The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 364
The Lord will send Elijah the prophet, to prepare the way for Messiah.
Old Testament Prediction:
Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 3:1-3 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’ ”
Matthew 11:7-14 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.”
Jesus said that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of Malachi 3:1.
Malachi 3:1 “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me.”
John the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament prophets. Jesus said, “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” The Old Testament ended with the arrival of John the Baptist who was to fulfill the role of Elijah the prophet, foretold in the Book of Malachi—to prepare the hearts of the people for the arrival of the Messiah. Jesus said that “if you are willing to receive it, he (John) is Elijah who is to come.”
John mission was to fulfill the role of Elijah by boldly declaring that God was keeping His word in Jesus Christ. By these 365 prophecies declared throughout the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament, the word of God is proven true, reliable, and trustworthy.
When the repentant came to John at the Jordan river—in the spirit of Elijah, John called them immediately to repent—to change their minds about sin and agree with God that they are a sinner. Then as a sign of true repentance, the contrite were to cease from continuing in their sins and begin to perform righteous acts.
Some today mistakenly believe that they can continue in a lifestyle of sin while claiming to be “Born Again” and saved by Jesus Christ. This is not possible since repentance requires a turning from sin to live for Jesus Christ. If a person was a habitual liar, he needs to start telling the truth. People cannot continue to tell their lies while claiming that salvation has occurred, and they are a Christian. If a person was unfaithful to their spouse, they need to start being faithful, or their claim to be saved is not valid. If a person was living a homosexual or lesbian lifestyle, they must cease to act on those impulses that caused them to engage in their wrongful sexual behavior. It is impossible to live in a continuing lifestyle of sin while being “Born Again.”
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