The Spirit of Elijah 5
T he Spirit of Elijah 5 [Restoration]
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 to them of John the Baptist.
The Spirit of Elijah is the Spirit of Restoration
Elijah shall come and restore all things.
Isaiah 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; and for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
Acts 3:19-21 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Joel 2:28-32 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
J esus Can Not Come Tonight!
The heavens must retain the Son of God until the complete restoration of all things which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Here lies an admonishment to enquire into the prophets, to search the Word of God, to pore through the pages of Holy Scripture.
What do the prophets declare that is to restored?
The Missing Link
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh.
The question must be asked, after what?
Much is taught from the prophet Joel on repentance and revival. Yet sandwiched between these two great truths is something that is completely ignored. Surely the answer to the question, after what, is the complete restoration of the Christian Church to her former glory. When this magnificent work is complete, the Spirit of God will be poured on all flesh. There will be wonders both in earth and heaven. There will be blood, fire and pillars of smoke, the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood.
These wonders never occurred on the Day of Pentecost! These are specific signs for the end time generation, the one that will see the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
As surely as God had a voice to prepare a people for the first coming of Christ, so also He has a voice today that is preparing a people for the second coming of Christ.
When everything has been completely restored, the glory of the Lord will be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
The restoration will be total. The restoration will be complete.
T he Inspiration of the Scriptures or The Imminent Coming of Christ
A choice must be made between the inspiration of the Scriptures and the imminent coming of Christ. These views are diametrically opposed.
The view of the imminent coming of Christ destroys the inspiration of the Scriptures and conversely, the view of the imminent coming of Christ annihilates the Holy Scriptures.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Matthew 15:3,6,9 Why do ye transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? Ye have made the word of God of none effect by your tradition. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Psalm 119:89 Forever. O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
Man is Created in the Image of God
When God created man, he was created perfect. When God created Lucifer, he was created perfect. When God creates anything, it is created perfect. This is simply because God Himself is perfect and it logically follows that anything created by Him must be perfect. It is also mature; it is also fully developed.
In the magnificent work of redemption, God will fully restore fallen man to his former glory. Whatever was lost in Eden by Adam, will be completely restored by the Lord Jesus Christ in His redemptive work.
This erroneous teaching finds itself in many parts of Canada. It embraces the concept that, "all things will be restored, even the devil", and "God is a God of mercy and will never consign anyone to such a hideous place as hell".
The correct Biblical statement is, "God will restore all things ... that He has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began".
God never spoke that the devil would be saved.
The insurance against error is to say what God says: to keep silent when He is silent: to emphasise where and what He does.
Oh, how it behoves each Christian believer to set his heart after the things God has spoken.
A More Sure Word of Prophecy
2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The Glory of the Lord
In each of the three dwelling places of God on the earth (The Tabernacle of Moses, the Temple of Solomon and the Christian Church) God has purposed to reveal His glory.
Exodus 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
2 Chronicles 5:13,14 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth forever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.
Isaiah 60:1,2 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Think of it! A church filled with the fullness of God the Father, the fullness of God the Son and the fullness of God the Holy Ghost.
Let faith rise in your heart. Believe the Word of God. The Christian Church is the greatest of all the dwelling places of God on the earth. The glory of God has yet to be revealed in her!
Z acharias: Father of John the Baptist
Four hundred years had passed and there had been no Word from God. The Lord remained silent. Jehovah chose not to speak.
Suddenly, the Archangel Gabriel appeared. God spoke!
Let God speak:
Luke 1:5-25 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elizabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went in to the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and he shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of 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. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
Zacharias was faithfully executing the ministry God had called him to: burning incense on the altar of incense. The angel appeared on the right side of the altar.
The altar of incense speaks of prayer and praise.
Revelation 8:3-5 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
The revelation came to Zacharias that he would bring forth a ministry to prepare a people for the first coming of the Lord.
So today as the church ministers to the Lord with praise, prayer and worship, a people will be prepared for the second coming of the Lord.
The divine pattern yet again comes into view.
Hebrews 8:5 See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed thee in the mount.
Let us build according to the pattern!