AM I THE ONE ON WHOM I AWAIT? (Continued)
When John’s disciples reported the "great and fearful" news of events throughout Judea, he must have recalled the prophecy of Malachi. All true prophets have one message and that is the Testimony of Jesus (Revelation 19:10). They are acutely aware that God cannot lie. John knew that Malachi had declared, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:_Malachi 4:5." The people perceived that a great prophet had risen up and that God had visited His people. These great and awesome events clearly indicated the "day of the Lord" was upon them; however, there was been no mention of the coming of Elijah! The disciples also asked Jesus concerning Elijah’s coming after the Transfiguration in Matthew 17:10, "And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias (Elijah) must first come?" John’s question was not about the Integrity of Jesus the Christ but rather the coming of Elijah.
Herein is wisdom. John the Baptist, son of Zacharias and Elisabeth through supernatural means, was the prophet of the Highest. This messenger of the Lord obediently prepared His Way and fulfilled the ministry the Holy Ghost spoke through his father, Zacharias, at his birth. John was so fully focused on his mission that he took no time to consider himself. He was a vessel through whom the Spirit of God moved and worked. John kept pointing others to the Messiah. Just as in the Old Testament (2 Kings 2), Elijah cannot be found by natural means. Elijah’s name means Jehovah is God, and God is Spirit. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist._ Matthew 17:11-13
Welcome to life in the spirit! For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God._Colossians 3:3." John’s life was so hidden in God until he did not recognize that he was in truth Elijah the prophet who was to come. As we live in the spirit, God is accomplishing His will in and through us. Christ has been evidently set forth, and we will not stand gazing at the sky. As we decrease, we allow Christ to manifest from within His Body. When our heads (carnal minds) are removed, there will be instant death to self. The spiritual Body can then grow up into Christ, the Head.