The Elijah Forerunner

 

The forerunner, whom God calls "Elijah," is a sign of the Christ.  His life will resemble what Jesus will do when He comes.  He is a preview of the Messiah.  John the Baptist was a picture of what Christ would do at His first coming.  Therefore, Jesus called John, "Elijah."

 

Mat 11:14

And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.

 

The forerunner is sent to prepare the way of the Lord and be a sign and a preview of the Messiah.

 

Mat 17:12

“But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.”

 

Why did John have to suffer and be executed?  Because Jesus would suffer and be executed.

Similarities

Birth announced by an angel

 

 

Miraculous birth

 

 

 

 

Grew strong in spirit 

 

 

 

 

Suddenly appeared preaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spent time alone

 

 

 

Did not attend a rabbinic school

 

 

 

Rejected by religious leaders

 

 

 

 

Received by the common people

 

 

 

Made disciples

 

 

 

Preached to the people

 

 

Persecuted and suffered

 

Executed

John the Baptist

Luk 1:5-25

Birth announced by Gabriel

 

Luk 1:7  ...Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.

 

 

Luk 1:80  So the child grew and became strong in spirit...

 

 

 

Luk 3:2-3  ...the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance..."

 

Luk 1:80  ...and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

 

John was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

 

 

Luk 7:30  But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.

 

Mar 1:5  all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River...

 

Jhn 1:35  Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.

 

John preached and spoke of the One who would come after him

 

Was thrown in prison by Herod

 

Beheaded

Jesus

Luk 1:26-38

Birth announced by Gabriel

 

Born of a virgin

 

 

 

 

Luk 2:40  And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

 

Luk 4:14  Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.

 

 

 

Jhn 7:53-8:1  And everyone went to his own house.  But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

 

Jhn 7:15  And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”

 

Luk 9:22  The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed...

 

Mar 12:37  And the common people heard Him gladly.

 

 

 

John 4:1  ...Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John...

 

 

Jesus preached and fulfilled John's message

 

Suffered at the hands of the soldiers

 

Cruxified

If you want to know what Messiah will do, you look to the forerunner.

 

The one sent to forerun for the King is a sign and a picture of the coming Lord.

 

He must prepare the bride for the Bridegroom.

 

His work will resemble the Lord's.

 

He is a preview of things to come.

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Similarities

Suddenly appears

 

 

 

Comes on a white horse

 

 

 

 

 

He conquers 

 

 

 

 

 

He restores all things

 

 

 

He brings glory to God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Departure in the clouds

Comes in the clouds

End time Elijah

Mat 25:6  And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming.'

 

Rev 6:1-2  Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals...And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him...

 

Begins conquest for the Lord

Rev 6:2  ...he went out conquering and to conquer.

 

 

 

Mat 17:11  Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.

 

Isa 28:5  In that day the LORD of hosts will be for a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people.

 

 

 

 

 

Goes up with the church in the clouds to meet the Lord.

1 Th 4:17  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

Mighty and strong one
Mighty and strong one
Mighty and strong one

He is the mighty and strong one of Isaiah 28:2

Return of Jesus Christ

Mar 13:26  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

 

Rev 19:11  Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

 

Conquers the world

Rev 19:15  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. 

 

Completes the restoration of all things and sets up His Kingdom

 

 

Brings the ultimate glory to God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comes in the clouds with the church.

Mar 13:26  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

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