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 The Last Elijah

Chapter Three

 

The Voice of the Prophetess

 

          It was evening and the March air of 1840 was cool and fresh. The windows were open in the small church and the breeze felt good as it blew among the packed pews.  There was no more room, even for standing and people stood at the windows and listened intently. Among the pews were Robert and his thirteen year old sister Ellen. Her eyes sparkled and her disfigured face had a look of wonder as the preacher William Miller presented the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, tracing each event in history. Her soul was stirred within her as she heard that the great day of the Lord was at hand. She felt the great burden of her sin and over the next several months struggled as God was preparing her for a great commission.

          She was one of a pair of twins born to Robert and Eunice Harmon on November 26, 1827. Her life had been that of a normal child until the age of nine. All changed when she was struck in the face by a stone thrown from an angry school mate. The injuries had almost taken her life and left her unable to go to school. The factures in her face had left her disfigured yet God was even then preparing her for a great work.

          Three years later, the Harmon family including Ellen, where asked to leave their Methodist church due to accepting the advent message of William Miller. Even so her hopes were high because Jesus was coming back that year. Later the date would be changed to October 22, 1844 after further study.  But the time passed and Ellen along with other Advent believers suffered a great disappointment. Yet God had used this and her faithful walk with Jesus had now prepared her for the great work set before her.

          Not long after the disappointment, Ellen was visiting with four other women and praying when she felt the power of God come upon her. She then was given the first of approximately 2000 visions and dreams that she would be given over her lifetime.  Though young and in bad health, she accepted the calling of God. She became a great blessing to God’s final remnant church of whom she was called to minister to as His messenger. She fulfilled His calling faithfully until her death in 1915.

Why this history? Because in these last days, God gave much needed truth concerning the voices of His two great prophets, Moses and Elijah, to His church through the voice of this faithful prophetess.  If God was to send the message of Elijah to His last day remnant, would He not send us the truth on how to recognize the message and its bearer?  

Before we explore this further, let’s look at Malachi’s prophecy again. “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:1-6

As earlier shared, we will be looking at the two individual messages for us who are to take up our crosses and follow Jesus.  Now let’s look closer at Elijah’s message.  Was the message of Elijah to be a prominent message at the time of Christ’s first ministry here on earth?

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Mal 3:1)

In the 1st coming of Christ was this fulfilled? If we accept the words of Christ, we would have to answer yes!  But was it a fulfillment of it in totality or was it a type that pointed to a more complete fulfillment that is yet to come?

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Matthew 3:1-3 According to Matthew, this was also a fulfillment of prophecy given by Isaiah. To what prophecy of Isaiah does this refer?

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” Isaiah 40:1-5

Here we see Isaiah revealing that the Elijah message would be given to God’s people prior to His coming. This is in agreement and a parallel to the prophecy of Malachi.  Now let’s look at the words of our Savior Jesus concerning John the Baptist.

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 11:12-15

We should not pass that last phrase “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” without pause. It is used several times with slightly different wording in the scriptures and is almost always an indicator of an event or prophecy that will have multiple fulfillments. We see this clearly in Revelation when Christ is speaking of the seven churches.  We should also consider what Christ is saying in the following words.

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”  Matthew 11:12

How was this happening in Christ’s day? What did He mean? We saw the answer in the last chapter. The truth concerning the Father and Son had been assaulted by the Jewish leaders who used their position to attack it by force.  They rejected all the simple truths given them first by John and then Christ Himself. Finally they murdered the Son of God to silence His voice. We will look more at this later. 

Christ coming 2000 years ago was preceded by a fulfillment of the Elijah message. Let’s look at Luke 3:2-5. “…The word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

Did the literal fulfillment occur completely in the time of Christ’s first advent? Was every mountain and hill brought low? How about Malachi’s prophecy? “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:” Malachi 4:5  Great and Dreadful? Where else does the Bible speak of this? Mountains laid low, dreadful Day!

Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 64:1-4

This prophecy is primarily concerning and pointing to the second coming of Christ. The fact is that John the Baptist and his ministry was a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, but not THE fulfillment. Elijah was a type and John was an antitype. But if John was also a type, who then would be the anti-type of John? How would that message again be heard in its final anti-type fulfillment just before Christ returned the second time? Here is where the end time words given to us by the prophetess come into play.

  The work of John was foretold by the prophet Malachi: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.” [Malachi 4:5, 6.] John the Baptist went forth in the spirit and power of Elijah, to prepare the way of the Lord, and to turn the people to the wisdom of the just. He was a representative of those living in the last days, to whom God has intrusted sacred truths to present before the people, to prepare the way for the second appearing of Christ.CTBH 39.1 1890

The answer is sobering. The last day Elijah message will be given by those of us living at the end who worship the Father and His Son as they are revealed in the scriptures. We are the antitype to give the Elijah message to the world just before Christ’s Second Coming. Just as Elijah was an Israelite sent to Israel with a  decision message for Israel, those who worship and serve God faithfully within the SDA Church will stand and declare that same message to the SDA people and its leaders. The truth of this prophecy can be denied by you, but it is none the less true. We have no more power to prevent this then we can prevent the stars from shining in the sky.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:5, 6.

    The closing words of Malachi are a prophecy regarding the work that should be done preparatory to the first and the second advent of Christ.       Those who are to prepare the way for the second coming of Christ are represented by faithful Elijah, as John came in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for Christ's first advent.     Our message must be as direct as was that of John. He rebuked kings for their iniquity. Notwithstanding the peril his life was in, he never allowed truth to languish on his lips. . . .   In this time of well-nigh universal apostasy, God calls upon His messengers to proclaim His law in the spirit and power of Elias. As John the Baptist, in preparing a people for Christ's first advent, called their attention to the Ten Commandments, so we are to give, with no uncertain sound, the message: "Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come." With the earnestness that characterized Elijah the prophet and John the Baptist, we are to strive to prepare the way for Christ's second advent.    The hour of God's judgment has come, and upon the members of His church on earth rests the solemn responsibility of giving warning to those who are standing as it were on the very brink of eternal ruin.  {FLB 290.6}  Faith I Live By 290.

If we are to bear the Elijah message to our beloved church and indeed the world with the same power as did Elijah and John, we must know what the message is and how it is given in the same power. What doctrine concerning the Father and Son has caused this “well-nigh universal apostasy”?   We cannot deny that in the type and anti-type lesson of this message, this same apostasy (as seen in ancient Israel) will be loose in the church (modern spiritual Israel) at the end time.

 

In order to truly understand the apostasy, we must fully learn what the Elijah’s message was and is. In Ellen Whites quote above, we see that it was tied directly to the law of God. Further she makes it clear that it is tied to the three angel’s messages, most specifically to the first. So let’s turn to the Elijah message.