ELIJAH WILL “RESTORE ALL THINGS”
There has been a great deal written on the mission of Elijah when he comes “before the day of the Lord”. When will he be sent? What will he be sent to do? Who will be sent? I will address these question. but let us first consider two verses that speak of Elijah’s coming, Mal. 4:4-5. “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”.
We will discuss the following topics concerning Elijah’s mission:
THE DAY OF THE LORD
“RESTORE ALL THINGS”
WHO WILL COME BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD?
THE DAY OF THE LORD
As the reader will see as we study Elijah’s mission, the question of when he will come greatly influences the question of what he will be sent to do. We have already seen that Elijah will come “before the day of the Lord”. But unfortunately, some think of the “day of the Lord” and the great tribulation as the same event. That has led to what is, in my opinion, great error in terms of Elijah’s mission. So it is necessary to understand what the Scriptures say about the”day of the Lord” and the tribulation.
In order to understand the differences between the tribulation and the day of the Lord we must understand that the day of His wrath is the beginning of “the day of the Lord”. How do we know that? Rev. 6:16-17 tells us that the kings of the earth said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of His wrath is come.…”. How will they know that the day of His wrath had come? We read in Rev. 6:12-13, “and I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a might wind”. In other words, the kings of the earth will know that the day of God’s wrath had come because they will see the cosmic signs spoken of in this passage. I am not suggesting that they will necessarily know the scriptures, but they obviously will know that these signs were from God, which is proved by their statement “the great day of His wrath is come”.
Let us consider the cosmic disturbances of the sun becoming black and the moon as blood and the stars falling to the earth. We read of these same cosmic events in Joel 2:31, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come“. So these cosmic signs will appear before the day of the Lord and those of Rev. 6:18-17 will understand that they were the signs from God of the day of His wrath. Obviously, these signs will occur only once. That means that the day of God’s wrath begins the day of the Lord.
Now let us add one more passage to this study and we will see that the cosmic events will occur after the tribulation. We read in Matt. 24:29, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken“.
So we have the following sequence of events.
1) The tribulation, followed by
2) The cosmic events that will occur “before”
3) The day of the Lord which is. the day of God’s wrath
For a more complete study of the differences between the day of the Lord and the tribulation please see the paper on that topic
I suggest therefore that Elijah will come before the day of the Lord, but not before the great tribulation.