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The New Elijah

Query for the Month

of

February 2015

Next up-date: March 1st 2015 (God willing).

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Some perpetual questions ....

Is there really an immortal soul?

Do you know the difference between the "love" that is of Christianity
and the "love" that is of the world?
Click here to find out!
 

Click on the link for a good book on the character of our God which you can download for free and share amongst your friends.   It's called "Light through Darkness" and is one of the best books on this subject that I have ever read! 

(when you get to the site just click "cancel" and it will let you in.  Then click "order" to obtain a copy. )

In the meantime, try this site.    And here's one where you can read it online.

 

Here's another great site on the character of God written in a way that's very easy to understand.

In this reply the old-fashioned words of the KJV have been modernised, and in some instances, the man-made punctuation has been altered for greater understanding.  Some of the comments are adapted from books in my library.  No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly.  All the ideas expressed in this article, right or wrong, are my own.   


The query:

Malachi 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 shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. 

Who is this person, and what does he do?

 

My response:

Let’s look at the verses again and see what they actually say:

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 

“and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,

          and the heart of the children to their fathers,

“lest I come and smite the earth with a curse”. 

First of all, God was promising to send the Jews of Malachi’s day (actually four hundred years later)  an individual  person who would come in the spirit and power of the original Elijah.  It was not a group of people, although of course, he could soon gather disciples to him.

And what was he to do?  He was to bring a harmony IN THE CHURCH, such as used to be, not with everyone of course, but enough to make a difference.  He would not go to the world, but operate within the boundaries of the organisation.  And the message he would bring would stop the LORD from having to “smite” the earth as He would otherwise have had to allow (for a time anyway).

And this is what happened:

 Luke 1:

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea [just before the birth of Jesus], a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course [roster] of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the LORD blameless. 7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, 9 according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense [offer up prayers] when he went into the temple of the LORD [at 9am and 3pm]. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without [in the courtyard] at the time of incense.

[He was praying for a deliverer, an “Elijah”,

  who would come and save God’s people, as were many of the people!]

11 And there appeared to him an angel of the LORD standing on the right side of the altar of incense [the “yes” side].

12 And [yet] when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.  13 But the angel said to him, “Fear not, Zacharias: for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you shall have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the LORD, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.

          [Our prayers are often answered in a way we could never have forseen. 

            When we ask God to do something, He often asks us to do it for Him.]

16 “And [this will be his job] many of the children of Israel shall he turn [back] to the LORD their God. 17 And he shall go before Him [the God of Israel] in the spirit and power of Elias [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”. 

Malachi 3:

1 Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the LORD, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, whom you delight in: behold, He shall come, said the LORD of hosts . . . 3 and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge [train] them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness [good works].

4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 

Here we told that it will not be the original Elijah (he was translated into heaven at the close of his work), but an earthly human being who will be a forerunner of the LORD and prepare His way. 

What did the original Elijah do? 

He taught the people the difference between the god of force and the God of love.  The difference between Baal (the Boss) and the LORD (the Servant of all).

1 Kings 18:21      

And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long halt [hesitate] you between two opinions?  If the LORD be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him”. And the people answered him not a word [for they were frightened].

By doing this, he experienced the wrath of the authorities, but it was his own fault that he did not finish his task.

{Ed 151.1} 

By one failure of his faith, Elijah cut short his lifework.

Heavy was the burden that he had borne in behalf of Israel; faithful had been his warnings against the national idolatry; and deep was his solicitude as during three years and a half of famine he watched and waited for some token of repentance. Alone he stood for God upon Mount Carmel. Through the power of faith, idolatry was cast down, and the blessed rain testified to the showers of blessing waiting to be poured upon Israel.

Then in his weariness and weakness he fled before the threats of Jezebel and alone in the desert prayed that he might die.  His faith had failed. The work he had begun he was not to complete. God bade him anoint another to be prophet in his stead. 

What did the next “Elijah” do?

He taught the people that they ALL needed a re-birth regardless of whether they were physically born in the church or not, and he demonstrated this by water baptism, a well-known symbol of entry into the kingdom of heaven from the outside. 

In this, he also experienced the wrath of the authorities.  And what happened to him?  He was killed because of a public denunciation he made!

Then in 1890 we have these words:

{1SM 412.2} 

The Jews tried to stop the proclamation of the message that had been predicted in the Word of God; but prophecy must be fulfilled. The Lord says, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord” (Malachi 4:5).

Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he appears, men may say, “You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way.  Let me tell you how to teach your message.” 

There have been other minor “Elijahs” since John the Baptist, and their messages have often changed the way the church was going.  Martin Luther springs to mind, as does William Miller, but, like the other ones mentioned, these “fountains” never came to full flood.  And there may be others in the future, but it will be the last “Elijah” who will actually fulfil ALL the specifications of  the prophecy.

And what are those specs?

He must have a message that brings the people BACK to an original understanding, and which harmonises with one which the ancients have taught.  So it will not be a “new” message, but a timeless one.  And yet it will be “new” to its hearers for they have never been taught it by their religious leaders.  It will be more than the everlasting gospel, for that does not require an “Elijah” to preach it - that is the job of every Christian in every age.  It will be startling at first and far-reaching in its effects as were the miracles of Jesus.

Mark 1:23-28:

And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, saying, “Let us alone; what have we to do with You, You Jesus of Nazareth?  Are You come to destroy us?  I know You who You are, the Holy One of God”.

And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Hold your peace, and come out of him”.

And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What thing is this?  What new doctrine is this?  For with authority commands He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him”.  And immediately His fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee. 

But the next time it will not be miracles, for the opposition will be using many of those, and the church should live by faith in God’s word and not by sight.  (Revelation 13:13-14.)  This will be a doctrine (a teaching) that is well-known, yet seemingly new.

I hesitate to speak with any authority, but lately my mind has been exercised by a major difference between the old branch of the church, the Jews, and the new branch, the Christians.  I offer it here as a possible example of the way it will be.

Moses spoke:

Deuteronomy 6:

1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded [me] to teach you, that you might do them in the land whither you go to possess it: 2 that you might fear [respect] the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I command you, you, and your son, and your son's son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged

3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you, in the land that flows with milk and honey.

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

6 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart:

7 and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up

Mark 12:

28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”

29 And Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, ‘Hear, O Israel; The LORD our God is one LORD: 30 and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength’:  this is the first commandment”. 

It seems that we may have missed the first part of this first commandment!!  In professed Christianity we hear a lot said about the second half of it, but meet with nearly a complete silence regarding the first.

It may be that if we accept the words of the LORD, we will have to re-think our stand on what is commonly called “the trinity”?  Not to downgrade the LORD, but to uplift the Father.

And “diligently” means we should preach this constantly!

This is how I see it . . .

Right from the beginning of his gospel on the life of Christ, John the beloved gives us a depth of understanding of the Son of God that none of the other disciples, not even Paul, seem to have understood, certainly not clearly.

Under the guidance of the Spirit he wrote:

***************(Begin Quote)

John 1:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.

***************(End Quote)

There have been many attempts to explain the relationship between God the Father and God the Son, but nearly all of them have started from earthly things and worked back to heavenly.  This is not a good way to read the Bible.  Let’s reverse that idea and work from the Scripture down to our level. 

Here the Spirit tells us that the Christ (the sent One) was with God in the beginning which means that He did not have a later start.  Then He says that the Son was with God and that He was God. This means that He is God in another form, not a separate creation. He is also described as “the Word” which gives us some idea of the reason for His existence.

Then the Spirit emphasises this thought by repeating it.

Later, it was written; “And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation [the job of telling the world]; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them; and has committed to us the word of reconciliation”.  2 Corinthians 5:18-19.  So it is a two-way union.

To understand this relationship we need only to look at the record of the beginning of this world where Adam was first made a dual creature in one body and later divided into two separate ones.  “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her to the man.  And Adam said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh . . .” Genesis 2:21-23.

Eve was NOT a separate created person made from the dust of the earth, but was already IN Adam, and when she was detached from him, she was still him in another form, although not an exact copy!  Humanity was made that way, to help illustrate the Godhead (among other things)!

The “creation” [it was really a transformation] of the world was a lesson book to the creatures of the universe, so all the events of that week had a deep meaning.  As the angels, both loyal and rebellious, watched the step-by-step transforming of the solar system, they were given twenty-four hours between the major events in which to begin to comprehend what was happening.

In the case of humanity, Adam and Eve were noticeably different physically, yet alike, when separated, although they each had only a “ration” of emotions.  In the same way, the Father and the Son were separated, but are identical in mind while in different bodies which are like twins. (John 14:9.)  But the object lesson is still there.

Thus it is written:

Proverbs 8:

22 The LORD possessed Me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old.  23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth [or the universe] was. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 26 while as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world [nor any of the universe].

27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there: when He set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 when He established the clouds above: when He strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29 when He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment: when He appointed the foundations of the earth: 30 then I was by Him, as One brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him . . .

Genesis 1:

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2      And the earth was without form [hidden under water], and void [of life]; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said . . .

Expressed in modern English, this means that in the creation of the universe God the Father thought the thought; God the Son spoke the thought; and God the Spirit made it happen.

This is such an important point, that here it is again in another version.

Proverbs 8:22-34 New King James Version (NKJV)

                                (The italics are in the original.)

22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23 I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.


27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
29 When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;[a]
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.

32 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.

And it was this situation that was challenged by Lucifer.  He maintained that the archangel Michael (His name in heaven was “He who is like God”) was just another being like himself and should not receive (or perceive to be receiving) any special favours.  The fact that He had always looked like an angel and behaved as one did not help to explain His position.  The only discernible difference was the fact that He received His “orders” by going into the immediate presence of God (shown by an opaque  bright light), a thing which Lucifer found he could not do. 

Why was it done like that?

Because the gap between Creator and creature is so vast that any close approach to Him would immediately destroy the created being by an overload of Life.  So the Father shrouded Himself with light and silence, while the Son stood forth and spoke, clothed in an angelic form.

The claim was that Lucifer was being excluded, while the fact was that he was not capable of being that close to God without hurting - that is the nature of Creator and creature.  And all they had for proof was the word of God that it was so!

Then John expanded his thought:

***************(Begin Quote)

John 1:

3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In Him was Life; and the Life was the Light of men. 5 And the Light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

***************(End Quote)

The truth of Him being the speaking Creator (“and God said”) is referred to in many other places in the New Testament.  Here are a couple:

Colossians 1:12-18:

“Giving thanks to the Father, which has made us meet [fit] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: in whom we have redemption through His blood [life, Leviticus 17:11], even the forgiveness of sins.  Who is the image [the visible illustration] of the invisible God, the firstborn [premier] of every creature: for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before [above] all things, and by Him all things consist [continue to exist].  And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence”. [“Declared [proved] to be the Son of God with power . . .  by the resurrection from the dead”.  See Romans 1:1-4.]

Hebrews 1:1-4:

God [the Father], who at sundry times and in divers [different] manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir [manager] of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory [the same character], and the express image of His person [the same shape], and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins [in picture form at Calvary], sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels [in their eyes], as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name [character] than they. 

If Christ made all things, He existed before all things. The words spoken in regard to this are so decisive that no one need be left  in doubt. Christ was God essentially, and in the highest sense.  He was with God from all eternity, God over all, blessed forevermore but shrouded in a temporary angelic form.

It was NOT the same when He came to earth in humanity, for in order to give the right demonstration He had to BE a man, not just look like one.  His trial and test and proving shows that He could yield to these temptations, else the battle was all a farce.  (Matthew 4:1-4.)  But He did not yield to the enticement of the enemy, thus evidencing that the human nature of man, united with the divine nature by faith, may be strong and withstand Satan's temptations.

The divine nature, combined with the human, made Him capable of yielding to Satan's temptations. Here the test to Christ was far greater than that of Adam and Eve, for Christ took our nature, fallen but not corrupted, and would not be corrupted unless He received the words of Satan in the place of the words of God. To suppose He was not capable of yielding to temptation places Him where He cannot be a perfect example for man, and the force and the power of this part of Christ's humiliation, which is the most eventful, is of no instruction or help to human beings. 

The man Christ Jesus was still the divine Son of God who had existed from eternity, a distinct person, yet one with the Father.  He had been the surpassing glory of heaven.  He had been the commander of the heavenly intelligences, and the adoring homage of the angels was received by Him as His right. (Hebrews 1:6.)  This was no robbery of God. (Philippians 2:6.) “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of His way,” He declares.  There are light and glory in the truth that Christ was one with the Father before the foundation of the world was laid. This is the Light shining in a dark place, making it resplendent with divine, original glory.

This truth, infinitely mysterious in itself, explains other mysterious and otherwise unexplainable truths, while it is still enshrined in light, unapproachable and incomprehensible except by faith (because God says so!)

“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up” (Matthew 4:16).  Here the pre-existence of Christ and the purpose of His manifestation to our world are presented as living beams of light from the eternal throne.  Christ says, “Let My glory shine forth - the glory which I had with You before the world was”.  John 17:5.

Therefore, to help explain the situation in heaven after the defection of Lucifer, the Son of God came with the angels to this area of the universe where the solar system floated quietly and darkly, and began to re-arrange it.  He had made the entire universe in one period of creation, but the inhabitants of it were not there at the start, for, like Adam, they were last on the list. 

It was when He prepared Adam’s home that He showed the angels how it had been for them.  “. . . and all the sons of God shouted for joy”.  Job 38:7.

The first thing that was revealed was that He had a “Light”, the Light of Life, within Him which was the same as that which was in the Father.  However, now He allowed some of it to appear in the view of both the loyal and the rebellious angels. “And [the Son of] God said, ‘Let there be light: and there was light [from within Him]’.  And [the Son of] God saw the light, that it was good [for the angels]: and [the Son of] God divided the light from the darkness”. Genesis 1:3-4. [This was also a picture of the first step in salvation, the separation between saint and sinner by being born-again. A translation from darkness into light. Colossians 1:13.]  

“In Him [the Son of God] was Life; and the Life was the Light of men”.  It is not physical life that is here specified, but immortality, the life which is exclusively the property of God.  (1 Timothy 6:16.)  The Word, who was with God, and who was God, had this life.  (John 10:17-18. )  Physical life is something which each individual creature receives.  It is not eternal or immortal on its own, for God, the Life-giver, receives it again when it is laid down.  (Ecclesiastes 12:7.)  Neither man nor angel has control over his life - that is the depravity of sin!  (Romans 6:23.)  But the life of Christ was unborrowed.  No one can take this life from Him. “No man takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself,” He said.  John 10:18.  In Him, even as a man, was life, original, unborrowed, underived. This life is not inherent in created man - he can possess it only through Christ.

But, during His incarnation as a man Christ laid aside that God ability, and understood and behaved entirely as a creature.  It is this fact that often obscures the truth when we try to comprehend it from the ground up.  It was only from the Thursday night before the crucifixion, after the experience in Gethsemane, that He took up His rightful place again and showed that He suffered as God.  

So “when He came into the world [in Bethlehem], He said to His Father, ‘Sacrifice and offering You would not [didn’t want], but a body have You prepared Me . . .” and, “Then said Jesus to them, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of man [My bodily Presence], then shall you know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things.  And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father has not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him’.” Hebrews 10:5;  John  8:28-29. 

Zechariah 13:6-7.

And [in the new world] one shall say to Him, “What are these wounds in Your hands?” Then He shall answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends”.

“Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the Man that is My fellow”, said the LORD of hosts: “smite the Shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn My hand upon the little ones [and look after the scattered ones]”

[“Then said Jesus to them, ‘All you shall be offended because of Me this night: for it is written, ‘I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad’.”  Matthew 26:31.]

John 10:

19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings [of His]. 20 And many of them said, “He has a devil, and is mad; why hear you Him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of Him that has a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?”

22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. 24 Then came the Jews round about Him, and said to Him, “How long do You make us to doubt?  If You be the Christ [the Messiah], tell us plainly”.

25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you believed not: [now] the works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you believe not, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: 28 and I give to them eternal life [My Life]; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.

29 “My Father, which gave them [to] Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.

30 “I and My Father are one”.

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works have I showed you from My Father; for which of those works do you stone Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we stone You not; but for blasphemy; and because that You, being a man, make Yourself God”.

34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, You are gods?’ [Psalm 82:6.] 35 If He [the Spirit] called them “gods” [partakers of the divine nature], to whom the word of God came [who were reborn], and the scripture cannot be broken [it is always correct - it is our interpretation which can be wrong]; 36 say you of Him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

37 If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not [faith without works is dead]. 38 But if I do, though you believe not Me, believe the works: that you may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him”. [Starting to believe through miracles is better than not starting.]

39 Therefore they sought again to take Him: but He escaped out of their hand, 40 and went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there He abode. 41 And many resorted to Him, and said, “John did no miracle: but all things that John spoke of this Man were true”. 42 And many believed on Him there. 

So why is He called the Son of God and not the brother?  It is because our earthly relationships can help to understand spiritual ones, but they are not to be used as authorities, for they are only earthly.  Here’s an example of how this works.

John 3:9-13.

Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” 

Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you a master of [a teacher in] Israel, and know not these things?  Verily, verily, I say to you, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and you receive not our witness.  If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how shall you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  And no man has ascended up to heaven [and returned], but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in [both] heaven [and earth, and can tell you about them]

This is what He told Paul:

1 Corinthians 15:22-28.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming. Then comes the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all [rebellious] rule and all [usurped] authority and power. For He must reign, till [until] He has put all enemies under His feet.

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death [in the Lake of Fire].

For He [the Father] has put ALL things under His [the Son’s] feet [under His control]. But when He [the Father] said all things are put under Him [the Son], it is manifest [absolutely clear] that He [the Father] is excepted, which did put all things under Him [the Son].     

And when all things shall be subdued to Him [the Son], then shall the Son also Himself be subject to Him [the Father] that put all things under Him, that God [the Father] may be all in all. 

Here again we have the parallel between Adam and Eve and the Father and the Son, for just as Eve came from and is subject to, Adam, and yet is his equal, so Michael came from and is subject to, God the Father and yet is His equal.  

When asked about this;

Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, ‘Hear, O Israel; The LORD our God is one LORD: and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength’ [Deuteronomy 6:4-5]: this is the first commandment”.  Mark 12:29-30. 

“I and My Father are one!”

Conclusion:

Elijah is coming to teach us that He IS God, not another God.  “Hear, O Israel; The LORD our God is one LORD”.

 

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