By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
The Old Testament closes with this amazing prophecy of Malachi: “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” (Malachi 4:5-6).
This prophecy was fulfilled in great measure in the ministry of John the
Baptist. An angel appeared to John’s father and prophesied that his son would
turn many in Israel to the Lord and that “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 1:17).
Jesus, speaking to His disciples about John the Baptist, said: “And if ye will
receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come” (Matthew 11:14). He added,
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (verse 15). I believe Jesus was
asking them to see the spiritual significance of John’s coming, as prophesied,
in the spirit and power of Elijah.
John was anointed with the same fearless Spirit and power which was upon
Elijah. He spoke openly about the sins of disobedient, pleasure-seeking people
of his day. Christ was soon to appear and this mighty man of truth suddenly
came on the scene to prepare a people for the Lord. This wilderness prophet was
sent to turn the hearts of the people (which is the truest definition of
repentance) to the Lord. John preached repentance, restitution, purity of
heart, justice, and a practical walk of holiness to correspond with an open
confession of sins.
I believe the prophet Malachi, as well as other Old Testament prophets, speaks
of a company of holy people who will be raised up just prior to Christ’s second
coming. They will minister under the very same Spirit and power that rested upon
Elijah and John the Baptist.
This last-day Elijah company of believers will heed the prophecy of Isaiah,
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people
their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1). These
are the watchmen upon the walls, “which shall never hold their peace day nor
night . . . and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem
a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7).
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