The Spirit of Elijah 4
T he Spirit of Elijah 4 [John the Baptist]
Matthew 17:10-13 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
Elijah must first come. He has been sought by many for a very long period of time. Even to this day the Jewish people celebrate the Passover with a fourth glass of wine placed on the corner of the table nearest the door. Earnest expectation is had for the appearing of this great prophet. This longing has its roots in the last two verses of the Old Testament.
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.
This is the last "speaking of God" for four hundred years! And when the New Testament begins, it does so with John the Baptist and the Elijah Spirit.
Elijah shall first come, and restore all things. The Spirit of Elijah is the Spirit of restoration. Restoration is the current manifestation of the Elijah Spirit. To reject the work of restoration that has yet to be undertaken in the church, is rejection of both Elijah and the Spirit of Elijah.
But I say unto you, that Elijah has come already. Jesus was speaking of the Spirit of Elijah that possessed John.