Elijah, Pesach, Two Witnesses, the 144,00 and the Hebraic. Part 1.
I have been absolutely immersed, driven to understand the significance of Elijah and the Last Days. I imagined that there were some things earth shattering revealed in the life of this prophet, but I had no idea how much or how significant. This is the first of a multi-part series on Elijah. Before we are finished, we will understand the deeper significance of Elijah and his role in eschatology. We’ll learn some very interesting probable perspective on the Two Witnesses and the 144,000. And, we will understand more of what this mighty move of Yah is as He awakens believers in Yeshua to the walk of Torah.
Understand, this is written from a decidedly Hebrew roots perspective. Two years ago I would have thought that a pompous presumption. Last year, I was waking up to a whole new and considerably deeper understanding of Scripture as I studied from a Hebrew perspective. Today, I am astounded at what the Father is revealing as I study. I say this to help the Christian reader who may not be familiar with this perspective. Study it out.
I am not going to hold any punches on this study. Forewarned is forearmed. By the time this is over, you will have HUGE insight into the near future and what you must do. Let’s get started.
Elijah is a significant prophet. He receives dozens of mentions in the New Testament as well as mentions after his ride in the chariot of fire. We are pointed back to him on multiple occasions, therefore, we MUST figure out why. Particularly since almost every reference has to do with the Last Days. He is relevant for our time RIGHT NOW!!
Malachi 4 says,
“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says Yahweh Sabaoth, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” 2 “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. 3 You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the Lord of hosts.
4 “Remember the torah of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.
5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”
This is the last chapter in the Christian Old Testament. [The Hebrew Tanach has the prophets in a different order and positioned before the poetry and wisdom writings, but I think Abba has Malachi at the end of the Christian OT for a reason!!] Notice several things about this chapter:
- It is decidedly eschatological. (End times!)
- The destruction is spelled in the same epic terms as other passages of the Day of the Lord.
- Protection for those ‘who fear My name…’ (Do you know what His name is and why it is so important?)
- ‘Calves skipping about… Clearly Millennial. Echoes parts of YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 60-66.
- ‘Remember the Torah of Moses’ – Now there is something I never saw until recently! Here it is MAJORLY connected to Elijah and the Last Days.
- ‘All Israel’ – Ephesians 2. Are you grafted in and a member of the Commonwealth of Israel? Recipient of the Covenants? You might want to figure out who ‘all Israel’ is, because Ezekiel 37:24-28 says that is who the King will reign over.
- Elijah the prophet is coming. His ministry will be one of restoration. Sons of Israel to the fathers… Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And, the heart of the fathers to the children.
- Heart of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is Torah. Genesis 26:5.
Just to make sure we understand the ministry of a prophet, read Deuteronomy 13! In fact, as a quick aside for any who question the significance of Torah, the Jews were justified in putting Yeshua (Jesus) to death if He taught anything, ANYTHING contrary to the Law of Moses. This alone puts to rest any idea that Yeshua taught anything new. He quoted Torah, Torah and more Torah. But, we are getting off track.
Deuteronomy 13 clearly articulates, ANY teacher, no matter how awesome the signs and miracles, if he teaches ANYTHING different or contrary to Torah is to be stoned as a FALSE prophet.
Elijah, in the Last Days, will teach Torah. He will have a ministry of restoration as the sons are turned back to the ancient paths. (Try Jeremiah 6:16-19 and 16:19-21 on for size. More like those if you need them….)
Please understand, Torah and Yeshua are not mutually exclusive as churchianity has taught you to believe. Revelation 12:17 says, “So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” This is confirmed in Revelation 14:12 with, “Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” This is getting ahead of the story, but I put it here for you who are choking as you read because it doesn’t square with the doctrines of men you’ve been raised on. Take heart, I was in your moccasins until very recently!
Back to Elijah.
Elijah shows up in three of the four Gospel accounts on multiple occasions. For our purposes, the most significant is the Mount of Transfiguration. Matthew (ch. 17), Mark (ch. 9) and Luke (ch. 9) have nearly identical recountings of this event. Matthew begins with, ‘After six days…’ This ‘time-stamp’ is important. Remember, ‘a day is as a thousand years, a thousand years is as a day’? The time-stamp in this case is pointing to something with end times significance. Man has been on the planet 6000 years.
Yeshua is transfigured and stands with Moses and Elijah. Why Moses and Elijah?
Tradition teaches that they represent the Law and the Prophets. True, but there is something much deeper going on here, so we must dig a little further.
[Aside: Notice two other details: 1) This likely takes place at Sukkot, the Fall Feast of Tabernacles that represents the Millennial Kingdom and future eternal rest… evidenced by Peter having sukkas on his mind, and 2) the Voice of the Father from the cloud says, “…Listen to Him.” The Greek word for ‘listen’ is the word the Septuagint uses for ‘Shema’ or, ‘listen and obey.’ As in, ‘Hear oh Israel, Yahweh is our God, Yahweh is One.’ Yep, there’s that Torah again… ;0) ]
So, Elijah and Moses… Why is this significant? Let’s start to look deeper into Elijah.
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” (1 Kings 17:1)
This is our simple introduction to Elijah. And oh, what an amazing introduction!! [Before Hebrew roots, I would blow through this verse and never grasp the huge significance…]
- Elijah’s name means, ‘Yah(weh) is El’. Or, in English, Yah(weh) is God. Of course, we know that he will confront the prophets of Baal. What a name!! How perfectly fitting?
- ‘before’ from the Hebrew ‘panim’ meaning, ‘in the face of.’ Essentially, ‘I stand in the presence of God!’
- Audaciously, he tells Ahab, ‘It ain’t gonna rain for years til I say so!’
- The first three pale in comparison to this: Elijah was a Gentile. Did you see that? The Hebrew word for ‘settlers’ used here is H8453, towshab meaning ‘sojourner.’ He was a Torah-keeping ‘resident alien’ grafted into Israel. Like Ruth, or the aliens mentioned in Numbers 15: 14-16; 26; and 29-30, Elijah was NOT originally of Hebrew descent. Strong’s Dictionary says,
(The second form used in Kings Num_17:1); from H3427; a dweller (but not outlandish, H5237); especially (as distinguished from a native citizen (active participle of H3427) and a temporary inmate, H1616, or mere lodger, H3885) resident alien: – foreigner-inhabitant, sojourner, stranger.
So, to recap, a foreign/resident alien comes in and tells the King, “I stand in the presence of Yahweh and it will not rain until I say so.”
Now, before we finish this first installment, I want to go back and wrap up Moses/Elijah and answer a little question from earlier. Why Moses and Elijah?
I found a video that helps put some of this together. The following chart comes off the second video on that link.
- Moses Elijah
- Genealogy No genealogy
- Jew (technically of Levi) Gentile
- Judah Ephraim (‘Fullness of the Gentiles‘!!)
- Truth Spirit
- Torah Prophets
- Natural Branch Wild Branch
- Elder Brother Prodigal Son
- Son of David Son of Joseph
- Native Sojourner
Now we have laid a foundation and begin to understand the significance of Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration… But are they the Two Witnesses? What I am coming to understand may surprise you.
How do the 144,000 play in? That will also surprise you.
Here ends part 1. Next time, we will tackle 1 Kings 17. There are some bombshell items in this chapter before we ever get to Mt. Carmel! I hope to have the next installment up in a couple days.
Yahweh bless you and keep you.
Yahweh make His face to shine on you and be gracious to you.
Yahweh lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace.