This week in Isaiah Decoded we’ll continue with our review of chapter 5 – Zion/Jerusalem, God’s Covenant People. Dr. Gileadi begins on page 144 with an analysis of God’s Endtime Servant and the Servant’s role to gather Israel. One of the concepts that is not well understood by New Testament believers is the concept of a servant that comes before God and prepares a people to receive Him. As we will see, each and every time God has descended and come down generally among men, he has sent a servant to prepare His way. This concept of a preparer coming before God isn’t a clear doctrine embraced by Christianity, but it is an occurrence that will happen during Endtime events before the Lord’s return as a pattern established by God, which relates to the prophet Elijah.
The Spirit and Power of Elijah
The doctrine that is connected with a servant that prepares the way for God to come down among men is called “the Spirit and Power of Elijah/Elias”. We see this concept used with John the Baptist.
“But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias(Elijah), to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” – Luke 1:13-17
We can link this verse directly with Malachi chapter 4 that puts the return of an Elijah in an Endtime context. Where God’s servant that comes as an Elijah - in the spirit and power of Elijah - just before Yehovah’s day of judgment and turns the hearts of the children to the fathers.
Moreover, Isaiah’s repeated comparison of Moses with the Endtime Servant also connects Moses as a servant who possesses the spirit and power of Elijah - Moses who prepared Israel for the coming of Yehovah.
What is the Spirit and Power of Elijah
Many may wonder what the spirit and power of Elijah is. If we look at the life of Elijah, we can see what this spirit and power of Elijah is. Most notable among Elijah’s experiences was his contest with the priests of Baal. Essentially, Elijah called down fire from heaven that consumed his offering; whereas the priests of Baal failed to have their offering consumed. This event caused Israel to repent and turn back to God.
“And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.” – 1 Kings 18:36-39
Turning the Hearts of the Children to the Fathers
We can now see that this turning the hearts of the children to the fathers refers to Israel repenting and returning to God and His law.
Moreover, we can see this connection in Malachi between the Law and God’s Endtime Servant.
Finally, when we look at John the Baptist in Luke chapter 1, his job was to call the Jews to repent and turn back to the Law to prepare them to receive Yeshua.
Moses and God’s Endtime Servant
Isaiah predicts that the Endtime “Elijah’s” mission will resemble the works of Moses who prepared Israel by delivering them from bondage and renews the covenant, which now will include messianic elements.
“Just as in Egypt he “remembered” his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and raised up Moses to deliver them, so he raises up his servant to deliver them out of bondage at the time the archtyrant consolidates his power with the intent to commit global genocide.” – P. 145
“The servant appears after the king of Assyria/Babylon comes to power—just as God sent Moses to deliver his people from the oppression of Pharaoh.” – P. 145
“God sends his servant and those who assist him to be saviors of his people, just as Moses and Israel’s judges served as saviors to his people anciently. Moses delivered them from hostile forces when they fled Egypt and wandered in the wilderness to the Promised Land. Israel’s judges delivered them from enemies after they had inherited the land.” – P. 146
“Just as Moses, Joshua, and King Josiah renewed God’s covenant with his people, so does God’s servant at the end of the world. God’s law and word are the terms of the covenant from which all blessings flow, whether to ourselves or to our descendants. Just as Moses and Israel’s prophets taught the terms of the covenant, so do the servant and those who assist him.” – P. 146
“Concerning his servant, God declares, “To Zion, he will be her harbinger; I will appoint him as a herald of [good] tidings to Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 41:27.) As God’s people ascend to the Zion/Jerusalem level, they, in turn, teach those still in the Jacob/Israel category, to assist them to ascend also: “Scale the mountain heights, O Zion, herald of good tidings. Raise your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, messenger of good news. Make yourself heard, be not afraid.” (Isaiah 40:9.) – P. 147
“In the “last days,” when God’s people repent of transgression and return from exile, Isaiah predicts that “many peoples will go, saying, ‘Come, let us ascend to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, that we may follow in his paths.’ For out of Zion will go forth the law, and from Jerusalem the word of Jehovah.” (Isaiah 2:3.) – P. 147
The Mount of Transfiguration
We also see the connection with Moses, Elijah(Elias) and Yeshua on the Mount of Transfiguration.
“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.” – Matt 17:1-11
** Matt 17 continues by connecting this Elias(Elijah) with John the Baptist. But its obvious that this Elijah(Elias) is not John the Baptist because John doesn’t “restore all things”.