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These are the Days of Elijah! What are the “all things” that Elijah is to Restore and How?

May 17, 2017

If you type the above title into Google, 171,000 results suggest interest in this topic, and if you click the first link, 1.7 million have heard thlis inspiring message in song, “These are the Days of Elijah!

What about Elijah? Christ said before He comes, Elijah “shall first come and restore all things.”[1] If we want Christ to come soon, we must want Elijah to come first, and we might wonder if we can help him to “restore all things.” This article is about two questions: What are the ‘all things’ to be restored and what’s the process so that we might have a share in his ministry?

Just as the book of Revelation has seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, we might see that a 7-fold emphasis of a topic could be a marker for end-time truth to be restored. An example of this would be an article in the Adventist Review by Don Neufeld 40+ years ago about God’s name in the Ten Commandments.

It would surprise most Christians to learn that God’s name was removed by translators who substituted the title, LORD, in all capital letters. We find “LORD” seven times in Exodus 20:4-13, three times in the 4th Commandment which is like a seal containing God’s name, office (Creator) and dominion–heaven and earth.

In desiring God’s seal of approval on us, we are encouraged to see God’s name on 144,000 in Revelation 14:1. This example supports the relevance of topics having a 7-fold emphasis for the end-times, like LORD  in the Ten Commandments seven times. Our purpose here is not to delineate what the seven topics are, but to show their broader relevance to the seals in Revelation 6 and to the wedding parables.

In Revelation 6:1, John heard ‘thunder; one of the four beasts saying, Come and see…behold a white horse.’ Thunder is linked to God’s name–when Christ asked God to glorify His name, the people said it thundered.[2] We also see thunder associated with God’s name in Revelation 14:1,2.

In the end-time when many will die, those who call upon His name will be delivered.[3] Like the iceberg, there is more to this issue than we see on the surface, as a study on God’s name would support.

This is also relevant to the wedding parables. The Bride must take her Husband’s name. When Israel made a covenant with God at Sinai, He got an ignorant bride that worshiped a calf called Baal. The translation of Baal is “lord.” We don’t worship a calf, but we call God by the same title, Lord, but for the impending times ahead, He says, “you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me, ‘My Master,’”[4] [Baali in KJV]

Elijah came to bring repentance which means a change of mind. We should know there is no “J” letter in Hebrew, so the New Testament is closer to the truth. Christ said, “Elias truly shall first come and restore all things,” except there was no “s.” Elia means my El (short for Elohim, God) is IA. HalleluIA, an international word that means Praise God in most languages. Prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah or Zechariah had God’s name, but they pronounced IA as in Maria or Gloria.

When Israel made a covenant with God at Sinai, He regarded it as a marriage and said, “Return…I am married to you.”[5] Bible covenants were linked to 7’s, like the seven ewes that Abraham gave to Abimelech in their covenant.[6] Another example would be the seven holy convocations that God gave to Israel in Leviticus 23, where they are called “the feasts of the LORD.” This brings us to the wedding feast…

Christ’s first wedding parable was about a King who made a marriage for His Son and sent His servants to bid people to the wedding feast. If it were real food, they probably would have gone, but they scorned it, and for persistent disinterest and mistreatment of the message by the “remnant,…the King burned up their city.”[7]

In the wedding parables of Matthew 25, the cry at midnight is an echo from the cry at Passover in Egypt.[8] Calamity fell on the Egyptians and God took Israel to Sinai for the covenant marriage. Paul included the Exodus in “all those things happened for examples…ends of the world.”[9]

Passover imagery is also seen in Luke 12:35-37 where “loins girded” is first found in Exodus 12:11 and “watching” (being awake as the Greek word, gregoreo, means) was also in that context at Passover.

The point is, since the wedding includes an invitation to a feast in Matthew 22, it may have Passover timing, but the feast then is unleavened bread—and perhaps the ‘remnant’ aren’t interested in plain crackers! But after 2000 years, we should think ‘spiritual feast’ and recall that when Christ said, Beware the leaven of the Pharisees, He meant their teachings.[10]

So we have come full circle from Elijah restoring all things, to a wedding covenant based on unleavened teachings that are not made light by church leaders or traditions.

The “all things” are 7 topics emphasized 7 times in the Bible as a mark of end-time truth that are the basis of a covenant we make to become the Bride of Christ, like Israel covenanted and became God’s bride.

Those truths to be restored are also represented by the white horse in Revelation 6 where they have a contextual link to the 7 Seals. We showed this with God’s name linked by ‘thunder’ to the white horse.

Ellen White alludes to the white horse in the last chapter of her last book–“Clad in the armor of Christ’s righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict… she is to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer.”[11]

Somehow, when we read “church,” we tend to think of church buildings, institutions or headquarters, and we miss Ellen White’s last definition of “church” in the previous chapter…

“That which God purposed to do for the world through Israel, the chosen nation, He will finally accomplish through His church on earth today…even His covenant-keeping people…and to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises made by Jehovah to His ancient people.”[12]

Because Bible covenants were linked to sevens as shown above, the covenant is one of the seven topics that have a contextual link to the seals in Revelation 6. The rider on the red horse has a great sword that takes peace from the earth. We should expect this to happen after we make a covenant with Christ.

When God made a covenant with Israel, He said He would drive out the Canaanite.[13] We can expect the world to soon be a dangerous place when only those who have God’s name and covenant of protection will survive to see Christ’s coming.

We shouldn’t overlook the imagery of a white horse “conquering and to conquer” in a militant way. Horses in the Bible were used for war. Israel was not to multiply horses. Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey. But the white horse represents truths that enable us to be victorious as kingdoms crumble.

This leads us to the parallel imagery from Daniel 2. “In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom.”[14] When Christ comes in the sky, there will be no kings standing. The earthquake of the 7th vial destroys Babylon.[15]

A close look at the context shows the stone is cut out of a mountain,[16] but the only other uses of “mountain” in Daniel refer to God’s holy mountain, Jerusalem. In other words, it’s His people. The stone is cut from the church like the wise virgins who are ready in the wedding parable–they are separated from the foolish.

Furthermore, the stone grows to become a great mountain and fill the whole earth, verse 35. This won’t happen when Christ comes in the sky. This is the 144,000 who are anointed in a similar way to Christ or Elijah with power for 1260 days to shut the heavens and to turn water to blood.[17]

The 144,000 are said to be “virgins” in Revelation 14:4, and since the Bible explains itself, they must be the wise virgins that get into the wedding—a covenant relationship.

We should recall that the foolish were shut out by a short delay. In Luke’s wedding parable, when Christ ‘knocks,’ we must “open unto Him immediately.”[18] This is a problem for a church that needs a committee to decide. Unless we arrive at a better understanding of how ‘the Bridegroom comes,’ we might not be included. There needs to be a widespread understanding of what we are looking for and a readiness for His ‘knock.’

Since the only other place Christ ‘knocks’ is Revelation 3:20, and historically, that lukewarm church ended in an earthquake circa 63 AD, we should consider the possibility that Ellen White’s vision of an earthquake at Loma Linda is relevant. “Buildings, great and small, were falling to the ground….It seemed that the Judgment day had come.”[19] “Laodicea” means “people judging” (laos, people and dicea, decree/judgment).

Most readers think the above vision was about the San Francisco Earthquake that occurred then, but Ellen White cited Zephaniah 1:8 where God said He will punish the king’s children.

We should also see that an earthquake is encoded in Revelation 6:1. When John heard thunder, it was “one of the four beasts.” Verses 3,5,7 support the first creature as the Lion of Judah.[20] It was His roar that sounded like thunder. “The Lord also shall roar…the heavens and earth shall shake.”[21] The Lion’s roar is an encoded earthquake.

This ‘roar’ (earthquake) calls attention to the white horse—a message of truth for the end-time. In Luke’s wedding parable, the ‘knock’ is an earthquake, a signal to ‘open unto Him immediately.’

The Rule of 1st Use is helpful in understanding “immediately.” The word is first found in the King James Bible when Christ called James and John–“they immediately left the ship and their father and followed Him.”[22] Recognizing Christ’s ‘knock’ may be a similar high calling for us.

James and John wanted to be on Christ’s right hand and left in the kingdom and He asked, Can you drink of the cup that I drink of. They said yes, but slept when they should have prayed, and ran when they should have stayed with Him. But if we respond with immediate readiness for a covenant, “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has,” or we could be “beaten with many stripes” if we shrug this off.[23]

Closing: Elijah’s ministry is something that everyone can share. The ‘all things’ to be restored are marked by a 7-fold emphasis in Scripture and they have a contextual link to the 7 seals. They also fit the 7 days for Bible weddings.[24] Opening immediately at Christ’s ‘knock’ means a focus on those topics and a willingness to leave our ‘ship’ as James and John did. If our employment does not allow freedom of conscience to live for present truth as we understand it, we should be ready to leave the ship at His ‘knock.’

Horses were used for war. The white horse is militant in a spiritual sense for the truths of the covenant by which we become Christ’s kingdom as Israel became God’s kingdom when they made a covenant.[25]

The imagery of the Stone Kingdom in Daniel 2 is parallel. The stone beats the kingdoms to chaff. God will change Jacob from a “worm” to a threshing instrument to beat the mountains to chaff.[26] We should be happy to be a worm for His sake and look forward to beating the ‘high places.’ Earthly kingdoms will become chaff when people see the “gospel of the kingdom.” Kingdom means dominion of a king by his laws. God’s laws are wise and fair, even “perfect” as David said.[27] The power for Elijah’s ministry in Revelation 11:6 is given in verse 3 in the context of God measuring the church in verse 1. Important times are impending!

[1] Matthew 17:11 KJV unless specified

[2] John 12:28,29

[3] Joel 2:32

[4] Hosea 2:16, NKJV

[5] Jeremiah 3:14

[6] Genesis 21:27,28

[7] Matthew 22:6,7

[8] Exodus 12:29,30

[9] 1Corinthians 10:1,11

[10] Matthew 16:12

[11] Prophets & Kings, p 725

[12] Ibid, p 713,714

[13] Exodus 34:10,11

[14] Daniel 2:44

[15] Revelation 16:19

[16] Daniel 2:45

[17] Revelation 11:3-6

[18] Luke 12:36

[19] Testimonies for the Church, Vol 9, p 92-95

[20] Revelation 4:7; 5:5

[21] Joel 3:16

[22] Matthew 4:22

[23] Luke 12:44-48

[24] Genesis 29:27

[25] Exodus 19:5,6

[26] Isaiah 41:14,15

[27] Psalm 19:7

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