Many nights on my mission, I laid in bed for hours thinking it through. I knew all the verses that pertained to Elias/Elijah, but could never wrap my mind around it.
Years later, I can finally say I have figured out the Elias controversy.
It all comes down to the Book of Malachi and understanding that everything in that book has already transpired!
Same with Daniel.
We are awaiting the fulfillment of prophecies from Isaiah, Ezekiel etc. but modern revelation proves that both Daniel and Malachi are done-deals.
Daniel, for instance, asks, “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” (Daniel 12:6) “What shall be the end of these things?” (verse 8)
He is told by the angel that, “it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.” (Daniel 12:7)
The prophecies of Daniel have all come to pass. They came to pass when Satan scattered the power of the holy people! This happened in late 1834, after a 3 and a half year period (time, times, and a half) when the holy people were gathered and held the power of God, the Melchizedek priesthood.
Bringing that up will surely create questions in readers minds, but this post is not about Daniel; I’m just using it as an example. Of course, I’m happy to answer any questions anyone has on it!
But now let’s review Section 110, and what it says about Malachi.
14 Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi…
To me, it is clear that by FULLY COME, the Word is making clear that the prophecy of Malachi has come to complete fruition.
I could write an entire post on the prophecy of Malachi, but I want to focus on Elijah.
Christians believe that John the Baptist is Elijah, and that the Book of Malachi was fulfilled during the ministry of Christ.
This makes no sense.
Elijah is supposed to come before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
John the Baptist did not come before the great and dreadful day of the Lord when the wicked is turned to stubble; he came to prepare the way of Christ’s first coming.
Elijah precedes Christ’s SECOND coming.
[As a sidenote, one thing that had always bothered me was that Sidney Rigdon, in Section 93, was mandated to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, but in Luke 4:19, it says that Jesus fulfilled that Isaiah scripture….
What I never realized was that Jesus did not fulfill the scripture in its entirety… He only read the first couple verses of the prophecy, not the whole thing. He didn’t, “proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God,” he only proclaimed the acceptable year. Sidney Rigdon would fulfill that scripture during the acceptable year that precedes the vengeance of God!]
The JST makes it even more clear, but I want to simply refer to the KJV to prove the point that John the Baptist was not fulfilling Malachi.
The disciples asked Christ, “Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?” (Mathew 17:10)
Christ’s responds, “Elias truly SHALL first come, and restore all things.” (verse 11)
He also says, “that Elias is come already.” (verse 12)
So Elias/John the Baptist has already come, but Jesus says he SHALL come and restore all things.
Clearly, Jesus is saying that John the Baptist is Elijah, but he has not completed his mission.
Elijah is supposed to turn the hearts of the children to the fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the children.
Section 98 has rendered:
children – Jews
fathers – Prophets
Did John the Baptist do these things?
Luke 1:17 says that John the Baptist, “shall go before him [Christ] in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children.”
Nothing is said about turning the hearts of the children to the fathers!
That’s because John the Baptist was unsuccessful in turning the Jews to the Prophets!
Jesus says the Jews, “knew him not.” (Mathew 17:12)
John the Baptist/Elijah would reach the Jews before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
Like I’ve said in my last post, and in many other posts, the LDS church is gathering the Jews. The LDS church, because of the keys Elijah gave, is turning the hearts of the children/Jews to the fathers/Prophets, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
The interesting thing is that John the Baptist/Elijah was ordained to overthrow the Kingdom of the Jews. (D&C 84:28) I do not think John the Baptist did this during Christ’s time; I think that prophecy is referring to the LDS church. John the Baptist is going to overthrow the Kingdom of the Jews!
Won’t that be cool?
John the Baptist must do that to restore all things.
Remember, him restoring things has nothing to do with Malachi. Malachi makes no mention of any restoration.
It is only in the gospels that we are told Elias is to restore anything.
Malachi is fulfilled, but John the Baptist/Elijah isn’t done yet!
Let’s read Section 27:
6 And also with Elias, to whom I have committed the keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began, concerning the last days;
7 And also John the son of Zacharias, which Zacharias he (Elias) visited and gave promise that he should have a son, and his name should be John, and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias;
8 Which John I have sent unto you, my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, to ordain you unto the first priesthood which you have received, that you might be called and ordained even as Aaron;
9 And also Elijah, unto whom I have committed the keys of the power of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse;
10 And also with Joseph and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, your fathers, by whom the promises remain;
11 And also with Michael, or Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the ancient of days;
I made “with” bold, because I want you to notice that the text is cryptically telling us that Elias is John and John is Elijah!
There is no differentiation of those three in Section 27. They are the same.
Elijah/Elias/John the Baptist has the keys to bring to pass the restoration of all things!
John the Baptist fulfilled Malachi in Section 110, and is ALSO going to restore all things as Christ said he would.
John the Baptist will overthrow the LDS church.
Many believe that Joseph Smith is Elias the restorer, but I do not believe this to be the case.
I believe John 1 speaks of three people:
- The Christ
- that prophet
I believe Joseph Smith is “that prophet”.
Joseph Smith will redeem Zion and gather the tribes of Israel, but only once Elias (John the Baptist/Elijah) overthrows the Kingdom of the Jews to restore the Kingdom to Israel.
Jesus ministered to the Jews, but after his ministry, the gospel went to the Gentiles.
Joseph ministered to the Gentiles, but after his ministry, the gospel went to the Jews.
When Elias overthrows the Jews, he will be restoring the Kingdom to Israel again.
He will be restoring the authority back to Joseph Smith.