by Rev. Vince Finnegan on February 24, 2008
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1 Kings 17:1 Elijah is introduced as abruptly as Melchizedek.

1 Kings 16:29-34 Jezebel's father was the high priest for Baal.

Deuteronomy 11:16 and 17 - God warned Israel about idolatry.

I Kings 17:9 Zarephath belongs to Sidon where Jezebel's father is the king.

Verse 16 During God's judgment, He provides for His own, as He did with Israel while they were in Egypt.

1 Kings 17:24 No rain, ravens fed, flour and oil, raised the dead

1 Kings 18:17-46 God will not tolerate idolatry.

Malachi 4:1-6 The prediction is regarding his official, not personal, capacity. Elijah could not come back from the dead before Christ was raised.

Luke 1:16 and 17 The spirit and power of Elijah, but not literally Elijah

John 1:21 John stated he was not Elijah. He knew that he did not exhaustively fulfill all that is involved in the prophecy in Malachi 4:5. As Moses represents the law, so Elijah represents the prophets. The Jews misunderstood the prophecy to be literally Elijah.

Matthew 16:28-17:12 The Mount of Transfiguration is a vision in which they saw the Son of man coming in his Kingdom; then, Moses and Elijah will be there.

Matthew 17:13 Jesus stated he is coming and has come.

Revelation 11:1-14 May be referring to the same witnesses who will be future forerunners of the Messiah.

Malachi 4:5 The words "before the ...dreadful day of the Lord" show that John cannot be exclusively the fulfillment, for he came before the day of Christ's coming in grace, not before his coming in terror.

Malachi 4:1; Joel 2:31

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