The Old and the New Covenant

Malachi 5:6

“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

Luke 1:17

And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

11 thoughts on “The Old and the New Covenant

  1. This (under) is what the author of “Know the future”, Tim McHyde, is writing on this issue. For myself I find it very exciting, and it make sence for me in my relations to the jewish people: I will stand with them in the very last time, shoulder by sholder, waiting for Elijah first to come, just before Messiah himself is coming. The jews will wait for the “second Elijah” meanwhile I´ll wait for the “third Elijah”. Of course this prophet to come will not be the “old Elijah”, but a new God-ordained prophet in the spirit of Elijah. Praise to God of Israel!

    The Next God-Ordained Leader?
    This statement (chapter before) may come as a surprise to the Christian reader, although not to the Jewish reader. Christians think Elijah has already come in the personage of John the Baptist and therefore Elijah is not on their prophetic radar. Meanwhile, Judaism expects Elijah to come and even includes a place for him at the Passover Seder service. This is similar to how Christians know the Messiah has come and the Jews still await his (first) appearance. Let’s look at the prophecies and see why the prophecy of Elijah coming must be fulfilled again just as Christians already accept that the prophecy promising the Messiah coming must be fulfilled again.

    Malachi 4:5-6 (ESV) — 5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”

    It is somewhat unclear at first exactly what “turning the hearts of the father to the children” and vice versa means. It seems to speak of restoration to God’s ways, something that John the Baptist did. Thus, when he was promised by the angel Gabriel to his father Zechariah in the Temple, this same verse was referenced concerning him and expounded on a bit:

    Luke 1:17 (NKJV) — “He will also 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.”

    Very clearly, John was to fulfill this prophecy. But there is one problem. When he was asked by the Pharisees to identify himself, they asked him if he was Elijah and he denied it!

    John 1:19-23 — 19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the LORD, ‘ ‘ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

    This is actually one of the supposed contradictions of the Bible that anti-missionaries are fond of. What is the resolution to this problem?

    Elijah’s Coming Must Be Dual, Just as Messiah’s
    The problem is resolved by recognizing that both are true because the coming of Elijah is a dual prophecy just as the coming of the Messiah was. In other words, John was a promised Elijah, but only an intermediate one and not the final and full fulfillment. So, when he said “I am not” the promised Elijah, he was referring to this final one that the Jews expect to arrive before the Messiah comes to reign. We can see that duality is also required to make sense of Jesus’ own words about John:

    Matthew 17:10-13 — 10 ..His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11 Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. 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.” 13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.

    Jesus apparently contradicts himself as well here in a fashion consistent with John’s contradiction of what Gabriel spoke about him. The only way for John the Baptist to be Elijah and for Elijah to come is for it to be a dual prophecy. When a prophecy is dual (as most are), the earlier fulfillment will usually only fulfill some but not all aspects of the prophecy. This is also a good clue that the prophecy will (and must) see a later manifestation. John the Baptist came before Jesus’ first coming and turned people back to God’s teachings from Scripture in the midst of the false teachings of Judaism based on oral tradition. But he did not fulfill all things. Jesus said that the final fulfillment of Elijah would come before his return to reign and do a greater work that “restores all things.”

  2. Elijah did and does come before Him. What will be his name and how will you recognize him? Gabriel already told you his name and the name of his mother. First Jew then Gentile, both part of the same olive tree. Let the wise hear what I say!

  3. “My patience has died, and the children are far away. Time to gather the grapes for the winepress; time is up. I will not tarry much longer!”, thus saith the LORD. I am John, messenger of the LORD, born of a Gentile Elizabeth. First Jew then Gentile, both of the same olive tree. Let the wise hear what I say! You O’Church of America are filled with the spirit of the Laodecians. REPENT OR BE REBUKED AND DISCIPLINED! You O’America are filled with the spirit of Babylon. JUDGMENT COMES FOR YOU! He told you I was coming before Him…AGAIN! Don’t you understand His words? Don’t you hear the trumpets sounding? Did you think I would remain in silence? Who can hide from the Almighty God? NO ONE CAN! He told you to “Watch!” You are not children of dark!
    I shall prophesy again! Dear children, turn back to the Father! Behold, the Lord Jesus stands at the door and knocks!

  4. RALLY CRY TO THE CHILDREN OF GOD:
    Blow the trumpets across the earth and the nations
    Time to rally to your battle stations
    Awaken one and all from your slumber and Arise!
    Lest you sleep in blindness and meet your demise
    Take the worldly scales from your eyes so you can see
    Behold, He comes quickly!
    Don your helmet, grab your shield, take hold of your sword
    It is time to make way for our Savior, King, and Lord
    Mount up on mighty stallions and steeds
    And for the Lord do great exploits and deeds
    Satan has been cast down by Michael from the heavens on high
    He rages like a dragon who likes to murder and lie
    Now he runs to and fro the earth to destroy you
    O Lucifer knows his time is short! Hallelujah!
    Satan and his army will ride about to devour
    But we dear children of God have the Lord’s great power
    Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
    Pray without ceasing both day and night
    The angels of high and the shepherds of low rejoiced at His birth
    Soon His footstool will be His enemies and the earth
    Now you know our Lord Jesus Christ and His story
    Soon He returns on clouds with great power and glory
    But certain things must come to pass before His return for us
    Have faith and put on your breastplate of righteousness
    Shine! Shine! Shine! Let your light shine brightly
    A light in the world of darkness for all to see
    Let your faith not be a burning ember but let it be a raging fire
    Peace, strength, and love for all to aspire
    The Lord said, “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.”
    I am John, and a messenger of the Lord I shall be
    For the Lord Jesus came to me to and said “Arise!”
    And showed me the scar on His hand before my very eyes
    Then an angel in the night proclaimed His glorious return to me
    So shall I arise for my Lord and thee
    Now raise your voices with heavenly praise for Him to hear
    For the day of His glorious return is near
    I am John, and a messenger of the Lord I shall be.
    Behold, He comes quickly!

  5. THE PARABLE OF THE FATHER AND HIS TWO SONS
    One day a father decided to take his two sons to the forest to show them God’s wonderful creation. They walked down the path until it split into two different paths; one to the right and one to the left. The father told his sons, “My sons never take the path to the left but always take the path to the right which takes you to the beautiful stream flowing with life-sustaining water to drink from so you will never thirst on your journey.” Then they journeyed on and drank the life-sustaining water from the beautiful stream and so their spirits were refreshed and returned home. A few years later when the sons were old enough to journey on their own, the two sons asked the father if they could journey alone to the forest. The father said, “Yes you can but heed my counsel and do not take the path to the left for it is very dangerous.” The sons left and proceeded down the path when it came to the split. The older son said to the younger son, “Wait here while I journey down the path to the left to see what is around the corner.” The younger son said, “Father said we should not take that path.” The older son replied, “It will be fine and father will never know.” As the older son walked around the corner, he fell into a pit that was hidden by fallen brush. He crawled out but was injured, battered, and bruised. He returned to his younger brother. While he thirsted for the life-sustaining water from the beautiful stream, he knew they needed to return home so his injuries could be treated. The older son told the younger son, “Listen to what father said and never take the path to the left.” When they arrived home and the father discovered what had happened, his anger arose. Then the father said to the older son, “You have disobeyed me and not heeded my counsel so I shall punish you.” Then the father said to the younger son, “Watch, my young son, while I punish your older brother so you shall not make the same mistake and receive the same injuries as your older brother, see my anger arise, and receive just punishment.” A few years later, the two sons once again journeyed to the forest for the older brother still thirsted for the life-sustaining water from the beautiful stream. When they reached the split, the younger son said, “I am older now so I will journey down the path to the left to see what is around the corner myself. Father is older now, will not find out, nor will he punish me in his old age.” The older son pleaded with the younger son and said, “Please, my brother, learn from my mistake and do not arouse the fierce anger of our father.” But the younger son was full of pride and arrogance and thought himself invincible. As the younger son walked around the corner, he fell into the same pit that was hidden by the fallen brush. He crawled out but was injured, battered, and bruised. He returned to his older brother. While he thirsted for the life-sustaining water from the beautiful stream, he knew they needed to return home so his injuries could be treated. When they arrived home and the father discovered what had happened, his anger arose more fierce then it had arisen a few years ago. Then the father said to the younger son, “You have disobeyed me and not heeded my counsel so I shall punish you. Your punishment shall be greater than that of your older brother. Your older brother acted foolishly and blindly, but you my young son acted with arrogance and pride knowing full well the dangers and consequences of taking that path and that my anger would arise but you thought that I would show you leniency because of my old age. My age doesn’t change my wisdom nor shall it change the punishment that must be executed for I am a just father.” Then the father said to the older son, “Watch, my firstborn, while I punish your younger brother so you shall see the punishment that arrogance and pride brings when you do not heed your father and think yourself above him who created you. Oh my sons, I love you very much and it saddens me greatly so when I have to chasten you. Why do you put me in these situations? Have I not been a good father full of grace, mercy, and loving-kindness? Why my children?”

  6. The meaning of THE PARABLE OF THE FATHER AND HIS TWO SONS: O’America. Why did you not heed the lesson learned from your older brother Israel, the firstborn of the Father? Did not the Father bring you also to a good land like the land flowing with milk and honey as was promised to your older brother and the descendants of our righteous father Abraham? Were you not also blessed through Israel? Did you not see the punishment Israel received when he thought foolishly that he could turn away from the Father’s wise counsel and still receive the blessings of the Father? Israel was punished and the whole world saw the judgment of the Father who is a holy god. You America have acted with arrogance and pride before the Father knowing full well that His anger arose when Israel turned away from the Father’s wise counsel. Therefore, the Father’s anger towards you shall be more fierce, and the whole world will once again see what happens to a nation blessed by God which turns away from His wise counsel and thinks His blessings will continue. America, you are filled with the spirit of Babylon, and your abominations and wickedness have reached to heaven, and you sit as no queen before the LORD. I have cried and lamented for you America just as Jeremiah cried and lamented for his people and nation. Why oh why America have you turned against the Father? The Father is a holy god and must execute judgment. The LORD God does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. His glorious name and person shall not be blasphemed or defiled among His creations. The LORD God Almighty is holy, just, and righteous. His holy name shall be glorified once again among the heavens and the earth! Israel, learn from your past and learn from your younger brother America who is to drink from the cup of the LORD’s judgment, and whose glory will be turned to shame. Accept the life-sustaining Water and the Lamb that the Father provided you through His son Yeshua-Jesus-The Messiah. Raise your voices to the heavens and say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

  7. As a watchman, I must speak. Then you are responsible and are held accountable to the LORD once I speak. The LORD has never changed, and He does nothing in secret unless He reveals it first to His prophets.

    When does His judgment on America come you may ask? Read Jeremiah 51 for wisdom as it starts from January 2012:
    “And lest your heart faint,
    And you fear for the rumor that will be heard in the land
    (A rumor will come one year,
    And after that, in another year
    A rumor will come,
    And violence in the land,
    Ruler against ruler),
    Therefore behold, the days are coming
    That I will bring judgment on the carved images of Babylon;
    Her whole land shall be ashamed,
    And all her slain shall fall in her midst.”

    THIS IS THE RUMOR:
    What is His judgment on America you may ask? A fiery sword from another shall be brought against America, and she is to be no more. He spoke of this judgment against America in Revelation 17 & 18. AMERICA…YOU ARE BABYLON THE GREAT! You say, “No, not us!” The Lord Jesus knew exactly the reactions and attitudes of the citizens when the mystery was to be revealed to them. They say “I sit as a queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.” But you O’America do not sit as a queen before my Father!

    I am John, messenger of the LORD, born of a Gentile Elizabeth. First Jew then Gentile, both of the same olive tree. Let the wise hear what I say.

  8. Times have not changed and neither have the children who are as stiff-necked as ever thinking themselves above reproach or discipline. What message does a prophet bring? The message divides and unites, scatters and gathers, and is both bitter and sweet depending on whose ears the message falls and the hearts that receive it.

    “My patience has died, and the children are far away. Time to gather the grapes for the winepress; time is up. I will not tarry much longer!”, thus saith the LORD.

    Turn back to the Heavenly Father dear children of God!

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