let me say the first resurrection. You will not partake in the first resurrection but will have to go through the second because you were deceived. Why? By listening to men rather than understanding the plan of salvation of God by these wonderful examples He sets forth here in this book. He was able to deliver those that trusted in Him. Lot trusted Him. Noah trusted Him. Lot was obedient to Him and Noah was obedient to Him. And God saved them which was an example full of His salvation for you even today. Obedience to His word. Alright? Verse 8:
2 Peter 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them,
Bearing the iniquity of hell, basically… Sodom and Gomorrah
in seeing and hearing, vexed [his] righteous soul from day to day with [their] unlawful deeds;)
It disturbed him to be around that sort of thing. One more verse, verse 9:
2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,
We’re talking about the hour of temptation. God knows how to deliver those that are obedient and those that love His word. He is able to deliver the Godly out of temptations:
and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
He can do it. Do you trust Him? Do you believe that? If you had faith to believe that then you wouldn’t worry about the end times because it’s not going to be tempting to you. Anytime you are well informed and are not biblically illiterate whereby you understand God’s plan, you’re never going to find, regardless of how many miracles he works, satan to be tempting. Quite to the contrary, he’s going to be an abomination. Filth! Filth that he is parading on this earth as messiah! And the unlearned shall whore after him thinking it is the true Christ.
Let’s return back to that 3rd chapter of Revelation a moment considering the fact that the hour of temptation and that God would deliver you from it at that 10th verse. He would keep you from that hour of temptation, that God is able to deliver… it’s not the rapture my friend that is commonly taught. I think that anyone would be intelligent enough to see that simply by understanding as we complete theses lectures on this subject, the hour of temptation, how that God intends to use His servants. That’s what servants are for. That in their love and loyalty to Him, they serve Him. Let’s go on to the 11th verse where we left to go to Peter there.
Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Don’t be robbed my friend. There will be people trying to do that. Trying to sway you into the great church of the end times with the false messiah. That is called the first tribulation. There are two. Unfortunately only one is taught. Most speak of the tribulation of God but God’s not angry at you. God doesn’t want to destroy you and He’s able to bring you through His wrath even as he did for Noah and Lot. That’s why the example. Verse 12:
Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh
Well how do you overcome? There were only 2 churches out of the 7 my friend that were overcomers. The others were somewhat off. Those that are those overcomers have that Key of David and know who the Kenites are as it is written.
will I make a pillar in the temple of my God,
Think about that.
and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name.
Do you know what that new name is? It’s written. It’s even mentioned already in the 2nd chapter of this book. Maybe ultimately we’ll go there but I don’t intend to right now. I want to teach you what that name was and yet is and shall always be. Because within the name itself it is a verb to take place and gives you the action that you must perform to put you in that good standing and to escape the hour of temptation. Hey, it is great when it’s something you know and what’s desperately bad for you is not tempting; satan the filth and scum of the heavens and the earth. I don’t find him tempting at all and I know he’s coming first to deceive the poor wretched unlearned. That does not make me happy. And that is one of the reasons I have dedicated my life to teaching the truth of God’s word and receiving His blessings in bringing that word forth so that others could learn and know and could understand that name.
With that thought in mind let’s still keep in mind the name, but let’s go if we may over to the 17th chapter of this great book of Revelation. I want to show you again about the hour of temptation and what hour He’s talking about. It is a symbolic hour in the sense that a great deal of knowledge hinges on that hour because it even allows you to have the information and knowledge in hand and in mind as to the length of time for the elect’s sake, as it is written in Mark 13, that God shortened the 7 years of tribulation; both His and the false messiah’s, for those that had the knowledge to overcome. Let Him give you that new name and allow yourself to escape that hour of temptation by coming to the full knowledge of God and find the wickedness no longer tempting. Because of the seal of God which will be placed in your forehead which is to say the truth in your brain, your mind.
Revelation 17, verse 8. This is not a parable nor put into parable form, necessarily, but for those that have eyes to see it is the explanation of the parable of the 10 world leaders spoken of in the 13th chapter of the book of Revelation. But in as much as the subject is the hour of temptation, we bypass that part and pick it up in the 8th verse, Revelation 17:8 and still with our minds on the hour of temptation, let us begin.
Rev 17:8 The beast that thou sawest
That is to say what John saw in his vision
In other words he was in the first earth age
and is not;
Christ has ordered him to be behind Himself although his evil spirits can come on this earth. Satan is held by the archangel, Michael as the 12th chapter of this great book reiterated and made very clear and simple, until Michael will cast him out on this earth very soon as false messiah.
and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit,
That is to say his place of holding which is a level of degradation, yes even in paradise. A figure of speech, hang on…
and go into perdition:
Now there is only one son of perdition. Let there be no doubt in your mind because that is the chief identifier with the word perdition, which means to perish, because God has not held judgment day for anyone with the exception of satan himself. And he has been judged. He has had his judgment day and his sentence is death or to perish. So let there be no doubt in your mind of whom we are discussing. There is only one. So you can’t get too confused. There’s really not a matter of multiple choice. There is only one and that’s satan and his synagogue.
and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life
That new name if you would, recorded in that book…
from the foundation of the world,
That is to say his election and there is also a book with those that love Christ, even among the ethnos that are also in that book.
when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
Why is he “yet is”? Because he is going to be tossed out. Now comes the explanation of how that will come to pass. Verse 9… Now do you understand that in as much as he was and yet is not on earth today and this is addressed to earth, but in heaven, and yet shall be, that we have 3 different segments there. And satan carries many names as Lucifer, satan, the devil, the dragon, the serpent… All of those are utilized in Revelation chapter 12 verse 7 & 8 as well as chapter 20 verse 1 of the great Book of Revelation; the many names of satan, but there are about 17 of them. So think about it. And in the languages to a linguist, those names are a definition of his morals and his actions. Verse 9:
Rev 17:9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom.
How about it? Open yours up. Has God opened that door for you that will allow you to escape the hour of temptation? Then open up and let the wisdom that God has placed in your mind sink in and understand the scriptures.
The seven heads are seven mountains,
That means they are seven nations, being seven dominions that the beast is comprised of which controls the world. It’s called the one world system.
on which the woman sitteth.
Who is the woman? That great Mystery Babylon, the harlot and those that whore after the false christ thinking he is Jesus. That’s who she is. Verse 10, sharpen up:
Rev 17:10 And there are seven kings:
These are not 7 different kings they are 7 titles of satan in different roles that he has played throughout the first earth age and the 2nd earth age to this date.
five are fallen,
5 of those roles have already come to pass even at the time of this writing.
and one is,
Old satan is always on the job.
[and] the other is not yet come;
But he will. Why? He’s being held by Michael in the heavens as it is written in Revelation 12 verse 7.
and when he cometh, he must continue
a short space.
A 5-month period as it is defined Revelation chapter 9. But hang on to that thought for a moment. Verse 11:
Rev 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth,
Same old boy playing the same old games. It doesn’t take you that long to wise up to him when you relate it to temptation my friend. Deception.
and is of the seven,
Why? Because he is all seven just different titles.
and goeth into perdition.
There again, get acquainted with the word perdition. It is the same prime root as satan’s name. So that you know that the son of perdition, the one that goes into perdition is satan, the false messiah. He that was the archangel that protected the mercy seat which has a messiah connotation, meaning he wanted to be the Messiah himself. But he was not, never has been, and never will be, with the exception that he is the spurious messiah, allowed by God to deceive those that have not loved God’s word to the point that they listen to it rather than the traditions of men. How are you fixed for blades friend? That’s just an old military saying that mean, how you doing, you hanging in there pretty tough yet? Well hang in some more. 12:
Rev 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet;
Listen to me.
but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
One hour? There it is my friend, that hour of temptation. Real quickly, let’s go to Isaiah, let’s go to the Old Testament for just a moment. Isaiah 65. I want to insert a few thoughts here. Isaiah 65 verse 11, and it reads:
Isaiah 65:11 But ye [are] they that forsake the LORD,
In other words God is putting a curse upon those that will not hold to His word. Listen to it. I’m going to read it rather rapidly here.
that forget my holy mountain,
that prepare a table for that troop,
The wrong troop. The wrong host. It’s gad in the Hebrew.
and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
Unfortunately the wrong drink and the wrong number. God of faith is who gad is, alright, in the troop. Unfortunately it will be the bad fate of many to walk that path. Therefore in verse 12:
Isaiah 65:12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter:
Very religious thing friend. They will be deceived.
because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose [that] wherein I delighted not.
People are always going the wrong direction and listening to the wrong people when they have their Father to listen to. Listen to Him. 13:
Isaiah 65:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants
That is to say, “those that I protect”.
shall eat, but ye shall be hungry:
Whenever that famine of the end times comes what is it? Amos chapter 8. The famine is not for bread but it is a famine or starving to hear the true word of God because there will not be that many teaching the true word of God at that time.
behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
Thou preparest a table for me in the face of mine enemies. Has He prepared that table for you in this generation?
Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
Unfortunately, wrong spirit friend. Verse 15:
Isaiah 65:15 And ye shall leave your name
Here comes the name part now.
for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:
Do you have that name, as I’ve asked? Yeah, we’re in the Old Testament, but it the same one speaking, your Father. Do you have that name? He calls His servants by another name. Verse 16:
Isaiah 65:16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth;
Have you? Here’s the truth friend.
and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
In other words, “I will forgive every sin that those that love me commit, those that hold my word precious and I will even give them a new name”.
We’re going to go to chapter 62 in closing this lecture and we’re going to observe that name. And as we begin, we find that name, in verse 1, and I’m going to read this rather rapidly:
Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp [that] burneth.
Many might think that God’s long suffering and patience goes forever. Well it doesn’t. He just gives everyone one a chance.
Isaiah 62:2 And the Gentiles
That is to say the nations
shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
And I might add, He has. Verse 3:
Isaiah 62:3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
Do you stick to the real truth? Do you realize that you are royalty? When you absolutely have your eyes open, your ears can hear and you’re a servant of the living God. Verse 4:
Isaiah 62:4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate:
That is to say the desolation or desolator of Daniel the prophet when the false messiah stands in the temple claiming to be God.
but thou shalt be called Hephzibah,
Do you know what that means? It means My delight is in her. That’s what the name is. Those that God is delighted in. Hephzibah.
and thy land
And even the land itself
Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
Joined. In other words God has returned. That He is here. As it is written in Ezekiel chapter 16. And it was His favorite spot on the earth, even from the heavens. Now listen on. What about the name? Verse 5:
Isaiah 62:5 For [as] a young man marrieth a virgin, [so] shall thy sons marry thee: and [as] the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, [so] shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Married to God and called the wife and the bride. The reason both terms are utilized in Revelation 19. Verse 6:
Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem,
You know what a watchman does? He watches for the true events to come to pass
[which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
You keep blowing that trumpet. You stay on guard. You stay on watch. You keep telling the truth. You say it over and over. You wake up those that are asleep. 7:
Isaiah 62:7 And give him no rest,
till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
It isn’t yet friend but it is going to be some day. Verse 8:
Isaiah 62:8 The LORD hath sworn by his right hand,
You can count on it friend. God has sworn by His right hand. This will come to pass but it hasn’t yet.
and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn [to be] meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:
No more more NAFTA or world banks. No more one worldism whereby goods and monies are regulated by a one world system, but rather by our honest Father. Verse 9:
Isaiah 62:9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
In other words you’re the one that’s going to enjoy it. Or what have you done for God lately? It is your riches in heaven. Your works do go with you as it is reported in Revelation chapter 14. Isaiah 62 verse 10:
Isaiah 62:10 Go through, go through the gates;
You go on in.
prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones;
In other words, kick the rocks out of the road and decipher the truth in such a way that a child can understand it to find his way into the kingdom of God. Make it easy for those to follow.
lift up a standard for the people.
In other words lift up Christ and the standard, the word of God, and Christ the living word, and place it and keep it in sight of the people. Verse 11:
Isaiah 62:11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world,
Has that happened yet? No. We’re still in the 2nd earth age.
Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward [is] with him, and his work before him.
His recompense is with Him. What has He said? For the good it’s good but for the bad unfortunately it’s bad. But you love Him, He forgives your shortcomings and utilizes you in His salvation plan. Verse 12, and the completion:
Isaiah 62:12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called,
Called what? Called what?
Sought out, A city not forsaken.
And also His people called out. Hey friend, is He calling you? Have you always known there was more to God’s word then you had been taught? Do your eyes see into the deeper truths?
We’re going to pick this up in the next lecture, The Hour of Temptation, and that new name. Don’t miss it.