Sunday, December 14, 2014

Second Coming of Elijah

"And the disciples put this question to him, 'Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?'
He replied, 'Elijah is indeed coming, and he will set everything right again; however, I tell you that Elijah has come already and they did not recognise him but treated him as they pleased; and the Son of man will suffer similarly at their hands.'  Then the disciples understood that he was speaking of John the Baptist." ............Matthew 17: 10-13

Elias (Hebrew 'Eliahu , "Yahweh is God "; also called Elijah), was loftiest and most wonderful prophet of the Old Testament. The ministry of Elijah, in the 9th century B.C, was to defend the worship of Yahweh over that of the Canaanite god Baal (which he considered as idol worship); he raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and was taken up "by a whirlwind." In the Book of Malachi, Elijah's return is prophesied "before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord," making him a harbinger of the Messiah and the eschaton in various faiths that revere the Hebrew Bible. Derivative references to Elijah appear in the Talmud, Mishnah, the New Testament and the Qur'an. [1]

It is also stated in the book of Kings in the Old Testament that His skin garment and leather girdle (2 Kings, 1, 8), his swift foot (1 Kings 18:46), his habit of dwelling in the clefts of the torrents (xvii,3) or in the caves of the mountains (xix, 9), of sleeping under a scanty shelter (xix, 5), betray him as the true son of the desert. This is the same life style of John the Baptist

John the Baptist preached a message of repentance and baptism. He predicted the day of judgment using imagery similar to that of Malachi. He also preached that the Messiah was coming. All of this was done in a style that immediately recalled the image of Elijah to his audience. He wore a coat of camel's hair secured with a leather girdle (Matthew 3:4, Mark 1:6). He also frequently preached in wilderness areas near the Jordan river.
In the Gospel of John, when John the Baptist was asked by a delegation of priests (present tense) "Art thou Elias", he replied "I am not" (John 1:21). Matthew 11:14 and Matthew 17:10–13 however, make it clear that John was the spiritual successor to Elijah. In the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Luke, Gabriel appears to Zechariah, John's father, and told him that John "will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God," and that he will go forth "in the spirit and power of Elijah" (Luke 1:16–17). [2]

Just as Elijah turned the people of Israel towards Yahweh so also John the Baptist preached repentance and John declares in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.'" Both Elijah and John taught repentance.

We must refer to the words in the book of Sirach where he declares "Blessed, those who will see you, and those who have fallen asleep in love; for we too shall certainly have life." .............Sirach 48: 11
This specific passage refers to the people who are physical witness to the presence of Elijah as well as those who have departed this world for all will witness the new Elijah in the person of John the Baptist as confirmed by Christ himself.

The intimate relation, at the consciousness level, between Jesus and John the Baptist in the pre natal stage as well as on the banks of Jordan river and subsequently the revelation to his closest apostles the intimacy of Christ and Elijah at a transcendental level during the transfiguration at Mount Tabor, all clearly reveals the reincarnation of the soul in different bodies befitting a Divine plan in the soteriological (redemptive) process. Both Elijah and John the Baptist can be seen as prophets preparing the way for a great teacher to arrive. It would rather be too radical and incredible if an existing system is shaken to the core by a new interpretation by a seemingly unqualified Master. In order to ease the acceptance of the Master, a precursor is sent to prepare the mind of the recipient. The close tracking of the individual personalities of Elijah and John the Baptist and their role in society points to the same soul reincarnating in different periods of time to play the same role. 

The redemptive process is the elevation of individual consciousness to the Divine level and all teachers and precursors play the catalytic role in this cosmic process.

Love to you all

[2] Ibid

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